For the first time ever, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Athletics Department claims the local bragging rights among the three Hawaiʻi NCAA Division II schools by winning the 2021–22 PacWest Hawaiʻi Challenge. The Vulcans out-pointed five-time defending champion Hawaiʻi Pacific University (HPU) by a single point. UH Hilo accumulated 22 points during the year while HPU had 21. Chaminade finished third with 13.
“UH Hilo is pleased to finally capture this title in our friendly competition between the island schools,” Director of Athletics Patrick Guillen said. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff work very hard on- and off-the-court and field and behind the scenes that made this season possible. I am proud of our entire program and honored to finally win this title between friends.”
The Vulcans and Sharks both captured four first-place points but UH Hilo had the benefit of not having any of its teams finishing third in any of the nine sports which the competition comprises. Chaminade had one first-place finish (volleyball).
The challenge resumed this academic term after taking 2020–21 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PacWest Hawaiʻi Challenge comprises nine sports in which all three of the state’s Division II schools participate—women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s golf and softball. At the end of the academic term, the scores from all nine sports are tabulated to determine the overall champion.
For more on the PacWest Hawaiʻi Challenge, go to hiloathletics.com.