Soccer Tournaments in Hawaii
Soccer tournaments in Hawaii benefit from the Aloha State's reputation as a tropical paradise, as well as its location between North America and Asia. This enables tournaments there to attract teams from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, Canada and the US mainland, which give events a truly international flavor.
Most of the top events take place at the world-class Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park near Pearl Harbor, which hosts various youth and adult tournaments throughout the year. This 23-field soccer complex includes a 4,000-seat soccer specific stadium, has hosted numerous Regional and National events, and allows for all games in a given tournament to be played at the same location.
The best known player to come from Hawaii is, of course, US National team forward Brian Ching, who was born in the North Shore community of Hale'iwa, made his name with the San Jose Earthquakes and later moved with the team when they relocated to Houston.
At the college level, Hawaii Pacific University has a respectable college program, but neumerous attempts to establish professional soccer on the islands have generally found it to be tough going.
Even an attempt by Major League Soccer to promote an international tournament in 2008 that featured none other than David Beckham drew only modest crowds.
For visiting soccer families, there is so much to do and see that one tournament, the Hawaii International Cup packages its event with seven-nght hotel stays. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling to some of the finest beaches in the world, Hawaii has no shortage of attractions and activities.
Here, then, is our list of soccer tournaments in Hawaii.