Baseball In Paradise, Baseball Bows, inspire stars of tomorrow

Nov 18, 2016 | PC Sports

Hawaii baseball players representing 12 youth and 6 high school teams came together at University of Hawaii’s Les Murakami Stadium to play in the annual Baseball In Paradise tournament that was held on November 11 – November 13, 2016. Baseball In Paradise owner Wes Yonamine, who was born and raised in Pearl City, partners each year with U.H. Rainbow Baseball Head Coach Mike Trapasso, his players, and Les Murakami Stadium manager Glenn Nakaya and his staff  to run the three day tournament.

BIP participants and their supporters truly enjoyed the opportunity to play on the Les Murakami Stadium turf along with their Rainbow baseball heroes at their side.

"This is a great opportunity for the kids to come out to UH and play at Les Murakami Stadium, said Wes Yonamine, owner and organizer of Baseball In Paradise. “Coach Trapasso and his players volunteer their time to assist in helping out with umpire duties. The kids are thrilled to hang out with the Rainbow baseball players along with daily autograph sessions they receive at the end of each day.”

“I think this is either year four of five and it just gets better every year,” said U.H. Rainbow Warriors Head Coach Mike Trapasso. “It’s huge for us to be able to do this and have the kids come out and play on this field. But, it’s huge for our players to be here. They umpire and they have fun, but especially our new kids, they get to see how the community and these kids especially value UH baseball and it’s a lot of fun. We just get off on watching these kids play. They play great baseball and get after it. Seeing them have fun, it renews your faith in the future of the game of baseball.”

Baseball In Paradise is proudly sponsored by Wally Yonamine Foundation, Hawaii Firefighters Association, Hawaii Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, and Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union.

2017 UH Rainbow Warriors Baseball:

The BOWS open their 2017 schedule with the annual Alumni Game on Saturday, February 11, 1:00pm at Les Murakami Stadium.

The BOWS open their regular season schedule against NC State in a 3-game series beginning on Friday, February 17, 6:35pm at Les Murakami Stadium.



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Mahalo to Coach Trapasso with his Rainbow Warriors for their support

of Baseball In Paradise and our youth baseball players and their ohana.

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Mahalo to the awesome Rainbow Warrior baseball team for another great job working

with the kids during the 3-day Baseball In Paradise experience at Les Murakami Stadium.

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This is what it's all about!

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Mahalo to Les Murakami Stadium Manager Glenn Nakaya and his staff  for their help in

keeping field operations running smoothly throughout the BIP. Glenn is pictured with

Ethan Yonamine who helped with the grounds crew and also played with his Pearl City

Chargers Junior Varsity baseball team in the BIP high school division.

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The man that makes it all happen, Wes Yonamine from Baseball In Paradise

is pictured on the move on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Les Murakami Stadium.

(He's not going be happy with this picture but I had to chance um).

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Pearl City's Nathan "Homey" Numata led his Pearl City Hawaii Diamonds into

the BIP tournament. Numata is pictured here during pre-game of the HI Diamonds

vs. Manoa Cubs game on Sunday, November 13 at Les Murakami Stadium.

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The Pearl City Chargers took on the Campbell Sabers in the

BIP high school division on Saturday, November 12, 2016.