Aso O Tupulaga Hawai'i sports champions named

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FALETUIGA/Tina Mata'afa Tufele Elise
Mixed Breed Men's Volleyball team during practice at the Aso O Tupulaga weeklong event, Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

(HONOLULU)--The Aso O Tupulaga "Loto Tasi" Youth Festival sports champions were announced by the committee Friday evening, Sept. 4 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park.

The champions and the second place finishers will be awarded during the closing of the festival, today, Sept. 5 at Ke'ehi.

Mixed Breed clinched the championship in men's volleyball while team Malosi finished on top in the women's volleyball division.

In cricket, Ai Niusami takes the title and in rugby, the Raiders have placed first. Scores from the title matches were not announced.

In other Aso O Tupulaga competition news, Natalie Oloa of Waialua, O'ahu, was named Miss Tupulaga. Of Samoan and Filipino descent, she was the only contestant to enter the competition. In line with committee rules, Oloa who wears the malu and dances with the Mauga Mu Siva Afi Club, was named the winner. She is to be crowned Sept. 5, said the committee.

The final day of Aso O Tupulaga will begin with an 8 a.m. parade led by Malofie Samoa Hawai'i President, Tufuga Ta Tatau Samoa Su'a Sulu'ape Peter.

The flags of the United States of America, the Independent State of Samoa, Hawai'i and Amerika Samoa will be raised.

The scheduled keynote speaker is Tenari Ma'afala, president of the State of Hawai'i Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO).

Aso O Tupulaga, as explained by its committee, celebrates and nurtures the God-given talent of Samoan youth in music, dance, sports and competition.