Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball

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Hawaii Rainbow Wahine
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Volleyball athletic logo

University University of Hawaii at Manoa
Conference Big West
Location Manoa, HI
Head Coach Dave Shoji (41st year)
Arena Stan Sheriff Center
(Capacity: 10,300)
Nickname Hawaii Rainbow Wahine
Colors Green and White and Black


AIAW and NCAA Tournament Champions
1 AIAW: 1979
3 NCAA: 1982, 1983, 1987
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up
3 AIAW: 1974, 1975, 1977
2 NCAA: 1988, 1996
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four
7 AIAW: 1974–1980
9 NCAA: 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances
7 AIAW: 1974–1980
33 NCAA:1981–1991, 1993–2014
Conference Tournament Champions
11 WAC: 1998, 2001–2009, 2011
Conference Regular Season Champions
7 PCAA/Big West: 1987–1990, 1995, 2012–2013, 2015
16 WAC: 1996–2011
The Stan Sheriff Center's capacity crowd during a routine NCAA Tournament Match vs. USC (2011)

The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team is the NCAA Division I women's volleyball team for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The Rainbow Wahine volleyball program remains the second-largest source of financial income for the University of Hawaii athletic department, second only to Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football. Since 1997, the Rainbow Wahine have led the nation in home game attendance, with a cumulative average of more than 6,800 fans per match.[1]

The team has won four national championships: one AIAW title and three NCAA Division I titles. The Rainbow Wahine played in the Big West Conference from 1988 to 1995. They joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 1996 and clinched at least a share of the regular-season conference title each year until 2012, when the Rainbow Wahine re-joined the Big West Conference. Hawaii won the WAC Tournament (and the WAC's automatic NCAA Tournament bid) in 1998 and every year between 2001 and 2011 except in 2010, when Hawaii lost in the tournament's final round to the Utah State Aggies.

In addition, the program has made 33 NCAA postseason appearances out of 34 years, only missing the 1992 NCAA tournament. The program has produced Olympians, All-Americans and five individuals named National Player of the Year since 1983.

Notable players[edit]

  • Deitre Collins: 3-time AVCA 1st Team All-American (1981, 1982, 1983) and the 1982 & 1983 National Player of the Year. 1988 USA Olympic women's indoor volleyball team member.Collins is currently the head volleyball coach of San Diego State University.
  • Tonya "Teee" Williams: 3-time 1st Team All-American (1987, 1988, 1989), 2-time AVCA National Player of the Year (1987, 1989). A member of the 1992 and 1996 USA Olympics Teams.
  • Angelica Ljungquist: The 1996 AVCA National Player of the Year, and the first ever 4-time All-American at UH (2-time Second Team All-American (1993, 1994) 2-time First Team All-American (1995, 1996)). She is the all-time career blocks and block assists leader at UH.
  • Robyn Ah Mow: 2-time AVCA 1st Team All-American (1995, 1996), USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (2000, 2004, 2008), assistant coach from 2011–present.
  • Heather Bown: 2-time 1st Team All-American (1998, 1999). Led the country in blocks in 1999, with over 2 bit/s. The 2-time WAC Player of the Year (1998, 1999) was also a 3-time Olympian at the (2000, 2004, 2008) Olympic Games as a member of the USA indoor women's team.
  • Kim Willoughby: AVCA National Player of the Year (2003), 3-time AVCA 1st Team All-American (2001, 2002, 2003), 3-time WAC Player of the Year. 2008 USA Olympic Indoor women's team member. She is the all-time career kill leader at Hawaii and the Western Athletic Conference with 2,598 career kills.
  • Kanani (Herring) Danielson: 4-time AVCA All-American athlete, 3-time WAC Player of the Year (2009-2011), 2011 Lowes' Senior CLASS Award recipient, 2012 USAV Open Nationals Premier Volleyball League P.O.Y.

Program record and history[edit]

National championship banners hang in the rafters at the Stan Sheriff Center
Year Head Coach Overall
1974 Alan Kang 9–1 AIAW Runners-up
1975 Dave Shoji 16–2 AIAW Runners-up
1976 Dave Shoji 14–5 AIAW 3rd Place
1977 Dave Shoji 22–5 AIAW Runners-up
1978 Dave Shoji 28–10–1 AIAW 3rd Place
1979 Dave Shoji 36–5 AIAW Champions
1980 Dave Shoji 34–10 AIAW 3rd Place
1981 Dave Shoji 37–2 NCAA Regional Final
1982 Dave Shoji 33–1 NCAA Champions
1983 Dave Shoji 34–2 NCAA Champions
1984 Dave Shoji 33–11 NCAA First round
PCAA (1985–1987)
1985 Dave Shoji 28–13 10–6 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1986 Dave Shoji 31–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Final
1987 Dave Shoji 37–2 17–1 1st NCAA Champions
Big West (1988–1995)
1988 Dave Shoji 33–3 18–0 1st NCAA Runners-Up
1989 Dave Shoji 29–3 17–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
1990 Dave Shoji 28–6 16–2 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
1991 Dave Shoji 26–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Final
1992 Dave Shoji 15–12 11–7 4th
1993 Dave Shoji 19–11 13–5 3rd NCAA Regional Final
1994 Dave Shoji 25–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Regional Semifinal
1995 Dave Shoji 31–1 18–0 1st NCAA Regional Final
WAC (1996–2011)
1996 Dave Shoji 35–3 16–0 1st NCAA Runners-Up
1997 Dave Shoji 25–8 14–0 1st NCAA First round
1998 Dave Shoji 32–3 13–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
1999 Dave Shoji 29–2 14–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2000 Dave Shoji 31–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2001 Dave Shoji 29–6 13–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2002 Dave Shoji 34–2 13–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2003 Dave Shoji 36–2 13–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2004 Dave Shoji 30–1 13–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2005 Dave Shoji 27–7 16–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
2006 Dave Shoji 29–6 15–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
2007 Dave Shoji 27–6 15–1 1st NCAA Second round
2008 Dave Shoji 31–4 15–1 1st NCAA Regional Final
2009 Dave Shoji 32–3 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2010 Dave Shoji 29–3 16–0 1st NCAA Second round
2011 Dave Shoji 31–2 16–0 1st NCAA Regional Semifinal
Big West (2012–present)
2012 Dave Shoji 27–3 18–0 1st NCAA Second round
2013 Dave Shoji 25–5 13–3 1st NCAA Second round
2014 Dave Shoji 22–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Second round
2015 Dave Shoji
Total 1,159–197–1 443–41

Team facts[edit]

Head coach[edit]

  • '72-1974: Alan Kang[1]
  • 1975–present: Dave Shoji

Dave Shoji has been head coach of the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball team since 1975. As of 2013, he is the winningest Division I women's volleyball head coach.[2] He is a member of the NCAA Volleyball Division 1 25th Anniversary Team.[3] In addition, he has been named the National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coach's Association twice—in 1982 and 2009. He was named Region Coach of the Year nine times and the conference Coach of the Year eleven times.[2] In 2010, he was inducted into the AVCA's Hall of Fame.[3]



Home court[edit]

National championships[edit]

  • 1979: AIAW by defeating Utah State, 8–15, 7–15, 15–9, 16–14, 15–12
  • 1982: NCAA by defeating USC, 14–16, 9–15, 15–13, 15–10, 15–12
  • 1983: NCAA by defeating UCLA, 15–13, 15–4, 15–10
  • 1987: NCAA by defeating Stanford, 15–10, 15–10, 9–15, 15–1

In Film[edit]

The formation of the first Rainbow Wahine volleyball team is chronicled in the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro.[4] Rise features the struggles of these first teams after the passing of Title IX and highlights the roles of coaches Alan Kang and Dave Shoji, first female Athletic Director Dr. Donnis Thompson, Patsy Mink, and players from the first teams, including Diana McInerny, Marilyn Moniz-Kaho`ohanonaho, Joyce Ka'apuni, and Joey Akeo.

In Print[edit]

Wahine Ball: The Story of Hawai'i's Most Beloved Team, by Dean Chadwin, details the evolution of a once-genteel game born one hundred years ago in a Massachusetts "Y" and the University of HI. By telling the story of one of the most popular collegiate teams in volleyball history, Chadwin comparatively links the timeworn establishments in his publishing dated April, 1997.


  1. ^ NCAA Volleyball Record Book (2005), p. 106–107
  2. ^ NCAA Division I Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team
  3. ^ "Assistant coach helped unite Wahine", Honolulu Star Bulletin, November 10, 1999
  4. ^ The Big West Conference Volleyball Records Book, p. 43
  5. ^ Hawaiʻi Pacific University Athletics Department, Tita Ahuna
  6. ^ Hawaiʻi Pacific University Athletics Department, Volleyball history
  7. ^ Cornell University Athletics Department, Deidre Collins
  8. ^ (Honda-)Broderick Award winners
  9. ^ NCAA Division I Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team
  10. ^ University of Hawaiʻi Athletics Department, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoʻohanohano
  11. ^ Rise of the Wahine Documentary Film.


  1. University of Hawaiʻi, Women's Volleyball page
  2. US Olympic Committee Includes lists of past Olympians
  3. American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I awards – Lists of volleyball award winners
  4. NCAA Division I Volleyball information page. The current NCAA Volleyball Records Book may be obtained (in PDF format) from this page.
  5. Big West Women's Volleyball page
  6. The Big West Conference Volleyball Records Book (PDF)
  7. The Western Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball page
  8. The Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Records book (PDF)

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