21, 2002 at Kualoa Ranch
by the founders: Jim Rubasch (Boys) and Greg Char (Girls)
We started the meet for two reasons. 1) to have an additional Invitational type meet for our runners where they could compete for awards. 2) to have mainland competition to help raise the performance levels of local runners. This was especially important on the girls side. Hawaii is one of the few States left where the girls compete at 2 miles. We race 3 miles at our Invitational and it was our intent to prove to Hawaii and to Iolani that local girls can not only race 3 miles, but can be competitive with their mainland counterparts.
We did not originally intend to have a huge meet. We wanted to keep it small and intimate with a few mainland schools. The 1st year we had two mainland schools, the 2nd year we had four, and last year we had two. This past Fall Paul Shinkawa approached us about turning the meet into something big and we agreed as long as the meet would continue to have a personal, intimate feel for our guests.
Iolani School runs girls volleyball and boys basketball tournaments which are highly regarded on a National level. We hope to do the same with our Cross Country Invitational.
The Invitational is not run on the Iolani Campus. It is held on the windward side of Oahu about 45 minutes from Waikiki. The reason is that the Iolani campus and its surroundings are FLAT and not conducive for an Invitational meet. We decided to have our meet at Kualoa Ranch beacuse it offers beautiful surroundings and great conditions for a cross country meet. The course is mostly dirt trails with several challenging uphills and downhills.
Message from Paul Shinkawa, meet organizer:
We run a good meet with many factors contributing to our meets success, including:
1) the "Aloha Spirit" of our group and meet... and the planning
of additional events for our mainland visitors;
Those who attend soon realize they have participated in a meet that is second to none... and for some our meet has led to additional good fortune. The last 3 girls winners of the Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championships (Amber Trotter, Sara Bei & Victoria Chang) participated in our meet and began their XC seasons with a win at Kualoa Ranch.
Our goal is to share our "aloha spirit" and the road to good fortune with as many visiting competitive runners that we can properly host.
Meet contact: Greg Char