DECEMBER 1-3, 2017
PĀHOA, HAWAIʻi ISLAND
Maui Futsal players representing Hawaii Futsal ʻEkahi & ʻElua vs. Australia Green & Gold at the Austronesian Futsal Cup 16, held at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku, Maui. [PHOTOS BY: Hawaii Futsal | 2016]
The Austronesian Futsal Cup was founded through a partnership between the Australian Futsal Association (AFA), United States Futsal Federation, and Hawaii Futsal. The delegations are affiliates of the International Futsal Alliance—formed to offer high quality international tournaments worldwide. Hawaii Futsal affiliate, Big Island Futsal, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Austronesian Futsal Cup at the Pāhoa Community Recreation Center Gymnasium, on December 1-3. The tournament was named to commemorate the migration of indigenous (Austronesian) peoples out of Africa—by way of the Pacific—to parts of Australia, Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
The Austronesian Futsal Cup promotes friendly competition and cultural exchange between nations, while providing authenticity through cultural immersion. While on tour, Australia’s 2017 National Team players will visit Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu—a Hawaiian language immersion school in Keaʻau, Puna—where the boys will engage in cultural exchange with Nāwahī students through futsal, Hawaiian language and music. The Hawaiian Medium Education school was named in honor of Joseph Nāwahī: a Native Hawaiian legislator, lawyer, newspaper publisher, and painter—prominently known for being a patriot. Nāwahī was one of the principal authors of the proposed 1893 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, and is one of the founding members of Ke Aloha ʻĀina (a weekly publication) and Hui Aloha ʻĀina (the Hawaiian Patriotic League) .