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Hoops in Hawai`i Classic presented by Outrigger Resorts & Hotels Fans Score Collegiate Basketball this Thanksgiving and Christmas

HONOLULU (November 21, 2022) Collegiate basketball games return to Hawai`i for the Holidays with two thrilling men’s and women’s tournaments. First up is the Hoops in Hawai`i Thanksgiving Classic from Nov. 25-26 at Hawai`i Pacific University, followed by the Hoops in Hawai`i Holiday Classic from Dec. 17-19 at the Hawai`i Convention Center – both presented by Outrigger Resorts & Hotels.

The field for the Hoops in Hawai`i Thanksgiving Classic has five highly competitive DII programs and one Independent. Included is the #6 (CSU San Bernardino) and #11 (University of Central Oklahoma) ranked teams in the nation, as well as Lincoln University (CA), coached by former NBA superstar Gary Payton. All eyes will be on this event with regional and national rankings on the line.

Hawai’i Pacific University is the host school for the Thanksgiving tournament, which will be played at its home gym, the “Shark Tank” in Manoa (formerly Saint Francis High School).

“The Hoops in Hawai`i Classics bring the thrills of fast-paced college basketball to O`ahu and are perfect for local families to come enjoy over the holidays,” said HPU Head Coach, Darren Vorderbruegge. “This is the seventh year of Hoops in Hawai`i and the tournament director, Julian Nakanishi, has done an excellent job of sourcing teams from across the nation to come play on O`ahu and we invite basketball fans to come join us and cheer on the home teams.”

“Outrigger Resorts & Hotels is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Hoops in Hawai`i and support the scholar athletes from Hawai`i Pacific and Chaminade University, alongside visiting men’s and women’s teams,” said Sean Dee EVP and chief commercial officer for Outrigger Hospitality Group.

To promote and expose Hawai`i youth to different levels of collegiate basketball, everyone 18 years of age and under will be allowed free admission with a school ID.

More information about this Thanksgiving event and the December event can be found at:

Hoops in Hawai`i Thanksgiving Classic Tournament Field

Venue: Hawaii Pacific University “Shark Tank,” 2707 Pamoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96848

Schedule of Games:
November 25, 2022
 2:30 p.m. Lincoln University vs. Hawaiʻi Pacific University
4:45 p.m. University of Central Oklahoma vs University of Colorado- Colorado Springs 7:00p Chaminade University vs CSU San Bernardino

November 26, 2022
2:30 p.m. University of Colorado- Colorado Springs vs. Hawaiʻi Pacific University 4:45p Chaminade University vs Lincoln University
7:00 p.m. CSU San Bernardino vs. University of Central Oklahoma

Admission Prices:
Tournament Pass (2 days/ 6 games)
$35 General
$15 Hawaii resident

Daily Pass (1 day/ 3 games)
$20 General
$10 Hawaiʻi resident

FREE – 18 and under (with school ID)
Hawaiʻi Pacific and Chaminade Students and Staff (with school ID)

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— College Tournaments Hawai`i LLC —
MEDIA CONTACT: Julian Nakanishi
MA, ATC College Tournaments Hawai`i, LLC
(808) 224-9915


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