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Outrigger recommends booking early for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Tournament


WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – The 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is set for Dec. 22, 23 and 25 at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center. While the tournament is still six months away, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, the tournament’s hospitality sponsor, recommends that fans book early to ensure they have a confirmed room in Waikiki during the busy year-end holiday period to cheer on their favorite team.

Working with tour operator All About Hawaii, exclusive fan packages are being offered at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and OHANA® Waikiki East by Outrigger®. Land-based packages include:

  • Five nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Round-trip game day transfers from hotel to the Stan Sheriff Center
  • Game tickets for all sessions (Dec. 22, 23 and 25)
  • All applicable taxes

Package reservations are available online at

The 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tips off Dec. 22 with an eight-team field that includes Hawaii, Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa and Utah. The tournament follows a bracket-format with 12 action-packed games over three days (Dec. 22, 23 and 25). Each team will compete in one game per day and will have the opportunity to advance through the bracket. The two remaining undefeated teams will go head-to-head in a championship game on the final day of competition.

“Over the years, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has embraced visiting teams and fans of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with world-class hospitality and the Aloha Spirit that Hawaii is famous for. After experiencing the excitement of the tournament and cheering for their favorite teams, fans will find that Outrigger is the perfect place to relax and unwind,” shared Daryl Garvin, executive director of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

“Outrigger is proud to continue hosting teams from across the country to compete in this legendary holiday tournament,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “Working with our partner, All About Hawaii, we’ve tailored this year’s exclusive packages to make it as easy as possible for teams and fans to put on their best game faces and experience the thrills of this unique championship.”

“Outrigger Resorts has been a longtime sponsor of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and has been a valuable asset in engaging college sports fans nationwide,” said David Matlin, athletic director at the University of Hawaii. “As a valued partner of our athletics department, Outrigger’s support has helped us push our students toward excellence in performance and compete at a higher level.”

Outrigger is among the top tier of University of Hawaii Corporate Partners and builds on nearly 22 years of support of the athletics program. In December 2015, it expanded its support with the addition of an eighth titled basketball tournament and more fan activities at Outrigger-sponsored games and tournaments. The Rainbow Warriors completed one of its most successful seasons in men’s hoops this year, which included the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory and its first appearance at the “Big Dance” since 2002.

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