Hawaii Pacific Sharks

The Hawaii Pacific Sharks are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Hawaii Pacific University, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Sharks compete as members of the Pacific West Conference. Hawaii Pacific University's first venture into intercollegiate athletics came with the formation of the men's basketball team. The university previously competed in the NAIA before joining the NCAA in the mid-1990s.

On August 1, 2014, HPU athletics announced that they had changed their name from the Sea Warrior to Sharks as part of a fundraising effort and to "better align themselves with the rest of the university." As part of the new logo rollout, HPU Executive Athletics Director Vince Baldemor promised to secure 1,000 memberships in the HPU "Sharks Club" within the first three months, but the program has been a major failure with membership at less than 300 after two years.

Hawaii Pacific Sharks
UniversityHawaii Pacific University
ConferencePacific West Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorVince Baldemor
Varsity teams13
Basketball arenaNeal S. Blaisdell Center
Baseball stadiumHans L'Orange Field
Softball stadiumHoward A. Okita Field
Soccer stadiumAtherton Field
Other arenasClarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium
ColorsTeal Blue and White[1]


Men's basketball won the 1993 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament with an 88-83 victory over Oklahoma Baptist University.

The school's most successful athletics program has been its women's volleyball team, which has won three national championships, one NAIA national volleyball championship in 1990 and two NCAA Women's DII Volleyball Championships in 1998 and 2000.

The Lady Sharks Softball team won the NCAA Division II Women's College World Series on May 31, 2010 with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Valdosta State University.[2][3]

Although not recognized as an official sport by the athletic department, HPU has an internationally recognized Division II cheerleading and dance team. The HPU Large Coed, Small Coed, All Girl and Dance National Championship Titles have established Hawaii Pacific as a global leader in collegiate competitive cheerleading.[4] Including eight consecutive (Non-NCAA) National Championship from 2003-2010.[5]

Varsity sports


Men's sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women's sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


  1. ^ Hawaii Pacific University Sharks Sports Logos Style Guide (PDF). October 14, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather - KITV Channel 4". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "National champion HPU softball team back in the islands - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  4. ^ "HPU cheerleading stunt team wins nationals | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100527114613/http://www.hpu.edu/index.cfm?section=News12774&contentID=12774&siteID=1. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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List of college athletic programs in Hawaii

The main article is College sports.


This list is in a tabular format, with columns arranged in the following order, from left to right:

Athletic team description (short school name and nickname), with a link to the school's athletic program article if it exists. When only one nickname is listed, it is used for teams of both sexes. (Note that in recent years, many schools have chosen to use the same nickname for men's and women's teams even when the nickname is distinctly masculine.) When two nicknames are given, the first is used for men's teams and the other is used for women's teams. Different nicknames for a specific sport within a school are noted separately below the table.

Full name of school.

Location of school.

Conference of the school (if conference column is left blank, the school is either independent or the conference is unknown).

Apart from the ongoing conversions, the following notes apply:

Following the normal standard of U.S. sports media, the terms "University" and "College" are ignored in alphabetization, unless necessary to distinguish schools (such as Boston College and Boston University) or are actually used by the media in normally describing the school, such as the College of Charleston.

Schools are also alphabetized by the names they are most commonly referred to by sports media, with non-intuitive examples included in parentheses next to the school name. This means, for example, that campuses bearing the name "University of North Carolina" may variously be found at "C" (Charlotte), "N" (North Carolina, referring to the Chapel Hill campus), and "U" (the Asheville, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington campuses, all normally referred to as UNC-{campus name}).

The prefix "St.", as in "Saint", is alphabetized as if it were spelled out.

List of college nickname changes in the United States

In the United States, most universities and colleges that sponsor athletics programs have adopted an official nickname for its associated teams. Often, these nicknames have changed for any number of reasons, which might include a change in the name of the school itself, a term becoming dated or otherwise changing meaning, or changes in racial perceptions and sensitivities. In the case of the latter, many schools have recently deprecated nicknames that some might consider offensive to American Indians, a group that has been a traditional inspiration for athletic teams.

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Sports in the United States by state

Sports in the United States are an important part of American culture. American football is the most popular sport to watch in the United States, followed by baseball, basketball, and soccer. Hockey, tennis, golf, wrestling, auto racing, arena football, field lacrosse, box lacrosse and volleyball are also popular sports in the country. Based on Olympic Games, World Championships, and other major competitions in respective sports, the United States is the most successful sports nation in the world.

Based on revenue, the four major professional sports leagues in the United States are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). The market for professional sports in the United States is roughly $69 billion, roughly 50% larger than that of all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa combined. All four enjoy wide-ranging domestic media coverage and are considered the preeminent leagues in their respective sports in the world, although American football does not have a substantial following in other nations. Three of those leagues have teams that represent Canadian cities, and all four are the most financially lucrative sports leagues of their sport. Major League Soccer (MLS), which also includes teams based in Canada, is sometimes included in a "top five" of leagues. With an average attendance of over 20,000 per game, MLS has the third highest average attendance of any sports league in the U.S. after the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), and is the seventh highest attended professional soccer league worldwide.Professional teams in all major sports in the United States operate as franchises within a league, meaning that a team may move to a different city if the team's owners believe there would be a financial benefit, but franchise moves are usually subject to some form of league-level approval. All major sports leagues use a similar type of regular-season schedule with a post-season playoff tournament. In addition to the major league–level organizations, several sports also have professional minor leagues, active in smaller cities across the country. As in Canada and Australia, sports leagues in the United States do not practice promotion and relegation, unlike many sports leagues in Europe.

Sports are particularly associated with education in the United States, with most high schools and universities having organized sports, and this is a unique sporting footprint for the U.S. College sports competitions play an important role in the American sporting culture, and college basketball and college football are as popular as professional sports in some parts of the country. The major sanctioning body for college sports is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Unlike most other nations, the United States government does not provide funding for sports nor for the United States Olympic Committee.


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