How close to Waikiki are the competition venues?
All primary competition venues are within 5 miles of Waikiki. In the rare instances when an adequate number of pools are not available in the Waikiki vicinity, the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, located in central O`ahu, is utilized. This first-rate aquatics facility is located 40 minutes from Waikiki.
How many games per day can my team expect to play?
Teams should expect to play one game per day on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the tournament. Only teams that advance to a championship game will compete on Sunday. One exception is that 14 & under divisions will conclude competition on Saturday. For teams that play on Sunday, only one game will be played.
Is my team required to book their travel through Travel International Sports (TIS)?
The majority of the Tournament slots are reserved for the teams using TIS for their travel arrangements (both flights & hotel). Teams not booking with TIS will be given second priority and given slots only after TIS teams are given their slots. It is recommended that team/club does not make travel arrangements until the Tournament Committee has accepted the team. TIS group travel benefits include: cash credit toward coaches' travel, free fund raising program, free name changes up until ticketing time, make reservations for the whole group with only a deposit, no instant purchase ticketing needed, all team members and chaperones can fly together, and more.
Why is the entry fee lower if my team books their travel with Travel International Sports (TIS)?
Running a tournament as large as the Hawaiian Invitational is extremely costly. Without a major sponsor such as TIS supporting the event, tournament entry fees would be substantially more.
When can my team expect to get their schedule? We would like to book the team for a luau and surfing lessons?
The tournament schedule will be promulgated approximately one week before the tournament starts. It will be posted on this website and emailed to all coaches.
Do players and coaches need to be actively registered with US Water Polo?
Yes! This is a requirement for insurance purposes. For international teams, coaches and players must be actively registered with their US Water Polo partner agency.
Will I have to pay to park at the competition venues?
For games held at Kamehameha School, Punahou School and `Iolani School; no. Parking is free. For games held at the University of Hawai'i, a nominal fee may be assessed.
How will the teams be seeded in the tournament?
Seeding will be made by the Tournament Committee based upon input provided from senior US Water Polo administrators. The goal is to balance the strengths of the competition brackets as much as possible.
Do the players on our/my team need to registered with the same US Water Polo Team?
No. Players on a given team can be registered with different US Water Polo Teams.
Can my/our team register for more than one division?
Yes. For example, a girls 18 and under team is welcome to enter the women's open division as well.
What is the minimum number of players my team must have to enter the tournament?
Seven (six field players plus one goalie).
My club plans to enter teams in the boys 16 and under and boys 18 and under divisions. Can a player who is 16 years of age play on both teams?
Yes. As long as players meet the age requirements, they can compete on multiple teams.
What referees will be used during the tournament?
The majority of the referees for the tournament come from California. All are top-ranked US Water Polo officials. These referees, and a few international FINA referees, compliment local referee support. Two referees are assigned to each game.
Where and when will the coaches meeting be held?
The coaches meeting will be held on Monday, August 6, 2012 at the Outrigger Canoe Club located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. Exact time is TBD (sometime between 5 and 7 PM).
Will tournament souvenir items be sold?
Yes. Commemorative t-shirts will be sold at all venues.
When will the 2012 and 2013 tournaments be held?
The 2012 tournament will be held from August 6-12, 2012.
The 2013 tournament will be held from august 5-11, 2013.