Honolulu Little League’s Aukai Kea (left) hugs pitcher Ka’olu Holt after getting the last out during their 3-0 victory against South Korea to clinch the 2018 Little League World Series title on Aug. 26 at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Immediately after their win, head coach and manager Gerald Oda reminded the players to stay humble, and they saluted the fans of South Korea.
Both Gerald and his brother and fellow coach, Keith, are SGI-USA members. Their late father, Roy Oda, was a pioneer of the “Pineapple Corps,” a young men’s SGI training group formed in January 1966 in Hawaii.
In recent remarks to ESPN, coach Oda gave shout outs to the SGI-USA youth, saying in one interview, “To all the youth at SGI-USA, the 50,000 Lions of Justice, who taught me to never ever give up.” He also shared, “My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, always told me how important youth are, and it’s my way of giving back.”
Read the World Tribune interview with Gerald Oda in the Sept. 14, 2018, issue on p. 11. Congratulations, Hawaii!