The Little League World Series Experience


From August 17th through August 28th, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama students Kama Angell, Tau Purcell, Kaeo Nouchi, and Jonnovyn Sniffen, along with fellow members of the Honolulu Little League team, represented the United States West Region, and the state of Hawaiʻi, as they powered their way to the title of 2022 Little League Baseball World Series (LLWS). Honolulu Little League dominated throughout the competition as they went undefeated over six games, defeating Curacao 13-3, winning its second title in four years.

Caleb Okada is a senior at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama who was part of the 2018 Hawaiʻi Little League team, winning the 2018 title of Little League Baseball World Series (LLWS) for the state of Hawaiʻi. As Okada reflects on his 2018 experience, he shares how Little League has given him more “confidence” and allowed him to break out of his shell. Additionally, Okada states how “being on tv in front of thousands of people made [him] uncomfortable in a good way”, Okada further explains that, “after everything settled down [he] was able to realize that [he] shouldn’t care so much about how other people look at [him]”.

The Little League World Series is a competitive championship among the most talented kids baseball players around the world. However, off the field, the championship became more than just a game amongst the kids, it became an opportunity to bond and create new friendships. Okada shares how his favorite moment, among many, was “making friends with the other team. There was a game room where all the teams could hang out and play ping pong or cornhole. Everyone was very nice and respectful which made the experience even better”.