Five Honolulu Little League World Series champions honored at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama

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The boys in blue returned back to school Tuesday.

Five members of the Honolulu Little League World Series championship team were honored at a special welcome back ceremony at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama campus.

It took place at 7:30 a.m. at KSK’s Middle School Piko.

For Caleb Okada, John De La Cruz, Kaiolu Holt, Bruce Boucher, and Aukai Kea, the past 48 hours have been a whirlwind.

“Super tired. We had a long flight, and when we came back, we had a lot of support, and it was really fun,” said Okada.

“It’s been amazing, all the support back home,” said Holt. “Just exhausted and very humbled to win the World Series, and to be back at school is amazing.”

“Crazy, because you have to pack up and get back,” Boucher said. “We had to leave the compound in Williamsport at like 3 o’clock in the morning, and our flight was at 8:30.”

Some players say they’re happy to be back at school, others not so much. But despite the constant praise and accolades, many say they’re ready for life to return back to normal.

“It was pretty cool, but as the tournament went on, you kind of get tired of it, but you just have to keep a smile on your face,” Boucher admitted.

After nearly a month on the mainland, what do the boys miss eating back home? Lau lau, lomi salmon, poi, Spam musubi, even just plain rice.

“I was getting tired of potatoes, eating it every day,” Kea said, “so last night I got a Zip Pac and L&L.”

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