Against a scenic backdrop of the West Maui Mountains at Maeahara Stadium, Na Koa Ikaika Maui’s already passionate fan base is ignited by on-field DJ and actor Branscombe Richmond, who entertains the crowd with live sound effects and urges fans to get into the game. “Show your aloha, Maui!”
Along with the excitement of seeing professional athletes at work on Maui, concessions get high scores, too. Baseball fare includes popcorn and peanuts, Cracker Jack, burgers and hot dogs, of course, but also island favorites, including pulled pork sandwiches, plate lunches and Krispy Kreme donuts. And beer. (Nothing better than baseball and beer.)
In between innings, keiki and parents enjoy dizzying bat races, singing contests, hot dog and popcorn eating contests, hula hoop and running races, and batting contests.
All this fresh air and fun costs less than the price of a movie. And some nights are free for a variety of groups. Sundays are Youth Sports Night—youth wearing sports jerseys get in for free. Monday is Hospitality Night, when hotel, restaurant, bar and other industry workers show an ID or pay stub for free admission. Tuesday is Transportation Night for airline crews, airport staff and bus drivers, and Wednesday is Government Night. Same thing: Show a pay stub or ID for free entry. On Thirsty Thursdays, beers are only $3 each. And on Sundays, get two games for the price of one for doubleheaders played that day.
July games are scheduled every evening (doubleheaders begin in the afternoon) through Monday 18. Visit nakoaikaikamaui.com to view the complete July and August schedule, buy tickets, watch videos of past games and audience antics or to listen to live coverage. To find out about sponsorships and fundraising opportunities, call 877-8880.