LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley (UAV) women’s volleyball program is pleased to announce the signing of 5-foot-6-inch, incoming-freshman, outside hitter Tiari Hookano from Honolulu, Hawaii.
A 2019 graduate of James B. Castle High School, Hookano comes to UAV with the support of her mother and father, Michelle and Duane, her sisters, Tehani and Tehiwa, her brother, Maika, and many members of her extended family.
After the signing, UAV women’s volleyball head coach Nicole Brouillard commented, “We are excited to have Tiari here at UAV because she brings a positive attitude and elevates our play. Tiari is a great addition to our team and we cannot wait to see her succeed on and off the court.”
During high school, Hookano was involved in many off-court activities including student government, serving as President from 2017 to 2019, volunteered in her community, and excelled academically, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
On the court, she also excelled at both the high school and club levels and was a two-sport athlete, playing basketball and volleyball. She was her club volleyball team’s captain from 2015 to 2019, served as a Co-Captain of her varsity basketball team in 2018 and was named to the volleyball East OIA First Team in 2018.
She plans to study Healthcare Management while at UAV and would like to pursue a career in Audiology. Her hobbies include hiking, going to the beach and bowling, and her favorite athletes are Messi, Ronaldo and April Ross.
When asked why she chose UAV, she said, “I chose to attend UAV because of its great “bridge” programs and its women’s volleyball program. Also, it gives me a chance to gain new experiences and gain knowledge on many things that interest me.”