She focuses on more than volleyball. She focuses on the mental game and bringing out the best in all of us. She gives everyone a voice and I think that really gives us an edge.”

—2018 BIIF Player of the Year Zach Chaikin on head coach Sharon Peterson

Head coach Sharon Peterson has a unique way of molding raw talent into championship contenders. As long as players have the desire and motivation to be great, she’ll find a place on the court for them.

Peterson has an unrivaled resume in the sport. As a player, she went to the Olympics twice, was a U.S. Volleyball Association All-American seven times and played professionally in the International Volleyball Association, where she was an all-star and league champion.

Boys volleyball, upper school at HPA
Upper School boys volleyball team.

As a coach on the college level, she has more than 500 wins, including seven national championship titles at the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo. She was National Collegiate Coach of the Year five times, a State of Hawaiʻi Sportsperson of the Year and has been inducted into five Halls of Fame.

The motto at HPA is one match at a time, and with steady improvement throughout the year, Ka Makani teams peak at the right time and consistently compete for championships.

HPA won back-to-back titles during the 2017 and ‘18 seasons and have missed the state tournament just once since 2015.

Head coach
Sharon Peterson

Recent championships
BIIF: 2018, 2017

Recent player accolades:
Kala Thurston, First Team All-BIIF
Stormer Horton, First Team All-BIIF
Umi Kealoha, All-BIIF honorable mention