Teaching life lessons is the part of coaching I enjoy most. I enjoy working with the kids, seeing if I can help them grow and become more confident.”

—Sharon Peterson, head coach

Serve, dig, set, hit, score—repeat. Life on the volleyball court is fast paced at HPA, but the sport is a great way for HPA student-athletes to learn life lessons while forming long-lasting friendships.

HPA is perennially among the top teams on the Big Island and has made trips to the state tournament a near annual occurrence. Head coach Sharon Peterson leads the way for Ka Makani and is one of the most decorated high school coaches in Hawai’i. 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.

Upper School girls 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.

Peterson says she loves “watching the players learn how to be in the ‘here and now.'”

“It’s much like the game of life,” she says.

Head coach
Sharon Peterson

Recent championships
BIIF: 2013, 2011, 2010

Recent team accolades:
Kirra Browns, First Team All-BIIF
Parker Lewis, First Team All-BIIF
Jenna Perry, First Team All-BIIF
Mikela Parris, All-BIIF honorable mention
Ava Koepper, All-BIIF honorable mention
Malia Camero, All-BIIF honorable mention
Amy Russell, All-BIIF honorable mention
Lehiwa Freitas-Mose, All-BIIF honorable mention
Sharon Peterson, BIIF Coach of the Year

Gemma Palleschi, First Team All-BIIF
Jenna Perry, All-BIIF honorable mention