As Major League Baseball fans across the country have their eyes on spring training, baseball fans here in Hawaii have something to look forward to as well. No, we don’t have a major or even minor league team in Hawaii, but we do have the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior baseball team, and the welcoming Les Murakami Stadium to watch them play in. The season started last weekend with the Alumni Game, which the younger players won 9-0. And over on the Big Island, the UH Hilo Vulcans baseball team is also about to start their Division II season.
The UH Warriors play home games mostly over the weekend when they are not playing away games, with a day game taking place usually on Sundays at 1pm. Les Murakami Stadium has a capacity of over 4,000, with most seats covered, and while the games are always we-attended, there are almost always tickets available. That is, unless an arch rival is in town, when the games sell out with fans there as much to cheer UH on as to heckle the reviled team.
The stadium was once home Hawaii Winter Baseball League, a now-defunct minor league system that began the career legendary MLB outfielder and certain Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki, among many other familiar names that went on to the majors.
With standard ballpark fare like hot dogs and pretzels, as well as more menu items from Gordon Biersch, taking in a ball game is a fine way to spend an afternoon or evening. There are beer vendors (Bud Light, Gordon Biersch) at either end of the main concourse, but as with MLB stadiums, sales stop at the 7th inning stretch.
What makes UH baseball games so appealing is their low ticket price. No more than $12, discounts are offered for seniors and students and are as low as $4 for kids. And tickets are easily purchased online at hawaiiathletics.com.
UH Baseball is a beloved team, and by attending a game, you may even get the chance to see a future MLB star in the making. St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong played at UH and he was voted an MLB All Star last season.
Baseball is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning a Hawaii vacation. But if you’d like to get in on what the locals do, taking in a UH Baseball game is a great way to partake in a beloved local pastime. The home game season runs through mid-May.