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Volley is Hawaii's premier volleyball training center. 


We offer elite all-skills and position-specific indoor volleyball training for all ability levels (beginner to advanced).  We also elite sport-specific and position-specific performance training.

Our training is open to girls, boys, and adults from all clubs and ages.

Our training coaches include but are not limited to legendary 4x National Championship Hawaii volleyball coach Dave Shoji, DI Coach/Indoor & Beach Pro player/coach/NCAA Champion/NCAA Player of the Year Matt Sonnichsen, as well as 2X Olympian/National Champion/AVCA Player of the Year/National Team player/All-American/Pro player Kawika Shoji, NCAA DI Champion James Anastassiades, All-American/Pro player Lisa Strand, Dominican National Team player/club coach Luis Ramirez, DI Coach/5X WAC Champion Aven Lee, as well as top club coaches Alan Lau, Lynden Keala, Duke Robins, Daryl Tamashiro, Jordan Nakamura, and others.  Click here to read some of their bios. 

Our performance trainer is 2X Olympic Volleyball Trainer Daniel Mar of Mar Training. 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Team Trainer.

We feature a centralized (1) fully equipped volleyball training facility; (2) a fully equipped performance workout gym, and (3) a full Sports Bar/Lounge, all in an air-conditioned center. Free parking in our large private parking lot.

We offer a state-of-the-art tiled volleyball court (the type players play on at mainland tournaments) with built-in suspension (to reduce the impact on joints), a top-of-the-line carbon fiber volleyball net system,  volleyball serving & setting machines, setting and passing nets, hitting net, elevated hitting platforms, volleyball, and carts.


In addition, with our association with the Hawaii Volleyball Combine and Hawaii Volleyball Showcase, hundreds of college coach contacts attend our live events in person, watch our live streams, and contact us regularly to recruit Hawaii players.

Volley is also where mainland colleges practice when they come to Hawaii to play the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, or Chaminade University, and where these coaches offer clinics to Hawaii's players. Volley is also where Hawaii's collegiate, professional, Olympic, and National Team volleyball players train when they are home.

We are committed to keeping you & your family safe and comfortable:

* Centralized Location

* Central Air Conditioning

* Free Parking in our Private Lot

* Comfortable Seating for Parents/Families

* Sports Bar (Da VolleyBar)/Lounge Area for Parties/Fundraisers

* Clean Modern Restrooms

* Contactless Thermal Temperature Scanner

* Contactless Purell Hand Sanitizing Stations

* Contactless Cold FloWater with Electrolytes

* Snack and Beverage Vending Machine

* Bose Sound System

* Free WiFi

* Free Face Masks & Hand Sanitizer/Wipes available

We sanitize our facility with an electrostatic fogger spraying Disinfectant that is EPA registered to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the Covid-19 coronavirus.



We are proud to have assembled elite volleyball coaches to train Hawaii's volleyball players. Our coaches include a 4X National Championship Coach, a 2X Olympian, Pro players, National Team players, NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Champions,  an NCAA MVP, an AVCA Player of the Year, Division I Head Coaches, High School Coaches, and Club Coaches. 


Legendary Coach Shoji was the Head Coach for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine for 42 straight seasons, winning 4 National Championships. When he retired in 2016, he was the all-time winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history. He is just the second women's volleyball coach to win 1,200 NCAA Division I games. He finished his stellar career with a record of 1,202-204-1 record. In 2016, he led the Rainbow Wahine to a 15-1 Big West record to capture the program's fourth BWC title in five years (since returning to the league). It marked their ninth total Big West crown and 25th overall conference title (16-Western Athletic Conference). He guided UH to their 24th-straight and 35th overall NCAA Tournament appearance this season, falling in the second round to No. 1 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. Coach Shoji never had a losing season in his 42 year-stint at Hawai'i. He led the Rainbow Wahine to four national championships (1-AIAW, 3-NCAA) and nine NCAA Final Four appearances. His teams amassed 20-plus win seasons 38 times and 30-plus win seasons 19 times. He coached 86 All-American selections (14 AIAW, 15 USVBA, 57 AVCA); 25 conference Players of the Year; and 175 all-conference selections. Academically, he has also coached 107 conference all-academic players. The honors have piled up for Coach Shoji over the years. In addition to being a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, he is a 14-time conference and 11-time all-region Coach of the Year. He is a five-time AVCA National Coach of the Year (1982, '87, '88, '95, '09). Shoji was named one of the all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball in 2002. He was inducted into the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame and was named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team. Since the AVCA started its national poll, Hawai'i has been ranked for 499 total weeks, which ranks them at No. 3 in the poll's history. Only Nebraska and Stanford are ranked higher, tied at No. 1 with 510 times ranked. Coach Shoji's sons, Kawika and Erik, starred at Stanford University as All-Americans, are two-time USA Olympians, and play professional volleyball. Kawika is now also one of our coaches.


Kawika Shoji, two-time USA Olympic volleyball player (2020 -10th, 2016 Bronze Medal), 12-year professional volleyball player, USA national team player (2011–2021), 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup winner, three–time German Champion with Berlin Recycling Volleys, and a First-Team AVCA All-American player, AVCA Player of the Year, and National Champion at Stanford University. His father is the legendary University of Hawaii Head Coach Dave Shoji, who retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. His brother, Erik Shoji, is also a two-time Olympian (2020 -10th, 2016 Bronze Medal), a Professional and USA National Team player, and the first player to be a four-time First Team AVCA All-American player. His mother, Mary, played basketball at the University of Hawaii.


Coach Sonnichsen is the county’s leading volleyball recruiting authority, a former Division I Volleyball Coach for 15 years, and a former Women’s Professional Volleyball Coach.  Coach Sonnichsen was the Head Coach at Iowa, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, and Newberry College.  He also served as an assistant coach at Clemson, Iowa, and UC Santa Barbara and was also the Head Volleyball Coach of the Guaynabo Mets of the Puerto Rican Women's Professional League. Coach Sonnichsen can also “walk the talk” as the Texas native was a four-year letter-winning setter for UCLA where he earned three All-America honors and helped lead the Bruins to NCAA championships in 1987 and 1989. Coach Sonnichsen also competed professionally before beginning his coaching career.  Some of his other accolades: 2-time NCAA Champion at UCLA. MVP of the NCAA National Championship, 1989. Three-time All-American Setter. USA National Team Setter. 2 years playing Professional Volleyball in Europe. A 5-year touring member of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Coach Sonnichsen also created the site a number of years ago for two reasons; 1) To provide information and to answer questions about the often-confusing world of college volleyball and recruiting, 2) To have a venue to express my opinions about the sport of volleyball and collegiate athletics. In addition, each summer, he does many volleyball camps at high schools across the USA, which he calls his Volleyball Road Camps. Recently, Coach Sonnichsen was Director of Volleyball Relations and an Educational Speaker for NCSA Athletic Recruiting, whereby he put on Recruiting Clinics at the Hawaii Volleyball Combine for many years. He runs Championship Combines as well as Athletic Recruiting Consultants.



Coach Strand was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Certificate in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor's in Communications. While at the University of Hawaii, she won back-to-back National Championships. In 1984, she was named an All-American. Coach Strand has competed on the Women's Professional Beach Volleyball Tour since its inception in 1987. She played seven years of professional beach volleyball on the WPVA, AVP, and the BudLight Women's 4-person tour. She has coached volleyball at all levels, including PAL, elementary school, junior high, high school, club, and college volleyball. She has been a Sports Broadcaster for the University of Hawaii Women's and Men's Spectrum Sports for the past 23 years. Coach Strand is the mother of four, who play and have played college volleyball: Misty Ma'a - University of Miami Micah Ma'a - UCLA - currently playing professionally abroad. Mehana Ma'a - CSUSB - Sophomore. Won the NCAA National Championship last year! Maluhia Ma'a - Kent State Ohio - Freshman.


Coach Ramirez is the Club Director and Lead Coach at Rainbows Volleyball Club Hawaii. He has coached junior varsity and varsity athletes in volleyball as well as international-level players. His volleyball club, Rainbows Volleyball Club Hawaii, has had many successful showings nationally, competing with many competitive mainland teams and winning multiple national championships. His knowledge, experiences, and winning national tournaments evidence this success as a coach. He strives to teach his athletes the importance of sports and how it relates to life both on and off the court. He thoroughly believes in life-long learning for both my players and himself. Coaching Experience Maryknoll School(1998 – 2001) Boys Varsity Volleyball Coach Maryknoll School (2017- Present) Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Rainbows Volleyball Club (RVCH)(1998 – Present) Head Volleyball Coach & Director •Train volleyball athletes during club season •Provide technical feedback on position specific training •General training and position specific training to all club teams •Assist in obtaining collegiate scholarships for student athletes •Liaison between college coaches and athletes and parents •Supervise head coaches and assistants of the different club teams under ARVC •Counsel and guide players and parents through volleyball cultures and college recruiting process Iolani School (2001 – 2007) Boys Varsity Volleyball Coach (2001 - 2005) Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach (2006 - 2007) Optimal Volleyball Training (2006 – Present) Head Volleyball Coach & Director •Train volleyball athletes during the club off-season •Provide technical feedback on position specific training •General and position specific education on volleyball skills and game strategies •Train youths from ages 7 to 18 years old Achievements High School Volleyball Achievements 2013 ILH League, 3rd Place 2013 Ann Kang Tournament 3rd place finisher 2012 ILH League; & many others.


Coach Keala has been involved in club volleyball for 22 years as a coach and parent. His eldest daughter Logan played volleyball for Oahu Volleyball Club, Kamehameha Schools, and for Cornell.  His youngest daughter Loxley played volleyball for Oahu Volleyball Club, Iolani School, and for the University of Missouri before transferring to play for the University of Iowa. He has coached at various clubs over the years.  He also coached the Aloha Region High-Performance Teams in 2015 and 2016 and was a USAV High-Performance National Evaluator from 2010 to 2016. He also coached the Kamehameha Schools JV team in 2004 and Mid-Pacific Varsity in 2015. He played volleyball at the University of La Verne and for the Jaguar Men's Volleyball Team and Lokahi Hawaiians Volleyball Team. He is IMPACT/CAP certified, Safe Sport certified and is a USAV member. Coach Keala has been substantially involved with the Hawaii Volleyball Combine since 2010 serving as Co-Director.



Coach Lau has been involved with club volleyball for over 17 years as a coach and parent. Both of his children won Hawaii State High School volleyball championships for Punahou School and went on to play Division I volleyball.  His daughter Julia played volleyball for Kuikahi Volleyball Club, Punahou School, and also Dartmouth College.  His son Davis played volleyball for the Outrigger Canoe Club, Punahou School and currently plays for nationally ranked UC Irvine.  Alan coached at Kuikahi Volleyball Club from 2010 to 2017.  Alan also coached the Outrigger Canoe Club from 2017 through 2019 and coached his Outrigger Boys 17s to the National Championship in 2017.  Coach Lau played volleyball at Punahou School, also winning 2 Hawaii State Championships, and later played for nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara.  Coach Lau played junior, Open and Masters volleyball for the Outrigger Canoe Club during his career and received USA Volleyball All-American honors in 1995.  Over the years, Alan has worked with most of Hawaii’s top junior setters, including Tayler Higgins (Punahou/University of Hawaii), Ana Oglivie (Iolani/Army), Jhenna Gabriel (Maryknoll/University of Texas), Saige Kaahaina-Torres (Iolani/University of Utah), Kristin McDaniel (Iolani/North Carolina State) and Matthew Saffery (Kamehameha  Schools).  Coach Lau has been substantially involved with the Hawaii Volleyball Combine since 2010 serving as Co-Director.  A leading expert and advisor on college recruiting, Coach Lau has assisted Hawaii high school volleyball players in obtaining millions of dollars in athletic scholarships to universities and colleges of all levels, from the highest academic and athletic programs to great junior colleges.


Coach Tamashiro has coached local, national, and international teams for over 20 years.  His mission is to give back to our community by developing our youth through sport. He is currently an assistant coach for the Kamehameha Warriors girls varsity team.  He has also been Head Coach and Assistant Coach at Moanalua High School and Kalani High School.  He is an Aloha Region HP Boys and Girls Head and Assistant Coach as well as Tryout Lead Coach and Evaluator.  He is and has been the Hawaii Volleyball Combine Lead Coach for just about every year since the combine’s inception in 2010. His National Coaching Experience: USA Women’s National Team Training Coach, USA Women’s National Team Open Tryout Court Coach, USA Women’s Youth National Team Training Coach, USAV HPC Junior, Youth and Select Head and Assistant Coach, USAV HP Tryout Lead Coach and Evaluator, USAV HP Camp Lead and Assistant Coach.  His International Coaching Experience:  NSSU (Nippon Sports Science University) Nittaidai Women’s Team Apprentice Coach.


Coach Robins has been involved with club volleyball for over 20 years as a coach and parent. Coach Duke has three daughters that won Hawaii State High School Volleyball Championships for Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, and they all went on to play Division I volleyball. Alexis (c/o 2007) played at Portland and Hawaii. Kili (c/o 2018) played for Nevada, and Maui (c/o 2022) is currently at the University of Portland. Coach Duke has coached club volleyball at Maunalani and High Intensity. He served as a practice coach at Iolani School and Kuikahi VBC for four years, 2013-2016. He also was an Assistant Coach for the Varsity Kamehameha Kapalama, and has been a court coach at the Hawaii Volleyball Combine. Coach Robins didn’t play high school or club volleyball, but he did play for University of Hawaii Men’s Volleyball team in the early 90s.


Coach Anastassiades was a member of the 2021 NCAA National Championship University of Hawaii men's volleyball team. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (2020), M.S. in Kinesiology (2022) and is working on his Masters in Kinesiology, graduating in 2022.  He is the founder of "Off the Court", a wellness initiative, aiming to improve the environment surrounding mental health, nutrition and recovery among athletes - an area that is greatly overlooked & under-served in athletics. Striving to create a positive impact, Off the Court is kickstarting its company and fundraising by hosting volleyball clinics where they will teach about the importance of mental health, nutrition and recovery.  Coach James coaches at Mauloa Volleyball Club and offers hitters, all-skills, jump and combine prep training sessions. 


Coach Nakamura specializes in Libero Training, running Pass First Volleyball. He is passionate about the libero position. He emphasizes proper technique, positioning, and footwork together with repetitive but consistent reps.  He is an Assistant Coach for Kaimana Volleyball Club.


​Daniel Mar - Mar Training (on the Mezzanine)

Daniel Mar is a 2X Olympic Volleyball Trainer (Gold Medal - 2016). Mar Training is a niche sports performance training & rehabilitation service.  For the past two decades, Mar Training has had experience working with elite level & high-performing individuals in the fields of performance enhancement training, injury rehabilitation & injury prevention.  Mar Training was most recently part of the Sports Performance Team that helped TEAM CHINA Women's Volleyball team capture OLYMPIC gold in the 2016 RIO Olympic games. Current & former clients range from elite-level athletes in a wide variety of sports to elite-level performers gracing the stages of Cirque du Soleil & Disney, to individuals from various walks of life.  Mar Training has also consulted for the likes of Walt Disney World Entertainment, Disney Cruise Lines, ESPN Worldwide, NBC productions, & various other organizations. His weekly clients include Olympians, AVP Pros, Indoor pros, and college, high school, and elementary school athletes.



WAIVER;  By entering Volley Hawaii and/or participating in any training, clinics, open gyms, or any other event, you thereby agree to the terms and conditions in our waiver. Please click here to see our waiver.


To book court time for practice or to book the gym for parties or other events, click here.


We offer weekly position specific volleyball training as well as all-skills volleyball training. Click here to see the training sessions.  


We also offer volleyall clinics by our coaches as well as by visiting college coaches.


-Upcoming Clinics

Erik Shoji's Advanced Passing & Defense Clinic

May 24, 2023 - 10a-12p

May 25, 2023 - 4p-5p

Click here to register.

Pacific University, June 5, 2023 from 8a-12p.

Click here to register.


-Past Clinics

Pacific Lutheran University Volleyball Clinic.


Bates College Volleyball Clinic


All-Skills Clinic with Micah Ma'a & Zana Muno


Joe Worsely Advanced Setter Clinic


Bates College Volleyball Clinic


Portland State University Volleyball Showcase


James Anastassides Volleyball Clinics


Lewis & Clark College Volleyball Clinics


RVCH Summer Clinics with Cristian Cruz



​*Hosted by members of the UH Coaching Staff and former/current UH student athletes from the 2021 National Championship Team (Patrick Gasman - 3X All-American, Colton Cowell - 2X All-American, Assistant UH Coaches Milan Zarkovich, Chad Giesseman and Josh Walker and others!).


​(3-time All American, 2-time NCAA Champion at UCLA, and 15 year NCAA Division I Women's Head Volleyball Coach).


​"Off The Court" Volleyball Camp

​"Off the Court" is a wellness initiative, aiming to improve the environment surrounding mental health, nutrition and recovery among athletes - an area that is greatly overlooked & under-served in athletics. Striving to create a positive impact, Off the Court is kickstarting its company and fundraising by hosting volleyball clinics where they will teach about the importance of mental health, nutrition and recovery.  "Off the Court" is run by 2021 NCAA National Champion UH Player James Anastassiades, Professional and former UH Player Dalton Solbrig and former University of Texas at Dallas and Founder of "Otherside to Recovery", Fayna Zeng!​

​​​​Pacific University (Oregon) Volleyball Clinic


We offer elite performance training by our Olympic Gold Medal Trainer Daniel Mar of Mar Training. Olympians, AVP Pros, Indoor Pros, College players and High School players train with Daniel Mar.


We offer open gym from time to time. We post open gym on our Instagram @VolleyHawaii.


volley hawaii

985 Dillingham Boulevard, Unit 200

Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Tel: 808-377-4085

Fax: 808-564-0850

Instagram @VolleyHawaii




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