Na Koa Ikaika Maui (Hawaiian for The Maui Strong Warriors) were an independent professional baseball team based out of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and 2013 champions of the Pacific Association. They played their home games at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku on the island of Maui.[1][2][3] Over four seasons, they also played the Golden Baseball League and North American League.

Na Koa Ikaika Maui
Team logo Cap insignia
LeaguePacific Association (2013)
LocationWailuku, Hawaii
BallparkMaehara Stadium (capacity 1,500)
League championships1 (PAPB 2013)
Division championships1 (GBL: South Division - 2010)
Former league(s)
ColorsBlack, green, yellow, red
OwnershipHawaii Baseball, LLC
ManagerJeff Brooks
General ManagerDavid Andrus
MediaThe Maui News



2010: Golden Baseball League


On December 23, 2009, Michael Cummings, the CEO of XnE, Inc., which founded the team, announced the hiring of former St. George RoadRunners skipper Cory Snyder as the first manager and the signing of 30-year-old GBL veteran Mark Okano. On February 24, the team signed 2009 Golden Baseball League All-Star Fehlandt Lentini.[4] The team's colors were black, green, yellow and red in keeping with the spirit of the islands.[5] They made their 2010 Golden Baseball League debut in an away game, visiting the Victoria Seals on May 21, 2010. In late August, Na Koa Ikaika Maui was acquired by a new ownership group, Hawaii Baseball LLC, based out of Los Angeles that foreclosed as XnE defaulted on a loan that pledged the assets of the team as collateral. Maui went 56–26 in the regular season, winning the South Division. After defeating Calgary in the playoffs, Maui lost to Chico in the finals. On December 16, former Outlaws manager Garry Templeton was announced as their new manager.

2011–2012: North American League


In 2011, Na Koa Ikaika joined the North American League and played in the North Division. On August 5, Na Koa Ikaika acquired female pitcher Eri Yoshida.[6] After 69 games and a 29–40 record, it was announced on August 16 that Maui would end their season early.[7]

In 2012, Calgary, Edmonton and Lake County folded in the North Division. Hawaii Baseball LLC, owners of Na Koa Ikaika then started a second franchise, the Hawaii Stars.[8] The San Rafael Pacifics who were new members of the league and North Division also created a second franchise, the Sonoma County Grapes. The four teams traveled to and from Hawaii and California to play each other. On February 16, Na Koa Ikaika announced Jamie Vermilyea as manager.[9] Maui finished the season with 36–30 record, losing to San Rafael in the Northern Division championship series.[10] Shortstop Danny Sandoval led the club with five home runs.[11]

The 2012 season also featured four exhibition games against the Ishikawa Million Stars of the Baseball Challenge League. In July, Na Koa Ikaika hosted the Stars for a two-game series. At the conclusion of the season, Maui flew to Japan and played another two games. Both exhibition series were split. Owner Bob Young, CEO David Andrus and COO Chris Osgood met with the owners of the six Baseball Challenge League teams in hopes of playing official games in 2013.[12]

2013: Pacific Association


In 2013, former Arizona Diamondbacks draft pick Jeff Brooks was hired as manager. On January 14, it was announced that Na Koa Ikaika would become a charter member of the Pacific Association along with Hawaii, San Rafael and Sonoma County.[13] Later it would be announced that the Vallejo Admirals would be taking place of the Grapes. Na Koa Ikaika and Hawaii announced they would open their season hosting two three games series against the Ishikawa Million Stars and Shinano Grandserows of the Baseball Challenge League. In late July, the clubs traveled to Japan and played all six members of the BCL as part of their official standings.[14] On August 25, Maui defeated the Vallejo Admirals 8–3 to advance to the championship game vs. the San Rafael Pacifics who they defeated 6–1 that same day.[15]

After finishing the 2013 season with a 47–28 record and championship win, the team shut down operations due to the travel costs.[16]

Season-by-season results

Na Koa Ikaika
Year Regular Season Post-season
Record Win % Finish Record Win % Result
2010 56–26 .683 1st of 5 (South) 3–5 .375 Lost championship (CHC)
2011 29–40 .420 5th of 5 (North)
2012 36–30 .545 2nd of 4 (North) 1–2 .333 Lost championship (SRF)
2013 47–28 .627 2nd of 5 2–0 1.000 Won championship (SRF)
Totals 168–124 .575 6–7 .462

2012 and 2013 post-season was also included in regular season record.

Notable alumni



  1. ^ Golden Baseball League plans to have Maui team in 2010, Robert Collias, The Maui News, September 30, 2009
  2. ^ Golden Baseball League Expands to Hawaii[permanent dead link], GBL website, September 30, 2009
  3. ^ GBL expanding to Maui, The Yuma Sun, September 30, 2009
  4. ^ "Transactions". Golden Baseball League. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Team Uniforms" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
  6. ^ "Outlaws trade female pitcher Yoshida to Maui". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  7. ^ "NAL ending season early; Na Koa Ikaika Maui shuts down completely". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Hawaii Baseball Making Expansion Plans". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  9. ^ Na Koa Name Vermilyea New Skipper Archived 2012-07-14 at
  10. ^ "San Rafael Pacifics Win North American League North Division Championship". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  11. ^ "2012 Maui Na Koa Ikaika". Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  12. ^ "Na Koa Ikaika Maui Trip to Japan Deemed a Success". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  13. ^ "New Independent League Announced". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Pacific Association Announces 2013 Season Schedule". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  15. ^ "Pacifics Fall to Maui in Championship Game". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  16. ^ Hawaii Stars baseball team suspended