Gov. Benjamin Cayetano will present the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a state proclamation today, declaring "Lakers Week" in Hawaii.
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Lakers at State Capitol
Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal will accept the presentation at the State Capitol at 3 p.m.
Buss says "Hawaii is his favorite place on the planet" and that the Lakers consider Hawaii their second home.
Buss hopes the team's training camp in Hawaii -- in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy -- will help encourage more people to resume travel to the state.
Security measures ready for Lakers-WarriorsNew security policies have been installed by the NBA for two Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors preseason games on Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
No bags of any kind will be allowed. Purses will be allowed but are subject to security checks. The NBA is encouraging fans to arrive early and anticipate delays.
All workers, including media, will be asked for a photo ID before entering.
Niketown 5K race in Waikiki on SundayEvent organizers expect over 3,000 runners for the Niketown 5K run through Waikiki on Sunday.
The run starts at 7 a.m. in front of Niketown on Kalakaua Avenue and ends at the intersection of Kuhio Avenue and Kalaimoku Street.
The race is run to help fund refurbishment of playgrounds on Oahu.
Road closures will be in effect in and around Waikiki, and the Honolulu Police Department until the race ends.
Xterra world event on Maui next SundayThe sixth annual Xterra World Championship race will be held at Wailea, Maui on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
The race consists of a 1.5-mile ocean swim, a 30K mountain bike course and an 11K trail run.
The event is the final event of the 2001 Xterra World Tour.
For more information, visit the xterraplanet.com. Web site.
UH harriers to run in Willamette InvitationalThe Hawaii cross country team will participate in the Willamette Invitational tomorrow, a 5K race, in Salem Ore.
The Wahine are coming off a top 5 finish in the Stanford Invitational, placing fourth among 20 schools.
Seniors Cheryl Smith, Casey McGuire-Turcotte and Courtney Barlow, juniors Teryn Bentley, Jennifer Crumley, Diane Kohara and Sara Verga, and sophomore Brittany Keith are representing Hawaii.
Top Division II performersAndrea Wean, Hawaii Pacific volleyball: Wean stepped up her game to put away the threat Chaminade posed to Hawaii Pacific's supremacy, burying 18 kills while hitting .412 in a sweep last Saturday. Wean's performance also put her .353 atop the Pacific West Conference's hitting leaders, 32 points ahead of Chaminade's Audrey Brady.
Ashley Moeai, Brigham Young-Hawaii volleyball: Moeai had little trouble with the move from middle blocker to outside hitter, putting down 31 kills in a two-match sweep of Hawaii-Hilo.
Abdeslam Naji, Hawaii Pacific cross country: When usual winner Christian Madsen made a wrong turn in last week's Hawaii Pacific Invitational, someone from HPU had to step up and win the race. Naji was that person, passing teammate Siul Michel and beating him for the top spot by 12 seconds. Naji's leadership allowed the Sea Warriors to win the meet by a full 10 points over Chaminade.
Hawaii's OwnMike Fetters, Pirates: Pittsburgh had the day off.
Chris Truby, Astros: The Damien product did not play in Houston's 10-2 loss to San Francisco.