NOVEMBER 19–21, 2018 • MAUI, HAWAII

Frequently Asked Questions

Whats the story behind the Tournament? How did it all start?
In 1982, No. 1-ranked Virginia stopped in Honolulu to play Chaminade, at the time a NAIA school, as Virginia returned from a trip to Japan. The Cavaliers were led by National Player of the Year and future No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Ralph Sampson. With very little media coverage and the game ending in the middle of the night back in the mainland United States, the Silverswords shocked Virginia, 77–72.

After news began to spread throughout the country on the following day, media outlets were proclaiming the game as the greatest upset in college basketball history. Terry Holland, the head coach of Virginia, encouraged Chaminade to start inviting teams out to Hawaii to participate in a tournament. In 1984, the Silverswords Invitational was born on the Big Island, and the first Tournament took place at Konawaena High School. It transitioned to the War Memorial Gym on the island of Maui in 1985 and moved to the Lahaina Civic Center in 1987. Thirty years later, the name has changed, the venue has changed and even the island has changed, but the Tournament has remained.


How many teams compete in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational?
The first two Tournaments included four teams and was completed over two days. In 1986, the field expanded to eight teams, and everyone played three games in three days for the next 25 years. Then in 2011, the Tournament expanded once again, to 12 teams.

Now the Tournament is structured in three formats—the Opening Games, Regional Games and Championship Round. Eleven teams compete in the Opening Games, as the seven continental-U.S. “Island Schools” host one game each against the four “Mainland Schools”. After the Opening Games are completed, the four “Mainland Schools” travel to a mainland host to play in the Regional Games. There, each school plays two games in two days. The eight “Island Schools” travel to the Lahaina Civic Center to conduct the Championship Round of the Tournament, where each team plays three games in three days and competes for the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy.


What makes Lahaina special?
Lahaina is an historic whaling village that boasts a history as deep as the roots of the citys symbol—the old Banyan tree. Lahaina used to be a playground for Hawaiian royalty and was once the capitol of Maui, the second largest island in the island chain. The city was once known as Lele which meant “relentless sun” in Hawaiian and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. For more island history, explore Lahainas Historic Trail located throughout town or visit the Banyan Tree, the 136 year-old tree the size of a city block.


What are some of the most unique local food offerings found on Maui?
While youre in paradise, be sure to try some of Mauis local delicacies! Kalua pork—its a giant pig that is roasted in an underground oven lined with thick banana leafs; poke—a flavorful raw fish salad appetizer served cold; poi—a creamy pudding-like dessert made of native taro plants; mahi mahi—a mild and delicious local fish; sweet and delicious teriyaki beef; rum-based island cocktail staple the mai tai; and locally grown coffee and brewed-on-Maui beer.


How does the Tournament contribute to the island economy?
Each year, nearly 5,000 out-of-state visitors—boosters, players, officials, team and game personnel, media representatives, sponsors, production crews and basketball fans alike—travel to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. During 2014, the Tournament generated an estimated $13.3 million plus for the local economy, bringing the economic impact total since the Tournaments debut in 1984 to over $190 million.


How does the intimately-sized Lahaina Civic Center deal with a major sporting event?
Over the years,the County of Maui has invested more than $1 million in the Lahaina Civic Center to create a quality host venue for the Mecca of college basketball including, among many things, a new playing floor, updated rollaway bleachers, new scoreboards, enhanced arena lighting as well as the addition of permanent air conditioning back in 2003. The LCC is a compactly-sized arena with a seating capacity of 2,400.


What company manages the Tournament?
Since 1990 the Tournament has been operated and managed by KemperLesnik, a full-service sports, events, marketing, media relations and communications firm specializing in golf and college basketball. The staff of KemperLesnik works year-round on everything from operations and ticket management to PR and hospitality so that when the world’s eyes turn to college basketball, the Tournament is a best-in-class operation from tip-off to awards ceremony.


When do tickets go on sale each year?
Ticket travel packages for the Tournament go on sale beginning early in the year. If you want to be one of the first to know about ticket travel packages, join the Hoops Club.


My friends are back in the continental U.S. How can they watch the games too?
The ESPN networks will combine once again to offer live television coverage of all 12 Championship Round games. Each game will be produced in high definition on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD or ESPNU HD, and streamed live on the WatchESPN app and ESPN3.com.


What do the Maui Jim Maui Invitational champions win?
Besides early-season bragging rights, the Championship Round winning team is awarded the coveted Wayne Duke Championship Trophy, a two and a half-foot solid sterling silver trophy engraved with the team names of all past champions. In addition, the winning team is given a souvenir take-home championship trophy—a three-foot surfboard made of native koa wood—to be displayed in the team’s on-campus trophy case. The head coach is presented a maile and tuberose lei, signifying protection for the wearer that bestows good luck. The Tournament’s runner-up receives a trophy, fashioned from indigenous wood in the form of a monkey pod bowl.


How are the All-Tournament Team and MVP selected?
Each year the Tournament recognizes remarkable athleticism and skill by naming an All-Tournament Team made up of players who significantly contributed to their teams success. The All-Tournament Team and Most Valuable Player awards are selected through a media voting process, in which attending top-tier media weigh in on the players who stood above the crowd. In 2008, for the first time, the Tournament MVP was presented with the Dr. Sue Wesselkamper Award, named in recognition of Chaminades beloved former president.


Who officiates the Tournament?
Maui Jim Maui Invitational and NCAA Officials Coordinator Hank Nichols annually selects 12 of the best officials in the country to patrol the sidelines in Maui. Since 1993, the Tournament has chosen officials with

General Travel Information

What are the parking and transportation options available at the Civic Center?
The Lahaina Civic Center is the stage for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The following instructions will provide details for those driving to the Lahaina Civic Center as well as shuttle bus service information to and from our host hotels.

Please be advised that all bags and purses will be searched upon entry and only ticketed spectators will be allowed to access the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Fan Fest.

Shuttle Bus Service to and from the Lahaina Civic Center

Shuttle bus passes to and from our Host Hotels—the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa and the Westin Maui Resort and Spa—to the Lahaina Civic Center are available for purchase at the MCI USA Hospitality Desks located inside the lobbies of each hotel.

Shuttle passes are $40.00 for the 3-day pass.

Hospitality Desk Hours at each hotel are as follows:

Date Open Close
Friday, Nov. 16 1:00pm 6:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 17 9:00am 6:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 18 7:30am 6:00pm
Monday, Nov. 19 7:30am 6:00pm
Tuesday, Nov. 20 7:30am 6:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 21 7:30am 6:00pm

 

Parking at the Lahaina Civic Center

The directions below will assist you in arriving to the Lahaina Civic Center as parking procedures have changed from previous years. See below for parking instructions and a visual parking guide.

All Day Parking–$90.00 multiple entry (3 day)
Single Game Parking–$60.00 (3 day)


When will I receive my tournament documents?
Tournament documents will available for pickup onsite, if you prefer to have your documents federal expressed a $20.00 fee will apply. Package will be sent to street addresses only (no post office boxes).


What type of identification is required for air travel to Hawaii?

U.S. citizens need to follow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) identification requirements regardless of age. These include any valid government-issued photo ID that includes name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. Passports should be in good condition and must be valid for at least three months beyond travel dates. Canadian citizens need to follow the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) requirement of presenting a valid passport for international travel. This rule applies regardless of age, including infants and newborns.

Both TSA and CATSA require the name on your airline ticket to EXACTLY MATCH the name in your ID. If you have a valid passport and the name on it has changed since issuance, you must travel with official supporting documents (e.g., marriage license or divorce decree).


How do I get to the hotel/airport?
Airport transportation will be your responsibility.

  • Airport shuttle service information coming soon.
  • Rental car information coming soon.
  • Click HERE for directions from airport to hotel (27 miles/43 kilometers).

Will I be charged luggage fees at the airport?
Most air carriers now charge for checked baggage. All airlines assess fees for oversized, overweight and extra baggage.


What is the climate and recommended attire?
The tropical and also semi-arid climate of Hawai‘i is moderated by year-round warm ocean-surface temperatures and balanced by prevailing trade winds. Winter is the coolest season of the year when overnight lows drop into the mid 60s (16°C) and daytime highs hover around 80 degrees (27°C). Ka’anapali, located on the leeward side of the Maui, experiences low rainfall; however, one does not need to travel far for both temperature and humidity to change. The Civic Center can be very cool so a sweater or wrap is highly suggested.


What accommodations are made for guests with disabilities and special needs?
The Maui Jim Maui Invitational® strives to provide excellent service to all our guests, including those guests with disabilities and special needs.

Parking
Vehicles displaying a current handicapped license plate or window placard are permitted to park in the South Lot ADA parking spaces. Upon entering the South Lot, please show your window placard and the parking lot staff will direct you to the closes ADA available space.

Venue Accessibility
The Lahaina Civic Center is located on the West Maui mountainside, and features some uneven terrain and unpaved parking areas. The venue is fully accessible; however guests should plan according to their personal needs. Additionally, the guest services staff does not provide complementary wheelchairs on site; any guests who require assistive mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, should make arrangements prior to arriving at the tournament. All manual wheelchairs, walkers, motorized wheelchairs and 3 or 4-wheeled power scooters can be accommodated inside the gymnasium.

Service animals can be accommodated inside the gymnasium for all games. Pets are not allowed.

Accessible entry is staged at Gates 3 and 4 according to ticket type; please see a supervisor at Gate 3 or 4 for assistance. Guests requiring accommodation and their companions will be assisted to their seating area by event staff. Any questions regarding accessibility or requests for accommodation of any kind on game days can be directed to the Gate 4 Supervisor.

Wheelchair and Accessible Seating Policy
Accessible seating is available at the Lahaina Civic Center. Accessible seating is reserved exclusively for patrons with disabilities and one companion. The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is committed to working with patrons on a case-by-case basis to adequately accommodate individual needs.

Accessible Restrooms
Accessible restroom facilities are available inside the Gymnasium on the West End of the court and accessible portable toilets are also available at Gates 3 and 4.


Are Cameras, Video Cameras, and Audio Recorders allowed at the Lahaina Civic Center?
Professional cameras are prohibited unless accompanied by appropriate media credentials. Cameras with lenses that are 3 or more inches in length are NOT allowed. Video cameras and audio recorders are prohibited.


Can I bring banners or signs to support my team?
The Tournament has a no banner policy. Small signs may be allowed (poster board size), but larger signs mounted on sticks or poles are not. Signs may not be hung or fastened anywhere in the Lahaina Civic Center. Small signs should not be commercial or obscene in nature, or cause any disturbance with the teams or other fans. Tournament Management reserves the right to have any banner or sign removed at its sole discretion.


What are the emergency evacuation procedures at the Lahaina Civic Center?
The event staff has been properly trained in emergency evacuation procedures to ensure the safe evacuation of all patrons, including those guests with disabilities, in the case of an emergency. Please listen for PA instructions during an evacuation.


Where can I find first aid assistance?
First Aid Certified medical professionals are onsite and available to assist guests with medical needs. Guests in need of emergency first aid should contact the nearest guest services representative for assistance. The primary station for EMS is located at the Tournament Services Center located outside Gate 3 for assistance.


Where is lost and found located?
If you lose or find an item during the Tournament, please proceed to the Tournament Services Center located outside of Gate 3 for assistance. Tournament Management is not responsible for lost items.


Where will I be able to purchase tournament merchandise?
Tournament merchandise will be available for purchase at Maui Jim Maui Invitational Fan Fest on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Are there restroom facilities available at the Lahaina Civic Center?
Restroom facilities are located inside the gymnasium on the West End of the court and on the Concourse level, in addition to portable toilets available throughout the outdoor portions of the venue. Accessible restroom facilities are available inside the Gymnasium on the West End of the court and accessible portable toilets are also available at Gates 3 and 4.


What security will I encounter at the Lahaina Civic Center?
The safety and security of all players, fans and staff is first priority at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. For guest protection, all patrons will be visually inspected upon entrance to the Lahaina Civic Center. All bags and carry-in items will be searched at each access point to the arena, and guests will be required to open and identify bag contents to security.

Prohibited Items: Guests of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational are prohibited from entering the arena with the following:

  • Oversized bags, coolers or sealed boxes
  • Air horns or any other artificial noise makers
  • Banners, signs or flags
  • Fireworks
  • Laser products of any type
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Poles or sticks
  • Projectiles and inflatable devices
  • Weapons or any kind, including guns and knives
  • Any other items deemed unacceptable by event security

What type of identification is required for air travel to Hawaii?
U.S. citizens need to follow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) identification requirements regardless of age. These include any valid government-issued photo ID that includes name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. Passports should be in good condition and must be valid for at least three months beyond travel dates. Canadian citizens need to follow the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) requirement of presenting a valid passport for international travel. This rule applies regardless of age, including infants and newborns.

Both TSA and CATSA require the name on your airline ticket to EXACTLY MATCH the name in your ID. If you have a valid passport and the name on it has changed since issuance, you must travel with official supporting documents (e.g., marriage license or divorce decree).


How do I get to the hotel/airport?
Airport transportation will be your responsibility.

  • Airport shuttle service information coming soon.
  • Rental car information coming soon.
  • Click HERE for directions from airport to hotel (27 miles/43 kilometers).