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Aloha Bulldog ‘Ohana,

Below you will find some important information about the upcoming Fall sports, and some important information concerning the Athletic Department.


Athletic Website – We have a new website that is dedicated to the Athletic Department.  Please take a moment to go to the LJA home page and click on “Athletic Website” or you may enter

 The new site will have:

  1. General information & forms.
  2. The ability to send out email blasts to all families who have signed up, about last
    minute changes, as well as important reminders.
  3. A separate page for each team.  The coaching staff will control the “team pages”.
  4. Schedules – all ILH schedules will be input into a program that will post them under the “calendar” tab on the website.
  5. Twitter – there will also be an Athletic Twitter account set up that will be used to communicate updates from LJA events.
  6. Parents will be able to submit pictures and video that may be uploaded by the coach to each team’s site.


There will be a meeting for all parents who have children participating on a fall sports team on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:45 PM in the Wang Auditorium.


                Cross Country:

The first official practice is August 10.  The team will meet at LJA outside the Gym.  Practice will begin at 3:30 PM.  Please bring running shoes, proper athletic apparel (everyone wears a shirt for every practice and a water bottle.

The team is currently meeting throughout the summer for out of season conditioning.  Information about dates, sites and times can be found on the “Athletic Website”.

                Boys’ Water Polo:

Varsity 1 & 2 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Weights - 7:00-8:30 AM- up to the start of school, then will push to earlier from start of school (6:00-7:15 AM).

Tuesday & Thursday: Pool - 6:15-7:30 AM - up to the start of school, then will scale back and eliminate T, Th practices and will add Saturday conditioning workout (time TBD but preferably around 7:30 AM). 

MTWThF: Pool 5:30-7:30 PM.


                          For grades 9-12

                Current Summer practices are Monday & Thursday morning 7:00 – 8:30 AM at 951 Kainui Dr.  There will be a preseason meeting for student athletes on Wednesday, August 19th at 3:30 PM in the gym balcony.  Practice begins Thursday, August 20 at 951 Kainui Dr.  Parking is very limited.  Please take the bus if possible.  The bus departs at 3:35 PM from LJA.  This is a one-way only bus.  Parents will need to pick up their sons/daughters at 5:15 PM.  Practices will be Monday – Friday through August.  Starting in September, practices will be Monday – Thursday.  Competitions are on Saturdays at the Ala Wai Boathouse at the end of University Ave. in Honolulu.

Tryouts are through August.  All student athletes who are willing to work hard and come to practice consistently with a good attitude are welcome on the Kayak Team.  All members of the Kayak Team must be able to swim & tread water.

For more information contact

         Girls’ Volleyball:

Intermediate - will continue Summer Conditioning Program until the official startup date of August 10.  However, practices will be moved from the mornings to the evenings starting on August 3. Please report to the gym from 5 – 7 PM beginning August 3.

Varsity & Junior Varsity - High School athletes will continue running optional Summer Conditioning Program in the mornings until July 31.  From August 3 – 14, Monday through Friday, we will be running 2-a-days. The first session will be from 8 – 10 AM and the second session will be from 5 – 6:30 PM.  We are going to go intensive in the beginning, and then scale back once school starts. The staff is aware that LJA is academically intensive, so they are taking that into consideration, but a certain amount of work needs to be accomplished in order for us to be in contention for a State Tournament berth.

Tryout format – Volleyball will be offering a rolling tryout period. This means that an initial division of teams will take place on August 3rd and 4th for V and JV.  However, individuals that are on travel will be afforded the opportunity to tryout out for a team so long as it’s completed by the first day of school, August 19.  Only families that are traveling during this time will be afforded the opportunity to be excused from initial tryouts. Those families must contact Coach Lamb prior to tryouts for them to be excused from the initial tryout period and considered during the rolling period.


                Please be sure to complete all forms that are due in order for your son/daughter to be able to participate. 

  1. Athletic Physical Participation form:

Located on the LJA school website:

 On the Care Flow link, which is at the bottom right of the home page.  Click on the link and your My Backpack account will automatically admit you to your child’s Care Flow account.  The Athletic Physical Participation form has an icon in the bottom right corner of the page, unique to your child’s account.  Upon completion of the form by your physician, when you scan and enter to your child’s account, Care Flow will track submittal of forms.  

Please contact our office if you have any questions.   LJA Athletics 261-0707 ext 1140


Dave Kannewurf, CAA

REED OLASO ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP:   This one time award of $1000 is given to one (1) male and one (1) female student athlete and is intended to award them for their participation in Le Jardin Academy School sports, and their support of the Bulldog Booster Club, as well as to promote good sportsmanship. 

The recipients of this year's inaugural scholarships were announced at the Athletic Awards Banquet on May 21, 2015.  They are: Tristan Watts, Male and Kacey Kuchenbecker, Female


Competition Levels:  

CSAL gr. 4-6, ILH Intermediate gr. 7-9, ILH Jr. Varsity gr. 9-11, ILH Varsity gr. 9-12

Spring Sports Season ILH All-Stars:

Girls Water Polo Div II, First Team - Kacey Kuchenbecker, Kasey Tamamoto, Sophia Spengler               Second Team - Kiana McDonald;     Honorable Mention - Clancy Doyle, Haley Mansanas, Sarah Tom     Coach of the Year - Rebecca Hannings

Combined Sailing Div I - First Team, University High School - Leah Ford

Boys Volleyball Div II, Second Team - Mitchell Hashimoto       Honorable Mention - James Christensen, Koa Dey, Tristan Watts

*Summer Conditioning and Workout Schedules* 

Please contact the coaches if there any questions. 

Cross Country gr. 7-12:

Starting June 8th, we will be having runs twice a week on MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS at 5:30PM (not 5PM!!).  We are pretty prompt, so please be there on time. We will meet at our regular spot (parking lot accessed by Kalapawai, meet by the canal) and return there for pick-up around 6:30PM.

    • A NOTE TO NEW RUNNERS:  No one ever started running without a learning curve.  If you’re new to running, this is the perfect place to start.  No judgement, we are all out for the same thing…to challenge and improve ourselves. 


The Kailua Family Promise 5K!

By the time regular season starts, our goal is to have every Bulldog Runner complete a 5K.  

We are helping you with this by having runs twice a week with the goal to be able to run in the Family Promise 5K.  At this point, speed doesn’t matter, endurance does!  

 As a school group, we are given a special rate of $15 per person, so follow the link and sign up as soon as possible.  LJA XC Ohana welcome as well.  It’s for a great cause!!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and be sure to put our weekly runs on your calendar!! 


Coach Jenny Helman, Todd Bessinger, Liz Dietrich, Dante Oliva and Christina Hoe

                Contact:  Coach Jenny Helman at

Boys Basketball gr. 7-12:

Starts  June 8, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Practices will be on Mondays - Fridays for all levels.  Information regarding Summer League will be given by Coach Ken Powell at practices.

                Contact:  Coach Ken Powell at

Girls Basketball gr. 7-12:

Starting  June 2, 2015 on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at LJA Gym,  3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m. until July 31, 2015. 

                Contact:  Coach Mark Matsumoto at

Girls Volleyball gr. 7-12:

Announcing new Varsity Head Coach:  Lee Lamb

Starting July 7, 2015:  

Varsity and Jr. Varsity - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at LJA Gym, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Intermediate - effective 7/22/15: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at LJA Gym, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

                Contact:  Coach Lee Lamb at

 Kayaking gr. 9-12:

Starting June 22, 2015 on Mondays and Thursdays at 951 Kainui Drive, Kailua at 7:00a.m.-8:30 a.m.

                Contact:  Coach Kati Erwin at

Boys Water Polo gr. 7-12:

                Contact: Coach Matt Bittick at

 Pac-5 Sports:

 Football gr. 7-12:

                Contact:  Coach Kip Botelho 223-7101  or

 Other Pac-5 sports please contact LJA Athletic Office at 261-0707 ext 1140 or


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