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Baseball in Hawaii evokes images of palm trees and sunshine, but when do Hawaii’s young players actually take the field? If you’re looking for a quick answer, most Hawaii Little League regular season games run from early February through mid-June.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Hawaii Little League including key dates, tournament schedules, age group details, and more.

Read on to get the full picture of when you can expect to see Hawaii’s talented young baseball stars playing under the island sun.

Background on Hawaii Little League Baseball

Overview and history

Little League baseball has a rich history in Hawaii, dating back to the 1950s when the first leagues were chartered on the islands. The sunny climate and baseball-loving culture makes Hawaii an ideal place for Little League. Some key events and facts:

  • The first Hawaii Little League charter was granted to Honolulu in 1953. Leagues soon spread to other islands.
  • In 2018, Hawaii hosted the Little League Baseball West Regional tournament for the first time.
  • Over 10,000 players participate in Little League in Hawaii every year across nearly 100 leagues.
  • Several Hawaii Little League teams have qualified for the Little League World Series over the years, bringing statewide pride and attention.
  • Hawaii leagues play mostly during the spring and early summer, avoiding the hottest and rainiest times of year.

League structure and divisions

Hawaii Little League follows the typical Little League age group divisions:

  • Tee Ball: Ages 4-6
  • Minors: Ages 7-11
  • Majors: Ages 9-12
  • Juniors: Ages 12-14
  • Seniors: Ages 13-16

Within most divisions, especially Minors and Majors, leagues will further separate players onto specific teams based on skill level to maintain parity and developmentally appropriate competition.

Key differences from mainland leagues

While sharing the same basic structure and rules, there are some variances that make Hawaii Little League baseball unique:

  • Fields may need protective netting around the outskirts to prevent fly balls from landing in the ocean.
  • Cultural tradition means Japanese-style cheers are common to root for teams.
  • Trade winds can impact games with strong gusts especially on certain fields.
  • Some fields are purposely built with all dirt infields instead of grass because of climate.
  • End-of-season tournaments commonly involve inviting top teams from other Hawaiian islands.

Hawaii Little League Regular Season

Key dates

The Hawaii Little League regular season typically runs from early February through mid-May. Here are some key dates:

  • Early February – Season kickoff and first games
  • Mid-March – All-star team selections begin
  • Early April – District tournaments start
  • Late April/Early May – Island championships held
  • Mid May – Regular season ends

Game days and times

Most Hawaii Little League games take place on weeknights (Mon-Thurs) and Saturdays. Weeknight games usually start between 5:30pm and 7:30pm to accommodate player schedules. Saturday games run throughout the day, generally starting as early as 8am.

Game durations depend on the age division, but most run between 1-2 hours including warmups. Scheduling varies by league but teams generally play 2 games per week.

Age group details

Division Ages Key Rules
Tee Ball 4-6 year olds Hit off batting tee; coach pitches; no scores/standings kept
Coach Pitch 6-8 year olds Coach pitches entire game; no leading off bases or stealing
Machine Pitch 7-9 year olds Pitching machine used; no walks allowed
Little League Majors 9-12 year olds Full baseball rules; modified field distances

The league’s focus is on fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun. Skills like throwing, catching, batting and position play are developed through coaching and experience. Many Hawaii Little League alumni have gone on to play baseball at higher levels.

Hawaii Little League Tournaments and All-Stars

District tournaments

The Hawaii Little League season culminates with district tournaments held annually in June. Teams across Oahu compete within their districts, such as District 1 which covers metro Honolulu or District 9 in central Oahu. The district champions then advance to the state tournament.

State tournament

The Hawaii Little League State Tournament brings together the 11 district champions from across islands like Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. They battle in an exhilarating double elimination tournament held in early July at fields in Central and Leeward Oahu.

The 2019 state champion was Central East Honolulu Little League.

Regional tournament

As state champion, Hawaii earns a berth to the West Regional Little League tournament held annually in August. This thrilling week-long tournament played in San Bernardino, California, pits Hawaii against all-star teams from other western states.

The winner of the West Regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Little League World Series

The Little League World Series is the pinnacle event each August for youth baseball worldwide. Hawaii has enjoyed immense success there, winning the LLWS championship 4 times including in 2018. Even when they fall short, advancing to Williamsport and competing on national TV against elite teams from places like California, Texas and Japan is an unforgettable feat for Hawaii all-star players.


Hawaii’s talented young baseball players take the field each year from February through August in Little League regular season, tournament, and all-star games.

The island schedule does have some differences from the mainland U.S. leagues, with games running through the winter and spring months when snow still covers fields elsewhere.

Now you have the full details on exactly when Hawaii Little League plays at the various levels. So grab your lawn chair, slather on the sunscreen, and head to the ball field to cheer on Hawaii’s All-Star teams as they represent the Aloha State on the national stage.

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