Games and Competition
Special Olympics Hawaii (SOHI) offers 3 Statewide Competitions and numerous Regional and Area Competitions annually.
Statewide competitions are considered the state championships in those sports. All athletes must have completed a season-long training program, met delegation, Area, and State training requirements, and competed in either Area or Regional competitions to advance to state competition.
Special Olympics Hawaii‘s Summer Games has been held since 1968. The Summer Games is held at the University of Hawaii, usually on the weekend prior to Memorial Day. This event features 3 days of competition for over 700 athletes in Track & Field (Athletics), Swimming (Aquatics), Powerlifting, and Softball (includes Unified® Softball, Coach Pitch, T-Ball, and Individual Skills). The Summer Games marks the end of the Spring season. Over 2,500 volunteers make this event happen. more info
The Aukake Classic is held towards the end August at Waiau District Park in Pearl City. Competition includes 5-a-side Traditional and Unified Soccer tournaments, Individual Skills Soccer and Traditional and Unified® Bocce Doubles competition for over 300 athletes. The Aukake Classic marks the end of the Summer season. Over 400 volunteers make this event happen. more info
The Holiday Classic is held in early December at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. This event includes a multi-division 2 day Basketball tournament and Individual Skills Competition, Singles, and Unified® Team Bowling competitions, and traditional and Unified® Doubles Bocce tournaments for over 800 athletes. The Holiday Classic marks the end of the Fall season. Over 1,000 volunteers make this event happen. more info
Regional (Multi-Area) Competitions
SOHI also offers numerous regional (multi-Area) competitions. Neighbor Island Regional Competitions, open to athletes from the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai, are partially funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. They include a Swim meet in Maui, Softball Tournaments on the Big Island and Maui, a Basketball Tournament in Hilo, and a Powerlifting competition in Kona. Oahu Regional competitions include athletes from the 3 Oahu Areas (Central/Honolulu, Leeward, and Windward). Oahu-wide competitions are offered in Swimming, Softball, Powerlifting, Bocce, Soccer, Unified® Bowling and Basketball.
Most of the Area Programs offer Track & Field and Bowling competitions for the athletes within that Area and some Area Programs offer Bocce competitions.