Honolulu Little League (formerly Kaimuki Little League) is believed to be one of the oldest existing Little Leagues in the State, playing its first season in 1954. Currently, Honolulu Little League is a member of District 6 along with the ‘Aiea and Halawa Little Leagues.
Last year, Honolulu Little League won the Little League World Series for the Majors Division (11-12 year olds) defeating Curacao 13-3 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Honolulu Little League also won the Little League World Series in 2018 defeating South Korea 3-0. They also finished third in the Little League World Series in 2021. Honolulu Little League won the Hawaii State Championship in 2014, as well as in 1997 (as Kaimuki Little League).
Although most people use the term “little league” loosely to refer to any kind of organized baseball played by youth, Little League legally refers only to the leagues and teams associated with Little League, Inc., founded in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1938. At its core, the purpose of Little League is to provide a safe, fun, wholesome combination of recreation and competition to boys and girls ages 5-18 through regular season play among local teams. Little League is the cornerstone of youth baseball and symbolizes the very best in youth sports for more than six decades. Little League is played by nearly 3 million boys and girls in all 50 states and over 80 countries.
Little League’s “flagship” division is its “Majors” division played by 11 and 12 year olds. This is the division highlighted in the Little League World Series. Fifteen Little League teams from Hawaii have competed in the Little League World Series. Four Hawaii teams have won the Little League World Series—Ewa Beach Little League in 2005, Waipio Little League in 2008, and Honolulu Little League in 2018 and 2022.
Little League also competes nationally and internationally at the Seniors (15-16 year olds), Juniors (13-14 year olds) and Intermediate (11-13 year olds) divisions. In 2022, Honolulu Little League’s Juniors team won the Hawaii State Championship and Western Regional Championship and made it to the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Michigan. The Minors division (9-10 year olds) only competes at the state level.
Little leagues have been organized in Hawaii since pre-statehood and are currently divided into five (5) districts: District 1 – Windward Oahu and Kauai; District 3 – Lanai, Maui, and Molokai; District 4 – Big Island; District 6 – South Oahu; District 7 – West Oahu.
In 2019, Honolulu Little League had its first softball teams. That year, Honolulu Little League’s Majors softball team won the Hawaii State Championship and the Western Regional Championship, and ended up in 7th place at the World Series in Portland, Oregon. In 2022, Honolulu Little League’s Seniors softball team won the Hawaii State Championship.
Little League Softball® strengthens self-esteem, promotes teamwork and sportsmanship, and develops on-field fundamentals while providing a competitive outlet for girls. Founded in 1974, the program has more than 25,000 softball teams and 360,000 participants worldwide. Working to grow the game of softball at the grassroots, Little League has collaborated with more than 25 countries to create a foundation for success. Little League Softball includes divisions of play for girls ages 4 to 16, which culminates at three Softball World Series tournaments for international competition and friendship.