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* This season, The Hawaiian Kids consists of 5 teams: 359A, 359B, 3590A, 3590B, & 3590C

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Hawaii State VEX Championship

After another full year of competition around the state of Hawaii, it was finally time for the VEX High School Hawaii State Championship. This year the event was held on the neighbor island Maui at the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, this is were the best in the state of Hawaii will be decided. For Waialua teams 359A, and 359B would be competing for the crown.

The Hawaiian Kids left Oahu at 6:00A.M thursday morning so they could get a head start on activities they wanted to do on Maui. First they made a quick stop at the Krispy Kreme Kahului other than that the day consisted of shopping and a nice dinner at Genki Sushi.

Friday the Hawaiian Kids decided to kill some time and Miniature Golf. After that they went back to the hotel to pick up their robots and drove straight to the Kamehameha Campus. had a chance , set up their pits, and get inspected. Since tomorrow would be full with matches teams made sure their skill challenges were ready to run the following day. By the end of the evening all the Waialua teams were ready for the qualification matches on Saturday.

Saturday was the main event. Every team was scheduled to play nine qualification matches and after that the best robots would move on to the elimination rounds. Throughout qualifications teams would also go through judging and continue trying skill runs. After some of the hardest qualification matches of the year each of the teams managed to survive all of the qualification matches. 359A finished ranked second at 5-1(294 SP). 359B finished as the 25th ranked team at 2-4(245 SP). 359A as the second seeded alliance captain choose 1973A and 7132B. 359B was picked in the second round by the fifth seeded alliance captained by 2460 and 4142B. With all the Waialua teams making elimination, there was a good chance for any one of them to bring home the state title.

After two matches both 359 teams won their quarter final matches. The semi-finals were a bit different. 359A moved on after two matches but sadly after 2 hard fought matches 359B’s alliance went down. With 359A going against team 1973B a (very excellent robot) in the finals it would be a great way to end the tournament but after two exciting final matches, 359A’s alliance was crowned Hawaii State Champions.

Overall, Waialua achieved all of their goals at the state championships. Both teams managed to qualify for the world championships. That wasn't all that was achieved at the tournament 359A also won the Think Award, Driver Skills with a score of 47, Programming Skills with a score of 33, Tournament Champion and The Excellence Award thats a total of 5 trophies. Overall 359 was the most outstanding team at the tournament.

 

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Hawaiian Electric Company Middle School VEX Championship

On December 12-13, 2014 The Hawaiian Electric Companies Middle School VEX State Championship took place at Stevenson Middle School. Only Waialua middle school VEX teams competed (3590A, 3590B, and 3590C), and it was their best chance to qualify for the VEX World Championships by either winning the Design or Excellence Awards. Arriving at 4:00P.M on Friday teams began inspecting their robot and working on skills challenges since placing high in both skill categories gives you a good shot at winning the Excellence Award.

Saturday finally came and as soon as the facilities were opened teams rushed in to prepare for the days competition. Each team had a total of seven qualification matches. After the Qualification rounds Team 3590A (Rank 2) had a record of 7-0, and Team 3590C (Rank 8) had a record of 4-3. In the alliance selection, Team 3590A was quickly chosen by the top seeded alliance, and soon thereafter Team 3590C was chosen by the second seeded alliance. 3590B was selected as a third partner by the first seeded alliance. Both teams 3590A, 3590B and 3590C won their quarter final matches and proceeded to the semi-finals. Unfortunately in the Finals teams 3590A and 3590B had to face team 3590C. After three hard fought matches 3590A and 3590B beat 3590C.  After all was said and done, the winning alliance consisted of Team 4119A from Kohala Middle School , and Teams 3590A and 3590B from Waialua Intermediate School. The two world championship qualifying awards which included the Design and Excellence Awards went to team 4109 (Design) and team 3590A(Excellence). All the Waialua teams did well and represented our school proudly.

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Asia-Pacific VEX Robotics Championship

On Saturday, November 29, VEX team 359A left the islands and traveled all the way across the globe to attend the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Vex Championship held in Dongguan China, after arriving in Guangzhou on Monday December 1, the team went straight to the hotel along with Team 4119 Kohala Middle School. After checking into the hotel the team went straight to the tournament to pass inspection and do basic checks on their robots. The next day came by in a flash, this day was the beginning of the competition. After three matches team 359A had a record of 3-0.

Wednesday was the second day of the competition. The day began with opening ceremonies. Shortly after 359A had to que up for a match. In between matches team 359A attempted their skills challenges scoring a 44 in Robot Skills and a 10 in Programming Skills.  The competition this day didn't treat 359A well losing 3 matches tieing 1 and winning 1. 359A went back to the hotel preparing for the next day.

Thursday was the last day of competition. Luckily team 359A won their last match of the tournament and finished the tournament with a record of 4-3-1. Luckily from previous matches 359A played in their robot was very high on their alliance list. During alliance selections the third seeded team the Panda Kings and chose team 3880X to round out the alliance. After three hard matches 359A was eliminated. 359 wouldn't be walking away empty handed though they won the tournament Excellence Award and the Robot Skills runner up. So not only was this tournament a great experience but 359A qualified for the World Championships once again.

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TMT Big Island VEX Tournament

This past weekend on November 22nd, 2014, teams 359A and 3590A competed at the TMT Big Island VEXTournament. This tournament was held at Kohala High School in Kapaau, Hawaii. The team flew in on thefirst flight out to Kona on Saturday. Being that Kapaau is on the Waimea side of the island, we had to drive one hour from the airport to the tournament. Even with all the traveling involved the teams were very excited to be competing this weekend.

Having only one day to compete the teams quickly set-up and prepared themselves for their skills challenges and qualification match play. With some minor set backs from both teams on their programming skill, team 359A was still able to take the programming skills champion with a score of 15 and trailing right behind them was team 3590A with a score of 11. With no obstacles in their way for driving skills team 359A was able to claim a victory with a score of 43 and still trailing behind team 3590A with a score of 40. With an outstanding performance 3590A was able to go undefeated in all 8 qualification matches ranking 1st and even gave 359A their only loss, ending up with a record of 7-1 and ranking 2nd. Going into alliance selection 3590A picked up 359A as their first pick and 2460 as their second pick. With only 7 alliances the 1st seed had a by advancing them into the semi-finals. After winning both matches in the quarter finals the first seeded alliance advanced to the finals having to go against 7312, 4119A and 2455. With both alliances playing very hard, it was a very competitive match, but in the end the first seeded alliance ended up winning both matches and became the tournament champions.

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West Oahu VEX Tournament

On November 15th, 2014 The Hawaiian Kids Traveled to the U.H West Oahu Campus for their competition. 41 teams from all over the state competed at this competition, 5 of them being Teams from 359, 359A, 359B, 3590A, 3590B, and 3590C. As soon as teams were let into the facilities each team began fine tuning their autonomous. As soon as qualification matches began, the Hawaiian Kids had a rough start but as the day went on Teams started moving forward in the rankings. The first team to be selected was team 359A by the first seed team 1973D their 2nd pick was team 7312B. 3590A was then selected by the second seed, team 394 who then chose team 1973C to wrap up the alliance. Next to be chosen was team 359B by team 7312 as their final pick they chose team 2932B. Team 3590B was the 7th seed captain and chose team 4142B as their first pick and chose team 8050 as their second pick. Sadly 3590C was not chosen to be part of an alliance. 3590A and 359B breezed through quarterfinal matches. 359A and 3590B had a few technical complications and were eliminated during quarterfinals. 3590A and 359B faced off in semifinals after three very hard fought matches team 3590A came out on top. 3590A after 2 matches very exciting matches, in the finals came out to be tournament champions. Tournament Champion was not the only award the Hawaiian Kids brought home, 359A also won Robot skills and Alumni William Blaser won the Volunteer of The Year. In the end The Hawaiian Kids look forward to future competitions and only hope to become more successful in their matches to come.

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Central Oahu VEX Tournament

On Friday October 31 (Halloween) Teams 359A, 359B, 3590B, and 3590C traveled to Mililani High School. As soon as 359 arrived they wasted no time setting up their batteries and pit. Soon after teams began attempting their skills challenges. All teams placed highly in each challenge. 359A was 1st in programming with a score of 19, they were also tied for 1st in robot with a score of 43.

Saturday came and 359 was ready to begin, rushing inside the gym to work on their robots. Qualification matches began shortly. 3590B was the 1st seeded alliance with a record of 7-0 and chose the 14th seed team 359B, to round up their alliance they chose team 1973D. 359A was the 3rd seed with a record of 6-1 and selected 4142A and 4109. After doing their very best sadly team 3590C with a record of 2-5 was not chosen to compete in the playoffs. The two 359 alliances breezed through the quarterfinals. After three hard fought semi-final matches 3590C and 359B were knocked out. 359A however continued on. In the finals 359A faced off against 1973B, 1973A, and 2504A. After 3 hard fought matches the 3rd seed went down. 359 did not go home empty handed though. 359A won the excellence and programming skills award. This tournament was a great learning experience for all teams. 


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VIV Maui Fair VEX Tournament

On Thursday October 2nd The Waialua robotics Team left for the Maui Vex Tournament. 359A and 3590A left school early to make the flight to Maui. After going through the usual after flight procedures, The Hawaiian Kids checked into their hotel and then decided to go out and eat dinner.

The next day, Team 359 continued their self guided tour of Maui. After several more hours of exploring they travelled to Baldwin High School for Robot  Inspection and to attempt both of the Skills Challenges. Inspection went smoothly for both teams so they began working on their respective Skills Challenges. 359A and 3590A did extremely well moving their Robot Skills ranking up to 1st and 2nd in the competition. They also did well in programming skills as well.

Saturday came and so did the first matches. 359A continued their amazing record at this tournament after going undefeated with a record of 8-0, ending up ranked 1st. 3590A had some hard matches throughout the day having to go up against 359A so they ended up with a record of 6-2 and ranking of 4th. For alliance selections 359A chose 3590A as their first pick. They then picked 4442 X IPA for their second partner. The elimination matches went smoothly going undefeated to win the tournament also getting the highest match score in all of Hawaii so far. The Hawaiian Kids returned to Waialua with four trophies two Tournament Champions, Robot Skills and Excellence all in all this was a great tournament for 359.

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McKinley VEXposition

On September 19th The Hawaiian Kids travelled to Mckinley High school School for their Fourth competition of the 2014-2015 season. This time it was the Mckinley Vexposition. There were 38 teams competing. Including 359A, 359B, 3590A and 3590B proudly representing the Waialua robotics team. Friday consisted of the normal setup and inspection procedures, and all the teams used their time to prepare for Saturday.

Upon returning early Saturday morning, both teams busied themselves preparing for their matches, scouting other teams, and doing skills challenges. After qualification matches, 359A was ranked 5 with a record of 5-1, 359B was ranked 19th with a record of 3-3, 3590A was ranked 4th with a record of 5-0-1 and lastly 3590B was ranked 26 with a record of 2-4. 359A was the first to be chosen, by the number one ranked team, 1841 from Punahou High school, and in the second round the number one alliance chose team 4109 808 robotics to round out the alliance. 359B was selected by team 1973D from Mililani High School and chose 2932A to wrap up the alliance. 359B went up against team 394, 4208 and 394B, and after two hard fought  matches, unfortunately were eliminated from the tournament. 3590A and 3590B made it to the Semifinals but after two hard fought matches they were eliminated as well. After several rounds 359A made it to the finals one of their matches ended up as a tie, soon after the last match 359A won their fourth tournament. 359A also was the robot skills champion with a score of 40, and the programming skills with a score of 12 and 359A also won the excellence award. So, congratulations to all the teams.

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North Shore Middle School VEX Tournament

On September 12 and 13 the Hawaiian Kids hosted and competed in the North Shore Middle School VEX tournament. The event was held in the Waialua robotics facilities and the members that were not competing were volunteering to aid in the success of the tournament. Friday started out with setting up the tournament, and then opened up to teams who were prepared to check in. Friday was also the day on which teams could make use of the open skills challenge field.

Saturday came bright and early for the team. Doors opened at 7:30 so the team arrived at 6:30 to make sure everything was in order. Starting at 9:00 was a hectic series of qualification matches for the teams to earn their seed into the elimination matches. The Waialua Intermediate Teams ended up seeding 3rd, 6th, and 9th, out of a deep field of competition. 3590A was picked to be on the first seeded alliance with 394. 3590B was selected by team 4400. 3590C picked up team 4109. All three alliances made into the semifinals with 3590A even getting a bye. 3590C unfortunately lost to 3590B who faced 3590A in the finals. The finals consisted of two close matches with 3590A and 394 ending up victorious. 3590A also won the excellence and robot skill awards. Cody Miyitaki was fortunate enough to win the volunteer of the year award. It was a successful tournament and we hope to see all the teams next year!

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McKinley VEXhibition

On Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17th, The Hawaiian Kids traveled downtown for McKinley High School's "Vexhibition". This year 359 had more than one team competing. Competing was teams 359A, 359B and 3590A. In some matches there were 359’s challenging each other. 359A started off well and ended of qualification matches to finally end up with a record of 7-1 and was the 1st seed. 359B had some pretty tough matches throughout the day and ended qualification matches with a record of 4-4 seeded 11. Lastly 3590A had a great day finishing up with a record of 7-1 making them the 2nd seed. Team 359A selected 3590A to be their first partner and 368A, McKinley High School, to be their second partner. 359B chose team 4442X ,Island Pacific Academy and Team 2459A Nanakuli High school as their second partner.  Eliminations with new rules the 1st seed (359A and 3590A) got to sit out for quarterfinals a fix up their robots. For 359B after two hard fought matches against the 2nd seeded alliance they ended up being eliminated. 359A and 3590A breezed through the semifinals with a score of 80 and went to the finals for the fifth consecutive time hoping to make three consecutive years of being champion. After two matches the 1st seed took the tournament. Winning was not the only award that was won that day though. The 359A also won the Driver Skills challenge, Design award and the highest level award, the Excellence Award.

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International VEX Summer Games

On July 10, 2014 The Hawaiian Kids participated in the International VEX Summer Games. The competition lasted for 3 days at the Honolulu Convention Center. The first day consisted of setting up practice fields and getting robots inspected. They also had to prepare themselves for robot and programming skills challenges. Team members perfected their autonomous’ as the day went on. When the day came to an end, 359A and 359B were confident that their robots were ready for the next day.

The second day was the start of qualification matches. 359A participated in the Toss-Up Division going against 56 other teams. The team had a record of 8-0. On the other hand, 359A and 359B competed in the Skyrise Division with 25 teams competing. When 359A and 359B had a chance to work on their skills challenges, they were able to score in the top five in robot and programming skills. At the end of the day, both teams had a record of 7-1. After the competition, the team was fortunate enough to be invited to a team social where we were served pizza and juice and had the opportunity to socialize and get to know other teams from around the world.

On Saturday, the final day of the competition started with the last qualification matches followed by the alliance selections. 359B was partnered with 2439X (Baldwin Robotics) and 4080 (Rockwell High School) While 359A was teamed up with 394 (Highlands Intermediate) and 4142B (Pearl City High School Robotics) After exciting elimination matches, in the Skyrise Division 359A was the Robot Skills Champions, Tournament Champions, and Excellence Award Winners. Winning these awards also qualifies them for the 2015 VEX World Championships! While 359A in the Toss-up Division won the Robot Skills Champion and the Amaze Award.  

 

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RIMPAC VEX Invitational

On Saturday, July 5th The Hawaiian Kids traveled downtown for the RIMPAC Vex Invitational which was held on Pearl Harbor. This tournament is Hawaii's (and 359's) first VEX competition for the year. For this tournament the students did not drive the robots instead they handed their controllers to sailors. Lucky enough 359A got a sailor who was pretty decent at driver. 359A started the day off well and ended off qualification matches to finally end up with a record of 3-1. They ended up being the first seed. Team 359A selected team 2504 The Farrington Governors. It would only be a best two out of three match against the first and second seeded alliances. 359A and 2504 went up against team 2437 Sacred Hearts Academy and team 3008 Kalani High school. After two hard fought matches the first seeded alliance came out as tournament champions. Winning was not the only award that was won that day though. The Hawaiian Kids also won the Driver and Programming Skills challenge. It was a great day and a great way to start off the season for Team 359.

 

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