South Hoboken Menehunes

Does anyone else think it’s weird that local high schools have sports teams such as Hilo Vikings, Maryknoll Spartans, Mililani Trojans, and Kahuku Red Raiders? I know that teams across the country have the same names, but the percentage of students at Hilo High who have Norse blood must be miniscule.

Sure, I can see the appeal of naming a team after bold explorers and warriors, but wouldn’t schools in the middle of the pacific be more inclined to be named the Samurais or Terra Cotta Soldiers? Alas, there are no Samurais. There are Aliis, Menehunes, Seariders, Seasiders, Silverswords (a plant that only grows in Hawaii and only at very high elevations), and Rainbows, which makes much more sense, but if we can have Vikings in Hawaii, could there be a school somewhere that’s got a team of Menehunes? It seems unlikely, but I’ll bet there are schools in California whose teams are called Vikings; Menehunes in Cali make a lot more sense than Vikings, don’t you think?

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