Ewa Makai Girl To Play In U.S. Youth Soc­cer Cup At Wai­pio

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

Soc­cer isn’t merely the sport of choice for D’awncey “Kitty” Jones Ka­maka, but rather a life­style. That much was cer­tain early on to her par­ents, Del and Dawny Jones Ka­maka.

“I was play­ing in women’s leagues and coach­ing (at Wa­ianae High School and with lo­cal clubs), and she was al­ways at the field — she was born into it,” said mom Dawny. “When she was 6, things re­ally took off. Since then, soc­cer has be­come her life.”

Kitty has be­come one of the most vis­i­ble play­ers in her age group in Hawaii. Al­though only 12, the Ewa Makai Mid­dle School stu­dent made four soc­cer­re­lated trips to the Main­land in the past year alone.

Most re­cently, she played for the Rush Se­lect Na­tional Team, which com­peted at the Pres­i­dents’ Day Tour­na­ment and Desert Clas­sic in Phoenix in Fe­bru­ary. This weekend, she’ll be back in ac­tion with her reg­u­lar team, Hawaii Rush 2001, to play in the U.S. Youth Soc­cer Hawaii State Cup at Wai­pio Soc­cer Penin­sula. Kitty took some time away from the prac­tice field re­cently to visit with Mid­Week’s West Oahu Is­lan­der.

What is your ear­li­est sports-re­lated mem­ory? I re­mem­ber play­ing soc­cer for the first time in AYSO when I was 4. It was fun, even though I didn’t know how to play. I re­mem­ber I was given an award for Most Out­stand­ing Player.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My mom. She raised me into want­ing to play soc­cer. She used to be a good soc­cer player, and we used to stay at the park to watch her play. That caught my at­ten- tion. She had cancer (in 2008), and soc­cer helped me not to think about it as much.

What area of your game have you been fo­cus­ing on lately? My stamina, so I don’t get tired dur­ing a 60-minute game. You don’t want to get tired — it could give the other team a counter-at­tack.

What do you like best about play­ing soc­cer? There’s no pres­sure. It’s just a fun thing to do.

Who is your hardestwork­ing team­mate — the girl who gives 110 per­cent at all times? Ais­lynn Crow­der. She al­ways tries hard. She’s younger and smaller than the rest of us, but she shows she can play with us. She’s a de­fender who knows she can get the ball when­ever she wants to.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? YouTube. I like to watch soc­cer leg­ends like Ney­mar ( da Silva San­tos Jr.), Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and (Lionel An­dres) Messi.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? Clean­ing the kitchen. I also clean my room, clean my bath­room, take out the trash and watch my sib­lings.

What movie could you watch over and over? Prometheus.

What do you like to watch on tele­vi­sion? Game shows, and I like the news.

How do you like to spend your free time? I like hang­ing out with my friends or just train­ing. Ev­ery­thing we do in­volves some form of soc­cer.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have an end­less sup­ply of just one food. What would it be? Poi.

Given the chance, what celebrity would you most like to meet? (Soc­cer icon) Pele.

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