‘Dream come true’: West Side Hawaii Little League holds opening ceremony

  • Above: West Side Hawaii Little League’s Juniors team scrimmaged against Ka’u and North Hawaii’s Juniors teams Friday at the Old Kona Airport after the night’s opening ceremony. (

    Left: Surrounded by all 30 West Side Hawaii Little League teams, Hawaii County mayor Mitch Roth throws out the first pitch to Juniors player McKade Westlund at the league’s opening ceremony Friday evening at Old Kona Airport Park. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • All 30 teams and more than 400 players made the trip to Old Kona Airport Park for Friday’s opening ceremony. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Anuhea sang the Star-Spangled Banner and Hawaii Ponoi at Friday’s opening ceremony. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Surrounded by all the West Side Hawaii Little League teams, Hawaii County mayor Mitch Roth throws out the first pitch to Juniors player McKade Westlund at the league’s opening ceremony Friday evening at Old Kona Airport Park. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Unveiled during Friday’s ceremony were the pair of trophies West Hawaii teams will be vying for in future years. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA – Under the lights at the Old Kona Airport Park, with AC/DC playing over the loudspeaker, the aroma of barbecue in the air and the spring sun setting in the distance, Little League baseball made its long-awaited return to Kona Friday.