HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Athletics Department held a blessing of its new “H-Zone” retail store at Ward Centre Monday. Among the attendees included UH President David Lassner, UH-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, coaches and staff.
The store officially opens on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. while the new website H-ZoneOnline.com will be launched at the same time.
The “H-Zone” store at Ward Centre in Kaka’ako is situated next to the Island Olive Oil Company and across from the Goma Tei Ramen restaurant. The store will feature a wide array of men’s, women’s, and youth apparel, as well as assorted spirit items bearing the UH Athletics’ brands.
The store’s hours will be 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking is conveniently located in the parking structure adjacent to the store and there is 30-minute free parking available on the main level, just outside the “H-Zone” entrance.
All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit UH teams and student-athletes.
Commemorative Dave Shoji T-Shirts
UH Athletics is commemorating Dave Shoji’s 40th season as head coach of the UH women’s volleyball team with a special commemorative logo, which will be featured on t-shirts (white and gray) with the logo on the front and many of Coach Shoji’s career accomplishments on the back. Once the season begins, mini and regulation-size volleyballs featuring the Coach Shoji commemorative logo will be sold at the UH women’s volleyball matches at the “H-Zone” locations between gates A & B in the Stan Sheriff Center concourse.
Free Tickets To UH Sporting Events
For each $50 in merchandise purchased at the “H-Zone” store or online, customers will receive a voucher redeemable for one (1) free ticket to the UH sporting event of their choice (up to a $40 value). Tickets are based on availability and are located in special sections.
Prizes From UH Corporate Partners
UH Athletics will award prizes donated by UH Corporate Partners to individuals who visit the “H-Zone” store at Ward Center. Fans just need to provide their business card or fill out a brief form and they will be entered into the drawing. No purchase is required.
Discounts On Under Armour Products
Members of UH Athletics’ booster clubs and UH Alumni Association paid members will receive a 15% discount on Under Armour purchases at the “H-Zone” store at Ward by presenting their membership card. Also, UH season-ticket holders in all UH sports will receive a 10% discount on UA products.
The “H-Zone” Ward store will host radio shows, autograph sessions, coaches’ presentations, special events, etc. On July 1, the “Sports Animals” radio show, featuring ESPN 1420’s Chris Hart and Gary Dickman, will broadcast live from the “H-Zone” store at Ward Center from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Corporate Partners Help Defray Costs
In order to maximize net revenue from merchandising operations, UH Athletics has entered into corporate partnerships with local companies, which have provided products or services to help defray various expenses. These companies include: the Howard Hughes Corporation, Hilo Hattie, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Under Armour, UPS, Peterson Sign Company, and Island Flooring.
Expanded Operations At Other Venues
In addition to the new “H-Zone” store and website, UH Athletics will expand merchandising operations in the Stan Sheriff Center and Les Murakami Stadium, with additional retail locations in the concourse. Merchandising operations will also be expanded at other UH facilities and sporting events.