Charger Standout Seeks Strong Finish

As a three-year varsity player on the Pearl City volleyball team, Kacie Chinen has played in her share of big matches. Now the senior libero is looking for the perfect ending to what has already been a noteworthy prep career.

The Chargers’ schedule issetupforhertodo exactly that, with a pair of home games this week versus Leilehua (Wednesday) and Waianae (Saturday) to close out the season. The outcome of both games will be critical to Pearl City’s playoff seeding, with the OIA post-season set to begin in the coming days. With her eligibility clock ticking, Chinen recently took some time away from the volleyball court to visit with MidWeek’s West Oahu Islander.

Who has had the biggest impact on your life? My Grandma Chinen. She was a good role model who took good care of us grand- kids and great-grandkids.

What is your earliest sports-related memory? Probably playing PAL vol- leyball with my cousins. It was more a fun thing then. My (older) cousins had played volleyball and were coaching us.

How would you assess the season so far? I think everyone’s gotten way better since the summer began. There’s a big difference (between then to now).

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned through athletics? To be a team player.

Who is Pearl City’s best practice player — the girl who gives 110 percent at all times? Taylor Inong. She’s always encouraging everybody, she’s always hustling for balls and she never gives up.

What Internet site do you frequent the most? Tumblr.

What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathroom — the tub, the toilet and the sink. I hate it.

What movie could you watch over and over? 21 Jump Street.

What’s in your iPod? Hip-hop and reggae. Common Kings is one of my favorites.

When you have free time, how do you spend it? What are your favorite activities? Going to the beach with friends. I’ll go to any beach.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom date? (Actor and singer/songwriter) Dean Geyer.

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