Victory for Kuli808: Local Duo Wins Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA) Doubles Championship

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Photo: (From left to right) Tim Estes, Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA) Acting President/Vice President; Edward Bazan, PCDBA Secretary/Treasurer; Vuong Ho, Team Kuli808; Bryce Takaki, Team Kuli808; and Eric Dela Pena, PCDBA Tournament Chairperson.

On June 27-30, 2016, the Hawaii Silent Bowlers (HSB) hosted a tournament in Las Vegas, NV, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA). Among the highlights were two local boys – Vuong Ho and Bryce Takaki – who took home top honors in the doubles competition.

The pair competed under the name Kuli808. “Kuli” is the Native Hawaiian word for a person who is Deaf and “808” is the telephone area code for Hawaii. According to Ho and Takaki, the competition was one of the larger ones they’ve participated in. HSB and PCDBA booked a 72-lane bowling facility, each of which was occupied by a team of Deaf bowlers from across the country.

For Ho and Takaki, the large number of competitors made their victory all the sweeter.

“It was an honor to represent Hawaii’s Deaf community,” Takaki said. “We were fortunate to do well in the doubles competition and bring home the championship.”

Takaki bowled a game-high of 255, which was 15 points off the tournament record. With a 50-point handicap, this gave Takaki a final impressive score of over 300.

“I had the hot hand,” Takaki explained. “So I just took it one bowl at a time, and Vuong [Ho] did his part to make sure we came out on top together.”

Ho, who has won several competitions in the past, provided sure-handed stability to secure the PCDBA Doubles Championship. Together, Ho and Takaki eclipsed 1500 points en route to their title.

“Winning feels great!” Ho said. “I’ve competed in events over the years and have done fairly well, but this is my first time winning a doubles competition.”

Ho and Takaki attribute their success to the popularity of bowling within Hawaii’s Deaf community. The two also competed for the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind bowling team when they were students.