After nearly 20 years since their last performances in the state, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will return to Hawaii for four games in May as part of their 2012 Championship Tour.
The Globetrotters will visit the islands May 11, 12, and 13, with games in Maui, Honolulu, and Hilo.
Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team are on sale now.
May 11, 2012: Maui – Maui War Memorial Gymnasium @ 7:00 p.m.May 12, 2012: Honolulu – Blaisdell Center @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.May 13, 2012: Hilo – Hilo Civic @ 2:00 p.m.
"The Globetrotters are excited to return to Hawaii and carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team," said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. "This year’s tour features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world."
Globetrotters Buckets Blakes and Wun The Shot Versher have been visiting the islands, taking in the sites and diving into the culture.
When the Globetrotters return for their Hawaii games in May, the 4-point sharp-shooting Blakes will be joined by Big Easy Lofton, the gregarious 6-9 superstar from New Orleans, who recently appeared in two series of the popular CBS-TV program, "The Amazing Race." Also scheduled to appear are dribbling sensations Scooter Christensen and Handles Franklin; high-flying dunkers Bull Bullard, Bones Millien, and the 2011 College Slam Dunk Champion, Jacob “Hops” Tucker, who sports a 50-inch vertical leap; 7-4 rookie Stretch Middleton; and TNT Maddox, the team’s first female player since 1993.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.