SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Little League World Series is nearing the home stretch and families are among the few fans allowed to cheer on players.
Without any international players this year, the Honolulu team has traveled the farthest for the games, nearly 5,000 miles.
Eric and Luv Passi are grateful their son has the opportunity of a lifetime to play ball in South Williamsport and they came all the way from Hawaii to support their 11-year-old son, Kamau during the Little League World Series.
“It’s been a good journey for him and that’s what pushes my husband and I to just keep going because it’s been a long trip,” said Kamau’s mother, Luv Passi. “Kamau has been playing baseball since he was four and is thrilled to be playing in this year’s games.”
“When I found out, it was very exciting because I’ve never been there and it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we might not be able to do this again,” said Kamau Passi.
Because of COVID restrictions, his parents haven’t been able to spend time with Kamau since they arrived. Although they’re grateful to be here, it’s been tough.
“Because of the Little League rules, they’re trying to keep any interactions between the parents to prevent any spread of COVID. So we only see the boys at the field,” said Kamau’s father Eric Passi.
“We’re a very family-oriented family, so to not to be able to hug him and kind of be with him has been a little difficult,” said Luv.
Kamau and his team are gearing up for Game 3 and like so many families, his parents are hoping to win the tournament.
“If they make it all the way, it will be well worth it and then we can celebrate with the boys when we get back,” said Eric.
Honolulu plays Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against Michigan.