LA Clippers will return to Hawaii

The L.A. Clippers and the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) today announced that the Clippers will return to Hawaii for training camp to begin preparations for the 2018-2019 season. The Clippers held their first-ever training camp in the Aloha State last preseason.
The Clippers will travel to Honolulu in late September and hold training camp at the University of Hawaii. Details and dates for training camp and other events will be announced at a later date.
“The whole Clippers organization, from our players to our staff and our fans, really enjoyed our time in Hawaii last preseason and we look forward to returning again next year,” Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker said. “With the help of our partners at the Hawaii Tourism Authority, we are excited to give back to the local community, showcase the beauty of the islands and experience the true aloha spirit.”
The team spent 10 days on the islands last preseason, holding numerous community and fan events, including opening a computer lab at R.L. Stevenson Middle School in Honolulu and holding a Fan Fest where hundreds of fans interacted with the team through games and autograph sessions while enjoying local food and activities.
“This marketing partnership is ideal for both of our futures,” Leslie Dance, HTA Vice President of Marketing and Product Development said. “The Clippers are one of the NBA’s hottest teams with a growing fan base in Hawaii and across the Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands is a favorite destination for travelers from Southern California.”
HTA’s comprehensive official marketing partnership with the Clippers began in December of 2016 and continues through the 2018-19 season, combining broadcast and online exposure with in-game promotions.
The partnership’s Los Angeles activations are highlighted by tonight’s Hawaii Night, which features performances by two Hawaii ukulele virtuoso performers and giveaways of a fresh flower lei or an “Aloha” Clippers hat to the first 10,000 Clippers fans in attendance. There will also be in-game contests to give away a free trip to Hawaii and a surfboard. Residents in Southern California can also enter a contest online at to win one of four trips to the island of Oahu.
Daniel Ho, a six-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the National Anthem at Hawaii Night tonight, joined by Halau Hula Kealii o Nalani under the direction of Kumu Hula Kealii Ceballos.
Taimane Gardner, whose artistry on the ukulele ranges from rock and flamenco to classical, will be the featured halftime performer.
Also entertaining the crowd with hula during the game will be Kekaiulu Hula Studio and Haloa Band.
About the L.A. Clippers
Led by Chairman Steve Ballmer, the L.A. Clippers in 2017-18 are competing in the franchise’s 49th season and 25th in Los Angeles. They are one of only two teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) to have won 50+ games in each of the past five completed seasons and have made the postseason for the past six seasons. The Clippers are committed to the city of Los Angeles and through the L.A. Clippers Foundation, make a positive difference for children in L.A. on a daily basis. The Clippers pride themselves on being a fan-first, diverse, tech-driven franchise that is focused on winning and giving fans the best game entertainment experience possible. Visit the Clippers online at or follow them on social media @LAClippers.
Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.