I am amazed at how popular volleyball is in Hawaii, both as a participant and spectator sport. Given the beach environment, I'm not surprised the volleyball nets are everywhere. If you like to play beach volleyball, Oahu is nirvana. But what surprises me as someone from the northeastern US is how much people pay attention to volleyball (both men's and women's) as a spectator sport. College volleyball is on prime-time TV and the local teams get wide coverage in the press. People seem to care about volleyball in Hawaii, whereas I'm not even sure University of Maryland has a team. I can't even recall if my own university had a team.