Holland Football University signs 3-year partnership with Hui Kanaka Pōwāwae

coaches talentdevelopment Apr 22, 2021

We can proudly announce that Holland Football University signed a 3-year partnership with Hui Kanaka Pōwāwae, the Hawaiian Football Association. We are looking forward to collaborate in these three years and support Hawaiian Football to a higher platform by investing in talent development and coach education programs. Holland Football University will annually have an on-site program to create unique opportunities for top players to develop their potential.


Mary Kok-Willemsen (Owner, Holland Football University):

“It is our pleasure to sign this partnership with passionate professionals like Ian Mork – who I’ve known for decades; and Vernon Kapua‘ala and his team – who invest fully in developing the best player pathways and serve ambitious coaches with Coaching Education and mentoring.  Every talent – the right opportunity.”


Ian Andrew Mork (Technical Director, Hui Kanaka Pōwāwae):

“This is a special moment for the future of football [“soccer”] in Hawaiʻi.  As a former women’s professional coach and technical director, Mary’s specific expertise will provide our female players and coaches with a reference for the standards and demands at the highest levels in the women’s (international) game.  I can assure any motivated player or coach who has the opportunity to be led by Mary will be inspired to push themselves to a higher level.”



Hui Kanaka Pōwāwae is a member of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). The nonprofit organization works to help elevate the game of football and improve the overall well-being of players and their futures. Nā’Ālapa Hawai’i (the national team) is created to cultivate national identity through the sport of association Futsal and Football.


Vernon Kapuaʻala, President and CEO, Hui Kanaka Pōwāwae:

“The timing could not be better to launch this partnership.  We are riding an extraordinary wave of momentum right now with Ke Kikowaena Lauaki (our Talent Centers) leading to our Showcase of Talents.  To have Mary – a professional who operates at the highest level of the game – join the Hui will help us maintain the surge we are currently experiencing.  Our vision has become hers.  This sense of shared destiny will undoubtedly be mutually and collectively beneficial through the growth of the game.”


Holland Football University is specialized in coach education and talent development. We provide Clubs and Federations the opportunity to create a tailor-made approach for their players and coaches staff at your own accommodation, or welcome you in Holland. Interested in the possibilities and opportunities we could offer your club and/or Federation? Visit our Club and Federation page for more information.

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