Instead of London, it was Hawaii for the the 2010 Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team.
The team was denied travel opportunity to play in London after a passport dispute grounded them in the United States.
It made for great use of the unused London tickets.
Indian Country Today reports that the team not only participated in the Hawaii Lacrosse 20th Anniversary Invitational Tournament in Waikiki, but also held a clinic with Native Hawaiian students.
“We were given a very elaborate greeting (at the University of Hawaii’s Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies), and we remarked that it was similar in spirit and protocol to our traditional greeting ceremony. It was the unification of the two groups. We were very at home,” Percy Abrams, the team’s executive director, told reporter Cindy Luis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The clinic “was much more than a cultural exchange. For the students at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue, the Hawaiian immersion school in Palolo Valley, it was an educational experience that linked the Hawaiian sovereignty issue to the recognition problems encountered by the (Iroquois Nationals) last summer,” Luis reported.