Island girl Kalei Mau conquering the concrete jungle

Mar 23, 2019

By: Alexandrea Suñga

JUST a glimpse of United Volleyball Club tough-woman Kalei Mau will instantly send you island-girl vibes.

The Fil-American the Philippine Super Liga shared her experiences and how is it growing up in Hawaii to moving in the Philippines for the love of volleyball.

Mau shared to SPIN Life that she is still on the stage of learning the Filipino people and culture.

Despite being new to the country, Mau is grateful that she’s been given a very warm welcome that being here immediately felt like home away from home.

“I’m kinda starting to grow my own little family around here. The community is great and I’m just starting to really feel at home so it’s been great,” she said during one of their games at The Arena in San Juan.

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    She also expressed the difference between Hawaiian and Filipino culture and how she continues to adjust especially when it comes to her attitude and lifestyle.

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    “This is still like in Asian culture, more conservative. Coming from the islands, that’s not really the thing,” she said.

    “I’ve adjusted the way that I dress and the kind of clothes that I wear, and the way that I act in public. That all just comes with adjusting to the new culture,” she added.

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    The UVC standout expressed that living in Hawaii is a lot slower-paced than the busy and always-rushing streets of Manila.

    Having her own ways and knowing almost everyone’s faces in the islands, she’s currently enjoying the thrill of meeting new people.

    “I know everyone’s face in Hawaii so here, I see so many different people. So many people actually and I love it,” she said.

    Mau also expressed how her UVC family gave her extra love and care and how they thoroughly helped her adjust with the culture and the life in the Philippines.

    “Since I’ve been here they’ve welcomed me like I was family. Not so much as they act towards the imports. Now that I’m seeing how they interact with the imports, they never interacted like that with me,” she said.

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    The prolific hitter is now part of national women’s volleyball team pool set to see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in Manila on December.

    When asked about how she feels about her recent attainment, Mau kept it short yet strong.

    “I feel accomplished. I feel like I’m ready to take the next step and play for the country,” she said.

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