The Maui Invitational is an early-season NCAA Basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii on the week of Thanksgiving. Eight teams participate in the annual tournament, including Chaminade University of Honolulu, who made the tournament possible after upsetting the heavily-favored Virginia Cavaliers in 1982. The rest of the field is comprised of selected teams from the six major conferences, including the Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, ACC and the SEC. This year's participants are Chaminade, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Virginia, Washington and Witchita State.
When the tournament tips off today, you may notice some of the players wearing special versions of the Nike Hyperdunk 2010. Created specifically for the Maui Invitational, this Hyperdunk features a white synthetic upper with metallic silver wave and palm tree graphics. The words "Maui" and " “no ka ‘oi” ("the best") appear in white on the toebox. The Swoosh and tongue graphics are done in black, while silver returns to finish things up on the inner liner and outsole. To customize the shoes, eight different sets of laces have been provided, so that players can represent their school's colors proudly.