The 2017 NAPA Auto Parts Ultimate Sports Trivia Challenge “Final Four” event had something for everyone, including two past champions and a surprise newcomer making it to the title match. In the end, however, it was Royden Muranaka claiming his fourth Trivia Challenge championship, earning a year’s worth of bragging rights, plus a trip for two to Las Vegas to see the UH-UNLV football game!
Our good friends at Dave & Buster’s hosted our “Final Four” event in their beautiful Pa’ina Hale Showroom.
Enjoy our photo gallery from the event!
Our “Final Four” contestants, L-R: Royden Muranaka, Chuck Narikiyo, Peter Sampaga and Steve Lettau.
Besides their prizes for their respective finishes, each Final Four contestant got to take home these special goodies!
While the trivia action was hot and heavy inside the Pa’ina Hale Showroom, some people snuck away for a quick game or two in the arcade.
The Sports Animals duo of Chris Hart (left) and Gary Dickman did a live broadcast from the D&B Showroom.
The first semi-final match was a classic battle between former champions Royden Muranaka (left) and Chuck Narikiyo. Down 4-1, Royden pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Chuck and get into the championship match!
Event creator Bobby Curran again did a masterful job as the event’s moderator.
Kyle Galdeira and ESPN 1420’s Ku’ulei Agbayani were on hand to catch the festivities. You can listen to their podcasts on Sideline Hawaii, the official app of ESPN 1420.
Peter Sampaga advanced to his second consecutive “Final Four” berth. Good job, Pete!
First-time “Final Four” contestant Steve Lettau got past Peter Sampaga to advance to the championship match against Royden Muranaka.
Sony Open Hawaii’s Justin George (center) with the Sports Animals. 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of the Sony Open!
Longtime Trivia Challenge contestant Mike Fujioka, who passed away earlier this year, was honored at the “Final Four” event. Mike was a terrific sports fan and an even better human being.
On display were many items from Mike Fujioka’s personal collection of sports memorabilia and programs.
Mike’s beautiful and charming girlfriend, Faye Nakashima, was on hand to represent him.
Chuck Narikiyo (left) held off Peter Sampaga to claim Third Place.
The championship match was destined to be a rock’em, sock’em affair!
Finalists Royden Muranaka (left) and Steve Lettau.
Royden pulled away at the end to earn his fourth NAPA Auto Parts Ultimate Sports Trivia Challenge title. See you in Las Vegas, Royden!
Royden Muranaka accepts his First Place award from Greg Silliman, Sales Manager of NAPA Auto Parts Hawaii.
The Celebrity Challenge followed the championship match. Representing NAPA Auto Parts Hawaii were Greg Silliman (left) and Alan Kaya
ESPN 1420’s Bobby Curran and Gary Dickman were eager to test their sports trivia mettle against the opposing celebrity teams.
UH Athletics fielded a celebrity team of UH men’s volleyball head coach Charlie Wade (left) and assistant coach Joshua Walker.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser captured the Celebrity Challenge last year. This time around, they were represented by award-winning writers Dave Reardon and Brian McInnis.
Chris Hart emceed the Celebrity Challenge.
Bobby Curran got a severe case of premature celebration. Bobby and Gary managed to come thisclose to winning the Celebrity Challenge…
…but in the end, it was UH’s Charlie Wade and Joshua Walker with the victory!