Kai attended the University of Hawaii on a full scholarship and was recognized as the UH WAC Freshman of the Year in 2002. With her passion for soccer, Kai was the first soccer player to be named Freshman of the Year and the WAC Player of the Year. Kai continued to excel in her sport and was the first player in WAC history to earn three Player of the Year awards, along with First Team All-Conference Honors for all four years while at the UH.

Playing soccer internationally, Kai was the leading scorer on the U-21 women’s national team and lead team to the Nordic Cup title in Iceland in 2004. Kai turned pro in 2006 and earned her place on the Women’s National Team and the FIFA Women’s Cup Team in 2006.

Although a shoulder injury sidelined her briefly, Kai’s hard work and dedication earned her a spot on the US Women’s Soccer Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kai scored the winning goal in overtime with a diving header in the quarter finals match. As an integral part of the team, Kai helped lead the women to a Gold Medal finish.

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