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New for 2012: Hawaii Stars

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The second new team in the independent North American League has been announced: the Hawaii Stars will be owned and run by the existing Na Koa Ikaika Maui ownership.

The team doesn't have a home yet, but owner Bob Young and other NAL officials are looking at playing some games at Wong Stadium in Hilo, a former home to the Hilo Stars of the Hawaii Winter Baseball League. Still, it's expected the team will play the majority of its games at Iron Maehara Stadium.

Time is short: the season is expected to open June 5.

The NAL will play with six teams in Texas and four in California and Hawaii. Last week the league parted ways with Yuma and Orange County franchises owned by Godfather Media, requiring the addition of two more teams. The San Rafael Pacifics will own one of the two teams -- the Sonoma County Grapes -- and Bob Young will own the two Hawaii teams.

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