Paul Honda

The Maryknoll Spartans were within five points of the nation’s No. 9 team, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.), on Thursday night. By halftime, down 32-27, they were hanging on despite an ankle injury to starting forward Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole. Their underclassman-heavy roster eventually fell behind by 21 before closing the gap in the final few minutes and […]


There’s a reality about heat. Fire. Combustion. Control the intensity, results can be good. Better than good. Allow the temperature to rise above the boiling point, trouble could brew. The most fiery coaches may struggle to communicate with their teams. Sometimes, the most intense teams have a coach who knows the right time to turn […]


The 33rd Annual ‘Iolani Prep Classic is upon us. That’s 33 years since the late Glenn Young cobbled together an event that was a dream come true. The girls tourney began in 2007, which makes this the 10th year of its existence, and like the boys, there have been some epic battles featuring some of […]


This is how early it is in the boys basketball universe: There are still myriad tournaments to be played, and as Maryknoll girls coach Chico Furtado noted a couple of weeks ago, the boys have seven weeks (in the ILH) from day 1 to league opener while the girls had 26 days. Such is the […]

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Every morning, the sun rises and the mind of Ron Lee is already percolating. To a large extent, life has been about work for Lee, both in the hotel industry and in his passion on the gridiron. Lee, one of the braintrusts of the four-wide offensive philosophy, finally took some time off. In the three […]


Depending on the schedule, even with missing scores, the Konawaena Wildcats are either 6-0 or 8-0. Maybe 7-0. Whatever the case, the defending girls basketball state champions were a near unanimous No. 1 pick by coaches and media in Monday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Here’s my look at the girls poll, compared with my ballots. […]


Frigid is exactly what it is in Kansas today. Temperatures with a high of 29 on Monday couldn’t put a damper on a tremendous season for defensive lineman Kahewai Kaaiawaawa. The former Mililani Trojan started for Garden City Community College (Kan.), which went 11-0 and reached the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game, beating […]


Rolling and rolling, that’s all Marcus Keene is doing. The former Moanalua guard, who played for Na Menehune as a freshman, continues to lead the nation in scoring at 30.4 points per game. The Central Michigan junior turned in a couple of 30-point games last week and was named American Sports Network’s men’s basketball player […]


So much for carryover respect. Punahou is the No. 1 team in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 of the season, outpointing ILH rival ‘Iolani. The Buffanblu, who are unbeaten in preseason play, gathered 10 of 18 potential first-place votes in the balloting of coaches and media. The defending state champion Raiders of […]


Coming out of high school, Jordan Ta‘amu didn’t attract a big crowd. As of this week, Ta‘amu has five football scholarship offers after a banner sophomore season at New Mexico Military Institute. Mississippi and Minnesota have offered a football scholarships to Ta‘amu, who ranked No. 1 in the nation among junior-college quarterbacks by GridironRR. Two […]