Paul Honda

This could’ve been the year Lahainaluna finally broke through to win the Division II state championship. Instead, ‘Iolani proved once again why it is the class of D-II with an utterly convincing 31-14 win on Friday in the final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships. That’s eight state championships in the last 11 seasons […]

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First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I Football State Championships Aloha Stadium Championship game No. 1 Punahou (8-0) vs. No. 2 Mililani (12-0) First quarter PUN Series 1: Game’s first down is a third-and-9 pass to Heisman Hosoda, who is apparently healthy enough to play (leg). Buffanblu are in usual no-huddle mode, but not a true hurry-up […]

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First Quarter ‘Iolani wins the toss and elects to receive. Interesting. Raiders are in white jerseys, black helmets, black pants. Lunas are all red, top to bottom. IOL Series 1: Big third-down completion from Austin Jim On to Tyler Teruya prevents a three-and-out. Teruya is big on this drive, catching four passes. Jim On hits […]

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Lahainaluna and ‘Iolani have been mainstays in Division II football from the start. One difference: ‘Iolani has seven state titles in D-II while Lahainaluna has come so close, yet hasn’t reached the pinnacle yet. The Lunas last reached the final in 2012, losing to the Raiders 36-33. Could this be the year? Lahainaluna coach Garrett […]

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Like any defense facing Punahou, Saint Louis faced the threat of Kanawai Noa out wide, Wayne Taulapapa blasting out of the backfield, and the possibility of a quick strike from QB Ephraim Tuliloa to big TE Matthew Christman (6-3, 235). Though Christman hasn’t been a lock as a consistent target throughout the season, his size […]

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Fans are expecting a great, close game. Sometimes it doesn’t work that way, though. Expect a close one, get a blowout. Or expect a blowout, end up with a close one. By all measures, though, this is the matchup of all matchups in 2014 for Hawaii high school football. No. 1-ranked Punahou and No. 2-ranked […]

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You might think there would be a lot of formality and tension at practice just two days before the biggest game of the year. That notion would be partially correct. The defending state champion Punahou Buffanblu (8-0) worked through reps in rhythm, a well-oiled machine from the Diamond Head end zone, where special teams worked […]

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The Lunas’ defense was relentless and everywhere, picking off five passes in a 52-7 win over Kamehameha-Hawaii in the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division II State Championships.

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Under Armour honors Fehoko

by Paul Honda on November 19, 2014

Under Armour All-America Game honored Farrington senior Breiden Fehoko today in a ceremony at the school. Fehoko, a defensive tackle, was selected to play in the all-star game, which will be played on Jan. 2. The 6-foot-3, 286-pound standout choked up and wiped away tears during his speech. “I really enjoyed it. Coming from nothing […]

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These press conferences are great for media in one sense: everybody gets a chance to talk to the high school coach of their choice. Of course, we’re talking coaches of teams that have made it this far. The first presser comes before the opening round of the state tourney. That’s borderline madhouse since there are […]

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