Paul Honda

Three years ago, Mona Fa‘asoa was ready to call it a career after more than a decade as Kaimuki’s esteemed girls basketball coach. The circle of supporters at Kaimuki pulled her back in, and the results were astounding. The Bulldogs made the move back to Division I and reached the OIA championship game this season, […]

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Maninoa Tufono of Punahou has a fourth football scholarship offer as of this morning. Nevada is the latest university to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore, joining Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State. Tufono posted the news on Twitter. Hawaii High School Football Recruiting Tracker


Tanuvasa’s 1st offer: Army

by Paul Honda on February 21, 2017

Saint Louis offensive lineman Eliki Tanuvasa received his first scholarship offer: Army. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior shared the news on his Twitter account on Monday night. Here is what Crusaders offensive coordinator Ron Lee, a former college coach, said about Tanuvasa in December. Our center was the best: Eliki Tanuvasa. If you look at tape, […]


Q&A: Kailua ace Joey Cantillo

by Paul Honda on February 21, 2017

He was named, in part, after the original Joltin’ Joe, the Yankee Clipper: Joe DiMaggio. Kailua senior pitcher Joey Cantillo is making a name for himself. The southpaw is our prep feature subject in today’s Star-Advertiser. Joey Cantillo Kailua baseball Sr. 6-4 1/2, 220 Q&A Six days a week, working out at Kailua’s baseball facility. […]


Team Navy, sparked by Konawaena junior guard Cherilyn Molina, won the Varsity Division title at the Mufi Hannemann Jamboree on Monday at Manoa Valley District Park gym. Below, photos of the top teams in Varsity, 14-under and 12-under divisions.


Post-game interviews following Kahuku’s championship-game win over Punahou in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at Stan Sheriff Center, Feb. 17, 2017. Snapple shower for Coach Brandyn Akana Guard/Forward Samuta Avea Guard Jessiya Villa Forward Dan Fotu Coach Brandyn Akana


There is no closet space for excuses, but there is a prayer closet for the devoted. All the years that Kahuku had enough talent and schematics and willpower to capture a boys basketball state championship — three seasons of reaching the finals, to be exact — those elements were not quite enough. Three times, Kahuku […]


Kahuku’s Samuta Avea and St. Francis’ Kameron Ng were named the most outstanding players of the Division I and D-II brackets at the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. Avea, a 6-foot-6 senior, was a key contributor in Kahuku’s rise to the first state title in school history. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four […]


The fourth time is the charm for Kahuku boys basketball. After three previous trips to the state championship game in Division I and its predecessor, top-seeded Kahuku finally broke through on Saturday with a 70-55 win over second-seeded Punahou. In a basketball symphony of roles and explosions, the Red Raiders got perhaps their most balanced […]


In three short years, the Lahainaluna Lunas have transformed from a competitive program to a Division I elite-level squad. Coach Jason Justus drew up the play on Friday afternoon against ‘Iolani during a third-place game at the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. Final seconds, ‘Iolani up 58-57. Steven Kama sets the off-ball screen for Cley […]