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Epic win over ‘Iolani gives Moanalua a chance

By Paul Honda on May 5, 2018

The last time Moanalua got this deep, Punahou broke their hearts. Na Menehune are back in the final of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships and Punahou awaits again. Two years ago, the teams met for the title and Punahou swept a Moanalua squad led by All-State player of the year Austin Matautia. On Saturday night, Moanalua gets another shot against the unbeaten Buffanblu (15-0). Moanalua is no slouch, seeded second, just like 2016. Punahou is otherworldly, a […]

Punahou drops set, empties bench against Kealakehe

By Paul Honda on May 4, 2018

In 41 sets of ILH and state-tourney play, Punahou had won 40. The only discrepancy on the resume of the six-time defending champion came on Mar. 29, when Maryknoll took a set in Punahou’s four-game win. On Friday night, coach Rick Tune weighed his team’s situation and emptied the bench. By design, Punahou played reserves exclusively in the second set, kept most of the court occupied by subs in the third and went back to the starting lineup for the […]

12 aces later, ‘Iolani advances and KS-Maui is out

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2018

How far back in time would Kamehameha-Maui have to go to find an appearance in the finals or semifinals of the boys volleyball state championships? While Kamehameha-Hawaii had its glory years during the prep careers of four Enriques brothers and their father, Guy Enriques, not much can be said of Kamehameha-Maui. This year could’ve been different, especially after a 14-0 run through the Maui Interscholastic League. It wasn’t meant to be, though. ILH runner-up ‘Iolani, a chiseled, sharpened force that […]

Energized Menehune sweep KS-Hawaii

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2018

The preparation goes back a long way for Moanalua. Even on game day, Na Menehune didn’t waste a moment. They were in warmup mode in an afternoon workout on their home court. Then it was a bus ride to McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Instead of another warmup session, the hyped-up Menehune danced to the in-house music. They stood in a circle and played Duck-Duck-Goose. They hollered and yelled. By the start of their quarterfinal match with Kamehameha-Hawaii, Moanalua was ready. […]

‘Iolani precise in sweep of Kapolei

By Paul Honda on April 30, 2018

Kapolei finished fourth in the OIA West. When the tall, precise, athletic Hurricanes stunned OIA West first-place finisher Waianae in the playoffs, it was Kapolei that looked the part of potential champion. The ‘Canes exploited Waianae’s weaknesses, using major advantages in height and length to smother the Seariders from the left and the right. In fact, with Waianae’s five-set loss at Kamehameha-Hawaii on Monday night, there’s an argument to be made that coach Wilhelm Wagner and his staff did stellar […]

Punahou is top seed in state boys volleyball

By Billy Hull on April 26, 2018

Six-time defending Division I state boys volleyball champion Punahou is predictably the No. 1 seed for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships that begin Monday. Waianae and Mililani are the two Oahu teams that will travel for opening-round games. The Trojans will play at Maui High at 5:30 p.m. on Monday while the Seariders will face Kamehameha-Hawaii at 4 p.m. on the Big Island. OIA champion Moanalua is the No. 2 seed, followed by MIL champion Kamehameha-Maui as […]

Moanalua reclaims OIA volleyball throne

By Nick Abramo on April 25, 2018

Kaiser coach Jon Stanley had a tall task Wednesday – beat the iron of OIA boys volleyball. But you can’t wave a wand and defeat Moanalua. The Cougars (12-2) didn’t, losing 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 in the league final at the Radford gym. Na Menehune are back on top in the OIA, which they feel is their rightful place. Last year was rare. They didn’t win it. Prior to that, they had won six league D-I championships in a row and […]

Pearl City saves best game for OIA final

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2018

Pearl City won its first OIA Division II boys volleyball championship ever and first league title overall since 2002 on Wednesday night with a 25-20, 25-14, 26-24 sweep of Kalani at Radford. Senior Jeremiah Perifanos-Ta’amu put down a match-high 16 kills and eight digs and senior Zion Tupuola-Fetui added 10 kills for Pearl City (6-6), which played its best game of the season according to both players and coach. “Throughout the season we’ve had good games of a little bit […]