The ‘Iolani Red Raiders endured quite a path to a state-tournament berth. Somewhere in the midst of all the ILH boys basketball drama — thankfully all on the hardwood — Coach Dean Shimamoto‘s team is still standing while two other teams (Kamehameha and Punahou) remain locked in a battle for the final berth. ‘Iolani is […]


Tacon: ‘Proud and honored’

by Paul Honda on February 11, 2016

Kamehameha boys basketball coach Greg Tacon was kind enough to reflect and share his thoughts as the Warriors prepare for Friday’s ILH playoff final against Punahou. The winner secures a precious state-tournament berth, one of just two allotted to the ILH, and will meet ‘Iolani on Saturday for the league crown. “When I look back […]


The Mad Librarian (my editor, Jerry Campany) asked. When the Mad Librarian asks, the translation to plain English is, just do it. So here goes. He wants me to seed the entire high school basketball universe in our beloved and beautiful islands. Mad Librarian is not a fan of classification in basketball. He echoes the […]


Entering the Age of Iron Men

by Paul Honda on February 4, 2016

There’s the 6-foot-6 kid who has that pep in his step again, lifting Punahou to a seriously clutch road win. There’s the other 6-6 kid, a Wes Unseld clone from Maui now playing for Saint Louis, his dream of a weekend trip home completely obliterated. But first, there was Noa Purcell, on the floor in […]


Video: Signing Day

by Stan Lee on February 3, 2016

High school athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance signing event at the Sheraton Waikiki.


One lineman, one linebacker, one defensive back. They were the very leadership core of the Kahuku defense and now they’ll be going off on their own college paths. On Wednesday at the Kahuku gym, they stepped up to the podium and told friends and family where they’ll be going. And then they signed their national […]


Kahuku senior linebacker Hirkley Latu signed with Brigham Young on Wednesday. Latu had offers from California, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon State, Utah and Utah State. Latu was one of eight Kahuku defensive players selected to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state first team in December. Kahuku went 13-0 and won the state title. Kahuku defensive lineman Bradlee […]


Mililani senior running back Vavae Malepeai had been committed to Oregon for nearly a year. And now he’s going to USC. The state’s all-time leading rusher made a last-minute switch, signing with USC at the PIAA event at Sheraton Waikiki on Wednesday morning after being committed to Oregon since last summer. Malepeai visited USC last […]


Just a couple of minutes until tip-off. If Saint Louis wins, a state-tourney berth is theirs. If Kamehameha wins, UH-ohh… The logjam for second place could turn out to be a logjam for first by week’s end. FIRST HALF Saint Louis started five reserves and I don’t know why yet. The starters entered with 3:02 […]


The top two wide receivers in the state this past season are staying home for college. Kamehameha’s Kumoku Noa announced on Twitter on Monday night that he will stay home and play for Hawaii, joining Mililani’s Kalakaua Timoteo at UH. Both receivers were named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state first team in December and were […]