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Letting go, gaining more: LJA’s new legacy

By Paul Honda on October 29, 2017

First, it was Hawaii Baptist Academy scratching out an identity as a small school with a talent in girls volleyball. That niche turned into a prominent program that occasionally took down the giants of Interscholastic League of Honolulu volleyball. Eventually, the Eagles seized Division II state championships in 2007, ’08, ’09 and, most recently, ’15. HBA was one of the first of the smaller schools to patent a winning formula. Le Jardin (16-1) is the latest to concoct a special […]

Kamehameha’s 21st title: Inspiration, legacy

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2017

Lexis Akeo has a way of blending into the celebration. Not long after Kamehameha finished its dream season with a 25-20, 25-22, 31-29 sweep of ‘Iolani, she was perfectly at home in the crowd. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, brothers and sisters and cousins placing lei on their favorite Warriors. Akeo was more than a sister and daughter. She was the glue of what may have been the most balanced team during the dynasty. The modest junior setter was […]

‘Iolani is back to defend its crown

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2017

Cinderella is wearing red to the big dance. Only, this Cinderella almost didn’t make it there. In fact, less than two weeks ago, the very young ‘Iolani Raiders were on the verge of playoff elimination, on the brink of fading away just one year after winning the state title. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu playoffs, in all its madness and drama, easily could have spewed out top-five teams Maryknoll or Punahou to accompany champion Kamehameha to the state championships. Instead, […]

ILH D-II volleyball is really something

By Nick Abramo on October 27, 2017

The back-and-forth Hawaii Baptist and Damien match Friday night was more evidence that the Interscholastic League of Honolulu is a really special place for volleyball. Even after you get past the intense Division I teams (Kamehameha, ‘Iolani, Punahou and Maryknoll) that go at it in close races every year, you’ve got three big wheels in Division II. Well, for now, let’s say Le Jardin, the defending D-II state champion and the ILH champion this year, is the biggest of the […]

Mastering the grind: Kamehameha back in finals

By Paul Honda on October 27, 2017

After 20 state championships in girls volleyball, including eight with Chris Blake steering the ship, some fundamental principles haven’t changed. Blake saw his Warriors methodically, patiently delete OIA powerhouse Kapolei from the title chase on Friday night with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 sweep at sultry McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. There were no bells and whistles, nothing cute tactically for Kamehameha (14-2). Just solid, on-the-move adjusting against a big, powerful Kapolei squad that reached the OIA finals. “Kapolei’s a solid team […]

ILH dominance persists in D1 volleyball

By Jerry Campany on October 27, 2017

Defending state champion Iolani and Kamehameha will meet in tomorrow’s HHSAA state girls volleyball championship in a rematch from last year. The Warriors have been in 15 straight state finals and the state championship has been an all-ILH affair every year since 2002. Here is a glance at every Division I state championship match: Division I 2016: Iolani 3, Kamehameha 1 26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 Freshman Elena Oglivie buried 23 kills and junior Saige Kaahaaina-Torres added 22 as the Raiders […]

The most dangerous 5th-place team in history

By Paul Honda on October 27, 2017

The room was still. The room was frantic. The room was insanely loud. No matter what Moanalua did, Kahuku had an answer. And before long, as Moanalua scratched and clawed from behind, Kahuku put an end to Na Menehune’s season with an incredible 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11 win. An astounding quarterfinal victory by a team that finished fifth in its league. Beating a league champion. Advancing to the final four. Perhaps it’s only in Hawaii that this happens, more […]

Trust and teamwork: Kahuku’s epic upset win

By Paul Honda on October 27, 2017

The team in blue, Moanalua, played with heart to the end, but it was the team in red — Kahuku — that advanced to the semifinal round of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships on Thursday night. Just like that, unseeded Kahuku knocked out No. 2 seed Moanalua with an epic 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11 victory, and they did it on Moanalua’s home court. For Kahuku, which lost to Moanalua during the regular season (maxing out in […]