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Kaiser will ‘fight for first banner’ against Moanalua

By Paul Honda on April 24, 2018

After all these years, Kaiser volleyball coach Jon Stanley Sr. could easily be a bit jaded and crusty. The Cougars overwhelmed the Kapolei Hurricanes in four sets on Monday night, ending the Cinderella dreams of the team that knocked out West leader Waianae last week. Now Kaiser (12-1) has only one obstacle standing in the way of a first OIA championship: unbeaten, six-time defending league champion Moanalua. Stanley, soft spoken and measured, simply can’t get enough of the work his […]

Punahou wins its 15th consecutive ILH title

By Christian Shimabuku on April 19, 2018

After Punahou’s 25-17, 25-22, 25-11 sweep of ‘Iolani at Mid-Pacific’s Mills gym on Thursday night, the Buffanblu (13-0) clinched their 15th straight ILH title and remain undefeated for the season, having lost only one set the entire year. Coach Rick Tune said he isn’t keeping count of the two prodigious steaks that his team is currently on. He just wants his guys to keep improving each time they step on the court. “We just take it one match at a […]

Hurricanes shock top seed Waianae in four sets

By Paul Honda on April 19, 2018

The stunned reaction before a boisterous home crowd at Waianae was almost eerie. There was no doubt, however, that the Kapolei Hurricanes were the superior team on this night. The OIA West’s fifth-place team shocked the division’s top seed 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19. Kapolei (8-4) advances to the semifinal round and will meet Kaiser, which swept Radford earlier at Waianae’s gym. Every time Waianae (9-2) seemed on the verge of a major run, the ‘Canes settled down and simply won […]

OIA boys volleyball playoff matchups set

By Billy Hull on April 10, 2018

The OIA regular season ended tonight with the OIA East playing its final games. For OIA East standings, click here. For OIA West standings, click here. Here is the schedule for the OIA playoffs that begin next Wednesday. The Division I and Division II championship doubleheader will be held at Radford on April 25. OIA PLAYOFFS

Seariders stun Rams, share OIA West lead

By Paul Honda on April 2, 2018

So the OIA West is being owned in large part by a team that hasn’t won the league’s Division I title since 2008 — Waianae — and a Radford squad that was in D-II just one year ago. Click here for OIA West volleyball standings/schedule. Radford had sole possession of the West lead until Monday night, when Waianae rolled in and toppled the previously unbeaten Rams 25-19, 21-25, 15-9. The Rams and Seariders now share first place in the West […]

Moanalua still owns East — for now

By Brian McInnis on April 1, 2018

Moanalua did what it had to do to retain supremacy in the OIA East boys volleyball standings last week. Na Menehune won at Kaiser, 26-24, 25-22, Thursday in a battle of 7-0 teams to take the inside track to the East’s top seed in the upcoming league playoffs. Moanalua, now at 8-0, leads Kaiser and Farrington (7-1 each) by a game with three contests remaining in the regular season. Click here for OIA East standings/schedule. It was a familiar outcome […]

Punahou outlasts Japan’s top volleyball squads

By Paul Honda on March 27, 2018

The Punahou Buffanblu got a colorful experience in Japan recently. The battles on the court were unforgettable, too. Punahou met the nation’s top three high school boys volleyball teams and emerged with a 3-0 mark. Punahou swept Shittenoji 25-22, 25-23, outlasted Sundai 24-26, 27-25, 25-15, 25-21, and then rallied past Toa 26-28, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19. Coach Rick Tune welcomed the opportunity for his team, a group that he considers potentially his best ever, even after six consecutive state championships — […]

Q&A: Punahou terminator Kana‘i Akana

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2018

Maybe Kana‘i Akana absorbed the sport before he could walk. Maybe it’s just natural. But life with family peppering volleyballs at the beach doesn’t account for a near supernatural focus and drive in the game. “The thing I love most about Kana‘i,” Punahou coach Rick Tune said, “that guy can have a singular focus and be relentless about getting it.” Akana,featured in Tuesday’s Star-Advertiser, has the kind of ferocity and unity with teammates that helps make Punahou (7-0) the standard-setter […]