Kapolei kicks off soccer season

by Paul Honda on November 13, 2012

New coach? Sort of.

At Kapolei, longtime coach Bryce Kaneshiro stepped down as boys soccer coach to become the new athletic director at Waialua. In his place, longtime — 12 years each — assistants Mark Ishii, Ryan Lau and Neal Sakaue have been named co-head coaches.

Ishii played for ‘Iolani’s state championship team in 1988. Lau played at Saint Louis and was an ILH all-star, graduated in ’92, and went on to play for St. Mary’s and San Diego State. He also played for the Hawaii Tsunami in the mid-’90s.

Sakaue, a ’92 Punahou graduate, was an ILH all-star and played on four state-championship teams. He was also a team captain for the Buffanblu.

For a third year in a row, Kapolei will host the Oahu Interleague Soccer Showcase Thursday through Saturday. The tourney includes ‘Iolani, Kamehameha and Punahou of the ILH, and Kalani and Mililani of the OIA.

Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser

File photo from the 2009 state championships, a semifinal match between ‘Iolani and Kapolei. (photo: Jamm Aquino)


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