They knew each other in middle school, but bonded as teammates.
Now, Moanalua has an air riflery girls team state title for the first time. Moanalua led the girls team standings with 2,118 points, ahead of runner-up Mid-Pacific (2,081), at the Civilian Marksmanship Program/HHSAA Air Riflery State Championships on Tuesday.
Olivia Akina outpointed the field in the preliminary and championship rounds, carding 632.1 points to win the individual title while leading Na Menehune to the team championship. Spurred by OIA champion Lexi Tokuda (625.8), Love Akina (531) and Kendelle Hung-Ino (506), Moanalua posted the lone all-500 plus point totals in the girls team standings.
At OIAs, it was Tokuda who placed first and Love Akina, Olivia’s twin sister, who was second. Olivia Akina took third then. The four Menehune have honed their skills together since freshman year.
“Coach (Bruce Yonesaki) always says, ‘Don’t try harder. Focus better,” Olivia Akina said.
See the tournament story in Wednesday’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.