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New Moanalua hire Vince Nihipali raring to go in first head coaching gig

By Nick Abramo on March 10, 2020

Vince Nihipali didn’t see a ton of Moanalua football last year, but what he saw impressed him. Nihipali, 47, will get a much closer look at Na Mehehune now that he is their new head football coach. “It’s pretty big for me,” Nihipali, who was a defensive coordinator for Mililani and Campbell, said by cellphone Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve coached all these years, basically doing defense. I did it for so long, I always wondered if I could go out and […]

Moanalua hires Vince Nihipali as football head coach

By Nick Abramo on March 10, 2020

Vince Nihipali is the new Moanalua football head coach, Na Menehune athletic director Joel Kawachi said Tuesday. >> CLICK HERE FOR OUR UPDATED STORY WITH COMMENTS FROM NIHIPALI Nihipali was Mililani’s defensive coordinator under Rod York for three seasons and was a defensive coordinator for Campbell before that. Nihipali takes over for the outgoing Savaii Eselu, who was hired as the tight ends coach at San Diego State. Moanalua went 10-2 last season and won its first OIA Division I […]

Bill Villa named to new post of HIADA executive director

By Nick Abramo on March 9, 2020

Bill Villa has been named as the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association’s newly created position of executive director, HIADA board president Deren Oshiro announced Monday. Villa recently announced that he will be retiring from his current position of Chaminade athletic director at the conclusion of this academic year. He held that post for 12 years. Villa was Chaminade’s first full-time AD. During his tenure, he expanded schedules for the school’s 10 sports, added full-time athletic department staff positions, established a […]


Transgender policy in Hawaii high school sports is being challenged

By Nick Abramo on March 8, 2020

Cynthia Monteleone is on a quest to educate people on what she perceives as unfairness in Hawaii high school athletics. Monteleone, a track and field coach at Lahainaluna and a world champion age group runner (40-44) in the 400 meters, sent a complaint to the Department of Education’s civil rights office last week. In the complaint, she states that allowing male to female transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is unfair and a violation of Title IX, which prohibits […]

Kamehameha’s Kalia Kalua beats out King Kekaulike’s Teani Arakawa for player of the year honors

By Nick Abramo on March 8, 2020

Kamehameha senior Kalia Kalua, a fast and quick-striking forward, was picked as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Player of the Year in girls soccer. Right behind in the voting by coaches and media around the state was smooth and dynamic midfielder Teani Arakawa of King Kekaulike. Kalua led her team to the Division I state championship, and the team was loaded. Three other Warriors made the first team on the Stellar Eleven. For a story on the All-State team and a full […]

Waianae’s Alohilani Napalapalai strikes out 17 batters in home win

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2020

Some pitchers are so locked in, they have no time to think about esoteric things like how many strikeouts they had. Just getting outs is all that matters. That’s why Waianae junior Alohilani Napalapalai said “nine” when asked how many strikeouts she thought she had after Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Kapolei Charter. Try again. “Ten?” she guessed. Obviously, art is more important to her — such as how she painted the corners — than the math of the 17 strikeouts […]

Kapolei Charter School makes eventful first appearance in OIA varsity softball

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2020

Kapolei Charter School made a bit of history Saturday, playing its first OIA varsity softball game. And for two reasons at both ends of the spectrum, it was a memorable game for the school that opened three years ago. First, the ‘Iwa (Hawaiian frigate bird) held a late lead in the game at Waianae. Second, despite a solid effort, 17 Kapolei Charter girls went down swinging against the hot pitching of Waianae’s Alohilani Napalapalai in a 4-3 loss. Had it […]

Kalaheo is the right fit for new head football coach Nelson Maeda

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2020

Nelson Maeda got three years worth of more relaxed football seasons. Those days are over. Maeda, the former Castle and Kailua head coach, is the new Kalaheo head man. He believes he found the right fit. “I had to give this situation a lot of hard thought,” he said. “One really big thing that had to fall in place for me to return to be a head coach was I did not want to be put in a situation where […]