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Unseeded, 7-time defending champ Punahou sweeps KS-Hawaii

By Paul Honda on May 2, 2019

Winning seven state titles in a row doesn’t happen often. That’s why coach Rick Tune gleaned all he could from Punahou’s preseason matchups with a dangerous Kamehameha-Hawaii squad. The Buffanblu swept the third-seeded Warriors 25-6, 25-14, 25-19 on a sweltering night at Radford’s James Alegre Gymnasium, but they weren’t just dominant in a match that took just 70 minutes to complete. They were at a different level, using multiple-attack sets, particularly in the opening set. “We played them twice in […]

Shea Suzumoto’s defense sparks Punahou over Castle in state tourney

By Paul Honda on April 29, 2019

Ask Rick Tune about excellence in the back row, and the names Shea Suzumoto and Davis Lau pour forth. They provide the foundation of Punahou’s defense, and that was apparent in a 25-9, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of Castle on Monday night at Hemmeter Fieldhouse. After winning seven state championships in a row, Punahou entered this year’s New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships unseeded after finishing second in the ILH. Yet, they’ve got plenty of talent across the board. On […]

VIDEO: Coach Jordan Inafuku on ‘Iolani’s 1st ILH boys volleyball title since 2003

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2019

The ‘Iolani Raiders ended Punahou’s run of Interscholastic League of Honolulu boys volleyball championships with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 win at Hemmeter Fieldhouse. Coach Jordan Inafuku chats about his team’s resilience and the contributions of some of his standouts, including setter Shane Harimoto, outside hitters Kupono Browne and Kawika Lee, and middle Kalawai Scanlan.

‘Iolani earns top seed in boys volleyball state tournament

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2019

The Punahou boys volleyball team will have to win one more game than it’s used to to extend its current run of state titles to eight. The Buffanblu are not the No. 1 seed for the first time in more than a decade in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships that begin Monday. ‘Iolani’s four-set win over the Buffanblu in Tuesday’s ILH championship game gave the Raiders the No. 1 overall seed and dropped the Buffanblu into an […]

Max Slaughter’s 29 kills spark Moanalua to OIA volleyball title

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2019

A month ago, Max Slaughter hobbled around with a gimpy ankle. It was not a good sign for the talented senior, nor Na Menehune of Moanalua. A loss to Castle, sans Slaughter and DeAeris McRaven — who was part of Moanalua’s digital media crew in Seattle — left a void in them. A month later, on Wednesday night, Moanalua completed its OIA run with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24 over Kalaheo for the OIA Division I championship. Moanalua repeated and […]

Pearl City repeats in OIA Division II volleyball

By Brian McInnis on April 24, 2019

It was a new team but the same result for Pearl City. The Chargers replaced all but a couple of players from their 2018 title team and persevered through some shaky moments to become back-to-back champions in OIA Division II volleyball with a 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-17 defeat of Nanakuli on Wednesday night at Radford’s Jim Alegre Gymnasium. It was the Chargers’ 12th OIA title all-time, and second in Division II. Nanakuli was denied its first OIA title. Their roster […]

With the end in sight, St. Francis goes out on top with another ILH title

By Christian Shimabuku on April 23, 2019

With its school facing closure at the end of the academic year, the St. Francis boys volleyball team is playing every game like it’s the last one. After a 29-27, 25-22, 25-18 sweep over University at its own gym on Tuesday night clinched the school its second consecutive ILH Division II title, that sentiment will take on a literal meaning for the Saints. With the league title secured, the Saints now set their sights toward their second state title in […]

‘Iolani stuns Punahou to win 1st ILH boys volleyball title since 2003

By Paul Honda on April 23, 2019

Boys volleyball in Hawaii has historic names and, for decades, many of them hailed from Punahou. For now, at least, there is a reprieve for the rest of the field. ‘Iolani’s 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 win over Punahou for the ILH championship on Tuesday night confirmed what the league and the rest of the state has seen this spring. >> CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY OF GAME The eternal dynasty in blue is no longer the favorite. ‘Iolani (10-4) […]