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Kainoa Carvalho on Bosco: ‘They’re the top dog in the game’

By Paul Honda on May 24, 2022

Kahuku. St. John Bosco. Sept. 17. Most travel years, Kahuku ventures to Utah for exhibition clashes. This time, the defending Open Division state champions will head to Bellflower, Calif., where the perennial national-title contending Braves of St. John Bosco will be waiting. Coach Sterling Carvalho’s program won its first state title since 2015 last year, relying substantially on a strong junior class. Linebackers Liona Lefau and Leonard Ah You will return, as well as wide receiver Kainoa Carvalho. Without a […]

Kekahi Graham returns, but Saint Louis loses 3 key players

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2022

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just like that, the Saint Louis’ losses are the OIA’s gains. Freshman quarterback phenom Jaron Keawe Sagapolutele is transferring from Saint Louis to Campbell. One of his big-play targets, sophomore wide receiver Kache Kaio, is en route to Kahuku. Another stellar contributor, 6-foot-2, 358-pound offensive lineman Iapani “Poncho” Laloulu, has left Saint Louis and is returning to Farrington for his upcoming senior year. Laloulu cracked the rotation last year despite the presence and talent of 12 […]

Punahou QB John Keawe Sagapolutele is new state shot put champion

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2022

The spring season began with an idea for John Keawe Sagapolutele. In the midst of training for football, he tried something new. On Friday, roughly two months into the track and field season, Sagapolutele is the new shot put state champion of Hawaii. He hoisted the 12-pound sphere 51 feet and 11 inches to top the field at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships on Friday at Kunuiakea Stadium. “I just joined track for the credit. I never […]


Run is not done: Rebel Squad of Kahuku defends Mecca, Level Up titles

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2022

This is the bridge that crossed over any remaining barriers for Kahuku football. The bridge remains open. Rebel Squad captured three more Pylon football titles this spring, including Mecca 2, extending a massive win streak dating back to the spring of 2021. The team defended its Hawaii National Guard tournament title, flew up to Utah to defend its Level Up crown, then arrived at Mecca 2 (Mesquite, Ariz.) prepared to another defense. Rebel Squad arrived with a full roster, including […]

Kahuku standout Liona Lefau busy in present, planning future

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2022

When he’s not busy grinding away on his homework — and a 3.5 grade-point average — Liona Lefau is at track practice. Lefau runs the 100-meter dash and 4×100 relay. “I don’t even know what my fastest time is,” said Lefau, who last ran track two years ago, pre-pandemic, as a freshman. He is also making time for his brothers in Rebel Squad, the national championship team in Pylon that stepped into prominence in 2021. That same squad took the […]

Kailua’s Blazen Lono-Wong makes it official with Arizona State

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2022

The options were plenty enough for Blazen Lono-Wong. The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Kailua defensive end opted for Arizona State, signing with the Sun Devils during a ceremony at Kailua High School on Wednesday morning. He is one of a handful of local prospects signing with FBS football programs today. A large majority of football players signed their national letters of intent on the early signing day in December. Lono-Wong turned down offers from Hawaii and Boise State. “I really enjoy the […]

Campbell sophomore Kela Moore on first offer: SDSU

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2022

There are sophomores diving into the learning curve, taking their lumps and just trying to survive through the varsity football struggle. Kela Moore is not one of those sophs. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore is already one of the top defensive backs in the state. San Diego State got a jump on prospective competitors by offering the Campbell defender a scholarship last week. “I kind of didn’t really expect it either. But after school, coach DJ (Darren Johnson) would have me […]

Saint Louis playmaker Trech Kekahuna weighs offers from Nevada, UH, Boise State

By Paul Honda on January 28, 2022

The call him a beast in the weight room. Trech Kekahuna considers it his second home. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, the Saint Louis slotback benches 315 pounds and squats 465. He doesn’t his vertical leap, but he can dunk a basketball. Kekahuna, who also runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, is stoked about his latest scholarship offer — from Nevada. Former Saint Louis standout Anthony Arceneaux is an assistant coach there. So is Nate Costa, who coached Marcus […]