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University rallies past Le Jardin in epic ILH D-II title match

By Paul Honda on November 23, 2021

Expectations and goals could have been lower for the Jr. ‘Bows of University High. They know the lows well. As of Monday night, they know the highest of highs, too. ULS’ 25-20, 25-27, 20-25, 25-21, 15-7 win over Le Jardin for the ILH Division II championship on Monday wasn’t as much shocking as it was an extraordinary pinnacle, a genuine turnaround from a 1-3 start. A team this young, so unfamiliar with each other, coming back from a cancelled season, […]

Punahou is first unanimous No. 1 in Girls Volleyball Top 10 this season

By Paul Honda on November 22, 2021

Punahou is the undisputed No. 1 team this week in the Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10. The Buffanblu rallied past No. 2 Kamehameha to win the ILH championship last week. For the first time since returning to the top position, Punahou collected all 10 first-place votes from a panel of coaches and media. The two teams will play in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Division I State Championships on Dec. 6, 9-11. Baldwin (9-0) moved up a notch to No. 7 […]

Kapolei, Moanalua earn top seeds in Division I as OIA girls volleyball playoffs start Wednesday

By Billy Hull on November 19, 2021

The OIA girls volleyball regular season wrapped up Thursday night and the playoffs will begin Wednesday at two sites in Division I and at Radford for the Division II opening round. Defending champion Mililani, which beat Moanalua in five sets to win the OIA crown in 2019, is the No. 2 seed out of the OIA West and will play the Farrington/Pearl City winner a week from Monday at Moanalua. A win would set up a likely rematch against Na […]


Four years later, pals Devin Kahahawai, Mokihana Tufono battle for a state berth

By Paul Honda on November 17, 2021

Two years ago, it was Punahou that was the runner-up from the ILH playing in the opening round of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships. Kamehameha drew the top seed, swept Kapolei and Moanalua, then met Punahou in the final. The Warriors won in four sets for their second title in a three-year span. In all, that made it 10 state championships under coach Chris Blake. Since 2019, only the ILH played a regular season, in the spring […]

Dancing through traffic: ‘Iolani’s Mokihana Tufono sets the tone

By Paul Honda on November 16, 2021

There is a certain kind of person who makes deliveries. A giver to the end and beyond. Someone who keeps watch and brings the goods. Just don’t be late. Be on point. For the ‘Iolani girls volleyball team, that person is Mokihana Tufono. The 5-foot-10 senior setter with a versatile array of skills — she had 16 kills, 18 assists and two blocks against Kamehameha last week — brings the will with the skill. (The feature story on Mokihana Tufono […]

Punahou a near-unanimous No. 1 in Girls Volleyball Top 10

By Paul Honda on November 15, 2021

The stars continue to align for Punahou. The Buffanblu received top votes on nine of the 10 coaches and media ballots to retain the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10 on Monday. A week ago, Punahou had six out of 10 first-place votes. Kamehameha, which had four first-place votes last week, had just one this time and remains at No. 2. ‘Iolani is at No. 3 again with a showdown at Kamehameha on slate Tuesday night. […]

Raiders, Warriors, Buffanblu and more on NLI signing day

By Paul Honda on November 10, 2021

While ‘Iolani held a signing ceremony on early Wednesday morning, national letter-of-intent day was busy for plenty of student-athletes, especially from Kamehameha and Punahou. The early-period signing day included all sports with the exception of football. The next national letter-of-intent signing day will be in February. At Kamehameha, a signing ceremony was held for six Warriors: baseball players Beau Sylvester (Washington) and Keola Yim (William Jessup), softball players Haley Agena (Saint Martin’s), Nikki Donahue (Texas-Arlington) and Madison Rabe (Georgian Court), […]

‘Iolani’s Mokihana Tufono named to All-America second team

By Billy Hull on November 10, 2021

‘Iolani senior Mokihana Tufono woke up to some good news after a tough five-set loss to Kamehameha last night. Tufono, who had 16 kills, 18 assists and two blocks against the Warriors, was named to the AVCA All-America second team today. She is the only player from Hawaii to make any of the three teams. The 5-foot-10, do-everything player for the Raiders this season signed her national letter of intent to play at UCLA this morning. Our first NLI of […]