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Optimism, caution and Zoom: Hawaii Baptist AD Deren Oshiro

By Paul Honda on August 29, 2020

Deren Oshiro is approaching expert level on Zoom. As an administrator and decision maker, the longtime athletic director at Hawaii Baptist Academy has engaged in many conversations with his peers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Campuses are closed statewide as the fall semester goes virtual across the state. Oshiro and other administrators have been active with virtual meetings as part of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s Start Date Committee. At HBA, which regularly has one of the largest cross country […]

Former football coach Kaeo Drummondo returns to Hilo as new AD

By Paul Honda on August 14, 2020

Kaeo Drummondo is a man with many dreams. The dilemma for the highly successful coach was a win-win either way: stay at Kamehameha as an assistant coach, or apply for the athletic director position at Hilo. Drummondo elected to put his name in the hat, and now, he succeeds Kurt Kawachi as the Vikings AD. “If somebody told me this 12 months ago, I’d say, no way. It’s totally unexpected. When opportunity knocks, you’ve got to answer,” Drummondo said. In […]

HHSAA: Fall sports likely to be pushed back 2 weeks

By Paul Honda on July 9, 2020

Athletic directors in the Oahu Interscholastic Association have not received official word about a change in the fall sports start date. According to Ian Scheuring of Hawaii News Now, however, the date is Aug. 19. Scheuring’s tweet on Thursday afternoon caught administrators off guard. That could change with an official announcement on Friday. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has a statewide start date for football practice, Aug. 17, but that is expected to change — possibly because of the […]

Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

MAY 13, 1990: State tournament formula passes HIADA

By Jerry Campany on May 13, 2020

On this date in 1990, Hawaii athletic directors came up with a formula to determine league representation in state tournaments. The goal of the formula was to straighten out inconsistent standards, dividing the number of teams in a league by the number of teams in the state. There were way more proposals killed than accepted, including adding a 220-pound weight class in wrestling. The measure failed for the second straight year but was approved five years later. Jimmy Betham of […]

May 5, 1925: Organization brings all islands together

By Jerry Campany on May 5, 2020

Although the HHSAA wasn’t born until 1956, the Hawaii Interscholastic Federation was born out of many of the same ideas. On this day in 1925, the HIF was formed temporarily to create games in all sports between schools of every island. The first rule it drew up was requiring athletes to be under 21 years of age and restricting them to four seasons. The organization was given the OK in 1926 and immediately formed a football schedule that included McKinley, […]

MAY 5, 2003: Classification comes closer to reality

By Jerry Campany on May 5, 2020

On this day in 2003, everyone had an opinion on classification in prep sports. HHSAA boss Keith Amemiya announced that he would put up $20,000 to give classification a try for a year and KHNL general manager John Fink said he would match that number in air time for small-school football. That didn’t go over well with some, including OIA chief Dwight Toyama and Waimea AD Jim Kitamura. Kitamura teamed up with his girls volleyball coach, Doc Arrington, to present […]

APRIL 30, 1979: Campbell AD Marlyn Burke faces first challenge

By Jerry Campany on April 30, 2020

In 1977 track and field coach Marlyn Burke was celebrated as Hawaii’s first female athletic director. On this day in 1979, the honeymoon was officially over. Campbell football coach Bernard Daos led a revolt against Burke, submitting his letter of resignation a week before spring practice along with track and field coach Allan Nash and wrestling coach Steve Ching. Golf coach Bill Bartlow also resigned, but changed his mind the next day. Daos cited ‘personal reasons’ but Nash pointed the […]