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Punahou standout Jack Deuchar signs with USC

By Paul Honda on November 13, 2019

He’s a jumping Jack, a big duke, and he’s only getting better. Jack Deuchar is already off to a great senior year. The 6-foot-7 senior from Punahou signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at USC next season. Deuchar made it official on Wednesday morning at the signing ceremony hosted by Education 1st at the Sheraton Waikiki. “It’s super cool, the Trojan family. They’re super tight-knit so I’m excited to be part of the team next year,” said Deuchar, […]

Makua Lani makes it official: Kahinu Lee is new co-head coach

By Paul Honda on October 16, 2019

Kealakehe’s loss is Makua Lani’s gain. Tiny Makua Lani Christian Academy, a private school in Kailua-Kona, has officially welcomed Kahinu Lee to become co-head coach in boys volleyball. With an enrollment of less than 300 students, the Lions were 13-5 overall last season, winning the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II title with an unbeaten mark. They placed fifth in the New City Nissan/HHSAA State Championships. Ryenn Sotelo will remain as co-head coach with Lee. The two are longtime friends, […]

San Francisco 49ers lineman DeForest Buckner continues to give back to Waianae

By Nick Abramo on September 12, 2019

DeForest Buckner didn’t attend Waianae High, but he is a Waianae boy and he cares deeply about his roots. Buckner, the former Punahou and Oregon football star and now a defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, made good on his pledge of $10,000 in Nike athletic apparel to the Waianae volleyball teams. The teams received the goods last month at the school gym from Buckner’s mom Maria Toilolo-Buckner, who lives in Waianae with husband George Buckner. DeForest Buckner made […]


Coach Ryenn Sotelo on Makua Lani’s rise and hope

By Paul Honda on June 12, 2019

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii >> The dominoes fell at Kealakehe, which could turn into a blessing for Makua Lani Christian Academy. The Lions stunned the BIIF in the spring, going unbeaten to capture their first league boys volleyball championship. Coach Ryenn Sotelo’s first season was an eye-opener for the school with less than 300 students. Makua Lani (13-5 overall) has a different atmosphere, Sotelo said. “Makua Lani feels like family,” he said. Their eight-man roster was sparked by sophomore setter Kaipono Benson, […]

Q&A: All-State Boys VB Player of Year Max Slaughter

By Paul Honda on May 31, 2019

From Alabama to Honolulu, Max Slaughter‘s voyage has been about deserts, paradise and growth. Playing Alabama with a volleyball-loving family, off-season practices were a 90-minute drive away. Slaughter was a 5-foot-5 outside hitter in middle school, and when the family prepared to move to the islands after his freshman year, there was no telling what his potential was. He fulfilled it in every possible way. Now 6-2, the persistent and resilient Moanalua senior was voted Star-Advertiser Boys Volleyball All-State player […]

Moanalua’s Max Slaughter paces boys volleyball All-State Fab 15

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

He kept grinding away, day by day, and now, Max Slaughter is at the top of his game. The Moanalua senior is also atop the Star-Advertiser Boys Volleyball All-State Fab 15. Coaches and media voted the 6-foot-2 outside hitter the player of the year after Slaughter sparked Na Menehune to an OIA championship. Moanalua reached the semifinal round of the state tournament, falling to eventual champion Punahou in five gripping sets. Punahou junior Jack Deuchar was second in the balloting, […]

Naighel Calderon becomes 1st Lanai inductee to Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

The 2019 class of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor includes three elite level basketball players, as well as a good number of neighbor island standouts. Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha, the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State player of the year, was voted into the Hall by the selection committee. So was boys player of the year Kameron Ng of St. Francis. He is the first — and only — boy to be inducted from the school, which will close its […]

Hawaii Grown: Former Punahou volleyball star Ethan Siegfried has winning down pat

By Christian Shimabuku on May 8, 2019

Bittersweet? Maybe a little bit. For Long Beach State sophomore Ethan Siegfried, two NCAA championships in as many years has been a thrill. The Punahou alumnus, who was a starter on the 49ers squad that took down Hawaii in Saturday’s NCAA Division I men’s volleyball championship game in four sets, was the featured athlete in this week’s Hawaii Grown, which can be read here. “Before and after it was a little mixed, just because of the fact that you’re playing […]