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The pursuit of excellence: Punahou’s dynasty evermore

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2022

Thirty-eight, 11 and nine. That is 38 boys volleyball state championships for Punahou. Eleven under coach Rick Tune, including nine in a row after a Buffanblu sweep of Moanalua on Saturday night at Blaisdell. The seniors, including setter Keegan Au Yuen, Keau Thompson, Riley Haine and Aidan Tune, clutched the koa championship trophy. Three years since the previous state tournament. It was quite the wait. “It’s our senior year so it’s a real special moment to share with all these […]

No. 1 Punahou is vulnerable? One coach says yes

By Paul Honda on May 7, 2022

After 37 state championships in boys volleyball, there still is no compromise for Punahou. A 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 sweep over OIA runner-up Mililani was convincing enough. Can anyone stop the top-seeded Buffanblu? Mililani’s serve was tough on the ILH champions, enough for a string of three aces early in the match and some occasional success against a normally teflon-tough Punahou serve-receive crew. Punahou coach Rick Tune was seated for nearly the entire match, gauging the waters. His grade of the […]

Big blue evolution: Moanalua defends OIA boys volleyball title

By Paul Honda on April 28, 2022

A 36-inch vertical and precise accuracy don’t always go together for outside hitters. Keanu Kaawa is that rare one. The 6-foot-4 senior had 22 kills and four aces as unbeaten Moanalua roared past OIA West powerhouse Mililani 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 for the Division I boys volleyball league crown on Wednesday night. It is the eighth OIA crown under coach Alan Cabanting. Kaawa’s explosive vertical and elite body control, plus an ability to deceive defenders, was on full display at Radford’s […]

Punahou, Huntington Beach reach finals of Clash of Titans

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2022

Punahou and Huntington Beach (Calif.) have a date in the finals of the Clash of the Titans boys volleyball tournament on Saturday night. The Buffanblu swept Kamehameha-Hawaii 25-20, 25-14, 25-23 on Saturday morning to finish 3-0 in Pool A. Huntington Beach outlasted Kamehameha in four sets, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23 and closed play in Pool B at 3-0. The Punahou-Huntington Beach title match will begin at 7 p.m. in Hemmeter Fieldhouse. Punahou (11-0 ILH) has not lost a set in […]

Unblemished: Punahou, Huntington Beach lead pools at Clash of Titans

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2022

The first day of the annual Clash of the Titans was perfect for host Punahou and powerhouse Huntington Beach (Calif.). The Oilers got past ‘Iolani in five sets, then eked out a four-set win over rival Redondo Union (Calif.). Punahou swept Francis Parker (Calif.) and Moanalua. Pool play resumes with matches at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Matches at 5 p.m. will be followed by the championship and third-place matches at 7 p.m. in Hemmeter Fieldhouse. See the first-day […]

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), […]

QnA: Colton Cowell

By Curtis Murayama on July 19, 2021

Four Hawaii athletes contributed heavily to their team’s ascent to the NCAA Championships. The four are: • Maryknoll’s Jhenna Gabriel, who was the starting setter for a Texas team that advance to the NCAA women’s volleyball final; • King Kekaulike’s Colton Cowell, who helped Hawaii volleyball beat BYU and make school history by becoming the first UH men’s team to win an undisputed NCAA title. • Kaiser’s Kaile Halvorsen, who played big minutes in helping Santa Clara beat Florida State […]

Damien boys make history with ILH D-II volleyball title win over Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on May 10, 2021

Mother’s Day was a bit more fun for Dandi Holder. Just hours earlier, her Damien Monarchs stunned Saint Louis at Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium to capture the ILH Division II boys volleyball championship. Led by their 6-foot-5 senior, TIno Atonio, Damien outlasted Saint Louis 25-16, 22-25, 25-15 on Saturday night for the crown. “This is the first title in Damien history for boys volleyball, the first time since the 1980s that they made a title (game) appearance,” Holder said. “So […]