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Jannealyn Aquino’s excellence: No. 1 senior cheerleader in nation, 4.5 GPA

By Paul Honda on December 25, 2021

Training went off the charts when Jannealyn Aquino decided to compete in The College Combine in New Jersey last August. She traveled with three Radford teammates and coach Bo Frank. The preparation was there thanks to year-round training with the All-Stars club team, but the combine included a 50-yard dash, vertical leap and push-ups. She trained with her father, Robert Lau, putting in many quiet, grueling hours. “I live on a mountain, so we would run up a hill,” Aquino […]

Early excellence: Saxoni Frank ranks 1st in nation among freshmen

By Paul Honda on December 25, 2021

It was a classic scenario and Saxoni Frank figured the new challenge wouldn’t be overly tough. Then he realized that his dreams about the future might be impacted. When Frank, his father and coach, Bo Frank, and three Radford teammates journeyed to New Jersey last August, it was a new adventure in competitive cheer. The College Combine, hosted by Nfinity, wasn’t just a competition. “I heard that a former coach from Purdue was going to be there,” Frank said. The […]

No. 1 junior in the US: Taejah Ray Telles-Kuwahara

By Paul Honda on December 25, 2021

The opportunity was there, so Taejah Ray Telles-Kuwahara decided to go full force. The Radford junior was one of four members of the cheer squad who traveled to New Jersey in August for The College Combine hosted by Nfinity. Telles-Kuwahara, senior Jannealyn Aquino and freshman Saxoni Frank each ranked No. 1 in the nation in their respective grade levels. Makenna Ching placed second in her grade. It wasn’t easy, but the drive in Telles-Kuwahara was simple and relentless. She and […]

State champion Moanalua thrived on constant challenges

By Paul Honda on December 19, 2021

Kaycee Kealoha knows busy. The Moanalua cheer coach also thrives in chaos. Every week, a new challenge — not just from opposing teams. 
Moanalua’s second Large Division state crown under Kealoha was precise, sharp, impressive. Sixteen Na Menehune in unison at the Billy Tees/HHSAA Cheerleading State Championships on Saturday at Blaisdell Arena. The winning routine — which led to 359.75 points — wasn’t a season-long simmer. “Every year, every single competition, we change our routine. This one is a brand […]

Return to excellence: Radford’s Ultra 7 captures state title

By Paul Honda on December 19, 2021

The longest competitive cheer season was perfectly imperfect for Radford. The Rams wrapped up with the state championship in the Medium Division on Saturday at Blaisdell Arena, not long after capturing the OIA title outright, regardless of division. For coach Bo Frank, 359 points wasn’t pleasant, but it was enough. “It’s been a very long season, actually our lowest score of the year, but we still pulled it out,” Frank said. The title gave Frank plenty to be happy about. […]

HHSAA: Cheerleading site, football dates finalized

By Paul Honda on November 3, 2021

Winter is coming, and it is clearly part of fall sports. The Zippy’s State Cheerleading Championships will be at Blaisdell Center on Dec. 18, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association announced on Wednesday morning. The HHSAA also announced dates for the First Hawaiian Bank Football State Championships. In Open Division, the semifinals will be played on Saturday, Dec. 18 with the title game on Thursday, Dec. 23. The Division I football semifinals are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17 with a […]

Full seasons ahead as HHSAA executive board approves revised sports calendar

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2021

High school football for the holidays — it’s coming. The HHSAA announced on Friday that its executive board, representing the state’s five leagues, voted unanimously to have a full sports calendar. That means fall sports, including football, will play out a normal schedule once the currently postponed start date of Sept. 24 arrives. The hope is that all student-athletes will be vaccinated by then. “It is a testament to our members to be able to agree to a calendar on […]

Leagues may vote on return of state tournaments Friday

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2021

Coaches and players are cautiously optimistic about the HHSAA’s recommendation that state championships be played this fall sports season. The state’s four leagues controlled by the DOE will vote by Friday to follow the plan, or reject the possibility of state tournaments. There has not been a state tournament since the winter season of 2020, 18 months ago. Kahuku football coach Sterling Carvalho is confident that the recommendation will be accepted. “This does not surprise me. If the DOE and […]