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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 […]

DOE postponement of fall sports ends Mililani’s dream matchup with Mater Dei

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2021

There will be no Mililani showdown against national powerhouse Mater Dei. The game, scheduled for Sept. 11 at St. John Bosco’s stadium, has been called off. The DOE announced on Wednesday that all fall sports have been put on hold until Sept. 24, ending what could have been a peak experience for the Trojans. “(Coach Rod York) broke the news that we’re not going to end up going to Cali,” wide receiver Kainoa Ferreira said. “All the boys were really […]


OIA to postpone fall sports until late September

By Paul Honda on August 4, 2021

The Oahu Interscholastic Association is pushing the start of fall sports back to late September. The official press release is expected by 11 a.m. today, but three administrative sources confirmed the OIA will take action. All fall sports practices are cancelled until further notice. The rising rate of COVID-19 cases, spurred by the Delta variant during the pandemic, is the cause for concern. Preseason games were scheduled to begin on Friday. The OIA’s regular season was slated to start on […]

2021 class inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 13, 2021

In the most challenging of years, the senior class found ways to succeed. The HHSAA Hall of Honor’s class of 2021 is now inducted, and with a formalized quota system in place, more Neighbor Island and OIA candidates landed in the Hall than usual. Class of 2021 Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field) Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field) Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming) Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading) Alaka’i Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, […]

SHA’s Cayla Cabanban makes history as 1st cheerleader in Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2021

The idea made sense: Cayla Cabanban would follow older brother Corey into the world of wrestling. She was 5 at the time. Corey, four years older, went on to a grand-slam career at Saint Louis, a rare four-time state champion. Cayla’s athlete career took different turns, though a mat was still a part of it. She was inducted into the Hawaii Hall of Honor last Sunday as a cheerleader. “I don’t know how to react. I’m just so blessed because […]

‘Golden Girlz’ of Sacred Hearts Academy capture 4th straight ILH title

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2021

Coach Cadey Vakauta gave every drop of energy she had. So much so, that the morning after her Sacred Hearts Academy Lancers won their fourth consecutive league title, she was speechless. “I woke up this morning to a phone call and realized once I said, ‘Hello,’ that I lost my voice,” Vakauta wrote via text on Saturday. Her voice was intact on Friday night, when the Lancers captured another Interscholastic League of Honolulu competitive cheer title at Kekuhaupio Gym. Co-captain […]

Move to Tier 3 could have impact on ILH decisions for spring and postponed sports

By Paul Honda on February 25, 2021

There are possibilities under Tier 3 that didn’t exactly exist in Tier 2 for Oahu’s youth and high school athletes. The executive order was officially approved by Gov. David Ige on Thursday morning, 12:01 a.m. The move into a more lenient and flexible tier — for the first time since the pandemic forced closure of schools last March — means organized youth and high school sports have a stronger chance of returning for spring season. That includes football and girls […]