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Emily Naylor: Not your ordinary scholar/vegetarian/state cross country champion

By Paul Honda on October 26, 2021

She has learned, hands on, what it means to be extremely motivated and strategically balanced. That’s Emily Naylor there, the young lady from Kalaheo with a 4.1 grade-average. She turned her 99th-place finish at the 2018 state cross country meet into a state championship one year later. Naylor is featured in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, entering her senior year as a the defending state champion from 2019. “I’ve never had anybody be a champion, always winning,” Kalaheo cross country coach Peter […]

OIA announces return of spectators Oct. 20

By Paul Honda on October 13, 2021

On a limited basis, spectators will be allowed back to OIA sporting events on Oct. 20. The league posted the news on its Twitter page, noting the requirements of masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and social distancing. Fans have not been permitted to see games involving public high schools statewide since the first lockdown in March of 2020. The Oct. 20 timeline falls in line with the statewide mandate for loosening restrictions for outdoor and indoor events. Actual size of […]

A comeback journey to remember for Punahou’s Malia Dickhens

By Paul Honda on September 7, 2021

Patience is the difference for athletes on the mend. Malia Dickhens’ shin splints led to a stress fracture and as much recovery through cross-training as imaginable. “The stress fracture started March of 2020 and pretty much ended last month,” the Punahou senior said. In today’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dickhens shared her long road back to competition. She won the ILH cross country championship as a sophomore in the fall of 2019. After miles of swimming and cycling (on […]


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 […]

ILH champion William Ho’s secret to conquering the hill

By Paul Honda on March 17, 2021

A good day of school for William Ho would be mentally unpleasant for a lot of other students. The Kamehameha senior doesn’t like math. He loves math. Ho, who has a 4.26 grade-point average, ranks his favorite math classes. 1. Algebra II 2. Vector Calculus 3. Linear Algebra 4. Calculus AB/BC Calculus. Algebra. The latter is especially compelling. “I would say just how applicable it is and, yes, the logic behind it is really interesting,” the new Interscholastic League of […]