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Punahou, Kamehameha turn down chance to play at Aloha Stadium, TV coverage

By Paul Honda on April 8, 2021

For safety’s sake, Wendell Look wanted to see exhibition football games between private schools played at Aloha Stadium. Following a cancelled football year in Hawaii, it would have been nostalgic. Memorable. Epic, maybe. Instead, the ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director saw his intricately assembled plan come to a halt. Of all the plans laid out by the ILH’s football coordinator since last summer, this one wasn’t dependent on entities outside the private-school league. It wasn’t even at the mercy of the league, […]

ILH football: One more delay, new start date is Mar. 15

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2021

The delay of football in the ever-shifting timeline of prep sports in Hawaii is no surprise. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s start date of the postponed football season was scheduled for today — Feb. 22 — but has been delayed to Mar. 15. The league had already cancelled most fall and winter sports. While public-school leagues cancelled football in January, the ILH remained persistent and consistent about keeping the sport alive in an academic year altered severely by the COVID-19 […]

Chicago bound: Damien DB Bubba Kauhi to play at Olivet Nazarene

By Paul Honda on February 5, 2021

Patience was stretched thin, but Anstyn Kauhi refused to lose hope. On Wednesday, the young man they call “Bubba” was rewarded when the Damien defensive back signed a letter of intent with Olivet Nazarene. That makes it two sons in the Kauhi family who are heading to the continent soon. Kauhi’s brother, Austyn Kauhi of Kamehameha, signed with Syracuse in December. “I feel good. I’m ready for college. My mom (Shantel Kauhi) worked hard for me to get this far,” […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1970: Damien needs team effort to tie Iolani

By Jerry Campany on November 14, 2020

Even in a tie game, sometimes there is a winner and a loser. On this date in 1970, Damien scored with 45 seconds left and converted the extra points to deny Iolani its first win with a 22-22 deadlock. Damien was denied its second victory. The Monarchs trailed 22-16 when Roger Kurt hit Tony Narvaes for a 23-yard touchdown. Despite the heroics, Anthony Chun took Kurt’s place for the conversion and completed a clutch pass to Mel de Laura to […]

Damien’s Jarvis Natividad joins trek to Whitworth

By Jerry Campany on March 31, 2020

When Eddie Klaneski took his Damien football team to Washington to lose to Mt. Spokane in 2018, he was also giving three boys a glimpse of their future campus. Damien wide receiver Jarvis Natividad made his commitment to Whitworth University (Wash.) on Monday, a few hours after football and basketball teammate Jake Holtz did the same. ❗️COMMITTED❗️ • • Luke 6:38“Give, And It Shall Be Given To You”#GoPirates #JoinTheShip 🏴‍☠️ pic.twitter.com/rMYtSeXNgC — Jarvis Natividad (@j_natividad7) March 31, 2020 Unlike Holtz, […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Damien Monarchs

By Jerry Campany on November 11, 2019

2019 TEAM RECORD >> 8-3 overall, 6-2 ILH Division I HEAD COACH >> Eddie Klaneski is 47-43 in nine seasons and the only Monarchs coach with a winning record in his career. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> LB/FB River Iaea, Jr.; WR/DB Makanale’a Meyer, So.; WR/DB Alohi Arecchi, Jr.; LB/QB Duke Hoohuli, Jr.; RB Amo Sulu, Jr.; DE/WR Jayce Jay-Pedro, So. DAMIEN THROUGH THE YEARS: 1965-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2006 Kahuku With apologies to all of the great Damien teams of […]

Nerdpod: The unique talents of Damien QB/hoopster Jake Holtz

By Paul Honda on November 5, 2019

He could be the tallest quarterback in Damien history. Jake Holtz, at 6-foot-3, close to 6-4 and 215 pounds, has been more than a statuesque passer from the pocket. Holtz’s passion and toughness make him a playmaker unlike the usual signal-caller. His athleticism makes him a threat on the basketball court, too, where he has the hops to play in the post, but has the skill level to play in the backcourt. Whether he chooses one sport or both in […]

Despite mistakes, Damien’s Eddie Klaneski proud of his Monarchs

By Paul Honda on October 26, 2019

Timing isn’t always everything. But Damien could have used a break or two on Friday night. The Monarchs came into a huge showdown with ‘Iolani, with a Division I state-tournament berth at stake and an ailing Amo Sulu. The talented and highly productive running back tore his meniscus in a must-win battle with Moanalua two weeks ago, but suited up and played as best he could against ‘Iolani. Sulu came into the game with 1,225 yards and 14 touchdowns on […]