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Saturday morning in the lo‘i for Kamehameha I-AA Warriors

By Paul Honda on September 23, 2021

Two games into the ILH football season, one of the youngest teams in the league went outside the box on a bye weekend. The Kamehameha I-AA squad emerged wiser and muddier for their effort. “During the bye week, we came together as a team to work in the lo‘i in Heeia. They were thick in the mud weeding and preparing the lo‘i for kalo planting. It was a unique way to serve, to get a workout and to bond as […]

New era begins with win for Punahou coach Tita Ahuna

By Paul Honda on September 22, 2021

Expectations are, to say the least, large in the land of the Buffanblu. That’s what can happen when a legendary player and coach is hired as the new girls volleyball coach. Tita Ahuna’s legacy is already cemented. Standout player at Kamehameha. A national title as a player at Hawaii. Two state titles as the boys volleyball coach at Kamehameha. Two NCAA Division II crowns as women’s volleyball coach at HPU. Taking the mantle at Punahou, where Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson stepped down, […]

Humble and hungry: Punahou defensive playmaker Tevarua Tafiti

By Paul Honda on September 21, 2021

Another day, another opportunity for Tevarua Tafiti. Win or lose, the Punahou senior relishes a chance to get better when his football team is on the turf at Alexander Field. Punahou’s 41-23 loss to No. 1 Saint Louis over the weekend did nothing to diminish the vision of Tafiti. “Yes, with having a young team there were a lot of mistakes, but we gave a lot of effort. We just need to execute more in the game,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound […]


Saint Louis unanimous No. 1, Hilo enters Top 10

By Paul Honda on September 20, 2021

Different year, same result. So far, at least. Saint Louis collected all 12 first-place votes from coaches and media to remain a unanimous No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10. The Crusaders played their first game since losing at Bishop Gorman on Aug. 20, pulling away for a 41-23 win over No. 4 Punahou on Saturday. ‘Iolani (4-0) remained at No. 7 after a 47-0 rout of Pac-Five. Hilo, the defending state champion in Division I, entered the Top […]

An elephant and more in Saint Louis’ bag of tricks, wrinkles

By Paul Honda on September 18, 2021

As ancient as the wheel, seemingly, the draw play still delivers a gut punch to the most dangerous and powerful defense. Saint Louis was in a quandary on Saturday afternoon as Punahou brought a mix of blitz packages, bringing quarterback AJ Bianco down four times before intermission. Calling the draw didn’t end Punahou’s sack-cessful afternoon, but it created a 38-yard touchdown run by Trech Kekahuna and a 49-yard jaunt by Jaysen Peters-de Laura as Saint Louis went ahead 28-17 by […]

Busy summer nets D-I offer for ‘Iolani sophomore Aaron Claytor

By Paul Honda on September 18, 2021

Somewhere in a parallel universe, the 2020-21 basketball season was a breakout year for a few of Hawaii’s best young players. In this world, Aaron Claytor made the best of dire circumstances. Now a sophomore, the ‘Iolani guard completed one of the busiest summer grinds. One reward was a scholarship offer from North Carolina A&T, which plays in the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Aggies were 11-10 last season, including 7-1 in conference play. Claytor’s older brother, Rio, plays football […]

Jaron Sagapolutele connects with Kache Kaio for 3 TDs, Saint Louis I-AA wins opener

By Paul Honda on September 17, 2021

Whatever label fans give Saint Louis I-AA this fall doesn’t matter. Quarterback Jaron Sagapolutele and wide receiver Kache Kaio have one of the best connections in the state regardless of classification. Kaio, a 6 feet, 1 inch and 200 pounds, simply overwhelmed Damien’s secondary and caught touchdown passes of 24, 15 and 36 yards in the first half as the Crusaders stifled Damien, 34-14, on Friday night at Aloha Stadium. Saint Louis I-AA, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, had already […]

Kaimuki releases former state coach of the year David Tautofi

By Paul Honda on September 17, 2021

The David Tautofi era has ended at Kaimuki. In a press release from the coach’s Kaimuki Youth Development Organization, Tautofi stated that he was released as head football coach on Aug. 31 by school administrators. Kaimuki’s team has struggled with roster numbers for years, but never ceased to battle for playoff berths and titles. In five seasons on the field under the former Kaimuki and UCLA defensive lineman, the Bulldogs were 37-19 in Division II play. That includes a runner-up […]