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Longest-running state streaks through 2018-19

By Brian McInnis on May 15, 2019

Eleven team title streaks in state competition came to an end in the 2018-19 athletic calendar, but many endured and others more were created. After the dust was settled in the final competition this month, Punahou still owns the four longest active championship streaks in all HHSAA sports — girls tennis (17 straight years), girls water polo (12), boys volleyball (eight) and girls cross country (seven). However, the Buffanblu had a lengthy one, girls golf, snapped at six years at […]

Pac-12 school showing interest in ‘Iolani WR Carter Kamana

By Paul Honda on May 15, 2019

There is nothing concrete yet in Carter Kamana’s future. But it’s beginning to crystallize bit by bit. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior has been contacted by a number of Mountain West Conference football programs. On Tuesday, a Pac-12 Conference recruiter came calling on the ‘Iolani campus. Kamana, who had 85 receptions for 959 yards and eight TDs last season, was busy in class and didn’t meet with the coach. There are plans to connect later, however. “I don’t have any offers. […]

Punahou ends 2018-19 with 12 state titles and more national recognition

By Nick Abramo on May 15, 2019

Punahou hauled in six spring sports championships to double its previous total for the school year and finish with 12. The ILH captured 35 of 45 state team championships and private schools (including the D-II title won by Hawaii Prep of the BIIF) accounted for 36 of the 45. ‘Iolani earned the second most 2018-19 state titles with five, followed by Kamehameha and Hawaii Baptist (three in D-II and one in D-I). With three, Moanalua had the most among public […]


San Francisco 49ers and HHSAA to run free youth football camp

By Nick Abramo on May 14, 2019

West Coast NFL teams are developing a strong interest in Hawaii. The Los Angeles Rams will host a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys this fall. And now, the San Francisco 49ers, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association and USA Football are partnering to host a free youth football camp on Friday, the HHSAA announced Tuesday. The free camp will be held at the Spalding Boys and Girls Club in Honolulu from 3 to 5 p.m. 49ers prep and fan […]

KS-Hawaii’s Keith Laeha is national assistant wrestling coach of year

By Nick Abramo on May 14, 2019

Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Keith Laeha broke new ground for Hawaii wrestling on the national stagee recently. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association assistant coach of the year, the first time an honor has been bestowed upon someone from Hawaii. “Keith was recognized for his (more than) 40 years of service and dedication to the sport,” said Alfred Torres, a Radford wrestling coach who once coached Laeha at Kamehameha. “I’m very proud to say Keith is a former wrestler of mine.” […]

St. Francis baseball team goes out in a blaze of glory

By Nick Abramo on May 11, 2019

St. Francis can rest a little bit easier now that it’s hunted down that all-important state Division II baseball championship. Everything was on the line — or as designated hitter Makana Poole said it after a semifinal victory on Friday, “It’s all or nothing.” They wound up getting it all. The Saints (15-4) broke open a close game with a four-run sixth inning for an 8-4 victory over Waimea (9-5-1) Saturday in the finale of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball […]

Kalae Harrison, Jake Tsukada flip the switch as Punahou captures state title

By Paul Honda on May 11, 2019

WAILUKU — The afternoon really started for Punahou in the parking lot at Iron Maehara Stadium. The Buffanblu were well ahead of schedule, waiting for their state championship game with Mililani. Coach Keenan Sue noticed something about his projected starter, Michael Robichaux, a seldom-used pitcher. “Right before the game, I spied Mike in the parking lot. He looked a little nervous. I said, hey man, you know what, you’re going to do great,” Sue said. “If you don’t do great, […]

Ryo Minakata and Jessalyn Lopez make tennis history for schools

By Jerry Campany on May 11, 2019

The singles titles at the HMSA Hawaii Tennis Championships are in new hands now. The doubles winners added onto their school’s winning streaks. Hawaii Prep’s Ryo Minakata beat Hobbes Winstead 7-6 (5), 6-3 for his school’s first state title in the sport, and Jessalyn Lopez of Kihei Charter dispatched Waiakea’s Maile Brilhante 7-7 (3), 6-4 to give her program the same honor. While Ka Makani athletes have collected state titles in various sports, Lopez joins Maya Reynolds as the only […]