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McKinley takes small, key step toward on-campus football stadium

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2020

In the strange year of 2020, the McKinley Tigers just had one of their most important Zoom events. More than a dozen McKinley alumni, students, administrators and coaches provided testimonials at the Ala Moana/Kakaako Neighborhood Board virtual meeting on Tuesday night. McKinley is moving forward, one baby step at a time, in a quest to build a stadium on the grounds of the athletic complex. “They just wanted to get our side, to get more information,” McKinley Principal Ron Okamura […]

McKinley Tigers dreaming of on-campus football stadium

By Paul Honda on October 27, 2020

Roosevelt, Kaiser, Moanalua, Radford. Most city schools of Honolulu have on-campus stadiums for football, soccer and track and field. Farrington dedicated its stadium in 2017. McKinley, which began as Fort Street English Day School in 1865, hopes to be next. McKinley is one of the few high schools left in Hawaii that doesn’t have lights on its football/soccer field. There are no bleachers for Tiger fans and visiting spectators, either. That could change. The school hopes to begin moving forward […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1945: Tom Carpenter and Punahou make Roosevelt pay

By Jerry Campany on October 26, 2020

You probably could hear the collective gasp in the press box by Hawaii scribes Joe Anzivino and Bill Kim. On this date in 1945, Roosevelt coach Neil “Cocky” Donahue spit in the face of conventional wisdom and ordered his quarterback to throw the ball despite a 13-7 lead with less than five minutes to play. Both sportswriters blasted the decision after Peter Wilson picked off Roy Rosa‘s pass to give the Buffanblu the ball at Roosevelt’s 11-yard line. Wilson scored […]


When coast clears, ILH prepared for multiple comeback scenarios

By Paul Honda on October 24, 2020

In a perfect setting during a global pandemic, high school sports resume in January. Football, wrestling and competitive cheer, the “higher-risk” sports as defined by the National Federation of High Schools, are a long way from returning. Hawaii requires that a “Tier 4” status before organized sports return, with the current exception of UH football. “How would or could school administration justify playing sports and not having their students in person (on campus),” ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director and football coach Wendell […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1982: Waianae picks off 10 Pearl City passes

By Jerry Campany on October 23, 2020

On this date in 1982, Pearl City Sandy Obra just absolutely refused to give up. Obra directed his quarterbacks to put up 42 passes but Waianae stole 10 of them in a 41-7 victory for the Seariders in front of 3,966 at Aloha Stadium. The 10 picks set an OIA record established by Kahuku against Farrington way back in 1973. Pearl City quarterback Kamaki Alejado entered the game as the division’s leading passer and had thrown only five interceptions in […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1928: McKinley’s William Centeio ruled ineligible

By Jerry Campany on October 22, 2020

On this date in 1928, William Centeio of McKinley paid the price for raising a few too many eyebrows. Centeio recovered three fumbles to lead the Tigers over Saint Louis 7-6 three days before. The Crusaders were tipped off that Centeio, who had been playing for the Tigers for years and was still a student at the public school, was older than the league mandated 21. Saint Louis protested the victory and ordered it overturned but lost that plea. The […]

Coaches: Let the games begin in 2021 with proper protocol

By Paul Honda on October 22, 2020

Safety first, adaptation second. Coaches in various sports around the state continue to support the standards for safety. They also note the success of properly-administrated fall sports in states like Utah and Idaho, where football and girls volleyball resumed on schedule. Kahuku football coach Sterling Carvalho spent a week-and-a-half watching high school football in Utah recently. There are a few athletes from the islands, including Kahuku players, who transferred to the Beehive State to play football this fall. One of […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: Kaiser comes back to tie Waipahu

By Jerry Campany on October 20, 2020

Showing up late is better than not showing up at all. On this date in 2006, Kaiser scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to tie Waipahu 13-all to send both sides home happy for Waipahu’s homecoming. Isaac Saffery scored the tying touchdown with 1:07 remaining but Waipahu’s Neil Paguyo blocked Kyle Niiro‘s attempt at the extra point. Skyler Chan hit Kalua Noa from 18 yards left for Kaiser’s first score on a drive that featured […]

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