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Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on Hawaiiprepworld.com’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

APRIL 21, 1969: ILH approves spring football

By Jerry Campany on April 21, 2020

On this day in 1969, the ILH passed a rule allowing football programs to practice in the spring without helmets and pads. Programs were allowed to practice for 10 consecutive days in May. The league also decided to use National Federation rules to keep it in line with the other leagues in the state. The biggest change was not allowing a defensive player to advance the ball after recovering a fumble.

APRIL 18, 2003: Joe Onosai tackles coaching

By Jerry Campany on April 18, 2020

On this day in 2003, former UH football star Joe Onosai agreed to coach his alma mater. Onosai took the reigns for Pac-Five, taking over for Don Botelho. He lasted only one season, and is still one of only two coaches to lead the program not named Botelho. Leon Schumacher was the coach in the program’s first year in 1973. Kip Botelho took over for Onosai after a 2-6-1 season. Onosai got results immediately, starting 2-0 with victories over Kaimuki […]


APRIL 6, 2000: ILH sets roster limit for football

By Jerry Campany on April 6, 2020

On this date in 2000, the ILH passed a rule limiting football teams to a roster limit of 65 without telling the coaches or athletic directors. Saint Louis boss Cal Lee vowed to fight it. A year later, Lee’s second stint as head coach was over, but the rule went away before the season started. “Isn’t participation in extracurricular activities what we want?” Lee asked. “To me it’s wrong to limit participation.” Iolani headmaster Val Iwashita headed the task force […]

VIDEO: Campbell brothers Titus, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2020

The shutdown has changed life for all, but brothers Tamatoa and Titus Mokiao-Atimalala are grinding through. With the COVID-19 virus shutdown in effect, the Campbell football players are still finding ways to work out — but only after doing their daily chores. Tamatoa, who is signed with Hawaii, and Titus, who has 15 college scholarship offers, chatted about life in the new reality.

Brothers Titus, Tama Mokiao-Atimalala staying busy during shutdown

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2020

Long break, no problem, because brothers Titus and Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala have goals. “We have lots of chores,” said Titus, a junior who collected his 14th and 15th football scholarship offers in the past week. Oregon, then USC, contacted the 6-foot-1, 175-pound two-way athlete. “I was kind of waiting on this. We talked for awhile now and I’m happy that they pulled the trigger. I know the USC coach was telling me that he was going to come down in the […]

New Moanalua OC Bryant Moniz ‘anxious’ to get started

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2020

Bryant Moniz has been through all kinds of adversity, but nothing stopped his will. Now he gets back to football at the high school level as the new offensive coordinator at Moanalua. New head coach Vince Nihipali confirmed the hiring on Wednesday. Moniz knows the underdog path well. Growing up in Wahiawa, playing through the Mililani Pop Warner system, becoming an All-State quarterback for Leilehua under then-coach Nolan Tokuda, overcoming injuries to start at Hawaii, then playing four seasons in […]

New Moanalua hire Vince Nihipali raring to go in first head coaching gig

By Nick Abramo on March 10, 2020

Vince Nihipali didn’t see a ton of Moanalua football last year, but what he saw impressed him. Nihipali, 47, will get a much closer look at Na Mehehune now that he is their new head football coach. “It’s pretty big for me,” Nihipali, who was a defensive coordinator for Mililani and Campbell, said by cellphone Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve coached all these years, basically doing defense. I did it for so long, I always wondered if I could go out and […]