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Kahuku standout Zion Ah You resists temptation to transfer, stays home

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2020

In the end, Zion Ah You wouldn’t surrender his chance for one last season as a Kahuku Red Raider. The Star-Advertiser All-State defensive lineman could have taken a route to Utah this fall while Hawaii high school football goes dormant. Utah powerhouse Orem, which won the 5A state title last year, is home to some of Ah You’s relatives. The Tigers have won three state crowns in a row, but he thought better of it. “No way. Only if they […]

Here today, gone to Utah: Kamehameha QB Kia‘i Keone’s new journey

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2020

For three years, Kia‘i Keone was a Kamehameha Warrior. Varsity football. Junior varsity basketball. As of mid-July, he was still a Warrior. Today, he is in Lehi, Utah, playing quarterback for Skyridge High School. The senior recently joined the team after making the move in late July. When video footage from a Falcons intrasquad game surfaced on social media Sunday morning, there was Keone, rolling out of the pocket under duress to make a deep throw near the sideline for a […]

Kaimuki Bulldogs put aloha in Aloha Friday for community in need

By Paul Honda on August 7, 2020

Not one, not two, not three… but 15. Fifteen Friday mornings in a row, the Kaimuki Bulldogs football team and families have shown up to distribute food boxes to the community. “There’s usually three or four guys in a group. In the boxes, there’s laulau, Portuguese sausage, pipikaula,” three-sport senior Koby Moananu said. “A lot of meats,” Tony Stevens added. “I think people just come out, not because they need it, but because maybe other people need it. They give […]


Coaches more confident about COVID-19 compliance on campus than off

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2020

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s announcement on Wednesday means football, girls volleyball and competitive cheer will have to wait. Taking precautions to postpone the higher- and moderate-risk fall sports — football, girls volleyball, cross country and competitive cheer — to winter, possibly as early as January, is a big change for coaches across the state. ‘Iolani football coach and co-athletic director Wendell Look cautioned that January is not a lock as a start date because of the nature of […]

HHSAA postpones football, girls volleyball, cheer to January

By Paul Honda on August 5, 2020

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has announced the postponement of “higher and moderate” risk fall sports season to January of 2021. Football, girls volleyball and competitive cheer are the sports that will shift to January. Air riflery and bowling will remain in the fall season. The HHSAA board and Start Date Committee met on Wednesday afternoon. The recent daily spike in COVID-10 cases at record numbers — there were 173 more today — has caused concern at the state […]

Interim football head coach Leonard Lau raring to go at Punahou

By Paul Honda on August 5, 2020

The strangest year of high school athletics could not be more of a mystery for Punahou’s interim head football coach, Leonard Lau. The longtime assistant was the offensive coordinator for the past two seasons as Punahou challenged for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title. The Buffanblu were 10-2 last year, losing only to national powerhouse Saint Louis. When the school removed veteran coach and assistant athletic director Kale Ane, at least for the time being, during its investigation into alleged […]

COVID-19 numbers rising, Hawaii’s leagues, HHSAA in wait-and-see mode

By Paul Honda on July 26, 2020

The scenario in California, even Nevada, is different than it is in Hawaii. Earlier in the week, Nevada became the fifth state to postpone the high school football season. California, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington have made similar decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevada took a different approach, moving fall sports to February. Fall sports will follow the winter season and be completed before the spring season. In Hawaii, three consecutive days of increasing single-day record case totals […]

HHSAA: Independent, large-group workouts discouraged, not banned

By Paul Honda on July 21, 2020

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s update on Monday about no-contact rules extended to Aug. 18, but Executive Director Chris Chun expounded on the announcement. On Tuesday morning, Chun noted that workouts for student-athletes away from campus with independent groups are technically not banned by the HHSAA. The issue surfaces when team coaches are in contact with players from the same school. Groups of student-athletes from various sports and schools are free to work out with non-school coaches, Chun added. […]

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