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VIDEO: Mililani’s Rod York, Kini McMillan post-game chat

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2022

Coach Rod York is a stickler to the end, but he also has the perspective of a sage. Mililani’s 28-7 win over Saint Louis on Friday ended a six-game losing streak to the dynastic ILH program. Nothing changes, however, in the eyes of the Trojans. Quarterback Kini McMillan says the team goes back to work this week with the same mentality, win or lose. Coach York cautioned about putting too much value on what amounts to a preseason game. “You […]

VIDEO: Kahuku-Kamehameha highlights, post-game chats

By Paul Honda on August 7, 2022

Kamehameha put up a fight, but right now, Kahuku is utterly dominant in all phases. A 49-0 win to open the 2022 season confirmed one thing: the defending Open Division state champions are fully prepared to repeat their success. A loss to Kahuku, which could land in the national rankings sooner rather than later, is a litmus test more than a failure. “Kahuku’s a great football team,” Kamehameha coach Abu Ma‘afala said. “Disciplined, play together, well coached, great athletes, great […]

VIDEO: Kini McMillan shines, Mililani sacks Saint Louis 28-7

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2022

The final numbers tell a better story, but for one half, the extremes didn’t explain much. In the first 24 minutes, Mililani had a whopping 11 sacks, but Saint Louis seemed to have a modest level of momentum, scoring in the second quarter. The visiting Crusaders trailed 14-7 at intermission, a gift from the football gods, for sure. Mililani closed out strong with a 28-7 win on Friday night, looking sharp — as a team as hungry and active year-round […]


Kainoa Carvalho on Bosco: ‘They’re the top dog in the game’

By Paul Honda on May 24, 2022

Kahuku. St. John Bosco. Sept. 17. Most travel years, Kahuku ventures to Utah for exhibition clashes. This time, the defending Open Division state champions will head to Bellflower, Calif., where the perennial national-title contending Braves of St. John Bosco will be waiting. Coach Sterling Carvalho’s program won its first state title since 2015 last year, relying substantially on a strong junior class. Linebackers Liona Lefau and Leonard Ah You will return, as well as wide receiver Kainoa Carvalho. Without a […]

Kekahi Graham returns, but Saint Louis loses 3 key players

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2022

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just like that, the Saint Louis’ losses are the OIA’s gains. Freshman quarterback phenom Jaron Keawe Sagapolutele is transferring from Saint Louis to Campbell. One of his big-play targets, sophomore wide receiver Kache Kaio, is en route to Kahuku. Another stellar contributor, 6-foot-2, 358-pound offensive lineman Iapani “Poncho” Laloulu, has left Saint Louis and is returning to Farrington for his upcoming senior year. Laloulu cracked the rotation last year despite the presence and talent of 12 […]

Punahou QB John Keawe Sagapolutele is new state shot put champion

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2022

The spring season began with an idea for John Keawe Sagapolutele. In the midst of training for football, he tried something new. On Friday, roughly two months into the track and field season, Sagapolutele is the new shot put state champion of Hawaii. He hoisted the 12-pound sphere 51 feet and 11 inches to top the field at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships on Friday at Kunuiakea Stadium. “I just joined track for the credit. I never […]

Run is not done: Rebel Squad of Kahuku defends Mecca, Level Up titles

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2022

This is the bridge that crossed over any remaining barriers for Kahuku football. The bridge remains open. Rebel Squad captured three more Pylon football titles this spring, including Mecca 2, extending a massive win streak dating back to the spring of 2021. The team defended its Hawaii National Guard tournament title, flew up to Utah to defend its Level Up crown, then arrived at Mecca 2 (Mesquite, Ariz.) prepared to another defense. Rebel Squad arrived with a full roster, including […]

Kahuku standout Liona Lefau busy in present, planning future

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2022

When he’s not busy grinding away on his homework — and a 3.5 grade-point average — Liona Lefau is at track practice. Lefau runs the 100-meter dash and 4×100 relay. “I don’t even know what my fastest time is,” said Lefau, who last ran track two years ago, pre-pandemic, as a freshman. He is also making time for his brothers in Rebel Squad, the national championship team in Pylon that stepped into prominence in 2021. That same squad took the […]