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ON THIS DATE IN 1965: McKinley’s John Coen breaks scoring record

By Jerry Campany on November 13, 2020

It was only a few years after Roger Maris and Babe Ruth, but McKinley’s John “Cyclone” Coen never had to worry about an asterisk. On this date in 1965, Coen scored two touchdowns and McKinley beat Saint Louis 20-0 in front of a crowd of 6,371 at Honolulu Stadium. Coen’s scores gave him 108 points for the season, breaking the 101 set by Abe Dung of Saint Louis 20 years before. Dung set his mark in seven games. Coen needed […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1982: Sekeli Wily paves way to Kahuku title

By Jerry Campany on November 12, 2020

On this date in 1982, Lakei Heimuli shrugged off a hamstring injury and Kahuku beat Farrington 7-0 to win the OIA East title in front of 11,229 wet fans at Aloha Stadium. Red Raiders coach Clarence Lavarias told the media before the game that linebacker Sekeli Wily would be moving to the offense. He kept his word, but Heimuli still received the bulk of the carries. Wily served as the lead blocker and made all of the difference. Kahuku quarterback […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1929: Hilo beats Maui in thrilling finish

By Jerry Campany on November 11, 2020

On this date in 1929, Hilo traveled to Maui and left with a lot to talk about on the trip home. Hilo beat Maui 7-6 in the game at the Kahului Fairgrounds, but it went down to the last seconds. Hilo scored when George Kekoolani scored on a clever triple pass to tie it with under two minutes left. Hilo had one more trick in its bag, with Ah Chong Young dropping back and hitting Kekoolani for the conversion. Maui […]


ON THIS DATE IN 1973: Vincent Passas takes to the air to beat Punahou

By Jerry Campany on November 10, 2020

With the state tuned in to see two of Hawaii’s all-time great running backs on this date in 1973, Saint Louis quarterback Vince Passas took matters into his own hands. Passas threw for 178 yards on 11 completions to lead the Crusaders to a 30-0 win in front of 9,087 fans at Honolulu Stadium for the rare televised game. His effort took some of the shine off a matchup between Saint Louis running back Ed Kini and Punahou’s Mosi Tatupu. […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: Kalani Hallums leads Waianae to Leeward crown

By Jerry Campany on November 9, 2020

On this date in 1985, Kalani Hallums hooked up with Bryant Moananu twice to lead Waianae over Waipahu 14-6. The victory in front of 6,083 at Aloha Stadium gave Waianae its tenth Leeward district crown in 11 years. Hallums led the Seariders 64 yards on 10 plays on their second drive of the game, completing all three of his passes. He did it again on Waianae’s next drive, covering 45 yards on five plays after a punt. In a harbinger […]

HHSAA proposal to DOH: football, girls volleyball in March

By Paul Honda on November 4, 2020

The next step for high school sports in Hawaii requires patience. More patience. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the high school sports calendar is in the decisive hands of the Department of Health. The proposal from the Hawaii High School Athletic Association divides the sports season, from January to May, into two segments. A “Season I” timetable has basketball, bowling, canoe paddling, competitive cheerleading, cross country, soccer, swimming/diving, junior varsity and intermediate tennis and wrestling beginning in January. […]

VIDEO: Highlight-Hawaii at PTP National Showcase

By Paul Honda on November 3, 2020

Video footage of all four teams representing Highlight-Hawaii from days one through three at the PTP Sports National Showcase are below. More than 140 players from the islands played in the fully-padded event. (If there is missing footage that hasn’t been included here, please leave a link in the comments.) Highlight-Hawaii organizer Nate Kia says he’s looking forward to seeing footage of game action he didn’t see during the three-day event in St. George, Utah. The four teams, plus another […]

Kahuku junior Seau Maiava racks up 16 sacks at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on November 2, 2020

Seau Maiava is a company man. The speedy outside linebacker from Kahuku took the field in St. George, Utah, for his Highlight-Hawaii Silver team on Friday as 11v11 scrimmages began. Three games later, the 6-foot, 200-pound senior had accumulated 16 sacks — as a defensive end on the strong side. Maiava’s performance earned co-MVP honors as a DE in the PTP Sports National Showcase on Saturday. He and fellow Highlight-Hawaii D-end Tevarua Tafiti were among the three defensive ends honored. […]

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