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Local teams hanging tough in bittersweet losses at Ann Kang

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2022

Day one at the Ann Kang Invitational, including the Mira Costa’s come-from-behind win over Punahou, was incredible. Fantastic. The constant action from 8 a.m. through the day and night is enough to make anyone forget how short the summer break is. At least for those of us who remember the school year starting after Labor Day weekend. Sixteen teams in a non-stop flow of matches in ‘Iolani’s steamy upper gym and air-conditioned lower gym is the perfect recipe for fans. […]

Kamehameha’s Devin Kahahawai voted All-State player of year

By Paul Honda on February 7, 2022

She speaks some Mandarin, loves to bake and once played basketball at Maryknoll middle school. Devin Kahahawai is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and still an affable, fun-loving kid at heart from Windward Oahu.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball All-State player of the year found her volleyball groove after enrolling at Kamehameha in seventh grade. “There have been some big names who have received this award in years past like Elena Oglivie, Kaylei Akana, and Saige Kaʻahaʻaina-Torres, so to be chosen […]

ILH ALL-STARS: ‘Iolani’s Mokihana Tufono named player of the year

By Billy Hull on January 3, 2022

‘Iolani senior setter Mokihana Tufono was named the ILH girls volleyball player of the year in Division I today. Maryknoll senior libero Rozalynn Cabuena earned top honors in Division II and St. Andrew’s Priory senior Kayin Bohnet earned players of the year honors in Division III. Punahou’s Tita Ahuna and Kamehameha’s Chris Blake shared coach of the year honors in Division I while University’s Brad Miller in Division II and St. Andrew’s Priory’s Suzanne Hunting in Division III were also […]


Kamehameha reigns at No. 1 in final Girls Volleyball Top 10

By Paul Honda on December 13, 2021

After five weeks out of the top spot, Kamehameha closes the 2021-22 season at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10. The Warriors collected all 10 first-place votes on Monday after winning the New City Nissan/HHSAA Division I State Championships over the weekend. Kamehameha dropped only one set in four matches, and swept previously top-ranked Punahou in the final. Eight slots in the Top 10 had a change. ‘Iolani, idle since the end of the ILH season, moved […]

State title No. 11 is heaven for Kamehameha’s volleyball dynasty under Chris Blake

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2021

There are weddings, there are plans, and there are wedding plans. Kamehameha’s girls volleyball program seems to work everything out, even championship week and matrimony. On Saturday, hours before Kamehameha took the court at Blaisdell Arena and swept top seed Punahou for the Division I state championship, coach Chris Blake jumped in his car and headed to Ko Olina. His sister, Holly, was getting married. He arrived, walked her down the aisle, partook of the ceremony and raced back to […]

University ends 31-year drought with D-II state title win over Le Jardin

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2021

The last time University Lab School won a girls volleyball state championship… >> Current coach Brad Miller was not alive. “I’m 29. I wasn’t even born yet.” >> The Junior Rainbows were known as University High, long before the ULS brand became the norm. >> George W. Bush was in his first term as U.S. president. >> Gasoline was $1.89/gallon. >> “Hold On’ by Wilson Phillips was the No. 1 song in the country. >> South Africa finally freed Nelson […]

Title tilt: Punahou, Kamehameha reach volleyball final

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2021

This season, the busiest intersection between Punahou and Kamehameha is not on Wilder Ave. It is not on Makuakane Street, either. Where Punahou and Kamehameha have met most often, with the most incredible explosions of skill and power, is the volleyball court. There will be one last showdown for No. 1-ranked Punahou and No. 2-ranked Kamehameha on Saturday, on the biggest stage. The two storied programs will square off in the Division I final of the New City Nissan/HHSAA State […]

Kahuku’s sweep of Hilo sets up showdown with Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2021

After a recent run of four- and five-set thrillers in girls volleyball, back-to-back sweeps by Kahuku and Kamehameha on Thursday night felt like a pause. Kahuku isn’t complaining. The OIA champions swept Hilo 25-11, 25-14, 25-16. The same goes for Kamehameha, which swept MIL champion Baldwin 25-9, 25-15, 25-16. Kahuku and Kamehameha will have a showdown on Friday night in the semifinal round of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball Division I State Championships at Moanalua gym. It was business […]