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Kaahaaina-Torres leads ILH volleyball all stars

By Hawaii Prep World on November 20, 2017

The ILH announced its girls volleyball all-star teams over the weekend as voted on by league coaches. In Division I, ‘Iolani senior outside hitter Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres was named the player of the year while Kainoa Obrey of ‘Iolani and Chris Blake of Kamehameha shared coach of the year honors. Le Jardin senior Natalie Piper won player of the year honors in Division II with Damien’s Don Faumuina the coach of the year. Lanakila Baptist senior Shayne Punua won the top […]

Signing Day: 40 make their college dreams a reality

By Paul Honda on November 8, 2017

Amalia Paige Hilliard saw the writing on the wall years ago. Or actually, there was writing on the table. Year after year, season after season, young Paige sat at the entrance on Letter-of-Intent Signing Day for then-host Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. High school seniors from virtually every sport filtered through the doors of the Honolulu Elks Lodge in Waikiki or the rode the escalator up to the Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms. There were the PIAA volunteers, ready and able to assist. […]

‘Iolani’s Ka’aha’aina-Torres makes AA second team

By Billy Hull on November 1, 2017

‘Iolani senior outside hitter Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres, who helped lead the Raiders to the Division I state final three years in a row for the first time in school history, was named to the Under Armour Girls High School All-America second team today. Ka’aha’aina-Torres averaged 4.9 kills per set and led ‘Iolani to a 31-11 overall record, including its first ever Ann Kang Invitational championship. The only senior on ‘Iolani this season, Ka’aha’aina-Torres also had 33 aces, 211 assists, 33 aces […]

Kahuku, Mililani, Hawaii Baptist finish in Top 10

By Nick Abramo on October 30, 2017

With solid showings in the state tournament, three teams — Kahuku, Hawaii Baptist and Mililani — jumped into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser girls volleyball Top 10 final rankings released Monday. Kahuku (13-6), which had an up-and-down regular season and won the third-place Division I match over league rival Kapolei, checked in at No. 7. Hawaii Baptist (13-5) moved into the No. 9 slot by making the D-II final, where the Eagles lost in four sets to Le Jardin. Mililani (13-3) stepped […]

VIDEO: Le Jardin wins 2nd state title

By Paul Honda on October 30, 2017

Outside hitter Natalie Piper (22 kills, 19 digs) and opposite Julia Fisher (23 kills, 10 digs, 3 block assists) chat after Le Jardin outlasted Hawaii Baptist in four sets to win its second title in a row at the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball Division II State Championships. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Blaisdell Arena.

VIDEO: Epic finish, Kamehameha vs. ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on October 29, 2017

An epic finish — seven match points — to another monumental championship season for Kamehameha in a sweep of defending champion ‘Iolani in the finals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA State Championships at Blaisdell Arena.. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

Letting go, gaining more: LJA’s new legacy

By Paul Honda on October 29, 2017

First, it was Hawaii Baptist Academy scratching out an identity as a small school with a talent in girls volleyball. That niche turned into a prominent program that occasionally took down the giants of Interscholastic League of Honolulu volleyball. Eventually, the Eagles seized Division II state championships in 2007, ’08, ’09 and, most recently, ’15. HBA was one of the first of the smaller schools to patent a winning formula. Le Jardin (16-1) is the latest to concoct a special […]

Kamehameha’s 21st title: Inspiration, legacy

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2017

Lexis Akeo has a way of blending into the celebration. Not long after Kamehameha finished its dream season with a 25-20, 25-22, 31-29 sweep of ‘Iolani, she was perfectly at home in the crowd. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, brothers and sisters and cousins placing lei on their favorite Warriors. Akeo was more than a sister and daughter. She was the glue of what may have been the most balanced team during the dynasty. The modest junior setter was […]