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Punahou setter Jaclyn Matias commits to Hawaii

By Paul Honda on September 28, 2020

The high school girls volleyball season is silent this fall, but Jaclyn Matias’ hopes have led to the Rainbow Wahine. The Punahou setter committed to Hawaii, where her father, John, was a slugging first baseman and designated hitter for the baseball team a generation ago. The junior was proactive about the process of recruitment. “I started reaching out about two years ago to both the beach and indoor programs. Due to the NCAA recruiting rules, I could not have direct […]

Allie Yamashiro on MAAC all-time selection: ‘I’m surprised, but honored’

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2020

A week has passed and Allie Yamashiro is still floating on a cloud. The former Kamehameha back-row specialist went on to have a remarkable career at Manhattan College. The all-time dig leader in Jaspers’ history was one of three Hawaii volleyball players named last week to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 40th Anniversary Team. Also among the select all-time players are Kamehameha/Siena players Taylor Akana and Lesli Akeo. “I’m kind of surprised, but honored. Especially with all those girls I’ve […]

Leslie Akeo, Taylor Akana, Allie Yamashiro named to MAAC 40th Anniversary Team

By Paul Honda on September 11, 2020

Sometimes, home is on the volleyball court, which may explain why Leslie Akeo, Taylor Akana and Allie Yamashiro turned into all-time greats in the faraway Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference. The three Kamehameha graduates were honored as members of the MAAC’s 40th Anniversary women’s volleyball team. Akeo and Akana played at Siena. Yamashiro played at Manhattan. “These three, their work ethic and resilience are the things that stand out,” Kamehameha coach Chris Blake said. Akeo was a Star-Bulletin All-State Fab 15 selection […]

MaxPreps names Kamehameha’s Devin Kahahawai to Preseason All-American 2nd team

By Paul Honda on September 4, 2020

Devin Kahahawai endeared herself to her older teammates as a freshman. Then, as a sophomore in 2019, Kahahawai became a force. The 6-foot-1 Kamehameha volleyball player was versatile enough to stuff the net defensively while hammering spikes from either side. The talent and promise landed Kahahawai on the MaxPreps Preseason All-American second team recently. Kamehameha won the Division I state championship last year. The 2020 season was postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kahahawai had 15 kills, […]

Q&A: Kamehameha volleyball coach Chris Blake on postponed season, replanning

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2020

Since 2005, Kamehameha has won 10 Division I girls volleyball state championships under Coach Chris Blake. The only other teams to win state titles during this period also hail from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu: Punahou (three titles) and ‘Iolani (two). On a regular basis, the program at Kamehameha has set a bar so high, starters and reserves alike often proceed with their careers at the college level. From year-round work with their respective club teams, to a carefully crafted […]

HHSAA: Fall sports likely to be pushed back 2 weeks

By Paul Honda on July 9, 2020

Athletic directors in the Oahu Interscholastic Association have not received official word about a change in the fall sports start date. According to Ian Scheuring of Hawaii News Now, however, the date is Aug. 19. Scheuring’s tweet on Thursday afternoon caught administrators off guard. That could change with an official announcement on Friday. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has a statewide start date for football practice, Aug. 17, but that is expected to change — possibly because of the […]

Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

Two Kahuku alums make a U.S. Collegiate Women’s National Team roster

By Billy Hull on March 11, 2020

Utah middle blocker Phoebe Grace and Portland libero Carey Williams, who were teammates at Kahuku, have been named to the 28-player U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-Anaheim roster made up of current college players. Williams is one of four liberos who made the squad and Grace is one of eight middle blockers. The team will train June 21-27 in Anaheim, Calif., at the American Sports Centers where they will compete side-by-side with the U.S. Women’s National Team as it makes final […]