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New era begins with win for Punahou coach Tita Ahuna

By Paul Honda on September 22, 2021

Expectations are, to say the least, large in the land of the Buffanblu. That’s what can happen when a legendary player and coach is hired as the new girls volleyball coach. Tita Ahuna’s legacy is already cemented. Standout player at Kamehameha. A national title as a player at Hawaii. Two state titles as the boys volleyball coach at Kamehameha. Two NCAA Division II crowns as women’s volleyball coach at HPU. Taking the mantle at Punahou, where Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson stepped down, […]

Spirited Damien girls volleyball squad collects another tourney title

By Paul Honda on August 23, 2021

Chad Giesseman was a fixture at McKinley for years. Today, he is both head coach of Damien girls volleyball and a volunteer assistant men’s coach at Hawaii. He would have it no other way. The Lady Monarchs continued their highly successful preseason with a three-set, come-from-behind 19-24, 26-24, 15-9 win over University on Saturday in the final of the Hawaii Invitational at Kekuhaupio Gym. That came moments after a stunning victory over host Kamehameha. The perennial powerhouse was missing key […]

Players, coaches cautiously optimistic about full-season calendar

By Paul Honda on August 14, 2021

There are doubters, for sure, but imagine that the HHSAA executive board’s vote and plan to have full fall, winter and spring sports seasons materializes. For that, there are believers. Optimists. “It makes me really happy, just knowing I get to play one last time for my senior is amazing. I am not surprised that because my athletic director and principal want a season for us because we missed so much. They always will do everything they can to make […]

Full seasons ahead as HHSAA executive board approves revised sports calendar

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2021

High school football for the holidays — it’s coming. The HHSAA announced on Friday that its executive board, representing the state’s five leagues, voted unanimously to have a full sports calendar. That means fall sports, including football, will play out a normal schedule once the currently postponed start date of Sept. 24 arrives. The hope is that all student-athletes will be vaccinated by then. “It is a testament to our members to be able to agree to a calendar on […]

Leagues may vote on return of state tournaments Friday

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2021

Coaches and players are cautiously optimistic about the HHSAA’s recommendation that state championships be played this fall sports season. The state’s four leagues controlled by the DOE will vote by Friday to follow the plan, or reject the possibility of state tournaments. There has not been a state tournament since the winter season of 2020, 18 months ago. Kahuku football coach Sterling Carvalho is confident that the recommendation will be accepted. “This does not surprise me. If the DOE and […]

DOE postponement of fall sports ends Mililani’s dream matchup with Mater Dei

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2021

There will be no Mililani showdown against national powerhouse Mater Dei. The game, scheduled for Sept. 11 at St. John Bosco’s stadium, has been called off. The DOE announced on Wednesday that all fall sports have been put on hold until Sept. 24, ending what could have been a peak experience for the Trojans. “(Coach Rod York) broke the news that we’re not going to end up going to Cali,” wide receiver Kainoa Ferreira said. “All the boys were really […]

OIA to postpone fall sports until late September

By Paul Honda on August 4, 2021

The Oahu Interscholastic Association is pushing the start of fall sports back to late September. The official press release is expected by 11 a.m. today, but three administrative sources confirmed the OIA will take action. All fall sports practices are cancelled until further notice. The rising rate of COVID-19 cases, spurred by the Delta variant during the pandemic, is the cause for concern. Preseason games were scheduled to begin on Friday. The OIA’s regular season was slated to start on […]

QnA: Maryknoll’s Jhenna Gabriel

By Curtis Murayama on July 5, 2021

Four Hawaii athletes contributed heavily to their team’s ascent to the NCAA Championships. The four are: • Maryknoll’s Jhenna Gabriel, who was the starting setter for a Texas team that advance to the NCAA women’s volleyball final; • King Kekaulike’s Colton Cowell, who helped Hawaii volleyball beat BYU and make school history by becoming the first UH men’s team to win an undisputed NCAA title. • Kaiser’s Kaile Halvorsen, who played big minutes in helping Santa Clara beat Florida State […]