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On the course, on the job: Waipahu golfer Julian Samia has all the links

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2022

Julian Samia’s father, Junior, is a fan of the movie, “Big Daddy.” It is the source of Samia’s first name. “I’m named after a character in the movie,” said Samia, whose younger brother, Benjamin (7), and Maya (2), have no film associations. Julian Samia notes that he has changed a diaper of one of his siblings. Once. Golf is something he prefers. When we featured Samia in the Star-Advertiser recently, the Waipahu senior shared his history in the game. It […]

ILH golf champion Shayna Lu on preparation, pandemic and a little luck

By Paul Honda on May 23, 2021

The champions list of golf in high school golf in Hawaii is limited in 2021. Shayna Lu considers herself fortunate after taking the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title at Pearl Country Club. “I shot 74. I was two-under through nine, but I had four consecutive bogeys in the back. It was a little windy towards the end,” the senior said. “I didn’t really know how much I was ahead by. I didn’t know I was leading until say my 15th […]

DOE’s reopening guide gives hope to spring sports teams

By Paul Honda on March 8, 2021

It’s not quite the end-all yet, but the 46-page “Return To Learn” guide produced by the Hawaii Department of Education provides details and layers — phases — for a return to the classrooms and fields for high school student-athletes. As of today (Monday), pubic-school baseball and softball coaches are expecting to start conditioning workouts on Mar. 29, though it is not written in stone. Oahu is in Tier 3 and could ramp up to Tier 4 by Mar. 25, according […]

Move to Tier 3 could have impact on ILH decisions for spring and postponed sports

By Paul Honda on February 25, 2021

There are possibilities under Tier 3 that didn’t exactly exist in Tier 2 for Oahu’s youth and high school athletes. The executive order was officially approved by Gov. David Ige on Thursday morning, 12:01 a.m. The move into a more lenient and flexible tier — for the first time since the pandemic forced closure of schools last March — means organized youth and high school sports have a stronger chance of returning for spring season. That includes football and girls […]

Good news for prep sports: Mayor Rick Blangiardi announces Oahu’s move to Tier 3

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2021

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has announced a move from Tier 2 to Tier 3, effective Thursday, which could have a significant impact on high school and youth organized sports on Oahu. His live press conference on Facebook Live referred to sports several times. Blangiardi: “Today, I want to announce effective Thursday morning, 12:01 a.m., we officially move to Tier 3, and with that comes a relaxation of the rules. We got there ahead of schedule thanks to all of you. […]

Andria Tupola: Mayor Blangiardi has amendments to tier system

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2021

The movement is gaining speed for Safe Sports Hawaii. Councilmember Andria Tupola revealed on Friday morning that Mayor Rick Blangiardi has made amendments to the existing tier system of restrictions regarding COVID-19. >> Gyms and fitness facilities will be allowed to open at 25-percent capacity. >> Indoor group physical activities are allowed with no more than five people. >> Outdoor group physical activities, a team, up to 10. The updated guide now includes those amendments and is viewable here. (Note: […]

National Federation of High Schools: No more tiers on COVID-19 restrictions

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2021

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has removed tiers from its recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19. The NFHS wrote: “Two of those factors are that prevailing community infection rates appear to be the strongest predictor for high school athletes being infected, and proven cases of direct COVID-19 transmission during athletics remain relatively rare. “The other recommended factors to consider are that participants in non-contact sports show lower rates of COVID-19 infection than those in contact sports, participants in outdoor sports show lower rates […]

Safe Sports Hawaii releases 44-page book of guidelines for all sports

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2021

On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved RES21-018 CD1, submitted by Councilmember Andria Tupola. On Friday evening, Safe Sports Hawaii released a 44-page guide examining its guidelines for protocols and safety, covering everything from ballroom dancing to wrestling. The foreword is provided by Tupola and former Hawaii and CFL football standout Chad Owens. The resolution and the guide are in the hands of new mayor Rick Blangiardi. Organized youth and high school sports are currently not permitted at City […]