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HAWAII GROWN: Baseball season begins for Division I players from Hawaii

By Billy Hull on February 18, 2020

This past weekend was opening day for nearly every Division I college baseball team. Cal Poly junior Cole Cabrera, a 2017 Punahou alumnus, will be featured in Wednesday’s Hawaii Grown section in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser after hitting .400 (6-for-15) with four runs scored while hitting leadoff in Cal Poly’s opening three games, including a walk-off win over defending national champion Vanderbilt. “I love seeing Hawaii representing at the next level and it makes that journey that much easier knowing we’re […]

HAWAII GROWN: Four players selected to participate in NFL combine

By Billy Hull on February 7, 2020

The NFL released its list of 337 players selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday with four players from Hawaii high schools making the cut. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Saint Louis), Notre Dame defensive back Alohi Gilman (Kahuku), Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae (Kahuku) and Fresno State offensive tackle Netane Muti (Leilehua) will be at the event Feb. 24-Mar. 1 in Indianapolis. Tagovailoa, who is rehabbing a hip injury, told the NFL Network last week that he […]

HAWAII GROWN: San Jose State’s Fieme’a Hafoka finally enjoying success on the court

By Billy Hull on January 21, 2020

No San Jose State women’s basketball player has logged more minutes since the start of the 2016 season than senior Fieme’a Hafoka. The 2016 Lahainaluna alumna has had to endure a lot of losses — 68 to be exact over her first three years. For someone coming from a high school that went more than a decade without losing a game in Maui Interscholastic League play, it was difficult to deal with. “It was tough physically, mentally and emotionally,” the 2016 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa declares for NFL Draft

By Billy Hull on January 6, 2020

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility for the Crimson Tide and will enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa, rated No. 3 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper‘s big board, suffered a season-ending hip injury in November and missed Alabama’s final three games, including a bowl win over Michigan. In nine games as a junior, Tagovailoa threw for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with three interceptions. For his career, the 2016 Star-Advertiser […]

HAWAII GROWN: Notre Dame’s Alohi Gilman declares for NFL Draft

By Billy Hull on December 30, 2019

Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman announced today that he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Thank you Notre Dame 🍀 #GillakillaOut✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YfZLDszYDv — Alohi Gilman (@alohigilman) December 31, 2019 The 2015 Kahuku alumnus, who made the Star-Advertiser All-State first team as a senior, played one season for Navy before sitting out a year and transferring to Notre Dame, where he played two full seasons. Notre Dame finished the 2019 season with a 33-9 victory […]

HAWAII GROWN: UCF’s Dillon Gabriel ends freshman season with bowl win

By Billy Hull on December 23, 2019

UCF’s Dillon Gabriel wasn’t sure he would play in his first season with the Knights. By the second game of the season, the 2019 Mililani graduate and 2018 Honolulu Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year was UCF’s starting quarterback. Gabriel completed his freshman season in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl and was named the game’s most valuable player after finishing 14-for-24 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing TD in a 48-25 win over Marshall […]

HAWAII GROWN: NCAA volleyball tournament begins for 13 players from Hawaii on the mainland

By Billy Hull on December 3, 2019

Note: This story will appear in Wednesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser along with a notebook of accomplishments from athletes from Hawaii over the last week in football, volleyball and basketball in college. ——– The NCAA women’s volleyball tournament begins Thursday with the state of Hawaii well represented across the nation. In addition to Hawaii hosting one of 16 subregionals this weekend, nine other schools have players who graduated from high school in Hawaii listed on their rosters, including hosts BYU, Pittsburgh and […]

HAWAII GROWN: Punahou sisters Emi and Mahina Pua’a stick together all the way to Arizona

By Christian Shimabuku on November 20, 2019

As sisters, childhood best friends and teammates in every level of collegiate volleyball, Arizona’s Emi and Mahina Pua’a have shared a lifelong bond. The Punahou products have maintained that they aren’t a package deal, but the two have certainly embraced and appreciated being there for each other at every step of the way. >> CLICK HERE TO READ TODAY’S STAR-ADVERTISER FEATURE ON THE PUA’A SISTERS Emi, who is a year older than Mahina, was the first to leave home in […]