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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 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa undergoes successful hip surgery

By Billy Hull on November 18, 2019

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent surgery on his injured hip Monday and is expected to make a full recovery according to Alabama team physician Dr. Lyle Cain. The team released a statement from Cain on Monday. “Tua underwent successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston. The procedure went as planned, and he is resting comfortably. Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery. He will return to Tuscaloosa in the next several […]


HAWAII GROWN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa suffers serious injury

By Nick Abramo on November 16, 2019

For the second year in a row, a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback from Hawaii has suffered a career-threatening injury. Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who just had surgery on an injured ankle a couple of weeks ago, was injured late in the first half of Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State. Last year, Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a life-threatening knee injury that he is robustly trying to recover from. According to news reports, Tagovailoa injured his hip […]

HAWAII GROWN: Princeton’s Andrei Iosivas in another big game

By Nick Abramo on November 8, 2019

College football is marking its 150th anniversary this year, and Andrei Iosivas is right in the middle of the celebration. Iosivas, the former Punahou athlete, is a sophomore wide receiver for Princeton and is playing in the sport’s 150th anniversary game Saturday at Yankee Stadium against Dartmouth. He is actually one of three former Punahou players in the game. Also suiting up are freshman wide receiver Tamatoa Falatea and freshman offensive lineman Blake Feigenspan. The game will be televised on […]

HAWAII GROWN: Punahou alum Wayne Taulapapa fueled by fumble in 2014 state final

By Nick Abramo on November 6, 2019

Imagine rushing for 260 yards and three TDs in a state championship game. Wayne Taulapapa did that in 2014. Now imagine that you fumble in that same game, ending your team’s last chance at a comeback in an eight-point loss. Taulapapa can check off that box, too. But it has made him a better man. After rushing for 3,279 yards and 52 touchdowns in three years as a Punahou starting running back, Taulapapa went on a two-year church mission in […]

HAWAII GROWN: Tua Tagovailoa likely to practice Wednesday; LSU status unknown

By Billy Hull on October 28, 2019

Eleven days after suffering a high-ankle sprain against Tennessee, Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to return to the practice field. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told reporters Monday at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in downtown Birmingham he thinks Wednesday is probably the first day the Saint Louis alumnus and 2016 Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year will be back on the field. The second-ranked Crimson Tide have a bye week before next Saturday’s showdown with No. 1 […]

HAWAII GROWN: USC’s Vavae Malepeai battling to return from knee surgery

By Nick Abramo on October 23, 2019

Junior running back Vavae Malepeai is doing everything he can to get back into the USC backfield. The former Mililani star who is second on the all-time Hawaii high school rushing list had arthroscopic surgery on his knee last week. “It’s kind of a week-to-week process,” Malepeai said by phone from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. “I’m focusing on rehabbing and getting back on the field.” The Trojans (4-3, 3-1 Pac-12) have five regular-season games remaining. Malepeai played in the […]