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Stout defense, ground attack lift ‘Iolani past Damien for ILH D-I title

By Paul Honda on September 24, 2021

Sterling Sakashita leads an active, mobile life. The ‘Iolani senior often brings first contact to opposing ballcarriers, a human heat-seeking missile. Agent HYBRID 01, one of seven such defenders listed as such on the Raiders’ roster. With a 38-0 win over a gritty Damien squad, ‘Iolani captured the ILH Division I crown on a hot Friday afternoon at Eddie Hamada Field. Once the team was done with post-game photos on what was a reasonable version of homecoming — vaccinated parents […]

Hybrid swarm sparks No. 7 ‘Iolani in comeback win over Kamehameha I-AA

By Paul Honda on September 10, 2021

Down 8-0 in the opening minutes, the ‘Iolani Raiders faced an uphill battle against the upstart Kamehameha I-AA Warriors. Sterling Sakashita made sure of it. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior was everywhere defensively with double-digit tackles against a balanced Kamehameha offensive attack. With the Raider defense swarming on Warriors quarterback Noah Spencer and running back Moe Passi, No. 7 ‘Iolani rallied for a 35-20 victory at Aloha Stadium. ‘Iolani improved to 3-0 with its toughest battle so far in the ILH […]

‘Iolani inches ahead of Kapolei at No. 7 in Football Top 10

By Paul Honda on September 6, 2021

‘Iolani overtook Kapolei in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 on Monday, landing at No. 7 in the weekly poll. The Raiders overwhelmed Pac-Five, 46-7, on Friday and improved to 2-0. They won their opener against Damien two weekends ago, 28-0. Saint Louis remained at No. 1 with all 10 of the first-place votes by coaches and media. The Crusaders showdown with No. 4 Punahou last weekend was postponed to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. This weekend, Saint Louis will play No. […]


Singing, dancing and leading ‘Iolani’s trench men: Raynne Passi

By Paul Honda on August 31, 2021

In the present world, Raynne Passi is the center for the ‘Iolani football team, one of the few experienced protectors in the trenches for the defending ILH Division I champion. In the future world, the leader of the Raider trench men plays college football, gets his degree and plays the role of Maui in a stage production of “Moana.” Why not? “I’m interested in the Disney musicals, hopefully, ‘Moana.’ I would definitely be up for that,” said Passi, who is […]

RB Brody Bantolina could be spark for defending ILH D-I champ ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on August 26, 2021

The last time the ‘Iolani Raiders played an official ILH football game, it was the Division I final against Damien on Oct. 25, 2019. The Raiders edged the Monarchs, 21-14, then routed Moanalua, 35-9, in the semifinal round of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA D-I State Championships. A week later, a 20-17 loss to Hilo on a 55-yard field goal by Keanu Keolanui as time expired. That 10-3 season included seven wins in their first eight games. The victory over Moanalua […]

Punahou, Kamehameha turn down chance to play at Aloha Stadium, TV coverage

By Paul Honda on April 8, 2021

For safety’s sake, Wendell Look wanted to see exhibition football games between private schools played at Aloha Stadium. Following a cancelled football year in Hawaii, it would have been nostalgic. Memorable. Epic, maybe. Instead, the ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director saw his intricately assembled plan come to a halt. Of all the plans laid out by the ILH’s football coordinator since last summer, this one wasn’t dependent on entities outside the private-school league. It wasn’t even at the mercy of the league, […]

ILH football: One more delay, new start date is Mar. 15

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2021

The delay of football in the ever-shifting timeline of prep sports in Hawaii is no surprise. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s start date of the postponed football season was scheduled for today — Feb. 22 — but has been delayed to Mar. 15. The league had already cancelled most fall and winter sports. While public-school leagues cancelled football in January, the ILH remained persistent and consistent about keeping the sport alive in an academic year altered severely by the COVID-19 […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1988: Iolani’s John Stephens succeeds after switch

By Jerry Campany on October 15, 2020

On this date in 1988, Iolani coach Eddie Hamada prioritized offense over defense and both units benefitted. Hamada gave John Stephens his first start at quarterback and Iolani shocked Kamehameha 24-0. Stephens started at linebacker through the Raiders’ 0-5 start to the ILH season and sprinkled in some action at quarterback in relief of Kaala Shea. He passed for a touchdown and ran for another in his first start, lofting a 25-yard pass to Michael Pila for a touchdown on […]