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PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 Hawaii Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2019

From Faatui Tuitele‘s invocation to Felipe Ojastro‘s mostly polite interrogation of the 12 inductees to Kalina Obrey‘s outgoing thank-you message on behalf of the class of 2019, it was a memorable night. There was also Manti Te‘o‘s earthy speech, chock full of wisdom for the soon-to-be college athletes. When it was all done, the inductees stayed together, signing autographs for each other, yearbook style, on anything they could get their hands on. The Star-Advertiser Hall of Honor pages. Volleyballs, soccer […]

Maximum Exposure, Day 2

By Paul Honda on June 6, 2015

The 400 plus players here at UH endured temperatures near 90 degrees this morning on the second day of the GPA Maximum Exposure Camp. Lunch break lasted until 2 p.m., wisely so. 2:35 p.m. The last 30 minutes were all about special teams, particularly gunners and punt return blocking. No linemen. Guest speaker from Towson State now up. Last night’s speakers included former UH player Keith Bhonapha, who is now a coach at Washington State. Spoke eloquently about the special […]


Max Exposure: Day 1

By Paul Honda on June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015 Clarence T.C. Ching Field University of Hawaii Hosted by PIAA, the turnout has been incredibly large. So much so that the allotted 400 jerseys are out. Late signees were encouraged to bring their own jerseys in case. The registration lines were long for almost 90 minutes. I don’t have an itinerary yet, but more tents are going up and players are making their way to the makai bleachers. Around 80 coaches from 36 colleges are here […]

LOI Day: Punahou SS picks Columbia

By Paul Honda on April 15, 2015

She swings a mighty bat, fields with a leather glove and one day… Krystin Wong will be handling scalpels and saving lives. The Punahou softball player was one of 59 student-athletes from around Oahu who signed a letter of intent this morning during the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance signing ceremony at the Honolulu Elks Lodge, Waikiki. There were also signees for track and field, football and swimming. Volleyball and soccer players comprised much of the list of signees, but Wong […]

LIVE BLOG: Saint Louis 8, Punahou 7, F

By Paul Honda on April 11, 2015

No. 6 Saint Louis (6-5) vs. No. 10 Punahou (4-6) Nice crowd here at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio for another key ILH matchup. The race is so tight that virtually every game is key. First inning Both pitchers escaped with relatively little damage done in the first. The Crusaders got a run-scoring, opposite-field double by Ryder Kuhns, but stranded runners at third and second. The Buffanblu had runners at the corners with no outs against Crusaders […]

Jamboree caps girls hoops season

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2015

For once, Chanelle Molina isn’t on a title-winning basketball team. The Konawaena junior guard, who led her team to the Division I state championship on Friday, watched as two other teams competed for the high-school division crown at the annual Mufi Hannemann Jamboree on Monday afternoon at Manoa Valley District Park gym. “I’m good. This is a lot of fun,” she said after Team Green beat Team Red 42-30 for the title. Team Green was powered by Lahainaluna’s active post, […]

Thrones, titles and green banners

By Paul Honda on February 14, 2015

In the big picture, it was more than a victory for House Awa in this roundball game of thrones.  It was a celebration for all the sisters and nieces, uncles and aunties, grandmas and grandpas who made Konawaena’s latest state championship happen. It just occurs to be 2015, and in a span of 12 seasons, Bobbie Awa and her staff have firmly and persistently guided their players to a half-dozen crowns.  As expected, it was a close battle for more […]

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