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PIAA LOI Day: Uluave signs with Cal

By Paul Honda on February 4, 2015

Punahou all-state offensive lineman Semisi Uluave signed a letter of intent with the University of California at Berkeley this morning at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance ceremony. Uluave, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior, opted for Cal over several other programs, including Oregon. “I felt like Cal is the best fit for me, and it’s the No. 1 public university in the country, in the world,” he said. The multi-talented Laie resident did not mention if he will go on an two-year […]

Hoops crawl: Warriors win, Govs-Raiders battle

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2014

Got here (Moanalua) to the OIA-ILH Challenge after covering the Konawaena-Miramonte INSTANT CLASSIC girls hoops matchup at ‘Iolani. Leilehua had a 22-18 halftime lead, but yielded to Kamehameha’s persistent defense, and the Warriors won 48-43 behind Jayden Zarriello’s 19 points. Liam Fitzgerald had 10 points and Joseph Gouty added nine for Leilehua (2-2). Both are young teams; Kamehameha has just one senior on the roster after guard Jake Smith transferred to Farrington in the offseason. But Greg Tacon’s squad hasn’t […]

Surfing a big wave

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2014

After a 3-0 start to preseason, Kailua lost both of its road games against ILH powerhouses this week. Even in defeat, their improvement from one night to another has been drastic, and coach Mandy Llamedo knows it. “We played three solid quarters of basketball. They went on a run in the fourth quarter. It’s tough when a team that shoots that well turns it up,” she said. “They’re going to hit eventually. If we had taken care of the ball […]


LIVE BLOG: Nanakuli 28, Pearl City 21, final

By Paul Honda on September 26, 2014

First quarter The visiting Chargers strike for touchdowns on their first two possessions. The first drive is mostly handoff left and right to Dominic Maneafaiga, but after all his heavy lifting, Jordan Taamu found Garrett Kanamu in the corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. PC 7, NAN 0, 7:08. Nanakuli got flagged on its first three plays from scrimmage and punted. Pearl City drove 66 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 12-yard TD pass from Taamu […]

LIVE BLOG: Saint Louis at Mililani

By Paul Honda on August 16, 2014

5:30 p.m. JV game is entering the fourth quarter. Saint Louis leads Mililani 18-14. It’s a beautiful, sunny, breezy afternoon at John Kauinana Stadium. The kind of day that makes me feel grateful to be alive and enjoying another great high school game. Still thinking about Kapolei and the loss of a player’s dad at the Kahuku game last night. My thoughts and prayers are with the young man, his family and the Hurricane ohana. The varsity game here is […]

LIVE BLOG: Kapolei at Kahuku

By Paul Honda on August 15, 2014

6:45 p.m. I’m going to attempt keeping statistics, shooting video and live blogging for the varsity game. Please forgive if I don’t blog immediately. I’m going to try anyway. As you can see (photos below), they’ve spruced up the facility here at Carleton Weimer Field. The field is lush and marked for every yard, the first time I can remember. There are, as Red Raiders coach Lee Leslie promised, 36 flags at the top of the bleachers. It’s rare to […]

Video: Farrington-Punahou scrimmage

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2014

Highlights from Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Alexander Field. The first 5-10 minutes were not videotaped.

Buffanblu don’t miss a beat

By Paul Honda on August 2, 2014

Farrington looks quite crisp considering it’s just one week into preseason. Two scrimmages in — against ILH powerhouses Kamehameha and Punahou, no less — and it is clear the Governors are bent on expanding their offensive menu. Often, they’ve lined up in the spread to give Montana Liana more options in the aerial game. But they’ve also lined up in slot-I (or I-slot, whichever tickles your fancy) sets and gashed for yardage inside, too. This morning at Alexander Field, new […]

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