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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, […]

Spring is in the air — and so are football scrimmages for private schools

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2021

There’s nothing quite like the smell of synthetic turf, rubber granules and Baden footballs in the air. When practice resumed at Alexander Field on Monday, seniors Kilinahe Mendiola-Jensen and Kahanu Kia had all their prayers answered. “It’s just good to be back, be on the field, smell it again. It was nice. I was a beautiful day just playing football, seeing my teammates,” said Kia, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker. At Kalaepohaku, Saint Louis is in new-normal mode. In other words, […]

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 […]


Punahou OL Alema Moeava heading north to VCSU

By Paul Honda on February 5, 2021

Alema Moeava has the blueprint for survival and success. The 6-foot-2, 340-pound Punahou senior has the rare combination of versatility and resilience as a key offensive lineman. The left tackle signed a letter of intent with Valley City State (N.D.) on Wednesday. “I feel great, like a sigh of relief,” Moeava said on Thursday. “I love the campus. It’s very small and you get to know everybody. I felt very comfortable with the coaches. They’re very welcoming and I felt […]

Punahou’s Kahanu Kia and the voyage to Notre Dame

By Paul Honda on December 17, 2020

In late July, Kahanu Kia and his father, Nate, made the voyage of a lifetime. After playing in the PTP National College Showcase in Utah, they journeyed across the continent and visited campuses. The Punahou senior didn’t make it to all 15 universities that offered him football scholarships. But he and his dad made sure Notre Dame was on the itinerary. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker became the latest island football product to join the Fighting Irish, signing his […]

Early Christmas for Christopher Paige, who commits to Princeton

By Paul Honda on December 17, 2020

The doors of Princeton University opened for Christopher Paige on a sunny day in Hawaii. It one took him days to charge through. The Punahou senior committed to the Tigers football program on Thursday, nine days after being recruited by the Ivy League institution. “I’m super excited to play for a great team and attend a great school. I couldn’t be happier,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver said. Paige turned down offers and opportunities from seven other programs: Air Force, […]

Running with Rebels: Cameron Friel, Kilinahe Mendiola-Jensen sign with UNLV

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2020

At the home of Cameron Friel in Windward Oahu, the roosters seemed to be crowing about him before sunrise on Wednesday morning. The Kailua quarterback was up early to sign his letter of intent to play for UNLV. Punahou defensive back Kilinahe Mendiola-Jensen and Friel joined forces for an Instagram Live feed, signing their respective letters to play for the Rebels. College coaches can receive official LOIs by noon, Eastern Time. Normally, a signing event comes with an LOI day. […]

Punahou WR Christopher Paige adds Princeton to his list

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2020

Christopher Paige loves math and science. An AP Computer Science class at Punahou is one of his favorite things in life. Princeton noticed this. The Tigers also noticed Paige’s skill and speed on the gridiron and offered him a roster spot on Tuesday. Princeton and all Ivy League football programs do not offer athletic scholarships, but the financial package for athletes works out well. “It’s a great school. They have a great computer science program. I think they’ve been ranked […]

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