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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 […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1941: Punahou, Saint Louis football teams stranded

By Jerry Campany on December 7, 2020

On this date in 1941, the Punahou and Saint Louis football teams were stranded on other islands when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor took place. Saint Louis beat the Kauai Army team 39-0 in Lihue behind Herman Wedemeyer the day before the attack and was primed to take on a combined Kekaha and Waimea team on Sunday. Punahou was on Maui preparing to play Baldwin when word of the attack caused the game to be canceled. Saint Louis won […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1973: Vincent Passas takes to the air to beat Punahou

By Jerry Campany on November 10, 2020

With the state tuned in to see two of Hawaii’s all-time great running backs on this date in 1973, Saint Louis quarterback Vince Passas took matters into his own hands. Passas threw for 178 yards on 11 completions to lead the Crusaders to a 30-0 win in front of 9,087 fans at Honolulu Stadium for the rare televised game. His effort took some of the shine off a matchup between Saint Louis running back Ed Kini and Punahou’s Mosi Tatupu. […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1945: Tom Carpenter and Punahou make Roosevelt pay

By Jerry Campany on October 26, 2020

You probably could hear the collective gasp in the press box by Hawaii scribes Joe Anzivino and Bill Kim. On this date in 1945, Roosevelt coach Neil “Cocky” Donahue spit in the face of conventional wisdom and ordered his quarterback to throw the ball despite a 13-7 lead with less than five minutes to play. Both sportswriters blasted the decision after Peter Wilson picked off Roy Rosa‘s pass to give the Buffanblu the ball at Roosevelt’s 11-yard line. Wilson scored […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1993: Punahou’s Makaena Puli sets ILH passing record

By Jerry Campany on October 16, 2020

The numbers seem almost pedestrian now, but on this date in 1993 Punahou triggerman Makaena Puli broke the ILH single-game passing record with 426 yards in a 46-21 win over Damien at Aloha Stadium. Puli broke the record held by Iolani’s Paul Ah Yat, who had 350 in 1989. His five touchdown passes tied a league record shared by Garrett Gabriel, John Hao and Joel Lane. Puli completed 19 of his 36 attempts and did not throw an interception. Seven […]