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Punahou sophomore Nolan Souza commits to Arkansas

By Paul Honda on September 29, 2020

There is nearly no limit to the potential of Nolan Souza of Punahou, who committed to Arkansas over the weekend. “I feel great about it,” the Punahou sophomore shortstop said on Monday. “My parents (Brian and Kellie) are excited, too.” Souza has a 3.5 grade-point average. Punahou baseball coach Keenan Sue is supremely optimistic about his players, and that includes the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Souza. “There aren’t a many 6-3, left-handed swinging middle infielders,” Sue said on Sunday. “We’re all very […]

Punahou setter Jaclyn Matias commits to Hawaii

By Paul Honda on September 28, 2020

The high school girls volleyball season is silent this fall, but Jaclyn Matias’ hopes have led to the Rainbow Wahine. The Punahou setter committed to Hawaii, where her father, John, was a slugging first baseman and designated hitter for the baseball team a generation ago. The junior was proactive about the process of recruitment. “I started reaching out about two years ago to both the beach and indoor programs. Due to the NCAA recruiting rules, I could not have direct […]

Nebraska, Oregon State make it 10 offers for Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana

By Paul Honda on September 28, 2020

The list grows longer for Roosevelt junior Kaeo Akana by the week. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defensive end is busy with online classes, daily workouts and consistent communication with college football coaches. On Sunday, Nebraska offered Akana a scholarship. Prior to that, Oregon State made an offer. He now has 10 offers, and Nebraska is the first from the Big Ten Conference. “It’s a whole different animal. The history they have at Nebraska, their history as a powerhouse is amazing,” Akana […]


Former ‘Iolani hoopster Kylie Yung walks on at Hawaii

By Paul Honda on September 26, 2020

Kylie Yung is ready for Rainbows. The ‘Iolani basketball state champion has walked on at Hawaii, turning down opportunities to play at smaller universities. “She’s always told us that she wants to play Division I basketball even if it meant turning down other opportunities to walk on. She’ll fit right in,” ‘Iolani coach Dean Young said. “She’s the hardest-working player I ever coached and Coach (Laura) Beeman will love that along with how hard she plays.” The 5-foot-8 forward is […]

‘Iolani pitcher Aisea Ahokovi commits to Loyola Marymount

By Paul Honda on September 25, 2020

Another month and another pitcher from the islands has committed to Loyola Marymount. ‘Iolani pitcher Aisea Ahokovi is the second pitcher in as many months say yes to the Lions. On Aug. 1, it was Kamehameha hurler Casey Kitagawa who did the same. “I feel amazing, like all the hard work is paying off,” said Ahokovi, who has a 3.2 grade-point average. The right-hander works out regularly with Kitagawa under the watchful eyes of coach Ashkon Kuhaulua. “He’s really helped […]

Independence: Liloa Kapiko makes most of 2nd chance

By Paul Honda on September 19, 2020

Liloa Kapiko is making the most of his time in the midwest this fall. The former Saint Louis defensive end graduated in 2019 and went to San Diego State, and his journey of ups and downs nearly ended his football career. Kapiko is now at Independence Community College in Kansas. Even though football season was postponed to early 2021, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Kapiko received a scholarship offer from Northern Iowa on Friday. “Coach Bryce (Paup), the D-line coach, he knows […]

Pac-12 teams scouting Maryknoll’s slugging shortstop, Nelly McEnroe-Marinas

By Paul Honda on September 16, 2020

Nellian McEnroe-Marinas’ high school coach compares her to Jocelyn Alo. Her club coach in California calls the sophomore a Top 10 player nationally. No matter the praise, family and friends call her Nelly. She misses her teammates and classmates at Maryknoll as Hawaii remains in COVID-19 lockdown. “I don’t like online (classes) that much. It’s harder to focus sitting in front of a computer screen because of distractions,” McEnroe-Marinas said on Tuesday. “One-hundred percent, it’s my phone. I do shut […]

Utah State calling for Kamehameha/Wasatch sophomore Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on September 16, 2020

Utah State is taking the plunge for Tausili Akana. The Aggies made a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore from Kamehameha. Akana has spent this fall season playing for Wasatch in Utah, just a two-hour drive from the USU campus. The defensive end/outside linebacker now has seven offers. Utah State is only the third from a Mountain West Conference program. Hawaii was the first school to offer him. UNLV offered in late August. “I haven’t been to Logan, but […]

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