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Kahuku standout Liona Lefau busy in present, planning future

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2022

When he’s not busy grinding away on his homework — and a 3.5 grade-point average — Liona Lefau is at track practice. Lefau runs the 100-meter dash and 4×100 relay. “I don’t even know what my fastest time is,” said Lefau, who last ran track two years ago, pre-pandemic, as a freshman. He is also making time for his brothers in Rebel Squad, the national championship team in Pylon that stepped into prominence in 2021. That same squad took the […]

Kailua’s Blazen Lono-Wong makes it official with Arizona State

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2022

The options were plenty enough for Blazen Lono-Wong. The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Kailua defensive end opted for Arizona State, signing with the Sun Devils during a ceremony at Kailua High School on Wednesday morning. He is one of a handful of local prospects signing with FBS football programs today. A large majority of football players signed their national letters of intent on the early signing day in December. Lono-Wong turned down offers from Hawaii and Boise State. “I really enjoy the […]

Campbell sophomore Kela Moore on first offer: SDSU

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2022

There are sophomores diving into the learning curve, taking their lumps and just trying to survive through the varsity football struggle. Kela Moore is not one of those sophs. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore is already one of the top defensive backs in the state. San Diego State got a jump on prospective competitors by offering the Campbell defender a scholarship last week. “I kind of didn’t really expect it either. But after school, coach DJ (Darren Johnson) would have me […]

Saint Louis playmaker Trech Kekahuna weighs offers from Nevada, UH, Boise State

By Paul Honda on January 28, 2022

The call him a beast in the weight room. Trech Kekahuna considers it his second home. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, the Saint Louis slotback benches 315 pounds and squats 465. He doesn’t his vertical leap, but he can dunk a basketball. Kekahuna, who also runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, is stoked about his latest scholarship offer — from Nevada. Former Saint Louis standout Anthony Arceneaux is an assistant coach there. So is Nate Costa, who coached Marcus […]

Kapaa’s Kawika Rogers to spread his wings at Oregon

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2022

Long before Kawika Rogers was blowing up defenders at the Division II state championships, he was on the radar of a few FBS football programs. Arizona State, Fresno State and UNLV took a liking to Kapaa’s 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle. Later, Boise State and a green-tinted university in Eugene, Ore., also came forward with interest in the two-sport scholar-athlete. Oregon was on Rogers immediately after Kapaa overpowered Kamehameha-Maui in the D-II state final. “The coach from UH, coach (A’Lique) Terry, he […]

Arizona State is first FBS offer for Kapaa LB/RB Solomone Malafu

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2022

It didn’t take long for a Pac-12 Conference football program to notice Solomone Malafu. Arizona State is the first FBS program to make a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker/running back from Kapaa. Malafu has a 3.6 grade-point average and was voted to the Star-Advertiser All-State first team by coaches and media after a scintillating performance at the Division II state championships. “Just after the last game, sending out my film to all these coaches. They saw mine and […]

AJ Bianco, Nevada and the Marcus Mariota/Jeremiah Masoli trail

By Paul Honda on January 19, 2022

AJ Bianco envisioned playing lots of basketball this winter with hardly a care in the world about much else. After all, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Saint Louis quarterback was committed to play football for Hawaii. Once basketball season ended, there would be ample time to get ready for a pivotal Warriors season in Manoa. Time changes everything, though. Controversy and the resignation of coach Todd Graham at UH has the program adrift, rudderless without a head coach. Within the past week, […]

Saint Louis seniors Kapoi, Moore, Spencer, Savaiinaea sign NLIs

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2021

Two years ago, the sophomore trench men of Saint Louis showed great potential, according to coach Ron Lee. As seniors, Ethan Spencer, La‘akea Kapoi and Jonah Savaiinaea have fulfilled the prophecy. Saint Louis won the ILH Open Division championship again, and the Crusaders are in position to secure a fifth state title in a row. On Wednesday, Spencer and cornerback Kona Moore signed national letters of intent with Hawaii, while Kapoi signed with San Diego State and Savaiinaea signed with […]