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Impromptu pickup game at Laie Park sparks Virginia’s offer to Kahuku LB Liona Lefau

By Paul Honda on January 3, 2021

When Liona Lefau left Kahuku Intermediate School after seventh grade, there was no timetable on a return. The lanky athlete attended JSerra Catholic School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., working out in the offseason with Stronghouse Performance — coached by a cousin, Shiloh Te‘o. Two years later, prior to his sophomore year, Lefau returned to the North Shore. Now, he was a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker. After playing in a 7v7 tournament in Nevada last summer, Wisconsin and Utah offered him […]

Breaking the ice: Jarrin Kalama’s long journey yields offer from BYU

By Paul Honda on December 25, 2020

The day Jarrin Kalama boarded a plane and headed to the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, all there was to hold on to was hope. More than hope. Waiting for him was an uncle. Auntie. Cousins. All bunched together in a house, in a town called Heber City. It is 21 degrees there right now. Back in July, however, Kalama was on that plane, a Mililani junior transferring to Wasatch High School. New town. New friends. New culture. New teammates. New […]

Relief and redemption: Boltyn Taam’s rise to All-American

By Paul Honda on December 24, 2020

When the challenge is toughest, state wrestling champion Boltyn Taam is at his best. The Moanalua senior came home from Tulsa, OK. with a new prize: All-American status. Taam earned the honor after a superb performance at the World of Wrestling Kickoff Classic. The achievement came months after Taam — a state champion as a sophomore — lost in the state tournament as a junior. He regained his momentum after the state tourney, working diligently through the spring and summer. […]

Oregon offer makes it 10 for Kamehameha/Wasatch sophomore Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on December 23, 2020

Oregon noticed a young man from Hawaii playing football in cold Heber City, Utah, and decided to make a life-altering offer. Kamehameha/Wasatch sophomore Tausili Akana is stoked about all 10 of his football scholarship offers. Something about this opportunity with the Ducks has a different vibe from the speedy 6-foot-4, 210-pound outside linebacker/running back. “I’m definitely blessed and excited about this offer. I have been in contact with them, but it was still as surprise,” Akana said on Monday before […]

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, […]

Kamehameha lineman Kuao Peihopa joins Washington’s tough defense

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2020

The Washington Huskies don’t throw a large net when they scour the islands for talent. Recruiter Ikaika Malloe is picky. Landing Kamehameha defensive tackle Kuao Peihopa could fortify a defensive unit that is already talented — and sparked by local talent. Peihopa, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound two-way lineman, will bring a 3.4 grade-point average to the Huskies. He will graduate early from Kamehameha and will arrive in Seattle after the Polynesian Bowl in mid-January. “It’s the University of Hawaii at Seattle […]

Saint Louis OL Kalan Ellis makes it two signees for Syracuse in islands

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2020

Kalan Ellis is heading to Syracuse. The Saint Louis senior offensive lineman made it official on Wednesday morning, signing a letter of intent to play for the Orange. “I feel great. I’m going to be the first on my mom’s side to go to college and get a scholarship. It’s my first time going to the East Coast to play ball,” Ellis said before a signing ceremony at the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center. At 6 feet, 5 inches […]