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Kaiser kicker Kyler Halvorsen commits to Washington State

By Paul Honda on March 30, 2021

Patience is a way of life for placekickers. That same trait came in handy during the recruiting process for Kaiser senior Kyler Halvorsen. Roughly a dozen D-I programs showed interest in the strong-footed two-sport athlete, but Halvorsen committed to Washington State on Tuesday afternoon. Cal, Hawaii and several more programs, including Wake Forest, had flirted with Halvorsen, but didn’t make quite the same opportunity available. He will be a preferred walk-on (PWO) as a freshman, with a chance to earn […]

Michigan makes offer to Liona Lefau, one of Kahuku’s Sammamish 5

By Paul Honda on March 25, 2021

The history of Polynesians venturing to the Northwest goes back a long way, dating at least back to the fur trade of the 19th century. The migration since includes a new chapter that includes several island players in Washington state, including Kahuku’s Liona Lefau, Zion Ah You, Zealand Matagi, Leonard Ah You and Waika Crawford now at Sammamish High School (Bellevue, Wash.) this spring. Last fall, several Hawaii student-athletes transferred to mainland schools, including a few from Kahuku Sammamish plays […]

Former Mililani wide receiver (and pitcher) Jarinn Kalama commits to BYU

By Paul Honda on March 24, 2021

The original plan was to stay in Heber City, Utah, for football season and take it one step at a time. Now, eight months after landing at Wasatch High School, Jarinn Kalama is a future BYU Cougar. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior committed to BYU on Wednesday. “I just feel like BYU would be a good fit for me,” said Kalama, who has added 10 pounds to his frame after a winter of weight training. Kalama, who has a 3.3 grade-point […]


USC offers, but question remains: where will Tausili Akana land this fall?

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2021

A part of Tausili Akana wants to stay grounded. As in, grounded in his neighborhood of Hauula. The former Kamehameha student-athlete made a crucial move to Utah last summer, playing his sophomore season at Wasatch High School in Heber City. His stellar play for the 5A semifinalist team netted new offers from UNLV, Oregon State, Utah State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State during the 2020 fall season — while high school fall sports in Hawaii were postponed. In the winter, more […]

Grind and Grit: Trench Dawgz go from obscurity to possible NFL Films docu-series

By Paul Honda on March 5, 2021

The trip to the Golden State is becoming an adventure for the training group known as the Trench Dawgz. The football showcase set for Mar. 16 against Winner Circle Athletics was already much-needed good news for TD’s small tribe of trench men. Their numbers grew with tryouts to fill out the squad to 35 or 40 players. The daily workouts never stopped, and as scholarship offers to players old and new have risen, so has the Dawgz’ cache. One of […]

Ole Miss enters chase for sophomore LB Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on March 3, 2021

Tausili Akana is crossing borderlines again. Ole Miss is the latest football program to make a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore. “It’s a big surprise to get my first SEC offer. Ole Miss is a very well-known program with great history and coaches,” Akana said on Wednesday morning. “One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘Blind Side.’ I’m excited for this opportunity. It makes me want to work harder.” Akana is fresh off the heels of […]

Offers from Utah, SDSU, WSU for Mililani OL Tavo Motuapuaka

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2021

He picked up his dad’s guitar and within a moment, Sione Tavo Motuapuaka felt home again. “I rarely watch TV and movies,” the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Mililani junior said. “Usually on my free time, I’ll be trying to learn a new instrument or learn new songs on the ukulele or guitar.” Moana Motuapuaka was a musician at the Hawaiian Hut back in the day, performing for more than two decades. That career led to his wife, Lisa, and two children who […]

Hanalani scholar-athlete Leah Kakigi follows siblings to Biola

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2021

Biola University has a pipeline to the Kakigi household. Hanalani/Pac-Five soccer player Leah Kakigi is the latest member of the family to enroll at the Los Angeles-based university. “I feel good. I feel excited. I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little because my brother (Sean) and sister (Kelly) went there,” Leah Kakigi said. “I went to a soccer camp there one summer ago.” Until deciding on Biola, Kakigi had other options in mind: Concordia and Point Loma. […]

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