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NLI signing day: Kaeo Akana makes it official with Utah

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2021

For a long time, Kaeo Akana and his teammates ran sprints of 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 140 yards up Pauoa Road at 5:15 a.m. The stillness, the darkness of early morning was always there for Akana and teammates like Jackie Johnson III. This time, the early morning was shared with family and friends as Akana arose and signed his national letter of intent to play football at Utah. “I got up at 5 o’clock,” Akana said of his […]

Tommy Musto’s unique route to the Portland Pilots

By Paul Honda on November 18, 2021

One of the most unusual letter-of-intent signing stories belongs to Tommy Musto, a soccer player who signed with the University of Portland. He is a student at Hawaii Technology School, but never played in high school. Instead, he plays midfielder with the Rush Hawaii soccer club on Oahu, coached by Arian Hoxha. Musto trains at his home base in Upcountry Maui with his father, Carl. A key to the process is being proactive. “I think it is more important to […]

Washington awaits Kamehameha catcher Beau Sylvester

By Paul Honda on November 12, 2021

The odds of three homegrown baseball prospects signing with the Washington Huskies baseball team are long enough. Even longer, catcher Beau Sylvester of Kamehameha, shortstop Aiva Arquette of Saint Louis and pitcher Zach Tenn of ‘Iolani all hail from the 96734. From Kailua to Seattle they shall travel in 2023. Imagine what that trio would have done if they had stayed home and played high school baseball for the Surfriders. “That would be scary,” Sylvester said. “We are childhood friends. […]

Raiders, Warriors, Buffanblu and more on NLI signing day

By Paul Honda on November 10, 2021

While ‘Iolani held a signing ceremony on early Wednesday morning, national letter-of-intent day was busy for plenty of student-athletes, especially from Kamehameha and Punahou. The early-period signing day included all sports with the exception of football. The next national letter-of-intent signing day will be in February. At Kamehameha, a signing ceremony was held for six Warriors: baseball players Beau Sylvester (Washington) and Keola Yim (William Jessup), softball players Haley Agena (Saint Martin’s), Nikki Donahue (Texas-Arlington) and Madison Rabe (Georgian Court), […]

One step beyond: Allie Capello, Ailana Agbayani among ‘Iolani’s NLI signees

By Paul Honda on November 10, 2021

Life won’t be the same when these five ‘Iolani student-athletes depart. For now, this is a day to remember for Ailana Agbayani, Allie Capello, Carianne Takeuchi, Kawai‘apo Alcoran and Ellie Asada. The five Raiders signed their national letters of intent early Wednesday morning, officially opening the next chapter of their lives — after graduation. Agbayani and Capello are mainstays for ‘Iolani’s powerhouse softball program. Agbayani signed with BYU. Capello signed with Pacific. Takeuchi will continue her bowling career at Newman […]

Challen Fa‘amatau on Maryland scholarship: ‘Relief and shock’

By Paul Honda on August 16, 2021

Challen Fa‘amatau woke up on Sunday morning and wasn’t sure if this was the same world he once knew. The Maryland running back thought about what had just happened the day before. Sitting in the bleachers with teammates at the Baltimore Ravens preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Roommate and close friend Taulia Tagovailoa on the field at the mic. Everything seemed odd, including the cameras zooming in on Fa‘amatau. Then Tagovailoa, the former standout quarterback at […]

Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn make it 33 offers for Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2021

Tausili Akana has played his cards well. More than well. Each move by the junior from Hauula has been golden. Midas touch golden. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker capped a busy summer with offers from three SEC football programs: Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn. It was a cascading effect, with Georgia offer on July 26, Tennessee one day later, and Auburn a day after that. Those followed an official offer by Clemson on July 17. In all, the former Kamehameha and Wasatch […]

The master adaptor: Saint Louis center Ethan Spencer on UH

By Paul Honda on July 20, 2021

New system, old system, doesn’t matter to Ethan Spencer. He is a master of adaptation. The Saint Louis senior center committed to Hawaii last week and embraces anything that will come his way. Just don’t expect a disturbance in the force. “I haven’t really celebrated yet. Just living life normally for now,” said Spencer, now 6 feet, 2 inches and 275 pounds. “I think it’s just going to be any other day, if anything. My parents (Mellissa and Sean Spencer) […]