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QnA: Kaile Halvorsen

By Curtis Murayama on July 19, 2021

Four Hawaii athletes contributed heavily to their team’s ascent to the NCAA Championships. The four are: • Maryknoll’s Jhenna Gabriel, who was the starting setter for a Texas team that advance to the NCAA women’s volleyball final; • King Kekaulike’s Colton Cowell, who helped Hawaii volleyball beat BYU and make school history by becoming the first UH men’s team to win an undisputed NCAA title. • Kaiser’s Kaile Halvorsen, who played big minutes in helping Santa Clara beat Florida State […]

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. […]

Andria Tupola: Mayor Blangiardi has amendments to tier system

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2021

The movement is gaining speed for Safe Sports Hawaii. Councilmember Andria Tupola revealed on Friday morning that Mayor Rick Blangiardi has made amendments to the existing tier system of restrictions regarding COVID-19. >> Gyms and fitness facilities will be allowed to open at 25-percent capacity. >> Indoor group physical activities are allowed with no more than five people. >> Outdoor group physical activities, a team, up to 10. The updated guide now includes those amendments and is viewable here. (Note: […]

Journey to Lake Forest for Kaiser goalkeeper Kai Nishibun

By Paul Honda on February 11, 2021

Kai Nishibun plans to teach one day. The Kaiser senior has a plan. It will take him to Lake Forest College, a campus 30 miles north of Chicago. All because of soccer. Nishibun signed with the Foresters, who play in in the Midwest Conference of NCAA Division III. “Et veritas liberabit vos” — the truth will set you free — is the school’s motto. “I feel way different. Something special is going on. It feels like a whole new chapter […]

Mililani’s Joshua Ishizaka joins Bushnell soccer

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2021

Joshua Ishizaka lined up his options, and each of them required a trek across the Pacific Ocean. The Mililani senior signed with Bushnell University in Eugene, Ore., where he will continue his soccer career. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and blessed that so many people are supporting me in my future in college,” Ishizaka said. Ishizaka also had opportunities at Multnomah (Portland, Ore.), Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, Ore.) and York College (Neb.). “Bushnell was the best choice because […]

Campbell’s Titus Mokiao-Atimalala among letter-of-intent signees

By Paul Honda on February 3, 2021

The purple orchid lei and black UCF hat were part of a Wednesday morning that was like no other for Titus Mokiao-Atimalala. The Campbell senior signed his letter of intent to play football at UCF, finalizing a recruiting process that began two years ago. “I’m finally at ease. The process is over and now I’m focusing on preparing myself for the next level,” said Mokiao-Atimalala, who has a 3.5 grade-point average. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back had 20 scholarship […]

National Federation of High Schools: No more tiers on COVID-19 restrictions

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2021

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has removed tiers from its recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19. The NFHS wrote: “Two of those factors are that prevailing community infection rates appear to be the strongest predictor for high school athletes being infected, and proven cases of direct COVID-19 transmission during athletics remain relatively rare. “The other recommended factors to consider are that participants in non-contact sports show lower rates of COVID-19 infection than those in contact sports, participants in outdoor sports show lower rates […]

Safe Sports Hawaii releases 44-page book of guidelines for all sports

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2021

On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved RES21-018 CD1, submitted by Councilmember Andria Tupola. On Friday evening, Safe Sports Hawaii released a 44-page guide examining its guidelines for protocols and safety, covering everything from ballroom dancing to wrestling. The foreword is provided by Tupola and former Hawaii and CFL football standout Chad Owens. The resolution and the guide are in the hands of new mayor Rick Blangiardi. Organized youth and high school sports are currently not permitted at City […]