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On the pitch or hardwood, ‘Iolani’s Jaety Mandaquit is a playmaker

By Paul Honda on January 25, 2022

The busy-ness is part of the gratefulness for Jaety Mandaquit, who is featured with brother JJ in Tuesday’s edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The sophomore is already one of the state’s top basketball players, averaging nearly 12 points per game for No. 1-ranked ‘Iolani. The Raiders are 4-0 so far in ILH play. “It’s a great start to our season. Our team chemistry is really good. We all play for each other, support each other and bring energy to each […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]