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Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike march into D-I state girls soccer title game

By Nick Abramo on February 7, 2020

It’s been a long time coming. Pushing, pushing, pushing and finally getting in. Third-seeded MIL champion King Kekaulike is finally going to the title game in Division I of the Queen’s Medical Center/HHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships. Na Alii will play defending champion Kamehameha in Saturday night’s final at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium — the site of two huge victories in a row for these girls from Maui. On Friday, Na Alii upended Pearl City 2-0 in the semifinals. The […]

From fifth in the OIA to the state semifinals, Pearl City is making a run to the championship

By Nick Abramo on February 7, 2020

Four teams finished above Pearl City in the OIA Division I playoffs this season. Now, the Chargers have advanced farther than all four of those teams in the Division I portion of the Queen’s Medical Center/HHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships. They got there by dispatching league champion Mililani 2-1 in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. >> PHOTO GALLERY: Pearl City vs. Mililani As a matter of fact, Pearl City (12-3-1) is the only unseeded team […]

No. 1 seed Punahou will attempt to go back-to-back in boys soccer

By Billy Hull on February 6, 2020

Defending state champion Punahou is the No. 1 seed as it goes for back-to-back state titles for the fourth time since 2006 in the Queen’s Medical Center/HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships beginning Monday. Since Mililani won four in a row from 2001-04, Punahou is the only team to repeat as state champion but hasn’t won three straight during the span. The Buffanblu have won seven of the last 15 titles overall and will open their tournament next Thursday against the […]


Punahou’s Taylor Matsubara is soaring after waiting for more than 2 years

By Nick Abramo on February 4, 2020

Taylor Matsubara suffered an ACL injury right after her freshman season with the Punahou varsity girls soccer team. That injury led to serious complications that required multiple surgeries on her knee and took her out of the lineup for her sophomore and junior seasons. But the defender is back in action as a senior and loving it. She made a fine defensive play to stop a late Aiea chance on Monday in a 1-0 victory in the opening round in […]

Kamehameha 2-sport standout Tausani Tavale is back and stronger than ever

By Nick Abramo on February 4, 2020

Tausani Tavale is a family person and that’s one reason she is going to stay on Oahu after graduating from Kamehameha. The senior center back for the Warriors girls soccer team will play for Hawaii Pacific next season. “In my free time, my sisters drop off their kids and I babysit them and that’s one of the main reasons I’m staying home,” she said. “I want to be there for their growth.” She has three nephews and one niece, all […]

With OIA title in hand, Kapolei sets its sights on first boys soccer state title

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2020

He’s excitable and dynamic. When Kawika Kelii is happy, he does a flip in mid-air, and he relishes a chance to celebrate with his teammates as family and Kapolei fans cheer on. The senior scored Kapolei’s fourth goal on Saturday as the Hurricanes defended their OIA boys soccer crown with a dominating 5-0 win over Kalani. But shortly after his goal, Kelii got into a tussle with a Kalani player and was red-carded. Kapolei co-head coach Ryan Lau wasn’t sure […]

Freshman Kelly Takara has Aiea eyeing bigger things after winning OIA D-II title

By Paul Honda on February 1, 2020

A young team makes mistakes. A good team learns the lesson. During the regular season — Jan. 14 — it was mistakes that hurt Aiea in a 2-1 loss to Waipahu, which went on to finish first in the OIA West Division II standings. Na Alii came back to beat the Marauders by the same score on Saturday night to win the OIA Division II championship at Kapolei. >> CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE GAME “We fixed […]

Defending champion Kapolei looks the part as it gets back to OIA final

By Nick Abramo on January 31, 2020

Kapolei is back in the OIA boys soccer championship game, trying to win its second title in a row. After dispatching Kalaheo 2-0 in the semifinals at home on Thursday night, the Hurricanes (11-0-1) earned the right to play Kalani on Saturday night, also at home. The Falcons (11-1-1), the OIA champs in 2018, are out to get the title they relinquished to Kapolei a year ago. “Kalani is the type of team that’s not going to beat themselves,” Hurricanes […]