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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: […]

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 […]


City Council unanimously approves Safe Sports Hawaii resolution

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2021

It is official for the continuing mission to bring youth and high school sports back, at least on Oahu. The Honolulu City Council passed RES21-018 CD1, spearheaded by Councilmember Andria Tupola, on Wednesday at Honolulu Hale. The measure was drawn up by Safe Sports Hawaii and passed by a 9-0 vote. Now, it moves to Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office for examination and adjusting. “COVID-19 has brought a new challenge to the world and this comes with a set of protocols […]

Safe Sports Hawaii’s resolution goes before City Council on Wednesday

By Paul Honda on January 26, 2021

A measure to open organized youth sports will be on the ledger Wednesday morning at the Honolulu City Council. Safe Sports Hawaii, formerly known as Safe Sports 808, Resolution 21-18 CD1 will be up for vote on adoption and final passage during the meeting. It will be streamed on the Council’s website under the “Hearings” tab. The resolution, spearheaded by Councilmember Andria Tupola and former Hawaii and CFL standout Chad Owens, was previously passed unanimously after being heard in the […]

Spring Sports Coaches Poll: Optimism for most outdoor sports, doubt about football

By Paul Honda on December 30, 2020

Confidence in high school sports is fairly high for air riflery, Cross country, baseball, esports, golf, softball, tennis and track and field — despite the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hawaii Prep World polled dozens of coaches in spring and postponed fall sports. Twenty-two of them responded over the weekend — before the ILH made an announcement about cancellation of five winter sports. Coaches from the OIA, ILH, MIL and BIIF participated in the voting. Postponed fall sports […]

APRIL 16, 1988: Punahou’s Cherie Kaneshiro begins golden age

By Jerry Campany on April 16, 2020

Punahou tennis phenom Cherie Kaneshiro only won two state high school titles in her career, but that says more about the era than it does about her. On this date in 1998, the 14-year old freshman defended her No. 1 seed and won the state tennis championship for Punahou. Junior Ryan Lee won the boys tournament to give the Buffanblu their 25th girls title and 20th boys crown. Kaneshiro repeated her state title as a sophomore but fell short as […]

APRIL 7, 1946: Punahou goes big on tennis

By Jerry Campany on April 7, 2020

On this date in 1946, Punahou’s Verne Daily had big plans for his school’s tennis program. Daily’s dream was realized by Punahou trustee Walter Dillingham four years later when the Capt. Gaylord Dillingham courts were completed and exhibition matches involving the Australian Davis Cup team held. In 1950, the Dillingham Open was held for the first time before fizzling out in 2003, and nine years later the courts hosted an exhibition involving Wimbledon champion Maria Bueno and American star Mimi […]