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‘Iolani freshman Jolie Nguyen wins ILH 1,500 title for 1st, maybe last time

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

Doing something you love is usually an act of passion. Doing something you are great at, but don’t love, well, it can feel like a volunteer work or a job. Enjoyment, yes, but not quite the ultimate. That’s where Jolie Nguyen is. The amazing freshman year of the ‘Iolani three-sport athlete came to an end on Saturday with a big bang. Nguyen finished first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:58.83, overtaking another talented ninth grader, Kamehameha’s Madison […]

Tate Garcia emerges from the pool, becomes ILH girls discus champion

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

She is the one who heaves the disk. She also heaves it farther than any girl in the ILH. When Tate Garcia left the swimming pool this spring, she devoted much of her free time to the discus. Swimming remains her sport of top priority, but the ‘Iolani junior launched the disc 95 feet, 11 inches to win the ILH championship on Saturday at Alexander Field. Garcia overcame a solid field that included runner-up Tiana Ma‘afala of Damien (88-08) and […]

Quick healing for Punahou’s Christopher Paige en route to ILH 300 hurdles title

By Paul Honda on May 18, 2021

The convergence of track and football in the spring season was a blessing in the eyes of Christopher Paige. After seeing football cancelled at the league level, the Punahou senior was just glad to have a return to his event, the 300-meter hurdles. Then came an ankle injury on the football field two weeks before the ILH track and field championships. Oh, the young do recover quickly. The Princeton-bound wide receiver won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 38.39 […]


Recovery from injuries key for Punahou’s peak performance

By Paul Honda on May 16, 2021

Punahou’s wide margin of victory at the ILH girls track and field championships on Saturday morning wasn’t the only reason longtime coach Duncan Macdonald was pleased. Many of the Buffanblu who recorded wins in individual events are underclassmen. “I’m very positive about the future,” longtime coach Duncan Macdonald said. “The season was a real trial and the girls handled it really well. I think in particular we have a huge number of ninth graders. We brought up a lot of […]

ILH girls track and field championship results

By Paul Honda on May 16, 2021

ILH girls track and field championships May 15. 2021 Alexander Field Girls Discus 1. Tate Garcia, ‘Iolani, 95-11. 2. Tiana Ma‘afala, Damien, 88-07. 3. Anya Ortiz, Kamehameha, 88-05. 4. Miyah Soares, ‘Iolani, 81-04. 5. Shayna Selesele, Damien, 79-03. Girls Triple Jump 1. Cameryn Ann Nagaji, ‘Iolani, 35-01.50. 2. Kiani Panoke, Maryknoll, 33-04.50. 3. Selena Chow, Kamehameha, 33-02.50. 4. Kayla Mukai, ‘Iolani, 33-00.50. 5. Allie Lam, Punahou, 33-00. Girls High Jump 1. Lexi Fujita, ‘Iolani, 5-02. 2. Alexis King, ‘Iolani, 5-00. […]

Heartbreak? Saint Louis sprinter Keanu Wallace takes it all in stride

By Paul Honda on May 15, 2021

Keanu Wallace had what could have been a heartbreaking week, but in his irrepressible way, he never stopped surging forward. By the time the ILH boys track and field championships ended on Friday — with a lengthy shower, of course — Wallace was at peace. He was actually at peace for much of the week, despite the circumstances. After losing the 2020 track season, then his senior year of football to the pandemic, the blazing-fast wide receiver/sprinter had two football […]

2 golds and a silver for Kamehameha’s mathlete, William Ho

By Paul Honda on May 15, 2021

Back in the day, track and field athletes had no limit to the number of events they entered. Joy Purdy carried Hana when she was an elite athlete in the early 1980s. There weren’t a whole lot of sprinters/jumpers/vaulters/throwers/runners carrying major loads now that they are limited to four. William Ho tried his version of maximum load at the ILH boys track and field championships, winning the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, placing second in the 3,000 and running a leg […]

‘Iolani ends 22-year drought with victory in ILH boys track and field title

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2021

ILH boys track and field results (2021) In 22 years, Shane Hedani has enjoyed every bit of coaching track and field. The 1987 ‘Iolani graduate stepped onto the track as a coach for the first time in ’99. “That was my first year. My dad, Earl, was the head coach. I was coaching the throwers,” Hedani said on Friday night after ‘Iolani stunned the field to win the ILH boys track and field championships. ‘Iolani amassed 163 points, ahead of […]