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Memorial 5k event to honor 6-time Hawaii Fastest Human, Chad Miyamoto

By Paul Honda on October 3, 2020

Chad Miyamoto was in his groove as a sprinter, winning the Hawaii’s Fastest Human title six times. Miyamoto died on Sept. 17, just four months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. “It was so sudden. He was diagnosed in May and he was gone in September,” Jonathan Lyau said. “Even now, I know a lot of people didn’t know he’s passed on. Other people were shocked.” Lyau, now a cross country coach at ‘Iolani, remembers a man who […]

Chenoa Frederick wins third Gatorade award

By Jerry Campany on June 25, 2020

Kamehameha-Hawaii track and field standout Chenoa Frederick was named the Gatorade Hawaii athlete of the year despite not having a season. Frederick, who was inducted into the Hall of Honor last month, is the fist girl to win the award three times. She has eight gold medals in her career despite not competing in the state championships in her senior year. The Big Island has had the top track and field athlete four of the last five years, with Hawaii […]

Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

MAY 9, 1944: McKinley wins bizarre relay rematch

By Jerry Campany on May 9, 2020

On this date in 1944, the Medley relay not only took the spotlight at the Cornell Relays, it was the only game in town. McKinley beat Punahou with Roosevelt third and Kamehameha fourth in the event, which was run by itself three days after the competition was over. The rematch was agreed to by all four coaches because Punahou’s Larry Doolittle got clobbered by a fan during the third leg during the first running, also won by McKinley and anchor […]

MAY 7, 1983: Koldene Walsh wills Leilehua to title

By Jerry Campany on May 7, 2020

On this date in 1983, Koldene Walsh broke or tied records in the 100, 200 and long jump to lead Leilehua to the state track and field title. He also led his 400 relay team to a victory. The result didn’t surprise anyone, helping the Mules overcome Punahou and Radford. Punahou won the girls competition.

MAY 6, 1966: Kamehameha builds track and field force

By Jerry Campany on May 6, 2020

On this day in 1966, Kamehameha was primed to show its stuff in track and field. There were no records broken in the trials, but the Warriors qualified full contingent. They beat Duncan MacDonald‘s Kailua squad by 18 points the next day to take the team crown. Kailua’s MacDonald was the big star, breaking the ROIA record in the mile the week before following it with the state meet-record. He was only a junior. Other records broken the next day […]

MAY 4, 1978: Punahou warms up for another track sweep

By Jerry Campany on May 4, 2020

On this day in 1978, Punahou dominated the state track and field trials before sweeping both team title the next day. There were plenty of big matchups boiling, here is how they turned out: >> Punahou’s Lee Scruton beat Rodney Yap of St. Anthony in one hurdles race and Leilehua’s David Monroy took the other. Yap rebounded to take the 180 low hurdles the next year and is still the reigning champion in the event since it was discontinued in […]

APRIL 27, 1962: Kailua’s Joe Boyd loses two ROIA records

By Jerry Campany on April 27, 2020

On this day in 1962, ROIA athletes set the stage for an assault on the record book. Mateo Arnado of Castle and Kailua’s Richard Rodrigues broke records in the league trials at Radford High School. Arnado broke Joe Boyd‘s year-old record with a 51.5 clocking in the 440 and Rodrigues erased Boyd’s name from the list with a 22.6 in the 220 yard dash. That was just the warmup act, though. The athletes returned for the finals the next day […]