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APRIL 20, 1939: McKinley’s Young Suk Ko breaks shot put record

By Jerry Campany on April 20, 2020

Before he became Hawaii’s athletic director, Young Suk Ko of McKinley was quite an athlete. He starred in football, basketball, baseball and track and field for the school while climbing up the ranks of the boy scouts. On this day in 1939, Ko put the shot 50 feet, 2 inches to break the record by more than five feet as McKinley won a track and field meet at Alexander Field. Three other records were broken that day. Ko went on […]

APRIL 18, 1986: Larry Khan-Smith gets noticed

By Jerry Campany on April 18, 2020

Larry Khan-Smith is probably best known for his running exploits with the UH football team, but he made his mark on the state as a jumper. On this day in 1986, the boy who is still perhaps Campbell’s greatest athlete broke OIA records in the triple jump and long jump at Kaiser. By the time he was finished with his senior season, Khan-Smith was all over the HHSAA record books with five gold medals. >> He repeated in the long […]

APRIL 18, 1992: Sani Apuakehau raises the tempo at ILH championships

By Jerry Campany on April 18, 2020

On this day in 1992, Sani Apuakehau won the 100 meters and the long jump to propel Kamehameha to the ILH track and field championship over Punahou. Apuakehau ran the 100 meters in a disappointing 11.3 seconds and flew 21 feet, 2 1/4 inches in the long jump. Other winners for Kamehameha included Marcus Taum in the 400, Cameron Ahana in the 300 hurdles, Brandon Toro in the 200, Drake Parker in the discus, Che Schmidt in the triple jump […]


APRIL 14, 1917: Grammar school athletes have their day

By Jerry Campany on April 14, 2020

Henry Pogue was destined to be a star for Punahou. On this day in 1917, Pogue won the broad jump, shot put and high jump in a grammar school meet at Alexander Field. He also took fourth in the 50-yard dash and second in the 100 but the Buffanblu finished second to Saint Louis. Pogue was named head of the freshman class at Punahou in the fall and instantly became a star on the school’s football and track and field […]

APRIL 11, 1969: Richard Vasconcellos gives public schools hope

By Jerry Campany on April 11, 2020

On this day in 1969, McKinley sprinter Richard Vasconcellos made a statement for public schools when the rivalry was at its most intense. Vasconcellos won the 100- and 220-yard races at the public school meet at Cooke Field, firing a shot across the bow of the private school speedsters at Punahou. Vasconcellos, who scored two touchdowns in his varsity football debut the previous fall, also took second in the long jump and anchored the winning 880-yard relay. For all of […]

APRIL 10, 1959: Herb Enos, Tennyson Lum break records.

By Jerry Campany on April 10, 2020

On this date in 1959, Herb Enos of Saint Louis warmed up for the first official state track and field championships by breaking a 19 year-old record. Enos went over six feet in the high jump to break Alex Cheong of Kamehameha’s record from 1940. Iolani’s Tennyson Lum tied the record with a 21.6 in the 180 hurdles despite a fall earlier in the meet. Punahou won the meet at Alexander Field behind speedster Mike Tice and Herb Austin. The […]

April 7, 1928: Hilo’s greatest athlete of the 1920s was ‘useless’

By Jerry Campany on April 7, 2020

People can debate great players and teams across eras all they want, but there is no debate that the older generations had the best nicknames. Hilo’s James “Useless” Puuohau was undeniably one of the greatest athletes in the entire history of the Big Island. It was his moniker, which he kept throughout his athletic career, that stood out the most. He was referred to as “useless” by newspapers as much as his first name was used. On this day in […]

ON THIS DATE: Herbert Deverill of Punahou does the unthinkable

By Jerry Campany on April 1, 2020

On this date in 1925, Herbert Deverill of Punahou broke a record in the half mile despite a slippery track around Alexander Field. He built a 10-yard lead in the first 100 and clocked a time of 51.4 seconds. He also contributed to a Buffanblu victory in the half mile relay as Punahou won going away. Click the image to zoom.

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