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VIDEO: Laie Park DE/LB Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on June 26, 2019

Tausili Akana begins his freshman year at his new school, Kamehameha, in a matter of weeks. Akana made a splash recently with an MVP award at the All-Poly Camp in Utah, which led to scholarship offers from Hawaii, Brigham Young and Utah on the same day, June 16. Akana grew up playing for the Laie Park Red Raiders football program, and now follows the footsteps of his sisters, Braelyn and Keonilei, to Kamehameha. The 6-3, 195-pound football/basketball athlete chatted after […]

VIDEO: Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich after big turnout at UH camp

By Paul Honda on June 24, 2019

By rule, Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich cannot name or discuss any high school football players. He can, though, express his thoughts about their turnout at the Warrior Football Elite Camp, which ran for three hours on a sweltering afternoon at UH’s upper practice field. Rolovich chatted with Hawaii Prep World about the core values that set the Warriors apart from many programs.


VIDEO Q&A: Kealakehe 1st-year head coach Wyatt Nahale

By Paul Honda on June 21, 2019

The hiring of Wyatt Nahale as Kealakehe’s new football coach could spark the Waveriders this fall. Kealakehe was a dominant program for years, but hit a lull in recent seasons. Nahale was the junior varsity coach at Konawaena last season, a longtime assistant coach who also brings six players, including son and quarterback Shayden Nahale, from the Wildcats. All six are residents of the Kealakehe district, and if Nahale and his staff regain momentum for the Waveriders, it could mean […]

Fiva Tulafale’s dominance sparks Waipahu in upset of Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on June 15, 2019

Sure, it’s 7-on-7, where there is no pass rush. Where Saint Louis, with the state’s best pass rushers, can’t line up and tee off. Yet, it was Waipahu’s tremendous defensive force, Fiva Tulafale, who stepped up in a 28-22 win over the Crusaders at the Los Angeles Rams 7v7 tournament on Saturday. So many questions. Is Tulafale an interior defensive lineman, edge rusher, linebacker or safety? The answer is yes. Waipahu could use him in every possible way this fall, […]

Sophomore Blaine Hipa’s progression leads Campbell to 7v7 title

By Paul Honda on June 15, 2019

Blaine Hipa is better today than he was yesterday, that’s for sure. Hipa showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman last fall at Campbell. In the eight months since, the lanky southpaw has filled out his frame with some muscle. More so, he has become efficient with his progression from the pocket. It showed on Saturday when he tossed five touchdown passes in a 30-20 win over talented Mililani in the final of the Los Angeles Rams 7v7 tournament at […]

VIDEO: Hilo coach Kaeo Drummondo on LA Rams 7v7 tourney

By Paul Honda on June 15, 2019

Free clinic, overnight stay and transportation paid for. It was an offer Hilo coach Kaeo Drummondo didn’t expect. His answer to the organizers of the Los Angeles Rams 7v7 tournament was an emphatic yes. It was the same for Kapaa and Lahainaluna. Hilo won the Division I state title in 2017 and finished second in ’18. Lahainaluna is a three-time D-II state champion, and Kapaa was the D-II runner-up. “It was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Drummondo said. […]

VIDEO: Cole Arceneaux’s 3 with :04 beats Mater Dei

By Paul Honda on June 14, 2019

Mater Dei rallied with a 17-3 run to start the second half and led 42-31, but Team Shimamoto rallied for a 58-55 win on Wednesday night at the ‘Iolani Summer League. Cole Arceneaux‘s corner 3 with 4 seconds to play gave Team Shimamoto the three-point lead. In the early game, Team Kano/PROformance defeated Mater Dei II 62-39.