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Kamehameha’s big win over Punahou a little sweeter for Sierra Scanlan

By Paul Honda on October 20, 2021

When the pandemic extended beyond 2020, Sierra Scanlan‘s heart broke a little. Then a junior, the Kamehameha setter opted out of athletics in the spring while the ILH moved the girls volleyball season from fall of ’19 to the spring of ’20. Kamehameha won the ILH title without Scanlan. But fast-forward to this fall, and the boarder from Puna on the Big Island is a key part of Kamehameha’s title chase. Sitting in the bleachers at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium on Tuesday […]

The international flair of Waialua’s clutch win over McKinley

By Paul Honda on October 18, 2021

The difference between a silent bus ride and a boot-stomping return home to Waialua rested on the sturdy left foot of Lasse Stolten. The sophomore exchange student from Germany, playing in a football game for the first time in his life, connected on two field goals as Waialua rallied past McKinley, 15-13, in a thriller on Saturday night. “I’ve been here three months. I thought, I’ve got to make this for the team. It was a struggle, but also, like […]

No. 4 Moanalua fueled up for a title run in OIA

By Paul Honda on October 15, 2021

Senior libero Zoe Slaughter calls her team, in a word, “motivated.” Senior Kelia Giusta describes this fall’s Moanalua girls volleyball team this way: “energetic.” The co-captains nod in agreement when they hear what coach Alan Cabanting‘s description. Cabanting calls them his “fireball” squad. “That’s pretty good,” Slaughter said. This year’s team has plenty of natural intensity. A team that embraces the fire. Fourth-ranked Moanalua is 2-0 in the return of OIA girls volleyball, posting wins over No. 5 Kahuku — […]


‘Nothing is impossible’: Kamehameha stuns No. 1 Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on September 25, 2021

The earth trembled, the dark clouds parted and, for the first time since 2013, Kamehameha has a football victory over Saint Louis. Kamehameha’s stunning 23-21 win over the four-time Open Division state champion Crusaders was a long time coming. Saint Louis had not lost a game in Hawaii since 2016, a 36-game win streak that began after a midseason loss to Punahou. “Our guys executed. Our coaches did an incredible job of getting ready from a game plan standpoint and […]

Anuhea Hauanio Lore soars in ‘Iolani’s sweep of Punahou

By Paul Honda on September 24, 2021

Two epic showdowns, two stunning sweeps and one unforgettable birthday dance. ILH girls volleyball is as unpredictable as ever and 2018 state champion ‘Iolani is at the top of the heap. The Raiders’ 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 victory over Punahou on Thursday night revealed one truth about the level of talent, skill and coaching in the state’s toughest volleyball league: depth still matters. Punahou (1-1) had just come off a sweep of ’19 state champion Kamehameha on Tuesday. The Buffanblu put […]

VIDEO: Damien/Pac-Five highlights

By Paul Honda on September 12, 2021

One of the grittiest battles of the young ILH football season was a wild series of momentum swings. In the end, Damien rallied from a 14-0 deficit for a 27-21 win on Friday at Aloha Stadium.

VIDEO: Punahou-Kamehameha epic battle highlights

By Paul Honda on August 29, 2021

Never mind a hiatus of nearly two years for prep football in Hawaii. Kamehameha and Punahou left no stone unturned in the first football game since the fall of 2019. From John-Keawe Sagapolutele to Tevarua Tafiti to Astin Hange, Punahou overcame a third-quarter lull to rally for a 33-28 win. Kamehameha’s Noah Bartley, following an effective offensive line, finished with 251 yards from scrimmage. In all, Kamehameha finished with 341 yards of total offense: 26 rushes for 107 yards, and […]

Noah Bartley breaks out big for Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on August 28, 2021

Noah Bartley made a big splash on Friday. The Kamehameha running back was a force with 118 rushing yards on 20 carries, and six receptions for 133 yards against a stellar Punahou defense. Bartley scored two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a last-minute, 33-28 loss to the Buffanblu at Aloha Stadium. “Whoever the running back was, he did a very good job,” Punahou coach Nate Kia said. “He’s a very good runner.” No matter what Punahou drew up defensively, […]