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VIDEO: Highlight-Hawaii at PTP National Showcase

By Paul Honda on November 3, 2020

Video footage of all four teams representing Highlight-Hawaii from days one through three at the PTP Sports National Showcase are below. More than 140 players from the islands played in the fully-padded event. (If there is missing footage that hasn’t been included here, please leave a link in the comments.) Highlight-Hawaii organizer Nate Kia says he’s looking forward to seeing footage of game action he didn’t see during the three-day event in St. George, Utah. The four teams, plus another […]

Tevarua Tafiti’s 13 sacks spark Highlight-Hawaii Red team at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 31, 2020

The trophy will be within reach for Tevarua Tafiti and his teammates. The Punahou junior was selected co-MVP of the defensive ends on Saturday, the final day of the PTP Sports National Showcase in St. George, Utah. His Highlight-Hawaii Red team went 5-1 in the three-day event as the 6-foot-3, 208-pound playmaker racked up 13 sacks and took an interception to the house. “It was fun. Our team was fired up and everybody wanted to hit. Hawaii came to play,” […]

Kamehameha DB Evan Rau’s 5 INTs lead Hawaii standouts at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 31, 2020

Highlights from 11v11 scrimmage action at the PTP Sports National College Showcase in St. George, Utah, on Friday. It was the second day of the event and the first with 11-on-11 play. The group from Hawaii has four teams: Red, Orange, Green and Silver. Other island players were distributed to other teams. There are squads from 10 states in the event. 247sports.com’s Steve Bartle of Ute Zone named Kamehameha defensive back Evan Rau one of the top defensive performers of […]


1v1, 7v7 on day one of PTP National Showcase

By Paul Honda on October 30, 2020

Day one at the PTP National College Showcase in Utah was just the preliminary. The Hawaii group organized by Nate Kia numbers in the dozens. Thursday’s opening day was comprised of 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 competition. “It was a great day,” Kia said. Today, the event resumes with 11-on-11 play. The Hawaii group has four teams: Red, Orange, Green and Silver. When those rosters maxed out, island athletes were placed on other teams. Squads from 10 states are participating in the […]

VIDEO: Campbell brothers Titus, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2020

The shutdown has changed life for all, but brothers Tamatoa and Titus Mokiao-Atimalala are grinding through. With the COVID-19 virus shutdown in effect, the Campbell football players are still finding ways to work out — but only after doing their daily chores. Tamatoa, who is signed with Hawaii, and Titus, who has 15 college scholarship offers, chatted about life in the new reality.

The last sanctuary: Kolbe Irei still gets his swings in

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2020

A little normalcy is what many athletes are craving during this COVID-19 crisis. Kolbe Irei is counting his blessings. The Roosevelt senior won his first three OIA tournaments this spring before schools were closed. He also got in the Hawaii State Amateur tourney, finishing second. But the day to day remains mostly the same. Irei took a four-day break before hitting the links at his home course, Oahu Country Club, on Thursday. Trades 5-15 mph. Overcast. Even if weather had […]

VIDEO: Roosevelt golfer Kolbe Irei rates Hawaii’s toughest courses

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2020

At the end of a lengthy Q&A session, Roosevelt senior Kolbe Irei chats about the many courses he has played on, often with his father, Roy. Irei was featured in Tuesday’s Star-Advertiser. He has already won all three OIA regular-season tournaments at Ala Wai, where he carded a 66, Hoakalei (69) and Oahu Country Club (66).

VIDEO AND QUOTES: All 28 finals matches at the HHSAA Wrestling State Championships

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2020

Full match footage from all 28 girls and boys championship finals below, Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships, Blaisdell Area, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. It case you missed it, here was our Day 1 and Day 2 coverage. UPDATE: Video for Girls 155 final and Boys 126 final has been posted. Girls 97 No. 1 seed Erin Hikiji of Mililani (No. 10 pound-for-pound) def. MIL champion Liana Ferreira of Baldwin, 8-2 “I came in and just kept telling myself to keep wrestling […]

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