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First-time OIA champ Kaiser draws No. 2 seed in state water polo

By Hawaii Prep World on April 23, 2019

After winning their first OIA girls water polo championship in school history, the Kaiser Cougars earned the No. 2 seed in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships that begin Monday. The Cougars will play the winner of Monday’s first-round game between Moanalua and Hawaii Prep taking place at 3 p.m. at Kamehameha-Hawaii. Na Menehune is one of two OIA teams that will travel off-island for the opening round. Roosevelt will open the tournament Monday against King Kekaulike […]

Kaiser splashes through for OIA water polo title

By Brian McInnis on April 20, 2019

Kaiser made like Dory from “Finding Nemo” and just kept swimming … just kept swimming. And before long Saturday afternoon, the Cougars swam right into their first OIA water polo championship. The OIA’s top seed turned to its experience and superior swimming ability to defeat nine-time defending champion Kahuku, completing a dominant run through its league schedule (17-0). Kaiser’s girls became the first school to sweep OIA titles in swimming and diving and water polo in the same school year. […]

Punahou water polo wins 12th straight ILH crown

By Brian McInnis on April 19, 2019

It’s 12 titles in a row now for the Punahou girls water polo team, but not the 12 the Buffanblu want. The coveted dozen could come early next month in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA tournament. Punahou, the gold standard in Hawaii high school water polo, showed few signs of bronzing anytime soon with its 12-6 win over Kamehameha for the school’s 12th straight ILH title on Thursday at ‘Iolani. No one has beaten Punahou in years — it’s basically gone […]


Punahou water polo makes it 11 straight

By Brian McInnis on May 5, 2018

Ken Smith got his pool toss up on the hill this time. Punahou stormed hostile territory and defeated Kamehameha at the Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center, 8-5, on Saturday night for the Buffanblu’s 11th straight title in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo Championships. It was their 13th crown in 15 years, all under Smith, the legendary 71-year-old coach who got chucked into the pool by his players just as the resolute Warriors belted out their alma mater. As has been the […]

Big Island Warriors perform while torn

By Brian McInnis on May 5, 2018

Kamehameha-Hawaii players and coaches have had quite a lot on their minds during this week’s Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo Championships at sister school Kamehameha-Kapalama. With all that was happening back on the Big Island — lava fissures, historic earthquakes, evacuations, destroyed homes — how could the Warriors not? Ground Zero of the events causing national headlines is just a matter of minutes down the highway from the KSH campus on East Hawaii Island. At least one KSH player had immediate […]

LIVE UPDATE: Water Polo State Semifinals

By Brian McInnis on May 4, 2018

The final four of the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Water Polo State Championships is underway at Kamehameha today. There are two familiar faces — Punahou and Kamehameha — and two neighbor island squads looking for a significant breakthrough. The matchups at Kapalama’s Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center are: No. 2 Baldwin vs. host Kamehameha, 5:45 p.m., followed by No. 1 Punahou (the 10-time defending champion) vs. No. 4 Kamehameha-Hawaii at 7. No neighbor island team has made it to the championship game in 15 […]

LIVE UPDATE: Water Polo State Quarterfinals

By Brian McInnis on May 3, 2018

Kamehameha is playing host to the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA State Water Polo Championships for the first time in the event’s 15-year history. Friday’s semifinals are set. It’s No. 2 Baldwin vs. host Kamehameha at 5:45 p.m., followed by No. 1 Punahou (the 10-time defending state champion) vs. No. 4 Kamehameha-Hawaii at 7. Here’s a quick summary of today’s four quarterfinal matches of the as they happen at Kalani‘opu‘u Aquatic Center. KS-Hawaii and Baldwin became the first pair of neighbor island […]

Hosts get started with a bang

By Brian McInnis on April 30, 2018

Playing host can be a mixed blessing. If you’re an active participant in an event you’re putting on — like Kamehameha is for this year’s Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships — it can be an added level of stress heaped on a pile of worries dividing your attention. On the other hand, you have the advantage of playing on your home turf. In this case, in your home pool. (And back to the first hand, that can be construed […]