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Mililani All-American wrestler Erin Hikiji in scholar-athlete mode

By Paul Honda on February 16, 2022

Erin Hikiji doesn’t really keep track of wins and losses on the mat, but she certainly knows her grade-point average. The Mililani state champion in wrestling and judo is off to a strong start this season. Hikiji won her first four matches, or so she thought. It’s her mother, Candice, who actually keeps count. Hikiji is 6-0 with three pins and three technical falls. At 97 pounds in 2020, she won a state wrestling title. At 102 pounds this year, […]

2021 class inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 13, 2021

In the most challenging of years, the senior class found ways to succeed. The HHSAA Hall of Honor’s class of 2021 is now inducted, and with a formalized quota system in place, more Neighbor Island and OIA candidates landed in the Hall than usual. Class of 2021 Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field) Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field) Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming) Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading) Alaka’i Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, […]

Young at heart: Reggie Torres serving students, keeping up with grandchildren

By Paul Honda on March 27, 2021

Growing up in Punaluu, Reginald Torres was a busy, active boy. “Reggie” knew everybody. Everybody knew Reggie. Above all, he grew up playing multiple sports with a love for learning that was matched by his love for competition. These days, he and wife Lita have a new love: 10 grandchildren. “I like to stay young at heart, to stay busy. I’m lucky enough that I can still move with my grandchildren, so I want to keep moving with them as […]

Andria Tupola: Mayor Blangiardi has amendments to tier system

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2021

The movement is gaining speed for Safe Sports Hawaii. Councilmember Andria Tupola revealed on Friday morning that Mayor Rick Blangiardi has made amendments to the existing tier system of restrictions regarding COVID-19. >> Gyms and fitness facilities will be allowed to open at 25-percent capacity. >> Indoor group physical activities are allowed with no more than five people. >> Outdoor group physical activities, a team, up to 10. The updated guide now includes those amendments and is viewable here. (Note: […]

Kamehameha’s Robert Hesia steps down, takes on brand-new position

By Paul Honda on February 4, 2021

Gladiator competition has been ingrained in Robert Hesia almost from the start. Hesia grew up with combat fighting in his bloodline. Older brother Ricky Hesia was a prominent boxer back in the day. Years as a wrestler at the high school and collegiate levels led Robert Hesia to a career as an educator and state-championship coach at Kamehameha. Now, Hesia takes on a brand-new position on the hill: Director of Campus Athletics and Human Performance. If that sounds like a […]

National Federation of High Schools: No more tiers on COVID-19 restrictions

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2021

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has removed tiers from its recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19. The NFHS wrote: “Two of those factors are that prevailing community infection rates appear to be the strongest predictor for high school athletes being infected, and proven cases of direct COVID-19 transmission during athletics remain relatively rare. “The other recommended factors to consider are that participants in non-contact sports show lower rates of COVID-19 infection than those in contact sports, participants in outdoor sports show lower rates […]

Safe Sports Hawaii releases 44-page book of guidelines for all sports

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2021

On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved RES21-018 CD1, submitted by Councilmember Andria Tupola. On Friday evening, Safe Sports Hawaii released a 44-page guide examining its guidelines for protocols and safety, covering everything from ballroom dancing to wrestling. The foreword is provided by Tupola and former Hawaii and CFL football standout Chad Owens. The resolution and the guide are in the hands of new mayor Rick Blangiardi. Organized youth and high school sports are currently not permitted at City […]

Eye of the Tyger: Moanalua 8th-grade wrestler Taam lands national ranking

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2021

Tyger Taam never wanted to be good. The Moanalua Middle School eighth-grader just wants to be great. The relentless wrestler is now ranked No. 6 nationally in his weight class by Rokfin.com. Taam took a step in that ascent by making sacrifices and stepping up to face the nation’s best wrestlers. He went 4-2 at the World of Wrestling tourney in Tulsa last fall. “Even though he went to Tulsa and took losses, and didn’t place, they still bumped him […]