VIDEO Q&A: ILH champ Adam Harder of Hanalani

Hanalani's Adam Harder won his second straight ILH cross country title Saturday. He's going for his second state crown this Saturday at Seabury Hall on Maui. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Every day, every year, Adam Harder strives to get better.

He and his teammates at Hanalani are all in and have been through the off-season and cross country season. The results are impressive for a school with just 300 students from grades 7 through 12. Harder is undefeated this fall, including first place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships last weekend.

As a junior, leads a group of Royals who have a chance to win the HHSAA Division II boys team title.

Harder chatted with Hawaii Prep World on Sunday and was featured in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read by clicking here.

Adam Harder
Cross-Country/Track and Field
Class Q&A/Favorites

Athlete: Usain Bolt.
Team: Philadelphia Flyers.
Food (at home): Stuffed bell peppers.
Food (eating out): Panda Express.
Hobby outside of sports: I love to read, study, and care for my animals
Movie: Coraline
TV show: The Flash
Video game: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Music artist: Luke Combs / Country music
Favorite Teacher (elementary through high school):
Mr. Brian Freeman
GPA: I want to graduate with a 3.5
Class: My favorite class is Science, especially Animal Science.
Place to relax: At home, with my animals

Motto/scripture: 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

What your mom (Cindy) says that you can’t forget:
To always represent yourself well.

What your dad (Bradley) says that you can’t forget:
To maintain focus on what is important.

What your coaches say that you can’t forget:
To always be humble.

How does your sport affect your daily life during the season and offseason?

During the season, I do not play inline hockey and pay particular attention to my training for cross country, and track and field. I also pay more attention to what I eat and how much I eat.
During the off-season, not too much changes because I still train with my coach, Jeremy (Honold), as I need to stay in shape and maintain my edge. I will play inline hockey during the off season.

What middle and elementary schools did you attend?
Friendship Christian Schools for elementary and Damien Memorial School for middle before
attending Hanalani for high school.

What youth teams did you play for?
I have been playing inline club hockey since the age of 5 at MIHA and now KIHA.

What club do you play for and what are the daily commitments like year-round?
I play inline hockey at KIHA and that commitment is two times per week.

Where have you travelled for sports and school activities?
I have traveled to California for both XC and inline hockey. For XC, I have raced at the Foot Locker Western Regional Championships and for inline hockey, I have traveled to California in various years for NARcH and AAU events. This past summer my hockey team beat the Canadians to bring home gold in the AAU International 18U Championships. I have also
traveled to Colorado for inline hockey.

What do you like to do — or what’s something else you’re good at — that would surprise most
I recently discovered through my junior year Art class that I like to draw. I would also love to make a career of scuba diving as I love the ocean and the animals in it.

What is your ultimate dream/bucket list?
Scuba diving; be successful as a college runner; travel to Canada; and ultimately have a close
and loving family of my own.

Where would you like to travel, what life would you like to have as an athlete?
I would like to travel to Canada because my mom’s friend is from Canada and we always talk about how beautiful it is and I want to visit her family.
The life I would like to have as an athlete would be to continue my current success in high school, be a four-time state champion in Cross-Country and Track. I would then like to continue in college and ultimately make the NCAA Championship meet, and then coach.

And away from sports?
I would like to one day work with animals or be a deep sea diver.

What is the history and background of your name?
My father is a NASCAR fan and has been following the Pettys since 1980 and convinced my mother to name me after a member of the Petty family (Adam Petty). Unfortunately, he passed during an event when I was a baby, so now I carry his name forward.

Any shout-outs?
I would like to thank my coaches Jeremy, Jorge and Ellie for training me and always being there for me. I thank all the teachers and students that have supported me during my Cross Country and Track seasons. I want to thank my parents because I would not be here if it were not for them. They always provide that support and direction I need. Last of all I would like to thank God for all my success because if it were not for Him and if He didn’t give me the motivation and the determination to run I wouldn’t be where I am today.


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