Ed Allen‘s Kamehameha crew started the decade off with a state title and ended it with two more, including a 1-0 win in 1987 to deny Iolani its third title.
The OIA didn’t have much success but might have had the best battery of the decade with Kaiser’s Sid Fernandez and Keith Komeiji willing their Cougars to an OIA East title early in the decade and a state title in 1981.
Familiar names to look for include Joey Meyer of Punahou, Kaimuki shortstop Mark Rasmussen, Kalaheo’s Carl Fraticelli, Iolani catcher Dean Yonamine to go with pitcher Mike Fetters, Damien shortstop Timo Donahue, Punahou’s Billy Blanchette, Benny Agbayani of Saint Louis, Franz Yuen of Punahou and Roosevelt’s Matt Apana.
All-State teams debuted with the Honolulu Advertiser in the middle of the decade, before that league teams are listed.
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Hawaii Prep World will publish the remaining decades at random times before Sunday’s All-State team comes out in the newspaper.