Kamehameha, Iolani add to volleyball history

Defending state champion Kamehameha and Iolani will meet in tomorrow’s HHSAA state girls volleyball championship in a rematch from the last years. The Warriors have been in 16 straight state finals and the state championship has been an all-ILH affair every year since 2002.

Here is a glance at every Division I state championship match:

Division I

2017: Kamehameha 3, Iolani 0
Braelyn Akana leads a balanced attack for the Warriors with nine kills as the Warriors sweep their ILH rivals. Kili Robins and Maluhia Maa both earn eight kills and Kealani Ontai digs up 26 shots. Iolani’s Elena Oglivie blasts 18 kills on 78 swings and Saige Kaahaaina-Torres adds 16.

2016: Iolani 3, Kamehameha 1
Freshman Elena Oglivie buried 23 kills and junior Saige Kaahaaina-Torres added 22 as the Raiders won their first title since 2001. Ana Oglivie ran the show for Iolani with 49 assists. Kayla Afoa led Kamehameha with 18 kills.

2015: Kamehameha 3, Iolani 2
Kayla Afoa (11 kills), Kili Robins (10) and Shiloh Peleras (10) lead a balanced attack as the Warriors avenge an ILH title loss to the Raiders.

2014: Punahou 3, Kamehameha 1
25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 25-21
McKenna Granato takes 56 swings and puts down 23 kills and Hana Lishman adds 11. Granato ties Kiani Tuileta, who dished out 48 assists, with 15 digs. Tiyana Hallums leads the Warriors with 14 kills.

2013: Kamehameha 3, Punahou 0
25-19, 25-20, 25-15
Alohi Robins-Hardy leads with 13 kills and Tiyana Hallums adds 12 in the sweep. Robins-Hardy also had 18 assists and 16 digs. McKenna Rose Granato leads Punahou with 10 kills.

2012: Punahou 3, Kamehameha 1
25-15, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23
Carly Kan pounded down 17 kills on 54 attempts and Taylor Dayton added nine kills. Tayler Higgins dished out 37 assists and Julia Lau had 21 digs. The Buffanblu held Alohi Robins-Hardy to six kills on 24 swings.

2011: Punahou 3, Kamehameha 0
25-21, 25-17, 25-18
Tayler Dayton leads the way with nine kills as the Buffanblu complete an unbeaten season. Misty Ma’a leads Kamehameha with 10 kills.

2010: Kamehameha 3, Punahou 1
25-13, 12-25, 25-15, 25-18
Misty Ma’a has 17 kills as Kamehameha (22-2) beat the ILH champions for their sixth straight state crown.

2009: Kamehameha 3, Punahou 2
22-25, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23, 15-6
Taylor Akana leads Kamehameha (20-3) with 19 kills and only two errors. Tai Manu-Olevao leads Punahou with 24 kills and Julia Behrens adds 20.

2008: Kamehameha 3, Punahou 0
25-11, 25-16, 25-18
Whitney Viveiros leads Kamehameha (20-2) with nine kills and 10 digs as the Warriors win despite losing five seniors to division I schools.

2007: Kamehameha 2, ‘Iolani 0
25-18, 25-19
Kanani Herring has 13 of Kamehameha’s 29 kills and adds 13 digs for the Warriors (21-1).

2006: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 1
35-37, 25-21, 25-21
Kanani Herring has 19 kills and 10 digs for the Warriors and Beckah Torres adds 14 kills and 4 aces. Larissa Nordyke leads Punahou with 19 kills.

2005: Kamehameha 2, ‘Iolani 0
25-21, 25-17
Kea Kea passes out 19 assists for the Warriors (20-1), who get six kills each from Kanani Herring and Devan Bukoski. Lauren Minkel leads ‘Iolani with nine kills.

2004: Punahou 2, Kamehameha 0
25-17, 25-21
Elizabeth Kaaihue has nine kills and hits .471 as Punahou (19-0) completes an undefeated season. Larissa Nordyke has six kills and Devan Bukoski leads Kamehameha with four kills.

2003: Punahou 2, Kamehameha 0
18-25, 25-19, 25-23
Elizabeth Kaaihue has 11 kills and Aneli Cubi-Otineru has 14 digs as Punahou (20-0) beats Kamehehameha. Mounia Nihipali leads the Warriors with 15 kills.

2002: Kahuku 2, St. Joseph 0
15-13, 15-11
Tuli Peters leads the Red Raiders (15-2) with eight kills, Jazmine Pa’akaula has 12 for St. Josephs.

2001: Iolani 2, Punahou 0
5-15, 15-12, 15-11
Iolani junior Kanoe Kamana’o recorded 14 kills and three aces as the Raiders (20-0) outlast the Buffanblu. Punahou senior Michelle Look leads the Buffanblu with 13 kills and five blocks, while freshman Aneli Otineru records 13 kills and two blocks.

2000: Punahou 2, St. Francis 0
15-5, 15-8
Senior outside hitter Kaleo Kaaihue has her best match of the week, pacing Punahou with seven kills, and sophomore middle Puna Richardson has six winners.

1999: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 0
15-5, 15-7
Kealani Kimball hits .800 with eight kills, and Casey Castillo matches her with eight more in Dan Kitashima’s (243-20!) last year as coach. Kamehameha finishes 20-0.

1998: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 0
15-10, 15-4
Kealani Kimball, Kuulei Kamanao and Lily Kahumoku help the Warriors finish unbeaten at 21-0.

1997: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 0
15-4, 16-14
Lily kahumoku, a transfer from Texas, leads the way with 14 kills and 14 digs as Kamehameha goes 21-1. Ulia Crabbe has 10 digs and 24 assists.

1996: Punahou 2, McKinley 0
15-8, 15-5
Lindsey Berg has eight of Punahou’s 15 aces and Lindsay Chang leads with eight kills as Punahou goes unbeaten (20-0).

1995: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 0
15-4, 18-16
Shelly Kim and Rachel Watson each have eight kills as Kamehameha (25-2) wins. Boo Arnold has seven kills. Tehani Miyashiro led Punahou with 10 kills.

1994: Kamehameha 2, University 0
15-11, 15-13
Aven Lee, Karlen Porter, Rachel Watson, Kapu Elkington, Shelly Kim and Regina Kaaihili help the Warriors finish 25-0.

1993: Punahou 2, Kamehameha 1
12-15, 15-5, 15-13
Kamehameha coach Dan Kitashima asks for a timeout his team doesn’t have to give Punahou the final point. Debbie Lambert leads Punahou (12-3) with 18 kills.

1992: Kamehameha 2, Hilo 0
15-11, 15-10
Nani Cockett leads the way with nine kills and Celia Goods adds six for the Warriors (16-1).

1991: Kamehameha 2, McKinley 1
7-15, 15-10, 15-9
Kalei Arnold, Rebecca Downey, Aulii Ellis and Nani Cockett lead the Warriors (21-2).

1990: University 2, Hilo 0
15-13, 15-12
The Junior Rainbows overcome an injury in the semifinals by Danielle Robins to win their seventh straight title.

1989: Jniversity 2, Kamehameha 1
8-15, 15-7, 15-8
Danielle Robins leads with nine kills and three blocks as the Junior Rainbows win their 85th straight match.

1988: University 2, Kamehameha 0
15-13, 15-7
Rochelle Kaaiai, Chelsey Kamoe, Mia Lambert and Nadine Fragas finish their prep careers with 73-1 records.

1987: University 2, Pearl City 0
16-14, 15-2
Danielle Robins serves the final seven points, including four aces in a row as the Junior Rainbows win despite trailing 13-6 in the first set.

1986: University 2, Pearl City 1
15-9, 5-15, 15-9
Candace Cabrera and Delphine Kalulu lead University to an unbeaten season at 19-0.

1985: University 2, Pearl City 0
15-9, 14-4
Mary Robins has 14 kills and intimidates top seed Pearl City’s hitters for most of the night.

1984: University 2, Pearl City 0
15-12, 15-7
Mary Robins and Candace Cabrera lead University to undefeated season.

1983: Kamehameha 2, Waianae 0
15-10, 15-4
Reydan Ahuna, Aulani Kauhane, Bonnie Lelepali, Jeanelle Lee and Erna Yamauchi lead Kamehameha to a 23-2 season.

1982: Kamehameha 2, Kahuku 0
10-8, 15-2
Kamehmaeha goes 20-0 with Reydan Ahuna, Lisa Pestrello, Shantell Ching, Aulani Kauhani, Jeanelle Lee, Colleen Kawelu.

1981: Kailua 2, Waianae 0
15-7, 15-9
Kailua coach Daniel Kealoha says his girls were inspired by the boys team losing early in their tournament.

1980: University 2, Radford 0
15-13, 13-7
Hoku Haliniak provides the power and Lynn Hashimoto provided the finesse and defense.

1979: Roosevelt 2, Kamehameha 0
15-7, 15-4
The Rough Riders come back from the loser’s bracket to win.

1978: Roosevelt 1, Punahou 0
Prandi Costales and Kainoa Pratt lead the Vulcans to an overtime win over the Buffanblu. Hilo beat Punahou 14-9, 15-7 in the previous round.

1977: Kamehameha 2, Punahou 1
8-15, 15-8, 15-8
Kalei Wong and Nahaku Brown do the hitting, and Carla Carpenter serves for the last six points.

1976: Waipahu 2, Castle 0
14-11, 15-13
Waipahu, the fifth seed, beats Hilo (top seed), Punahou (ILH champ) and Castle (OIA)

1975: Waipahu 2, Castle 1
12-10, 6-14, 15-11
Junior setter Jeanette Renauro and senior hitter Mary Ann Acheta surprise Castle with a new and effective middle-hit (quick set) attack.

1974: Hilo 2, Punahou 1
2-15, 9-6, 10-8
The Vikings beat the Buffanblu twice in two nights.
Tammy Aina, Cheryl Ann Ching, Gail Yamamoto, Terry Capellas, June and Leonetta Lahainaholo, Ellen Merie, Lynn Kaluhikaua, Beanie Bondaug, Cathy Poai, Dejay Leialoha, Verionica Mehau.

1973:Punahou beat either Hilo or Waipahu in a match that was not reported by Oahu newspapers. Punahou and Hilo were the top seeds.

1972: Hilo 2, Punahou 0
12-10, 15-9
The Vulcans win behind the spiking of Zelda Lahainalolo and the serving of Tammy Aina.

1971: Radford 2, Hilo 1
10-15, 15-8, 15-6
Radford beat Punahou in the semifinals and then Hilo in the final to become the first OIA team to win the title.

1970: Kamehameha 2, Radford 1
15-5, 5-15, 15-10
The Warriors repeat as champions.

1969: Kamehameha 3, Punahou 0
15-9, 16-14, 15-10
Lynette Lum coaches Joey Akeo, Tomi Downey, Debbie Dumarin, Faith Elarnioff, Ulu Kakaio, Noella Kong, Poni Morgan, Odeta Puaa, Puahi Thompson, Twetie Calles, Sharon Glory and Alberta Napoleon to the first state title. Kamehameha also beat Molokai and Hilo on the final day.


  1. Hahashandah November 1, 2015 12:22 pm

    2015 Champs have been named I am guessing there is a write up forthcoming? Good season Iolani. Congrats Kamehameha.

  2. 85 October 28, 2016 11:29 pm

    ILH has won 33 of the last 34 state titles in this sport.

  3. Ldub Twent Owl Three Sixteen October 28, 2016 11:52 pm

    Isn’t 1993 the same year Chris Webber cost Michigan a championship by calling a timeout the Wolverines didn’t have? It must melt Dan Kitashima’s heart to know that he ain’t the only one that did that that year.

  4. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate October 29, 2016 6:00 am

    time to make three divisions in all sports

  5. ??? October 29, 2016 6:46 am

    The OIA has no chance in state volleyball (girls or boys) against the ILH, if you think football recruitng is bad you should see the the ILH recruit these V-Ball kids from the club teams and clinics at a young age. If anyone says Kamehameha no recruit, their in Denial…

  6. 88 October 29, 2016 10:05 am

    Stop with the recruiting excuse already. The OIA has a chance but our girls need to learn to reset and play defense when the opposing team digs up the ball. The game last night Kahuku smashes the ball and Iolani digs it right up and our girls are caught watching movies.

  7. ??? October 29, 2016 11:32 am

    You just said it, recruited Iolani girls dig the balls, OIA girls watch the balls. No moa chance! like as good as Kahuku football is, no moa chance against Bishop Gorman (to much recruited talent) “Just Facts”…

  8. 88 October 29, 2016 12:13 pm

    Touché buddy…..

  9. al October 29, 2016 12:14 pm

    kahuku/public school fans on this blog when their team wins: “we are the greatest! eat that private school!”

    kahuku/public school fans on this blog when their team loses (with a few exceptions): “rooted not recruited! the only reason we lost was because they recruit! omg! ILH recruits! everyone is out to get us! the seedings are messed up! they let another ILH team into states! this is a conspiracy!”

    Get over yourselves. Kahuku is a pretty good team and had a great season. Iolani was just the better team. cheer the kids on because it’s states and a big moment for them all.

  10. 88 October 29, 2016 12:32 pm

    Al Kahuku is a great team. They beat every team from Hawaii including Iolani and Kamehameha this year. They just lost to another great team in Iolani. No one is making excuses.

  11. 85 October 29, 2016 12:36 pm

    The ILH is not reruiting volleyball players. You guys think there is an endless supply of money, scholarships, tuition waivers, etc. The ILH kids are good because their parents can afford to pay to play club. That way the kids are playing 10-12 months are year and improving their games. It’s about repetition, practice, and instruction. Obviously if you play 6-8 months longer per year, and most kids play 4 years of high school, by the time some of these kids are seniors, they could have up to 32 more months of volleyball instruction, games, practices, etc. That is a lot.

  12. 85 October 29, 2016 12:42 pm

    88 October 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    Al Kahuku is a great team. They beat every team from Hawaii including Iolani and Kamehameha this year. They just lost to another great team in Iolani. No one is making excuses.

    Over the past decade several OIA teams have beaten Kamehameha, Iolani, Punahou, HBA in the Ann Kang. But to me, the ILH team improve playing tough teams week in and week out. Teams like MPI and Maryknoll are solid! The lower tier team in the ILH help the upper tier get better.

    The OIA has a coupld good teams and the rest in weak. The upper tier OIA teams aren’t challenged so they don’t seem to improve as much. So when they meet a good ILH team, they lose. They have been losing since 2002 or 2003 when Kahuku had Tuli Peters and Camilla Ah Hoy.

  13. 88 October 29, 2016 12:50 pm

    I finally agree with one of your post Recruiter808. Couldn’t of said it any better.

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