Kamehameha wrestling coaches add more awards

Kamehameha's Fahrin Kapoi was named Hawaii's Assistant Girls Wrestling Coach of the year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Kamehameha wrestling coaches Rob Hesia and Fallyn Kapoi were named Hawaii’s top girls coaches by the national wrestling organization recently.

It is the first year the award has been given out.

Hesia, the Kamehameha head coach, and Kamehameha-Hawaii assistant Keith Laeha were voted the region’s best boys coaches, the first time in the organization’s history that the top coaches in the region came from Hawaii. They are now eligible for sectional awards.

The Warriors swept boys and girls state championships this year, the first time an ILH school won both tournaments since Matt Oney‘s Punahou squads did it in 2011.

Kamehameha got individual state championships from Brant Porter (120 pounds) and Kysen Terukina (126) on the boys side and Alana Vivas (117), Ashley Gooman (122) and Paige Respicio (138) in the girls tournament.


  1. Imilicious May 1, 2019 9:03 am

    Yeasssh reaping the rewardz of hard work……Rob is now the Godzilla of Hawaii high school Wrestling…….hence the name Robzilla…..Pacific Boiz rise up….

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