All-BIIF D-I football: Hilo’s Akui, Kaniaupio claim top honors; Konawaena dominates first team

  • Tribune-Herald file photo Defensive player of the year Tysen Kaniaupio probably would have been a four-time all-BIIF selection if not for the pandemic, which wiped out the 2020 season.

  • Hilo wide receiver Koa Akui turns and runs down the field for a touchdown during a game against Kealakehe at Wong Stadium on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

Koa Akui was given a parting shot to encapsulate his journey, and he spoke from experience.