Among the commonly understood facts of life we all grow to understand at one point or another is the simple truth that things are not always as they seem.
Theirs will be a legacy that lives whenever high school basketball on the Big Island is discussed. It is the sort of thing you cannot imagine being replicated by a succession of coaches that will send their teams out to compete in decades ahead in the new gym at Hilo High.
It was, for the insular world of high school basketball in Hawaii, an announcement greeted with wonderment and no lack of head scratching this summer when Waiakea High School announced who it had hired to fill its girls basketball coaching vacancy.
Some of us were born and raised here, some of us were flown in, but eventually, Big Island residents, one and all, come to realize e komo mai is more than just a pleasant greeting, we actually welcome diversity as an advantage of living here.
Ten years ago, he would not have imagined that anything like this could be happening, it was inconceivable, a ludicrous thought.
This may not be true in every high school or college in every state in the country, but from a career of observance, one can make the defensible statement that football coaches, of all coaches, deal with unintended consequences more than coaches in other sports.
There was a time history will recall before him, and there was everything that happened after that.
All around the world we can find optimal locations for young tennis players to grow and learn the game, but the Big Island is not, by anyones definition, one of those places.
VOLCANO – It went off without an untoward incident of any kind, but there will never be another Ohia Lehua Half Marathon and 5K run quite like Saturdays event in Volcano.
A full-blooded Tongan, Samson Pouha was born in Los Angeles on June 2, 1971, but within a week he moved to Utah with his Mormon family. It was there the youngster learned to become a man of God, in the image of his father.
This isnt exactly build it and they will come, for Jennifer Real, but in the big picture, the Hilo Climbing Trial would probably be located somewhere in a nearby mythical neighborhood.
We all have those driving moments when we see ourselves as technically proficient, skilled drivers, gliding through corners in expert, precise fashion as we drive up the Hamakua Coast, decelerating just enough going into the turn to stay in our lane, then accelerating appropriately to burst into the next straightaway.
Herb Kiyabus immediate response was one of understanding and acceptance when he heard about a new way to help him find a measure of relief in his fight with Parkinsons disease.
He was up before the rest of us today, in his own private Dawn Patrol, and he will be again tomorrow.
The presence of our islands as a remote outpost in the North Pacific can work a couple different ways when it comes to athletes and the sports that capture their interest.
That old line about things looking up, is a universal commentary on the normal course of affairs when the Hawaii Drag Racing League fires the engines at the track outside of Hilo, as it did again over Memorial Day Weekend.