Those were the days my friend
WAIMEA Fact and fallacy are supposed to live in different neighborhoods, but up here in the North Country, they exist and grow together at Kohala High School where, Kihei Kapeliela begins a new season Monday as coach of the boys basketball team.
They are irritable and irrational, you can see it in their body tension when they scream out insults publicly, surrounded as they are, on all sides by other adults and parents of school children.
As far as he can tell, local taro farmer Quinton Butts had never heard of a 9-year-old who received professional sponsorship from surf wear sponsors.
A recent deep dive into the background of Richard Chinen, one of Hilos legendary leaders in community-wide athletics, unavoidably crossed paths along the way with one of the most decorated coaches Hawaii has ever known.
It was officially a college, with its own buildings and land, a staff of administrators, instructors and students, finding their way from classroom to classroom.
A town should know its heroes.
PUUANAHULU Tried and true got it done, again.
They always talk about a celebration of life when another good person passes away and if that phrase sometimes make you wonder if it has a core strength or if it just sounds good, this would be a good time to consider the life of Joe Kalima.
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.