Category: Speaking of Sports

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Building Muscles And Confidence

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. For Lihue’s Kevin Jones, he was in the right gym at the right time. The 48-year-old bodybuilder met his inspiration while training at a gym in his hometown of Boston. He was just 20 years old when he bumped into former Mr. Massachusetts Steve […]

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Kaua‘i Represented At Hall of Honor

They have both shown they are more than capable of going the distance. That’s one of the main reasons why Island School’s Pierce Murphy (track, cross-country) and Kaua’i High School’s Shea Shimabukuro (baseball, football) earned a spot on the 2011 Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Honor. The Kaua’i athletes were recognized at a […]

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Andy Irons Is Still Larger Than Life

He’ll be known forever as one of the greatest surfers of all time and perhaps the best to come out of Kaua’i’s waters, and that’s saying something. Andy Irons was 32 years old when he was found dead Nov. 2 in a Texas hotel room. He was on his way back to Hawaii, after pulling […]

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MMA Dreams Come True On Kaua‘i

Back in 2005, Vance Pascua decided to take a chance on creating a mixed martial arts event on Kaua’i. With MMA popularity across the U.S. gaining momentum, the Koloa native took his idea and put it to the test. “Starting something like this on Kaua’i was really a leap of faith,” Pascua says. “With nothing […]

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Spearfishing Saves Native Species

For much of his life, Jon Barretto has spent countless hours in the water, honing his skill and love of spearfishing. Growing up in Kapa’a, Barretto learned the ways of the outdoors from his grandfather, who was the first to put a mask and snorkel on his face. Some 30 or so years later, Barretto […]

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Former Warriors Still Inspiring Fans

It’s been more than five years since University of Hawaii football fans witnessed the spectacle of “Mighty Mouse.” Standing at a mere 5-foot-7, Chad Owens made a name for himself by using his lightning-quick speed to make would-be tacklers look like fools as they fell by the wayside, watching him score touchdowns. The Roosevelt High […]

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Golden Days For Kaua‘i Golfers

If you’re a golfer like me, boy, are you pumped about the opportunity to play Kaua’i Lagoons’ brand spankin’ new Kiele Moana Course. On Monday, May 23 it finally opened after years of preparation. The ‘Moana’ is being called the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes in Hawaii. “We’re excited to bring the Kiele golf […]

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Kauai’s Blonde Squad Takes Title

They like to sing, shave their heads and dye their hair blond. If you were to guess what group likes to do this, rockstars would not be a far-fetched guess. But you would be wrong, because I’m really describing the Kauai High School baseball team. On a wet and muddy field at Les Murakami Stadium, […]

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After Snub, Makai Earns Praise

It’s pretty common for a Hawaii golf course to be recognized as one of the top courses in the country. So when one doesn’t make a prestigious list, it’s cause for concern. According to WorldGolf.com, a network of more than 300 regional and national golf websites that features candid reviews of golf courses, the Makai […]

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Kaua‘i Boxer Eyes National Title

The widely used saying, “You’re never too old to try something new,” fits Mahiai Naihe like a glove. Boxing gloves, to be exact. At 32 he’s a state champion in the ring. But that’s not where the road ends for the Kapa’a native. Next up for the heavyweight state champ is a shot at a […]