We’re gonna get to that place where we really want to go. — Bruce Springsteen “Born To Run”
Every year the Hawaii High School Athletic Association chooses 12 inductees to the its hall of honor.
COVID-19 didn’t wipe it out in 2020, and the virus again failed to disturb the tradition again in 2021.
The HHSAA announced its 12 picks for the prestigious honor for the 39th time early Monday morning.
Campbell wide receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, who is committed to play for UCF, is one of 12 new inductees to the HHSAA Hall of Honor. (Image credit: 247sports.com).
Here are the ones who join the amazing athletes selected every year since 1983:
>> Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field)
>> Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field)
>> Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming)
>> Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading)
>> Alakai Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country)
>> Shayna Kamaka, Baldwin (Wrestling, Volleyball, Water Polo)
>> Caleb Lomavita, Saint Louis (Baseball)
>> Koby Moananu, Kaimuki (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
>> Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, Campbell (Football)
>> Branden Pagurayan, Kapolei (Wrestling, Judo, Bowling)
>> Shaye Story, Kamehameha (Water Polo, Swimming)
>> Lily Wahinekapu, ‘Iolani (Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field)
“The 12 outstanding senior student-athletes represents 12 different schools from the five HHSAA leagues, which is a rarity, and were selected by a 13-person committee of current and former sports reporters, athletic directors and coaches from around the state,” the HHSAA pointed out in a news release. “The criteria is based mainly on athletic achievement but character, sportsmanship, academic record and community service also are taken into consideration.”
Each inductee also will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship, courtesy of the HHSAA and Enterprise Holdings. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is a co-sponsor of the program.
Here are some past stories on the NEW INDUCTEES by Bedrock Sports Hawaii or by Nick Abramo from his days at Hawaii Prep World and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
>> Sacred Hearts Cheerleader Cayla Cabanban May Lose Out On Dream Of Becoming A 4-Time State Champion
>> Cheering Against COVID-19: Sacred Hearts Nails It For A Fourth Straight ILH Championship
>> Hard-To-Spell WR Titus Mokiao-Atimalala Makes A 3-Letter College Commitment: UCF
>> Le Jardin’s Alana Barthel Sets ILH Backstroke Record
>> Saint Louis’ Caleb Lomavita Strikes Out 13 To Upend ‘Iolani