Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
Total Of Hawaii Athletes Competing At Tokyo Games Up To 16

The count of Hawaii athletes at the Tokyo Olympics is up to 16.

Of the 16, 12 graduated from high school here — three from Punahou, two each from ‘Iolani and Kahuku, and one each from Academy of the Pacific, Kamehameha, Kapaa, Leilehua and Mid-Pacific.

By sport, there are five surfers, five volleyball players, two skateboarders, a rugby player, a basketball player, a swimmer and a karate athlete.

Hawaii’s Mahina Maeda will represent host Japan at the Tokyo Summer Olympics that start Saturday.
(Image credit: XGames.com).

BedrockSportsHawaii.com featured 10 of them in a July 9 article: TOKYO OLYMPICS: Bedrock Sports’ Guide To 10 Hawaii Athletes C0mpeting At The 2021 Games.

Here’s your guide to the other six:

(Sources: TeamUSA.org, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Olympics.com, WorldSurfLeague.com).

Taeyanna Adams


>> Sport: Swimming
>> Team: Micronesia
>> Home town: Kona

Career highlights: Holds Micronesia’s record for women in the short course 50-meter breaststroke (39.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:30.71).

Personal: The 19-year-old works out with coach Dave Gibson at Kona Aquatics. … Will be carrying the flag for Micronesia at the Tokyo Games’ Opening Ceremony. … Will be competing in the 100 breaststroke in Tokyo. … Athletes have represented the Federated States of Micronesia at the Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000. … Adams, to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: “I’ve competed at several world championships, but this is the biggest competition I’ve ever been to. And there’s no greater joy than representing your country. That’s one of the best things about competing in the Olympics.”

Tri Bourne

>> Sport: Beach volleyball
>> Team: USA
>> Date of birth: June 20, 1989
>> Birthplace: Kailua
>> Home town: Honolulu
>> High school: Academy of the Pacific (Class of 2007)
>> College: USC (Class of 2011)
>> Note: Crabb replaced Hawaii’s Taylor Crabb (see bio below) after Crabb reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Tokyo.
World championship experience
>> Most recent: No. 4, 2019
>> Years of participation: 2015, 2019
Personal: His father (Peter) and mother (Katie) were both triathletes, where he got his name. … Tri is the youngest of four children. … Tri’s wife Gabrielle (Gabby) is an actress and filmmaker. … He does a beach volleyball podcast called Sandcast with Travis Mewhirter

Taylor Crabb

>> Sport: Beach volleyball
>> Team: USA
>> Date of birth: Jan. 26, 1992
>> Birthplace: Honolulu
>> Home town: Honolulu
>> High school: Punahou (Class of 2010)
>> College: Long Beach State (Class of 2014)
>> Note: Crabb was replaced by Hawaii’s Tri Bourne (see bio above) after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Tokyo.

World championship experience
>> Most recent: No. 9, 2019
>> Years of participation: 2017, 2019

Personal: Brother Trevor is also a professional beach volleyball player. … Mother competed in gymnastics at Southern Connecticut University. … Cousin Lindsey Berg was on the U.S. Women’s 2004 and 2008 national volleyball teams. … Uncle Tony Crabb was an assistant coach with the Team USA’s 1984 Olympic volleyball team that won gold in Los Angeles. … Grew up playing basketball and snowboarding.

Brisa Hennessy

>> Sport: Surfing
>> Team: Costa Rica
>> Date of birth: Sept. 16, 1999
>> Home town: Previously, Oahu’s North Shore; now, Matapalo, Costa Rica
World championship experience
>> Most recent: No. 15, 2021 WSL championship tour
>> Years of participation: 2019, 2021
Career highlights
>> Placed third in the Corona Bali Protected contest during her rookie year on tour.

Personal: Has lived in Fiji, Hawaii and Costa Rica. … Father is a fisherman and mom is a cook. … To Olympics.com, Hennessy said: “My family and I call each other the homeless nomads. We pretty much don’t really have a home. We live out of our suitcase. Now I have my suitcase over here (in Costa Rica), but I am always ready to move. But if I am with my family, I feel like I am at home.”

Martin Iosefo

>> Sport: Rugby
>> Team: USA
>> Position: Center
>> Date of birth: Jan. 13, 1990
>> Birthplace: Honolulu
>> Home town: Wahiawa
>> High school: Leilehua (Class of 2008)
>> College: University of Montana (Class of 2015)

Olympic experience
>> 2016, ninth place

World championship experience
>> Years of participation: 2018, 2019

Personal: Son of Sifoua and Lolesio Iosefo. … The youngest of a family of eight and grew up where everything was a competition, especially in sports. … Hobbies include hiking, camping, snowboarding, road trips, traveling, going to the beach, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Mahina Maeda

>> Sport: Surfing
>> Team: Japan
>> Date of birth: Feb. 15, 1998
>> Home town: Sunset Beach
>> High school: Kahuku
Career highlights
>> Won World Junior Championships in 2014
>> Runner-up at World Junior Championships in 2015
>> Two-time ISA Junior world champion

Personal: Came razor close to making the World Surf League championship tour in 2015, 2018 and 2019. … Qualified for the Olympics with a strong performance at the ISA Surfing Games. … Raised on Oahu’s North Shore. … Has dual citizenship and is surfing for her parents’ home country.


Editor’s notes:

>> Team USA water polo player Jesse Smith’s bio lists his birthplace as Kailua, but he played competitively and went to school in California and so he is not included in this story.)
>> This post has been updated to reflect Tri Bourne replacing Taylor Crabb in Tokyo.


ALSO AT BedrockSportsHawaii.com: Dredging Up The Details — Los Angeles Times Has The Full, Thorough Story On Colt Brennan’s Death And Hawaii’s Loss

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