Puna News — First Meeting With Prospective Football Players And Their Parents

imageThe first meeting with prospective Pahoa High and Intermediate School football players occurred this afternoon in the gym. Pahoa is on board for the formation of an 8-man football game. First practice will be July 21.  “This is exciting,” said Doug Noll, parent of 16-year-old Zachary, who plays baseball for Pahoa.

At this afternoon’s meeting, it was announced that acting Athletic Director Doc Hudson will be  taking over as vice principal, and the new athletic director is Cal Ishihara, who has spent the last 24 years in physical education in Pahoa. The football coach is Chris Midal, who works at the school’s construction academy, and has worked with the Puna Panthers. Also, the assistant football coaches are Jay Adolpho, Hairama Hanohano, and Makai Kamakeeaina.

The next meeting with prospective students and parents is Monday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at the Pahoa High School gym. Any interested student should attend. — Tiffany Edwards Hunt

12 replies
  1. Long
    Long says:

    And who are they going to play with just an 8 man team. That is not a standard football team.

  2. The Casual Observer
    The Casual Observer says:

    To meet the needs of small football loving communities across the American landscape, 8-man and 6-man teams have garnered as much pride and excitement as their 11-man counterparts. It’s a new thing for Hawaii, but much rather suited for the many smaller communities that can’t keep up with the demands of fielding a full 11 man team. I hope the league continues to expand. Go Daggers!

  3. Hugh Clark
    Hugh Clark says:

    Some great player have come from smaller football programs in Oregon and Nebraska for instance and some have gone on to star on NFL. It is not just a11-11 player format.

    Typically, speed and good hands are more important than sheer size.

  4. Brian F , Jordan
    Brian F , Jordan says:

    Football as all sports is a vital part of education. It develops teamwork. Over the last three decades three things have been nearly eliminated from the DOE and HSTA. This does not mean that teachers with true vocations agree with these removals. These items are no longer expected to be taught as they are based on our Constitution and formerly the American work ethic.
    First, “The Pursuit of Happiness” with NO GUARANTEE!
    Second, serious hard physical labor, which develops respect for ones personal health. In both body and mind.
    Finally ,integrity in the form of honest evaluation of ones personal effort and expecting themselves and others to take personal responsibility for ones actions.

  5. CSGray
    CSGray says:

    This is all really nice for the small handful of boys who will play, but I haven’t heard a thing about any sports being added for the girls who would like to experience all the same positives from being involved in sports (teamwork, physical activity, work ethic and so on).

    What sport was added for the girls of our community, or are they expected to be satisfied with cheering from the sidelines? I do believe that Title IX, which Patsy Mink worked so hard to pass, requires males and females to have equal opportunity at all schools that get federal funding, and we all know Pahoa gets lots of federal funds. I hope the new athletic director is paying attention to the issue of equity in sport, the days of being able to offer fewer opportunities in sports to girls are long over, unless Pahoa wants to risk all that federal funding it gets. It would be a real shame for the whole school to lose funding because of violating Title IX.

    Are the new booster club and athletic department working for expanding athletic opportunities for the girls too, or just the boys?

  6. Tiffany Edwards Hunt
    Tiffany Edwards Hunt says:

    Of course we are working to promote athletics for ALL students at all 96778 schools. Now that we succeeded on re-establishing the football program, we are looking at developing fundraisers to sustain and promote athletics at both regular DOE and charter schools. This benefits young women and young men, without any discrimination whatsoever.
    On the radar is the run-down Track and Field in Pahoa in need of a revamp and revitalization. The Booster Club is comprised of volunteers, some who have children and some who don’t. This is a classic example of a group seeking to plant positive seeds for all keiki in 96778 schools. Please attend our next Pahoa Booster Club meeting at 9 a.m., July 23 at Luquin’s. We are always looking for help, since volunteers are far and few between these days.
    Or, if you don’t want to sit on the booster club board, you could volunteer to help restripe and clean the Pahoa track that benefits all students, you could help promote a “Thrive Pahoa” 5K / 10K race we are planning in unison with Kalani’s Yoga Festival. Proceeds from that will benefit the Pahoa Cross Country Team.
    If you want to focus your efforts beyond Pahoa, you could help lobby state legislators and council members for a CIP request for a pool in Kea’au for our Kea’au students who have to commute to Pahoa to utilize the pool for swim team etc.
    you could encourage lawmakers to expedite the Pahoa Park, which will include numerous fields, and will encourage recreation on all levels for all students. The possibilities are limitless with a positive outlook and a can-do attitude. Have I motivated you to sign up and help out?

  7. mark
    mark says:

    Aloha “CSGray”,

    Pahoa Schools are committed to gender equity and with the addition of the new 8 Boy Football team, they are adding a Girls Soccer Team.

    Currently, Pahoa offers the following Athletic Teams:

    Boys and Girls Cross Country
    Boys and Girls Volleyball
    8 Man Football
    Boys and Girls Paddling,
    Boys and Girls Basketball
    Girls Soccer
    Boys and Girls Wrestling
    Boys Baseball
    Boys and Girls Tennis,
    Boys and Girls Track and Field
    and Girls Softball

    The Pahoa Booster Club’s mission is to support ALL athletics at ALL Pahoa Schools thru our fundraising efforts and lobbying the State and County for additional funds to improve facilities for ALL keiki.

    If you would like to join in our efforts, you may either attend one of our meetings or contact us at PahoaBoosterClub@gmail.com

    Mahalo for your inquiry.

    Mark Hinshaw
    President, Pahoa Booster Club

  8. CSGray
    CSGray says:

    Thank you, Mark for the clarifying information given in a non confrontational and non defensive manner.

    I was a student athlete back in the dark ages before Title IX, and I remember having to start swim practice at 4:30 in the morning because the boys’ team got the pool during the prime after school time slot. They also were given suits and warm ups, and rode to meets in school buses, while we had to have car washes to pay for our suits and carpooled to our meets. I am very glad to hear that the girls will also have an opportunity to play a team sport. Perhaps BIC can do a story on that effort as well so people know about it?

    As you well know I have a more than full time job teaching in Hilo, I will be at a meeting at 9:30 on the 23rd and generally have a very full plate already. If you are elected to the county council I hope you will not always respond to a civilly asked question by demanding that the person asking the question join your pet projects.

    I work full time meeting the academic and personal needs of 88 middle school students, I have served on volunteer boards in the past, and will in the future, but not being part of the Pahoa Booster club should not mean I cannot ask “what about the girls?” All the publicity related to the booster club has been about football, so as a member of the public, there was no way to know the girls were getting a team too. That they are getting a soccer team is a wonderful thing.

    Again, thank you Mark for your civil and informative reply.

  9. mark
    mark says:

    Aloha Carol,

    You are welcome. I was raised in a small town in Indiana, graduating in 1977. We were fortunate enough to have very balanced sports, clubs, etc. In fact, our Girl’s swim team has won the Indiana State Championship 30 years in a row…yes 30! It is essential that all students KNOW that they are equal and that they be given an equal playing field.

    As any new start-up Club knows, getting the inertia gowing is the biggest challenge. Tiffany and I work side-by-side on a daily basis, keeping that inertia going. We desperately need volunteers to ensure the success of all Pahoa sports teams. It is quite the challenge. I am confident that she meant no disrespect, only frustration at the huge task before us.

    I look forward to meeting you next week and to hearing your mana’o on how to truly help our keiki have more opportunities.


  10. CSGray
    CSGray says:

    Aloha Mark,
    I was also raised in a small farm town in Indiana, our school spent a million in 1970s dollars on a basketball court the girls weren’t allowed to use, in fact they took the funding for lighting for the new theater to pay for a better scoreboard, so not all small towns in Indiana at that time provided girls with equal time. I left for college in ’76, so I must have swum against your school at some point during their reign, Carmel isn’t it?

    Before title IX, in some communities girls got equal time, and in others girls got very little except cheer leading, in fact when the girls in our school asked to be able to use the new basketball court for their games they were told they should become cheerleaders if they wanted to set foot on that court.

    Title IX changed the rules, but it didn’t change attitudes. The fact that all the media attention on the booster club efforts (not just from BIC, but all media) has been on the chance for boys to play football, with no mention of expanded opportunities for the girls shows how far we have to go. I pay close attention to local news and had no idea girls were getting a new sport too, which says something about how girls sports are still marginalized in our community.

    Thank you and the rest of the Booster club members for all working so hard to provide lower Puna kids with a chance to play sports, it is so important to give small town kids something positive to do with their spare time.

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