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Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN HEAD COACH ALIKA SMITH and PRINCIPAL SUSAN HUMMEL and ATHLETIC DIRECTOR MARK BRILHANTE I, Head Coach of the Boys Basketball Team fully understand and agree to the following expectations set forth by both Principal Susan Hummel and Athletic Director Mark Brilhante. *I shall Respect the decisions made by the Principal and Athletic Director. […]


HNN refills sports reporting team

by Dave Reardon on June 22, 2015

Collin Harmon, who has worked in Denver, Montana and most recently Eugene, Oregon, at KVAL will join the Hawaii News Now sports department, according to sources. Harmon fills the spot opened when Mark Carpenter left earlier this month. The Phoenix native joins Francesca Weems and Taryn Hatcher on the HNN sports desk. I don’t know […]

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It is debatable when Mark Carpenter‘s broadcast career started. We can say it was four years ago, when he made the most of a Society of Professional Journalists internship at Hawaii News Now as a senior at Hawaii Pacific University. But I like to go further back, to when Mark was 16 and a student […]


While working on today’s column yesterday, I reached out to Bryan Clay. I wanted to ask the 2008 Olympic decathlon champion who is a product of Castle High School his thoughts about Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, who like Clay won the decathlon gold for the U.S. Jenner did it in 1976. Clay and Jenner have […]

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Scott Harding made quite an impression on Jeff Reinebold, the former University of Hawaii assistant who is now special teams coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Harding worked out for him , as a receiver and punter, while Reinebold was visiting this week. “I’ve had the opportunity to see some great punters, Reinebold […]

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Golf in China, and some follow-ups

by Dave Reardon on May 19, 2015

Dan Washburn, an author who has written a book called “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream” will be featured at a panel discussion Wednesday at noon at the East-West Center. Don Wallace of Honolulu Magazine will moderate, and it is open to the public and admission is free. Here are some updates having […]

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Water polo’s Molde wins academic award

by Dave Reardon on May 7, 2015

The NCAA women’s water polo tournament doesn’t start until Friday morning, but Hawaii already has a winner. Taylor Molde was named the sport’s Elite 89 winner for her sport at a banquet Thursday evening at Stanford, Calif. Molde is a sophomore from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, planning to major in engineering. Hawaii opens play against USC […]

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Manny and Marcus

by Dave Reardon on April 29, 2015

Unlike Marcus Mariota, Manny Pacquiao was not born and raised in Hawaii. But Pacquiao, in large part due to his Filipino nationality, is hugely popular here. With Mariota on the cusp of being drafted in the first few picks of the NFL Draft on Thursday and Pacquiao taking on Floyd Mayweather on Saturday in Las […]

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It’s unfortunate for the University of Hawaii basketball program that Gary Payton was suspended from his job at Fox Sports 1 after being slapped with a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a woman in January. It is my opinion — and that of any clear-thinking UH leader — that Payton is now not a suitable speaker […]

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Brian Kajiyama scholarship to be unveiled

by Dave Reardon on April 25, 2015

If you’ve been a University of Hawaii football fan for a while, you probably know the name Brian Kajiyama, and you are familiar with his inspirational story. Brian, a Kailua High School graduate and holder of too many degrees from UH for me to count, has achieved great successes in his life despite major challenges […]

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