By Dave Reardon
Kamehameha Schools Maui isn't what most people would call an athletic powerhouse — not yet, anyway.
But if helping student-athletes to continue competing in their sports in college is a barometer of success — and I think it certainly should be — this school has got it going on.
According to figures from Kamehameha spokesman Pakalani Bello, a whopping 17.5 percent of the Pukalani campus' 120 seniors (that 120 includes 43 who did not play a varsity sport) have signed a letter of intent to compete in intercollegiate athletics next school year. The total of 21 is up from six the previous year.
The team of new athletic director Blane Gaison and second-year athletic counselor Michelle Arnold deserves a lot of credit. Obviously the student-athletes themselves do, too.
Chandler Alo (Notre Dame de Namur, soccer), Kiana Antonio (Linfield, track and field), Taylor Awai (San Francisco State, volleyball), Patricia Batoon (Notre Dame de Namur, volleyball), Marley Duncan (Willamette, soccer), Leimana Hassett (Whittier, water polo), Lily Higashino (Pacific, soccer), Travis Kanamu (Laney, baseball), Mikaele Kane (Hawaii, swimming), Quinn Kihune (Chabot, football), Cheyenne Maio-Silva (Linfield, softball), Paula Siaosi Ngalu (Brevard, football), Daniel Quenga (Pacific, soccer), Charity Sadang (Sheridan, volleyball), Jarom Santiago (College of The Siskiyous, baseball), Avinash Singh (Chaminade, soccer), Kaui Uweko'olani (Pacific, softball), Kauanoe Vanderpoel (St. Martin's, track and field), Madison Vaught (Buffalo, soccer), Kaiulani Vila (Alvin, softball), Emma Yen (Chandler-Gilbert, volleyball).