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2008: The year in Hawaii sports

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - it's been an exciting and entertaining year in Hawaii sports in 2008... just ask the fans.

"I think the number one thing that happened in 2008 was the University of Hawaii going to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.  I thought it was a great event, probably once in a lifetime, I was able to take my family and my kids", said Jon Tsukada. 

"I think the Sugar Bowl with Colt Brennan and Davone Bess, they did really good in that game", said Braeden Meyer. 

Not to be outdone, we can't forget the dominating performance by the Waipio Little League, who captured the Little League World Series Title with a victory over Mexico.

"Since I'm from Waipahu and everything, is the Waipahu Little League, for them to go up there and do what they did and show our true colors, it's a good thing", said Waipahu native, Michael Balanay.

And we can't forget Maui native, Shane Victorino and the Philadelphia Phillies, winning the World Series.

When it comes to the Olympics, Hawaii was proudly represented by two local athletes who came home with the gold. 

Kahuku native and former UH star, Natasha Kai, after the U.S. beat Brazil the gold medal game.

And Oahu native, Brian Clay, who captured the gold in the Decathalon. 

For Jake Tsukada, his favorite moment in 2008, came on the football field.

"Punahou winning the state championship because I go to Punahou."     

Not a bad choice as the Buffanblu football team captured their first state championship in school history. 

And let's not forget Punahou's, Manti T'eo, winning the inaugural Butkus Award as the nation's top high school linebacker.

All in all... a great year in Hawaii sports and let's hope an even better 2009 awaits.

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