Everyone has a different moʻolelo about how they landed their dream job—each moʻolelo with its own beginning and end, and I’d like to think mine is just getting started.
Born and raised in Kāneʻohe, family, faith, education and sports were all major tenants in my life. In between hastily rushing from church to basketball games, I realized that my family had made a commitment to support me in all of my passions—both on and off the field.
Their investment would eventually segue to my attendance at Punahou School where I would letter in football, basketball and wrestling. Following graduation, I decided to further my academic career at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and was able to earn a spot on the football team. As a Running-Back on the Hawaiʻi Warrior football team, it was an honor to run through the tunnel at Aloha Stadium and represent both my family and state. When my playing career was over, I realized that my love for sports was intrinsic and would never leave. This insatiable passion would form the basis of my career—sportscaster.
In the fall of 2014, I got the call that would change my life. Hawaii News Now gave me the opportunity to join their production team as a content technician. I had finally got my foot in the door.
For the first year and a half, my job was to roll the teleprompter as a part-time news technician for Hawaiʻi News Now. It was hard to break into the industry and consequently had to work a second job to keep my belly full, but it was never about the money—only the goal.
I wanted to become a sportscaster and would set forth on a path to take any opportunity I could get…and so I did.
Now after four years of serving in a variety of capacities from editor to photojournalist at Hawaiʻi News Now, I am so blessed to step into this new position as sportscaster. I am looking forward to delivering and celebrating the talents, accomplishments and highlights of our tremendously talented state. Mahalo for being co-authors in this next chapter of my life and the moʻolelo of our island home.
“They kind of choke you out with what they do,” said UH head coach Nick Rolovich, following the game. “It can be a frustrating deal when you get behind, we didn’t take enough advantage of the possessions that we had.”
#8 Leilehua fought off a gritty Waipahu Marauder team 13-7 in a defensive battle in Wahiawa. In Salt Lake the #7 Moanalua Menehune overcame a slow start to put away the Kailua Surfriders 21-14 to secure their rematch with the Mules.
The No. 22 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team swept UC Riverside (5-13, 1-6 Big West), 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The win improved the Wahine to 5-2 in Big West Conference play.
“It was great," said Eletise. “I saw my jersey and I put it on, I never thought I’d be wearing a Hawai'i jersey and now that I’m older there is so much meaning that comes now with wearing the Hawai'i jersey.”
“This is an opportunity for me to grow as a person and as a player,” said Mariota while addressing media in Nashville. "I’m going to do everything I can to help Ryan and help the team win, I think it’s an opportunity for me to learn, I’m going to make the most of it and each and everyday."
“They still don’t feel great about the way that they played,” said Rolovich following Tuesday’s practice in Manoa. “They know they could have played better and I think they’re over it and their ready to move forward to Air Force.”
After using his dominant wrestling skills to seize control of round one, the Hawaiian powerhouse landed a vicious right hand early in round two that left Curtis unconscious on the canvas immediately after contact.
The No. 19 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team (13-3, 3-2 Big West) fell on the road to Cal Poly in three sets, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15 on Friday night at the Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The Wahine will battle two undefeated Big West leaders—two-time defending Big West champions, Cal Poly (12-5, 5-0 Big West) on Friday, October 11 and UC Santa Barbara (15-1, 5-0 Big West) on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“It’s not about anybody else, it’s about us," said Rolovich following Tuesday’s practice in Manoa. “You get psyched out because it’s Boise, or Washington, you won’t play your best football so it’s about staying together and staying dialed in on what we have to do.”
Buffalo’s defense didn’t make things easy for Mariota, he was sacked five times throughout the afternoon despite the return of NFL All-Pro tackle Taylor Lewan back in the lineup after serving a four game suspension.
The No. 11 University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team (13-2, 3-1 Big West) rallied for the reverse sweep against Cal State Fullerton, 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-12 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Surfriders running back Samson Rasay eludes defenders during home-coming game against Castle. Rasay totaled 190 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns to secure Kailua's spot in the Division I OIA playoffs following a 26-21 win over Castle.