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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 6, 2003

Akiu quits as Kalaheo coach

Advertiser Staff

Mike Akiu, Kalaheo High's head football coach the past three seasons, has resigned, athletic director Lee Cashman announced yesterday.

Akiu's job as a stevedore did not allow him enough time to do the kind of job he wanted to do, Cashman said. Akiu's teams went 11-14 during his three years, including 0-8 last season. The Mustangs missed the O'ahu Interscholastic Association tournament by one game with a 6-2 record in 2001.

Akiu was an all-state football player and champion track sprinter at Kalaheo and lettered in football at University of Hawai'i from 1982-84. He was drafted into the NFL by the Houston Oilers in the seventh round in 1985 and played professional football for several years, mainly as a kick returner.

Cashman said he would begin accepting applications from head coach candidates immediately, either by mail to the school at 730 Iliaina St., Kailua, 96734, or by telephone 808 254-7914.


• Three Hawai'i women ousted: The three Hawai'i surfers on the women's World Championship Tour were eliminated in the third round of the Roxy Pro yesterday at Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia.

Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly lost heats yesterday. The third round was completed in waves of 3 to 4 feet.

Abubo came up a frustrating .04 behind Australian Chelsea Georgeson, 10.0-9.96. Ballard was eliminated by Australian Samantha Cornish, who posted the best score of the day (18.34). Kennelly was defeated by Peru's Sofia Mulanovich.

The contest is the first stop on the 2003 World Championship Tour.

In the men's Quiksilver Pro, also held at Snapper Rocks, world champion Andy Irons of Kaua'i and former world champ Sunny Garcia of Wai'anae won first-round heats and advanced directly to the third round.

Hawai'i surfers Kalani Robb and Shane Dorian have yet to compete in their first-round heats.


• UH-Hilo stops HPU: Brady Hyde scored 21 points and the UH-Hilo rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat Hawai'i Pacific, 70-66, last night in a Pacific West Conference game at Mid-Pacific Gym.

The Vulcans improved to 17-9 overall and 9-5 in conference. HPU fell to 17-9 and 6-8.