Kamehameha towers above ILH – but Punahou gets a bid to states…

Kamehameha won its 10th straight Interscholastic League of Honolulu cheerleading championship last night, but for the first time since 2003 the Warriors will have ILH company at next month’s state tournament.

An estimated crowd of about 1,200 at Punahou’s Hemmeter Fieldhouse watched youthful Kamehameha — with only two seniors — score 339 points off a traditionally difficult routine to win handily over Punahou (283) and ‘Iolani (250).

Christian Academy, Saint Louis and St. Francis also entered teams, and the increased number gave the ILH a second state tournament berth, after five years of having only one berth according to the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association formula.

Thus Punahou will be making its first state tournament appearance since 2004.

"I’m so excited … being on the varsity the past three years, it was hard to see the ILH get only one (state) bid," said Buffanblu senior co-captain Tara Wong. "(The second berth) motivated us to step it up even more, and I’m so proud of our team for making it to the state tournament. It’s amazing."

Punahou School cheerleaders perform during the Interscholastic League
of Honolulu Cheerleading Championships. Punahou finished second.

image from Honolulu Advertiser. Didn’t see any credits on the website, so I have no idea who to credit.

Photo gallery here.  Video here.

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