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Record-breaking Punahou pole vaulter has come a long way

  • JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Punahou sophomore pole vaulter J. Kai Yamafuji poses for a portrait on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Punahou School in Manoa.

  • JAY METZGER / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

    Punahou’s pole vaulter J. Kai Yamafuji stands next to his height mark after clearing 16 feet in the ILH Varsity Championships at Kamehameha Kapalama Schools Kunuiakea Stadium.

  • JAY METZGER / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

    Punahou’s J. Kai Yamafuji cleared 16 feet in the ILH track and field championships at Kamehameha’s Kunuiakea Stadium last Wednesday and commemorated the historic leap (above).

  • JAY METZGER / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

    Punahou’s pole vaulter J. Kai Yamafuji clears 15.5 in the ILH Varsity Championships at Kamehameha Kapalama Schools Kunuiakea Stadium.

J. Kai Yamafuji made Hawaii pole vault history last week, and there’s a good chance his gravity-defying exploits will go on unabated for a while. Read more

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