Paul Honda

The championship game of the OC-16/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division I State Championships is 27 minutes away. Defending champion Konawaena will face ILH champion Maryknoll. It’s the old guard against the new school. The cagey veterans against the army-platoon deep women of Sparta. Maryknoll, guided by Chico Furtado, has not won a state title in girls […]

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A part of me will always be trapped/locked/embracing those years when the entire girls basketball tournament was held from morning to night here at Stan Sheriff Center. Of course, back then the girls hoops season was played in the spring (I liked that) and there was no Division II basketball (I think) for many of […]

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The ‘Iolani Red Raiders endured quite a path to a state-tournament berth. Somewhere in the midst of all the ILH boys basketball drama — thankfully all on the hardwood — Coach Dean Shimamoto‘s team is still standing while two other teams (Kamehameha and Punahou) remain locked in a battle for the final berth. ‘Iolani is […]

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Tacon: ‘Proud and honored’

by Paul Honda on February 11, 2016

Kamehameha boys basketball coach Greg Tacon was kind enough to reflect and share his thoughts as the Warriors prepare for Friday’s ILH playoff final against Punahou. The winner secures a precious state-tournament berth, one of just two allotted to the ILH, and will meet ‘Iolani on Saturday for the league crown. “When I look back […]

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The Age of Iron Men continues in the unforgiving land of Interscholastic League of Honolulu boys basketball. Truly, winter is here. Vanquished as of Tuesday night: Top 10 teams Mid-Pacific and Maryknoll. The Owls of MPI fell to Kamehameha while the Spartans were ousted by one point as Punahou advanced. MPI went as far as […]

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In the ILH, scouting and preparation are the norm. Girls basketball is a world of fun and a world of hurt whether teams are ready or not. But how to prepare for the state tournament, where the Konawaena Wildcats and Lahainaluna Lunas are the top two seeds? Coach Bobbie Awa’s Wildcats made it look basic […]

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See Part 1 here This is where Mike Taylor is a master. He had his share of outstanding skill players like Janelle Nomura and Shanna-Lei Dacanay. Shawna Kuehu was the finest prep player of her generation, and it was a heck of a generation. (We haven’t seen so many talented players in the girls game […]

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The more things change… OK, I can’t help thinking about this, particularly after seeing Konawaena overwhelm Punahou 51-27 on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the OC-16/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships. (Note: A 12-team format will always be skewed when one of the state’s top 4 teams, Punahou, has to meet the No. 1 seed […]

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This was a fairly close game in the first quarter, but Chanelle Molina’s corner 3 sparked a big run that put the top-seeded Konawaena Wildcats ahead 22-10 during the second quarter. The Buffanblu tried using the three-quarter press that they displayed against Farrington last night, but Konawaena handled it and got a layup. Konawaena is […]

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Game time is just a minute away according to the scoreboard here at Moanalua High School. What to expect between OIA champ Leilehua and Kaiser? The Lady Cougars of Kaiser have nothing to lose but may be fatigued after a tough 44-41 win over KS-Maui yesterday. Key is Rose Shimaoka. After playing all 32 minutes […]

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