Paul Honda

On Thursday night, unranked Kaiser stepped into the charming, antiquated and tiny gym at Roosevelt High School. The Lady Cougars showed that yes, they’ve come a long way since taking their lumps from Lahainaluna, Hilo and ‘Iolani way back in mid-November during preseason. The young Cougars lost to those three Top-10 teams by a total […]

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Clearly, Roosevelt is the class of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, that enormous entity also known as the largest and largesse of leagues in the 50th state. Of course, just because a league is gigantic — 23 girls-basketball playing programs — doesn’t necessarily make it the best league from top to bottom. But among the OIA’s […]

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Video: Paul Honda. ‘Iolani gets the ball back near midcourt with 6.3 seconds to play. Erik Yamada to Hugh Hogland, back to Yamada and then to Robby Mann for the game-winning basket with 1 second to play. Sixth-ranked ‘Iolani escape with a 50-48 win over No. 10 Maryknoll.

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A Pupule perspective of the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10, which was published today. THE TOP 10 Voted on by coaches and media from around the state. First-place votes in parentheses. Ten points for first-place votes, nine for second, etc. BOYS BASKETBALL Team PTS. PVS. 1. Kalaheo (10) 118 1 2. Punahou (2) 110 2 […]

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Pupule thoughts on today’s Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Here’s the poll (coaches and media) followed by my lonely little ballot. THE TOP 10 Voted on by coaches and media from around the state. First-place votes in parentheses. Ten points for first-place votes, nine for second, etc. GIRLS BASKETBALL Team PTS. PVS. 1. Konawaena (9) […]

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Punahou’s Ronley Lakalaka has given an oral commitment to San Diego State University. Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance shared the news on Friday morning. Lakalaka, a 6-foot, 210-pound outside linebacker, was an All-State second-team selection. He is currently on the Punahou Division I basketball team and also competes in track and field. He is the younger […]

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The Konawaena Wildcats aren’t climbing the charts, but they haven’t been demoted, either. The latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Girls Basketball Rankings released on Thursday has Hawaii’s top squad at No. 21. Konawaena, coached by five-time state championship coach Bobbie Awa, was at No. 21 last week. The Wildcats are 21-1 overall. They’re still riding the […]

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HIGHLIGHTS FIRST HALF SECOND HALF Video: Paul Honda. First-half highlights. ILH boys basketball. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. McCabe Gymnasium.

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The final 12.2 seconds of a wild battle between No. 2 Punahou and No. 3 Saint Louis in ILH play at McCabe Gym. Down 58-56 with 1.7 seconds to go, Punahou’s Kala‘i Santos banks in a 74-foot prayer for the miraculous win as his team overcomes a 13-point deficit.

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OK, let’s be real. When anyone makes a shot from 70, 80 or 90 feet away to win a game, that shooter has beaten severe and extreme odds. There are promotional contests across the US (and probably the globe) that offer crazy prizes (cash, free tuition, car, etc.) for anyone who can make a halfcourt […]

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