Kahuku’s Villa is Hawaii’s player of the year

by Hawaii Prep World on March 12, 2017

Kahuku point guard Jessiya Villa is the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser boys basketball player of the year. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Kahuku point guard Jessiya Villa is the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser boys basketball player of the year. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

The 2016-17 Honolulu Star-Advertiser boys basketball Fab 15 was released in Sunday’s newspaper. You can read it here. Kahuku point guard Jessiya Villa was named the player of the year and Lahainaluna’s Jason Justus is the coach of the year.

Here are some notes on the rest of the selections.

>> ‘Iolani has had at least one player in the fab 15 for four straight years.

>> Hugh Hogland is the first Raider to make it to successive Fab 15 selections since Trevyn Tulonghari in 2010-11.

>> Kahuku has had at least one selection for each of the last three years.

>> Kahuku’s three Fab 15 players matches the three they had in 2012 (Kawehena Johnson, Mason Kualii Moe, Mekeli Fiso).

>> Kalaheo has had a player named to the Fab 15 six years in a row.

>> Zoar Nedd is the first Kapolei player to be named to the Fab 15.

>> Lahainaluna put two players on the Fab 15 this year, the first time in program history. Their only other All-State first teamers were Josh Chapital (2015) and Sam Kiek (2010).

>> Leilehua has had a member of the fab 15 for three years in a row, a program record. Before they started this run their only All-State first teamer was Eric Marshall in 2001.

>> Maryknoll has had a member of the Fab 15 for five years in a row. Jaylen Cain can become the school’s first two timer since Kaleb Gilmore.

>> Punahou has had an All-State first teamer every year since it was shut out in 2003.

>> Jaymason Nunuha is the first Saint Louis player to be All-State first team two years in a row.

>> Calvin Mattos is Waiakea’s first two-time All-State first teamer.

>> This was the third year in a row a sophomore has made the All-State first team, the first time that has happened since 2000-2002 (DC Daniels, Eric Marshall and Derrick Low).

>> Kamehameha and Mid-pacific have had a player on the first team two years in a row.

YearFirst nameLast nameSchoolNewspaperGrade
2017JessiyaVillaKahukuHSA POY12
2017SamutaAveaKahukuHSA12
2017HughHoglandIolaniHSA12
2017DanFotuKahukuHSA11
2017ChrisKobayashiPunahouHSA12
2017CaptainWhitlockKalaheoHSA12
2017CarverLockeLahainalunaHSA12
2017CalvinMattosWaiakeaHSA12
2017JaymasonNunuhaSaint LouisHSA11
2017ZoarNeddKapoleiHSA11
2017LiamFitzgeraldLeilehuaHSA11
2017KameronNgSt. FrancisHSA10
2017JaylenCainMaryknollHSA11
2017KobeYoungKamehamehaHSA11
2017ZionShepherdMid-PacificHSA12
2017JasonJustusLahainalunaHSA COY
2016HughHoglandIolaniHSA POY11
2016ChanceKalaugherKaiserHSA12
2016RobbyMannIolaniHSA12
2016TristanNicholsSaint LouisHSA12
2016KeouaMahikoKaiserHSA12
2016JosephGoutyLeilehuaHSA12
2016KaelerKahanaKamehamehaHSA12
2016KekaiSmithKalaheoHSA12
2016HirkleyLatuKahukuHSA12
2016JaymasonNunuhaSaint LouisHSA11
2016AkahiTroskePunahouHSA12
2016BrianWashingtonMaryknollHSA10
2016JustinDaiseMid-PacificHSA12
2016CaptainWhitlockKalaheoHSA11
2016CalvinMattosWaiakeaHSA11
2016DeanShimamotoIolaniHSA COY
2015KalebGilmoreKalaheoHSA POY12
2015KupaaHarrisonKalaheoHSA12
2015JusticeSueing Jr.MaryknollHSA10
2015J.B.KamPunahouHSA12
2015DenhymBrookeKahukuHSA12
2015ErikYamadaIolaniHSA12
2015KevinFosterRooseveltHSA12
2015KyrieMcRavenMoanaluaHSA12
2015HyrumHarrisKahukuHSA12
2015RananMamiyaFarringtonHSA12
2015TolbySaitoPahoaHSA12
2015JakeSmithFarringtonHSA12
2015ChanceKalaugherKaiserHSA11
2015JoshChapitalLahainalunaHSA12
2015JosephGoutyLeilehuaHSA11
2015AlikaSmithKalaheoHSA COY
2014JoshBurnettMaryknollHSA POY12
2014JacobMcEnroeFarringtonHSA12
2014ZachBuscherIolaniHSA12
2014MatthewNuumanaiaSt. FrancisHSA12
2014JalenCarvalhoHiloHSA12
2014BrandonAwaKonawaenaHSA12
2014KalebGilmoreMaryknollHSA11
2014IkaikaPhillipIolaniHSA12
2014TevaEldridgeBaldwinHSA12
2014KupaaHarrisonKalaheoHSA11
2014KyleHussleinMid-PacificHSA12
2014ElijahButlerMililaniHSA12
2014IsaiahVisoriaFarringtonHSA12
2014DanielAndrewsPunahouHSA12
2014AnthonyCanenciaUniversityHSA12
2014BrettShimogawaIolaniHSA COY
2013JoshKoKalaheoHSA POY12
2013NickVelasquezPunahouHSA12
2013ShaunKagawaKS-HawaiiHSA12
2013TobiasSchrammMaryknollHSA12
2013JoshuaBurnettMaryknollHSA11
2013KahanuPuulei-AuldMoanaluaHSA12
2013DerickMorganKalaheoHSA12
2013TevaEldredgeBaldwinHSA11
2013KalebGilmoreMaryknollHSA10
2013NickFisherPahoaHSA12
2013MatthewNuumanaiaSt. FrancisHSA11
2013KaleiZuttermeisterKalaheoHSA12
2013KawehenaJohnsonKahukuHSA12
2013JovanCrnicHawaii PrepHSA12
2013MakoaCamanse-StevensKamehamehaHSA12
2013AlikaSmithKalaheoHSA COY
2012DeForestBuckerPunahouHSA POY12
2012DyrbeEnosKamehamehaHSA12
2012LanakiApeleKS-HawaiiHSA12
2012ShaunKagawaKS-HawaiiHSA11
2012MalikJohnsonPunahouHSA12
2012KawehenaJohnsonKahukuHSA11
2012MasonKualii MoeKahukuHSA12
2012GabrielVegaIolaniHSA12
2012JoshKoKalaheoHSA11
2012GabrielRossBaldwinHSA12
2012WilsonMacleodAOPHSA12
2012MekeliFisoKahukuHSA12
2012DukePauliIolaniHSA12
2012AlexIronsideMcKinleyHSA12
2012NickVelasquezPunahouHSA11
2012DarrenMatsudaPunahouHSA COY
2011MicahChristensonKamehamehaHSA POY12
2011MicahDunhourAOPHSA12
2011KaipoPaleRooseveltHSA12
2011ShaironeThompsonKahukuHSA12
2011J.P.SayconFarringtonHSA11
2011DexterWilliamsMoanaluaHSA12
2011HassanRichardsonMililaniHSA12
2011TrevynTulonghariIolaniHSA12
2011ReidSaitoIolaniHSA12
2011DyrbeEnosKamehamehaHSA11
2011DeForestBucknerPunahouHSA11
2011JosiahSukumaranIolaniHSA12
2011LanakiApeleKS-HawaiiHSA11
2011MalikJohnsonPunahouHSA11
2011MoritzKrumeAOPHSA11
2011JesseNakanishiKamehamehaHSA COY
2010MicahChristensonKamehamehaHSA co-POY11
2010KainoaChuIolaniHSA co-POY12
2010MarcusMonroeMoanaluaHSA12
2010NehoaAkinaKahukuHSA12
2010DeForestBucknerPunahouHSA10
2010AaronFernandezKalaheoHSA12
2010ReginaldGriffinMililaniHSA12
2010HenryCassidayPunahouHSA12
2010TrevynTulonghariIolaniHSA11
2010AndrewSkalmanIolaniHSA12
2010SamKiekLahainalunaHSA12
2010ShaironeThompsonKahukuHSA11
2010MalikJohnsonPunahouHSA10
2010KaipoPaleRooseveltHSA11
2010DyrbeEnosKamehamehaHSA10
2010DeanShimamotoIolaniHSA COY
2010KainoaChuIolaniHA co-POY12
2010MicahChristensonKamehamehaHA co-POY11
2010NehoaAkinaKahukuHA12
2010MarcusMonroeMoanaluaHA12
2010DeForestBucknerPunahouHA10
2010DeanShimamotoIolaniHA COY
2009PiiMinnsKamehamehaHA POY12
2009DavidTaulungKaimukiHA12
2009JrayGaleaiKahukuHA12
2009PabloWarnerIolaniHA12
2009MicahChristensonKamehamehaHA10
2009JesseNakanishiKamehamehaHA COY
2009PiiMinnsKamehamehaHSB POY12
2009MarcusHolyfieldMid-PacificHSB12
2009MicahChristensonKamehamehaHSB10
2009PabloWarnerIolaniHSB12
2009JrayGaleaiKahukuHSB12
2009DavidTaulungKaimukiHSB12
2009DesmondTautofiKaimukiHSB11
2009NehoaAkinaKahukuHSB11
2009KainoaChuIolaniHSB11
2009MarcusMonroeMoanaluaHSB11
2009LincolnSetoBaldwinHSB12
2009TylerTeraiMaryknollHSB12
2009AaronFernandezKalaheoHSB11
2009KimoMakaulaPunahouHSB12
2009DeanVienaSaint LouisHSB12
2009JesseNakanishiKamehamehaHSB COY
2008KameronSteinhoffPunahouHSB POY12
2008StevieAustinMoanaluaHSB12
2008HoganRosehillKS-HawaiiHSB12
2008CheynneLishmanKalaheoHSB12
2008PabloWarnerIolaniHSB11
2008JrayGaleaiKahukuHSB11
2008MarcusHolyfieldMid-PacificHSB11
2008TaylorMountsIolaniHSB12
2008MichaelMakinanoCampbellHSB12
2008DarrylMilanaKamehamehaHSB12
2008PiiMinnsKamehamehaHSB11
2008KekoaCarvalhoKonawaenaHSB12
2008MantiTeoPunahouHSB11
2008ColeShidakiSaint LouisHSB11
2008KealohaKramerKS-HawaiiHSB12
2008NelsonWongKS-HawaiiHSB COY
2008KameronSteinhoffPunahouHA POY12
2008NelsonWongKS-HawaiiHA COY
2008StevieAustinMoanlauaHA12
2008CheynneLishmanKalaheoHA12
2008HoganRosehillKS-HawaiiHA12
2008TaylorMountsIolaniHA12
2007KeoneReyesKaimukiHSB POY12
2007KellyGrantKaimukiHSB COY
2007MiahOstrowskiPunahouHSB12
2007BeauAlbrechtsonKaimukiHSB12
2007SpencerMcLachlinPunahouHSB12
2007ScottSmithSaint LouisHSB12
2007StevieAustinMoanaluaHSB11
2007CheynneLishmanKalaheoHSB11
2007MeaWongKS-HawaiiHSB12
2007RykinEnosKamehamehaHSB12
2007GarySatterwhiteRadfordHSB12
2007RyanDungIolaniHSB12
2007DanielColonKaimukiHSB12
2007TylerCaswellKalaheoHSB12
2007TristanSealyThompsonHSB12
2007CaseMiyahiraIolaniHSB12
2007KeoneReyesKaimukiHA POY12
2007MiahOstrowskiPunahouHA12
2007BeauAlbrechtsonKaimukiHA12
2007ScottSmithSaint LouisHA12
2007SpencerMcLachlinPunahouHA12
2007KellyGrantKaimukiHA COY
2006OkeseneAleKahukuHSB POY12
2006KawikaShojiIolaniHSB12
2006MiahOstrowskiPunahouHSB11
2006RykinEnosKamehamehaHSB11
2006VinnyNipIolaniHSB12
2006SpencerMcLachlinPunahouHSB11
2006TylerTsukazakiMaryknollHSB12
2006KeoneReyesKaimukiHSB11
2006JeremiahMasoliSaint LouisHSB12
2006KerstanHoRooseveltHSB12
2006GarySatterwhiteRadfordHSB11
2006MattHeydBaldwinHSB12
2006BeauAlbrechtsonKaimukiHSB11
2006MeaWongKS-HawaiiHSB11
2006WayneWestMoanaluaHSB12
2006MarkMugiishiIolaniHSB COY
2006OkeseneAleKahukuHA COPOY12
2006KawikaShojiIolaniHA COPOY12
2006MiahOstrowskiPunahouHA11
2006RykinEnosKamehamehaHA11
2006KeoneReyesKaimukiHA11
2006KellyGrantKaimukiHA COY
2005KylePapeIolaniHSB POY12
2005JeremiahOstrowskiPunahouHSB10
2005TrensonHimalayaBaldwinHSB12
2005OkeseneAleKahukuHSB11
2005VinnyNipIolaniHSB11
2005JackMillerSaint LouisHSB12
2005TristanBaileyCampbellHSB12
2005VaafutiTavanaKauaiHSB12
2005AukaiWongHiloHSB12
2005XiroNaovalathWaianaeHSB12
2005T.J.AkinaKonawaenaHSB12
2005CodyNakamuraBaldwinHSB12
2005DevinUngaKahukuHSB11
2005IkaikaHardieKamehamehaHSB12
2005DavidMooreKalaheoHSB12
2005MarkMugiishiIolaniHSB COY
2005KylePapeIolaniHA POY12
2005JeremiahOstrowskiPunahouHA10
2005OkeseneAleKahukuHA11
2005TrensonHimalayaBaldwinHA12
2005VaafutiTavanaKauaiHA12
2005MarkMugiishiIolaniHA COY
2004JeremiahOstrowskiPunahouHA9
2004DerrickLowIolaniHA POY12
2004GeneRiveraMauiHA12
2004KyleTevesKealakeheHA12
2004SamWihoiteKalaheoHA12
2004MarkMugiishiIolaniHA COY
2004DerrickLowIolaniHSB POY12
2004JeremiahOstrowskiPunahouHSB9
2004SamWilhoiteKalaheoHSB12
2004JimmyMiyasakaKaimukiHSB12
2004KyleTevesKealakeheHSB12
2004ChicoFurtadoKalaheoHSB COY
2003DerrickLowIolaniHSB POY11
2003JonahLakataniSaint LouisHSB12
2003BobbyNashIolaniHSB12
2003MaafuFinauMauiHSB12
2003SamWilhoiteKalaheoHSB11
2003PeteSmithKalaheoHSB COY
2003DerrickLowIolaniHA POY11
2003JasonRiversSaint LouisHA12
2003DanielTautofiKaimukiHA12
2003MaafuFinauMauiHA12
2003BobbyNashIolaniHA12
2002RashaunBroadusMililaniHA12
2002DerrickLowIolaniHA POY10
2002IkaikaAlama-FrancisKalaheoHA12
2002DCDanielsKalaheoHA12
2002BobbyNashIolaniHA11
2002StephenLeeKaimukiHA COY
2002DerrickLowIolaniHSB POY10
2002IkaikaAlama-FrancisKalaheoHSB12
2002RashaunBroadusMililaniHSB12
2002DCDanielsKalaheoHSB12
2002DanielTautofiKaimukiHSB11
2002BobbyNashIolaniHSB11
2002StephenLeeKaimukiHSB COY
2001SkylerWilsonKalaheoHSB POY12
2001DCDanielsKalaheoHSB POY11
2001AustinSouzaHonokaaHSB12
2001DerrickLowIolaniHSB9
2001EricMarshallLeilehuaHSB10
2001TimHarrisonKailuaHSB COY
2000DCDanielsKalaheoHSB10
2000KimoKeiter-CharlesHiloHSB12
2000JasonMandaquitHiloHSB POY12
2000SaTanuvasaRadfordHSB12
2000JuniorWongSaint LouisHSB12
2000LarryManliguisHiloHSB COY
1999BrandonBrooksPunahouHSB POY12
1999CordAndersonIolaniHSB12
1999KyleBartholomewWaiakeaHSB12
1999EverettFryeKalaniHSB12
1999JulianSensleyKalaheoHSB11
1999ZachStevensPunahouHSB12
1999MarkPaccaroKalaniHSB COY
1998KirkUejioIolaniHSB POY12
1998CordAndersonIolaniHSB11
1998BradAndersonIolaniHSB11
1998JulianSensleyKalaheoHSB10
1998RamseyWilliamsMoanaluaHSB12
1998BrandonBrooksPunahouHSB11
1998MarkMugiishiIolaniHSB COY
1997RamseyWilliamsMoanaluaHSB POY11
1997SteveHessKalaheoHSB12
1997KirkUejioIolaniHSB11
1997ScottWongPunahouHSB12
1997DerekChristensonIolaniHSB12
1997EddieMaruyamaMoanaluaHSB COY

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Education First March 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

I am sorry, when I stood next to Villa, there is no way he is 6’0 tall unless you count his hair. When I talked to Coach Akana and Villa walked up to us at Iolani, I looked down at him. Now granted I am 6’4, but he was way shorter than me. I would give him 5’10 1/2 and that is pushing it.

Of the guys listed, which ones did Villas actually play against? Washington from Findlay Prep who beat them by 40-50?

1. Jessiya Villa (21.3)

2. P.J. Washington (19.7) – His team pounded Kahuku

3. Markylan Freeman (19.7) – Freeman, a 5-foot-10 recruit from Memphis, Tenn. is a 2-star recruit according to Verbal Commits. 2 Star is very low.

4. Lindell Wiggington (18.3) – 4 Stars (not bad, but not elite). Also, Oak Hill did not play Kahuku. And compared to Oahu Hiil team in the past, this team was below average. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/1414

5. Saban Lee (18.0) – 4 Stars, not elite. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/598

6. Alex Barcello (17.7) – 4 Stars, ranked 105 in the nation for all seniors. Once again not bad, but nowhere bear elite. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/578

7. Calvin Mattos (17.5)

8. Billy Preston – 5 Star elite player. Plays for Oak Hill, but didn’t play Kahuku. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/1232

9. Lamine Diane – 3 Stars, average national player. https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/95489

10. Noah Morgan (16.3) – 2 Stars. Enough said. http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/noah-morgan

Now, I never said Keene was better than the guys listed, although your list is quite underwhelming other than 2 players. I said the competition he played on the national club scene and in Texas heavily outweighed the last Iolani Classic.

You forgot to mention lost to a Division 2 Team. Please put all the information.

Once again, I am not saying that Villa isn’t a talented player. But after watching him play this year and watching Keene play his senior year, it’s not close in my opinion.

And I am quite confident that his college career (assuming he can get to a D1) will not be anywhere near the level of Keene who some scouts have him as a late NBA Round 2 guy and who many sportswriters are calling the next I.T. who has an outside chance to make the league.

I am also quite confident to know you never have seen Keene play in High School in SA based on the comments you make. The kid has NBA level range and an NBA ready Isolation game by age 17. Like I said, please go and do your research, there are many HS coaches from Texas who are attesting to this since the national spotlight is on Marcus now.

Education First March 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

@ Tafena_Costa, you are correct. I do not know any player in the History of Hawaii who finished 3rd in the Iolani Classic, won a Division 1 State title, and lost a game to an ILH Division 2 team. I don’t think that player ever existed in Hawaii. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. Solid point!

Tafena_Costa March 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

@”Education” First.. That weak ass sarcastic remark is all I need to know it’s pau hana time for you. Last Kahuku article you were giving everybody the business for not being able to come back at you with worthy counter arguments for your academics attack on Kahuku (in an athletics website) and to see you doing the same makes me know you’re done. nap time.

Education First March 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

@”Education” First.. That weak ass sarcastic remark is all I need to know it’s pau hana time for you. Last Kahuku article you were giving everybody the business for not being able to come back at you with worthy counter arguments for your academics attack on Kahuku (in an athletics website) and to see you doing the same makes me know you’re done. nap time.
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Please clarify what is weak?

Fact #1 – Kahuku won the D1 State Title

Fact #2 – Kahuku took 3rd place in the Iolani Classic.

Fact #3 – Kahuku lost to an ILH Division 2 team.

Also, regarding your list, there are 2 upper echelon players. One plays for Oak Hill who didn’t play Kahuku. So listing him is moot. The other 5 star player currently plays for Findley Prep who put an ass whooping to Kahuku. If their coach was unprofessional, they could have won by 60-70.

So Villa did nice, but it wasn’t like he was doing it against the cream of the crop. Once again, please go an read what I wrote. I said look at the competition that Keene was playing against on the national scene. Especially before his senior year on the club circuit. He played 5 games if I recall correctly. And in those 5 games there were about 15-20 5 Star Recruits on the other team.

You make like you are intelligent. But you decipher what I am saying incorrectly. You do not comprehend what I write. Instead you take things out of context and then rebutt many points I never even made.

And I notice that you bring up the academic attack, but you do not offer any credible data to prove my argument incorrect? Madam, you are poster #211 who cannot contradict my poor academics in Kahuku argument.

What’s next. Are you going to make a list of NBA All-Stars and then write “Are you saying that Keene is better than all of these guys?”

Please find me the area where I say Keene is better than all of the Iolani Classic Participants.

I said, if you look at the history of the Iolani Classic, this is one of the weakest fields ever. I didn’t say the tourney had no talented players.

Go and do you little synopsis of each Iolani Classic field from 2006 – 2016 and I am pretty confident that this was one of the weaker fields. Ask Coach Dean or anyone in Iolani that set it up. They will even tell you the same.

You are ridiculous. I understand that academics isn’t your priority, but please don’t take things out of context and then make like I wrote it.

anywaaaays!! March 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

EDU whats your High School again that is so great that you can crap all over Kahuku because your school is so mighty and great in athletics and academics?

oh, yeah Lowell High School in Sanfran. The pom pom pushers football team didnt win one game. Are they better then Kahuku Football? NO! so i think you should shut up about Kahukus Footbal program. Their BBall team have 5 loses but are in the semi-finals, Kahuku only had 3 losses and won the title this season so shut up about Kahuku Basketball, we are better then you and your Lowell High School. Go jump in traffic or something.

Education First March 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

I will give you credit. You are okay at using google to find some relevant information. But, your ability to comprehend what others write mirrors a struggling reader. Luckily for you there are many struggling learners on this site. So most likely, most people won’t catch the flaw in your arguments and also won’t pick up on your rebuttals to points I have never made.

And let me guess I am Special Education First, or I am the struggling reader. Yes, yes, I know. It’s pretty original. I figure I would save you some time by bringing it up first.

Education First March 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

anywaaaays!! March 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm
EDU whats your High School again that is so great that you can crap all over Kahuku because your school is so mighty and great in athletics and academics?

oh, yeah Lowell High School in Sanfran. The pom pom pushers football team didnt win one game. Are they better then Kahuku Football? NO! so i think you should shut up about Kahukus Footbal program. Their BBall team have 5 loses but are in the semi-finals, Kahuku only had 3 losses and won the title this season so shut up about Kahuku Basketball, we are better then you and your Lowell High School. Go jump in traffic or something.
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Madam, please get it correct. Lowell via Punahou School. “The school has been named a California Distinguished School seven times and a National Blue Ribbon School four times. Lowell is currently ranked 52nd by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best High Schools in America” for 2015, making it the 2nd highest ranking school in the nation with over 2000 students. Lowell was also ranked 49th by Newsweeks America’s Best High Schools 2012 list and 66th by Newsweeks 2013 list.”

Who cares if we won 100 or 0 football games. While our alumni are working for Google or NASA trying to change the world, your alumni are asking people “Would you like that super-sized?” Well that is assuming that they even work. Based on the high unemployment, poverty, and criminal rate out there, I am guessing many do not.

You can take your Football Games won, we will take our 7-8 figure salaries, lol.

And go jump in traffic? Wow, how in the world did you ever come up with that? Oh yeah, I forgot, that ingenuity comes from a Kahuku Edu-Ma-Ca-Shun.

JetWavy March 14, 2017 at 3:29 pm

So you go up to the Kahuku coach in person only to belittle his team, school, and community on this entire website anytime an article is written about them? Leave it to you to downgrade Kahuku’s team. They are one of the best. I’ll take Paul Honda’s assessment of this Kahuku team over yours 10/10 times. 6’4″ lol been inhaling too much vog I guess.

Whhhy March 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm

State Champs. Congrats Kahuku. It’s been a long time coming. I watched the last few times they made the trek (even the girls had good runs). At least 2 times that they lost the opponent ran out clock starting from like the 3rd quarter.

I can’t believe that no shot clock has been introduced yet. Oh wait ILH only pushes for changes they are on the losing end of. I.e. Football. They went from one birth to everyone makes it somewhere.

The Watcher March 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

I cannot believe we are putting a team that lost to a D2 team and trying to make them an all time great. When did our standards get so low?

As for Paul Honda’s assessment? Isn’t he a writer? No offense, but it’s not like Coach K or Coach Williams is giving an assessment. Haha, that is a good one.

88 March 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

It was a PRE SEASON game guys. How the hell are you going to judge a team off of a pre season game you dilrods. Both teams are working on their line ups and running different sets and plays. That’s what pre season games are for. How did Kahuku do in the regular season? That’s what I thought. They were one of the GREATEST if not THE GREATEST Hawaii basketball teams EVER. Pre season loss, really? C’mon man….

anywaaaays!! March 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm

Edu you now saying that you attended Punahou before transfering to Lowell in Sanfran? wow! took a long time to finally admit that you are a PUN, all that intelligence and money you claim to have dont mean squat if you aint got no manhood to rep the high school you attended in Hawaii.

Now I see why you care about Kahuku so much, you are probably the recruiter for Punahou trying to get our kids into your school. Let me save you some time and headaches, dont worry about our kids grades and go recruit another community.

The Rim March 15, 2017 at 5:35 am

I will say this one more time, St. Francis is a legit team no matter what division you put them in. Okay they play DII but they beat some very good DI teams this season and I feel they have one of the top point guards in the State in Ing. St. Louis for example played tough games all season and pulled a shocker against Maryknoll. Well St. Francis handled St. Louis pretty easily in a pre-season game. Is Kahuku’s team one of the best ever? I don’t know, but they were pretty darn good to me, but I’m biased towards the 91 Hilo High Team. There’s been lots of great teams over the years.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

anywaaaays!! March 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm
Edu you now saying that you attended Punahou before transfering to Lowell in Sanfran? wow! took a long time to finally admit that you are a PUN, all that intelligence and money you claim to have dont mean squat if you aint got no manhood to rep the high school you attended in Hawaii.

Now I see why you care about Kahuku so much, you are probably the recruiter for Punahou trying to get our kids into your school. Let me save you some time and headaches, dont worry about our kids grades and go recruit another community.

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Buddy please go and read my numerous conversations with your alter-ego 88. I mention it several times.

It’s amazing how several people who CLAIM (I really don’t think they are from Laie/Kahuku, but I will play along) they are from Kahuku like to pick and choose what to reply to. I mentioned it about 15-25 times and you have missed it each time?

That kind of worries me.

As for recruiting, I personally don’t recruit and I don’t think kids should come to Punahou for sports. I believe that if they want to come to Punahou, it should be for academics. Sports, Music, Art, Robotics, and all the extra-curricular activities are secondary.

I just like to blog on here to shut down many fools who claim to be from a particular area.

Sports are great, but no more important than choir or dance.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 9:56 am

88 March 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm
It was a PRE SEASON game guys. How the hell are you going to judge a team off of a pre season game you dilrods. Both teams are working on their line ups and running different sets and plays. That’s what pre season games are for. How did Kahuku do in the regular season? That’s what I thought. They were one of the GREATEST if not THE GREATEST Hawaii basketball teams EVER. Pre season loss, really? C’mon man….
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Greatest? Beating Kailua by 2 after losing for 95% of the game? That is great to you? Oh yeah, Villa didn’t play. Then barely beating Kapolei, pulling away late by 10. They barely beat one of Iolani’s weakest squads in the past 16 years.

And once again, I don’t care if it’s a controlled scrimmage, lunchtime league game, preseason, after school basketball…..an all time great team DOES NOT LOSE to a D2 team.

Kahuku football would never lose to Pac 5 or Damien or Waialau in the preseason or at anytime.

Great teams do not have to make excuses for loses. You know why? They DON’T LOSE to D2 teams at any time, so there are no excuses to be made.

It’s amazing how many of you change your standards based on what argument you are trying to win.

HAHA, it’s classic. Losing to a D2 team and you have to make excuses. What’s next? I can’t wait.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 10:04 am

anywaaaays says, “dont worry about our kids grades and go recruit another community.”

This is the biggest reason in my opinion why the academics are so low in this community. Many of the kids in this area are not proficient in math and/or reading. Numerous athletes that have the opportunity to attend college on an athletic scholarship do not meet the NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

Poverty is high, crime is high, unemployment is high. Yet you have adults (let’s assume) who make comments about not to worry about our grade.

Well, who is going to worry about it? The kids are set up for failure and years of statistics show that it’s not getting better. You can probably look back on 50 if not more years to see the trends and it is alarming and scary.

What adult in this community will force change for these kids? Many of the bloggers here are quick to point the fingers at others, but they rarely point the finger at themselves.

It is clear that many bloggers who claim they are from Kahuku on this site lack self-esteem which is why they are angry, point fingers, and take no accountability for the weak academics.

And this is why it will most likely never change. And how can it? Many people are quick to push the blame onto everyone else except themselves.

Most of the kids going to Kahuku are not even college ready based on statistics.

The scientific numbers are so troubling. And it’s been bad for so long. I don’t get why it doesn’t seem to bother many people and doesn’t upset you that your children are st up for failure.

But keep insulting me and pointing the fingers are others. I am not the one with children who cannot count and can barely read. And will possibly never smell the inside of a college classroom unless they are mopping it. Well that is assuming they have a job and are not living on my tax monies.

Tafena_Costa March 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

@Ed

Kahuku’s starters went up on Kapolei by 23-25 points before their 3rd string went in against Kapolei’s starters in the 4th. Everybody who either saw or read about the game knows that.

anywaaaays!! March 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Hey Mr. Punahou/ Edufirst you come and belittle a community that you have no ties too. Why do you care so much about Kahuku? You know you can go help the kids at Farrington or Kaimuki or another public school right? There are tons of Homeless people in Honolulu that would benefit from your generosity, oh, I get it, you are only talk. What you really intend to do is be a negative nancy on every article that praises Kahuku sports programs. You need a life bro!

Tafena_Costa March 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

@Ed

How can this year’s Iolani team be the worst in the last 16 years? They were the defending champs with the then reigning State and Gatorade POY who had been to the finals 3 straight years. Such a nitpicky bs attempt at once again degrading anything Kahuku which seems to be your sole purpose on this website.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Tafena_Costa March 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm
@Ed

How can this year’s Iolani team be the worst in the last 16 years? They were the defending champs with the then reigning State and Gatorade POY who had been to the finals 3 straight years. Such a nitpicky bs attempt at once again degrading anything Kahuku which seems to be your sole purpose on this website.
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Sir you must not watch much basketball if you ask that question. I am talking about overall basketball talent. It’s clear. I am not saying their team didn’t do well in terms of wins and losses. But if you compare this team to the ones with DLow, Pape, Webster, Shoji, Chu, Tulonghari, etc., it’s clear that they aren’t as talented.

That is why they got spanked by Kailua. They were not that good. They overachieved. But over the past 16 years this is one of Iolani’s worse teams. I would be very surprised if you could find me one Hawaii High School Coach that would say any different.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

So Robby Mann had nothing to do with Iolani’s success? I guess you haven’t watched much basketball @Tafena. Their guards stuggled this year. That is why teams could double down on Hugh so often.

Go and watch last year’s state tournament vs. Punahou and Kaiser. Teams played Hugh wigh a single team last year and he went off.

This year he saw much more double teams. I guess you didn’t notice that? When your perimeter play isn’t as good and the talent around Hugh isn’t as good, then can cheat off certain teammates and double.

Teams in the semis and finals last year hardly chose to do this. This strategy suggests that the talent level isn’t that same. Well it suggests that for anyone who understands basketball.

I apologize for over-estimating your basketball IQ. Please let me know if you need more instruction on how teams show to game plan and match-up.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

anywaaaays!! March 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm
Hey Mr. Punahou/ Edufirst you come and belittle a community that you have no ties too. Why do you care so much about Kahuku? You know you can go help the kids at Farrington or Kaimuki or another public school right? There are tons of Homeless people in Honolulu that would benefit from your generosity, oh, I get it, you are only talk. What you really intend to do is be a negative nancy on every article that praises Kahuku sports programs. You need a life bro!
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So reciting facts that are on public record is belittling? And it’s interesting that you do not tell me that my data is inaccurate.

I wonder why that is? And instead of being upset at the messenger, why don’t you be upset with the adults who allow these children to continue to fail and possibly set them up to struggle if they do graduate.

Their College Readiness Index is 19.0. That is so bad.

Please explain to me how winning multiple state titles in football or a state title in basketball will negate the horrible college readiness index score and prepare these kids for college.

Even if they are talented enough to get an athletic scholarship they still must:

1) qualify
2) do the work in college

Based on the data, this is a stretch for many of these students. Keep blaming me instead of looking in the mirror.

I feel for your child.

As for donating, I donate tons which is why I know your scores stink.

Education First March 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm

@ Anywaays, keep the name calling and insults coming. That might make you feel good which is fine. But how will that help your child who attends one of the worst academics school in Hawaii if not the US?

anywaaaays!! March 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

All my kids are 3.8 – 4.0 students. Im not on this website to talk about academics, this is a sports blog and yes this Kahuku BBall team is top 2 in Hawaii history. Villa is top 3 point guards of all time.

Whhhy March 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Coach Akana should have been Coach of the Year. 2nd year in it and before that Kahuku under Akina got man handled by Farrington. It was pretty bad. They had some great talent then too just didn’t know how to use them I guess.

Education First March 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

anywaaaays!! March 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm
All my kids are 3.8 – 4.0 students. Im not on this website to talk about academics, this is a sports blog and yes this Kahuku BBall team is top 2 in Hawaii history. Villa is top 3 point guards of all time.
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HAHAHA, c’mon. And let me guess, your son is the National Secretary of Defense and your daughter just won the Nobel Prize?

Great job buddy!

Education First March 16, 2017 at 7:34 am

Top 2 in history? HAHAHA. Losing to a D2 team! HAHA. Thanks anywaays, always for a good laugh. And let me guess, the 150 point win over Anuenue is a quality win?

rrfl March 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

wow this is entertaining. some people need to get a life. very funny.

Education First March 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

rrfl March 16, 2017 at 9:59 am
wow this is entertaining. some people need to get a life. very funny.
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Thank you sir. I aim to entertain you guys. Aloha!

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