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Q&A: Farrington hoops standout Moli Heimuli

By Paul Honda on January 31, 2017

She shoots and eats with her left hand, but writes with her right. All is all right for senior guard/forward Molimau Heimuli and Farrington girls basketball right now. The Lady Governors won the OIA Division I championship last week and will begin play in the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Thursday. Today’s prep feature in the Star-Advertiser featured Heimuli. Here’s the full Q&A. Moli Heimuli Farrington basketbal 6-0, Sr. Q&A / Favorites Food (at home): Mom’s baked chicken. > […]

No dance for ‘Iolani and a look at pairings

By Paul Honda on January 29, 2017

This week’s Pupule perspective on the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 is a day early. That’s why this is also the Eve of the Big Dance edition, with the HHSAA Division I State Championships set to tip off on Monday, 5 p.m. Why so early in the day? Probably because the many teams traveling inter-island can save a bundle by flying back home immediately after their games. Back in the day, the last flight in or out was around 7-8 […]

Konawaena earns No. 1 seed in girls basketball

By Hawaii Prep World on January 28, 2017

Here are the brackets in both Division I and Division II for the 2017 HHSAA/Snapple Girls Basketball State Championships. Konawaena is the two-time defending champion in Division I while Hawaii Baptist is the reigning Division II state champion. Division I Division II

Cinderella wears Maroon: Farrington wins D-I

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2017

There were two Cinderellas at the ball on Thursday night. The one wearing a flowing velvet maroon gown, Farrington, turned out to be the princess of OIA Division I basketball following a 45-37 win over Kaimuki at Waipahu’s gym. The Lady Governors proved that, yes, working smart and hard every day does make a difference. A big one, enough to beat the same Kaimuki team it had lost to 50-35 just six weeks earlier. “Nothing went our way that day,” […]

At last, Maio and Warriors head to Big Dance

By Paul Honda on January 26, 2017

Just like that, ‘Iolani’s dream season ended before it could climax, and Kamehameha’s season is a dream come true. Kamehameha’s late-season surge is no surprise. For much of the early season, the Warriors played well enough to compete with front-runners Maryknoll and ‘Iolani. But something was missing. That something showed up under the brightest spotlight on Wednesday night with a state-tournament berth essentially on the line. Mikiala Maio, the senior who had never been to the state tourney other than […]

Girls Top 10: Kaimuki’s rise, Punahou’s slide

By Paul Honda on January 24, 2017

Is Kaimuki the Cinderella princess-to-be wearing a black dress with green and gold trim? Mililani, a powerhouse from the OIA West, will have plenty to say about that. So will the other semifinalists: Farrington and Leilehua. The Lady Trojans have been down this road before, and this year’s crew has endured just enough bumps in the road to be battle tested. They’ll face a hot Kaimuki team (10-1) that has transformed since its early season turbulence in the semifinals of […]

Beyond golden: Kaimuki’s Fa‘asoa and her legacy

By Paul Honda on January 19, 2017

Senior Night at Kaimuki was about to begin, moments after a 58-42 win over Kalani sealed first place in the OIA East for the Bulldogs girls basketball team. There it was, framed, a certificate of recognition from the State Legislature. Kaimuki coach Mona Fa‘asoa, the honoree. There was more. Another certificate, this one in a big envelope, commemorating recognition from Gov. David Ige. Fa‘asoa, the demanding, intense guru, began to melt. Every 10 seconds, she wiped more tears from her […]

Latest shuffle vaults Kaimuki into Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 18, 2017

There’s no question that there is a surplus of quality teams in boys basketball, more than we see in girls hoops. And yet, that doesn’t diminish my interest in how many of the lower-enrollment, competitive programs are faring this season in girls basketball. KS-Maui continues to roll in the MIL against all teams not named Lahainaluna. Seabury Hall leads MIL D-II despite splitting with Molokai in a home-and-away two-day series — with the road team winning closely in each game. […]