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Kamehameha hires boys, girls basketball coaches

By Nick Abramo on May 29, 2018

Larry Park and Alexis Straight are the new Kamehameha boys and girls basketball coaches, the school announced Tuesday. Park is a former Warriors player. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii. Park has been on the Kamehameha staff as a math teacher since 1987 and has more than 20 years of basketball coaching experience at various levels. “Larry has proven his coaching and teaching ability,” a Kamehameha athletics news release stated. “He has demonstrated his ability […]

Tacon out as Kamehameha hoops coach

By Nick Abramo on April 10, 2018

Greg Tacon is no longer the boys basketball coach at Kamehameha, according to three sources who requested anonymity because the school has not made an official announcement. The sources said Tacon was let go within the last two weeks. Multiple calls to Tacon and Kamehameha athletic director Glennie Adams last week and this week were not returned. The Warriors went 6-4 in the ILH in the recently concluded winter season and failed to qualify for the Division I state tournament. […]

Winitana leaves Kahuku for New Zealand

By Nick Abramo on April 4, 2018

Kahuku’s Ruanui Winitana, a senior guard on the basketball team, has left the school after helping the Red Raiders to a runner-up finish in the Division I state tournament, according to his post on Instagram last week. Winitana was headed back to his native New Zealand. A call to Kahuku coach Brandyn Akana for confirmation was not returned. But two other Kahuku sources confirmed that Winitana left Oahu during the school’s spring break week, March 17-25. On social media, Winitana […]

Maryknoll hoopsters open China tour with win

By Paul Honda on March 21, 2018

Shanghai is more than a few thousand miles from Maryknoll School. It’s a whole different world, really, which is part of the reason why the Spartans are there. Coach Kelly Grant’s basketball squad opened its tour of the massive city with a 74-64 win over Nanyang Model High School on Tuesday night. Nanyang is the No. 5 ranked team in China. The game was aired on Maryknoll’s Facebook page using the Facebook Live feature. The contest tipped off at 10 […]

Smith tops All-Defense, Ramos voted Most Improved

By Paul Honda on March 21, 2018

The Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15 selections were released on Sunday. Coaches and media tabbed their top picks in the print edition. Below are extended player capsules along with the All-Defensive Team and Most Improved lists. Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State Fab 15 2017-18 Player capsules 1. Tolu Smith, Kahuku, 6-10, Sr. > Smith averaged 21 points per game, including 34 against Farrington, 32 against Kaimuki and 32 against Moanalua. He was virtually unstoppable at the state tourney, where he […]

Q&A: Kahuku hoopster, All-State POY Tolu Smith

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2018

There has never been a player quite like Tolu Smith in the islands at the prep level. At 6-foot-10, he’s neither a pure center or swingman, but a hybrid of both without losing any of the consciousness that makes him impossible to stop on the block. Yes, at the next level, Smith’s triple-threat wing fundamentals will come into play much more often, but for now, the Star-Advertiser all-state player of the year knows he did all he could. Kahuku rose […]

Tolu Smith keeps POY award in Kahuku

By Jerry Campany on March 18, 2018

Kahuku keeps churning out the player of the year in the Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 for boys basketball. Tolu Smith, a 6-10 senior who is new to the program, follows Jessiya Villa as the top player in the state in the Fab 15 for 2018 released today. You can read more on Smith and check out our Fab 15 selections here. Villa topped the group last year while leading the Red Raiders to the state title. It is the first time […]

Boys basketball All-State teams: 2008-2017

By Billy Hull on March 16, 2018

Sunday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser will release its boys basketball All-State Fab 15 selections, marking the 40th consecutive year a newspaper has put out an All-State team in boys basketball dating back to the Honolulu Advertiser’s 1978 squad. As we did with girls basketball, we have put together the newspaper clippings from each of the last 40 All-State teams. We will release them 10 at a time. Today is the last 10 seasons. PREVIOUS 1978-1987 1988-1997 1998-2007 Enjoy. PLAYERS OF THE […]