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Punahou future looking good despite loss

By Curtis Murayama on January 7, 2016

When is a loss a good loss? Possible when it happens in the league opener, with a young team that will only learn from the experience, improve and get better. That was the assessment of Punahou boys coach Darren Matsuda, after his No. 1-ranked Buffanblu rallied but fell to No. 9 Mid-Pacific 56-54 Wednesday night at Mills Gym on the Mid-Pacific campus. “Losing right now is not necessarily a bad thing,” Matsuda said. “I think it’s a good thing actually. […]

Swanson has his night with the team

By Curtis Murayama on February 11, 2015

One by one they waited. Friends, classmates, even former teammates all lined up — long after the senior night festivities had ended at Mid-Pacific gym on Tuesday — to present a lei and share a special embrace with a friend who’s enduring a trying time. Mid-Pacific senior basketball player Ben Swanson returned from Minnesota to be on the bench one last time and share the experience of senior night with his Owls teammates. His father, Brad, who is fighting an […]

Owls support Swanson ohana

By Curtis Murayama on February 6, 2015

Tuesday will be more than just a game for the Mid-Pacific boys basketball team. Much much more. It’ll be senior aloha night, sure, but what will make this game special, meaningful and emotional will be the return of a player who saw the lives of his family, especially his father, get turned cruelly upside down and inside out in just a few short months. Senior Ben Swanson will fly back from Minnesota to participate in the 5 p.m. game at […]


MPI’s Holiday still in the game

By Curtis Murayama on September 16, 2013

After years as a financial representative and a substitute teacher, what made Dwight Holiday, a member of the University of Hawaii basketball team of the 1970s known as the Fabulous Five, return to the hardwood? “I thought about it. With the knowledge that I do have, it would be selfish not to give back,” said Holiday, who turns 63 in December. “And I enjoy coaching. I enjoy imparting my knowledge to those who welcome it or need it.” Holiday was […]

Mid-Pacific gets new boys basketball coach

By Curtis Murayama on September 9, 2013

Young hoops fans know of Jrue Holiday, a star point guard formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers and now with the New Orleans Pelicans. Not many of them, though, know of his uncle, Dwight Holiday. Dwight Holiday, who was hired by Mid-Pacific Institute to be its boys basketball coach, was a member of one of the most popular teams in Hawaii history — a University of Hawaii basketball team known as the Fabulous Five. Holiday was a starting shooting guard on the […]

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