Q&A: State bowling champion Gwen Maeha

2015 girls bowling state champion Gwen Maeha is busy with school — she has a 3.81 grade-point average — and also plays softball year-round. She made some time, though, to share her favorites with Hawaii Prep World. Oh, and she’s the featured student-athlete of today’s prep page in the Star-Advertiser.

Q & A
Gwen Maeha’s Favorites

Leilehua High School
Bowling, softball
Class of 2018


Bowling balls
DV8 Thug Unruly 14lbs color: purple, blue, yellow 
Storm Crux 14 lbs. color: purple, black, pearl white
Storm Modern Marvel 14 lbs color: red & black, gold
Storm 2nd dimension 14lbs color: red, green, black 
Storm Hyroad 14 lbs color: red & black
Ball to pick up my spares:
Brunswick T-Zone 14 lbs color: blue, black, pearl white (plastic) 
“(Thug) That’s my start-off ball. After that, it depends on how the balls are reacting to the lanes. I use (T-Zone) to pick up my 10s (spares).”

Food (at home): Kalua pig (mom)

Food (eating out): steak (Outback in Waipio, rib-eye, medium well)

Hobby outside of sports: dancing hula “I take that as a class at school, as an elective. I did hula when I was younger, but I had to give that up when I started bowling.” 

Movie: Mulan. 

TV show: Young and Hungry. “I just can’t stop watching it.” 

Music artist: Beyoncé. “There has to be at least one Beyoncé song when I warm up.”

Class: chemistry/ trigonometry. “They’re my favorites because they keep me on my toes. They challenge me.”


Place to relax: the beach. Ko Olina.

Motto/scripture: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” “I saw it on the Internet and that’s the one I’ve followed since I started high school.” (Mom: “It’s on her mirror.”)

Memory of Coach Keith Fukumoto: “In Kona at states, my dad took the team out to dinner. I remembered that big, proud smile he had all night he said, “Usually I’m taking only one girl to states but this year year i have 3 (Kristi, Shaianna, and me) and that makes me happy before retiring”. He is truly missed as a coach, teacher and most of all a friend.”

What your mom (Donna Maeha) always says that you can’t forget: ” Always do your best and the right thing today because there may not be a tomorrow.”

What your dad (Sam) always says that you can’t forget: “Go for your dreams and i’ll always be there to help you fulfill them.”

How bowling (and softball) affect your daily life: “I set higher goals for myself knowing that my sports can help lead me to college to continue my education after high school.” 


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