Akina prepared to file suit against Kahuku

Kahuku boys basketball coach Alan Akina coached in a game in January of 2015. Photo by Kat Wade/Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku boys basketball coach Alan Akina coached in a game in January of 2015. Photo by Kat Wade/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Silence is not golden, according to Alan Akina.

The Kahuku boys basketball coach was forced to step down over the weekend, and he does not plan on going away quietly.

“We’ve been trying to reach them, the school administration, but they won’t return my calls,” said Akina’s attorney, Eric Seitz. “I’m in a position to help them resolve this. Without any contact, we’re going to end up suing them.”


Akina declined to comment, but sources indicate that a parents meeting with Kahuku administrators before the ongoing Punahou Invitational tournament led the administrators to call the tourney and pull out. Punahou coach Darren Matsuda pleaded with the administrators to stay in the tourney — the team was contractually obliged anyway — but Akina was told not to take the team.

With one of his guards out with an injury, he called up one of his sons, Kawika, from the JV team, and another JV player. That may have violated one of the stipulations set by administration when tensions flared last season.

The Red Raiders went to the tourney anyway, and as many as 10 seniors responded by sitting out and watching the game in street clothes from the bleachers at Punahou’s Hemmeter Fieldhouse.

That was on Saturday. By Monday, Akina was the one watching from the bleachers, having been removed. An interim coach was put in his place, and the full roster was on the bench.

On Monday, after the team returned from the tournament, a players meeting with administration was interrupted by parents, according to one source.


By today, Akina had secured Seitz for representation. The question of whether Akina was stipulated to leave Kawika Akina on the JV is a question only the coach and his players can answer, as well as the parents who have led the battle against their coach.

The basic gripe is that the coach calls too many plays for his older son, Keanu, to shoot the basketball. Even if there are other options.

“We think he’s a good guy. He’s like a mentor to us,” said senior guard Kenny Spencer, who scored five points in the second overtime to lead Kahuku over No. 7 Kalaheo 53-49 on Tuesday.

“We just want to move ahead and focus on basketball,” Spencer said.

Seitz says that will not be possible as long as his client gets the proverbial stiff-arm from administrators. A potential lawsuit could be brought to court by Monday morning, he said.


“What we’re going to try and do is get Alan restored as head coach. This is a situation in which there are some very spoiled parents who are trying to dictate to the school and in turn to the coach how he runs his team,” said Seitz, who attended today’s game and sat next to Akina. “Regrettably, the athletic director (Gillian Yamagata) and principal (Pauline Masaniai) don’t know how to handle the situation. The coach has been removed on an interim basis without any explanation. The kids are caught in the middle of this. It’s an atrocious situation of adults acting badly and hurting kids.”

In recent years, the new administration, led by Masaniai, incurred the wrath of then-coaches by requiring them to re-apply for positions despite years of success on and off the fields and courts. Most of them refused to re-apply and walked away, including boys basketball coach Darren Johnson. Johnson was suspended during his last season there after being assaulted on the court by a parent.

COMMENTS

  1. Hahashandah December 31, 2015 12:45 pm

    The kids aside, who play’s, who’s better, who cares. I thought Coach Akina was good. But I am NOT okay with threats to sue parents and school. He doesn’t own Kahuku, the Admin does; its not his choice if he remains the Coach there. He was good but it didn’t work out sorry move on. The right thing to do is bow out humbly and go find somewhere else that his talents for coaching could be utilized. Why drag everyone through the mud.


  2. Spartan December 31, 2015 12:55 pm

    @Bawlah, this is your quote, “Iolani always has 1 or a few skilled bigs, average guards, yet they always know how to win.”

    When Iolani won in 2010 they had Skalman, Chu, & Tulonghari. Chu was the POY and SKalman and Tulonghari both made All-State and/or All ILH. The starting center than year was Scheer that normally sat out fourth quarters.

    In 2014 with Buscher & Philip playing, the posts were Borden and Hogland. And this is the freshman version of Hogland who was a lot heavier and less athletic. In the championship game, Iolani’s center combination of Borden/Hogland combined for 3 points, not really super impressive. So with only 3 points from their posts and with average guards like you say, how did they win states? And if Buscher is only average, how did he made a Division 1 college basketball team since he is on the UH team who almost beat OU.

    As for game planning are you able to answer the questions I list above on how to get the ball into the post? You write a lot, but you list hardly anything that’s technical.

    None of the players I listed were great? They are not great compared to the rest of the US. But they are great compared to the rest of Hawaii. How do I know? They won states and made All State. If those guys listed are good or average, then the rest are either crap or terrible, relatively speaking.

    I am still waiting for a scheme breakdown, anything technical to take advantage of the bigs, or anything. You just ramble with no evidence, but little sister can do that too.


  3. Spartan December 31, 2015 1:02 pm

    @ Hahashandah, “The kids aside, who play’s, who’s better, who cares. I thought Coach Akina was good. But I am NOT okay with threats to sue parents and school. He doesn’t own Kahuku, the Admin does; its not his choice if he remains the Coach there. He was good but it didn’t work out sorry move on. The right thing to do is bow out humbly and go find somewhere else that his talents for coaching could be utilized. Why drag everyone through the mud.”

    If there is wrongful termination. If there is libel or slander going on. Then the Coach has the right and SHOULD sue to clear his name. Let’s remember, this is on his official record of hire. Players and parents are going on the news badmouthing him. He has the right to protect himself. If someone you felt was making up lies about you, would you leave with your tail between your legs or would you fight for your good name?

    Let’s also remember this in a civil case. All the coach has to prove is that defendant A or defendant B or so on says certain things. And since several of them went on the record with admin or the media it’s already proven for him.

    The defendants must prove what they say is fact. And he said, she said doesn’t cut it in court. There needs to be exact wording, time of day, date of occurance. One boy saying he heard it won’t cut it during cross-examination and his lawyer get to talk to all these people.

    If his lawyer is half decent it will be a very sad day for some parents and kids in Kahuku. This is a very easy case to win based on the language of how the DOE coach’s contracts are worded.

    If they were smart they would have talked to the coach about how he runs practices and calls plays. Then after February 20th or when the contract ends, you just don’t renew his contract for the 2016-2017 seeason and you open up the job for hire. Then Coach Akina has no case for wrongful termination.

    Now he still might have a civil case against some parents since I believe the statute of limitations for defamation or libel is 2 years in Hawaii.


  4. Spartan December 31, 2015 1:07 pm

    Latu & Anae are more skilled than Buckner & Johnson? Iolani has average guards! Man now I know you are smoking crack! Man your stuff must be good to come up with that nonsense.

    Buckner paired with Johnson would not lose to that McKinley team playing on their knees with their dominant hand tied behind their back.

    Are you serious or just trying to get a good laugh. If it’s a good laugh, then mission accomplished….


  5. 88 December 31, 2015 2:41 pm

    I saw kids dribbling with their inside hands against pressure, I saw kids shooting off balance with the wrong foot forward a few times, I saw dribbling with the heads down, and I also saw kids who rarely got into the fundamental triple threat position that is typically taught at ages 7-10.
    You could have Coach K take over and it would take a few years to fix these fundamental deficiencies.

    So what has the Kahuku Coach been doing if his team has so many deficiencies? If they were not being coached properly and taught the fundamentals of basketball how in the world did they make it to the OIA Championship game last year? How did they get to the final 4 of the State Championship last year? Did these kids do it on talent and athleticism alone? You pump up the coach but than point out that a team he coach’s lacks so many basic skills. Either the other teams Kahuku play against absolutely suck or Kahuku is just the luckiest team in the history of High school bascketball. We need to take these kids to Vegas because with their luck for winning we could clean up the tables up there.


  6. Hahashandah December 31, 2015 3:24 pm

    @Spartan Where did he say he was suing to clear his name, on HNN the lawyer said he wants to sue parents for “meddling”? I did read above article that his attorney did say “What we’re going to try and do is get Alan restored as head coach.” Really, why coach somewhere that (unfortunately) the large majority (kids, parents, admin) doesn’t want you? Whats gained from that? He should coach someplace that can buy into your system.


  7. Reel Talk December 31, 2015 4:00 pm

    88 if coaching is so easy, how come you don’t answer all the questions I wrote to you? You make generalizations but we all know the coaching involves details and strategy.

    Are you able to answer it? It’s clear you don’t know much about basketball since you are unable to answer the simple questions I wrote as SPARTAN about 5-6 hours ago. It’s just tactical and strategy. I notice whenever I ask for specific evidence you are unable to do it.

    Well thanks for showing your hand. Now we all know you are not knowledgable enough to answer the questions about getting the ball into the post, what kind of offense you will run, how to control tempo, and so on.

    HAHA, CHECKMATE….

    I love when you ask guys who are not versed in a specific sport to call on specific and detailed information to answer questions but are unable to. It just shows you don’t know much since most JV or Middle School Basketball Coaches would be able to answer at least a few of those. It’s not rocket science for crying out loud, lol.


  8. Reel Talk December 31, 2015 4:11 pm

    @ Hahashandah, it’s common sense. If his lawyer is smart he should sue the following:

    Department of Education
    Kahuku Principal
    Kahuku AD
    Any parent who has gone on record with a complaint

    Even if he doesn’t win, do these parents have the money to get legal representation? Now the DOE will have lawyers for themselves, the principal, and the AD. Unless they are moronic or want to waste money, they will not cover fees for any parents.

    If he wants to get nasty, and wants to go after any bloggers for writing anything that constitute libel, its quite easy as I explained yesterday. His lawyer would get the judge to issue a warrant to this site to get any and all bloggers identity. They would obtain IP and Mac addresses, then get the exact subscription from Oceanic, HawaiianTelcom, etc. Then you would have your names.

    From that point he can civil suit anyone who has defamed him. Even if you repeat what you have heard and it’s not true, you are legally known as a “publisher.” For example if you made up a lie then I heard it and then I repeated it and can be proven that I repeated it, I am now a publisher and just as liable as the original source.

    So all the people on here saying they heard stuff from the kids or parents better hope what they are repeating is true and can prove it. If you cannot, you are now legally a publisher and can be in a civil suit.

    Before I repeated things that kids are saying or what angry parents are saying, I would be damn sure they have physical evidence to protect me.

    Many people think it’s okay to repeat whatever and they are protected on here by being anonymous. Well they are not and repeating what you hear if it’s untrue is more than ignorant.

    Mr. Seitz is known for wanting to be in the public eye and has been known to get some coaches his job back.

    If I was his lawyer, I wouldn’t waste my time getting my job back. I would go after the DOE, administration for wrongful termination, and then the families who “allegedly” fabricated some of the story and look for monetary damages. That would shut many of these people up quick.

    You never know how brave someone really is until they get served with papers to appear in court.

    This has more to do with someone trying to ruin your good name than being the coach in my opinion. It sets a precedence for the next coach.


  9. Reel Talk December 31, 2015 4:23 pm

    I also reached out to my buddy Kealii Morgado who Mr. Seitz represented several years ago when he was removed as the Kauai High Football Coach. I will talk to him and hopefully Mr. Akina to make sure they know exactly who to go after in their law suit. I can think of one person we all know that should be named who repeats a lot of inaccurate information and is “possibly” ruining Mr. Akina’s fine name. He also thinks he can coach and talks really big. I will love to see how big he talks when he is subpoenoed. No worries something like this will most likely stay in small claims with a maximum of $2500. But if he can prove how this has damaged his future earnings, now we are talking big money.

    I wouldn’t want to be any of these parents or bloggers who have been taking negatively or repeating inaccurate things. I wouldn’t want to pay out of pocket due to my ignorance of the law.


  10. 88 December 31, 2015 7:17 pm

    So can the kids on the team sue you for talking negative or repeating inaccurate things about them? I wouldn’t want to pay out of pocket due to my ignorance of common sense.


  11. Spartan December 31, 2015 7:18 pm

    88 all games aside, and seriously my friend. If I was you I would 100% absolutely stop repeating what you hear. I would stay off blogs for a while. And I would pray to god that Mr. Akina & his lawyer do not read this blog and have no idea what this blog is.

    This blog is all fun and games, but I think it is about to get very serious….

    If you guys think I am kidding or do not know how law works, please reach out to the nearest lawyer to get confirmation that I am quite accurate on defamation, libel, and being a publisher.


  12. 88 December 31, 2015 9:13 pm

    Do you realize how idiotic you sound? “Ooooooooh, it’s about to get serious guys so please stay off the site”. Can you follow your own advise and stop posting for awhile?


  13. Hahashandah January 1, 2016 2:14 am

    Whatever, suing to be the coach again doesn’t make sense. I do agree it would have made more sense just to sue for wrongful termination and not for his job. Hopefully he finds someplace that wants him.


  14. Spartan January 1, 2016 8:49 am

    I am not the one repeating inaccurate information. I am not the one who is potentially committing libel. You might want to check the previous 4 threads for things you have written. Even though you are repeating things, you are still liable. I never knew you were this ignorant. Keep chirping, I hope you are named in the suit.

    At no point have I mentioned anything that is untrue or defaming with regards to Mr. Akina.

    What I really find interesting is that you still haven’t answered these questions. Many I ask why you haven’t? I am guessing you don’t know enough about basketball to do so. You are such a perpetrator.

    1) Are you going to run a 4 our or 3 out set on offense?

    2) To enter the ball to the post, let’s assume you want to get the ball to the wing, will you pass to the wing, dribble push and replace, screen, etc? Hard to get the ball in these spots with weak ball handling and passing.

    3) To get the posts open are you going to cross screen, up screen, or straight post?

    4) Now what counters will you make if the defense decides to play behind your post and put a large kid like a Hogland or Kalaugher behind? (exactly what Coach Alika Smith did against Maryknoll a few years ago in the state title game when Maryknoll had the 6’8 European kid & the Kiwi and defended them from behind with two wing players).

    5) What will you do if the wing defender plays off and fronts the post while the defender is behind and dares thew wings to shoot given that Kahuku lacks outside shooting?

    6) How will you operate in the post if the defense plays a 2-3 and sits down on the post and lets the guards shoot?

    7) How will you control tempo if teams are pressing full-court or running half court traps? Normally when the game speeds up, posts become less of a factor? How will you control tempo when you have great bigs like you say but not so great guards?


  15. Spartan January 1, 2016 8:54 am

    88 December 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm
    So can the kids on the team sue you for talking negative or repeating inaccurate things about them? I wouldn’t want to pay out of pocket due to my ignorance of common sense.

    Of course they can in a civil suit, most likely in small claims court. However, their parents (unless they are 18) must do it for them.

    But the interesting thing would be, what would they be sueing for? You cannot sue for talking negative if it’s true and can be proven. If you notice, when I have listed about how poor the academics is out there, I always put facts and statistics taken off the DOE website or other academic sites. Therefore it is easy for me to prove I am reciting or repeating facts that is neither libel or defamation.

    Name me one thing I wrote that is untrue or inaccurate? You might want to check the way I write. I use words like “alleged” or “possibly.” If I don’t have facts to back up what I say I never make it definite.

    Man this really shows how dumb you are. This is one of the stupidest comments I have ever heard in the world. No wonder you hide behind the name 88. If I was as dumb as you I would definitely make up a simple number as a name too such as 88. I mean c’mon, no one can be this dumb. You have to be playing around, right?


  16. hilife January 1, 2016 12:35 pm

    88 you should hold off judgement of Alan till you know the facts. The lawsuit isnt about meddling parents and the kids. You are passing judgement without knowing the real reason for the lawsuit. Hahashandah – and it isnt all about wanting to still be the coach


  17. Spartan January 1, 2016 12:51 pm

    I am confident that 99% of the coaches (no scientific study done, just an opinion) would run many sets and plays for the two Akina boys given the current roster.

    I am sitting at the Punahou Invitational during days 3 & 4 and almost all coaches I am talking story with in the stands between games are like:

    1) We feel sorry for Alan
    2) The Akina boys are really good
    3) The younger Akina will be better than the older one and is really good NOW
    4) We would run most sets for the older brother now

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht2CoUJ5At8 (Punahou Invitational)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usRevyoNhWg&feature=iv&src_vid=ht2CoUJ5At8&annotation_id=annotation_2054720433 (Kawika Akina)

    I mean, if anyone thinks they two shouldn’t be getting most of the shots, then they either don’t understand basketball (like 88 who STILL cannot answer my simple questions) or has a kid on the team.

    I am blown away with their wiggle, ball handling, and step back shooting among other things. The big boys in my opinion look stiff.


  18. 88 January 1, 2016 1:58 pm

    You post and hide behind over 10 different names and I’m the coward?
    You have a spirited argument with yourself and I’m the dumb one? Dude take your meds…


  19. bawlah January 1, 2016 3:56 pm

    The Akina boys are good. The other boys are good as well. Thats the whole point u dummies. They dont suck. If they lost to the McKinley team, its cuz of schemes not cuz the boys suck. They have 2 6’2″ twin brothers that are guards. They dont suck. Not amazing but good enough, jus like the rest of the state. His sons are good, but not amazing. You’re making it seem like there’s nobody else in the world that can play like those 2. I’d take a 6’2″ guard thats average over a small really good guard because u jus gotta teach em to make smart decisions. And that’s very easy to do. There are options. Always options. If your team revolves around 2 small guards that are pretty good, ur screwed no matter what. And leave alone the fact that all the other kids in the state already know how they play, tendencies. It’s a team game. If the team ain’t behind him, n they dont think they should take a back seat jus cuz the coach says then oh well. Maybe they know something we don’t. Maybe those taller guys own em in practices every day. And that’s why they’re confident about saying what they saying. But u on here preaching like u on their staff or something. Maybe u the coach pretending to be Spartan. And those “all state” players u keep bringing up were alright. Not jus for mainland, but I’m basketball terms. They were alright. Jus cuz u make all state team, doesnt mean ur good. A few years ago there was a player of the year who barely averaged 12 points a game. Thats THE definition of alright. Derek Low was great. Everyone else is on an even playing field. So there’s a bunch of these guys that are good, se skill set, none of em exceptional. Hawaii is saturated with a bunch average guards that people think are really good, but really theyre jus better than the kids that arent good. But since u the head coach pretending to be Spartan, u knew that already. U jus trying to make it seem like those 2 are the only 2 good players on the team.


  20. bawlah January 1, 2016 5:44 pm

    ) Are you going to run a 4 our or 3 out set on offense?
    4 out doesn’t use bigs. All the big does is slide block to block. Use 3 guards n 2 posts like they do now. They’re offense now works good for post players

    2.To enter the ball to the post, let’s assume you want to get the ball to the wing, will you pass to the wing, dribble push and replace, screen, etc? Hard to get the ball in these spots with weak ball handling and passing.

    You can do all of that, you should do all of that. If you can’t toy don’t belong on the team.

    3.  To get the posts open are you going to cross screen, up screen, or straight post?

    You should do all of that. If you can’t then you don’t belong on the team.

    4) Now what counters will you make if the defense decides to play behind your post and put a large kid like a Hogland or Kalaugher behind…

    Take him out to the perimeter n make him guard in space. Those big guys dont like to guard outside the key.

    5) What will you do if the wing defender plays off and fronts the post while the defender is behind and dares thew wings to shoot given that Kahuku lacks outside shooting?

    If they front the post from the wing, u kick it back out until the play develops again where you have the match up youre looking for. Its Hawaii basketball and there’s no shot clock. And the right basketball play is to shoot from the wing if its wide open. Nobody in the state is accurate from the 3, so u cant say Kahuku lacks outside shooting. Everybody lacks outside shooting. Name 1 player that shoots 40% from the 3 not named Stefffff.

    6) How will you operate in the post if the defense plays a 2-3 and sits down on the post and lets the guards shoot?

    1-2-2 offense like they do now. Or a high low with overload to 1 side

    7) How will you control tempo if teams are pressing full-court or running half court traps? 

    If your guards cant break a press, they dont belong on the team.

    Jus to answer ur dumb questions since ur the coach. Ur questions are elementary. If u bawl, u know. Teams that press should get murdered. If u a coach n ur team cant break a press, u should quit n do something else


  21. Spartan January 1, 2016 6:43 pm

    88 January 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm
    You post and hide behind over 10 different names and I’m the coward?
    You have a spirited argument with yourself and I’m the dumb one? Dude take your meds…

    And after 2-3 days 88 STILL CANNOT ANSWER THE SIMPLE QUESTIONS I POSE!, lol. loser!


  22. Spartan January 1, 2016 6:45 pm

    4) Now what counters will you make if the defense decides to play behind your post and put a large kid like a Hogland or Kalaugher behind…

    Take him out to the perimeter n make him guard in space. Those big guys dont like to guard outside the key.

    Take them out to the perimeter? Their bigs cannot even dribble. Are you serious? And you now want the Kahuku bigs to play in space on the perimeter when they often dribble with their heads down or inside hands.


  23. Spartan January 1, 2016 6:46 pm

    5) What will you do if the wing defender plays off and fronts the post while the defender is behind and dares thew wings to shoot given that Kahuku lacks outside shooting?

    If they front the post from the wing, u kick it back out until the play develops again where you have the match up youre looking for. Its Hawaii basketball and there’s no shot clock. And the right basketball play is to shoot from the wing if its wide open. Nobody in the state is accurate from the 3, so u cant say Kahuku lacks outside shooting. Everybody lacks outside shooting. Name 1 player that shoots 40% from the 3 not named Stefffff.

    So what you are saying is let Kahuku shoot since they are doubling down which now plays into the hand of what the defense wants you to do. Good one buddy. No wonder you are blogging instead of coaching.


  24. Spartan January 1, 2016 6:49 pm

    7) How will you control tempo if teams are pressing full-court or running half court traps?

    If your guards cant break a press, they dont belong on the team.

    Jus to answer ur dumb questions since ur the coach. Ur questions are elementary. If u bawl, u know. Teams that press should get murdered. If u a coach n ur team cant break a press, u should quit n do something else

    Yet Kahuku struggled with McKinley’s and a D2 teams pressure. But now you are saying you should just have guards that can break it.

    Well looking at their roster and watching their games they don’t. I love how you just say you will do things even though they don’t have the personnel.

    Man it’s obvious you just watch sportscenter and think all teams have great players at each position which they don’t. It’s obvious you don’t know their personnel or you wouldn’t write such outlandish things.

    Anyway can say what they are going to do if you assume you have 5 great players. They don’t. SO really you have yet to answer my questions based on the talent and personnel that team has.

    If the talent was so high they wouldn’t have beaten a Punahou D2 team by 2 and lost to McKinley. Man, stick to playing your video games, you are not a ballah.


  25. Spartan January 1, 2016 6:56 pm

    I asked you how will you control tempo and you said, “If your guards cant break a press, they dont belong on the team.”

    Um, Einstein, breaking a press isn’t how you control tempo. Man, doesn’t the webmaster check this site for fools? I smell two of them.

    I mean, shouldn’t the general public demand that people who write on here be required to write intelligent pieces? Seriously, look at the response I got above? Bawlah feels good about himself and it patting himself on the back because he thinks you can control tempo only by breaking a press.

    Why do we have to tolerate this and be subjected to this? Shouldn’t we demand more?

    WOW!


  26. Spartan January 1, 2016 7:07 pm

    “Jus cuz u make all state team, doesnt mean ur good”

    This is a direct quote taken from Bawlah. So making all state means your junk? You can blame all the schemes you want. If you are talented you will beat teams like McKinley and Punahou 2.

    Punahou, Iolani, and many others could show up without a coach, play street ball with no plays and not lose to McKinley. YOU ARE BEGGING!

    Many you must be one of the kids complaining since you either didn’t make the team or you are sitting on the bench. So you had to have mommy complain since you couldn’t cut it.

    Stop pretending to be a basketball player. Did you know I am the CEO of Exxon and CEO of Apple when I am not blogging? Hey look, I can do it too!


  27. Reel Talk January 1, 2016 8:24 pm

    Here is a direct quote from Coach Jesse Nakanishi from Hawaii Pacific University (former Kamehameha School Boys Basketball Coach) said in his letter:

    “I have watched Keanu for the last two years, and I have personally coached him during the last two summers at the Maui Sports Academy. Keanu is a standout, and one of the best basketball players in the state of Hawai’i. As the recruiting coordinator for the HPU men’s basketball program, I analyze the athletic capabilities of thousands of young men annually both here and on the mainland. I have no doubt that he will play at the next level, and he is Kahuku’s most valuable weapon.”

    This just shows that Coach Akina should be running sets for Keanu. Coach Nakanishi is far more qualified to evaluate basketball talent than anyone on this site including myself.


  28. Reel Talk January 1, 2016 8:28 pm

    Coach Branden Kawazoe of Kaiser High School Boys Basketball and one of the top teams in the state this year said:
    “If Keanu were playing within our program, there is no doubt that I would be illustrating plays to get him open shots and/or putting the ball in his hands to let him create opportunities for himself and his teammates. Keanu is as willing of a passer as he is a shooter/scorer. He often makes the correct play and is definitely a major asset to the Kahuku Basketball program.”

    These are two comments coming from credible and reputable coaches in Hawaii. Yet bloggers like 88 and bawlah think they no more than Coach Nakanishi, Coach Kawazoe, Coach Tacon, and Coach Matsuda.

    They will come up with something weak like the local coaches are publicly saying these things since they want to coach against Mr. Akina since he isn’t a good coach or since they are in the same fraternity of coaches they have to support him or they don’t want their own kids to turn on them.

    They just cannot accept the Akina kids are good and the way Mr. Akina is coaching Kahuku is similar to how many other Hawaii coaches would.

    But when their kids are not getting playing time it makes them mad so they have to blog.


  29. bawlah January 1, 2016 9:08 pm

    U quoting pre season games, with an iterim coach, n no practices with this coach. U act like they actually had a rotation going. So yea, if they looked bad its cuz it was street ball out there. I’m not coaching, but what I said is the truth. Anybody that plays ball knows that these kids are all average players. I see em in leagues n around the gyms. They’re ok. Akina can shoot, but he cant get it off with a 6’5″ wing defender in college. Sorry. Look at Enos from Kam. Deadly shooter, worked tirelessly around screens jus to get an open look cuz everybody threw everything at him to stop him. Killer shooter, way better than anybody in high school today…cant smell the court at UH. I could care less about those Kahuku kids, but asking basketball IQ questions n im giving u basketball answers. If a team can’t break a press, then the coach shouldn’t be coaching because all u have to do is move the ball n not dribble. Good teams break presses, get lay ups, then the other team stops pressing. Since u coach of the year, u should know that. I’m a bawlah n would kill any press. Dont drop names like Cosach Kawazoe n Coach Nakanishi cuz they bawlahz too n they my friends. I know what they’re saying. So all that translates into everyone else on Kahukus team is crap??? Like I said, unless u coaching the Kahuku team, what if those boys that are complaining kick those kids behinds every day at practice. What if?? So wouldn’t that validate what they’re saying?

    I’m 6’4″ and played ball in the mainland. U guys play ur 6’4″ guys as post players. Thats a guards size where I’m from. So believe me when I tell u that I could shut down any small guard wit my height jus by staying discipline on D. Its too easy. Thats why little guards that are “all state” that you love cant smell the court on the D1 college level. Only a small % of small guys can play D1. And any coach will take 6’4″ guard over 5’7″ guard.

    Again not from Kahuku, but u caling those kids cry baby n what not. U read a book about basketballn pretend like u know something but u don’t. Ur a geek that watched these kids play at a punahou tournament during the day time when most people who have jobs are working. Or ur the coach that pretends to be Spartan. I’m a old man, but I know my basketball. My 6’4″ would kill any small guard even now at an old age. Keep ur “all state” players


  30. hilife January 1, 2016 10:28 pm

    Bawlah can you call your friends Cosach Kawazoe & Coach Nakanish since they are your friends, to see if what Reel Time is lying about what he is qouting them is a lie?


  31. bawlah January 2, 2016 12:11 am

    Not s lie. They said those words in support of Keanu because he really is a good player in Hawaii


  32. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:15 am

    bawlah, I am 6’6 and retired. I played for UNC, then the Bulls, then the Wizards. I currently own part of the Charlotte Hornets. Some people refer to me as the greatest ball player ever. I worked hard and I believe I understand basketball pretty well.

    See I can do it too. Anyone can make up stuff. Please go back to the bench you are sitting on. Keep telling your mommy to complain since you weren’t good enough to get on the court. Instead of working harder to earn playing time the right way, you had to have mommy complain. Then you pretend to be an old man who is 6’4 (which we all know is untrue) when we all know you are one of the boys who is upset because you are not as good as either Akina boy and are currently throwing a tantrum.

    How is this going to help you in the future young man? Everytime you are unable to earn anything are you going to cry and tattle to mom? And then hope she is going to make things all better like when the boogeyman was in the closet? How will you get on with life when mommy isn’t there to hold your hand and make everything right?

    GROW UP. get a real set of your own, work hard, and maybe you can get on the court in the future. BTW, that advice is free, no charge.


  33. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:16 am

    If a team can’t break a press, then the coach shouldn’t be coaching because all u have to do is move the ball n not dribble. Good teams break presses, get lay ups, then the other team stops pressing. Since u coach of the year, u should know that. I’m a bawlah n would kill any press. Dont drop names like Cosach Kawazoe n Coach Nakanishi cuz they bawlahz too n they my friends.

    HAHA, you are killing me! Your only friend is your mommy who has to fight your battles cuz you aren’t good enough to get on the court.

    BTW, did I tell you that I also own the Cavs with Gilbert?


  34. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:19 am

    BTW I am friends with Curry, Harden, and Kobe cuz we all ballas too! I keep telling Kobe to shut it down, but the boy won’t listen to me. I am actually facetiming him now….


  35. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:25 am

    So I asked you bawlah, how would you control tempo and break pressure GIVEN the current Kahuku personnel and your reply is, “If a team can’t break a press, then the coach shouldn’t be coaching because all u have to do is move the ball n not dribble. Good teams break presses, get lay ups, then the other team stops pressing.”

    Well given the state of this Kahuku team, they are often unable to break the press. So now that the coach is gone, how do you strategically think they will beat pressure? All of a sudden in 1-2 weeks they will learn ball handling skills that take other kids years to master?

    Many you just give generic answers from wikipedia. Are you able to critically think and give specific evidence?

    And based on your quote maybe Hawaii should retain 10-15% of their head coaches since many teams struggle to beat pressure.

    Many you make this community dumber by having to read your nonsense. I am starting to think you are 88’s son. You speak the same garbage and are unable to actually answer anything with details. You dance around the questions, give generic, answers, and make up stuff.

    But back to mommy, is she going to complain to the new Kahuku coach when you don’t get into games?


  36. 88 January 2, 2016 9:34 am

    Incredible… In one post you praise the coach and warn everyone not to make disparaging comments about him because there might be legal ramifications. Than in another post you say his players lack basic basketball intelligence and skills. Isn’t that a reflection of the COACH? I sure hope his lawyer doesn’t read what you post. You might be brought in for libel……


  37. Spartan January 2, 2016 1:29 pm

    You might be the dumbest person ever. It isn’t libel to express opinions you idiot. I said you shouldn’t made disparaging comments about the coach if you are spreading false rumors. I guess I have to spell it out more simple for you and write only in Layman’s terms.

    Man you really are dumb. What is even more impressive is that you are so dumb, you post the some of the dumbest things ever said on a blog. Now I know why you hide behind the name 88, you are too afraid for people to find out how dumb someone is and attach that to a face.

    As for Mr. Akina and his lawyer’s, I actually been talking to him. The funny thing is a lot of us were eating lunch today and I showed them your posts. Most coaches who were present said you had to be kidding since no one is that stupid based on the things you write.

    I said, no, he really is that dumb. And everyone laughed. Thanks for the good laugh, it was worth it.

    Keep em coming, even on my best day I cannot write as silly, foolish, and dumb things like you. You are one of a kind and it’s hilarious!

    Are you really that dumb? And do you really know this little about law?


  38. Spartan January 2, 2016 1:30 pm

    I mean you try to come back with a witty post, but all it does is make you look dumber and dumber. After I read your post I think to myself, “self, no one can write anything dumber than this.”

    Then I come back online and I am wrong, you continue to outdo yourself.


  39. 88 January 2, 2016 3:47 pm

    Wow, really? Now you are calling out a little kid and his mother… Real tough guy. Hey Jerry can I get this guys email address so that i can contact him personally.. Thank you


  40. bawlah January 2, 2016 5:10 pm

    As for Mr. Akina and his lawyer’s, I actually been talking to him. The funny thing is a lot of us were eating lunch today and I showed them your posts

    Spartan is the coach! I knew it! Don’t hide on here n pretend to be someone else. Sore loser suing kids parents. Since u couldn’t figure it out, they’ll Akana n Anae do the coaching for now. Now they’ll look like a real team n everybody will get loojs at the basket. Plz tell ur lawyers to get my info from this site n sue me too. I’m like those other Kahuku parents…I don’t got money either!!! Eat your lunches together n tell your fantasy stories about how good you think you are. Maybe that guard that left to Utah will come back now that you’re gone!


  41. bawlah January 2, 2016 5:15 pm

    And based on your quote maybe Hawaii should retain 10-15% of their head coaches since many teams struggle to beat pressure.

    Yes, completely agree. If u can’t coach the games fundamentals,don’t be a coach. U don’t have to master ball handling skills to break a press, coach. Jus gotta be able to pass the ball well. That’s thinking, not ball handling. Latu n Anae are Champs. Maybe you should listen to them


  42. bawlah January 2, 2016 5:20 pm

    when we all know you are one of the boys who is upset because you are not as good as either Akina boy and are currently throwing a tantrum.

    I didn’t say the Akina boys aren’t good. I said they ARE good. Keanu is a great jump shooter. Kawika is agood ball handler n smart. But if u read correctly, I said it’s easy to defend a smaller guard with length. Plz don’t get mad coach. Are they defensive stoppers?? Can they play both sides of the court? Everybody says how good they are on offense, but they can’t contribute on defense then it’s like playing 4 on 5. Now I’m growing to 6’7″ coach. U gonna get mad. Cmon bruh


  43. bawlah January 2, 2016 5:26 pm

    How is this going to help you in the future young man? Everytime you are unable to earn anything are you going to cry and tattle to mom? And then hope she is going to make things all better

    So the truth comes out huh coach? You think the other kids on the team don’t work hard? Only 2 guys on ur team work hard. Everybody else are cry babies. I hope Latu, Anae, n Sauvao, n anybody else that played football read this. I how they know u think they are weak cry babies. Cuz they are the only champions on the team n u could learn something from them. U could learn that u dont have to do what everyone else in Hawaii does to win a championship…u jus need solid teammates n a good coach that the players are willing to follow. Sorry they chose not to follow this year in basketball, but they chose to follow the new football coach. Maybe we should ask the football coach n players how he won without a quarterback n receivers. Maybe in basketball we dont need guards tgat master ball handling


  44. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:07 pm

    So the truth comes out huh coach? You think the other kids on the team don’t work hard?

    This is what I heard from some parents in Kahuku and in no way am I saying it is the truth. It could be a rumor for all I know. But “allegedly” Coach Hiram Akina often invites many of the kids to workout during the off-season and only his two grandsons show up. If this is true, it speaks volumes.


  45. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:13 pm

    88 January 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm
    Wow, really? Now you are calling out a little kid and his mother… Real tough guy. Hey Jerry can I get this guys email address so that i can contact him personally.. Thank you

    Actually I am calling out you (88), your son, and his mommy for complaining. And why do you want my email? I was at the hospital per your suggestion and you didn’t show up. And if you want my email here it is:

    88isamommysboy@iwishicouldcoach.com


  46. Spartan January 2, 2016 9:15 pm

    88, unlike you who is a coward, you can email me: jasonwonghi@yahoo.com

    And bawlah, I am not the coach. He is too busy being a standup guy trying to protect his name. I understand you have an agenda against him since you couldn’t get off the bench. But look on the bright side, you didn’t get cut and you made the team.


  47. Jerry Campany January 2, 2016 10:50 pm

    I am not about to give out anyone’s email addresses, they are probably fake anyway. I remember I tried to email all of the people who grumbled about wrestling rankings two years back to invite them to vote and each one of them bounced back.


  48. 88 January 3, 2016 7:24 am

    Go figure.. Thanks anyway Jerry. Knowing this guy from the past football season its probably just me and him posting anyways.


  49. Spartan January 3, 2016 9:27 pm

    and bawlah


  50. Spartan January 3, 2016 9:28 pm

    who’s 6’10


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