Boys Hoopbook: Punahou Invitational cancels 1st day of games

Punahou’s Yoshi Kobayashi (1) recovered a loose ball during a game against La Jolla in the Punahou Invitational in 2019. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The enormous spike in COVID-19 cases in Hawaii is making a big impact on prep basketball.

The Punahou Invitational has cancelled opening-round games scheduled for Monday. Buffanblu coach Darren Matsuda said he will meet with school administrators to consider options for the remainder of the tournament. Several teams have players in health and safety protocols. Two teams, Matsuda said, have withdrawn from the tournament.

The recently-completed James Alegre Invitational and ‘Iolani Classic tournaments had numerous game cancellations due to health and safety protocols. The ‘Iolani Classic provided on-site testing for coaches and players before entering the main gym.

Maryknoll was set to travel to the Damien Invitational in California on Christmas Day, but opted to cancel the trip.

In the OIA, the girls basketball regular season began on Thursday. Coaches and players are required to have proof of vaccination or exemptions.


  1. Q December 26, 2021 11:21 pm

    Media, medical and our idiot leaders will be given military tribunals. Can’t wait!

  2. ??? December 27, 2021 2:31 pm

    If we tested every coach, student, teacher & faculty staff daily, school & football would have been canceled months ago. We can cancel everything and live in a bubble but Covid is not going anywhere so why do we continue to panic?

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