Coach Byron Mello stuns Moanalua with decision to ‘step aside’

Moanalua boys basketball coach Byron Mello abruptly decided to step down on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser file photo.

If there was ever a coach who brought blue-collar work ethic to his team every day, Byron Mello was one of them.

Mello stepped down as boys basketball coach at Moanalua on Wednesday, on the eve of Thanksgiving. The news came as a shock to the prep basketball community as preseason is well underway. Na Menehune finished No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 last season with a 21-8 overall record.

The longtime head and assistant coach conferred with administrators about his decision.


“We felt it was in the best (interest) of all (for me) to step aside,” Mello said on Wednesday night.


With two young standout players in Geremy Robinson and DeAeris McRaven, Moanalua won the OIA Division I title with a 56-49 overtime win over Kailua. Moanalua fell in the state quarterfinals against ILH powerhouse ‘Iolani, 52-47, in overtime.


Moanalua promoted Mello in 2013 after Greg Tacon left to become head coach at Kamehameha. Mello’s Na Menehune have thrived in an uptempo style. Last season, Robinson was voted by coaches and media to the Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 as a sophomore.

Moanalua issued an announcement to media regarding the position opening. Resumes will be accepted through Dec. 11 and should be emailed to athletic director Joel Kawachi at Joel.Kawachi@k12.hi.us.

COMMENTS

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS November 29, 2019 6:54 pm

    Y’all too much! This better than Jo Koy. Hey I want my boss gone so I can take over the company can someone write me a letter? Love, peace and happiness people.


  2. Stunned but not surprised November 29, 2019 7:04 pm

    @cheeeehu!
    It’s Na Menehune, not menes. It’s the plural form of menehune. Just clearing that up since you’re so offended and don’t even know Moanalua mascot.
    You can also thank the AD for the bathrooms and one of the nicest gyms in the state. He pours all the money back into the school.
    I’m also stunned that the admins of this blog allow people to accuse the AD of illegal activities on this forum with no repercussions. The topics in this discussion should remain on topic and not attack people personally.


  3. Fair debate to admin November 29, 2019 8:11 pm

    Admin let’s “really” make all kinds of accusations but blocks all the replies to this anonymous person. Cmon now


  4. Let the players play; let the coaches coach and parents cheer with Aloha November 29, 2019 8:27 pm

    The AD should cancel this years basketball season like Kaiser football did because of stupid parents. They should be like the ILH. No parents can watch their practices. Wait outside and then take your kid home after practice. Sadly I know most of them come from a club team and their parents was cry babies too that’s why their original club coach retired. Geremy Robinson is a big JOKE. Who cares if he played for UH. Just because you played pro ball doesn’t mean you are a good coach. I know a lot of coaches who never played basketball but are way better coaches then those who think just because I played college or semi pro ball I am a better coach then anybody else. Moanalua AD please cancel this season because even with a new coach these parents will still complain instead of shaking their pompoms in the stands.


  5. Spam MUSUBI NAZI December 1, 2019 7:48 pm

    We have all interacted with broken people and have ourselves acted broken! That saying “ Like Father like Son” means a lot in explaining what is going on! We teach our kids what we think is right but sometimes it is not Pono! Cannot help when Fathers cannot snap the chains!


  6. PLP December 1, 2019 9:56 pm

    This is simply the result of living in a melting pot…

    Hopefully we will evolve and learn from these situations and get on the same page… same page how we want to raise our youth as a whole…

    Two ways/views… no right or wrong way..
    Man up, grind it out, be grateful and play hard…

    Never settle, if you feel something is wrong, speak up, express your feelings…

    Discussion with upper people and community needs to be had…

    Ultimately, it’s our leaders and people in position of power that need to come out and voice opinions to start a conversation… a conversation of how we as a Unique Hawaiian community want to raise our youth as a whole….

    I’m not from here, but I always felt hawaii is about being humble and sharing…


  7. Really December 1, 2019 10:18 pm

    This is what the AD should have done.

    “Boys, if anyone of you do not wish to play for the coach, there’s the door.”

    “Parent, if any of you want to meet with me, I’m free the Monday after the State Tournament is over.”

    But when you sit on the fence, the parents know they can play you. Well at least the 2 parents who did and got what they wanted.


  8. Nuff already December 2, 2019 1:04 pm

    Reading through this thread in its entirety, It soundsTo me that “really” is a Moanalua coach (Don’t know what sport) that is disgruntled with his/her Athletic Director. He/she knows an awful lot about the Inside business of the athletic department, first hand knowledge of the incident of topic, and keeps pointing the finger at the AD. You should “really” think about changing your screen name to “MOLE”. Or get off your high horse and speak to the man that runs the department you continue to bash.


  9. really@aol.com December 2, 2019 2:33 pm

    @Nuff Already

    Are you the ladies who sit at the front and give opposing teams issues when they try to get in?

    I’ll change my name to mole if you change you name to crybaby.

    1. I do not work or coach at Moanalua. Although my good friend is in admin there.

    2. I do not have a high horse. It’s actually medium size and from amazon.

    3. Just stating facts.

    4. If you don’t like what I write, you are free to ignore it.


  10. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 2, 2019 3:40 pm

    @8. Asked “really” to post his real name like the coach he ACCUSED of of using the gym w/o proper Use of Facilities authorization did but “really” refused. My guess is that he/she is a DOE or other State employee/parent with too much time on his/her hands. Doesn’t sound like having a face to face is their thing. Probably more comfortable being an anonymous keyboard hero accusing others of serious fireable offenses. Gave up trying to vet this guy out. Thanks.


  11. really December 2, 2019 4:48 pm

    @10. Yet you hide behind a fake name. What is your real name?

    You sound like a hypocrite. Kind of hilarious to tell someone not to be anonymous when you don’t use your real name either. Well unless your mom gave you that stupid name.

    Kinda funny, that you have yet to prove anything I have written to be inaccurate or false.

    Are you able to do that? All the things I put are fact. I get it that you can’t prove it’s wrong so you need to deflect and camouflage the fact that you can’t intelligently debate me.


  12. Nuff already December 2, 2019 5:55 pm

    @really

    Your killing me! On one hand you talk about following rules to the “T”. Yet, on the other you complain about the ladies at the front door doing just that. If you’re gunna be a stickler for the rules when it comes to athletics and gym use, and go on a public forum and act like you know it all, you can’t pick and choose what rules you want to enforce, and which ones you want to cry about.
    1. It sounds as if YOU are the crybaby and Mole!

    2. Your “Good friend” that works in admin at Moanalua, is his/her name “Dell” as in computer? Because I find it hard to believe that you have actual friends the way you hide behind the keyboard.

    3. Just stating facts

    4. If you don’t like what I write you “CANT” ignore it. Your keyboard warrior mentality won’t let you. Will it?!

    5. LOL

    6. Mic drop! Deuces


  13. Nuff already December 2, 2019 5:56 pm

    @really

    Your killing me! On one hand you talk about following rules to the “T”. Yet, on the other you complain about the ladies at the front door doing just that. If you’re gunna be a stickler for the rules when it comes to athletics and gym use, and go on a public forum and act like you know it all, you can’t pick and choose what rules you want to enforce, and which ones you want to cry about.
    1. It sounds as if YOU are the crybaby and Mole!

    2. Your “Good friend” that works in admin at Moanalua, is his/her name “Dell” as in computer? Because I find it hard to believe that you have actual friends the way you hide behind the keyboard.

    3. Just stating facts

    4. If you don’t like what I write you “CANT” ignore it. Your keyboard warrior mentality won’t let you. Will it?!

    5. LOL

    6. Mic drop! Deuces


  14. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 2, 2019 6:34 pm

    @really….OK, one more time. I HAVEN’T ACCUSED ANYONE OF WRONGDOING IN A PUBLIC FORUM SO MY NAME IS IRRELEVANT TO THE CONVERSATION. You on the other hand are spreading rumors under AN ANONYMOUS SCREEN NAME that could get people reprimanded or worse case fired from their jobs and lose their livelihoods. Only a coward does that. You better look up the definition of “hypocrite”, hero.

    Again, I’ll type even slower next time if needed though I’m probably done trying to explain basic concepts to you.


  15. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 2, 2019 9:09 pm

    PS @ really….you stated in comment 11 “Kinda funny, that you have yet to prove anything I have written to be inaccurate or false.” Just letting you know that’s not how it works. You can’t come on a message board, post hearsay (ie I saw, etc.) that hasn’t been independently verified and then present it as “fact.” The onus is on YOU to prove they’re true and not on us to show that your accusations are false. It’s the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing.

    You’re welcome.

    Class dismissed.


  16. really December 2, 2019 9:26 pm

    Nuff already December 2, 2019 5:56 pm
    @really

    Your killing me! On one hand you talk about following rules to the “T”. Yet, on the other you complain about the ladies at the front door doing just that. If you’re gunna be a stickler for the rules when it comes to athletics and gym use, and go on a public forum and act like you know it all, you can’t pick and choose what rules you want to enforce, and which ones you want to cry about.
    1. It sounds as if YOU are the crybaby and Mole!

    2. Your “Good friend” that works in admin at Moanalua, is his/her name “Dell” as in computer? Because I find it hard to believe that you have actual friends the way you hide behind the keyboard.

    3. Just stating facts

    4. If you don’t like what I write you “CANT” ignore it. Your keyboard warrior mentality won’t let you. Will it?!

    5. LOL

    6. Mic drop! Deuces
    —————————

    Idiot, no other gym requires a roster to be submitted for the players to enter. Neither is it in the rule book or rules given out. Therefore it is not a rule. Are you really that dumb?

    “MIC DROP”
    “DEUCES”

    What are you, a 12 year old watching The Game and Leek-Leek on re-runs? That is so played out. Now you are trying to be an MTV Boy, lol.

    Who uses the catchphrase “DEUCES” anymore. lol. What is this, 2014? Buddy, you’re 5 years late to the “tryna be cool party.”

    HAHAHHA!!!!


  17. really December 2, 2019 9:27 pm

    The Truth Shall Set You Free December 2, 2019 6:34 pm
    @really….OK, one more time. I HAVEN’T ACCUSED ANYONE OF WRONGDOING IN A PUBLIC FORUM SO MY NAME IS IRRELEVANT TO THE CONVERSATION. You on the other hand are spreading rumors under AN ANONYMOUS SCREEN NAME that could get people reprimanded or worse case fired from their jobs and lose their livelihoods. Only a coward does that. You better look up the definition of “hypocrite”, hero.

    Again, I’ll type even slower next time if needed though I’m probably done trying to explain basic concepts to you.
    ———————

    Um this is a public forum where it isn’t required to post a real name. Even if I wrote my name was Justin Anderson, what does that prove?

    This is the design on this platform.

    I am just shocked at all the fools on this site.

    HAHA.

    I notice that you have not proven my facts to be not credible either.


  18. really December 2, 2019 9:33 pm

    The Truth Shall Set You Free December 2, 2019 9:09 pm
    PS @ really….you stated in comment 11 “Kinda funny, that you have yet to prove anything I have written to be inaccurate or false.” Just letting you know that’s not how it works. You can’t come on a message board, post hearsay (ie I saw, etc.) that hasn’t been independently verified and then present it as “fact.” The onus is on YOU to prove they’re true and not on us to show that your accusations are false. It’s the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing.

    You’re welcome.

    Class dismissed.

    ———————————

    The onus is on me? Idiot, I provided the DOE utilities pay schedule in an earlier post. As for the Club using the gym back in October, do you want me to provide a list of who was present, and the minutes for their meeting/potluck?

    Since there were over 40 people there, it’s pretty common knowledge. Man you are dumb.

    And really, “Class Dismissed?” C’mon, could you use any older cliches?

    So with that tired line, I am assuming you are a teacher and you are educating me?

    Well thank you, I have learned a lot. This is what I learned from you.

    1) You use tired, archaic, and recycled catchphrases.
    2) You are not very original.
    3) You watch reruns of the Game and plagiarize their original use of the saying “Deuces” which was cool in 2014, not December 2019.
    4) You pick and choose what evidence you want to read.
    5) You are really dumb.

    Now get ready for tomorrow’s girls basketball practice. Stay off the blogs and maybe your guys’ record will improve.


  19. really December 2, 2019 9:36 pm

    Here is the question of the day.

    “Is Nuff already and The Truth Shall Set You Free the same person?”

    I bet they are, albeit they are using different IP addresses to attempt to mask that they are the same person. Their style of writing, vocabulary bank, and grammar is very similar.


  20. LC December 3, 2019 1:14 am

    Dear President Trump,

    Could you please build walls around all high school athletic facilities and only allow coaches, trainers and players access? Please allow all parents who set foot on the facility to be tased into submission and attacked with cattle prods.

    Thank you,

    The Youth Of America


  21. Do the right thing December 3, 2019 5:53 am

    @really

    Could you at least present your knowledge of wrong doing/concerns/accusations to the attention of the staff at Moanalua? If you are at the gym as much as you say you are, then you obviously have a vested interest in the athletics program there. Voice your concerns to the AD. and let him know you want to hold him accountable. You may learn that he is doing things the right way. Because you see folks using the facilities doesn’t mean that they aren’t being paid for, and if they aren’t and you present it to them, then they know that they need to be accountable and start changing the way they do things. By coming on here and accusing people of doing things (which is all your doing, by the way because you see one side of things) you don’t know if the teacher you accuse of running a side Hussle, or the coach you accuse of using the facilities for his affiliated club pay/ paid for the use of the facility. Therefore, your statements are not completely factual. They are half truths. I am a long time supporter of Moanalua athletics and I’m extremely satisfied with what they are, and what they are about. If I had personal knowledge of wrong doing or them being shady, i’d want it fixed and going on a public forum making accusations as you did is not the way to do it. If you don’t want to approach the staff at Moanalua then take it to the state and provide them with your knowledge so that it gets resolved. Until then, if you aren’t party of the solution then you remain to be a part of the problem.

    You resort to name calling and insults all you want to, the fact of the matter is, you only present YOUR HALF of the story so it can’t be proven as fact. You present yourself as trying to be a hero with all this knowledge about what’s going on, yet you’re not doing anything to POSITIVELY remedy the situation. I think the coach that you called out earlier in this thread invited you to go and talk with him and the AD, your rebuttal was negative and avoided making arrangements to talk it out.

    The chihuahua is always the loudest most aggressive, until the BIG DOG shows up. Then he tucks his tail and goes about his business as if he never opened his mouth. DON’T BE THE CHIHUAHUA! Go make things right. Please!


  22. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 3, 2019 7:27 am

    “really” is getting “really” upset about getting schooled. Temper, temper!

    Stop whining, you sound needy and weak.

    Thanks.


  23. really December 3, 2019 8:40 am

    @THE TRUTH,

    Like I said, please come up with original work. Focus on making the kids better, your team’s record kind of stinks.

    As for getting schooled, the only thing that is getting schooled is google, the search engine you are using to find you tired catch phrases.

    DEUCES, hahah.

    MIC DROP, lol. I didn’t know you were on a microphone?

    Women, you are so dumb, haha. Keep em coming, it’s fun making you look stupid. Well, you don’t need me for that.

    Like 88, “you’re a special kind of dumb as they say.”


  24. really December 3, 2019 8:41 am

    I didn’t know using tired catch phrases like “deuces” and “mic drop” means you schooled someone without offering any articulate writing, nor any scholarly thinking.


  25. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 3, 2019 8:49 am

    PS @ really….providing the name of the club in question, dates of club’s practices and PROOF that they HAVEN’T completed a Use of Facilities form w/Principal’s approval (could request from school’s SASA) would be the first step in proving your allegations. Names of yourself and school officials contacted should be provided.

    Your serve. Don’t come back with anything less, if you do it’s all GOSSIP bruh.

    Oh yeah.


  26. The Truth Shall Set You Free December 3, 2019 8:53 am

    Please keep on posting (ie whining), we’re all having a good laugh at your expense and humiliation.

    Classic.

    Thanks.


  27. Pray for really December 3, 2019 9:19 pm

    @really everyone is trolling you, you can’t see that? Even though you’re a keyboard warrior, you’re my keyboard warrior that I’ll continue to pray for


  28. really December 7, 2019 9:16 am

    Same person pretending to be different people. How sad. lol.

    Are you a 12 year old? “Bruh”….”Served”….”Mic Drop”…”Deuces”

    Who talks like that? I can’t take you seriously.

    I apologize. I just realized that I’m talking to a teenager who is making up multiple screens names to support themself.


  29. Justin Anderson December 26, 2019 7:23 pm

    This is the REAL Coach Justin Anderson (not the one that posted in comment #17) & I’m just here to read the story & comments regarding Coaches departure from Moanalua.

    Flattered by the name drop @ Really. LMAO


  30. Dayle Turner December 27, 2019 10:36 pm

    I hope coach Mello finds a coaching position somewhere. Sad to hear about his resignation.


  31. MUSUBI MAN January 6, 2020 8:42 am

    I have watched all the games for two years and my observances are as follows: they team is composed of mostly mediocre class players who struggle to perform and finish at the hoop! There are a few great players like Sugiura who showed leadership and talent but he moved on through graduation. I have witnessed three or more fathers uttering their critiques of Mello from the stands not caring who heard them criticizing openly! They are the poisonous ones who create this havoc for MOHS BASKETBALL! My kid hardly played during the year but he was still a loyal team mate and just wanted to be on A TEAM! He did not complain about lack of playing time….rather his feelings always centered about “THE TEAM!” “THE TEAM!”

    The mediocre crybabies did not really understand that it was not about their showboating that won any games….it was team play and respect for the coach!

    The situation was handled by the two DOE cheeseheads with the usual “circle the wagons” techniques used to control problems that would reflect on their precious reputations and annuities!

    MOHS is a premier school with similar class of mediocre talent like the crybabies and their small fathers trying to relive their lives through their sons!


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