Former Menehune Keene scores 50 in a win

Of all the resounding, shocking events that have happened in the past few months, none may be as inspiring as the rise of Marcus Keene.

The former Moanalua guard continued his scoring spree in his first season with Central Michigan, scoring 50 points today in a 101-92 victory over Miami of Ohio. Keene, who played at Moanalua during his freshman year of high school, entered the game averaging 28.7 points per game, nearly 5 points more than the nation’s second-highest scorer. Keene has also been playing on a sore ankle this week.

Playing on the injury earlier in the week, the junior guard scored 29 points against Ball State.

Today, Keene played 35 minutes, made 15 of his 23 field-goal attempts — including 10-for-15 from the 3-point arc — and converted all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He added four assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Moanalua’s Marcus Keene elevated over Kalaheo’s Kevin Leong during his lone season in a Na Menehune uniform. Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Moanalua’s Marcus Keene elevated over Kalaheo’s Kevin Leong during his lone season in a Na Menehune uniform. Photo by Jamm Aquino.


  1. Chad dunhour January 22, 2017 6:59 pm

    Paul Honda. How about writing something about our local (home grown boys)

  2. Pun Alum 95 January 22, 2017 9:03 pm

    Paul, I saw this young man on ESPN two times. He is amazing! It seems the state of Hawaii was unfortunate they he left early and many basketball fans couldn’t have enjoyed his talents longer. Wow, 50 points is so much! He is amazing!

  3. Education First January 23, 2017 1:26 pm

    This is a wonderful story I just read about this young man. Some on ESPN such as Jay Bilas are saying that Marcus Keene has a real shot at making the NBA’s. That is amazing for a 5’9 player. I was watching highlights of Marcus online and his ability to score is out of this world. He has a quick first step. He can shoot past 30 feet. He finishes in traffic against larger players. And his handles are insane.

  4. Andrew Hopoi January 24, 2017 9:18 am

    May be there is a connection with being a Menehune! First we had Tadd Fujikawa with golf. Now Marcus Keene with Basketball. But then there are the Austin Matautia, and the Scott Pagano. If I am not mistaken, Didn’t 3 former Moanalua Students just played at the SONY. I guess if they were Punahou, may be media would say something. Moanalua is not all about academic I guess!

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