All four teams in tonight’s OIA semifinals ranked in Star-Advertiser Top 10

Kahuku and Kalaheo are two of four ranked teams in the OIA which are all playing in tonight's semifinals. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

For a fourth week in a row, the Kamehameha Warriors are on the throne of the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10.

They didn’t have to lift a finger to retain the No. 1 position last week. Kamehameha (25-5) had a bye as the ILH playoffs took the stage. The Warriors will play tonight’s Damien-Maryknoll winner on Wednesday for the league title and seeded state-tournament berth.

Meanwhile, Hawaii Prep (14-2) landed in the poll at No. 10. Ka Makani routed Kohala in the final of the BIIF D-II playoffs after going 11-1 during a regular-season schedule that included D-I teams. On HPA’s resume are wins over Kamehameha-Hawaii and Konawaena. KS-Hawaii stunned Hilo, and then defeated Konawaena for the BIIF D-I title last week. Waiakea was in the Top 10 as high as No. 9 before it lost in the semifinals to Konawaena.

Another new entry into the Top 10 is Mid-Pacific, which advanced in the ILH playoffs with wins over ‘Iolani (39-33) and then-No. 4 Punahou (49-42 in overtime) before losing at Damien (58-54) on Saturday.

With Punahou dropping to No. 7, Kalaheo and Kahuku each move up a notch. No. 3 Kalaheo (21-8) plays No. 8 Moanalua tonight in the OIA semifinals at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. No. 4 Kahuku will battle No. 6. Leilehua.

The OIA D-I and D-II finals will be at McKinley on Wednesday.

Also receiving votes were Kaiser 6, Kamehameha-Hawaii 2, Kohala 2, Saint Louis 2, Seabury Hall 2, Waiakea 2, Roosevelt 1.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Mar. 27
1.‘Iolani (2)85
2.Maui (6)80
4.Saint Louis (2)75
8. Waiakea20


  1. The Truth Shall Set You Free February 10, 2020 8:47 pm

    How many teams from the OIA make the State tourney and how are the slots determined?

  2. RJ February 11, 2020 12:49 am

    @The Truth Shall Set You Free
    Top 5 teams from the OIA tournament will make states. So Kahuku, Moanalua, Kalaheo, and Leilehua have qualified. The winner of the Kapolei-Kaiser game will be the fifth spot.

  3. Walaau February 11, 2020 6:30 am

    League champions and runners-up only to the state tournament! Why should a fifth place team even be considered for a state championship? Makes no sense at all…

  4. ICS February 11, 2020 8:45 pm

    @walaau. Because should Kaiser take care of business (5th place), they are a team VERY capable of winning State games. They beat Kahuku who beat Moanalua, who just beat Kalaheo, who beat Kahuku. So on any given night the 5th place seed in the OIA can make some noise.
    It’s about the state charging $$$$ to watch more games and NOT giving any military discount to attend. Freedom isn’t free!

  5. ILoveHawaii February 12, 2020 8:39 am

    In that case, we should have 50% Hawaiian Blood Quantum discount also. Stolen Hawaiian Lands are not free!

    Owee. I know. I know. Maybe we should leave that conversation out of this forum.

  6. Coach Z February 12, 2020 9:57 am

    Typical ILH wine and cheese. “Mommy, why does the OIA 5th place get to play, waaaah”.

  7. This island could have been taken by the Japanese’s February 12, 2020 10:15 am

    Can the moderator please keep this chat basketball related.

  8. Adoberman February 12, 2020 8:30 pm

    There should be a shot clock in the states AT LEAST. The kids would benefit by having to step up with a strong move instead of stalling. Stalling is not allowed in a lot of sports. Tired of 30-20 final scores. IT would also bring up the level of Hawaii basketball.

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