Honokaa honors Alegre, Ladra at the Invitational

Pre-game introductions at the Honokaa-Radford basketball game on Wednesday were a special treat for Dragons and Rams alike.

At the James Alegre Invitational, Alegre’s alma mater, Honokaa, honored the late coach with a plaque on the 20th anniversary of the boys basketball tourney. Alegre was a star athlete at the school before becoming a teacher and coach at Radford, prompting a legendary career.

The coach’s family was in attendance to accept the honor. Though “Gentleman Jim” had a reputation for aloha and generosity, his wife also recalled a coach with consistent standards.

“He was strict. If you were late for the bus,” Marsha Alegre said, “the bus was gone.”

Honokaa also honored former Honokaa standout athlete Jack Ladra, a multi-sport athlete. Ladra played at Honokaa from 1949 to 1952 and was drafted by the New York Yankees. He later played pro baseball for the Toei Flyers in the Japanese League.

The late Jim Alegre cast a far-reaching influence as a basketball coach at Radford, and that aloha has endured in the 20 years since the James Alegre Invitational began. His family accepted an honor from his alma mater, Honokaa, on Wednesday. Front: Marsha Alegre, Doris Teller, Laakea Teller-Cullen. Back: Robert McPeek, Keri Teller, Danny Teller. Nov. 28, 2018. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Throwback newspaper findings courtesy of Jerry Campany.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi November 29, 2018 6:48 pm

    I remember the dominant basketball teams Radford used to put out under Jim Alegre. I think they went to the state semifinals 8 years in a row from late 1960s to mid 1970s. Radford used to get all the great popolo players from Pearl Harbor families. Their state championship team in 1988 was all popolo starting 5, led by Troy McCoy and Lamont Davis, still coached at the time by Jim Alegre.

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