Kalaheo hires Pardini as basketball coach

Rob Pardini is the new boys basketball coach at Kalaheo, Mustangs athletic director Mark Brilhante told Hawaii Prep World on Tuesday afternoon.

Pardini is a club coach in Kailua and was a Mustangs assistant two seasons ago under Alika Smith.

“He emphasizes the student-athlete and is passionate about basketball,” Brilhante said about Pardini. “He’s a good guy and we believe he will do really well.”

Smith left his post as the coach in the offseason after Kalaheo won the Division I state championship in the winter. Smith also led the Mustangs to a D-II state title in 2013 and a D-II crown in 2012. In June, Smith was asked by principal Susan Hummel and Brilhante to sign an agreement pertaining to the manner in which he coaches, but instead of signing it, Smith resigned.


  1. Ho Hum August 18, 2015 5:52 pm

    Great hire! Now no shady action going on.

  2. Kailuabruddah August 18, 2015 6:34 pm

    And now the rebuilding starts. All the good kids transferred in on the worst decisions in Kalaheo history. Uncle Pete is looking down at HIS court and probably shaking his head. Lucky they make playoffs. Admin clearly doesn’t know history of the school. No pride. Auwe

  3. kimo August 19, 2015 5:12 pm

    I love when people talk about things they know nothing about.Were never shady when we were coaching.We turned boys into men.We pushed so young men could reach their full potential and not settle for mediocrity.Today’s kids are so sheltered and have become individuals in team sports.You can say whatever you want,but know what you are talking about.We coached our butts off and became State Champions.That comes from hard work and dedication.Nothing shady about that.And if we had to do it all over again we wouldn’t change a thing.I hope the best for Rob,most of all I hope he gets the support from the same people who didn’t support Alika and the basketball program

  4. North Shore Parent August 20, 2015 7:31 am

    C’mon Kimo, everyone knows about his side action.

  5. Kailuabruddah August 20, 2015 9:56 am

    And what is that North Shore Parent? No talk big and not back it up. I agree with Kimo. They put in work. Many people I know who were raised by old school coaching are doing fine now. I have kids and try and coach them or have them be coached old school. Too many parents now who never played a sport, never been in a locker room, never been yelled at, never were held accountable for actions, etc. Did you play sports North Shore Parent, or live through your kids like a lot of parents now a days?

  6. kimo August 20, 2015 5:21 pm

    Kailuabruddah thank you.We are talking about the basketball program and now someone wants to get personal.Wow.Old schooll of hard knocks thats where we come from.Get knocked down get right back up.Thats how we coach.That is the topic of this conversation.We never was shady when we coached.We pushed hard,we worked hard,we played even harder.And when we won it was well deserved.We are good coaches and we know what we are doing.Dont bring personal stuff into this.Its about coaching at Kalaheo and what has gone down over there.

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