UPDATE: Kahuku 53, #7 Kalaheo 49, 2 OT, F

It’s been a crazy few minutes here at the Punahou Invitational, where Kalaheo and Kahuku are knotted going into a second overtime period.

Kalaheo had the lead thanks to some clutch free throws by seldom-used sophomore Harry Wallace. He’s stepped up big with senior leader Kekai Smith sidelined (meniscus surgery).

Kieran Spencer swished a 23-footer pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring the Red Raiders a minor miracle. That tied the game at 42-all.

The Mustangs went ahead on two foul shots by Andrew Kearney with a minute to go in the first overtime. Then Taimona Wright hustled for a putback to tie the game at 44 with 35 seconds left. Kalaheo then missed a short baseline shot in traffic and Kahuku was awarded the ball after it went out of bounds.

Fullcourt pressure by the ‘Stangs and Kahuku nearly traveled at midcourt when Latu caught a pass. Wright got a shot off from NBA range before the buzzer, but it was an air ball and Kahuku’s guys were cracking up. They almost lost this game, then almost won it. I’d be smiling, too.

So, we go to the second overtime period. Kenny Spencer hits an NBA-distance trey from the top for a 47-44 lead with 3:00 left. Then he comes up with a clutch steal and breakaway layup for a 49-44 lead at 2:04.

Game over? Captain Whitlock swishes a corner 3 to cut the lead to 49-47 with 1:30 to go. Kalaheo pressing, nearly gets a steal. The ball goes off Codie Sauvao and is headed out of bounds, but he saves it miraculously to a teammate at midcourt. Time out, Kahuku. That just saved the game, maybe.

Kenny Spencer then drives right against man defense, draws an extra defender and smoothly delivers a dime to Latu for an easy layup. Kahuku is up 51-47 with 1:00 left.

Alex Layi misses a tough 15-footer in the lane, but Wright rebounds and throws the ball out of bounds. Kalaheo ball, :26 left.

Whitlock hits a floater from the left elbow and it’s 51-49 with 16 seconds left. Craazy!

Kalaheo fouls Sauvao, who then misses both FTs. But Latu saves the day with an offensive rebound and he’s fouled with :05.2 left.

Latu swishes both free throws to ice the win for Kahuku. What just happened? Amazing. Kahuku wins 53-49.

All this has happened with Coach Alan Akina observing from the bleachers for a second game in a row as an interim coach takes his place on the pine. Kahuku is back to providing an accurate roster again. Are things back to “normal”?

Not quite. Akina was sitting next to family and attorney Eric Seitz, who says he will file suit against the school’s administration unless they return his calls immediately. The case could be in court, in front of a judge, as soon as Monday morning.


  1. 88 December 29, 2015 7:43 pm

    Are not these kids incredible? I mean they protest against their Coach by sitting out a game, probably caught some flack for it by everyone at that tournament, have their disgruntle coach and his lawyer look on from the bleachers AND STILL go out and beat the DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS tonight…. Now thats a story Paul!!!!!!!!

  2. hilife December 29, 2015 8:08 pm

    88 Did you see the stats? Leadi g scorer for Kahuku with 14 pts,10 reb, 2 blks, 2 steals, 4 assits?

  3. hilife December 29, 2015 8:10 pm

    88 sorry that was Keanu Akina’s stats.

  4. Red One December 29, 2015 8:24 pm

    Defending champs with a new coach, new team, and ranked on the bottom half of the top 10 in the loser’s bracket of the tourney. That’s a story?

  5. 88 December 29, 2015 9:01 pm

    14 0ut of the 53 point means other players had the opportunity to shoot and score too. Scoring live had his stats at 0 for the game the night before and they still won. The game the night before last he had 20 out of the 37 points Kahuku scored. Which means the game plan was for him to take most of the shots as usual. Did he make the game tying 3 pointer to send the game into over time? Nope, according to the article another kid, who rode the bench last year, did.(By the way scoringlive didnt credit the Spencer kid for any 3 pointers he made tonight) That means the intern coach see’s that there are other options and players he can go too. And dont go by the stats on scoring live because it aint accurate. You telling me Kahuku had only 4 assists all game, 1 three pointer and 35 total points even though they put up 53. Who scored the other 18 points? Were they awarded to Kahuku as extra credit for playing in the tournament…. C’mon you clown

  6. Spartan December 29, 2015 10:05 pm

    Kalaheo’s best player Smith didn’t play accoring to the stats. 88 Coach Akina must have really done something to you for someone to vicisouly attack someone like you are doing online. But then again you do it behind your screen name 88. May I ask you a question, why do you talk so badly about this man, yet hide behind a fake name?

    If you are going to call him out and tell everyone how wrong he has been, at least say it to his face. I am confident you are one of the parents complaining. Akina took this team to states last year if I recall.

    What team did you take to states last year? Or do you just like to tell people how to coach but don’t actually do it. At least Coach Akina has done it. No one is the best and I am not saying he is the best. But he has the integrity to put himself in the community to be judged and dissected.

    What team do you coach again so I may come and watch and learn from you?

  7. Spartan December 29, 2015 10:07 pm

    And 88 you are talking about a game where they played a Division 2 Punahou team that is 5-4, average at best, and who Kahuku beat by 1 point. That is your empirical evidence?

  8. bawlah December 29, 2015 10:30 pm

    Somebody is rigging the stats

  9. 88 December 29, 2015 11:03 pm

    How and when did I viciously attack Allen? Did I call him names or something? The same reason my name is 88 on here is the same reason your name is Spartan. If you like we can meet down by the Hospital tomorrow to talk about your feelings for the coach and your need to defend him.

  10. manoa#1 December 29, 2015 11:21 pm

    Akina’s Assistant Coaches and Brother was Taking stats for Kahuku but the Funny thing is Keanu Akina Did not play in Today’s Game….Go Figure how he scored 14 pts when he was’nt even at the Gym.!!

  11. bawlah December 29, 2015 11:34 pm

    Spartan…Kalaheo was missing their best player??? Kahuku won without Akina the coach and Akina the sons. Yet somehow Akinas son mysteriously got a double double

  12. EwaEwa December 29, 2015 11:43 pm

    88 You really need to be quiet already. You sound silly. Some internet poster tells you that Keanu Akina scored 14 points and you believe it, then you whine about why Keanu’s points mean nothing in this win, but in actuality he didn’t even play. You and scoringlive need to hit the road for being idiots.

  13. 88 December 30, 2015 12:25 am

    A web site that is dedicated to Hawaii High School sports post the stats for the game you idiot. I am simply replying to a proud supporter of the coaches son about the posted game stats. The fact that the kid didnt even play and still got 14 points and 10 boards is hilarious, just like your life….

  14. Red One December 30, 2015 8:01 am

    88 sounds like the parent who assaulted Coach Johnson. He probably is the one who started the complaints against Coach Akina. He now wants to meet people at the hospital to “talk” and probably get aggressive. It’s obviously he has a child on the team and wants him to be the star. So tragic. He tells everyone how Coach Akina should have coached the team yet has no team of his own. Tragic.

  15. Spartan December 30, 2015 8:22 am

    The big difference is I am not insulting the way someone coaches. I am not calling out a website’s ability to collect stats. If you are going to call out someone’s ability to coach at least have the integrity to post your name. But we all know you will not which lends no credibility to what you say. I understand why you hide behind a name, it’s obvious. Like I said many times, I have much respect for all coaches who give up their time and I don’t feel the need to berate them or tell people how they should coach behind a fictitious name. Typically when someone has to hide after they insult or criticize someone publicly, it usually means that person is hiding since they either don’t have the courage to be held accountable or they are scared they will be judged. You can pick which one it is. BTW, what team did you take to states last year? I asked earlier and might have missed your response. I looked through all the rosters and no team had a coached named 88.

    And why would I waste my time meting you at a hospital? You won’t show. You don’t even have the nerve to use your real name. If I go to the hospital do I need to hold up a sign that says, “Hello, I am looking for 88.” And since you don’t have the courage to use your real name, will you show up with a ski mask or Halloween mask to protect your identity?

  16. 88 December 30, 2015 10:07 am

    If your going to call out someone and want them to post their real name at least have the integrity to post your own name.

    And why would I waste my time meeting you at a hospital? You won’t show. You don’t even have the nerve to use your real name. If I go to the hospital do I need to hold up a sign that says, “Hello, I am looking for Spartan.” And since you don’t have the courage to use your real name, will you show up with a ski mask or Halloween mask to protect your identity?

  17. 88 December 30, 2015 10:10 am

    And you sound like you have a man crush on the coach.

  18. Spartan December 30, 2015 10:21 am

    I have read your posts in the past here and on football. It seems whenever you are wrong you have to lead the discussion down the homosexual path. Do you have something against homosexuals? I do not. And I have a man or women crush on any coach who has the integrity to coach kids and allow themselves to be scrutinized by cowards such as yourself behind a fake name. I went to the hospital with my sign and you were nowhere to be found.

    Keep blogging, that is the closest you will ever be to coaching kids. We all know you are a coward. I am not saying you lack intelligence, you jack lack a set of you know what.

  19. 88 December 30, 2015 10:56 am

    Well look who the cat dragged in….. Good morning my multi-personality having friend. Its good to have you back. How is our favorite private school grad who is now making 6 to 7 figures doing? Amazing…

  20. Jerry Campany December 30, 2015 11:03 am

    For the record, Spartan shares an IP address with the following: Red One, Reel Talk, realistic, Realistic, Basketball fan, Laie Boy, GoBigRed, Elitist, True Story, Fact, etc, etc., etc.

  21. 88 December 30, 2015 11:26 am

    Its okay Jerry. I think the rest of the blogging community new who this was. At the end of the day we are all grateful that Hawaii Prep World allows us the opportunity to share our thoughts about High School Sports, all while doing it in anonymity.

  22. Spartan December 30, 2015 2:18 pm

    Like I said Jerry, a 2 year old can figure this out. Using 1000 names doesn’t take away from the fact that 88 likes to hide behind his name. He likes to insult a fine family man like Coach Akina. He thinks he can coach but has never done so. The only thing he is good at is using the same tired and unoriginal information. He is upset at the world since he wants to be a coach but cannot get hired.

    And until everyone uses their real name Mr. Campany, or a username that can be authenticated, should it matter if someone uses 1 name or 1000 names? This is a anonymous site?

    Don’ be surprised if Mr. Seitz subpoenas all of the IP Addresses for people who are committing libel against Mr. Akina on here. All he would need to do is submit to the judge his request and the judge will order a warrant at which point the webmaster would be legally bound to disclose. You guys can ask your in-house (assuming a large paper has in-house lawyers) if what I am saying is accurate. I am pretty confident they will agree.

    I am all for that since I have been nothing but supportive of Mr. Akina since he is a fine family man trying his best to give back to kids! The rest of you might want to start watching what you write since it’s all public record that can be easily tied back to your real self.

    And Mr. Seitz is a cut-throat lawyer that loves to be in the public eye.

  23. hi808 December 30, 2015 2:22 pm

    LOL its those bipolar northshore people again talking smack to themselves and blaming town people for the drama. There is no enemy of the state just enemy across yo guys streets!

    killin me kahuku!

  24. Rr4l December 30, 2015 4:19 pm

    @Bawlah, I agree with you about the stats . Something just ain’t right.

  25. bawlah December 31, 2015 7:45 am

    Spartan coaches PAL basketball and played for Maryknoll when he was 10, and did slide drills on a tarp and now he’s tough and doesn’t go home n cry to his mommy. Spartan is a blogger now in a blogging community and calls kids spoiled brats because they believe in something as a team…so now they’re spoiled because he doesn’t know anyone in the team n Spartan has to make things up here. Give your blogger friends real factual stuff Spartan. Go speak to a player and ask what happened. All the players are absolutely wrong, only Spartan is right because Spartan knows someone on the team. Thats where Spartan gets the Spartans information from that Spartan is sharing here on the sight.

    His lawyer dont give a dam about this site u idiot!!!

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