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Hoopbook: Hiring of Ryan Hirata at ‘Iolani starts domino effect

By Paul Honda on April 5, 2019

The news is in and, to no surprise, Ryan Hirata has returned to his alma mater to become the new boys basketball head coach at ‘Iolani. He talked about the decision Friday afternoon. Hirata spent the past five seasons at the helm of Mid-Pacific’s boys program, which was highly competitive in the state’s most challenging league. Now he has the tradition, legacy and expectations of the Raiders’ program, where he was an All-State second-team guard alongside his best friend, Derrick […]

1-ON-1: Ryan Hirata on ‘toughest decision’ to leave MPI for ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on April 5, 2019

Five years in the green, white and black of Mid-Pacific Institute was transformative for Ryan Hirata. Hirata was announced as the new boys basketball head coach at his alma mater, ‘Iolani, on Friday. The emotions were mixed, for sure. “I think this is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since I started coaching basketball in the ILH. It’s best for my family. I had to follow my gut and my heart,” he said. “‘Iolani is a special […]

‘Iolani selects Ryan Hirata as boys basketball coach

By Billy Hull on April 5, 2019

Ryan Hirata has been selected as ‘Iolani School’s new head coach for its boys basketball program. Hirata moves over to his alma mater from Mid-Pacific, where he coached for the past five seasons and was named the ILH coach of the year once. Prior to calling the shots for the Owls, Hirata was an assistant to ‘Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto, who stepped down on March 1 after four ILH and three state titles in 10 seasons. “Coaching has been my […]


ALL-STATE HOOPS: Saints’ Kameron Ng stands out on top

By Hawaii Prep World on March 23, 2019

After finishing runner-up in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State Fab. 15 as a junior, St. Francis guard Kameron Ng has made it to the top. The 5-foot-11 senior was named the Star-Advertiser All-State boys basketball player of the year in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. A full-page spread is available in the newspaper or you can read the story online here. Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 Boys Basketball 1. Kameron Ng, St. Francis, 5-11, Sr., G >> 24 ppg, shot 81 percent from […]

Kameron, Kordel Ng to play in New Zealand tourney

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2019

A roster that includes some of Hawaii’s top basketball players, including former professional Derrick Low, also has a bit of Saintly thumbprints. Brothers Kameron and Kordel Ng are on the roster of the Kingdom of Hawaii team and are set to fly to New Zealand for a Pacific Rim-wide tournament on Thursday. Kameron Ng, a senior, and Kordel, a junior, are the only Hawaii prep players on the roster. “We’re going to play against other national teams, Poly national teams. […]

ILH rules against curtailing coaching restrictions

By Nick Abramo on March 16, 2019

At their postseason meetings, the ILH basketball and volleyball coaches voted to request the elimination of coaching restrictions. The ILH athletic directors, however, voted to keep the restrictions in place. By rule, ILH coaches are not allowed to coach players from their varsity teams during offseason periods, excluding summer. There is one exception: Varsity coaches who coach a club team can coach up to three of their varsity players on the club team. The state’s other leagues — BIIF, KIF, […]

Kameron Ng repeats as Gatorade Hawaii player of the year

By Billy Hull on March 15, 2019

St. Francis senior Kameron Ng won the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year award for the second straight year on Friday. Ng, who finished second to Kahuku’s Tolu Smith in the Star-Advertiser player of the year voting as a junior, is up for the award again this year. The All-State team will be released on Sunday, March 24. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard averaged 24.4 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game this season. He got […]

Hoopbook: Vacancies at ‘Iolani, Saint Louis, Castle

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2019

Coaching changes happen often enough, and they go unnoticed at times. The boys basketball season has been over in Hawaii for less than three weeks, but the changes coming could have a domino effect with more impact than usual. It began with news that Sol Batoon had been released after two seasons as Saint Louis coach. That was relatively sudden, given that the middle-school and elementary-school level teams have been more active than usual under Batoon’s watch. Playing in youth […]