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Lola Donez, Olivia Malafu spark Team Red to Jamboree title

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2024

From near and far, many of Hawaii’s finest girls basketball players arrived at lower gym of ‘Iolani School on Monday morning. When the day was done at the Mufi Hannemann Jamboree, Lahainaluna senior Lola Donez was a 3-point champion and a key contributor for tournament team champion Team Red. The 3-point contest had a head-to-head format that whittled down a dozen or so shooters. In a one-minute time frame, the gunners went to each of five spots to score. After […]

Hoopbook: Donez, Huihui, Samura and memorable moments at states

By Paul Honda on February 8, 2024

This Hoopbook is long overdue and it took a state-tournament record night by Lola Donez to trigger it. Donez was in sniper mode, but ordinary sniper, during a 41-point performance on Wednesday night. Green light, tough off the dribble with the mid-range J from anywhere, and especially strong going to her left — the mark of a true workaholic hoopster. Lahainaluna needed all of it in a 69-66 win over a talented Waiakea squad. As a combo guard in a […]

KS-Hawaii edges Waiakea, makes school history with 12-0 BIIF mark

By Paul Honda on January 31, 2024

Kamehameha-Hawaii just wrote a new page in the history book. UH-Hilo signee Keanu Huihui scored 20 points and volleyball-basketball standout Maela Honma added 16 as KS-Hawaii edged No. 5 Waiakea, 48-47, on Thursday to complete regular-season play unbeaten in the BIIF for the first time. “I’m still in shock. Last year, a goal of mine was to better myself as a player and leader, but this year I have more of a team goal. Our team has so much hustle […]


Julissa Bollinger, Jirah Villanueva spark Radford over Mililani, 56-45

By Paul Honda on December 16, 2023

She’s crafty, this lefty playmaker. Julissa Bollinger did a little of everything for Radford, including scoring on the block with a quick lefty jump hook off the glass over and over. Mililani had no solution for Bollinger and fellow senior Jirah Villanueva as Radford pulled away for a 56-45 win on Friday night at James Alegre Gymnasium. Bollinger finished with 22 points and Villanueva had 16 for Radford (5-1, 1-0 OIA West). “Definitely, Coach Dubz (assistant Allen Fortson) helped me […]

‘Iolani runs away for 44-30 win over Oregon powerhouse Southridge

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2023

Most nights, the dynasty of ‘Iolani girls basketball vanquishes foes through sheer speed, smarts and savvy. On Thursday, the Raiders needed more against the tall Skyhawks of Southridge. The seven-time Oregon 6A state champions came to the islands with a 4-0 record. Mia Frye, Keiki McGee, Justice Kekauoha, Hailey Fernandez stood their ground on the perimeter as “Iolani (12-2) utilized tough man-to-man defense against the Skyhawks. The Hawks’ ability to crash the offensive glass, however, could have been an issue […]

Kamehameha topples Arizona powerhouse Hamilton, 57-50, for I Mua crown

By Paul Honda on December 3, 2023

In the space of one off-season and a few weeks of preseason, the young Kamehameha Warriors have become regal. With a 57-50 victory over Arizona powerhouse Hamilton, Kamehameha captured the championship of the I Mua Invitational. Kamehameha had its share of challenges against Hamilton, a two-time Arizona 6A state champion, but clutched up in every key moment down the stretch. Center Nihoa Dunn scored 18 points, including 14 in the first half to spark the Warriors to a 28-21 lead. […]

Kamehameha, Maryknoll advance to I Mua semifinals

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2023

Over the weekend, family took the court when Kamehameha visited Maryknoll. Kamehameha coach Pua Straight led her Warriors to a hard-earned 44-33 win over Maryknoll coach Chico Furtado and his Spartans. Niece versus uncle. It was a way of life in the brutally competitive ILH Division I girls basketball universe — until this season. Maryknoll’s decision to move down to Division II meant D-I Kamehameha would possibly never play the Spartans. So the nonconference game was set up for last […]

‘Iolani, Konawaena, Campbell remain unbeaten at Pa‘ani

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The beauty of a pre-scheduled tournament is that pairings bring together strangers from afar. It also leaves some congestion occasionally. The Pa‘ani Invitational at Punahou now has three teams at 2-0 after two days of play. ‘Iolani, the No. 1-ranked team in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10, takes on winless San Clemente (Calif.) on Friday. The other two unbeatens will clash. No. 3 Konawaena will battle No. 7 Campbell in a meeting of defending BIIF and OIA champions. The […]

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