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All-State Girls Hoops: Coaches chime in on Fab 15, All-Defensive selections

By Paul Honda on April 1, 2022

Basketball season at the prep level was so short, but so dynamic in 2021-22. On the girls’ side, there were roughly five to 10 fewer preseason games for most teams. The diminished opportunity to play teams from other leagues, other islands and states left many fans wanting more. In the end, the regular season, playoffs and state championships filled much of the void — until the Division I state final. ‘Iolani’s Jovi Wahinekapu Lefotu was unstoppable, a force of nature […]

Hoopbook: Pupule’s Top 10 post-season questions

By Paul Honda on March 6, 2022

The 2022 postseason in answered some vital questions about many things Hawaii high school roundball. There are also many questions left unanswered, like why aren’t there UNDISPUTED boys champions in the BIIF and MIL? There is logic, of course, in the eyes of fans at Division I programs like Baldwin and Hilo, which won their respective leagues. If D-II programs want it, they can always request to move up given the proper procedures and timing. But the pupule fan in […]

3-peat champion ‘Iolani closes at No. 1, HBA lands at No. 8

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2022

‘Iolani made it a unanimous No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 on Monday, collecting all 12 first-place ballots from coaches and media. The Raiders (17-2) completed the season with a state-final 28-17 win over Konawaena on Saturday at the Heide & Cook/HHSAA State Championships. OIA champion Campbell vaulted three spots to No. 4 after reaching the D-I semifinal round. The Division II winner, Hawaii Baptist, landed in the rankings for the first time at No. 9. The […]


No pain, no gain: HBA’s globe-trekking, tail-spinning, state-title season

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2022

There was a point early in the second quarter of the Division II state championship game with Sacred Hearts when the Hawaii Baptist ohana held their collective breath. With 5:42 left before halftime, Joey Lin went down and stayed down. The arena went dead silent. “The injuries to us happened all season long,” HBA coach Robin Yamaguchi said. “So our thought was Alyssa Young has to step up again.” The Eagles were ready. After weeks of ups, downs, injuries and […]

A new peak: ‘Iolani three-peats in girls hoops

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2022

There was mostly joy this week for the ‘Iolani Raiders. And definitely some drama. There were some quiet, tense moments for fans when the Raiders struggled to pull away from a resilient Campbell squad in the semifinals. Konawaena would not relent in the Division I final of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Saturday at Blaisdell Center. Coach Dean Young had moments of relief, anguish, even heartbreak and again, joy through the course of three days. The […]

Jovi Lefotu, Joey Lin lead girls hoops all-state tourney teams

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2022

‘Iolani and Konawaena dominated the all-tournament selections at the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball Division I State Championships. Raider senior Jovi Lefotu was voted most outstanding player. Against Maui, the versatile floor leader had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals. In a semifinal win over Campbell, Lefotu had 16 points (5-for-12 from the field), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. In the championship game against Konawaena, Lefotu had […]

‘Iolani, Konawaena and the art of adaptation

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2022

There was a point during the first half of the ‘Iolani-Campbell semifinal game when Dean Young was despondent. Head bowed, hands on his forehead while sitting on the bench. Processing. “I was thinking, can we stop putting them on the free-throw line? Over and over and over again. It was frustrating,” Young said after the Raiders’ 54-39 win. “It just kills the flow of the game to blow the whistle so many times.” It was a game-long grind against a […]

Hoopbook: Sacrifice, dedication and tears of joy for Lady Lunas

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

The game was over and the Lady Lunas of Lahainaluna were mingling with each other and family members who made the flight over to Oahu. Lahainaluna advanced to the semifinal round of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships with a 49-36 win over Punahou. But some time during the post-game decompression stage, Chaland Pahukoa had a moment. The talented junior guard had just scored 12 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Lunas […]