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Kamehameha names new varsity baseball coach

By Billy Hull on February 7, 2018

Kamehameha has selected Kahi Kaanoi to run the varsity baseball program on an interim basis. Kaanoi, a Kamehameha alum, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2000 MLB draft. He helped the Warriors win an ILH championship that year as the ace of the pitching staff. Kamehameha sent a release at 3 p.m. with a statement. “We can confirm that we’ve offered interim head coaching positions for the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams. Interim […]

Kamehameha lets go of baseball coaches

By Billy Hull on January 27, 2018

Kamehameha has let go of all of its coaches on the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams, Hawaii Prep World has learned. The move comes with preseason tournaments beginning next month for the varsity team, which had planned a trip to California. That trip will no longer be made. Thomas Perkins, who was hired in January 2015 to replace Billy Pieper, led the Warriors to two state tournament appearances in three years. Kamehameha advanced to the state semifinals a year […]

Team Kado hosts showcase at Mid-Pacific

By Jason Kaneshiro on December 19, 2017

Team Kado Baseball’s series of winter camps opens Thursday with a high school “training, combine and competition camp” at Mid-Pacific Institute. MPI graduate Donny Kadokawa said Tuesday about 20 spots remain for the showcase targeted at providing high school age players with exposure and instruction.  The cost is $175 per player. The sessions are scheduled for 2-6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday. Kadokawa said youth and middle school camps scheduled for next week are sold out. […]

Signing Day: 40 make their college dreams a reality

By Paul Honda on November 8, 2017

Amalia Paige Hilliard saw the writing on the wall years ago. Or actually, there was writing on the table. Year after year, season after season, young Paige sat at the entrance on Letter-of-Intent Signing Day for then-host Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. High school seniors from virtually every sport filtered through the doors of the Honolulu Elks Lodge in Waikiki or the rode the escalator up to the Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms. There were the PIAA volunteers, ready and able to assist. […]

St. Francis’ Akana to play baseball for Hawaii

By Billy Hull on September 5, 2017

St. Francis junior Bubba Akana, who plays football, basketball and baseball for the Saints, has committed to play baseball for Hawaii beginning in 2020. Akana committed to the UH coaching staff this morning. Soon after, he passed his road test to get his driver’s license. “Pretty great,” Akana said in a phone interview this afternoon. “It’s great because I get to be around my family and stuff and can always just play in front of them instead of them having […]

Barcoma takes over as Maui baseball coach

By Nick Abramo on August 30, 2017

Leonard Barcoma Jr. will take over as head coach of the state champion Maui High baseball team, Sabers athletic director Michael Ban announced Wednesday. Barcoma has coached in more than 20 seasons in the Maui Interscholastic League — at Maui High and at Kamehameha-Maui. He was Maui’s JV head coach last season. “Coach Barcoma is a dedicated individual who is committed to teaching the game of baseball and instilling common core values such as discipline, hard work and sportsmanship,” Ban […]

HAWAII GROWN: Reds release Kahaloa

By Billy Hull on August 23, 2017

Former Campbell All-State pitcher of the year and Hawaii Hall of Honor inductee Ian Kahaloa was released by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Kahaloa, who served a 50-game suspension to start the season after testing positive a second time for “a drug of abuse,” was a fifth-round pick of the Reds in 2015. According to a story posted on, Reds farm director Jeff Graupe said Kahaloa did not do enough to show the team he was trying to take […]

Maui state champ baseball coach steps down

By Nick Abramo on August 3, 2017

Maui High baseball coach Chase Corniel stepped down from his position today, according to a press release from Sabers athletic director Michael Ban. Corniel, who will become a vice principal at the school, led the Sabers to the 2017 Division I state championship in May that was capped with a 6-1 victory over Waiakea in the title game. “It was a tough decision, but I was provided an opportunity to better my career and support my family,” Corniel said in […]