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Busy summer nets D-I offer for ‘Iolani sophomore Aaron Claytor

By Paul Honda on September 18, 2021

Somewhere in a parallel universe, the 2020-21 basketball season was a breakout year for a few of Hawaii’s best young players. In this world, Aaron Claytor made the best of dire circumstances. Now a sophomore, the ‘Iolani guard completed one of the busiest summer grinds. One reward was a scholarship offer from North Carolina A&T, which plays in the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Aggies were 11-10 last season, including 7-1 in conference play. Claytor’s older brother, Rio, plays football […]

A ‘gentle giant’: Hawaii mourns loss of Punahou legend Ia Saipaia

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2021

It was an era when guards rarely dominated from long range. Ia Saipaia found a way. Scoring on the baseline. Pump-faking and driving through narrow gaps. Hitting 22-footers off the dribble. Finding open teammates. The young hoopster from Kuhio Park Terrace didn’t say a whole lot. A man of action. Saipaia died on Monday from COVID-19 symptoms, just 63. He died of COVID-19 symptoms and was fully vaccinated, according to his wife, Jean Miyashiro-Saipaia. “Hopefully, it is a lesson to […]

Voyage to Ohio leads to creation of Hawaiian food truck for Sage Tolentino’s father, Grant

By Paul Honda on August 15, 2021

The connection between the Tolentino family and Ohio is deepening. While former Maryknoll standout Sage Tolentino plays and trains in Hamilton, his father is turning a new chapter into a business opportunity. Grant Tolentino and nephew and recent CIA (Culinary Institute of Arts) graduate Aaron Kimura are opening a food truck: Dine-In Hawaiian. It’s a natural fit since Sage Tolentino committed to Cincinnati in July. “It’s such a big open market here that it’s much needed. All of the local […]


Catching up with former Maryknoll standout Sage Tolentino

By Paul Honda on August 15, 2021

The distance between Kaneohe and Hamilton, Ohio is 4,426 miles. Sage Tolentino packed his bags and made the move after sophomore year at Maryknoll. He could have stayed, but like every other basketball player in Hawaii, he would’ve had zero official basketball games last winter as a junior. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t hit Ohio the same way, where basketball was permitted at high schools like Hamilton. The 7-foot wing and shot blocker — All-State selection and two-time state champion — […]

Promising freshman JJ Mandaquit of ‘Iolani enjoying a recharge in Hilo

By Paul Honda on August 9, 2021

In the hoops universe, JJ Mandaquit is a rising star. Of the class of 2025 — incoming freshmen — none has shone brighter on a national stage than the ‘Iolani hoopster. The general consensus is that Mandaquit and Pupuali‘i Sepulona are the top two incoming freshmen in Hawaii. Sepulona, a 6-foot-3 post scorer with a silky shooting stroke, was one of Saint Louis’ top scorers in its varsity summer league. The left-handed shooter is now playing football. Mandaquit was Sepulona’s […]

Former Maryknoll hoopster Sage Tolentino commits to Cincinnati

By Paul Honda on July 15, 2021

(3 p.m. Adds interview with Sage Tolentino.) The path will lead to Cincinnati for Sage Tolentino. The 7-foot forward/center from Kaneohe announced his commitment to the Bearcats on Thursday via social media. “I am humbled and blessed that I will be committing to the University of Cincinnati! Thank you to coach Wes Miller, coach Chad Dollar and the entire coaching staff for believing in me,” Tolentino wrote. “I am very thankful for this opportunity to play at the next level, […]

Former Maryknoll hoopster Sage Tolentino de-commits from Auburn

By Paul Honda on June 21, 2021

Last October, Sage Tolentino had one of the brightest days of his young career, committing to Auburn and coach Bruce Pearl. As of Monday, the 7-foot junior has de-committed from the Tigers. In a post on Instagram, he announced his decision in four sentences. “After a lot of discussion and talking with my family and coaches, I have to decided to reopen my recruitment and want to keep my options open at this time. I would like to thank Coach […]

Gatorade boys basketball POY O’shen Cazimero of Kohala on quest

By Paul Honda on June 16, 2021

It was late night and O’shen Cazimero just couldn’t fall asleep. It was fate. Good fate. “An email popped up on my phone from Gatorade. There was a banner and a video,” Cazimero said of the Hawaii Gatorade boys basketball player of the year award. Kohala won the 2019-20 Division II state championship with Cazimero as its leading scorer. There was no ’20-’21 season, however, because of the pandemic. “Winning it is a great honor because there were a lot […]