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Kohala hires longtime assistant Kihei Kapeliela as boys hoops coach

By Paul Honda on October 22, 2019

The time is right, and Kihei Kapeliela is ready. The former Kohala Cowboy player is the new varsity boys basketball head coach, taking over the reins from longtime coach Donn Fernandez, who retired recently. Kapeliela was a junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant for 11 years under Fernandez. Expectations for a small school with a strong basketball tradition are high. All but two of last year’s varsity players will return from a team that was 13-5 and reached the […]

Georgetown camp opens door to college for Damien hoopster Bryce Forbes

By Paul Honda on August 22, 2019

Bryce Forbes needed a sign. The 6-foot-7 Damien boys basketball player had completed his junior year, and a strong performance at the Division II state tournament boosted the Monarchs to their first title. Moving up to D-I next season, a possible No. 1 ranking with most of the lineup returning — all practically set in stone. Forbes looked a lot like a tall, improving player who would fit in well with any program in the nation. He stayed and played […]

No more Boogie Nights: D-I contender Damien loses PG Jydon Hall

By Paul Honda on August 19, 2019

The crown never comes before the coronation. Damien’s move to Division I, along with a No. 3 ranking in the final Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10, made it quite feasible that the Monarchs would be the top team in the state for the 2019-20 season. A Division II state champion moving up to D-I and winning the title immediately is rare. Damien fit the bill. However, the departure of their junior point guard, Jydon Hall, could be a setback for […]

MIL powerhouse Lahainaluna loses boys hoops coach Jason Justus

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2019

Jason Justus’ time as Lahainaluna boys basketball coach has come to a close. Justus has resigned as head coach, effective immediately. He led the Lunas to state-tournament berths in each of his five years, developing a rigorous offseason program that lifted them to new heights. Justus, 44, is recently married and sensed that the time for change was here. “It’s a great program. I already miss it. There’s things in my life that changed. Rachel Kane, my assistant, we just […]

ILH switches from Spalding to Baden basketballs

By Paul Honda on August 7, 2019

The time has finally come for change in ILH basketball. League basketball coordinator Peter Estomago confirmed that the ILH will switch from Spalding to Baden for the upcoming season. “We support the decision by our coaches and athletic directors,” Estomago said on Tuesday. “They want to use the same ball that is used by the HHSAA.” For years, the ILH had used the Spalding TF-1000 moisture-control model, a ball with a dark red tint that felt soft, yet rough on […]

VIDEO: Maryknoll coach Kelly Grant optimistic about young Spartans

By Paul Honda on July 18, 2019

Maryknoll boys basketball coach Kelly Grant guided the Spartans to the Division I state championship last season, but despite the departure of key players due to graduation, he is highly optimistic. One of those reasons is 6-foot-11 Sage Tolentino, who was featured by Paul Honda here. Coach Grant chatted with Hawaii Prep World on Monday.

Maryknoll’s Sage Tolentino continues to grow

By Paul Honda on July 18, 2019

Sage Tolentino always loved basketball. Thankfully, his mom and dad didn’t mind getting him new shoes and clothes practically every six months. “He grew about four or five inches every year in elementary school,” Becky Tolentino said. The one consolation, mom added, is that son Sage isn’t a big fan of long pants. Finding trousers with a 40-inch inseam, dad Grant Tolentino said, would be tough to find. Sage Tolentino is a humble kid, just 15, and stands at 6 […]

VIDEO: Damien hoopsters embrace high expectations

By Paul Honda on July 8, 2019

A year ago, coming off a loss in the Division II finals of the boys basketball state tournament, Damien made a decision. Coach Alvin Stephenson, aiming for the prize, had his school declare the Monarchs to remain in D-II. Then came the winter, and Damien stunned a number of Top 10 teams, including eventual D-I state champion Maryknoll. With most of the roster back for the upcoming season, the Monarchs are relishing the opportunity to challenge for the ILH and […]