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Hoop dream lives on for Kordel Ng, Liko Soares in Arizona desert

By Paul Honda on October 1, 2020

Adventure time in the desert is underway for a new version of Hawaii’s fab five. Kordel Ng, Liko Soares, Nainoa Peters, Kamana Lapina and Ryan Owens are pursuing their hoop dreams. In Phoenix, Ariz., they live in a house together. Most of their time outside the house is spent practicing with Hillcrest Prep, a post-graduate program. Their days are spent in the gym, in the weight room and at home, often playing video games. The purpose for all five islanders […]

Saint Louis standout Aiva Arquette enjoying pro-level guidance

By Paul Honda on August 30, 2020

If he could live in two universes, free from a global pandemic, Aiva Arquette would play baseball in one and basketball in the other. Infinitely. Arquette’s rise on the diamond and the hardwood helped Saint Louis, and he was just a sophomore. Despite the ongoing lockdown, he is getting work done as junior year begins. He posted a video on social media last week, working on his catch-and-shoot elbow and 3-point jumpers with former ‘Iolani great Derrick Low. Earlier in […]

Kalaheo, UH-Hilo standout Kupaa Harrison signs with Spanish pro team

By Paul Honda on August 26, 2020

In another basketball world, Kupaa Harrison is 1.95 meters tall. The former UH-Hilo and Kalaheo standout signed with Usal La Antigua and will make his professional debut this fall in Salamanca, Spain. “I’m not in Spain yet, but I will be heading out there in the middle of September,” Harrison said on Wednesday morning. “Right now, I’m back on Oahu spending time with family and then I will be heading to California to try and get some proper training in. […]

Maryknoll’s Sage Tolentino lands 2nd offer: Tennessee State

By Paul Honda on August 25, 2020

Tennessee State came calling and Sage Tolentino now has two Division I college basketball scholarship offers. Tennessee State was 18-15 last season, including 9-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Belmont, Murray State and Austin Peay are the league’s top teams. “I just feel the same way about the Kansas offer. Every offer is amazing for me. It doesn’t matter which school is the top school. Every school has a purpose,” Maryknoll’s 7-foot junior said on Tuesday from Cincinnati. “The school […]

Kansas makes offer to Maryknoll’s 7-foot Sage Tolentino

By Paul Honda on July 23, 2020

Sage Tolentino has myriad moves in his basketball arsenal. One of them was off the court when Tolentino traveled to Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio for workouts this summer. The exposure paid off on Thursday when national powerhouse Kansas offered Tolentino a scholarship. “I feel good, great. Yeah. Kansas has a great coaching staff. They really want me and they’re interested. I really like their facilities and their school. I saw it on a Zoom call. They also talked to me […]

Maryknoll hoopster Sage Tolentino making a splash in Kentucky

By Paul Honda on July 8, 2020

Sage Tolentino is a secret no more. The Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball All-State selection is now 7 feet, 1 inch tall, an inch taller than he was during Maryknoll’s state championship run last winter. According to Jack Pilgrim of Kentucky Sports Radio, the junior-to-be is drawing attention from Kentucky and Auburn this summer. Tolentino is currently spending time training with a program, Griffin Elite of Ohio, running with college and professional players. It was 96 degrees in Cincinnati on Wednesday as […]

Hall of Honor selects 12 more legends

By Jerry Campany on May 25, 2020

The newest class of the Hall of Honor was selected on Sunday, awarding each athlete a $2,000 scholarship from Enterprise. >> Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna She is a four-time state champion in wrestling, the sixth girl in state history to do so and the second from Maui, joining Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa from 2016. Estrella ended her career at No. 1 pound-for-pound on’s rankings and will go on to compete for national power Menlo College while majoring in marketing business. >> […]

MAY 11, 1979: Chris McLachlin steps down as Punahou hoops coach

By Jerry Campany on May 11, 2020

On this date in 1979, Punahou lost one of its most successful basketball coaches for the second time in five years. Chris McLachlin, who took the Buffanblu to the state title a few months before, resigned to spend more time with his family. His son, future PGA pro Parker McLachlin, was born two days earlier. Chris McLachlin, a 1964 grad at the school, went 165-30 as Punahou’s basketball coach and won two state championships. Ray Buck replaced McLachlin as coach. […]