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Q&A: New Saint Louis hoops coach Dan Hale

By Paul Honda on April 30, 2019

Dan Hale isn’t necessarily trying to raise the Saint Louis Crusaders to new heights. The newly-hired basketball coach recalls an era when the men of Kalaepohaku were among the best on the hardwood. “My memory of Saint Louis is they were a powerhouse in basketball. Mark Rodrigues, Brad Pineau, a bunch of guys,” Hale said on Monday afternoon by phone from Virginia. Rodrigues was a standout point guard who went on to lead the floor at Chaminade, beating No. 1 […]

Saint Louis hires Dan Hale as boys basketball coach

By Nick Abramo on April 29, 2019

Dan Hale is the new boys basketball coach at Saint Louis, replacing Sol Batoon, the school’s athletic department announced Monday. Hale has been coaching high school basketball for more than 25 years, including at Punahou from 2004 to 2007. During that time, Hale was the ILH coach of the year (2005) and led the Buffablu to the state Division I title in 2008 and a runner-up finish in 2007. Before that he coached at Moanalua and was named OIA coach […]

VIDEO: All-State POY Kameron Ng on commitment to Hawaii

By Paul Honda on April 29, 2019

The options for life on the mainland were there, but Kameron Ng is ready for the next chapter. “It’s a new beginning,” the St. Francis senior basketball standout said Monday after committing to Hawaii. At UH, the Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year will walk on. He had a similar opportunity with Portland, which had coaches at St. Francis working Ng out recently. Former ‘Iolani center Hugh Hogland, another former player of the year, plays at Portland. Ng also had […]

Prime Time hoops brings students joy and gives them a chance

By Nick Abramo on April 16, 2019

Joy. Utter joy. That is the overwhelming vibe emanating from high school basketball gyms this April. It’s called Friday Night Prime Time and it has to be seen to be believed. What is it, though? High school basketball in April? Friday Night Prime Time fills the hardwood with players who typically wouldn’t have had a chance. They are special-needs and at-risk students, with peer mentors joining in. When you see the players during a game, it’s absolutely incredible. Nearly every […]

Q&A: Punahou 4-sport athlete Duke Clemens

By Paul Honda on April 16, 2019

After all these years, Duke Clemens mastered the one skill off the field that can be troublesome for most students. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior has won the battle with time. Clemens became a Star-Advertiser All-State football and basketball player at his dream school, Punahou. He learned quickly that free time on campus was best handled as an investment in the future. “I don’t really play video games,” Clemens said. “I usually do not do homework at home. I get it […]

Hoopbook: Hiring of Ryan Hirata at ‘Iolani starts domino effect

By Paul Honda on April 5, 2019

The news is in and, to no surprise, Ryan Hirata has returned to his alma mater to become the new boys basketball head coach at ‘Iolani. He talked about the decision Friday afternoon. Hirata spent the past five seasons at the helm of Mid-Pacific’s boys program, which was highly competitive in the state’s most challenging league. Now he has the tradition, legacy and expectations of the Raiders’ program, where he was an All-State second-team guard alongside his best friend, Derrick […]

1-ON-1: Ryan Hirata on ‘toughest decision’ to leave MPI for ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on April 5, 2019

Five years in the green, white and black of Mid-Pacific Institute was transformative for Ryan Hirata. Hirata was announced as the new boys basketball head coach at his alma mater, ‘Iolani, on Friday. The emotions were mixed, for sure. “I think this is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since I started coaching basketball in the ILH. It’s best for my family. I had to follow my gut and my heart,” he said. “‘Iolani is a special […]

‘Iolani selects Ryan Hirata as boys basketball coach

By Billy Hull on April 5, 2019

Ryan Hirata has been selected as ‘Iolani School’s new head coach for its boys basketball program. Hirata moves over to his alma mater from Mid-Pacific, where he coached for the past five seasons and was named the ILH coach of the year once. Prior to calling the shots for the Owls, Hirata was an assistant to ‘Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto, who stepped down on March 1 after four ILH and three state titles in 10 seasons. “Coaching has been my […]