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Kamehameha completes girls basketball D-I state-tourney field

By Paul Honda on January 26, 2023

Was it the upset of the. season? Perhaps. No. 8 Kamehameha’s 44-39 victory over No. 2 Maryknoll on Wednesday night sealed a state-tournament berth for the Warriors. Doing it on the Spartans’ court, even more stunning. But a surprise? Coach Pua Straight and staff have been diligently working on their young roster since day one. All the offseason workouts accelerated their growth, but it wasn’t easy to find tangible results. Preseason wins over Konawaena and Waiakea were tempered by losses […]

All that drama: the ILH’s basketball tiebreaker maze

By Paul Honda on January 25, 2023

The tiebreakers and playoff formats of the ILH and OIA are so different. They do serve their purposes, of course. In the OIA, where there is no automatic state berth for regular-season supremacy, it all comes down the the playoffs. For years now, the top two teams in the OIA West and East have earned first-round byes, homecourt advantage and the the edge in fresh legs, all because opening-round teams have only 24 hours to rest before the quarterfinal round. […]

Montverde’s Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn wins ‘Iolani Classic dunk title

By Paul Honda on December 20, 2022

Even in borrowed shoes, Montverde guard Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn has no problem with extraterrestrial flight. The 6-foot senior wowed the audience on Monday night with a series of dunks, including one over a teammate and four keiki fans, to win the slam dunk contest at the ‘Iolani Prep Classic. He did it with shoes that were borrowed by a teammate from another teammate. The team, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps, had already been on Oahu for a few […]


Young Crusaders power No. 4 Saint Louis over No. 9 Moanalua

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2022

There’s a bit of the old and a bit of the new on display at the James Alegre Invitational this week. Fourth-ranked Saint Louis got off to a strong start with a 48-33 win over No. 9 Moanalua on Thursday. The Crusaders started three sophomores and two juniors, including a few who were contributors to last year’s state-championship run. No. 3 Punahou nearly doubled Lahainaluna in an 80-41 win, while Leilehua jolted Mid-Pacific, 71-29. Mililani prevailed over McKinley, 58-20, and […]

Kamehameha, ‘Iolani, Campbell, Kailua advance

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2022

The youth brigade at Kamehameha plays like a crew of seniors. The sixth-ranked Warriors took command in the third quarter en route to a 63-44 win over King Kekaulike on Thursday night at the Surfrider Holiday Classic. Coach Larry Park’s starting lineup is comprised of three sophomores and two juniors. In other games, No. 2 ‘Iolani overpowered Roosevelt, 53-32, Campbell defeated Damien, 63-30, and No. 7 Kailua nearly doubled Waialua, 76-39. See more in Thursday’s Star-Advertiser. Friday, Dec. 2 Surfrider […]

Theresa Anakalea pours in 32, Damien routs Leilehua

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2022

Theresa Anakalea is on a rampage. The Damien guard opened the Pa‘ani Tournament at Punahou with a 27-point game in the Monarchs’ 80-24 win over Hilo on Wednesday. On Thursday, the senior pumped in 32 points in Damien’s 51-29 win over Leilehua. Damien is now 4-0 in nonconference play. Anakalea scored 26 points in a season-opening 64-42 win over Kauai, then had 16 in a 50-48 squeaker over Kapaa. She isn’t a one-woman team. Tiare Arquero and Kenna Wengler are […]

I Mua thriller: No. 7 Kamehameha outlasts No. 9 Waiakea

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2022

It has been three long years since high school basketball has been this busy. Seventh-ranked Kamehameha opened its I Mua Invitational on Thursday with a 57-53 win over No. 9 Waiakea at the I Mua Invitational girls basketball tournament. Coach Pua Straight has a balanced lineup that includes two freshmen, Nihoa Dunn (12 points) and Rylee Paranada (12 points) making key contributions. Waiakea rallied in the second half with three consecutive 3-pointers on the fast break, but couldn’t get over […]

VIDEO: Epic Waipahu-Kapaa state-tournament thriller

By Paul Honda on November 17, 2022

This was the game of the year, but then again, it seems 2022 has provided a thriller or two every single weekend. Kapaa led 35-13 in its first Division I state-tournament appearance. Then, Waipahu made the change, moving dynamic senior Tama Uiliata from wide receiver to quarterback. Waipahu’s 49-41 victory in the opening round of the Division I bracket in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships was simply epic.