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Former ‘Iolani hoopster Kylie Yung walks on at Hawaii

By Paul Honda on September 26, 2020

Kylie Yung is ready for Rainbows. The ‘Iolani basketball state champion has walked on at Hawaii, turning down opportunities to play at smaller universities. “She’s always told us that she wants to play Division I basketball even if it meant turning down other opportunities to walk on. She’ll fit right in,” ‘Iolani coach Dean Young said. “She’s the hardest-working player I ever coached and Coach (Laura) Beeman will love that along with how hard she plays.” The 5-foot-8 forward is […]

Hope International G/F Kodee Viena transfers to Rainbow Wahine

By Paul Honda on September 25, 2020

Kodee Viena is taking the road home. The former Star-Advertiser All-State selection from Maryknoll has transferred to Hawaii after two seasons at Hope International (Calif.). She and another ILH hoopster, Kylie Yung of ‘Iolani, are walk-ons for the Rainbow Wahine. Viena was also an All-Defensive team pick by coaches and media as a senior in the 2017-18 season. At Hope International (19-10), she played with former Maryknoll teammates Rhianne Omori and Isabelle Halemano. In 25 games played last season, Viena […]

Former Kahuku all-state hoopster Leiah Naeata chasing dream in Las Vegas

By Paul Honda on September 23, 2020

To pursue her dream, Leiah Naeata had to make a heartbreaking decision. The Kahuku senior relocated to Las Vegas. The two-time Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 basketball selection flew to the “ninth island” on Independence Day and has never looked back. She has been busy playing non-stop for the Las Vegas Storm club program and is attending Palo Verde High School. “I’m feeling great,” she said on Tuesday afternoon. “I just told my close friends and teammates. They understand. It’s just […]

Kamehameha senior Camille Feary commits to Southern Oregon

By Paul Honda on September 10, 2020

Camille Feary found the right fit at Southern Oregon. The Kamehameha senior committed to the school Wednesday, ensuring that her basketball career will continue at the next level. “Southern Oregon, I think it’s in Ashland. I was supposed to visit this past summer, but it got cancelled,” Feary said on Wednesday. Feary, who has a 3.2 grade-point average, also had interest from George Fox, another NAIA school. Her versatility as a ballhandler, passer, scorer and defender were keys to Kamehameha’s […]

Former Maryknoll standout Jalen Tanuvasa commits to SJSU

By Paul Honda on September 8, 2020

The last time Jalen Tanuvasa played high school basketball in Hawaii, she was a sophomore at Maryknoll. Her family then moved to Las Vegas and she transferred to Faith Lutheran. Over the weekend, the senior combo guard committed to San Jose State. The former Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 selection in the 2018-19 season after averaging 17 points per game for a young Spartans squad. She was voted No. 5 by coaches and media. Tanuvasa thanked her ohana and basketball family […]

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 8, 1993: Kamehameha comes through without Nani Cockett

By Jerry Campany on May 8, 2020

Other than “play ball,” there are no sweeter words in sports than “Game seven.” On this date in 1993, Kamehameha and Iolani hooked up for the seventh time, but this one was for the state girls basketball championship. The Warriors were without Nani Cockett for the telling contest, losing their all-star two weeks earlier because of injury. Her mates picked her up, though, beating the talented Raiders in overtime.

MAY 7, 1977: Maryknoll wins first HHSAA girls hoops title

By Jerry Campany on May 7, 2020

The first HHSAA girls basketball tournament turned out to be much like every ILH championship before it. On this day in 1977, Maryknoll beat Punahou 48-39 to finish unbeaten in the first state tournament in girls basketball. Kamehameha took third place to make it an ILH sweep. Maryknoll’s Sue Scott was the MVP of the first tournament, scoring 73 points in three games and playing solid defense on Punahou’s Manu Meyer.