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St. Mary’s gets double-double from Amaya Oliver in win over Konawaena

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2019

Three seasons ago, Amaya Oliver’s world was so bright. Then came the knee injury in early 2018. The rehab. The comeback. Oliver is almost all the way back. The 6-foot-1 senior hustled for 21 points and 12 rebounds, her blonde hairdo bouncing all over the hardwood as St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) pulled away for a 60-44 win over Konawaena on Thursday in the opening round of the ‘Iolani Prep Classic. It was not easy for St. Mary’s, which finished the […]

VIDEO: ‘Iolani coach Dean Young, Raiders on key win over No. 3 Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2019

Dean Young exhaled. Winning on the road in the rugged ILH girls basketball gauntlet is never easy. The Raiders executed another masterful defensive performance in a 53-26 win at No. 3 Kamehameha and improved to 2-0 in league play (9-0 overall). Defending state champion ‘Iolani now has wins over five Top 10 teams, including a 54-26 victory over No. 2 Konawaena. Coach Young and his players chatted after the game about defense, or more precisely, defensive IQ.

Lily Wahinekapu pumps in 21 as No. 1 ‘Iolani routs No. 3 Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2019

The last time the top-ranked ‘Iolani Raiders played an opponent with this much clout, they dismantled Konawaena. After ‘Iolani crushed the Wildcats 54-26 on Nov. 14, Konawaena went on to win its next seven games, notching wins over five Top 10 teams. This time, the Raiders took Kamehameha for a similar ride, dominating on both ends of the hardwood in a 53-26 thrashing at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium on Tuesday night. Lily Wahinekapu poured in 21 points and added three assists, three […]


Q&A: Sisters Lily Wahinekapu and Jovi Lefotu of No. 1 ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2019

Latoya Wily doesn’t know much about ‘Iolani’s Lily Wahinekapu and Jovi Lefotu. She does remember being a kid and seeing their auntie, Sharon Wahinekapu, run the point for OIA powerhouse — at the time — Kalaheo. “My parents would always take my sister Artevia and I to watch players like Sharon and Brandy (Richardson) of Kalaheo,” Wily recalled. “Just like her, Lily and Jovi are fun to watch.” The sisters are as unassuming and humble as state champions could be. […]

Caitlyn Andrade-Tomimoto’s miracle shot lifts Punahou over Maryknoll, 32-31

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2019

The bank is Caitlyn Andrade-Tomimoto’s friend. Sixth-ranked Punahou trailed 30-29 when the senior guard drove through traffic and hit a running bank shot from 12 feet out with 6 seconds to play, giving the Buffanblu a stunning 32-31 win over No. 4 Maryknoll on Monday night at Hemmeter Fieldhouse. Andrade-Tomimoto hit two huge shots in the clutch, scoring four points in the final 34 seconds. The winning shot began with Punahou inbounded from the baseline at its basket with 11 […]

Jovi Lefotu’s 18 points spark No. 1 ‘Iolani to comeback win over No. 6 Punahou

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2019

For 16 minutes, the Punahou Buffanblu virtually matched everything No. 1 ‘Iolani threw at them. The Raiders found their answers in the second half, turning a two-point halftime lead into a 41-32 win over No. 6 Punahou in the ILH regular-season opener for both teams. Jovi Lefotu scored seven of her game-high 18 points during a 12-5 run to begin the second half. “Punahou was knocking down a lot of their shots,” said Lefotu, a 5-foot-9 sophomore who can play […]

Balance, experience, depth make Radford tough to beat in West

By Paul Honda on December 4, 2019

There’s much work to do in the eyes of Coach Charles Chong, but the Lady Rams of Radford showed plenty of reasons why the OIA West is theirs for the taking. Kailani Tenorio scored nine points as Radford used an unselfish passing game and tenacious defense to stifle Kapolei 45-25 in the regular-season opener for both teams on Wednesday night at James Alegre Gymnasium. Angel Asaah scored six points and hustled for eight rebounds, and Angela Howell and Ashlynn McGarrah […]

‘Iolani, Konawaena, Kamehameha head the pack, but ILH D-II rising

By Paul Honda on December 4, 2019

Fluid and fast. The girls basketball preseason is flying by. Finding nice, new gems is a hobby itself for hoop fans. Example: KVIKS TV. Apparently, Hilo High School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to media in the BIIF. Games are streamed live, as well as other announcements and events at the historic institution. I still haven’t been in their “new” gym. Back in the day, when I came over from the west side, Hilo’s boys games […]