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Lunas’ Todd Rickard resigns, citing DOE restrictions, decisions

By Paul Honda on August 13, 2021

The chronology of girls basketball on Maui has seemed to always include Todd Rickard. For now, however, there is a chasm. The longtime Lahainaluna coach stepped down from the post on Wednesday, ending an unprecedented run in Maui Interscholastic League girls basketball. “I talked to them on Tuesday, and the parents,” Rickard said of his Lady Lunas. “They were surprised. I was surprised myself. I didn’t know it would come to this point, but this is the only way I […]

2021 class inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 13, 2021

In the most challenging of years, the senior class found ways to succeed. The HHSAA Hall of Honor’s class of 2021 is now inducted, and with a formalized quota system in place, more Neighbor Island and OIA candidates landed in the Hall than usual. Class of 2021 Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field) Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field) Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming) Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading) Alaka’i Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, […]

Gatorade names Maui Robins of Kamehameha girls volleyball player of year

By Paul Honda on May 26, 2021

Maui Robins enjoys an ice-cold bottle of Gatorade on a hot day. Now that she is the Gatorade girls volleyball player of the year in Hawaii, the Kamehameha junior outside hitter won’t look at the globally-branded sports drink the same way. “I like glacier freeze (flavor). It’s the light blue one,” the junior said. The honor had Robins searching for words at first, but she is growing more comfortable with acclaim. “I feel good. I think that, I don’t know, […]

Indiana Fever waives Chanelle Molina

By Paul Honda on April 28, 2021

If timing is everything, it just wasn’t the right time for Chanelle Molina. The Indiana Fever waived the former Konawaena and Washington State standout on Monday, ending her brief time with the WNBA franchise. An ankle injury derailed her attempt to make the Fever roster. Molina was in a training camp contract, still not 100 percent after injuring her right ankle during the Swedish Basketball League season. Then she reinjured the ankle last week during a Fever workout. With the […]

Chanelle Molina reinjures ankle during Indiana Fever workout

By Paul Honda on April 26, 2021

The ups and downs of professional basketball have never been more real for former Konawaena and Washington State standout Chanelle Molina. Molina reinjured her right ankle during a team workout on Monday. Now, her plan to compete for a roster spot with the Indiana Fever is on hold. “I won’t be able to continue to train for the rest of camp,” Molina said on Monday morning. “I’m disappointed and frustrated, but I will come out stronger than ever.” Molina is […]

Legislature approves funding for new Roosevelt gym

By Paul Honda on April 22, 2021

There was a time not long ago when Roosevelt’s gym still had “half moon” backboards. Those days are long gone, but modern amenities in the old building are coming. Sen. Brian Taniguchi announced on Wednesday that $18 million in funding has been approved for a new gym at the school. That allows the plan to include underground parking. “The initial funding was available two years ago, $19 million, but you still have to do the planning and design. We found […]

Former Lunas standout Maiki Tihada lands job at Maui Prep

By Paul Honda on March 29, 2021

To go full circle, Maiki Tihada reached back to square one. The former Lahainaluna standout is now the girls basketball coach at Maui Preparatory Academy. The challenge of building a program from scratch, particularly in the highly competitive Maui Interscholastic League, isn’t a preferred situation for a lot of coaches. The program will begin with junior varsity. Tihada, 27, embraces it. “I’m excited. What interested me most is building from the ground up. The school in general is changing the […]

Konawaena’s Chanelle Molina celebrates 23rd birthday with Dolphins

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2021

Turning 23 is not a bad place to be, especially for Chanelle Molina. Playing professional basketball in Sweden. Helping her Norrköping Dolphins squad reach the playoffs. Signing a contract with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Molina had a modest birthday celebration, having dinner with teammates. “We went out to eat at a nice restaurant,” Molina said. “I’m 23 and I feel the same. I still feel young and have this feeling that I have so much more milestones and things that […]