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Jalen Tanuvasa considering move, Tama Fonoti now at Sierra Canyon

By Paul Honda on June 26, 2019

For years, island football players have tested the market. Though the internet and other modern technology have narrowed the gap between mainland college recruiters and Hawaii high school athletes, there are still many families willing to make sacrifices. A growing number have been willing to move to the continent, transferring to programs that are in the midst of the Pac-12 and other conferences. But that was largely relegated to football. Now the trend has picked up in girls basketball. Maryknoll’s […]

Former Ka‘u standout Ravel Kaupu builds hoops haven for keiki

By Paul Honda on June 24, 2019

PAHALA >> Counselor. Coach. Mentor. Ravel Kaupu was a relentless point guard with a fearless physicality in the paint back in the day. Now he has guided Ka‘u’s basketball present and future to unprecedented heights with the biggest feeder program in the district’s history. With school out of session on this June day, Kaupu’s Hokulele club had 100 players, boys and girls, fourth grade to junior varsity, practicing at the Ka‘u High School gym. The first age group began at […]

Alika Smith is new girls basketball coach at Waiakea

By Paul Honda on June 12, 2019

Word got around quickly on the Big Island. Then, Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 guard Kelsie Imai was called in for a meeting. Imai, Keeli-Jade Smith and Bethany Honma, Waiakea’s co-captains, met with their new coach. Imai didn’t know a thing about Alika Smith, but she’ll learn soon enough that Smith led his previous team at Kalaheo to three boys basketball state titles. Smith replaces Brandon Kauhi, who was released shortly after the girls basketball season ended in February. Waiakea finished […]


Naighel Calderon becomes 1st Lanai inductee to Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

The 2019 class of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor includes three elite level basketball players, as well as a good number of neighbor island standouts. Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha, the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State player of the year, was voted into the Hall by the selection committee. So was boys player of the year Kameron Ng of St. Francis. He is the first — and only — boy to be inducted from the school, which will close its […]

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 […]

Brandon Kauhi out as Waiakea girls basketball coach after winning BIIF

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2019

Brandon Kauhi is no longer the girls basketball head coach at Waiakea. Kauhi declined to comment about the school’s decision to release him. He led the Warriors to their first Big Island Interscholastic Federation title since 2008, beating Konawaena once during the regular season — ending the Wildcats’ 124-game win streak in league play — and again in the tournament final. The Warriors reached the state tournament and lost to Kalani in the state quarterfinal round. They finished at No. […]

Kalina Obrey enters pantheon of epic girls hoopsters

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2019

A year ago, Kalina Obrey wasn’t sure where she belonged. Oh, she was perfectly situated at Kamehameha as the Warriors’ go-to post scorer and defender. But not many colleges wanted a 5-foot-10 post, not at the Division I level. Obrey was already ahead of the game. She went to work intensively, every day, on her perimeter skills with 808 Basketball coaches Bob Keanini and Hinano Higa in the offseason. A few teams, like Hawaii, were interested in her as a […]

Kalina Obrey is Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball player of the year

By Nick Abramo on March 16, 2019

Kamehameha’s Kalina Obrey is the Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball player of the year, the Gatorade Company announced recently. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. A 5-foot-10 senior forward, Obrey led the Warriors to an 18-7 record and an appearance in the Division I state final — a 52-49 heartbreaker to ‘Iolani. Obrey’s 29-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer was ultimately ruled no good because the shot didn’t leave […]