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‘Iolani, Konawaena, Campbell remain unbeaten at Pa‘ani

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The beauty of a pre-scheduled tournament is that pairings bring together strangers from afar. It also leaves some congestion occasionally. The Pa‘ani Invitational at Punahou now has three teams at 2-0 after two days of play. ‘Iolani, the No. 1-ranked team in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10, takes on winless San Clemente (Calif.) on Friday. The other two unbeatens will clash. No. 3 Konawaena will battle No. 7 Campbell in a meeting of defending BIIF and OIA champions. The […]

I Mua Invitational features Hamilton (Ariz.)

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

The Hamilton Wildcats (Chandler, Ariz.), ranked No. 7 in their home state, will battle Waiakea in the opening game of the I Mua Invitational on Thursday. The Waiakea Warriors, led by Jolie Mantz and Pua Herrington, are ranked No. 4 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Lahainaluna features Lola Donez, a 6-foot senior who committed to Cal. Donez grew up in Lahaina before moving to the mainland for more basketball opportunities. She transferred […]

No. 1 ‘Iolani edges San Juan Hills, No. 3 Konawaena routs San Clemente

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2023

There’s March Madness, and there’s holiday hoops heaven. This week’s prep basketball galaxy welcomed the Pa‘ani girls basketball tournament at Punahou on Wednesday with local teams posting wins over three California squads. At Radford, the annual James Alegre Invitational boys tourney tipped off with three games, including a nail-biter between OIA and ILH title contenders Leilehua and Punahou. At Hemmeter Fieldhouse, the Pa‘ani tourney again used ewa and main courts simultaneously to complete four games in just three hours. Fans […]

Big Island hoops showcase features Lola Donez, Nihoa Dunn

By Paul Honda on October 5, 2023

What began as a Big Island girls basketball event has expanded to include some of the top hoopsters in the state. “Battle on the Rock” girls basketball showcase event will tip off on Sunday, 9 a.m., at the Old Kona Airport’s Kekuaokalani Gymnasium. The Hawaii Island contingent includes Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 selections Pua Herrington of Waiakea and Brooke Samura of Hawaii Prep. Herrington and Samura will suit up for Team Mauna Kea, one of three squads that will play […]

Saint Louis, ‘Iolani summer leagues tip off

By Paul Honda on June 1, 2023

Saint Louis’ summer league tips off Friday at Saint Louis. The Saint Louis league runs Fridays and Sundays. ‘Iolani’s summer league begins on Tuesday. Both leagues will use a shot clock. Radford’s summer leagues began on May 26. There are 10 boys teams, 11 girls teams and no shot clock. “We will have 100 games,” league coordinator David Lane said. Note: Adds changes to the Saint Louis league schedule as of Thursday, 9:40 p.m. Radford summer league (boys) Ewa (Campbell) […]

2023 All-State girls basketball: Coaches’ insights

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2023

Extra, extra! The Star-Advertiser All-State Girls Basketball selections, released on Mar. 5, stirred plenty of insight from the panel of coaches and media. Here’s a look at voters’ feedback. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State Fab 15 2022-23 Player of the Year: Mele Sake, ‘Iolani Coach of the Year: Dean Young, ‘Iolani Fab 15 1. Mele Sake, ‘Iolani, C, 6-1, Jr. A double-double producer, but numbers alone do not reflect Sake’s full value. She averaged 8.5 points per game for the […]

Farias Senior Classic, Mufi Hannemann Jamboree this weekend

By Paul Honda on February 17, 2023

High school post-season exhibition basketball games are loaded up for this President’s Day weekend. On Saturday, the Damien Farias Senior Basketball Classic will tip off at 7 p.m. Seniors from across the state fill out the Team Red and Team Blue rosters. Admission is $5. Coached by Dan Hale (Saint Louis) and Brandon Dumlao (Moanalua), Team Red is loaded with scoring guards Mizah Carreira and Malik Johnson of Campbell, Zelston Militante (Leilehua), Skylar Miyasato (Moanalua) and Justin Yap (Maryknoll), and […]

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 […]