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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 […]

Perfection: Former ‘Iolani standout Taylor Wu sparks Cal Baptist to 20-0 record

By Paul Honda on March 4, 2021

There is no label for Taylor Wu, the player, but one: winner. As Cal Baptist enters a weekend trip to play Seattle, perfection is on the line. The Lancers are 20-0, 12-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and a league title in hand. This comes after a 16-15 mark and runner-up finish in league play in 2019-20. Wu, the 2018 ‘Iolani graduate and Star-Advertiser All-State selection, has been a key part of the rotation. The 5-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 9.2 […]

Xavier Lever shines as Kamehameha, ‘Iolani close out exhibition hoops series

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2021

Another day, another nail biter. Both times, Kamehameha came up with one more play. Led by Xavier Lever’s 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, the Warriors rallied from a 11-point second-half deficit for a 43-42 exhibition win over ‘Iolani on Saturday morning, completing a home-and-home sweep of the Raiders within a 16-hour span. In the second game, ‘Iolani’s girls pulled away for a 62-40 win over the Warrior wahine. Kamehameha had a senior-day celebration for the girls after the […]


Two-time defending girls hoops champion ‘Iolani overwhelms Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on February 26, 2021

Kamehameha is good. ‘Iolani is simply off the chart. The Raiders showed their prowess on Friday night, showing their championship pedigree in a 71-32 exhibition win over the Warriors at Father Bray Athletic Center. Senior Alexandra Huntimer poured in 17 points to lead ‘Iolani, the back-to-back girls basketball state champion. In the nightcap, the Kamehameha boys hung on for a 53-47 overtime win over ‘Iolani. The two programs will meet on Saturday at Kekuhaupio Gym. The boys game will begin […]

HBA long-range bomber Emi Wada thriving in exhibition action

By Paul Honda on February 24, 2021

The last time a Wada splashed this many 3-point shots, it was Ally, the two-sport standout now playing volleyball at Portland State. The youngest of the Wada sisters, Emi, doesn’t spike or serve. The junior guard poured in 19 points in a loss to Kamehameha on Saturday, pumping in three treys in the final quarter. That triggered a question that was on the territory of Ally Wada’s roundball skill set: why not shoot more? Ally Wada was capable of scoring […]

Camille Feary’s 19 points, clutch FTs lift Kamehameha over D-II powerhouse Hanalani, 43-38

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2021

Camille Feary scored 19 points, including 4-for-4 at the free-throw line in the clutch, as Kamehameha outlasted Hanalani, 43-38, on Tuesday at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium. “She’s been a very clutch player for years. Last year, even her sophomore year, she steps up with confidence at the end of a game,” Warriors Coach Pua Straight said. Feary looked every bit the part of a future college player. She signed Southern Oregon last fall and hasn’t missed a workout, even through the pandemic. […]

Last dance this week for private-school hoops exhibition battles

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2021

The final week of “Season 1” is a busy one on the hardwood for private-school basketball programs. Tonight, Hanalani’s girls team visits Kamehameha, and the Warrior boys host Punahou after that in an exhibition doubleheader at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium. Both games will be streamed online, no spectators allowed. Saint Louis closes out “Season 1” with three games: Tar Heels on Wednesday, Le Jardin on Thursday and Punahou on Friday. The Punahou game will be the first against an official school team […]

Gritty HBA girls stay close before falling to powerhouse Kamehameha, 62-56

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2021

In the 12 months since the Eagles of Hawaii Baptist Academy played an official game, they still managed to grow together. Grow stronger. Emi Wada scored 13 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to fuel an HBA rally, but powerhouse Kamehameha prevailed, 52-46, at Dan Liu Gymnasium. In the second game of the doubleheader, Kamehameha overwhelmed Hawaii Baptist, 60-26, in a boys game. Both contests were pure exhibition matches. The Warrior girls showed why they were contenders for […]