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‘Iolani, Konawaena and the art of adaptation

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2022

There was a point during the first half of the ‘Iolani-Campbell semifinal game when Dean Young was despondent. Head bowed, hands on his forehead while sitting on the bench. Processing. “I was thinking, can we stop putting them on the free-throw line? Over and over and over again. It was frustrating,” Young said after the Raiders’ 54-39 win. “It just kills the flow of the game to blow the whistle so many times.” It was a game-long grind against a […]

Hoopbook: Sacrifice, dedication and tears of joy for Lady Lunas

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

The game was over and the Lady Lunas of Lahainaluna were mingling with each other and family members who made the flight over to Oahu. Lahainaluna advanced to the semifinal round of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships with a 49-36 win over Punahou. But some time during the post-game decompression stage, Chaland Pahukoa had a moment. The talented junior guard had just scored 12 points, including two huge 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Lunas […]

Hoopbook: Business as usual for Konawaena Wildcats

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

Officially, the first basket of the Konawaena-Mililani state quarterfinal game was recorded at “8:00.” It was actually 7:56, according to longtime hoops fan Frank Mauz. The former Advertiser sportswriter has been at girls basketball state tournaments as a reporter or spectator since its inception by the HHSAA in 1977. Konawaena’s flash-quick guard, Kaliana Salazar-Harrell, hauled in the opening tip and within seconds, the Wildcats were up 2-0. If it stays officially 8:00 of the first quarter as the time of […]


Hoopbook: Sacred Hearts stuns top seed Damien, all D-II seeds fall

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2022

The Division I bracket of the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships followed the code. In D-II, all heck broke loose. Every seeded team went down. Top-seeded ILH champion Damien lost to rival Sacred Hearts, 62-53. Second-seeded Hawaii Prep fell to Hanalani, 51-50, on a basket by the Royals’ Rylee Matsuda with 4 seconds remaining. Third-seeded Kauai lost to Hawaii Baptist, 34-29. Fourth-seeded Kailua lost to MIL champion Seabury Hall, 49-36. That chaos sets up the semifinal round at […]

Hoopbook: Girls open Big Dance; Who’s hot, who’s not

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2022

It’s a strange, fascinating world of basketball when the boys playoffs in the OIA and ILH converge with the start of the girls state tournament. If you’re old enough to remember when the girls hoops season flourished in the spring, playing entire days (plural) of the state tourney in the Stan Sheriff Center, you probably miss being able to see high-level boys and girls basketball from November to May. Basketball returned, and some say it should never have left last […]

Neighbor Island powerhouses rise higher in Girls Basketball Top 10

By Paul Honda on February 15, 2022

‘Iolani remained atop the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 on Monday, collecting nine of 11 first-place votes from a panel of coaches and media. The Raiders (13-2 overall) open play in the Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships this week as the top seed. No. 2 Konawaena (10-2), a nine-time state champion under coach Bobbie Awa, received two first-place votes. MIL mainstays Lahainaluna (11-3) and Maui (13-3) are entrenched at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Punahou (7-6) moved […]

Hungry Sabers: Campbell guard Julien Parado wants more

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2022

A week ago, the Campbell Sabers were close enough to see the finish line. Prior to the OIA playoffs, Julien Parado was the leading scorer for a squad that was unbeaten in OIA West play. “It’s definitely a goal for all of us. We’re trying to bring something home for Campbell, like a banner. That’s the main goal for us, but now it’s like starting all over,” the junior guard said. Now, with the school’s first OIA girls basketball championship […]

Bracketology: Maui hosts Kaiser, Moanalua visits Waiakea

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2022

The Heide & Cook/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships brackets are out with no surprises in the seedings. ‘Iolani, a season-long No. 1 team in the Star-Advertiser Top 10, is seeded first by the HHSAA committee. Konawaena is seeded second, Lahainaluna third and Campbell fourth. The opening-round “play-in” games on Monday include two sites on the neighbor islands while one site on Oahu is to be determined. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be at regional sites, Moanalua and McKinley, with the […]

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