Agbayani family enjoying year together at ‘Iolani

Former MLB player Benny Agbayani, right, coached daughters Ailana (left) and Aleia in 2019 as ‘Iolani surged to win the state title. Two years later, the Raiders are waiting patiently for a chance to practice on the field next to their school. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

Aleia and Ailana Agbayani were born three years apart so they knew they would only have one chance to play together in high school.

That’s this season and the two are making the most of their one year on the same team while being coached by their father.

It’s a family affair for the fourth-ranked ‘Iolani softball team with former MLB player Benny Agbayani getting to spend extra time with his two daughters. Aleia will head off to California to play collegiately next season.

All three sat down for interviews for today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser feature story, which you can read here.

Here’s Benny on his two daughters: “Aleia has really matured a lot. She listens a lot and is sometimes hard-headed, but she knows her place. Her sister and brother (12-year-old Bruin) always tease her, calling her step-mom. She’s like a mother, making sure they do things right. Ailana is more of a go-getter. She’ll always be up for the challenge. If you are up for a challenge, she’ll challenge you.”

Aleia and Ailana also shared some of their favorites below.

‘Iolani • Softball • Senior

>> Position: Pitcher
>> Height: 5 feet 4
>> College commitment: Cal
>> Possible career path: Nursing
>> Favorite subjects: English and science
>> Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”
>> Favorite TV show: “On My Block”
>> Favorite book: “After”

‘Iolani • Softball • Freshman

>> Position: Shortstop
>> Height: 5 feet 2
>> Possible career path: Nursing
>> Favorite athlete: UCLA shortstop Briana Perez
>> Favorite subjects: Biology and geometry
>> Favorite movie: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
>> Favorite TV shows: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Riverdale”
>> Favorite author: Chris Colfer


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