HAWAII GROWN: San Jose State’s Fieme’a Hafoka finally enjoying success on the court

San Jose State senior Fieme'a Hafoka, a Lahainaluna alumna, is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists this season. Photo courtesy San Jose State athletics.

No San Jose State women’s basketball player has logged more minutes since the start of the 2016 season than senior Fieme’a Hafoka.

The 2016 Lahainaluna alumna has had to endure a lot of losses — 68 to be exact over her first three years.

For someone coming from a high school that went more than a decade without losing a game in Maui Interscholastic League play, it was difficult to deal with.

“It was tough physically, mentally and emotionally,” the 2016 Lunas alumna said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Twice, I wanted to just give up and go home, but my parents told me to push through it.

“I thought about the bigger picture where here I am on scholarship and I’m getting an education for free and I think that’s what got me through it.”

The Spartans have already won more games this season than any year prior during Hafoka’s four-year career and are 6-1 in Mountain West Conference play.

Hafoka is the featured athlete in this week’s Hawaii Grown section in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, which you can read here.

Here are a few other notes on collegiate women’s basketball players from Hawaii:

>> Jasmine Moody, Radford ’15: The BYU senior forward led the Cougars’ bench with nine points and she also brought down seven rebounds and had three steals in Thursday’s 76-66 overtime win at Pacific (Calif.), bringing the Cougars to 10-7 this season.

>> Alexis Pana, Hilo ’16: The Central Washington senior guard set a season high on Thursday after draining four 3s, finishing with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting to go with three rebounds in a 72-62 win against Western Washington. She added 15 points and five rebounds on Saturday in the Wildcats’ 65-59 loss to Simon Fraser (B.C.), bringing the Wildcats to 9-7.

>> Abby Aplaca, Punahou ’17: The Concordia (Ore.) junior guard scored six points and dished out four assists to go with her seven rebounds in Saturday’s 53-47 loss at St. Martin’s (Wash.).

>> Rose Shimaoka, Kaiser ’16: The Cornell (Iowa) senior guard scored nine points, shooting 3-for-3 from the free-throw line in Wednesday’s 54-45 loss to Ripon College.

>> Ysabelle Halemano, Maryknoll ’18: The Hope International sophomore guard scored two points and was all over the court with five rebounds, five steals and four assists helping the Royals to a 65-62 overtime win at Ottawa (Ariz.) on Thursday.

>> Brilie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific ’19: The Pacific (Ore.) freshman guard scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds on Friday in a 65-64 win against Whitman. She added 15 points, three rebounds and two assists on Saturday in an 82-68 win against Whitworth, helping the Boxers to a 12-3 record and an eight-game win streak.

>> Tyra Moe, Punahou ’16: The Saint Mary’s (Calif.) senior forward scored six points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists on Saturday in a 65-55 loss to BYU.

>> Chanelle Molina, Konawaena ’16: The Washington State senior guard shot 8-for-15 from the field for 19 points to go with six assists and three rebounds in a 74-67 loss to Arizona. She added nine points, three assists and six rebounds on Saturday in a 65-56 loss to Arizona State.

>> Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena ’18: The Washington State sophomore guard scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds against Arizona State on Saturday.

>> Talia Brandner, Calvary Chapel Christian ’18: The Whitworth (Wash.) sophomore guard made 50% of her shots including five of nine field goals from 3-point range, to finish with 21 points, three assists and three rebounds as the Pirates fell 86-76 at George Fox on Friday.


  1. Adoberman January 23, 2020 12:41 am

    Thanks for the updates, great to hear about their success!

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