HHSAA Girls Water Polo brackets

Emalia Eichelberger and Punahou are heavy favorites in the state water polo tournament. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Emalia Eichelberger and Punahou are heavy favorites in the state water polo tournament. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The HHSAA probably never had an easier time picking a top seed for a tournament.

Punahou drew the No. 1 spot for the Stanford Carr Development Girls Water Polo State Championship today.

The ILH champions have won the tournament in each of the last eight years and are favorites to add another beginning May 4 at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.

Punahou meets the winner between Hawaii Prep and Kaiser on Thursday. The Buffanblu are a perfect 30-0 in the tournament dating back to 2004.

OIA champion Kahuku, which is still drying off from winning the OIA title (their seventh straight) over Roosevelt a little over an hour ago, is the second seed and will face either Baldwin or Kapolei.

The Red Raiders have been knocked out of every tournament since 2004 by an ILH team.

KS-Hawaii is the third seed and meets either Kamehameha or Kalani. Lahainaluna wraps up Lalelei Mataafa‘s career as the fourth seed against either Roosevelt of Waialua.

Mataafa needs six goals to match former Lahainaluna standout Moana Tuipolotu for most goals (15) for a Maui player in state tournament history (In winner’s bracket games only). Former Kamehameha standout Nanea Fujiyama holds the record with 36 and will not be threatened this year.

Here are the complete brackets:
2016 HHSAA girls water polo bracket(1)


  1. Gator808 April 30, 2016 5:36 pm

    Lalelei has 28 goals through three years at state tournament.

  2. Jerry Campany April 30, 2016 7:33 pm

    Thanks, Gator, I will check it, but I think the discrepancy is I only counted winner’s bracket games. 3+3+3=9. I will clarify it.

  3. Gator808 April 30, 2016 10:44 pm

    Oh I see

  4. Girls BBall Fan May 1, 2016 8:14 am

    30-0, wow! I guess we all know who will be winning states again.

  5. Rams33 May 1, 2016 9:31 pm

    We’ll once again see a dual ILH vs OIA semifinals with Punahou easily beating Kamehameha in the finals. Punahou is a little more dominant than usual this year

  6. Rams33 May 5, 2016 11:38 am

    That 30-0 stat is interesting and made me want to look at a few more stats.

    ILH vs non-ILH prior to this year: 56-1

    All 6 of the current BIIF teams have appeared in the tournament at least twice.
    3 MIL teams (Seabury, King Kekaulike, Maui), and 2 ILH teams (Pac5, Le Jardin) have never made the tournament.

    9 of the 17 OIA teams have never made the tournament and this year is Waialua’s first appearance. And interesting to see that 3 of the biggest OIA schools in Campbell, Waipahu, and Farrington that have never made states.

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