Kamehameha names new varsity baseball coach

Kamehameha junior pitcher Li'i Pontes pumped his fist while congratulating his teammates during a win over 'Iolani last year. Pontes will have a new coach for his senior season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha has selected Kahi Kaanoi to run the varsity baseball program on an interim basis.

Kaanoi, a Kamehameha alum, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2000 MLB draft. He helped the Warriors win an ILH championship that year as the ace of the pitching staff.

Kamehameha sent a release at 3 p.m. with a statement.

“We can confirm that we’ve offered interim head coaching positions for the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams. Interim varsity coach Kahi Kaʻanoʻi and interim JV coach John Barrozo III will begin working with student-athletes this week.”

The announcement comes 11 days after Thomas Perkins and the rest of his varsity staff, along with the entire junior varsity staff, were let go.

Kamehameha fired Perkins two days before tryouts were supposed to begin. Perkins had been on the receiving end of complaints from parents regarding various issues dating back to the beginning of last season.

The latest problem had to do with a planned trip to California in which the team had been scheduled to leave tonight to play games the rest of the week.

The Warriors advanced to the state tournament in two of Perkins’ three seasons since he took over for Billy Pieper, who was let go after one season.


  1. Joe King February 7, 2018 4:12 pm


  2. Circus Clown February 7, 2018 4:21 pm

    So the 2017 JV staff was fired. Then KS hired Holt who was part of the 2017 JV staff that got fired. Holt then hires Barrozo as an assistant for 2018 JV staff. That staff then gets let go with Perkins. Now KS rehires Barrozo as the 2018 JV staff head coach? Seriously can KS put a stop to their history of incompetent hiring? It’s like a circus.

  3. NW February 7, 2018 11:32 pm

    @Joe King
    One of the best baseball players in Kamehameha history… that’s who.

  4. Hmmm? February 7, 2018 11:41 pm

    Hope KS win States, to show that Talent will overcome who’s coaching. They got one of the best pitcher and hitter in the State, and other complimentary players.

  5. JoeKing February 8, 2018 6:07 am

    Oh that guy! @NW sorry my bad.

  6. auwe February 8, 2018 12:39 pm

    Yea, and I heard an AD told the incoming coaches that certain players have to be on the JV and Vars. teams, without even a tryout. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t that part of what got coach Perkin canned?

  7. Imua_fan February 8, 2018 3:29 pm

    Let the coaches coach and parents watch. Problem is parents all think their kid is the next MLB player and than he gets cut or benched and they wanna sue somebody??? Kahi, goodluck and god bless we will be supporting you. School AD and administration stay out of the roster. Coaches need to be able to pick players based on their own criteria.

  8. Oline52 February 8, 2018 4:02 pm

    It’s like Little League parents……..my son is a shortstop or my son should be leading off

  9. Baseball fan February 8, 2018 10:11 pm

    Wait in response to #4. One of the best hitters in the state? They have the worst hitters in the state. The only reason why kam won last year was because of pitching and their pitching coach. That and that alone kept them in the game. Their hitting is absolutely terrible and will be terrible this year because they don’t work hard in the off season. No work ethic over there. Get your facts straight before you speak. Ya they might have had a couple higher hitters last year but lemme ask you this… where are they now. Um nowhere because they can’t hit at the next level.

  10. PublicSchool February 9, 2018 11:37 am

    #8 LOL. Totally. And don’t forget all-star. Good luck Kamehameha. Feel sorry for the boys who just want to get their season going. Adults always mess things up.

  11. Truth February 9, 2018 2:45 pm

    Hmmm…KS had the #1 and #2 for hitters in ILH (hits) and 3 in the top 5 for BA and RBI, looks like a good balance to me.

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