Brandon Kauhi out as Waiakea girls basketball coach after winning BIIF

The Waiakea Warriors captured the Big Island Interscholastic Federation girls basketball championship with a 68-58 win over Konawaena this season. Photo courtesy of coach Brandon Kauhi/Waiakea High School

Brandon Kauhi is no longer the girls basketball head coach at Waiakea.

Kauhi declined to comment about the school’s decision to release him. He led the Warriors to their first Big Island Interscholastic Federation title since 2008, beating Konawaena once during the regular season — ending the Wildcats’ 124-game win streak in league play — and again in the tournament final.

The Warriors reached the state tournament and lost to Kalani in the state quarterfinal round. They finished at No. 6 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Waiakea (22-5) was 6-5 against Top 10 opponents with wins over Sacred Hearts, Tualatin (Ore.), Konawaena (twice), Lahainaluna and Kahuku.

Waiakea made the state tourney in each of Kauhi’s three seasons. The Warriors were 18-10 in 2017-18 and finished seventh in the Top 10 after edging Kalani in overtime at the state quarterfinals.

Junior guard Kelsie Imai was voted to the Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 this season, the first Warrior honored since sister Kamie Imai in ’10.

Waiakea athletic administration was did not return a call as of Tuesday mid-day.


  1. Burgla April 6, 2019 1:06 pm

    Kalani should can chi mok. He wastes talented girls and has not developed ANYONE!

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