‘Iolani retains No. 1 spot, Kahuku leaps into Top 10

The ‘Iolani Raiders are a unanimous No. 1 in today's Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

For a fifth week in a row, the ‘Iolani Raiders are No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10.

The Raiders collected nine out of 10 first-place votes for the latest balloting on Monday. Lahainaluna has one first-place mention.

‘Iolani (14-6, 5-1 ILH) played in the Title IX DC Classic over the weekend, losing three games to powerhouse teams, including No. 9 National Christian Academy (Md.). The Raiders were competitive, but dropped as deep as No. 6 on one voter’s ballot.

It was still enough to outpoint Lahainaluna, which won its 150th consecutive game in Maui Interscholastic League play on Thursday, beating Baldwin 51-19.

Kamehameha (10-4, 4-2 ILH) remained at No. 3 following a 56-31 exhibition win over Hidden Valley (Ore.) on Saturday.

The next two teams in the poll have no seniors on their rosters. Maryknoll (14-2, 3-2 ILH), like Kamehameha, defeated Hidden Valley (67-41) in its lone game last week. The Lady Spartans were as high as No. 2 in week two.

Konawaena (8-2, 7-0 BIIF) has taken significant leaps forward with the emergence of freshman Kaliana Salazar-Harrell. With lopsided wins over Kamehameha-Hawaii and Pahoa, the Wildcats remain at No. 5.

Punahou (9-2, 4-2 ILH), Kalani (15-6, 7-1 OIA), Hilo (7-3, 5-1 BIIF), Waiakea (13-4, 5-1 BIIF) and Kahuku (9-4, 8-0 OIA) round out the Top 10.

Kalani dropped a notch to No. 7 despite convincing wins over Kaiser and Roosevelt. The return of Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole and Alayna Akiona has bolstered the Falcon attack.

Hilo flip-flopped positions with Waiakea after edging the Warriors 49-43 in BIIF play last week. The Vikings had also outscored their rivals 88-75 in a preseason game.

Kahuku enters the Top 10 for the first time this season after defeating Kailua and Kaiser. The Lady Raiders are unbeaten in the OIA East despite the departure of standout post Sisilia Kaufusi, who transferred to Provo High School in Utah.

Last week’s No. 10 team, Mililani, fell out of the rankings despite an 8-0 mark in OIA West play.

Mililani, Sacred Hearts and Mid-Pacific also received votes from the panel of coaches and media.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kamehameha (10)100


  1. Basketball aficionado December 31, 2018 2:34 pm

    Iolani has a great looking group of girls. They have to be the favorites to win it all.

  2. Burgla January 1, 2019 1:56 am

    Don’t overlook Kalani; if they get it together they will be a tough out.

  3. Randy Dela Cruz January 2, 2019 12:42 pm

    The loss of Sisi is huge, but they still defeated Kalani. How come Kalani is ranked No. 7 and Kahuku is No. 10?

  4. Jamoajam January 2, 2019 4:42 pm

    Burgla your the biggest kalani complainer and their biggest supporter. You must be the short chunky guy at all their home games acting obnoxious in the crowd.

  5. ILH January 3, 2019 12:23 pm

    Shaped like the Ham”Burgla”?

  6. Burgla January 3, 2019 4:43 pm

    Jamoajam huh? Who are you? Oh wait no one cares!

  7. Burgla January 3, 2019 4:44 pm

    ILH go kick some rocks barefooted!

  8. Imilicious January 3, 2019 9:34 pm

    I am that short chunky guy and you must be mad that your team is losing….Das what fanz do….Kalani to the ship…..mad at the two time reigning OIA champz….itz ok we forgive you….win with class….get some…

  9. Burgla January 3, 2019 11:43 pm

    Get some! Imilicious

  10. Scorpio January 4, 2019 8:27 am

    @Randy Dela Cruz, FYI, Kahuku did beat Kalani which played without Kamalu Kamakawiwoole, Alayna Akiona, & the McDaniel girl but it’s all good. Hopefully they’ll meet in the OIA playoffs. As for the Rankings, I totally agree that Iolani is the Top team in the state but the only rankings that matter is the final poll.

  11. Four guarters January 4, 2019 11:33 pm

    I would like to see a rematch. The three Kalani teamates mentioned above collectively average 30 points a game though I just added their posted individual averages.

  12. Jamoajam January 5, 2019 1:52 pm

    @burgla @imilicious fans no act like that, yelling dumb things to the GIRLS on the court from the other team. Grow Up. Oh wait your fully grown.

  13. Imilicious January 5, 2019 7:59 pm

    You should check yourself cuz no one yellz at the other team…we cheer for successful attemptz….your team must be losing too…itz ok we forgive the young and old…

  14. Burgla January 6, 2019 12:25 am

    Jamoajam you don’t know me so please; refrain from telling lies on people you don’t know. You really must be a loser.

  15. ILH January 8, 2019 8:08 am

    I am…… so going to attend Kalani Girls basketball games now.

    Ill be the guy with the cast on my foot because I broke my toes kicking rocks barefoot.
    Not to be confused with the chunky guy shaped like the Ham-burgla yelling at the game.

  16. Burgla January 8, 2019 11:16 am

    Lol! Enjoy the game!

  17. Imilicious January 9, 2019 11:18 am

    I would sure like to see you call that to the chunky guy face to face and not secretly behind a computer. Again we forgive you for your ignorance. And also apologyz to all who have to read his non- factor comments. Have a great championship season, hope your team is in it. You can find me right near the court cheering as loud as I can.

  18. Maui mike January 12, 2019 11:46 pm

    Kekaulike looks like they can make a name this year as well. Cant win it all, but scrappy bunch of girls

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