Kam is new Punahou girls hoops coach

Elizabeth Kam is the new Punahou girls basketbal coach, the school announced today.

Kam was the Mid-Pacific girls coach for the past three years and served as a Punahou assistant from 2002 to ’12. She will now oversee the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity programs for the Buffanblu.

“I look forward to this opportunity to return to Punahou, where my coaching career began 13 years ago,” Kam said in a new release. “I’d like to continue the rich tradition embodied by Punahou’s student-athletes by preparing them for life off the basketball court. I can’t wait to begin working with the girls and anticipate a very exciting year ahead.”

In 2013, Kam, who received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Hawaii, was selected as the Mufi Hannemann All-Star Jamboree basketball coach. She teaches at Campbell High School.

“We are proud to have Liz Kam as our new head coach for girls basketball,” Punahou associated athletic director Kale Ane said. “She has a passion for basketball and a commitment to teaching the fundamental values that make the athletics program at Punahou meaningful.”

Kam takes over the Buffanblu girls basketball duties from Kevin Velasco, who coached the team for two seasons.


  1. Balla August 14, 2015 7:32 pm

    How do you go from not having your contract renewed at MPI to being the new head coach for Punahou? Are the BUFFS that desperate for a coach? If my memory serves me correct, Coach Kam never won more than 2 league games in a ILH season. Geez she couldn’t even field a JV team or a competitive varsity team.

  2. Max Rosario February 2, 2016 9:24 am

    Balla said it best. Kam is a horrific coach passionate only to self promotion. BUFFS should try to find coach to enhance their already tarnished image

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