Konawaena’s Bobbie Awa to coach for USA Basketball

Konawaena head coach Bobbie Awa instructs her team during the first half of the 2017 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Maryknoll Spartans and the Konawaena Wildcats on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser

Longtime Konawaena girls basketball coach Bobbie Awa will be wearing red, white and blue the next time she coaches a game on the hardwood.

USA Basketball has named Awa as one of four court coaches for the upcoming Women’s U17 World Cup Trials May 24-28 at Colorado Springs, Colo. Awa has led Konawaena to nine state championships in the past 15 seasons, including the last four HHSAA Division I titles.

Many of her top players have continued their playing careers at the college level, including former Star-Advertiser All-State players of the year Lia Galdeira and Chanelle Molina.

Also named as court coaches are Kristen Dowling (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College), Dave Slifer (University of Central Missouri) and Sophia Witherspoon (Fort Pierce Central H.S., Fla.).

In USA Basketball’s announcement, Awa said:

“I am honored and excited to serve as a court coach for the USA Women’s U17 Trials. To work with the amazing and experienced USA Basketball committee, U17 coaching staff and the top players in the country will truly be an incredible opportunity. I am proud to represent Konawaena High School, the Big Island community and the State of Hawaii during this event.”


  1. Real Deal May 18, 2018 9:49 pm

    Will USA allow her to wear slippers???

  2. Shoe Police May 19, 2018 4:55 am

    Yes, please have her wear shoes, not slippahs!

  3. Malia May 19, 2018 9:34 am

    I don’t think slippahs will change her coaching one bit….she will be a huge asset on the court for those girls and slippahs will have had nothing to do with it!

  4. Uluman May 19, 2018 9:52 am

    Really!!! Shhh! Worried about slippah? Get a grip! How many Championships you won? Go Bobbie! Hawaii got U!

  5. lem May 19, 2018 10:43 pm

    She’s an awesome coach!

  6. afriend May 19, 2018 10:56 pm

    If the rest of the state wants to grow their programs to follow Coach Awa then the solution is for the HHSAA to allow high school coaches to coach their kids year round. This is what all top programs in the state have been doing for awhile.

  7. Casual Observer May 20, 2018 12:58 am

    She is an outstanding coach as proven by her consistent and stellar record over a decade, yet there hasn’t been any story on her background as a player and her coaching techniques. Star Advertiser owes us an interesting sports/feature story. Or maybe Coach Awa is too humble and shuns the spotlight.

  8. Aunty JoAnn K Perry May 21, 2018 6:33 am

    So PROUD of you Bobbie and all you represent! Humble as humble pie! We in Kona are so blessed to have her and her coaches take our kids and teach them the skill set needed to play basketball and enjoy the game to become life long basketball players! The slippahs are her trademark and we love it!

  9. Burgla May 21, 2018 3:59 pm

    What about any players from the state? Anyone has a chance to make the team?

  10. Too Meke 2 May 31, 2018 8:18 pm


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