Konawaena’s Caiyle Kaupu was chosen as the Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball player of the year, the Gatorade Company announced Friday.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
The 5-foot-10 senior low-post was a force for the Wildcats, who went 21-4 record and made it to the Division I final. Kaupu averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.0 assist and 1.0 block per game. A three-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation first-team All-Star entering this season, Kaupu was also a three-time Division I all-tournament team selection.
Kaupu has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and scorekeeper and also donated her time as a volunteer at Creative Day Preschool and Holualoa Elementary, according to a news release.
“Caiyle carried her team,” Punahou coach Gary Pacarro said in a the release. “She has good skill, can play with her back to the basket and she’s effective fronting the basket. When it comes to crunch time, you know they are going to go in to her, and she still gets it done.”
Kaupu has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at UC Irvine.
Throughout the years, Neighbor Island girls have won the award 15 times in the 35 seasons since it began in 1986. A Konawaena girl has won it eight times — Chanelle Molina three times, Cherilyn Molina twice, and Nancy Hoist, Dawnyelle Awa and Kaupu once.
Gatorade Hawaii girls basketball Players of the Year
>> 2020: Caiyle Kaupu, Konawaena
>> 2019: Kalina Obrey, Kamehameha
>> 2018: Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena
>> 2017: Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena
>> 2016: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2015: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2014: Chanelle Molina, Konawaena
>> 2013: Allyah Pana, Hilo
>> 2012: Dawnyelle Awa, Konawaena
>> 2011: Maiki Viela, Lahainaluna
>> 2010: Maiki Viela, Lahainaluna
>> 2009: Kanisha Bello, Waiakea
>> 2008: Jamie Smith, ‘Iolani
>> 2007: Shawna-Lei Kuehu, Punahou
>> 2006: Shawna-Lei Kuehu, Punahou
>> 2005: Shanna-Lei Dacanay, Punahou
>> 2004: Nancy Hoist, Konawaena
>> 2003: Megan Ching, Kamehameha
>> 2002: Becky Hogue, Punahou
>> 2001: Brandy Richardson, Kalaheo
>> 2000: Brandy Richardson, Kalaheo
>> 1999: Brandy Richardson, Kalaheo
>> 1998: Aina Kohler, Lahainaluna
>> 1997: Erin Stovall, ‘Iolani
>> 1996: Tiana Fuertes, ‘Iolani
>> 1995: B.J. Itoman, ‘Iolani
>> 1994: Jodi Benson, Moanalua
>> 1993: Nani Cockett, Kamehameha
>> 1992: Nani Cockett, Kamehameha
>> 1991: Nani Cockett, Kamehameha
>> 1990: Melanie Azama, ‘Iolani
>> 1989: Jennifer Kaeo, Waiakea
>> 1988: Kalei Namohala, Waiakea
>> 1987: Teddi Pila, ‘Iolani
>> 1986: Connie Naone, Roosevelt