Former University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine and Punahou standout Shawna Kuehu is the new girls varsity basketball coach at Punahou.
Co-Athletic Director Kale Ane confirmed the news this afternoon.
“We have a former player who has had outstanding success in the high school and college Division I level. She’s excited about giving back,” Ane said. “She’s thrilled to build the program up to something everybody can be proud of.”
Kuehu was the most dominant player of her generation as a low-post offensive force and defender. Last year, she was an assistant under then-coach Liz Kam.
“I think she still has that same competitive edge that she had a as a player, but now it’s more about teaching and sharing that with others,” Ane said. “I’m looking forward to others discovering the fire she has, putting in the time, studying film, practicing skills, all the important values on and off the court. She’s got her degree and she’s played at an extremely high level, been through the ups and downs of life. She’s a great role model.
Kuehu was a dominant player at Punahou despite suffering a knee injury during her junior season. She was a three-time All-State selection — named player of the year each time — by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, helping the Buffanblu win state championships in 2005, ’06 and ’08. She went on to earn team MVP honors at UH and was a two-time All-Big West selection. Kuehu became the 10th player to reach the 1,000-point, 500-rebound milestones.
In ’06, she set the scoring record in a state final game with 37 points in a win over Roosevelt.
Punahou went 4-8 and finished fourth in the five-team ILH Division I race last year and did not qualify for the state tournament.