Q&A: Farrington hoops standout Moli Heimuli

Farrington's Moli Heimuli drove to the basketball against two Kaimuki defenders in the OIA Division I championship game.  Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Farrington’s Moli Heimuli drove to the basketball against two Kaimuki defenders in the OIA Division I championship game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

She shoots and eats with her left hand, but writes with her right.

All is all right for senior guard/forward Molimau Heimuli and Farrington girls basketball right now. The Lady Governors won the OIA Division I championship last week and will begin play in the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships on Thursday.

Today’s prep feature in the Star-Advertiser featured Heimuli. Here’s the full Q&A.


Moli Heimuli
Farrington basketbal
6-0, Sr.

Q&A / Favorites

Food (at home): Mom’s baked chicken.
> “I could make it, but not like her.”

Food (eating out): BBQ chicken, kal bi (Diners and Zippy’s).

Hobby outside of sports: Spending time with family and my boyfriend.
> “After practice, I get straight home.”

Movie: Love and Basketball
> “I can relate to it.”

TV show: Disney Channel.
> “For the cartoons.”

Music artist: Ariana Grande
> “That’s outside of basketball. During pre-game, I listen to relaxing music. Reggae music.”

Class: Science.
> “I’m pretty good at biology. We never dissected anything, but I want to.”

Place to relax: at the beach.
> “Any beach.”

Motto/scripture: A difficult road often leads to a beautiful destination.


What your mom (Amelia) says that you can’t forget:
> Mom: “Always push your self to be successful through life and NEVER GIVE UP.”
> “She always says that.”

What your dad (Mosese) says that you can’t forget:
> Dad: “Be strong in any situation, always praise God, and give Him all the glory.”
> “Without God, I wouldn’t be here!”

What your coaches say that you can’t forget:
> “FREE THROWS WIN GAMES, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS”.
> Coach Carol (Tatupu), and especially (assistant coach) Bryson Tatupu.

How does your basketball affect your daily life during the season and offseason?
> During the season it’s pushes me to attend to school. Also, it motivates me to push and work hard in practice to become the person I want to become in the future: (playing in the WNBA). During off-season, it gives me time to spend more time and attention on my family.”

What middle and elementary schools did you attend? Kalihi Waena Elementary and Kalakaua Middle.

What youth teams did you play for? What club do you play for and what are the daily commitments like year-round?
> “I played for Islanders for two years. I stopped at ninth grade.”

Where have you travelled for basketball? Maui

What do you like to do — or what’s something else you’re good at — that would surprise most people?
> “Well, I played volleyball, rugby and basketball. Sometimes, I either have volleyball, then rugby or basketball, and rugby or basketball, then volleyball on the same days.”

Who’s your rugby club team?
> “The Kalihi Raiders. They play during the summer. They’re starting practice right now. I can take all my anger out and make contact to other players. My uncle is a coach. I started playing in eighth grade. I don’t make a lot of contact in basketball.”

What is your ultimate dream/bucket list?
To become a basketball coach one day
Get a house for my mother and family
Get my master degree
Make a career out of my self.

What about destinations for the bucket list?
> Tonga, Oregon


What is the history and background of your name?
> “I’m named after my dad’s younger sister. Moli means orange in Tongan.”

Any shout-outs or additional thoughts are welcome.
> “I just want to thank GOD for his many blessings and I wanna give Him all the glory that He deserves.
> ”I love you dad, wish you could see how far I have come.
> “I love you mom. Shout out to all my fams at home & the PASINAS fams , momosea fams and the p. Thank you all for all your love and support.

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