JAMM AQUINO/ JAN. 24 Leiah Naeata scored 33 points in helping Kahuku dethrone Kalani for the OIA title. Off the court, she is a scholarly pupil with a sparkly smile and easy-going manner.
On the basketball court, Leiah Naeata takes no prisoners. The 5-foot-7 sophomore leads a young Kahuku team with ease, with vigor — with wisdom. She also plays fast with a certain fury that never ceases. Kahuku’s unbeaten season in the Oahu Interscholastic Association capped off with a stun
Kahuku sophomore Leiah Naeata came up huge in the OIA title game with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against Kalani. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser. The Lady Raiders of Kahuku never wavered.
The ups and downs made them stronger as they rose to capture the Oahu Interscholastic Association girls basketball Division I title last week with a 63-59 win over Kalani. Leiah Naeata surpassed expectations all season, capping it with a 33-point, eight-rebound, seven
Leiah Naeata poured in 33 points as No. 9 Kahuku stunned No. 4 Kalani 63-59 to capture the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I girls basketball championship on Thursday night at Radford’s James Alegre Gymnasium.
“We knew if we could handle their awesome fullcourt pressure, we would win the game,” said Naeata, a sophomore.
Defense was key for Kahuku, which got torched early on by Kalani sophomore guard Kalena Halunajan, who scored 15 points in the first half, mostl
Kahuku celebrated after beating Kalani for the OIA D-I girls basketball title. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser On paper, this was Kalani’s championship for the taking.
Three players back since the last time the Lady Falcons met Kahuku, including Kamalu Kamakawiwo‘ole and Alayna Akiona. When Kahuku won at Kalani 51-48 during the regular season, it wasn’t a true test of the OIA East’s top teams at full strength.
On Thursday night, there was no doubt. No. 9 Kahuku got a
The Red Raiders embrace each other after holding off Kalani to win the OIA D1 championship. CJ Caraang | SL ALIAMANU — In a showdown that pitted the best teams from the East Division, No. 5 Kahuku took down reigning champ Kalani, 63-59 to win its first Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I title since 2005 at Radford's Jim Alegre Gymnasium Thursday.
The Red Raiders (14-0) completed an undefeated run through OIA play with the win while ending the sixth-ranked Falcons'
JAY METZGER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku’s Leiah Naeata, left, drove to the basket against Kaiser’s Macy Hill during Tuesday’s OIA girls basketball tournament semifinal game at Radford. Leiah Naeata is a point guard and more. The sophomore gave her team what it needed, five offensive rebounds in the third quarter, to spark a 15-0 run as No. 9 Kahuku pulled away for a 55-37 win over Kaiser on Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Oahu Interscholastic Associati
Just a few of the Red Raiders involved in @polynesiabowl #PolyBowl2k19 from left to right: Johnny Tapusoa, Jamerus Tai Hook, Sola Solia'i, Miki Ah You, Nalu Emerson, Leonard Peters, Ethan Erickson, Nate Ilaoa, Enokk Vimahi, Tausili Fiatoa, David Te'o, Samu Falevai, Les Kekahuna, and myself. My son, Jamerus, and I attended our 1st Polynesian Bowl last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I did my very best to secure access again for the 2k19 version. I even gained access to one
Kalani's Shelby McDaniel paced the Falcons defensively against Mililani while Kahuku's Leiah Naeata led all semifinal scorers with 17 points against Kaiser. CJ Caraang | SL ALIAMANU — For Kamalu Kamakawiwoole, it is not how many she scores, but when.
The senior shot an uncharacteristic 1 for 13 from the field, but that one came with five minutes, 13 seconds left as part of an 8-0 run to help No. 6 Kalani rally past No. 10 Mililani, 38-34, Tuesday to advance to Thursday's Oa
Kaiser's Taeya Blakeney (35) and Kahuku's Meleane Tonga (1) battled for a rebound. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser. In the end, the rebounding numbers were almost dead even for No. 9 Kahuku and Kaiser.
Kahuku outboarded Kaiser 31-30 in the final tally, but it was the third quarter when Leiah Naeata took the lead role. The sophomore point guard scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds — five on the offensive glass — in the pivotal third period as th
Photo courtesy of Sharlene Cravens The agony and ecstasy of coaches throughout the OIA and ILH is as rollicking as ever. Kahuku is one of many examples. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 10 in the Star-Advertiser boys basketball poll just three weeks ago after wins over Waiakea, Kauai and Mililani over a two-week span. Their first landing in the top 10 was followed by OIA East losses to Kailua (58-52), Kaiser (45-43) and Farrington (57-54). At 0-3, the Red Raiders decided not t
Had the privilege of talking with some bright young men yesterday afternoon. Three of them are in the picture above from left to right: Mason Tufaga, Kaonohi Kaniho, and Alaka'i Gilman. And yes all three of them are from our community. They were among the select few chosen to attend this small, informal yet beneficial event. By the time I left there were only 8 of the scheduled 10 who were scheduled to be there. Of the 8 there were those 3 from our community - a pretty good p
Make sure to click on this link to see the video alluded to above as well as the original article HONOLULU -- The first two days of Polynesian Bowl practices have pitted some of the best high school prospects in the country against each other. One of the local products, Kahuku (Hawaii) four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi, is one of the uncommitted players that the Trojans are hoping for a commitment from. The original plan was for Vimahi to declare Saturday night in Aloha
Please make sure to click on this link to view great video footage of Enokk The Polynesian Bowl hosts many of the best high school football players in the country before they head off to college. The big game is Saturday. Friday was the final day of a week of practice. The 100 kids marked the last morning of refresher reps with a Haka competition between Team Mauka and Team Makai. The Mauka players in the red jerseys came out on top. One of those winning players was Kahuku's
Two of USC’s top uncommitted targets are players the Trojans need to add depth on the defensive and offenisve line. OL Enokk Vimahi and DT Matthew Pola-Mao are both blessed to be playing their final high school football game here in Hawaii at the 2019 Poly Bowl. Vimahi is a versatile OL who can play guard or tackle. Pola-Mao is a big and strong player who can play nose tackle. USC has been recruiting Vimahi vigorously since early in the recruiting process, but the Trojans,