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High School Summer Tournaments

End of the Trail Tournament - Oregon City, Oregon
Kona Stingrays 64, NorCal Panthers 38. Stingrays: Rachael Rickard 12, Maiki Viela 10, Dawnyelle Awa 10.
Big Island All Stars 56, California Swoosh Blue 54. BI: Tayler Wang 17, Kaylene Kanekoa 11, Maku Torres 7, Pua Kailiawa 6.
North Tartan(Minn) 55, Stingrays 53.
KS: Dawnyelle Awa 19, Lia Galdeira 10
Stingrays 60, San Diego Swish 52. KS: Malika Teaufa 17, Lia Galdeira 11, Kara Hanato-Smith 10
Cal Ballaz 51, Big Island All Stars 35.
Big Island All Stars 41, Ventura Cougars 39.
Tayler Wang 20, Kaylene Kanekoa 8, Winning Last Shot - Pua Kailiawa


28th HI-Pal Tournament




28th Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic Results

The Hawaii Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) held its 28th Annual
28th Annual Hawaii Isle Police Activities League Champions
HI-PAL held it's 28th annual Winter Basketball Classic on December 26-29, 2009.

Thirty-seven teams (five from Oahu) participated in the following age divisions: 9-10 division, 11-12 division, 13-14 division, girls 12 and under division and girls 14 and under division. Nearly 350 youths between the ages of 9 and 14 participated in the tournament.

Below is a list of the winners from each age bracket in alphabetical order. Above is a photo of each team taken after the championship games, which were held at the new University of Hawaii at Hilo gymnasium.

  • 9/10 Division - Stingrays: Ethan Awa, Mahina Ellis-Noa, Austin Ewing, Tanner Grey, Kaiya Leleiwi, Ryan Malone, Chanelle Molina, Kauila Wall, Brant Yamamoto (coaches: Donnie Awa and Glenn Grey)
  • 11/12 Division - Big Island Hoops: Dylan Bibilone, Jordyn Breitbarth, Joshua Breitbarth, Jay Chang, Bryce Filipe, Micah Kanehailua, Drew Kell, Tolby Saito (coaches: Mark Saito and TJ Yasuhara)
  • 13/14 Division - Warriors: Ilikai Calip, Kupono Decker, James Jordan Fujimoto, Scott Harrison, Shaun Kagawa, Blaine Manlinguis, Varrick Suezaki, Deion Utrera, Ikaika Villanueva (coach: Brian Suezaki)
  • Girls 12 & Under Division - Above the Rim: Emirose Aguinaldo, Chailey Cabalis, Shaynalynn Domingo, Shawn Mori, Danielle Oda, Ashlyn Santos, Darlenne Uchima, Shaina Villasista, Kiana Yamabe, Sydnee Yokota (coach: Ryan Salvador)
  • Girls 14 & Under Division - Andrews Slammers: Chelsey Ansui, Nicole Antonio, Vanessa Ignacio, Zena Muranaka, Tiffany Pacheco, Ashlie Santiago, Keani Shirai (coaches: Hamilton Manley, Casey Shirai and Linda Lopez)

The HI-Pal Program would like to thank everyone who participated in this event as well as the organizations and businesses that helped to make it a successful event.

HI-PAL provides social and athletic activities for youths of Hawaii Island between the ages of 5-17 without duplicating activities provided by the county's Department of Parks and Recreation.

For information about HI-PAL or about future HI-PAL events, you may call the East Hawaii HI-PAL office at 961-2220 or the West Hawaii HI-PAL office at 326-4646, extension 258.



Big Islanders Help Eastsidaz Win Championship
August 19, 2008: Three girls from the Big Island teamed up with Eastsidaz Basketball Team from Honolulu to participate in the 13 Under  Summer Classic held on July 27 - 31  and sponsored by the National Youth Basketball Organization.

The team was coached by Simon Bitanga, girls coach for (Kaiser High School girls coach) and Bobbie Awa (Konawaena girls coach). 
A total of 12 teams participated in this tournament as far as the east coast.  In Pool play Eastsidaz lost the opening game to Arlington Swoosh  TX 38-42.  In the second game all three girls from the Big Island started and there was no looking back, they beat Oxnard Lady Jags CA 56-44, Salt Lakers UT 42-37 to finish Pool Play with a record of 3 wins 1 lost.  Girls went on to play in the Platinum Division Championship round; Eastsidaz open up with 2nd seed from Pool B: CA Ballaz an won 55-32, semi finals beat Castro Vally Blaze CA 53-45 and went on to face top seed Arlington Swoosh TX for the Championship who beat them in the opener.  This time they faced a different starting line up with the 3 Big Island girls and took the lead from the start and held on to win 39-32. 
Head Coach Simon Bitanga mentioned, "The 3 girls fit in just perfect with the Eastsidaz. It's like they played together for a longtime. Right place at the right time I guess."  

Members;front row; Lia Galderia, Dawnyelle Awa, Megan Kinoshita: 
Second row; Ciera Pacheco, Kiana Nakai, Micaela Bitanga, Celeste Tsutahara, Taryn Achong.
Back row; Simon Bitanga, Bobbie Awa
 HI PAL 3 on 3 Brings Sunshine To Basketball Youngsters and Families
 By Hawaii Sports Page
January 26, 2008: Every year for the last 18 years youth basketball junkies invade Kailua-Kona for three days of fun, sun and competition. This year marked the 18th anniversary for the HI-PAL New Hope 3 on 3 tournament. An event that brings kids together in friendly and sometimes fierce competition. The original 3 on 3 tournaments started in the part of Kona called the "Ghetto". The old outdoor courts above the Islander Inn. Since then it has evolved into the top outdoor basketball event for youth ages 5-14. The tournament later moved to the Keauhou Shopping Center parking lot. Annually Dozens of East Hawaii families have made it a mini vacation trek enjoying the games and sunshine.
Playing on the outdoor courts in the Hot Sun adds to the excitement and unique sports atmosphere. Most of the BIIF Players at one time or another have grown up competing in this tournament. In fact many have faced each other since they were 8 and played till they were 14. Also many BIIF coaches have coached in the event. Bobbie Awa and Donny Awa always have some teams from their Stingray organization. Also coaches that have made the annual trek for the last 7 years include Lance Kekona formerly of Waiakea Uka, Randy Apele of the Warriors and NJB programs, Mark Saito formerly of the Piopio Bears now Hoops program.
Many BIIF referees have also officiated at the event. 
      Volunteers and Hawaii County Police Activities League along with the New Hope Church have provided the manpower and back bone for the event every year. When the tournament was being run at the Keauhou Shopping Center, a lot of manpower was needed to bring tents and portable baskets to the parking lot. Margo Takata, who was the marketing manager at Keauhou assisted with the arrangements to host the event annually.
 Dennis (Fresh) Onishi former Hi Pal Director made the event more popular during the late 90's to 2005. At one time there were 20 teams in the boy's 12 and under division. That has since dwindled but the tournament still remains popular and a family favorite for East Hawaii families. The tournament directors now are police officers Joey Botelho and Randy Morris. Botelho works to invite the East Hawaii teams and Morris the West Hawaii Teams. Both also assist with HI PAL Winter Classic Tournament and the 3 on 3 Click it or ticket tournament which are large youth aged basketball events. Others that have contributed to the event include officer Joseph Kealoha, Richard Rasay, Myra Iwamoto and countless other volunteers. Hope Chapel also gets heavily involved and has had been giving the christian message to the youth. New Hope  has brought OC 16 celebrity and member Tiny Tidani several times promoting the event as emcee. 

     This year marks the first year that the new outdoor courts near the Kailua gym were being used. The outdoor courts made the setup and breakdown much easier than the past. Joseph Kealoha remembers, "we used to store the baskets at the Keauhou Shopping Center and would have to take them up and down every year". "One year we had to take them home and store them at volunteers homes and bring them back"."
But now with
these nice courts, it will be much easier." The new courts were a collaboration of county land and private donations.

    Kealoha also mentioned the generous donations he was able to get from the Iron Man Triathalon organization. Iron Man said they would match what ever the County would put in. "The County put up five grand and the Iron Man came up with the another five grand." 

    Taking first place in some of this year's tournament included the Ekahi in the 14U boys division, NJB girls in the 14U division, Stingrays in the 8U boys, Hoops in the 10U boys and Keaukaha in the 12U girls. But all the teams were having fun competing as they came away winners. Most enjoyed the sun, swimming activities and a little potluck.  

Most of the East Hawaii families get together and stay at hotels and condos and make the event a social vacation. The memories will last forever for the youngsters as well as the adults. The tournament directors and volunteers should be commended on the outstanding tournament and community service they are doing and have done. Congratulations to the HI-Pal Organization and New Hope Chapel for a job well done.

Photos: Top: Parents from the B&G Club and Keaukaha enjoy the shade waiting for gametime. 2nd photo from top: Officer Joe Kealoha making sure the games are on time and running smooth. 3rd photo from top: 14U boys division, Waiakea Uka and the Piopio Bears battling out. 4th photo from top: Vintage photo from 2002, Gameboyz 8U team : Kristen Ishibashi, Kirsten Ishibashi, Riley Handa, Tracee Fukunaga, and  Brandon Libao. Bottom Photo: Vinatage photo of Eastside 2003 12U Champions; Vicky Tagalicod (Hilo), Charles Tatsuhara (Waiakea Varsity), Grant Dias (Kamehameha), Colby Iwashita (Waiakea Varsity)..

Vintage Kailua-Kona 3 on 3 1/20/2002
Auwae Derego (Honokaa/Kamehameha-Kap), Pii Mins (Kamehameha-Kap), Mika Nikel (Honokaa, HPA), Chris Gambill (Honokaa), vs. Kawika Cazimero (Kamehameha-Hi), Ryan Fukunaga (Hilo High), and Isaac Chung (Kamehameha-HI) in quarterfinal action.

Warriors Tournament Boys and Girls 14U Tournament 2008

27th Annual HI Pal Winter Classic 
Boys 9-10 Division
Manoa Boom
Cassidy Apo, Micah Fong, Kevin Foster, Jake Kawasaki, Robert Mann, Kealamaikalani Martinson, Cory Mitchel, Brendan Namba, Lance Sataraka, Cody Wong. Coach Kristyl Zukemura.

Boys 11-12 Division
Kona Stingrays
Brandon Awa, Po’okela Hanato-Smith, Josiah Kalili, Drew Kell, Hoku Liftee, Jalor Satta-Ellis, Trevor Tanaka, Deion Utrera, Makani Wall. Coaches BJ Ellis, Lloyd Tanaka.

Boys 13-14 Division
Ekahi All Stars
Kaeo Alapai (Kona Stingrays), Shaun Kagawa (Warriors), Gideon Kalili (Warriors), Rylan Kawazoe (Warriors), Chris Roxburgh (Kohala), Keni Souza (Kona Stingrays), Kekoa Turner (Warriors), John Ursua (Kona Stingrays), Lanaki Apele (Warriors). Coaches Randy Apele, Clifford Victorine.

Girls 12 & Under

Sharlei Graham, Kaily Harris, Raevyn Kaupu, Fantacie Kuamoo, Alexis Pana, Aliyah Pana, Jordan Pule, Mercedes Victor. Coach Ben Pana, Gavien DeMello.


Keaukaha 3 on 3

Keaukaha 8 & Under Boys Team

Little Munchkins at Keaukaha 3 on 3

Ben Pana of Keaukaha instructs his team

High School 17U young men division

Packed house at Keahkaha Gym


Click It Or Ticket 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
May 19-20, 2007 at the Keaau High School Gymnasium

                Showtime 14U Champions, l-r; Tracee, Sefolu, Taesha, Jacee, Tricia

8 & Under Boys
      Gold Medal           -Hawaii Isles Athletics
      Silver Medal          -Waiakea Uka White
      Bronze Medal        -Waiakea Uka Green
10 & Under Boys
        Gold Medal         -Hoops
        Silver Medal        -Waiakea Uka -Green
        Bronze Medal      -Waiakea Uka -White

12 & Under Girls
        Gold Medal         -Slammers
        Silver Medal        -Keaukaha
12 & Under Boys
        Gold Medal         -Island Heat
        Silver Medal        -Break It Down
        Bronze Medal      -Waiakea Uka

14 & Under Girls
        Gold Medal         -Showtime
        Silver Medal        -Delirious
        Bronze               -Keaukaha

14 & Under Boys
        Gold Medal         -Island Heat
        Silver Medal        -Break It Down
15-17 Boys
        Gold Medal         -Waimea Nightmares
       Silver Medal       -Delirious

Basketball Skills Challenge

Hawaii Sports Marketing Services held it's first Basketball Skills Challeng. Bruce Ferreira spokesperson for HSMS said youngsters tested thier skills in dribbling, shooting and passing.

Awards went to the following

Grades 2-3
Passing:1)David Kalili, 2) Jesse Albrechtson, 3)Noah Ferreira
Dribbling:1)Noah Ferreira, 2)David Kalili, 3)Kaimana Kawaha
Shooting: 1)David Kalili, 2) Noah Ferreira, 3)Kyran Kai
Overall winners 1)David Kalili, 2)Noah Ferreira, 3)Kaimana Kawaha & Kyran Kai (tie)

Grades 4-5
Passing:1)Bryson Ita, 2)Brandon Awa, 3) Austin Dante
Dribbling:1)Bryson Ita, 2)Brandon Awa, 3)Micah Kaaihue
Shooting: 1)Brandon Awa, 2)Austin Dante, Sydnee Yokota
Overall winners: 1)Bryson Ita; 2)Brandon Awa, 3)Austin Dante

Grades 6-7
Passing 1)Brett Ebanez,2)Hoku Mattos, 3) Sebastian Ohara-Saft
Dribbling 1)Brett Ebanex 2)Sebastian Ohara-Saft 3)Tracee Fukunaga
Shooting1)Sebastian Ohara-Saft, 2)Brett Ebanez, 3)Jake Oda
Overall Winners 1)Brett Ebanez, 2)Sebastian Ohara-Saft, 3)Hoku Mattos

Grades 8-10
Passing 1)Kaylyn Otsubo, 2)Cameron Ita, 3)Ariel Ray
Dribbling 1)Cameron Ita, 2)Isaak Janado, 3)Ariel Ray
Shooting 1)Cameron Ita, 2)Manu Tsui, 3)Ariel Ray
Overall Winners 1)Cameron Ita, 2)Manu Tsui, 3)Ariel Ray

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