Ka Moloka’i Makahiki attracts schools from Maui and Kauai

Kualapuu fifth grader Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (second from left) narrowly edges out Bucky James Torres (third from left) from Maunaloa in the Makahiki games kukini on Saturday.

Kualapuu fifth grader Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (second from left) narrowly edges out Bucky James Torres (third from left) from Muanaloa in the Makahiki games kukini on Saturday.


The traditional end to Makahiki season brought out an enormous crowd on Saturday to the Kaunakakai ballfield. After presenting the kupuna with traditional ho’okupu (gifts), and a hula performance, it was time for the elementary games to begin.

Participating in this year’s elementary division Ka Moloka’i Makahiki events for the first time were students from Kamehameha Maui and Waipa on Kauai. Kamehameha Maui brought 12 fifth graders and three chaperones while Waipa had 15 fourth, fifth and sixth graders along with three chaperones.

“We welcome them and thank them for coming to Molokai to proudly represent their school and island,” said Loretta Ritte from Ka Moloka’i Makahiki organizing group.

The Kualapuu fifth grade Huki Huki team prepares to win the finals at Saturday's Makahiki games. Kualapuu won six out of seven grades in the Huki Huki competition.

The Kualapuu fifth grade Huki Huki team prepares to win the finals at Saturday’s Makahiki games. Kualapuu won six out of seven grades in the Huki Huki competition.


Students in grades kindergarten through second grade compete in ulumaika (rolling stones to knock over sticks), haka moa (chicken fighting), uma (arm wrestling), kukini (40-yard dash) and huki huki (tug-of-war). Older students compete in all the same events as well as konane (Hawaiian board game similar to checkers).

As the largest elementary school on Molokai, Kualapuu Elementary School once again won more events than any other school.

Ka Moloka’i Makahiki 2013 results:

Kindergarten — Ulumaika, Josephine Torres-Balbirona (Maunaloa); Haka Moa, Koa Walker (Kuakapuu); Uma, Charleston Wallace Jr. (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Tayden Ka’awa (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Walker, Makani Poepoe, Maika Ku, Moses Reyes, Masina Borden-Phillips, Noelani Keanini.

Grade 1 — Ulumaika, Ella Jane Kaupu-Tollefson (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Cassidy Victorino (Kualapuu); Uma, Kiara Lima (Kilohana); Kukini, Kailana McGuire-Guerro (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Cassidy Victorino, Ku Adolpho, William Bentley-Smith, Kian Toledo, Kellyn Guzman, Leila Kahalewai.

Grade 2 — Ulumaika, Jasmine Stone-Place (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Mikaelyn Asuncion (Maunaloa); Uma, Jalen Lani (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Dion Agustiro (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Hokuau Arce, Kyan Montizor, Naia Starkey, Nika Crivello, Kamalino Mollena-Kamai, Morhummin Kamai.

Grade 3 — Ulumaika, Keala Puaoi-Traxler (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Justin Kahalewai (Kualapuu); Uma, Destin Gomes (Maunaloa); Kukini, Iokona Florendo (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Jewell Cariaga, Keale Keoni O’Sullivan, Justin Kahalewai, Sean Kamai, John Ventura, Joselito Corpuz; Konane, Pumehana Helekahi (Hana).

Grade 4 — Ulumaika, Trace Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Mahikili’ili’I Lopez (Maunaloa); Uma, Josh Hanchett (Kualapuu); Kukini, Lane Kamakana (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki: Kaunakakai – Kaimipono Kekahuna, Kaya Alcon, Yheslie Valete, Kamaha’o Poaha-Ka’ai, Sheldine Poaipuni, Anapuhi Naki; Konane, Johnny Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).

Grade 5 — Ulumaika, Cy Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Iverson Ka’apuni-Hirata (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kahala Palmeira (Kamehameha Maui); Kukini, Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Ritte-Camara-Tangonan, Ryden Puailihau-Sharpe, Pono Sagario, Eve Tuisamatatele, Courtney Tabil, Chylene; Konane, Maria Angst (Maunaloa).

Grade 6 — Ulumaika, Zeff Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Haka Moa, Chelsea Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kale Kamai-Cacpal (Maunaloa); Kukini, Po’okela Espanto (Maunaloa); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Alia Madela, Crystal Rubin, Clancey Wright, Richard Dayton, Jersey Paleka, Meleana Pa-Kala; Konane, Kanalu Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).

Basketball boys split two on a weekend trip to Lanai

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali'i, Tani Faleali'; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali'i.

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali’i, Tani Faleali’; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali’i.


The Molokai High School boys basketball team traveled to Lanai this past weekend and split a pair of games.

The win on Friday and the loss on Saturday left the Farmers with a 6-2 record, second place behind Seabury Hall (6-1) in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II standings.

Hau’oli Faleali’i led the way for Molokai on Friday with 21 points on the way to a 55-51 win over Lanai. David Rapanot helped the effort by hitting five three-pointers to finish with 19 points. The win put the Farmers into a first place tie with Seabury.

But Molokai’s time in first place would be short-lived. The noontime game on Saturday brought Molokai back to second placed after losing 57-50 to the Pine Lads.

The Farmers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lanai 25-11. But a strong third quarter performance from Lanai was too much. Jestonie Molina hit five 3-pointers on the way to 18 points for the Pine Lads, who now have a 2-6 MIL record.

For Molokai, Paka Adolpho scored 21 points while Faleali’i scored 19 points, who trailed 48-25 after three periods.

NFL players coming to Molokai for one-day football clinic

After just one year of playing league-sanctioned football, Molokai High School will host a football clinic led by former Miami Dolphin standout player Nat Moore.

The clinic — on Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the MHS football field — is open to all interested youth in grades five through 12. Registration forms can be found at Kilohana School, Kaunakakai School, Maunaloa School, Molokai Middle School, Molokai High School and Kualapuu School. For more information contact Molokai Athletic Department at 567-6959.

Former Miami Dolphins receiver and all-pro player Nat Moore speaks with Molokai High School and Middle School students at The Barn. He will be returning to Molokai to run a one-day clinic Jan. 28.

Former Miami Dolphins receiver and all-pro player Nat Moore speaks with Molokai High School and Middle School students at The Barn. He will be returning to Molokai to run a one-day clinic Jan. 28.


For 13 years, Moore was a standout player for the Miami Dolphins. Moore was a third round pick, played in Super Bowls XVII and XIX, started in the 1977 Pro-Bowl and stands 30th on the all-time career receiving touchdowns list with 74. In 1984 he was name the NFL “Man of the Year,” an honor bestowed on the player who gives outstanding service to his community. He then earned the Byron White Humanitarian Award in 1986 for his service to his team, community and country.

Since retiring from the NFL, Moore continues to dedicate his service to all communities. As the executive director of the Pro Bowl Clinic, he brings NFL stars and children together for fun, football and education. He also has made several appearances on Molokai talking to high school students about his career and offering advice on how to succeed in life.

Joining Moore will be Vince Manuwai, a free agent who played most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, Mercel Reece from the Oakland Raiders and Samantha Ruiz, Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

For more information contact Molokai Athletic Department at 567-6959. Forms are due by Jan. 25. Forms must mailed to: Molokai Athletics, Attn: Hoku Haliniak, P.O. Box 158, Hoolehua, HI 96729.

Farmer boys and girls top Lanai over the weekend

Paka Adolpho puts up two of his 16 points against Lanai on Friday night on the way to a 62-53 Molokai win. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Paka Adolpho puts up two of his 16 points against Lanai on Friday night on the way to a 62-53 Molokai win. Photo by Rick Schonely.


Both the Molokai boys and girls basketball teams remain in the hunt for the Division II Maui Interscholastic League title courtesy of Lanai.

Over the weekend, both teams swept Lanai on both Friday and Saturday to remain securely in second place in the MIL behind Seabury Hall.

Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes, David Rapanot and Hauoli Faleali'i at Kaunakakai Gym Saturday. Photo by Rick Schonely.

Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes, David Rapanot and Hauoli Faleali’i at Kaunakakai Gym Saturday. Photo by Rick Schonely.


At The Barn on Friday, three Molokai boys scored in double digits on the way to a 62-53 win. Hauoli Faleali’i scored 22 points for Molokai, David Rapanot added 19 and Paka Adolpho had 16.

The venue for Saturday’s noontime game changed from The Barn to the Kaunakakai gym because rains in Hoolehua left the gym floor wet. A different gym did not change the outcome as Molokai came out on top 49-39. Faleali’i scored 25 points and Adolpho added 10 for the Farmers, The boys now have a 3-1 record.

The girls traveled to Lanai to defeat the Pine Lasses in a one-sided game on Friday, 49-15. Shaniah Mollena-Lopez scored 12 points, and the Farmers won for the first time in three games.

The next day it was more of the same as Molokai again routed Lanai 43-19. Hepuakea Falealii scored 11 points and Lehiwa Pedro added 10 for the Farmers.
The lady Farmers have an MIL record of 4-2, behind Seabury at 4-0.

Rapanot leads Farmers to first league win of year

A hot-shooting David Rapanot led the Molokai High School boys basketball team to its first league win of the season Saturday night against St. Anthony on Maui at War Memorial Gym.

David Rapanot

David Rapanot


Overcoming a sick stomach and hurting knees on Friday, Rapanot, a junior, scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half as the Farmers defeated a young Trojan team 57-41. With the win, the Farmers are 1-1 in the Maui Interscholastic League.

The team’s first MIL game came Friday night against Seabury Hall at the Erdman Athletic Center on Maui. The Farmers could not hold on to a 1-point halftime lead and ended up losing 51-41 after the Spartans outscored them 17-7 in the fourth quarter. Oli Falealii led the Farmers with 21 points in the game.
After dropping four preseason games to mainland teams in the Lahainaluna Invitational Tournament, Saturday’s win was crucial in a regular season that only lasts nine games.

St. Anthony, which does not have a senior on the roster, trailed 21-15 after one period and 38-24 at halftime. The Trojans came out strong in the second half, outscoring Molokai 12-10 in the third quarter. The Farmers picked it up on defense and held St. Anthony to only 5 fourth quarter points.

Molokai Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes spoke to The Maui News about how the MIL is shaping up for this season: “Seabury is big, but the opportunity is there for teams like us. A lot of chance to break through. Today was a big difference between going home 0-2 and 1-1 in league. It is a morale booster for the boys.”

Girls basketball

Seabury visited Molokai this past weekend and took two games from the lady Farmers on Friday and Saturday at The Barn.

Molokai dropped a heartbreaker Friday night, losing 24-23 in overtime. Lehiwa Pedro scored 6 points for the lady Farmers.

On Saturday, the girls dropped another game to Seabury, 30-20. After defeating Lanai twice last week, the lady Farmers now have a 2-2 season record.

Boys basketball team drops two games at Lahaina tournament

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali'i, Tani Faleali'i; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali'i.

The Molokai boys basketball team: front, kneeling: Kalei Davis, Ena Victorino; second row: Haaloa Hamakua, Hauoli Faleali’i, Tani Faleali’; third row: Lekeke Schonelly, Kaimana Kahale, Moses Espaniola. Not pictured: Thomas Tamanaha, Paka Adolpho, Dallas Arce, Isaiah Ruiz, Hanalei Dudoit-Enos, Jordan Boswell. Photo courtesy of Hauoli Faleali’i.


The Molokai boys basketball team was treated roughly by the Pailolo Channel on the ferry ride over to the 2012 Lahainaluna Winter Classic and again by Curtis High School from Washington State on Wednesday.

An aggressive Curtis defense held the Farmers to only 4 first half points at the Lahaina Civic Center. Molokai attacked more in the second half but lost the game 79-21. The Curtis team members were all over six feet and slam-dunking the ball at every opportunity.

Despite the blowout, Molokai Head Coach Lester Delos Reyes said he was impressed with how his team never gave up. “The challenge today, along with the teams we face in this tournament, will help us prepare for the MIL season,” said Delos Reyes.

The next day, a Molokai team motivated to prove itself jumped out to a lead on Pitt Meadows High School out of British Columbia, Canada. Hauoli Faleali’i scored the first 5 points for the Farmers to help them to a 5-0 start and a 26-22 halftime lead.

Pitt Meadows shut down Molokai in the third quarter, outscoring them 22-2 to take a 44-28 lead. The Farmers played hard to the end but came out on the short end of a 54-43 loss.

Coach Delos Reyes attributed the loss to Pitt Meadows ability to control the boards and get many second chance points off of offensive rebounds. David Rapanot led the way for Molokai with 19 points while Faleali’i finished with 15 points.

Girls top Lanai

The Molokai girls’ basketball team had a better outing Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Lanai team 48-21 at The Barn. Hepuakea Faleali’i led the way with 14 points along with Lehiwa Pedro’s 12 points.

College basketball comes to Molokai for first time ever

UH Forward Isaac Fotu kicks the ball to Brandon Spearman (4-for-7 3-pointers) who hits this 3-point field goal.

UH forward Isaac Fotu kicks the ball to Brandon Spearman (4-for-7 3-pointers) who hits this 3-point field goal.


The Barn hosts University of Hawaii vs. Chaminade Saturday night

Molokai basketball fans saw a regular season University of Hawaii game — for the first time ever in any sport — Saturday night at The Barn.

The Chaminade University Silverswords (3-5, 0-0 PacWest) flew to Molokai Saturday morning while the UH Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 0-0 Big West) had arrived the night before for this unique contest.

Approximately 2,000 fans filled The Barn to the rafters hoping to see a high scoring, high flying, competitive college basketball game. They were not disappointed. Chaminade kept it close, creeping to within 7 points late in the second half, but ultimately it was the size and depth of the UH squad that won the game, 104-93.

Forward Isaac Fotu grabs one of his seven rebounds (5 offensive) in Saturday's game against Chaminade. Fotu finished with 18 points.

Forward Isaac Fotu grabs one of his seven rebounds (5 offensive) in Saturday’s game against Chaminade. Fotu finished with 18 points.


Local hoops fans can thank Brandyn Akana, the former Molokai High School standout player, for this special event. Akana, who played his college ball at BYU-Hawaii, is now in his third year as assistant coach at UH under Gib Arnold. Akana’s older brother, Jarrin Akana, was the 1988 state player of the year for the Farmers and went on to play for BYU-Hawaii and UH. Jarrin Akana, who was also at Saturday’s game, has been an assistant coach for several NBA teams.

Before the game, Brandyn Akana said, “(Molokai residents) just don’t get the opportunity to see college players in an NCAA game. I know they watch UH on television, so this will be great. To actually get to see them in person, it’s going to be a huge event.”

The trip home was special to Akana. “It’s hard not to think back, just all the people I was able to learn from and things like that,” Akana said. “It’s who I am today, is from experience on Molokai. I’m going to see past coaches, good teachers, a lot of good friends, a lot of family members.”

UH Assistant Basketball Coach Brandyn Akana returned home this weekend as his Warriors defeated Chaminade.

UH Assistant Basketball Coach Brandyn Akana returned home this weekend as his Warriors defeated Chaminade.


Akana and the UH team had already been on Molokai during the weekend of Oct. 27-28 for a practice and a team bonding experience. During that visit the team members signed autographs after the practice and had a chance to do some hunting and fishing on Molokai.

Prior to the game, Pastor Bill Umi led the crowd in a prayer and a moment of silence for the victims of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. just a day earlier. His daughter Esther then stood at midcourt and sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Hawai’i Pono’i.”

Both teams appeared comfortable playing at The Barn for the first time, shooting high percentages while running the floor hard. UH shot 64 percent (25-for-39) in the first half, including 73 percent (8-for-11) from 3-point range. Chaminade completed 44 percent of their first half shots (16-36) and 61 percent of 3-pointers (11-18). It was the sharpshooting of Chaminade that kept the game close as UH finished the half with a 63-49 lead.

Vander Joaquim, the 6-10 UH center, handles the ball. He had 5 rebounds, 11 points in the game.

Vander Joaquim, the 6-10 UH center, handles the ball. He had 5 rebounds, 11 points in the game.


As the game wore on, it was the size of Hawaii that made the difference. For the game, UH grabbed 45 rebounds to Chaminade’s 24.

The frontcourt of the Rainbow Warriors, made up of Vander Joaquim (6-foot-10, 245 pounds), Christian Standhardinger (6-8, 215) and Isaac Fotu (6-8, 240) proved to be too much for the Silverswords, whose biggest player, Rhys Murphy, stands 6-foot-7, 200 pounds. The big three for UH scored a combined 49 points while clearing 24 rebounds

To change the pace, Chaminade opened the second half with a slower, more deliberate attack. Both teams seemed to cool off in their shooting but the Silverswords were not able to gain on the Rainbow Warriors double digit lead.

With less than four minutes remaining a brief scuffle broke out between the two teams, leading to the ejection of UH’s Jace Tavita. Chaminade’s De’Andre Haskins, returning to the team from a recent injury, sunk four straight free throws to make the score 95-85. Haskins and Bennie Murphy led the team in scoring with 21 points each. A 3-pointer by Chaminade’s Lee Bailey cut the lead to 97-90 but that was as close as they would get.

Seventh graders having some fun at halftime.

Seventh graders having some fun at halftime.


Molokai fans were also treated to all the trappings of a big time game. T-shirts were thrown into the crowd, a play-by-play announcer sat courtside and a year’s worth of Pepsi was given away for winning shooting contests held during timeouts. At halftime, a group of local ringers played a seventh grade team wearing matching “Akana” T-shirts.

(Personal note — Another first for Molokai: Within two minutes of the final buzzer, a photocopy of the official box score with final statistics was passed out to all media. For a moment I thought I was at a big time college basketball game on the mainland.)