In our league, it’s going to come every night. You have to be prepared and ready for it. It doesn’t go away. You have to go out and execute.”
—Fred Wawner, head coach
When the HPA basketball team is in action at Castle Gymnasium, the electric buzz from the game can be felt throughout the campus. The HPA student body gives Ka Makani a unique edge unlike any other in the BIIF, bringing a college-like atmosphere to home games.
Known for a roster with international flare, Ka Makani are consistently among the top contenders on the Big Island, rallying around the spirit of Ubuntu—a Zulu proverb that is essentially about togetherness, and how all of our actions have an impact on others and society.
For many years, basketball was seen as a conditioning sport between the football and baseball seasons at the school. But when statewide classification started in 2007, HPA became a serious contender at the BIIF and state level. HPA captured its first state title in 2014, responding from the adversity of losing the BIIF championship that season to claim the state crown with a 42-33 victory against Kalani.
More recently, Ka Makani have won back-to-back BIIF titles, the latest during the 2018-19 season coming in undefeated fashion.
BIIF: 2020, 2019, 2018
Recent player accolades:
KJ Walker, First-team All-BIIF
Javan Perez, First-team All-BIIF
Michael Hughes, First-team All-BIIF
Tre Walker, All-BIIF honorable mention
Ry Bleckel, All-BIIF honorable mention
Umi Kealoha, All-BIIF honorable mention
Bear Wawner, All-BIIF honorable mention
Javan Perez, BIIF Player of the Year
Valentinas Ulinas, First-team All-BIIF