Prep Basketball: State Tourney Time

As February flies in, the state’s top Basketball teams are gearing up for the Snapple/HHSAA State Basketball Championships. 12 of the best Division I boys and girls teams will battle it out to claim the crown. Here’s a preview of the ones to watch…

BOYS – Kahuku

The Red Raiders’ “big three” comprised of seniors Samuta Avea (UH commit), Jessiya Villa, and junior Daniel Fotu has captivated the state with their high flying style and fast paced scoring. Few teams in the OIA have been able to match them physically on the floor. Kahuku has scored nearly 70 points per game, and with a supporting cast that prides itself on defense (40 points allowed), the Red Raiders’ are the OIA’s best chance to take the state crown.


You can’t miss Hugh Hogland. The 6’8 senior center has grown leaps and bounds from his state player of the year performance a season ago. His superior level of play in the paint has been matched by his ability to distribute the ball to his team. Junior guard Jordan Genovia is sharpshooting threat and senior Helam Baldomero might be the best defender in the ILH. Look for all three to make an impact in February.

GIRLS – Maryknoll

Can anyone stop the Spartans? Last year’s state runner up have dominated the ILH while beating their opponents by an average of 17 points per game. Junior guard Rhianne Omori averages 10 points per game, while sophomore Kamalu Kamakawiwoole has poured in 11 points per contest of her own. Those two have emerged as dangerous offensive and defensive threats.

“Painting In Paradise” Visits The Friendly Isle

Join Hawaii’s nature artist, Patrick Ching, as he visits Moloka’i to learn about the Hawaiian Parrotfish. He’ll then take that knowledge to teach budding artists how to paint the ‘uhu and its vast array of beautiful colors. Catch “Patrick Ching’s Painting In Paradise”, Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30pm.

“Ultimate Japan” Brings You The Best of The Best

Over the past 8 ½ years, Scott, Mayumi and Skyler Suzui have taken you to experience Japan like you’ve never done before. Starting this month, they’ll bring you their best of the best with each episode having a special theme. Revisit the most beautiful places, take part in local traditions, taste the strange but delicious live food dishes and much more. Catch the new season of “Ultimate Japan” starting Sunday, February 5 at 9:30pm.

You’re Invited To A “Wedding of a Lifetime”

Last summer, Hawaii Bride & Groom Wedding Style and OC16 conducted a contest to award one lucky couple an ultimate dream wedding. There were many beautiful stories of love, endurance through tough times, and hope. Nolan Arasato, who wrote us about the unconditional love his wife Michelle has given him since he became a quadriplegic, touched everyone’s hearts. His story and wish to honor his wife with a 25th anniversary celebration made the Arasatos our grand prize winner. Their prize package, valued at over $85,000, includes videography, wedding coordination, wedding rings, flowers, photography, bridal party attire, reception and more, all donated by the sponsors. This is the fifth Wedding of a Lifetime contest that Hawaii Bride & Groom Wedding Style and OC16 have given away and it all came together when Julie Aragaki, Executive Editor and Gavin Kobayashi, Creative Editor of the magazine, approached OC16 with the idea. “In 2006 Gavin and I were talking about how it would be great to give back to the people of Hawaii,” Aragaki said. “Since we are in the position to connect amazing wedding specialists together to come up with a wedding of a lifetime, we decided to pitch OC16 with the idea!”  For past finalists, it was getting the wedding they never had a chance to have. For others, it was a final celebration before succumbing to terminal illness. Each year, it becomes an emotional rollercoaster. So why does Aragaki continue to do it? “For me, it really gives me a reality check. I should be thankful for my health and all of the awesome people around me. It inspires me when I see how much strength people have in order to overcome so many obstacles.” Tune in for Nolan and Michelle’s “Wedding of a Lifetime”, Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm.

All-new Episodes Of “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”

The new season of “Hawaii’s Reel Stories” continues in February. Insightful highlights include various films from different perspectives during WWII and life after the Pearl Harbor attack, ocean stories about the origins of stand-up paddling and photographers Clark Little and John Mozo, life in early Hawaii and the 107-year history of the Kamaka Ukulele Company. Watch new episodes of “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”, Mondays at 6:30pm.

Coming In MARCH

  OC16 OIA Baseball

  OC16 & XCast OIA Boys Volleyball

  OC16 OIA Softball