‘Not just basketball’

KAPAA — Justin Faidley would have been sleeping Thursday morning.

However, the Na Koa basketball player was roused into action by John Kaneholani who volunteered the Na Koa basketball program players to help with the new furniture arriving at Kapaa High School.

“Rhis is to help the community, and give back,” Faidley said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Andrew Winchester, head custodian at Kapaa High, said the school has been busy preparing for the fall semester.

“It’s been super busy,” Winchester said. “We have three contractors working, and with the normal work from our staff, we are lucky Uncle John brought his boys in. That helps us big time.”

Kaneholani said originally he had planned to work at Kapaa High School as a multi-part service project.

“We were going to clean up around the Bernice Hundley Gym,” Kaneholani said. “That was one part, but the group of boys didn’t show up. We also were going to mop the gym’s floors and do handyman work around the food booth, but we can do that, later.”

Kaneholani said 11 boys — Grayson Shimamoto, Mone Malafu, Poki Tafea, Loni Tafea, Hero Raza, Faidley, Kaulu Rittmeister, Jhencen Cummings, Kila Hepa, and Chasen Tumaomao — took up the challenge of moving furniture to classrooms and clearing the packing materials.

“A friend from Kona, Gilbert Silva, who has a son playing at St. Louis, said he wishes his son’s team would do things like this,” Kaneholani said. “He wanted to know how this started. Fix the bed and do the dishes, I tell the kids. This is how it starts — you take care of things at home. You do that and you’ll have a great life lesson — it’s not just basketball.”

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