Malafu, Kauhane are KIF hoops Players of the Year

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Kapa‘a’s Keaka Kauhane eyes the hoop over the efforts of Kaua‘i High’s Cade Myers in the first quarter on Jan. 20 during a Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation boys varsity basketball game at Kaua‘i High in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Kapa‘a’s Olivia Malafu drives against the posting of Kaua‘i High’s Hema Naka‘ahiki-Young for the Warriors’ first score on Jan. 9 during a Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation girls varsity basketball game at Kaua‘i High in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — The Kapa‘a High School girls varsity basketball team, finishing its 2023 season as the undefeated state Division II champions, placed four players on the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federtation basketball All-Star team announced Friday.

Coach Neil Fagarang was selected as the Coach of the Year, and Kapa‘a High School junior Olivia Malafu, finishing the DII state tournament as Most Valuable Player, was named the KIF Player of the Year.

The Kaua‘i High School boys varsity basketball team, finishing the state Division II tournament in third place, placed three players, two juniors and a senior, on the boys All-Star team, with Raider Coach Ipo Yoshioka named Coach of the Year.

Kapa‘a High School, which came back strong in the KIF second round, finished with its junior guard Keaka Kauhane getting Player of the Year nod, and senior Mikey Questin getting named to the All-Star list.

Girls Basketball All Stars (school and grade in parenthesis)

Player of the Year: Olivia Malafu (Kap, 11)

Denise Alfonso (Kap, 10), Angeline Nizo (Kap, 12), Hema Naka‘ahiki Young (Kau, 12), Hailey Mata (Wai, 10), Taira Samiano (Kap, 10)

Coach of the Year: Neil Fagarang (Kapa‘a)

Boys Basketball All Stars

Player of the Year: Keaka Kauhane (Kap, 11)

Mikey Questin (Kap, 12), Joshua Rego (Kau, 11), Isaac Mirey (Kau, 11), Kelani Lewis (Wai, 11), Cade Myers (Kau, 12)

Coach of the Year: Ipo Yoshioka (Kaua‘i)


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or


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