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Two Hawaii Local Boys Use Hoop Camp Spark to Help Start Their Higher Education Journey

Two local student-athletes use hoop camp spark to help them start their higher education journey.  Tyler Meyer (Honokaa High School) and Kainoa Peterson (Hanalani School) were all-stars at the Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball camp this past June.

Taking advantage of the expertise of many college coaches in attendance, Hawaii Island Hoops evening college-prep seminar had a lasting effect on many aspiring student-athletes.  In particular, Tyler Meyer (Honokaa) and Kainoa Peterson (Hanalani) applied what they had learned and are now beginning their higher education at Eastern Arizona Junior College and New Hope Christian College, in Eugene, Oregon respectively.

“HIH has not only helped me with basketball, but help me in getting into college”. Said Kainoa Peterson. “I’ll be studying business and playing the shooting guard position and look forward to representing the 808 state”.  “I’m excited about this new chapter and experience in my life”.

“I’ve learned how to improve my game and what it takes to play on the next level.  Said Tyler Meyer”. “I feel that my experience with HIH college-prep camps prepared me well and look forward to my new experience at Eastern Arizona Junior College. “Achieving a college education has always been my goal”.

“We’re proud to see our college-prep camp participants take advantage of the opportunity presented to them.  Said Director Andy Smith. “Our goal is to develop a culture of top notch sports and education and provide the proper leadership to accomplish the two”.

For more information on Hawaii Island Hoops and its programs please contact Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082 or director@hawaiiislandhoops.com

Three Hilo Student-Athletes Start Their College Career at Santa Rosa Junior College

Three student-athletes from the Hilo area start their college career at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Cameron Ita (Waiakea) Isaak Janado (Waiakea) and Randan Berinobis (Hilo) were all-stars at the Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball camp this past June.

With many college coaches in attendance and offering not just their coaching expertise, but teaching the local student-athletes what it takes to play on the next level.  Coach Craig McMillan, Head men’s basketball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College and his assistant Troy Stevenson helped direct evening academic seminars that included how to apply to college, financial aid that is available and the college recruitment process.

“The camp was awesome and I learned a lot from the coaches as what to expect at the college level”. Said Cameron Ita from Waiakea High School.  “This is a blessing to me and I am very thankful for this opportunity”.

Isaak Janado, also from Waiakea High School stated, “The college-prep camp gave me the tools I needed to take to the next level.  I got to work with many different high caliber coaches from all over the nation and met some outstanding overseas players. I’m eager to represent my hometown”.

“My goal is to go to Santa Rosa JC and focus on school and basketball.  I will be majoring in kinesiology and after that I plan to go to a 4 year university”. Said Randan Berinobis.  All three student-athletes had a renewed enthusiasm about the opportunity to go away to college and start their higher education.

Andy Smith, Director of Hawaii Island Hoops summed up another successful year by stating, “Our goal at Hawaii Island Hoops is to give our young student-athletes the tools and present the resources to them to succeed on and off the court.  We understand the value of a higher education and try to impart that to our participants”.

Hawaii Island Hoops looks forward to helping more young student athletes by providing more opportunities through sports and education.  “Our programs will teach and inspire you to take advantage of every opportunity to better your lives.  Providing top notch instruction, knowledge and utilizing resources has always been the cornerstone of our organization” said Smith.

For more information on Hawaii Island Hoops and its programs please contact Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082 or director@hawaiiislandhoops.com


Hawaii Island Hoops Camp Announces 2012 Summer Camp Staff

The 2012 Hawaii Island Hoops Camp is just around the corner and today they announced the stellar coaching staff:

Andy Smith – Director – Hawaii Island Hoops

A former University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan basketball standout and 2-year starter in the mid 90’s, Smith set several shooting records and finished a solid college career before graduation.

“I founded Hawaii Island Hoops because I know that our local student-athletes need help and outlets for them achieve their goals of getting a higher education and playing on the next level”.   “This is why we have specifically invited many college coaches and players to come out here and help our local players get better, and help find a college that is right for them”.

With the help of great coaching staffs throughout the years, Hawaii Island Hoops has helped place over 50 local student athletes in schools across the country.  “We are stoked to have another amazing coaching staff in 2012 and look forward to helping as many local student-athletes as we can”.

Andy Smith has been the Director of Hawaii Island Hoops since 2004 and teaches the shooting clinics at the College-Prep Basketball Camp.


Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Brad Barbarick.jpgBrad Barbarick – Concordia University (Portland)

Coach Brad Barbarick returns for his 4th consecutive year to help Andy Smith with Hawaii Island Hoops College Prep Camp.  Barbarick’s love for Hawaii Island Hoops runs deep as he has helped numerous campers achieve their goal of playing college basketball. “I truly love working Hawaii Island Hoops College Prep Camp, it is a great camp that truly has benefited lots of young men from Hawaii achieve their goals.”

Barbarick has worked and directed numerous basketball camps all over the United States in his 26 years as a college coach. Barbarick has worked and directed camps for such notable coaches as John Wooden, Pat Riley, George Karl, Jim Harrick and Don Nelson. Barbarick has run his own camp, Rip City Hoop Camp in Portland, Oregon for 21 years.

During his time at Concordia University Barbarick has produced numerous All-Americans and has been fortunate to have had several 20 win seasons and win two Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships


Henry Barrera – Nike SPARQ Training

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:HenryBarerra2010.jpgNow entering his 3rd year with HIH, Henry Barrera is a dedicated teacher and coach of performance enhancement training.  He has spent the last 9 years developing programs for athletes in all sports, specializing in speed, agility, and quickness training.

Along with a Master’s degree in Education, he is Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Nike SPARQ trainer.  Henry is currently the director of Speed-4-Sport and is a Sports Performance Specialist at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

As an athlete Henry was rewarded for his dedication and work ethic by being selected as a two-time NCCAA Division II All-American and was honored his senior season with the Pete Maravich National Basketball Player of the Year award in 99-2000.  Henry brings a high level of energy to every training session and looks forward to making an impact on the Island.



Craig McMillan – Santa Rosa Junior College – Head Coach

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Craig McMillian.jpgCraig McMillan is a teacher by his own example and by his own path in life.  Starting out playing his college ball at the University of Arizona, this gave him the passion to turn to coaching.  He first began coaching as an assistant at Marquette University from ’89-’94, then Assistant at University of Tennessee from ’94-’96.

From the college ranks he took his coaching talents oversees and coached professionally in Kuwait from ’96-’99 and Lebanon from ’99 – 2000.  Now, Coach Craig McMillan has been the head men’s basketball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000.

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Coach Glenn Farello.jpgGlenn Farello – Paul IV High School – Fairfax, Virginia

Glenn Farello just completed his 5th year as head coach at Paul VI HS and 14th overall.  He has coached over 50 players that have played College Basketball and 10 that have played Professional Basketball, including 2 NBA players, Delonte West (Mavericks) and Eddie Basden (Bulls).  His teams have made it to 11 Final Fours and have won the 2002 MD State Championship, the 2009 and 2012 VA Independent School State Championships, the 2012 City Title and PVI’s first ever WCAC Championship in 2012, going 21-0 in conference play.  The first team to have ever accomplish that feat in the conference.

Coach Farello has been named Coach of the Year 8 times, most recently the WCAC COY and Virginia State COY in 2012. In 2002, he was named Washington Post All Met Coach of the Year while at Eleanor Roosevelt.  9 times his teams have been ranked in the Top20 in DC Metro Area, including #1 in 2012.  The team finished ranked in Top 10 in the nation in 2012 going 35-3.  Coach Farello’s overall record stands at 267 – 128.

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:TonyForCoachPage_17_NOV11.jpgTony Marcopulos – Cabrillo Community College, CA – Head Coach

Tony Marcopulos enters his 25th year of collegiate coaching. Coach Marcopulos has just completed his 12th season at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, CA.  Prior to Cabrillo, Coach Marcopulos was a Div. 1assistant coach for 12 seasons. He coached eleven at the University of the Pacific (88′-99′) and one at the University of Portland (99-00) before becoming the Head Coach at Cabrillo College in 2000.

While at Pacific Marcopulos helped lead the Tigers to two Big West Conference titles, a 1997 NCAA tournament birth and a 1998 NIT tournament birth. Marcopulos recruited and helped mentor Michael Olowokandi who became the 1st overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers.

Marcopulos took over the Cabrillo College Basketball program in 2000. At that time Cabrillo was among the worst of the 90+ Community College programs in the state. Quickly Marcopulos made the Seahawks competitive. The 2006-07 season saw the Seahawks win their first ever in school history Coast Conference South Division Championship (college was founded in 1959). Since that season the Seahawks have won three more in 08, 11 and 12. In Marcopulos’ 24 years as a collegiate coach over 90% of the student-athletes that finished their eligibility have graduated.



Alex Hartman – Nike Basketball – Professional Player

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:picture for resume.jpgDescription: Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:sN:sNMXqnIrHgqV7OLdeTGL2++++TI:-Tmp-:TemporaryItems:alex Amazin Twitter.jpgAlex Hartman graduated college from Concordia University in 2007. He was an NAIA All-American.  After a stellar college career, he then went to play professionally in Germany in 2007, Indonesia in 2008, where he won an Asian Championship and was named MVP.  Hartman then went to Romania in the Euro Balkan League in 2009.

Hartman traveled back to Indonesia for and ASEAN league and became the league’s leading scorer.  Hartman also played with Malaysia International Champions, MVP and league leading scorer in 2010-2011. 2011 International Basketball League Campion’s. 2011Canadian National Team, FIBA Americas.  Alex Hartman now works as a Nike basketball trainer and HoopDiaries.com owner.


Troy Stevenson – Santa Rosa Junior College – Assistant Coach

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:1-1-11CoachTroyStevenson[9].jpgTroy Stevenson is an assistant coach at Santa Rosa Junior College (Northern California) with Head Coach Craig McMillan, for the last six years. Stevenson is involved with recruiting, scouting, practice and game preparation. Additionally, Stevenson works with the guards in skill development drills and shooting. Stevenson is a former Bear Cub guard and recently received a Master’s Degree from Howard University (Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication) and the University of San Francisco (Counseling Psychology). Stevenson focuses on student-athlete academic performance, including junior college, NCAA, and NAIA eligibility.


Rob Engel – Hawaii Preparatory Academy – Former Euro Pro

Description: Data:Nimai 2012:IMG_3128.JPGFormer NAIA standout at Notre Dame College in New Hampshire, Rob still owns 5 national scoring records including most points in a game with 64. An All-American honorable mention, he finished his collegiate career with a 30.5 ppg and 12.4 rpg averages. He played professionally in Europe in such places as Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Italy. He was also Invited to play in the Fila NBA Summer Pro League in 1999 and 2000. Rob Engel is currently an assistant varsity girl’s coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy here on the Big Island.



Bill Naylor –Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan –  Head Coach at      King Kekaulike – Maui

Coach Naylor has just completed his 23rd year of coaching in the MIL (Maui Interscholastic League ). Naylor began his coaching career at St. Anthony in the late 80’s,  He moved on to Maui High School in 1996 where he won 6 league championships over a span of 10 years. He is currently coaching at King Kekaulike High School in beautiful upcountry Maui.

In 2012, during his second season, he took his King Kekaulike team to the state tournament for the first time in the schools 17-year history.  .

Naylor has been involved in basketball camps in the islands for the past 26 years.  He puts a huge emphasis on defense and again this year will be passing this on to our K2012 campers.  Naylor is a 1979 graduate of University of Hawaii Hilo, where he played 3 years for the Vulcans.

“The Big Island did a lot for me so it‘s my turn to give back to it. I love this game, so as long as I can walk and talk you will most likely find me somewhere near the court. I am looking forward to another great week of camp with an amazing staff.  “PMA is the only way”

Coach Naylor is married to his wife Lei for 31 years.  He has two daughters Lyndsay 29 and Kristen 26, both who spent their youth basketball days on the courts in Hilo and Kona.

Hawaiʻi Island Police Activities League (HI-PAL) Adds New Event to Attract High School Students

Media Release:

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section and the Hawaiʻi Island Police Activities League (HI-PAL) have added a new event to their schedule to attract high school students.

Officer Joeseph Botelho Jr.

The new Click It or Ticket 5-on-5 High School Basketball Tournament is a first-time event. It will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 20-21 at the Hilo Armory. Teams interested in participating may call Officer Joeseph Botelho Jr. at 961-2220 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.

Team entries are being accepted for the first 10 teams in both the boys and girls divisions. Organizations wishing to enter more than one team are asked to enter one at a time. As space becomes available, additional teams can be entered.

Click It or Ticket packets must be completed by each participant. The packets can be picked up from the East Hawaiʻi HI-PAL office, located downstairs at the Community Policing Office on the first floor of the Hilo police station at 349 Kapiolani Street.

HI-PAL has two remaining Click It or Ticket 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments this year:

The first is August 12-14 at Kawananakoa Gymnasium in Keaukaha. It is open to boys and girls age 5-14.

Mayor Kenoi shakes hands with Andy Smith at the recent Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Game

The second is September 10-11 at the Laupāhoehoe High School gymnasium. (This event will be a clinic followed by the 3-on-3 games. Interested participants ages 8-12 will be taught by Laupāhoehoe High School coaches and former UHH Vulcan Jayme Carvalho from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interested participants ages 13-17 will then be taught by Laupāhoehoe High School coaches, Carvalho and Andy Smith, former UHH Vulcan and Director of Hawaiʻi Island Hoops, from 1-4 p.m.)

For more information, you may call Officer Botlelho or Officer Morris at the numbers listed above.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national educational and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries.

Coming Soon – Hawaii Island Hoops Basketball Mini-Camp

Hawaii Island Hoops announces today it will be hosting a training mini-camp from Saturday March 12th – Sunday March 13th from 9:00 am – Noon at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.

Open to boys and girls ages 7-15 years old, the basketball training mini-camp will include agility training, passing, ball handling and shooting clinics for both days.  Mini-camp fee is $50 and includes camp T-shirt.  Registration is being accepted at www.hawaiiislandhoops.com

For more information, please contact Director Andy Smith at 937-3082 or Director@hawaiiislandhoops.com