Great turnout for 2nd Annual Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic


Momilani Elementary School held their 2nd Annual Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic  on Saturday, April 14 at the Pearl City High School gymnasium.

Legendary basketball coach Dennis Agena– Founder of Kalakaua Basketball, and Mike Taylor – Former Punahou Girls Varsity Head Coach (2002 – 2011) led the camp instructors along with other high school coaches and student/athlete volunteers.

Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic organizer Dwayne Yuen who is also a second grade teacher at Momilani Elementary School as well an assistant coach for the Moanalua High School varsity basketball team was happy to see the camp grow and run smoothly in its second year.

"The camp went well," said Yuen. "We had more than 85 kids in the grades 1-3 session and had 95-100 kids in our afternoon session from grades 4-8. We were able to get two University of Hawaii basketball players Davis Rozitis and Hans Brereton to come and help and meet the kids. We also had about 25-30 high school counselors and about 15-20 ILH and OIA coaches."

The Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic is designed to develop the kids skill development. It also serves as a fundraiser for Momilani Elementary School programs throughout the school year.

"The kids had a lot of fun learning about ball handling skills, passing skills, and shooting form," Yuen said. "The camp focused mostly on skill development and a little bit of game, just to keep them excited. We had a lot more appeal this year in the turnout because it's our second year and more people heard about it. The camp is also supporting a good cause because all the money is being fund raised to go back to the students and our school. Everybody here today is working as a volunteer to help the kids."

Yuen is also very appreciative and wanted to express his thanks to those along with the volunteer coaches, student/athletes and behind the scene volunteers who help make the clinic a success each year.

"Thank you to, Scoring Live, Menchies for helping us promote our camps and to promote anything that is going to help the student athlete," Yuen said on the support each year from camp sponsors. " Next year we'll be here again, hopefully in April. Luckily we built a partnership with the University of Hawaii and they're always willing to support a good cause. Hopefully we'll get more players to come and meet the kids."

Yuen would also like to announce the upcoming Kalakaua Clinic with Coach Agena from June 4 -7 at Moanalua High School. The four day camp will work on fundamental skills and more advanced skills. Last year's camp had a turnout of around 275 kids. Funds raised goes toward Moanalua High School and their many sports programs. For more information contact Dwayne Yuen at: [email protected]                                                      

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Coach Dennis Agena is pictured with Rainbow Warriors Davis Rozitis and Hauns Brereton during a break at Saturday's 2nd Annual Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic held at the Pearl City High School gymnasium.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Coach Mike Taylor pictured leading Saturday's Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic at the Pearl City High School gymnasium.