Project Description

Punahou Buff N’ Blue

Honolulu, HI

PRESIDENT
Dr. Mike Latham

PRINCIPAL
Dr. Emily McCarren

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
Jeff Meister, Reydan Ahuna, Rick Tune

ENROLLMENT
3,750

SCHOOL COLORS
BLUE &GOLD

HEAD COACH
Darren Matsuda

ASSISTANT COACHES
Tyler Terai, Jeremiah Ostrowski, Dale Watanabe, Teo Clemens, Roger Hsiung

TOP ROW (L-R): Justice Wu, Christian Kauhane, Dillon Kellner, Tucker Lam, Noah Macapulay, Dash Watanabe, Peyton Macapulay, Sosaia “Higgy” Katoa, Jon Yoshimoto, Sayler Hsiung (Manager), Head Basketball Coach Darren Matsuda
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Coach Dale Watanabe, Kekai Burnett, Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas, Jack Walter, James Taras, Kainoa May, Ian Eveleth, Drake Watanabe, Balen Rigg, Coach Tyler Terai, Zachary Shapira, Coach Teo Clemens

The Buff n Blue of Punahou join the `Iolani Classic for the 12th time in 2021 and their first since 2016. Punahou has a 26-17 record in the `Iolani Classic, including a second place finish in 1995. Head Coach Darren Matsuda points to three key seniors returning for 2021: 5’9 point guard Peyton Macapulay, 6’1 wing Drake Watanabe and 6’6 post Zach Shapira. Sophomores Dillon Kellner and Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas will also be counted on to make an impact.

Coach Matsuda commented on this years’ team: “We expect to be a state title contender this year.”

Number Name Pos. Ht. Gr.
1 Justice Wu SG 6’1” 11
2 Christian Kauhane W 5’11” 11
3 Zach Shapira P/W 6’6” 12
4 Ian Eveleth W 6’3” 12
5 Tucker Lam W 6’1” 11
10 Peyton Macapulay PG 5’9” 12
11 Dillon Kellner W 6’0” 10
12 Jack Walter W 6’3” 10
14 Jon Yoshimoto PG/W 5’8” 10
20 Dash Watanabe PG/W 5’11” 9
21 Ayndra Uperesa-Thomas W 6’4” 10
22 Noah Macapulay PG 5’8” 10
23 Drake Watanabe W 6’0” 12
24 Sosaia “Higgy” Katoa W 6’1” 12
30 James Taras W/P 6’4” 10
31 Balen Rigg W/P 6’4” 12
32 Kainoa May P 6’6” 12
34 Kekai Burnett P 6’5” 10