State champion Wildcats welcomed home in Kona

Photos courtesy of Bobby Command

The state champion girls high school Êbasketball team Konawaena Wildcats arrive Sunday at the Kona International Airport. In front, from left to right, are Kara Hanato-Smith, Anuhea Wall and Kimberly Brown.

The state champion girls high school basketball team Konawaena Wildcats arrive Sunday at the Kona International Airport. In front, from left to right, are Kara Hanato-Smith, Anuhea Wall and Kimberly Brown.

Lia Galdeira, most valuable player at the state girls basketball tournament, is congratulated Sunday by Mayor Billy Kenoi, who greeted the Konawaena Wildcats at the Kona International Airport when the team came home following its thrilling 54-50 double-overtime victory Friday over Punahou. Assistant coach Donald Awa (left) looks on, while Kona player Makayla Awa, (right) signs a hat for the mayor.

Lia Galdeira, most valuable player at the state girls basketball tournament, is congratulated Sunday by Mayor Billy Kenoi, who greeted the Konawaena Wildcats at the Kona International Airport when the team came home following its thrilling 54-50 double-overtime victory Friday over Punahou. Assistant coach Donald Awa (left) looks on, while Kona player Makayla Awa, (right) signs a hat for the mayor.

The Konawaena Wildcats share a moment with Mayor Billy Kenoi. Members of the team and coaches were presented by the County of Hawaii with proclamations recognizing their achievement.

The Konawaena Wildcats share a moment with Mayor Billy Kenoi. Members of the team and coaches were presented by the County of Hawaii with proclamations recognizing their achievement.

 

Mayor Billy Kenoi holds the state championship trophy, flanked by assistant coach Donald Awa and head coach Bobbie Awa.

Mayor Billy Kenoi holds the state championship trophy, flanked by assistant coach Donald Awa and head coach Bobbie Awa.

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