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The Kalakaua Foundation

How it all came to be…

The Kalakaua Foundation was incorporated in 1994 as a nonprofit organization by founder and head coach Dennis Agena of the Kalakaua Basketball Clinic. Dennis began his lifelong passion for teaching basketball fundamentals and skills when he was right out of high school and was known as “Agena’s Clinic”.

Today, at age 66, he is still loving every minute of his volunteerism, teaching and sharing his passion for the sport of basketball with Hawaii’s youth.

When others his age are retired and taking life easy, Dennis is going strong and still passing along his basketball knowledge that he accumulated over 49 years of teaching and coaching kids from all over the island of Oahu and the outer islands of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, the Big Island as well as special invitations to California, Utah and Washington.

We are still going Strong

Coach Agena is here to stay

The ever-popular Kalakaua Basketball Clinic is currently held every Sunday at Moanalua High School’s gym.

This year-round clinic runs for 13-week sessions, Spring (January through June), Summer/Fall (June through October) and Winter (October through mid-January).

Coach Agena’s current and former students number in the thousands and through the years, he has worked with many talented athletes. Many of his students have played all through their college careers and some have even played professionally overseas. Rewarding? “Oh yes!”, says Coach. Satisfying? “Of course, especially because I’ve made lifelong attachments with some of my former students. My wife and I don’t have kids of our own but all of our students are loved just like our own!” Looking back at his long career of volunteering and teaching, Coach Agena wants everyone to know: “If I could, I would love to teach all day long, 7 days a week!”

But in the meantime, he continues to give it all that he has with no intention of giving up any time soon.

Maui Clinic Story

Born from an inquiry at the Fall school break on October 5, 2015, at Kapa’a High School, on the island of Kaua’i where Coach Agena was conducting his annual 3-day camp, Ms. Evelyn Proctor pushed and persevered to make the Maui-Kalakaua Basketball Clinic a reality on December 21 through December 23, 2015.

Sponsored by the Maui City and County, Department of Parks and Recreation, the well-attended traveling clinic of the Kalakaua Foundation in Honolulu, was presented to the youth of Mau’i, hopefully to be continued through 2016 as well.  Assistant coaches were volunteers from Maui City and County Parks and Recreation Department.  The students were also assisted by volunteers C.J. Palma, Lahainaluna boys’ varsity, Deja Nakamura, Baldwin girls’ varsity, and Ashley Peralta, Kamehameha girls’ varsity basketball team.

Coach Agena remarked, “I am so happy to see these kids come out, and especially the ones who will be playing for their high schools shortly”.  Working with their fundamentals with stationary and moving drills, one and two ball drills, with lots of dribbling and shooting refinements.  “Over the years, I watch and adjust my way of teaching to always help the kids bring their skill up to the next level.  If I can help in anyway to ensure that they can compete in college, I am really happy because they will continue their education and become good citizens in the future.”

Clinics are composed of 13 weekly sessions.

Note: The below dates are effective immediately and are subject to change based on the Moanalua High School athletic department needs and requirements.

Fall 2017

#01 – Aug 20, 2017
#02 – Aug 27, 2017
#03 – Sep 3, 2017
#04 – Sep 10, 2017
#05 – Sep 17, 2017
#06 – Sep 24, 2017
#07 – Oct 1, 2017
#08 – Oct 8, 2017
#09 – Oct 15, 2017
#10 – Oct 22, 2017
#11 – Oct 29, 2017
#12 – Nov 5, 2017
#13 – Nov 12, 2017

Winter 2017

#01 – Dec 3, 2017
#02 – Dec 10, 2017
#03 – Dec 17, 2017
<2-week holiday break>
#04 – Jan 7, 2018
#05 – Jan 14, 2018
#06 – Jan 21, 2018
#07 – Jan 28, 2018
#08 – Feb 4, 2018
#09 – Feb 11, 2018
#10 – Feb 18, 2018
#11 – Feb 25, 2018
#12 – Mar 4, 2018
#13 – Mar 11, 2018

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