UPDATE – May 31, 2021

Due to the pandemic of 2020, the clinic, as we know it, will not return. As you may be aware, viruses pose many unknown variables and much would be required to safely come back. As always, your child’s health and safety are our first and foremost priority. In addition, the health of our coaches and staff of volunteers has become an area of great concern.

At our last clinic back in March of 2020, all students paid for the Spring Session for 16 weeks. We were required to shut down on March 8th during the 4th week.

We have two options for you to consider.

  1. Request reimbursement for the remaining weeks, or
  2. Donate the remaining amount to the Foundation.

Please specify your intention on the Kalakaua Clinic Spring 2020 Fee Balance Form.

Despite the end of the weekly clinic and the teaching of basketball skills, the Kalakaua Foundation will continue to operate as a nonprofit organization with the purpose of awarding scholarships to eligible students based on financial need, academic and athletic potential.

Application for these college scholarships will be completed by the student in his/her senior year of high school along with providing grades, recommendations and an essay. (Full details and application forms will be released separately). The Kalakaua Board Members will carefully review each application to determine the recipients of the Kalakaua Foundation Scholarship.

On a personal note, I have been vaccinated and am keeping myself in as best shape as I can. However, due to my various health issues, I will be retiring in the near future. It is with a heavy heart that I face the closing of the clinic. But, please, don’t be sad because it is very possible that I will continue to do short 3-day clinics or demonstrations on Oahu or the Neighbor Islands. With your continued support, it will motivate me to arrange small, short teaching opportunities.

I appreciate your love and support throughout my 55 years of teaching and look forward to seeing you again.

Aloha,
Coach Agena
5/31/2021

BECAUSE I CARE

This is my true experience that I am sharing with you…because I care. Please pass this along to your family and friends so that my experience will help someone.

In 2010, my younger brother passed away from a massive heart attack, two of his arteries were blocked 99%. About a week after, I decided to get checked as well and boy, that was the greatest last gift my brother gave me. It was a wake up call to pay attention to my health by getting a check-up and watching what I was eating.

My treadmill test did not go well and my doctor wanted to do an angioplasty the following week. A nagging feeling of foreboding danger ran through me and I insisted to be tested sooner than later. My brother?

The test was done through my groin and sure enough my doctor detected blockages in one artery of 98% and 80%, which he inserted two stents and in another artery, he found lesser blockages of 40%, which are controlled by medication.

Well, it is now 2021 and just a couple of days ago, I had chest pain, went to ER, where tests could not detect any abnormalities. The following day, I went to follow up with my cardiologist. He reviewed all the ER tests as well as my most recent treadmill results which he reminded me that he had to stop when I became fatigued and could not complete. He scheduled me for an angioplasty in the hopes of verifying that the previously-placed stents were still good and that I would be cleared. You see, although this pandemic has closed the basketball clinic, I have been keeping myself busy by doing volunteer work for my friends and neighbors. Most of the early lockdown months I spent doing demolition, yard work, painting, downsizing and packing up my brother-in-law’s home to prepare his move to the mainland and the sale of the home. I learned to do things that I had never done before as I was always teaching and coaching basketball my whole life. I considered myself pretty healthy because I was in constant motion. I am the type of person who can never sit still and always the energizer bunny. An important indicator lately though was that I have been very fatigued and was taking way more than my share of afternoon naps and going to bed earlier than usual.

So, if you have any chest pain, even though mild, PLEASE don’t hesitate go to the ER or your doctor, as I did, which prevented me from having a heart attack or stroke!

If you take heart medication, I am here to remind you to take it. It will help to prevent damage and experience life. My brother will always be with me.

Mahalo for reading and pass this along. May God bless you.
Coach Agena
February 6, 2021

UPDATE – JANUARY 28, 2021

Dear Students and Parents,

With the New Year, we are hopeful that there will be better news for all of us as far as sports goes. We are still in Tier 2 and with the daily Covid case numbers, we must continue to help to bring these figures down by wearing our PPE, washing our hands, and social distancing as much as possible.

I am always keeping current with the latest news on the State of Hawaii, Department of Education, health and sports concerns and will follow their guidelines for re-opening the Kalakaua Basketball Clinic. As we await the Mayor’s decision on re-opening, we all need to continue to have faith, study hard whether you are attending class in person or online and especially important is to keep your body in good condition by getting in your daily exercise and eating well. Let’s all be prepared for the day when we can meet again on Sunday morning!

May God bless each and every one of you and your family in 2021!

Coach Agena