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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.

Winter 2017

Week 1 – Dec 3, 2017
Week 2 – Dec 10, 2017
Week 3 – Dec 17, 2017
<2-week holiday break>
Week 4 – Jan 7, 2018
Week 5 – Jan 14, 2018
Week 6 – Jan 21, 2018
Week 7 – Jan 28, 2018
Week 8 – Feb 4, 2018
Week 9 – Feb 11, 2018
Week 10 – Feb 18, 2018
Week 11 – Feb 25, 2018
Week 12 – Mar 4, 2018
Week 13 – Mar 11, 2018

Spring 2018

11 weeks = $115

Week 1 – Mar 25, 2018
<2 weeks off for Easter>
Week 2 – Apr 15, 2018
Week 3 – Apr 22, 2018
Week 4 – Apr 29, 2018
Week 5 – May 6, 2018
Week 6 – May 13, 2018
Week 7 – May 20, 2018

Week 8 – Jun 3, 2018
Week 9 – Jun 10, 2018
Week 10 – Jun 17, 2018
Week 11 – Jun 24, 2018

Have a great summer break during the entire month of July as the Kalakaua girls’ teams travel!

Fall 2018

13 weeks = $135

Week 1 – Aug 5, 2018
Week 2 – Aug 12, 2018
Week 3 – Aug 19, 2018
Week 4 – Aug 26, 2018
Week 5 – Sep 9, 2018
Week 6 – Sep 16, 2018
Week 7 – Sep 23, 2018
Week 8 – Sep 30, 2018
Week 9 – Oct 7, 2018
Week 10 – Oct 14, 2018
Week 11 – Oct 21, 2018
Week 12 – Oct 28, 2018
Week 13 – Nov 4, 2018

Winter 2018

13 weeks = $135

Note: dates subject to change based on gym availability

Week 1 – Nov 11, 2018
Week 2 – Nov 18, 2018
Week 3 – Dec 2, 2018
Week 4 – Dec 9, 2018
Week 5 – Dec 16, 2018
Week 6 – Jan 6, 2019
Week 7 – Jan 13, 2019
Week 8 – Jan 20, 2019
Week 9 – Jan 27, 2019
Week 10 – Feb 3, 2019
Week 11 – Feb 10, 2019
Week 12 – Feb 17, 2018
Week 13 – Feb 24, 2018

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Where Are They Now?

Graduates of the Class of 2017 who attended Kalakaua Basketball Clinic during their
elementary, middle and high school years and are now playing in college are recognized
in this section. Have a great season, ladies!

  • Shaelie Burgess, Radford High School, RS freshman at Corban University in Salem,
    Oregon
  • Skye Haraga, Punahou, freshman at Chaminade University;
    Kelsi Ikeda, Iolani, freshman at Whittier College, Whittier, California;
    Victoria Kintz, Kaimuki High School, RS freshman at Holy Names College, Oakland,
    California
  • Miki’ala Maio, Kamehameha School-Kapalama, freshman at Salt Lake Community
    College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Skylar Nakata, Iolani, freshman at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Also to be high commended for pursuing their basketball careers well into their college
lives are the following former Kalakauan’s

  • Jade Botelho, Iolani C/O 2014, senior at Western New Mexico University in Silver City,
    New Mexico
  • Cianna Ochoco, Maryknoll C/O 2014, senior at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon;
    Meagan Martin, Maryknoll C/O 2015, junior at Whitman University, Walla Walla,
    Washington
  • Breann Nueku, Kamehameha School-Kapalama C/O 2015, junior at Chaminade
    University
  • Kerry Chun, Mid-Pacific Institute C/O 2016, sophomore at Goucher College, in
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tara Takata, Kailua High School, RS freshman at Chaminade University.

Nice to hear the following former students have continued their basketball careers:

  • Kiki Robertson, Mid-Pacific Institute C/O 2013, University of Alaska C/O 2017, more info
    on her whereabouts and career – coming soon!
  • Alexandra Masaquel, Iolani C/O 2013, William & Mary College C/O 2017, currently in
    Ireland, more info on Alex is coming soon!