HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Victoria Bartelt & Victoria Cuba
The annual Kalakaua basketball summer camp, founded by former UH women's basketball Coach Dennis Agena, ended on Wednesday.
The three day summer camp, which started on June 8, was held at the Manoa Valley District Park gym.
In Coach Agena's camps, the students learn individual and team building skills that can be used for their future basketball careers. The camp's daily routine gives the students skills to use on and off the court.
"This program teaches life lessons in being humble, respectful and hardworking," said DG Kameehonua, a volunteer coach of three years.
Coach Agena has been teaching Hawaii's youth for 49 years. Many students come through the clinic's program. The three-day camp is so high in demand that there is a waiting list to get in.
Former students of the clinic include Nani Cockett, Bobbie Nash, Brandi Richardson and Derek Low, who all have collegiate or professional careers in basketball. Coach Agena loves coaching and plans to continue for many years to come.
"Coach Agena has prepared us well and I am thankful he does this for us because without it I would not be where I am today," said 15-year-old Kamaile Kandiah, a Kalakaua clinic basketball student.
Kandiah mentors students during the morning session, like many of her peers. She says that teaching the younger students the fundamentals of basketball is important.
"With that foundation, you can build up on those skills," Kandiah said. "And I hope that the younger students can build up to be better players, mentally and physically."
For those interested in the year-round sessions that are offered, visit www.kalakauafoundation.org.