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Kahuku ex-basketball coach and players' parents heading to court

Kahuku ex-basketball coach and players' parents heading to court

Alan Akina Alan Akina
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Just weeks after nearly two-thirds of the Kahuku boys' basketball team boycotted their own game; former head coach Alan Akina, is taking two parents, the school's principal, and athletics director to court. 

According to Akina's lawyer, Eric Seitz, a status conference regarding the case is set to be held on Wednesday. 

Akina, his wife, Leeann Lauritzen Akina, and son, Kawika Akina will all be listed as plaintiffs on the case. They are suing Pua Spencer, Deloma Sauvao, Kahuku Pauline Masaniai, and the school's AD, Gillian Yamagata, along with other unnamed defendants.

Both Spencer and Sauvao have sons on the team.

According to a source familiar with the case, Akina is suing the parents for "interfering with his contractual and/or business relations and uttering and/or publishing defamatory and intentionally damaging statements". 

Akina was placed on interim suspension after eight players boycotted the team's game against Maryknoll on December 26th. Those players say that Akina showed preferential treatment to his two sons while coaching them and that previous pleas to the athletics director to intervene went largely unanswered. 

Brandyn Akana is currently serving as the Red Raiders' interim head coach. Akana previously served as an assistant coach for the University of Hawaii men's basketball under former coach Gib Arnold. Both Akana and Arnold were fired by the university after the program became the focus of an NCAA investigation. 

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