Girls Basketball: Warriors bond over winter break


Photo by Brianne Reformina

The Kamehameha Maui girls basketball team bond at their campout Thursday, Dec. 29, at Waiheʻe Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.

The Kamehameha Schools Maui varsity girls basketball team held a camp for bonding Thursday, Dec. 29, at Waiheʻe Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge.

Co-captain Kimani Fernandez-Roy organized the camp for the whole team to enjoy.

“My dad told me a story about how he would go camping with his team for football, and I thought that it would be a great idea for the girls if we were to do one ourselves,” she said.

Early Thursday morning, players showed up at the campsite and set up tents while parents dropped off supplies.

“The team did most of the work with setting up tents, laying ground rules and having fun with each other. We [the adults] just provided transportation and supervision,” head coach Victor Aguirre said.

Thursday night, the team bonded over games and enjoyed a night of delicious food.

“We got to know one another a little more and had an opportunity to sort of escape the stress of sports at the moment,” Fernandez-Roy said.

The camp was supposed to last three days in Waihe’e, but the weather changed Friday morning and as rain approached the campsite, plans changed.

Coach Aguirre and assistant coach Daniel Aguirre decided it best that the girls move the party indoors, and they moved everything over to the coaches’ house in Kihei to carry out the rest of the activities.

“I wanted the girls to be safe and not get sick before our game against Lahaina, where we need them the most,” assistant coach Aguirre said.

The girls team hurriedly disassembled all the tents, carried all the food to cars and cleaned the campsite.

“Nonetheless, the girls seemed to have a great time with one another, and so did I,” Fernandez-Roy said.

Friday’s activities consisted of watching game tapes.

“Seeing what they did or didn’t do helps them improve for their next game,” Coach Aguirre said

With their biggest game of the second-round on Wednesday, January 4, against Lahaina, the team bonding seemed focused on improving their team dynamics.

“Getting to know them [teammates] can help build trust between everyone, so we can play as one and work together on the court,” freshman Tatiana Soon said.

On Saturday, the girls enjoyed the last day of their team bonding with a beach workout at Keawakapu Beach in Wailea.

“Although it did take a lot of effort to put the [camp bonding] together, in the end it was worth it,” Fernandez-Roy said.