Cougar Starter Shines On Court, Loves The Fans’ Support
By Jack Danilewicz
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With wins in six of its first seven OIA games, the Kaiser girls basketball team has positioned itself for a favorable seeding in the post-season if it can keep its upward mobility.
For her part, senior Kiana Nakai is looking for the right ending to a stellar prep career with the Cougars. She has started every game since her sophomore year.
Nakai recently took some time away from the practice floor to visit with MidWeek‘s East Oahu Islander.
When did you know basketball was THE sport for you? At 7 or 8. I was nervous at first, and I didn’t know if I wanted to play sports, but I had friends playing and that made it more comfortable. I started to have fun with it.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life? That’s a hard one. My family, in general, has definitely had a big impact on me. They’re very supportive.
What is the best part of playing for Kaiser? Our fans. We’re like a big family. We have a great support system at Kaiser.
What TV show could you watch over and over? Friends.
What item could you not live without? My cell phone. I get probably 50 to 70 texts a day.
What’s currently in your iPod? I like a wide range of music. I like all genres.
I don’t know if I have a favorite artist, but I like John Legend.
Do you play video games? No. Going to the beach and spending time with my two dogs are my hobbies.
Who plays the toughest defense at practice? Darcy Goulsby.
What part of your game did you try to work on this off-season? Mostly my defense. Coach wants me to be able to defend an impact player.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I want to have a family, and I want to be a family therapist or a therapist working with kids.
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