The Ginoza name is back in high school athletics administration in Hawaii.
Kurt Ginoza, 30, has moved from Oahu and taken over as athletic director at Molokai High School.
He is the nephew of retired Waianae High coach and athletic director Larry Ginoza, one of the icons of Hawaii high school football.
Kurt Ginoza was head boys soccer coach the past six years and assistant junior varsity football coach the past four years at Waianae High. He also taught alternative education at Wai-anae Intermediate the past 2 1/2 years.
Ginoza received good news about Molokais ongoing struggle to finance transportation for its teams to play on other islands. "I have a $10,000 donation from the Hawaii Newspaper Agency on my desk," he said.
Molokai was facing the prospect of dropping some sports because of transportation costs when its plight was reported in The Advertiser last fall and a private individual, Clinton Bidwell, responded with a $30,000 donation to get the Farmers through this school year.
"Transportation costs will continue to be our biggest challenge," Ginoza said. "Costs keep rising. One of our biggest priorities is to find a long-term solution."
State and Maui Interscholastic League subsidies also have helped and Ginoza hopes the reintroduction of ferry service between Molokai and Maui by a private company this spring will reduce costs. "That should give an economic boost to the whole community," Ginoza said.
Ginoza said Bobo Alcon, long-time volleyball coach, is acting varsity baseball coach, replacing Ken Nakayama, who left to seek a college position on the Mainland after coaching Molokai to the last two state championships. Taylor Kaawa, who played under Nakayama, is assistant.
Girls hoops, anyone? Molokai High is looking for a girls basketball team to fill out its four-team tournament field, Feb. 22-24. Lahainaluna dropped out because of uncertainty that ferry service would be restarted in time, Molokai athletic director Kurt Ginoza said.
"The team will have to provide its own air transportation. Well drive them around, give them a place to sleep and meals after their games," Ginoza said.
Waialua, Kohala and host Molokai are the other teams entered.
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