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The interscholastic athletic program at McKinley High School is an integral part of the educational program. We focus on developing the student's full potential physically and mentally while promoting moral integrity and social responsibility. Furthermore, the value of athletics is that it provides a laboratory of activities which contribute to the total development of an individual, and to a greater degree, qualities of the human spirit; among these are courage, discipline, loyalty, commitment to excellence, and cooperation.

  • To provide wholesome opportunities for students to develop from their experiences, favorable habits and attitudes of social and group living in a democratic society.

  • To instill the desire to win.

  • To provide a positive experience for all participants.

  • To help each athlete develop to his/her full potential physically and intellectually while nurturing his/her social and emotional growth.

  • To exhibit good sportsmanship.

  • To contribute to the development of a well-rounded individual including positive character traits, loyalty, discipline, cooperation, fair play, commitment to excellence, patience, tolerance, perseverance, and responsibility.

  • To provide a common area of interest around which the school and community can build loyalties and unity.

  • To maximize the number of participants in each sport and provide a safe environment where successful experiences occur.

OUR  Coaching Staff

Coaching staff of McKinley Athletics are required to attend the annual coaching staff meeting & training as a part of
their duties.

We believe that the success of any program depends on
the personnel who direct it. Without well-qualified and competent personnel, neither ideal facilities nor the best
of equipment will do much to improve the program.

Thus, in selecting a coach, the main consideration is his/her qualifications as an educator and as a coach, his/her effectiveness as a teacher, his/her ability to develop character, and his/her ability to instill and develop a competitive spirit in our student-athletes are vital attributes in a successful coach.

Our head coaches have an understanding of knowledge in educational psychology, physiology, and training principles.

We select the head coach of any sport based on the his/her experience, emotional control, understanding, loyalty, responsibility, professional conduct, and cooperation.


Bob Morikuni, Athletic Director

Phone: (808) 594-0914

Office HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 - 16:30


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OUR athletic director

Bob Morikuni has been the athletic director at McKinley High School since December 2012. Prior to that Bob taught PE/Health/Study Skills/Driver’s Education for 8 years at McKinley High School. Bob coached the Varsity Boys Basketball team for 9 years and in 2007 won the HHSAA D2 State Championship. He also coached the Girls Varsity Basketball team in 2007 winning the OIA D2 Championship.

Bob has a Master’s Degree in Teaching (Health) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A Bachelor’s Degree in PE from Whittier College. While at Whittier, he played two years of baseball.

Bob is born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is married with two daughters and enjoys teaching and continuously building the athletic programs at McKinley High School.

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OUR assistant athletic directors
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Jodi Tanabe-Hanzawa

Jodi Tanabe- Hanzawa

McKinley High School, Teacher

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Duane Omori

Boys Basketball, Head Coach

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Kyle Kurahashi-Takenaka

Baseball, Head Coach

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OUR athletic trainer

Tomoki Kanaoka has been an athletic trainer at McKinley High School since September 2005. He is born and raised in Japan and moved to Hawaii in 1997. Tomoki worked as a computer engineer at Toshiba Japan and played rugby for the company's club before moving to Hawaii. He ended his competitive career as a rugby player and moved to Hawaii, pursued sports medicine, and became an athletic trainer. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 

Tomoki worked as a special program coordinator and instructor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for more than a decade and taught online courses in athletic training for Japanese students. Moreover, he developed biannual seminars for visiting students and provided hands-on experiences.

Tomoki accompanied the United States men's national rugby team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. He worked as Team Liaison Officer and was

the main point of contact for the team management staff, pool manager, the organizing committee, and local stakeholders.


Tomoki Kanaoka, Athletic Trainer

Phone: (808) 864-5210

Office HOURS

By appointment

Please contact


Leanna Goeckeritz, Athletic Trainer

Phone: (808) 594-0914

Office HOURS

By appointment

Please contact

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OUR athletic trainer

Leanna has been an athletic trainer at McKinley High School since 2010. She was born and raised in Maryland before attending Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, SC, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and became a certified athletic trainer in 2008. She then moved to Hawaii to obtain her Master of Science degree in Advanced Athletic Training from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, graduating in 2010.


Prior to working at McKinley High School, Leanna worked part-time for both Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, HI and Elam Sports Medicine in Kapolei, HI.


Leanna also served as Treasurer for the Hawaii Athletic Trainers Association from 2017-2020 and has served on the HATA State Leadership Forum committee since 2014.

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