1989 OIA Champions
I was a member of this historic team. It was truly a privilege to be a part of history as Kahuku's 1st OIA Champions in the modern era. The last championship was the historic 1972 thriller against Leilehua in which Molia Salanoa and the Finai brothers led Kahuku to a thrilling last second game winning touchdown.
Our 1989 team had a tough, senior laden defense led by the 1st king katoosh himself, Henry Crawford. There were star players all over the field on defense. With our 1st year coach Doug Semones we originated the moniker "House of Pain."
On offense we had good leadership and D1 level talent. Juniors Itula Mili, Mark Atuaia, Toele Fa'amoe, and Tanoai Reed would go on to play at the highest level of college football and would start the D1 train rolling.
Here's our 1989 formal team photo.
Great looking bunch - I believe we were the 1st Kahuku team to sport the shiny pants.
We were also a part of the inaugural year of OC16's broadcasting of high school football in Hawaii.
After our OIA Championship win over Castle.
The breakthrough had taken place then it was forward and upward from there. Kahuku would go on to be perennial OIA Champions.
Being OIA Champs meant we would meet the ILH Champs in the annual Prep Bowl. The St. Louis Crusaders were the perennial ILH Champs.
Above is an article that was in one of the newspapers. It was a preview of the 1989 Prep Bowl. Who's that guy in the front with the massive guns? LOL!
Check us out below as we took a team photo with our brand spanking new corduroy letter men's jacket celebrating our OIA Championship.
The 1989 football season at Kahuku was a foundational year for the building up of a regional and national power. And the rest is history! And i'm pretty sure you know most of that history.
GO BIG RED!
(I'm actually writing this in December of 2016. As I remember it we won the OIA Championship the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1989. And I believe we got our corduroy jackets sometime in the spring of 1990. So i'm writing this post from that perspective-jrth50)