Kamehameha @ Kahuku after 51 years
Kahuku will have new bleachers just in time for Kamehameha’s first visit to Carleton E. Weimer field in more than a half century. The Warriors were supposed to visit the North Shore last year, but the game was moved to Aloha Stadium. As of Wednesday, the trip is on this year. Kamehameha hasn’t visited Kahuku since Aug. 30, 1968, when the Warriors beat the Red Raiders behind quarterback Milton Holt. Kamehameha hasn’t beaten Kahuku anywhere since 2009 — the last five meetings have happened at Aloha Stadium. Kahuku has won the last two in the series, in 2011 and again last year. That gives the perennial power Red Raiders a decided advantage. They haven’t opened a season with a loss since 2013 when Saint Louis beat them 45-24 at Aloha Stadium and haven’t lost an opener at home since Hugh Yoshida‘s Leilehua squad came away from the trip with a 25-14 win to open the 1979 campaign. The new Open Division has made Kamehameha’s road Warriors a little less daunting. Before last year, Kamehameha had compiled eight road wins in a row (not counting visiting games at Aloha Stadium). Last year they lost at Campbell and at Mililani to snap that streak. If the Warriors want to get off to their customary strong start, it is probably going to have to begin at Kahuku. Kamehameha has Punahou next week, followed by Fagaitua of Samoa with Saint Louis and then Mililani to follow in early September. Kamehameha has not had a losing record after August since 2011 and has been unbeaten in the month four times since then. Kahuku, on the other hand, is 22-2 in August over that span and has won 16 in a row. The Red Raiders haven’t lost in August since visiting East High in Utah in 2013.