Kahuku running back Zealand Matagi (26) followed his blockers to pick up yards against Mililani. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser. You can’t fault Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho for trying. Early on this season, the Red Raiders were a mixed bag on offense. At times they were able to ground and pound opponents, but they also weren’t afraid to put four wide receivers out on the field and try to throw the ball around a little bit. After three straight years of losing to Sain
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Kahuku running back Zealand Matagi ran around Mililani linebacker Micah Kim during the first quarter of the OIA Open Division championship game on Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Big Red is back on top. Kahuku won an OIA championship in the most Kahuku way possible, using a punishing defense and a big play on special teams to knock off Mililani 7-3 on Saturday night in the OIA Open Division title game at Aloha Stadium. The game was scoreles
Kahuku running back Lalio Kaluna (44) helped the Red Raiders' running game grind out a win over Mililani. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser. The year 2017 may be too recent to evoke feelings of nostalgia, but not if you’re a follower of Kahuku football. On Saturday night at Aloha Stadium, the Red Raiders downed Mililani 7-3 to win the OIA Open Division title, making it just two years since their last league title. To some, that gap felt like an eternity. “We were thinking
Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho is dunked by a bucket of water after the Red Raiders defeated Mililani for the OIA Open title. CJ Caraang | SL HALAWA — Special teams, defense, and offense in that order came together at the right time as No. 4 Kahuku rallied past No. 3 Mililani, 7-3, to win the Oahu Interscholastic Association Open Division title at Hawaiian Financial FCU Field at Aloha Stadium Saturday. Kahuku (8-3 overall) wins their third-straight game and adds their first O
Kamehameha outside hitter Keonilei Akana (10) spiked the ball past Punahou setter Jaclyn Matias on Saturday. Steven Erler / Special to the Star-Advertiser After drilling 22 kills with 11 digs in the Division I final of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships on Saturday night at Blaisdell Arena, Kamehameha’a Keonilei Akana was picked as the tournament’s most outstanding player. Akana, a middle who also plays opposite, was also chosen to the D-I all-tour
Utah's football program is known for producing outstanding defensive linemen, and the Utes have claimed their first Pac-12 weekly award for that position group. Senior end Bradlee Anae earned that distinction Monday, being named both the Defensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Lineman of the Week in the conference after he recorded three sacks in Utah’s 21-3 defeat of Arizona State. The Pac-12 added offensive and defensive lineman awards this season in weekly voting by
Male Athlete of the Week: Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu, Kahuku football It takes Sterling Carvalho a little bit to recall the number of different hats that Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu wears for the Kahuku football team, but one can hardly blame the second-year coach of the Red Raiders. After all, "Mana," as Fonoimoana-Vaomu goes by, has donned a bunch of different ones over the years. "He's more of a safety, but sometimes he's played a hybrid linebacker, he's our punter, he can play wildc
Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates with the rest of the defensive line after stopping Arizona on third down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (Colter Peterson, Deseret News) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Pac-12 Conference has named Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae as the Defensive Player of the Week. Along with that honor, Anae was also named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Wee
Led by Kaia Dunford's 18 kills, 11 digs and two aces, Punahou battled past Kahuku in the opening round of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball Division I Championships. The Buffanblu won both the first and second sets by an identical 25-19 count, then dropped the third to Kahuku by the same score, before posting a 25-21 win in the set four to take the match win. There was not much separating the two teams in just about every statistical category, with the Buffanblu narr
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku running back Tomasi Pasi broke free into the Campbell secondary No. 4 Kahuku played classic Red Raider football in the rain at home Saturday night and it resulted in a 46-0 drubbing of No. 5 Campbell in the OIA Open Division semifinals. It’s now on to Aloha Stadium next week for the Red Raiders (7-3), who will play defending league champion Mililani (8-3) for the OIA title. “Mililani is No. 1 in the OIA until proven otherwi
Kahuku's Kingston Jones recovers a muffed punt by Campbell's Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala early in the third quarter that led to the Red Raiders' first score of the second half. Michael Lasquero | SL KAHUKU — Through the heavy downpour at Carleton E. Weimer Field Saturday night, streaks of red were visible and constant. No. 4 Kahuku got big play after big play and used a fast start to dominate No. 5 Campbell in a 46-0 OIA Open Division semifinal victory. The Red Raiders (7-3), wh
Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman credits growing up in Laie with giving him the confidence to play on the national stage. The needle has finally moved.
For so long, the process was a fight for football players growing up in the islands. A fight to get your name out there, a battle to gain national exposure, a grind to show you deserve a college opportunity.
For the select few who make it to Division I football, the battle had just begun. Kids from Hawaii
Injuries can change players.
I knew that I might not be the same player I was before I broke my leg. Even worse, I knew that my soon-to-be college coach was taking a big risk on me, especially since the injury happened just before I had signed my letter of intent. It was my second-to-last game of my senior season, January 7, 2017. A day I'll never forget. It was a stressful time, not knowing how serious it might be and how long it would be until I would be back on the fie
HALAWA — No. 4 Kahuku gave No. 2 Punahou all it could handle as the Buffanblu eked out a 21-13 win in an interleague Open Division contest at Hawaiian Financial FCU Field at Aloha Stadium Saturday. Vincent Terrell scored two touchdowns: one on the ground and one receiving as he finished with 83 rushing yards and 86 receiving yards to help the Buffanblu improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league play. "Every win feels great, especially when it's a close game. Definitely we see w
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Hawaii guard Jessiya Villa shot the ball during the first day of basketball practice on Saturday. During a two-year church mission in Ghana, Jessiya Villa often was asked how his day was going. “Eye,” responded Villa, using the Twi-dialect word (pronounced Ay-yay) for “good.” These days, life is “eye” for Villa, who is a freshman guard for the University of Hawaii basketball team. Down 20 pounds since his senior season at Kahuku High,