Kahuku's Kaonohi Kaniho had his season cut short last year with a knee injury. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Kahuku is eager to put the 2018 season behind it. The 7-5 Red Raiders were hit hard by the injury bug, preventing them from playing to their full potential in year one of Open Division play in the OIA-ILH football alliance. This year’s Kahuku squad returns plenty of talent and is ranked No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser preseason poll. The preview sto
Kahuku Red Raider football player Robert Sauvao unleash a pass to teammate Lokana Enos against the Saint Louis Crusaders in a game Friday night at Aloha Stadium. George Lee / Star-Advertiser Most football teams have off years. Kahuku, usually, is not one of them. But this year, despite the fact that the Red Raiders made the final four of the Open Division, will go down as an off year. They finished 7-5 and ended it by getting beaten by rival Saint Louis 49-22 in the Open Divi
JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Mililani wide receiver Cy Kuboyama-Hayashi, right, was chased down by Kahuku linebacker Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu, bottom, and defensive back Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu during the teams’ regular-season meeting on Sept. 29 at Kahuku. Mililani snapped the Red Raiders’ home winning streak with a 38-10 victory. Somehow, some way, the Kahuku Red Raiders keep overcoming adversity and heartbreak. Injuries to key players like Miki Ah You and Kaonohi Kan
Campbell quarterback Krenston Kaipo led the game-winning drive to beat Kahuku on Saturday. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser. Kawe Johnson has always had a knack for excellence.
He also had the clutch gene as a two-way standout at Kahuku, becoming the Star-Advertiser defensive player of the year as a senior.
On Saturday night, it was Johnson’s ability to analyze, and then communicate with his offensive unit at Campbell that showed that he hasn’t lost that gift.
Often times, we forget the work that goes in behind the scenes. We see the boys run out on the field, stretch, warm up and play. We don’t realize that the games are just a small part of what contributes to the success of this team. Its the team practices. It’s the individual drills, the resistance training, the early morning runs on the bike path. These things are done daily by these boys. As Eric Thomas said, “Everybody wants to be a beast until its time to do what beasts do
Kahuku’s Makayla Fonoimoana-Vaomu celebrated a kill in the first set of Thursday's 25-15, 25-23 victory over Farrington. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser Anybody who watches the Kahuku football team is aware of two Red Raiders defenders with the last name Fonoimoana-Vaomu.
They are brothers — Alex Fonoimoana-Vaomu, a junior defensive back, and Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu, a junior linebacker.
And Red Raider nation has another heavy but lesser known “hitt
JAMM AQUINO / email@example.com Kahuku defensive tackle Zion Ah You (38), left, and defensive end Tuia Tupuola (99) work to bring down Kamehameha running back Reino Bush (15). No. 2 Kahuku played its brand of hard-nosed football Friday night in overpowering No. 6 Kamehameha 24-7 at Aloha Stadium.
There were no frills about it during the first half, but after the break, the Red Raiders gave the Warriors some breathing room and Kamehameha put up a fight.
Kahuku's Nalu Emerson tried to stiff arm Waianae linebacker Angus Ramaila, who still managed to make the tackle in Friday's game. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Guess who the leading rusher was in Kahuku’s 49-13 football victory over Waianae on Friday night? Some shifty or bull-like running back from Kahuku? Wrong. It was Waianae’s Kaai Tambaoan-Kaeo, who carried the ball 15 times for 86 yards. As a matter of fact, the two offenses were relatively equal
Aaron Fonoimoana-Vaomu (12) twice recovered a loose ball in the end zone as a part of the Red Raiders' 31 points off special teams and defensive turnovers. Spencer Honda | SL WAIANAE — It was vintage Red Raiders football mixed with a bit of new school offense as second-ranked Kahuku barraged No. 12 Waianae, 49-13, in both teams' Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I-Open regular season opener Friday night at Raymond Torii Field. Kahuku scored 31 of its 49 points off spe
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku’s Nalu Emerson stiff-armed Waianae linebacker Angus Ramaila while running for yardage during the first half at Raymond Torii Field in Waianae on Friday. Heavily favored Kahuku hit some bumps early Friday night, but finally found the mojo it needed on the way to a convincing 49-13 OIA Open Division football victory over Waianae at Raymond Torii Field. Slowly and steadily, the Red Raiders (3-0, 1-0) pulled away. For a long wh
Kahuku RB Wesley Alo-Maiava found paydirt four times on the ground and was one of three Red Raiders rushers to go over the century mark. Leighland Tagawa | SL KAHUKU — After a back-and-forth first half, Big Red dominated the second. Wesley Alo-Maiava ran in four touchdowns to help No. 2 Kahuku pull away from No. 4 Punahou, 41-28, in an Open Division football game at Carleton E. Weimer Field Saturday night. A crowd of about 1,000 fans saw the Red Raiders (2-0) overcome three d
The appetizer was so very good that it seemed quite possible that the main course would turn out to be bland. But instead, the third game of Saturday’s tripleheader at Aloha Stadium was a crazy-good show-stopper for football connoisseurs and an incredible capper for Hawaii’s football-hungry fans, who got an extra-sweet treat in the first game of the day — Lahainaluna’s 75-69 seven-overtime win over Konawaena in the D-II championship game. With a kickoff at 9:58 p.m. Saturday,
For the third year in a row, the high school football season will end with a clash between the two most storied prep football programs in the state. No. 1 Saint Louis (9-0) and its 14 Prep Bowls and four state titles faces No. 2 Kahuku (11-1), which has won eight state championships. Kahuku dominated the Crusaders, 39-14, in 2015 before Saint Louis came back to win last season’s showdown, 30-14. Looks like we will start at 9:55 p.m. Saint Louis 31, Kahuku 28 OFFICIAL BOX SCOR
QUICKLY Kahuku High only graduates about 100 male students a year. But since 1970, the Red Raiders have fed 17 players into the NFL and many more into the collegiate ranks. The harsh lights in the wrestling room came on at 5 a.m., and it wasn’t pretty. Members of the Kahuku High football team groaned and rubbed their eyes and made their way toward the men’s room muttering f-bombs, their devout faith notwithstanding. The Red Raiders moved like zombies, the difference being tha