Kahuku quarterback Tiger Adolpho (19) throws the football against the Saint Louis Crusaders. Jamm Aquinoemail@example.com The future starts now for Kahuku. No sense stewing over 45-6 loss to a team ranked No. 6 in the nation. This year is done. The Raiders gave their ever-faithful fans an OIA championship last month and yet another appearance in the Open Division final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships. Anybody watching Friday’s nightcap
Saint Louis’ regular-season dominance over Kahuku has extended to the state tournament in recent years, with the Crusaders adding a big victory Friday night. Saint Louis has won 19 of the 28 meetings all time against the Red Raiders, but was 1-5 against Kahuku in state finals after the Red Raiders’ shocking win to end the 2015 season. Since then, Saint Louis has rolled to four consecutive state titles, with three coming in wins over the Red Raiders, including Friday night’s 4
Kahuku’s Ace Kaufusi, left and Alan Talanoa, right, got in on this sack of Kapolei quarterback Freddie Gregorio on Friday night. Kahuku won 39-0. Photo by Jay Metzger / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Kapolei had its third string quarterback starting and he learned quickly what the Kahuku defense is all about. Freddie Gregorio, a junior, wound up getting sacked 11 times as the Red Raiders took the bus ride home from Kapolei to the North Shore with a 39-0 victory Frid
No. 3 Mililani will play No. 4 Kahuku for the league's Open Division championship Friday. CJ Caraang | SL This game and this opponent was just the matchup that Rod York and the Mililani Trojans were hoping for. Mililani, the No. 3 team in the ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric Football Power Rankings, will try for its fourth league title and first since back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014, when it faces fourth-ranked Kahuku at Aloha Stadium Friday night. The Trojans (8-2) and Red
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
Kahuku's Tausili Fiatoa and Nalu Emerson celebrate after a defensive play. Sylvia Lee | SL Nearly three weeks after it was on the wrong end of a game-winning play in a heartbreaking one-point loss, the Kahuku defense came through in a big way in Friday night's 27-7 playoff victory over host Campbell in Ewa Beach. The Red Raiders got their revenge against the Sabers, who rallied their way to a 28-27 win the last time the teams faced off in the regular season. This time around,
Kahuku defensive back Peter John Mataira returned an interception for a touchdown against Campbell. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Four sacks.
No. 5 Kahuku’s 27-7 win over No. 4 Campbell, on the same field where the Red Raiders lost three weeks earlier, had all the makings of a traditionally dominant defense making an elite-level comeback. It was, at the prep level, the rough equivalent of the Baltimore Ravens putting a muzzle on the
The Red Raiders celebrate in the end zone after Peter John Mataira scored on a 26-yard pick-six in the second quarter. Sylvia Lee | SL EWA BEACH — Two minutes and one second made all the difference for No. 5 Kahuku Friday night.
The Red Raiders got three quick scores late in the second quarter — including a pair of interception returns for touchdowns — to rally past No. 4 Campbell, 27-7, in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Open Division semifinal before a crowd of about
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku defensive back Peter John Mataira (6) returns an interception for 31-yards for a touchdown. Defense has won Kahuku many a playoff game in its storied history.
The fifth-ranked Red Raiders stepped up on Friday night with pick-6 returns by Peter John Mataira and Ilaisa Fotu en route to a 27-7 win over Campbell on a rare rainy night in Ewa Beach.
The win secured a state-tournament berth for Kahuku, which had lost at Campbe
JAMM AQUINO / firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
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
Kahuku’s Duke Heffernan caught the game-winning TD pass as Waianae’s Kanai Mauga closed in on the play. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser. When Sol-Jay Maiava was struggling on Friday night — whether with his command or his ankle — the Kahuku quarterback’s focus turned to family. “i just thought of my mom, that’s about it,” Maiava said. A week after Maiava threw a game-winning touchdown late in a shootout victory over Mililani in the OIA Division I championship game, the s
Kahuku coach Makoa Freitas enjoys a water cooler bath after winning the school's 26th OIA championship. John Lujan | SL HALAWA — And you thought Shakespeare had the monopoly on great plays. In a thriller filled with superb theatrics, No. 2 Kahuku rallied to beat No. 3 Mililani, 35-31, Saturday night to capture its third consecutive Oahu Interscholastic Assoiation Division I football crown before an enthusiastic crowd of about 8,104 at Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.
No matter who wins tonight at Aloha Stadium, a streak of 10 straight OIA titles won by either the Red Raiders or Trojans will be intact. This is the first meeting since Kahuku beat Mililani, 20-7, to win the OIA title, a year after the Trojans beat the Red Raiders in the OIA final by the same score. Keep in mind the loser in this game has to turn around and play No. 1 Saint Louis in six days in the Open-Division I semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Cha