Just a few of the Red Raiders involved in @polynesiabowl #PolyBowl2k19 from left to right: Johnny Tapusoa, Jamerus Tai Hook, Sola Solia'i, Miki Ah You, Nalu Emerson, Leonard Peters, Ethan Erickson, Nate Ilaoa, Enokk Vimahi, Tausili Fiatoa, David Te'o, Samu Falevai, Les Kekahuna, and myself. My son, Jamerus, and I attended our 1st Polynesian Bowl last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I did my very best to secure access again for the 2k19 version. I even gained access to one
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Saint Louis linebacker Kila Kamakawiwo‘ole, right, wrapped up Kahuku running back Toalei Lefau during the regular-season meeting between the Crusaders and Red Raiders on Sept. 7 at Aloha Stadium. Saint Louis-Kahuku, chapter 2, in the year 2018. The first meeting on Sept. 7 was a 30-14 win for Saint Louis, ranked No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. The two-time defending state champion Crusaders are also nationally ranked. The Hawaii fo
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 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
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
Kahuku's Robbie Sauvao has thrown six touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser. The Kahuku Red Raiders are playing, as always, for a championship. Kahuku is ranked No. 2 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10. The Red Raiders are 4-1 overall, and just 1-0 in OIA Open play. Wins over Punahou and Kamehameha, and a loss to No. 1 Saint Louis — all ILH Open teams — do not count in OIA standings. Kahuku hosts No. 4 Milil
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
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku’s Robert Sauvao broke free into the Punahou secondary during Saturday’s game at Kahuku. Sterling Carvalho offered his team a boxing analogy at halftime. No. 2 Kahuku had absorbed all of Punahou’s best shots and broke a 21-all stalemate for a 41-28 victory over No. 4 Punahou on Saturday night at Carleton E. Weimer Field. It was the regular-season opener in Open Division play for both teams. Down 21-14 late in the first half,
First-year Kahuku head coach Sterling Carvalho instructed his team during a scrimmage against Waipahu last month. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Rewind just a few years back and Kahuku’s offense was a force of nature in the most legally brutal way imaginable. With quarterbacks injured and a surplus of 200- to 240-pound bruisers in house, the Red Raiders of that era went sledgehammer style every game. That led to a state championship, throwback style, wi
Kahuku's Robbie Sauvao threw three touchdown passes in a win over Konawaena. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Game one is in the books for first-year head coach Sterling Carvalho. The former offensive coordinator has already left an imprint, merging the best of both worlds as No. 2 Kahuku overpowered Konawaena 61-9 on Saturday night at soggy Carleton Weimer Field. The Red Raiders were in sledgehammer mode early with running backs Wes Alo-Maiava and Toalei
STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Kahuku quarterback Thorton Alapa and the second-ranked Red Raiders open the season by welcoming Konawaena to the North Shore on Saturday. The first reaction was shock. Then came resolve. At Konawaena, football has always been tradition, going back to the dynasty — 12 BIIF titles in a row from 1980 to ’91 — and the success in the 26 seasons since. But traveling off-island to take on the Goliath on his home turf — Kahuku — is comple
Kahuku running back Mulivai Pula put a stiff arm on Castle defensive back Jonah Ramos in a game in 2001. Star-Bulletin file photo. The year 2001 was all about Kahuku under coach of the year Siuaki Livai, who led the Red Raiders to a 14-0 record and a state championship. Kahuku extended its winning streak to 23 consecutive games with offensive player of the year Inoke Funaki at quarterback and defensive player of the year Jonathan Mapu a force on the defensive line. The Honolu
Kahuku head coach Makoa Freitas coached up running back Enoch Nawahine during a game against Campbell. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser. Kahuku football coach Makoa Freitas is busy in the morning, busy in the afternoon, busy at night. He does all he can, and that means time is precious. Two days before the showdown — the rematch — with defending state champion Saint Louis, he chatted with Hawaii Prep World about being a first-year head coach facing veteran Cal Lee and Sai
Kahuku LB Miki Ah You runs the ball back against Mililani in the OIA Division I championship game. Leighland Tagawa | SL HALAWA — Kahuku's vaunted defense looked like it had met its match early on in Saturday's Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I championship game. The Red Raiders quickly found themselves in a hole after Mililani needed just 39 seconds to find the end zone. Blown coverage on the play allowed Dillon Gabriel to find a wide-open Mystic-Josiah Sampaga for
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