It all started in Hawaiʻi on Oahu’s North Shore, where plantation managers and mormon elders nurtured future generations of football stars Long before Oahu’s North Shore became a global hot spot for football, it was a pu`uhonua, a refuge under the protection of priests. Fugitives and villagers escaping the carnage of island warfare, or punishment for violating the traditional code of conduct, found sanctuary there—as long as they abided by the priests’ rules. But Captain Jame
Chaz Evangelista, Ethan Erickson, and Enokk Vimahi waiting patiently to sign their National Letters of Intent @ the Kahuku High School gymnasium - Image by RedRaiderSoul.com It's a little late but . . . It was a different type of National Letter of Intent [NLI] signing day today @ Kahuku. First of all, there were only 3 student-athletes ready to sign on what has become the traditional NLI signing day. And the 3 young men who were ready to sign had very different journeys to t
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
The 2019 Polynesian Bowl kicks off Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12 a.m. ET/7 p.m. HST on CBS Sports Network.
In its third rendition, the game will pit several of the best high school recruits in the country against each other — Team Mauka vs. Team Makai — inside Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.
247Sports will be on the ground from the Aloha State all week, from registration and check-in, to each practice all the way through the game Saturday night under the lights.
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Kahuku safety Nalu Emerson, who has also played linebacker this season, has been selected a Polynesian Bowl All Star. Emerson, who is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, holds D-I scholarship offers from Navy, Hawaii and UNLV. Emerson is the fifth Kahuku player selected to the game, joining LB Miki Ah You (injured), OL Enokk Vimahi, TE Ethan Erickson and DE Tausili Fiatoa. The 2019 Polynesian Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 19. A total of 24 players currently at Hawaii high schools
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's Mason Paulo hauls in a 19-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to help the Red Raiders pull away. Leighland Tagawa | SL KAHUKU — No. 5 Kahuku rallied from two first half deficits to breeze by No. 10 Kapolei, 33-13, in an Oahu Interscholastic Association Open Division regular season finale for both teams at Carleton E. Weimer Field Friday night. The Red Raiders win their second-consecutive game to improve to 3-2 in the OIA standings, 6-3 overall. Kahuku clinches the thi
Kahuku’s Tausili Fiatoa, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end, has been selected a Polynesian Bowl All-Star. Fiatoa, who transferred from Orem (Utah) for his senior season after starting his high school career with the Red Raiders, is the second Kahuku player selected to the game, joining offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi. Fiatoa is a Brigham Young commit and also holds offers from Fresno State, Oregon State, Utah State and Navy. For the most updated list of players selected, cli
Tausili Fiatoa is a Polynesian Bowl all-star.
The Kahuku, Hawaii, three-star prospect, who is rated No. 1 among edge rushers in the state of Hawaii for the 2019 class per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings, will play his final high school game in front of family and friends inside Aloha Stadium. He is also on the watch list for the Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding senior high schoo
There are certain things on the football field that are just unfair to the rest of the players in the sport – God given natural abilities is one of them. The natural talents are not harvested without hard work, but there are just some things no matter how hard one works they will never get to the same spot as their competitors. Speed is one blessing, size and strength is another. As offensive linemen go, Class of 2020 Hawaii talent Micah Soliai-Howlett seems to have it all. S
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
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,
Kahuku Wes Alo-Maiava broke free for a big run against Punahou. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser. Marcus Lombard put it bluntly. “Punahou gave us cracks at first,” the Kahuku right guard said. It was a confession rooted in respect, of course, nothing illegal or dirty. Punahou’s defense brought some hammers and stuffed Kahuku’s ground game for some time in their Open Division clash on Saturday night at Carleton E. Weimer Field. But Kahuku didn’t stop. The b