Freitas, Torres, Livai among Kahuku coaching applicants
The hiring process for the vacant football head coaching position at Kahuku is well underway. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Makoa Freitas, Reggie Torres and Siuaki Livai are among the applicants and interviewees for the open Kahuku football coaching job, according to sources.
At least 16 people applied for the job, a list that also includes Kahuku junior varsity head coach Sterling Carvalho, Red Raiders assistant David Te’o and former Kahuku assistant Marvin Cravens.
Freitas spent 2017 as the interim head coach for the Red Raiders, going 11-2 and losing 31-28 to Saint Louis in the Open Division championship game.
Torres was head coach from 2006 to ’13 and went 79-14 with five OIA championships and three state titles. The Red Raiders went 46-2 from 2009 to 2012, but had to forfeit the rest of their season in 2010 for using an ineligible player. Kahuku was 10-0 at the time.
Livai won state championships as Kahuku’s head coach in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005.
The Kahuku administration, including principal Donna Lindsey, vice principal Walter Santiago and athletic director Gillian Yamagata, typically do not speak to the media about the hiring process until after a hire is made.
According to sources, Kahuku’s head coaching search committee is made up of Santiago, Yamagata, former Kahuku girls basketball coach Wendy Anae, former football head coach Chuck Meade and former Kahuku football assistant and Kamehameha head coach David Stant.
Sources also said the committee is close to wrapping up the interview portion of the process.
The Red Raiders have had four head coaches in the last five seasons — Torres (2013), Lee Leslie(2014), Vavae Tata (2015-16) and Freitas (2017).
Freitas’ only other loss last season was against Bingham (Utah) in Las Vegas without starting quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava. Both Saint Louis and Bingham finished in the top 20 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.