To many poll voters, you have to beat the best to be the best. With so few meaningful games so far in the fall season, defending state champions in football and volleyball have kept their holds on the top spot in the Star-Advertiser’s polls. Punahou remains No. 1 in football while Kamehameha keeps the top […]


Castle was a real pain in Kahuku’s side in Kaneohe on Friday, but only for a quarter and a half. After that, the Red Raiders went into battle mode and scored 38 unanswered points in a 56-19 win. Knights coach Nelson Maeda, who is known for squeezing the most out of his teams and individual […]

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Over his two-plus years as Farrington’s starting quarterback, Montana Liana spent most of his time handing the ball to a series of productive Governor running backs. And why not? Liana shared the backfield with All-State running backs Abraham Silva and Tyler Taumua as a sophomore and gave the ball to Sanele Lavatai with regularity last […]


Win it for 13

by Billy Hull on September 12, 2014

It should have been a night of celebration and excitement. After the postponement of its scheduled season-opener against Waianae, the Kamehameha football team had to wait three weeks before finally starting its season Aug. 29. The Warriors traveled to California to play Del Oro as part of the 2014 Honor Bowl in Loomis, Calif., and […]


Offensively, the Punahou football team is so efficient that it’s quite possible for the average fan to overlook the Buffanblu’s defense. Opponents ignoring their rock-solid unit would be making a serious mistake. The biggest testament to their fortitude is that they only gave up a touchdown to Saint Louis’ potent run-and-shoot offense, the same offense […]


Farrington is once again churning up yards on the ground while Pac-Five, Moanalua and Leilehua have taken to the air like they’re known to do. The biggest surprise might be Kaiser junior running back Jensen MacDaniel, who has rushed for at least 159 yards in each of his first three varsity games. Although the Cougars […]


Saint Louis coach Cal Lee doesn’t have a quarterback controversy. What he does have is two outstanding players at that position. For the first few games, sophomore Tua Tagovailoa and senior Ryder Kuhns platooned, but now the Tagovailoa owns the starting job. “Tua is our guy at quarterback,” Cal said on the phone Wednesday. “Ryder […]


Saying Pac-Five is a passing team is an understatement. The Wolfpack football team heaves the ball over and over again. Why not? When you play against the behemoths on the defensive sevens of the ILH Division I superpowers, you just, flatly, are not going to be able to mount a running game. So, it’s pass, […]


Authentic football at Waialua

by Nick Abramo on September 8, 2014

Waialua is doing something right. You want real football? Go there. No, it’s not 750 yards of passing with glitzy uniforms and an artificial turf field. This is real grass, and clouds of dirt actually do rise when the players hit the ground. There are no JV games, so the varsity starts at 6 p.m., […]


Holmes of the Braves

by Nick Abramo on September 7, 2014

St. John Bosco, the football team from Bellflower, Calif., that visited and beat Saint Louis 63-14 at Aloha Stadium last month, pounded Norwalk, Calif., 48-3 in its second game of the season on Friday night at Cerritos College. It turns out the Braves, who are No. 6 in the MaxPreps national rankings, have a local […]