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Waianae hires Mike Fanoga as football head coach

By Nick Abramo on February 18, 2019

Mike Fanoga is the new football coach at Waianae High School, according to the school’s athletic twitter page: @SeariderSports. The post reads, “Congratulations to coach Mike Fanoga, our new head football coach. Coach Fanoga comes to us with over 30 years of coaching experience. We’re excited to watch our athletes grow as he and his staff develop the program, always keeping the traditions of Searider football at heart.” A call to Kekoa Kaluhiokalani on Monday to confirm the hiring was […]

Sources: Fred Salanoa returns to coach Radford football

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2019

Fred Salanoa is back as the football coach at Radford, according to three sources. The school has not made an announcement, and efforts to reach Radford athletic director Kelly Sur and Salanoa for confirmation have been unsuccessful. Salanoa, a former Radford and Eastern Washington quarterback, coached the Rams to the Division II state title in 2015. After that he was an assistant at three stops in the last three years — Eastern Washington, Punahou and Kamehameha. In his 13 seasons […]

St. Francis underclassmen have options regarding transfer

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2019

Due to St. Francis’ decision to close Grades 7-12, there are 22 Saints varsity football players in grades 10 and 11 who are looking for a new high school to go to and play next season. That number doesn’t include intermediate players in grades 8-9 from last fall who will be eligible to play varsity this fall. Jonan Aina-Chaves, the Saints’ star running back, is undecided on where he wants to go. He has options. According to ILH, HHSAA and […]

Q&A: Catching up with Saint Louis football coach Cal Lee

By Paul Honda on January 23, 2019

The announcement about St. Francis closing its high school (and middle school) doors at the end of the academic year has a far-reaching ripple effect. Several private schools informed the students of St. Francis about application fees that will be waived, and more. Cal Lee, coach of three-time defending Open Division state football champion Saint Louis, would seem to be a possible option for St. Francis standouts Faaope Laloulu, Bubbah Aina-Chaves and Shepherd Kekahuna, among others including public schools. Tuition […]

Punahou’s Tamatoa Falatea stands out at Poly Bowl

By Christian Shimabuku on January 20, 2019

Perhaps the Polynesian Bowl, a high school football all-star game that matches the best Hawaii has to offer with the rest of the nation’s top talent, was made for players like Punahou’s Tamatoa Falatea. Falatea was selected to the game due to his production on the field for the Buffanblu. In his senior season, he caught 74 passes for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to Star-Advertiser All-State first team honors at wide receiver. Despite the numbers, Falatea says […]

LB Daniel Heimuli, WR Puka Nacua earn MVPs at Poly Bowl

By Paul Honda on January 20, 2019

It was a maulers’ night in the trenches, but the most outstanding players of the Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl turned out to be rangy and even balletic. Daniel Heimuli, an uncommitted linebacker out of Menlo Park (Calif.) with torpedo-like finishing ability, was named the most valuable defensive player of the all-star game. His Team Mauka lost, 27-7, but he was seemingly everywhere in and out of the box, including a fast-closing sack of Team Makai quarterback Gunner Cruz. He […]

VIDEO: Polynesian Bowl

By Paul Honda on January 19, 2019

Highlights will be posted here in-game of the 2019 Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl.

OIA football coordinator pleased with OIA-ILH alliance

By Nick Abramo on January 18, 2019

OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka gave the proverbial “thumbs up” in his assessment of last fall’s first year of the OIA-ILH alliance. “It brought interest and an increase in attendance was a big factor,” Tanaka said by phone Friday. “I thought the competitiveness that was brought out was intriguing for everyone.” The 2018 season was the first time the OIA and ILH combined for a fully integrated regular-season schedule. It served to mend some frayed relations between the leagues that […]