Kapolei linebacker Omar Mareko has accepted an invite to the 2017 Polynesian Bowl, increasing the total of players from Hawaii selected to the game to 34. Mareko was a key part of a Hurricanes defense that helped Kapolei finish 10-3 this season. The Hurricanes finished No. 3 in the final Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 rankings […]


The 2016-17 college football bowl season begins on Dec. 17 with 41 bowls currently scheduled (not including the national championship game). Of those 41, 21 include players who graduated from Hawaii high schools, including both bowl games in the College Football Playoff. Here are the 20 (excluding the Hawaii Bowl) featuring local players on the […]


One of Willie Taggart‘s first acts as Oregon football coach was to jump on a plane to Hawaii. Taggart, who was hired on Wednesday, is on his way to Ewa Beach to visit Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is committed to Alabama. Tua’s father, Galu, told that he has already spoken to Taggart […]


Every morning, the sun rises and the mind of Ron Lee is already percolating. To a large extent, life has been about work for Lee, both in the hotel industry and in his passion on the gridiron. Lee, one of the braintrusts of the four-wide offensive philosophy, finally took some time off. In the three […]


The 2016 Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State football team will be released this month, adding a new group of talented players to the list of greats going all the way back to the first All-State team published by the Honolulu Advertiser in 1972. Five years later, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin released its first All-State team in 1977. Prior […]


After playing the last football game of his prep career, a 31-20 loss to Mililani in the HHSAA Division I state title game, ‘Iolani senior KJ Pascua wasn’t sure if he was done with football altogether. The Raiders’ three-sport star was the focus of Tuesday’s prep feature in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. On the gridiron, he […]


Frigid is exactly what it is in Kansas today. Temperatures with a high of 29 on Monday couldn’t put a damper on a tremendous season for defensive lineman Kahewai Kaaiawaawa. The former Mililani Trojan started for Garden City Community College (Kan.), which went 11-0 and reached the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game, beating […]


Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is making his official visit to Alabama, and the way it sounds it is a mere formality. The state champion’s father, Galu, told a reporter there that Alabama is their only choice whether offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen moves on to LSU or not. The Tagovailoas spoke to Alabama coach Nick […]


Kahuku safety Kesi Ah-Hoy will stay home after committing to Hawaii on Sunday. Here’s Stephen Tsai‘s story in Monday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Ah-Hoy, who is 6 feet and 205 pounds, also had offers from Oregon State, Brigham Young and Army. He projects to play a kind of hyrbid position between safety and linebacker. #GoBows — […]


After initially declining an invite so he wouldn’t miss time with the Kahuku basketball team, senior cornerback Kekaula Kaniho has formally accepted an offer to play in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl. Kaniho, who is one of the top contenders for All-State defensive player of the year honors, had five interceptions he returned for touchdowns this […]