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Did you hear? Say and Look go head to head

By Nick Abramo on October 14, 2018

There’s something endearing about the two coaching Wendells in Hawaii high school football. They’ve been around for a long while and are among the most respected guys in the coaching fraternity here. Their teams hardly ever play against each other, but they did Friday night. We’re talking about Wendell Look of ‘Iolani and Wendell Say of Aiea, who took their teams out onto Na Alii’s rainy, puddled field for a regular-season finale. And, despite the 30-3 final score, it was […]

GAME NIGHT 10/12: ‘Iolani/Aiea

By Nick Abramo on October 12, 2018

No. 10 ‘Iolani 30, Aiea 3, final 10:37: Game over. 10:36: ‘Iolani is at its 45 with 33 seconds left. 10:29: Kyler Mento intercepts a pass for ‘Iolani. 3:11 to go in game. 10:22: Kaneshiro catches a 5-yard TD pass from Chong. Makekau kicks the extra point. ‘IOLANI 30, AIEA 3, 6:01 left in game. 10:17: ‘Iolani is driving on the running of Jake Lee. The Raiers are at the Aiea 5. 10:12: Micah Shikada intercepts a Castillo pass. It’s […]

Nishigaya (4 TDs) gets ‘Iolani on cusp of playoffs

By Brian McInnis on October 6, 2018

One Team is one win, maybe less, from clinching a state playoff berth. And ‘Iolani has its small assassin, senior running back Kaua Nishigaya, to thank in very large part. Behind Nishigaya’s four touchdowns, the Raiders (7-2, 6-1 ILH Division I) moved to the cusp of clinching a state berth with a 41-14 win over Castle on Friday night. It was just the second time the teams played on the Knights’ field (third overall), and the Raiders emerged comfortably with […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: ‘Iolani/Castle

By Brian McInnis on October 5, 2018

No. 10 ‘Iolani 41, Castle 14, F ———- 9:50: Somehow, Punivai will finish this game with over 100 yards passing (133) and rushing (103). 9:48: Castle executes a 91-yard drive against ‘Iolani’s backups, led by Punivai on the air and the ground both. He caps it off with a 1-yard keeper score. 9:40: Judd loses a fumble and ‘Iolani puts in its backups to run out the clock. 9:33: ‘Iolani has to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Mika […]

Q&A: ‘Iolani’s record-breaking kicker, Mika Makekau

By Paul Honda on October 2, 2018

The fact is simple enough. Mika Makekau is the new record holder for the longest field goal by a girl in state history. Her 44-yard FG was one of three successful kicks in a 30-19 win over Damien two weeks ago. The win is key to ‘Iolani’s post-season qualifying chances, and she might get a shot at the national girls record of 48 yards before her prep career is done. Makekau, younger sister of current Navy starting wide receiver Keoni-Kordell […]

No. 9 ‘Iolani enjoys rare trip to the valley

By Billy Hull on September 29, 2018

‘Iolani head coach Wendell Look said most of his coaching staff had never been to the valley for a football game. In just the second meeting ever between the Raiders and Nanakuli, No. 9 ‘Iolani inched one step close to securing a state tournament berth with a 39-0 shutout of the host Golden Hawks on Saturday night. Senior running back Kaua Nishigaya rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Jonah Chong threw two touchdown passes, including one to Carter Kamana, who […]

GAME NIGHT 9/29: ‘Iolani/Nanakuli

By Billy Hull on September 29, 2018

No. 9 ‘Iolani 39, Nanakuli 0 at Nanakuli H.S. field ‘Iolani (6-2, 5-1) 19 13 7 0 — 39 Nanakuli (0-8, 0-6) 0 0 0 0 — 0 Iol—Rexton Suzuki 1 run (kick failed) Iol—Jonah Miyazawa 20 pass from Jonah Chong (Mika Makekau kick) Iol—Kaua Nishigaya 12 run (pass failed) Iol—Nishigaya 18 run (kick blocked) Iol—Carter Kamana 11 pass from Chong (Makekau kick) Iol—Nishigaya 1 run (Makekau kick) RUSHING—‘Iolani: Nishigaya 15-102, Cole Ichikawa 5-17, Suzuki 7-12. Nanakuli: A’alona Aleka 15-59, […]

No. 10 ‘Iolani in control of its state tourney hopes

By Billy Hull on September 21, 2018

After back-to-back losses following an impressive 3-0 start, ‘Iolani moved back into the Star-Advertiser Top 10 this week after an impressive — and crucial — win over Damien. The lone meeting between the two ILH schools competing in Division I this year left ‘Iolani in a first-place tie with the Monarchs and with the head-to-head tiebreaker in its favor. That has set up ‘Iolani quite well down the stretch as it began its final four games of the regular season — against OIA […]