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CLOSING THE BOOK: Kalani Falcons

By Jerry Campany on October 16, 2018

Scott Melemai‘s Kalani Falcons took a step back in 2018, failing to win more than two games for the first time since 2010 under longtime mentor Greg Taguchi. The Falcons struggled mightily to put points on the board, averaging only 5.3 per game after raising that number to 26.3 last season. They were shut out six times, the most since the dark days of 2001, and it was the first time since 2007 the Falcons failed to average at least […]

GAME NIGHT 10/13: Kalani/Kalaheo

By Christian Shimabuku on October 13, 2018

Kalaheo 22, Kalani 7, FINAL ———- 7:36: Ryan Higashionna intercepts Alana and brings the interception all the way to the Kalaheo 4 with nine seconds left when the Mustangs could have taken a knee and ended it. A scuffle breaks out and the refs call the game. 22-7 is your final. 7:33: Amasiu jumps on a fumble and Kalaheo has the ball back at Kalani’s 43 with 1:15 left. Kalani has one timeout left. 7:29: Kalani forces a quick three-and-out […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: St. Francis/Kalani

By Billy Hull on October 5, 2018

St. Francis 52, Kalani 0 ———- FINAL at Kaiser Stadium St. Francis (8-0, 7-0) 16 20 8 8 — 52 Kalani (2-7, 2-4) 0 0 0 0 — 0 StF—Bubba Akana 10 run (Jonan Aina-Chaves run) StF—Kordel Ng 40 pass from Akana (Aina-Chaves run) StF—Aina-Chaves 1 run (run failed) StF—Aina-Chaves 10 run (pass failed) StF—Ng 21 pass from Akana (Shepherd Kekahuna pass from Aina-Chaves) StF—Noah Mackenzie 15 pass from Akana (Aina-Chaves run) StF—Aina-Chaves 16 run (Kekahuna run) RUSHING—St. Francis: Aina-Chaves […]

Falcons reverse fortunes in first win

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 15, 2018

Once Kalani mastered the first step in its offense, the Falcons soared to their first win of the season. The Falcons had been shut out in four of their first five games while being outscored 187-8, and Friday’s homecoming game against McKinley at Kaiser got off to another ominous start. On the game’s first play from scrimmage, a low snap skittered past Kalani quarterback Nicholas Sakamoto for an 18-yard loss back to the Falcons 6. Kalani’s second possession generated some […]

GAME NIGHT 8/18: Pac-Five/Kalani

By Billy Hull on August 18, 2018

Pac-Five 28, Kalani 8 at Kaiser Stadium Pac-Five (1-1, 1-1) 7 14 7 0 — 28 Kalani (0-3, 0-1) 0 0 0 8 — 8 P5—Bruce Shewalter 2 run (Cy Shimamura kick) P5—Wilson Huynh 24 pass from Makana Bertelmann (Shimamura kick) P5—Laitin Bradley 2 run (Shimamura kick) P5—Evan Ramirez 1 run (Shimamura kick) Kaln—Javan Montiho 15 pass from Nicholas Sakamoto (Sakamoto run) RUSHING—Pac-Five: Shewalter 13-60, Ian Canute 18-55, Bradley 5-20, Evan Ramirez 5-14, Micah Kong 2-4, team 1-(minus 2), Bertelmann […]

PREPPING for 2018: Kalani Falcons

By Nick Abramo on August 15, 2018

19TH IN A SERIES It’s something high school coaches have been going through since football was invented. The cycle. Every three or four years or so, you have a bunch of seniors and somehow the ship sails smoothly. And then, the seniors graduate and you find some rough seas. It appears that such is the case for the Kalani Falcons this year. They’ve dropped their first two games — 63-0 to ‘Iolani and 49-0 to Kaimuki. The second one is […]

GAME NIGHT 8/4: ‘Iolani/Kalani

By Billy Hull on August 4, 2018

‘Iolani 63, Kalani 0 at Kaiser Stadium ‘Iolani (1-0) 35 14 7 7 — 63 Kalani (0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0 Iol—Rayden Kaneshiro 45 pass from Jonah Chong (Mika Makekau kick) Iol—Kaua Nishigaya 9 run (Makekau kick) Iol—Carter Kamana 11 pass from Chong (Makekau kick) Iol—Isaac Ignacio 26 interception return (Makekau kick) Iol—Jonah Miyazawa 43 pass from Chong (Makekau kick) Iol—Nishigaya 1 run (Makekau kick) Iol—Noah Gaudi 21 pass from Sam Faumuina (Makekau kick) Iol—Cole Ichikawa 37 pass […]

Kalani closes season on high note

By Christian Shimabuku on September 29, 2017

No team wants to have its season end in September, but no team wants to end its season with a loss, either. With full knowledge that Friday night’s contest would be its last of the season, Kalani rode the electric arm of Seth Tina-Soberano and kept its foot on the pedal in a 41-13 rout of Kalaheo in what doubled up as homecoming and senior night for the Falcons. “It’s great to end the season like this. It’s great to […]