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Watson excited for the future at Nanakuli

By Jason Kaneshiro on September 30, 2017

As Nanakuli’s seniors savored a few more moments on the field, Kili Watson’s thoughts were already drifting toward the future. Watson saw his first season as Nanakuli’s head coach end Friday night with a 36-0 loss to Kapolei in the regular-season finale for both teams. After Kapolei secured the final berth in the OIA Division I playoffs, Nanakuli celebrated senior night with a heartfelt postgame ceremony punctuated by recorded messages from the senior’s parents. “I’ve seen tremendous growth from our […]

GAME NIGHT 9/29: Kapolei/Nanakuli

By Hawaii Prep World on September 29, 2017

The valley hosts the first loser-goes-home game of the 2017 season as Kapolei and Nanakuli battle to see which team makes the OIA playoffs. Top performances in series Kapolei passing vs. Nanakuli: Taulia Tagovailoa with 235 yards in 2016 Kapolei rushing vs. Nanakuli: Brandon Vaitautolu with 185 yards in 2009 Kapolei receiving vs. Nanakuli: Jon Santiago with 106 yards in 2005 Nanakuli passing vs. Kapolei: Nainoa Banks with 199 yards in 2015 Nanakuli rushing vs. Kapolei: Ikaika Asinsin with 138 […]

GAME NIGHT 9/23: Nanakuli/Mililani

By Hawaii Prep World on September 23, 2017

Mililani looks to clinch the OIA Red division title with a win over Nanakuli tonight. The Golden Hawks haven’t beat Mililani since 1988, a streak of 16 straight losses. The Golden Hawks have been shut out by the Trojans in four of the last five meetings. Top performances in series Nanakuli passing vs. Mililani: Nick Asinsin with 130 yards in 1994 Nanakuli rushing vs. Mililani: Ikaika Asinsin with 185 yards in 2002 Nanakuli receiving vs. Millilani: Henry Po Ching with […]

GAME NIGHT 9/15: Nanakuli/Leilehua

By Hawaii Prep World on September 15, 2017

With games against Mililani and Kapolei to finish, Nanakuli is desperate for a win tonight against Leilehua to remain in the playoff chase in the OIA Red. Top performances in series (Leilehua leads 13-3-1 in modern era) Nanakuli passing vs. Leilehua: Tama Numera with 146 yards in 1990 Nanakuli rushing vs. Leilehua: Jaycee Alapai with 97 yards in 2004 Nanakuli receiving vs. Leilehua: Glenn Koester with 124 yards in 1989 Leilehua passing vs. Nanakuli: Andrew Manley with 346 yards in […]

Uyemura-Lee’s return boosts Castle

By Nick Abramo on September 2, 2017

Sometimes, the biggest lessons in football come with a loss. If you can say, “Yes,” when someone asks if you went down fighting, then you’ve upheld your end of the bargain. It’s a rare sight, if it ever happened at all, to see the home team quit in Nanakuli Valley. And any home fan who bought a ticket to see the Golden Hawks take on Castle on Friday night got their money’s worth despite a 49-35 loss. Nanakuli went down […]

GAME NIGHT 9/1: Castle/Nanakuli

By Hawaii Prep World on September 1, 2017

CASTLE KNIGHTS (2-2, 2-1 OIA Red) Head coach: John Hao 2017 Knights roster VS. NANAKULI GOLDEN HAWKS (1-3, 1-2) Head coach: Kili Watson 2017 Golden Hawks roster Castle 49, Nanakuli 35, FINAL 10:49: Game ends. 10:45: A 15-yard Nanakuli penalty gives Castle the ball at the Golden Hawks’ 39. 10:44: Castle has the ball after a trade of punts. 10:35: Castle has the ball at the Nanakuli 32. 10:29: After a Castle punt, the Nanakuli comeback continues. This time, Kipi […]

GAME NIGHT 8/26: Nanakuli/Kailua

By Hawaii Prep World on August 26, 2017

No. 8 Kailua has a chance to start the season 3-0 with a victory over Nanakuli. NANAKULI GOLDEN HAWKS (1-2, 1-1 OIA Red) Head coach: Kili Watson 2017 Golden Hawks roster VS. NO. 8 KAILUA SURFRIDERS (2-0, 1-0) Head coach: Joseph Wong 2017 Surfriders roster No. 8 Kailua 40, Nanakuli 14, FINAL 10:08 p.m.: One more pick for Kipi, his third, this time snared by Shane Kalawaia Jr. Kailua takes a knee and that’s it. No. 8 Kailua 40, Nanakuli […]

GAME NIGHT 8/18: Farrington/Nanakuli

By Hawaii Prep World on August 18, 2017

For the first time since 2013, Farrington will take the field unranked in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. That same year is also the last time the Govs started a season 0-2, but they bounced back to win the next eight. Can they do it again? The road begins in the Valley against Nanakuli, which earned its fist win since 2015 last week against Aiea. Nanakuli leads the series 3-1-1 but hasn’t beaten the Governors since 1984. Farrington hasn’t played […]