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GLORY DAYS: Coach Wendell Say and the 2019 Aiea Na Alii

By Nick Abramo on July 11, 2019

16TH IN A SERIES This summer, head coaches from all 28 Oahu high school varsity football teams are being asked to recount their football playing days. One coach interviewed for this multi-part series pointed out what he thinks may be the value of this endeavor: “A lot of times, you only hear about coaches when they’re getting released or are having a special season. It’s super hard to have a special season, so this should shed more light on them […]


By Billy Hull on October 19, 2018

Win-loss records say that Aiea Na Alii has been pretty much the same team the past three years, but a deeper dive into the numbers suggest that the 2018 crew was so much better than the previous one. Na Alii went 2-6-1 this year and 2-6 in 2017, but improved its points per game by more than five (19.8 from 14.3). Their points allowed per game dropped by more than a touchdown (26.9 from 35.5). The offensive output represents Wendell […]

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 […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: Kailua/Aiea

By Christian Shimabuku on October 5, 2018

Kailua 17, Aiea 14, FINAL ———- 10:54: WHAT. Kailua fumbles on a QB sneak and Aiea recovers at the Kailua 5. Na Alii goes for it, but Castillo’s pass sails out of the end zone. Kailua wins 17-14. Wild finish to a long game. 10:52: Castillo is intercepted at the Kailua 1, and the Surfriders take over with 8 seconds left. Kailua calls a timeout to discuss whether it will take a safety or run up the middle. 10:49: Castillo […]

GAME NIGHT 9/29: Castle/Aiea

By Christian Shimabuku on September 29, 2018

Castle 30, Aiea 27, FINAL ———- 9:33: COSTA MAKES IT. CASTLE WINS 30-27 WITH 23 UNANSWERED POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. UNBELIEVABLE. 9:30: Castle calls its last timeout on the Aiea 4 with four seconds left. Costa will line up for the game-winning field goal. Aiea coach Wendell Say is doing his best to freeze Costa, calling a timeout right before he gets set up. 9:27: Castle continues to ground and pound and has a fresh set of downs at […]

Aiea hangs tough against Leilehua

By Jeremy Nitta on September 22, 2018

After seeing their homecoming ruined by a 40-21 loss at the hands of Leilehua, it would seem easy for the Aiea football team to sulk, or get down on themselves. Instead, Na Alii finds themselves trying to embrace the positive outcomes and potential that was shown in the loss. “Leilehua almost beat Moanalua last week, and the week before, we played Moanalua pretty tough,” head coach Wendell Say said. Even with the perennial powerhouses of OIA football like Kahuku and […]

GAME NIGHT 9/21: Leilehua/Aiea

By Jeremy Nitta on September 21, 2018

Leilehua 40, Aiea 21, F Castillo picked off by Lagaaia, his fifth of the game, and that will end it. Final, Leilehua 40-21. Nichols with a 49-yard TD pass to Jeremy Evans, his fourth of the night, and that might be the nail in the coffin for Aiea. Score is now Leilehua 40, Aiea 21. And just like that, Aiea’s momentum is gone, as James McGary returns the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Score is now 33-21, Leilehua. […]