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GAME NIGHT 8/24: Aiea/Castle

By Christian Shimabuku on August 24, 2019

Castle 26, Aiea 16, FINAL   9:49: Castle’s Kela Harbottle intercepts Kayson Castillo. The Knights take one last knee for their first win of the season. 26-16 is your final. 9:44: Castle goes three-and-out but forces Aiea to call its last timeout. Na Alii has 1:46 to make up the deficit, starting from their own 27. 9:39: Aiea elects to punt on fourth down deep in its own territory. The wind gets a hold of the punt, and it’s downed […]

GAME NIGHT 8/16: ‘Iolani/Aiea

By Kyle Sakamoto on August 16, 2019

‘Iolani 31, Aiea 10 (final)———- The game clock isn’t working for the game. Hopefully, it’ll be fixed before kickoff. Game start: 6:04 p.m. ‘Iolani’s Shayden Molina blocked Aiea punt. Raiders’ ball in the red zone. ‘Iolani 7, Aiea 0. Brody Logan Bantolina scores on 4-yard run up the middle. Wailoa Manuel makes the PAT. ‘Iolani 14, Aiea 0. Cole Ichikawa scores on 40-punt return. Wailoa Manuel makes the PAT. ‘Iolani 21, Aiea 0. Jonah Chong scores on 1-yard run. Wailoa […]

Aiea discovered ground game in win over Radford

By Brian McInnis on August 10, 2019

At halftime, up in the Aiea press box Friday night, a Na Alii assistant coach mused out loud that his team really, really needed to establish the run if they wanted to come back against Radford. As foreshadowing went, it was top notch. Aiea did just what he described, riding the legs of 6-foot, 190-pound junior running back Javon Miller to a 34-19 comeback win in the teams’ OIA Division I opener. Aiea, which trailed 19-7 at halftime, scored 27 […]

GAME NIGHT 8/9: Radford/Aiea

By Brian McInnis on August 9, 2019

Aiea 34, Radford 19, FINAL 4Q 10:50: Pau. 10:47: Castillo keeps it from 11 yards and heads to the left pylon to tack on another TD. 34-19 Aiea. What a turnaround for Na Alii. That’s 27 unanswered this half. 10:46: Aiea handing off to Miller to try to end this thing. Radford burning its last timeouts in the final minute. 10:43: Dylan Soberano comes through huge for Aiea again, as he picks off Tafisi back at about the Aiea 40 […]

D-I weekend preview: ‘Iolani and Moanalua in early showdown

By Jerry Campany on August 8, 2019

Moanalua mentor Savai’i Eselu ended last season claiming to be outcoached by John Hao of Castle in the OIA playoffs, vowing to never cost his kids a game again. As luck would have it, Eselu’s next chance to prove it will become against one of the state’s all-time most successful coaches. ‘Iolani will visit Moanalua for the first time on Saturday, giving Wendell Look yet another territory to conquer. Look, the third-winningest coach in state history behind Cal Lee of […]

GAME NIGHT 8/2: Aiea/Kaiser

By Billy Hull on August 2, 2019

Kaiser 21, Aiea 7 BOX SCORE At Kaiser Stadium Aiea (0-1) 7 0 0 0 — 7 Kaiser (1-0) 7 0 14 0 — 21 Kais—Ethan Domen recovers blocked punt in end zone (Kyler Halvorsen kick) Aiea—Dylan Soberano 15 pass from Kayson Castillo (Tyla Mane kick) Kais—Domen 100 interception return (Halvorsen kick) Kais—Cole Cadinha 52 fumble return (Halvorsen kick) RUSHING—Aiea: Jordan Cezar 4-10, Javon Miller 7-3, Mana Young-Tavai 1-(minus 1), team 1-(minus 8), Castillo 17-(minus 23). Kaiser: Hunter Phelps 9-27, […]

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 […]