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OIA D-I chase in hands of frontrunners Moanalua, Aiea, Waipahu

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2021

Boil it down and the puzzle of OIA Division I football playoff possibilities is still a Rubik’s Cube of wonder. For one-loss teams Moanalua, Waipahu and Aiea, earning one of the two playoff spots — the only playoff game is a championship matchup — is a matter of seizing the day. “Win and we’re in,” Na Menehune coach Vince Nihipali said of the title game. “We control our own destiny, and these kids have that golden opportunity to close this […]

Castle football coach John Hao steps down

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2021

John Hao has resigned as football coach at Castle. The former Hawaii and Saint Louis quarterback stepped down due to “family reasons,” he said. That includes helping his father, John Hao Sr.. “Time is precious for my family. We’ve got to spend as much time as possible,” Hao said on Sunday morning. “I have eight kids, four young ones. They’re with my dad a lot. We had to make some life changes. My son goes to Saint Louis. He’s only […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Nolan Miranda boots East over West

By Jerry Campany on December 8, 2020

Whenever there is an all-star game, don’t forget about the kicker. Castle’s Nolan Miranda kicked field goals of 37 and 47 yards in the final 30 seconds of the first half to lead the East 27-19 over the West in the Hawaii Union Builders Goodwill Classic in front of 2,510 at Aloha Stadium. Miranda, who also played receiver and ran the hurdles in the spring and was named first-team all-state as a kicker, hit 27 PATs and five field goals […]


ON THIS DATE IN 2002: Castle wins rare OIA football crown

By Jerry Campany on November 15, 2020

On this date in 2002, Castle won its first OIA championship since 1945. The Knights shut out surprised rival Kailua 25-0 at Aloha Stadium. Castle lost 20-0 in the regular season meeting with the Surfriders. Jared Suzui gave Castle all the points they needed on an 82-yard punt return in the second quarter. The defense made it hold up and added on with an interception return for a touchdown by Antone Watanabe and a blocked field goal return by Ikaika […]

Former Castle LB Jaydon Kaio starting for nationally-ranked Corner Canyon

By Paul Honda on September 7, 2020

A year ago, Jaydon Kaio was a play-making 6-foot-1, 160-pound linebacker at Castle. Today, the senior is now 175 pounds and starting at linebacker for Utah’s No. 1-ranked team, Corner Canyon (4-0). His new hometown is Draper. “Draper is probably like Hawaii Kai. They’re really rich in this area,” Kaio said on Monday morning. “It’s a bit different and more complex, I’d say. I’m good at rushing the passer and I can bring a hit. I can cover because of […]

Kalaheo hires Nelson Maeda as football head coach

By Nick Abramo on March 5, 2020

Nelson Maeda is the new head coach of the Kalaheo Mustangs football team, the school announced Thursday night. Maeda is a former head coach at Castle and Kailua. “We are excited as coach Maeda brings a love for the game and 20 years of head coaching experience,” Mark Brilhante, the Mustangs athletic director, said in a statement. “As an educator, we look forward to his ability to instill core values into our student athletes. With his love for the game […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Castle Knights

By Jerry Campany on October 14, 2019

2019 RECORD >> 2-7 overall, 2-4 OIA Division I HEAD COACH >> John Hao is 25-26 in five years as a head coach and 10-20 in three seasons at Castle KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> WR/RB Kala Matthews, 5-4, 180, So.; QB Kila Kaio, 5-8, 130, So.; WR AJ Igafo, 5-7, 150, Jr.; DB Kela Harbottle, 5-4, 140, Jr. CASTLE THROUGH THE YEARS: 1973-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT 2012 Anuenue Three years after Nelson Maeda was shown the door, nothing much else […]

GAME NIGHT 10/11: ‘Iolani/Castle

By Christian Shimabuku on October 11, 2019

No. 9 ‘Iolani 33, Castle 28, Final ———- 10:14: Castle picks up a first down with 1 second left but the last gasp Hail Mary falls well short. ‘Iolani holds on to set up a rematch with Damien. 10:12: ‘Iolani successfully gets the punt off. Castle starts from its own 21 with 17 seconds left. 10:11: Castle burns the rest of its timeouts. ‘Iolani will punt from its own 41 after a costly personal foul penalty with 22 seconds left. […]