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Castle earns first win but still has a lot of work to do

By Christian Shimabuku on August 25, 2019

Coach John Hao was frustrated by Castle’s winless start to the season entering Saturday night’s home matchup against Aiea. He believed the team hadn’t played anywhere near its potential. After the Knights’ 26-16 win over Na Alii for win No. 1 of the young season, Hao still wasn’t satisfied. “It’s not a weight off the shoulder but it feels good to head in the right direction,” he said. “We had an opportunity against Kapolei, and then when we played Waipahu […]

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 8/9: Waipahu/Castle

By Christian Shimabuku on August 9, 2019

Waipahu 49, Castle 28, Final   10:34: 49-28 is your final. The day belongs to Failauga. 10:31: Failauga does it again. Three-yard TD to up his total to five touchdowns and 342 yards on 31 carries. 10:25: Kahoopii is ON FIRE. He fires a 20-yard touchdown to Kala Matthews, and the deficit is now just 42-28 with 4:02 left. 10:22: Slight delay as a Waipahu player goes down, but he gets up jogging which is definitely a positive sign. Castle […]


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: Kapolei/Castle

By Christian Shimabuku on August 2, 2019

Kapolei 40, Castle 24, FINAL 9:02: The clock ticks to 0:00 and the Knights come up short. 40-24 is your final. 8:57: The Knights get the ball back on their own 19 with 3:37 left. Time is of the essence here. 8:52: The Knights go three and out again and punt. Kapolei takes over at the Castle 47 with 5:31 left. 8:48: Jacob Saole Su’e with a 28-yard PICK SIX for Kapolei. White’s kick is no good and it is […]

GLORY DAYS: Coach John Hao and the 2019 Castle Knights

By Nick Abramo on June 21, 2019

SECOND 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 who has already been 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 […]

Football players’ parents file suit against Castle

By Nick Abramo on November 30, 2018

The parents of three Castle football players have filed suit in First Circuit Court against Knights football coach John Hao, principal Bernadette Tyrell and athletic director Laynie Sueyasu as well as district superintendent Matt Ho. The suit — filed by Kyle Giron and his wife Ashleigh Giron on Wednesday — alleges that proper care was not taken to reasonably keep their sons away from harm. In the filing, it mentions that the Castle coaches knowingly allowed the plaintiffs’ sons and […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Castle Knights

By Jerry Campany on October 30, 2018

John Hao‘s second season with the Castle Knights will be remembered for a long time despite an overall losing record of 5-7. Castle improved its win total in Hao’s secong go-round, but that shouldn’t be so surprising as every Castle coach since Al Miyamoto in 1953 turned out a better product in his season season than his first. Castle’s resurgence came on offense, where the Knights scored 21.6 points per game to match Nelson Maeda‘s last crew two years ago […]