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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 […]

Senituli Punivai leads major turnaround at Castle in 2018

By Christian Shimabuku on October 30, 2018

When Castle went 0-3 to start its season, coach John Hao knew it was time for a change. The team’s pure pass offense was executing at a rate indicative of its record, and Hao held auditions for the team’s next quarterback. That’s when senior Senituli Punivai stepped up. He was a cornerback, linebacker, wide receiver and running back in his two years of varsity ball for the Knights, but never a quarterback. Not even in his Pop Warner days during […]


GAME NIGHT 10/26: Waipahu/Castle

By Billy Hull on October 26, 2018

No. 10 Waipahu 32, Castle 3 The Waipahu Marauders win the OIA D-I title and secure a berth in the D-I state tournament. 12th overall OIA title for Waipahu and first non-D-II title since 1971. at Aloha Stadium Castle (5-7) 0 3 0 0 — 3 Waipahu (8-4) 6 6 13 7 — 32 Waip—Branson Jay Reyes 69 pass from Cody Marques (kick blocked) Waip—Manuele Pulusila 30 fumble return (run failed) Cas—FG Cheyden Costa 22 Waip—Alfred Failauga 27 run (Brycen […]

Q&A: Castle coach John Hao on Knights’ rise

By Paul Honda on October 25, 2018

October 20 won’t ever be the same again in the Hao household. On Saturday, Grace Hao gave birth to Kūlia Nalani Lokomaikaʻi Hao, who was born, 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 21 inches tall. Less than 12 hours later, dad John Hao was at Castle’s battle with Moanalua. Castle upset the unbeaten Na Menehune 28-14. “Because we won the game that night, we named her Kulia, which means fortunate and blessed,” Hao said, catching a breather on Thursday afternoon. The […]

VIDEO: Castle shocks No. 7 Moanalua in OIA D-I semifinal

By Paul Honda on October 21, 2018

The contrast in styles led to an incredible turnaround by the Castle Knights. After falling to Moanalua 40-36 in a game in August, the Knights revised their game plan, went to a smashmouth offensive attack and stymied Moanalua’s pass-heavy blueprint for a 28-14 upset win in the OIA Division I semifinals at John Kauinana Stadium. Senituli Punivai rushed for 231 yards and two TDs as Castle (5-6) advanced to the title game on Friday at Aloha Stadium against Waipahu.

Punivai thanks Castle’s defense for 231-yard performance

By Paul Honda on October 21, 2018

Moanalua found a magic formula early on and stuck with it. Eight wins and no losses into the season, Na Menehune had no reason to change their stunningly effective short-passing game. Castle? A season of struggle included a controversial practice video. The Knights didn’t have a winning formula of their own until linebacker Senituli Punivai was converted to quarterback. Since then, Castle’s rough 0-4 start has turned into gold. Punivai, operating almost exclusively out of an elephant formation, rushed for […]

Castle shows Hao to beat No. 7 Moanalua

By Nick Abramo on October 21, 2018

Castle’s game plan was evident from the first moments of Saturday night’s 28-14 upset of No. 7 Moanalua in the OIA Division I semifinals. They made it clear they were going to be coming straight at Na Menehune, trying to make it a game of power instead of the finesse that Moanalua has been winning with. It worked brilliantly. Moanalua fumbled the opening kickoff and the Knights’ Justice Ching was on it like a fly on food. That led to […]