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Challen Fa‘amatau on Maryland scholarship: ‘Relief and shock’

By Paul Honda on August 16, 2021

Challen Fa‘amatau woke up on Sunday morning and wasn’t sure if this was the same world he once knew. The Maryland running back thought about what had just happened the day before. Sitting in the bleachers with teammates at the Baltimore Ravens preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. Roommate and close friend Taulia Tagovailoa on the field at the mic. Everything seemed odd, including the cameras zooming in on Fa‘amatau. Then Tagovailoa, the former standout quarterback at […]

Rivals MVP honor, Syracuse offer for Farrington OL Iapani Laloulu

By Paul Honda on June 25, 2021

The accolades and scholarship offers are real for Iapani Laloulu. From Honolulu to Atlanta, his name is gaining traction on prospect whiteboards. Even up in Syracuse, the sophomore is a wanted commodity. Syracuse became the third school to offer a football scholarship to the 6-foot-3, 350-pound offensive lineman. That offer came after Laloulu was named the MVP of offensive linemen at the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of older brother Fa‘aope Laloulu Jr., now playing for […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1944: Wally Yonamine leads Farrington to first football title

By Jerry Campany on November 18, 2020

On this date in 1944, the Farrington Governors won their first football title. The Governors had clinched the championship weeks earlier, but made it official with a 33-0 win over Punahou in front of 5,000 fans at Honolulu Stadium. Farrington finished the season with a perfect record. Coaches Henry Kusunoki and Bert Itoga played their starters for only one quarter in the coronation, heading for the sideline for good after Louis Kahoonei scored from 13 yards out. Wally Yonamine‘s extra-point […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1990: Mark Atuaia and Randall Okimoto face off

By Jerry Campany on October 12, 2020

On this date in 1990, Mark Atuaia rushed for 228 yards on 24 carries and Kahuku beat Farrington 26-14 at Aloha Stadium. The Red Raiders won the battle of unbeatens mostly because Farrington coach Skippa Diaz stubbornly double-teamed Kahuku end Itula Mili, who was held without a catch. Atuaia didn’t carry the ball until seven minutes into the game and was thrown for losses three times in the first half. Farrington running back Randall Okimoto had 111 yards on 21 […]

Family, friends, coaches, players bid aloha to Willie Talamoa

By Paul Honda on October 4, 2020

By the dozens, from morning to afternoon, family and friends of Coach Willie Talamoa poured in. By the end of service, there were still dozens of his fellow coaches and former players waiting to say goodbye one last time to the beloved mentor, coach, husband and father in Palolo Methodist Church. Coaches and many of his former players from the Kalihi Disciples on up to the Farrington Governors expressed their love — and shock — when Talamoa died in late […]

ON THIS DATE: Onosai Tanuvasa vs. Baba Kreutz

By Jerry Campany on September 19, 2020

On this date in 1969, two of the ILH’s all-time greats locked horns in Farrington’s 25-22 victory over Kalani at Honolulu Stadium. Governors running back Onosai Tanuvasa, the first ILH back to gain 1,000 yards in a season, gained 231 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in the victory. The ‘Samoan Strongboy with the moves of a Kalihi belly dancer’ could have had even more yardage but he fumbled twice in the red zone. Tanuvasa did most of his damage […]

Kalihi community mourns loss of Farrington, Disciples coach Willie Talamoa

By Paul Honda on August 23, 2020

There has been an outpouring of love for former Farrington assistant football coach Willie Talamoa. Talamoa, 36, was working as a guest services assistant at the Institute of Human Services when he died from the COVID-19 virus. The news shocked his family and friends, in addition to the Kalihi football community. “He was always supportive. Coaching was his passion, helping the kids of Kalihi,” former Farrington coach Randall Okimoto said. Running back/linebacker Freedom Alualu was one of many worked his […]

Oregon signee Faaope Laloulu: ‘I wasn’t that good growing up’

By Paul Honda on December 18, 2019

Time, love and work ethic made all the difference for young Faaope Laloulu. Now a 6-foot-7, 390-pound Farrington senior, Laloulu trodded along as a youngster playing for the Central Razorbacks. “I wasn’t that good growing up,” he said after signing his letter of intent with Oregon. He’s plenty good now, training year-round under the mindful eyes of former Farrington standout Whitley Fehoko. Laloulu turned down nine other offers, including Hawaii. His visit to Eugene earlier in the fall was pivotal. […]