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Prime Time, Nick Saban and Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on January 7, 2022

Deion Sanders and Nick Saban are a part of Tausili Akana’s life. Not besties-level, but close enough to be on the wish lists of the two prominent college coaches. Over the course of 2021-22 academic year, nine more scholarship offers have arrived in the hands of Akana. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker now has 42 offers as a junior. He is ranked No. 1 among linebackers in the class of 2023 by 247sports.com. Deion Sanders, who has brought immense attention […]

Kahuku closes 2021 at No. 1, Kapaa at all-time high No. 8

By Paul Honda on January 3, 2022

While Open Division state champion Kahuku closed out the year at No. 1, Punahou, Kapaa and Waianae finished on an uptick in Monday’s Star-Advertiser Football Top 10. Division I state champion ‘Iolani (11-0) completed the year at No. 5. Kapaa won the D-II state title last week and dominated the division from start to finish. The Warriors finished the season at No. 8, the highest ranking in school history. Football Top 10 Jan. 3 Rank School (1st) Pts LW 1. […]

Kapaa’s massive offensive line does the job to bring the 1st state football title to the Garden Isle

By Jonathan Chen on December 31, 2021

Stormy conditions at Farrington’s Edward Skippa Diaz Stadium on Thursday night created the perfect playground for Kapaa’s gargantuan trench Warriors. Behind the offensive line, Kapaa ran all over Kamehameha-Maui in a 61-7 blowout win in the Division II title game of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships. Kapaa rotated players along the offensive line, but a bulk of the action went to the primary combination of senior tackles Kawika Rogers (6-6, 300 lbs) and Santana Hernandez-Martinez (6-1, 220), senior […]


Solomone Malafu’s two-way excellence sparks Kapaa to 1st state football title

By Paul Honda on December 30, 2021

Not that the top-seeded Kapaa Warriors needed any help. Just to make sure, near perfect conditions — no rain or wind at Skippa Diaz Stadium — began to go awry at kickoff when Kapaa and Kamehameha-Maui on Thursday night just as a Kapaa video operator noticed and said, “Nice weather tonight.” By the middle of the second quarter, it was a torrential downpour, blowing east to west rather than the usual mauka-to-makai. Dropped snaps. Fumbles. Bad snaps. Almost all by […]

Ties to Wags: Kapaa’s Mike Tresler, KS-Maui’s Ulima Afoa on D-II state final

By Paul Honda on December 30, 2021

Mike Tresler. Ulima Afoa. Bob Wagner. The ties between the three coaches — two matched up in the Division II state final, one long retired — are part of an intriguing final week of the Hawaii high school football season. The longest ever, and one that players, coaches and fans are grateful for. That includes the Kapaa Warriors have been here before. Kamehameha-Maui’s path was often walled off by MIL dynasty Lahainaluna. The teams battle at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium […]

Kahuku a unanimous No. 1 in Football Top 10

By Paul Honda on December 27, 2021

Kahuku collected all 12 first-place votes and is No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 for a 10th week in a row. The OIA champion overwhelmed ILH champion Saint Louis, 49-14, on Thursday to capture the Open Division state title. ‘Iolani, the Division I state champion after a 38-0 shutout of MIL champion Lahainaluna, bumped one notch higher to No. 5. Kapaa, which will play Kamehameha-Maui for the D-II state crown on Thursday, entered the poll at No. 9 […]

Kana Loa Kaluna’s big night is a dream come true

By Paul Honda on December 24, 2021

Kana Loa Kaluna had a choice. He could have followed older brother Kaulana, who had a superb football career at Kaimuki under then-coach David Tautofi. Kana Loa’s dream, though, was elsewhere. After a cancelled junior year and the chance to play more as a senior, the Kahuku running back made his biggest impact on Thursday night. Kaluna rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as Kahuku dethroned Saint Louis, 49-14, for the Open Division state title. Making […]

Former waterboy Kainoa Carvalho makes title-game dream come true for Kahuku

By Paul Honda on December 24, 2021

In every possible environment, Kainoa Carvalho has stepped up. Placekicker. Kick returner. Wide receiver. Even a little running back. The 5-foot-7, 160-pound playmaker bided his time as Kahuku used defense and special teams to take an early lead over Saint Louis. When the Crusaders changed its look in the second half, Carvalho got single coverage and wound up in the end zone twice. He finished with six receptions for 135 yards and two TDs. He sent three wind-aided kickoffs out […]