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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 […]

OIA-ILH interleague football to continue with Leilehua, Roosevelt moving up divisions

By Nick Abramo on March 5, 2020

OIA and ILH interleague football will continue with a full slate of games to be scheduled for the 2020 season, according to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka. And two schools — Leilehua and Roosevelt — are moving up a division. “It’s a go,” Tanaka said Thursday morning. The renewal of the highly popular, fan-friendly two-year pilot program was not a given, and multiple sources over the past few months told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that it was possible OIA principals would […]

Kawe Johnson’s TMF Elite places 3rd out of 122 teams at Pylon ‘Mecca’

By Paul Honda on February 28, 2020

Third place out of 122 teams. Not bad at all. TMF Elite of Hawaii, coached by Kahuku alum and former All-State player of the year Kawe Johnson, advanced all the way to the semifinal round of the Pylon 7v7’s “The Mecca” tournament before losing to eventual champion The Grind (Dallas, Texas). TMF opened the tourney on Saturday with an 8 a.m. battle, defeating KT Prep Greatness 25-12. Thirty minutes later, TMF downed SOCAL Playmakers 26-13. At 9 a.m., TMF met […]


Kaeo Drummondo will be defensive coordinator at Kamehameha after stepping down as Hilo head football coach

By Paul Honda on February 27, 2020

The voyage for this Viking ship will have a new coach at the helm. Kaeo Drummondo has stepped down as Hilo football coach. Drummondo guided the Vikings five BIIF titles in five seasons, plus Division I state championships in 2017 and ’19. They were 48-10 (.828) under his watch. He had reportedly considered leaving two years ago to become an assistant coach at the junior college level. The timing was right at this moment. “This was definitely not a decision […]

Kapolei will become first Oahu school to play a football game in Texas

By Nick Abramo on February 26, 2020

The Kapolei football team will play a high school team from Texas this fall, according to Hurricanes coach Darren Hernandez. Kapolei will visit Fort Worth, Texas, for a Sept. 4 game against Nolan Catholic, marking the first time a football school from Oahu will play a team from Texas. “We travel every two years,” Hernandez said. “Initially, it was going to possibly be a trip to Boston or Washington, D.C. To me it’s about education, not just football. A lot […]

Darnell Arceneaux returns to Hawaii enjoying new job as Waialua athletic director

By Paul Honda on February 19, 2020

Even as he wowed the football and basketball world in Hawaii high school sports, Darnell Arceneaux had an underdog’s mentality. The work never ended as he became an elite quarterback and hoopster at Saint Louis, then a standout QB at Utah. Along the way, he coached Saint Louis to a football state crown and chased his dreams. But again, that sense of climbing to keep up stayed with him. No more. Waialua hired Arceneaux as its athletic director and his […]

Ron Lee discusses his new role as head football coach at Saint Louis

By Paul Honda on February 18, 2020

The Lee brothers are changing roles at Saint Louis School. Longtime Crusaders head football coach Cal Lee is moving to defensive coordinator for the upcoming season. His brother, Ron Lee, will become head coach, up from offensive coordinator. The two have long been a major part of the success of the Saint Louis program, beginning in the early 1980s. “Cal wanted to give it up. He wanted more free time,” Ron Lee said via cellphone Tuesday morning. “There’s a lot […]

Kalaheo announces football coach Darrell Poole has retired

By Billy Hull on February 3, 2020

Kalaheo High School is accepting applications for its head football coaching position after announcing that Darrell Poole has retired after eight seasons in charge of the Mustangs program. “Darrell Poole has retired from coaching football at Kalaheo after 7 years as the Head Varsity Football Coach and many years being part of the Mustang Ohana,” the school said in a press release. “Kalaheo would like to thank Coach Poole for all his years of service to our student athletes.” Poole […]