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CLOSING THE BOOK: ‘Iolani Raiders

By Jerry Campany on November 13, 2018

The ‘Iolani Raiders made it to the state tournament only to lose by a single point to Waipahu. It’s the second time an ‘Iolani team has had to board the bus wondering where they could have squeezed out one more point in a state tournament game. ‘Iolani’s Wendell Look joined Saint Louis’ Cal Lee as the only coaches to lose multiple games by a single point in the state tournament. Despite that, the Raiders can still look back and consider […]

‘Iolani finishes just short of state title dream

By Nick Abramo on November 10, 2018

If you saw how intensely the ‘Iolani Raiders were competing on Friday night, you understand the full meaning of the following quote after the team’s 20-19 loss to Waipahu. “They wanted it more,” ‘Iolani receiver Carter Kamana said. “Two great teams making it this far. What it means is they proved they just wanted it. They had that hunger to come back at us after we beat them (55-14 at ‘Iolani on Aug. 11).” Basically, it was two teams hammering […]

Waipahu edges ‘Iolani in battle of defensive chess

By Paul Honda on November 9, 2018

Two outstanding defensive units had to meet on Friday night. Waipahu’s defense never gave up, and the Marauder offense rallied as the OIA Division I champions advanced past ‘Iolani 20-19 I the semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I State Championships seemed ‘Iolani’s defense practically shut down most of its ILH and OIA foes — and limited Oregon 6A defending champion Clakamas to seven points. For one half, the Raiders were large and in charge on Friday night. Well, […]


VIDEO: No. 7 ‘Iolani at No. 10 Waipahu (HHSAA D-I semifinal)

By Paul Honda on November 9, 2018

It’s showdown time, a rematch between ILH Division I representative ‘Iolani and OIA D-I champion Waipahu. ‘Iolani won the preseason matchup 55-14 at Eddie Hamada Field. This game is a semifinal in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Waipahu’s Masa Yonamine Athletic Complex. Highlights will be loaded to this page during the game. See the LIVE BLOG by Nick Abramo HERE.

GAME NIGHT 11/9: ‘Iolani/Waipahu

By Nick Abramo on November 9, 2018

No. 10 Waipahu 20, No. 7 ‘Iolani 19,final 10:22: Game over. 10:21: One more knee by Marques and the it’s going to be over. 30 more seconds. 10:20: Waipahu running out the clock. 1:25 left and running. They took two knees already and will line up for another. 10:18: On fourth and 10 from the 40, Chong’s pass falls incomplete. 2:50 to go. Waipahu ball at the ‘Iolani 41. 10:15: Chong’s pass to Kaneshiro goes for 16 yards to the […]

Q&A: ‘Iolani’s Wendell Look on D-I state semifinal

By Paul Honda on November 8, 2018

The seventh-ranked ‘Iolani Raiders (8-2) are no strangers to state-tournament football. Waipahu? The pendulum has swung back up in recent seasons. The two teams square off on Friday at Waipahu’s Masa Yonamine Athletic Complex in a rematch of a week-2 battle. That game was dominated at ‘Iolani, 55-14, but Raiders coach Wendell Look says the circumstances and environment are much different this time. Winning a semifinal game on another team’s home turf in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships […]

Did you hear? Say and Look go head to head

By Nick Abramo on October 14, 2018

There’s something endearing about the two coaching Wendells in Hawaii high school football. They’ve been around for a long while and are among the most respected guys in the coaching fraternity here. Their teams hardly ever play against each other, but they did Friday night. We’re talking about Wendell Look of ‘Iolani and Wendell Say of Aiea, who took their teams out onto Na Alii’s rainy, puddled field for a regular-season finale. And, despite the 30-3 final score, it was […]

GAME NIGHT 10/12: ‘Iolani/Aiea

By Nick Abramo on October 12, 2018

No. 10 ‘Iolani 30, Aiea 3, final 10:37: Game over. 10:36: ‘Iolani is at its 45 with 33 seconds left. 10:29: Kyler Mento intercepts a pass for ‘Iolani. 3:11 to go in game. 10:22: Kaneshiro catches a 5-yard TD pass from Chong. Makekau kicks the extra point. ‘IOLANI 30, AIEA 3, 6:01 left in game. 10:17: ‘Iolani is driving on the running of Jake Lee. The Raiers are at the Aiea 5. 10:12: Micah Shikada intercepts a Castillo pass. It’s […]