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Vince Nihipali, Ron Lee, Sterling Carvalho, Dean Rickard on status of prep football

By Paul Honda on April 7, 2021

The state of football remains unsettled for Hawaii’s high school players and teams. The lack of activity for football programs and players since the fall of 2019 could mean tough decisions are close at hand for athletes and their families this spring. There could be many more ready to transfer to the mainland to ensure a senior football season. Private-school football programs on Oahu are close to engaging in scrimmages and games on a limited, exhibition basis this spring. Saint […]

Michigan makes offer to Liona Lefau, one of Kahuku’s Sammamish 5

By Paul Honda on March 25, 2021

The history of Polynesians venturing to the Northwest goes back a long way, dating at least back to the fur trade of the 19th century. The migration since includes a new chapter that includes several island players in Washington state, including Kahuku’s Liona Lefau, Zion Ah You, Zealand Matagi, Leonard Ah You and Waika Crawford now at Sammamish High School (Bellevue, Wash.) this spring. Last fall, several Hawaii student-athletes transferred to mainland schools, including a few from Kahuku Sammamish plays […]

USC offers, but question remains: where will Tausili Akana land this fall?

By Paul Honda on March 23, 2021

A part of Tausili Akana wants to stay grounded. As in, grounded in his neighborhood of Hauula. The former Kamehameha student-athlete made a crucial move to Utah last summer, playing his sophomore season at Wasatch High School in Heber City. His stellar play for the 5A semifinalist team netted new offers from UNLV, Oregon State, Utah State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State during the 2020 fall season — while high school fall sports in Hawaii were postponed. In the winter, more […]


Impromptu pickup game at Laie Park sparks Virginia’s offer to Kahuku LB Liona Lefau

By Paul Honda on January 3, 2021

When Liona Lefau left Kahuku Intermediate School after seventh grade, there was no timetable on a return. The lanky athlete attended JSerra Catholic School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., working out in the offseason with Stronghouse Performance — coached by a cousin, Shiloh Te‘o. Two years later, prior to his sophomore year, Lefau returned to the North Shore. Now, he was a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker. After playing in a 7v7 tournament in Nevada last summer, Wisconsin and Utah offered him […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2000: Kahuku finally overcomes Saint Louis for title

By Jerry Campany on December 1, 2020

On this date in 2000, Kahuku finally struck a blow for the OIA against the ILH. Kahuku stunned nationally-ranked Saint Louis 26-0 in front of 14,267 at Aloha Stadium to win the second state championship. The Red Raiders lost to the Crusaders in the final the previous year and five previous Prep Bowl contests. it was the first time the public school league won a Prep Bowl or state championship since Leilehua beat Saint Louis in 1984. The leagues split […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1982: Sekeli Wily paves way to Kahuku title

By Jerry Campany on November 12, 2020

On this date in 1982, Lakei Heimuli shrugged off a hamstring injury and Kahuku beat Farrington 7-0 to win the OIA East title in front of 11,229 wet fans at Aloha Stadium. Red Raiders coach Clarence Lavarias told the media before the game that linebacker Sekeli Wily would be moving to the offense. He kept his word, but Heimuli still received the bulk of the carries. Wily served as the lead blocker and made all of the difference. Kahuku quarterback […]

Kahuku junior Seau Maiava racks up 16 sacks at PTP Showcase

By Paul Honda on November 2, 2020

Seau Maiava is a company man. The speedy outside linebacker from Kahuku took the field in St. George, Utah, for his Highlight-Hawaii Silver team on Friday as 11v11 scrimmages began. Three games later, the 6-foot, 200-pound senior had accumulated 16 sacks — as a defensive end on the strong side. Maiava’s performance earned co-MVP honors as a DE in the PTP Sports National Showcase on Saturday. He and fellow Highlight-Hawaii D-end Tevarua Tafiti were among the three defensive ends honored. […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Kahuku completes unblemished regular season

By Jerry Campany on October 27, 2020

On this date in 2001, Mulivai Pula opened the second half with an 80-yard touchdown run and No. 1 Kahuku beat Waianae 21-6 to complete an unbeaten regular season. The Red Raiders, who were ranked No. 18 in the nation, kept the game-plan simple in the driving rain. Pula finished with 111 yards on nine carries. It was Kahuku’s lowest point total of the season. Kahuku went on to share the OIA title with Kailua and won the state championship […]