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Kahuku standout Zion Ah You resists temptation to transfer, stays home

By Paul Honda on August 12, 2020

In the end, Zion Ah You wouldn’t surrender his chance for one last season as a Kahuku Red Raider. The Star-Advertiser All-State defensive lineman could have taken a route to Utah this fall while Hawaii high school football goes dormant. Utah powerhouse Orem, which won the 5A state title last year, is home to some of Ah You’s relatives. The Tigers have won three state crowns in a row, but he thought better of it. “No way. Only if they […]

Utah first to offer scholarship to Kahuku sophomore Brock Fonoimoana

By Paul Honda on July 28, 2020

Last November, the junior varsity football season came to a close for Brock Fonoimoana, who was named Kahuku JV’s most valuable player on defense. He was a force to be reckoned with, even at a lean 5 feet, 10 inches and 150 pounds. Then came an additional 20 pounds through constant training and intake, and a timely growth spurt of 3 inches. Now 6-1 and 170 pounds, the sophomore-to-be has worked out at his home relentlessly, five days per week, […]

Wisconsin, Utah hope to land Kahuku sophomore LB Liona Lefau

By Paul Honda on July 22, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown didn’t stop Liona Lefau from grinding. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore-to-be kept working on and off the field, and the results are rewarding. Wisconsin offered a football scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker. This makes two offers; Utah made an offer to the sophomore-to-be last week while he and his Team Rager Wear 7v7 team travelled through Utah and Nevada. The Wisconsin offer came with plenty of solid vetting by Badgers assistant coach Inoke Breckterfield. Lefau’s father, Pesa, […]


Red Raiders or Raiders: A legacy worth keeping or evolving?

By Paul Honda on July 20, 2020

The debate continues for the passionate and compassionate fans of the Kahuku Red Raiders. Monday’s story in the Star-Advertiser about the ongoing petitions for and against the nickname included interviews with three prominent voices in the discussion. Generational, familial ties to the school are deeply rooted. Tanoai Reed played for Kahuku, as did his father and son. Kahuku graduate and Kamehameha high school teacher Norm “T-Man” Thompson also played for the Red Raiders, but has changed his perspective over time. […]

Kahuku freshman Chansen Garcia lands offer from Navy

By Paul Honda on July 18, 2020

Chansen Garcia never thought about Annapolis before. Now, the Kahuku sophomore-to-be has a football scholarship offer from Navy. “(Navy) Coach Ken (Niumatalolo) saw my video. They called Coach Sterling (Carvalho), and he called my dad. It was shocking,” Garcia said. “My dad told my mom (Urnel). I thought they were joking with me at first. She was breaking down, so I was breaking down. It brought us to tears.” No mainland combines or camps. No varsity game video, though he […]

Big ‘Red’ Debate from Pennsylvania to Kahuku

By Paul Honda on July 10, 2020

(Update: Bellefonte High School in Pennsylvania is still debating on a possible name change.) In Pennsylvania, a high school may cease being the Red Raiders. In Lubbock, Texas, a prominent university thrives as Red Raiders. What’s the difference? Possibly, community support. Since the beginning of American democracy, communities create the standards and often times, laws are created to reflect those values, for better or worse. At Kahuku, where “Red Raiders” as an identity has been set in stone since 1950, […]

Petition to change Kahuku nickname draws supporters, opponents

By Paul Honda on July 8, 2020

(Note: The counter petition was started by Fatu Te‘o-Tafiti and has been updated as of July 9, 9 a.m.) A petition drive is underway to change the nickname of Kahuku High School. The school has been “Red Raiders” for decades after receiving much-needed uniforms from ‘Iolani generations ago. While ‘Iolani later dropped “Red” from its nickname two decades ago, Kahuku has thrived in athletics and has a rich tradition, particularly in football. The online petition has 478 signatures as of […]

Former Kahuku QB Sol-Jay Maiava returns home for the Polynesian Bowl

By Nick Abramo on January 15, 2020

Former Kahuku star quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava is back in town. On Thursday, the dual-threat QB was with his Team Mauka teammates practicing for Saturday’s fourth-annual Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium. It will be his last high school game, and it won’t be long before he is suiting up for BYU. “It was probably the best decision I’ve made in my life,” Maiava said at Thursday’s practice at the stadium about his choice to transfer to St. John’s College High School […]

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