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Kainoa Carvalho on Bosco: ‘They’re the top dog in the game’

By Paul Honda on May 24, 2022

Kahuku. St. John Bosco. Sept. 17. Most travel years, Kahuku ventures to Utah for exhibition clashes. This time, the defending Open Division state champions will head to Bellflower, Calif., where the perennial national-title contending Braves of St. John Bosco will be waiting. Coach Sterling Carvalho’s program won its first state title since 2015 last year, relying substantially on a strong junior class. Linebackers Liona Lefau and Leonard Ah You will return, as well as wide receiver Kainoa Carvalho. Without a […]

Kekahi Graham returns, but Saint Louis loses 3 key players

By Paul Honda on May 22, 2022

Here today, gone tomorrow. Just like that, the Saint Louis’ losses are the OIA’s gains. Freshman quarterback phenom Jaron Keawe Sagapolutele is transferring from Saint Louis to Campbell. One of his big-play targets, sophomore wide receiver Kache Kaio, is en route to Kahuku. Another stellar contributor, 6-foot-2, 358-pound offensive lineman Iapani “Poncho” Laloulu, has left Saint Louis and is returning to Farrington for his upcoming senior year. Laloulu cracked the rotation last year despite the presence and talent of 12 […]

Run is not done: Rebel Squad of Kahuku defends Mecca, Level Up titles

By Paul Honda on May 3, 2022

This is the bridge that crossed over any remaining barriers for Kahuku football. The bridge remains open. Rebel Squad captured three more Pylon football titles this spring, including Mecca 2, extending a massive win streak dating back to the spring of 2021. The team defended its Hawaii National Guard tournament title, flew up to Utah to defend its Level Up crown, then arrived at Mecca 2 (Mesquite, Ariz.) prepared to another defense. Rebel Squad arrived with a full roster, including […]


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. […]

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 […]