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Kahuku’s Tiger Adolpho, Alan Talanoa thriving in Idaho, Utah

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2020

The list of exports from Hawaii to the mainland has grown. In addition to a small number of high school football players suiting up in Utah, a few more made their debuts over the weekend. Among them was Kahuku quarterback Tiger Adolpho, who started for defending Idaho 5A state champion Rigby in a 51-0 win over Box Elder. Adolpho, a junior, made the move long before Hawaii’s football season was in jeopardy. On Aug. 5, the HHSAA postponed football, cross […]

Ed McCaffrey, N. Colorado make offer to Kahuku’s Zealand Matagi

By Paul Honda on August 16, 2020

Zealand Matagi has spent this highly irregular offseason getting leaner and stronger. As a Star-Advertiser All-State running back in 2019, Matagi suited up at 195 pounds on his 5-foot-10 inch frame. Since then, he has worked endlessly, running the beach, hitting the weights. Getting faster. Now at 190, the senior has the attention of Northern Colorado, which recently offered Matagi a scholarship. “They take me in as one of their own,” Matagi said of UNC coach Ed McCaffrey and staff. […]

Kahuku all-state RB Zealand Matagi decides against transfer to Utah

By Paul Honda on August 14, 2020

Depending on who knows who, there was or was not discussion within the Oahu Interscholastic Association about the most current issue: Would student-athletes be permitted to play one sport in two separate seasons and states in the coming academic year? That was a question for Kahuku running back Zealand Matagi, who had his eyes on Utah powerhouse Skyridge. Former Kamehameha quarterback Kia‘i Keone transferred there in late July and is on the roster. Matagi, a Star-Advertiser All-State selection, decided to […]

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 […]