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This season marks 75 years of Kaimuki football

By Billy Hull on July 16, 2019

From blue and white to green and yellow, a lot has changed as Kaimuki celebrates 75 years of Bulldogs football. Kaimuki took the field at Honolulu Stadium for its first game on Sept. 29, 1944, and played defending ILH champion Roosevelt to a scoreless tie. More than 12,000 fans witnessed the Bulldogs’ varsity debut under head coach Peter Kim, who is one of 18 head football coaches in school history. As part of our continued effort to provide a database […]

GLORY DAYS: Coach David Tautofi and the 2019 Kaimuki Bulldogs

By Nick Abramo on June 24, 2019

FOURTH IN A SERIES This summer, head coaches from all 28 Oahu high school varsity football teams are being asked to recount their football playing days. One coach who has already been interviewed for this multi-part series pointed out what he thinks may be the value of this endeavor: “A lot of times, you only hear about coaches when they’re getting released or are having a special season. It’s super hard to have a special season, so this should shed […]

Q&A: Kaimuki coach David Tautofi on the state of Bulldogs football

By Paul Honda on March 30, 2019

Here, in view of Diamond Crater, is some breathing room for the Kaimuki Bulldogs. 
 Playing with as few as 23 players in the 2018 season, Kaimuki managed to qualify for the state football tournament. The Bulldogs won at Kamehameha-Hawaii, then lost in a close battle against Kapaa at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. Their All-State two-way lineman, Sama Paama, suffered a knee injury on Kaimuki’s final offensive play. 
 Had Kaimuki won that Division II semifinal, there would’ve been a title […]


Kaimuki’s Sama Paama to enroll early after signing with UW

By Paul Honda on December 19, 2018

Like most everything in the life of young Sama Paama, there was no doubt. The Kaimuki senior signed his letter of intent this morning to accept a football scholarship from Washington. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound lineman is being recruited by the Huskies on defense. Paama played his career as a two-way trench man, and part-time kicker as Kaimuki reached the Division II state semifinals. Paama, who was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team on Sunday, committed to the Huskies […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Kaimuki Bulldogs

By Jerry Campany on November 22, 2018

It’s time to start considering whether David Tautofi is the best coach the Kaimuki Bulldogs have ever had. After his fourth season, Tautofi is the only coach to put four winning seasons together and has compiled a 27-16 record to nuzzle up against Lowell Cambra (36-37-1) as the second-winningest coach in Kaimuki history. Tautofi took it to the next level this year, winning 10 games for the first time since Clint Onigama‘s squad won 12 in 2010. Tautofi’s boys actually […]

VIDEO: Kapaa outduels Kaimuki to reach D-II final

By Paul Honda on November 18, 2018

Points and big plays were tough to come by when Kaimuki visited KIF champion Kapaa on Saturday. In the end, Stetson Telles-Kelekoma came up with an interception with 6.7 seconds left to preserve Kapaa’s 20-12 victory at Vidinha Stadium.

No structural damage to Paama’s knee

By Paul Honda on November 18, 2018

An X-ray revealed no structural damage to the injured knee of Kaimuki lineman Sama Paama, Bulldogs coach David Tautofi said on Sunday morning. “He’s doing OK. Thank God the X-ray was good,” Tautofi said of Paama, who was able to board the Bulldogs’ 11 p.m. flight back to Oahu from Lihue on Saturday. Kaimuki lost to KIF champion Kapaa on Saturday afternoon, 20-12, in the Division II semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships. Paama, who had five […]

Kaimuki’s ironmen fall in final minute at Kapaa

By Paul Honda on November 17, 2018

LIHUE >> Some interesting historical tidbits courtesy of the Bonecrusher, Billy Hull. >> This was the 11th state tournament appearance for Kaimuki. The Bulldogs have played at eight different venues. Woh. >> Since 1953, Kaimuki and Kapaa met twice. On Sept. 20, 1963, Kaimuki won 26-0 at Isenberg Field. On Sept. 2, 1972, Kaimuki won 28-0 at Honolulu Stadium. Two games and no points scored by the Warriors against the Bulldogs. That changed Saturday afternoon as KIF champion Kapaa ended […]