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VIDEO: OIA D-II co-leader Pearl City edges Kaiser, 27-21

By Paul Honda on September 17, 2022

For more than three quarters, Pearl City had control. Then, the Kaiser Cougars roared back, scoring two touchdowns in the final six minutes. Pearl City’s defensive stop on the final play of the game — on a potential touchdown reception by Donovan Reis (11 receptions, 171 yards, two TDs) preserved a 27-21 win at Kaiser Stadium. Pearl City (5-1 overall, 4-0 league) remained in first place in the OIA Division II standings, sharing the lead with Nanakuli. Kaiser dropped to […]

Kahuku DC Sola Soliai recalls excellent adventures with late Matt Faga

By Paul Honda on August 10, 2021

The first time Sola Soliai met Matt Faga, it was two alpha dogs sizing each other up. Soliai was an assistant at Kaimuki back in 2007. Kaimuki was in the process of searching for an additional defensive line coach. “Practice starts. We’re running a drill with the D-line. Here comes this huge guy from the parking lot wearing a red shirt. I’m telling the D-line something, Matt walks on the field with his mad dog face, and I’m who the […]

Former Kaimuki Bulldog recalls transformation from player to coach under late Matt Faga

By Paul Honda on August 8, 2021

It took no time for Matt Faga to walk from the highest level of the game back to his roots. Faga died on Saturday at 39, a victim of COVID-19 complications. The football community, from Kaimuki to Kaiser to Kahuku, remains in disbelief. He was an assistant coach at Kahuku under head coach Sterling Carvalho and defensive coordinator Sola Soliai, mentoring and guiding young players with the Rebel Squad in the offseason. The former Kaimuki and Hawaii standout defensive tackle […]

Kaiser kicker Kyler Halvorsen commits to Washington State

By Paul Honda on March 30, 2021

Patience is a way of life for placekickers. That same trait came in handy during the recruiting process for Kaiser senior Kyler Halvorsen. Roughly a dozen D-I programs showed interest in the strong-footed two-sport athlete, but Halvorsen committed to Washington State on Tuesday afternoon. Cal, Hawaii and several more programs, including Wake Forest, had flirted with Halvorsen, but didn’t make quite the same opportunity available. He will be a preferred walk-on (PWO) as a freshman, with a chance to earn […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: Kaiser comes back to tie Waipahu

By Jerry Campany on October 20, 2020

Showing up late is better than not showing up at all. On this date in 2006, Kaiser scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to tie Waipahu 13-all to send both sides home happy for Waipahu’s homecoming. Isaac Saffery scored the tying touchdown with 1:07 remaining but Waipahu’s Neil Paguyo blocked Kyle Niiro‘s attempt at the extra point. Skyler Chan hit Kalua Noa from 18 yards left for Kaiser’s first score on a drive that featured […]

ON THIS DATE (1996): Kaiser’s Grant Sato turns it on just in time

By Jerry Campany on October 4, 2020

On this date in 1996, Kaiser quarterback Grant Sato woke up from a nightmare just in time to save the Cougars from a certain loss. Kaiser beat Radford 10-6 to take first place in the OIA Blue. Sato was an anemic 3-for-34 for just 60 yards against Radford’s stout defense when he decided to try to do something with his feet. Sato ran seven yards on fourth down, even hurdling a defender, to score the telling touchdown late in the […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Kaiser Cougars

By Jerry Campany on November 1, 2019

2019 TEAM RECORD >> 9-2 overall, 7-1 OIA Division II HEAD COACH >> Tim Seaman is 31-35-3 in six seasons overall as a head coach and 13-6-1 in his latest stint as Cougars coach. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> QB Easton Yoshino, 5-10, 145, Fr.; WR Kamakana Mahiko, 5-10, 140, So.; RB/LB Cavin Lime, 6-1, 180, Jr.; WR Mason Yoshino, 5-8, 150, Jr.; K Kyler Halvorsen, 5-11, 160, Jr. KAISER THROUGH THE YEARS: 1972-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 1997 Kamehameha Tim Seaman […]

GAME NIGHT 10/19: Kaimuki/Kaiser

By Paul Honda on October 19, 2019

Kaimuki 33, Kaiser 17, Final BOX SCORE At Ted Fukushima Athletic Complex Kaimuki (9-2) 7 10 10 6 — 33 Kaiser (9-2) 3 7 7 0 — 17 KAIS—Kekoa Halvorsen FG 32 KAIM—Sione Taufa 37 pass from Jayden Maiava (Kurt Kawamoto kick) KAIM—Kawamoto FG 35 KAIS—Dre Falls 89 pass from Brock Perreira (Halvorsen kick) KAIM—Kobe Moananu 13 pass from Maiava (Kawamoto kick) KAIM—Kawamoto FG 24 KAIM—Moananu 30 pass from Maiava (Kawamoto kick) KAIS—Mason Yoshino 4 pass from Perreira (Halvorsen kick) […]