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Kamehameha football coach Abu Ma‘afala grateful for new ILH season

By Paul Honda on August 19, 2021

With the start of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu football season nearing, Kamehameha coach Abu Ma‘afala can see the light. The ILH football schedule begins on Aug. 27 with three games. One of them pits old rivals Kamehameha and Punahou at Aloha Stadium. “I just thank God we’re playing football next Friday,” Ma‘afala said. A week later, Kamehameha’s ‘B’ squad, or I-AA team, will meet “Iolani, also at Aloha Stadium. Two teams, one program. The announcement of the ILH’s schedule […]

Tausili Akana adds Michigan, SDSU, Pitt to list of offers

By Paul Honda on June 11, 2021

That’s where the road has led Tausili Akana, currently on his way to Nebraska this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker is rated No. 1 at his position in the class of 2023, and his barnstorming tour is like none other for Hawaii football players. The former Kamehameha student-athlete began the week at Ohio State and Michigan. He met up with former Saint Louis all-state wide receiver Roman Wilson in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines offered Akana a scholarship. Then […]

Newest addition to Tausili Akana’s offer list: The Ohio State University

By Paul Honda on June 9, 2021

The amazing barnstorming tour of Tausili Akana just got more incredible. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore (class of 2023) emerged from an unofficial visit at Ohio State with a scholarship offer. Akana visited the Buckeyes and participated in a camp on Tuesday, then announced the offer early Wednesday morning. The former Kamehameha and Wasatch (Utah) football player has no time to celebrate. He is in the midst of what is likely an unprecedented itinerary for a Hawaii high school student-athlete. Today, […]

Texas triangle, LSU open Tausili Akana’s barnstorming tour

By Paul Honda on June 7, 2021

The June itinerary of Tausili Akana is like none other. It is, for a football devotee, better than Disneyland. Whether they are camps, unofficial visits or both, the former Kamehameha and Wasatch (Utah) student-athlete is on a journey experienced by few, if any, sophomores from Hawaii. Tuesday, June 1: Hawaii Thursday, June 3: Texas Friday, June 4: TCU Saturday, June 5: Texas A&M Sunday, June 6: LSU Tuesday, June 8: Ohio State Wednesday, June 9: Michigan Thursday, June 10: Notre […]

Tausili Akana reels in 20th offer, No. 1 OLB rating in nation

By Paul Honda on June 3, 2021

Tausili Akana keeps working and the opportunities keep growing. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore received his 20th scholarship offer recently. Mississippi State is the third SEC school to make an offer to the current Kahuku student. Ole Miss offered on Mar. 3 and LSU opened a door on Apr. 29. “Of course, the conference is one of the best in the country. That conference is filled with talented athletes and it is very competitive football. Past Kahuku basketball player Tolu Smith […]

Rivalry and respect: Kamehameha, Saint Louis complete football exhibitions

By Paul Honda on May 7, 2021

The email arrived on Thursday. Richard and Makanani Rivera suddenly had a change of plans for Thursday night. Instead of watching the online stream of their son Kama’s last high school football experience, they were allowed into Kunuiakea Stadium to witness it live. Saint Louis and Kamehameha in a gritty, old-fashioned scrimmage. “It’s about time,” Richard Rivera said before laughing. “We just found out we could watch today,” Makanani Rivera said. “Oh yeah, we were happy,” Richard Rivera said. “It […]

LSU, UW, Wisconsin the latest to offer scholarships to Tausili Akana

By Paul Honda on April 29, 2021

Washington, LSU, Wisconsin and the list keeps growing for Tausili Akana. Akana hasn’t played a down of football on island turf since the fall of 2019 as a freshman at Kamehameha. But LSU and Washington have kept a close watch on the 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore. Washington offered last Friday. “There are a good number of Polynesian athletes from Hawaii. I got to speak with some of them. They are doing well and loving their experience. These are guys I look […]

Punahou, Kamehameha turn down chance to play at Aloha Stadium, TV coverage

By Paul Honda on April 8, 2021

For safety’s sake, Wendell Look wanted to see exhibition football games between private schools played at Aloha Stadium. Following a cancelled football year in Hawaii, it would have been nostalgic. Memorable. Epic, maybe. Instead, the ‘Iolani co-Athletic Director saw his intricately assembled plan come to a halt. Of all the plans laid out by the ILH’s football coordinator since last summer, this one wasn’t dependent on entities outside the private-school league. It wasn’t even at the mercy of the league, […]