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A miraculous comeback for Moanalua in 27-21 win over Roosevelt

By Paul Honda on November 27, 2021

Keenan McCaddy has never been in a high school championship game. He looked ready for the part on Friday night, hauling in a 36-yard pass on fourth-and-22 to keep the potential game-winning drive alive. On the next snap, the 6-foot-4 two-way playmaker came through with a 56-yard touchdown, the fourth scoring strike of the night for quarterback Taylor Malloe. Just like that, 27 unanswered points by Moanalua in a wild 27-21 win over Roosevelt. “Coach (Vince Nihipali) is proud of […]

OIA D-I chase in hands of frontrunners Moanalua, Aiea, Waipahu

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2021

Boil it down and the puzzle of OIA Division I football playoff possibilities is still a Rubik’s Cube of wonder. For one-loss teams Moanalua, Waipahu and Aiea, earning one of the two playoff spots — the only playoff game is a championship matchup — is a matter of seizing the day. “Win and we’re in,” Na Menehune coach Vince Nihipali said of the title game. “We control our own destiny, and these kids have that golden opportunity to close this […]

Kahuku vs. Kamehameha, Damien vs. Moanalua exhibition games set

By Paul Honda on September 29, 2021

The most unusual season in Hawaii prep football got even more interesting with Kahuku and Kamehameha set to square off in an exhibition game on Oct. 9 at Skippa Diaz Stadium. Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho confirmed the matchup. “We’re just happy to be playing,” Carvalho said.   “This is big for us,” Kahuku linebacker Liona Lefau added. “We’re excited and ready to play under the lights! We have a solid team this year with a tight bond, so it’s going to be fun.” OIA powerhouse Kahuku has […]

Alaka‘i Yuen’s long road to Fresno State

By Paul Honda on June 28, 2021

The hunger is always there for Alaka‘i Yuen. As a 10-year-old, he spent many of his days riding TheBus from one part of Oahu to the other. His love for football was the fuel. His father, Christopher Yuen, remembers it well. “While I’m working, as soon as school was done, he caught the bus from Redemption Academy on Kamakee Street (in Kakaako) to Kailua for practice with the Windward Tigers. Then he walked to Castle hospital, caught the bus back […]

Under the radar no more: Moanalua’s Keenan McCaddy commits to Boise State

By Paul Honda on June 21, 2021

In basketball and football, tall, long ballhawking playmakers are as coveted as ever. Coming to the islands to find these hybrid athletes wasn’t the norm. The arrow, though, is trending up, at least for Boise State. The Mountain West Conference’s dominant football program went 2-for-2 over the weekend, securing commitments from Moanalua’s Keenan McCaddy and Roosevelt’s Kaeo Akana. The latter, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end, already has 16 offers. He made his decision while returning from three unofficial visits, the […]

Vince Nihipali, Ron Lee, Sterling Carvalho, Dean Rickard on status of prep football

By Paul Honda on April 7, 2021

The state of football remains unsettled for Hawaii’s high school players and teams. The lack of activity for football programs and players since the fall of 2019 could mean tough decisions are close at hand for athletes and their families this spring. There could be many more ready to transfer to the mainland to ensure a senior football season. Private-school football programs on Oahu are close to engaging in scrimmages and games on a limited, exhibition basis this spring. Saint […]

Chad Owens Jr. starts petition drive to save prep sports season

By Paul Honda on January 7, 2021

Chad Owens Jr. is optimistic even in the face of certain impossibility. The cancellation of football season has only optimized his motor. “We still have eight weeks until the season should’ve started,” the Moanalua senior quarterback said. “They pulled the trigger too quickly.” When the Owens ohana moved home, Chad Jr. embraced the move 100 percent. The son of former Roosevelt, Hawaii and CFL great Chad Owens Sr. was ready for a new chapter. Even as a senior, having to […]

New Moanalua OC Bryant Moniz ‘anxious’ to get started

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2020

Bryant Moniz has been through all kinds of adversity, but nothing stopped his will. Now he gets back to football at the high school level as the new offensive coordinator at Moanalua. New head coach Vince Nihipali confirmed the hiring on Wednesday. Moniz knows the underdog path well. Growing up in Wahiawa, playing through the Mililani Pop Warner system, becoming an All-State quarterback for Leilehua under then-coach Nolan Tokuda, overcoming injuries to start at Hawaii, then playing four seasons in […]