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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 […]

New Moanalua hire Vince Nihipali raring to go in first head coaching gig

By Nick Abramo on March 10, 2020

Vince Nihipali didn’t see a ton of Moanalua football last year, but what he saw impressed him. Nihipali, 47, will get a much closer look at Na Mehehune now that he is their new head football coach. “It’s pretty big for me,” Nihipali, who was a defensive coordinator for Mililani and Campbell, said by cellphone Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve coached all these years, basically doing defense. I did it for so long, I always wondered if I could go out and […]

Moanalua hires Vince Nihipali as football head coach

By Nick Abramo on March 10, 2020

Vince Nihipali is the new Moanalua football head coach, Na Menehune athletic director Joel Kawachi said Tuesday. >> CLICK HERE FOR OUR UPDATED STORY WITH COMMENTS FROM NIHIPALI Nihipali was Mililani’s defensive coordinator under Rod York for three seasons and was a defensive coordinator for Campbell before that. Nihipali takes over for the outgoing Savaii Eselu, who was hired as the tight ends coach at San Diego State. Moanalua went 10-2 last season and won its first OIA Division I […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Moanalua Na Menehune

By Jerry Campany on December 27, 2019

TEAM RECORD >> 10-2 overall, 6-0 OIA Division I HEAD COACH >> Savai’i Eselu is 27-16 in four seasons with Na Menehune KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> OL MJ Javar, 5-8, 215, Jr.; OL/DL Maugaoutufao Tauiliili, 6-0, 240, So.; LB/DL Rodley Nelson Jr., 5-8, 190, Jr.; DB Gabriel Suka, 5-10, 145, Jr. MOANALUA THROUGH THE YEARS: 1973-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2001 Aiea Siavii Eselu‘s Moanalua crew doesn’t lose much, but when it does it is a heartbreaker. The 2019 OIA champion […]