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GLORY DAYS: Coach Savai’i Eselu and the 2019 Moanalua Na Menehune

By Nick Abramo on July 10, 2019

15TH 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 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 more light on them […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: Moanalua Na Menehune

By Jerry Campany on October 23, 2018

What was shaping up to be the greatest season ever for Moanalua Na Menehune came to a crashing halt against Castle on Saturday night, but the performances will make sure this team is remembered for a long time. Na Menehune went undefeated through the regular season and finished with eight wins, more than any since Arnold Martinez took the squad to a 10-2 season in 2009 in Division II. The team was dramatically improved on both sides of the ball, […]

VIDEO: Castle shocks No. 7 Moanalua in OIA D-I semifinal

By Paul Honda on October 21, 2018

The contrast in styles led to an incredible turnaround by the Castle Knights. After falling to Moanalua 40-36 in a game in August, the Knights revised their game plan, went to a smashmouth offensive attack and stymied Moanalua’s pass-heavy blueprint for a 28-14 upset win in the OIA Division I semifinals at John Kauinana Stadium. Senituli Punivai rushed for 231 yards and two TDs as Castle (5-6) advanced to the title game on Friday at Aloha Stadium against Waipahu.

Castle shows Hao to beat No. 7 Moanalua

By Nick Abramo on October 21, 2018

Castle’s game plan was evident from the first moments of Saturday night’s 28-14 upset of No. 7 Moanalua in the OIA Division I semifinals. They made it clear they were going to be coming straight at Na Menehune, trying to make it a game of power instead of the finesse that Moanalua has been winning with. It worked brilliantly. Moanalua fumbled the opening kickoff and the Knights’ Justice Ching was on it like a fly on food. That led to […]

GAME NIGHT 10/20: Castle/Moanalua

By Nick Abramo on October 20, 2018

Castle 28, No. 7 Moanalua 14, Final Kealohi snakes away from pass rushers, but is sacked for a loss of nearly 30 yards. He isn’t giving up. He zig-zags for a zany pickup of about 30 yards. Next play, Moanalua OL is injured with :11 left. Turnover on downs, Castle ball. Castle takes a knee and the upset of the night is official. Kealohi rolls right, throws a lateral to lineman Noah Enrico, but before big 50 can make a […]

Moanalua’s Tupu Alualu selected to Polynesian Bowl

By Billy Hull on October 18, 2018

Moanalua defensive tackle Tupu Alualu has parlayed a fantastic senior season into a spot in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound senior was named a Polynesian Bowl All Star today after leading Na Menehune to an undefeated regular season and the No. 1 seed in the OIA playoffs entering Saturday’s game against Castle. Moanalua has the best defense in the OIA in D-I, allowing 12.9 points per game. Over their last six games, Na Menehune is allowing just 6.8 […]

Moanalua takes No. 7 ranking into OIA playoffs

By Billy Hull on October 15, 2018

Undefeated OIA Division I regular-season champion Moanalua moves past Kamehameha to No. 7 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released today. Na Menehune (8-0 overall) are averaging 36.7 points per game while allowing just 12.9 entering Saturday’s OIA semifinal game against Castle at John Kauinana Stadium. Moanalua quarterback Nick Au celebrated senior day on Saturday with a career-high seven touchdown passes and moved into second place on Oahu in passing yards behind Mililani’s Dillon Gabriel. The No. 7 […]

Rock-star QB has Na Menehune reaching new heights

By Nick Abramo on October 13, 2018

Around these parts in the ‘burbs, Nick Au is like a rock star. The Moanalua quarterback was mobbed by friends, family and fans during the team’s postgame celebration for seniors after throwing seven touchdown passes in three quarters of Saturday’s 56-6 home victory over Nanakuli that finished Na Menehune’s regular season with an undefeated (8-0, 7-0 OIA D-I) record. The playoffs are looming and the school is preparing for the possibility of hitting new heights. Moanalua has never won an […]