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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 […]

Moanalua’s Rashod Tanner to play in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

By Nick Abramo on December 14, 2019

Moanalua senior defensive back Rashod Tanner will play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, according to Sean Ceglinsky, the game’s chief operations officer. The 5-foot-9 Tanner was part of a Na Menehune team that finished 10-2 and won the OIA Division I championship this fall. Moanalua, however, dropped a 35-9 decision to ‘Iolani in the first round of the D-I state tournament. The bowl game will be held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium — the home of the Atlanta Falcons — on […]

GAME NIGHT 11/23: ‘Iolani/Moanalua

By Kyle Sakamoto on November 23, 2019

No. 9 ‘Iolani 35, No. 7 Moanalua 9 (final)———- Iolani won the coin toss and elected to defer. First Quarter Moanalua goes 3-and-out and punts. Iolani ball at its 49. Iolani scores on a 50-yard pass from Jonah Chong to Cole Ichikawa. Wailoa Manuel makes the PAT. Iolani 7, Moanalua 0. Moanalua goes 3-and-out again and punts. Iolani ball at it 42. Iolani goes 3-and-out and punts. Moanalua ball at its 32. Moanalua’s RJ Javar is intercepted by Stirling Sakashita […]

Moanalua’s RJ Javar (concussion) will start against ‘Iolani

By Nick Abramo on November 19, 2019

Moanalua quarterback RJ Javar is back in the saddle. After being hit and suffering a concussion in the OIA Division I championship game on Oct. 26, Javar has been slowly working his way back on the field under the watchful eyes of Na Menehune’s trainers. “He’s all set, all clear,” Moanalua coach Savaii Eselu said Tuesday. “Business as usual.” Javar scored a touchdown in that OIA title game and was hit on a helmet-to-helmet blow as he crossed the goal […]

VIDEO: Coaches spent mini-break on date nights, family time

By Paul Honda on November 11, 2019

The short break between the league playoffs and the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships gave coaches and players a bit of down time. Darren Johnson (Campbell), Sterling Carvalho (Kahuku), Savaii Eselu (Moanalua), Mark Kurisu (Leilehua), Philip Rapozo (Kapaa), Dean Rickard (Lahainaluna), Kaeo Drummondo (Hilo) and Shaun Perry (Kamehameha-Hawaii) responded with a variety of answers.

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