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Punahou-Kahuku exhibition game has one caveat: Buffanblu must win ILH

By Paul Honda on October 21, 2021

There is one stipulation, if that, for Punahou and Kahuku to battle on the gridiron this season. Punahou would need to win the ILH title. The fifth-ranked Buffanblu (1-3, 1-3 ILH Open) play second-ranked Saint Louis (2-3, 2-2) on Friday in an elimination playoff. The winner would need to beat Kamehameha the following week for the playoff tournament title, then defeat the regular-season winner one more time for the ILH crown. Then, and only then, Punahou would play OIA powerhouse […]

Kahuku to play Punahou on Nov. 20

By Paul Honda on October 1, 2021

That Kahuku football schedule is getting better by the day. The Red Raiders will battle Punahou on Nov. 20, in addition to an Oct. 9 matchup with Kamehameha. The date, according to Punahou coach Nate Kia, is “reserved.” Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho does not have any remaining bye weekends for his team, but the alternative of fewer games is not on his wish list. “Hopefully, everyone stays healthy and the game can happen,” Carvalho said. After nearly two years without […]

Humble and hungry: Punahou defensive playmaker Tevarua Tafiti

By Paul Honda on September 21, 2021

Another day, another opportunity for Tevarua Tafiti. Win or lose, the Punahou senior relishes a chance to get better when his football team is on the turf at Alexander Field. Punahou’s 41-23 loss to No. 1 Saint Louis over the weekend did nothing to diminish the vision of Tafiti. “Yes, with having a young team there were a lot of mistakes, but we gave a lot of effort. We just need to execute more in the game,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound […]


Say it ain’t so: Friday’s Punahou-Saint Louis showdown postponed

By Paul Honda on September 1, 2021

Nothing ever goes as planned, at least in these times. The ILH showdown between four-time defending Open Division state champion Saint Louis and Punahou is on hold. The game was scheduled as the feature matchup on Friday at Aloha Stadium, but Billy Hull reported earlier today that the game will be rescheduled due to coronavirus protocols. No new date has been announced yet by the ILH. Punahou was 1-0 after a 33-28 win over Kamehameha last weekend. Saint Louis (0-1) […]

VIDEO: Punahou-Kamehameha epic battle highlights

By Paul Honda on August 29, 2021

Never mind a hiatus of nearly two years for prep football in Hawaii. Kamehameha and Punahou left no stone unturned in the first football game since the fall of 2019. From John-Keawe Sagapolutele to Tevarua Tafiti to Astin Hange, Punahou overcame a third-quarter lull to rally for a 33-28 win. Kamehameha’s Noah Bartley, following an effective offensive line, finished with 251 yards from scrimmage. In all, Kamehameha finished with 341 yards of total offense: 26 rushes for 107 yards, and […]

90 percent inexperienced, Punahou is 100 percent clutch for win

By Paul Honda on August 28, 2021

So many new names, brilliant moments and yet, no, none quite as pristine as John-Keawe Sagapolutele. The junior brought something new to the turf at Aloha Stadium after nearly two years without an official high school game. The run threat. Sagapolutele passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns, completing 28 of his 41 attempts without an interception as Punahou rallied for a thrilling 33-28 win over Kamehameha on Friday night to open the ILH regular season. “I just feel like […]

Punahou rallies past Kamehameha, 33-28, on wacky TD catch by Ean Kamau-Waikiki

By Paul Honda on August 27, 2021

Ean Kamau-Waikiki hauled in a deflected 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 left as Punahou rallied for a wild 33-28 win over Kamehameha on Friday night at Aloha Stadium. The game was the first in Hawaii since the fall of 2019 and was one of two games to open the ILH varsity season. John-Keawe Sagapolutele was spectacular with 381 passing yards (28-for-41) and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead scoring pass to Kamau-Waikiki. That pass was intended for Astin Hange at the […]

Tevarua Tafiti, John-Keawe Sagapolutele return for powerhouse Punahou

By Paul Honda on August 26, 2021

For several years now, Punahou’s defensive unit has been in lockdown mode. During Saint Louis’ 35-game win streak against teams in Hawaii, Punahou had the best shot to stun the Crusaders because of defense. That tone and tenor will not change a bit with defensive coordinator Nate Kia now the head coach. Elite prospect Tevarua Tafiti, a defensive end/linebacker, committed to Stanford. The talented playmaker has 19 scholarship offers, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Virginia. Defensive end Kielan Siamani […]