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Standout Saints unsure about future with school’s closure

By Paul Honda on January 8, 2019

They are humble gladiators with a simple dream, to bring the utmost success and glory to a tiny school in Manoa Valley. A lot changed, however, on Monday afternoon. When news hit campus, Jonan “Bubbah” Aina-Chaves may as well have been hit by a bolt of lightning. The prolific junior running back and his classmates learned that St. Francis would close its doors at the high school and middle school. The football team, which rose quickly to prominence over the […]

Akana resigns as Saint Francis football coach

By Nick Abramo on November 30, 2018

Saint Francis football coach Kip Akana resigned Friday, according to a statement released by head of school Casey Asato at 4:50 p.m. Asato said he is grateful for Akana’s four years of service running the varsity football program. Akana also headed the intermediate program through the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Akana will continue as head coach of the St. Francis varsity baseball team. The Saints (1-8) were undefeated this season until it was found they used an ineligible player and […]

Saints OL Haunga named Polynesian Bowl All Star

By Billy Hull on November 8, 2018

St. Francis senior Siotame Haunga has been named a Polynesian Bowl All Star. Haunga, who is a 6-foot-1, 280-pound offensive lineman, is the third player from St. Francis ever to be named to the Polynesian Bowl, joining Wembley Mailei and Scott McLeod, who both played in last year’s game. His selection makes St. Francis the 10th different school to have at least one player selected to the annual high school football all-star game, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at […]


ILH denies St. Francis’ appeal of forfeited games

By Nick Abramo on October 26, 2018

The ILH denied St. Francis’ appeal to overturn its decision to forfeit all of its football games in Division II this season due to the use of an ineligible player. On the field, the Saints finished the regular season 9-0 overall and 8-0 in ILH Division II. They were on the verge of playing in the state tournament for the first time in school history before last Friday’s announcement that they had used an ineligible player. Pac-Five will now represent […]

St. Francis withdraws agreement to forfeit whole season

By Nick Abramo on October 21, 2018

After choosing to forfeit its football season for using an ineligible player on Friday, St. Francis on Sunday withdrew that agreement with the ILH. In addition, St. Francis head of school Dr. Casey Asato filed an appeal with the ILH in an effort to get three of its victories back and possibly still qualify for the Division II state tournament. The appeal is based on a rule in the ILH handbook that states a school must forfeit games in which […]

St. Francis forced to forfeit football season

By Nick Abramo on October 19, 2018

The St. Francis Saints football team, which finished 9-0 overall and 8-0 in ILH Division II, is forfeiting its season. The issue revolves around an ineligible player who was a fifth-year senior. UPDATE: St. Francis released a joint statement with the ILH this afternoon. “Due to misinformation in the admissions process five years ago, this fell through the cracks,” said Dr. Casey Asato, who became head of school in August. “It was brought to our attention and we need to […]

GAME NIGHT 10/12: St. Francis/Roosevelt

By Jeremy Nitta on October 12, 2018

St. Francis 20, Roosevelt 14 ———- Final from Roosevelt: St. Francis 20, Roosevelt 14 — Mitchell Camacho now down on the turf for Roosevelt. Able to get up and walk off under his own power. — Shepherd Kekahuna scores! 55 yard sprint gives St. Francis back the lead, 20-14 with 5:37 left. — Huge break for St. Francis. After a short punt by the Saints gave Roosevelt first down at the Saints 35, a fumble by Keneke Gusman gives them […]

GAME NIGHT 10/5: St. Francis/Kalani

By Billy Hull on October 5, 2018

St. Francis 52, Kalani 0 ———- FINAL at Kaiser Stadium St. Francis (8-0, 7-0) 16 20 8 8 — 52 Kalani (2-7, 2-4) 0 0 0 0 — 0 StF—Bubba Akana 10 run (Jonan Aina-Chaves run) StF—Kordel Ng 40 pass from Akana (Aina-Chaves run) StF—Aina-Chaves 1 run (run failed) StF—Aina-Chaves 10 run (pass failed) StF—Ng 21 pass from Akana (Shepherd Kekahuna pass from Aina-Chaves) StF—Noah Mackenzie 15 pass from Akana (Aina-Chaves run) StF—Aina-Chaves 16 run (Kekahuna run) RUSHING—St. Francis: Aina-Chaves […]