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VIDEO: Epic Waipahu-Kapaa state-tournament thriller

By Paul Honda on November 17, 2022

This was the game of the year, but then again, it seems 2022 has provided a thriller or two every single weekend. Kapaa led 35-13 in its first Division I state-tournament appearance. Then, Waipahu made the change, moving dynamic senior Tama Uiliata from wide receiver to quarterback. Waipahu’s 49-41 victory in the opening round of the Division I bracket in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Championships was simply epic.

OIA D-I chase in hands of frontrunners Moanalua, Aiea, Waipahu

By Paul Honda on November 24, 2021

Boil it down and the puzzle of OIA Division I football playoff possibilities is still a Rubik’s Cube of wonder. For one-loss teams Moanalua, Waipahu and Aiea, earning one of the two playoff spots — the only playoff game is a championship matchup — is a matter of seizing the day. “Win and we’re in,” Na Menehune coach Vince Nihipali said of the title game. “We control our own destiny, and these kids have that golden opportunity to close this […]

‘Official’ season or not, football coaches planning scrimmages, preseason games

By Paul Honda on June 17, 2021

(Saturday, 9:50 p.m. Nanakuli to scrimmage with Damien and Campbell on July 29.) (1:15 p.m. Updates with Waianae’s schedule.) (11:50 a.m. Updates with Moanalua’s schedule.) Somewhere out there, perhaps at many campuses, there are young football players who struggled prior to the pandemic. Maybe some of them are about to thrive with a fresh start. Coaches across the islands are busy scheduling scrimmages and preseason games, even as the official re-start of prep football has yet to be announced. Waipahu […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: Kaiser comes back to tie Waipahu

By Jerry Campany on October 20, 2020

Showing up late is better than not showing up at all. On this date in 2006, Kaiser scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to tie Waipahu 13-all to send both sides home happy for Waipahu’s homecoming. Isaac Saffery scored the tying touchdown with 1:07 remaining but Waipahu’s Neil Paguyo blocked Kyle Niiro‘s attempt at the extra point. Skyler Chan hit Kalua Noa from 18 yards left for Kaiser’s first score on a drive that featured […]

ALMOST FAMOUS: 1970 Waipahu Marauders

By Jerry Campany on June 29, 2020

Hawaii Prep World will highlight 10 of the best football teams in Oahu history that never earned a division, league or state crown. Teams are ranked on this list by positive point differential, excluding the 2010 Kahuku and 2018 St. Francis squads that had games wiped out due to the use of an ineligible player. Add in those teams, and the Red Raiders would be No. 1 on the list and the Saints would be No. 3. They suffered their […]

CLOSING THE BOOK: 2019 Waipahu Marauders

By Jerry Campany on November 6, 2019

2019 TEAM RECORD >> 4-6 overall, 4-2 OIA Division I HEAD COACH >> Bryson Carvalho is 33-21 overall in five seasons with the Marauders. KEY UNDERCLASSMEN IN 2019 >> WR Jovan Gooman, 5-11, 175, Jr.; S Austin Pola, 6-0, 175, So.; LB Romero Tagata, 6-0, 215, Fr.; DL Tyrone Niuatoa, 5-11, 240, Jr.; DL Mathius Alegaa, 6-0, 215, So. WAIPAHU THROUGH THE YEARS: 1973-2019 HISTORICAL EQUIVALENT: 2007 Kailua The 2019 Waipahu Marauders learned what coaches since the dawn of time […]

VIDEO: Coaches on Leilehua’s gritty 13-7 win over Waipahu

By Paul Honda on October 20, 2019

No. 7 Leilehua dug deep into the well and turned a scoreless battle into a 13-7 victory at Hugh Yoshida Stadium. Mules coach Mark Kurisu shared his thoughts about ousting the Marauders and all the game-within-a-game adjustments at the point of attack. Waipahu coach Bryson Carvalho shared his gratitude and appreciation following the final game for senior running back Alfred Failauga, Hawaii’s all-time statewide rushing leader. Failauga finished with 5,795 rushing yards and 62 rushing TDs on 940 attempts in […]

Finality: Alfred Failauga battles to the end

By Paul Honda on October 18, 2019

The numbers are borderline preposterous, reflecting a human being who somehow carried the ball this many times — 940 to be exact — over a four-year span for an astronomical number of yards. Alfred Failauga’s high school football career came to an end on Friday night, undoubtedly too early in the eyes of Waipahu Marauder fans near and far. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back finished a bruising effort against No. 7 Leilehua with 112 yards on 31 carries. The Mules […]