Kahuku football gets $5K gift for trip

Kahuku football coach Vavae Tata accepted a check on the campus recently. Photo courtesy Continental Pacific.
Kahuku football coach Vavae Tata accepted a check on the campus recently. Photo courtesy Continental Pacific.

Continental Pacific, a land development company based on the North Shore, donated $5,000 to the Kahuku football program on Tuesday.

The money is to support the school’s trip to Nevada to play Bishop Gorman on Sept. 17.

Continental Pacific partner Reynolds Henderson challenged other companies to match the donation by contacting Gillian Yamagata at the Kahuku Athletic Department. The school reports that it has raised $15,000 so far.

The Gaels, who are ranked No. 4 in the country, came to Hawaii and beat Saint Louis 52-40 in 2012. A Hawaii school has not visited Bishop Gorman since Randy Cadiente, Onosai Tanuvasa and the Farrington Governors traveled to Nevada and beat the Gaels 26-7 in 1968.

“We are looking forward to and preparing for the challenge and look at it as another championship.” Kahuku coach Vavae Tata said in a release. “We are very appreciative to Reynolds and Continental Pacific for stopping by with this generous donation. Competing against another great team is an excellent way to sharpen your game. Additionally, it will give the Red Raider players exposure to a national audience where they can display their skills.”


  1. Mahatma Gandhi May 18, 2016 1:56 am

    Isn’t ESPN interested in televising this game? They seem to show 1 big high school football game a week. This game has got to be a trendous financial burden for Kahuku families.

  2. SimpleSimon May 18, 2016 4:58 am

    I don’t think Kahuku is considered big time in ESPN’s eyes. To them, it’s just another game that Bishop will run away with. I hope Kahuku SMASHES them!!!

  3. AOK May 18, 2016 8:15 am

    Shouldn’t be long before Red Raiders stand up and disagree with this ^

  4. rrforlifebaby May 18, 2016 9:14 am

    @AOK, I wouldn’t doubt it, but I’m not on of those alumnus, for this post anyway…lol.
    No one can blame the ESPN execs for not wanting to pick up this game. I’m hoping that Coach Tata can do what Coach Livai did in the day when Big Red was a constant regional power and occasionally hit the national rankings. If he sticks around and does that, then I would be grumbling about ESPN not picking up a game like this.

  5. cimua May 18, 2016 10:51 am

    What a great opportunity for these kids. It’s a win-win as Kahuku players get more exposure, they represent Hawaii, and improve their game by playing one of the best teams in the nation. Hopefully they will earn the respect of sports giants like ESPN. Best of luck to the Red Raiders!

  6. Hahashandah May 18, 2016 11:09 pm

    They shouldn’t pick it up cause it’s Kahuku but they should cause it’s Bishop Gorman. Number 4 in the nation. Maybe not ESPN but some other station like how we have an OC16. Would be cool to watch.

  7. GATA May 20, 2016 11:51 am

    Gorman already has 3 projected ESPN games this season (Cedar Hill, TX/ Saint Thomas Aquinas, FL/ and I believe St John Bosco, CA). I’m sure someone will live stream it for the folks in Hawaii.

  8. Basementcoaching June 1, 2016 7:54 pm

    Nothing against Big Red but Gorman is gonna run away with this. Hope for the best but expect the worst

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