Film photographer showcases Kahuku football

Kahuku's 2014 football season is the subject of a film photography presentation by Jonathan Canlas of Hauula. / Courtesy of Jonathan Canlas.
Kahuku’s 2014 football season is the subject of a film photography presentation by Jonathan Canlas of Hauula. / Courtesy of Jonathan Canlas.

Film sports photography — not the digital variety – is alive and well, and the Kahuku football team is the subject of a presentation to be given by North Shore photographer Jonathan Canlas.

Canlas attended Kahuku for his junior year of high school, but did not play football.

“Attending for a year, I came to realize the power, respect and pride that comes with being part of the football program at Kahuku,” Canlas said in a news release.


Canlas will be showcasing 20-inch framed enlargements of the Red Raiders’ 2014 season in which they finished 9-3, reached the OIA championship game and the semifinals of the Division I state tournament under Lee Leslie in his first and only season as head coach. The display will be at Treehouse, a creative arts shop on the corner of Ward Avenue and Auahi Street in Kakaako, with an opening reception Thursday from 7-9 p.m.


“Although I never gained access to the sidelines I tried to capture what Kahuku football is all about, the community from a 23-mile stretch that supports these young men,” said Canlas, who lives in Hauula. “This is more than just football. This is a sense of community, a sense of belonging, and a sense of pride. I plan to continue this project this year in 2015 in hopes I can gain further access to document the season as a whole.”


The Red Raiders, under new head coach Vavae Tata, are in summer drills preparing for the 2015 season. Kahuku opens its season with a nonleague (does not count in the Oahu Interscholastic Association standings) home game against Campbell on Aug. 7. The Red Raiders, who placed second in the OIA Red a year ago, will open league play at Kapolei of the OIA Blue on Aug. 14

The Kahuku football display will be at Treehouse until Aug. 6, for those football and/or photography fans who do not make it to the opening. Canlas’ Kahuku photographs will also be on sale.

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