Tour stop: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Everything is happening too fast. High school football used to be about two-a-days, three-a-days, at the start of August. But the school year begins earlier than ever, and fall sports follow suit.
Kaimuki, with its dwindling enrollment — how on earth can any kid choose Kalani High School when Rainbow Drive-In is practically next door to Kaimuki? — and declining numbers in football, remains in the OIA Red East. The Bulldogs have talent, but depth is always a concern now. Coach Clint Onigama is a superb fit, a teacher on campus who has sparked the program to great success at the D-II level.
Having the depth to challenge for titles at the D-I level, that gets tricky and tough. But the Bulldogs opted to stay in D-I rather than trade spots with Kaiser. And staying competitive means they had to dip into the JV ranks. Time will tell if the ‘Dogs field a JV team this fall. If they can pull that off, that’s a victory in itself.