GAME NIGHT 10/22: Kahuku/Waianae

Kahuku's Kesi Ah-Hoy (26) and Codie Sauvao converged on Waianae running back Rico Rosario in a 28-0 Kahuku win earlier this year. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy (26) and Codie Sauvao converged on Waianae running back Rico Rosario in a 28-0 Kahuku win earlier this year. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The first game of an OIA semifinal doubleheader at Aloha Stadium tonight pits two teams extremely familiar with each other.

No. 1 Kahuku (8-1) and No. 5 Waianae (8-2) meet for the second time this season and fourth time in the last two years. The Red Raiders have been as dominant as ever with their 21-game winning streak against Hawaii teams going strong. Kahuku beat Waianae 28-0 earlier this year in one of its five shutouts. Against Hawaii teams, Kahuku’s defense alone has scored more than twice as many touchdowns (nine) as it has given up (four).

The Seariders haven’t scored in all 12 quarters played against a Vavae Tata-coached Kahuku team, but did give the Red Raiders their toughest game last season. After losing 30-0 in the regular season finale, Waianae lost 13-0 in the semifinals of the state tournament.

No. 1 Kahuku 38, No. 5 Waianae 0

Kahuku shuts out Waianae for the fourth time in two years to advance to the OIA D-I final. Win No. 22 in a row against Hawaii opponents.

at Aloha Stadium
Waianae (8-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Kahuku (9-1) 21 17 0 0 — 38
Kah—Elvis Vakapuna 1 run (Stokes Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Sol-Jay Maiava 16 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Kekaula Kaniho 22 interception return (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Vakapuna 7 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—FG Nihipali-Botelho 34
Kah—Kesi Ah-Hoy 3 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)

RUSHING—Waianae: Rico Rosario 14-36, Skyler Kaleiohi 2-5, Solofua Grey 2-3, Kade Ambrocio 1-(minus 1), Jorell Pontes-Borje 8-(minus 5), Javen Towne 4-(minus 15). Kahuku: Vakapuna 13-79, Maiava 10-57, Harmon Brown 8-9, Steven Lombard 2-8, Cameron Renaud 1-6, Micah Wong-Lau 2-5, Ah-Hoy 1-3, Christopher Tuliloa 1-1, team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING—Waianae: Pontes-Borje 3-16-3-30, Rosario 0-1-0-0. Kahuku: Maiava 3-7-1-64.
RECEIVING—Waianae: Kaleiohi 1-16, Ambrocio 1-8, Jerusalem Tootoo 1-6. Kahuku: Pua Falemalu 2-39, Sekope Latu 1-25.


Sophomore linebacker Marcus Damuni gets the third pick of the game for the Kahuku defense.

Kahuku goes three-and-out with Cameron Renaud in at QB.

Vimahi forces the three-and-out with a sack that loses 15 yards for Waianae.

Kahuku driving to start the final quarter as we’re in running clock, so Kahuku still on its first drive of second half. Maiava is picked off by Sam Freeney who returns it to the Waianae 47.


Starters still in on both sides of the ball for Kahuku. Maiava runs for 12 and then pitches to Vakapuna for 18 more.

Ambrocio starts the second half with a 40-yard kick return for the Seariders out to the 43. Hard runs by Rosario and Pontes-Borje pick up a first down in Kahuku territory. Rosario fights for 2 yards on third-and-2 to get another first down at the Kahuku 36. Pontes-Borje scrambles for 10 on third-and-9 to pick up a third first down. Waianae with more first downs on this drive than entire first half. Third-and-1 now as Pontes-Borje does some damage scrambling from the pocket. Rosario picks up three for a first down at the 13. Waianae gets all the way to the 6 but on fourth-and-3, Ah-Hoy sacks Pontes-Borje for an 8-yard loss. Drive takes 10:40 of game time with no points.

at Aloha Stadium
Waianae (8-2) 0 0
Kahuku (8-1) 21 17
Kah—Elvis Vakapuna 1 run (Stokes Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Sol-Jay Maiava 16 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Kekaula Kaniho 22 interception return (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—Vakapuna 7 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)
Kah—FG Nihipali-Botelho 34
Kah—Kesi Ah-Hoy 3 run (Nihipali-Botelho kick)

RUSHING—Waianae: Rico Rosario 6-11, Solofua Grey 2-3, Jorell Pontes-Borje 2-(minus 1), Kade Ambrocio 1-(minus 1), Javen Towne 4-(minus 15). Kahuku: Vakapuna 11-60, Maiava 8-39, Harmon Brown 8-9, Ah-Hoy 1-3, Steven Lombard 1-2.
PASSING—Waianae: Pontes-Borje 2-11-2-14. Kahuku: Maiava 3-6-0-64.
RECEIVING—Waianae: Ambrocio 1-8, Jerusalem Tootoo 1-6. Kahuku: Pua Falemalu 2-39, Sekope Latu 1-25.


Kahuku ball with 32 seconds remaining and two timeouts. Maiava to Sekope Latu for 25 yards to the 5. Maiava has looked good in the pocket. Kesi Ah-Hoy in at QB and he runs it for the 3-yard TD run with 7 ticks on the clock.

Rosario runs for 4 yards but fumbles. Kaniho recovers for Kahuku at the Waianae 30.

Maiava completes his second pass to Falemalu for 25 yards to the 10. Maiava scrambles for 9 to the 1. Brown stuffed at the goal line to make it third-and-goal. Brown stopped again for a loss of 1 and Kahuku is whistled for a personal foul. So it’s fourth-and-goal from the 17. Nihipali-Botelho nails the 34-yard field goal. 31-0

Seariders start on own 10. Waianae gets a first down after a delay of game penalty on Kahuku. LB Tema Lindsey gets in on the parade with a TFL to set up third-and-20 after a delay of game on Waianae. Seariders will punt. Pontes-Borje 2-11, 14 yards, 2 INT.

Kahuku with another drive starting in Waianae territory at the 40. Vakapuna splits the defenders and picks up 23 yards ot the 17. Add on an unsportsmanlike penalty on Waianae and it’s at the 8. They whistled two unsportsmanlike penalties I guess and it’s at the 4. Walter Young arguing for a good minute with the head referee on the field. We think LB Tytyn Kahoolilihala may have been ejected from the game. He is visibly upset on the Waianae sideline. Vakapuna 7-yard TD run is his second of the game. 28-0, 4:43.

Waianae starts on its 30. Vimahi sacks Pontes-Borje on third down to force three-and-out. Seariders with 4 total yards.

Third-and-8 after a false-start penalty and two Brown runs. Maiava rolls to his right and the pass is incomplete. Kahuku three-and-out.

Naupoto stops Ambrocio for a loss of 1 to set up fourth-and-5. Pontes-Borje gets the pass off just as he’s leveled and Isaiah Freeney tip-toes on the sideline, makes the catch at the 3, but he is called out of bounds. That was CLOSE. He might have kept the toes in. Either way it’s a turnover on downs.

Kahuku lines up to go for it on fourth-and-3 in its own territory. Pass to Pua Falemalu for 14 yards. First completion for Maiava. TFL for Kanai Mauga. Third-and-9. DL Dylan Keliikoa with the sack and forced fumble and Mailo picks it up and returns it to the 34 of Kahuku.


Kahuku will start in its own territory for first time on the 35. LB Francis Mailo leads the charge on back-to-back stops, including a 1-yard loss on third down to set up fourth-and-3 as quarter ends.

Waianae gets positive yardage for the first time on its seventh play as Rosario runs up the gut for 5 yards. Third-and-4 and Rosario dives for the 30-yard line to get exactly 4 and a first down. Towne loses 3 as Vimahi gets his first TFL. False start and it’s second-and-18. Pontes-Borje completes his first pass—8 yards to Kade Ambrocio, but a punt coming.

Waianae with -10 yards on first three carries as Rico Rosario is stopped for a loss of 3 on his first try. Next play is intercepted by Kekaula Kaniho and returned 22 yards for a TD. 10th defensive TD by Kahuku this season, matching last years total.

Bad punt and Kahuku will start at the Waianae 22. Nine yards on the punt. Maiava with the play-action pass and Waianae is whistled for interference to move the ball to the 11. Harmon Brown stopped for no gain on first carry. He loses 5 on the next run. Tytyn Kahoolilihala with the TFL for Waianae. Maiava scrambles on third-and-15 and nobody is there. A 16-yard TD run for the freshman QB and Kahuku is up 14-0.

LB Sioeli Naupoto blows up the run for a tackle for loss. Third-and-12 after an incomplete pass. Toalei Lefau with a TFL as Javen Towne is stopped for a loss of 5. Three-and-out.

Maiava scrambles for 8 and add 15 on the helmet-to-helmet call on Waianae. Kahuku runs out of the jumbo set for the first time and picks up 2. Waianae’s run defense strong so far as it’s third-and-6. Tough running out of the same set for Vakapuna who powers through tacklers to the 2. Vakapuna finally powers his way in for a 1-yard TD run. Kahuku takes early 7-0 lead.

Jorell Pontes-Borje in at QB and they try a play-action pass on the first play. Ball is tipped and picked off by Stokes Nihipali-Botelho, who is slammed to the turf.

Sol-Jay Maiava at QB and Elvis Vakapuna at RB. Vakapuna runs for 14 on first play as flag is picked up. Play-action pass on next play and Sekope Latu probably has a TD but he drops it. Ball was on the numbers. Vakapuna runs for 1 to set up third-and-9. Maiava forced to scramble and picks up 2 to set up fourth down. Kahuku goes for it and Maiava misfires. Waianae takes over on its 26.

We get our first real downpour just as we’re about to kickoff. Short kick is returned 27 yards by Kekaula Kaniho into Waianae territory. Red Raiders will start at the 43.


Kahuku will receive.

Waianae: Jaylen Gonzales, Mililani Misipati, Jonah Maga, Rudy-Jay Keopuhiwa
Kahuku: Kekaula Kaniho, Vili Fisiiahi, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Aliki Vimahi

PREGAME: Waianae QB Jaren Ulu is warming up after missing the last two games due to injury … Waianae was delayed getting to Aloha Stadium and arrived less than an hour before kickoff.

HISTORY: Kahuku leads the series 27-13-1 since the OIA expanded in 1970, with the Red Raiders taking the last 16 meetings dating back to 2000 when Lono Manners and Peter Sarono led the Seariders to a 12-7 win at Aloha Stadium.


  1. Red Raider 4 Life October 22, 2016 1:44 pm

    Lets go Big Red. Cheeee Whooo. Play hard, play safe and have fun, Both Teams.

  2. Manley October 22, 2016 2:06 pm

    Like to see more passing from Maiava. Mililani exploited Waianae in the second half last week.

  3. Chloropicrin October 22, 2016 2:14 pm

    Kahuku had Waianae’s number throughout the years. Waianae can’t seem to get over the hump with Kahuku, they normally play Kahuku tough, and has given the Big Red Machine the toughest game; something the heavily recruited ILH teams like Punahou and St. Louis can’t do. This game is always fun to watch, real physical and lots of hard hitting. So good luck to both teams. Homegrown pride!!

  4. oia#1 October 22, 2016 2:15 pm

    Waianae on the rise, rooted not recruited! Love what the coaches have done so far but still have alot to work on.

  5. Paper Crane October 22, 2016 2:26 pm

    This is a recording, ” Kahuku Red Raiders still the State of Hawaii High School Football Champion until proven otherwise”; Good luck to Tata and Inc. and praying for no DL injuries.


  6. Jason Keuma October 22, 2016 4:10 pm

    I like Waianae, but I like Kahuku more. Looking forward to see Waianae play another ILH team. Hoping OIA 8 beats ILH 3.

    I do wonder how much it is to rent the aloha stadium? Why not on an OIA neutral field? Like the field between the two teams playing? Just wondering.

  7. 87 October 22, 2016 5:03 pm

    waianae jv smashin mililani they always tough, kahuku jv won today so rematch of lastyears jv title that kahuku won. less go kahuku vars rep the oia

  8. Chloropicrin October 22, 2016 6:02 pm

    #44 for Waianae just got ejected…unsportsmanlike foul, kids has been a problem all season for Waianae. Coaches don’t do anything all year, and it starting to bite them in the…

  9. Good Story October 22, 2016 6:09 pm

    What was the score for the Kahuku JV game…cannot find it.

  10. Manley October 22, 2016 6:19 pm

    Wow, Waianae getting manhandled. 31-0 half. Kahuku is on a different level. No really!

  11. Manley October 22, 2016 6:25 pm


  12. Chloropicrin October 22, 2016 6:34 pm

    Yea Kahuku is on a different level.

  13. Paper Crane October 22, 2016 6:42 pm

    @Billy Hull, great half time coverage, you the man like Good Story needed to know the JV scores?

    Mahalo for sharing; RR4L via Hawaii Kai

  14. Good Story October 22, 2016 7:19 pm

    Aloha Paper Crane

    I found it on Scoring Live 42-7. It wasn’t there earlier

  15. 87 October 22, 2016 7:21 pm

    kahuku jv 42 kapolei 7

    the vars look good tonight but going away from ground n pound they loose advantage of controling the clock.

  16. Paper Crane October 22, 2016 7:28 pm

    Amen; how sweet it is but it’s not over until we repeat as 2016 HHS Football Champions and like couple of more games should do it and so drive home safely and save the celebration for tomorrow; mahalo Coach Tata like we so proud of your varsity men and our All Red Raiders Nation. RR4L

  17. oia#1 October 22, 2016 8:25 pm

    Oh man, so embarrassed. Great job kahuku. Waianae still has alooong way to go. Maybe time to move on from certain coaches.

  18. Chloropicrin October 22, 2016 8:56 pm

    Kahuku is just on another level, good job to those guys. Good luck next week, the big red are definite favorites, as Farrington is like Waianae, strong run game, weak defensive back field and Kapolei cannot stop the run game.

    As for Waianae they need to rehire everyone on staff, Matusmoto is gone, but playbook is still there. Get a real offensive coach or send your coaches to a clinic. And #44 getting ejected is something that should have been handled a long time ago. that kid has been a problem on and off the field, but coaches still let him play. If was old school Waianae coaches, they would have told’em “there’s the gate”.. And take you dad with you.

  19. Bulukex October 22, 2016 10:48 pm

    Looking for the two Ding dongs Gandhi and ILH. Did u fuams watch this game? You said we couldn’t get past Waianae or Kapolei. Those two bubbogum teams are now gonna be watching us and Farrington play. Go learn football geniuses

  20. ilh October 23, 2016 12:34 am


  21. 88 October 23, 2016 3:52 am

    Aaaaaaahhhh shudup…..

  22. 85 October 23, 2016 6:04 am

    look its 88 acting tough on mommy’s computer again. that guy is classic. classically a pom pom waiver.

  23. RidgeRunnerE-5 October 23, 2016 7:31 am

    It wouldn’t have mattered, even if we had Bill Bellichick on the sidelines. Football starts in the trenches, and our O-line was getting rag-dolled all night. No offensive game plan could’ve worked for Waianae with Kahuku’s D-line busting through on every play. It was like watching UH vs Georgia in the sugar bowl. Still proud of our boys though. Like oia#1 said, Rooted not recruited!

  24. Adeeperlook October 23, 2016 8:08 am

    You simply cannot compete with top tier teams if you’re constantly racking up personal foul penalties and shooting yourself in the foot. They’ve gone all season with more then enough time to clean up their act but week by week you see 150 plus yards in penalties.But you can’t blame the kids after a certain point. A lack of dicipline from the coaches will surely allow certain idividuals (same players all season) to act out like we saw in lastnights game with the player being ejected.The coaches reaction wasnt any help either.There was absolutely no respect for authority. When you pick a team captain to represent your team they should be a standout example and it always starts with character. Waianaes team captain refusing to shake hands with Kahuku captains at the coin toss should not reflect the attitude/character of this entire team but you usually pick your teams best. They could very much rise and be great, but certain attitudes anchor the team .

  25. 88 October 23, 2016 9:00 am

    @deeperlook- I’m glad you noticed that. #61 refuses to shake hands after the toss and instead goes back to his side and starts yelling and hypeing himself up. Than he gets folded all night long by our Junior nose gaurd. That was classic.

  26. Chloropicrin October 23, 2016 9:11 am

    Waianae needs an offense coordinator and a recruiting coordinator. Hahaha. Gotta establish that pipeline from Utah, Washington, Cali and Nevada since Waianae roots run deep in those states. 🙂

  27. Manley October 23, 2016 12:48 pm

    Y would anyone want to be recruited to Waianae? Great school?Academics?Community? Oh,beach.

  28. Chloropicrin October 23, 2016 5:48 pm

    @manley the media and digital program is the best in the state and probably the best in the nation. They’ve won many national awards, and has sent 95% of their kids to college. I hear many kids transfer to Waianae for that program. There are several football players in that program who will do great things after the mire days on the gridiron.

  29. Chloropicrin October 23, 2016 6:18 pm

    What the football program needs to do is consistently send guys to the next level, and I think Walter can do that. It seems as if the kids are taking school way more seriously now the before. Once they do that, and start helping kids realize that ball can help them get an education at the next level.

  30. DOMEZ October 23, 2016 8:46 pm

    WAIANAE is some dirty players, they getting dose from the BIG RED and then they like start throwing blows # 61 for example, you guys should throw in the towel and stick to soccer bwahahahahahaha

  31. DOMEZ October 23, 2016 9:07 pm


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