GAME NIGHT 9/22: Punahou/Kamehameha

Punahou defensive back Alaka’i Gilman (11) and defensive back Marist Liufau (7) worked to bring down Kamehameha receiver Micah Pasion in a game earlier this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha will attempt to snap a nine-game losing streak against Punahou when the two teams meet for the second time this season tonight at Aloha Stadium.

Top performances in series:
Punahou passing vs. Kamehameha: Nick Kapule with 452 yards in 2016
Punahou rushing vs. Kamehameha: Mosi Tatupu with 249 yards in 1973
Punahou receiving vs. Kamehameha: Tafiti Uso with 192 yards in 1996
Kamehameha passing vs. Punahou: Caleb Spencer with 312 yards in 2002
Kamehameha rushing vs. Punahou: Kahe Santos with 225 yards in 2002
Kamehameha receiving vs. Punahou: Aaron Nichols with 233 yards in 127

Head coach: Kale Ane
Buffanblu roster


Head coach: Abu Ma’afala
Warriors roster

No. 4 Punahou 21, No. 5 Kamehameha 17, FINAL


8:34 p.m.: That’s it. Kamehameha gets a Yam screen pass to Shannon that goes for a loss of 3. Ballgame.

8:32 p.m.: Kamehameha gets up to the 42 and spikes it. Now it’s fourth down from there with 14 seconds left.

8:30 p.m.: Punahou goes for it on fourth and 6 and comes up a yard short on the Tufono keeper. Kamehameha ball at the 11, 1:08 on the clock, no timeouts.

8:28 p.m.: Punahou trying to drain clock with Tufono doing the wildcat keeper thing again. Kamehameha burns its last timeout with 1:15 left and Punahou able to line up for a 31-yard field goal here.

8:22 p.m.: Disaster for Kamehameha as Yam and Shannon collide in the backfield and Yam fumbles it. Punahou’s Marist Liufau recovers and takes it down to the Warriors’ 20. Punahou looking to put this thing away with under three minutes to go.

No. 4 Punahou 21, No. 5 Kamehameha 17, 3:11 4Q

8:16 p.m.: Tufono in at wildcat QB for the Buffs. They get backed up to the Kamehameha 10, Punahou calls timeout, and has Tufono lob a pass to Solatoa Moea‘i (normally a lineman) for the 10-yard score. Wow. Just wow. 3:11 left for the Warriors to respond.

8:12 p.m.: Big defensive play there by the Warriors, as they trap Barber on an option play for an 11-yard loss back to the 27. Barber is banged up on the play and Adolpho comes back in for him. Then Adolpho slings an improbable pass into double coverage and Koa Eldredge comes down with it at the 4 for his first grab of the night. High drama at Aloha Stadium.

8:06 p.m.: Uh oh, Kamehameha. Warriors pick up just one first down and get a very short punt that goes out of bounds at their own 39. 8:23 remaining.

8:03 p.m.: Punahou puts in Hugh Brady for one snap at QB, just to mess with the media, then goes back to Barber. Drive results in a punt to the Kamehameha 13, 9:28 to play.

7:59 p.m.: Kamehameha punts it to open the fourth quarter and Punahou begins on its 37 after a block in the back penalty.

7:55 p.m.: And, of course, it’s a different QB for Kamehameha, at least for the first play of the drive. Brandon Baniaga, who had an earlier TD. Then Yam comes back in for the last play of the quarter with the Warriors leading 17-14.

7:54 p.m.: Punahou punts and it’s Alec Serraro on the 21-yard return for the Warriors, up to their 39 with a minute left in the quarter.

7:51 p.m.: It’s Nui Adolpho, the starter tonight, back in at QB for the Buffs.

7:48 p.m.: Kamehameha’s incursion into Punahou territory is … rebuffed. Get it? Never mind. A long run on a draw play by Kanoa Shannon is undone by a hold and the Warriors must punt. Punahou takes over on its 36.

7:42 p.m.: Punahou has Tufono and Vincent Terrell handle wildcat snaps on this drive. Possible that Barber’s arm injury has flared up. Buffanblu return the three-and-out favor.

7:35 p.m.: Quarterback roulette continues unabated. Punahou plays its fourth QB tonight, and it’s Maninoa Tufono. He recovered his own fumble in the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown. Here, he completes a lob pass then keeps it up the middle … and fumbles it. Kamehameha recovers on its own 18, but then goes three-and-out.

No. 5 Kamehameha 17, No. 4 Punahou 14, 8:41 3Q

7:25 p.m.: Kamehameha’s Jonah Welch strips Powers of the ball and Hoku Arias recovers at the Punahou 23. Prime chance here for the Warriors. Nokea Nakachi-Isaacs converts the 31-yard field goal to give the Warriors their first lead of the night.

7:23 p.m.: Second half about to kick off, Kamehameha to Punahou left to right. Let’s see if Barber, who hurt his throwing arm in last week’s loss to Saint Louis, will go the rest of the way tonight.

7:06 p.m.: Nothing doing for Punahou in the scant seconds before the break. Tie ball game at the half.

No. 4 Punahou 14, No. 5 Kamehameha 14, 0:25 2Q

7:04 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN WARRIORS. Yam throws a perfect 22-yard fade to Ramos, who gets a foot down in the end zone. The officials’ arms go up after a brief hesitation. XP is good and it’s 14-all.

7:03 p.m.: A 12-yard keeper by Yam then a quick 15-yard pass to Skyler Ramos has the Warriors thinking TD before the break. They call time at the 22 with 34 seconds left.

7:00 p.m.: Barber, who was picked four times in the teams’ last meeting, throws his first tonight across the middle, taken down by Kuewa Kalamaku. He returns it 31 yards to the Punahou 49 with a minute left in the half.

6:56 p.m.: Warriors go three-and-out leaving the Buffanblu 1:49 to tack on more points before halftime, starting from midfield.

No. 4 Punahou 14, No. 5 Kamehameha 7, 3:15 2Q

6:52 p.m.: It’s Barber with the vulture TD after Powers got it to the 1. Barber kept it going left, untouched. Kick is good and Buffanblu up by seven.

6:50 p.m.: Punahou on the march thanks to a big keeper run by Barber on second and 15. Evan Powers looked like he had a nice touchdown run for 38 yards after finding a hole up the middle, but he tripped on the 6. Buffanblu knocking, though.

6:43 p.m.: And … it’s Kiai Keone back in the game at QB for the Warriors. This is a nightmare kind of game to stat. Keone completes a pass then has his next ball picked by Joshua Shewalter with a big return, nullified by a block in the back. Still, it’s Punahou ball on their own 33.

6:41 p.m.: A very quick three-and-out by Barber and the Buffanblu, who look out of sorts. Momentum with Kamehameha on this punt right now. No return, ball stops at the Buffanblu 49.

No. 4 Punahou 7, No. 5 Kamehameha 7, 8:33 2Q

6:38 p.m.: TIE GAME. After Yam makes another huge third-down play, advancing the ball to the 3 on a 19-yard swing pass to Shannon, Brandon Baniaga comes in as a wildcat quarterback and takes it for the score. XP good by Nokea Nakachi-Isaacs.

6:35 p.m.: Big third-down conversion from Yam to Onyx Freitas and a fresh set of downs for the Warriors at the 22.

6:32 p.m.: Now it’s Stephen Barber at QB for the Buffanblu. Talk about a QB roulette on both sides. Barber is sacked on third down by Ezra Evaimalo and Punahou goes three-and-out. Nice return on the punt by Alec Serraro and the Warriors begin their drive on the Buffanblu 37.

6:29 p.m.: First quarter ends with Punahou returning a punt but getting tagged with a block in the back penalty. They begin at their own 24.

6:25 p.m.: New QB for Kamehameha. It’s Thomas Yam, their former starting quarterback who’d been out with an elbow injury.

No. 4 Punahou 7, No. 5 Kamehameha 0, 2:23 1Q

6:21 p.m.: Hugh Brady now gets a chance at QB for the Buffanblu. After a 25-yard run by Evan Powers, Brady hits Maninoa Tufono across the middle. Tufono rumbles all the way down for an apparent 45-yard touchdown, but fumbles as he leaps across the goal line. It’s Tufono that comes away with it in the end zone, however, so he gets the TD that way. XP good by Timothy Horn and it’s 7-0 Buffanblu.

6:18 p.m.: The Warriors go three-and-out. Good punt for them, though, 45 yards with no return to the Punahou 30.

6:13 p.m.: Punahou nearly snaps the ball over the head of its punter, but he gets it off. The ball takes a low trajectory and seems to throw off Kamehameha. It hits a Warrior in the back and Punahou recovers at the Kamehameha 9. However, they get backed up and a 37-yard field-goal attempt is wide left. Still scoreless.

6:11 p.m.: No Stephen Barber at QB for Punahou. It’s junior Nui Adolpho instead.

6:07 p.m.: After giving up the big play to Shannon, the Buffanblu D holds. Keone goes incomplete on fourth and 11 and Punahou takes over on its 26.

6:05 p.m.: Great start for Kamehameha. Their first offensive play from scrimmage is a 10-yard completion by Keone followed by a 39-yard run to the right by Kanoa Shannon.

6:03 p.m.: Touchback. Kiai Keone and the Warriors begin from their 20.

6:00 p.m.: Kamehameha won the toss and has elected to receive. They’ll be going right to left from the press box.

5:35 p.m.: Word is freshman Kiai Keone, who saw most of the second-half snaps against Punahou two weeks ago, will get the start at quarterback today for the Warriors.


  1. Education First September 22, 2017 6:42 pm

    Kamehameha at a disadvantage in regards to athletic admissions as their students need to be of Hawaiian ancestry which in turn reduces the potential talent pool. It’s a situation Punahou doesn’t have to deal with.

  2. Education First September 22, 2017 7:36 pm

    Look it’s my stalker “anywaaays” pretending to be me again. So pathetic and predictable. Lol.

  3. Education First September 22, 2017 7:49 pm

    @ comment 2. Look, fake me even steals my “stalker” line. The nerd use to call me “shadow”. Guess my diss was better…as usual.

    Hey genius, “stalker” is defined as “a person who pursues game, prey, or a person stealthily.”. Since YOU’RE the one who always follows my every comment with one of your own, YOU’RE the stalker. DROPS THE 🎤.


  4. Education First September 22, 2017 8:08 pm

    My shadow is getting desperate. I guess when you’re from Waialua and the Kahuku game isn’t on you have nothing better to do. #pathetic #anywaaays #bloggameweak

  5. Education First September 22, 2017 8:10 pm

    And how can you drop the mic? You’re on welfare? More like drop your welfare check.


  6. Education First September 22, 2017 8:36 pm

    @ comments 4 and 5. Hashtags and consecutive posts….the sign of a defeated man. Or a 12 yr old girl. All I do is WIN. Fake me is sad. That is all.

  7. Education First September 22, 2017 8:45 pm

    Close game….Punahou better sell more malasades at their Carnival. Need more funds toward free tuition for the troops from the North Shore to become the “Sons of Oahu”. That’s why anywaaays hates me, he can’t face the truth. AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!

  8. Education First September 22, 2017 8:50 pm

    She’s back! Has no identity so wants mine. Not a sign of a defeated man, but that of a desperate one. I understand. It can be traced to one of the following.

    1) lack of love during childhood
    2) never made a team
    3) never even made her hip hop team at Waialua
    4) no friends and ate alone during lunch
    5) signs of intermittent explosive disorder

    I will continue to go back and forth with you to help you with your therapy.

    “I won’t drop the mic”

    I know you need or help. We are here for you. Don’t hurt yourself.

    Put the knife down.

  9. Education First September 22, 2017 9:10 pm

    comment 8 = Too wordy. Rambling and whiny. GRADE: F-

    NEXT: Another feeble attempt at redemption (i.e. another stalker post) by fake me. Stay tuned.

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