Gap widens ahead of OIA title game

Kahuku defrensive end Bradlee Anae (99) helped tackle a Mililani player in the 2015 OIA title game. The Red Raiders did not give up a point on defense in a 20-7 victory. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

There were no changes in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser football rankings this week.

Waipahu remained at No. 9 after holding off a pesky Pearl City squad, 23-22, in the OIA Division II championship game last Thursday. In the only other game played last week, Damien held off St. Francis, 13-12, to win the ILH Division II championship.

The Monarchs, who earlier this season were ranked in the top 10 of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll for the first time ever, earned seven votes this week, two shy of No. 10 Hilo.

The Vikings are the only ranked team competing in the Division I state tournament. Two Division II teams (Lahainaluna, Waipahu) are ranked.

The only other thing of note in this week’s rankings is the gap between No. 2 Mililani and No. 3 Kahuku widened. The Trojans received eight of 10 second-place votes while Kahuku received the other two.

Saint Louis was once again the unanimous No. 1 team.

The Red Raiders are 11-2 all-time against the Trojans, but Mililani has won two of the last three meetings heading into Saturday’s OIA title tilt at Aloha Stadium.

The Trojans beat Kahuku, 37-22, in the OIA semifinals in 2013 and held off the Red Raiders, 20-7, to win the 2014 OIA championship.

Kahuku came back in 2015 and won the OIA title game by the exact same score over the Trojans, 20-7. Then-freshman Dillon Gabriel started at quarterback with McKenzie Milton out and suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

Current Hawaii defensive back Keala Santiago intercepted three passes in the game for Kahuku.


No. 9 Waipahu vs. Konawaena, 7 p.m., Julian Yates Field
No. 7 Lahainaluna vs. ‘Iolani, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium
No. 2 Mililani vs. No. 3 Kahuku, 7 p.m., Aloha Stadium
No. 6 Waianae vs. No. 8 Campbell, 4 p.m., Aloha Stadium
No. 10 Hilo vs. Maui, 7 p.m., Wong Stadium

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 16 (final)
1.Maryknoll (13)130
2.‘Iolani 117
8. Baldwin44


  1. Rrforlifebaby October 30, 2017 9:51 pm

    Woohoo! Stay hungry Big Red!

  2. TooMeke October 30, 2017 10:01 pm

    lol… thank you voters. appreciate the added incentive…not that the team needed it…

    but please…print out multiple copies of your votes… so you can use it as toilet paper next week…

    cheeeehuuuuu!!!! RRFL!!

  3. Coach C October 31, 2017 5:12 am

    So 80% of pollsters say Mililani to win? Pfft. Do these guys get graded after the season?

  4. TooMeke October 31, 2017 5:23 am

    Perspective – if you take away the two TD’s Bingham scored because of 4th down trick plays, the score would’ve been 3-0…without our starting QB. And that 3 points was after our offense (again, without our starting QB) GAVE them the ball inside our own 30.

    Our D was on the field for >70% of that game…and shut down that offense…the offense of the #10 team in the nation. Shut. Them. Down. Period.

    Milz is gonna get it. I cannot WAIT!

  5. Hadafakaya October 31, 2017 6:27 am

    Kahuku lost 17-0 to the No # 10 Team in the Nation, in the Whole United States! Thats without their starting QB, think St Lulu or Mililani could do that ?????? Think about voters, you guys lolo!

  6. Nowaaaays!! October 31, 2017 7:22 am

    Sounds like you cuyz ready to do ta haka wit all that negativity lol. C’mon man these are two great teams! I wish them both good luck and injury free..Trojans come out on top though!!

  7. YNAE4EVER October 31, 2017 7:28 am

    Ranking don’t mean squat even in college its just a waste.
    OIA should go back to old format where their four divisions
    you get less injuries

  8. Alpha October 31, 2017 7:52 am

    Kahuku still favored to me, but I’m goin with Mililani this weekend. Big fan of both programs, pumpin out D1 players at a high rate (Rod York era) for Mililani. Locals/Alumni cry about recruiting, I understand because the community pride each of you have, but it’s a very common thing to do when it comes to education and sports. Having a kid sit out a year cause transfer is micro management at it’s finest. It’s about the kids future, not your favorite high school. There’s not a big difference between some posters here and the AD’s, taking things personal much?

  9. anywaaays October 31, 2017 8:16 am

    Perspective – If Waialua recruited like Kahuku does, we would be the best team in the state!


  10. rrforlfiebaby October 31, 2017 8:27 am

    I know why, it’s cause the Mililani JV beat Big Red at Kahuku for the OIA championship….therefore, the logic is that the big boys should do the same. I get it.

    Good luck to both squads!

    Big Red, go sasa somebody this Saturday.


  11. ahinalu October 31, 2017 11:57 am

    Kahuku believe in your Preparation , those hours in the gym, Summer Rugby, Pass League and Inspirations and Guidance by Alumni that Been There and Done That !
    Kahuku Red Raiders Pride of The North Shore !

  12. Dafun October 31, 2017 2:14 pm

    The latest excuse Paul Honda wrote about Kahuku Girls volleyball beating Moanalua was due to Kahukus crowd being much more louder even though Moanalua was more skilled and should have won.

    Similar in football every year the entire media and state are disgusted that Kahuku keeps winning with the lack of a skilled offense. Why else would the highly potent Mililani offense continue to gather votes after a week when no one played.

    The rankings at used to be the same way for years until they learned their lesson that “everyone looks good until they play Kahuku”. Now their polls dont move Kahuku until someone beats them. Good work boys!

  13. dafun October 31, 2017 4:55 pm

    idk why someone keeps impersonating me up there. it’s ridiculous get a life and just comment using your own name

  14. Douglas Hu October 31, 2017 5:48 pm

    The Trojans backfield vs. Big Reds front 7 is going to be fun to watch. Looking forward to this one!

  15. Paul Honda October 31, 2017 11:38 pm

    Excuse? I wrote two post-match stories about Kahuku’s amazing win. There’s no “excuse”. Kahuku played phenomenal volleyball, and they had great support in the gym from their loyal fans. Kahuku proved to have equal or more skill, a much improved team from the early season.

    The only sad “excuse” is you trying to create some weird drama out of what I wrote. See you at the game.

  16. Recruit dis November 1, 2017 2:41 am

    Hadafakaya- soljay is not in the same category as Gabriel and Cordeiro . That comparison doesn’t make any sense. Try again

  17. TooMeke November 1, 2017 5:28 am

    Doug Hu – the most important matchup is Milz O-line vs Big Red’s front 7. Their backfield will be negated if that O-line is not prepared… Which begs the question? Who have they played that has helped them prepare for our front 7?

    If we flip that question, we can at least say we played Bingham to help us prepare for the rest of the season. Is that enough for our team to get the win this weekend? I believe so…obviously I’m biased…but when I look at the overall body of work by Milz – who have they really played? Clayton? Nanakuli? Those are their measuring sticks? Their D gave up 30+ points to THOSE programs? I will say it should be interesting to watch our young secondary vs Milz WRs – that is the one area of concern…but if Milz QBs don’t have time to throw??? Matchups should be interesting.

    Looking forward to Saturday…just don’t believe it will be as close as people think…or want to believe. For a while I thought that Kahuku’s offense would be their “rate-limiting step”…but now that’s also clicking. Just hoping no injuries all around so OIA is well represented in states. (I think Milz is better than St Louis, because St Louis has no running game…like nada – they are even more one-dimensional than the last two years with Tua – but that’s another post for another thread).


  18. Alpha November 1, 2017 10:06 am

    @toomeke, N. Williams, A. Agasiva, J. Olomua were starters in 2015 and played against those Kahuku, St. Louis and Liberty teams. D. Gabriel also seen playing time that year as well. I don’t think anyone on Kahukus front 7 were even on the varsity level and if they were, I highly doubt they even saw playing time outside of trash time. So prepared? I think those sophamores from 2015 are prepping their team in 2018. History is in Kahuku’s favor but experience is on Mililani’s side this year. Coach Makoa and Sola both know what they are dealing with when it comes to Mililani’s backfield. Olomua was their jv rb his freshman yr and H. Brown (10th grade at the time) was his backup. But he’s just a piece of Mililani’s weapons on Offense let alone on Defense as well. So if all you have to go by is a nanakuli game which was over by 1st qtr and a clayton valley game that was over by half then yea, you might want to take a look at Kahuku s front 7 and see who their opponents have been the last 3yrs. I factor those in and also the Coaches, edge Mililani. But what do I know, I thought Waianae w/Mauga & Mailo would stuff Mililani’s run game.

  19. 88 November 1, 2017 1:32 pm

    Kahuku opponents and experience the last 3 years.
    1. 2015 they beat Mililani 20-7 for the OIA championship.
    2. 2016 the beat Farrington 44-8 in the OIA championship because Mililani couldn’t beat their opponent to make it to the big game.
    3. 2017 same team same results and now about to play Mililani for the chance to win their 26th OIA Title.
    Experience, Coaching and everything else, edge Kahuku. But what do I know, it’s not like this isn’t Kahukus 3rd straight year playing in theOIA championship game.

  20. TooMeke November 1, 2017 1:35 pm

    Alpha – exactly whose run game has Waianae stuffed this year? Other than the obvious passing teams?

    Campbell? 88 yards…on 8 carries = 11 yards/carry (they should’ve kept with the run game)
    Radford? 142 yards…on 19 carries = 7.5 yards/carry
    Milz? 132 yards…on 15 carries = 8.8 yards/carry (I don’t count QB scrambling yards)

    So using your logic, Milz running game is somewhere between Radford and Campbell.

    Let’s see…Campbell vs Kahuku this year:

    1st game: 12 yards on 12 carries
    2nd game: 35 yards on 15 carries

    Radford vs Kahuku? 6 yards on 12 carries

    Yeah – I’m really worried about their Milz running game…really worried.

  21. Alpha November 1, 2017 2:32 pm

    @88, when I said experience I meant the players who actually played that year that will be playing on Saturday. Not the outcome, again Kahuku has history behind them not experience this yr. Kahuku is good team this year, but this is not the best Kahuku team they’ve faced in three years. 2017 Kahuku does not come close to 2016 kahuku. Any other year I would give kahuku the edge, but this year’s Mililani team can both finess and/ground and pound a team.

    @toomeke, it’s your logic, your wishful thinking Mililani is the same level as waianae and radford. It would be so much easier to claim victory this week if that were the case. Campbell is full of sophomores and Radford is not supposed to be in D1, so no, there is no way Mililani is in that conversation.

    @88/toomeke. . . I’m looking at this game on paper HEAD TO HEAD, Kahuku vs Mililani by player/position. This year’s statistics, opponents out the window. It all comes down to whose on the field and whose calling plays. Edge Mililani.

  22. 88 November 1, 2017 4:12 pm

    Alpha your right about one thing. This is not the best kahuku football team that Mililani has faced in 3 years. This is the first Kahuku football team that mililani has played in 3 years. You want to talk about experience in big games for mililani and you have to go back 3 years. Kahuku has been in the big game 3 years in a row. What more experience do you need. These kids that are playing now on Kahukus team are the 2 TIME DEFENDING OIA CHAMPIONS. They are not new to this. These Kahuku kids have been CHAMPIONS since Laie Park BigBoyz. So go back to what ever paper you have been looking at and see what type of Championship game experience your team has and you will see a fat ZERO staring back at you. Edge kahuku.

  23. Alpha November 1, 2017 5:14 pm

    @88 now don’t take away from those that graduated that actually won those championships ie: Ah Hoy, Vakapuna, Brown, Falemalu, Kaniho, Sauvao, Bothello, Atuaia, Liua, Santiago, Tapusoa, Naupoto, Vimahi etc, those names are no longer here and this is the 1st rodeo majority of these kids are actually apart of. But again, Kahuku will always win the history battle. Somthing the fans lean on heavily, yes Mililani’s last “Big Game” was against Kahuku three years ago and this year’s studs where heavily involved with Olomua named Mililani’s impact player that game. This year’s kahuku team have a good resume thanks to their “history”, but they have to do It and play a more veteran and experienced Mililani team. SolJay, Ah You, Reed and Wes are pretty much wats left from those great teams. They are studs, but never asked to carry this much of a load before (with Makoa passing more). SolJay was qb against BG last year but he don’t have the luxury of playing with the same weapons he had in that game. Just breakdown each position and look at the head to head matchup. Not their resumes. . . This is a good debate btw. . .Saturday taking too long to come.

  24. Tim November 1, 2017 5:30 pm

    Paul Honda, I realize that you were accused of making excuses for Kahuku’s win, but you have to take into consideration the maturity of some of these posters. I am always impressed by your and your co-workers knowledge of the players and teams. Keep up the good work, and please know that the majority of readers think you do a fantastic job!

    Good luck to Kahuku and Mililani this Saturday, may the best team win…with no excuses.


  25. 88 November 1, 2017 6:06 pm

    Ah You, Kaniho, Vimahi, Lauhigoa, Siilata, Reed, Maiava, Lefau, Nihipali, Loo, Toelupe, Thompson, Tongi, Latu etc …. These are a few of the RETURNING OIA champion players making up that veteran core you say Kahuku lacks. Soooooo how many veteran players Mililani return again? You know, players who are proven Champions with Championship game experience. Like i said earlier, edge Kahuku.

  26. Alpha November 1, 2017 7:03 pm

    @88, returning, but like I said. . . No hand in past success. The only name that worries me is Wes Maiava, if he’s 100% kahuku don’t need to pass. Nawahine alone can’t do it. Proven is Kahuku stable of rb’s, trick plays and solid D win championships. Now, Kahuku s passing game is weak, Soljay’s ability to scramble and extend plays is a difference maker. But then again, Kahuku not playing anybody in the Blue division, Kapolei is a far cry from Mililani. . . It’s all about what happens on Saturday.

  27. Hyn November 1, 2017 7:25 pm

    My prediction is kahuku will win but will be a close game. This is the toughest defense mililani will face and Gabriel will not be sitting in the pocket like he’s been use to all year. Yet mililani defense is good enough to stop kahuku offense. Will come down to turnovers and who finishes in the second half. Kahuku wins a close one.

  28. 88 November 1, 2017 7:32 pm

    “No hand in past success”.. Before you post anymore nonsense do your homework on the names I posted above. And if Kapolei is a far cry than what does that make Nanakuli?
    By the way i’m still waiting on your list of Mililani players who are Champions with Championship game experience who are playing this Saturday.

  29. Alpha November 1, 2017 8:12 pm

    @88, yes, those names were on the roster and playing. But doesn’t mean more then that. The only names from oia/state champions are Williams and Agasiva 2014 while Olomua lost oia at Kahuku jv against waianae which he, Brown, Thompson didnt play due to injury. 2015 Gabriel (9th grade) played half a season cause he was brought up due to Miltons injury. So yes, Kahuku has big boy oia championships while this current Mililani roster has been building into what It is now. Malepeai(Halawa Knights) if I’m not mistaking beat laie park in a jps title game while a year earlier Olomua led laie park D2 to a championship, while this yrs kahuku roster was babies on the team. Kahuku will always have the best resume hands down, but this Mililani team no matter how it was put together is no slouch.

  30. 88 November 1, 2017 9:37 pm

    they were on the roster but don’t mean more than that. Almost all those kids are returning starters from last years OIA champonship team. Like I said do your homework before you post your nonsense.

  31. Alpha November 1, 2017 10:12 pm

    @88, I know your trying hard to push this team, and I understand. It’s in Kahuku’s bloodline to win or bust. There’s nothing in this year’s Kahuku football that resembles anything like Kahuku teams in the past. But if they win oia then this team is ushering in a brand new version of Kahuku ball that this state has never seen before from Kahuku. And if they win states then this Kahuku team will go down in history as thee best Kahuku team to do it outside the norm. . .

  32. 88 November 2, 2017 1:31 am

    The argument was not about pushing this Kahuku team. The argument was about Kahukus players not having any experience. You posted names of players who have graduated and stated that all the good players left the program and that the Kahuku kids on the team now where non contributors. All I did was call you out on your bull$het. Like I told you earlier do your homework before you post next time. You won’t look as stoopid as you do now.

  33. Hadafakaya November 2, 2017 2:29 am

    Recruit dis, looking forward to your posts after Saturday. No forget to Man up brah!

  34. Hadafakaya November 2, 2017 5:37 am

    Recruit dis, was just comparing the teams as a whole, not naming QB’s. But you really think Mililani and St Lulu without their starting QB’s could do better then Kahuku against Bingham? Well good luck next week when Mililani squares off with St Lulu, that should be an interesting game!

  35. Alpha November 2, 2017 6:34 am

    @88, I still believe the majority of the good players graduated from those championship teams. But you know kahuku and the players better then anyone else. I also believe either St. Louis or Mililani will make you wish Sili (now he was a game breaker) never left back to Orem. Outside of SolJay I don’t see a game breaker. Nobody really pops out this year, but maybe that’s a good thing.

  36. footballislife November 2, 2017 6:38 am

    Alpha October 31, 2017 7:52 am
    Kahuku still favored to me, but I’m goin with Mililani this weekend. Big fan of both programs, pumpin out D1 players at a high rate (Rod York era) for Mililani. Locals/Alumni cry about recruiting, I understand because the community pride each of you have, but it’s a very common thing to do when it comes to education and sports. Having a kid sit out a year cause transfer is micro management at it’s finest. It’s about the kids future, not your favorite high school. There’s not a big difference between some posters here and the AD’s, taking things personal much?

    “Locals/Alumni cry about recruiting” “Community pride” Are the players listed below true mililani community residents or temporary residents because of aunty, uncle, grandma or grandpa’s house & the parents live in their real community outside of mililani?
    Tasi Malepeai
    Vince Fiaui
    Kilifi Malepeai
    Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua
    Keola Wilhelm
    Kaine Park
    Scottie Agasiva

  37. TooMeke November 2, 2017 7:26 am

    @footballislife: wow…keep kids/minors personal lives and what they are ALLEGEDLY doing outta here. that’s crazy stupid right there. you wanna generalize?…great. talk about adults?…great. but kids are kids…99% don’t control where they go to school…that’s all on the parents…call them out by name if you want to…

    smh. reel it in a little…

  38. footballislife November 2, 2017 7:30 am

    @TooMeke- ok, you’re right.

  39. TooMeke November 2, 2017 7:37 am

    If anybody thinks St LuLu or Milz coulda done better vs Bingham WITH their starting QBs…?

    Didn’t think so.

    Narbonne??? Currently #222 in the nation with 3 losses – St LuLu’s lucky they don’t have any D

    Clayton??? Currently #695 with 2 losses (one to a Nevada team currently #694 – lol)

    Bingham would’ve mopped you guys…even with your starting QBs.

    See you Saturday.


  40. Hadafakaya November 2, 2017 9:42 am

    Toomeke, You hit theBulls Eye! We’ll see how the Trojans do against St Lulu after Kahuku brings them down to earth!

  41. Reppin the VILLE November 2, 2017 10:19 am

    Mililani going roll… Soggy the zip packs going be on the drive home to the north shore.

  42. TrojanNation November 2, 2017 10:22 am

    42-14 Mililani

  43. Mililani Hammer November 2, 2017 12:42 pm

    Let dem talk!! Game night comes Trojans will be plucking red feathers!!!

  44. 88 November 2, 2017 3:08 pm

    Good to see you posting again bradah Hamma. Last time you posted this much was 2015…..

  45. Reppin the Ville November 2, 2017 4:10 pm

    Nah hammer, we flex back! They ain’t the only community with pride for their football team. Ville Trojans, EEEEAAAAAATTT!!

  46. Red panty for life November 2, 2017 6:25 pm

    Toomeke is a idiot let the kids play. All you crybaby kahuku fans stfu and get ready to cry over your zip Pac at Kaneohe zippys

  47. Hau'ulaBoy November 2, 2017 6:29 pm

    Can’t wait till Saturday. Winner will take States. My money is on my Red Raiders. But best of luck to both teams. RR4L._.

  48. Hau'ulaBoy November 2, 2017 6:38 pm

    Sole, Big Red going scalp some Trojans on Saturday. Ha ha ha. Lets do this!!! Yeah rep the Vill and we going rep the Red. Just make sure your crowd bring that same pride to the game. Ha ha ha.RR4L._.

  49. Toomeke November 2, 2017 8:19 pm

    Make sure you guys nonleave early and throw away your “Champions” tshirts like last time. I can use those for wash da red dirt off my car.



  50. Simple Simon November 2, 2017 8:43 pm

    Can someone please answer me this….. Who has Mililani played?

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