Hawaii is first to offer Punahou’s Kapule

Punahou's Nick Kapule has thrown 29 touchdowns this season and holds the top two single-game passing marks in school history. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Punahou’s Nick Kapule has thrown 29 touchdowns this season and holds the top two single-game passing marks in school history. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou quarterback Nick Kapule received his first Division I scholarship offer on Sunday from Hawaii.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior tweeted the news.

Kapule is 144-for-239 (60.3 percent) passing this season for 2,459 yards and 29 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He’s also rushed for 189 yards.

Punahou (7-1) is ranked No. 2 heading into Friday’s winner-take-all ILH title game against No. 3 Saint Louis.

Kapule set an ILH Division I record with 495 passing yards in a 64-44 loss to Saint Louis earlier this season and had 452 yards and five touchdowns in a 57-24 win over Kamehameha last Friday. Those are the two best single-game passing marks in school history.

Buffanblu junior Stephen Barber (6-3, 215), who backs up Kapule at quarterback, also holds a scholarship offer from UH.



  1. Mahatma Gandhi October 16, 2016 9:38 pm

    No wonder why Garrett Gabriel’s kid transferred out of Punahou. He wouldn’t have started until the 2018 season.

  2. Chloropicrin October 16, 2016 9:57 pm

    That or the academics is too hard.

  3. turfwar October 16, 2016 10:09 pm

    Very deserving. The kid can play and has had a great year.

  4. Hau’ulaBoy October 16, 2016 11:53 pm

    Way to go UH. Dont let this kid get away.

  5. Casual Observer October 17, 2016 12:20 am

    Its amazing that Kapule hasn’t received more scholarships offers. His ability is showcased particularly against the top opponents like St. Louis and Kam. He finds the open receiver, goes through his reads, and throws a very catchable ball, and mobile enough to scramble for yards. Seems like he doesn’t have the publicity, just goes and does his job. Look at his stats. Just as good as Alabama’s recruit. I just wonder how they are going to award the ILH Offensive Player of the Year

  6. The Rim October 17, 2016 5:57 am

    Kapule to me is hands down ILH Offensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately for him Tua will get it. I’ve been to camps where other kids have performed as good or better than Tua and Tua got the award. Don’t get me wrong Tua is great, but Kapule played better this year. You look at scoring live mid season POY…Tua got it even though Kapule has better overall stats.

  7. Searider86 October 17, 2016 8:37 am

    Congratulations, Nick! Well deserved! Hopefully there will be more to come! As for ILH POY, I really don’t think any of these guys care too much about that. Winning their league is their immediate priority as they head into the Open Championship. Best of luck to both teams this weekend! Should be a good one!

  8. AOK October 17, 2016 8:50 am

    Tua’s numbers at midseason > Kapule

    Don’t get me wrong, stoked that Kapule got his offer. But, let’s not get it twisted..he ain’t no Tuaman. You telling me that somehow by luck Tua won the Elite 11 QB MVP? Comeon man. You gonna throw shade on the most coveted Hawaii local boy prospect to come out ever? LOL

  9. hwnstyll October 17, 2016 10:20 am

    Good job UH, now don’t you think he had good hands from his receivers? Last time I checked they used their hands and not their bodies.

  10. The Rim October 17, 2016 12:27 pm

    Not disputing any accompaniments Tua has earned and will have moving on to college, and by no means would anyone with half a brain throw shade on him…thats ridiculous and its your words. The question was who would be the ILH DI Offensive POY and at this point I feel Kapule is the POY. I agree wholeheartedly that Tua is the most accomplished Hawaii High School QB ever, but this season in the ILH, with Kapule on that Punahou team, is the man.

  11. 99boiz October 17, 2016 1:34 pm

    Easy to look good against teams that do not play defense. Lets wait to see how Nick does against Kahuku and then see if he doesn’t throw as much interceptions as Tua did against Kahuku.

  12. Cabs October 17, 2016 5:16 pm

    @ 99boiz

    Kahuku looked REALLY good against Radford, Moanalua, and Leilehua. Those teams must not have played defense either. smh…

  13. JayEss October 17, 2016 5:39 pm

    @99Boiz Punahou has a GREAT quarterback, hopefully UH is lucky enough to get him. How can you come on this article talking about “it’s easy to look good against teams that play no defense”? What does that say about Kahuku?? Like CABS said, they played Radford, Moanalua, Kaiser, and Leilehua; and kept those teams scoreless or close to it. Yet Punahou is the one you’re going to say played against no defense teams?? Punahou beat ILH teams that are ranked…BIG difference as compared to the unranked teams that Kahuku beat.

  14. Casual Observer October 17, 2016 6:09 pm

    Funny thing is, UH has 8 QBs and only one is a senior, and they offered two QBs on the same HS team. Just wondering why Kapule and Barber are splitting time since both are DI scholarship athletes? But definitely Kapule is under hyped. Yes any QB benefits from having good receivers, but the ball has to get there and catchable. On his highlights, his receivers are comfortably receiving the ball or overhead or in stride without having to strain to complete the play.

  15. Casual Observer October 17, 2016 6:10 pm

    Sorry, meant “aren’t”…splitting time…

  16. 88 October 17, 2016 6:45 pm

    @cabbs: Everyone looks good untill they play Kahuku. That has been proven time and time again. A pass happy QB from a pass happy league has had more sad moments than happy ones every time they faced Big Red.

  17. Coach_B October 17, 2016 7:46 pm

    @Casual Observer Kapule isnt splitting time w/ Barber because Kapule is widely considered the better QB by people associated with the team. Barber is a better athlete in general, but doesnt have the leadership skills and the football IQ that Kapule has. Kapule has worked hard to get to where hes at and deserves to have full control of the QB job and his UH offer

    @99boiz no doubt Kahuku is a great team. ILH has huge respect for them. defending state champs. no need try to take away from both Tua and Kapule’s accomplishments. Both are great for their respective teams. if either make it that far we’ll find out whos better anyways…

  18. TopDoggs October 17, 2016 9:29 pm

    Its great to have competition and with out Kahuku the ILH Big 3 are really in a class of their own. No other team from the OIA has kept it close with us on a consistent basis so I dont take 99boiz post as an insult but rather a challenge for our ILH athletes to work harder and rise to the challenge.

  19. 88 October 17, 2016 10:16 pm

    You mean ILH Big 2. Waianae, Kapolei, Mililani, Farrington, Campbell, Kailua etc… would kill Kamehameha this year.

  20. Cabs October 18, 2016 9:01 am

    @ 88

    Not everyone looks good UNTIL they play Kahuku, BG looked good WHILE they played Kahuku.

  21. 88 October 18, 2016 11:17 am

    No kidding Cabs. Kahuku is #1 in the 50th State. Bishop Gorman is #1 in ALL 50 States. See the difference, idiot…..

  22. Cabs October 18, 2016 12:08 pm


    No, genius you said, EVERYONE. Which includes BG. Next time be more specific.

  23. 88 October 18, 2016 12:29 pm

    Look at the title of the article dilrod. My post pertains to a pass happy team in the pass happy ILH whose record against Kahuku isn’t too happy. Do I really have to break it down for you, amateur…..

  24. Cabs October 18, 2016 1:21 pm


    You know what? I did read the title of this article. So why are you posting something that’s unrelated? I love how you just insert Red Raider football into the conversation. Look we all get it. You love your team so much you can’t help but talk all the time about how great they are. Maybe that’s why some people are tired of hearing about Kahuku. Just give credit to Kapule and be happy for him.

  25. 88 October 18, 2016 1:36 pm

    I love my team just as much as you hate them. You tried to side bust with what you thought was going to be a witty comment. But it wasnt. Don’t get mad. You gonna dish it than you better be able to take it. Now turn around and grab your kankles……

  26. Jamie Simoes October 18, 2016 2:52 pm

    I agree with CABS…this article had ZERO to do with Kahuku. Why try and steal focus away from what the article is about? Nick has made GREAT accomplishments this year and people trying to minimize them or take the spotlight away is sad. Go and praise Kahuku somewhere else, this article is about NICK KAPULE. CONGRATULATIONS NICK, you definitely deserve a career beyond high school!

  27. Education First October 20, 2016 9:09 am


    You look like you are new to the game. Let me try and explain it to you. 88 and all his merry men (87, toomeke, anywaays) are very sensitive. They have to interject Kahuku Football into every conversation to make sure Kahuku Football stays relevant.

    88 is worried that if they ever stop being really good at football, then there is nothing left for them. They are not good at academics. Many of the kids are on free and reduced lunch which speaks of poverty. Many do not go on to college.

    Do you know last month he mentioned all the football players who went on to college but what he didn’t know was that the amount was so low that he was actually strengthening my argument for me. See, the amount of football players who get a Division 1 football scholarship is something really low like less than 0.5%. When you factor in the NFL it’s lower than 0.1%.

    Alas, those are the numbers that 88 thinks help his cause.

    It’s very simple from the clinical perspective. 88 has a syndrome called the “Al Bundy Disease.” That is when you peak by 18, only care about High School Football, and end up living a life full of regret.

    So please excuse 88’s behavior. He won’t change and please don’t expect him to change.

    ***And for the record, 88 did say “everyone” but don’t expect him to apologize or say he was wrong. He has the Al Bundy Disease and it’s killing him inside.

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