‘Iolani rises; Hilo, Waipahu enter Top 10

'Iolani has to replace four key playmakers on offense, including running back Kaua Nishigaya, who accounted for 91 percent of 'Iolani's rushing offense and 32 percent of its total offense in 2018. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

The top six teams remain the same in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10, but two new faces made the jump into the rankings.

No. 1 seed Moanalua and No. 2 seed Leilehua both lost in the OIA Division I playoffs over the weekend, setting the stage for Hilo at No. 9 and Waipahu at No. 10 to re-enter the rankings.

The Vikings began the year at No. 10 but fell out of the rankings after getting blown out by Campbell in their season opener. Seven wins later, and Hilo is back in the Top 10 ahead of its BIIF championship game against Kealakehe on Friday.

The Marauders were ranked No. 9 after the first week of the season when they opened with a win over Waianae, but fell out the following week after a big loss to ‘Iolani.

Waipahu knocked off Leilehua 29-6 at Hugh Yoshida Stadium to get into the OIA D-I title game Friday night at Aloha Stadium against Castle, which knocked Na Menehune out of the rankings and ended their season on Saturday night with a 28-14 victory.

‘Iolani (8-2) moved up three spots to No. 7, ahead of No. 8 Kamehameha, which ended its season in a 35-0 shutout loss against Punahou to finish 4-6.

The Raiders haven’t been ranked as high as seventh since Week 2 of 2015.

Friday, Oct. 26

No. 5 Kahuku at No. 4 Campbell, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Hilo vs. Kealakahe, Wong Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Waipahu vs. Castle, Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 2 Punahou, Aloha Stadium, 6 p.m.
Farrington at No. 3 Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
King Kekaulike at No. 6 Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. "UNITY=STRENGTH" October 22, 2018 5:27 pm

    There should have three ranking brackets for each football division. The open division should stay private and not be ranked with D1 and/or D2. If that’s the case the D1 and/or D2 football teams should have a State title with the lesser open division teams. Even though some of the open teams lost a majority of there games doesnt mean there ranked less.

  2. Wake up October 22, 2018 5:55 pm

    Again, Lahainaluna at 6th? Gimme a break.

  3. Wake up October 22, 2018 5:56 pm

    If a D2 team is ranked 6th then they don’t belong in the D2. So stupid this poll

  4. Dafun October 22, 2018 6:06 pm

    Wake up, I agree. Who the hell do these Maui teams play? They would get blown out by Oahu teams. It’s just that simple. Who the hell is doing the rankings anyways???

  5. Alani October 22, 2018 8:12 pm

    Oooo, we got some Lunas haters here……

  6. Watson C October 22, 2018 8:26 pm

    They even get harassed about their placement in division. Everywhere not just on Maui. Wake up and Dafun do remember that your comments don’t matter since its not your choice to make. So go cry to your holes. Never have I seen such hatred……

  7. 808best October 22, 2018 8:39 pm

    Dafun & Wake up
    Show Ohana man. No place for y’all hate here…..

  8. HI HS FAN October 22, 2018 9:23 pm

    Lahainaluna deserves to be ranked. The reason they are successful is because of the consistency of their coaching staff. They emphasize hardwork, discipline, respect, family, and community. The coaches keep the boys focused. They believe in TEAM over everything. They keep them grounded and in the moment. If you watch them play, they don’t show up or taunt their opponents. They display humility because that’s how the coaches are. Congratulations to the Lunas. Go out and do what you do. Prove the critics wrong. Bring another koa trophy to the west side.

  9. Wake up October 22, 2018 9:52 pm

    There’s only one Koa trophy and thats the one in the Open division. If you want the real Koa trophy move to the Open division and EARN it

  10. Sea Dog October 23, 2018 4:07 am

    KSK would crack the snot out of Lahainaluna. Huge difference between talent at the Kapalama campus and the 2nd tier teams listed in SA’s top 10 poll. Originally, I disagreed with having multiple polls but Wake Up, ??? , Dafun, Unity and others make compelling arguments. This year SA ranked STF and Lahainaluna in their top 10 and Moanalua, Leilehua and Iolani were in it for 9 out of the 11 weeks. No way any of these 5 teams play 500 ball against the Open teams for an entire season and no way any of them could beat KSK. E kala mai.

  11. Sandra October 23, 2018 8:05 am

    It’s like comparing apples n oranges! No way a D 2 team would ever crack the top 3 in this “poor ranking system”. If need be, have 3 rank divisions. After all, each are playing for its own division championship and by those means should have their OWN rank system.

  12. HSFootball October 23, 2018 8:10 am

    Hmmm….Once again..Every year Iolani has found it’s way into the Top Ten…You mix Private Schools and Public Schools together, this is what you get, Politics!!!….Keep it simply…ILH can play themselves…I guess in the tuition, it guarantees a Top Ten ranking every year..Or your guaranteed success …Private >Public…It is what it is…

  13. The Rim October 23, 2018 8:22 am


    Lahainaluna earned their right to be ranked, and if you haven’t paid any attention, they’re the two time DII state Champs…meaning they had to beat Oahu teams to get there. I do agree with those who say they need to move up to DI and with this current three tier playoff system, they would be one of the top teams in DI as well.

  14. !!! October 23, 2018 10:36 am

    The Rim…. Lahaina only beat lacking Iolani (a fellow D2 team at the time) team who had traveled to War Memorial to play them in the state semi-final. They did travel to Pearl City (another D2 team) which was a good win for them, but in reality is just an okay win last year. They had lost to Kam (D1 at the time) and Campbell (open div team) within the past two years. There is no way to compare Lahainaluna to Iolani, Moanalua, Leilehua, and even Waipahu without them playing again this year. Iolani is a different team this year… but yes I do agree that they should move up to D1 to compete what Iolani, Moanalua, and Leilehua.

  15. Save Our Schools October 23, 2018 11:02 am

    Go figure…For years, D2-Lahainaluna beats D1-Maui, Baldwin, twice a year in league play, but enters State Tourney as D2 qualifier…HHSAA doesn’t move them up for whatever reasons…Granted Lahainaluna has a small enrollment but so does Kahuku…State Tourney is a joke OIA has 22 Schools but only 6 make it to States, ILH has seven and 3 go Stated, ratio is off.

  16. The Rim October 23, 2018 11:11 am


    Two of the three teams mentioned are out of the playoffs, but even if they were still in, Lahainaluna wouldn’t be playing them, at least not this year. Don’t sleep on Hilo in DI, they’re well coached and loaded with skilled players on both sides of the ball and Coach Drummondo has the team putting it together at the right time.

  17. Wake up October 23, 2018 11:43 am

    Let’s be honest, if Lahainaluna had the same schedule as Waianae, Kapolei, or Farrington they would not be ranked 6th in the state. It’s a damn joke. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the baby Koa trophy this year and continue to be in the D2 next year. Sandbaggers

  18. "UNITY=STRENGTH" October 23, 2018 5:32 pm

    Lahainaluna had no say in HPW ranking system someone decided to put them a number 6. Maybe one day when you guys can recruit and hanai most of maui the program can become more they can enter the open and give it a shot that Superferry they stopped could’ve help for all islands team discounts no can. till then I believe they can compete in the D1 straight up no bias.

  19. Travis obrey October 23, 2018 5:32 pm

    These are hardworking kids. Let’s not take anything away from them. The coaches too. The team deserves state recognition for their commitment. It’s only a state rank. Not life and death. Ha ha. Let’s play ball.

  20. Dafun October 23, 2018 5:54 pm

    The point is why are they ranked that high? Not hating but come on let’s make sense of this. If they are to come to Oahu our teams would kill them. Let’s see them playing a St louis or mililani or punahou. They’re doing a great job but let’s be real when has a d2 team been ranked #6 in the state???

  21. "UNITY=STRENGTH" October 23, 2018 6:00 pm

    Every division there own ranking system. Its like you mixing the pac12 with sunbelt or big sky no can hehe to funny!!!.:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMR2C09hmhA

  22. Travis October 23, 2018 7:42 pm

    With the three division , I guess they need to rank
    The teams. It will help sell the game. D2 in the top ten ? You right you right. But really. Don’t count the neighbor island champs out. They will pull it off in football soon. They have their dream teams too. And having to travel to Honolulu is very tough and costly.

  23. Wainakea October 24, 2018 4:48 am

    Lahainaluna should be 8 and KS-Kapalama should be 6. ILH Open teams have no place below any D1 or D2 school. Head to head they would always win. There really is no difference between 8 and 10. Farrington and Kapolei could replace any of them as well.

    Last year’s state final shootout was historic but that itself tells you neither Konawaena or the Lunas were that good. Wildcats beat D1 champ Hilo which was run by a backup QB by 2 points on an ultra muddy home field. Hilo smacked Iolani who were undersized all year. While Iolani does always show up in the postseason, Lunas barely beat them.

    The MIL is the weakest this season in two decades. I’ll still give props to the Lunas for having a perfect regular season without allowing more than a single touchdown a game, but they really haven’t played anyone. At least they could show a 10-34 effort last season against KSK; their strongest opponent this year probably was Kapa’a. They are the absolute favorites in the D2 tournament, but they would encounter serious trouble in D1.

    BIIF D1 is better than OIA D2 but below OIA D1. Hilo isn’t as stacked as last year as they lost almost all starters to graduation, but their skill players are just as good as anyone else in the state, especially in the WRs and the secondaries. I can see them being competitive in the D1 state tournament again this year (that is if they make it).

  24. ??? October 24, 2018 7:35 am

    Everyone is getting NUHA over an HPW ranking the doesn’t mean ANYTHING !!!
    Who cares where what team is ranked?
    We all agree there should be a separate ranking for each division but it didn’t happen so let’s move on. The only ranking that matters will be who wins the KOA🏆 in each division, NOBODY remembers who finished 2 through 10.

  25. !!!! October 25, 2018 4:26 am

    That’s right it hardly matters.. so let all the teams enjoy their ranking no matter what division. Truth is, no one remembers who won division two or three. They only remember the big boys in the big show. Sorry .

  26. Ugly Olos October 25, 2018 9:59 am


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