‘Iolani’s Makekau sets state FG mark by a girl

'Iolani kicker Mika Makekau (19) booted three field goals against Damien, including a state record 44-yarder by a girl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

‘Iolani football has always been about “One Team”.

On Saturday night, running back Kaua Nishigaya and placekicker Mika Makekau reached new heights, and their success led ‘Iolani to a tough 30-19 win over Damien in an ILH Division I battle at Aloha Stadium. ‘Iolani improved to 3-1 in league play (4-2 overall). Damien took its first loss in regular-season play and is now 3-1 (3-2 overall).

Makekau continued to rise to her enormous potential. She drilled three field goals, including a 44-yard blast that is the longest made by a girl in Hawaii high school history. The national mark is 48 yards.

“It’s because of my team. It’s a combined effort,” Makekau said. “I couldn’t do it without my holder.”

Her 44-yard boot came in the midst of a close game in the first half, opening ‘Iolani’s lead to 13-6. It came immediately after her team was whistled for a false start. She never flinched and buried the kick.

“I just stare at the tee. I only have one vision,” she said. “It’s my job. I’ve got to do it.”

Raiders coach Wendell Look appreciates the work Makekau has put in over the years.

“It is remarkable and it’s not just because she’s a girl. A guy who can make it from 44, that’s still a tough task,” he said. “She did her job.”

Makekau’s longest field goal at practice is 48 yards.

Nishigaya rushed 41 times for a personal record 226 yards. His output ranks No. 10 on the school’s single-game rushing list, passing a 218-yard output by Raynold Stowers on Sept. 14, 2002. That effort was also against Damien. Stowers also holds the fifth- and eight-best single-game totals in ‘Iolani history.

“If Kaua has to run 50 times, he’ll run 50 times. That’s been our thing. That’s how you win games,” Look said.


  1. ??? September 15, 2018 9:54 pm

    Lol. Pretty soon we’ll be talking about a 300 foot Home Run that a boy hit in girls high school softball? “C’Mon Man”

  2. Me September 15, 2018 10:20 pm

    Congratulations! Doesn’t matter what gender, the kick was good. It’s just the record books that split it.

    It’s important to acknowledge that women/girls can play football, as well as a male/boy.

    Nothing wrong with boys playing softball. Not all boys can play.

  3. Descartes September 16, 2018 7:26 am

    Trolls like ??? (who is also “go figure”) obviously didn’t go to the game. She made the 44 yard kick into the wind with a O line made up of a bunch of math geeks. She’s an athlete like her brother who starts at RB for the Naval Academy. BTW did you see #51 (iolani Center) snapping the ball over the QB’s head 15 times. I’m surprised that he wasn’t wearing a purple jersey.

  4. ??? September 16, 2018 9:04 pm

    What’s the difference in me trolling a girl kicker and you trolling the center? “Nothin” you Hypocrite!!!
    I don’t care if she made a 50 yarder ”good” but why have separate stats from a boy in the same game?

  5. Long Horn September 18, 2018 7:36 am

    This girl (football player) is remarkable and her comments that give credit to her teammates show tremendous humility and maturity. I think this story is about Mika Makekau and not the bloggers and their egos (eg. ??? and Descartes). Her record setting field goal is something to celebrate.

  6. Myokoleichi September 18, 2018 7:57 am

    Da girl got game. ??? you no moa game cuz betta you go work.

  7. Paul Luchter September 18, 2018 9:59 am

    I hardly see mentioning of a center snapping the ball poorly as in anyway relating to a female placekicker kicking well. Did she also score the three point-afters and what were distances of other two FGs?

    See http://www.luckyshow.org/football/field%20goals%20of%2060%20yards%20or%20more.htm#gspot

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