Kahuku, Bingham both ranked in Top 25

Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava will face his second mainland opponent in two years when the Red Raiders play Bingham (Utah) in the Polynesian Football Classic on Saturday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Two-time defending OIA champion Kahuku remained at No. 23 in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25 high school football rankings released Monday.

The Red Raiders (4-0), who have outscored their first four opponents 152-13, head to Las Vegas this week to play No. 16 Bingham (Utah) in the Polynesian Football Classic at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday.

This is the first game for Kahuku against a nationally top-25 ranked teams since a 35-7 loss to No. 1 Bishop Gorman last September.

Kahuku has lost its last four games played on the continent and five straight against mainland opponents. The last victory came in August 2001 when Inoke Funaki threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-14 win over Skyline (Utah) at Kahuku.

In the MaxPreps computer rankings, Saint Louis is Hawaii’s top-ranked team at No. 35, followed by Punahou, which jumped 93 spots to No. 55 overall after a 56-42 win over Junipero Serra on Saturday in San Diego.

Kahuku is next among Hawaii teams at No. 104.


  1. Hau'ulaBoy September 4, 2017 11:14 am

    People forget that Kahuku had a really good passing game. They say Kahuku could never throw the ball. They say that our coaches dont know how to coach a passing offense. But people forget about Vaika and Inoke. What it all boils down to is personnel. Noke had Jame’s, Loga and Hafoka and really good O-line. Vaika also had good O-line, decent receivers and a good TE.

  2. RootedNotRecruited September 4, 2017 11:45 am

    if Kahuku can beat bingham it should bolt them to a top 10-13 xcellent 25 ranking.. it would do alot for respect for Hawaii football! Lets go Kahuku!!

  3. Coach C September 4, 2017 11:52 am

    The most remarkable thing about Kahuku is 4 coaches in the last 5 years result in 5 offensive changes. Too many people always look at Kahuku offense when it’s the defense that wins championships.

  4. Coach C September 4, 2017 11:54 am

    With technology today, is anybody “live” streaming the game? Kahuku fans?

  5. anywaaaays!! September 4, 2017 3:24 pm

    For those of us that saw the Aiea game last week our Starting QB fell awkward on a scramble and left the game injured, as a proud alum I was so pissed to see that he either is not listening to his coaches or he hasnt been coached to take a slide. Even our RBs are banged up because they think they are stone walls and try to run over everyone.

    Learn a lesson from Mililanis RBs they all avoid contact as much as possible, unless they are bigger then the defender then they will run um over. It was a pleasure to watch Vaivai Malapai and Milton Mckenzie a few years ago because they would run for 20yds and slide or run out of bounds instead of fighting for that extra 2 yds and risk getting hurt.

    Wake up RR players and staff, its a long season,save your bodies and play smarter. This year we supposedly have a balanced offense but have seen the most and the worst injuries as compared to the previous two years running the smash mouth jumbo.

  6. anywaaaays!! September 4, 2017 3:28 pm

    I think the same company that streamed Kahuku vs. BG last year may do the poly classic games too. They are actually a Utah based company and cover alll the Utah high school games so i wouldnt see why they dont do the poly classic that has Utah teams in both games.

    Just gotta wait till a day or two before to get the link.

  7. 88 September 4, 2017 4:23 pm

    He wasn’t scrambling. It was a design play where either he lets the RB take it or he pulls the ball and takes it himself. He took it himself and got tackled. He did not slide because if he did he would of looked like a fuam since 1. He got tackled from behind and 2. There was no defender in front of him. It would be nice if you were at the game so you could of seen what happened first hand before you comment.

  8. anywaaaays!! September 4, 2017 5:45 pm

    Sole you didnt see him doing the john rambo face first slide in the dirt against waianae? If he would have at least done that he wouldnt have gotten hurt on that play. Instead pee-wee herman jumped on his back and he did the john rambo face in the dirt squash the shoulder play.

    I say teach him the tom brady leg first slide and live to play another down.

  9. Scoops September 4, 2017 9:49 pm

    No love loss for Varsity Kahuku vs. Aiea, maybe if Kahuku acted like JV coaches did against Aiea, their Vars QB would not have gotten hurt.

  10. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 5, 2017 6:33 am

    This is not good for Kahuku to go into playing a real Powerhouse team from Utah who has more ploys on their DL who eats raw meat to quench their thirst for QB’s. If Maiava isn’t playing at 100% NO DEFENSE is going to save your arsh. Stupid move Kahuku, I hate to say it but Anywaaays is right, should’ve could’ve but didn’t. Expect another Bishop Gorman blow out!

  11. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 5, 2017 6:43 am

    Leave the read option to Mililani, Kahuku if you want to pass protect Maiava, if you want to run hand off the rock to any of your 100 RB’s who’s awaiting the opportunity! You only have 1 passing QB who can scramble if needled. But the OC who came up with the option read, need to be replaced because his excuse will be,”It’s football injuries are part of the game.” Not if you call plays that won’t injure Sol-Jay, and why use him anyways against Aiea, are they a real threat? Watch Bingham Defense enforce their will on Kahuku then you know how stupid your KHS OC really is, he’s just lucky to have so much talent to make him look decent, not against Bingham and no Maiava! I hate OC’s that don’t think things out first.

  12. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 9:16 am

    @all the trolls in this blog. Fulei, kae tae. We going fasi oki kahuku. Bring your so called crusaders. East can handle our lite work. Bunch of laho piko in Hawaii.

  13. rrfl September 5, 2017 9:29 am

    congratulations kahuku. good luck and have fun. To all the hawaii teams in the mainland representing the 808 good luck and we are proud of all these teams.

    stop the negative comments guys. these kids are just so happy and privileged to be a part of this.

  14. Hyn September 5, 2017 9:56 am

    Why would they take him out that early in this game when they leave him in on all the other blow outs. There not the only coaches who do that. That’s the one thing Cal Lee does that is good. They don’t care about stats they take out there starters by half time if it’s a blow out.
    Good luck kahuku!

  15. phILHarmonic September 5, 2017 10:06 am

    Sometimes players dont get hurt trying to make plays, and sometimes they do cant really control that, im sorry to hear that Sol-Jay got hurt. Maybe that will force RR to play more of that smash ball that has made them successful. I agree with whoever said that its really the defense that has been at the foundation of the RR success, they have has some great “D”eath Squads. Good luck to the RR Nation on thier game against Bingham.

    Salt Lake City Pony- God Bless you and the horse you rode in on.

  16. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 11:16 am

    @all the trolls in this blog. Fulei. How they say in Hawaiian, you waha.we going fasi koi kahuku.line your crusaders up. East going handle our lite work. Bunch of Lahore piko in hawaii

  17. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 11:36 am

    An eye for an eye baby. That’s how we do it here,we don’t care

  18. phILHarmonic September 5, 2017 11:53 am

    Tont you mean, “an eye for an eye, Paypeeeeee”

    You da troll, pony boy. Nobody talking bad about Bingham, actually, I only see mad respect for them.

    Go and kick rocks. Then pick em up and finish the rock wall you building.

    Good luck to both teams.

  19. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 12:15 pm

    Hey I love my horse ok lol

  20. anywaaaays!! September 5, 2017 12:19 pm

    I wonder who the top teams are in Utah to compete with Bingham, East and Tamponview got blown out by the miners so I guess Alta and Lonepeak? Here in Hawaii is really just Kahuku, PUN and STL. Mililani is looking good too.

  21. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 1:45 pm

    @philharmonic, that’s funny lol. Malo pito

  22. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 5, 2017 2:13 pm

    Go Kahuku Football! To SLC Toko, sounds like you went to Horseman hahahaha!

  23. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 5:55 pm

    Shoutout to philharmonic and good luck to your kahuku. Everyone else can go and tae faelu

  24. Salt Lake City toko September 5, 2017 8:20 pm

    @playawityourselfalot you not funny

  25. PlayaHatersAnonymous September 5, 2017 9:53 pm

    Everyone, SLC Toho toho went to Horseman, the alternative school for idiots, that’s where all the special ed students who thought they were tough went too. Just because your uncle Bully squeezed you doesn’t mean you have to hate on Kahuku! You never went to Bingham nor East you went Horseman, hahaha Toho Toho!

  26. RootedNotRecruited September 5, 2017 11:26 pm

    damn,, so maybe no starting qb for kahuku against utah state champ?? as my filipino aunty would say.. “ayeseuuuuuus!!” das y gotta be like waianae and pull starters if up by 28 or more even if its only second quarter..

  27. Fo'ou Langi September 7, 2017 9:28 am

    Bingham bout to smash Kahuku!! Haha 801 always smashing the 808 state. Idk how Kahuku is even ranked nationally? They beat nobody. The good teams they played last year all beat them! Haha St Louis is the #1 team in Hawaii so idk how Kahuku is ranked nationally? Good luck but i gotta stick with the 801! And before you all use the excuse its a “rebuilding year” for all the losses Kahuku had in the past to Utah teams….Its ALWAYS a rebuilding year for EVERY school kids graduate life moves on and waits for nobody. Good programs know how to coach players to step up and develop them to fill those rolls. Thats what Kahuku lacks. 42-7 Bingham.

  28. Gout Killah September 7, 2017 4:12 pm

    What does Fo’ou Langi mean?

  29. Horse Whisperer September 7, 2017 8:21 pm

    @Fo’ou Langi, ahhhhh shuddup fake Mormon,๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Why don’t you and your fake gangster Toko above go play horsey with each otha๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. No forget sacrament Sunday, the one day you act holy, okay Bishop! Kae!

  30. Fo'ou Langi September 8, 2017 4:13 am

    @Horse Whisperer what did i say that says im a fake mormon? Hahaha what if i give my opinion it makes me “unworthy” of the sacrament? Haha the truth pierces your soul and thats what makes you bitter. Please go to church and the temple cause Kahuku needs all the help they can get.
    PS Pidgin is for Hawaiians you Fake Tongan!

  31. Fo'ou Langi September 11, 2017 4:41 am

    Hahaha Like i said Kahuku has NO CHANCE!!! Stay in Hawaii. Dont try to play us and get shut out! Hahahaha

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