Kahuku falls multiple spots in Star-Advertiser Top 10

Mililani running back Kilifi Malepeai (9) was brought down by Kahuku defensive tackle Zion Ah You (38) just short of the goal line during the first half. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

For the first time since 2015, the Kahuku Red Raiders are not ranked in the top three in the state.

The three-time defending OIA champions dropped two spots to No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 this week after losing 38-10 to Mililani on Saturday to end a 51-game home winning streak at Carlton E. Weimer Field.

Kahuku fell out of the top three for the first time since it started the 2015 season ranked fourth. The Red Raiders were ranked No. 4 for eight straight weeks before eventually beating Saint Louis to win the state title.

Punahou, which lost to Kahuku 41-28 to start the season, has won five of its last six to climb to No. 2 in the rankings. It’s the first time the Buffanblu have been ranked as high as No. 2 since Week 10 in 2016 after a win over Saint Louis. That was the last time the Crusders, ranked No. 1 for the 29th straight week, lost a game.

Mililani moved ahead of the Red Raiders into the No. 3 spot after dealing Kahuku its worst lost against a Hawaii opponent since its 2008 season opener against Kamehameha.

Saint Louis and Punahou give the ILH the top two spots in the rankings for the first time since a six-week stretch in 2015.

Two-time defending Division II state champion Lahainaluna jumped a spot to No. 5. It’s the Lunas’ first top-five ranking by a newspaper since the Honolulu Star-Bulletin had the Lunas No. 4 to end the 2004 season.

Campbell, which lost its third straight game, dropped one spot to No. 6 but finished ahead of No. 7 Kamehameha by a single vote.

Undefeated OIA Division I leader Moanalua remained at No. 8, but earned 35 votes to close the distance on the No. 7 spot. Na Menehune were ranked as high as sixth on one ballot.

Leilehua, which handed Waipahu its first league loss, 50-20 on Friday, jumped back into the rankings at No. 9, ahead of No. 10 ‘Iolani. The Mules beat the Raiders 31-20 earlier this season.

Also receiving votes were St. Francis (three), Kapolei (two), Hilo (one) and Maui (one).

Friday, Oct. 5
No. 1 Saint Louis at Farrington, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Mililani at Kapolei, 7:30 p.m.
No. 8 Moanalua vs. Waipahu at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 ‘Iolani at Castle, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
No. 4 Kahuku at No. 6 Campbell, 6:30 p.m.
Maui at No. 5 Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Kamehameha at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
Damien at No. 9 Leilehua, 6:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

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


  1. Yessahhhhh October 1, 2018 3:48 pm


  2. HBoy October 1, 2018 4:18 pm

    I love and support my Red Raiders. It was a frustrating game to watch to say the least. The flags seemed endless, the refs seemed biased, the fans were dead (the Red Sea), Mililani came to play. They were prepared for with a game plan and executed it and although my Red Raiders have many players out with injury, I was confident the players filling in are capable to doing the job well. I was frustrated that we chose to play a passing scheme which Mililani is very familiar with (just like against StLouis) we played to their strengths. We tried to play with them as them and the same result as StLouis a beatdown. Not because we are less physical or able to keep up but the scheming and adjustments were not made with the players we have. It is great to be able to find a new identity or create a new one but losing your own comes at a cost. Change comes slowly but we can’t forget our roots which is smash mouth football. Mix it in with those passes and keep the boys excited to play now as well as later. We have a long way to go still and I have faith they will be better prepared by states. As for the rest of the schedule…be worried because the sass stick is out and they gonna use it. Go Big Red!

  3. Mahatma Gandhi October 1, 2018 4:36 pm

    HBoy, which Kahuku school district kids are now playing and starring for ILH teams?

  4. Jimmy Choo October 1, 2018 5:28 pm

    Why is it whenever Kahuku loses it’s always the refs, or the coaching, or the ILH Agenda. You guys always have to take away from what the other team has accomplished. Haven’t you heard of humility and giving credit where credit is due.

    No one is biased. Officials aren’t cheating. Maybe if Kahuku played with more discipline and were taught to be accountable, there would not have been as much flags thrown on them.

    I get it if the final score was 24-20. But you got pounded. And if you took away two mistakes that Mililani made, you could have been bolohead on the scoreboard.

    Good job Mililani. You deserved it and did it all on your own. The officials did not aid you at all. You won due to execution, talent, coaching, desire, and grit.

  5. Jimmy Choo October 1, 2018 5:32 pm

    Mahatma Gandhi October 1, 2018 4:36 pm
    HBoy, which Kahuku school district kids are now playing and starring for ILH teams?

    Who cares? A kid can go to any school that they want. Kids obviously go to STL for an academic experience, athletic experience, or a combination of the two.

    If a family chooses to live in a certain district, that does not mean they have to go to that school or the kid belongs to that school. A family can choose whatever they want, whether it is a private school, the school in their geographic district, or if they want to get a GE to attend another private school.

    If a school is attractive to a family, then most likely they will do everything in their power to send their child there. If a private school can provide financial assistance, then we should be celebrating that reward for that family, not chastising them.

  6. 88 October 1, 2018 5:36 pm

    Mililani came into our backyard and whooped dat @$$.. plain and simple. It dont matter who was not playing. Congrats Trojans. RaiderNation suck it up and get ready for the next game.

  7. Hammer October 1, 2018 6:13 pm

    Kahuku coaches had a two weeks to prepare for mililani cravalho probably is a great guy but high school coaches don’t put on your pom poms and go crazy cheering on the guys he looks like he’s coaching pop Warner that being said they need to regroup asap and do there best the seniors need to bring the team together and go soul searching I think they can if they go back to the basics that made kahuku who they are good luck but it starts from the top

  8. C-Pop October 1, 2018 6:38 pm

    Kahuku losing first game at home in a long time ouch they were dominated by a team with a great QB and their system hit on all cylinders. Defense played physical to stifle Kahuku run game and aerial efforts. Great job by Rod York and staff preparing Trojans for success!
    Top teams at this juncture: Saints decisive top team. Mililani and Punahou neck and neck even though Puns won early matchup, they lost to Kahuku.
    D-1: Moanalua, Leilehua, Iolani
    D-2: LahainaLuna. St. Francis

  9. Jimmy H. October 1, 2018 7:05 pm

    Now that the season is playing out the rankings are beginning to clear up. I wasn’t expecting Mililani to beat up on Kahuku tho. And Cambell….sorry, but you got a pissed off RRN coming your way. Sound the alarms!!!

    Mililani better continue to evolve, because Kahuku D will definately show up next time around better prepared.

    STL just needs to focus on Punahou. I know everyone is patting STL on the back and telling them to drink the Kool Aid, but Punahou is getting stronger and could’ve won the first meeting.

  10. C-Pop October 1, 2018 7:34 pm

    No kool aid regarding Saints – what makes them elite in Hawaii football 2018 is their very talented and deep Defense, especially their front seven. When they come to play things get ugly!

  11. Austin Chang October 1, 2018 9:29 pm

    I thought Anuenue was at #1? I feel like Anuenue can beat Kahuku, St. Louis, and Punahou.

  12. Hammer October 1, 2018 9:33 pm

    The top 4 teams in the state can beat each other in any given day it’s going to come down to the coaches that’s make st louis better then the other teams rod york is doing good punahou had played st louis so many times over the years it’s going to be very exciting Can’t wait good luck to every team stay healthy

  13. CynHyn October 1, 2018 11:11 pm

    The only standings is the last game,last team standing. Like Manti said “nobody remembers second place”. Week 1 to 8 , TOP TEN is just fluff for thought.

  14. Wake up October 2, 2018 6:50 am

    Lahaina @ number 5? Wow the disrespect to all the teams trying to compete in the Open and D1. Sandbag much?

  15. ILH October 2, 2018 8:45 am

    okay point black, Saint Louis and Punahou is #1 and #2, and only one ILH team can go? Give me a break, this state tourny thing is so bogus its not even funny anymore. Campbell sucks and they probably still will get a shot at the state tournament while punahou a top 3 team sits on the side and watches. SMH , this is rediculous

  16. Hammer October 2, 2018 8:59 am

    ILH you are right first if all that’s the OIA as crooked as can be then you got the scrub blane gaison the head of ILH and George Gilbert another fag giving in to the OIA look at deals the ILH got o at the gates when playing at the stadium the ILH get only 20 percent of the gate that’s what you get when blane and George where there under wear backward were hole is right there the ILH needs to get rid of them put in real men

  17. Lou October 2, 2018 9:11 am

    We should get Gaison out as ILH league president. If ILH schools cannot transfer out to other ILH school without the 1 yr.sit out, then it’s a matter if time before the OIA takes over. We do not need the weak OIA! Just let St.Francis and Iolani and Damien move up. Then we would have a strong 6 team Open. Who needs the OIA.

  18. Notes October 2, 2018 10:04 am

    If the only ranking that matters is the last one then why are people complaining the ILH should have two teams in the tourney. The last team from the ILH standing is all that matters and that team will represent the ILH well.

  19. Hammer October 2, 2018 10:30 am

    A guy’s remember this every team is injury away from not making the playoffs even st louis mililani and punahou they loose their quarterback there’s goes there season I feel for kahuku but they remember what this what ever hand is dealt to you play the hand you got because if you throw your hand down you loose grantee so my advice is move on and do your best and the next guy need to step up period

  20. Oneuponedown October 2, 2018 12:12 pm

    ILH fans always crying about having more spots, u crybabies only have 3 teams that any good (st Lou., Kam, Pun) if u can’t beat out the other two YOU OUT 😂! Come on always trying to play the victim wen the ILH has all the advantages ALWAYS!!! Must be so shame when a team like Punahou with all the money & boosters, kids recruited from all parts of the island lose to a down year Kahuku team lol, u should be OUT!

  21. Real Talk on HawaiiPrepWorld October 2, 2018 2:34 pm

    Sucks to see Punahou sittin pretty at #2. They most likely will win out the rest of the year. But St Louis is top dawg in ILH and come states, the Buff ‘n Blue will be sittin on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, two teams that they beat up on (Campbell & Mililani) will be in. Sucks, but that’s just the way it is.

  22. Hammer October 2, 2018 3:20 pm

    Let’s hope this state tournament is fair not like the way it’s set up when all year you are the number 1 team in the state but in the tournament you play the 3rd seat number 2 seat plays the 4 seat that’s bull shit because the OIA is playing the ILH this year the top 4 teams should play in the tournament that’s the reason why the OIA said the ILH games don’t count there are very crook it funny the OIA is crook it the ILH guys has no balls they all need to go the best in the state should play in the tournament the hell if you are a ILH or OIA team

  23. Coach C October 2, 2018 6:14 pm

    St.L will play Punahou for the IL H championship. That will be the second time . Do you want to see a third meeting? Their excuse to form a open league was “we don’t want to play each other over and over”. Huh? If Punahou cannot beat St.L after 2 tries, No can. Same like OIA championship, if Mililani and Kahuk u play, would you want to watch the same game over 2 weeks later? I’m sure they would be rank 2&3. No can..

  24. to good times October 2, 2018 7:06 pm

    17 Lou
    Get Gaison out otherwise it’s just a matter of time before the OIA takes over.
    We do not need the weak OIA….Who is we? You sound like another poster. But, in reverse.

    20 Oneuponedown
    Must be so shame when a team like Punahou lose to a down year Kahuku….Be careful of what you say. Even Kahuku could lose to a lesser or non ranked team before the season is over….Then you the one who going feel so shame.

    Only half way through his first season and already some RRFL fans are calling for Coach Sterling to be axed. Now who wants to win at all costs?

  25. Hammer October 2, 2018 7:15 pm

    It’s called a fair process for example kamehameha girls volleyball not going play the 3rank team on the playoffs how many times he see other sports in tournament ILH teams play each other in the tournament for the title only football can never happen why only one team from the ILH goes even when two teams is rank in the top 4 in the state the top 4 teams in the state I believe in any given day they can beat each other now you bring teams like Campbell who has no chance to beat any of the top teams it’s not a fair system last but not least over the years kahuku and mililani won state titles nobody brought up about recruiting that’s a excuse the OIA can used for many years guys was going to play for a ILH school decades stop crying and enjoy the games

  26. to good times October 2, 2018 7:19 pm

    The kids are having fun playing different and new teams right now. This is their time. The talk of changes, improvements, continuation of the OIA ILH merger should be done after the season. Just my opinion.

  27. anywaaaays!! October 2, 2018 7:34 pm

    Hammer/88/Education First: All you ILH people need to stop already. Do you know the history behind the OIA ILH split? Let me educate you. At the time, rampant recruiting by the ILH Agenda was literally destroying high school football in hawaii. These people had no morals. They would come in under the cover of the night and steal the kids, destroy football communities, and kill the pride people had in their communities just to win football games to increase the prestige of their “schools.”

    So ILH wants to recruit and make super teams? fine. go play in your own league. it didn’t prevent cal lee and the ILH agenda from no holds bar recruiting, but it helped prevent complete destruction of OIA football. Now with this “alliance,” the ILH found a way to sneak in and recruit even harder. Who is in charge of the HHSAA? Who runs the state? ILH grads. We don’t need more than 1 ILH team in the playoffs. WE shouldn’t have any. Let the ILH play in their own bowl game called the Recruiting Bowl. If they want to complain about unfairness in state championships, then how about this. Stop recruiting and then we can talk. RRFL!

  28. Wake up October 2, 2018 7:59 pm

    It’s a testiment to the IHL if you ask me. Would you rather your kid go to school with or even become someone running the state or those who aren’t? Dumbass

  29. Hammer October 2, 2018 9:12 pm

    If you ask me why they had two leagues OIA and the ILH is because how many more schools open in the OIA as well as the ILH tell kahuku stop bringing guys from Utah samoa and other places mililani stop taking the guys from KPT the OIA rule is that you can play at any school you want no rules so if you have a good program guys will come when kahuku was winning states championships we guys had parades no school now you guys are not winning now you guys are playing the blame game blame the coaches blame the that schools are recruiting stop whining you guys ever thought the team is just better very good winners but very sore losers

  30. Coach C October 3, 2018 9:06 am

    Hammer. Why would some kid come all the way from Utah or Samoa to play at Kahuku? Then catch plane after school instead of bus? Maybe get big family in Laie? KIDS that play at Kahuku, live in Kahuku District,period. Can’t say that for other OIA schools, but its all good. Public schools,which is free, is called transfer rule. Private schools,ILH, that cost $$$, is called Recruiting. Why? Because of monetary gains by the recruitee or tuition reduction considerations. #28,wake up, Gov.IGE, pearl city, Gov.Cayetano,Farrington, OIA schools,dumbazz.

  31. ILH October 3, 2018 11:29 am

    All you Kahuku people talking bout recruiting, when you guys are the biggest recruiters. Some of the kids that plays for kahuku come from mainland and other islanders. Why, they use the family to transfer there to play, it doesnt look as bad when you moving with family to play football. Even worse you guys are doing that for basketball, kids come play basketball season then move out after, thats way more worse then recruiting period lol. Also Kahuku has from haleiwa to almost kahaluu which is a 30 mile stretch. So dont get it twisted. Dont worry Kahuku people, you guys have a lot more to accomplish to even compare your guys selves to saint louis. When people mention hawaii football, St louis comes to mind not kahuku with that pop warner offense that they have lol. They cannot even pass the ball, it looks like pop warner football. And let me put it this way, kamehameha, Punahou, and st louis should be in state tourny cause they would whoop every OIA school with the exception of Mililani and Kahuku. Get it right please, state tourny supposed to be the best 6 in the state.

  32. M October 3, 2018 3:34 pm

    @ Wake Up, LOL you the hardest Lahaina hater! get over it, its just a lousy High School Football ranking dude! let me help you out, call this number 808-832-3100, THEY WILL HELP YOU! Any higher up Lahainaluna may go..the more sleep your gonna lose, nail your gonna bite off and hair your gonna pullout (if you have any left) CRACKER. Hawaii Suicide Hotline, CALL THEM BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! AGAIN..JUST A REMINDER, “ITS ONLY A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKING”

  33. 88 October 3, 2018 7:48 pm

    @ Coach C, why does is matter where a kid lives? Only the parents should choose where their kid goes to. Everyone else should mind their own business.

  34. Coach C October 3, 2018 8:56 pm

    88…read my post. I don’t give a rats about where parents send kids. I think your replying to ILH , Kahuku recruit rants. For ILH. Since the turn of the century (2000) KAHUKU has been in the championship game 11 times.,8 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!. St.Louis, 4 STATE. Whose catching up???A public school???

  35. Wake up October 4, 2018 9:43 am

    Coach C both of those Govs where/are terrible. You wake up dummy. And I can name countless kids who played for Kahuku who didn’t live in the community but stayed with their “uncle” to play football. Educate yourself before you make yourself look even more stupid. I’ve followed this site for a very long time and know certain accounts are trolls. Coach C might be actually this stupid

  36. Ugly Olos October 4, 2018 1:58 pm

    Hammer is killing it! True dat Mililani has one van full of would be Governors who got GEs that get carted off to Mililani every day. Jalen Olomua was their best player last year and he’s just one example. Kahuku and Mililani make a mockery of the “home school” rule. Look it up…. Hammer Time is right!

  37. Coach C October 4, 2018 6:21 pm

    Okay, Duke A.was a Lt.Governor. my bad. Oh and Coco rep the ILH.

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