Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata released John Hao as the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator after Friday’s 28-0 victory over Waianae, according to two trusted Honolulu Star-Advertiser sources.
Reached by phone this morning, Hao did not want to discuss the issue. Phone calls to Tata and Kahuku athletic director Gillian Yamagata were not immediately returned.
Hao, the former Saint Louis and University of Hawaii standout quarterback, came on board with the Kahuku offense when Tata was hired to start the 2015 season. The team has gone 16-0 since then and captured the 2015 Division I state championship.
Throughout that span, the Kahuku offense has found most of its success with a jumbo package that includes a wildcat-style quarterback, two blocking backs, two tight ends and no wide receivers. So far this season, the Red Raiders have been switching between that offense and a traditional offense led by freshman quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, who received a scholarship offer to play at Michigan before he took his first high school snap.
Maiava is 19-for-41 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Backup Cameron Renaud, a senior is 5-for-10 for 106 yards and a TD. In addition, three Kahuku ball carriers — Elvis Vakapuna, Steven Lombard and Harmon Brown — have all rushed for three touchdowns.
One of the two sources said that Loga Fonoimoana has been promoted from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator, and that it’s possible that some Kahuku assistants may appeal to Tata on behalf of Hao and for his reinstatement.
The Red Raiders (3-0, 3-0 OIA Blue) host Campbell on Saturday and visit Radford on Sept. 9 before taking on the top-ranked team in the nation – Bishop Gorman — in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.
Hao spoke with the Star-Advertiser’s Paul Honda after the game: