Kahuku head coach Tata releases Hao as OC

So far this season, the Kahuku offense has bounced between a traditional offense led by freshman quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, above, and an up-the-gut attack out of a jumbo package. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
So far this season, the Kahuku offense has bounced between a traditional offense led by freshman quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, above, and an up-the-gut attack out of a jumbo package. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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:

COMMENTS

  1. Alpha August 30, 2016 11:15 am

    @EducationFirst….. just keep the comments football based. You comparing the schools as a whole, of course ilh will be at a higher academic level because that’s what private schools offer. If I wanted my kid to further their english, math, science studies or whatever then of course i’ll have to pay to get the teaching and education required. But if you just compare the football programs and the production that the players make within the sport then Kahuku hast the edge. Yes…. ilh graduate with a higher level of education which is perfect as a backup plan for an aspiring football player, but more football players from high school to D1 schools to the professional level have come out of Kahuku….


  2. PONO August 30, 2016 11:58 am

    Lots of adults acting like kids in here.


  3. Education First August 30, 2016 12:11 pm

    So you are saying that having less than 1% of your student body make the NFL is the smart play Alpha?

    I am just pointing out that it’s quite disappointing that Trig is a senior class. That will not prepare the 90-99% of student athletes who will not play college or pro football.

    While this is a sports forum, everything revolves around academics. If you are banking of your child to play pro football I might have better odds winning the lottery.


  4. Alpha August 30, 2016 12:27 pm

    @EducationFirst…. no that’s not what I’m saying because I’m commenting on the football players alone and not the student body. You cannot put a number on these kids because you don’t know what their agenda on the team is, oia or ilh. What if I said 1% of USC’S student body makes it to the nfl…. does that mean their education sucks?


  5. Good Story August 30, 2016 12:43 pm

    @ Alpha
    Just ignore ’em…this guy isn’t looking for solutions. More productive if you go talk to one tree.


  6. Truthful Simon August 30, 2016 1:15 pm

    Normally I wouldn’t respond to these comments because most of the time it’s idiots that are commenting. But since @SimpleSimon wants to talk about someone and their family and feels like he knows the truth from an inside scoop it was only necessary to put out the REAL truth:
    @simplesimon – are you sure your inside scoop is a reliable source? Or is your inside scoop just trying to save face for themselves? Easier to blame the person who is no longer there. Because from what I know your head coach put the blame on certain players. Why blame it on the kids, when the kids should be their main priority? If you ask me that’s a cowardly way to act or release a staff member.

    As for personal issues, I think your head coach should look at himself first because he has major issues especially when it comes to drinking. From the facts that we know isn’t he banned from turtle bay for a year because of his stupidity? So I really think the one with personal issues is the head guy and his little side kick. I wonder what the policies are for volunteers and employees of the DOE/OIA when it comes to felony convictions. Are our kids safe around those type of people? Just saying…if you’re supposedly claiming that it was for the safety of the kids.


  7. Pick Six August 30, 2016 1:47 pm

    Guys quit feeding the troll, aka “education first”. Ignore him, let him make new aliases and talk to himself on this blog.


  8. anywaaaays!! August 30, 2016 2:30 pm

    wow,

    for St. Louis, when they are not winning the wheels start to roll off
    for Kahuku when they winning the wheels start to roll off

    this island it three much!


  9. Education First August 31, 2016 10:03 am

    Pick Six August 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm
    Guys quit feeding the troll, aka “education first”. Ignore him, let him make new aliases and talk to himself on this blog.

    88 is that you buddy? HI!


  10. Education First August 31, 2016 10:05 am

    Alpha August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    @EducationFirst…. no that’s not what I’m saying because I’m commenting on the football players alone and not the student body. You cannot put a number on these kids because you don’t know what their agenda on the team is, oia or ilh. What if I said 1% of USC’S student body makes it to the nfl…. does that mean their education sucks?

    WAIT! STOP THE PRESS! Are you actually comparing the academics of USC to Kahuku to make your point?

    That is like comparing Kahuku (HEALD BUSINESSS COLLEGE) to Punahou (HARVARD) or IOLANI (YALE).

    C’mon man, even you are not that ridiculous, or are you?


  11. Education First August 31, 2016 10:09 am

    Good Story August 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm
    @ Alpha
    Just ignore ‘em…this guy isn’t looking for solutions. More productive if you go talk to one tree.

    Here is an easy solution. Parents from Kahuku need to look in the mirror and take accountability. You need to sit down from little kid time and do homework with your children. You need to realize that football is a game and not life. It is not the safe path for opportunities for your children after high school. And you guys need to stop blogging instead of grinding away with your children learning how to count above 10 without taking off your shoes and leaning the alphabet without using a chart. Easy to point fingers and talk crap online.

    I am not the one with a kid testing a 20% on a math test and 40% on a ELA test. If I did that I would apologize to my child daily for failing them.


  12. Paper Crane August 31, 2016 10:44 am

    @John Hao; you the man guy like a true professional only thinking what’s better then the best for your Red Raiders Nation; thinking with the kabeisa and not the valentine warrants recognition as a true and unselfish Red Raider for Life (RR4L); you are welcome John and here’s my keys to my safe haven 24/7, mahalo again John, best wishes.


  13. Alpha August 31, 2016 12:42 pm

    @EducationFirst I’m comparing the numbers you idiot, are you that book smart that you don’t have common sense? You don’t even answer with facts you just belittle…… go ahead respond back with some insults and not prove anything. Ignorance is alive and well in you….. and of course you will prove it by replying back to this comment….


  14. Education First August 31, 2016 12:53 pm

    Alpha August 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm
    @EducationFirst I’m comparing the numbers you idiot, are you that book smart that you don’t have common sense? You don’t even answer with facts you just belittle…… go ahead respond back with some insults and not prove anything. Ignorance is alive and well in you….. and of course you will prove it by replying back to this comment….

    I am comparing the numbers!!! HAHA! Only an idiot would compare numbers between USC and Kahuku. Other than having books and human being and maybe some trees, there is nothing similar between the 2. One institution (USC) is known for high academics and a fine athletic program. The other school (not an institution) is known for having a great plate lunch place across the street, really good spicy ahi poke across the street, and really bad academics.

    And you want to compare those two? And you are calling me an idiot? Of course I am going to reply back. It’s fun toying with you fools.

    Notice, when I choose to, can provide exact scientific data to strengthen my opinions. You on the other hand can only resort to insults and anger.

    The entire world might view me as an ass, but a very intelligent ass. You on the other hand are just viewed as a very angry unintelligent human being.

    And regarding common sense, anyone with common sense would not compare USC and Kahuku. Anyone who is an idiot would probably do that.

    But I will give you a compliment. That fact that you even heard of USC impresses me. I am impressed that you can even name a single college, especially given the fact that you never attended one. Well other than trying to get a date or because you got lost on the BYU-Hawaii Campus.


  15. Education First August 31, 2016 12:59 pm

    Comparing USC and Kahuku, hahaha. Man thanks! You just made me smile! I never thought a person alive would ever compare those two schools.and talk about education!

    What’s next? Are you going to compare a Range Rover to a Kia and say they both come in black?

    HAHA, c’mon man stop it! I know you are playing. Even an idiot wouldn’t make that comparison. I will admit it! You got me! I actually thought you were being serious. Good one!


  16. RuggedSlopes August 31, 2016 1:59 pm

    LMAO @EducationFirst


  17. Alpha August 31, 2016 2:26 pm

    Alpha August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    @EducationFirst…. no that’s not what I’m saying because I’m commenting on the football players alone and not the student body. You cannot put a number on these kids because you don’t know what their agenda on the team is, oia or ilh. What if I said 1% of USC’S student body makes it to the nfl…. does that mean their education sucks?

    Where’s the comparison? You put words in people’s mouth to make your comments seem legit, but no proof yet….


  18. Alpha August 31, 2016 2:36 pm

    Education First August 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm
    So you are saying that having less than 1% of your student body make the NFL is the smart play Alpha?

    In reference to a comment you made assuming that this was the point I was getting at. Did you mean student body? Or football players?


  19. Alpha August 31, 2016 2:46 pm

    @EducationFirst and don’t ever comment like you know a thing about me and who I am. That is very offensive, and I do not want to be banned but you are one lucky keyboard warrior.


  20. 89 August 31, 2016 10:39 pm

    Moderator or Webmaster can you please ban Alpha? He is making the entire human race dumber by reading his posts. Aloha!


  21. Got17 August 31, 2016 10:57 pm

    @89

    LMAO!


  22. Education First September 1, 2016 8:30 am

    Alpha August 31, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    Alpha August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    @EducationFirst…. no that’s not what I’m saying because I’m commenting on the football players alone and not the student body. You cannot put a number on these kids because you don’t know what their agenda on the team is, oia or ilh. What if I said 1% of USC’S student body makes it to the nfl…. does that mean their education sucks?

    Where’s the comparison? You put words in people’s mouth to make your comments seem legit, but no proof yet….

    There is no proof in the universe that would allow a human being to compare USC and Kahuku. I can search all the libraries and databases in the entire world, maybe even outer space and there will be no evidence since it does not exist.

    Unless there is a library called “Alpha’s Fool Library for Morons” there is no evidence. but I can totally see you being the founder and facilitator for that Moron Library.

    You could bring Ghandi and Socrates into this discussion and they wouldn’t compare USC and Kahuku.

    But I like how you are trying to distract and alter your argument hoping that people forgot that you are trying to compare Kahuku and USC and even bringing academics into the argument.

    HAHAHAHAHA! That is the best. I want to be your friend. You can make me smile! I almost think you are like a preschooler with the things you write! HAHA, thanks!


  23. 87 September 1, 2016 8:36 am

    Must be nice to buy your blue chip athletes and buy the state tourney. #MoneyCantBuyTitles


  24. Education First September 1, 2016 10:20 am

    87 September 1, 2016 at 8:36 am
    Must be nice to buy your blue chip athletes and buy the state tourney. #MoneyCantBuyTitles

    Can you please provide any facts as to which kids are being bought and recruited?

    Also, it is nice to have new facilities that are nice than our state universities and most mainland universities.

    I would invite your child to join, but then again I don’t think Punahou accepts EBT cards.


  25. Education First September 1, 2016 10:21 am

    @87, and could you imagine the admissions office trying to read your application. Where it says full legal name, you would just write an X.

    That would totally ruin it for your kid.


  26. MrWendall September 1, 2016 11:57 am

    Familys with kids enrolled at ILH schools whether they are PAYING full tuition, partial, or only 05% are still PAYING something. This by definition categorize these Familys as clients.

    The ILH schools will do anything and everything in the best interest of their PAYING CLIENTS. Even if it means to tilt the odds in favor of the ILH to win in the playoffs by having 2 teams in the Open and Iolani the Automatic bid in the D1. Even if it means to screw the OIA, yes, the PAYING clients and the EGOs of the Alumni trump the ALOHA SPIRIT


  27. Alpha September 1, 2016 12:26 pm

    @EducationFirst….. perfect, I Wana be your friend too. 5 guys 6:00 . I’ll be more then happy to go over the comparison face to face. I would love to learn more about everything from you also. This state could use someone like you with your education background to get it back into shape. Why waste all that knowledge here on HPW. Thanks for schooling me tho, props to you my friend…. lemme know if you down to meet up, if not I’ll come to you….


  28. Got17 September 1, 2016 1:22 pm

    @Alpha

    Don’t get all salty here online. You just got a little but of a lesson to really open your eyes as to how you & the rest of the RR4L see Kahuku Football. Its all fine & dandy to have pride but when you lay it all on the line facts are facts.

    Stop getting so emotional.


  29. Alpha September 1, 2016 1:36 pm

    @Got17….. I’m an OIA guy by default, LA county. What makes you guys think I’m from that part of the island? Or even from this state? …. been their twice, too much of nothing going on there, not my pace. I take it personal because of the side comments that gets thrown after a point is being made. I got stereotyped alot growing up, Didn’t think it was worse here in hawaii. My invitation is sincere though, I would like to learn more about the private school mentality here. And I really do want to be @EducationFirst friend as well.


  30. Alpha September 1, 2016 1:53 pm

    @Got17….. here’s an example of a side comment after a point was made…..

    Don’t try and camouflage it now that you and your other aliases have been exposed. The only uneducated people on there at the band of merry men trying to make football more important than it really is. But don’t worry, when I drive through a the McDonald’s out there I will make sure to give your son working the drive-though window a tip. I will even make it a $20 so he can buy you a meal that evening.

    …….. How can you not take stuff like that personal, theirs a certain level of maturity a person of such high education should have. Yes the red nation can Dish’m out too, but this guy/gal takes the cake.


  31. red x September 1, 2016 4:32 pm

    @education first
    Guy do you have anything else better to do than put down the kids at Kahuku! Do you even know what a football game is? Obviously you hate them for smashing your school or probably did play and got run over by there kicker. How bout stop the negativity and learn how to talk to girls


  32. Education First September 1, 2016 9:53 pm

    Alpha, post your name and address and I will show up tonight by 11:00pm…See u then buddy!


  33. Education First September 1, 2016 9:55 pm

    red x September 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    @education first
    Guy do you have anything else better to do than put down the kids at Kahuku! Do you even know what a football game is? Obviously you hate them for smashing your school or probably did play and got run over by there kicker. How bout stop the negativity and learn how to talk to girls.

    Nah I really don’t. I have an abundance of time since all my money invested pretty much does the work for itself.

    As for football it’s just not that important. School is! It’s unfortunate that the only thing you guys can talk about is football. I guess I would do that too if my kid’s grade sucked and couldn’t count without a calculator.


  34. Education First September 1, 2016 9:59 pm

    Alpha, I mean 88…is that you? LOL


  35. Alpha September 1, 2016 11:20 pm

    @EducationFirst… is it to late? Im in a mtg…Soabol across walmart on keeaumoku. Tell the girl at the door your with Alpha…. come down homie…


  36. Education First September 2, 2016 7:51 am

    TALK TALK TALK.

    You had an opportunity to put your name and address and we could discuss sports like men. Instead you choose not to. You call others keyboard tough guys but you are the keyboard champion.

    You had an opportunity to show the entire world how much of a man you were. Instead of putting your name and address like I asked you tell me to go to a restaurant and ask for a lady. I understand being in public since you need to feel safe.

    You just showed the entire world that you are all TALK TALK TALK!

    Get off the computer and let your mommy do some work now. It’s time for school little boy.


  37. 87 September 3, 2016 5:45 am

    @mrwendel you said “amilys with kids enrolled at ILH schools whether they are PAYING full tuition, partial, or only 05% are still PAYING something. This by definition categorize these Familys as clients.

    The ILH schools will do anything and everything in the best interest of their PAYING CLIENTS. Even if it means to tilt the odds in favor of the ILH to win in the playoffs by having 2 teams in the Open and Iolani the Automatic bid in the D1. Even if it means to screw the OIA, yes, the PAYING clients and the EGOs of the Alumni trump the ALOHA SPIRIT”

    – great point, they are looking out for the interest of their paying clients, OIA kids dont pay anything so they are expendable


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