Kahuku makes No. 1 ranking count

Kahuku's Kesi Ah-Hoy and Tui Niutupuivaha Jr. celebrated Kahuku's win late on Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Kahuku’s Kesi Ah-Hoy and Tui Niutupuivaha Jr. celebrated Kahuku’s win late on Friday night. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Kahuku’s 39-14 win over Saint Louis to claim the Division I state football title last Friday night left no doubt.

It also sent a message to voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 rankings not to count out the OIA quite so quick.

For the second year in a row, the lower-ranked OIA team knocked off the higher-ranked ILH team in the state championship to claim the final HSA No. 1 ranking of the year.

In 2014, Punahou held the No. 1 spot for the entire season before losing in the final to Mililani.

A record four different teams held the top spot in the rankings this season with eventual champion Kahuku finishing No. 1 only after completing an undefeated 13-0 season.

The Red Raiders returned to the top for the first time since the final poll of the 2012 season, when the Red Raiders won the second of consecutive state championships.

Kahuku had been No. 1 in 40 out of 50 weeks since the first rankings were released in 2010 but had gone almost three full years since last claiming the top spot.

Saint Louis finished second on every ballot to place No. 2 overall, followed by Punahou and Mililani. Eleven of the 14 voters ranked Punahou ahead of Mililani, which was No. 3 on the other three ballots.

Kamehameha, Waianae and Farrington finished Nos. 5, 6 and 7 with undefeated Division II champion Radford jumping to No. 8 following a 30-16 victory over Kapaa in the D-II state final.

Kapaa dropped to No. 9 with Baldwin finishing No. 10.

Baldwin finished in the top 10 at the end of a season for the first time since earning the No. 5 ranking in the final poll of 2011. This is the first year both Kapaa and Radford have finished in the top 10.

Updated: Mar. 16
t1.Campbell (3)87
t1.Mililani (2)87
3.'Iolani (5)84
9.Pearl City16


  1. 88 November 23, 2015 4:08 pm

    Are these voters new to Hawaii? Obviously they know very little about football. There was NO DOUBT that Kahuku was going to be State Champions and should have never been ranked below #1 all year long.

  2. Oia#1 November 23, 2015 4:29 pm

    No love for waianae, booo!!! OIA RED BABY!! CONGRATZ TO KAHUKU AGAIN!!

  3. EwaEwa November 23, 2015 5:35 pm

    If you ask Cal Lee he doesnt want 2nd place the trophy is probably still sitting on the grass at Aloha stadium. Maybe this poll should only have 1 slot, the #1 and thats it.

  4. ilh November 23, 2015 6:54 pm

    All you lovers of Kahuku football, nice to win ha, you sitting on top of the world now, easy to make all kind of comments when you win, it took Kahuku three years to get back to the top, again Kahuku’s schedule for next year will be another fluke, the regular season games will be a cake walk, the only top teams you will play is in the State Tounament, so , basicly you win one big game and you are the State Champions. and just remember this, since Cal Lee returned to Saint Louis last year he has brought the Crusaders back to the State Championship game, he did not win the title this year, but at least he brought them back to the top, and i’m sure you will see St. Louis Playing Kahuku again next year. Sorry , but NO coach will ever beat Cal Lee’s win /loss record. Congrtulations to the repectful Kahuku family players and fans on a game well played in winning the State Championship.

  5. GrowUpAlready November 23, 2015 7:08 pm

    The voters should be fired for being too bias against the OIA and obviously knows nothing outside of the ILH. As shown, Waianae has a better defense than St. Louis and performed much better against Kahuku than St. Louis did.

    @ewaewa and @ilh, grow up already and enough being crybaby sore losers. We all know you two are haters ’cause you ain’t a Red Raider

  6. Chaddap November 23, 2015 7:13 pm

    We smashed everyone we played especially you. We have 8 state championships. Please you and EwaEwa need to stop talking. First EwaEwa dogs our team and now jumping on the bandwagon. I saved your screenshots of what you said so please just once and for all be quiet. You guys were the ones running your mouth about how we were overrated and didn’t play strong teams. Well what excuse you have now. WE SHUTDOWN EVERYBODY. take a sit in the lover’s section. I’m gonna go watch the replay of out 8TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

  7. EwaEwa November 23, 2015 7:19 pm

    Wait last year Cal Lee went 8-2 and didn’t even win the ILH
    This year he goes 9-2 and loses in the State title game.

    How is that better then Tata’s First year with Kahuku finishing at 13-0 and winning the Championship?

    According to Kahuku’s scores this year, St. Louis was the 4th hardest team we played
    Waianae 13-0
    Mililani 20-7
    Kapolei 27-7
    St. Louis 39-14

    ILH fans make excuses and say that Kahuku’s entire season was a cake walk, if so then the Championship game was the easiest game of the playoffs for us. But if you ask a Kahuku fan every game was a grind and learning experience to get better, there were no plays off or easy games.

  8. Insideoutsidein November 23, 2015 7:21 pm

    @ilh. Yes it took them 3 years but they are Champions!! Stop it already.. Stls like you said “did not win” last year with coach Lee and respectfully this year too. And yes, no coach will ever beat his wins/ ha..ha losses playing 19 year olds during his winning era. Don’t be surprised if them Stls boys from Kahuku will return to their roots. And don’t bring up academics cuz I know brothers that graduated from Stls with supposedly you all agree having better education are employed by companies that only requires a high school diploma.

  9. EwaEwa November 23, 2015 7:22 pm

    GrowupAlready – You and Chaddap get a room and smooch already!

  10. NEVERMIND November 23, 2015 7:27 pm

    Just let them sit there and wish and hope they had won. We did! If you respond and fuel their fire that’s exactly what they want. Anyone can say anything about our team and this season. Fact of the matter is, we beat everyone and lost to no one, everyone was a cake walk including St. Louis so before you downgrade our success and schedule just remember you was part of that schedule and we took you out as we did the other 12 teams!! Now quite down you ruining my Championship vibe!!

  11. EwaEwa November 23, 2015 7:30 pm

    Chaddap Im glad you posted your screenshots on code red and gave motivation to our boys and coaches to play like beasts. Woop Woop! Sometimes ladat! gotta take one for the team and play both sides you know! c/o 87 RR4L – Now go grind yo boyfren honky!

  12. OHHREALLY November 23, 2015 7:41 pm

    Ewa ewa- you sneaky guy haha

  13. Hauula93 November 23, 2015 8:38 pm

    @ILH.. Your pockets must be empty..Cuz my wallet is FAT…You and Lee boy still salty cuz your money is not where your mouth is… $100 dollars a point with confidence..That’s where my mouth was..39-14 Kahuku.. You do the math…lol..

  14. Fletcher Lee November 23, 2015 8:41 pm

    Why would graduating from St. Louis be linked to employment without a college degree?

    List of Billionaires without college degrees:

    1. Ted Turner
    2. Mark Zuckerberg
    3. Ralph Lauren
    4. Larry Ellison
    5. Steve Jobs
    6. Bill Gates

    ….. Even Abraham Lincoln!

  15. PublicEducation November 23, 2015 8:49 pm

    @ILH – Learn how to SPELL! I hope you just trying to stand up for the ILH and you didn’t “actually” attend an ILH school because you didn’t even learn proper grammar. Cal Lee should be PROUD that HIS students (some of Kahuku’s Coaches) won that night. HE instilled lessons that they probably taught the Red Raiders so for him to act in a way utterly devoid of CLASS is just sad.

  16. Fletcher Lee November 23, 2015 8:54 pm

    Tata and Ha’o won’t return to their roots.

    They’re happy in the country away from the rat race congestion and traffic. Kaimuki and other surrounding areas aren’t that cool to live in anymore man.

    All it takes is one freak earthquake, tsunami, disease, or economic collapse… Kaimuki and all those other places will be Mayhem.

    … Once the shipping containers stop coming in then what?

    And people are grumbling about the “Haka”? So silly.

  17. Fletcher Lee November 23, 2015 9:12 pm

    Don’t understand how Kahuku’s schedule could’ve ever been a cakewalk.

    The ILH has Puns and Saints. That’s about it.

    Am I missing something?

  18. Chaddap November 24, 2015 12:43 am

    @EwaEwa you sly devil you. No tell me you the guy that had 3 different names lol

  19. Chaddap November 24, 2015 12:45 am

    @EwaEwa I think honky would rather honk you! Lol ain’t no hiding, this Mike Heffernan and what? Proud my bro went out a champ.

  20. Red Raider 4 Life November 24, 2015 3:16 am

    You say that the Red Raiders had a fluke schedule, well, they beat everyone that was placed in front of them, including Farrington, Waianae, Mililani and Saint Louis, are these fluke teams?… Maybe the young men should play Radford too just to erase any doubt, you know, mono to mono, champion versus champion…

  21. GoBigRed November 24, 2015 4:57 am

    @@RR4L – das like St Louis playing Iolani… except Iolani gave St Louis hard rub whereas Radford would be shutout 50-something to zero…in the first half.

    Season pau. one and only Champions. End of story.

    Until next year! Aloooooooooooohaaaaaa!

  22. SimpleSimon November 24, 2015 6:42 am

    Cal Lee is done. He has been done since 2000. Don’t know why people keep thinking he is this mastermind. After 2000, what has this mastermind done for any team?

  23. DaDiablo November 24, 2015 9:32 am

    I get some $$$$ that Kahuku no can beat STL’s streak record of 14 in a row. Any takers?

  24. 88 November 24, 2015 10:04 am

    No one is going to beat that record uh duhhhh…. There is a rule set in place to make sure public schools cannot build a dynasty like the Crusader’s did in the 90’s. Whats your point?

  25. DaDiablo November 24, 2015 10:05 am

    No hate… just love to bet. Kahuku played one hell of game! They shut down the most versatile offense of the state. Those kids earned it outright.

  26. DaDiablo November 24, 2015 10:08 am

    Dynasty or not…. no one… I mean no one will repeat that feat imo. Like I said… I’d take a bet if anyone thinks they can beat that.

  27. 88 November 24, 2015 10:31 am

    Sure I wil bet $1 trillion.. Hit me up 14 years from now.

  28. eastside hooligan November 24, 2015 11:09 am

    Cal Lee and St. Louis this and Cal Lee and St. Louis that …….. Cal Lee and St. Louis need grow up!! NO CLASS and it starts from the Top down.
    IF you didn’t want to take the 2nd Place Trophy …. DON’T PLAY!!! FWAM!!!
    Kahuku schedule….. Hmmm we played top 10 teams … Campbell, Kapolei, Waianae , Mililani, and St. Louis??? Yes Campbell and Kapolei were ranked when we played them. After that go figure??

    Haka !! Why?? CUZ dey can!!! Classless…. Hmmm Maybe but they did it and Hahahahahah!!

    Tomahawk chopping before the game ignoring Mr Botehlo’s retirement….. We couldn’t hear nothing but Charlie Browns teacher talking …. Muah muah muah muah… They should of announced that at halftime when they didn’t have no Band or entertainment or even music over the loud speakers.

    FWAMS!! All y’all or irrtz!! Go on and Hate!!! From Kaaawa to Pupukea we have da bes community support in da state!!

  29. Fletcher Lee November 24, 2015 11:27 am

    Not sure who made up the second place trophy ceremony.

    If I just got spanked in front of 20,000, no ones gonna make me stay to collect award for 2cnd place. This 2cnd place trophy ceremony is brand new and it just plain pointless. Looks like a bunch of clueless ladies enacted this rule.

    Saints did the right thing to just go home after loss. Plain and simple!

  30. BleedRed November 24, 2015 11:40 am

    As a Red Raider alumnus, it’s good to see all the support on these blogs, but just remember, defenses like what we had this year comes around once in a great moon.Atuaia,Tapusoa,Anae and Santiago, the heart and soul of our defense all seniors.Hopefully around this time next year we can congadualate both teams win or lose instead of bashing the opponent because I have a hunch it’s going to be a rematch and it sucks losing and being hated on, just ask the Crusaders, RRFL

  31. BleedRed November 24, 2015 11:42 am

    Sorry, also left out Latu, sorry buddy

  32. DaDiablo November 24, 2015 12:28 pm

    Well this year’s champs got one down… now 13 in a row to go to be declared the best successive football program of Hawaii. The question is… does the school or football program have a plan in place? Meaning…. how are they going to entice their community players to stay and not get recruited? Same challenge UH has about keeping local talent from leaving the islands. A school like Kahuku has to develop strong enough roots for talent to stop leaving. Don’t blame the recruiters…. that’s a poor excuse. Same goes for UH recruitment. If the school provides something of greater value than the recruiting school… I’m sure the talent won’t leave.

  33. NoCry November 24, 2015 1:41 pm

    RRFLers – you still crying about not being ranked #1 the whole season – c’mon – grow up!!!

  34. STLOUISALUMNI November 24, 2015 3:06 pm

    Great job to ST LOUIS ALUMNI (Tata) and staff (HAO & Kekahuna & Welch) for winning this years state Championship. Without you smart guys this would not happen. Once again the point is you guys went to help Kahuku cause none of their alumni or residents smart enough to do it. Stay there at Kahuku to help teach those kids about football and how important academics are. Do da haka now!

  35. Pony Boy November 24, 2015 4:41 pm

    I’m somewhat new to the islands but it seems to me like “SOME” of the Saint Louis fans keep falling back on what once was. Yes I’ve heard all about the streak of 14 but I seem to hear it mostly at the end of the year when they (STL) have failed to win (or even advance to) the Championship.

    I feel that if Saint Louis is truly going to move forward, they have to stop looking back.

    Congrats to Kahuku, they have bragging rights till someone steps up and takes it away.

    Just my $.02

  36. 88 November 24, 2015 5:19 pm

    No, thank you St. Louis for not seeing the value in Coach Tata, Hao and Welch. Your loss has been our gain.

  37. Northshore November 24, 2015 6:05 pm

    @Stlouisalumni: Well said, “Tata and his coaching staff did a great job and accomplished “their” mission. Without the “homegrown” athletes it wouldn’t have been possible to win the championship. The chemistry of having good coaching and exceptional athletes made it a reality. Tata didn’t volunteer to come to help Kahuku but applied for the vacant position when coach Leslie departed Kahuku. He was selected as the new head coach from many who had applied. Mocking Kahuku’s alumni because they’re not smart enough to coach is a reflection of your no class mentality. What do you think Kahuku’s alumni’s Siuaki Livai and Reggie Torres accomplished when they coached the Red Raiders, especially when they beat St Louis for the state championship. I’m sure Tata has learned a lot about the athletes and supporters of this great community and why shouldn’t he stay since kahuku will be reloading for the next 20 years. The “haka” is Kahuku’s trademark (1st school) and other schools have tried to copy but never will they be able to duplicate it, because it’s part of Kahuku’s DNA. Go RRFL.

  38. Fletcher Lee November 24, 2015 6:11 pm

    St. Louis is not the same St. Louis as in the 80’s, 90’s.

    Nowadays with “liability” issues, regulations and various chicken sh*^# rules that have plagued our new society we live in, everybody’s walking on egg shells.

    Heck, I remember in ’93 after big wins coaches would “have a few” out back@ the Fieldhouse.

    Nowadays some friggin’ futless parents or staff would make huge controversy over it leading to a big pointless investigation.

  39. Fletcher Lee November 24, 2015 7:43 pm

    In order to fully understand St. Louis school, you have to go back to what was. School didn’t just pop up in the 50’s its actually been there from the 1860’s. The legends over the years brought it to what it is today. The men of St. Louis. Not boys.

    The ancestors of Portuguese plantation workers sent their sons to St. Louis ’cause it was catholic, plus suited their needs for private schooling. Started off as St. Louis college, then opened its doors to High school then intermediate.

    The Portuguese everyone knows are from Europe, so they stood out among the Jpnse, Filipino, Pake’s etc.

    As plantation workers they were the “Lunas” or plantation police. The made sure everything was in order. Plus they spoke da best pidgin out of everybody.

    Mentioning of forgetting the St. Louis past and moving forward w/ Cal Lee dynasty wouldn’t sound possible. St. Louis already had a huge dynasty before Cal Lee came to St. Louis.

  40. ilh November 24, 2015 9:08 pm

    Maybe Kahuku should have a preseason game next year with Bishop Gorman or Liberty, and see how they do, Kahuku could even be the home team here at Aloha Stadium so they could get the home field advantage plus their 12th man may help, because if they go the Vegas to play the game it would be a blow out, same with Punahou and Kamehameha, your preseason games should be top teams from the Mainland, not teams from outside the USA top 25.

  41. letitgo November 24, 2015 11:02 pm

    ilh…brah, you gotta let it go man. The scoreboard told the story, all pau the game. Kahuku wanted this game more, let them celebrate, because they earned that right. ilh, the score wasn’t even close, St. Louis lost by 25 points! they got their okoles handed to them. Brah, you gotta let it go. Go hiamoe, everyday the hurt lessens, just gotta let it go. Anyway, Get Poi?

  42. Good Story November 25, 2015 7:41 am

    Sole, 14 years from now Laie Park @ 430pm. I’ll see you there. I’ll bring the rice.

  43. SoCal November 25, 2015 8:08 am

    After watching SoCal high school football for many years, I’d still have to say… as good as some of Hawaii teams are…. they are no match for the best teams in SoCal. Yeah, the front guys (OL and DL) may match up well with SoCal boys…. but hands down, the skills players of Hawaii are no match with the SoCal skill position players. Hawaii lack the speed that we have… just look at the combine scores. The best Hawaii scores can’t compete against the best SoCal scores. Thus, in the end more scholarships to SoCal student athletes offered per year over Hawaii student athletes.

  44. Y U Mad November 25, 2015 9:51 am


    If they come here I’m sure we have no problem with it. We don’t have money and most people don’t if they are a public school, so traveling there isn’t really an option.

    With that said, why does it matter if we play outside teams if we end up beating everyone for the championship anyway? Everyone complains about Kahuku schedule, but we beat the top teams in HI anyway. So what difference would it make, besides seeing how we fare vs top Mainland Teams.

  45. Where's Waldo November 25, 2015 9:59 am

    Well, great for you guys SoCal. Does that stop Hawaii kids from getting scholarships to D1 schools? Does that stop Hawaii kids from making it into the NFL? No, no it doesn’t. As a matter of fact, Kahuku at one time had the most active NFL players than ANY school in the nation. From at place where the population is a fraction of one of your cities, I’d say that’s pretty damn impressive. And that’s only the N. Shore of Oahu. There are plenty greats that have come out of little ole Hawaii nei. So please take your comments to the LA times cuz, “we ain’t got time fo’ dat!”

    Congratulations to these boys for all their hard work and all their accomplishments!

  46. SoCal November 25, 2015 10:18 am

    @where’s waldo
    Did some research to prove my point…for 2015, active players on NFL roster…. 203 from California. The leader is Florida with 204. As far as fraction of population size etc etc… that’s not California’s problem. I give you that the best player coming out of Hawaii is top notch…. Mariota…. Kahuku and Oregon did groom him well for the next level. He’s definitely the best product out of Kahuku.

  47. Y U Mad November 25, 2015 10:26 am

    Mariota is from St. Louis Herp Derp

  48. Where's Waldo November 25, 2015 12:13 pm

    California has about 870 high schools with approx. 200 in the NFL while Hawaii has about 40 high schools with approx. 10 in the NFL. That means Hawaii’s average is higher than Californias. But whatever.. You keep on comparing CA to HI if that makes you feel better. Props to California. Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. EwaEwa November 25, 2015 3:18 pm

    Once again Congrats to Kahuku, My alma mater and my kids alma mater. My nephews and their friends for winning the State title both JV and Varsity. All their hardwork has gotten them the ultimate reward and they have set the tone for the next 5 years for our little ones to follow which will hopefully produce 5 more titles.

    I am not the guy with three different names, only two. Hahahahaaa!! (my work computer and my home computer) that is why EwaEwa not posting on the weekends cause I not at work! LOL. Next year maybe no respond to the haters because might be inside job! bwahahahaha bwahhaaa..drama so’o!

  50. Red Raider 4 Life November 25, 2015 3:47 pm

    @ Socal, so you trying to compare lets say LA versus the North Shore? For your information, Kahuku would be rank in population size to maybe 1/8, yes 1/8 of the population that spans from Kualoa to Pupukea, of one of your smallest school districts in that area, but for such a small area, we have multiple players in D1 and the NFL this year and previous years. In fact, we had Red Raiders represented in numerous Super Bowls too, on both sides of the ball…. pretty good for a small country school, to take your attitude somewhere where someone would care… Oh, and 8MM when to Saint Louis, so check your facts before you open your mouth.

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