Kahuku moves up in USA Today Super 25

Kahuku receiver Royce Pao celebrated after a touchdown in the OIA title game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku receiver Royce Pao celebrated after a touchdown in the OIA title game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku will attempt to defend its state championship on Friday night as the No. 21 ranked team in the country.

The Red Raiders moved up a spot to No. 21 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings released Monday.

Kahuku (10-1), which was idle last week, will face Kapolei in the semifinals of the Open Division in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.

The Red Raiders are 6-1 all-time against Kapolei and have defeated the Hurricanes four times over the previous two seasons, ending Kapolei’s season twice in the OIA playoffs.

Kahuku’s No. 1 scoring defense in the state will go up against Hawaii’s top passer, Kapolei sophomore Taulia Tagovailoa, who has thrown for 3,659 yards and 41 touchdowns.

The Red Raiders also jumped 12 spots to No. 18 in the country in the latest CBS Max Preps computer rankings released on Sunday. However, voters in the CBS Max Preps Xcellent 25 rankings still have Kahuku as one of five bubble teams outside of the top 25.

Kahuku has won 23 consecutive games against Hawaii opponents. This season, its average margin of victory against Hawaii teams is 46.1 points.


  1. Helflyer November 7, 2016 8:16 am

    Just win and worry about this at the end of the year….

  2. Red Raider 4 Life November 7, 2016 9:01 am

    @ Helflyer,
    Yup, just win Big Red, just Win and we worry about rankings later.

  3. Manley November 7, 2016 9:09 am

    Wonder how Miki Ah You is doing. Kahuku does need to get the speedy LB on Taulia. Also Nihipali-Botelho did not play in the second half of the OIA championship. Hope the two weeks have mended them.

  4. LohuiLani November 7, 2016 9:51 am

    I had a question…why do players use hyphenated last names? Is it because they want to represent both sides of their family, moms and dads, or is it because their parents are no longer together? I think it is cool that they have both family names represented regardless of circumstances.

  5. 88 November 7, 2016 9:51 am

    Both of them are hurt and i would be surprised if they play. But at this time of the year every team has playmakers who are hurt. It’s all about “Next man up” and “Your best 11 against our best 11.”

  6. AOK November 7, 2016 1:09 pm

    Surprisingly insightful comment for once

  7. TopDoggs November 7, 2016 1:42 pm

    Enjoy your ranking now because next year you will lose 80% of your starters and be watching the state tournament from your couches where the rest of you low-lifes reside. Good luck getting out of the OIA next year with Waianae and Kapolei on the rise.

    Kapolei 60
    Kahuku 7

  8. 88 November 7, 2016 2:29 pm

    Ahhhhhhh shuuudup…..

  9. What u smok'n November 7, 2016 2:55 pm

    @TopDick, just make sure you’re on this same boards Saturday morning.
    You’re an idiot if you think that’s going to be the final score. An upset, maybe but a blowout, please.
    Don’t worry about next year, just bend over and keep taking it for now, and if you are right about Kahuku “NEXT YEAR ” it is then you can stand up straight and pull your pants up. But till then…..KEEP TAKING IT.

  10. Good Story November 7, 2016 3:07 pm

    That so called 80% is being replaced by Boys who made it to the JV Championships 2 years in a row…so, take that Luck and put it “up in the Alley”.

  11. AiNoKea November 7, 2016 4:31 pm

    @ TopDoggs Kahuku is always consistent every year no matter how young their players are. They will always be a force to be reckon with every year!

  12. Jason Keuma November 7, 2016 6:29 pm

    Top dog- 30 out of 54 players does not even come close to 80%. It’s actually 55%. I would wish that it was closer to 32 out of 89 like another team, that would be nice.

    Looking forward to watching both of next weeks games, and reading about “d1” and D2 games.

  13. Paper Crane November 7, 2016 6:40 pm

    BIG RED EMPIRE will overcome all challengers on or from off island yet still a honorable reminder that still today our BIG RED EMPIRE are the defending champions for the State of Hawaii High School Football until proven otherwise and this Friday’s scrimmage game will make ready for the final on Saturday/19th; my make on the final score whereas Kahuku Red Raiders 40 and Kapolei 10; RR4L

    @Lohuilani; he, he, he, you so funny young lady like are you asking and answering your own comment, like just saying, enjoy kay.

  14. TooMeke November 7, 2016 7:03 pm

    No comment.



  15. Hau’ulaBoy November 7, 2016 7:37 pm

    Too funny.

  16. Red Raider 4 Life November 8, 2016 7:40 am

    ToppWhat??? Now Kapolei going drop 60 on Big Red? You for real or is this ILH and you went change your name? Bawwaaaaahhaaaaaahhaaaaa!!! Too dang funny.

    RR4L c/o 87

  17. rrforlfiebaby November 8, 2016 8:36 am

    Kapolei on the rise?
    Since you’re talking about how much Kahuku loses after this year, let’s see what Kapolei will lose: Sarono, Perez, Savea, Lee, Rosa, Meyer, Mareko, Segoia, Amosa-Tagovailo.. Taulia is only a Sophomore, but he loses his 2 top receivers. The canes D loses alot at each level.

    This is a magical season for Kapolei that will come to an end this weekend. Unless there is some major talent riding the bench or transfers coming in, good luck next year, maybe canes can have another magical season in two years.

  18. Tutu Kane Ale November 8, 2016 10:33 am

    Considering an awakening and a grave lost for Darren if June Jones took over as head coach for the UH Warriors next year and that’s probable with Coach Rolo ‘s poor numbers; just saying like no one even thought about that? RR4LE

  19. Homegrown November 8, 2016 11:50 am

    June Jones ain’t going anywhere…at least not taking over at UH. Rolo got a couple more years to do his thing and he’s already showed improvement in the direction of the program.

    Kapolei will be dangerous as long as Tagovailoa is around, and as long as they continue to receive the stud athletes from Campbell. Poor Amosa Amosa. Most of Kapolei’s best players should be playing for him.

  20. Stan November 8, 2016 12:07 pm

    Whoa @TopDoggs you better watch your mouth buddy with that “wherever you low life’s reside” comment I’d like to see you come out to kahuku and talk like that and see how long you last. In fact come to my house first, I’m a pretty low life I guess I’m only a Combat veteran in the army and have deployments to combat zones you’ve never even heard of running recon and direct action kill or capture missions with US military special operations units and partner nations, some of the things I learned on that football field wearing the red and white for kahuku gave me the mental fortitude to have the mind set to function at that level not expected of normal human beings, that’s why kahuku is so great because we have something that is imesurable that everyone is always trying to duplicate and replicate to no success it’s just a STATE OF MIND and PRIDE so ya keep running your mouth buddy #RRFL

  21. Chloropicrin November 8, 2016 6:38 pm

    Kapolei raided Campbell talent pool, but what’s funny is that Campbell will be a force in the next couple of years. I say Kapolei will still be competitive, but not semifinal deep competitive. Some said it earlier, they lose a lot of talent.

  22. Manley November 8, 2016 8:57 pm

    With the influx of kids to kapolei, they should have enough talent. That and a large group from Hawaiian homestead.

  23. NoCry November 9, 2016 7:54 am

    Watch out @topdoggs – only Kahuku peeps can make that type of prediction…they already want to take you out. They probably have someone looking for you! Bunch of over-the-hill clowns if you ask me!!

  24. DOMEZ November 9, 2016 9:07 am


  25. Good Story November 9, 2016 10:19 am

    There you go again…talking to yourself.

  26. NoCry November 9, 2016 1:01 pm

    @domez – real classy! This is why so many people want to see your team lose=YOU and the like minded (and similar vocabulary) simpletons you are!!

  27. Good Story November 9, 2016 2:24 pm

    No… just you and your multiple personalities.

  28. DOMEZ November 10, 2016 6:50 am

    Scrubs get more recognition then the Champs, haters motivate us…..ENEMY OF THE STATE…….

  29. Education First November 10, 2016 2:04 pm

    88 must be at Walmart again. He just signed in as GoodStory.

    GoodStory, I mean 88, I know you are not that creative. But can you stop using my material.

    I started with the accusations of multiple usernames around 5 years ago before 88 or Good Story existed. You can check the archives (do you know what an archive is?) for authentication.

    I know it’s hard, but please come up with your own material.

    The copycatting is flattering, but really?

    And comical and fool meaning the same thing? Good Story, you crack me up! Sure you are not 88, too meke, and anywaays (wink wink). I believe you!

  30. Education First November 10, 2016 2:06 pm

    Goodstory, I mean 88, please use the computer to improve your vocabulary before you post. That way you will get a little smarter. I mean not a lot, but at your level, any improvement is huge!

    Here’s a math equation since I haven’t posted one in a while.

    Good Story = 88

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