Kahuku opens season ranked No. 39 in nation

Pua Falemalu ran into the end zone for a touchdown in Kahuku's 39-14 win over Saint Louis in the Division I state championship game last season. The Red Raiders start 2016 at No. 39 in the nation. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Pua Falemalu ran into the end zone for a touchdown in Kahuku’s 39-14 win over Saint Louis in the Division I state championship game last season. The Red Raiders start 2016 at No. 39 in the nation. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The last preseason MaxPreps high school football rankings were released Monday with no big changes.

Defending HHHSAA state champion Kahuku remained at No. 39, where it’s been most of the offseason, heading into the official start of the season Friday in Hawaii.

Hawaii is the first state to officially start its high school football season although the Red Raiders don’t open play until Aug. 12 at Leilehua in their OIA opener.

Kahuku will scrimmage Farrington at Carlton E. Weimer Field on Friday.

Twelve states are represented in the MaxPreps Top 25 with St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., holding the No. 1 spot. Bishop Gorman (Nev.), which the Red Raiders will travel to play against on Sept. 17, is ranked No. 3.

For the full list of rankings, which includes a ‘Top 25’ and ‘Next 25’, click here.


  1. Chloropicrin August 1, 2016 10:08 am

    Would love to see the Big Red upset BG.

    And why does the football season start and end so early? I get that school starts earlier, but can’t the season start in late Aug or Early Sept.

  2. Alpha August 1, 2016 10:21 am

    @chloropicrin… Cause the OIA is ran by traditionalist who don’t believe in change and evolving with the times…. I mean, we still don’t have a shot clock in basketball…

  3. Chloropicrin August 1, 2016 6:26 pm

    Football used to start in late August/ early September and run till Last week of Nov. since public school start early, they could practice for a month until the season starts. Just hate that the playoffs start in late September.

  4. Football Fan 69 August 2, 2016 9:35 am

    Kahuku isn’t as good as last year. In a controlled scrimmage vs. Punahou last week they had difficulty scoring.

  5. Aitorahi August 2, 2016 12:34 pm

    FF69, Did you watch Kahuku last year in their scrimmage? Hmmmm. And just in case it’s not clear, it’s a SCRIMMAGE. Lol!

  6. Football Fan 69 August 2, 2016 1:55 pm

    I saw them last year in scrimmages and they were FAR more impressive than they are this year. And last year they had a completely new coaching staff and schemes. This is year 2 which means the kids should understand and run it better.

    And everyone knows that scrimmages are important in all high school sports. When I talked to some of my buddies who coach there they were a little disappointed. And if it was only a scrimmage, why did they cut so many boys right after the game? I believe they cut about 16 kids.

    Someone please correct me on my number if I am inaccurate. So, using the scrimmage as a big measuring tool for what the coaches expect, it seems that their coaching staff put quite an emphasis on just a “SCRIMMAGE” as you call it.

    I guess that is why the coaches coach and win titles and you blog Aitorahi.

  7. Aitorahi August 2, 2016 3:54 pm

    You’re right, I’m not a coach. I did attend the one scrimmage last year against Mililani and the first scrimmage against Mililani this year. In my non-coaching opinion, comparing the scrimmages, we looked better this year on both sides of the ball. Tbh, I was more concerned about our team after last year’s scrimmage, than this year’s.

  8. Ackrite August 2, 2016 5:47 pm

    Just a scrimmage guys! Kahuku used all of just 5 plays! Lol… And they cut to get down to I think 53! Watch this Farrington game on Friday I’m sure they will score about 70 points and Farrington is gonna have 0… Good season to all!

  9. Hahashandah August 2, 2016 10:59 pm

    FF69, didn’t Kahuku play Mililani the night before then drove out to Punahou early the next morning. I would guess there is going to be some fatigue that you wouldn’t normally see since there is generally a week between games. Anywho, Go Big Red.

  10. Ackrite's cuzzin August 3, 2016 7:57 pm

    Ackrite is the same person as the other name and I wont mention it. Everyone here in Laie knows this is SOl Jays dad Luao peters. everything that you post about what people are saying at work is rubbish. dont see you posting on how the other article says that your so called son is not a qb but just someone that is handing off the ball but could run too. if you would just stay out of your media jokes your so called son would probably do better. great kid but you are just a bad influence cause you put pressure on him but you have no clue. so when you read this dont reply just onosai and faalogo and watch soljay do his thing and get better everyday. i dont think we have the kind of pie you need to eat here on the north shore???? HUMBLEPIEWITHICECREAM

  11. 87 August 5, 2016 12:06 am

    Ackritecuzz Soljay is my son and he will be just fine under the watchful eye of coach Tata and Hao, we will slowly bring him up to par and hopefully peaking by his jr year although it would be nice to have a breakout year his soph season. Since u are also a RR u know that we play as a team and our goal is to win the title for the whole community and not to pad individual stats like how u see happening at other schools with prolific offenses. Sip a cup and relax and enjoy the RR train cause we are on a mission.

  12. AOK August 5, 2016 7:40 am

    “pad stats” right LMAO. Yup, I’m sure that’s all Coach Hernandez is trying to do with Taulia. Thanks for the joke to start my day!

  13. Ackrite's cuzzin August 8, 2016 7:11 pm

    87 thank you for the information God bless

  14. phILHarmonic August 10, 2016 9:13 am

    why did the roster need to be shaved down to 50? unfortunate for those hard working players. this is the same for all schools not just kahuku, but being involved, even though getting minimal playing time is positive experience for the boys, keeps them in a pro-social activity through november, coaches to monitor academic successes, positively affects the student body. just a win-win for everyone. I thought they held more last year too. any thoughts?

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