Kahuku remains No. 1 after another blowout win in OIA Open

Kahuku tight end Carson Mariteragi (89) tries to make a catch while being hit by Kamehameha defensive back Kilinahe Wong (28) during an interleague scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Farrington High School in Honolulu. Jamm Aquino/jaquino@staradvertiser.com.

Kahuku is the No. 1-ranked team in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 for a second week in a row.

The unbeaten powerhouse collected eight of 12 first-place votes to remain at the top. Kahuku overpowered Waianae, 50-7 and has now outscored four opponents 221-20. Three of their foes are ranked or previously ranked in the Top 10.

Mililani, a 38-0 victor over Leilehua, improved to 3-0 in OIA Open Division play and jumped to No. 3 in the coaches and media poll. The Trojans switched places with Kamehameha, which lost to Saint Louis in the ILH Open championship game, 35-21.

‘Iolani, a 49-14 winner over Castle, leaped over Punahou to claim the No. 6 spot. The ILH Division I champion is scheduled to play Radford on Dec. 3 in another exhibition game.

Waipahu made its season debut in the Top 10 at the No. 10 spot. The Marauders are 2-0 in OIA D-I after a 21-14 victory over Moanalua, which dropped out of the Top 10 with its first loss.

The First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships begin on Dec. 17. The Open Division bracket dates are on Dec. 18 (semifinals) and 23 (final).

The D-I bracket is scheduled for Dec. 17 and 23.

The D-II bracket is slated for Dec. 22 and 30.

Star-Advertiser Football Top Ten
Nov. 8, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points last week’s ranking
1. Kahuku (8) (4-0, 4-0 OIA Open) 115 1

2. Saint Louis (4) (5-3, 2-2 ILH Open) 111 2

3. Mililani (3-0, 3-0 OIA Open) 90 4

4. Kamehameha (3-3, 3-1 ILH Open) 85 3

5. Campbell (3-0, 3-0 OIA Open) 75 5

6. ‘Iolani (7-0, 5-0 ILH D-I) 50 7

7. Punahou (1-4, 1-4 ILH Open) 47 6

8. Lahainaluna (3-0, 3-0 MIL) 38 8

9. Kapolei (1-3, 1-3 OIA Open) 15 9

10. Waipahu (2-0, 2-0 OIA D-I) 14 NR

No longer in Top 10: Moanalua (No. 10)

Also receiving votes: Konawaena 6, Kapaa 5, Moanalua 5, Waianae 3, Kaiser 1.

10. Moanalua (3-0, 3-0 OIA D-I) 13 NR


  1. Big boyz November 8, 2021 11:05 am

    The real season in the Oia open starts this weekend the 3 big boys Kahuku Mililani & Campbell obviously have separated themselves from the pack we will see just how good kahuku really is and if they are capable of challenging St lulu for the crown Mililani will be tested in all 3 phases this week because kahuku will expose there weakness if they aren’t ready it could be a long night Campbell you want play with the big boyz hear your chance NO excuses bring it!!

  2. HailFromDaNorth November 8, 2021 12:38 pm


  3. Falcon Future November 8, 2021 12:51 pm

    Iolani moved ahead of Punahou. Ummm … ooooookay.

  4. Big boyz November 8, 2021 12:57 pm

    The real season just got started in the open oia where the big boyz have separated themselves time to put up or shut up bring it on

  5. Big boyz November 8, 2021 2:18 pm

    How come your not letting me post on your page

  6. WOW EMBARASSING HAWAII November 8, 2021 2:25 pm

    Iolani , campbell before Punahou ? LOL what is wrong with you people hawaii prep world? are you serious ? No like seriously, are you serious ? You got to be kidding me . Did April Fools come early ?

  7. Eddie K November 8, 2021 4:13 pm

    Wow, thought the Saints would move in after winning the ILH. But with 3 lost, maybe that’s it. Anyway it’s all Kahuku till they lose.

  8. Robocop November 8, 2021 5:28 pm

    Rankings for the Saints don’t really matter at this point. They punched their ticket, and 1 seed never mattered because they weren’t allowed to play the 4 seed at states anyway. Will be interesting to see who will be the 3rd OIA team. Kahuku running strong. Mililani people were very confident with them “winning” the preseason so we’ll see

  9. Tula November 8, 2021 5:55 pm

    Ranking for Hawaii prep world are kind of off. No disrespect to Iolani or kahuku, but how do you play lower ranked teams and jump rankings over higher ranked teams? Seems scoring live has a more correct ranking l, even though these rankings don’t matter

  10. To da hale November 8, 2021 7:11 pm

    I wonder what the score would be if Iolani played StL.

    Soon Iolani will be ranked 3rd without playing an Open division team…….

  11. Dafun November 8, 2021 7:29 pm

    I find it funny how my non offensive comment on here was not approved.

  12. Dafun November 8, 2021 7:30 pm

    What I was trying to say earlier was I’m confused how Iola I moved up so much and how kahuku played teams that shouldn’t be in the top 10 and moved up

  13. OIA fan November 8, 2021 8:13 pm

    @falcon future. Agree. How can any division 1 team be ranked higher then any open division team. Maybe iolani belongs in the open division.

  14. 96730to89 November 8, 2021 9:12 pm

    Kahuku @ Mililani this weekend??? A great test for either team.

  15. HailFromDaNorth November 8, 2021 9:29 pm

    Kahuku vs Mililani! Heaweko!!!

  16. ILH November 8, 2021 10:03 pm

    Scoring live has the right rankings: #1 Saint Louis, #2 Kahuku, #3 Kamehameha, #4 Mililani.

  17. 2ndstring November 8, 2021 10:21 pm

    Think Kahuku will get Saints this year. They will be firing on all cylinders by December while the Saints will probably be rusty with over a month layoff. Saints have definitely improved from the Gorman game but Kahuku’s defense will be the best they’ve seen since that game. Good luck to all.

  18. HailFromDaNorth November 8, 2021 11:03 pm

    Ohhh @ILH the Hawaii prep world rankings got you hurt? lol yeah leave em on the scoringlive one. It don’t matter. What matters is that the best team will be #1 at the end of the season. @2ndstring I agree, that speed that Kahuku have with the line backing core. Don’t think Bianco gonna be able to gain the yardage he had like what he did to Kam. Hell we force to throw and it’ll be pick city all day. Garcia at DB, Brock Fonoimoana at the safety. Good luck! May the best team win!

  19. Dafun November 9, 2021 2:03 am

    We can’t yet count St Louis out. I mean think about it the St. Louis 2 team could probably beat the teams kahuku beat this year

  20. 2ndstring November 9, 2021 5:05 am

    @Dafan… full agreement but don’t underestimate the 5 week layoff. It’s hard to stay motivated practicing against your teammates for that long. The Lee brothers will have a great game plan against whoever they play but it’s about the execution. This week Kahuku vs Mililani will be an old school low scoring game with plenty Katoooooshes.

  21. ILoveHawaii November 9, 2021 8:25 am

    I wonder if Lulu scheduled some scrimmages during the downtime? Possibly.

    I would love to see Iolani play an open team. I think they would compete with the lower Open teams, maybe even win.

    Milvile vs. RR’s this week? Cant wait.
    Hopefully there are no casualties to grades.
    If I recall correctly, the last game was decided by a Kick off Return touchdown late in the game.

    How da heck these peeps keep voting for Kapolei to keep them in the top 10 is beyond me.

    Welcome back to the forum RR Fans!!!!
    Its been a minute or two. The LOYAL ones like Good Story and HailFromDaNorth been holding it down for you guys.

  22. Edward Kaainoa November 9, 2021 10:04 am

    The Prep World/Paul Honda polls have been spot on for decades. Scoringlive…….newbie with no credible pollsters. Like Scoringlive weekend game between Kamehameha and St.Louis, their headline,” St.Louis SLAYS Kamehameha”…??? What???.

  23. Falcon Future November 9, 2021 10:11 am

    I agree that Iolani can compete with some of the lower Open teams BUT I do not consider Punahou to be one of those lower Open teams. Anybody following football this year knows that Punahou would smash Iolani.

    Whoever voted Iolani ahead of Punahou in this poll should be ashamed.

  24. ILoveHawaii November 9, 2021 10:29 am


    We all know that. Why get twisted?

    Let’s talk about Windmill Crybabies allegation about the recruiting in RR land.
    I will be genuinely shocked if its true.

  25. P street November 9, 2021 10:54 am

    I think the reason Kahuku moved up the rankings so fast is the way they won. 50+ points in the first half against ANY opponent says something.

  26. 88 November 9, 2021 1:16 pm

    @ilovehawaii recruiting here in RRland is a real thing. As a matter of fact if the financial aid paper works go through LuLu is getting a few RR’s next season. They probably have to sit out due to transfer rules but who in their right mind would turn down an offer to attend a private school..

  27. Good Story November 9, 2021 2:07 pm

    I hope not. If we win this…maybe they stay.

  28. ILoveHawaii November 9, 2021 2:46 pm


    My bad. Forgot to mention that you one of the OG’s holding it down for the RR’s.
    Loyal to the Soil.

    TBH, I knew about the recruiting of RR’s to attend Lulu. one of thee best to do it Georgie Boy is a great example.

    I am surprised by the allegations made by Windmill.
    Is it happening? I didnt think you guys needed to do that.

  29. 88 November 9, 2021 3:03 pm

    @ilovehawaii of course it’s happening. Who can turn down the RedRaiders state of the art weight room or the 5 star lunch prepared by our Top notch chefs. And let’s not forget our gym that doubles as a sauna.. What recruit in their right mind would turn this down.

  30. RidgeRunnerDD-214 November 9, 2021 5:23 pm

    #1 ranking for big red is well deserved. Waianae avoided committing any costly turnovers and didn’t allow a single special teams TD. Yet Kahuku was more than capable of dropping 50 on ’em with just the offense. As a proud Searider, I have to say, I don’t see anyone beating the RR this season.

  31. Dafun November 9, 2021 6:31 pm

    @ridge…but waianae is horrific this year so it doesn’t say much. Iolani and st Louis 2 would best them.

  32. ILH November 9, 2021 6:48 pm

    I heard that only Farrington and Waianae has their bye week open to play Saint Louis, did not hear if Farrington or Waianae want’s to Challenge the Crusaders, Punahou vs. Kahuku is not happening because Punahou’s season is over and they are not covered by insurance by the ILH to have the game played.

  33. ILoveHawaii November 10, 2021 9:42 am

    I sense sarcasm.
    Is that equivalent to a “Heck No”?

  34. 88 November 10, 2021 1:04 pm

    @ilovehawaii if there is recruiting going on at Kahuku then the University of Hawaii needs to find this recruiter and put him on the pay roll, quick. If this person can convince families to send their kids to Kahuku with EVERYTHING that Kahuku doesn’t have, UH will be College Football National Champs next season…..

  35. ILoveHawaii November 10, 2021 4:09 pm

    Are there any selling points OTHER than Football?

    Just like Trojanville, the promise of a State Championship is all you need.
    And besides, Lulu, I cannot think of another team that has a shot like the Beast from the East.

    That would be motivation enough.
    Btw, you forgot about the poke bowl from the Superette.

  36. ItIsWhatItIs November 11, 2021 2:36 pm

    @ 88 – You think recruiting took the great George O to Saint Louis and not his family ties? Not every single player that attends Saint Louis goes there because he was recruited. I would bet that most of them somehow have roots there from other men in their families. So if a kid comes from Samoa or the mainland and moves in with family who live in Kahuku to better his future is that recruiting? Or if a kid who lives in Nanakuli wants to play for Waianae or Waialua for Kahuku, is that recruiting? Recruiting just seems like an excuse or a missed used word people use.

  37. ItIsWhatItIs November 11, 2021 2:42 pm

    I forgot to mention… Kahuku deserves the #1 spot. They look like the best team. But then again who cares about mid year rankings. Best of health to all the athletes and coaches

  38. Pakelika November 11, 2021 7:25 pm

    It Is What It Is, you are correct. George Ornellas’s father played on the first Crusader team that Cal Lee was the head coach of, in 1972. Even so, there is nothing wrong about recruiting, it could be as little as running advertisements in the daily newspaper or on TV and radio, or through personal contacts. All private schools utilize some form of recruiting, they don’t have a captive population in their immediate geographical location like government schools do. Private schools serve a valuable function in a free society. They are needed to serve part of the school age population, the government schools are not sufficiently funded and staffed and equipped to accommodate all of the school age population. In addition, independent schools are an alternative to a state education. They are able to offer educational experiences and opportunities not found in a state school which parents and students may value and want. State schools are constrained by constitutional limitations on what they can do with their curriculum, something that independent schools are not constrained by. For families that want a particular kind of education not found in a state school, a private school would be their preferred alternative. In the case of Kula Ki’e Ki’e O Kana Lui-Saint Louis High School-the school has a 175 year tradition of preparing young men to become leaders in their community in various fields, from law, medicine, government, military, performing arts, business, to name some of the fields that Saint Louis alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in. An article in Hawaii Business magazine years ago pointed out the extraordinary number of distinguished alumni from the little school upon Kalaepohaku’s rugged slope, noting that at one time the Governor, Honolulu Mayor and Police Chief were all alumni of Saint Louis! And there are numerous private school alumni to be found among government school administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff; so private schools can hardly be accused of stealing from any community, or destroying a community-what an absurd accusation! The fact is, the public, as well as public schools, are well served by private schools!

  39. Dafun November 12, 2021 12:46 am

    Back to the real matter which obviously won’t matter st the end of the season…the big question is how does kahuku go from ranked below to up top because the top 2 teams in the state beat each other? Doesn’t make sense. Almost on the same level of why Iolani bumped up rankings so much out of nowhere

  40. Pakelika November 12, 2021 1:40 am

    If anyone would look at the picture of quarterback Jason Mariterangi as he is about to throw a pass against Kapolei, which was published in the Thursday November 11 edition of the Star-Advertiser Sports section, they will see a clue that may show an element of his team’s success; it really looks like the Kapolei defender is being held as he is attempting to get to Mariterangi, not only by the blocker in front of him, but also from behind! So double teaming him wasn’t enough to contain him, Mariterangi’s teammates found it necessary to double hold him also! If the linesman did not pull out his flag on this play, and this is a frequent occurrence, then RidgeRunner DD-214 has a apparently very valid opinion about anyone’s chances of defeating these guys!

  41. ItIsWhatItIs November 12, 2021 3:35 am

    @pakelika – 100% agree with the private schools advertising and recruiting for their student body. It’s a must for them to stay alive. You need students to have a school 🙂 I was specifically talking about the efforts to recruit for football. I keep hearing that word (recruiting) as if the Lee brothers are sending out recruiting letters to middle school and elementary kids across the islands. Or having dinner with the families telling them how amazing the school is. Kahuku and Saint Louis has built a culture of winning and success, along with a pride that is unmatched at the moment. Kids wanna go their for that reason alone.

  42. kahuku November 12, 2021 11:13 am

    Well Pakelika thats the second string so of course there double teaming him because 98 it an actually good defensive of player on there team

  43. Dafun November 12, 2021 6:00 pm

    No one has answered why the rankings changed like that. Iolani and kahuku both play horrific teams and move up in ranking. But no clear answer

  44. Paul Honda November 13, 2021 10:24 am

    Dafun, that’s because it’s a poll. Humans change their minds, even experienced coaches (and media). This is what I always say: high school rankings are whipped cream. Fun to eat, no nutritional value. I never ask for whipped cream when I order a shake, but do I skim it off the top? Almost never.
    Feel free to post your Top 10 teams every week. It’ll make you feel better, even without the whipped cream.

  45. Fan of OIA Football November 19, 2021 1:09 pm

    Let me just say that recruiting by private schools is a way of bolstering their sports programs. Hopefully, players being recruited get a great education and future.

    However, the greatest recruiting areas are the North Shore (Hau’ula, Laie, Kaaawa) and Central Oahu (Wahiawa, Mililani, Pearl City, Aiea). Kamehameha, Punahou & St. Louis recruit from these areas The downside of the recruiting is if the athlete doesn’t pan out and creates a financial burden on their family for all the sacrifices they made to support the athlete.

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