Kahuku remains No. 1 in Football Top 10 for fifth-straight week

Kahuku running back Kainoa Carvalho dove towards the end zone while being tackled by Campbell utility player Dominick Espinda on Saturday. Kahuku won, 49-23 to finish first in the OIA Open Division regular-season standings. Steven Erler/Special to Star-Advertier.

Kahuku collected 10 of 12 first-place votes to remain at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 on Monday.

Coach Sterling Carvalho’s squad leap-frogged Saint Louis on Nov. 1 and has remained at the top of the rankings for five weeks in a row. Kahuku is 6-0 after a 49-23 win over No. 5 Campbell to close the OIA Open Division regular season.

The Top 10 is status quo with one position switch. Waianae moved up to No. 9. The Seariders will play Kahuku in a semifinal matchup on Saturday at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium, according to OIA football coordinator Harold Tanaka. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

The home team, Kahuku, does not have a playable field due to renovations.

Mililani is scheduled to host Campbell in the other OIA Open semifinal this Saturday. Mililani’s home game against Farrington last Friday was cancelled due to a major light outage.

The OIA Open semifinal winners will earn state-tournament berths. The eventual third-place team will also qualify for states.

No. 8 Lahainaluna (5-0) defeated Maui, 26-9, and will meet Baldwin (1-3) on Saturday. The Lunas have already clinched the MIL D-I title and a state-tournament berth.

Unbeaten Konawaena (5-0) dropped to No. 10 despite a 55-19 playoff win over Keaau. The Wildcats will host Hilo (4-1) on Friday in the BIIF D-I championship game.

Star-Advertiser Football Top 10
Nov. 29, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points last week’s ranking
1. Kahuku (10) (6-0, 6-0 OIA Open) 118 1
> def. No. 5 Campbell 49-23
> next: vs. Waianae, Friday

2. Saint Louis (2) (5-3, 2-2 ILH Open) 110 2
> bye
> next: bye

3. Mililani (4-1, 4-1 OIA Open) 91 3
> vs. Farrington, cancelled due to stadium light outage
> next: vs. Campbell, Saturday

4. Kamehameha (3-3, 3-1 ILH Open) 77 4

5. Campbell (4-2, 4-2 OIA Open) 63 5
> lost to No. 1 Kahuku 49-23
> next: at Mililani, Saturday

6. ‘Iolani (9-0, 5-0 ILH D-I/D-II) 57 6
> bye
> next: at Radford

7. Punahou (1-4, 1-4 ILH Open) 44 7

8. Lahainaluna (5-0, 5-0 MIL) 38 8
> def. Maui 26-9
> next: vs. Baldwin, Saturday

9. Waianae (3-3, 3-3 OIA Open) 23 10
> bye
> next: vs. Kahuku, Friday

10. Konawaena (5-0, 5-0 BIIF) 18 9
> def. Keaau 55-19
> vs. Hilo, Friday

Also receiving votes: Moanalua 9, Kaiser 6, Kapaa 4, Aiea 1, Kapolei 1.


  1. Alani Mahoni November 29, 2021 9:06 pm

    Paul Honda
    Lahainaluna has already clinched the MIL D1 Title with last week’s win. Robert Collias said this. This week is pretty much more of a prep game.

  2. Paul Honda November 29, 2021 9:43 pm

    Thank you. Coach Rickard also confirmed it with me later. The season is so short it’s throwing me off!

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