Kahuku earns No. 1 seed in state tourney

Kahuku earned the top seed in the state tournament for the first time in two years. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Kahuku earned the top seed in the state tournament for the first time in two years. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

With its 20-7 win over Mililani to win the OIA Division I title on Friday night, the Kahuku Red Raiders earned the No. 1 overall seed in the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Division I state football tournament.

Kahuku (11-0) will face the first-round winner between MIL champion Baldwin and Waianae on Friday, Nov. 13, in the first game of a Division I doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.

The Bears will play the Seariders in the first round at Aloha Stadium on Friday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. The other first-round game pits Hilo, out of the BIIF, against OIA runner-up and defending state champion Mililani at Aloha Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Saint Louis, which is coming off back-to-back wins over Punahou to win the ILH D-I title, earned the other first-round bye as the No. 2 seed and will play the Hilo/Mililani winner on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.

The state championship game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. All games will be played at Aloha Stadium.

Four of the last five state champions are in the tournament this year with the Buffanblu the odd team out.

Since the first state tournament in 1999, Kahuku has won it all seven times while Saint Louis has won it three times and Mililani once. Punahou (two), Kamehameha (two) and Leilehua are the other winners. The OIA owns nine titles while the ILH has seven.

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All games at Aloha Stadium
Friday, Nov. 6
Baldwin vs. Waianae, 4:30 p.m.
Hilo vs. Mililani, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13
Bald/OIA No. 3 winner vs. No. 1 Kahuku, 4:30 p.m.
Hilo/Mil winner vs. No. 2 Saint Louis, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20
State championship game at Aloha Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


  1. BleedRed October 31, 2015 10:17 pm

    Curious to know how Hilo with 3 seed opens with OIA 2 seed while Baldwin 4 seed gets #3 OIA seed

  2. RRFLbaby October 31, 2015 10:19 pm

    Please clarify, are the semis on friday the 13th, or Saturday the 14th?

  3. Jerry Campany October 31, 2015 10:24 pm

    d1 on Friday, D2 on Saturday

  4. BleedRed October 31, 2015 10:44 pm

    @Jerry Campany,thanks for the clarification,was confused because the article says No.3 seed Hilo so just automatically assumed but makes sense for St.Louis to play Millilani since Kahuku is the top seed

  5. Jerry Campany October 31, 2015 10:46 pm

    Thanks, I took that line out.

  6. GoBigRed November 1, 2015 4:55 am

    I was excited for Trojans vs Crusaders (and still am)…

    BUT…Baldwin is no joke! Especially their defense! Cuz their DC is one RR4L!!! Go get ‘um JD!!

    Go Big Red!

  7. Northshore November 1, 2015 6:57 am

    @BleedRed: Let’s not assume and look ahead to Nov 13, Mililani playing St Louis. Must take one game at a time and don’t take Hilo lightly…at least give them a chance to prove themselves as a representative from the BIIF. Anything may happen on a given day and Hilo might surprise everyone. Just wishing every team the best in the state playoffs and this will determine the true rankings amongst the division I teams in the state after all is done.

  8. SimpleSimon November 1, 2015 9:22 am

    The outer-islands really should just have their own tournament.

  9. MauiBoy5 November 1, 2015 10:15 am

    Don’t be surprised if Baldwin gets by Waianae, Pohai Lee has that offense buzzing now, and
    there defense has come along way since pre-season. The Bears got off to a slow start as Coach Lee wasn’t officially given the head coaching job till couple days before official start of football season. He seems to have this team peaking at the right time

  10. Insideoutsidein November 1, 2015 3:08 pm

    @northshore. Hilo will definaltely not be taken lightly but will not upset Mililani. Hilo had the better team last year and did not see anything after their first tournament game. Though they gave the one dimensional Red Raiders a hard time in the 1st half but could not do anything to close the deal in the 2nd. Hilo will definaltely get their hands full.

  11. EwaEwa November 1, 2015 3:41 pm

    Heal up Big Red and keep your eyes on the prize! Stay humbo but hungry! Mo Street and Lanihuli’s finest!

  12. Paper Crane November 1, 2015 6:14 pm

    MAX PREP,……as of 11/01/2015 like KAHUKU RED RAIDERS rating is now at 60 in the nation.

  13. TC November 1, 2015 6:23 pm

    The HHSAA should save some money and have the OIA/ILH champs play the outer island teams and then the championship.

  14. SAS91 November 1, 2015 7:34 pm

    Baldwin and Hilo should be hosting their games. League Champions should not have to travel to play teams that did not win their league. I have heard that rankings are the reason, if so then get a second ILH team in the tournament.

  15. Insideoutsidein November 1, 2015 8:55 pm

    @sas91. True they should be given the opportunity to play at home. Probably think it may better their chances of wining. But giving these boys a chance to play at Aloha Stadium is a memorable experience especially from coming from the outer islands. Finance may be an issue for the schools, parents and supporters but Hey, it may be their first and last time under the lights they dreamt of playing.

  16. Hauula93 November 1, 2015 9:48 pm

    If we were to put another ILH team in state, that would be a bunch of bull..For one, the same 4 teams play each other twice for there season, why don’t they play a couple of OIA teams instead of each other.. Number 2, there’s only 4 teams.. The OIA has multiple schools, more than 4 and that’s why we got three in states.. For example, KAPAA is seeded number1 for D2, they play two other teams , should we put another team from Kauai in states.. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be surprise KAPAA wins it this year. They have a really good team, but all these senerios with they coulda,should woulda needs to stop with the ILH needs two teams in states…Jus Go forth and be proud if your team made it for states… GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO MADE IT AND CONGRATULATIONS…

  17. doggie November 1, 2015 11:19 pm

    The HHSTA Tournament officials must think we are really stupid. Logically, the Third Seed Team (Baldwin) plays Sixth Seed (Waianae), while the Fourth Seed (Hilo) plays the Fifth Seed (Mililani). The First Seed Team (Kahuku) then plays the Winner of the Fourth and Fifth Seed teams, while the Second Seed Team (St. Louis) plays the Winner of the Third and Sixth Seed . So what happened? This is called the OIA Golden Rule: the one with the gold (power) makes the rule. Much of the OIA power comes from the Neighbor Island Schools whose teams are not ranked but allowed to play in the State Division One Tournament if they give their vote to the OIA. What kind of lessons are we teaching the kids. The State Football Tournament should be called the OIA Invitational; only those team who the OIA invites are allowed to play.

  18. SAS91 November 2, 2015 5:59 am

    Hauula93, totally agree with you about ILH. If the playoff was just the 4 leagues champions, I would be all good with all games at Aloha Stadium. Just don’t think it is fair that the only league with 3 chances to win also gets home island advantage against League champions.

  19. eastside hooligan November 2, 2015 8:20 am

    Kahuku #1 seed but plays at 430pm? We live the farthest away from stadium and we start first? I wonder who decided that? I could see if this was on Saturday but on a Friday?? Go figure??

  20. OIA Guru November 2, 2015 10:45 am

    Despite the seeds for the league champions, there are rules to seeding the rest. Rule #1 – unseeded champion in the same bracket as the #4 seeded champ (irrelevant in D1 football). Rule #2 – a league’s second place team MUST be in the opposite bracket of that league’s champion. (Mililani MUST be opposite of Kahuku, regardless of the other seeded champions). Had St. Louis been seeded #1 overall, Kahuku would’ve been #2, and then Mililani would be playing Baldwin and Waianae would be playing Hilo. As far as times, that’s probably an OC16 matchup request. Putting the “most intriguing” matchup for the second game. Hence a potential St. Louis vs Mililani matchup is more intriguing, and if Hilo beats Mililani, it still would be intriguing vs St. Louis.

  21. Realistic November 2, 2015 2:34 pm

    Typically the HHSAA will select the game time based on which game they feel will generate more money at the gate.

    As a spectator, what you you rather see? Kahuku vs. Waianae/Baldwin or St. Louis vs. Mililani/Hilo?

  22. Gobigred's friend November 2, 2015 5:19 pm

    WE DON’T WANT 2 ILH TEAMS. IF NOT IT WILL BE ILH TEAMS IN THE FINALS EVERY YEAR!!! Congratulations on St Louis Alumni for teaching and coaching out there on the North Shore.

  23. GoBigRed November 2, 2015 6:06 pm

    @my ‘friend’ = broken record. you remind me of that old cartoon with the bird that only said one thing when he opened his beak: “Wah Wah Waaahhhh”

    @Realistic – hands down St Louis vs Mililani because that is going to be the most competitive semifinal by far. Kahuku vs either of those teams is no where near as interesting…except to us RR4Ls.


  24. Realistic November 2, 2015 9:29 pm

    Imagine how smart the kids would be out there if certain bloggers spent this much time tutoring their keiki instead of coming online. Maybe provide some RTI?

  25. Hauula93 November 2, 2015 10:56 pm

    I would like to congratulate all the Kahuku boys who is play for St
    . Louis…All who came from LAIE PARK BIG BOYS… SMH.. But we still got mad for love ya… TALENT AND ATHLETICS FLOURISH ON THE NORTH SHORE… GO BIG RED…

  26. GoBigRed November 3, 2015 4:30 am

    @Realistic… Pot… Kettle…

  27. Realistic November 3, 2015 10:57 am

    @ GoBigRed, Maam, my kids don’t struggle with their academics. Are they the smartest? No they are not. But they are nowhere near these scores:

    Math Meeting Standard – 28%
    ELA/Literacy Meeting Standard – 20%
    Science Proficiency -26%

    If my kid came home with this I would feel that I failed as a parent and I would get the resources to help it change.

    You Maam, well you would blog, hence the current status quo.

  28. GoBigRed November 3, 2015 8:25 pm

    @Realistic. Google “BASIS Charter Schools”… that’s where I send my kids… And they’re in the top 5% of their respective Grades… ma’am…

    Here: https://youtu.be/wzkpXYx3k1o

    now… shoo fly…

  29. GoBigRed November 3, 2015 8:46 pm

    pssst… @Realistic – their school’s academics makes Iolani’s and Punahou’s academics look average… kinda like ILH’s football teams this year…

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