Kahuku up 1 to No. 23 in USA Today Super 25

Kahuku's Elvis Vakapuna rushed for 177 yards in a win over Moanalua on Saturday. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku’s Elvis Vakapuna rushed for 177 yards in a win over Moanalua on Saturday. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

After extending its scoreless quarters streak to 18 against Hawaii teams in a 42-0 win over Moanalua on Saturday, Kahuku (6-1 overall, 6-0 OIA Blue) moved up one spot to No. 23 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings released on Monday.

The Red Raiders moved ahead of Liberty (Nev.) High School, which has former Roosevelt and Hawaii alum Chad Kapanui on the coaching staff as offensive coordinator.

The Patriots played two Hawaii teams last year, losing 38-16 to St. Louis at Aloha Stadium to open the season. The following week, they hosted Mililani and won 76-53.

Kahuku, which had an 18-game winning streak snapped in a 35-7 loss to No. 1 Bishop Gorman nine days ago, rushed for 431 yards against Na Menehune and held Moanalua QB Alakai Yuen to 81 yards passing and 11 completions in 35 attempts. Kahuku seniors Kekaula Kaniho had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown and Stokes Nihipali-Botelho returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD.

Kahuku, which has clinched the OIA Blue division and No. 1 seed in the OIA playoffs, closes its regular season at Kaiser on Friday. The Cougars are the last team to defeat the Red Raiders in the regular season, winning 20-19 in Hawaii Kai two years ago.

Paul Honda posted these video highlights from the win over Moanalua.


  1. Good Story September 26, 2016 10:17 am

    Despite, all the negative spin on the game…at the very least, it seems that we’ve earned respect on the National level. That alone vindicates the game vs Bishop Gorman. Thank you to all who made it happen and all those who showed up to support our boys. GO BIG RED!

  2. Paper Crane September 26, 2016 12:30 pm

    Be proud of our Red Raiders Nation, accept the spoils along with the victories whereas another State Championship in the making. RR4L

  3. ilh September 26, 2016 12:32 pm

    Kahuku, enjoy your mismatch games, because you will not win the States this year

  4. TopDoggs September 26, 2016 1:08 pm

    Kahuku will FINALLY have to beat the Top two ILH teams to win a title this year! Im feeling confident that Kahuku will not get past the semi-finals especially after watching that elementary offense struggle against a terrible Moanalua team.

  5. rrfl September 26, 2016 1:18 pm

    it’s starting to sound like last year again before kahuku spanked st. louis. Good luck to all. Defense wins championships!!!

  6. TooMeke September 26, 2016 1:35 pm

    Broken record from last year.

    I’m glad we get to spank two ILH teams this year



  7. Jason Keuma September 26, 2016 2:25 pm

    @rrfl. Are you quoting @alpha? Because that is what @alpha said on another thread, “defense wins championships”.

    @topdoggs. Had trouble with moanalua? They had a shut out, and scored their average.

    The moanalua quarter back looks tall, no stats on scoring live, and passed pretty good.

    @topdoggs. Ever consider that the top ILH team has had to get by both OIA teams in the past and they have only been able to do it 7 out of 17 tries.

    It was cool to watch the highlights with moanalua fans in the background cheering for their team. We are all fans of the game, we are all being distracted while the mayor is doing sketchy things with the money.

  8. RAM FOR LIFE September 26, 2016 2:55 pm

    I’m glad OC announcer Rory Wild saw what I’ve been saying.(SAT. 9/24) broadcast:
    Playoff tournament “people” still have to figure out how to seed and schedule teams right?
    I’ve been saying this for awhile. First round “division” losers have to wait 3 weeks to see if they are IN state tournament. Funny they play first week, while top-seeds get a bye, But
    top division finalists go straight into “state” tournament without a bye after division final-
    (AKA) O.I.A. championship. I also believe 3rd & 4th place “division” team will get a 1 week bye waiting for State tournament seeding (i’m not sure if there’s a 3rd place “division”game),
    the same day when division title is played?

  9. anywaaaays!! September 26, 2016 3:46 pm

    Rory seems to be a straight shooter during his broadcast. I Like the brotha!
    Did anyone catch that part at the end of the Kapolei game where Felipe tried to be President of the United States and deliver his state of the union address on sportsmanship?

    Felipe: “cmon people lets get this out on the table right now, if you are about to lose a game dont go committing these stupid penaltys, for you high school athletes out there we gotta cut that out right now cause we dont need it and we dont want to see it here…”


  10. AUWE September 26, 2016 6:15 pm

    Happy about the open division this year, because at the end of it all we should have no complaints from the ILH? Funny how every time their top team lost they have a dillusion that the 2nd place ILH could have done any better! I mean realistically you had to have lost to them twice to not make it! am I right?? The only thing that the first St. Louis punahou game told me was both teams have a high powered passing offenses with little of a running game with no defense! Good luck with that… And yes you can say kahuku hasn’t played anyone yet except for Bishop Gorman! But don’t make the mistake that punahou and St. Louis are on or even close to the same level as BG!! Good luck to everyone the rest of the way!!

  11. al September 26, 2016 6:45 pm

    Auwe “Funny how every time their top team lost they have a dillusion that the 2nd place ILH could have done any better!”

    Going by this logic, then why have four OIA team in the tournament? Some of those teams could have lost twice to the eventual OIA champ or to other teams that didn’t make the finals. So are you advocating that we should cut out those OIA teams?

    Why have multiple teams from conferences in college basketball? A team in the ACC probably would’ve lost to the ACC champ twice in the regular season and the conference tourney. Does they think they have a chance to beat them a third time?

    It’s a dumb argument. That’s why you have a playoff tournament and play the game because anything can happen. Otherwise why not just have all sports be like the old BCS and have 1 play 2 and make that the end of it?

  12. Jason Keuma September 26, 2016 7:15 pm

    @Al-exactly. The OIA champ eventually ends up playing the ILH champ. So just make it one champion from each league.

  13. TopDoggs September 26, 2016 7:39 pm

    Put all twenty OIA teams in the Open tournament division it doesn’t matter they will all get blown out in the first quarter to the top two ILH teams. Kahuku is the only threat and now they need to get through Punahou and St. Louis, good luck with that! It will be an all ILH finals, just like it should be.

  14. TooMeke September 26, 2016 7:44 pm

    @TopDoggs: Who needs luck??? HA!! Save your well-wishing for Puns and St LuLu. They’re gonna need it.

  15. AUWE September 26, 2016 7:57 pm

    @jason keuma

    Better yet just go back to the old prep bowl cause that’s how every state championship has gone so far, don’t see it changing any time soon..

  16. What u smok'n September 26, 2016 8:23 pm

    @ilh, wasn’t it you and leegirl the one talking smack last season then was nowhere to be found after Kahuku smashed st.Louis. just make sure you here on these boards Saturday November 19, or you might not have too, it might be an all OIA affair .

  17. anywaaaays!! September 26, 2016 10:13 pm

    iLH, Leeboy and EduFirst can be heard in this Moanalua vs. Kahuku video….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxPhsgLWK_I


  18. Hauula93 September 26, 2016 11:08 pm

    It’s funny how ILH and Topdoggs, which he should change his name,cuz to be the topdawg,you gotta beat the top dawg with our elementary offense, which no one can’t stop..plain and simple… WE ARE RUNNING STRAIGHT UP THE MIDDLE PEOPLE. If you can’t stop that then you got an elementary defense…Smh… plus you guys writing off Kapolei or waianae which I know can compete with the ILH… BUT if you want that KOA TROPHY, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE NORTH SHORE TO GET IT… WE NOT SCARED, WE WELCOME ALL NEW CHALLENGES… GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT…GO BIG RED…

  19. Jason Keuma September 27, 2016 4:52 am

    @auwe- exactly. If it is an all OIA affair, or if it turns out to be an all ILH affair, nobody wants to see that. Without the other leagues it is not a state championship. I’m not saying they (outer islands) can win, but I would hate to deny then the possibility to win.

    Having the 5 and 6 OIA (just loss) get bumped down to the “D1” bracket to possibly win it just does not make sense. Classify schools D1 D2 D3, and play within those classifications.

    Take it down to one champion from
    Each league, if the outer islands don’t want to participate, then back to the prep bowl, because that is what it boiled down to.

    Thanks for the feed back.

  20. Jason Keuma September 27, 2016 5:52 am

    @al- the OIA 2 and OIA 3 are bracket fillers to make the bracket even, just like the NCAA filling the top 64, or now 68, teams. It’s about the money.(860 million?) for the tournament. Which is what this is all about, the money. More games, more money. All in $10 increments. Not all games will be filled with 19,000+ spectators. But it all adds up. I doubt the “D1” champion 2016 will draw half the crowd that 2015 did.

  21. hossana September 27, 2016 8:24 am

    I cannot understand why ppl are dissing Kahuku and saying they will not win States this year. I am an ILH alumnus but also know where the power lies in fb and Kahuku is the State Champion until somebody beats them. They are dominant in all phases…..offense, defense, special teams……they showed it last year when they ran over St. Louis and will again show it this year much to my dismay but just have to face reality and Kahuku is the real deal. Nothing more and nothing less.

  22. Searider86 September 27, 2016 1:19 pm

    Agreed, Hossana….

    I’m an OIA guy but I had a daughter that graduated from Kamehameha a couple of years ago and have a son who is attending St. Louis. Kahuku is the team to beat in our state. As I’ve said before, I’m not concerned with how this thing is put together. I want to see the best vs the best regardless of where the best comes from. Btw, first high school game I ever attended (I believe I was maybe 5 or 6) was at Kahuku, so I’m a Red Raiders fan for life unless of course they face MyBelovedSeariders or are opponents of MyKiddos! LOL!

  23. RAM FOR LIFE September 27, 2016 9:47 pm

    Hmmmm??? lotta high school football fields getting fixed up the past couple of years?
    Correct me if I’m wrong???-No public high school games at the stadium this year?(so far)
    or at least a minimum. Aloha stadium must have jacked up prices or something?
    Important OIA games even coming up the last minute, used to be switched to stadium before.
    I believe a OC broadcast about 2 weeks ago had standing room only, + fans used to grumble? remember Farrington/Kahuku backlash a couple of years played at Roosevelt?

  24. RAM FOR LIFE September 27, 2016 9:52 pm

    J.Keuma is right.
    5th or 6th best OIA team can walk away with a trophy and a title
    3rd or 4th best OIA going to walk away with a “place”

  25. Education First September 28, 2016 8:24 am

    I am so disappointed that Too Meke didn’t show up yesterday. He was acting like an internet tough guy. I asked him to meet me, gave him the address, and gave him my name. And he still didn’t show. And what is worse? He hasn’t even been back on the blog to say why. How rude!

  26. anywaaaays!! September 28, 2016 12:31 pm

    Ha! Last week edufirst said meet him at Waikiki Thursday 11am and to ask the bartender ‘Mr. Miyagi’ to show me to the table where he would be with four business associates signing contracts. Thursday morning I post and call him a sissy for picking battles and making me find him so I tell him to come to Laie and ask the cook at Hukilau cafe (my BIL) to call me so I can swing on by. At 11am when he was supposed to be in Waikiki closing deals he posts and says “Im here in Hukilau cafe waiting”, BWWAAAHAAAHAAWAHHHAAAHAHAHAAA! and the cook said no one showed up….LOL

    What a poser and a loser. First he comes on here calling our Kahuku students stupid for having low GPAs, not realizing that this is a football forum and all the Kahuku football boyz are meeting the GPA or else they wouldnt be on the team.

    MISERY NEEDS COMPANY!!! I guess there is nothing going on at his almamater Lowell High in Sanfran where the boys cheerleading team is 5-0 but the football team is 0-5. I told him to go here http://www.sfgate.com/preps/ to give back to his sanfran community but I guess he chooses to hang out in Kahuku threads and call people out. Maybe he wants to meet up for “no strings attached” encounters! LOL chewchew train leader!

    MR POM POMS (in his short mini skirt) IS KILLING THIS WHOLE FORUM! You can tell he doesnt have a job because he is posting 24/7, he is the one that needs an education because he cant use his words to communicate.

    (watch al,808savage,edu,jeezy start attacking me because they are all one person and dont have the intellect to talk football cause they MAD BRO?!)

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