Kamehameha elevates, Lahainaluna enters Star-Advertiser Top 10

Lahainaluna holds the championship trophy after winning the 2019 HHSAA Division II state championship. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Two games, two changes in the Star-Advertiser Football Top 10.

Kamehameha leaped ahead of Campbell to seize the No. 5 slot after a 33-28 loss to No. 4 Punahou on Friday. Punahou needed a go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 left to pull out the win.

At the 10-spot, Lahainaluna bumped Farrington out. Public school football programs do not play until Oct. 15. The deadline for public-school student-athletes to become vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus is Sept. 24.

Saint Louis, which is a unanimous No. 1 for a second week in a row, had a bye as the ILH regular season kicked off over the weekend. The four-time Open Division defending champions will meet Kamehameha on Friday at Aloha Stadium.

‘Iolani blanked Damien, 28-0, on Friday afternoon and remains at No. 8 in the coaches and media voting. The Raiders are the only Division I program in the poll. Lahainaluna moved up to D-I in 2020. There are no D-II teams currently in the poll.

Star-Advertiser Football Top Ten
Aug. 30, 2021

Rank School (first-place votes) points, last week’s ranking
1. Saint Louis (10) (0-1, 0-0 ILH) 100 1
2. Mililani (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 82 2
3. Kahuku (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 77 3
4. Punahou (1-0, 1-0 ILH) 76 4
5. Kamehameha (0-1, 0-1 ILH) 59 6
6. Campbell (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 48 5
7. Kapolei (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 29 7
8. ‘Iolani (1-0, 1-0 ILH) 27 8
9. Leilehua (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 24 9
10. Lahainaluna (0-0, 0-0 OIA) 8 –

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

Also receiving votes: Hilo 7, Waianae 5, Moanalua 4, Farrington 2, Roosevelt 1, Waipahu 1.


  1. ILoveHawaii August 30, 2021 10:10 am

    Its like the movie Friday.

    Farrington got fired on its day off………..

    And, get this, got replaced by a neighbor island team thats been hiding in the lower divisions for years.

  2. Rankings are a joke August 30, 2021 10:46 am

    Only in Hawaii rankings can you lose and move up, not play at all and drop a spot….oh yeah and not play yet fall out of the rankings when virtually no one has played….Hawaii ranking is such a joke

  3. Falcon Future August 30, 2021 11:46 am

    ^^^ This made me LOL.

  4. FBfanatic August 30, 2021 2:32 pm

    Didn’t Lahainaluna move up to D-1?

  5. I love Kalihi August 30, 2021 2:44 pm

    Farrington in the open division
    Luna’s division one what a joke!

  6. Falcon Future August 30, 2021 3:23 pm

    Kamehameha loses but moves up the rankings. Punahou wins (and beats Kamehameha no less) but stays in the same spot behind three teams that didn’t even play. How you figgah?

    Riddle me this, if the rankings are done every week to reflect the best teams for that particular week, how can teams that are not even practicing right now be ranked ahead of other teams that actually won games on the field?

  7. Maui August 30, 2021 4:57 pm

    Lahainaluna is now D1 and it’s about time only 2 years to late

  8. Good Story August 30, 2021 6:17 pm

    It’s the same logic that ranks a 0-1 team as the #1 team in the state over 1-0 teams. Stop trying to make this too complicated.

  9. ILoveHawaii August 31, 2021 8:42 am

    Well, according to some peeps, Millville when SASA Lulu in three scrimmages.
    So, that means they should be #1.

  10. ??? August 31, 2021 11:56 am

    The only way to NOT make it complicated is to rank top 5 teams in their own divisions. Open, DI, DII & Neighbor Islands ALL separate.
    Cause the only rank that matters is the FINAL one!!!

  11. Paul Honda August 31, 2021 12:54 pm

    Mahalo, correction made. They moved up in 2020.

  12. Paul Honda August 31, 2021 12:55 pm

    The coaches (and a few media) have spoken.

    Feel free to post your Top 10.

  13. CrusaderDad August 31, 2021 1:19 pm

    Saw a cute pic of Millville declaring themselves 2021 State “Spring Football” Champs… 😂

  14. ILoveHawaii August 31, 2021 1:52 pm

    Bunch of Donkey’s. New name, DonkeyVille.

    The best is listening to the Dads of the transfers justifying why they made the move to Millilani.

    @ CrusaderDad
    – they should make a t-shirt of how they lost to Kahuku in 2019 by a Kick Off Return. LOL.

  15. ILoveHawaii August 31, 2021 1:56 pm

    New rankings:

    1. Lulu
    2. RR’s
    3. Bishop Sycamore
    4. MillVille
    5. Puns
    6. Kam
    7. Campbell
    8. Kapolei
    9. Leilehua
    10. Waianae

  16. Public Scholar August 31, 2021 2:36 pm

    Is September 24th already? I am seeing all these results of the ILH competing in various sports in August AFTER the HHSAA adjusted the start dates to allow for athletes to get vaccinated. So there should be no high school sports starting yet.
    “To comply with the Department of Education’s pause on extracurricular activities until September 24th, the HHSAA calendar allows for three full seasons from that date. Until that time, leagues will be allowed to govern themselves as to what will be allowed.” (https://www.sportshigh.com/about/articles/2021-08-13-HHSAA-press)
    “…Until that time”, means September 24, 2021, unless the ILH is not going to be participating in the HHSAA this year, but based on the revised Football schedule they are, against teams that are forced to be idle for close to 2 months, while the ILH is able to gain an advantage by continuing to compete and practice.

  17. Good Story August 31, 2021 6:02 pm


    According to some people @ Kahuku, they wen sasa Mililani…cannot go by that. I agree with your ranking. Last state champ was St Louis. They deserve to be rank #1. Kahuku was the last OIA champ. They deserve #2.

    Until they play head to head match ups or teams playing the same opponents…so let it be written…

  18. nalohitman August 31, 2021 8:40 pm

    My Top 10
    1) 3rd Ave Ballers
    2) Meheula Parkway players
    3) Oahu Avenue Christmas Trees
    4) Waonahele Road Runners
    5) Koolauloa Ramblers
    6) Best Laulau Bowl Braddahs
    7) Fort Weaver Road Chicken Fighters
    8) One Team Hawks
    9) Whitmore Village butterfly knives
    10) Lahaina Whalers

  19. RIDICULOUS September 1, 2021 11:09 am

    Half of Millville roster not even from Millville!
    From either Westside or Ewa…

  20. Deja Vu September 3, 2021 10:23 pm

    @Public Scholar – Your info is dated see if you have money and power, then you can play. So last year when it wasn’t safe for OIA the ILH had a season. This year, we hope that by Sept 24 OIA can play but that isn’t a guarantee the only guarantee is that the ILH will have a season. OIA will be pounding sand in about 3 weeks from now. Told that because the hospitals are full that its not safe enough to participate in sports, AFTER of course everyone is vaccinated :).

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