Kamehameha remains in Star-Advertiser Top 10

Kamehameha wide receiver Jaykob Cabunoc looked for room to run in a game against 'Iolani this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha wide receiver Jaykob Cabunoc looked for room to run in a game against ‘Iolani this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha’s first losing season in 24 years ended Friday in a 57-24 loss to Punahou in the ILH second round.

The Warriors finished 3-6 in Abu Ma’afala‘s first year as head coach with all six losses coming to teams ranked in the top five of this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released Monday.

It begs the question. Should a team with a 3-6 record that is forced to play the kind of schedule Kamehameha did still be ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the state?

Seven of the 15 voters had Kamehameha in their top 10 with one voter ranking the Warriors as high as eighth. Kamehameha opted to compete for the Open Division in the state tournament this year and failed to qualify with Punahou and Saint Louis receiving the two berths out of the ILH.

Kamehameha has been ranked in every poll since the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser rankings were released to start the 2010 season.

The Buffanblu, who received one first-place vote this week, remained No. 2 in the rankings with Saint Louis coming in at No. 3. Kahuku is once again in the top spot, where it’s been all season, receiving the other 14 first-place votes.

No. 4 Kapolei, which was ranked fourth on 13 of 15 ballots, received one vote at No. 3 ahead of Saint Louis and one vote at No. 5 behind Waianae, which beat the Hurricanes 35-14 in August.

No. 6 Farrington moved up a spot after its 25-7 win over Campbell, replacing No. 7 Mililani, which fell a spot after a 36-33 loss to Waianae. The Trojans will compete in the Division I state tournament.

The Sabers were ranked eighth, followed by No. 9 Baldwin and No. 10 Kamehameha. The 57 points given up by the Warriors to Punahou on Friday are their most in any game in the Prep Bowl and state championship eras.

Other teams receiving votes were Konawaena (seven), Hilo (five), ‘Iolani (four), Kapaa (three) and St. Francis (one).

>> No. 1 Kahuku vs. No. 5 Waianae, 5 p.m., Saturday, Aloha Stadium
>> No. 2 Punahou vs. No. 3 Saint Louis, 7:45 p.m., Friday, Aloha Stadium
>> No. 4 Kapolei vs. No. 6 Farrington, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aloha Stadium.
>> No. 7 Mililani vs. Leilehua, 7:30 p.m., Friday, John Kauinana Stadium.
>> No. 8 Campbell def. Moanalua (forfeit)
>> No. 9 Baldwin vs. Maui, 7 p.m., Saturday, War Memorial Stadium.
>> No. 10 Kamehameha season over

Updated: Nov. 21
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  1. Jenny Tails October 17, 2016 4:46 pm

    That depends on how you define your rankings. Are you trying to do it like NFL bloggers do by ranking teams based on how good they look and how good people think the team is? Or are you doing it like the AP polls for college football where it’s mostly based on win-loss record.

    In reality, Kamehameha is definitely a top 10 team, but losses are losses, and I don’t think they should be ranked, even if their losses were to top five teams.

  2. ilh October 17, 2016 7:37 pm

    Jenny, you said that right,

  3. Kailua Boys October 17, 2016 8:54 pm

    my question is why did kamehameha have to declare to go into the open division?

    the oia teams didnt have to declare anything. why don’t you let it play out and the 3rd place team would go to the division 1 tournament.

    that’s the equivalent of saying millilani declared to go to the open and would miss out on the division 1 tournament.

    can somebody on HPW answer that question. Why did Kam have to declare a division???

  4. TopDoggs October 17, 2016 9:42 pm

    Its a shame that Kamehameha does not get a bid into the State tournament. The ILH could possibly sweep the Open division with a 1,2,3 finish.

  5. Kailua Boys October 17, 2016 9:58 pm

    I think if Kamehameha were able to compete with Iolani and win that spot, they’d have a good chance of winning the Division 1 champtionship

  6. Kahaluu October 18, 2016 1:46 am

    Kamehameha beat Baldwin, they deserve at least ninth. If they were to play Kapolei, Mililani, Leilehua, Maui, and Farrington. They would guarantee be ranked fifth. Some players were even voted number one in the state or top ten in the nation. I believe if ranking went by score they shouldn’t be in top ten, but if rankings went by stats then Kamehameha should definitely be ranked high than Bladwin and Mililani.

  7. Toomeke October 18, 2016 3:33 am


    “Sweep the open”



    OIA gonna sweep States.

    Open: Big Red

    D1: Mililani

    D2: who cares?



  8. Jason Keuma October 18, 2016 4:45 am

    Having kamehameha declare which division is the byproduct of a poorly thought out three tier playofff.

    The naming, the of the brackets, the declaring of division, the whole thing is a patched up mess.

    Then to top it all off, the winner of the d1 will be listed right next to previous D1 winners.

  9. ??? October 18, 2016 8:53 am

    Kamehameha, you need June Jones to compete with STL & Punahou!!!!!
    What are you waiting for?????

  10. Matuu Pulotu October 18, 2016 9:22 pm

    Boohoo ILH is crying at how good the three teams are. Play Kahuku every season and put your money where your mouth is. Its so easy to play patty cake with each other and say how good you you are versus the OIA schools but to be the best, you have to play the best. And for now, that road runs through the north shore. And thats also why we need to play teams like Bishop Gorman to get better because it won’t happen in the divisions here.
    I personally don’t care if the three ill teams are in the playoffs, the sweeter the victory when the Koa Trophy will be raised. Then all the ILH naysayers and fortune tellers can shut up about how great it is to have the money, facilities and the trophies. Just enjoy winning the other sports because second place is where you all will be in football and you can take that to the bank.
    Happy playoffs and we will see you both Puns and Kalaepohaku) next month. Get ready to get whacked cause we are coming with a full head of steam. GO BIG RED!

  11. Manley October 19, 2016 9:22 am

    Doug Cosby was a mistake. So much talent left to go public schools. But the football program does not wag the school. With St.Louis and Punahou, the football program wags those teams. Too bad. The last coach that took Kamehameha to the Koa was Coach Stant from Kahuku.

  12. TooMeke October 19, 2016 9:43 am

    c’mon Mots… no be li’dat! easy killah… lol.

  13. Education First October 19, 2016 11:13 am

    @TooMeke, you ever showing up buddy?


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