Lahainaluna is third team to qualify for states

Lahainaluna's Joshua Tihada took a handoff in a state playoff victory over 'Iolani last season. The Lunas went on to win the state Division II title in 2017 and clinched a spot in the 2018 D-II tournament last weekend. Rodney S. Yap / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

No. 6 Lahainaluna clinched the MIL Division II football championship with a 47-0 victory over Kamehameha-Maui on Friday. The Lunas qualified for the D-II state tournament, where they will be the two-time defending champs.

Lahainaluna (8-0, 7-0) won the league’s first and second rounds, so no playoff was necessary. They join St. Francis (9-0, 8-0) of the ILH at states in D-II.

No. 10 ‘Iolani is the only other team in Hawaii high school team to have qualified for the state tournament. The Raiders (8-2, 7-1) will represent the ILH in D-I.

It’s nitty-gritty time elsewhere in Neighbor Islands football. In the BIIF, the D-I and D-II championship games are set. Kealakehe (6-2, 5-1) plays Hilo (6-1, 6-0) at Wong Stadium for the D-I title on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., and Konawaena (4-3, 4-2) visits Kamehameha-Hawaii (5-1, 5-1) for the D-II crown on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

The MIL D-I championship is still up for grabs between first-round champion Maui (4-3, 4-2) and Baldwin (2-6, 2-5). The Sabers and Bears play Saturday at War Memorial Stadium. If Maui wins, it clinches the second round and the overall title. If Baldwin wins, they will earn the second-round title and a playoff would be held to determine the champion.

In the KIF, Kauai (6-1, 4-1) and Kapaa (4-2, 3-1) are in a frenzied contest for the championship. The Red Raiders and Warriors play Saturday at Vidinha Stadium. Kauai can clinch the league crown with a win. If Kapaa wins, it would take over first place at 4-1, leaving the championship to be decided in a game against Waimea at Hanapepe Stadium the following week. In that scenario, the Warriors could clinch with a win over the Menehunes, but if they lose, they would be tied at 4-2 with the Red Raiders and a playoff would be needed to determine a champion.

The BIIF 8-man playoffs begin Saturday at 1 p.m., with third-seeded Kohala (0-4, 0-4) taking on second-seeded Pahoa (2-3, 2-2) at the Keaau High field. The winner of that game moves on to the title game against top-seeded Ka’u (5-0, 4-0) on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at Pahala Ball Field.

In MIL 8-man, Molokai (6-1, 5-1) has clinched at least a share of the championship. Lanai (4-2, 4-1) can earn a share with a win at home against Seabury Hall on Saturday. The MIL did not schedule playoffs this year, so the championship is based on best record.

>> ILH champion
>> OIA champion
>> OIA runner-up
>> OIA third place

Division I
>> ‘Iolani (ILH representative)
>> OIA champion
>> BIIF champion
>> MIL champion

Division II
>> St. Francis (ILH representative)
>> Lahainaluna (MIL champion)
>> OIA champion
>> BIIF champion
>> KIF champion
>> OIA runner-up

Here’s a look at standings from the BIIF, KIF and MIL: Updated: Nov. 25


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BIIF 8-Man



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d - co-champions
x-clinched first-round title
y-clinched second-round title
c-clinched playoff spot
r-clinched regular-season title
z-clinched overall title


  1. Wake up October 16, 2018 1:02 pm

    They still in the D2? Pathetic. Can these guys move up already. They belong in the D1. Sandbagging at it’s finest.

  2. Austin Chang October 16, 2018 2:59 pm

    I agree it time to move Lahainaluna up to D1. D2 is too easy for them.

  3. TheRef October 16, 2018 7:57 pm

    St Francis will give them hard rubs, I would love to see that match up for the DII crown

  4. M October 17, 2018 5:45 am

    @ Wake up, you and your “sand bagging” you still never call the suicide hotline I told you for call?!?!..year in and year out, that’s all you say about successful teams. You said that about Iolani and now Lahainaluna. They won the title twice, so they pathetic? They had a hard time against a “badass” Konawaena team last year, and was heavy underdogs the year before that against #1 Kapaa. D1 wasn’t good last year, any of the top 3 teams in D2 would have won it. Hilo won D1, guess who beat Hilo in the regular season? (Pretty damn good too), Kona did! Who beat Kona? Lahainaluna. My point is, what is the difference between D1 and D2?..the division?..”what if” D2 get better/tougher opponents?..ever thought of that? Maybe you just ignorant for see that, and your team still never win 1 or even make’em to the championship game. You D2 hater LOL!

  5. M October 17, 2018 6:46 am

    Lahainaluna pissing people off hahaha. Look no get me wrong because I believe that they should be at a “so called better/higher division” (D1). I not from Oahu but I looking at teams competition wise. Can Saint Francis beat the likes of Iolani, Moanalua, Leleihua, Waipahu or Damien?..Is their a big difference in competition in D1 and D2 in Oahu? I believe Saint Francis goin give Lahainaluna rubz if they meet up, maybe even beat’em. Matter of fact, BIIF teams is more than capable of winning too. In my opinion, the competition is pretty good in D2 throughout Hawaii and not only in D1. But, I would love to see Lahainaluna eventually go up and “for the hell of it” win a title there too! Open Division?..nah, I gotta admit, those guys just too good, bigger, stronger, more physical..but, we can hang with half of’em just cause I know what these boys made of. They smart, they get some cahone’z (Ballz) and the biggest HEART! Good luck to everybody’s team goin into the playoffs and hopefully bringing in that STATE TITLE!

  6. Wake up October 17, 2018 9:56 am

    My team won the REAL state championship 2 years in a row. All you doing is proving my point. Luna’s need to move up and stop Sandbagging. It’s a slap in the face to all the Open teams to have Lahainaluna ranked above them. Keep trying to justify your sandbagging. Move up or shut up

  7. phILHarmonic October 17, 2018 12:07 pm

    Lunas would not win a game in the OPEN. Ever.

    Saying that they beat a team that beat the D1 champ just proves that they should be up at that level.

    St. Francis should not be in D2, but the rest of the Oahu D2 teams are, IMO, appropriately placed. On Oahu there is a huge difference between D1 and D2. Neighbor islands maybe not as much.

  8. M October 17, 2018 1:02 pm

    Wake up, good for your school if you won 2! I applaud that! Where St Louis Rank in the Nation? 10?..I APPLAUD THAT TOO!! I support them and any team who from Hawaii and rank that high! But, how you think those other guys up there feel about us Hawaii guys? you think a top 10 team think they can beat the top dogs in their conference/state?..go play some teams in Florida or Cali or mediocre team even.I not saying you guys goin win or lose, but they not goin be one walk in the park like they been taking teams on a stroll out here dude! That’s the reality! Maui, little talent to choose from, Oahu..big difference in talent you can shuffle around, Mainland? BIGGER TALENT IN A BIGGER POND TO CHOOSE FROM!! They can build one SUPER TEAM out there! unfortunately we limited as a state. As an island, we at the bottom of the totem sandbagging?..shut yo mouth “MR TOP DOG” nobody bettah then us high makamaka guy..YEAHHH YOUUU!!. Brrruuaahhh!! We one small school and for be that high?..thanks to those voters for that compliment! I love HATERS like you and this “phil-HI-CHRONIC” character!

  9. M October 17, 2018 1:31 pm

    Phil-Hi-CHRONICS, I never did say that they would beat an “OPEN DIVISION” team..but I am saying that they would hang with atleast half of them, I say that with confidence. Nah, I being too nice, I take that back! They CAN beat a few of them!! How you like that?..”GO HEAD GET NUTTS” hahaha I no kea. I’m 100% sure I’m not the only one that thinks that. Like I said, I wish they was in D1 (especially this year)..unfortunately this is where they’re at. So, my pride in my team/school no matter the division..regardless what anybody say or rank us (I/WE HONESTLY DONT CARE). We from a small town on the WEST SIDE of Maui, we used to that “UNDERDOG ROLE” we only need each other out, we pretty good in athletics throughout the State. We not bad in Wrestling, softball and Basketball too, we in the money brah! WE PROUD OF OUR LUNAS! So..I get one comeback for anything you two clowns like say.

  10. phILHarmonic October 17, 2018 1:48 pm

    No hate here.

    You guys play good ball. Just not good enough to beat an OPEN team.

    I just feel like the Luna’s would be more appropriately slotted in D1. Take it as a complement or not.

    With regards to the ranking, congratulations on making it as high as you have on a popularity contest, cause really thats what it is. I, unlike others that visit this site, do not take it for more than entertainment purposes. Really. So, right on for whatever you guys got ranked.

    Maybe, next year re-organize the MIL so that Lunas, Baldwin, Maui High D1 and the King K and Kam in D2?

    Hey good one on the “phil-HI-CHRONIC” comment. You one sharp witted buggah.


  11. Uncle Jah October 17, 2018 1:55 pm

    @ M, you seem like a funny guy. I’ll back you up on your stance of Lahaina Luna. Every year at states, I laugh at the fact that they looked like a pop warner sized team and as soon as that whistle blows to start the game, it’s like seeing a animal that been locked up in his cage just waiting to get loose lol! I do not believe they are sand bagging at all due to the fact of their sizes alone. But, whether if it’s talent or coaching or heart as you speak, the skill set does not belong in D2. Luna is too good of a team. I love the attitude, pride and respect from the people of Lahaina. Lokahi at its finest! I hope to see your coaching staff or the island of Maui reconsider your placement in next years football season.

  12. phILHarmonic October 17, 2018 2:00 pm

    Nobody ever questioned you or your communities pride in the team.

    And tbh, you really the one getting nutts on here. Name calling and all.

    I agree with you on your comment about having many good athletic teams which is why I wonder why you have to take the “underdog role”. But thats similar to what Iolani has done for years. They win, they say ” das right! one small team when beat your big team” and when they lose “oh we jus one small team that had nothing to lose”. Get out of here with that.

    Be proud like you say, and dont teach young minds that they are ever the underdog.

  13. M October 17, 2018 2:13 pm

    @ Philharmonic Bwhahahaha believe me..we as fans wish they was in D1. It’s not our fault that we’re in D2. The boys play hard and for them to be labeled as “sandbaggers” is crazy! They represent their families, community and the island of Maui, and they represent us well. I come here to read these funny comments too! We get pride in our boyz, so yah…negativity towards them is also towards us from Lahaina.

    If we had the choice to move up, I believe they would have..I’m not sure how it’s run but maybe the county or State of DOE needs to determine that.

    MAHALOZ for your compliment Phil-Hi-Chronic hahaha

  14. phILHarmonic October 17, 2018 3:33 pm

    You are far from being humble.

    And I think that YOU should send those guys a love letter for that gift of a ranking.

    Heres some food for thought.

    Im pretty sure the Luna’s will get to the final and meet up with St. Francis.
    Im pretty sure that the Luna’s will win.
    I know that the difference maker will be the Luna’s discipline. (I know more about the program than you think)
    They will be the D2 Champ AGAIN.
    But, only in D2. They will be the #1 team of 20 D2 teams in the state and no higher.

    Never had respect for Iolani until they went up to D1 and took cracks for two years straight. I know its not the players or communities responsibility. But it is the AD and Head Coaches one to make the change. Maybe they will, maybe they wont, but we know that the Luna’s can compete at the next level (D1) why dont they know it??

  15. M October 17, 2018 4:39 pm

    Aye Chronic man, I not the one disrespecting any one team or program! I praise those guys and their accomplishments. I backing up my boys by pricks like you and you think I not being humble?..I just choose not to take yours and “Mr 2x Real Champ” Wake up BEACHING comments. I no need send them one love letter, you guys already did that for me hahaha

    I no need your kuleana or “food for thought”…although it sounds good, this is a football game, anything can happen! Like I said, 2 years ago, Lahainaluna got that Championship flying under the radar. Nobody seen that coming! And it won’t be the last time a “unranked” Team goin get one upset. So..whoever the better team that night, goin be the victor!

    Who cares for your respect? Hate to bust your bubble buddy but nobody cares. And since you know a lot about how a team moves up, we in a whole different island bro! To the best of my knowledge, Kauai don’t have a choice to be in D2, they all gotta represent D1. Is it the AD, coaches or state? me the fact then maybe, I’ll change my mind. And by the way, you dunno nuttin bout this program except the color, where we from and we “D2” Champs that stayed D2. You only read “Discipline” on the news papers..if you wondering why they keep writing discipline, it’s because it’s just simple as that! They disciplined!! Go ask your “OPEN” Kapalama team! Yah, they beat us last the 2nd half when coaches chose to pull our starters. Check the stats! That’s all facts! Betta yet, just ask their fans, players or coaches. Find a video of the game..see with your own eyes. Bruahhhh had choke people watching in the 100F Lahaina IMU!! You guys played ball or know of somebody in HS, check the HUDL account! I come clowning on you with facts! Not no BS assumptions!

  16. Kalei October 17, 2018 8:28 pm

    @ M, Theres no sense in trying to get across you. I don’t think anyone is saying that Lahainaluna is bad more of they’re too good to be where they’re at. I understand where these other guys are coming from but I don’t agree with them. Your almost accurate. I have a nephew that plays for Kam Maui and a nephew played for Kam Kapalama. We attended last years game Kapalama vs Lahainaluna on Maui and your right it was very hot, and we did notice that their skilled players were not playing. The first half was very competitive and we took control in the third. I still can’t see Lahainaluna winning that game. This year seems a bit different, you guys are more of a complete team with the passing game, very odd.

    With all due respect to your alma mater, I along with prabably the entire State is waiting for the Lunas to step up a division. I personally believe the success will carry over.

    @Philharmonic if Lahainaluna ever plays an Open Team in the bottom 4 or 5 you will be surprised.

    I’m rooting for KS Hawaii to win it all! like M said “anything can happen” this year, were flying under the radar

  17. No Dog JMHO October 17, 2018 8:53 pm

    Loving this thread. @ wake up, I agree Lahainaluna should be playing D1, they’re too good for D2. @ M, I wish they were playing D1 too cuz they could win a title there. It’s time for the coaches and AD to step up and make the move. If they can play D1 in all other sports why not football. If they would have done that a year ago I think they would be the current D1 champions. In hindsight I think they regretted that decision but I guess not cuz they’re still in D2. From what I heard they gave the current D1 champs Hilo cracks last summer when they traveled to practice with them and Hilo also got cracks last year from D2 runner up Konawaena. I don’t see any D1 team this year that they can’t compete with and very likely beat. @ Phil HI Chronic, good one @ M, I disagree with you that Lahainaluna couldn’t beat an Open Division team. I’ve seen every Open division team except Mililani play live this year and watched Mililani play on TV 4 times. I’ve also watched Lahainaluna play live several times a year during this run. I think scoring live has them ranked right where they belong at #7. No they can’t compete against Saint Louis, Kahuku, Punahou and Mililani. As for Kapalama, I know they played them tough last year for three quarters before the game got out of hand in the fourth quarter on a couple long plays. As for @ M’s claim that they pulled their starters at half, I haven’t heard that one before and doubt that is the case but I’ll look into it with those that would know. What I do know is that they could beat Waianae, Farrington and probably Campbell and Kapolei, at least give the latter two a helluva game. What I do know is that this playoff system needs to be fixed, for the kids and the fans. I like the Open Division, D1 and D2 concept and the ILH/OIA merger but It’s sad that one of the two best teams in the state will be going home early and won’t make the open division playoffs and Lahainaluna will be playing for essentially the D3 championship. The playoffs should be about the best teams playing against each other regardless of league affiliation, but I guess that is for another thread. Unfortunately, the OIA has the numbers and the votes to strong arm everybody else in doing what is best for the OIA. Looking for an exciting playoffs and good luck to all teams and hope that everybody comes out healthy. Aloha!

  18. phILHarmonic October 18, 2018 8:53 am

    You getting way too emotional.

    As 16, 17 and 18 has shared, much more bluntly than I have, the Luna’s are too good to be in D2.
    Thats the point, no disrespect to the kids and coaches or the community.


  19. Kalei October 18, 2018 1:38 pm

    @ M please continue the onslaught lol, I’m very entertained. @ philharmonic by reading the comments on this thread and my understanding of M is that his argument is the disrespect towards the Lunas and their rankings. There is too many readers writing disrespectful things towards a particular school or program on something they don’t have control of, in this case its the ranking and division they are in. His emotional response to you well, I don’t blame him. He states a case against your comment about not beating an open team. I actually believe what he claims, I believe they are that good. Your #smallteamsyndrome is pretty funny too

  20. phILHarmonic October 18, 2018 3:42 pm

    My opinion is that they cannot beat an open team and you and him feel differently.

    Case Closed.

    And what, may I ask, do you mean by continuing the onslaught??

  21. M October 18, 2018 5:49 pm

    Kalei, I’m glad your entertained hahaha. That’s exactly what I’m saying. This Chronic guy contradicting! He say “Lahainaluna too good, should go D1” blah blah blah but, they cannot beat anybody in Open?, Mr Chronic telling me non of those D1 teams can beat any of the open teams?..and I not emotional, like I said, I bring facts to what I say! And only Me and Kalei feel the same?..what about this guy “No Dog” that wrote one whole book? telling me he no feel the same?

    No Dog IMHO..brada, how you feel? These guys from Maui can beat one “open team”? By the better call your hook up and ask’em!! Not all starters was out but, the play makers was! The coaches never like take one chance in getting them hurt before the regular season start. Who would leave the main guys in knowing the potential of winning another ring was pretty good? Preseason game is or lose! It would’ve been nice to win but, that wasn’t the objective. It was to see if the boys could hang. And I think the coaches was happy with what they seen.

    Again, I, along with a bunch of fans wish Lahaina was in D1 but unfortunately they not and it’s out of their hands. And if you guys mad about their ranking that they rank higher than some of your “OPEN” teams (which they have a reason why) then it sucks to be you buddy! Not like Lahaina wen come up with that. Nobody from Maui did, go have a meeting with the board from Scoringlive and Hawaii Prep world, maybe they can give you some “FOOD FOR YOUR THOUGHT” But no come “low ball” a team!

  22. M October 18, 2018 6:00 pm

    What I mean by “open” teams is the bottom tier teams. Obviously we cannot beat the top 4 or 5 teams in the open. Chronic man, one of those bottom guys is your team that’s why you butt hurt? Ahhh this guy! Go back D1 then and if you still no more chance over there, go D2 and if you get hard time over there go 8 man..if not 8 man, try flag football, if you still no can win, keep playing Madden on easy mode! Whatever you do, just no kill yourself. I gave Wake up the number, go gettum from guys can get counseling together. You 2 POHO buggahz hahahha

  23. No Dog JMHO October 18, 2018 6:00 pm

    @ kalei they may not have control of their ranking but they DO control what division they play in.

  24. phILHarmonic October 18, 2018 10:40 pm

    Agree to disagree. That about sums it up.

    Regardless if you convince errbody to agree with you, I still going feel this way until I see them BEAT an OPEN team.

    Go back be honest with yourself and truly see who got Pilau on this thread.

    Aloha and good luck to the Luna’s in the D2 State Tourney.

  25. M October 19, 2018 8:10 am

    @ Chronic man, I no convince nobody, I speak for myself. It’s up to them if they agree with me. It’s all good to feel that way about your “open” teams cause some of them nevah get the love from the voters to rank above Lahainaluna. All good to feel haboot but, no knock on a team for that, be negative towards the voters.
    Yup, I got pilau hea cause of you and that prick “no body betta than us, REAL 2x STATE CHAMPION” Wake up. You guys that good?..for come read up on one D2 article and low ball us? Niele on what the article say then put up some stupid comments about “sandbagging” and “cannot beat” whoever not even in that division blah blah blah..COM’on!! If you no more something good for share and you cannot take the heat for your dumb comments, mind your own business, go on your own teams thread!
    No Aloha here, but good luck to whoever your team is, GET BETTER! and if your “that good” good luck on winning a championship or even being “THE REAL 3x CHAMP”. You “POHO” commentators! Hahahaha

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