Moanalua takes No. 7 ranking into OIA playoffs

Nanakuli running back Kaeo Aipia-Flood (6) lost his mouthpiece after a hit by Moanalua's CJ Paleafei (14), top left, and Aukai Grace (4). Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Undefeated OIA Division I regular-season champion Moanalua moves past Kamehameha to No. 7 in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Football Top 10 released today.

Na Menehune (8-0 overall) are averaging 36.7 points per game while allowing just 12.9 entering Saturday’s OIA semifinal game against Castle at John Kauinana Stadium.

Moanalua quarterback Nick Au celebrated senior day on Saturday with a career-high seven touchdown passes and moved into second place on Oahu in passing yards behind Mililani’s Dillon Gabriel.

The No. 7 ranking is the highest for Moanalua in any high school football poll recorded.

Na Menehune moved ahead of the Warriors, who dropped to 4-5 overall with a 42-7 loss to No. 1 Saint Louis on Friday. Kamehameha will play No. 2 Punahou on Friday at Aloha Stadium in the ILH Open Division playoffs with the winner getting a crack at the Crusaders for the league title.

All the other spots in the top 10 remained the same.

St. Francis and Hilo each received one vote.

Friday, Oct. 19

No. 2 Punahou vs. No. 8 Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium, 6 p.m.
No. 4 Campbell at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
Kapolei at No. 5 Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
Waipahu at No. 9 Leilehua, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20
No. 7 Moanalua vs. Castle, at Mililani, 7:30 p.m.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


  1. Kamehameha #! October 16, 2018 6:30 am

    Moanalua and Lahainaluna in front of Kamehameha! That is the biggest joke ever! Kamehameha is in a different league and those two schools will get blown out if they play Kamehameha. Kamehameha should have beating Mililani but fumble the ball on the last drive of the game. They were Beating Campbell but made some mistakes in the second half of the game. They held St. louis to 14-7 at half time. Don’t get me wrong, Moanalua and Lahainaluna are having an are good season but, Don’t put them up there with the big dogs!

  2. Ugly Olos October 16, 2018 7:15 am

    Agree with KS#1 but honestly KS’s offense was super sad this year given all of their talent and inability to pass the ball consistently. Their defense was pretty stout except for some late 4th quarter DB breakdowns. I recall that they had a chance to tie Mililani but for the ball bouncing off of #5’s face mask late in the 4th Q. No one’s talking about the OIA’s all season home field advantages against the ILH and the questionable officiating but that’s what the ILH conceded to at the outset. The OIA whiners will say, but the ILH recruits and they have more money… but at some point football and all HS sports should be void of politics. Anywaaaays, Lets see what’s worse, the OIA’s rigged playoff system or the outer-island juiced refs. Stay tuned.

  3. John October 16, 2018 8:44 pm

    Moanalua would beat Mililani or any oia open division teams

  4. Kamehameha #! October 17, 2018 5:19 am

    “Moanalua would beat Mililani or any oia open division teams”
    You should not have said that! Now they won’t even win the OIA. You just can’t leave things alone, you just have to ruin it for the poor Menehunes. Good going there John!

  5. Doe October 17, 2018 5:43 am

    Obviously John is not a true Moanalua fan. Probably olo boy in disguise.

  6. phILHarmonic October 17, 2018 12:12 pm

    Are there any Kalihi players on this team?

    Ive heard it mentioned before.

    If true, now Govs not only losing players to ILH and Millilani, now they losing em to Moanalua??


  7. Kamehameha #! October 18, 2018 3:33 am

    Actually they ended up at Moanalua in pursue of higher education! But why not Moanalua? its within walking distance anyways. If you can get into a better academic school, do it!

  8. Kamehameha #! October 20, 2018 10:50 pm

    What now John? You just had to Open your big mouth, Ha!

  9. Na menehue cheer squad October 21, 2018 8:06 pm

    I think Moanalua might have chance against the OIA OPEN teams…their JV teams 😂

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