Right after Kahuku officially announced Vavae Tata as its new football head coach last Tuesday, he visited Junior Ah You, who is one of the most respected football figures in the North Shore community.
Ah You, the former college and CFL star who owns and operates Tita’s Grill, said he was impressed with Tata’s demeanor and thought it was admirable that he took time on his first day to reach out to the community.
Tata is a former ULCA standout defensive end who played his high school football at rival Saint Louis under Cal Lee. He made the All-State team twice, in 1992 and ’93. He has also coached at UCLA, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
Tata is in the process of choosing his staff of assistant coaches, according to Red Raiders athletic director Gillian Yamagata.