The following verbatim message is from Mililani football head coach Rod York:
My message to Hawaii High School True Fans of our KIDS of Hawaii
To the Kahuku Football Team….to the players and coaches and supporters, but especially the KIDS AND KAHUKU FAMILY AND PARENTS ….KAHUKU EARNED THAT OIA CHAMPIONSHIP. Football is a physically and 90% mentally demanding team sport. The BEST team that night won. MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO THE 2015 RED RAIDERS OF KAHUKU HIGH. Injuries are part of the game, but please DO NOT TAKE AWAY even 1% of what Kahuku did. I am a fan of HARD WORK AND EARNING RESULTS……Kahuku went out and beat us….PERIOD. They won because they EXECUTED. The game is won on the field. Kahuku did just that. Kahuku is going through what EVERY team goes through. We congratulate Kahuku Football because they earned it. Our hearts go out to the players and coaches because they worked VERY HARD to achieve it. Much of the work is put in way before we all put pads on. The SEPARATION IS IN THE PREPARATION. Kahuku won the title because of their EXECUTION OF THEIR GAMEPLAN.
On another note, Im very proud of Vavae Tata and staff and especially the Kahuku players. Vavae Tata is obviously doing an OUTSTANDING job.
Story that doesnt get told……after the game as I walked w my wife to her car I walked through the Kahuku players and team moms and they graciously congratulated me and my team on a great game and effort. They offered us to eat with them and one of the players approached me with an ice cold bottle of water. Actions speak much louder than words and that is a reflection of Kahuku Football and our Hawaii kids and families. In todays world of negative talk and social media bad mouthing…..Im so happy to see the old school ALOHA SPIRIT rides deep in our hearts during great competion.
Congrats again to my man Vavae Tata and the Kahuku Football team.
It will be a great state tournament as great stories are being created every week such as Vavae Tata at Kahuku and Walter Young of Waianae.
High school coaches dont pay their bills from coaching……the reward for us are the life lessons taught and learned through our experiences to our kids. They learn to work hard, prepare, endure, and persevere. Most of all, they learn to set goals and WORK HARD to reach them. They learn to pick themselves up, improve, and go back at it. win or lose. That is what I call…..THE EVERYDAY GRIND!! But the MOST USEFUL lesson these kids learn among all important lessons is that they learn to work together as a team!!!! They will need that skill to be successful in every aspect of their lives until the day they leave this earth. The championship is what the sports culture breeds us to yearn, but the life lessons is the ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!