The USA Today released its all state team for Hawaii football, and the names at the top are the same as the Star-Advertiser’s list.
Vavae Malepeai of Mililani is the offensive player of the year, and Kahuku’s Keala Santiago and Vavae Tata are the state’s top defensive player and coach.
The list is representative of the whole state, especially on defense where the Red Raiders landed only two players with Hirkley Latu joining Santiago.
Tata was adamant with local media that each member of his historic defense be named first team on local lists. He got nine defenders on the OIA All-Star team voted on by the coaches and eight on the Star-Advertiser’s list.
The USA Today limited the haul to two, with three more on the second team.
Ten different schools have a player on the 11-man first-team defense, but Isaac Slade-Matautia is listed as a player for Kaiser instead of Saint Louis.
Malepeai is joined by Trojans teammates Kalakaua Timoteo and Andru Tovi on the first team. Kapolei and Saint Louis both put two players on the first team offense.
The list combines Division I and Division II.
Here is the link to the complete team: