Sources: at least 4 vie for Kahuku football job

Kahuku has formed a selection committee that has begun reviewing applications for the football head coach job, according to athletic director Gillian Yamagata.

Due to a confidentiality policy, Yamagata confirmed that the school could not release a list of applicants or candidates who applied before Friday’s deadline.

Via sources close to Kahuku football, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep has learned of the names of four applicants. They are former Red Raiders coach Siuaki Livai, current assistant coaches Tommy Heffernan Sr. and Sterling Carvalho, and former assistant Byron Beatty.

Although unconfirmed, two others are believed to be applicants for the varsity position — current interim head coach James Kammerer as well as Darren Johnson, a current Kapolei assistant who was a head coach at Kailua and an assistant at Kahuku.

Another applicant, David Te’o, a former Kahuku assistant, applied for the open junior varsity position, the sources said.

In a phone call to the Kahuku athletic director on Monday, Yamagata said a confidentiality policy bars her from speaking specifically about potential candidates.

As of early Monday afternoon, Kahuku principal Pauline Masaniai had not returned phone calls to her late last week and Monday morning.


  1. fan April 6, 2015 2:04 pm

    All local products this time. Lesson learned.

  2. st. anthony trojan April 6, 2015 5:26 pm

    See Siuaki Livai,…is back in the mix…guess he n former principal was not to close huh…???

  3. Brady-Ann Manuel April 7, 2015 11:12 am

    TOMMY HEFFERNAN!! I vote tommy Heffernan, whip them boys into shape!

  4. John Yelm Davis April 7, 2015 11:45 am

    Coach from California has applied with great credentials. Previous college offensive coordinator. Several high school championships. He should have a shot against this competition

  5. redalert293 April 7, 2015 12:29 pm

    A Majority of those applicants do have the reputation power and deep roots in the communities to win us over as RR alumni and fans. Hope one of them gets the job!

  6. RRFAN April 7, 2015 3:35 pm

    Two issues here…….

    #1 Kahuku admin is not interested in recycling a local. If they were they would’ve hired one last year.

    #2 Biggest mistake they can make is hire another inflated resume instead of the right personality and person for the job. Leslie had supposedly 17 championships and it wasn’t the right fit.

    I believe they should hire a younger coach and allow him to build the program with the new vision that Kahuku has for the future. Get the right person with the right heart for the community and the job. Frankly just about anyone can win games at Kahuku. This is a lot more about the overall philosophy the school is trying to create across the board.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email