SPRING-ing into FB season: Waianae Seariders

Waianae running back Javen Towne returns for his senior season this fall. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Waianae running back Javen Towne returns for his senior season this fall. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.



>> 2015 record and finish: 9-4 (6-1 OIA Red); defeated Kailua 37-22 in OIA quarterfinals; lost 45-20 in OIA semifinals; defeated Farrington 20-19 in OIA third-place game; defeated Baldwin 21-6 in D-I state tournament first round; lost 13-0 to Kahuku in the D-I state tournament semifinals
>> Number of returning starters: 11 (6 offense, 5 defense)
>> Number of returning seniors: 40
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 11
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 36
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: John Kapua (second-team OL), Mosiah Brame (second-team CB)
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: None
>> OIA Red All-Stars lost to graduation: John Kapua (first-team OL), Mosiah Brame (first-team DB), Joseph Soriano Kikila (second-team OL), Joey Nuuanu-Kuhiiki (second-team DL), Noah Kealoha (second-team LB), Alexander Quijano (second-team DB)
>> OIA Red All-Stars returning: Javen Towne (second-team RB), Isaiah Freeney (second-team WR), John McFall (second-team OL),
>> Among 2016 key offensive returnees: Jaren Ulu (QB, Sr.), Javen Towne (RB, Sr), Onesimus (OL, Sr.), Mililani Misipati (OL, Sr.), Isaiah Freeney (WR, Sr.)
>> Among 2016 key defensive returnees: Feletoa Ailua (DL, Sr.), Jaylen Gonzales (LB, Sr.), Josiah Viliamu (DL, Sr.), Kanai Mauga (LB, Jr.), Dayton Webber (DB, Sr.)
>> Seariders with Division I FBS college offers: Onesimus Clarke (OL, Sr.),
>> All-time state championships: None
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1999) championships: 4 (all D-I, including one co-championship* — 1973, 1977, 1978, *1980)
>> All-time OIA championships: 18 (all D-I — 1962, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997)
>> 2016 conference: OIA Blue (D-I)

Head coach WALTER YOUNG on the Seariders’ outlook for 2016:

“Spring and summer ball has been OK. We didn’t put on pads (because of a new rule barring it), so for what it is, we did OK. It allows us to work on the passing game and we entered the pass league. So in that sense, it’s going well. It’s (junk) that we didn’t get to do 10 days of spring with pads.

“A lot of kids went on trips and stuff, but we had a whole bunch of kids show up all summer, We probably got about 70 to 75 on varsity and about 80 to 90 on JV.

“We talk about what it means to play Waianae football. They’re getting an understanding of what that means. They believe in it and want to be champions and bring back pride to the Westside and stuff like that. They’re coming together with a sense of unity and the knowledge that you can’t win without teamwork. They’re understanding more that the more they pitch in and do their part and trust each other, the better off we’ll be. They are only as good as the person next to them. That’s the core values we follow — it’s always the student-athlete first, teamwork, perseverance, self-motivatiion. They’re learning that and that it’s what you do when nobody is watching … and being humble.

“We will try to be more balanced offensively this year. The key is execution. No matter what we run offensively or defensively, it doesn’t matter as long as we execute it.

“Last year, when we came in (as a new staff), we brought some of that discipline back and the kids started believing in the system. Even though we came up short, we had good run at it. With that discipline, we can do more things on the field and get more done. We’re focusing on discipline and execution, believing in each other and that sense of pride when we play like a family. If we play as a unit, no one is going to stop us.”

2016 Waianae football schedule
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>> July 28: vs. Damien and Nanakuli (scrimmage only, at Nanakuli)
>> July 30: ‘Iolani (scrimmage only)
>> Aug. 5: at Kamehameha
>> Aug. 13: at Kapolei
>> Aug. 19: Moanalua
>> Aug. 26: at Kahuku
>> Sept. 2: Kaiser
>> Sept. 9: at Aiea
>> Sept. 16: Radford
>> Sept. 23: at Campbell
>> Sept. 30/Oct. 1: Bye

2016 Waianae varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Walter Young (9-4, second season)
>> Offensive coordinator: Kana Kawai
>> Defensive coordinator: Ryan Lancaster
>> Linebackers: Kaleo Searle
>> Defensive line: Kainoa Evangelista
>> Defensive line: Bernard Beaver
>> Defensive backs: Kervin Oshima
>> Defenisve backs: Kimo Akiona
>> Wide receivers: Kawika Nakoa
>> Wide receivers: Paul Alferez
>> Running backs: Peni Tiolu
>> Running backs: Keoni Napierala-Rose
>> Offensive line: Zeke Wakinekona
>> Offensive line: Travis Nua
>> Tight ends: Wesley Roe
>> Quarterbacks: Kana Kawai


  1. Outlaw Jose-y July 21, 2016 6:09 am

    Miss the days when Coach Ginoza was walking the sideline!!!!

  2. rrforlfiebaby July 21, 2016 8:13 am

    Kind of love the confidence, or arrogance by coach Young. “….., no one is going to stop us.”

  3. 88 July 21, 2016 10:01 am

    Do you think they had a stable of RB’S this year!! I know the got twone,Pontes-Borje,Ambrosio, the j v kid rasario.?? Who else??

  4. C-RIDE-DA July 21, 2016 10:20 am

    Love seeing these kids run!! Hope we can get a passing game going too!! Cause what i saw during the 4 pass league we need a lot of work!! First 2 pass league game they look pretty good then the two against st louis and millilani was not so good!… couple of the QB’S need work didn’t see the QB they had for the first 2 game, think they put him back at RB. But I think they have some good WR’s and SB ‘s and RB’s with some hand’s. They just need to find the right QB then they will be a better all around of fence team.. what do you guys think??

  5. bumbuchas July 21, 2016 10:34 am

    speak softly and carry a big stick, rather then speak loudly (arrogrance) and what if the big stick no work? Hope Waianae can back up their HC’s boast. They are in the weaker of the two D1 OIA conferences, time will tell at the season’s end.

  6. bumbuchas July 21, 2016 10:42 am

    Its been almost 20 years since Waianae last took the OIA title, hope Walter Young’s boast comes thru. Like Waianae’s vanilla approach to the game.

  7. Y -NAI 4LIFE July 21, 2016 10:48 am

    How the offense this year!! Do the have that stable of RB’s?? I know they have Twone, Pontes-Borje, Ambrosio , Grey, and Rosario did any new kid come out?? WR’s that come back are Freeny, To’oto’o any one new?? O’linemen i heard they’re huge this year!! Any new QB this year???. Defence is the BEAST THIS YEAR!!! I personally think they have the best LB’s core this year in the state.. Gonzales, Hatori, Milo, Mauga, just to name a few…. then the front 4 guys they have monster up front! DB’s we have so speedter back there!!!

  8. rrforlifebaby July 21, 2016 3:23 pm

    I like Towne and last years jv back. I will grudgingly admit, if the underclassmen Lb’s from last year make grade and play this year, monstah corps.

  9. Mahatma Gandhi July 21, 2016 3:40 pm

    I remember the glory years of the Waianae Searider football program, when they used to wear all Black uniforms in the 1970s. Larry Ginoza the head coach. I still think their best team was the 1979 team that was knokced off by Kaiser he OIA championship game. Kaiser converted a couple of Waianae turnovers deep in Waianae territory. It surely was Waianae’s bet defense ever. Best ever D in the OIA. Had Max Maneafaiga, Bob Sylva, Elgin Awong, Joe Masaniai, Watson Mahaulu…
    It was getting blown out by Iolani in the 1980 Prep Bowl that sent the Waianae football program into a tailspin which they never recovered from.

  10. Y -NAI 4LIFE July 21, 2016 4:02 pm

    @bumbuchas. How is waianae in the weaker devison?? We play kahuku the oia champ and state champ! Radford the devison llc champ! Kapolei with there altar coaching staffs!! Campbell which is always a tough team!#. Kasier and moanalua on any given Friday can win against you if you no papared…and not to mention Kamehameha a well coach team that can pretty must beat any team in the red divison

  11. rrforlifebaby July 21, 2016 4:18 pm

    It’s “weaker” because Mililani isn’t in it…lol

  12. 88 July 21, 2016 4:21 pm

    @@rr4lifebaby’– I like those back too. Think the twone kid got big I think..he probably put on the weight to play a fullback that waianae has been missing for along time?#!#.. and I think that pontesborje kid will have a great season if they give him the ball more!.that kid has some wheels!,heard he has improve way better then last year!.Also Ambrosio kid is very alusive when he in the open field… just can’t wait to see if they run or pass.. but my money is stick to the run cause they still need a QB that can pass not just throw it in the air and hope #11 catches it! RR4life.

  13. Aku Bird July 21, 2016 5:10 pm

    Waianae will be strong again but has NO chance against Mililani and Kahuku. You need a passing game or a Kahuku “D” to win a championship these days.

  14. chloropicrin July 21, 2016 5:14 pm

    I’m curious to see the defense this year, they have the LB corps as someone mentioned, they also have the Atuatasi kid on the DL..I wouldn’t be surprised to see Onesimus Clark play some DL too since BYU is recruiting him for their DL.

  15. 88 July 21, 2016 6:14 pm

    Kahuku won multiple titles with no QB, I think Waianae can do it if what im hearing is that they may have the top duo RBs in the state and a big oline. The coach got to stick to the gameplan though…3rd down and 20..gotta run um, 4th and 40 on your own 1yd line and all the parents like you punt, NOPE gotta run um like one red raider!

  16. red x July 21, 2016 6:44 pm

    Waianae just need to play waianae football! They have there own identity and dont need to be like anybody else. Although I do believe that if your a running team than you better have a very good defense so I think they should focus on there defense to make it happened. Just my opinion

  17. C-RIDE-DA July 21, 2016 7:08 pm

    I totally agree that we need to pass more and better! But watching them practice and those pass league game.. they still have the same QB that throw like a spot passer hoping his backs can catch the ball!!.. the younger QB’S are not even there yet..enter trust them on the field yet! Hope they have a back up!!!

  18. milltown99 July 21, 2016 7:25 pm

    if they have a passing game they could win it NO JOKE!! I know there run game will be hands down way stronger..they have a monster of a beast OL this year.they should have won the super linemens battle up here in millilani.then there those RB’S (Towne, Pontes-Borge, Ambrosio, Rasario,) and I’m sure the have more speedter in the back feild that just compliment the offense.. for Millilani we have just our passing that we will bepend on cause we lost our running backs last year!!

  19. bumbuchas July 22, 2016 5:57 am

    Y-Nai 4 Life, Kahuku is top dog in the OIA period. In the OIA D1 Blue Conference; Kaiser is rebuilding w/a new HC, they lost plenty good seniors. Likewise with Radford; new HC, lost plenty players from their D2 Championship team plus as all know, the difference from D2 to D1 is huge! Most of the teams making that move got mean spankings and head slaps over the past seasons; ex. Kaimuki, Radford, Pearl City, Waipahu. Waianae will be tough, they return plenty players, riding the success of a very good season last year. Aiea is always tough but usually ends up near the bottom of the conference. Campbell is very good no doubt, last year’s 1 & 6 record was puzzling, losing to Castle in their opener and spiraling w/subsequent losses. Moanalua has a new HC but has always had the huge student enrollment to draw from, some 2200 students. They have in recent seasons become very competitive. Kapolei and Kamehameha are not in Waianae’s conference. The other OIA Conference (Red) has Mililani, Farrington, Castle, Kailua, Leilehua, Kapolei, Nanakuli. 5 of these teams will move on in the playoffs, they are good!

  20. bumbuchas July 22, 2016 6:03 am

    Bring back Waianae’s Wishbone offense! There is another Michael Beazley among them who can run it! haha, Waianae’s version of their Wing T is doing just fine. The pressure is on though, to prove last year’s success was not a fluke. Wish the storied Waianae program the best of luck! They are the pride of the community where Larry Ginoza is seen as a God himself and is justly deserved!

  21. Chloropicrin July 22, 2016 9:27 am

    The road to the OIA and States will always go through Kahuku, aka Title Town. Throughout the years, IMO Waianae has (and Farrington) been the only team to match up physically with Kahuku. They just couldn’t get over the hump; due to coaching, lesser talent, whatever the case maybe. the last time they beat Kahuku was in the ’99 and ’00 reg seasons. As I stated earlier Kahuku is Title town and the road goes through them, before that going through Waianae was the only way to to the OIA. Those two teams are always a pleasure to watch. Because of the physicality; strong running games and tough defenses.

  22. Mahatma Gandhi July 22, 2016 1:36 pm

    bumbucha, it was Tupu Siliga who was the wishbone QB at Waianae. That’s what Waianae ran when they beat Punahou In the 1977 Prep Bowl. Had Jimmy Holt, Ken Paredes and Fred Mahuka at the RB positions. Feleti Brown was actually the best runner of them all but was a junior and had to wait his turn. Mike Beazley could not run the ball. No wishbone when played QB. You got to hand it to Larry Ginoza. he could not recruit, he had to play the hand he was dealt. He had to change the offense every time a new QB came in.

  23. Hman! July 22, 2016 3:12 pm

    Waianae will dominate Millilani! ! And how you fuams figure the conference their in is the weaker division? Kahuku and Waianae whose in the same conference made the state tournament. The only powerhouse in the other conference is Farrington! Kapolei is on the rise and still has to prove themselves, other than that,the traditional powers of Kahuku, Waianae, and Leleihua will dominate along with Farrington. Millilani will be decent, but that’s it. The other powers is all homegrown! Hangman outta here!

  24. Chloropicrin July 22, 2016 3:14 pm

    @88, I agree they need to feed the ball to Pontes-Borge..one of the reasons why I think his touches were limited last year was because he was the second QB.

  25. red x July 22, 2016 4:32 pm

    That rosario kid is a beast too! It’s good thing they have that backs for there type of offense.

  26. 88 July 22, 2016 6:20 pm

    Every RB looks good untill they play BIG RED. The 2 best RBs in the state play for Kahuku and their defense faces them every day in practice. I don’t know what you guys are smoking but it must be some good stuff…..

  27. What u smok'n July 22, 2016 7:58 pm

    @88 obviously not as good as the $hit you smoking, you never just say wainae had the best duo RB’s in the state in your comment above? Make up your f@%kin mind. Das awright we undastan u bipola.

  28. 87 July 22, 2016 9:34 pm

    Kapolei over Mililani and Waianae to take the OIA blue

  29. red.red July 22, 2016 11:17 pm

    In the blue D1 we have Kahuku, Waianae, Campbell, moanalua. Kaiser, radford, aiea, …
    In the.red D1 they have Millilani, Farrington, kapolei, nanakuli, kailua, castle, leilehua….
    hand down the D1 blue is the stronger conferences……

  30. milltown99 July 22, 2016 11:23 pm

    I think waianae has the best RB’S this year!!.pound for pound!!! Just going be fun watching waianae and kahuku go at it this season…kahuku has a great Defence but waianae also have a beast of a Defence this year too…let’s see who is going to give!!!. Mill town 4eva.

  31. bumbuchas July 23, 2016 12:32 am

    Mike Beazley I believe, played wishbone QB in 79, 80, 81, he was then recruited to UH where he achieved much success as a ILB. Can’t remember the RB’s who played in Mike’s backfield but do remember the great Mike Vierra at TB and Richard Kahoonei at FB in their I formation in the mid 70’s. One of their best wishbone QB’s was Victor Humalon who had a great arm but unfortunately played in a running offense. enough down memory lane.

    yes the road will always go thru Kahuku no matter how good Mililani has been the past couple of years. This year will be a true test for the Trojans as they lost plenty good seniors. Kahuku on the other hand, is loaded with returning talent! Farrington can give them hard rubs as they return their offensive backfield and WR. June Jones may make magic happen at Kapolei as they always have talent. Don’t see any other OIA schools competing for the title. See Kahuku and St. Louis as Big Dogs in the State.

  32. Chloropicrin July 23, 2016 6:22 am

    One injury / injury bug can change the entire season. That’s what happened to Campbell last season. Kapolei’s hype with JJ is crazy, but they have to putout, as they always under achieve. Mililani, will fade back to the middle like Leilehua; had a amazing couple of years and then returned to being just competitive. Farrington will have ballers as usual, but can the coaches develop them and get them over the hump, as they always seemed to be there. Waianae might have good units on both sides of the ball, but can they keep up if they get in a shootout or put points on the board against a Kahuku? If Kahuku is really starting a frosh QB, that might be a factor. If he’s just managing a game and bringing him on slowly they’ll be ok. As for the ILH, I think everyone is counting out Punahou, who won’t go down without a battle. HS football is almost here, the crap talking at the water coolers at work will be in full effect soon.

  33. 87 July 23, 2016 6:47 am

    Coach Tatas first year proved that he is a genius to use his players the way he did to win states as an underdog. This year with better talent I think they will repeat easily, but they will get their butts whopped when they go to Nevada, just calling it how I see it.

  34. 88 July 23, 2016 3:51 pm

    Big Red is going to shock the world! Be ready because after this year Hawaii will be known as the Big Red State.

  35. anywaaaays!! July 24, 2016 12:01 pm

    ^ yeah whatever, keep it to yourself buddy

  36. 88 July 24, 2016 12:33 pm

    Adults are talking right now. Go back to the small kids table and finish your juice.

  37. Y -NAI 4LIFE July 25, 2016 1:18 pm

    Well guys!!… just can’t wait to see if all your predictions come true…so here is mine.. waianae to take the blue D1 champs.then the OIA championship. Then make it to state championship# !! Then it WAIANAE VS SAINT LOUIS .. THERE YOU GO I CALLED IT!!!

  38. Aitorahi July 25, 2016 3:44 pm

    Y -NAI 4LIFE,
    …pretty bold prediction. Following Coach Youngs confidence. I like it. Good luck Westside Pride. Don’t know if it will be enough to get past Big Red. They have owned the Seariders the past decade and a half. I believe the Red Raiders riding a 16 game win streak. …I know, all good things must come to an end, but I don’t see it this year. Kahuku looks stacked.

  39. 88 July 25, 2016 4:16 pm

    The kids play each other on the 26th of next month. Good luck…

  40. Chloropicrin July 25, 2016 6:05 pm

    So early they play each other. Would love to see an epic showdown at the end of the season.

  41. Chloropicrin July 25, 2016 6:10 pm

    Hopefully the new staff (2nd year) will start turning it around. Waianae is like Notre Dame, great history, tradition, but no titles in a long time. It comes in cycles. Kamehameha and Punahou had a been down in the 80’s and 90’s, STL been down ( according to their standards) in the 2000’s, Kahuku had competitive teams in the 80’s but never got over the hump…like I said it comes in cycles.

  42. RRFLbaby July 25, 2016 9:53 pm

    Sorry, going be tough to win OIA when starting the season with 2 losses (Kamehameha and Kapolei). But Leilehua proved that you just gotta win when it matters. So who knows. Good luck West Side Pride.

    RRFL all day Every day !

  43. Y not ,Y ae. July 26, 2016 1:20 pm

    Y ae, beats K-polei,Milli vanille,and mules. No can RRs. But go try. TOO MUCH BEEF. RRs go take team pic at POUNDERS BEACH. Be cause brah, they going pound.

  44. anywaaaays!! July 26, 2016 3:51 pm

    Kapolei look like a college team they are big and athletic on both sides. I think the OIA should beware of the Hurricanes. I dont think JJ at Kapolei will make any difference because its the kids on the field that make all the difference, JJ at St. Louis last year with Tua could not beat Kahuku. All the top teams look to have the physical size to dominate, all that is left is the size of the heart. Waianae/Kahuku/Kapolei/Farrington…one of these four will take the OIA title.

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