SPRING-ing into FB season: Punahou Buffanblu

Lefty quarterback Nick Kapule will be a senior for Punahou this fall. He and junior Stephen Barber are both capable of starting, according to head coach Kale Ane. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Lefty quarterback Nick Kapule will be a senior for Punahou this fall. He and junior Stephen Barber are both capable of starting, according to head coach Kale Ane. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


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>> 2015 record and finish: 8-2 (5-1 ILH D-1); lost 27-23 to Saint Louis ILH D-I playoffs
>> Number of returning starters: 15 (8 on offense, 7 on defense)
>> Number of returning seniors: 37
>> Number of starters lost to graduation: 7
>> Number of seniors lost to graduation: 22
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections lost to graduation: Wayne Taulapapa (first-team RB), Jet Toner (first-team PK and second-team P), Julius-Pedro Muasau (second-team OL), Laakea Look (second-team LB), Keenan Eldredge (third-team OL), Patamo Soa (third-team DT)
>> Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selections returning: Ethan Takeyama (second-team REC), Aaron Woo (third-team CB)
>> ILH D-I All-Stars lost to graduation: Laakea Look (first-team LB), Keenan Eldredge (first-team OL), Wayne Taulapapa (first-team RB), Patamo Soa (first-team DL), Jet Toner (first-team PK), Julius-Pedro Muasau (second-team OL), Ephraim Tuliloa (second-team QB), Justin Matias (second-team DB)
>> ILH D-I All-Stars returning: Ethan Takeyama (first-team REC), Aaron Woo (first-team DB), Andrew Martinson (second-team REC), Miki Suguturaga (second-team DL), Seyddrick Lakalaka (second-team LB), Alexander Skelton (second-team LB), Logan Williams (second-team LB), Ryan Dominick (second-team DB)
>> Among 2016 key offensive returnees: Nick Kapule (QB, Sr.), Alama Uluave (OL, Jr.), Ethan Takeyama (WR, Sr.), Andrew Martinson (WR, Sr.), Judd Cockett (WR, Sr.)
>> Among 2016 key defensive returnees: Seydrrick Lakalaka (LB, Sr.), Ryan Dominick (S, Sr.), Aaron Woo (CB, Sr.), Miki Suguturaga (DE, Sr.), Alexander Skelton (LB, Sr.)
>> Buffanblu with Division I FBS college offers: Miki Suguturaga (DE, Sr.), Jack-Eli Tufono (OL/DL, Sr.), Seyddrick Lakalaka (DB, Sr.) Noah-Falcon Kaumatule (TE/LB, So.), Marist Liufau (DB, So.)
>> All-time state championships: 2 (both D-I, 2008, 2013)
>> All-time Prep Bowl (1973-1998) championships: None
>> All-time ILH championships: 26 (all D-I, including 1 co-championship*): 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1970*, 1971, 1976, 1977, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
>> 2016 conference: ILH D-I

Head coach KALE ANE on the Buffanblu’s outlook for 2016:

“So far, we’ve been going through summer practice and what-not. It’s hard to say how many we have on the team because there are so many kids at clinics and camps, but I’d say around 60.

“They’re out there working with a great attitude and high expectations.
The seniors-to-be are kind of learning how to be leaders and role models for the rest of the team. That is always a transition and we’re in that transitional period right now.

“The kids have been talking about their goals and what it takes to accomplish them. They have individual and team goals. They want to get back to state championship game, and part of that is winning the ILH and they know that’s a difficult process. Those team goals will come about if they are doing their best to prepare and accomplish their individual goals — a commitment to come to practice every day and helping each other in being good teammates. There is a lot to accomplish this summer, and it’s fun to watch them transition into leaders and players who are learning what it takes to be something special.

“It’s great for us to have tremendous players to compete against (in the ILH and around the state). It raises the level of play for everybody. We’re proud of (Saint Louis quarterback) Tua’s (Tagovailoa) accomplishments (an Alabama commit) and the exposure and visibility he has given for our state. And it’s not just him at Saint Louis. He’s got all of those receivers, that great staff and great, young talent on defense. It’s going to be a huge challenge, like it is every year. And (new Kamehameha head coach) Abu (Maafala), who actually was a coach in an All-Star game on Oahu a few years back, is a great worker and a great leader and that hasn’t changed. He’s bringing back that mentality that he had as a player, and we’ll see how he transitions that into his players. He’s in it for the right reasons and that is pretty cool.

“We are always looking to maximize the talent we have. It changes every year. We will make a lot of little tweaks and adjustments to take advantage of the talent we have on offense, defense and special teams. We have two quarterbacks (Nick Kapule and Stephen Barber) competing to start, and both are very good. We’ve got all of our receivers coming back, a couple of young running backs who will be a load, and the line is pretty athletic and will be committed to running the ball and protecting. Defensively, we’ll have a lot of players back who are very capable and are working hard at playing as a unit. I think defensively and offensively, well be pretty stout.”

2016 Punahou football schedule
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>> July 30: Three-way scrimmage: Farrington/Kahuku/Punahou, 9:30 a.m., at Punahou
>> Aug. 5: at Leilehua
>> Sept. 1: vs. Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 9: vs. Saint Louis, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 17: at ‘Iolani
>> Sept. 23: vs. Kamehameha, at Aloha Stadium
>> Sept. 29: vs. Saint Louis, at Aloha Stadium
>> Oct. 7: ‘Iolani

2016 Punahou varsity football staff
>> Head coach: Kale Ane (125-56, 18th season)
>> Defensive coordinator: Agenhart Ellis
>> Outside linebackers: Anthony DeBold
>> Defensive backs: Dean Nakagawa
>> Defensive line: Cullen Pang
>> Defensive line: Kynan Pang
>> Offensive coordinator: Teetai Ane
>> Quarterbacks: John Morris
>> Running backs: Alakai Aglipay
>> Wide receivers: Len Lau
>> Wide receivers: Miah Ostrowski
>> Wide receivers: Fred Salanoa
>> Kickers/punters: Eric Hannum
>> Defensive backs: Jeremy Ioane
>> Offensive line: Reggie Torres
>> Offensive line: Doug Vaioleti
>> Linebackers: Nate Dudoit


  1. Mahatma Gandhi June 24, 2016 4:53 pm

    16 coaches? For realz? 2 receiver coaches. 2 offensive line coaches.

  2. Cabs June 24, 2016 5:02 pm

    @ Mr. Gandhi
    Yes, 16 coaches for realz smh. What’s your point?

  3. hossana June 25, 2016 12:46 am

    The more coaches the better as the players get more individualized attention in working their skills and blending it in with the team which is the reason or one of the reasons why Puns are always successful year in and out and receive many Div. 1 college offers.
    Cheers to them although I root for the underdog in Iolani which is always undersize, undermanned, but play with much heart. ILH is a tough league overall but Kahuku is a tough school individually and deserves much credit for their team success year in and out and this year will be no exception with the returnees they will have and will be heavily favored to win the States again.

  4. Outlaw Jose-y June 25, 2016 12:51 am

    I thought the former Radford Head Coach stepped down to focus on family or professional reasons.

  5. northshore June 25, 2016 3:41 am

    Very impressive. Why not, private schools are able to pay there coaches whereas, OIA has a limit as to the number of paid coaches and the rest are wanna-be coaches. Ane needs all the help he can muster. Heck, why not have 30 coaches…one coach for every 2 players. Now that would surely be individual attention and no excuse on winning the ILH and state championship. Good luck Ane, may your coaching staff help you to be successful.

  6. C-Pop June 25, 2016 10:51 am

    Fred Salanoa has two daughters enrolled at Punahou school.

  7. 88 June 26, 2016 9:20 am

    Punahou is trying to show-up St. Louis, Money is king and Punahou has more of it and will soon dominate ILH football. All those coaches from around the island means that Punahou is trying to build a network of connections to recruit. cmon you dont think there is a reason to put the two kahuku residents as Oline coaches? They want the big boys from the northshore.

  8. 89 June 27, 2016 8:43 am

    @northshore, the private schools only pay a certain amount of coaches. And not everyone listed on this staff is being paid. And it’s not like they are getting a lot. What is the pay for an assistant coach? Some of these guys are getting paid $0-$1200. When you factor in the amount of time put in, they are maybe making $4.00/hour give or take a little.

    Even Kale isn’t making that much. Several years ago I think his pay was like $3500-$4000 a year (just to be the football coach). That’s chump change.

  9. phILHarmonic June 27, 2016 9:34 am

    I think it would be an issue if it was 16 non-quality coaches. But, if you look at that list of coaches they are well seasoned, knowledgeable, quality people and coaches. The players stand to benefit from it.

  10. VHai July 21, 2016 8:35 am

    Not really a Punahou fan but I like Kapule. After watching this kid play the last two years I have much respect for this kid’s talent and is probably the most underrated QB this year. He is an ideal QB (physically, mentally, and athletically).

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