This season marks 75 years of Kaimuki football

Kaimuki's Justin Paderes broke away for a touchdown to help secure the Bulldogs' first-ever OIA title in 2007. Star-Bulletin photo by Jamm Aquino.

From blue and white to green and yellow, a lot has changed as Kaimuki celebrates 75 years of Bulldogs football.

Kaimuki took the field at Honolulu Stadium for its first game on Sept. 29, 1944, and played defending ILH champion Roosevelt to a scoreless tie. More than 12,000 fans witnessed the Bulldogs’ varsity debut under head coach Peter Kim, who is one of 18 head football coaches in school history.

As part of our continued effort to provide a database of all high school football games in Hawaii, the complete year-by-year results for Kaimuki dating back to 1944 can be found here. Also, here’s a list of all-time coaching wins by the 18 head coaches in Bulldogs history.

Two weeks after Bob Imanaka scored the first points in school history on a 1-yard TD run against Farrington, the Bulldogs earned their first-ever win in shutout fashion, 24-0 over Punahou.

It took nine seasons and four head coaches before the Bulldogs had their first winning season in 1952 under first-year coach Bert Itoga. That year included the school’s first-ever win over Saint Louis, 18-7, in which Steward Medeiros (35 yards), Victor Maldonado (6) and Tetsuro Sasaki (44) ran for touchdowns in the third quarter.

Itoga, whose team played to three ties the following season, never had another winning season. In fact, the Bulldogs failed to finish over .500 until another first-year coach, George Naukana, finished 6-4 in his debut year in 1964.

Kaimuki won for the first time on Thanksgiving Day, after making it into the ILH third-place game via coin flip, 11-0 over McKinley at Honolulu Stadium. Jeff Miyashiro hit Harry Knell for a 32-yard TD pass and then iced the game with a 24-yard field goal with 3:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Kaimuki won its first three ILH games in 1969, but went 0-5-1 the rest of the way in its final season in the league before joining the OIA in 1970.

Lowell Cambra, who led the Bulldogs to a school-best 7-3 mark in 1981, ended his eight-year tenure in 1985 with 36 wins, which remains tops among Kaimuki coaches.

Five different coaches took over for various stints before Darren Johnson led Kaimuki to its first OIA title (in Division II) in 2007, only to be matched three years later by Clint Onigama in 2010.

Current coach David Tautofi, who was featured in this summer’s “Glory Days” series, will enter his fifth season this year and already has won 27 games.

Kaimuki will open its season on Aug. 9 against Pac-Five at Skippa Diaz Stadium.


  1. Middle campus July 17, 2019 7:42 am

    Bulldogs 4Lyfe

  2. G Shirokes July 17, 2019 10:34 am

    Lots of rich history in Kaimuki and this year should be another great season for the Bulldogs. I like the chances this year and Coach Tautofi I know will have his guys locked in and ready to go in a few short weeks. He’s scheduled some key scrimmages with Campbell and St. Louis which I’m sure has people raising eye brows but this is what separates Coach Tautofi from the rest of the past and future coaches for Kaimuki. Its going to be a really sad day when he steps down after this season. He will go out as the most winningest coach in Kaimuki History and to only do it in 5 seasons with the least amount of talent and kids makes him one of the best coaches of all time in the State of Hawaii. I know this will cause a debate but you herd it from me. Stay tuned for the Bulldogs this Season. Wait for it!!!


  3. dawgs4life July 19, 2019 12:50 pm

    Coach Tautaofi has done so much for Kaimuki community and especially for Kaimuki HS, it really not going to be the same without him. Thank you for all you done for the school and especially the kids.


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