Tuivaiave-Olomua powers Mililani into title game

Mililani senior Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua scored three touchdowns in a win over Waianae on Friday to send the Trojans into the OIA title game. Photo by Marco Garcia/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Count Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua among those who didn’t know he’d play an expanded role in the Mililani offense Friday night.

Tuivaiave-Olomua led the Trojans ground game with 649 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping lead the defense as a two-way standout last season. But with the emergence of Kilifi Malepeai (347 yards, eight TDs) this season, Tuivaiave-Olomua entered Friday’s game with 97 yards on just 16 carries as a senior while devoting more of his focus to leading the defense from his linebacker spot.

But by the time halftime rolled around in Mililani’s OIA Division I semifinal matchup with Waianae, he had 72 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns to help ignite a 42-6 rout of the Seariders in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader at Aloha Stadium.

“Honestly I didn’t know,” Tuivaiave-Olomua said of his workload on offense. “I was just going with whatever coach says. If he needed me in, then I’ll go in and do my best for the team and not myself.”

The third-ranked Trojans (10-0) next face two-time defending OIA Division I champion and second-ranked Kahuku (9-1) — a 42-7 winner over Campbell in Friday’s first game — in the league title game on Nov. 4. The Trojans also clinched a berth in the state tournament’s open division.

“Coach told us this is our championship week and that’s how we treated it,” Tuivaiave-Olomua said.

Mililani’s 36-33 loss to Waianae in last year’s OIA quarterfinals eliminated the Trojans from the open division and they haven’t tasted defeat since. After sweeping through last year’s D-I state tournament, Mililani averaged 42 points per game to reach the OIA title game and secure one of the league’s three open division berths.

“It means everything,” Tuivaiave-Olomua said. “We worked so hard throughout the offseason. It’s just the bond that we have as a team. It’s unbreakable.”

Some 370 days since the loss to Waianae, Tuivaiave-Olomua capped Mililani’s opening drive on Friday with a 2-yard plunge and powered through the Waianae defense on a 15-yard scoring burst.

His thought as he bulled through one would-be tackler after another: “Don’t fall. Don’t fumble, don’t fall.”

The Mililani line cleared the way for a 28-yard run that pushed the lead to 28-0. He was stopped short on an attempt for a fourth score just before the break. But on fourth-and-goal at the 1, the Seariders again keyed on him, allowing quarterback Dillon Gabriel a walk-in keeper to send Mililani into halftime with a 35-point lead.

The Trojans cruised to the win and set up a meeting with Kahuku on Nov. 4. It’s the first meeting between the programs since the Red Raiders 20-7 win in the 2015 OIA title game. The much anticipated matchup will have extra significance for Tuivaiave-Olomua, who transferred from Kahuku to Mililani as a sophomore.

“We’re excited,” he said. “We’re on the big stage now.”


  1. Jason naka So October 20, 2017 11:55 pm

    Is it just me or does mil have an abundance of ” poly ” kids on the team? I mean the band has none. No cheerleaders either. With the price average of $850k homes in mill, it’s obviously that many don’t live in district. How many DE does each school have? This was Miano’s demise when he was at Kaiser. Hire guns bought in. This is the first time I watched mill because of a job in Japan. I remember when Millhouse was coach. All Mililani kids. When Darnell Arcenaux got in, DE recruiting started. For shame.

  2. Alpha October 21, 2017 12:24 am

    @Jason, it’s you being ignorant to the fact that poly’s can’t afford to live in Mililani. Since you like to stereotype ethnicity, I don’t see poly cheerleader or play in the band at the college and pro level either. Man, private school education really got your nose way up there. Sit down, be humble. . .

  3. Game on October 21, 2017 12:25 am

    Go back Japan

  4. Alpha October 21, 2017 12:45 am

    But back to the subject, I did mention on another post that Mililani can pound the rock, Olomua, Muasau or Malepeai behind that o-line can break the game wide open. Tonight was Olomua’s night, now the game to settle best D vs best O in the oia.

  5. Oia#1 October 21, 2017 1:09 am

    One of the biggest recruiters, what do you think the “clinics/camps are for”. Not that theres anything wrong with that.

  6. PlayaHatersAnonymous October 21, 2017 1:42 am

    Rod York is the best recruiter if he got Olomua and the others from Kahuku and Kalihi to come out and become the standout players they are in this what I believe the Red Raider Kryptonite for this OIA Championship! But in the Open Division they are the best matchup for the Defending Champs of Saint Louis! Jason, you don’t know much about building championship programs because you have too recruit and Miano didn’t invent that, ask the Kahuku RR’s there’s always a recruit or two or three in their teams! I hate ignorant Mililani alumni jaw jabbers!

  7. @76SOUTH October 21, 2017 5:30 am

    What’s wrong with DE? They got excepted and was cleared. Kids wanna go and play for a good program and mililani is a good program. I’m sure if Kahuku wasn’t so far, more kids would wanna transfer there. Bunch of crybabies on here!

  8. TooMeke October 21, 2017 7:06 am

    More power to them… but they only recruited good enough for 2nd place…again.

    That running game is gonna disappear in 2 weeks. Milz better hope their O-line is rock solid in pass blocking… Big Red is the best D they will face all year…bar none – better than St LuLu.

    Good run Milz… Can’t wait to watch all your recruits play in college – happy for them.

    See you in 2 weeks. Recruit more better next year.


  9. Mililani Hammer October 21, 2017 7:34 am

    @ Jason-problem is your only looking in Mililani mauka,try coming down to kipapa housing and waipio valley!! We’re here!! Majority of this year’s team are products of Rods 1st millvill big boy’s intermediate program besides Olomua and 2 other kids.Call it what you will but these kids are molded to Mililani football from a young age. Coach York is reaping what he’s sowing!! Great job Jalen!!
    Good luck to both teams!!!

  10. Jason naka So October 21, 2017 8:02 am

    Okay maybe I came across misunderstood. No I like this Mill team. I just was worry of the ramifications of public school recruitment,sort of like Kaiser. I watched Mill football way back when Big John coached and had red dirt all over the place. In fact my two grandsons played in the mid 90s. In fact way back when only had foodland store. I cannot make it out there now a days I need to be in town. Yeah going to be a great game against Kahuku. Nov
    4? Televise? I remember when Famika was coaching out there, and Lyle Lavarias. Remember him? The great athletic family from Waialua. Those were the days of the sugar cane towns. Even Waipahu town and Aiea was sugar towns. Leileihua was mostly pineapple town. Anyway, yeah sorry folks. Coach York is doing good. Last question what is that thing players do, like they eating a bowl of chop suey?

  11. anywaaaays!! October 21, 2017 8:06 am

    TooMeke has it right. Mililani might as well be in the ILH because they recruit so much. They hold “clinics” and the coaches walk around dressed like thugs. It’s pathetic. Keep recruiting, Rod. Keep losing to us. RRFL

  12. Austin Chang October 21, 2017 8:26 am

    As matter of fact, Mililani does recruit people, and they have such a good program there, that why Waipio, Wahiawa (half), and Military Kids are going to Mililani, because of their program they have no these recently years. Schofield, and Wheeler in military, are taking their kid to Mililani and that a huge impact for their program. @MililaniHammer Not true because half of Waipio goes to Waipahu or Mililani.

  13. anywaaaays!! October 21, 2017 8:27 am

    This is how slanted media coverage is against Kahuku. Enoch plays a great game, maybe even better than Jalen Olomua (who was just recruited into mililani anyway) but Enoch has no article written about him. The tentacles of the ILH Agenda run deep. Good job, Hawaii Prep World for selling out and turning against Kahuku. But that’s okay. During the OIA finals and states, we’ll shut up all the haters like we always do. RRFL!

  14. ??? October 21, 2017 8:47 am

    Coach Rod is recruiting to beat the ILH in the states. No OIA team will beat the ILH without some recruiting. Kahuku included. If the OIA doesn’t recruit; Cal Lee will win another 14 straight titles. “Just Facts”

  15. RidgeRunnerE-5 October 21, 2017 8:51 am

    I’d love to sit here and just say “Mililani only can recruit, dass why dey good!” But the fact of the matter is, they’re a very well coached, disciplined team. Whatever edge they had on Waianae, talent wise, it was increased ten fold with regards to execution, maturity and general football acumen.
    Their QB really impressed me. That frickin’ kid was absolute wizard with the ball last night. What surprised me was his escapability under pressure, and his mastery of that zone-read rushing attack Mililani was using. He read the pressure well and knew exactly when to hand off and when to keep it, leaving the Waianae defenders clueless as to who really had the football.

  16. Choloropicrin October 21, 2017 9:14 am

    That is the first time ive seen a waianae team get physically manhandled by anyone else besides Kahuku. Whatever Mililani is doing they are doing a great job. I bet Rod York leaves to Iolani when Say retires.

  17. OIA Fan October 21, 2017 9:42 am

    Beast performance Olomua and Mill. You can’t control who you will play, but you sure are consistent with controlling your business. I hope it’s a packed house for the 2 squads and that Aloha stadium is rocking. Good luck to all these kids.

  18. Mililani Hammer October 21, 2017 10:13 am

    @Austin chang- Waipio valley M-I-L-I-L-A-N-I, not waipio you still lost look up waimakua drive next to kipapa!!

  19. October 21, 2017 10:49 am

    waipio gentry costco also mill recruit kahawaii, wong n anothe r kid next year, das perlcity distrct

  20. Jason naka So October 21, 2017 11:06 am

    Just saying,in the old days players would actually walk to their homefield. When playing for hometown meant something. Now teams like Kaiser,Aiea,Radford hardly have enough to field two teams. I actually thought DE from the DOE was for academic type courses that their local school did not have. Oh and this is a public school not college.

  21. October 21, 2017 11:18 am

    no mater oia need to stack team to compete stlouius an puns good job mill and kahu maybe oia win state

  22. Austin Chang October 21, 2017 11:31 am Wait why Waipio is in Pearl City District? Waipahu is the closest school by Waipio Gentry, that makes no sense.

  23. Robocop October 21, 2017 12:58 pm

    Waaaaaaaaah waaaaaaah RR4L waaaaaaah I’m gonna talk trash on every article that isn’t about Kahuku waaah waaaah waaaah RRL4 waaaah we da bess waaah

  24. Millvill October 21, 2017 1:07 pm

    Everyone we don’t recruit for the last time. The clinics are for little kids lol. Stop being a hater and just accept the fact that we ran over your sons team lol. And kahuku can get this work too lol. Kahuku don’t act like you guys haven’t lost cause Bingham smacked y’all in the face. I’m also a play for Mililani, and we can back up our trash talking.

  25. Robocop October 21, 2017 1:18 pm

    By the way, running against Waianae is much more impressive than running against Campbell.

  26. Knation October 21, 2017 1:22 pm

    There should be no excuses if mililani beats kahuku! I’m a red raider but mililani is the real deal and it’s because of coach York and his staff. They always well prepared and works as a team. Just watch on everything they do its almost perfect. Mililani is favored in this one

  27. October 21, 2017 1:48 pm

    waipio is milini distrct jus like aiea pearlcty wahiwa waiphu n kalihi is mill distrct

  28. RidgeRunnerE-5 October 21, 2017 2:50 pm

    @MillVill, trying to deny that there isn’t any “recruiting” going on at mililani is just ignorant. Just own it and enjoy the ride.

  29. Jason naka So October 21, 2017 5:19 pm

    Okay,@milvill, past Mililani players that are on college roster, which are true address, have Malapeai from Aiea ,Agasiva from Kalihi and Milton from Kapolei,Hi. Manu from Waianae. Just saying. I do believe the real college roster hold truth. So, it’s cool, but not all from the mill village. Now if Kahuku players live out of district, I don’t thing that’s true. Who would drive a minimum of 1 hrs.each way to school? But it’s cool and helps a oia team beat ilh in States. Lol, but kipapa housing?

  30. 88 October 21, 2017 6:04 pm

    Kahuku is going to kill Mililani! I’m sorry to burst your bubble folks but Mililani has never played a team like Kahuku all season. What happened the last time they played a defense like Kahuku? I’ll waite for it. Ummmmmm, hmmmmmm, yeah that’s right. They lost. You guys get too caught up in this fancy snow flake offense and forget more times than not this Mililani offense loses to BigRed. I believe Mililani won 1 time. 1 time guys. Not 2 or 6 or 4 but 1. And now you making noise. That one loss came by way of future D1 QB Milton, D1 RB Malepeai, D1 WR Timoteo, D1 DL Manu …… That team was ridiculously stacked. Anyways enjoy now guys cause in 2 weeks you clowns going learn not to stand on the tracks when Big Red coming through. We gunning for the Crusaders, the Trojans is just a formality.

  31. Ohhhpuhleeaze October 21, 2017 10:26 pm

    Let’s get it straight…it’s one thing to rep your team and then there’s reality. I’ve watched Milz from the day’s of 7 ons and they showed then that they were gonna be where they are now. EVERYBODY recruits, so what? You still gotta coach, kids still gotta execute, they still gotta play the game. Kahuku, you good but not that good, you fall behind…you done. Stop talking about the past because Kahuku ain’t what they were in previous years. It’ll be a good matchup on paper. And then you play the game. Milz vs. St. louis is what it is, believe that.

  32. 88 October 22, 2017 6:07 am

    Stop talking about the past? You just opened your post talking about the past numbnuts… You must think only Mililani got better from the 7 on 7 days. Here’s food for thought, these kids on the Kahuku squad were all Champions from Laie Park Big Boys football than JV Champions and OIA Varsity Champions. You think all of a sudden they forgot how to play football come their Sr. Year…. C’mon lady.

  33. anywaaaays!! October 22, 2017 8:42 am

    Kahuku is going to straight up MURDER mililani. It won’t even be close. Everyone has a high flying offense until they get punched in the mouth by Big Red. Remember last time that Dillon Gabriel played Kahuku? That’s right. Broken collar bone.

    It’s playoff time and all you haters can keep hating. We were BORN hated on the north shore. Keep running your mouth and we’ll see you on the field and then we’ll see your recruiters after, trying to poach our talent.


  34. Ohhhpuhleeaze October 22, 2017 10:31 am

    Robocop said it best…refer to #23 if you need a clue 🙂

  35. Trojan Army!!! October 22, 2017 12:46 pm

    All I’m going to say is that Kahuku’s schedule this season was week. Only tough game in the the schedule was Bingham who blanked Kahuku 17-0. So stop hating on Mililani. Great job to Rod York and his coaching staff, as well as their football team. See you guys in the OIA champions. TROJAN NATION!!!

  36. Mililani Hammer October 22, 2017 1:42 pm

    I ain’t gonna base this game on their early scrimmage but if kahuku brings that defense,Mililani’s gonna light them up again!!! 88,anywaaaays voiced their opinions,I respect that. Game time comes bring your jackets folks,
    Mililani’s coming with that fancy snow flake offense!!!!

  37. 88 October 22, 2017 4:53 pm

    Which defense you talking about Hammer? The defense that held your Trojans to 0 points when the Trojans had 4 series to try and move the ball. 4 series that consisted of 8 downs a series to either get a 1st down or score but couldn’t. Lets see, what were the rules of that scrimmage? Oh i remember, no blitzing and the QB couldn’t be touched. And still this high powered offense could not score.
    Waite a minute you must be talking about the Trojan defense than. The same defense that allowed Kahuku to score 14 points back to back in their opening series. I’m sure the Trojans got better as the season went along but trust me, so did BigRed.

  38. Mililani Hammer October 22, 2017 7:50 pm

    Hold the trojans to 0? You must be talking about the kamehameha/kahuku scrimmage. Kahuku did put up 14 points 1ST series, Mililani put up 21 points right after. Final score 35-28 Mililani, video don’t lie!!!
    Not to mention our backs were running all over your D and Gabriel was passing at will after the 1st series. And yes there was blitzing but not tackling the qb. There was a maiava td run and a nawahine score. In the end Mililani did put up 5 scores on your D. If you disagree, there’s only one word for you “DENIAL”
    see you at the game!!

  39. 88 October 22, 2017 8:11 pm

    I don’t disagree, the final score was 5-4 but do you realize who was on the field when Mililani finally scored? It wasn’t on the 1st unit. You guys couldn’t move the ball on the 1st unit. Kahuku had already moved the ball at will on your first 1st unit scoring twice. It wasn’t until players started rotating in that Mililani started having success. You right though, video dont lie. So go back and watch the video. Or maybe i’ll give you a copy at the game so you can refresh your memory.

  40. PlayaHatersAnonymous October 22, 2017 11:16 pm

    88 & MH get a room and get on each other You bubblegum wrappers, who cares about the practice, you on here talking about practice?! I hate retarded people arguing about practice!

  41. Maryagnes October 23, 2017 12:32 pm

    Both Kahuku and Mililani (and many other public schools) have kids on the team that are not at their home schools, no doubt about that. Everyone should stray away from that and see that both coaches still need to make these players play as a team. If they have a stacked team of players but they cant play cohesively together, then they will not win. Both teams are amazingly strong and great at the game, this game will be a game of chess between the coaches, who knows the game better. I wish both Mililani and Kahuku the best on November 4th. The stadium will be jammed with fans on both sides. We dont need to hate on each other because we are playing against each other, root for your team and let the opponents do the same. We should be proud that Hawaii is bringing this kind of competition and we should all be hoping that college recruiters see our local boys kicking butt no matter what team they play for! GO BIG RED AND GO TROJANS!

  42. Mililani Hammer October 23, 2017 7:13 pm

    Well said Maryagnes!!

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