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Watch the complete highlights of every Red Raider victory of the 2011 State Championship season. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the football team.

In the DVD
– Extensive highlights of each victory
– Introduction of the season
– Homecoming special
– Footage of some of the celebration

Prices

  • $15 – Oahu pickup only. Email kahukunation@gmail.com with a contact number and we’ll get the DVD to you ASAP.
  • $15 + shipping – Off of Oahu. Click here to order from EBay.
  • $7 (One per Varsity player or coach) – Oahu pickup only. Email kahukunation@gmail.com with a contact number and we’ll get the DVD to you ASAP. Player or coach must be present.

We have about 60 DVDs left and we can make more if we need to.

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The State Championship Is Won, the Highlights Are Done

For those of you living under a rock, if you haven’t heard, the Kahuku Red Raiders defeated the Punahou Buffanblu in last weeks State Championship match-up giving our boys in red their unprecedented 6th HHSAA Football Title. Here is the link to the highlight reel of the game. A better quality version will be released in a further announcement.

http://www.megavideo.com/?v=PN4WYB88

Unity, The Greatest Strength of the Red Raider Nation

From 1986 to 1998, the St. Louis Crusaders ruled the Hawaii High School Football world with 13 straight Prep Bowl victories including 5 of them over our Red Raiders, the last 3 of those being decided by just 1 possession. In 1999, the HHSAA created a state football tournament and leveled the playing field taking away the private school’s ability to have 5th year seniors. It didn’t really matter though as St. Louis stormed through the inaugural tournament capping off with a 19-0 victory. The next year, Kahuku returned to the championship game to face St. Louis again. The 2000 team lost 2 close games to Skyline and Waianae earlier in the year but still took the OIA Crown before being a huge underdog in the State Championship game, especially after St. Louis got into the finals by destroying Waianae 63-10.

Kahuku stood tall and controlled a state championship game that they never trailed in. Future 2-time Super Bowl Champion Chris Kemoeatu helped control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball while future AFC and NFC Champion Aaron Francisco led the defense in tackles. The game was a total team effort and that was recognized by the observers as both the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game were awarded to the entire Offensive and Defensive squads. The game was won when Mulivai Pula took off down the left sideline for a 25-yard TD run to put Kahuku up 26-14 late in the 4th Quarter. The celebration was so crazy that there were 3 different parades. One on the way home to a celebration at Kahuku’s field, one the next day that randomly started in the community and went through nearly every town in the schools’ boundaries, and the official parade the next week that included KSSK radio station. There were also a series of “Bring the Ring” events to help the members of the team buy championship rings to remember that season. At the ring banquet, Coach Suaki jokingly said “Tonight you will be married to football.” Those in attendance laughed at the joke, however it was the beginning of a strong relationship between Kahuku Football and State Championship hardware. In State Championship History, counting this year, Kahuku has the most wins and appearances in the Finals.

Now you probably have read about all the close games with St. Louis but there was one team that put a beating in the Crusaders. That team was last years legendary team and the score of that beating was 49-27. This team was great in all aspects of the game. I remember sitting on the Radford side, and after a long Aofaga Wily run, a Radford fan stood up with his hands in the air and said “What can we do? It’s Kahuku.” The Seniors of this team also has the closest relationship with the current team as their former teammates. The ending of that season is well documented, but what isn’t pointed out in the press was the unity and class that this team had for a punishment that had wrongly been placed on them. A team this talented doesn’t just show up, that’s years and years of hard work put together individually and as a team; so for them to have their reward taken from them in that fashion and still show that greatness in character off the field as a team, that’s the true heart of a champion. We’ve asked members of that team to share their best memories with the guys from this team and also any words of encouragement for tonight’s game.

Special Thanks to
Aaron Francisco
Soape Lautaha
Tigi Hill
Christopher Thee
Tevita Tonga
Tyronne Brown
Jackson Mapu
Skeve Si’ilata

Aaron Francisco #24 S (2000)

My favorite memory about winning the state championship was singing our alma mater hand-in-hand with my teammates after the game in front of all our friends and families of the north shore community. The most rewarding thing about winning that game was seeing the joy it brought to the generations of families in our community. RR4LIFE

Soape Lautaha #69 C (2000)

I think what I will always cherish, is the week leading up to the championship game, practice had never been so intense yet controlled. But most importantly I remember the feeling that for the first time all season long, every player from Kaaawa to Sunset had finally put aside their difference and had become one mind and one body, all during this week. This enabled us to believe in one another when many doubted, this strength in unity and brotherhood, is my fondest moment of the championship game, because with it, we entered the stadium on game day having already defeated our toughest opponent ever… OURSELVES, and the rest was history! Class of 2001 HEAWEGO!

Tigi Hill #3 FS (2010)

My best memory with this team would have to be the time we spent from summer workouts to the day we got disqualified. We made friendships with each other that we’ll remember as we move on with our separate lives. In those 4-5 months, we grew up by learning life lessons others don’t get to experience until later on in life. It didn’t really end up as the “perfect season” we wanted, but it was the “perfect season” we needed.

Congrats guys, you made it to the Big Dance. Out of the 47 high schools in Hawaii, you’re 1 of 2 that gets the chance to go down as the top dog, STATE champs! Just note that Kahuku has had the talent to run the state tournament since the beginning, but only 5 squads made it. So you’re getting the chance many talented Kahuku teams did not. Don’t let the opportunity slip away! Play for your family, school and community; but most importantly, yourselves. Have fun and knock some friggin’ heads this weekend!!! Cheeeeehooooooo!!!

Christopher Thee #58 OL (2010)

The best memory when coming to kahuku football is when, this past season prior to playing Saint Louis preseason, our team bonded like no other and when it came to game day, we were more prepared then ever. The expression on Saint Louis’ face when the clock hit zero was priceless. The brother hood of not only the players but the coaches and alumnus is very unique/ The bond starts on the field, yet never ends!

Advice to this year team is just to be confident, have faith in yourselves. Play hard and have fun, play in the moment, cuz you’ll never know when that moment is gonna end! O LIONZ!

Tevita Tonga #71 OL (2010)

The best memory I had was the brotherly bond that made us unstoppable.

Tyrone Brown #11 RB (2010)

My most memorable moment with the Red Raider Brotherhood was actually the day we found out we were disqualified. It really put into perspective how hard we really worked to be the successful team we were and gave us a whole day to bond n reminisce on the journey to that day.

To the current boyz in red, I just gotta say Trust in each other, yourself…and lastly our Heavenly Father. If yaall take care of the Lord 1st, he will surely take care of you.

Jackson Mapu #54 OL (2010)

MY BEST MEMORY WITH THESE GUYZ WAS DA DAY WE GOT DISQUALIFIED CAUSE WE WENT GRIND EVERYFANG, also when we were ranked 17th in the entire nation after we went beat Saint Louis….felt good to lick the team that always seemed to give us a hard time in the past….!!

MY WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT IS TO PLAY HARD AND JUST DO THE DAMN THING

Skeve Si’ilata OL #65 (2010)

Fav. memory was playing red raider ball and bonding wit da boys…..encouragement for da boyz…TAKE IT ALL DA WAYYYY!!

The End and Beginning of Legends

KahukuNation Championship Week Specials

  • Tuesday – Announcement and 05′ & 06′ Football Team Article
  • Wednesday – Article
  • Thursday – Article
  • Friday – Game

A lot of Kahuku fans recall the 2005 season when thinking of the game this week. Other than the obvious fact that it’s the same 2 teams in the finals, Kahuku was coming into that season after an abrupt ending to the previous season. A huge upset from the Leilehua Mules in 04 was the cause of that ending. Kahuku responded with power and heart which proved valuable in the state championship game. Down 12-21 in the 4th quarter Kahuku stormed back and dominated in all 3 phases of the game giving them a 28-21 lead with 2:30 left. Punahou had one drive left in them though taking the ball all the way down to give them 1st and goal at the Kahuku 3 yardline. That’s when Suaesi Tuimaunei step in and picked off a game sealing pass in the end zone. The win gave Coach Suaki Livai his 4th and last state title as he stepped down as the Red Raiders Head Coach.

Enter Coach Reggie Torres for the 2006 season. As is usual, transition from one system to another may not always be smooth but it may be effective. Defense dominated teams while the offense always found ways to win in the end. The team lost 2 games on the last play but also won many in the same fashion. None more memorable than the win that got them in the big game. With 5 seconds left, Richard Torres hooked up with Shiloah Te’o who then threw a 43-yard bomb to Pelefoni Soliai for the game winning TD over Baldwin. Oh but the dramatics weren’t done, with the Kahuku defense holding down St. Louis for the most part of the championship game, Kahuku still trailed late in the 4th 0-6 and were trying to fight out a late scoring drive. That drive nearly came to an end after the Crusaders stopped us on 4th down with little time left on the clock. It wasn’t over, St. Louis was called for 12 men on the field and that led to Torres hitting Jordan Kapu in the corner of the end zone for a TD to setup a game winning PAT by Kaika Sasaoka. With that win, Coach Reggie has led Kahuku State Championship Teams in 3 different sports.

These are the best memories from some of those players in their own words. Enjoy.

Special Thanks to
BJ Beatty
Micah Wily
Kaulin Krebs
Jason Evans
Nai Fotu
George Tafuna
Ross Salanoa
Kaika Sasaoka
Lehi Aumua
Tyrell Nihipali

BJ Beatty #9 DE (2005)

My memory that I always carry is holding up the trophy after the game with my teammates because that was the goal since the season before. All summer we worked out and all season we just kept the goal in sight. Holding it up was all of our hard work paying off and it was a moment that the team and I could share because we did it for each other, our coaches, our families and for the entire North Shore.

Micah Wily #51 DE (2005)

What I remember from my senior year…was the happiness we brought to the community…what a satisfying feeling it was…to bring home the state championship to the Red Raider Nation faithful…I remember the heart all the players showed on the field…I’m happy to say and say it with pride I’m a RED RAIDER FOR LIFE.

Kaulin Krebs #11 QB (2005)

The night before the game when I was about to go to sleep my dad telling me to not worry about anything because tomorrow I was going to be a champion!
There you go my man. GO BIG RED!

Jason Evans #8 WR (2005)

The thing I remember most about the championship week was after the game … And after changing and walking out of the tunnel and through the empty stadium I just reflected on all the games, practices, and training that led up to that point and being grateful that I played my hardest and I left my heart on the field. This game will be a memory you will carry with you all of your life! And don’t let that memory be one of regret. Give it your all til the clock hits zero.

Nai Fotu #42 LB (2006)

My most memorable memory was the support that we had from our families and our community and how much they depended on us to be state chaps again. I also remember practice that week. We took the field everyday like if its our last but for us seniors it was our last because there is nothing else like Kahuku Football. We all knew that 2007 was a special year but its started from the start. It started from all the struggles we had to go through in camp, all the training, all the practices, and all the the tears from Kaniela Tuipulotu, and George Tafuna because of all the running we did. We all knew that we worked too hard to come this far to just give the one thing we were all reaching for away. Remember the feeling wining the state championship like no one was happier then I was at that point except my teammates. Ii also want to mention the bus ride home after the game we stopped about ten times and did the haka. I’m not going to lie but doing the haka was the most tiring part of the day. I just want to let the boys know that I am very proud of them and they got my support 100%. These memories will stay with you for the rest of your life and it’s up to you guys to make it memorable! Red Raiders For Life
Your biggest fan
Nai Fotu

Siaosi “George” Ikaika Tafuna #44 MLB (2006)

My best memory as a senior during States; before we loaded the buses to go to the game, we had a team meeting in the locker room. We listened to a speech from the movie, Any Given Sunday. After the speech, anyone that had anything they wanted to share about how they felt and how important this game was and what it would take to win it got up and shared. We knew at that time what we were all playing for. We were playing for ourselves, each other, our families and the community. It was a feeling I will never forget!

Ross Salanoa #58 OL (2006)

My best memory of states week definitely has to come from the hype toward the game. Wait I change that, there were two moments.

The hype up to the game was intense. The only topic that entire week was about the game on Friday. Foodland, YM, church, home, school, the newspaper, even parents making good food throughout the week so that you were ready. The support from the community was CRAZY!!! Even the ride to the stadium with all the posters and banners that various families would put along the highway! That feeling was intense! You literally know at that moment (if you didn’t already know) that you represented the entire North Shore! Even BYUH! LOL. that was one of the greatest moments, realizing just how many people really looked up to you, as if saying, “do this for me!”

Now the feeling after winning the game goes hand in hand with the hype. To win was like saying “Thank you to all those who have helped you to grow!”, not just in football, but as a person in general. Math teachers, elementary teachers, aunties and uncles, alumnus and especially your parents, and like you know KahukuNation, when your parents are die hard Red Raiders, there is nothing like winning a state championship! For me, it was my way of saying thank you to everyone! So yeah, hopefully that helped! haha Thanks KahukuNation!

Lehi Aumua #3 RB (2006)

Most memorable thing about the 07 state champs is the infamous Kahuku Stretch. Fans waiting along side the road beeping horns, fire truck sirens, loud music knowing dat we made our supporters (families and friends) happy by bringing the trophy home to the NORTH SHORE!!

Kaika Sasaoka #57 S/K (2006)

PRE GAME LISTENING TO AL PACINO’S INCH BY INCH SPEECH FROM ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE GAME ITSELF IS THE SCORE 7-6 KAHUKU

Tyrell Nihipali #52 OL (2006)

Best memory I have of that day was on kick return while looking at the crowd and seeing no empty seats, the support was amazing! I will always remember the inch by inch talk, the hype, the unity of the team, and especially the win. Kahuku football truly is something you dream of as a young child, and its a dream that will always be instilled in every child on the North Shore. When the chance comes for you to live that dream, you give it all you got cause you only got one chance to live it and what better way to end it with a state title. Just as most of us would say it is a way that we were able to give back to our community, families, friends, leaders, coaches, you name it. Live the dream boys! Make it a memory you’ll never forget! Remember who you represent! Bring home what is rightfully ours! Go Big Red!

Updated Playoff Brackets and OIA Semifinals Schedules

The brackets have been updated with the game times for both the JV and Varsity teams. Highlights should be up by tomorrow(Tuesday) night.

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Click Here For JV Brackets

Game Announcement (Oct. 21, 2011) and Updated Playoff Brackets

The road to the State Playoffs starts in Kahuku on Friday the 21st when it’s win or go home for both the JV and Varsity teams. The games start at 5pm when the JV takes on the Aiea Na Ali’i. Following that, the Varsity will go for Round Two against the Waianae Seariders, whom the Red Raiders blanked 26-0 back in August. This game will not be on OC16 but follow us on Twitter or Facebook for live, detailed, in-game updates if you can’t make it.

USA Today Computers Prediction: 35-0 Kahuku
Predictions have a record of 3-0 and the scores were surprisingly accurate.

Click here for the driving directions

Playoff Ticket Prices

  • $7.00 – General Admission
  • $4.00 – Students Grade 8 & under and students with OIA Athletic Passes

Here are the updates JV and Varsity Brackets. Don’t forget to spread the word about KahukuNation. GO BIG RED!!!!

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Click Here For JV Brackets

Official 2011 OIA Varsity and JV Playoff Brackets

Consider the varsity brackets that we released earlier this week as a rough draft because the OIA has released the official brackets with a little more info. The match-ups are the same but there are more dates and times posted. We also have the JV Brackets up so we will do highlights and coverage of our undefeated JV team throughout the playoffs(as long as we have the resources). The JV Team is the only undefeated JV team in the OIA and gave 3 other high seeded teams their 1st loss of their seasons (Farrington, Moanalua, and Leilehua).

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