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!!

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Game Announcement (Nov. 18, 2011)

Red Raiders, Mighty Mules, HHSAA State Semifinals. History is not on Kahuku’s side when you put those 3 phrases together. Kahuku lost in the other 2 previous State Semifinal match ups in 2004 and 2008. However, the Red Raider defense have dominated the high flying Mule offense in their last 2 games picking off 7 passes. In Leilehua’s last game, they jumped out to a commanding 22-0 lead and used a pair of late field goals to hold off a rallying Kealakehe Waverider team on the big island. The last time we saw our Red Raiders, after a slow start, the offense played their best football in the 2nd half while the defense had a masterful performance shutting down the state’s leading rusher and blanking the, then ranked #1, Farrington Governors 23-0 which earned them a bye last week. It’s power vs. finesse part 2 at the Aloha Stadium at 7PM HST on Friday the 18th of November. The game will be streaming online for those of you in the mainland (click here for the link). The stream for this game is free. The State Championship game is where the game will be PPV.

Can’t be at the game or catch the online broadcast? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for live, detailed, in-game updates.

Interesting Stat: Of the 12 HHSAA State Football Championships, these 2 teams combined have played in 10 of them.

USA Today Computers Prediction: 14-13 Kahuku
USA Today Prediction record 5-1

Click here for the driving directions
Kahuku will be sitting on Kaneohe side of the stadium.

State Playoff Ticket Prices CASH ONLY

  • $3.00 – Parking
  • $9.00 – General Admission
  • $5.00 – Students K-12 & Senior Citizens
  • FREE – 4 Years and under

OIA Championship Announcement and More

The last time Kahuku and Farrington met, it was for the OIA East Crown in a game that was packed before halftime of the JV game. At 7pm on Friday night, with the venue at Aloha Stadium, the stage is bigger. With the #1 spot in next weeks state tourney and an OIA Championship, the stakes are bigger. With 2 of the most passionate fan bases in the state and OC16 streaming the game live, the crowd will be bigger. With 2 of the best smashmouth teams in the state, the hits will be bigger. Join us for round two of #1 vs. #2 in what has become a revived rivalry. Can’t be at the game or catch the online broadcast? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for live, detailed, in-game updates.

There is also a pep rally at the Kahuku High School gym at 1:45 pm on Friday. Look on facebook for a group called “Red Alert” for specific details about the event.

USA Today Computers Prediction: 14-13 Kahuku
USA Today Prediction record 4-1

Click here for the driving directions
Kahuku will be sitting on Kaneohe side of the stadium.

Playoff Ticket Prices CASH ONLY

  • $3.00 – Parking
  • $7.00 – General Admission
  • $6.00 – Senior Citizens and Military w/ ID
  • $4.00 – Students Grade 8 & under and students with OIA Athletic Passes
  • FREE – 4 year olds and under

Highlights for last weeks victory over Leilehua can be found here.
The updated brackets can be found in the link below.

Click For Varsity Brackets

1 Point Is the Difference In the Battle of #1 vs. #2

#9 Aofaga Wily

One of Faga Wily's 25 carries for 135 yards

The 9 year winning streak over the OIA Red East rival Farrington Governors has been snapped as the Govs held off 2 Kahuku drives in the last 2 minutes. A failed PAT was the difference in what could be a preview of an OIA or even a State Championship.

Kahuku’s offense sputtered in the 1st half but the defense kept the Govs off the board by producing turnovers from Bronson Beatty(fum recovery, INT) and 92 yard Kawehena Johnson who had a 92 yard pick 6 that put the Red Raiders up at halftime 7-0. Farrington answered right away with a run heavy drive ending up in a Gov TD. The following Kahuku drive, highlighted by a 30 yard Wily run, ended on a failed 4th down pass attempt to a diving Kawe Johnson. Farrington scored another TD right after that on a 28 yard play-action pass to Toma Barrett. Kahuku had 6 penalties in those 3 drives and paid dearly for it. Faga Wily and Kahuku’s offense then drove down the field to make the score 14-13. Kahuku had 2 more chances but couldn’t move the ball into FG range and that was it.

With the loss, Kahuku is 2nd in the Red East and Farrington claims the top East seed in the OIA Playoffs regardless of what happens in the final week of the regular season. Kahuku (6-1) closes it’s regular season against Castle (2-5) next week and Farrington (7-0) will take on Moanalua (4-3).

Kahuku’s JV Overcomes Huge Adversity With A Hollywood Style Ending

Note to reader: We try to be as unbiased as we can. We will call bad calls bad no matter who made them.

Spencer Elmore

After a Drew Williams TD put Kahuku up 6-0. Kahuku tried to end the Govs drive with a blocked FG. #5 Cliff Ramseyer beat the outside blocker and dove to block the kick, the blocker pushed Ramseyer in the back into the kicker. Result, Roughing the Kicker leading to a Gov TD 6 all. Backup QB Spencer Elmore then completed his 1st pass, a long TD pass plucked out of the air by Drayton Aki. Kahuku leads at the half 14-6.

We skip to the 4th quarter, Soli Afalava picks the ball off in the endzone and takes it 103 yards the other way. During the return, we saw the Back Judge waving as if it was a touchback but Afalava wasn’t even close to being down or out of bounds. Result, Kahuku ball 1st and 10 on their own 3 yard line. Blocked punt after the 3 and out set Farrington up at the 2. Govs tie it up 14 all. During the extra point conversion, I watched the coaches rally the team. How did they respond? Well after going back and forth with 2 3-and-outs on each side and a bad Gov punt, Kahuku got the ball on the Farrington 23 yard line with 1:04 left. Here’s how the next set of downs went.

1st and 10 on Farr 23 – Pitch to Drew Williams but he can’t get to the corner and is dragged down at the 24. Clock running.
2nd and 11 on Farr 24 – Elmore drops back to throw to Aki on the fade route. He catches it at the pylon but out of bounds.
3rd and 11 on Farr 24 – Elmore drops back to throw to Aki on the post route. The CB tips the ball over Aki’s head.
4th and 11 on Farr 24 – Elmore drops back to throw and has no one. He steps up in the pocket and is nearly sacked. Rolling to his left he finds Ku’uliko Carvalho who takes it in for 6 with 7 seconds left.

Ashely Kaka sealed the game with a pick and the JV Red Raiders remain undefeated at 8-0. Like we said earlier, Kahuku has a bright future ahead of them.

Game Announcement (Oct. 1,2011) and Home Coming Interviews Part 1

Game Announcement (Oct. 1,2011)

Kahuku vs Farrington

Join us at Roosevelt High School on Saturday for a possible OIA Championship preview between the #1 Kahuku Red Raiders and the #2 Farrington Governors. Tyler Taumua, the state’s leading rusher, will try to lead the Govs to their 1st victory over Kahuku since 2002, but the best defense in the state, led by Benneton Fonua and Kawehena Johnson, will do everything in their power to stop them. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for live updates of the game. The Spirit Buses have 4 spots left as of 3:45pm on Thursday. Remember that the JV game starts at 3PM to be followed shortly after by the Varsity game. Arrive early because the seats at this game will be limited and the parking isn’t that great.

USA Today Computers Prediction: 14-15 Farrington

Click here for the driving directions

Ticket Prices

  • $6.00 – General Admission
  • $4.00 – Students Grade 8 & under and students of non-participating schools with an OIA Activity Pass
  • Free – Students with OIA Activity Passes from participating schools

Spirit Buses

  • Pick up and drop off spot: Kahuku High School
  • Time leaving Kahuku: 1PM
  • Time leaving Roosevelt: 8PM
  • Students must be accompanied by an adult

Homecoming Interviews Part 1

For those of you who missed our Homecoming Special last week, here it is.

The interviews on there were just parts of great stuff given to us by our Red Raider Alumni. Here’s the 1st homecoming interview with Coach Fatu Fiso. Thank you for reading and GO BIG RED!

KahukuNation Homecoming Video Special 2011

Here is the project that we’ve been working on this week for homecoming. The game highlights should be up by Monday. We also apologize for the ad at the beginning of the video but we had difficulties uploading to YouTube and DailyMotion puts that ad to all their videos. Hope you enjoy it.

Best if watched:
– After letting it load for a minute
– Full Screen
– HD

Home Sweet Home, Kahuku Protects Their House

In front of a crowd of around 4-5 thousand fans, both the JV and Varsity teams were tested today in their homecoming matchups against a fast paced Moanalua program. Both squads remained undefeated in their own respective 2011 campaigns.

The JV squad overcame a 5 point deficit in the 2nd half with 15 consecutive points to put them up 22-13 late in the 4th quarter. Moanalua would score later but couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick giving the JV Menehune’s their 1st loss of the season. Kahuku JV wins 22-20.

As for the Varsity, other than a quick interception from Mason Kualii-Moe followed by a rushing TD by Kawe Johnson, the offense struggled and the defense held it’s own picking off 2 more passes. Moanalua tied it up with a 70 yard running back pass from Christian Akana to Jo-Michael Sharsh in the 3rd Quarter. From there, it was just old fashioned Kahuku football. Stout defense with a bulldozing running game. Aofaga Wily put the Red Raiders ahead with a 30 yard TD run, capping his 180+ yard night, and the defense closed the door as Kahuku defended their homecoming 14-7.

Things to look forward to:
– Homecoming Photos – Saturday
– Homecoming Special video – Saturday
– Full Interviews – Monday
– Game Highlights – Monday