Congratulations Kahuku High School Boys Basketball Team

26 04 2017

Congratulating and Recognizing


On Winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship

Nationally recognized as Hawaii’s football powerhouse, Kahuku High School accomplished something it had never done in three previous trips to the HHSAA Division I Boys Basketball Tournament. The Red Raiders brought home their first Boys Basketball State Championship.

After fighting and scraping its way through the 2015-2016 regular season and into the state tournament last season, the Kahuku Red Raiders came up two points short of making an appearance in the state championship game. Despite falling just a game short, the Hawaii prep sports world was put on notice that these Red Raiders were the real deal. Under first year head coach, Brandyn Akana, and returning senior leadership, the Red Raiders flipped the switch in the off-season.

Throughout the 2017 regular season, it became apparent that this was going to be a special season. The present-day Red Raider squad dominated much of the regular season, with only one game being decided by less than ten points. To put this into perspective, Kahuku averaged almost 72 points-per-game, while allowing only 40 points-a-game by opposing teams. After ending the league regular season with an undefeated record, Kahuku entered tournament play as the number one seed. Following a dominating performance against Kalaheo, the Red Raiders pulled out an overtime victory against defending champion, Iolani and moved on to face Punahou in the championship game. A battle of the top two teams in the tournament, Kahuku used its momentum to win in decisive fashion against the tournament’s number two seed, to complete the dream season.

Following the state championship, a few Red Raiders were recognized for their performance throughout the season. Jessiya Villa earned Player of the Year honors from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and was recognized as the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Jessiya, Samuta Avea and Daniel Fotu were named to the Star-Advertiser’s Fab 15 recognizing the top players in Hawaii.

Your 2016-2017 Kahuku Red Raider Boys State Championship Team:

Seniors: Kekaula Kaniho, Jessiya Villa, Kesi Ah-Hoy, Ethan Christensen, Mark Viloria, Codie Sauvao, Samuta Avea, Taimona Wright, Stennet Alapa, and Ra Elkington

Juniors: Daniel Fotu and Kaluna Nihipali

Sophomores: KJ Macatiag, Marcus Damuni, and Ethan Erickson

Freshman: Robbie Sauvao

Head Coach: Brandyn Akana

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Wright, Robbie Mitchell and David Te‘o

Therefore, on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, The City Council hereby recognizes and congratulates the KAHUKU HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL team on winning the 2017 HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship. Furthermore, the Council extends its best wishes for a successful state title defense next season.

High Surf Prompts Park and Road Closures on the North Shore

22 02 2016

IMG_3990.JPGDue to the high surf on the North Shore, there will be three road block points monitored by the Honolulu Police Department and Department of Emergency Management staff and volunteers: Kamehameha Highway and Haleiwa Road, Kamehameha Highway and Joseph P. Leong Highway and at Kamehameha Highway and Kuilima Drive. The road is open to local traffic and public transportation. The general public is asked to avoid the area.

Currently, Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park and Waimea Bay Beach Park on the North Shore are closed. Makapuu Beach Park is in the process of being closed due to the debris from a 15’ – 18’ boat that has broken free of its mooring and been split in half washing up on shore.


There are reports of six foot surf washing across the road in Kaaawa. The section of the highway that was recently repaired by State Department of Transportation was inspected this morning and is holding up. Authorities will continue to monitor the situation in the area and may also close the road in the Windward area if conditions worsen.

The lifeguard station foundation at Laniakea Beach has been undermined, and earlier in the day a lifeguard was knocked off an ATV at Ke Iki Beach as he warned beach goers to leave the beach. One of the residents near Alligator Rock reported that the retaining wall to the property has collapsed.

Noise/Convoy Advisory for Schofield Barracks, Feb. 25-March 5

25 02 2015

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Residents in the vicinity of Schofield Barracks, North Shore and Kahuku areas may experience periodic noise increases Feb. 25 through March 1 as a result of artillery simulators and blank firing during field training exercises conducted daily from approximately 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Training will resume March 3 and continue until March 5.

The Army will be conducting convoys consisting of various types of vehicles along Kaukonahua Road and Farrington Highways, February 23. Residents in the vicinity of Schofield Barracks and the North Shore may experience an increase in traffic along these routes. Convoys will have no more than 10 vehicles and will depart in half-hour increments.

Convoys will return to Schofield Barracks using Farrington Highway and Kaukonahua Road, March 6.

The Army will also be conducting aerial operations as part of a military training exercise in the vicinity of Schofield Barracks, North Shore and the Kahuku areas, February 24 through March 6.  Training flights will be conducted during daylight hours and conclude in the evening.

Please note dates and times are subject to change and are dependent on environmental factors and training completion.

The Army in Hawaii appreciates the community’s understanding and continued support of local Soldiers and their families. While sometimes loud, the sounds of these weapons represent how the Army ensures our nation’s Soldiers are ready to accomplish the mission.

To report concerns related to noise, please call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at 656-3487 or email The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office will contact you about your concern during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Friends of the Library – Kahuku Book and Bake Sale

18 02 2015

B&B sale2

City Council Honors Local Heroes

13 02 2015


Brothers and former NFL players, Ma‘ake and Chris Kemoeatu made national news last summer when Ma’ake chose to effectively end his professional football career to donate his kidney to his younger brother Chris whose own professional football career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a form of kidney disease. Being the oldest of seven, Ma‘ake always felt a responsibility to take care of his younger brothers and sisters. “If my brother or any of my siblings needed blood, they have to have my blood. If any of my siblings needed a kidney, it would have to be my kidney,” he said on national television during an interview just weeks after the successful transplant surgery. The nation took notice of the love and sacrifice of one brother for the other and the strong ties of the Kemoeatu family as they supported each other through the stressful ordeal.

The Kemoeatu brothers have fully recovered and recently returned home to Hawaii to enjoy time with family and friends after missing countless holidays and family events during their successful careers with the NFL. Both Ma‘ake and Chris played for the Kahuku High School Red Raiders and went on to play collegiate football for the University of Utah Utes. After college, Ma‘ake played for the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers, and the Washington Redskins before returning to the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 and helping the team to win Super Bowl 47 (XLVII). After college, Chris played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2005 until 2011. During that time, he helped secure two Super Bowl Championships for the Steelers in Super Bowl 40 (XL) and Super Bowl 43 (XLIII).

Looking to use their experience and talents to make life better for others, Ma‘ake and Chris founded the Kemoeatu Brothers Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to help Hawaii’s underprivileged children in their educational, physical, and social development. The organization hosts sports camps, toy drives and fundraising events. The Foundation creates celebrity meeting opportunities, creates scholarships for its program participants and partners with other non-profit organizations to assist them in reaching their goals. The Kemoeatu Brothers also founded Pacific Elite Sports Fitness Center, a company dedicated to helping individuals of all ages and ability levels to maximize their athletic potential.

Family photo with Council

At the January 28th meeting of the Honolulu City Council, I was pleased to honor the Kemoeatu brothers and their family with an Honorary Certificate in recognition of their athletic achievements and humanitarian accomplishments. They are local heroes who exemplify the spirit of ohana and have shown the next generation what can be accomplished through hard work, sacrifice and brotherly love.



North Shore: Key Projects to Date

29 01 2014


Due to the lack of maintenance for many years, the silt has built up and created islands within the stream bed.  The build-up is so heavy that coconut trees that are forty feet high are growing in these silt beds.  Council Chair Martin has been requesting funding to dredge this stream for the past three years. In fiscal year 2013, Chair Martin proposed a budget bill line item  for $350,000 to plan and design the extraction of the silt and vegetation that impedes this critical streamway. The funding was approved and the project is moving forward.

Sunset Neighborhood Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADue to the soil condition under the courts at the Sunset Neighborhood Park, the City’s administration was reluctant to re-pave the tennis and basketball courts for many years. The residents often voiced their displeasure about the lack of maintenance and not being able to use these courts. Finally in 2012, due to Council Chair Martin’s persistence, these courts were re-surfaced and re-striped.  The residents and community are actively using them.

Kahuku Elderly Housing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACouncil Chair Martin was instrumental in having the agreement and RFP for the management of this facility being put out to bid.  This allowed a new non-profit to in-fuse additional funding for needed repair, renovation and up-grade of these living facilities. Shown here are the new management with Council Chair in front and in a newly renovated unit.