My Kaimuki vs Kalani Newspaper Capsule

Kaimuki vs Kalani capsule

Well everyone, it’s finally (sadly) here. Friday’s Kaimuki vs Kalani game was the first of my last two football assignments for the Star Advertiser and Hawaiʻi Prep World and I feel the same sadness I felt when I left Roosevelt last summer. Of course it wouldn’t be a capsule of mine without some sort of blatant error except this time, it’s not my fault! It appears my last inch was accidentally cut off to only show the third quarter score. The final two sentences should read “Kalani senior Jaden Self caught a 33-yard pass from Lim, but the 2 point conversion failed. Bulldogs’ Moananu recorded a 27-yard scoring catch and Falcons’ Tabuchi finished the game with a 45-yard field goal.” A classic mistake that would only happen to my capsule, typically. I was happy to cover the Kaimuki vs Kalani game because after the past two months, I’ve gotten to know and interact with a select few coaches and athletes who have been nothing but kind and respectful to me on the field. Kaimuki isn’t a team I was familiar with prior to this season (I actually didn’t like them after I watched their scrimmage against Roosevelt last year!), but I’ve grown to admire their head coach David Tautofi who is in my top 3 most gracious coaches in the league (read my last story on the team here). Thankfully, I got to watch coach Tautofi and his team defeat the Kalani Falcons in their last game of the regular season. Kaimuki’s quarterback Jayden Maiava, running back Naomas Asuega-Fuala’au, and receiver Koby Moananu all lead Division II in their respective positions with Maiava passing for 2,237 and 28 TDs, Asuega-Fuala’au recording carries for 950 yards and 13 TDs, and Moananu notching 727 receiving yards for 13 TDs. The Bulldogs are tied with Roosevelt and Kaiser for first place in the Division, but are a 3 seed in the playoffs where they will challenge the Cougars at Kaiser Stadium on October 19.