My Kalaheo vs Waialua Newspaper Capsule

Kalaheo vs Waialua capsule

Can you believe this is already my seventh printed newspaper capsule? Saturday night’s Kalaheo vs Waialua game was arguably one of my favorites I’ve covered so far because my entire experience at Waialua was incredible. There’s something so special about writing about teams like Nanakuli and Waialua where the community truly rallies around their schools and treats everyone with immense kindness. I was already looking forward to the Kalaheo vs Waialua game because I knew the people I would interact with would undoubtedly be kind and generous, just as I experienced at Nanakuli. Sure enough, I was correct. As soon as my parents and I pulled up to the parking lot, we were given the best stall before the security guard uncles escorted me to the press box. The PA uncle gave me food prior to the game and instructed the boys I needed for my article (read here!) to speak with me at the bottom of the stairs postgame, allowing me to finish my work in a quick manner. Every person I’ve interacted with in press boxes so far has been wonderful and kind, but the aloha I received at the Kalaheo vs Waialua game was unmatched. I initially expected the game to be low scoring as Kalaheo hasn’t earned a victory yet and Waialua had been knocked down by multiple teams, but it was an incredible offensive shootout not unlike what I’ve witnessed at Baylor. My box score was tremendously long and took quite some time to fully calculate, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching every touchdown (mostly scored by Waialua junior WR Kai Hoekstra) and interception (two by the Bulldogs’ junior DB Dylan Yadao) in the back and forth action between the teams. The Kalaheo vs Waialua game reminded me that I shouldn’t perpetuate expectations of how the games I cover will play out and instead, I should just enjoy the action. I hope I’ll have the chance to return to Waialua soon because even though the drive is ridiculous, the people are unforgettable.

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