State Championship Football 2015

November 21st, 2015
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For the kids, and for me, it's all about the night like last night.  One night.  For the all the marbles.  All in.  The past three months have been watching teams grow, rise, fall, and fight their way to the top.  But what I saw last night, particularly in the Kahuku and St. Louis game, was just short of one of the most epic battles I've ever been a witness to in my 10 years of shooting high school football.

Photographically, it wasn't the best.  Rain. Penalties.  Runs up the middle.  A pile of bodies.  It's Kahuku, after all.  Oh, and rain.  Did I mention, rain?  But just witnessing the prolific offense of St. Louis just shut down like that was pretty unbelievable.  From my past experiences earlier in the season, the Crusader offense would just turn it on, and turn it on.  Alas, last night, I was on the wrong side of so many interceptions by the Kahuku defense.  But that's just how it goes sometimes.

Like I said, photographically, it wasn't the greatest.  But I'll share some of my favorites from last night's clash of the titans.  On an equipment side-note, evidently Canon's 1-series body seals and weather resistance isn't TOTALLY so.  The LCD on one of my cameras just stopped working.  No chimping!  Hey, kind of like back to the film days, baby!!!  Anyway here's a little snippet of my rainy, wet night at Aloha Stadium.  Enjoy.  And cheers to the conclusion of another season of high school football....

First, some from the Radford and Kapaa contest.

Radford's Dominic Albalos (56) sacks Kapaa's Kurt Napoleon (10) during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Radford's Dominic Albalos (56) sacks Kapaa's Kurt Napoleon (10) during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Kapaa's Leighton Moniz (7) loses possession of the ball at the goal line during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Kapaa's Leighton Moniz (7) loses possession of the ball at the goal line during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Radford's head coach Fred Salanoa raises his arms as time expires after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

Radford's head coach Fred Salanoa raises his arms as time expires after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

Radford's head coach Fred Salanoa raises his fist to the crowd after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

Radford's head coach Fred Salanoa raises his fist to the crowd after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

The Radford Rams celebrate with the championship trophy after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

The Radford Rams celebrate with the championship trophy after the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division II Football Championship between the Radford Rams and the Kapaa Warriors on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Radford held on to win 30-16 to take the 2015 Division II Championship.

Now on to the Kahuku and St. Louis game...

Kahuku's Kesi Ah Hoy (26) rushes the ball past St. Louis' Kainalu Paikai (2) during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Kahuku's Kesi Ah Hoy (26) rushes the ball past St. Louis' Kainalu Paikai (2) during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Kahuku's Alekisanita Vimahi (91) and Keala Santiago (3), bottom, combine to stop St. Louis' Tosh Kekahuna (6) during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Kahuku's Alekisanita Vimahi (91) and Keala Santiago (3), bottom, combine to stop St. Louis' Tosh Kekahuna (6) during the first half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

St. Louis' Tua Tagovailoa (13) soars into the end zone for a touchdown over Kahuku's Kekaula Kaniho (1) during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

St. Louis' Tua Tagovailoa (13) soars into the end zone for a touchdown over Kahuku's Kekaula Kaniho (1) during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku crowd does the tomahawk chop in unison during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku crowd does the tomahawk chop in unison during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

Kahuku's head coach Vavae Tata reacts as time runs out during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata reacts as time runs out during the second half of the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku Red Raiders celebrate after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku Red Raiders celebrate after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship:  Kahuku vs. St. Louis

The Red Raiders raising one up.

The Kahuku Red Raiders savor the championship trophy after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku Red Raiders savor the championship trophy after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku Red Raiders take turns in touching the championship trophy after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

The Kahuku Red Raiders take turns in touching the championship trophy after the 2015 HHSAA Division I Football Championship between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kahuku Red Raiders on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Kahuku won 39-14 to become the 2015 State Champions.

Tua

November 13th, 2015
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2015 HHSAA Football Semifinals, Mililani vs. St. Louis

Just a quick post from the 2015 HHSAA Semifinal game. My favorite of St. Louis quarterback Tua Tagowailoa in the rain.

Chow

November 1st, 2015
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Hawaii head coach Norm Chow closes his eyes on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow closes his eyes on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

With the announcement earlier in the day of Hawaii football head coach Norm Chow's removal, I thought I'd share a few non-action snaps from last night's game that was probably the nail in the coffin for his job.  I realized that I just documented the worst home conference loss in the Hawaii football program's history.  So here are a few moments from last night.  In black and white.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow speaks to the media after  an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow speaks to the media after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow stands with his team during the team song after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow stands with his team during the team song after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii offensive lineman Brenden Urban (69) and offensive lineman Asotui Eli (65) lean on each other late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii offensive lineman Brenden Urban (69) and offensive lineman Asotui Eli (65) lean on each other late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) and defensive lineman Ka'aumoana Gifford (94) huddle with the team mates during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) and defensive lineman Ka'aumoana Gifford (94) huddle with the team mates during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

full moon fire

October 31st, 2015
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A full moon illuminates the sky as firefighters work to contain a structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua.  Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

A full moon illuminates the sky as firefighters work to contain a structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua. Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

I shot the large structure fire in Mapunapuna a couple of days ago.  It was quite a rush, at the same time stressful, because police had closed all the roads on the grids surrounding the three-alarm fire.  On foot it was.  Two cameras, laptop, and a pocketful of will.  Because the streetlights were cut, it was quite dark, so I was able to move swiftly and undetected to try and get a good position on the fire.  Here's one of my faves, showing the breadth and scope of the fire.  I had to climb up a warehouse rooftop to get to it.  (off the record).

Orange flames illuminate the sky during structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua.  Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

Orange flames illuminate the sky during structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua. Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

Spot news is always exhilarating, and when the fruits of your effort show, it makes it all the more rewarding.  Thank goodness no one was hurt.

Sunday sunset

October 26th, 2015
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A surfer is silhouetted in the waning afternoon sun while paddling out at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Kakaako.

A surfer is silhouetted in the waning afternoon sun while paddling out at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Kakaako.

I had to pause yesterday while looking for wild art to just admire the setting sun, and this surfer paddling out just came right into the frame.  I shot one picture and this was it.  Sometimes that's all it takes.