Aperture Cafe

Football is here, what a lightning fast off-season!

August 25th, 2015

Howdy, everyone!
Well, the Cafe is open once again, and what better way to kick it off than football. This weekend's coverage highlight (pun intended) was of the Kailua/Kapolei matchup that was suspended due to lightning storms above the field.  I didn't have a tripod with me, as I didn't have any video shoots lined up in that day's assignments (more on that in another post), so I had to resort to hand held exposures of the lightning show happening above Alex Kane Stadium.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Needless to say, after two days and the game's resumption on Monday night, it was quite a mudbowl.  Slippery, muddy conditions made for quite a bit of fumbles, dropped passes, and flying mud/grass.  This was actually something I haven't seen in a long time, because a lot of the high school fields that once were host to these mudbowls have since replaced their playing surface with natural turf, like Leilehua and Mililani, to name two.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

 Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

If it was one photo that told the story of the game, it was this one below.  With the game postponed on Saturday and Sunday, both teams were very hungry for the victory.  Coach Darren Hernandez would have celebrated his 100th victory had the Hurricanes won, but alas, it was a fight to the end, and Kailua came out on top despite a valiant fourth quarter revival by the Kapolei offense.  To me, this touchdown catch by Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar, reaching up and over Kapolei defender Jonathan Liana to pull in the score, epitomized the desire to win by both teams...and it's not even September!  Look for more posts coming real soon, especially with our new UH Football and UH Wahine Volleyball special sections coming in the next couple of weeks!

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

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