August 25th, 2015
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.
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.
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!