Happy Camper for Friday, August 23, 2019

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Waimea’s Elijah Henderson is pursued by Honoka’a’s Chandon Pacheco and Keenan Pahio after pulling in a pass in the third quarter Saturday during a high school preseason football game at Hanapepe Stadium.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kwansei Gakuin Fighters from left Sora Natuyama, Seitaro Kitamura, Keita Mimamide and Yuta Matsuno get to watch the action from the shade of the big tent on the Kauai High campus as their teammates scrimmage Kauai High, after the quartet was injured in Kwansei’s 37-21 win over King Kekaulike on Maui.

Football season is here! Coach Bill Arakaki and his wife, Coach Blanche Arakaki, were enjoying “football under the lights” (enjoy it while you can — fledging season starts Sept. 15!) when Waimea High School hosted the Honoka‘a Dragons (Coach Bill said he and Honoka‘a coach Fred Lau are classmates from Aiea High School) at Hanapepe Stadium.

Kudos to Kauai High School coach Jason Apilado on hosting the Kwansei Gakuin Fighters on Tuesday to a controlled scrimmage that provided a mini-version of a real football game … it’s amazing how vocal those female managers are for the Fighters and, yes, Coach Bill was there, too. Bobby Thompson was able to call the game before running off for his Kauai Interscholastic Federation officials certification exam.

Trainer Kevin Cadiente said Keith Burgess is hosting a student from the Ukraine this year (he gave her some rolls of tape so she could accompany him on a visit to the Kwansei bench), and mahalo to athletic director Keli‘i Morgado for making sure all the loose ends were tied up.

More football is on tap when Waimea hosts Orange Glen tonight in a single game kicking off at 7 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium.

Saturday, Kauai High School hosts Maui at Vidinha Stadium, with the junior varsity kicking off at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity matchup.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.