Are you ready for some football? A Friday night fiesta? Just jump in a plane and head to Hawaii. They’ve got you covered.
The 2016 high school football season officially kicks off Friday night in the westernmost state in the union, with Hawaii holding a full slate of high school football contests. As per usual, the Aloha State is the first to officially kick off the impending season, and it does so with a big opening weekend of game stretched across Friday night and Saturday.
The biggest pair of contests on opening night are likely defending state champion Kahuku’s face off against Farrington and traditional power Punahou’s match up with Leilehua.
While Kahuku may enter the season as the state’s consensus top team, there’s little question that Hawaii’s headline star is Tua Tagovailoa. A dual threat quarterback committed to Alabama, Tagovailoa recently claimed the MVP Award of both Nike’s The Opening and Elite 11 camps … simultaneously. He’s an absolute offensive wrecking ball, capable of single-handedly taking over a game, as he did so often in Saint Louis’ 2015 campaign.
Yet St. Louis was still stopped by Kahuku in the state final, which means Tagovailoa and his teammates will enter the 2016 season searching for revenge. They start with the most hyped game of the early season: A state semifinal rematch against Mililani. The game’s other big day is the return to action of first-time Division II sate champ Radford against ‘Iolani, which started the 2015 campaign like gangbusters before dropping seven straight match ups.
If the action on the field isn’t enough to keep your attention (trust us, if you’re as football starved as we are, it will), there’s also some of the nation’s most picturesque football settings. Like this, for instance:
Hawaiian football. Gotta love it.