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November 15, 2010

Kahuku’s Red While Blue

It was tough watching the Kahuku football situation play out last week. Like watching a movie that we all think we know how it will end, the last valiant effort in a courtroom failed to get the team what it wanted- one more chance on the gridiron. Adults pleaded and student-athletes learned a tough lesson- about rules being rules, about life not always being fair, and about how to show class and maturity when dealt a tough blow.

More schools and communities can learn a lot from Kahuku- and I'm not talking about just this incident. Community-wide "Red Pride" signs and huge crowds at Aloha Stadium are testament to the fact that there is a bond between the school's football team and its community that transcends just wins and losses. Sure, having a top five-ranked football team just about every year sure helps, but the way everyone in the community joins together beyond this disqualification occurrence is a model for others to perhaps clone. I remember seeing the same time of ohana on the leeward side when watching the great Waianae teams of the 1970s and ‘80s.

Adults need to provide parent and community support to let our student-athletes know that their efforts on the playing fields and in the classrooms are worthwhile, that the lessons learned about teamwork, accountability, perseverance, and effort do have a value to others in our homes and in our neighborhoods. Football seasons come and go, but the pride and humility shown in Kahuku were the biggest lessons we can all take from last week's devestating, but fair,  OIA ruling. For many of us, the Red Raiders remain undefeated in 2010. Think about it…

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