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Kamehameha’s Abu Maafala Out As Football Coach; Search For New Head Man Underway


When football season winds down, coaching changes typically begin.

And there has been a change at Kamehameha.

Coach Abu Maafala, who was the head man of the Warriors for six seasons, is out.

“Coach Abu will remain on staff and continue to fulfill his duties as athletic relations associate in the athletic department,” wrote Rob Hesia, the campus athletics and human performance director, in a Tuesday email that was received by Bedrock Sports Hawaii.

Abu Maafala went 16-35-1 in six seasons as the Kamehameha football head coach.

It was a hard decision to make, according to Hesia.

“The difficult decision was made to pursue a new direction with our program and allow our student-athletes the opportunity to experience new growth as athletic competitors,” Hesia wrote. 

The search for a new coach has already begun.

Overall, Maafala went 16-35-1 after taking over for former head coach Doug Cosbie to start the 2016 season.

The Warriors’ best season in that span came in 2021, when they beat arch rival Saint Louis twice in the regular season but then lost to them twice in the playoffs and lost out on a golden opportunity for the league title and a spot in the state tournament.

This fall, Kamehameha went 0-7-1.



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