PUKALANI – Chad Kauhaahaa rarely speaks in a soft voice.The former Baldwin High School football coach, who is now the defensive line assistant at Weber State University, had no choice on Saturday at the Just Win Football Camp on the campus of Kamehameha Schools Maui.
He lost most of his voice screaming at some of the 265 players on hand for the first two days of action.
“This is my third camp here and each year it is getting better,’’ Kauhaahaa said Saturday as large linemen smacked pads nearby.
The five-year-old camp, which has one of the most impressive coaching lists in the state, is run by King Kekaulike coach J.W. Kenton. Kauhaahaa said that it is a showcase for players to display their abilities to coaches from Hawaii, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, California and UCLA.
“J.W. has topped himself every year with the coaches that he brings in to work with these kids,’’ Kauhaahaa said. “I lost my voice yelling at the young kids, but you know what? That’s OK. The kids get quality work. We are coaching our butts off and that is what he brings us down here for. I know it is tough for J.W. because he is a head coach now, but he is still doing it for the kids of Hawaii.’’
Kenton started the camp when he worked for the Hula Bowl Maui, which moved back to Oahu two years ago after an eight-year run at War Memorial Stadium.
The first camp drew 60 players, but it grew to 311 last year before Kenton decided to cap it below 300 this year. All six of the Maui Interscholastic League’s football teams were represented at the camp – from a high of 25 each for King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Maui down to three from Lahainaluna.Maui News