Ma’afala Released After Six Seasons

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2019 August 10 SPT -Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino/[email protected] Kamehameha head coach Abu Maafala talks to his team during the first half of an Open Division high school football game on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Kahuku High School in Kahuku.

After six seasons and seven years, Varsity head Football Coach Abu Ma’afala was relieved of his duties as head coach and reassigned as an athletic relations associate.

Kamehameha Schools announced the decision to reassign Ma’afala on Nov. 1, 2022. Ma’afala took over for former coach Doug Cosbie back in 2015 after Cosby resigned. Ma’afala went 17-34-1 during his time as head coach. A letter from athletics director Robert Hesia, was sent to families and released to the media stating “After seven years as our head coach, 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.”

Though Ma’afala never had a winning season, the team found its most success during the 2021 season breaking the 8 year losing streak to the St. Louis Crusaders. Mixed feelings about this decision have been floating around, however Kamehameha Schools will continue its pressing search for a new head football coach.