The Pahoa Daggers football team took a giant step towards creation August 11, 2014 at the Parents and Players Meeting where families and faculty gathered to meet and greet with an emphasis on rules, regulations and teamwork. 


Photography by Kevin Kushel

​August 31, 2014
​By Kevin Jakahi
Stephens Media Hawaii
​Luis Velez had a memorable day in Pahoa’s first Big Island Interscholastic Federation 8-man football game on Saturday at Wong Stadium, running quarterback keepers and rewarding the Dagger faithful with big plays.

It wasn’t enough and the Hilo junior varsity defeated the Daggers 50-6 in the season opener. The loss goes down as an exhibition for Pahoa because it was against a JV team, but it served as a valuable learning lesson.

​The youthful Vikings capitalized on their speed, especially on offense when gaps weren’t covered. They also flooded the tackle box when the Daggers struggled to find a rhythm with their passing game.

​Still, the Pahoa fans came out in force, numbering about half of the crowd’s 1,000 in attendance.

The Pahoa Booster Club shows its team spirit while tailgating for Pahoa High School’s first football game in 13 years Saturday afternoon at Wong Stadium. (Hollyn Johnson/Stephens Media Hawaii)