The stage is officially set.
Kahuku and Punahou will meet for the HHSAA Open Division football crown next week after both school won their respective matchups on Friday night.
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Kahuku (11-2) beat Campbell 32-7 in the first semifinal behind its fierce defense, which sacked Sabers (7-4) quarterback Jaron Keawe Sagapolutele eight times and intercepted him four times.
In the second semifinal, Punahou ousted de facto host Mililani 52-24. The Buffanblu improved to 10-1 for the 2022 season, while Mililani’s 2022 season ends at 7-5.
Perennially considered to be among the top football programs in the state, Punahou and Kahuku have not met in a state championship game since the 2012 Division I championship game, which the Red Raiders won 42-20.
Punahou, playing in its first state tournament since 2016, will appear in its first state championship game since 2014, back when it lost a 53-45 instant classic to Mililani.
Kickoff between the Buffanblu and Red Raiders is set for 7 p.m. at Mililani High School on Nov. 25.