Football is a big sport at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) even though the size of the team roster rarely matches the big numbers of other, far larger schools in Hawai'i. That statistical gap doesn't mean much on the field. Even with teams in past years needing players to be on the field for both offensive and defensive series, HPA's Ka Makani have consistently maintained a high profile in league standings.

Throughout the team's history, HPA has had the benefit of a coaching staff that usually includes the assistance of former NFL players, as well as coaches with collegiate experience. Still, the size of the school and

the team mean that individual players get the full attention of coaches both on and off the field. And that's a benefit that has paid off for many players who've gone on to successful college careers.

In 2014 HPA alumnus Max Unger's first Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014. Unger '04 was a standout lineman at HPA. He went on to play stellar ball at the University of Oregon and is now the starting center for the New Orleans Saints (Seattle Seahawks fans will miss him) and was selected in 2012 and 2013 for the NFL All-Star Pro-Bowl (a game he did not play in 2014 because of his Super Bowl exemption).

Unger isn't the only HPA alumnus currently playing in the National Football League. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim '05 is a former defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he earned a reputation for resiliency and heart.

And that trait of Te'o-Nesheim is pretty much the hallmark of every HPA football team.

"They never give up," an opposing Division I coach told a local newspaper. "HPA never gives up."


Albert Cummings - Head Football Coach

HPA is pleased to announce that Albert Cummings has been hired to be the new head football coach for the 2018-19 school year.

Albert brings great energy to the program and BIIF experience over the past couple of seasons. He has been an assistant coach at Honoka’a High School for the past two years after moving to the Big Island from Oahu.

“I think Albert’s passion for the game will attract players to the field and get them excited to compete every day." – Stephen Perry, Director of Athletics


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