Wahiawa Parade Honors Leilehua's State Champions

Desiree Treu
Desiree Treu
Nolan Tokuda
Nolan Tokuda
Rosie Morales
Rosie Morales

(KHNL)- 23-years.

That's how long it's been since the Leilehua Mules have won a state football championship.

So the whole town came out to celebrate with a parade down California Avenue on Saturday.

The umbrellas were out, but it definitely wasn't going to rain on this parade.

"It's not gonna stop the Mules," said Desiree Treu. "We love the Mules. Rain or shine, we gonna be out here."

This small parade, down the main road through the town of Wahiawa, is to honor their Leilehua Mules -- 2007 state football champions.

Leilehua beat perennial power Saint Louis, 20-16, in the championship game of the Division I state football tournament.

"It was a miracle we won," said Treu.

"We won, and it doesn't matter anymore," said Rosie Morales.

Because of that support, folks in Wahiawa asked Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann to put on this parade.

"With a winning tradition that coach Hugh Yoshida brought in the 70s and 80s, this town just loves football," said Mules head coach Nolan Tokuda.

It's also because Wahiawa loves the mules. And Wahiawa loves each other.

"We're real close network, everybody knows everybody," said Treu.

"We'll always be like this, no matter which way you look at it," said Morales.

And that's how the Mules like it.

"You couldn't ask for a better community that Wahiawa," said Tokuda. "For their support to the tough times and through the good. This parade isn't just to showcase our kids, it's for us to give back to our community for being our 12th man."

The Mules cross country team was also honored in the parade. They also won their state championship this season.