Major publication predicts Hawai’i football continues upward trajectory in 2024

Major publication predicts Hawai’i football continues upward trajectory in 2024

 

Major publication predicts Hawai’i football continues upward trajectory in 2024

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JUNE 12, 2024

The Hawai’i football team could be bowl-bound this season, wrote Phil Steele in his annual college football preview magazine that was released Wednesday.

Steele, who has published his magazine since 1995, writes that the 2024 squad is third-year head coach Timmy Chang’s “best squad yet” and that the Rainbow Warriors will “flirt with a bowl bid.”

Seven Hawai’i players were named to Steele’s preseason Mountain West teams. Three Rainbow Warriors were named to the second team in receiver Pofele Ashlock, offensive tackle Luke Felix-Fualalo and linebacker Jalen Smith.

Defensive tackle Ezra Evaimalo and cornerback Cam Stone were named to the third team. Stone also received a mention on the fourth team as a kick returner with quarterback Brayden Schager and guard Sergio Muasau rounding out the honorees.

Steele noted that Hawai’i made improvements in 2023 after a 3-10 season as the Rainbow Warriors reduced their turnovers by 10 and recorded five wins. He also wrote “coaches usually have a solid third year” and that Hawai’i has just three conference road games, which favors Chang and company.

Quarterbacks is the top position group for Hawai’i in Steele’s projections, rating the unit as the second best in the Mountain West. The return of Schager after a brief stint in the transfer portal and the addition of Micah Alejado and the development of John-Keawe Sagapolutele bolsters the quarterback room.

Receiver and linebackers are the next best unit with both groups getting rated third in the Mountain West. The receiving corps are loaded with returnees Ashlock, Steven McBride, Koali Nishigaya to name a few. Hawai’i returns Smith, Logan Taylor and Elijah Palmer at linebacker to lead that position group.

The Rainbow Warriors’ lowest rated position groups are at running back and at special teams where they are graded as the 11th-best units in a 12-team conference. Tylan Hines would have had the most experience at running back, but is moving to receiver in 2024. Last year’s starting kicker Matthew Shipley was lost to the transfer portal as newcomers Kai Kluth and Kansei Matsuzawa will battle for the job.

Campbell’s Kernaghan joins Hawai’i Football class of 2025 recruiting class

Campbell’s Kernaghan joins Hawai’i Football class of 2025 recruiting class

 

Campbell’s Kernaghan joins Hawai’i Football class of 2025 recruiting class

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JUNE 10, 2024

Make that another local boy staying home to play for the Braddahhood.

Campbell offensive tackle Jordan Kernaghan gave a verbal commitment on his social media platforms to play for the Hawai’i football team Sunday evening. 

This makes Kernaghan the sixth player from the class of 2025 to commit to the Rainbow Warriors, joining a class that includes linebackers Aisiah Paogofie and Zaden Mariteragi, receivers Brandon Gaea and Titan Lacaden and offensive lineman KJ Hallums. Paogofie and Kernaghan are high school teammates.

The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Kernaghan started at left tackle for a Campbell squad that finished third in the OIA Open Division, the highest tier in Hawai’i prep football.

GPA camp going strong for a decade, showcases top Hawai’i high school football athletes

GPA camp going strong for a decade, showcases top Hawai’i high school football athletes

 

GPA camp going strong for a decade, showcases top Hawai’i high school athletes

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JUNE 9, 2024

HONOLULU — One of the top prep football camp on the islands is still going strong after 10 years.

The Gridiron Performance Academy held its 10th annual combine and showcase with multiple college coaches in attendance with an all-day event Saturday on the campus of Saint Louis School.

Instead of athletes having to fly up to the mainland to get exposure and recruited, the GPA camp brings scouts and coaches down to Hawai’i in a consolidated location for everyone to get looked at and evaluated.

“That’s a good thing that they’re doing. We live on a rock so it’s hard to get exposure,” said Mililani senior running back Nakoa Kahana-Travis. “It’s just a good thing that they’re coming down here to check us out.”

Current NFL players and Saint Louis alumni like Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Nick Herbig have all participated in the camp in the past.

“Been a decade, hard to believe that, but when I start thinking back to Tua Tagovailoa, Herbig and all those guys that came through GPA and to see it continue here today, a lot of hard work, my wife (Lori), my partners Jesse Sapolu and Galu Tagovailoa, they’ve done a great job of make this a success,” said camp organizer Rich Miano.

One thing that Miano was most proud of was having the ability to provide a way for student-athletes to attend the camp for free — especially those affected by the Maui fires in Aug. 2023 — through the sponsorships of Southwest Airlines, Cutter Mazda of Honolulu, the Tua Foundation and the Motiv8 Foundation. 

“What happened in Maui, we all want to be a part of healing, and for Southwest to have 25 round trip tickets, to have Cutter automotive group have 50 scholarships (to attend the camp), and then you look at the Tua Foundation with two scholarships to every school in Hawai’i, we got guys from Lana’i, we got guys from Moloka’i, we got guys from every island. You look at Motiv8, same thing,” Miano said.

NCAA recruiting rules prevented Division I FBS coaches from attending the camp, but over a dozen coaches from the Division II, Division III and the NAIA were in attendance such as Lindfield, Pacific and Olivet Nazarene University, and we’re able to scout and even handout scholarship offers to come play for their program.

“Not a lot of people can get the D1 opportunity so it’s good that these small schools are here,” said Mililani senior receiver Lehiwa Kahana-Travis.

The college coaches also made sure to emphasize that being a student comes first if you want to play on the next level.

“Academics is a big factor in this process,” said Nakoa Kahana-Travis. “These colleges come down and they ask for your grades, that’s the first thing they come up to you and talk to you about.”

In addition to the position group showcases and getting coached up by other local high school coaches, the GPA camp also has a combine element and classes where student-athletes and their families can get educated on various elements of recruiting.

“We continue to try every year (to have) the combine, which is tough to do logistically,” said Miano. “We’re also doing the classrooms where we’re doing financial planning with Lisa Sapolu and Diane Tagovailoa, and we have college coaches talk about recruiting and the science of FAFSA, so all this whole recruiting thing is an exact science and it continues to change so there fore we need to make sure our people have knowledge. Our parents, the mentors, the coaches here in Hawai’i, so we really put our big emphasis on the recruiting aspect of it and trying to navigate that.”

Defensive Line MVPs
Julian Scanlan — Castle
Shaden Niu — Kahuku
Zaden Mariteragi — Farrington
Vincent Tautua — Saint Louis

Offensive Line MVPs
Trytin Ellis-Navares — Saint Louis
Pa’u Spencer — Kamehameha-Maui
Matai Malufau — Kahuku
Rob Crowell — Saint Louis
Efren Siuloa — Kahuku

Hawai’i Football already with five verbal commits from the class of 2025

Hawai’i Football already with five verbal commits from the class of 2025

 

Hawai’i Football already with five verbal commits from the class of 2025

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED JUNE 3, 2024

The University of Hawai’i football recruiting class of 2025 more than doubled its total amount with a trio of verbal commitments over the weekend.

Linebackers Żaden Mariteragi and Aisiah Paogofie and receiver Brandon Gaea made the announcements on Sunday after taking an official visit to the campus. They join a class that includes receiver Titan Lacaden and offensive lineman KJ Hallums.

Mariteragi, who will play his senior season at Farrington after helping Kahuku win an Open Division state title in Fall 2023, is the son of former Rainbow Warrior Rocky Savaiigaea. Mariteragi was primarily an edge rusher for the Red Raiders, but he also showed his utility as a placekicker and kickoff specialist.

Paogofie earned All-OIA Open Division second team honors as a defensive utility player for the Campbell Sabers. He is a rangy prospect at 6-foot-2 that can also double as a box safety.

Gaea hails from Bishop Gorman and is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver that boasts a 4.0 grade point average. He is also rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

Lacaden, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound slot receiver out of Saint Louis, was the first one in the recruiting class to make his commitment before the 2023 football season. He earned ScoringLive All-Hawaii First Team honors after hauling in 84 passes for 1,019 yards and 12 touchdowns while also showcasing his abilities on the defensive side of the ball in a two-interception performance against Kamehameha.

Hallums, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound interior lineman, made his commitment over Twitter in January. He is the son of former Hawai’i men’s basketball player and current Spectrum Sports analyst Kawika Hallums.

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Youth Sports Camps Upcoming: Summer 2024

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Youth Sports Camps Upcoming: Summer 2024

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Youth Sports Camps Upcoming: Summer 2023 

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED May 28, 2023

HONOLULU — The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will put on a variety of youth camps this summer, as the Rainbow Wahine tennis program, beach volleyball program and indoor volleyball program will host multiple co-ed clinics and camps for kids. The Rainbow Warrior baseball and basketball programs will join along in the summer fun as well with both keiki camps and prospect camps. Hawai’i football will also hold a one-day clinic for keiki in grades 2-8, non-recruitable ages for kids but key skill development periods.

Below are listed the camps and clinics, included with links to registration and information for each camp. All camps are co-ed opportunities and prices can be found via the links.

All camps have a 6% nonrefundable processing fee and a $35 nonrefundable cancellation fee. If a camp is under $35 there will be no refunds.

All camps are open to all (some restricted by number, age, grade level and/or gender).

If you would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the camp director at least three weeks prior to the start of the program. Requests made as early as possible helps allow adequate time to fulfill requests. 

HAWAII BEACH VOLLEYBALL CAMP 

    • Tuesday, June 4 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 
    • Tuesday, June 11 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 
    • June 5-6 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 
    • June 12-13 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 

UH RAINBOW WAHINE COED JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP 

    • June 3-6 (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily) 
    • June 10-13 (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily) 

 

UH RAINBOW WAHINE WEEKLY COED TENNIS CLINICS

    •  Sunday, June 16 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 
    • Tuesday, June 18 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 
    • Thursday, June 20 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 
    • Sunday, June 23 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 
    • Tuesday, June 25 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 
    • Thursday, June 27 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) 
    • Sunday, June 30 (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 

UH RAINBOW WARRIOR BASEBALL KEIKI SUMMER YOUTH SKILLS CAMP

    • June 10-13 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • June 18-21 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • June 24-27 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • July 8-11 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • July 15-18 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • July 22-25 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 
    • July 29-August 1 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily) 

UH RAINBOW WARRIOR BASKETBALL KIDS CAMP 

    • June 10-13 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily) 
    • June 24-27 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily) 
    • August 5-8 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily) 

UH RAINBOW WAHINE VOLLEYBALL CAMP (41st ANNUAL)

    • July 15-18 (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily) 
    • July 19-22 
      • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday + Monday [7/19 + 7/22] 
      • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sat + Sun [7/20 + 7/21] 

HAWAII FOOTBALL BRADDAHHOOD YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP 

RAINBOW WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL KEIKI CAMP 

  • SESSION #1 
    • June 3, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #2 
    • June 19, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #3 
    • June 24, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #4 
    • June 26, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #5 
    • July 1, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #6 
    • July 3, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #7 
    • July 8, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #8 
    • July 10, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #9 
    • July 15, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #10 
    • July 17, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #11 
    • July 22, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #12 
    • July 24, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #13 
    • July 29, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 
  • SESSION #14 
    • July 31, 2024 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 

 ~ ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT ~