Maui Sports

Many Maui players on major-college rosters

September 9, 2010, 1:26 AM HST
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By Fred Guzman

The days are long gone since King Sugar reigned supreme as Hawaii’s principal export. The plantations, with the exception of the HC&S operation here on the Valley Isle, have all shut down.

Based on a report appearing in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, you can make a strong case that the state’s new major export is college football players. The survey lists 102 athletes who graduated from local high schools on the current rosters of Division-I-A teams on the mainland.

That doesn’t include in-state athletes playing at the University of Hawaii, nor the many others competing at other levels – be it Division-I-AA, D-II, D-III, NAIA and junior college.

Two players with Maui ties are at UH: Andrew Faaumu of Lahainaluna is an offensive lineman and starting defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu began is prep career with the Lunas before transferring to Kahuku.

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Unofficially, 13 other players from Maui are on D-I-A rosters:

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From Baldwin: Jojo Dickson is a senior starting linebacker at Idaho, Troy Aoki is a long-snapper at UNLV, Kai Maiava was the junior starting center at UCLA before suffering an injury, Jordan Pu’u Robinson, also injured, is a freshman defensive end at Washington State, Mana Rosa is a freshman defensive end at Oregon State, and Sean Tesoro is a sophomore offensive lineman at UNLV.

From Kamehameha: Walter Kahailii is junior offensive lineman at BYU, Chase Bell is a freshman safety at Idaho, Keloni Kamalani is a freshman linebacker at Oregon, and Keahi Raikes is a junior defensive back at UNLV,

From King Kekaulike: Elvis Kamana-Matagi is a freshman defensive lineman at Utah State,

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From Maui High: Kamaloni Vainikolo is a senior defensive tackle at Utah State. And from Kapolei, although originally from Maui High, Simione Vehikite is a freshman linebacker at USC.

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