Hawaii Grown

Latest news

HAWAII GROWN: Tafua lands at Utah

By Billy Hull on October 17, 2017

Former Kamehameha defensive end Mika Tafua, a 2014 Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team selection, has enrolled at Utah and has joined the Utes football team on scholarship. Utah announced Tafua’s addition to the roster today. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, Tafua originally signed with Brigham Young out of high school. He served his two-year LDS mission in Washington State and decided to enroll at Utah instead. Tafua was the co-defensive player of the year in the ILH in 2014 […]

HAWAII GROWN: Another award for Milton

By Billy Hull on October 16, 2017

The McKenzie Milton show rolled on over the weekend with another award-winning performance. The Central Florida sophomore quarterback was named the American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week today after lighting up the scoreboard yet again in a 63-21 victory over East Carolina on Saturday. Milton, a 2016 Mililani graduate, finished 21-for-27 for 324 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 1-yard run for his first rushing touchdown of the season. Milton is now second in the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Anae sets Utah kills record

By Billy Hull on October 9, 2017

Utah senior Adora Anae, who was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week today, is the Utes’ all-time career kills record holder. The 2014 Kahuku alumna, who was named to the AVCA All-America second team as a junior, recorded her 1,621st kill in the first set of Sunday’s four-set win over Washington State to pass Kim Turner‘s record total of 1,620. Anae now has 1,635 kills after finishing with 20 against the Cougars. Adora Anae's kill to become the […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton added to Maxwell list

By Billy Hull on October 6, 2017

Central Florida sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton, a 2016 Mililani graduate, was one of 13 players added to the 2017 Maxwell Award Watch List today. The Maxwell Award is presented each year to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the country. Milton currently ranks in the top 15 nationally in four offensive categories. He is seventh in passing efficiency (173.0), ninth in passing yards per attempt (9.65), 11th in passing yards per completion (14.92) and 14th in total offense, averaging […]

HAWAII GROWN: ASU’s Bryant tears ACL

By Billy Hull on October 3, 2017

Arizona State defensive back Joey Bryant, a 2009 Saint Louis alumnus, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury during practice last Tuesday. Bryant, who started the first three games of the season, had 15 tackles and is still the only Sun Devil to record both a sack and an interception this season. Arizona State coach Todd Graham confirmed the ACL tear to reporters after Saturday’s 34-24 loss to Stanford. Bryant told the Star-Advertiser last Tuesday […]

HAWAII GROWN: Milton has UCF in Top 25

By Billy Hull on October 3, 2017

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton finished 19-for-31 for 253 yards and three touchdowns and added 88 rushing yards on 11 carries in the Knights’ 40-13 win over Memphis on Saturday. UCF snuck into the Associated Press Top 25 this week at No. 25, marking its first appearance since winning the Fiesta Bowl to close out the 2013 season ranked No. 10. “We can’t buy into the hype,” Milton, a 2016 Mililani graduate, told reporters after Saturday’s win. “You can’t get […]

HAWAII GROWN: UO’s Apelu out for the season

By Billy Hull on October 2, 2017

Oregon coach Willie Taggart announced at a press conference on Monday that linebacker Kaulana Apelu, a 2015 Kamehameha graduate, will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle in a 45-24 win over California on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior shot up the middle on the first play of the second quarter and tackled Cal running back Vic Enwere for a 2-yard loss. Apelu rolled over and got up but then quickly motioned toward the sideline and ran […]

HAWAII GROWN: Mata’afa has WSU thinking Pac-12 title

By Billy Hull on September 30, 2017

Washington State defensive end Hercules Mata’afa, a 2014 Lahainaluna alum, had five tackles with two tackles for loss in the Cougars’ 30-27 win over No. 5 Southern California on Friday in Pullman, Wash. Washington State, ranked No. 16 this week, improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2001 and won its first regular-season game against a team ranked in the top five in 25 years. Mata’afa, who leads all active Pac-12 players in career tackles for loss, upped his […]