70 student-athletes sign letters of intent

Education 1st hosted a signing day event on Wednesday during which 70 student-athletes signed national letters of intent. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

A total of 70 student-athletes signed letters of intent this morning at an event hosted by Education 1st at Honolulu Elks Lodge in Waikiki.

Here is a list of student-athletes and where they signed organized by sport. Photos also included at the bottom.

Ola Aina, Punahou (Yakima Valley College)
Austin De La Cruz, Mililani (Beloit College)
Logan Ho, Aiea (Skagit Valley College)
Mark Liberato Jr., Kamehameha (Brescia University)
Ty Matsunami, Aiea (St. Martin’s University)
Ryan Moritsugu, Hawaii Baptist (North Park University – Chicago)
Andrew Mukai, Aiea (Brescia University)
Ryan Nishi, Punahou (Pomona-Pitzer)

Bryce Nishida, St. Francis (Pacific Lutheran)

Kamakani DeBlake, Punahou (Cal Lutheran)
Kellie Okamura, ‘Iolani (Scripps College)
Delylah Sanerivi, Moanalua (Missouri Valley College)

Saige Yamada, Mid-Pacific (Monmouth)

Matthan Hatchie, Waialua (Arizona Western)
Dyson Iman, Leilehua (Hastings College)
Tyler James Pengelinan, Roosevelt (North Park University)
Evan Powers, Punahou (Lewis and Clark)
Alijah Stone, Leilehua (Culver Stockton University)

Naomi Wong, ‘Iolani (Santa Clara)

Justice Gomes, Pearl City (UNLV)
Brandon Yasue, Kaiser (Chaminade)

Sharon Cain, Kamehameha (Chaminade)
Kimi Casupang, Moanalua (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Miya Nishibun, Kaiser (Regis College)
Taylor Simpliciano, Aiea (Hawaii Pacific)
Kyla Takazono, Pearl City (Chaminade)
Megumi Takushi, Pearl City (Westminster College)

Tommi Angelo-Kukar, Campbell (Olympic College)
Chloe Domingo, Campbell (Hawaii Hilo)
Trinity Favela, Campbell (St. Martin’s University)
Anastasia Iosia, Campbell (Corban University)
Prestyne Kaimi-Montira, Kapolei (Edmonds Community College)
Ciena Kauhi, Kapolei (Edmonds Community College)
Brandi Leong, Leilehua (Hawaii Pacific)
Chanelle Makinney, Kapolei (Edmonds Community College)
Staisa Micky, Leilehua (Edmonds Community College)
Chantel Montayre, Maryknoll (Fresno Pacific)
Keani Nahinu, Nanakuli (Eastern Arizona)
Kaena Nistal, Leilehua (Edmonds Community College)
Kiley Ozaki, Kapolei (Eastern Nazarene College)
Zoie Recolan, Campbell (Western Oregon)
Maya Saneishi, Mililani (Big Bend Community College)
Noel Saunders, Pearl City (Hawaii Pacific)
Kanoe Tanigawa, Maryknoll (Hawaii Pacific)
Braylee Tovio-Asato, Campbell (Lindenwood-Bellville)

Alexa Phillips, Punahou (San Diego)

Madison Moku, Hawaii Baptist (Cal State Fullerton)

Sydney Aea, Kamehameha (Felician University)
Kylie Alos, Mililani (St. Martin’s University)
Trinity Bennett, Maryknoll (Casper College)
Sierra Gallagher, Kamehameha (Felician University)
Kiari Gier, Maryknoll (Texas Tech)
Asia Jhun, Kalani (Seward County Community College)
Leslie Lagafuaina, Aiea (Western Nebraska Community College)
Kallie Langford, Hawaii Baptist (St. Martin’s University)
Jorie Lincoln, Kamehameha (Tacoma Community College)
Michelle McGinn, Maryknoll (Lewis and Clark)
Ka’anelaokapu’uwai Pakaki-Pias, Kapolei (Lewis and Clark)
Halee Pedro, Maryknoll (Marshalltown Community College)
Leaa Puleiala, Waialua (Mt. Hood Community College)
Kili Robins, Kamehameha (Nevada)
Lauren Robinson, Punahou (New York University)
Sierra Sagucio, Roosevelt (St. Louis College of Pharmacy)
Shannen Sakai, Pearl City (St. Martin’s University)
Sydney Takauye, Mid-Pacific (Occidental)
Terri Takita-Robins, Mililani (Western Nebraska)
Kahuaka’ihele Tilton, Kamehameha (Concordia-Portland)
Juanita Tuimavave, Mililani (Highline College)
Jorene Ulu, Waianae (Hawaii Hilo)

Bailey Hoshino, Punahou (Pacific Univ.)


  1. coach April 11, 2018 2:44 pm

    Not to be a d***bag, but aren’t NLI’s for D1? Most of these schools aren’t D1. Have the rules changed?

  2. 808bowler April 11, 2018 3:17 pm

    NLI is for D1 D2 and NAIA schools. I do believe all schools have a document to sign to say you will be attending that school regardless of scholorship or not.

  3. Save Our Schools April 11, 2018 9:42 pm

    They are even signing for Junior Colleges.

  4. Paul Honda April 12, 2018 8:11 am

    It’s a two-way commitment these days. Many of the junior colleges now offer housing, etc., so there’s quite an investment involved. Getting a great student-athlete to come to a university or JC requires a lot of trust each way. The letter of intent makes it official. Good job, ladies and gentlemen.

  5. Charles Amai April 12, 2018 8:43 am

    Nice to see the mainland JCs are stepping up with housing programs, etc. Too many players getting lost in the wash previously.

    Wishful thinking one day the Hawai’i CCs could build their own league for football, volleyball, wrestling, baseball.

  6. ILH April 12, 2018 4:03 pm

    @ Paul

    Such a great way to put it. Thank you.

  7. Kawika Kane April 13, 2018 6:19 pm

    Community/Junior Colleges do offer athletic aid, it depends on the conference. For the most part, California JCs do not offer athletic aid.

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