HAWAII GROWN: Tafua lands at Utah

Kamehameha's Mika Tafua wrapped up Punahou quarterback Larry Tuileta during a 2013 game. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

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 and helped the Warriors to a 5-3 record.

Utah started the season 4-0 before losing to Stanford and Southern California in back-to-back weeks. The Utes lost to USC by a point on Saturday after they failed to convert a two-point conversion in the final minute.

Tafua joins Hawaii high school graduates Jordan Agaisva (Mililani ’15), Bradlee Anae (Kahuku ’16), Kavika Laufatasaga (Farrington ’13) and Mo Unutoa (Kapaa ’17) on the Utah roster.

Laufatasaga had six tackles and forced a fumble against the Utes while Anae recovered a fumble and assisted on a tackle.

Agasiva has started every game for the Utes this season at right guard.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi October 18, 2017 9:59 am

    Big power conferences seem to take precedence over Mormon faith. Kids want to play at the highest level. Even the haole Mormon kids would choose the then Pac-10 over BYU. Todd Heap was one. Had one other haole Mormon kid from Arizona that played WR who BYU wanted real bad. He ended up signing with Arizona St.
    I am not a robot.

  2. ??? October 18, 2017 11:49 am

    Morman faith “Lol”
    They will choose money over faith any day, Mormans supposed to rest on Sunday’s besides church but when they make it to the NFL they play on Sunday’s with no hesitation or faith in mind.

  3. 88 October 18, 2017 1:40 pm

    99.9% of people who get the opportunity to make it in the NFL will choose $$$$ over faith. Whats your point?

  4. ??? October 18, 2017 2:26 pm

    My point is Mormans feeling pressured to go to BYU because of Fake Faith; just choose a school you are interested in and be happy.

  5. 88 October 18, 2017 7:07 pm

    If a Mormon feels pressure to go to BYU he’s not a Mormon rather he’s a Moron. There is no pressure on any kid with a Mormon upbringing to attend BYU. Do Catholic kids feel pressured to attend Norte Dame? Stop trying to make somthing out of nothing. Its unbecoming of you.

  6. anywaaaays!! October 22, 2017 9:36 pm

    Those mormons have no problem following the $$$ and allowing their kids to be recruited into private school for the ILH agenda. Why would we think they would have a problem with them selling out to colleges outside their faith?

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