Kahuku OL flips college commitment from Arizona State to Hawaii

Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai Howlett (75) has changed his college commitment from Arizona State to Hawaii. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku senior offensive lineman Micah Soliai Howlett, who committed to Arizona State in June, said on social media that he has decided to change his commitment and stay home to play for the University of Hawaii.

Soliai Howlett made the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State third team as a junior despite missing games with an injury. Prior to committing to Arizona State, Soliai Howlett had earned offers from the Sun Devils, UH, Fresno State, Navy, Nevada, Syracuse and UNLV.

“I’m going to stay home,” he told the Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai. “I want to be a part of something special. I want to be one of those local boys who defends ‘Pride Rock.’ ”

He is listed as 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds on the Kahuku roster and is also a Polynesian Bowl All Star.

Soliai Howlett is the fifth senior from a Hawaii high school to commit to the Rainbow Warriors. He is joined by Mililani offensive lineman Jake Tuatagaloa, Hilo receiver Kilohana Haasenritter, Kamehameha defensive end Ezra Evaimalo and Campbell receiver/defensive back Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala.


  1. rrforlifebaby September 10, 2019 8:39 am



  2. iGrokSpock September 10, 2019 9:14 am

    Micah’s the Man! Defend Pride Rock!!

  3. Kurt Habenicht September 10, 2019 9:43 am

    That is great news.

  4. ??? September 10, 2019 11:17 am

    This is GREAT news for the HAWAII WARRIORS; this kid will help them tremendously on the O-Line.

  5. uHwarrior FAN season Tix holder September 10, 2019 5:48 pm

    Thank you Micah for
    Commiting to the home team! Ill look forward to seeing you in Hawaii uniform. Will be cheering my loudest for you!

  6. amela September 11, 2019 5:19 am

    Start the avalanche.

  7. Wainakea September 11, 2019 6:13 am

    Pretty sure the first 2 games of this season really affected his decision; winning against two PAC12 teams! Happy for him to stay home.

  8. Jacob Makaiwi September 11, 2019 11:35 pm

    I root for our local boys no matter where they play, but I’m super stoked for those who stay and play for the home team! Hope he stays committed. All UH gotta do is keep winning and the local boys might change their minds and we can keep more talent home. Hey, but wherever this big boy ends up Hawai’i got his back! Keep up the hard for Big Red until college time.

  9. HLI September 12, 2019 10:19 am

    Yessss. Lets start the momentum for Hawaii’s top prospects to stay home. I dont know if itll happen but it is great to see these TOP players return or choose to stay home.

    Good luck young man and thank you for deciding to stay home.

    Now, if we could park in the rings around the stadium during games without a pass, that would be greaaaat.

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