Kamehameha libero Tara De Sa signs with Pac-12 powerhouse Cal

Kamehameha's Tara De Sa, Bryanne Soares, Malie Marfil and Keonilei Akana all realized their college dreams on Wednesday. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

Tara De Sa is ready for a new challenge.

The Kamehameha libero had a sensational senior season, sparking the Warriors to the Division I state title. When the opportunity to play for the Golden Bears of Cal came, she was intrigued.

De Sa signed with Cal on Wednesday morning.

“I like that the school is very active. It’s really nice over there. It’s pretty. It’s like my school,” she said. “It’s on a hill.”

De Sa was one of three Kamehameha Warriors who signed letters of intent to play volleyball at the next level. Teammates Keonilei Akana (USC) and Bryanne Soares (Oral Roberts) also confirmed their decisions.

De Sa led the Warriors with 28 digs and four assists in a penultimate performance against Punahou as Kamehameha rallied to capture the state championship.

She also had 14 digs and four assists in a three-set sweep of Moanalua, and had 12 assists, four assists and an ace in the quarterfinals against Kapolei.

Cal is 20-4 this season, including 10-4 in the Pac-12. The Bears have three defensive specialists — a senior, a junior and a sophomore.

To read about other student-athlete signings from today, click here.


  1. Costrie Diersathe November 13, 2019 8:00 pm

    Honestly, how is Hawai’i prep work picking these people to write such articles on? There were 60 athletes and they chose the most well known of them. Don’t get me wrong, these articles are well written, intriguing, and insightful, but I want to see more of what I haven’t heard about. Who are the gems of the rough hillside? We’ve heard of Jack Deuchar, Elena Oglivie, and others. I want to hear about the others.

    Anyone else?

  2. Costrie Diersathe November 13, 2019 8:01 pm

    ^I hope they’re just saving the “best” or more unheard stories for later.

  3. Falcon Future November 15, 2019 4:04 pm

    @Costrie Diersathe, looks like the answer is no. More stories have been posted about the rich getting richer. LOL

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