Kapolei’s Faumui to stay home for football

Kapolei's Aaron Faumui (58) and Junior Tuia (middle) sacked Waianae quarterback Justin Tacgere during a game lat season. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kapolei defensive tackle Aaron Faumui has accepted a football scholarship from the University of Hawaii.

UPDATE: UH football beat writer Stephen Tsai talked to Faumui. You can read more here.

Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez posted on his Twitter account that Faumui is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds and had 14 sacks and 20 tackles for loss last season.

Faumui held offers from Boise State, Florida, Fresno State, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Utah State, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Faumui won a Division II state championship as a sophomore at Radford before transferring to Utah for a season. He returned to Hawaii for his senior year to play at Kapolei.

He joins Kamehameha defensive end Jonah Welch and Saint Louis quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, receiver Jonah Panoke and defensive back Kai Kaneshiro to give the Rainbow Warriors five high school seniors from the islands in their 2018 recruiting class.

Hilo running back Kahale Huddleston and Farrington defensive lineman Foi Sila will walk-on at UH.

Faumui made the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team as a defensive lineman but played both ways for the Hurricanes last year as an offensive lineman.



  1. Education First February 4, 2018 4:16 pm

    It’s strange how Coach Hernandez was so quick to tweet it and get it all over the news, while Aaron himself hasn’t even mentioned it anywhere on his social media or to anyone else.
    I read in some scouting reports that he committed to the University of Virginia on his official visit the weekend before this article came out. I just hope he wasn’t manipulated into the verbal when he returned home. It would be great for UH if he stayed home, but he needs to go where his heart is and where he’ll grow the most. Best of luck young man!

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