Colorado offers 2 Kahuku juniors

Kahuku defensive lineman Aliki Vimahi sacked Kapolei's Taulia Tagovailoa during an OIA playoff game on Oct, 17. Jay Metzger / Special to Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku defensive lineman Aliki Vimahi sacked Kapolei’s Taulia Tagovailoa during an OIA playoff game on Oct, 17. Jay Metzger / Special to Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku’s historic defensive season in 2015 apparently has not gone unnoticed by major Division I college football coaches.

Red Raiders cornerback Kekaula Kaniho and defensive lineman Aliki Vimahi picked up scholarship offers from Colorado on Monday night. Both Kahuku juniors posted the news on their Twitter accounts.

Kaniho, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back, scored his first Division I offer while Vimahi, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end, also holds offers from Brigham Young and Oregon State.

They are two of five starting defensive players for the state champion Red Raiders to have at least one Division I offer. Senior linebacker Hirkley Latu (BYU, Cal, Hawaii, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Washington State), senior defensive back Keala Santiago (Hawaii, Army, Colorado, Navy, UNLV) and senior defensive lineman Bradlee Anae (BYU) have yet to make their college choices known.

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  1. Mahatma Gandhi December 8, 2015 5:58 am

    Gotta wonder if those 2 was offered by the ILH but turned them down.

  2. Matuu Pulotu December 8, 2015 10:29 am

    Kekaula was at Kamehameha and transferred back along with a couple of others who wanted to play for the team they watched as children and dreamed of playing in high school. Aliki was not interested in the ILH.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi December 8, 2015 2:50 pm

    Matuu, I never knew Kekaula was at Kamehameha. When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, ALL Hawaiians wanted to attend Kamehameha and play for the Queen. Back then, the students actually looked Hawaiian. Nowadays they look like something else.

  4. Ua Ova Lou Taimi December 8, 2015 6:35 pm

    @ Mahatma Gandhi – As years go by, every culture will not look like what that culture used to look like because most cultures are marrying other cultures. It’s a beautiful thing.

  5. Da-Lou December 12, 2015 8:42 am

    In the past couple of years kids transferred out of Kamehameha. Kaniho is the latest and see what Kahuku gained and the Warriors lost. Last year All- State players Salanoa Wily, Alohi Giilman of Kahuku and Ty Purcell of Mililani were all at Kamehameha together and transferred out after Sophmore year. Kamehameha needs to get it together or else more kids will be transferring out. Jus imagine Salanoa Wily and Mika Tafua on the Dline with Gilman, Purcell and Dylan Kane in the secondary. Kamehameha can only say what could’ve been. Congrats to Kahuku and Radford!

  6. Ua Ova Lou Taimi January 2, 2016 12:09 pm

    @Da-Lou – Isn’t Mika Tafua from North Shore side as well? Thought I heard that somewhere but I could be wrong. Just wondering.

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