From Hawaii high schools to the NFL — an all-time list

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is one of 16 Saint Louis alumni to play in the NFL. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Nine players who graduated from high school in Hawaii are currently in the NFL —  Marcus Mariota, Tyson Alualu, Kamalei Correa from Saint Louis, Kaimi Fairbairn, DeForest Buckner and Manti Te’o from Punahou, Max Unger from Hawaii Prep, Shawn Lauvao from Farrrington, and Kamu Grugier-Hill from Kamehameha.

Mitchell Loewen from Lahainaluna was waived by New Orleans on Thursday.

Overall, there are 120 players from 35 different schools who have played in at least one regular-season game at football’s highest level, according to pro-football-reference.com.


Saint Louis leads the way with 17 alumni who have made it to the NFL, but Punahou is close behind with 15.

Next comes Kamehameha and Kahuku tied with 13 each. Farrington is the only other school in double figures with 11.

Below is a list of all NFL players who went to a Hawaii high school.

Some who played in the now-defunct All-America Football Conference (a rival of the NFL from 1946-49) made this pro-football-reference.com list as well. (number of games played to date is in parentheses):

Saint Louis Crusaders (16)
>> Marcus Mariota, QB, 6-4, 222, Tennessee, 2015-present (56)
>> Tyson Alualu, DT 6-3, 304, Jacksonville/Pittsburgh, 2010-present (140)
>> Kamalei Correa, OLB, 6-3, 241, Baltimore/Tennessee, 2016-present (37)
>> Dominic Raiola, C, 6-1, 295, Detroit, 2001-14 (219)
>> Vili Maumau, DT, 6-2, 302, Carolina Panthers, 1999 (1)
>> Olin Kreutz, C, 6-2, 292, Chicago, 1998-2011 (295)
>> Chris Fuamatu-Maafala, RB, 6-0, 252, Pittsburgh/Jacksonville, 1998-2004 (73)
>> Kaipo McGuire, WR, 5-10, 182, Indianapolis, 1997-98 (4)
>> Brian Cabral, LB, 6-1, 233, Atlanta/Green Bay/Chicago, 1979-86 (70)
>> Gary Campbell, LB, 6-1, 218, Chicago, 1977-83 (93)
>> Hal Stringert, DB, 5-11, 185, San Diego Chargers, 1975-1980 (69)
>> Jim Nicholson, T, 6-6, 269, Kancas City, 1974-79 (72)
>> Herm Wedemeyer, Back, 5-10, 178, Los Angeles Dons/Baltimore Colts, 1948-49 (25)
>> Jim Spencer, G, 6-0, 205, Dayton Triangles, 1928-29 (11)
>> Walter “Sneeze” Achiu, WR/TB/E/Blocking back, 5-8, 169, Dayton Triangles, 1927-28 (11)
>> Sam Hipa, E, 5-11, 165, Dayton Triangles, 1927-28 (5)
>> Augie Cabrinha, Wingback, 5-8, 170, Dayton Triangles, 1927 (3)

Punahou Buffanblu (15)
>> Kaimi Fairbairn, K, 6-0, 183, Houston, 2017-present (31)
>> DeForest Buckner, DT, 6-7, 300, San Francisco, 2016-present (46)
>> Manti Te’o, LB, 6-1, 241, San Diego Chargers/New Orleans, 2013-present (58)
>> Mark Tuinei, T/C/DT, 6-5, 302, Dallas, 1983-1997 (195)
>> Mosi Tatupu, RB, 6-0, 227, New England/Los Angeles Rams, 1978-91 (199)
>> John Kamana, RB, 6-0, 230, Los Angeles Rams/Atlanta, 1984-87 (5)
>> Kale Ane, C, 6-1, 233, Kansas City/Green Bay, 1975-81 (105)
>> Arnold Morgado, RB, 6-0, 210, Kansas City, 1977-80 (52)
>> Ray Schoenke, G/T, 6-4, 250, Dallas/Washington, 1963-75 (145)
>> Don Parker, G, 6-3, 258, San Francisco, 1967 (12)
>> Charlie Ane, T/C, 6-2, 260, Detroit, 1953-59 (83)
>> Herman Clark, G/LB, 6-3, 256, Chicago, 1952-57 (53)
>> Jim Clark, T/G/DT/LB, 6-1, 230, Washington, 1952-53 (24)
>> Harry Field, T, 6-1, 226, Chicago Cardinals, 1934-36 (33)
>> Honolulu Hughes, Back, 5-10, 195, Boston Braves, 1932 (10)

Kahuku Red Raiders (13)
>> Hauoli Kikaha, OLB, 6-3, 246, New Orleans, 2015-17 (27)
>> Devin Unga, LB, 6-1, 231, New York Giants, 2014-15 (13)
>> Al Afalava, DB, 5-11, 213, Chicago/Indianapolis/Tennessee, 2009-12 (29)
>> Maake Kemoeatu, DT, 6-5, 335, Baltimore/Carolina/Washington, 2002-12 (136)
>> Chris Kemoeatu, G, 6-3, 344, Pittsburgh, 2006-11 (75)
>> Aaron Francisco, DB, 6-2, 212, Arizona/Indianapolis, 2005-10 (75)
>> Toniu Fonoti, G, 6-4, 349, San Diego Chargers/Miami/Minnesota, 2002-06 (40)
>> Chris Naeole, G, 6-3, 317, New Orleans/Jacksonville, 1997-2007 (154)
>> Itula Mili, TE, 6-4, 260, Seattle, 1998-2006 (114)
>> Tim Manoa, RB, 6-1, 227, Cleveland/Indianapolis, 1987-1991 (53)
>> Lakei Heimuli, RB, 5-11, 219, Chicago, 1987 (3)
>> Stan Mataele, NT, 6-2, 276, Green Bay, 1987 (2)
>> Leo Reed, T/G, 6-4, 240, Denver/Houston Oilers, 1961 (9)

Kamehameha Warriors (13)
>> Kamu Grugier-Hill, OLB, 6-2, 230, Philadelphia, 2016-present (43)
>> Donovan Raiola, C, 6-2, 293, Tampa Bay, 2010 (1)
>> Makoa Freitas, T/G, 6-4, 307, Indianapolis, 2003-04 (28)
>> Steven Grace, C, 6-3, 296, Arizona, 2002 (1)
>> Leo Goeas, G/T, 6-4, 300, L.A. and St. Louis Rams/Baltimore, 1990-97 (111)
>> Kani Kauahi, C, 6-2, 268, Seattle/Green Bay/Phoenix Cardinals/Kansas City, 1982-83 (140)
>> Kaulana Park, RB, 6-2, 230, New York Giants, 1987 (2)
>> David Hughes, RB/FB, 6-0, 220, Seattle/Pittsburgh, 1981-84 (74)
>> Blane Gaison, DB, 6-0, 185, Atlanta, 1981-84 (54)
>> Karl Lorch, DE/DT, 6-3, 258, Washington, 1976-81 (90)
>> Rockne Freitas, T, 6-6, 270, Detroit/Tampa Bay, 1968-78 (134)
>> Joe Francis, QB/HB, 6-1, 195, Green Bay, 1958-59 (24)

Farrington Governors (11)
>> Shawn Lauvao, G, 6-3, 308, Cleveland/Washington, 2010-present (99)
>> Vince Manuawai, G, 6-2, 312, Jacksonville, 2003-10 (111)
>> Mario Fatafehi, DT, 6-2, 300, Arizona/Carolina/Denver, 2001-04 (45)
>> Jesse Sapolu, C/G, 6-4, 271, San Francisco, 1983-97 (182)
>> Taase Faumui, DE, 6-3, 278, Pittsburgh, 1994-95 (8)
>> Al Noga, DE/DT, 6-1, 265, Minnesota/Washington/Indianapolis, 1988-94 (93)
>> Niko Noga, LB, 6-1, 234, St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals/Denver, 1984-91 (122)
>> Nuu Faaola, RB, 5-11, 215, New York Jets/Miami, 1986-89 (52)
>> Pete Noga, LB, 6-0, 212, St. Louis Cardinals, 1987 (3)
>> Lew Kamanu, DE, 6-4, 225, Detroit, 1967-68 (12)
>> Wally Yonamine, HB/DB, 5-9, 180, San Francisco, 1947 (12)

Radford Rams (5)
>> Wayne Hunter, T, 6-5, 303, Seattle/New York Jets/St. Louis Rams/Jacksonville, 2004-12 (77)
>> Ashley Lelie, WR, 6-3, 200, Denver/San Francisco/Atlanta/Oakland, 2002-08 (107)
>> Jack Sims, G ,6-3, 260, Seattle, 1987 (3)
>> Jeris White, DB, 5-9, 188, Miami/Tampa Bay/Washington, 1974-82 (129)
>> Art Smith, LB, 6-1, 272, Denver, 1980 (2)

Campbell Sabers (4)
>> Matthew Masifilo, DT, 6-3, 280, Tampa Bay, 2012-15 (3)
>> David Veikune, DE, 6-2, 255, Cleveland/Denver, 2009-10 (14)
>> Cliff Russell, WR, 5-11, 193, Washington/Cincinnati/Miami/Denver, 2003-08 (23)
>> Mike Ulufale, DT/DE, 6-4, 277, Dallas, 1996 (3)

Leilehua Mules (4)
>> Lauvale Sape, DT, 6-1, 296, Buffalo, 2003-05 (10)
>> Adrian Murrell, RB, 5-11, 211, Washington/New York Jets/Dallas/Arizona, 1993-2003 (122)
>> Ray Austin, DB, 5-11, 190, New York Jets/Chicago, 1997-99 (43)
>> Al Harris, DE/LB, 6-5, 250, Chicago/Philadelphia, 1979-90 (149)
>> Paul Dombroksi, DB, 6-0, 185, Kansas City/New England/Tampa Bay, 1980-85 (63)

‘Iolani Raiders (3)
>> Bern Brostek, C/G, 6-3, 300, Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams, 1990-97 (105)
>> Jerry Scanlan, T/G, 6-5, 270, Washington, 1980-81 (6)
>> Al Lolotai, G, 6-0, 224, Washington/Los Angeles Dons, 1945-49 (59)

Kailua Surfriders (3)
>> Samson Satele, C, 6-3, 300, Miami/Oakland/Indianapolis, 2007-14 (118)
>> Joe Wong, G, 6-6, 315, Oakland, 2003 (2)
>> Russ Francis, TE, 6-6, 240, New England/San Francisco, 1975-88 (167)

Kalaheo Mustangs (3)
>> Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, 6-5, 280, Detroit/Miami, 2007-11 (35)
>> Siupeli Malamala, T/G, 6-5, 310, New York Jets, 1992-99 (62)
>> Mike AKiu, WR, 5-9, 182, Houston Oilers, 1985-86 (20)

Maryknoll (3), part of Pac-Five Wolfpack
>> Ink Aleaga, LB, 6-1, 251, New Orleans, 1997-99 (26)
>> Pio Sagapolutele, DT/DE, 6-6, 297, Cleveland/New England/New Orleans, 1991-97 (92)
>> Mel Tom, DE, 6-4, 249, Philadelphia/Chicago, 1967-75 (117)

Mililani Trojans(3)
>> Jake Ingram, LS, 6-3, 232, New England/New Orleans, 2009-10 (25)
>> James Fenderson, RB, 5-9, 200, New Orleans, 2001-03 (29)
>> Ma’a Tanuvasa, DE/DT, 6-2, 270, Denver/San Diego Chargers, 1995-2001 (82)


Baldwin Bears (2)
>> John Lotulelei, OLB, 6-0, 233, Jacksonville/Seattle, 2013-15 (18)
>> Kaluka Maiava, LB, 5-11, 226, Cleveland/Oakland, 2009-14 (63)

Damien Monarchs (2)
>> Kealoha Pilares, WR, 5-10, 213, Carolina, 2011-12 (20)
>> Charles Aiu, G, 6-2, 251, San Diego Chargers/Seattle, 1976-78 (33)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (2)
>> Max Unger, C, 6-5, 305, Seattle/New Orleans, 2009-present (129)
>> Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, 6-3, 250, Philadelphia/Tampa Bay, 2010-13 (39)

McKinley Tigers (2)
>> Theo Adams, T, 6-4, 300, Seattle/Tampa Bay, 1992-93 (17)
>> Johnny Naumu, HB, 5-8, 175, Los Angeles Dons, 1948 (9)

Roosevelt Rough Riders (2)
>> Chad Owens, WR, 5-7, 183, Jacksonville, 2005-07 (6)
>> John Simerson, C/T, 6-3, 257, Philadelphia/Houston Oilers/Boston Patriots, Pittsburgh, 1957-61 (43)

Waianae Seariders (2)
>> Kurt Gouveia, LB, 6-1, 233, Washington/Philadelphia/San Diego Chargers, 1987-99 (183)
>> Tom Tuinei, DT. 6-4, 250, Detroit, 1980 (12)

Aiea Na Alii (1)
>> Tuufuli Uperesa, G, 6-3, 245, Philadelphia, 1971 (2)

Castle Knights (1)
>> John Kapele, DE/DT/T, 6-0, 240, Philadelphia/Pittsburgh, 1960-62 (38)

Kaiser Cougars (1)
>> Rich Miano, DB, 6-1, 200, New York Jets, Philadelphia/Atlanta, 1985-95 (135)

Kamehameha-Hawaii Warriors (1)
>> Mana Silva, S, 6-0, 206, Dallas/Buffalo, 2011-12 (12)

Kealakehe Waveriders (1)
>> Jesse Maheolona, DT, 6-1, 305, Tennessee/Atlanta, 2006-07 (11)

Lahainaluna Lunas (1)
>> Mitchell Loewen, DE, 6-5, 275, New Orleans, 2017-18 (3)

Molokai Farmers (1)
>> Kimo von Oelhoffen, DE/NT/DT, Cincinnati/New York Jets/Pittsburgh/Atlanta, 1994-2007 (198)

National Guard Youth Challenge Academy (1)
>> Johan Asiata, G, 6-4, 310, Chicago, 2010 (2)

Pearl City Chargers (1)
>> Doug Hire, C, 6-2, 245, Seattle, 1987, (3)

University (1), part of Pac-Five Wolpack
>> Ricky Andrews, LB, 6-2, 236, Seattle, 1990 (15)


Waipahu Marauders (1)
>> Ben Apuna, LB, 6-1, 222, New York Giants, 1980 (10)

Waimea Menehunes (1)
>> Jordon Dizon, LB, 6-0, 228, Detroit, 2008-09 (28)

COMMENTS

  1. RR4EVA December 28, 2018 11:05 am

    Late Kona Schwenke?


  2. phILHarmonic December 28, 2018 11:25 am

    what about Carson Peapealalo??
    cheeeee!! cmon RR defend yo boy! lol.


  3. HailFromDaNorth December 28, 2018 12:55 pm

    Suaesi tuimaunei- Atlanta Falcons
    Ej Reid- St. Louis Rams
    Tala Esera- Colts, Dolphins
    Tigi hill- Colts
    Al Lolotai- Redskins
    Leonard Peters- Bears

    #RR4L
    *some missing from the Red Raider Roster


  4. Imua December 28, 2018 12:58 pm

    Brandon hardin. Kamehameha


  5. trojan December 28, 2018 1:02 pm

    jake ingram from mililani was a LS, not C. Didn’t his brother Luke make it as well as a LS?


  6. Matt H December 28, 2018 5:20 pm

    Kaulana Noa Honoka’a St Louis Rams


  7. THCx December 28, 2018 8:31 pm

    Hercules mata’afa from Lahaina Luna with the Minnesota Vikings?


  8. Casual Observer December 28, 2018 11:12 pm

    Manti Teo is playing for the New Orleans Saints, not Houston.


  9. Nick Abramo December 29, 2018 12:42 pm

    FYI readers: The story has been updated with position change for Ingram to LS, and for present team of Te’o to New Orleans.

    Schwenke, Peapealalo, Tuimaunei, Reid, Esera, Hill, Peters, Hardin, Noa and Mataafa have not played in an NFL regular-season game.

    Lolotai is already on the list.


  10. Heawikkoo44 December 29, 2018 8:25 pm

    Aiea Na Alii
    Branden Rodd: Offensive Line
    Arizona State Sun Devils
    Oakland Raiders/Buffalo Bills

    *RiL Branden Rodd,
    Forever be an Icon and Legend


  11. Last 8 names are fake...lol RR4L December 30, 2018 4:36 am

    Missing so much from kahuku.
    Al Lolotai -Redskins (first polynesian football player)
    Leonard Peters-Bears
    Al Afalava-Bears,Titans
    Suaesi Tuimaunei-Falcons
    Tala Esera-Dolphins
    EJ Reid-Rams
    Tigi Hill-Colts
    JT Mapu-Redskins
    Orlando Wong-Cowboys
    OJ Moors-Steelers
    Mark Atuaia-Bears
    Mika Tufuga-Steelers
    Isi Hikila-Jaguars
    Jaren Manumaleuna-Patriots
    Jared Soliai-Patriots
    Marcus Maiava-Packers,Patriots, Packers,Cowboys…lol


  12. notes January 1, 2019 3:50 pm

    Media trying to make kahuku look bad again by not even listing half of all the kahuku players who proudly represented the 80 in the nfl. now make a list if all the nfl players who would’ve been from their home towns but were recruited away by the ILH


  13. Robin Bacon November 3, 2020 10:47 am

    What about the Noga’s n that brada from pearl city, QB for Missouri got drafted by the texans


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