Kahuku to Michigan? Maiava’s highlight reel

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh spent part of his summer on Oahu teaching at clinics, and it came as a surprise one day when he offered a scholarship to incoming Kahuku freshman Sol-Jay Maiava.

How could this possibly happen? Who is Sol-Jay Maiava?

Well, he hasn’t played a down of high school football yet. We don’t even know if he will play on the Red Raiders junior varsity or varsity. And, even if he makes the varsity, there are at least three others from last year with valid claims to the position. All-State first-team all-purpose player Kesi Ah-Hoy led the way at QB last year as the Red Raiders took their grinding style of running game to a new level. Ah-Hoy, who can also play running back, is a senior this year.

With preseason scrimmages starting this week, Hawaii Prep World will try to find out exactly where Maiava fits in Kahuku’s plans or at least which of the two teams he will be on.

For a glimpse of Maiava in action, however, take a look at this highlight reel from his Laie Park Raiders season in the Big Boyz league last year:



  1. The Red Sea July 27, 2016 9:53 am

    Wow. Never heard of an 8th grader getting an offer from Big Blue. Kid must be off the charts. Will he stay at Kahuku? Can’t wait to see him play. What if they use him as a safety? This Kahuku team is stacked.

  2. FOOTBALLSBACK July 27, 2016 10:21 am

    Nick Abramo you a little late to the punch guy! Da Maiava kid has been on the vars since spring… All my friends at work say he’s already locked the starting job down… Well better late then never!

    Y’all gotta get some contacts down there so u don’t end up putting out yesterday’s news… Also Kesi isn’t playing QB n the Kamehameha transfer from last year transferred out to Timpview about 2 weeks ago! Lol your welcome… I’m just a football junkie!

  3. rrforlifebaby July 27, 2016 1:06 pm

    Mariteragi went to Utah?

  4. JJ whats July 27, 2016 2:12 pm

    I got to say for his age he’s good and kahuku is the best but let’s separate the boys from men!!! Kahuku don’t play scrubs!!! I hope they protect him cause the men won’t let a boy finish the game without taking a beating!!! Just food for thought!!! Hope he kills it though!!!

  5. 87 July 27, 2016 2:27 pm

    We saw what happened to Mililanis frosh QB last year in the D1 playoffs, it was coach Yorks fault for letting such a young and skinny kid play Vars with the big boys, This Maiava kid dont look to big either unless he gained an extra 20 lbs over the summer. Goodluck to the boy but you know defenses are gonna be shooting for him. Keep your head on a swivel and expect some late hits because sometimes a 15yd penalty is wort it.

  6. red x July 27, 2016 2:53 pm

    Sol Jay got alot taller and alittle bigger from that highlight reel but he is still young and it’s a whole different ball game from big boys. I would be more comfortable if it was a passing team to begin with and now kahuku oline has to work hard on there pass blocking to protect him which is going to take time.if I was the coach I would rotate him first with the other QB because he is going to be target.

  7. red x July 27, 2016 3:29 pm

    The good thing for sol Jay is he doesn’t have to do to much. Kahuku will run and when teams start stacking the box then that’s when sol Jay will do his damage. I just hope kahuku oline protects him

  8. FOOTBALLSBACK July 27, 2016 5:04 pm

    Gabriel kid is 5’9 150lbs
    The Maiava kid 6’1 170lbs
    Seems like he might be ok in the size Dept… But then again Tua n Ephriam couldn’t stay on the field…
    Top shelf running game with a top shelf defense? I think he’ll be fine…

  9. Ackrite July 27, 2016 5:08 pm

    Braddah looks good to me

  10. Hauula93 July 27, 2016 8:26 pm

    People need to understand how unpredictable Kahuku will be….This kid is a dual-threat quarterback. .He can pass on the run as well as run the ball.. plus the muti-young talent he has in the backfield.Endless playbook..Kahuku is always a run team first, pass if needed. But this kid will change the playbook Kahuku has and defenses will have more work to do..From trying to stop Kahuku’s smahmouth football or trying to defend his ability to pass…So beware Hawaii, Kahuku is coming… Good luck Sol-jay…

  11. Ackrite July 27, 2016 8:32 pm

    @red x
    I think whoever is the QB is going to be a target…and that goes for any football team… LOL!!! I hope u don’t coach football… Brah I had to laugh when I read that… Lol my bad

  12. FOOTBALLSBACK July 27, 2016 9:07 pm

    I wonder what that means when our media guys don’t know much about the kid and the mainland media have been on to this kid for awhile now…LOL!!! Googled this kid and apparently he is well known already around the states… braddah was ranked the 10th best QB in class of 2020 last year!!! He also came in top 10 at the Nike combine last year for the middle school kids and was also ranked in the hot 200 for football players class of 2020 by another site that rated him a 3 star! Wow! No wonder Michigan gave him an offer, they already knew who the kid was!!! I gotta shout, “C’MON MAN!!!” to our media and especially University of Hawaii for not having a clue about this kid that’s right in their back yard… Dang we slow!

  13. Alpha July 27, 2016 9:51 pm

    I agree with Footballsback…… how in the hell do you question Coach Harbaugh’s offer to this kid…. Obviously he did some homework, while our slow Hawaii media is covering June Jones nd the Tagovailoa brothers (nothing against them) the rest of the country knows there not the only ones….. wake TF up pls….

  14. Hahashandah July 27, 2016 11:19 pm

    “How could this possibly happen?” I agree that it sounds like he is questioning the validity of the offer. Its sad when our media ask these types of questions. I’m happy that another kid from our little island in the middle of the sea may have an opportunity to get his education paid for. Good luck, to every kid out there putting in time and effort trying to earn an opportunity at college.

  15. red x July 28, 2016 8:06 am

    @ackrite haha funny guy but hey already coach a team….my video game! RRFL

  16. Education First July 28, 2016 10:50 pm

    What the real question should be is why are the test scores so bad out there and why are so many people in this community always talking about football instead of focusing on the real problem at hand, poor academics.

    Do you guys really think that football is more important than grades? You guys should change the school’s name to Al Bundy High, you know, peak at high school playing football. Polk High, I mean Kahuku High has some of the worst test scores in the nation, if not the entire world.

    There are kids in elementary schools that are testing higher than some of the kids on the football team.

    But hey, we have 100 trophies, but after we graduate, what do we really have to show for it?

    I would rather have my kid play the damn harp or piano and get a good education that I paid for.

  17. HOHATER July 29, 2016 12:41 am

    @Education First

    You drinking way 2MUCH HATERADE!!! LOL… I’m sure the kids that get college offers have good grades… well most of them that i know… Nowadays almost every college recruiter goes to the registers office and takes a look at kids grades before they offer them… It just saves from all the hassle! Gone are the days of offering scholarships to kids that can’t cut it in the classroom!!! Believe or not some parents do care about grades… LOL! Good for you that you seem to be able to pay out of pocket for your kids college, not every family got that kind of money that you got… alot of these kids use football as a tool to get a college scholly! But hey im sure they will keep winning championships and their kids will keep going to college and the NFL and you keep hating on… In the end i’d just worry about my own kids future instead of judging other parents…. especially if you aren’t 100% sure that people in kahuku don’t care about academics… last thing we need in this world are people judging others! AH ole MY BRADDAH… sorry i didnt really care to properly type this… lol

  18. 88 July 29, 2016 4:43 am

    If your good at football and qualify academically there is a FULL RIDE scholarship to show for it.

  19. Alpha July 29, 2016 7:13 am

    @EducationFirst….. it’s 2parts….. of course it starts at home with the parents, 2nd part it’s the school itself. The public high school my kids attend is very very good at holding their end of the education process. Each kid is required to have a edline account, each teacher is required to update their edline report of each student once a week. They send emails and voicemail to keep parents up to date with the schools events, I know if my kid skipped class, Didn’t do homework etc by the end of said class, not scoll but that class…. communication is key and this school got there sh!t together…. I’m not naming the school cause I don’t want to start a whole debate on who’s school is better or whatever.

  20. What u smok'n July 29, 2016 8:10 am

    @Alpha, You just bit on the the biggest troll on hpw. Pay no attention to this clown. He’s a Kahuku alumn that never made the football team and got his application rejected to Punahou, Twice. So now he’s mad with the world.

  21. Football Fan 69 July 29, 2016 11:36 am

    Guys, if you are relying on a college scholarship to pay for school, that is not the smart play. The website says that Kahuku has 1464 total students in grades 7-12. So let’s assume there’s an average of 244 kids per class (even though there are more students in high school). So Let’s assume that Kahuku graduates (assuming they graduate) between 244-275 a year.

    Of those kids, maybe 4-5 on average get a full ride to a D1 college. That is a between 1.8-2.5% give or take a few percent every year.

    And that is what you guys are banking on? People travel to Vegas to gamble with odds much higher and often come home broke. This is asinine

    And based on the sliding scale for grades HOHATER, you just need to qualify. I don’t think a 2.0 GPA is really good. But you might think it is is you have low standards.

    The smart play is do well in school. Get tutors, do the work, support the kids at home. There is always grants and student loans. The smart and safe play is to go the school route.

    Football is nice, but the numbers are low on who gets free money. And with CTI, I wouldn’t let my kid play football. It’s just not worth it. I will get teased, but I am all for golf and tennis now days. I look at my Prep Bowl ring, and with all the headaches I get, I wish I didn’t play.

    I prefer quality of life.

  22. Good Story July 29, 2016 1:37 pm

    “What u smok’n” is right. Football 69, Education First. All the same fuam. I kid you not…at least 10 different names last year. Just ignore . “Kahuku kids dumb” “Polynesians dumb” “Be like us Asians”. Blah Blah Blah…Please don’t bring up the missing outrage when Reggie was kicked out…get some new material.

  23. Education First July 29, 2016 6:10 pm

    Yeah I am going to play POWERBALL and hopefully hit it big! Who cares if the odds and stats are heavily not in my favor. There is still a chance.

    You guys are like the guys from DUMB AND DUMBER. “So you are saying there’s a chance! YES!!!”


  24. Ackrite July 29, 2016 8:27 pm


  25. Alpha July 29, 2016 10:19 pm

    @EducationFirst…… off the subject, would you say Donald Trump is taking a chance or he qualifies to be POTUS….

  26. Education First August 2, 2016 9:23 pm

    Sorry Alpha, 88 didn’t pay my internet bill like she said she would so I have been off-line. And to answer your question, I would say ask the fine students of Kahuku HS. They are top notch and would probably give you a much more scholarly response than I ever could.

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