Kahuku’s losses mount: Avea transfers

Samuta Avea and Kahuku were tested by Moanalua in the first round. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser
Samuta Avea and Kahuku were tested by Moanalua in the first round. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

Kahuku sophomore Samuta Avea, a two-sport varsity athlete with a big future, is going to be a big star one day.

It just won’t be at Kahuku. Reports from the North Shore have circulated, and the 6-foot-4 basketball and football player is moving to Utah. He will transfer to Bingham High School.

Avea was a backup quarterback for Kahuku’s football team, which reached the state semifinals. He was also a promising young talent on the basketball court, a starting swingman for the Red Raiders. Like the football team, the hoops squad reached the state semifinals.


More than that, though, is Avea’s raw potential. Many watchers believed Avea was destined to become one of the top basketball players in the state. His skills and versatility made him a tremendous slasher, perimeter shooter, rebounder and shot blocker for the Red Raiders.

He averaged 12 points per game for a balanced, loaded Kahuku roster that included three transfers from New Zealand. He was probably going to be a double-double threat in the next two seasons for Big Red. Instead, it’s Bingham that will see Avea reach the next level.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Martinez.

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