Kahuku’s Vimahi offered by “dream school”

Kahuku defensive end Aliki Vimahi has 12 FBS Division I college football offers. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kahuku defensive end Aliki Vimahi has 12 FBS Division I college football offers. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku defensive end Aliki Vimahi picked up his 12th Division I scholarship offer from a school he has been waiting for.

Vimahi, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, called it his “DREAM SCHOOL” in all caps this morning when he tweeted that he has been offered by USC.

The Trojans are the sixth Pac-12 school to offer Vimahi, joining UCLA, Washington State, Colorado, Utah and Oregon State.

USC signed two players from Hawaii last year in RB Vavae Malepeai (Mililani) and LB Jordan Iosefa (Saint Louis). Iosefa has played in all seven games as a true freshman and made seven tackles for the Trojans, who have won three in a row to get to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in Pac-12 play.

Malepeai has missed time batting a shoulder injury.

Vimahi, who also holds offers from BYU, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, UNLV, San Diego State and Virginia, has helped Kahuku shut out six opponents this season. The Red Raiders have given up only one touchdown in their last 30 quarters against Hawaii opponents.

No. 1 Kahuku (9-1) plays No. 4 Farrington (8-2) for the OIA D-I championship on Friday night at Aloha Stadium.



  1. 95erz October 25, 2016 10:02 am

    Yea you!! Good job and congratulations.

  2. ??? October 25, 2016 10:24 am

    Good Luck the rest of the season then Follow your Dream!

  3. Homegrown October 25, 2016 10:30 am

    Congratulations Vimahi Ohana!

  4. TooMeke October 25, 2016 11:07 am

    Go get it!!

  5. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate October 25, 2016 11:20 am

    he is a bluechippah elite athlete. what does malepeai, iosefa and vimahi have in common? they all played in hawaiis state title games, who said winning in high school is not important, thass why the ilh is trying to tilt the state tourneys in their favor…to help their athletes build the resume.

  6. RidgeRunnerE-5 October 25, 2016 2:23 pm

    That kid was killing us last Saturday night. A real beast of player. Best of luck at the next level.

  7. Searider86 October 25, 2016 3:05 pm

    Congratulations, Aliki! (808) REPPIN!!

  8. ??? October 25, 2016 4:06 pm

    @puppy boy
    playing in the state title game or winning has nothing to do with getting a dream scholarship! Just HARD WORK & GOOD GRADES!! A lot of kids got dream scholarships that played on teams that barely won any games in Hawaii.

  9. Chloropicrin October 25, 2016 4:07 pm

    Congrats!! If I remember correctly the L ast Kahuku football player to play at USC was Faasea Mailo.

  10. Mahatma Gandhi October 25, 2016 5:51 pm

    You would have thought a Kahuku kid dream school would be BYU. That’s where all the top Kahuku players have gone throughout the years. Pisa Finai, Pulusiga Filiaga, Brad and Robert Anae, Lakei Heimuli, Itula MIli, Mark Atuaia, Tevita Ofahangue.

  11. Bulukex October 25, 2016 8:20 pm

    Haha Gandhi finally spelling his name right.

  12. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate October 25, 2016 10:43 pm

    my dream school is trump university online night school for adults

  13. TooMeke October 26, 2016 6:02 am

    So that link show’s nine Kahuku players with D1 offers. NINE!

    Will probably be 10-12 be January.

    Guess being recruited by ILH is not always needed to get a free college education.



  14. ??? October 26, 2016 9:29 am

    Exactly TooMeke,
    A lot of these “sports parents” think their kids gotta go private school to get offered. Lol.
    Good Grades start at home with the parents stressing education & hard work on & off the field. These days good showings at camps & clinics will get you offered (SolJay Maiava) prime example. It’s out there Kids, you just have to want it bad enough!!

  15. anywaaaays!! October 26, 2016 4:15 pm

    Camps is a major way to get exposure but some players dont do well in camps but perform well on the field. The only way these players are going to get noticed is if his team goes deep into the playoffs and/or do well against the competition.

    Example: Pesa the LB from Kahukus 2015 championship team got his college offer after they won the title. Stokes and Codie on this years team have no offers but if they win the title again im sure they will get an offer.

    Example: Nick Kapule (QB Punahou) had no offers until after performing well in the ILH this season and now has 1 offer.

    ILH sports parents pay big money for tuition and expect the private schools to put their “elite” kids in the best situations as possible. Do you now see why Iolani is guaranteed a post season seed, and they finally got their 2nd ILH team into the Open division?

    I can tell you something right now that is not sitting well with the ILH crowd:
    They are being shown-up by a poor lowly public school (Kahuku)

    Kahuku – 9 kids with offers, defending state champs
    St. louis – 5 kids with offers
    Punahou – 5 kids with offers

    …all these excuses about blow-outs and injuries as the reason to change format and re-align are somewhat credible but not as big a reason as the lack of scholarships that the ILH cant get to their athletes.

  16. Dot.edu October 26, 2016 9:31 pm

    I send my son to an ILH school for an excellent education FIRST, sports second. Unbelievable! He is going to college whether its free or not. What does 9 Kahuku players being recruited to play college football have to do with being successful? Just admit you can’t afford to send your son to an ILH school! Focus! You sound resentful and jealous! I can tell where your priorities are — do you not read stats, that only point 1% get into the Not For Life league after college. Ghee whiz, maybe in the future my attorney son from an ILH school can represent you in court for repping dumb.

  17. rrfl October 27, 2016 7:48 am

    hey dot.edu. is this you again education first? good for you and you attorney son.

  18. TooMeke October 27, 2016 8:03 am


    Congratulations on your wellness in life!

    But… For someone who’s blessed to have their kids go to a great school, I have one question…

    Why you so ANGRY? Why boddah you? Why not just be GRATEFUL for your blessings and wish well of others?


    Speaking of stats…here are some for your son’s choice (I’m assuming it’s HIS choice and NOT yours?) of being an attorney:

    52% – dissatisfied with their life in general (higher with their profession)
    27% – divorce rate
    100% – working more than 40 hours/week
    34% – severe alcoholism
    28% – depression
    20% – anxiety
    …and the list goes on…

    Tell him Goooooood luck.

    Me? Happily married for two decades with happy, well-balanced children who are achieving honors in their classes at a charter school with the MOST DIFFICULT academic curriculum in the N.A.T.I.O.N. bar none (charter/public/private/you name it – light years ahead of any ILH school)…where they are also encouraged to pursue THEIR passions…NOT mine. And they LOVE going to school and being challenged.

    Am I monetarily rich? No. Are my kids going to be super athletes? No. Not even close. Are we happy? YES. Will my kids be happier in life than most people? Maybe. Happier than attorneys? Absolutely. Who knows? Maybe one will become a psychiatrist who will have to counsel (console?) your son for all of his depression, anxiety and general dissatisfaction.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!! Cracking myself up.

    Goooooooood night.

  19. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate October 27, 2016 8:50 pm

    this is a football article not about future attorneys that will rip off the state, govt and or common people

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