Kaimuki QB Jayden Maiava plans to enroll at Bishop Gorman for 2020 season

Kaimuki QB Jayden Maiava led the Bulldogs to an OIA championship and a spot in the D-II state semifinals as a sophomore. Photo by Dennis Fujimoto/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Kaimuki quarterback Jayden Maiava is going to enroll at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas next month, according to Bulldogs coach David Tautofi.

The plan is for Maiava to join the Gaels’ football team for his junior season in 2020.

“He’s slated to go to Bishop Gorman and become the man there,” Tautofi said on Tuesday at the same time he confirmed that he will be back as Kaimuki’s head coach next season.

According to Tautofi, there is still time for Maiava to change his mind and return to the Bulldogs.

“It’s not done until it’s done,” the coach said. “Either way, we brought Jayden to a place where he can step into the (quarterback) position with maturity and make strong decisions. We wish him the best. He’s going to get a dozen to 15 offers, at least, once he gets there. Every school, every college, every university knows who he is. They’re asking Gorman coaches about him and wondering, ‘Is he really coming?’ ”

Maiava already has D-I college offers from Auburn, BYU, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

“Jayden contributed big-time to our success. So we’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to compete next season. It’s a new journey next year.”

Only a sophomore, Maiava helped the Bulldogs to the OIA Division II championship and a spot in the D-II state tournament, where they lost 35-28 to Kapaa in the semifinals.

Maiava threw for 3,317 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 242 yards and another five TDs. He also spearheaded the Bulldogs’ second-half comeback attempt from a 28-7 deficit against Kapaa that fell short.

Only Maiava and Kapolei’s Taulia Tagovailoa in 2016 have thrown for at least 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions in a single season.


  1. Mike December 11, 2019 6:55 am

    Kaimuki laid the groundwork for him and now he can reap the rewards at Bishop Gorman for his future in college. That’s what up!!!

  2. RedRooted December 11, 2019 9:58 am

    Only the Best for this young man…Understand the choice, for the fact that he will play at a more competitive pace…Only Ups…Mater Dei and St.John Basco will also need a Quarterback .The Trinity league would be incredible to play in…Go get it…

  3. BangkokJoe December 11, 2019 11:40 am

    Reason for going to a high profile school in the mainland is because of Hawaii’s stupid transfer rule in regards to public to private schools. He could get the same upgrades in facilities, college prep, and exposure in Hawaii but for this rule of sitting out a year.

  4. ILoveHawaii December 11, 2019 12:13 pm

    Couldnt he have gone straight to a private school instead of Kaimuki?

    And didnt he earn all those scholarship offers prior to his return?

  5. ??? December 11, 2019 12:55 pm

    Good luck young man!

  6. Recruited not Rooted December 11, 2019 4:00 pm

    This isn’t new news, this was his plan all along and I spoke about it on another thread at the beginning of the season. He would have to sit out a year if he transferred from Sierra Vista to Bishop Gorman so he came back to Kaimuki for a year. Shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody close to him or the program if even I knew all the way back in the summer. @Bangkokjoe I believe he could transfer public to private without sitting out a year. Same goes for private to public, just not private to private. Good luck to this young man, lots of potential.

  7. CarlK December 11, 2019 5:06 pm

    That Maiava kid wasn’t recruited to kaimuki. He was brought up and build in the program under Coach David and there was a greater purpose for him to come back this past season. I’m excited because regardless, he represents us all. Best of luck Jayden and God First!

  8. Mahatma Gandhi December 11, 2019 5:46 pm

    Bishop Gorman is a win-at-all-costs football program, just like St Louis. Schools like that destroy the competitive balance of high school football all over the country. Auwe!

  9. Shooshoo December 11, 2019 6:00 pm

    @Recruited not Rooted.. If there is a transfer from from private to public, there is no year wait. If the transfer is from public to private, there is a one year wait.

  10. Opinion December 11, 2019 7:16 pm

    Recruited not rooted
    Public to private transfer requires sitting out a year

  11. Recruited not Rooted December 11, 2019 8:50 pm

    Got it, thanks for clarifying that. I knew private to public you didn’t have to sit out but wasn’t sure about public to private. Hope the best for this kid, he’s chasing his dream and he feels BG gives him the best opportunity, we all should be rooting for him. Represent the 808.

  12. Solidasarok December 11, 2019 9:29 pm

    Tua got recruited by Alabama and worked his butt off he didn’t need to transfer to the mainland. Taamu Taulia Milton Gabriel many more of Hawaii talent are getting notice through out the country how much more recognition is needed by a kid from Kaimuki 15 division 1 offers. Gorman has a sweet deal that made this situation surface.

  13. Falcon Future December 12, 2019 8:25 am

    I hope it all works out for this kid because he is a heck of a QB. He has more potential than the St. Louis QB, I think. It sounds like his family knows how to work the system. Moving all the way back to Hawaii just for one season of football and then back to Vegas is kind of crazy but I guess that’s how a lot of these families are nowdays. It was a true score for Kaimuki. He almost led them to a state championship!

  14. 9 | 6 | 7 | 6 | 2 December 12, 2019 3:44 pm

    Nothing but support for this young man. Unless you’re paying his family’s bills the shut your trap! Easy to look at things from the outside looking in. We don’t know his personal situation. Do what is best for you and your family Mr. Maiava,

  15. ILoveHawaii December 12, 2019 4:27 pm

    Not da “shut your trap” ah?? lol.

  16. 9 | 6 | 7 | 6 | 2 December 13, 2019 1:11 pm

    ILoveHawaii – aye ufa!

  17. ILoveHawaii December 13, 2019 3:43 pm

    I bet you have 96762 tatto’ed on you.
    And…..you no mo curtains in your house.

    JK. JK. Have a great weekend.

  18. David J Inouye December 21, 2019 9:08 pm

    Jayden Maiava should stay back home to see if St. Louis School needs another quarterback! Try get a High School Scholarship to play at St. Louis!. I don’t know the average student graduating from high school in Hawaii. But in Las Vegas the average student that are graduate in only 30% from public and private schools!.

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