Kamehameha’s Noa says he’s going to Hawaii

Kamehameha's Kumoku Noa caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Justice Young in a 63-21 win over ‘Iolani. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.
Kamehameha’s Kumoku Noa caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Justice Young in a 63-21 win over ‘Iolani. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The top two wide receivers in the state this past season are staying home for college.

Kamehameha’s Kumoku Noa announced on Twitter on Monday night that he will stay home and play for Hawaii, joining Mililani’s Kalakaua Timoteo at UH. Both receivers were named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state first team in December and were the top two in the state in receiving yardage.

Despite playing for four different starting quarterbacks, Noa became just the seventh player in Oahu high school history to finish with at least 1,200 receiving yards in a season. Noa hit the number exactly in just nine games, joining his brother, Kanawai Noa, a freshman at California, as the only players to reach that mark in nine games or less.

Noa scored touchdowns on 15 of his 55 receptions and was also a dynamic kick and punt returner for the Warriors.

Listed at 6 feet and 180 pounds, Noa didn’t just pad his stats against lesser competition either. He had at least 100 yards receiving in all six ILH games, including a 9-catch, 195-yard performance with two touchdowns in a 51-36 loss to eventual ILH champion Saint Louis.

Now holds four of the top five single-game receiving performances all-time at Kamehameha, going for at least 180 yards in four of his nine games as a senior.


  1. AOK February 1, 2016 10:42 pm

    Yes! Imo, the best WR in the state is staying home! People don’t know, but this kid is electric with the ball in his hands. A true gamebreaker. He and Kala will complement each other nicely.

  2. amela February 2, 2016 12:48 am

    What can I say, AWESOME! Keep em coming keep em home.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi February 2, 2016 3:30 am

    Good for him. Need more Hawaiians playing for UH. His faddah was a former UH and St Louis great. His older brother Kanawai played as a trrue freshman at Cal last year.

  4. Haleakala February 2, 2016 6:28 am

    Very good news indeed.

  5. Derek February 2, 2016 9:58 am

    Did we hear about a month or so ago that a certain California receiver wanted to possibly transfer to Hawaii but the coach did not want to give him a release. I’m thinking it might be Kanawai Noa, but can’t say for sure. They never said the player’s name because of NCAA requirements. Anyway, just speculation.

  6. fan February 2, 2016 10:23 am

    Agree with Derek. Thought I heard that too. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Noa has that break away speed that UH needs, good hands too. Hopefully they get a QB that can get these two guys the ball.

  7. Old School Cougar February 2, 2016 10:52 am

    Leaving Cal for UH is absolutely crazy!

  8. Derek February 2, 2016 11:48 am

    Leaving Univ.of Washington for UH is absolutely crazy, too! Absolutely, things happen in life.
    It’s not the university or their reputation. The bottom line is the person and what they become after they graduate from college, if they are good citizens, become successful in their job and family, and help their communities. My 3 children and wife all graduates from the University of Hawaii. I went to UH for summer school and finished on the mainland. UH is a very good school. It’s what you make of it that counts.

  9. amela February 2, 2016 12:17 pm

    Staying home and playing for UH is absolutely awesome. If you play like a Warrior you should be One, period.

  10. andy February 4, 2016 7:33 am

    he didnt sign….is he a junior still the article doesnt say..or did he commit somewhere else

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