Kaumatule bound for Bishop Gorman

Sophomore Falcon Kaumatule, who played both basketball and football at Punahou, is headed to the mainland. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.
Sophomore Falcon Kaumatule, who played both basketball and football at Punahou, is headed to the mainland. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

According to sources at Punahou, sophomore Falcon Kaumatule is no longer attending basketball practice.

They believe he is in Las Vegas and will transfer to Bishop Gorman High School, though nothing official has been shared with Punahou. The first relevant information was a tweet posted on Friday by Alama Uluave, a classmate and teammate of Kaumatule at Punahou.

Kaumatule, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore, is a center on the Buffanblu hoops team and a defensive end on the football squad.

Neither source at Punahou was willing to speak on the record. Kaumatule’s brothers, Luke and Canton, played at Punahou and went on to play at Stanford and Oregon, respectively.

Bishop Gorman has quite a history of recruiting island athletes before and during high school. Several football players have made the move to the Silver State with members of their families. Among the most notable was former Saint Louis standout Haskell Garrett, who dominated as a defensive end and receiver as a freshman on the JV — ninth graders are not permitted to play varsity football in the ILH.

Mililani and ‘Iolani are among other island schools that have seen student-athletes transfer to Bishop Gorman in recent years.


  1. RSYmoney January 1, 2017 6:58 am

    SO what happened to Haskell Garrett?

  2. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate January 1, 2017 7:17 am

    ha, what stlouis and punahou do to the oia, is now being done to them. steal the talent

  3. Mahatma Gandhi January 1, 2017 8:41 am

    This recruiting has become insane. Crossing state lines to recruit a player is excessive. Crossing an ocean is an outrageous win-at-all-costs mentality. I was glad St Louis got raided by Bishop Gorman because their excessive recruiting destroyed the competive balance of Hawaii state high school football for so many years. Punahou started recruiting to keep up with St Louis. I think the Punahou alumni want a competive football program, not a totally dominant one. Slade-Matuatia came back from Bishop Gorman to attend St Louis. Hopefully Canton Kaumatule will come to his senses and return to the islands. Why would anyone want to leave the islands to go to Nevada? Who knows who is doing the recruiting for Bishop Gorman? When I was growing up in the 1970s, the ILH would recruit 1 star athlete a year out of the OIA. Which evened things out between the OIA and ILH. St Louis is the program that ruined everything with their all-out recruiting. Look at McKinley’s decimated roster. Who can name me the last Div 1 football player from Roosevelt? Iolani recruited the Samoan Scanlan brothers, the Tufono brothers back in the 1970s .

  4. kahukuwrckless January 1, 2017 11:17 am


  5. TopDoggs January 1, 2017 1:51 pm

    The ILH is still the premiere league in Hawaii losing one player to Las Vegas is not going to change the balance of powers that tilt in our favor.

  6. Knation January 1, 2017 2:08 pm

    @kahukuwrckless why you trying to make the real kahukuwrckless look bad. I’m with him right now reading your stupid comment. Your the same butt using redx. Your more like a kahukulck@ss. Your probably sour that he’s leaving your team and your crying so hard so you want blame kahuku for your issues

  7. ??? January 1, 2017 2:33 pm

    @ Mahatma Gandhi
    I agree, if true this is ridiculous. There is No better education then Punahou, it got his brothers to Standford and Oregon. Former UH linebacker Chris Brown is BG D-Coodinator, he has to be lead recruiter for Hawaii kids.Oh well it’s the parents decisions anyway.

  8. AOK January 2, 2017 12:13 am

    No negative to this at all. Don’t see the downside you haters are all talking about. If a kid is offered something worth more than where he is currently at, why not take it? BG’s tuition is more than Puns, their facilities are similarly superior. Okay, so he has to live in a ugly state for the next 2 1/2 years, well guess what he not going go UH, so he just preparing for the next ugly state he going be living in for the following 4 years while he’s in college. Shouldn’t we be celebrating the opportunities soon to be offered to this young man.

  9. 88 January 2, 2017 1:16 pm

    AOK these guys no like celebrate because they were never offered the same things this kid is being offered when they were in their prime. So instead of congratulate they hate. Crabs in a bucket.

  10. Chloropicrin January 2, 2017 8:55 pm

    @RSYmoney I think he’s committed to Ohio state

  11. Coach_B January 3, 2017 10:52 am

    Chad Owens is a Roosevelt alum I think

  12. hwnstyll January 3, 2017 12:44 pm

    Nothing different from transferring to any school. People are always looking for opportunities and families move to Nevada in masses so a kid should not be that big of a deal. Falcon already has D 1 offers and would have plenty more if he stayed, so it might be a family moving thing or maybe he wants to play for a different DC?

  13. anywaaaays!! January 3, 2017 7:56 pm

    Winning brings in the talent and it also keeps the talent, St. Louis back in the drivers seat so some PUN parents looking for better opportunities, another Kahuku kid also returning from PUN. If i can recall both older Kaumatule Brothers made it to the state title game so maybe there is no faith in what direction the PUNs are going, I mean losing to Kapolei had to be devastating. Good luck Falcon and tear it up in vegas.

    In other news Kahuku will play Utahs Big top dog, Bingham Miners! I like how Coach Tata is setting up these big games, will only make Kahukus program stronger. Who St. Louis got lined up for next year? Gorman?

  14. f milo January 5, 2017 3:08 pm

    Saw this kid play when he was on Pun JV. This kid was a natural Offensive Tackle and very sound technically. Thought it was a mistake to place him on the other side of the ball. Anyways, all the luck to him, he’s a great athlete.

  15. DuckiedaDuck May 12, 2017 6:49 pm

    So are we looking at a Punahou-Gorman football game in two years? I always thought that Punahou could match up with Gorman.

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