Lakalaka, Sai make it official

The University of Hawaii scored nicely this morning with two signees at the HUB/Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance letter of intent signing ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Punahou running back Steven Lakalaka and Kamehameha offensive lineman Kiha Sai made their commitments official by signing with the Warriors and new head coach Norm Chow.

However, another potential signee, Kamehameha safety Taylor Taliulu, reversed field for the second time in three days. Taliulu showed up dressed in a maroon Washington State polo shirt and signed with his original choice.

Other notable football players who were on the bubble also made their decisions official. Punahou placekicker Kaimi Fairbairn, who was rumored to be leaning toward Cal, signed with UCLA. He had wavered after the school fired the previous coaching staff a month ago.

Kamehameha tight end Keoni Bush-Loo settled on Arizona after leaning toward Nebraska early on.

Punahou defensive end DeForest Buckner, the state’s top recruit, sported a bright, cheery yellow and green Oregon Ducks hat.

Signees at the HUB/PIAA ceremony:


  • Kalei Auelua, Saint Louis, Washington
  • Keoni Bush-Loo, Kamehameha, Arizona
  • Pono Choy, Kamehameha, Eastern Illinois
  • Gary Copeland, Moanalua, Redlands
  • Kaimi Fairbairn, Punahou, UCLA
  • Kyle Flemming, Waimea, USMA West Point
  • Calen Kamuela Gruiger-Hill, Kamehameha, Eastern Illinois (not present)
  • Siaosi Hala‘api‘api, Kaimuki, Wyoming
  • Jacob Ioane, Punahou, U. of San Diego
  • Luke Kaumatule, Punahou, Stanford
  • Pono Keni, Saint Louis, U. of San Diego
  • Steven Lakalaka, Punahou, Hawaii
  • Leland Mitchell, Farrington, Chabot College
  • Aukai Monroe, Punahou, U. of San Diego
  • Brock Namuo, Kealakehe, Western Oregon
  • Kory Rasmussen, Kamehameha, Colorado
  • Kiha Sai, Kamehameha, Hawaii
  • Russell Siavii, Leilehua, Idaho
  • Matthew Sparks, Punahou, Massachusetts
  • Taylor Taliulu, Kamehameha, Washington State
  • Dillon Turk, Moanalua, Trinity International
  • Pslam Wooching, Kealakehe, Washington

Soccer, girls

  • Ashley Asuncion, Kamehameha, Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Vanessa Cabilan, Kamehameha, Idaho State
  • Kirsten Fujinaga, Mililani, Cal Baptist
  • Kalena Kaeo, Kamehameha-Maui, Texas-San Antonio
  • Amanda McCaskill, ‘Iolani, Hawaii
  • Tiana Miyashiro, Kaiser, Holy Names
  • Carly Kauwela Neal, Kamehameha, Texas-San Antonio
  • Ashley Makana Pundyke, Kamehameha-Maui, Western Oregon
  • Lauren Stollar, Punahou, Drexel
  • Lauren Uehara, Mililani, Cal Baptist

Soccer, boys

  • Aaron Goo, Saint Louis, UNLV


  • Alika McGuire, Kamehameha, Howard J.C.


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