Abu Maafala is the new football head coach at Kamehameha, according to trusted Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World sources.
Maafala will be officially announced as the new coach by the school this week, according to the sources.
On Friday, Hawaii Prep World tried but could not get confirmation of Maafala’s hiring from the Kamehameha athletic department.
Maafala is a former standout defensive lineman for Kamehameha, Hawaii and Cal and will be leaving his job as an assistant football coach at West Liberty University in West Virginia, where he has been employed the last five years.
Hawaii Prep World has learned from multiple sources that former Kaiser head coach and University of Hawaii assistant Rich Miano, former Kamehameha head coach David Stant, former Hawaii and Kamehameha assistant Dennis McKnight, and former Moanalua head coach Arnold Martinez were among the candidates who applied for the Kamehameha job. According to another source, former Mililani quarterbacks coach Joshua Ursery also applied for the job.
Doug Cosbie, the former Dallas Cowboys star tight end, vacated the post in December after three seasons at the helm.
Maafala is a 2002 Kamehameha graduate who played for the University of Hawaii in 2002 and and 2003 before transferring to Cal, where he played through 2006. He also played in the 2007 Hula Bowl.
When he was with the Rainbow Warriors, Maafala was not a starter but he did see a lot of playing time.
On March 28, Maafala told Hawaii Prep World that he applied for the job, and said, “This is something that my wife and I talked about as worthy of applying for. Kamehameha and college has given so much to the both of us and we want to give back. That’s something we describe as our mission.”
Billy Hull of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii Prep World also contributed to this report.