PIAA LOI signing day

We’re minutes away from official signing of life-altering paperwork that will impact the lives of dozens of athletes, including football players, at this morning’s PIAA Letter of Intent signing event at the Sheraton Waikiki.

This is the first time I have a smart phone (instead of a flip phone) at this annual ceremony and it is awesome. This is unofficially the happiest place in the world for the next few minutes. Almost everybody is smiling.

Marcus Mariota is here. He seems calm, focused. Intelligent. He would probably make a pretty good quarterback in the big time one day. But seriously, the former Saint Louis and Oregon standout had a quick message: enjoy the day and always represent Hawaii well. He also thanked PIAA and the staff led by Doris Sullivan.


“I wouldn’t be here today without them,” he said.

UPDATE: Vavae Malepeai, Mililani’s prolific running back, has donned a USC hat before he signs. WOH.

Punahou RB Wayne Taulapapa signed with Virginia. He said he’ll be the first island player to suit up for the Cavaliers.

Saint Louis scored big. Drew Kobayashi (Cal), Nate Herbig (Stanford) and Jordan Loveni Iosefa (USC) are heading to the Pac-12.

UPDATE #2
A lot of photos to load later. For now, some post-signing moments.

Marcus Mariota urges the signees to represent Hawaii well and enjoy the day.
Marcus Mariota urges the signees to represent Hawaii well and enjoy the day.
One of the most productive 1-2 offensive combos in state history: QB McKenzie Milton and RB Vavae Malepeai of Mililani
One of the most productive 1-2 offensive combos in state history: QB McKenzie Milton and RB Vavae Malepeai of Mililani
McKenzie Milton is ready for the next level.
McKenzie Milton is ready for the next level.
USC recruits Jordan Loveni Iosefa and Vavae Malepeai take a call from Trojans head coach Clay Helton.
USC recruits Jordan Loveni Iosefa and Vavae Malepeai take a call from Trojans head coach Clay Helton.
Radford WR Blaise Manabe is heading to Western Oregon.
Radford WR Blaise Manabe is heading to Western Oregon.
The Hawaii Surf Soccer Club had 16 college signees today.
The Hawaii Surf Soccer Club had 16 college signees today.
Hawaii Surf Soccer Club 98s, unbeaten in 12 years against Hawaii competition, saw 16 of its seniors sign letters of intent today. Photo courtesy of Coach Shawn Kuroda.
Hawaii Surf Soccer Club 98s, unbeaten in 12 years against Hawaii competition, saw 16 of its seniors sign letters of intent today. Photo courtesy of Coach Shawn Kuroda.
Saint Louis is celebrating today with the LOI signings of Drew Kobayashi (Cal), Nate Herbig (Stanford) and Jordan Loveni Iosefa (USC).
Saint Louis is celebrating today with the LOI signings of Drew Kobayashi (Cal), Nate Herbig (Stanford) and Jordan Loveni Iosefa (USC).

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Francesca Weems has invigorated the room. Great and sage advice for the young men and women. Francesca Weems has invigorated the room. Great and sage advice for the young men and women.


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