Maiava family mulling possible transfer from Kahuku

Quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava spent two seasons at Kahuku before transferring to St. John's College in Washington D.C. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Sol-Jay Maiava’s stepdad posted on Instagram on Sunday night that he and his wife and stepson, Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, are visiting Washington, D.C., so Sol-Jay can look into playing football there for his upcoming junior season.

A photo of Sol-Jay and his parents is on the post with the words, “And we’re off to the 202 (Washington D.C. area code)!!! Thank you to my mom, my dad and my siblings and their other halves for watching our other kiddies so we can get head start on our new journey.”

It is unclear if the family is visiting Washington for spring break or actually transferring there to finish up the school year.

Multiple Hawaii Prep World sources reached Monday morning said that Maiava is leaving today. They believe Maiava is visiting a specific a high school (unknown at this time) to see if he wants to make the transfer.

Sol-Jay Maiava and his family are off to area code 202 — Washington D.C. — for spring break and possibly longer.

New Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho said that the last he heard was that Maiava was going to go on a trip to Washington and then make a final decision on whether to return to Kahuku or not.

Another coach in the Kahuku football program who did not want to be identified said Rosemary Maiava-Peters, Sol-Jay’s mom, told him that they were going to Washington for spring break and would be back to finish up the school year. That source also said that if the family decides to move, they wouldn’t do it until the summer.

Maiava, according to people with close ties to last year’s Red Raiders team, had unexcused absences for a handful of practices at various points in the season and his starting job was in jeopardy for that.

Maiava, however, wound up leading the Red Raiders to the Open Division state championship game — a 31-28 last-second loss to Saint Louis in which Maiava’s last-second heave toward the end zone fell incomplete.

Maiava drew headlines as an eighth-grader when he was given a scholarship offer by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

During basketball season, Maiava was part of the Kahuku team, but — after the Red Raiders’ first-round victory against Kailua — unexpectedly did not show up for the team’s quarterfinal game and beyond, multiple sources said. The Red Raiders wound up losing 64-37 in the Division I state title game.

Sources said that it’s been common knowledge in Kahuku that his family has been thinking about the idea of Sol-Jay transferring out of the Red Raiders’ program.

“He has not been to any of Kahuku’s (spring) offensive conditioning practices,” one source said.

Another source said, “The big picture is bigger than the kid. He’s a good kid, but if he’s not here for the right reasons, then he should move on. If he did stay, coach Sterling would love to work with him because Sterling is a pass-happy guy.”

Sources also said that they believe Maiava is still enrolled at Kahuku.

In two seasons for the Red Raiders, Maiava has thrown for 2,380 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 675 yards and nine TDs.

He currently holds offers from six FBS schools — Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Utah, Virginia.


  1. ??? March 19, 2018 3:26 pm

    What’s the Big Deal? Kahuku is Kahuku and the next kid is ready to step up. One player does make a TEAM!!!

  2. ??? March 19, 2018 3:30 pm

    By the way, when is more football all-star years coming out?

  3. HI HS FAN March 19, 2018 3:37 pm

    Go after your dreams. Good luck Sol-Jay in whatever you decide. As a former coach would say, “Next Man Up.”

  4. ILH March 19, 2018 4:52 pm

    Since when is HPW the new TMZ. The attention you guys are giving these 16/17 year old kids is getting to their ego and is ultimately putting an enormous amount of pressure on them. This decision is Maiavas family’s decision. It’s for his future. As for Giving kids too much attention, the more publicity they get the more big headed they get. Let the boys play ball and not have to worry about the media. Also, while we are on the topic, sounds like there’s a lot of squeakers on the NS 😨

  5. ??? March 19, 2018 5:53 pm

    I don’t blame the media, I blame the college coaches who offer these kids a full ride while their only in the 7th-8th grade.
    They are too young to live up to that type of hype!

  6. Awrite!! March 19, 2018 7:01 pm

    Good luck to SolJay where ever he goes, one of the position coaches at STL said Jay wanted to go there but would be 3rd string.

    Coach Sterling may not be alumni but he made a good decision to pick TRUE LBI RR4L OC and DC.

    Kahuku has a good QB coming up from JV aka “sleepy folau jr” ready to do damage (no not trowing da bus) but leading the RR back to the title game.


  7. rforlifebaby March 19, 2018 7:21 pm

    Hope he stays, but if not, best wishes to him and the family. If they do move, then next man up.


  8. rrforlifebaby March 19, 2018 8:31 pm

    If it is Washington DC. I think DeMatha or St Johns would be in the mix.

  9. AOK March 19, 2018 10:55 pm

    GL Soljay.Hope you like playing Free Safety

  10. rrforlifebaby March 20, 2018 12:08 am

    I think he’ll be fine at qb. If anything. He’ll need to adjust to the overall speed of the defenses he will face on the mainland. Just hope no drama goes on.

  11. Teriitetoofa March 20, 2018 1:34 am

    The Kahuku school administrative staff is killing and confusing the kids on the football team everytime they keep changing the head coach with a different system. Don’t be too surprised to see or hear more kids transferring to a more stably coached school. If anything that needs to be changed at Kahuku it’s the school’s administrative staff !

  12. Pakaman March 20, 2018 4:13 am

    He gone. Going to play against IMG and Hoover from Alabama. If he was RRFL, he would stay. But he isn’t. He’s RR, but not FL! Oh well, they have enough talent there that one guy not going to make the difference. If that was the case, he’d have 2 state titles!

  13. Kamehameha#1 March 20, 2018 5:48 am

    He’s not a big time qb like Taulia! His parents better be careful about where they’re doing, you don’t want him to somewhere and sit on the bench. He’s a good athlete but only an average quarterback!

  14. John soller C/O 96' March 20, 2018 6:03 am

    Don’t hate…..Participate.
    Sol-Jay leaving is leaving because he wants to make it to the NFL. This has nothing to do with education. Sol-Jay making it to the NFL will help afford a certain lifestyle that the Maiava family feels they deserve.


  15. 88 March 20, 2018 7:35 am

    ILH you right. Get choke squeakers on the NS. Your bradah is the main one….

  16. Solhah March 20, 2018 8:05 am

    Kamehameha#1 is exactly right. Was going to comment the exact same thing. He is not close to Tua and Talia but is a great athlete. To much hype given to players transferring thinking their school is not good enough for them. Marcus stayed home for high school and is in the NFL. If your good, you’re good, scouts will find you.

  17. EnoughAlready March 20, 2018 8:18 am

    I’m sure Sol-Jay is a great kid, but the family has been threatening to leave since his 8th grade year when they began shopping him around to various ILH and mainland schools. Quitting on basketball, quitting the week of each championship football games each of the last 2 years is all on the parents. They are stretching this kid way too thin. I hope this doesn’t hurt this kid more than it helps. I can’t imagine many colleges being interested in a kid that leaves when things don’t go his way. Great athlete, but wasn’t even the best OIA QB last year. I hate to see a kid being the topic of such rants, but bottom line is these helicopter parents are trying to live through their child’s talents. It needs to stop plain and simple. They may say its in the kids best interests, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

  18. rrforlifebaby March 20, 2018 8:51 am

    I kind of agree with Kamehameha#1; he’s not yet in the same league as Tua or Taulia…time will tell if he can develop into an elite level qb. Right now, he is a tremendous athlete playing the qb position, kind of like Jalen Hurts. All the physical tools, but still need to work on mechanics and reads.

    I pray for this kid because I think some of the adults around him don’t have his best interest in mind. Countless student athletes from various sports have stayed in state and have gone on to excel at not only the college level, but beyond as well.

    Stay home and work with coach Ah Yat and develop over the next two years into the qb we all want you to be for the next level.

  19. ILH March 20, 2018 9:42 am

    John soller C/O 96′ March 20, 2018 6:03 am
    Don’t hate…..Participate.
    Sol-Jay leaving is leaving because he wants to make it to the NFL. This has nothing to do with education. Sol-Jay making it to the NFL will help afford a certain lifestyle that the Maiava family feels they deserve.


    Is this a sarcastic post? or are a serious one?
    Genuinely curious how you are equating going to a mainland school in order to make it to the NFL.

  20. ILH March 20, 2018 9:49 am

    He needs guidance. And, someone who will hold him or his parents accountable for their actions.

    If thats true that he quit during the week of the championship football games two years in a row, thats on the coaches.
    If he didnt show up after the Kailua basketball game, thats on the coaches and the school.
    Kids and parents will only do what they are allowed to do and it appears that they feel that it okay to behave in this manner.

    Him leaving might be a blessing for the football team. No hard feelings, good luck wherever you may go and god bless.

  21. Bye March 20, 2018 10:55 am

    I hope he leaves and takes all the unnecessary drama his family brings to the program. It’s not about opportunities, it’s about them acting like he’s God’s gift to this program. We finally combine with the ILH and they turn and run. I’ve heard enough stories and drama about him being here. Best of luck, now go ahead so we can make the program about ALL THE BOYS and not just one who’s dad believes everything should revolve around his son. My son dis my son dat, frick get over it.

  22. NewRRFL March 20, 2018 11:24 am

    What is really amazing is that this article is even published without going to the source. Jay and his family have been very open about their decision and would have told them exactly what is happening. Sometimes it is about what will help the boy the most. Love the kid and his parents. The school that he will be attending assuming he goes, is preseason #3 in the US. The previous QB, who just left, had 23 confirmed offers. Sol-Jay will have the chance to compete and earn the starting job. It is an amazing education and will probably set him up for his future. This is a 17 yr old kid that is not perfect and will make decisions that maybe he would not make in the future. Guess what? Every kid ever was the same way. Sure he plays with a little arrogance, but at the level that he wants to compete at you have to have a little swagger! The kids a great kid and he has parent that love him. Give the family a break for trying to give Jay the best life he can have. I wish him the best. BTW, he was never in danger of losing his starting position.

  23. FAIR WEATHER FRIEND. March 20, 2018 11:31 am

    Here’s an Idea, why doesn’t Coach Sterling try Tolu Smith at QB? Nevermind he’s a senior already. Ahhh, one hit wonders.

  24. WowNick March 20, 2018 1:31 pm

    Nick Ambro, Nice job filling the NorthShore community with all this hate for their own kids. Where the hell was this when the boys from other schools (your favorite Mililani) transferred out to the mainland? Completely biased writing, written to divide the red sea, and all these Kahuku “fans” jump right on in dishing and talking crap about a kid and his family. Congrats.

    To the kid and family, do whats best for you… That’s whats RR4L, get plenty RR4L’s living all over the world.

    Kahuku, its time to step up your game… Wish the kid well but focus on preparation for a new season and another new head coach…

  25. Red Raider Alumni March 20, 2018 1:39 pm

    Hopefully this kid stays home..He should be more of a Utility player..Have him spend more time as a DB and let Coach Keala coach him up for the next level ..He has 2 years to start being a sponge…Good Luck to him, No matter what his decision is…GO BIG RED…

  26. Se Polo March 20, 2018 2:06 pm

    Reading all these hateful and vindictive people to include the reckless reporter Nick. You all need to go on with your lives and let the boy be. It sound like you guys want him gone and you’re getting what you want. Didn’t know Hawaii was filled with so many qualified QB Coaches. I’m sure you all were college and pro QBs back in your day and that each of you coached in college or at a high level to even speak on the position. Marcus wins the Heisman and Tua wins the Natty and all of a sudden everyone on island is a QB expert. SE POLO!

  27. HonCityBayBay March 20, 2018 2:13 pm

    Kids have come n gone, no matter where you go that is a fact especially in high stakes football playing schools, soljays future is in his n his family’s hands not yours or mine.
    Some of you ppl need to show better example for urself n the people around you, n stop talking about this kid like he stole your first pair of Jordan’s, kahuku will always b kahuku that will never change.
    Soljay Good luck, don’t listen to anything negative on here b cuz at the end of the day no one matters But you n those closest to you b cuz they will b there to support u not these wannabes.
    Sheesh glad I grew up in town, I dunno if I wanna buy some land out there too many judgmental public school paparazzi

  28. HVAGD1 March 20, 2018 2:31 pm

    Sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. In any case, good luck to him.

  29. 808 sports fan March 20, 2018 2:39 pm

    Hope for the best for soljay… I’m sure he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder to prove the haters wrong… he needs to improve on his accuracy, bc out here his legs was his x factor. But plaYing ball in the mainland, I can assure you they got the speed factor too… best of luck kid!!!

  30. HVAGD1 March 20, 2018 2:41 pm

    Sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Good luck to him.

  31. Knation March 20, 2018 2:52 pm

    How’s the haters on here! I bet the haters want soljay to leave because how dangerous kahuku can be with him. It is what it is and real kahuku fans wish him luck. Truth be told kahuku passing game will not be the same but it could bring the jumbo package back which was a force a few years back. Kahuku will still be a dominate team and there defense is something to watch for

  32. 808gotosleep March 20, 2018 3:36 pm

    Ahh grow up life goes on
    Soljay keep going forward
    Red raiders pride of the north shore, let’s c it

  33. Mililani hammer March 20, 2018 4:52 pm

    Wow!! Looks like some in-house hate going on ova hea!!
    C’mon guys!! Kahuku squad gonna be killer with or without him,the team is stacked. As for Soljay I wish him and his fam nothing but the best, the kid is something special. Hoping to to see a solid Kahuku team next season. Go Trojans!!

  34. C&C March 20, 2018 5:55 pm

    Grow the hell up ADULTS
    you are GROWN PEOPLE speaking about a CHILD..
    don’t pretend that KAHUKU IS LIFE. All you guys treating Kahuku football like it’s something to worship. Let the damn kids play without all the politics.
    Have compassion in your heart and stop boosting the hate. No wonder he wants to leave. Look at all the critics! All the wanna be NFL STARS shooting down his dream CRITIQING A CHILD.
    I’m sorry does Kahuku football PAY YOUR BILLS??? Lol

    And by the way if wasn’t one of the best he wouldn’t have gotten all the offers so far.
    His FAMILY is making the BEST DECISION they can for THEIR CHILD.


    Talk all you want his success will speak for itself

  35. FAIR WEATHER FRIEND. March 20, 2018 6:43 pm


    Whoa, take it easy. What comments are you reading. All i see is PPL chiming in their opinions whom are passionate about there football team and community. The sad thing is your right in saying all this commenting will not have any affect on a person future. and your right about RRFLife will go on…..even if it is down the toilet.

  36. OIA March 20, 2018 8:21 pm

    Can’t hate an athlete and their parents to help their child to attain knowledge, experience and exposer to better him as an athlete and a student at other schools. It’s the parents responsibility to support him anyway possible. If that’s what they want then so be it! GOOD LUCK and I hope you excel in your sport and education that you and family pursue. Hawaii will always be here for you!

  37. Awrite!! March 20, 2018 9:42 pm

    Moving on…

    The jv QB can be “that guy” who is par for the course. Watching his jv games last year he can toss the ball consistently for all 4 quarters. He is pretty accurate on his long ball to the outfield and drop a dime on them birdies.

    When he starts averaging triple doubles you all gon forget about soljay


  38. RR$L2001 March 20, 2018 11:40 pm

    Unfortunate circumstance, would love to keep him home but it is what it is. Red Raiders won 8 state titles without him. 2 years ago we won it without a QB when we ran the ball 99% of the time. The kid has major offers from PAC12 to BIG10 schools so the “more exposure” is a load of you know what. True RR know the real story. LIke I said…..unfortunate. He took us there twice, and came home with nothing.


  39. Iveheardenuf March 21, 2018 12:00 am

    I wish some of these ppl could step on the field n see wat they can do compared to these boiz, we all kno u can’t, to old, too fat, too ugly, too outta shape to even run a mile, stuff da palusami n crab cakes in your mouth n go sleep

  40. TooMeke March 21, 2018 5:07 am

    Good luck…to ALL da kids from da ‘Aina!! Wish you all da best in your future endeavors, whatever they may be… and pay it forward (unlike many in this thread)…

    To all da crabs in da bucket up in here… keep doing what you do and staying where you stay. Das y hard you babogums no can support…


  41. Billy Hull March 21, 2018 8:09 am

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