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Oahu high schools poaching for Maui football players

March 16, 2013 - Robert Collias
Several sources have told me of recent activity involving Saint Louis School and Kahuku High School contacting MIL football players about transferring to the Oahu schools.

I just got off the phone with a Baldwin player who requested anonymity, but confirmed that a Saint Louis football coach had been sending texts about setting up a host family for the Bear to live with while playing for the Crusaders in the fall.

The Baldwin player said he is not aware of any other Bears being contacted — and he has not been contacted by Kahuku — but that is not the case for Lahainaluna.

Several sources close to the Lahainaluna situation have told me that as many as six Lunas are being recruited by both Oahu schools.

This would not be anything new, of course.

Two prominent former Lunas who transferred to Oahu were Simione Vehikite and Kaniela Tuipulotu. Vehikite left for Kapolei a few years back before playing in college at USC, and Tuipulotu left after being a starter as a Luna freshman for Kahuku.

Tuipulotu played for a state title team at Kahuku and excelled in college for both Arizona and Hawaii.

Another former Luna and Maui High Saber, Tevita Finau, also transferred to Kahuku and caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the OIA title game a few years back. He later played in college for Utah before NFL stints/camps with the Cardinals, Eagles and Cowboys.

Shoot, back in the day, even the legendary Wally Yonamine left his boyhood home in Olowalu and his classmates at Lahainaluna for Farrington. A stint with the San Francisco 49ers and then a Hall-of-Fame Japan baseball career as a player and manager followed.

We will stay on top of this as we hear more, so stay tuned.


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