Keelan Ewaliko, a 2013 Baldwin High School graduate, will redshirt this season for the University of Hawaii football team.
Ewaliko was a three-time Maui Interscholastic League Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback for the Bears, and UH director of media relations Derek Inouchi confirmed the decision to redshirt him Monday afternoon.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Ewaliko has practiced at wide receiver, safety and was most recently among the cornerbacks for the Rainbow Warriors, who open their season on Thursday at Aloha Stadium against Southern California. On special teams, Ewaliko was a kick returner.
Keelan Ewaliko, a three-time Maui Interscholastic League Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback for Baldwin High School, will start his playing career with the University of Hawaii next season. The Rainbow Warriors open their season Thursday against Southern Cal.
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The original plan for Ewaliko when he signed his scholarship agreement with UH in February was that he would not enroll until January 2014, thus allowing him five years to play four seasons, beginning with the 2014 campaign.
When Rainbow Warriors coach Norm Chow watched Ewaliko lead Baldwin to a second consecutive boys state track and field team championship with crowns in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 400 relay, the coach told Ewaliko he would enroll this fall and was not likely to redshirt as a freshman.