What a difference a year makes
Last year there were five of them.
Micah Kia, Eddie Williams, Kai Maiava, Stan Hasiak, and Dalton Hilliard combined to represent the football players from Hawaii on scholarship at UCLA.
After a disappointing football season which left them without a bowl game to play in, graduation and academic issues swept away Micah, Eddie and Stan.
Congratulations to Micah and Eddie for matriculating.
Our best wishes for Stan Hasiak making it back to UCLA in the future and continuing what was once a promising football experience for him at the Division I-A level of college competition. Adjustments on the football field, in the classroom and in the dormroom can be overwhelming for these young local boys out of the islands.
One additional Poi Pounder
We lost three, but added another one. That one being Seali’i Epenesa, a defensive lineman from Iolani High School on Oahu. A pretty good one at that. He played in the Oregon State game last weekend which they won to open conference play. A portent of talent to be seen in future games.
Seali’i did have his moments of indecision as to whether he really wanted to remain on the mainland, but through support and discussions with Coach Neuheisel, fellow braddah, Kai Maiava (tough love), he decided to stick it out. It’s “better, now” and he appears more comfortable at practice and more relaxed with his fellow teammates.
Seali’i will help to get his team back to the level of competition it deserves.
The two kupunas
Kai Maiava and Dalton Hilliard are the two “elders” to Seali’i. Both are starters at their positions or on regular rotation to get into each game.
Kai holds down the center position on offense and is the brick and mortar of the line play. Nothing happens until Kai moves. Don’t let his cherubic face fool you. He is a force in the middle of that line that dictates the success or failure of the play.
Dalton has added muscle over the off season with workouts. Now a little over 200 lbs., he has an impact for stopping runners, as well as speed in covering receivers down the field. Not bad at all for someone who ran with the ball in high school while at Punahou.
Two more coming for the football ohana
Kai Maiava already has done his commencement exercises with a degree in History. He is taking one final class this semester which allows him to play football for this year. After this year, it’s on to the pros.
New defensive line coach, Inoke Brechterfield (local boy) obtained verbal commitments from two high school players out of Hawaii for next year. So, Dalton and Seali’i will not be the only two left after this season.
The two new players will be, Steve Lakalaka from Punahou and from the big island of Hawaii, Psalm Wooching.
Wow, Lakalaka and Wooching.