Former Warrior signs with BC Lions

Sometimes good things happen to good people.

Former Warrior linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea today signed a one-year contract with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kema-Kaleiwahea, who completed his UH career in December 2016 and played in football leagues in Germany and Japan the past year. “I went around the entire world to get this opportunity.”

The Lions, who are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, secured the CFL’s exclusive negotiation rights to Kema-Kaleiwahea in March. He was offered two contracts: 1) a two-year deal, and 2) a one-year deal with an option for a second year. He said he chose the one-year offer because it gives him the freedom to pursue other pro opportunities in 2019.

“My family and I talked it over, and we ended up going with the more stable situation,” he said.

Kema-Kaleiawahea recently participated in the Spring League, a developmental and scouting event in Austin, Texas. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel also was a participant. At the Spring League workouts, Kema-Kaleiwahea met with scouts from the Oakland Raiders.

Kema-Kaleiwahea said he will report to the Lions’ four-day mini camp on April 27 in Vancouver.

Kema-Kaleiwahea received the 2017 NCAA Division men’s Hero of the Year award for his involvement with the foster family program.


  1. Warrior Dave April 17, 2018 6:31 pm

    Very late post but appreciated. Congrats Makani!!

  2. amela April 17, 2018 8:57 pm

    Good things should come to good people.

  3. ai-eee-soos April 18, 2018 1:20 am

    QB’s …. by ST

    The season opener is 129 days away and the Hawaii football team has had only 10 spring practices with the resurrected run-and-shoot offense, but it appears Cole McDonald has the early lead in the quarterback competition.
    “The last two days, Cole has been playing pretty well,” head coach Nick Rolovich said of spring practices on Saturday and Tuesday. “I’m not going to say that (McDonald is No. 1), but I want to see him keep improving because he’s making plays. He’s seeing things. He’s taking steps to really grab the whole deal.”
    During the scrimmage-like session on Tuesday, McDonald and slotback Cedric Byrd collaborated on a 75-yard, catch-and-sprint touchdown. On the next play, McDonald sprinted 75 yards on a keeper for a touchdown.
    “Dual-threat quarterbacks are dangerous, and we’re lucky to have one as good as him,” wideout Marcus Armstrong-Brown said of McDonald.
    Jeremy Moussa, who enrolled at UH in January after receiving his high-school diploma a semester early, has displayed a powerful arm during passing drills. Justin Uahinui, who will be a second-year freshman in the fall, has demonstrated accuracy. But McDonald, who will be a third-year sophomore, has proven to be a leader on and off the field.

  4. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 6:06 am


    Give Brocke Stepteau the scholarship.

    Even if he wants to pay his own way, force it on him.

  5. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 6:07 am


    James Fenderson.

    Slept in his car.

  6. burro sabio April 18, 2018 9:21 am

    Cappie I hear ya but it won’t do anything to improve the basketball team. Think his dad is a doctor or something.

  7. islandman April 18, 2018 11:30 am

    Brocke’ s father is an anesthesiologist. Try spelling that .
    Warrior Insider said that new signee Eddie Stansberry likes the food at Duke’s, Yardhouse and Rainbow Drive In.

  8. Kahuna April 18, 2018 12:07 pm

    Brocke is just an all around good student athlete. He is also good enough to start on a D1 level team so in my mind , he is deserving of a scholarship.

    I have never heard anything bad about this young man since he set foot on campus. He fits Ganot’s type of player.

  9. Aaron April 18, 2018 1:44 pm

    I’m sure Broke wants to win more than he wants a scholarship. We were one or two shooters away from contending for a conference title last season. We already got stansberry. Now let’s see what they can do with that 4th scholie…

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2018 2:20 pm

    Good for Makani and his ohana! Hope he makes the NFL someday!

  11. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 3:28 pm

    Cade Smith is starting.

    Conference RPI is 14.

  12. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 3:55 pm

    Hawaii is behind 3-1.

    The freshman reliever(not Smith) is having problems finding the plate.

    This defeats the whole purpose of starting Cade Smith in the first place.

    Seldom-used pitchers could have gotten you to this juncture of the game.

  13. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 4:00 pm

    Bakersfield started a pitcher with a 13.50 ERA.

  14. islandman April 18, 2018 4:08 pm

    Losing 1 – 4 so far to Roadrunners.

  15. islandman April 18, 2018 4:10 pm

    Beeb BEEP !

  16. DaveLetterMan April 18, 2018 4:33 pm

    Howzit Tsaiko’s!
    I believe Brocke’s father told Ganot not to give his son a scholarship so that the team has one more to use. So even though we all think he deserves one, he and his family are being unselfish and helping the program succeed.

  17. cappie the dog April 18, 2018 4:41 pm

    Ethan Lopez is the first Bow to realize the pitchers that Bakersfield are throwing at the team all have double-digit ERAs.

  18. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2018 6:12 pm

    New post:

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