Nu‘uanu-Kuhi‘iki moving to O-line

Joey Nu‘uanu-Kuhi‘iki is crossing the line.

After two years on the defensive line, Nu‘uanu-Kuhi‘iki is moving to the offensive line.

Nu‘uanu-Kuhi‘iki is a Waianae High graduate who redshirted in 2016 and played in two games in 2017.

“I’m gonna try my hardest, whatever I got to do for the team,” he said.

As a former high school wrestler, he appears to possess the footwork and first-step burst to fit as a blocker.


  1. tom mui February 19, 2018 8:35 am


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid February 19, 2018 8:52 am

    Second? Good Morning Judge Mui!

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    Greetings and top 10!

  4. Tempmanoa February 19, 2018 9:08 am

    All the 4 wide, one back offenses have to handle the blocking issue– especially picking up the blitz where the defense is blitzing two, blitzing the safety, coming from all over. Art Briles at Houston and Baylor was very good at this and usually used a really big back inside together with many schemes to get the pass outside quickly long or short.

    His aim like JJ’s was to be able to run or pass no matter the down and distance– the key to Briles and Jones offenses is this any down and distance ability and to do this they usually stayed in a passing look, varying the position of the receivers in a base spread but with things like trips and have the ability to read or check out of a called play. I think JJ saw that Briles and his disciples got better than he did because he tried several times after he left Hawaii to try to hire people familiar with Briles’ approach or Briles himself (which was stopped even in Canadian pro football).

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  6. Maddog50 February 19, 2018 10:31 am

    If Joey is or was 6’3 260 (roster) he had the basic early size to grow into position. If I recall he had an interesting and inspiring story to get to the “UH” and get on the roster. Love scrappers and dedicated tough team guys! Go Joey,GoWarriors!!!!

  7. burro sabio February 19, 2018 4:10 pm

    It’s a slow lazy day in Hawaii Nei but the burro needs to wake up and do something. At least #7 of the day.

  8. cappie the dog February 19, 2018 7:15 pm


    You are the troll slayer.

  9. Stephen Tsai February 19, 2018 7:56 pm

    He’s 280 now

  10. Paniolo February 19, 2018 8:52 pm

    The 2018 Warrior Offensive line has big and heavy dudes. They average 6’5″ 300 plus pound. So how tall and weight is this Hawaiian, Joey Nu’uanu Kuhiiki is?

  11. burro sabio February 19, 2018 9:34 pm

    #8 – I just pull a plow in the fields.

  12. Maddog50 February 20, 2018 1:01 am

    Thanks Stephen

  13. Whats up February 20, 2018 1:52 am

    After witnessing the BYU Oline and Dline dominate that last game this season. Rolo targeted the both sides of the line in recruiting. So if Joey Nu’uanu Kuhiiki can help the Oline, i’m all for it. The loss of Coach Naeole was huge, finding a coach to replace him will be tough and the line play has to improve for the RnS. What I’m concerned about is the secondary, last season they got torched by pretty much everybody and poor tackling hurt.
    Even with the losses the WR Corps has some game experience and that will pay off in the RnS. Hawaii always seems to find RB’s every year that can block and pound da rock. I’m I bit more optimistic about the 2 new QB’s Chevan and Moussa but there may be a dark horse like a McDonald already on the roster. I’m hoping Rolo and his staff has some creative ways to get the maximum out of the talent on the roster.

  14. Maddog50 February 20, 2018 4:53 am

    I think that great strides have been made to make both sides of interior line much improved. Last year depth injury inconsistent play were major factors on both OL and DL. It’s obvious that Coach Roliovich directed his recruiting efforts so as to supply increased Ming staff with material to work with. The staff itself has made a quantum leap with experienced accomplished veteran coaches for OL DL LB and secondary-that is a huge gain! GoWarriors!!!!

  15. Maddog50 February 20, 2018 4:57 am

    Should read “incoming staff with material to work with. I also think that at least 3 of the newcomers start on the OL and at least two are in rotation on DL. Very excited about the new DL and OL coach!!!

  16. suckkabooya February 20, 2018 8:32 am

    In my opinion Offensive Line was the one position group that improved over the year before. Not that they spectacularly better (there were a lot of injuries) but you could sense a program of development there. Never really had that sense an any other positions. I’m sure Naeole’s guidance was a major factor. I hope this staff will have more success in the actual development of talent than they had in previous seasons. You will always get a few individuals that “breakout” every year (like Mautautia did) but I think we all hope to see progress from entire position groups. I think it can happen with this more experienced staff.

  17. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2018 9:17 am

    New post:

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