UH commit is the right fit

The Warriors received their first commitment for the 2019 class with Kaimana “Bubz” Wa‘a’s pledge. Here’s the skinny:

> Homecoming: Wa‘a lived in Hau‘ula until he was 8. Then his family moved to Corvallis, Ore., to be closer to his uncle (his mom’s brother) Jeremy Perry, an offensive lineman for the Beavers. Wa‘a will be a senior this fall at Crescent Valley High — known as “CV” — in Corvallis. Wa‘a has family — lots of family — on the North Shore. “I miss my family the most,” Wa‘a said of his homecoming, “and the food is second. I miss Hawaiian food in general. You don’t see that in Oregon.”

> Banker investment: Here’s how the football cycle works. In what was an awkward ceremony at Kahuku in 2004, Perry signed a letter of intent with UH. But he had second — and third — thoughts and never submitted the paperwork. He then signed a letter with Oregon State. At the time, defensive coordinator Mark Banker was OSU’s point recruiter in Hawaii. Banker developed a close friendship with Perry and his family, including Wa‘a. Banker is now UH’s assistant head coach/linebackers coach. “I have a long relationship with Coach Banker,” Wa‘a said in explaining part of his college choice.

> Family ties: One of Wa‘a’s first cousins is John Wa‘a, who never missed a practice in five years as a multi-purpose offensive lineman for UH. Another cousin is Jonah Kahahawai-Welch, a defensive end from Kamehameha-Kapalama who officially joins UH in two weeks.

> Middle man: As a junior, Wa‘a was effective as a defensive lineman and an offensive tackle. At a recent combine-like camp, Wa‘a was praised for footwork, agility, strength and football IQ. Defense or offense? And if it’s offense, where? At 6 feet 2 and 294 pounds, Wa‘a has the skills to play guard (John Wa‘a’s position) or even tackle (where Dejon Allen, at an inhale away from 6-3, played his final two UH seasons). But the Warriors view Wa‘a as a center because of all the previously noted qualities. This is an ideal situation where a need pick and a best-available choice are the same person.


  1. tommui June 9, 2018 8:28 am


  2. A-House June 9, 2018 8:41 am

    me likes the 2019 commit and further proof that Coach Rolo has team moving in the right direction

    maybe, the biggest anticipation for fall camp is the emergence of the former St Louis QB — he has the most experience in a “run ‘n shoot” system and should pick up the new system quickly — major items are his catch-up speed to D1 level for all facets – OL, DL, defense, and building a lasting relationship with the receiving corps

    it must be difficult for a QB because he keys on what the receivers sees and how they break – must go through progressions very quickly — all the QBs and receivers should gather and discuss patterns and how they will react to build on their “chemistry” — me was junk with chemistry classes — maybe Colt Brennan can give them pointers on what to look for

    hiya Colt, hope all is well with you!!! our very best from the A-House Family!

  3. A-House June 9, 2018 8:43 am

    good morning to you, Master Mui!

    we are all well and Mrs and I are going through our 4th, 5th, 6th look about in our Korean historical drama collection — almost end of Jumong!

  4. A-House June 9, 2018 8:45 am

    good neighbor, see your car moved into your driveway — looks like someone tried to “pry open” your driver side front door

    keep hoping for more sunshine, but alas, more cloudy weather today.

    quite an excitement a few nights ago — we are still wondering which house was involved

  5. Stephen Tsai June 9, 2018 8:48 am

    There sure were a lot of police cars.
    I like what the neighbors across your house are doing. That lawn-party setup is pretty good. Now all we need is some sunshine (but tradewinds) to make this a nice summer.

  6. Stephen Tsai June 9, 2018 8:50 am

    I stopped by the football camp yesterday.
    It’s always surreal to see Chris Petersen on the UH campus. But Petersen and Rolo seem to get along really well.

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid June 9, 2018 8:56 am

    Great news about Wa’a! Kahuku bloodlines!

    Wow – three masters posting here this morning – A-house, Judge Mui and the Tsai guy himself! Howzit guys!

  8. 808WarriorFan June 9, 2018 11:43 am

    Now to get that signature on his LOI during the early signing period … these days kids say one thing and do another … if he’s half as good as ‘cuz John we got us a good one … GREAT START TO THE ’19 CLASS …


  9. idunnonuttin June 9, 2018 3:45 pm

    garans going get attempts to poach bubz, but sounds/looks like he solid to Hawai’i.

  10. tommui June 9, 2018 6:54 pm

    Howzit A-House!

    Lois said that she would probably like to see Jumong again – she really enjoyed again

  11. PONO June 9, 2018 7:03 pm

    Love the fact that Wa’a says UH is his dream school. Follow your dreams and make history young man.

  12. cappie the dog June 9, 2018 7:34 pm

    islandman- Are you able to root for a team with a sketchy player? I’m talking about the Oregon State Beavers. I watch post-season college baseball and root for west-oriented teams because there is such an obvious bias towards the south and east.

    I’ll open up the question to the board using the appropriate sport.

    Do you have a problem that the Hamilton Tiger Cats tried to hire Art Briles?

    Johnny Manziel doesn’t bother me.

    I think Manziel is privileged, not morally bankrupt.

  13. cappie the dog June 9, 2018 7:35 pm

    Mr. Tsai: Isn’t it true that Chris Petersen had a total disregard for the local media?

  14. islandman June 10, 2018 8:24 am

    cappie, i’m rooting for the underdog teams. The OSU player case is maybe not cut and dried.

  15. Old School Dave June 10, 2018 8:25 am

    Welcome to Kaimana Wa’a! Thank you for becoming a Warrior!

    OSU is and has always been a popular school for local kids. Seems like their Hawaii Club is quite active, as are many on the West Coast. No offense to anyone, but on the other hand, if you’re going to only hang out and associate only with other local kids as many do up there, you’d might as well attend UH (?). Just a thought.

  16. Old School Dave June 10, 2018 8:29 am

    The WAU program that allows kids from Hawaii to pay in-state at colleges in Western States doesn’t include OSU, UO, or UW. I think that OSU used to be member, but no longer. Going out of state for college is “Takai” $$$$!

  17. Old School Dave June 10, 2018 8:32 am

    Sorry, it’s the WUA Program – Western Undergraduate Exchange

  18. Chicken Grease June 10, 2018 8:42 am

    More Beaver connections. Or “connecting with Beaver.” So warm and fuzzy!🤗🐻

  19. Old School Dave June 10, 2018 8:49 am

    Must be kind of “weird” for both Mark Banker and Cal’s Tony Tuioti to be back on the UH campus. Both were fired, Banker when Wags got the boot in 1995, and Tuioti by Chow in 2013. Both are lessons in perseverance, IMHO.

  20. Chicken Grease June 10, 2018 8:51 am

    Old School Dave
    June 10, 2018 8:29 am
    . . . but no longer. Going out of state for college is “Takai” $$$$!

    Heh. I knew a guy—established, local gov. worker type, good guy—used to berate his nephews and/or nieces who attend(ed) university or college on the mainland ehen/if he found out they planned to take more than the “understood” years for a certain degree (i.e., more than 4 years for a Bachelors, more than a year or three years or so for graduate degree). Used words like “have some sense!” and “you know. Just like you wasting your parents’ money for that extra year. You not shame?!??” I think he would get thrown out of family parties for this, I think he said hahaha.

    Hilarious and damned true!

    R.I.P. Represenative Takai 😔 🇺🇸 [ http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/07/20/breaking-news/u-s-rep-mark-takai-dies-after-battle-with-pancreatic-cancer/ ]

  21. Chicken Grease June 10, 2018 9:05 am

    Old School Dave
    June 10, 2018 8:32 am
    Sorry, it’s the WUA Program – Western Undergraduate Exchange

    Is it true that when it comes to the Beavers, WUA means:


    ? 🤔🐻

  22. islandman June 10, 2018 9:55 am

    Western Undegrad EXchange program = WUE, sounds chinese.

  23. islandman June 10, 2018 10:03 am

    WUA = World Umpires Assoc or Wake Up America, per the web.

  24. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2018 12:07 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46003

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