Warrior Beat: Hawaii football gets commit from Kamehameha end

Kamehameha linebacker Akalea Kapono (9), top, and defensive lineman Ezra Evaimalo (43) worked to bring down Kapolei running back Zion-Jabez Robello (5) during the first half Aug. 10. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

As a birthday present to his mother, Kamehameha’s Ezra Evaimalo announced his oral commitment to accept a 2020 football scholarship from the Rainbow Warriors.

“Basically, I tried to pay her back,” Evaimalo told the Warrior Beat today. “It doesn’t add to up what she’s done for me.”

Evaimalo, a junior, said he is 6 feet 2 and 225 pounds. He will play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position for Kamehameha during his senior season this fall. As a 2020 recruit, the earliest he may sign a binding national letter of intent is in December.

Evaimalo will join Kamehameha alumni Kumoku Noa, Jonah Kahahawai-Welch and Tiger Peterson on the Warrior-to-Warrior pipeline.

Earlier, two-way athlete Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala of Campbell High made an oral pledge to sign with UH for the 2020 class.


  1. ai-eee-soos May 8, 2019 12:27 pm


  2. wafan May 8, 2019 12:27 pm

    More home town commits! Yahoo!!! Anymore in the works?

    And, first, too.

  3. wafan May 8, 2019 12:28 pm


    Well, 1st to be 2nd, then.

  4. ai-eee-soos May 8, 2019 12:30 pm

    Mahalo to all the players who WANT to represent Hawaii.


  5. ai-eee-soos May 8, 2019 12:36 pm

    from MWC – might have been posted already ……

    •DE Shane Kady was offered by Hawaii
    •DL Lance Keneley was offered by Hawaii
    •WR/DB BJ Wagner was offered by Hawaii
    •WR/DB Jeremiah Hunter was offered by Hawaii
    •JUCO DE Sam Moala was offered by Hawaii
    •OL Nu Tanuvasa was offered by Hawaii
    •DL Zhen-Keith Sotelo was offered by Hawaii
    •QB Kenzel Lawler was offered by Hawaii
    •2022 QB AJ Bianco was offered by Hawaii

  6. Tcat Dad May 8, 2019 12:36 pm

    IMUA..!!..More top local recruits, their bond will make them stronger to represent the 808..!!

  7. ai-eee-soos May 8, 2019 12:45 pm

    •2022 QB AJ Bianco was offered by Hawaii.

    Listed at 6’4″, 200, and will be attending St. Louis.

    In April, 2017, Hawaii offered when he was a 6’2”, 180 Soph

    at Lahaina.

  8. Warrior Dave May 8, 2019 12:51 pm

    So happy to see upper level Hawaii recruits pledge to stay home. Hope they don’t change their mind but maybe Rolo and staff are starting to turn the corner on local recruiting. Good job Coaches!

  9. Stephen Tsai May 8, 2019 1:44 pm

    Spoke with Abu Maafala, and he likens Ezra to a bigger Kaimana Padello.
    I’d say that’s a nice compliment.

  10. NorthShoreFan May 8, 2019 6:14 pm

    Wow!…really looking like the “Home Team”!
    Keep em coming!

  11. tom-warriornation May 8, 2019 6:59 pm

    yes keep them coming! Go Warriors!

    UH at Reno football ticket info:
    the tix for the visitor section are sideline but in the endzone (back of the goalline so not good; also bleacher seats). we are sitting at the 40 yd line (with chairbacks) behind our team but these seats are $67; wanna join us? so far; we have about 20 diehard fans! text me 415-324-0585

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid May 8, 2019 10:13 pm

    Can’t have too many Warrior recruits, I say! I mua! (I might be just a little biased.)

    Missed a couple of posts – good news in all of them.


  13. A-House May 9, 2019 5:46 am

    okie dokie — keep ‘um coming!!

    many, many years ago, several top D1 coaches were not afraid to say that if UH was able to keep all of their top 15 seniors at home, they would be “rated within” the top 15 teams each and every year

    this has yet to happen, but it can start any year.

  14. islandman May 9, 2019 7:08 am

    FB single year APR for 2017 dropped to 914 from 954.
    4-yr average of 952 is okay, for now.

  15. islandman May 9, 2019 7:13 am

    UH football at #107 is tied with UNLV, Arizona in APR ranking for 2017-18.

  16. iGrokSpock May 9, 2019 8:34 am

    A big mahalo to Ezra and in committing to UH! Rolo just needs to keep on roloing.

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid May 9, 2019 12:07 pm

    Per an article in the SA today, Evaimalo is Samson Satele’s nephew. Better still! Terrific Warrior bloodlines!

  18. SteveM May 9, 2019 12:14 pm

    Welcome Ezra Evaimalo and Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala to the home team!

    Mahalo to tom-warriornation for his away game ticket efforts. I try to track his updates on my simplified Tsai-ko web page at:


  19. hiusername May 9, 2019 1:58 pm

    ai-eee-soos, bianco will be soph in 2019 fall at saint louis. was he a soph in 2017 at lahaina?

  20. hiusermane May 9, 2019 2:03 pm

    ai-eee-soos. bianco will be soph in fall 2019 at saint louis. how was it that he was soph in 2017 at lahaina?

  21. Stephen Tsai May 9, 2019 4:46 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49678

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