Warrior Beat: Tanuvasa eligible to play in 2019

Former UH basketball player/Spectrum Sports commentator David Kawika Hallums attended practice in support of Eliki Tanuvasa. Hallums and Tanuvasa's father, Eric Tanuvasa, are HPD officers and best friends. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Every so often, the NCAA does the right thing. And that happened this week when the NCAA approved a waiver that allows Eliki Tanuvasa to play for the Warriors this season.

The rule is a player has to redshirt after transferring between NCAA Division I schools. After a semester at Eastern Illinois, an FCS program, Tanuvasa enrolled at UH in January. The NCAA recognized Tanuvasa’s reasoning was legit — he came home to help his ailing father — and granted the exemption to play this season without redshirting.

So here’s what it means:

> UH gets another very good offensive lineman, one who could succeed center Kohl Levao after next season.

> At Saint Louis School, Tanuvasa was named to the All-State first team as a senior in 2017. He also was center to Tua Tagovailoa in 2016 and Chevan Cordeiro in 2017.

> As a true freshman last year, he was pressed into duty in the first half of the opener against Arkansas. He did well that game, and the others after that. At the end of the season, he was named to the FCS Freshman All-America third team.

> At the Saint Louis commencement ceremony in May 2018, Tanuvasa was named recipient of the Marianist Centennial Award. The what? So I called around, and the best answer I could get was that was the most prestigious award for a Saint Louis student. So, yes, it was a big deal. He also finished with a cumulative 4.1 GPA, including a 4.3 GPA as a junior. In review, Tanuvusa is strong, skilled and very smart.

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From this week’s practices:

Rojesterman Farris II works on his ball-recognition skills following a practice. That’s Trey Larsen, a converted slotback, who’s getting work at corner.

Former UH quarterback Shane Austin, former Rainbow Warhine basketball player Megan Tinnn Austin (the program’s career 3-point leader) and former UH coach Dan Morrison.

Offensive coordinator Brian Smith and run-and-shoot creator Mouse Davis


  1. ai-eee-soos April 12, 2019 2:20 pm


  2. ai-eee-soos April 12, 2019 2:23 pm

    Welcome home Eliki Tanuvasa.

  3. ai-eee-soos April 12, 2019 2:25 pm

    sign up Mouse Davis, already.

  4. WarriorMojo April 12, 2019 3:13 pm

    Let’s get it, Eliki! Don’t wait for next year. Make a move now!

    ST, any word on Eletise?

  5. Stephen Tsai April 12, 2019 4:14 pm

    Things still being worked out.
    The NCAA doesn’t worth that fast.

  6. iGrokSpock April 12, 2019 5:37 pm

    There was a Mouse in da House!

  7. Stephen Tsai April 12, 2019 5:57 pm

    Mouse will be here for a little bit. It’s always good for an offense to have a tune-up every now and then.

  8. burro sabio April 12, 2019 6:07 pm

    #4 – I’m sure that even though the whole OL is back, the best five will start.

  9. Warrior Dave April 12, 2019 6:55 pm

    I love it that we have many options and bodies at Oline.

  10. kev-1 April 13, 2019 7:27 am

    #5 … you mean the NCAA doesn’t work that fast for UH. You know if it was Alabama they’d have an answer by now.

  11. boolakanaka April 13, 2019 8:40 am

    Really like how the oline is going to have depth and quality….

  12. Hank April 13, 2019 9:39 am

    Did we just have the best recruiting class of the Rolo era?

  13. sackkabooya April 13, 2019 9:55 am

    Amazing 180 degree turnaround from one year ago depth wise. So many layers now.

  14. Rich T April 13, 2019 11:31 am

    Let’s go BOWS! Defend Pride Rock!

  15. NorthShoreFan April 13, 2019 4:07 pm

    Still can’t post..

  16. NorthShoreFan April 13, 2019 10:43 pm


  17. NorthShoreFan April 14, 2019 10:11 am

    Spring game this year?

  18. Stephen Tsai April 14, 2019 10:13 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49411

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