Warriors get two more Saint Louis commits

Yep, the Saints are marching in.

Saint Louis School wideout Jonah Panoke and defensive back Kai Kaneshiro announced they have accepted 2018 scholarship from the Warriors. They join quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who made his UH pledge two weeks ago. All three will be seniors this coming season.

Here’s our take on the commitments:

> Mirror images: Panoke and Kaneshiro are both 6 feet 2 and 185 pounds. In the 40-yard dash at the UH Elite Camp, Panoke was timed at 4.5 seconds, Kaneshiro at 4.56.

> Role playing: Panoke was limited to five games in 2016 because of a thumb injury. But in the Open Division championship game, Panoke caught a 52-yard scoring pass from Tua Tagovailoa. “Tua just told me: ‘go deep, bro, go 1-on-1, and catch it,'” Panoke recalled. He finished the season averaging 20.3 yards per catch. Kaneshiro said he volunteered to play free safety to fill a vacancy. He is projected to compete at corner this year.

> Assessment: “Jonah’s got talent,” Saint Louis coach Cal Lee said. “He kind of reminds me of Drew Kobayashi.” On Kaneshiro, Lee said, “I like Kai because he’s one of those kids who works hard, never stops, relentless. He ties to do the best he can. And it shows when you look at him practicing and competing. He wants to be the best. I like that effort he has.”

> Brotherhood: Panoke and Cordeiro were Pop Warner teammates with the Kalani Falcons. “He’s been my quarterback since second grade,” Panoke said.

Jonah Panoke (left) and Chevan Cordeiro as Pop Warner teammates

Chevan Cordeiro (left) and Jonah Panoke

> Going local: In 2000, then UH coach June Jones made his mark when he signed 14 local players. At the time, the keys were four Saint Louis signees — quarterback Tim Chang, slotback Gerald Welch, and offensive linemen Chad Kahale and Phil Kauffman. That class had two sleepers: Leonard Peters, who delayed enrollment for a year and eventually was a Warrior for six years, and a feisty quarterback named Nick Rolovich.

> Camp fire: UH’s recruiting heated up with the resuscitation of its football camps. Panoke and Kaneshiro said they were impressed with UH’s program, coaching and direction after attending the Elite Camp on the Manoa campus.


  1. tom June 20, 2017 8:25 am

    (Recruiting) – keep them coming!

  2. Ron June 20, 2017 8:26 am

    Great human interest side to these boys becoming Warriors! Thanks S.T.

  3. H-Man June 20, 2017 8:46 am

    Looking forward to these three in Warrior uniforms. Great story and pics.

  4. NorthShoreFan June 20, 2017 8:46 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    Great news keep coming in….The boyz look like peanut butter and jelly. One stick to you like sticky peanut butter the other a receiver sweet like jelly.
    anyways keep the pipeline going!

  5. snowmantoo June 20, 2017 9:41 am

    Can we say there were 15 local recruits in that 2000 considering Rolo’s present status? Good to see the local boys choosing to stay home.

  6. Stephen Tsai June 20, 2017 11:12 am

    I really thought Chad Kahale and Phil Kauffman would have had better careers at UH. Those two were pretty menacing in high school.

  7. A-House June 20, 2017 12:18 pm

    ‘oh when the saints, oh when the saints go marching in” —

    how about some “surf riders” catching a wave to UH?

    or, that ewa plains plowing the fields at lower campus?

  8. A-House June 20, 2017 1:24 pm

    or, ride a canoe from Cali to Honolulu

    how about O’ Canada? neva get one long time! ride dem skis!!!!!

  9. A-House June 20, 2017 1:34 pm


    did I ever tell you about our trip to DC for the Navy game?

    1st night — about 3 am — I feel a gentle tapping on my right forearm – – I wake, look at Mrs. A-House who is sleeping turned-around with her head at the foot of the bed — and whisper, “thank you, but I’m not exercising this morning” — back to sleep

    Willard Intercontinental is a very old and historic hotel directly across the White House — nearly every incoming US President spends the night before inauguration there ’cause the outgoing President is still in the White House.

    original paints throughout the lobby, lower level, hallways are just beautiful!!!!

    so far, the best UH family trip ever!!!

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid June 20, 2017 3:22 pm

    Chicken skin, A-house san! Does Tsai have your number or email? I would love to talk story with you again,

    Crusader genes and a life long “Brotherhood”? Gotta love it!

  11. Inyoface June 20, 2017 3:27 pm

    With winning a bowl game off the bucket list. The next thing on my bucket list to check off is to beat San Diego State!

  12. Manoa Mist June 20, 2017 3:35 pm

    Man I still remember when Timmy Chang signed with us. That was a good day. Even thought signing Craig Stutzman was a big deal for UH at the time. That boy was as tough as they come at receiver, even though he went lolo against BYU, lost his mind and punted the football into the stands. We forgive him for that. We need as many St. Louis and Kahuku kids as we can get. Congrats to Coach Rolo.

  13. H-Man June 20, 2017 6:38 pm

    Different subject. Athlon has ranked all 130 FBS starting QBs. Our QB, Dru Brown, is ranked No. 56. In comparison UCLA’s Josh Rosen is ranked No. 11; Wyoming’s Josh Allen, No. 20; SDSU’s Christian Chapman, No. 60; New Mexico’s Lamar Jordan, No. 78; Nevada’s David Cornwell, No. 115. And let’s not forget the one that went to Central Florida, McKenzie Milton, No. 88.

  14. Akamai Okole June 20, 2017 6:51 pm

    Great Evening All!

    Da bruddahhood.

    Das it

  15. tom-warriornation June 20, 2017 8:12 pm


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  16. 808WarriorFan June 20, 2017 11:54 pm

    Commitments are one thing … signing that Letter of Intent is another … let’s not forget “what’s his name” from Kahuku this past year who committed to UH then changed his mind to Oregon State …

  17. 808SEC June 21, 2017 4:20 am

    Could not find a lot on the recruiting boards concerning these two. However, based on the 2017 recruiting class, which IMHO was a great class, you have to believe in the ability of Rolo and staff to evaluate talent. At the same time there was a lot of noise around Rolo not being able to bring in the local recruit. Hopefully, Rolo is offering based on potential and solid evaluation, and not to appease the local fans.

  18. DaveLetterMan June 21, 2017 4:23 am

    Josh Pacheco tweeted:
    Rolovich on Tulimasealii: “The door is not completely shut” on him returning. Decision is not his, and there are things Tulimasealii must do.
    Rolovich also said that the decision for him to be reinstated goes above himself and Athletic Director David Matlin.

  19. cappie the dog June 21, 2017 6:31 am

    If Heimlich can participate in college athletics, so should Tulimasealii.

    Some programs lower the bar so low, it allows for cases such as Tulimasealii seem not so bad by comparison.

  20. A-House June 21, 2017 6:48 am

    A-House family supports the reinstatement of Kennedy T to the team!!!


    maybe at the 1st home game tailgate?

  21. H-Man June 21, 2017 8:43 am

    Listening to Josh Pacheco this morning, it sounds like Kennedy’s chances of rejoining the team might be improving. Hopefully, it all works out for Kennedy and he works towards getting his degree.

  22. Stephen Tsai June 21, 2017 8:54 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=43815

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