Mililani receiver to join Warriors

Mililani slotback Kainoa Wilson said he will join the Warriors in 2015.

Wilson suffered a broken collarbone in the 2014 opener against Saint Louis, a game in which he caught two scoring passes. He missed the next six games, but returned to catch seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns against Kaiser. He had two scoring catches in the state championship game against Punahou.

Here’s the full story: Wilson


  1. letsgowarriors December 31, 2014 8:21 am

    nowhere in the article did it state scholarship. is he a walkon or scholie?

  2. tom December 31, 2014 8:23 am


  3. Andrew December 31, 2014 8:26 am

    That is great news to end the year. Looks like the signing of Milton is becoming contagious for other local recruits. The more they sign, hopefully the more others want to join in and help to rebuild the program.

  4. nanakuli December 31, 2014 9:13 am

    Are we getting new coaches to join Coach Chow’s staff. We had changes the last three years.

  5. Ipu Man December 31, 2014 9:32 am

    Good catch by Norm Chow.
    Happy New Year to all the football players
    and all us Tsaiko bench warmers…
    No Fear 🙂

  6. HOSSANA December 31, 2014 9:32 am

    UH needs to recruit Div. 1 players….the QB from Mililani and now this receiver is nowhere the type of talent needed to compete on the Div. 1 level…just because they are local is not an excuse to waste scholarships on these type of players…c’mon , UH…..recruit skill players from the mainland and not these under 6 feet clowns…..oh, well, i can see the criticisms that will be directed to my comments but I will stand my ground and say that we need better recruits esp. skill players from the mainland……….

  7. Andrew December 31, 2014 9:41 am


    These are high quality recruits that UH has been able to get. They are some of the best players in the state and the last time I checked, coaches around the country will agree that recruits coming from Hawaii are definitely of Div 1 quality. Also size isn’t everything, ask Chad Owens.

  8. Andrew December 31, 2014 9:42 am


    Also what is your reasoning and evidence stating that Milton and the other recruit from Mililani are not Div 1 quality recruits?

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid December 31, 2014 9:47 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! Happy New Years Eve!

    I have seen the name of Campbell DE/DT Tristan Ludiazo mentioned here before – had a chance to see him in action at a Wrestling Tournament at Moanalua HS yesterday.

    He’s very tall, well built, and athletic for a heavyweight and basically crushed his competition. Of the couple hundred kids in the tourney, he looked like the guy who could be a Warrior.

    He’s likely around 240 -260 pounds right now, but with is frame he could be up near 300 and still be pretty athletic. Don’t know his full story, but I hope UH is looking at him, at least as a preferred walk-on, if not scholie player.

    Stephen –
    Is Salanoa-Wiley projected as a DT or RB at UH? He played both at Kahuku and while he excelled at DT, he also looks like he could develop into a power back ala Joey Iosefa. Good burst and great feet for such a big man. Wherever he plays at UH, he’s going to be a great one someday.

  10. NorthShoreFan December 31, 2014 9:51 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day!
    First of all…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all a Healthy, Safe and Wealthy New Year.
    and …You are what you think. All that you are arises from your thoughts. With your thoughts you make your world.
    So…think good things for UH Athletics!…lol

    Welcome to Warrior Football recruits!…Mahalos!…IMUA WARRIORS!

  11. jeezy33 December 31, 2014 9:53 am

    1. Hopefully walk on.. our standards at skill positions have to be set higher to compete with the better mwc teams… kinda shows lack of recruiting connections by our offensive coaches. Ideally you wanna hit on linemen in Hawaii, and the few exception skilled kids like keala santiago or vae malepeai.

  12. JimB December 31, 2014 9:54 am

    6 – Eh, HO, you da clown brah.

  13. JimB December 31, 2014 9:57 am

    “recruit skill players from the mainland and not these under 6 feet clowns”
    “kinda shows lack of recruiting connections by our offensive coaches”

    comments like these prove who the clowns are

  14. Da Punchbowl Kid December 31, 2014 10:00 am

    McKenzie Milton is one of the best football players in the state right now. He will be one of the top five, if not the best next year. If you want to recruit well locally, you have to get your share of the top players in the state. UH is wise in getting Timoteo and Milton early on.

  15. jm2375 December 31, 2014 10:26 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve and stays safe tonight.

    Congrats again to the BasketBows on their win last night.

    DPK – don’t feed the troll. He needs to get back on his meds and back into his cave.

  16. Andrew December 31, 2014 10:37 am

    Geez 42-0 TCU absolutely demolishing Ole Miss. That is absolutely embarrassing for Ole Miss. I still think they got the top 4 playoff teams right though.

  17. JimB December 31, 2014 11:06 am

    DPK, HOSSANA has his name spelled wrong. He got it backwards.

  18. oldtimer808 December 31, 2014 11:21 am

    #6 You’re so right. You will be criticized for your clownish comments. What makes you a judge of good Div 1 players? To downplay student/athletes for their size to compete is naive and at best.

  19. Les December 31, 2014 11:22 am

    I am just wondering if the pundits think recruiting is easy. First you have the returning athletes on scholarship, then the JC transfers, then the local high school standouts, then the transfers from other colleges, then the walk ons. If I forgot anyone please forgive me.

  20. SteveM December 31, 2014 11:28 am

    Good morning everyone!
    …the last one of 2014. Happy New Year!
    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

    Welcome to Kainoa Wilson!
    Mahalo for being a Warrior!

  21. Roger Yamagata December 31, 2014 11:33 am

    #6 I guess if we recruit only 7 foot tall football players we’ll have a winning season? I think not. Height does not make the difference. It is speed, strength, intelligence, power, and a big local heart!

  22. cappie the dog December 31, 2014 11:37 am

    Whatever happened to Mililani’s all-state receiver Deshawn Duncan Benson? I thought he was good enough to play for a FBS school. If Kainoa Wilson is as good as him, welcome aboard. It’s my fear that Marcus Mariota’s success will encourage even more schools to recruit here. It blew my mind when Illinois State almost recruited Jarin Morikawa. I thought: We’re in trouble if FCS schools from the Midwest is looking at our talent, too.

    Anybody catch the Prairie View A&M/Hawaii telecast. Sellito said something that Jim Leahey, I guess, found inane, and sort of lashed out at him, asking him, “Is the NAIA still in existence?” Remember when Sellito said that you can stay in the key for seven seconds if you move around?

  23. jeezy33 December 31, 2014 11:51 am

    16. Skilled position as a whole has been a let down for the past 5 recruiting classes. No pointing out anyone specific but if you just look at what we run out there vs other teams in our conference, it’s not even close. Hawaii WRs, RBs, TEs, aren’t in the same ball park as ones from Fresno, Nevada, SDSU, CSU, Boise.. etc… I would even throw Wyoming in there. After Pilares and Salas, it’s been a drastic decline.

  24. Rodney December 31, 2014 11:58 am

    Uh recruiting effort is outstanding ! Results maybe not
    what we all wish for.It ain’t easy and we don’t have scholi
    to waste on bad players.The effort is their. Thank you Coaches!
    Thank you future warriors. I really think Max at Qb will
    make Wynn a better play caller and Chow game plan be executed
    correctly. Happy New year Hawaii !!

  25. jeezy33 December 31, 2014 12:04 pm

    20. Effort is lacking big time In comparison to other schools..

  26. Footballinthe 808 December 31, 2014 12:24 pm

    6. Hossana, Hossana, Hossana,

    So I guess in your world height = talent. For your sake I sure hope you are tall. Would be sad with the intelligence displayed by your comments if you were short as well.

  27. hitman December 31, 2014 12:28 pm

    aloha morning all !! nice to see chow is getting the boys to stay home !! hope we can get some of the big boys to for the line!! and running back with braeak away speed !! thats a key thing that been missing the past 3 season !! we had power runner but never one that could break away !!
    happy new year everyone and hope all UH sports can keep up the fire
    that UH benjy basketball team has show us !! go bows and coach chow hoping on a great 2015 !!

  28. Tiki808 December 31, 2014 12:35 pm

    How tall was this guy? Speaking on my own. I don’t know any KIF. They’re too small. Yesterday’s blog post on UH football guy. So on him if I didn’t mention his name?

  29. shoichi84 December 31, 2014 12:53 pm

    #6. I dunno what tape you’re watching, but Milton and Timoteo both looked incredible this season as juniors. I imagine they would have both been recruited by lots of MWC schools had they not committed to UH so early. I can’t remember back to last year to say how good Kainoa Wilson was, but if memory serves me he was by far the go to receiver at MHS…a team that obviously has a ton of talent. I feel like you’re just basing your statements on past stereotypes as opposed to actually watching the kids play.

  30. SteveM December 31, 2014 1:08 pm

    On Monday, the 8th anniversary of the first Tsai-ko blog party quietly passed by. The Tsai-ko blog parties were special because many bloggers showed up to meet each other in person. No longer being anonymous blog names on a computer, the blog host and self-proclaimed Tsai-kos rose to another level of interaction, and the blog exploded to 3oo+ comments a day. Not all “on topic”, but ST has a sense of humor…and now he knew many of them personally.

    There were 4 official blog parties, the 4th being the 2nd anniversary of the blog in July 2008. No further blog parties at the request of ST… but how can you top the 4th? When I relocated the blog photo archives 2 years ago, the new format could not do justice to the original layout so I left it on the back burner. Yesterday, I finally restored the Blog Party 4 archive…

    Being 6+ years old, not all the links work and we have since lost Long Time UH Fan and Calvin from Kona seen in the photos. Many of the Tsai-kos shown post today… even if infrequently, they certainly lurk. This archive will also give new bloggers here a glimpse of the faces behind the blog names.

  31. Willie December 31, 2014 1:08 pm

    Watching Boise State vs Arizona. The BSU QB mentioned as under 6 feet. His 1st half is excellent, 17/18, 1 TD & 1 Int. super accurate in and outside the pocket; very mobile with reported 4.55 40 time.

    Last time I looked Wolsey was so called desired QB measurable height. He was horrible in 2014 with I believe under 50% completions, not accurate in or out of the pocket; as many Int’s. As TDs.

  32. Manoa#1 December 31, 2014 1:16 pm

    Lol @ Hosana Clowns Playing for a clown Coach.

  33. kapakahi December 31, 2014 1:27 pm

    The stats indicate that Timoteo was clearly the Trojan’s go-to receiver last season.

    Glad that Wilson joining Warriors but JMHO that fellow Trojan receiver Bronson Ramos….who’s bigger and faster…,but might not have Wilson’s hands….is comparable as a SB prospect.

  34. beans December 31, 2014 1:34 pm

    Football is a team sport. It takes all 11 to make the offense go. If the line doesn’t block well enough to give the QB time to find a receiver the pass play is doomed. Putting the onus on the skilled position players is not justifiable. We had some good players at those positions just not a good enough complete team effort, including the play calling, to let them shine.
    Happy New Year!

  35. jeezy33 December 31, 2014 1:35 pm

    27. Only issue I really have is our offensive coaches lack connections and experience to go out and get the right type of WRs and RBs we lack at Hawaii. We should be in Texas and California to add the type of athleticism.

    In the past, we got solid slot type WRs to walk on and earn a scholarship eventually after hard work. We need guys that can stretch the field. We don’t have a lot of speed on our offense. If I were going to sign an athlete with upside in the 808, it would be Mamiya or Piceno. We need explosive guys.

  36. kapakahi December 31, 2014 1:59 pm


    Gotta agree with you……that both Mamiya & Piceno are explosive.

    JMHO that it’s their acceleration after changing directions is really noticeable…..when they gain separation.

  37. Z December 31, 2014 2:11 pm

    From one who has watched Mililani games I really like Wilson. He was key playmaker for the team. We need playmakers.

  38. kapakahi December 31, 2014 2:13 pm


    Like Ryan Mouton asked…..when he phoned in on the “Call The Coach” Radio Show this past season……”Why isn’t UH continuing to recruit from the JCs in Texas?”

    Didn’t sound like Coach knew who Mouton was……when he responded that “UH still recruits in Texas”.

    Other than WR Vasquez Haynes. can’t recall any other Texas JC signee.

  39. kapakahi December 31, 2014 2:24 pm


    No doubt that Wilson has sure hands……something that the UH receivers had trouble demonstrating on a consistent basis last season.

    Gotta catch the ball… have a chance to become a playmaker.

  40. kapakahi December 31, 2014 2:28 pm

    Hopefully UH in touch with both Mamiya & Piceno…..

  41. kapakahi December 31, 2014 2:29 pm

    Hopefully UH in touch with Mamiya……

  42. kapakahi December 31, 2014 2:31 pm

    …..and with Piceno…..

  43. gigi-hawaii December 31, 2014 2:58 pm

    Good link to the blog parties.
    Hope everyone is enjoying New Year’s Eve.

  44. Willie December 31, 2014 3:14 pm

    #6, BSU from the MWC with a whole bunch of 6 foot and under football players just beat favored Arizona who had a lot of 6′ 2″ & over highly recruited athletes.

    Key was Boise State played team ball within its schemes on both side of the ball. Excellent coaching for a 1st year head coach. Coaching makes a big difference. They had a new 32 year old OC that did not predominantly do a “run, run, pass, punt” try not to lose mentality like a team located here in Hawaii.

  45. champ December 31, 2014 3:46 pm

    2016!! We need players now!! But do we have enough scholarships?

  46. Tempmanoa December 31, 2014 4:38 pm

    It was Chow who wants big pro type QB’s–6’4″ 240 lb. guys like Witek and Graham. Chow also said we need to go outside Hawaii for speed and skill players Chow has been focused on the mainland for our corners, for fast (not power) running backs, and for speedy and tall receivers. Our recruiting success is determined on beating the personell our opponents are recruiting (especially with an offense like Chow’s). We know we are coming behind from watching other Mountain West receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks. We will see what we get soon.

  47. jeezy33 December 31, 2014 4:55 pm

    44. Not sure why you’re comparing Boise athletes to Hawaii.. Not even close. Height is not the issue.

  48. BigWave96744 December 31, 2014 4:56 pm

    ESPN has his 40 time at 4.69

  49. Rodney December 31, 2014 5:09 pm

    Think that transfer WR from BYU
    Collie? Anyway I think he will be a
    pleasant surprise and along with
    Pedroza and Stubbelfield. Max
    Throwing 60% plus completions.
    IM EXCITED!! We all should be!!

  50. shoichi84 December 31, 2014 5:23 pm

    Sorry if I didn’t make it clear, but I meant that Kainoa was the go-to guy during his junior year and was supposed to be the go-to guy this year except that he missed most of the season with injury. So I looked it up and I was wrong anyway…
    Wilson was slightly behind Bronson Ader last year as far as stats are concerned. I probably just thought he was the go to guy last year because that’s how they were hyping him up this year before his injury.
    Definitely agree on Mamiya but never got to see Piceno play.

  51. Z December 31, 2014 6:07 pm

    I hope they give Derick Suapaia a look too.

  52. al December 31, 2014 6:58 pm

    Harbaugh’s arrival is drawing more interest from many a blue chipper that wasn’t happening prior to his arrival.

  53. TMANZ December 31, 2014 8:17 pm

    All we need is Vavae and we all set

  54. A-House December 31, 2014 8:37 pm

    The “chill” has returned to the valley – the sky is crystal clear in the early morning hours – valley heats up as the sun crests the low mountains and gives us much needed hot water and “free” electricity.

    It was the coldest last night – truly biting cold – one that “stings” your skin

    Tonight will be just as cold or colder so I wrap my body in knitted synthetic socks, long flannel pant, t-shirt covered with a Sports Illustrated sweat shirt

    finally, I rest my back on an electric pad to ease the low back pain

  55. A-House December 31, 2014 8:44 pm

    there are many “good” football players in Hawaii – cream of the crop usually opts for the “name”, power5 conferences – few, decide to stay “home”

    there are others just as good, but do not qualify academically and coaches will seemingly “not” seek their services, but coaches will not make it public knowledge – which is good – however, coaching staff should make every effort to initiate contact with all those who are academically eligible – never know what will take the “bait”

  56. A-House December 31, 2014 8:49 pm

    UH vs Michigan in 2016 – now that will be very interesting and perhaps devastating for UH with all those “blue chippers” gravitating to Michigan because of Jim Harbaugh

    is his name more of a draw than Ohio State? USC? Notre Dame? Alabama? Oregon? Florida State? TCU?

    al, if Harbaugh came to UH, do you think the “blue chippers” will gravitate to Hawaii or is it a combination of coach and school?

  57. A-House December 31, 2014 8:50 pm

    and to all the World, may 2015 be one of the absolute best year in our lives!!!!!!!!!!

    and to all Happy New Year and goodnight!

  58. al December 31, 2014 9:48 pm

    A house…both.
    Happy new year to all!

  59. ai-eee-soos December 31, 2014 10:38 pm



  60. st. anthony trojan December 31, 2014 10:57 pm

    happy new years there to all.. we had ours last nite.. rain a little here…hope u all have a good n safe one there.

  61. SteveM December 31, 2014 11:27 pm

    Since ST usually shuts down on New Year’s day, I’ll say goodnight and Happy New Year!
    …see ya all on the flip side. 😉

  62. PHIL January 1, 2015 1:46 am

    That Ferd Lewis article in the Star Ad website, 10th paragraph, about Norm bringing in an OC…hopefully that is true…sad part is he’ll have to “release” one of the assistant coaches…Happy New Year Warrior Fans…GO BOWS !!!!!

  63. Abunai January 1, 2015 3:03 am

    #48 Bigwave….

    Just a FYI the number 1 DB in the class of 2015 recruits on espn list almost the same 40 time. So I’m not sure how accurate it is.

  64. Abunai January 1, 2015 3:04 am

    #48 Bigwave….

    Just a FYI the number 2 DB in the class of 2015 recruits on espn list almost the same 40 time. So I’m not sure how accurate it is.

  65. Shoko January 1, 2015 6:03 am

    Ugh, head pounding, dry mouth and semi-nauseous is not a way to start 2015.
    Have to make a mental note not to drink excessively to celebrate the new year, however, like many resolutions, that seems to be doomed for failure.

    Hope 2015 is filled with brighter days for the UH football program. There are a lot of quality and affordable offensive coordinators in need of employment.

    Come on, Chow! Hire one and delegate him the authority on offense!

  66. jeezy33 January 1, 2015 8:33 am

    63. Yeah, I’m sure he’s as fast as SEC DBs… lol

  67. RB January 1, 2015 8:44 am

    ST not sure if its true but word is Barry Higdon is going to transfer. Can you confirm?

  68. Stephen Tsai January 1, 2015 9:40 am

    A new year, a new blog entry:

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