Warriors add center, CB

The Rainbow Warriors have added all-state center Kaiwi Chung of Kamehameha Schools and cornerback Jamal Mayo of Laney College. Here’s what it means:

> Filling needs: Cornerbacks and offensive linemen topped the 2014 recruiting wish list. Even though signing day was in February, the Rainbow Warriors continued to build the 2014 roster. Mayo is fast (he ran track at Oakland’s Skyline High), productive (10 interceptions in 18 JC games) and highly recommended (UH coach Norm Chow and Laney coach John Beam are good friends). Chung was considered the best prep lineman in the state last year. He received the most votes among offensive linemen in the Star-Advertiser’s all-state selections. He will boost an o-line that had only 10 healthy players available for the spring scrimmage.

> Why they’re available: The early offers, from schools such as Missouri, poured in when Mayo was projected to earn an AA degree in December 2013 (after three semesters), making him eligible to join an FBS school this past spring semester. But Mayo needed a fourth semester at Laney. He will earn an AA this month and, if all goes according to plan, will join the Warriors this summer with three years to play two UH seasons. Chung does not fit the prototype. He is considered to be undersized — some estimate he is sub-6 feet; others put him at 72 inches. But he is tough, freakishly strong, and technically sound. He has impressed staff at football clinics the past couple of years.

> Impact: UH’s philosophy is JC players aren’t recruited to stand on the sideline. Mayo will compete for playing time in the cornerback rotation. Chung is projected as a four-and-done player. He is not expected to redshirt, and will compete on the o-line and special teams.

> Highlights: 1) Chung video. 2) Mayo videos


  1. 1 May 24, 2014 7:16 am


  2. 3-Prong May 24, 2014 7:20 am

    Good Morning Hawaii and Hawaii at Heart!

    Hey……what’s all the huhu with Chris Hart and Trap following lasts nights game?

  3. Boolakanaka May 24, 2014 7:31 am

    Kaiwi, is really scrappy, good technician, and powerful for his size, but I take a little pause on him bring 6 foot. That said, I know the ohana…Dean’s stepdad, is former Kailua great Eddie Chung, who played at Boise State. His sister, Kelly, was also a helluva of canoe paddler back in the day.

  4. Old School Dave May 24, 2014 7:38 am

    Welcome, Mr. Mayo and Mr. Chung. Lots of talented athletes come out of Laney JC. Chung has the potential to become another Mana Greig, (around the same height at 5.11), who started at OG for Oregon.

  5. Stephen Tsai May 24, 2014 7:42 am

    I saw that reference on Facebook.
    These things I know: 1) Media people get yelled at all the time. 2) Nobody is going to feel sorry for media people. 3) Media people have a greater platform than the coaches/players. 4) Because 1 and 2 are a way of life and 3 comes with greater responsibility, it’s just best for media people not to make issue and grumble publicly.

  6. 3-Prong May 24, 2014 8:08 am

    ST: Good perspective…thanks.

    I expect Trap to be fired up following a tough loss where we lose a big lead. If he wasn’t I’d be concerned.

  7. Ipu Man May 24, 2014 8:16 am

    Welcome Kaiwi and Jamal. Thanks for choosing UH. Study hard. Play hard. Be happy.

  8. Luki May 24, 2014 8:42 am

  9. MattyBoy May 24, 2014 8:50 am


    Being that Wittek is out now, are we still in the hunt for another QB?

  10. tommui May 24, 2014 8:52 am


    And warm welcome Kaiwi Chung and Jamal Mayo!

    ST – hope you are feeling better.

  11. kapakahi May 24, 2014 8:59 am

    Had a feeling that Kaiwi Chung might end up at UH……since he and his dad were regular observers at UH Saturday practice sessions this past Spring Ball.

  12. kapakahi May 24, 2014 9:07 am

    Definitely a sub-6 footer.

  13. Stephen Tsai May 24, 2014 9:13 am

    Dean Chung looks like he can still suit up

  14. BigWave96744 May 24, 2014 9:19 am

    Good thing former Oakland Skyline and UH DB and current UDUB recruiting coordinator Keith Bhonapha didn’t snag Jamal.

  15. BigWave96744 May 24, 2014 9:22 am

    Anyone who dogs sub par 6′ Oline guys should remember Mack and his Oline coach snubbed Mana Greig, who wanted to be a Warrior like his cousins John Estes and Kahai & Kainoa Lacount. Instead Mana walked on at Oregon and earned a scholie and starting position.

  16. turfwar May 24, 2014 9:48 am

    Kaiwi’s hilight video is one of the most impressive I have ever seen. His footwork and technique is about as good as it gets. To me he is very deserving of a scholarship and if he is a walk-on he will get one at some point early in his career. Thank you for becoming a Warrior Kaiwi and a big welcome to Jamal. Can’t wait to see both of you in fall camp.

  17. boolakanaka May 24, 2014 9:49 am

    13-ST: Dean Chung did not play football in HS, rather he actually was a very good hard-ball player for the boys of kalaepohaku.

  18. Whats up May 24, 2014 10:06 am

    Kaiwi Chung is one tough hard nose scrappy undersized O lineman. Talk about fearless, on his video he looks for somebody to block, he doesn’t stand around but rather he goes after somebody to block. Got to like this kid motor and drive to block and take down whoever is in his field of vision. Two thumbs up!!

  19. Whats up May 24, 2014 10:07 am

    Didn’t we have other UH players come from Laney College in the past?

  20. jm2375 May 24, 2014 10:20 am

    Welcome to the Warrior ʻohana, Mr. Chung and Mr. Mayo.

  21. Shoko May 24, 2014 10:45 am

    Chung looks pretty strong and athletic. Will be interesting to see how he plays at the division I level.

    Have a craving for some pancakes now.

  22. Shoko May 24, 2014 10:47 am

    P.S. Welcome to oth Chung and Mayo.

  23. Shoko May 24, 2014 10:53 am

    Hmm, just saw that Chung’s weight comes in at 253 pounds. Might need to add a few more pounds.

  24. Old School Dave May 24, 2014 11:12 am

    Forgot about Kaiwi Chung’s game against that big D-lineman from Farrington in the preseason. Leverage, leverage, sustain your blocks.

  25. oldtimer808 May 24, 2014 11:17 am

    Welcome Chung to the Rainbow Warriors. I liked his video. Man this young man has quick feet and doesn’t give in. I think height is over rated. Quickness and technique will over come a lot plus this young man looks pretty strong in his lower half.

  26. Shoko May 24, 2014 11:28 am

    And if Chung struggles at center, try him out as a fullback.

  27. jeezy33 May 24, 2014 11:38 am

    Anyone with doubts about chung go to oc sports site and watch Kamehameha vs Farrington … he shuts down a 4 star DT

  28. 3-Prong May 24, 2014 12:17 pm

    Although undersized, chung does have good footwork, positions himself between defender and ball carrier very well and plays with a little mean streak. Love how he always looks for multiple people to hit after primary responsibility is taken care of. Das how to play dat position!

  29. Shoko May 24, 2014 12:25 pm

    So, some folks saying he’s under his listed height. If the two-inch rule is in effect that would make him 5’10”?

  30. hatakeman May 24, 2014 12:28 pm

    Shawn Ching (’78-’81) was a really good center. Wasn’t he just 6′? Chung looks really good in his video. Looking forward to see him play.

  31. Shoko May 24, 2014 12:30 pm

    OC16 archive of that game wasn’t working. Instead found clips (3) of the Farrington game.

    Part I

    Part II

    Part III (postgame)

  32. hatakeman May 24, 2014 12:38 pm

    Michelle Wie shot back-to-back 66s (yesterday n today). At 13 under, she’s now tied for 4th, three stokes back of leader Anna Nordqvist. Girl is now playing her best golf as a pro.

  33. whitey May 24, 2014 12:45 pm

    Aloha and welcome to warrior football, Kaiwi Chung and Jamal Mayo. Much mahalos for becoming a warrior.

  34. whitey May 24, 2014 12:48 pm

    porgot, good afternoon Tsaikos

  35. SteveM May 24, 2014 1:17 pm

    Good afternoon everyone!

    Welcome to Kaiwi Chung and Jamal Mayo!

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid May 24, 2014 1:42 pm

    Welcome to new Warriors Chung and Mayo!

  37. A-House May 24, 2014 1:58 pm

    Is Kaiwi a “power lifter”? Very strong, sustains blocks, goes after any opponent, plays until the whistle blows.

    how will he do against bigger, quicker, and stronger DL? strength and leverage may be his 2 strong points.

    his “gambra” spirit is impressive!

  38. A-House May 24, 2014 2:00 pm

    hey, hey, hey – gambra should be gambarah

    had difficulty following Mayo in the video

  39. pukalaniboy May 24, 2014 2:02 pm

    welcome mr chung and mr mayo.

  40. gobows May 24, 2014 2:21 pm

    shooting rampage near ucsb, 7 killed including gunman.


  41. al May 24, 2014 3:57 pm

    37, 38…what is gambarah?
    or do you mean “ganbare”?

  42. Shoko May 24, 2014 4:06 pm


  43. ALLAN May 24, 2014 4:23 pm


  44. d1shima May 24, 2014 4:57 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Welcome Mr. Chung and Mr. Mayo.

  45. d1shima May 24, 2014 5:06 pm

    Alternately: Gambatte!

  46. jeezy33 May 24, 2014 5:34 pm

    31. Nice… for the impatient people, fast forward to 9:55 mark in 1st video. #54 vs #1. It’s clear who wins that match up on consecutive plays..

  47. Stephen Tsai May 24, 2014 5:54 pm

    I spoke with Chung several times during spring ball. I kept hearing he was considered undersized but he didn’t appear that way.

  48. kimo browner May 24, 2014 5:55 pm

    Good to see the warriors giving Kaiwi Chung a shot. I recall years ago when a Navy team pulled into Halawa brandishing an All-American center that was 5-11. I believe that was during the JJ era. Congrads to Kaiwi and best wishes to him and Jamal and welcome to the Rainbow Warrior Ohana 🙂

  49. Ipu Man May 24, 2014 6:16 pm

    I miss creative play calling like the fumble-roosky. I bet Kaiwi would be good at it.

  50. gobows May 24, 2014 6:18 pm

    wonder if texas tech seen video of that farrington-kamehameha game…

  51. gobows May 24, 2014 6:37 pm


    1999 terrence anderson

  52. Derek May 24, 2014 6:55 pm

    Nice to add some new players to the team, but is there another QB out there, like a real “GOOD” QB. I’ve seen Woolsey, I’ve seen Higgins, I’ve seen Graham, the walk-ons are walk-ons for a reason, and right now I’m not feeling good about the prospects of a winning season this year. You need a leader who can make plays who is efficient. The unknown at this point is Reilly so I hope he can come in and do some good things. The problem is that he’s starting from scratch and it is a hellava burden as a true freshman coming in, although it’s not like he’s only 18 years old having gone on a church mission. I wasn’t high on Wittek either. From what I’ve read in the spring, it appears that Higgins was the steadiest. Woolsey might have more upside, but he made more mistakes. Whatever the situation, Chow’s search for the Holy Grail continues. We don’t need a Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson, or a Ty Detmer. I would settle for a Robbie Bosco.

  53. kapakahi May 24, 2014 7:19 pm


    Definitely not undersized…….just compact.

  54. AllG May 24, 2014 7:24 pm

    Wasn’t too thrilled about a 6 ft center, but after watching his video I can see why he got the most 1st team votes. He is a nasty player, finishes his blocks, and is strong. If he proves to be too small for oline I would love to see him at fullback. If he were 5 in taller I think he would be one of the top recruits in the nation.

  55. 808WarriorFan May 24, 2014 7:26 pm

    Kaiwi Chung concerns me due to his size; I sure hope he is fundamentally and technically sound and plays w/ heart. If so he’ll be great. Also I’m glad to hear we’re recruiting guys to compete right away not they are not “projects”. I guess Coach Chow does realize “the honeymoon is over” and he has to win in ’14…..sure as heck hope he does. A friend of mine knows DL Coach Lewis Powell who said “if we don’t win 6 games this year we all deserve to be fired”

  56. kapakahi May 24, 2014 7:27 pm

    With Chow good friends with Laney College HC, hopefully this means that UH has a legit shot at landing DT/DE Tofa (Anthony) Fotu……


  57. kapakahi May 24, 2014 7:48 pm


    Definitely both fundamentally and technically sound…..with good quickness and explosiveness……and also very strong…….

    Benched 225 lbs 24 times at the 2013 PIAA Combine a year ago (last May 2013 prior to his senior season)…..

    Also was tops at the 2013 Boise State football camp benching 185 lbs 34 times last June 2013….

  58. al May 24, 2014 11:14 pm

    55…please review the kaiwi chung video. it addresses your concerns.
    he needs perhaps 25 pounds to get up to snuff. can teach his motor and technically as sound as or better than any recruit in the past two years.

  59. al May 24, 2014 11:17 pm

    54…as one former all wac uh o-tackle reminded me, that olin kreutz is 6’1″ and change and dominic raiola is 6’1″. kaiwi chung also trains with these two as well as brian derby.

    …nuff said

  60. al May 24, 2014 11:17 pm

    kaiwi chung could turn out to be the gem of the class.

  61. al May 24, 2014 11:19 pm

    speaking of short stuff…anyone remember delmar Johnson all 5’7″ of him after the 2″ rule subtraction. he had a nice time out there on the aloha stadium.

  62. al May 24, 2014 11:22 pm

    52…i have this feeling that someone will emerge. a bryant moniz may be lurking in the locker room. i am thinking that chow is comfortable with what he has. otherwise, he’d have gone after more than just a wittek.

  63. al May 24, 2014 11:24 pm

    ipu man…i loved that fumble rooski play. however, i believe its been banned.

  64. al May 24, 2014 11:26 pm

    brian derby is very high on this kid.

  65. al May 24, 2014 11:31 pm

    chris naeole is very high on this kid.

  66. al May 25, 2014 2:03 am

    jamal mayo chose Hawaii over troy, texas st., ohio. mizzou did have an early offer.

  67. d1shima May 25, 2014 6:04 am

    Great Morning All!

    Have a reticent Memorial Day. With Gratitude.

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