Maiava family mulling possible transfer from Kahuku
Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava may be transferring to a high school in Washington D.C., according to an Instagram post by his stepdad.
Sol-Jay Maiava’s stepdad posted on Instagram on Sunday night that he and his wife and stepson, Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava, are visiting Washington, D.C., so Sol-Jay can look into playing football there for his upcoming junior season.
A photo of Sol-Jay and his parents is on the post with the words, “And we’re off to the 202 (Washington D.C. area code)!!! Thank you to my mom, my dad and my siblings and their other halves for watching our other kiddies so we can get head start on our new journey.”
It is unclear if the family is visiting Washington for spring break or actually transferring there to finish up the school year.
Multiple Hawaii Prep World sources reached Monday morning said that Maiava is leaving today. They believe Maiava is visiting a specific a high school (unknown at this time) to see if he wants to make the transfer.
New Kahuku coach Sterling Carvalho said that the last he heard was that Maiava was going to go on a trip to Washington and then make a final decision on whether to return to Kahuku or not.
Another coach in the Kahuku football program who did not want to be identified said Rosemary Maiava-Peters, Sol-Jay’s mom, told him that they were going to Washington for spring break and would be back to finish up the school year. That source also said that if the family decides to move, they wouldn’t do it until the summer.
Maiava, according to people with close ties to last year’s Red Raiders team, had unexcused absences for a handful of practices at various points in the season and his starting job was in jeopardy for that.
Maiava, however, wound up leading the Red Raiders to the Open Division state championship game — a 31-28 last-second loss to Saint Louis in which Maiava’s last-second heave toward the end zone fell incomplete.
Maiava drew headlines as an eighth-grader when he was given a scholarship offer by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
During basketball season, Maiava was part of the Kahuku team, but — after the Red Raiders’ first-round victory against Kailua — unexpectedly did not show up for the team’s quarterfinal game and beyond, multiple sources said. The Red Raiders wound up losing 64-37 in the Division I state title game.
Sources said that it’s been common knowledge in Kahuku that his family has been thinking about the idea of Sol-Jay transferring out of the Red Raiders’ program.
“He has not been to any of Kahuku’s (spring) offensive conditioning practices,” one source said.
Another source said, “The big picture is bigger than the kid. He’s a good kid, but if he’s not here for the right reasons, then he should move on. If he did stay, coach Sterling would love to work with him because Sterling is a pass-happy guy.”
Sources also said that they believe Maiava is still enrolled at Kahuku.
In two seasons for the Red Raiders, Maiava has thrown for 2,380 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 675 yards and nine TDs.
He currently holds offers from six FBS schools — Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Utah, Virginia.