Maiava makes transfer to D.C. school official
Kahuku quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava won two OIA titles and took the Red Raiders to the Open Division state final twice as a freshman and sophomore. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Two-year Kahuku starting quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava went public late Monday night announcing he is transferring to St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C.
Maiava, who holds scholarship offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia, took the Red Raiders to two OIA titles and the Open Division state final twice.
In 23 high school games, Maiava threw for 2,380 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 675 yards and nine TDs.
Kahuku first-year coach Sterling Carvalho said last Monday via cellphone that the quarterback will be missed by the team.
“Because I was with the JV team during Sol-Jay’s freshman and sophomore season, I didn’t get to coach him,” Carvalho said. “Now, it looks like I’ve lost that opportunity. I was looking forward to coaching him. He fits the style that we’ll be trying to play. A lot of (read-pass option) and he has the athletic ability to create. It’s a big loss. If you lose anybody from the community that you’ve watched play Big Boyz and see them come into the program, it’s not a good feeling.”
Carvalho said he spoke with Maiava’s parents — Luaao Peters and Rosemary Maiava-Peters — a few weeks ago and heard from them that it was possible Sol-Jay would be transferring.
“I told the mom and dad that I wished them the best of luck and told them that he would get the love and support of the community,” he said.
Carvalho is not surprised that Maiava was recruited by a national power.
“He’s only going to get better. Watch out. He’s going to be one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks. He’s only (going to be a junior) and there’s still a lot that he’ll learn.”
Carvalho said Thorton Alapa, a backup at QB last year, is the projected starter this fall.
“He’s a tough kid and I’m excited to work with him,” Carvalho said.