Arizona transfer Kaniela Tuipulotu accepted a scholarship from UH

HA Note: “Thanks to a surprising offer, defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu will be able to hit the books — and University of Hawai’i football players in practice — this coming fall semester. Last month, Tuipulotu, a former Kahuku High standout, announced he would transfer from Arizona to UH.”

About how he couldn’t afford to pay his tuition and school expenses for UH without a scholarship, Tuipulotu said:
“I didn’t qualify for any of the Pell grants. I was thinking of taking a year off and working.” (HA)

HA Note: “But those plans changed yesterday when Tuipulotu received — and accepted — a football scholarship from the Warriors. Now Tuipulotu will be able to practice with the Warriors and attend classes.”

Happy when UH offered him a scholarship, Tuipulotu said:
“I was worried about missing school. This is a big relief. I felt good when I got the call. I was stoked.” (HA)

Tuipulotu said that he chose Arizona out of high school because:
“I got caught up in the hype of ‘We want you to come in and compete for a starting job.’ They said a lot of things that made you want to go there. It was the Pac-10. I would be playing against top competition.” (HA)

About how he will be able to play in front of family and friends (his parents live in Lahaina and his sister recently moved back to Hawaii), Tuipulotu said:
“You can stay home and play big teams from big conferences, like Wisconsin. I got caught up in the hype of going to a Pac-10 school.” (HA)

About how his parents will travel to Oahu to watch Warrior home games, Tuipulotu said:
“It’s going to be great. It’s going to be a family atmosphere.” (HA)


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