Kahuku’s Emerson ‘pumped up’ to play for the home team Warriors


The University of Hawaii football team landed a commitment from a home-grown all-state standout on Monday as Kahuku’s Nalu Emerson accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Rainbow Warriors.

The safety who also starred at linebacker for the Red Raiders was a multiple time Cover2 Awards finalist in his prep career that ended at Aloha Stadium this past January as one of 100 of the top players in the world to take part in the Polynesian Bowl.

Emerson who is a training partner with current ‘Bows quarterback Cole McDonald says that a chance to play with Cole and the other current Warriors that have brought pride into the hometown program played a big part in him wanted to suit-up in green and white. Emerson says he also looks forward to following the footsteps of another Kahuku graduate.

“Leonard Peters is my uncle and having a chance to play for UH like he did means a lot to me. He played so hard and did so many great things on and off the field that inspires me and I feel like there’s a new wave of local boys that can pick it up and do the kind of things that guys like him, Matt Faga, and Nate Ilaoa did.”

Emerson says he is looking forward to months of training both mentally and physically to prepare himself to join the team.

“This means a lot to me. I’m going to put everything I have into it,” said Emerson.

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