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Kaniela Tuipulotu fb bio
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2007
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Arizona: UA’s staff signed the most highly-rated player in Hawaii in Tuipulotu, a prized interior defensive lineman... Will open his first camp at tackle in fall 2007...


High School: Kahuku, Hawaii, High School, 2007... Finished prep career at Oahu’s noted Kahuku on the North Shore, but grew up on Maui... Two-time Honolulu Advertiser All-State DL and OAI All-Star selection ... Star-Bulletin first-team all-state 2006... PrepStar All-America and All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest... Polynesian youth support group Super 7... Received votes in Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West poll of college recruiters... Generally considered among the state’s top prospects and among Maui’s top prospects ever... Hawai’I player of the year... Red Raiders reached semifinals in 2004 and won back-to-back Hawaii High School Athletic Association state titles his final two years for coach Reggie Torres... Selected for inaugural Offense-Defense Bowl on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Personal: Academic major to be determined... Grew up in Lahaina, on Maui, and and played his freshman year as a 215-pound running back at Lahainaluna, before transferring to Kahuku... Parents are Penny Guth-Tuipulotu and Taniela Tuipulotu of Lahaina... Has two older sisters and one younger sister... Mom is a restaurant desk manager and teacher, father works at famed Kapalua resort... Mom is former canoe racer and dad was an rugby player on elite...  Tongan and New Zealand club teams, including a World Cup appearance... Cousin of former UA and current Los Angeles Laker Luke Walton... Kaniela grew up playing rugby, soccer, swimming, water polo, baseball, basketball and football in Lahaina... Youngest sister, Moana, plays water polo at Lahainaluna... nose guard... Date of birth: May 4, 1988.

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