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KIHA’s 2023 High School Grads Royal Kekuewa And Kainalu Cox Pursue College Education


Two Kapolei Inline Hockey Arenas youth players — Royal Kekuewa and Kainalu Cox — were part of the Class of 2023’s graduating class at Kamehameha this spring.

Both are headed to college to pursue a degree and other interests.

Kekuewa, who moved up to play in the KIHA men’s Division I this summer, will attend Hawaii Pacific University, where he will play soccer for the Sharks’ NCAA Division II team. During the winter, he finished up his career as a center midfielder for the Kamehameha soccer team, earning ILH first-team All-Star honors and Scoring Live second-team All-State status.

Cox will be headed to San Diego State University, where he plans to study computer engineering. He hopes to play snare in the Aztecs drumline. In addition, he wants to find a rink in the area to continue playing inline hockey.

Both Kekuewa and Cox have some great memories playing at KIHA.

“Hanging out with the boys, especially during tournaments,” Cox said.

Kekuewa remembers scoring the winning goal in the championship game at a tournament in Corona, California.

“We won (both) AAU International and Club Gold,” he said. “It was a big accomplishment because everyone doubted us and we proved everyone wrong. Also celebrating with all the boys after is something I’ll never forget.”

KIHA’s High School Graduates Since 2020

Class of 2023
>> Kainalu Cox (Kamehameha)
>> Royal Kekuewa (Kamehameha)

Class of 2022
>> Relin Coller (Hawaii Technical Academy)
>> Ryan Duke (Kapolei)
>> Zach Ing (Hawaii Baptist Academy)
>> Chris Kae (Mililani)
>> Kawena Lee (Saint Louis)

Class of 2021
>> Ethan Rogers (Campbell)
>> Nate Simmons (Damien)
>> Kailia Moylan (Kaiser)
>> Namie Sato (Kaiser)

Class of 2020
>> Adam Harder (Hanalani)
>> Austin Harder (Hanalani)
>> Kaena Humber (Damien)
>> Jaden Nahoi-Baricar (Kapolei)
>> Adam Gooden (Kapolei)



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  • Thanks nick great story. great to give exposure to these 2 young athletes in a sport hawaii has little exposure on. They deserve the credit due to them

    • Thanks for your readership, Alvin!!

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