Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea

SMWW Agent: Ernest Peralta

Athlete Bio


Name: Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea

Positions: Defensive Line
Height:   6’3
Weight: 240

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
College: University of Hawaii & University of Arizona




2016 (Senior): Named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honored student-athletes who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others...nominee for the Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award...started all 14 games at defensive end...among the leaders on the defensive line with 45 total tackles (23 solo, 22 assisted), including 5.0 for loss of 29 yards...also has two sacks and four quarterback seven tackles in win at Fresno State (Nov. 19)...recorded five or more tackles in five games...registered sacks against Cal (Aug. 27) and UT Martin (Sept. 10)...had tackles each against Cal, San Jose State (Oct. 8), and UNLV (Oct. 15). 

2015 (Junior): Appeared in 10 games as an outside linebacker and rush end, starting one game...accumulated 23 total tackles (10 solo, 13 assisted), including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 12 yards...hurried the quarterback twice, both in the season-ending victory over Lousiana Monroe (Nov. 28)...made a season-high five tackles at Nevada (Oct. 24)...accrued three tackles each in six contests...registered solo sacks in both the season-opening win over Colorado (Sept. 3) and at New Mexico (Oct. 17). 

Prior To UH: Played in 25 games through two seasons at the University of 2013, played in all 13 games as a backup linebacker and on special teams, recording seven tackles, including four solo stops...also tallied a half sack for a loss of four yards against UCLA…had a solo sack for a loss of 12 yards in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl win over Boston 2012, played in 12 games as a true freshman, as one of six true freshmen to play on defense during the season...after moving to defense in the fall, registered three solo tackles.

Prep: A 2012 graduate of Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama on O‘ahu…aided his team to an ILH championship game appearance in 2011...named a Max Emfinger All-American while earning all-conference, all-city, all-district, all-region and all-state honors for the Warriors...also earned all-ILH Football all-star second-team honors as an all-purpose selection...hauled in 17 receptions for 176 yards in 2011 as a ju­nior...earned Honolulu Star-Advertiser third-team all-state honors...member of the East Team for the H.U.B. Foundation Goodwill Senior Bowl following his senior year...also lettered in track and field, competing in the shot put, discus, 100- and 200-meters.