At this point, Tu Tui (left) is just waiting. He leans a little toward the Northwest, but it wouldn't take a whole lot to convince the Kahuku senior that Manoa is his destiny.
Kahuku defensive back
waiting on offers
By Paul Honda
Friday, Jan. 3, 2003
HONOLULU -- He wasn't the biggest name to splash the high school football post-season in 2002.
There is little doubt, however, that Kahuku senior Tu Tui would be a welcome addition to the University of Hawaii roster. And for good measure, Washington is angling to hook the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back. Tui played cornerback for the Red Raiders.
Hawaii, which has improved its secondary depth in recent seasons, is still in need. An injury to starting safety Hyrum Peters, another Kahuku alum, depleted the Warriors for the latter half of the recently-completed season. Tui's size and quickness -- he plays basketball, as well -- would be a big plus for the Green and White.
Tui admitted a slight preference. "I'm leaning toward going away," he said after Kahuku played at Kaimuki in a basketball game Friday night. "But I'll go wherever they give me a scholarship."
Tui has taken the SAT once, he said.