Hawaii Men’s Volleyball Standout Kainoa Wade: From “Superman” to UH Manoa

Kainoa Wade to reclassify and join UH volleyball team in 2025

Hawaii men’s volleyball standout Kainoa Wade is considering reclassifying in order to graduate early and join the UH Manoa team ahead of schedule. After a four-set loss to Punahou, Wade confirmed his intention to graduate in December and enroll at UH Manoa in January to play for his father, Charlie Wade, in the 2025 season.

Wade’s impressive performance on the court has earned him the nickname “Superman” from coach Rick Tune. With 34 kills in the recent game against Punahou, Wade is following in the footsteps of UH freshman setter Tread Rosenthal and plans to wrap up his high school duties early so he can start college in January.

Wade’s commitment to UH last June solidified his plans to play for the Warriors, and now he is focused on leading Kamehameha to their first HHSAA boys volleyball title since 2011. Despite a rocky start in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Wade remains confident in his team’s abilities and is determined to compete in the final match with a 50-50 chance of winning.

As the state sports reporter for Spectrum News Hawaii, Brian McInnis covers Wade’s journey as he prepares to graduate early and make his mark on the Hawaii men’s volleyball team. He can be contacted at brian.mcinnis@charter.com for more information on Hawaii’s sports scene.

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