By Stephen Tsai
Waianae's Kennedy Tulimasealii, Aiea's Ualesi "Wes" Sale and Kahuku's John Waa were raised on different parts of Oahu and attended different high schools. But they said they've become the best of friends.
"We've known each other two good years," Tulimasealii said. "We've seen each other at the camps and when we play each other."
Each committed to UH early.
"John committed first, then me," Tulimasealii said. "Then we got more and more people. It was a good thing."
Each held on despite being pressed by other schools.
"My heart was set on Hawaii," Tulimasealii said.
Waa said: "It wasn't hard. I made a promise, and I followed through."
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It was a long Wednesday for the UH coaches, who stayed up overnight at their offices while waiting for faxed copies of signed letters from recruits.
Phil Rauscher and Jared Vanderbeek were the fax checkers.
One of the excitable moments was when a basketball coach wanted to use the fax machine. He was shooed away.
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The coaches will meet tomorrow to assess the 2014 recruiting class — and beyond.
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They're still not done with the 2013 class. There will be two more signings later this month.