HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii baseball team announced on Monday the addition of former big leaguer Kila Ka’aihue to the ‘Bows coaching staff going into the 2021 season, UH officials said.
In a release, UH announced that Ka’aihue is set to join the staff as a volunteer assistant, adding MLB experience to the Warriors’ coaching group.
“We’re excited to have Kila join our staff,” ‘Bows head coach Mike Trapasso said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience to pass onto our players. And having received his degree from UH, after a lengthy professional career, is extremely admirable.”
Ka’aihue joins UH after spending the last four years as the head baseball coach at Kaiser high school, where he led the Cougars to three winning seasons, which included a second place finish in the Division I - East League in 2019.
A 2002 ‘Iolani graduate, the former Raider was drafted straight out of high school in the 15th round by the Kansas City Royals, spending four seasons in the Majors and 14 total in professional baseball — finishing his playing career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2014.
The slugger finished his MLB career with 15 home runs, 19 doubles and 46 RBI, playing primarily first base and designated hitter in his 126 career games — playing for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.
Following his playing career, Ka’aihue enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, completing his degree in accounting in May of 2020.