AVAILABLE 2023: All-American Utility Infielder and Switch Hitter with 61 College HR and Overseas Experience in New Zealand
Name: Makea-Al Kaluau
DOB: May 23, 1999
Date Available: April 10, 2023
Positions: 2B, SS
Positions (alt): 1B, 3B
College: Lindsey Wilson College; Yavapai College
Makea-Al is a switch-hitter who can hit for both power and average from both sides of the plate. She has had consistently high on-base percentages throughout her career.
Defensively, she can play any of the infield positions, so she offers versatility to a club.
Makea-Al is a supportive teammate and a leader on and off the field, mostly leading by example but vocally when necessary. “I’m always willing to put in extra work by myself or with my teammates/coaches. I will take the time to perfect all aspects of my game.”
She works out and trains regularly to stay in top condition. In addition, she has significant experience as a youth coach and would be happy to assist a club’s coaching staff.
- 61 Collegiate Home Runs
Two time NAIA All-American
Yavapai College (2017-2018)
.354 avg, 12 home runs, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 55 RBIs, .692 SLG%
Lindsey Wilson College (2018-present)
All-time career home run leader (49 home runs)
2019 first-team all-conference
2019 second-team all-American
2021 first-team all-American
2021 first-team all-conference
4-time conference Player of the Week
+.400 career batting average
- 1 Overseas Season in New Zealand
Makea-Al wants to continue her playing career while experiencing new environments. As a native of Hawaii, she grew up around people of multiple cultures. “I want to be able to continue to travel the world while sharing my knowledge and love of the game.”
|2019-21||Assistant Coach||AZ Hustlers||Youth||10u, 12u, 14u|
|2021||Assistant Coach||AZ Action||Youth||12u, 14u, 16u, 18u|
There is no better fit for your organization. "Kea" is the epitome of trust, responsibility, exceptional character, motivated work ethic, moral integrity and an "Aloha" spirit. She will highly enhance your organization's standard of excellence!
I honestly can't say enough about Makea-Al to make you truly understand what an incredible person and player she is. If you'll notice, I said person first. I have never met someone with such passion and focus on everything she does. Kea puts in the extra reps that every coach preaches about, but very few players actually do. Most athletes need the reassurance that someone sees them putting the work in. There are so many nights that I would run back to the hitting facility and see her there, getting extra cuts, with purpose. She was always the first one to practice, usually getting extra work in before, and always the last to leave. She was making sure everything was put up and done the right way. Makea-Al is one of the most humble and respectful athletes that I have ever coached. Her work ethic is unmatched. Her family has raised her to always stand up for what she believes in and that resonates to her core being.
Now on to her athletic ability. Makea-Al is one of the most naturally gifted athletes I have had the privilege of coaching. She can hit on both sides with a tremendous amount of power. One game, she hit 2 homeruns in the same inning. She hit a 2-run shot (right-handed) and the second time she came up left-handed with bases loaded and hit a grand slam. What player do you know that could hit like that?! She ended that game going 3-3 with 3 homeruns (2 right-handed, 1 left-handed) and a walk. Makea-Al has the quickest hands I've seen. She has a great glove and is always finding new drills to work on every aspect of her game. Her softball IQ is very impressive. I feel like I'm speaking with a colleague every time we have a conversation. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be an incredible asset to whatever club picks her up. Her ability to work with any age, and speak to them with respect, is a quality that is overlooked sometimes, too.
Makea-Al is a humble woman of integrity. She will always push past the limit to be the best and is driven by both passion and discipline. When I am out recruiting, Kea is the athlete I am always looking for.
I truly mean every word of what I wrote. She is incredible. I am so lucky to have coached her, and now consider her a friend.
Playing preferences: Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), New Zealand Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Canada semi-pro (Intercounty Baseball League, NBSBL, QSBL, etc.), Latin America pro (Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, DR, etc)
Living preferences: Shared living arrangement, own bedroom, Give me a floor, pillow and a mat to sleep on, Host Family
Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season
Prior engagements: No
Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit
Educational background: Bachelors degree in Communication at Lindsey Wilson College