Padello ready to serve

Defensive end KK Padello, a specialist with the Hawaii Army National Guard, is agreeable to putting his football career on hold if he is deployed to the Middle East next year. A Star-Advertiser story reported the Hawaii National Guard should be prepared for possible deployment early next year.

“I joined to serve and protect,” Padello said. “That’s what I’m about. I care for people, and I care for people who can’t care for themselves. When my nation calls, I’ve got to go. It’s worth protecting what’s here, what our nation is all about.”


  1. Akamai Okole August 11, 2017 9:54 am

    Great Morning All!

    Aloha to all the troops

    Das it

  2. Hilo-Warrior August 11, 2017 9:56 am

    Great stuff Padello. Thank you for your service. I know my family and I stand behind you and your family.

    Go Warriors!!!

  3. Ron August 11, 2017 10:11 am

    Guys like K K Padello give me great hope for America. Thanks KK.

  4. Petey808 August 11, 2017 10:14 am

    A True Warrior! Thanks for your service!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid August 11, 2017 10:19 am

    The very definition of “Live Aloha, Play Warrior”! Great stuff!

  6. kimo browner August 11, 2017 10:22 am

    Thanks for your service to Country! A family protege played at UH while in the Hawaii Guard in the 90’s and was deployed to Italy during the Kosovo conflict in Southern Europe- returned and finished his football career. Never regreted answering the call. He blossomed as a result. There are many more who had their football careers shortened over the years to serve. From WWII through Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Sadaam and on to the subsequent 9-11 conflicts in AFg & Iraq. Best wishes to Padello-a true Warrior!

  7. haka August 11, 2017 10:32 am

    K.K. Padello – Warrior!
    Mahalo young man!
    You make all of us proud!

  8. al August 11, 2017 10:39 am

    A man of great character, indeed.
    Chicken skin moment for me just reading it.

  9. pakegolf August 11, 2017 11:18 am

    Inspiring young man. Thanks KK!

  10. H-Man August 11, 2017 11:43 am

    Need more like KK. Thanks for your service. Your attitude is inspiring.

  11. DaveLetterMan August 11, 2017 12:34 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    Here you go to those who were asking for live streaming:
    Mahalo, KK!

  12. PONO August 11, 2017 2:36 pm

    Amazing young man.

  13. bg August 11, 2017 2:47 pm

    KK gives me renewed faith in our incredible young folks (men and women) who choose to serve. Inspiring!

    Perhaps it’s not too late for someone like Col Trey Johnson in the ROTC program to get KK into the “Green to Gold” program. Might be worthwhile to receive those butter bars to go with the coveted diploma.

  14. DaveLetterMan August 11, 2017 3:11 pm

    Zeno Choi gets schollie!

  15. Maddog50 August 11, 2017 5:21 pm

    Salute to KK! Congrats to Zeno!

  16. Maddog50 August 12, 2017 4:15 am

    Zeno Choi-I have closely followed him since the day he walked on. This young man has worked to be a contributor since the day he arrived. He deserves all the accolades he receives as he has pushed himself to get on the field. Had a chance to speak with him at Michigan last year, saw him in the hotel lobby at AF. He shot a comment to me “you are everywhere”! Pleasure to meet him even a greater pleasure to see him earn a scholarship-Leave your mark Zeno!!!! GoWarriors!!!!

  17. RSYmoney August 12, 2017 7:50 am

    KK, You make all of us so proud and you represent what Americans should all stand for. Bless you and may Buddha protect you and your brothers in arms.

  18. Dennis Halloran August 12, 2017 8:41 am

    Great that we will be able to get games streamed to So Cal

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