Former Warrior comes to the rescue

A former University of Hawaii football player was one of the Good Samaritans who helped rescue a woman whose car went off Kamehameha Highway and into the ocean in Punaluu on Monday night.

Aaron Kia, an offensive lineman for the Rainbow Warriors from 2005 through 2009, said he was having a FaceTime conversation with his brother when he heard a car swipe the bushes across the street from his house.

“We saw this car in the air flipping (and it) lands in the water,” Kia told the Warrior Beat. “My wife called 911. I ran outside and I saw the woman.”

Kia and a neighbor approached the car, which was knee-high in water.

“But the tide was coming in, and the waves were pushing the car around,” Kia said. The waves were “splashing over the car. … I was able to open the door, get her seat belt off and pull her out of the car.”

The woman reportedly was treated and transported to an area hospital.

Kia, who works as a tattoo and fashion artist, said he once was enrolled in a Junior Lifeguard program.

“I was doing whatever I hoped somebody would do for me if I were ever in a tight spot,” Kia said. “I’m glad we were there.”


  1. haka March 27, 2018 10:59 am

    Was it a KIa?
    Much Aloha Aaron!
    Go Warriors!

  2. haka March 27, 2018 11:00 am


  3. burro sabio March 27, 2018 11:36 am

    A Kia would have handled, not crashed into the ocean. It was a Smart car and on TV it looked really trashed.

    This blog is a robot-free zone.

  4. Boolakanaka March 27, 2018 11:36 am

    Way to go!!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid March 27, 2018 11:40 am

    One of my fave Warriors. Mahalo Kia!

  6. Inyoface March 27, 2018 12:10 pm

    Bring back the glossy forest green helmets.

  7. kapakahi March 27, 2018 12:29 pm

  8. H-Man March 27, 2018 1:12 pm

    Aaron, he Kia. Great story of a Warrior doing a good deed, perhaps saving the woman’s life.

  9. KOH I NOR March 27, 2018 4:45 pm

    Wow. Where was this? Big Island

  10. Tofuzuke March 27, 2018 5:00 pm

    Awesome! Represent good strong family values with much aloha!

  11. kev-1 March 27, 2018 7:14 pm

    Ah, come on! Aaron could have just picked up that car and carried it out of the water if he needed to.

  12. Maddog50 March 28, 2018 8:47 am

    Spring practice resumes next week-Bum Philips once said-“two worst kinda guys you can have on your team-the ones that don’t do what they are told, and those that only do what they are told” hopin we develop “alpha dog” leaders in each group. The more-the better! GoWarriors!🤙

  13. H-Man March 28, 2018 9:18 am

    On the BC Show this morning, ST interviewed and seemed to give Cole McDonald the edge among the QBs “in camp.” Said Cordeiro visited last week, and deflected BC’s probe about Chevan’s slight stature, saying he is expected to fit in nicely coming from a RnS background at St. Louis. When asked about the running backs, he remained neutral stating there are a number of big running backs in addition to the two speed guys, Holley and Miles.

  14. ai-eee-soos March 28, 2018 9:41 am

    off-topic …

    Hawaii basketball coach Eran Ganot would like to further quell the speculation about his status for the vacant head hoops job at the University of San Diego.

    In the story that ran (free link) in Tuesday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser, Ganot affirmed his loyalty to UH and downplayed a report that named him and four others as possible candidates for the Toreros job. But the question of whether he applied for it was left out there, hanging.

    Tuesday night, just prior to leaving on a flight for San Antonio for the Final Four, Ganot was unequivocal about that — no.

    He messaged: “As I said earlier, I have a job with great potential. We have worked through great challenges. We work with great people — we love Hawaii. I did not and have not applied for any other job in my time here.”

  15. Maddog50 March 28, 2018 10:17 am

    I have had reports fed to me from sources that have attended practice. A number of factors go into who is ahead of who. Throwing out last years spot appearances McDonald most certainly should be ahead, everything points to athletic ability and strong arm. Timing accuracy and judgement are learned skills, you can’t discount raw ability. Harnessing the ability is coaching. Just like “you can’t coach big”. GoWarriors!!!!

  16. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2018 10:18 am

    New post:

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