Former Warrior: ‘I want to give back’

Former Warrior Damien Packer still loves but football, but he loves the Big Island even more.

“I want to give back,” said Packer, who has been accepted into the Teach For America program.

Packer will participate in a training program next month in Oklahoma, then teach in a school there the rest of the summer. He will teach social studies at Kea‘au High School or Kea«au Middle School this coming academic year.

Through Chaminade University, Teach For America will pay for Packer’s pursuit of a master’s degree in education and a teacher’s certificate. Packer has committed to two years of teaching, although that work can be put on hold if he were to receive an opportunity to play professional football.

“Whatever God’s plan is, I’ll be ready for it,” Packer said.

Packer’s family also is preparing for the potential ash fallout on the Big Island. His family’s home in Puna is 10 minutes from the fissures in Pahoa. He noted the last time lava hit the water table “the whole Puna district got covered with ash and there were boulders the size of cars.”

He said neighbors are storing food and water.

“You’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Packer said.


  1. Kapahulu May 14, 2018 9:12 am


  2. Kapahulu May 14, 2018 9:12 am

    Congratulation to all the Graduates.

  3. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2018 9:24 am

    What’s up with all the pop-in ads?
    They’re ruining my flow.

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2018 9:51 am

    Good luck to Packer! Prayers continue for all of our Big Island ‘ohana!

  5. haka May 14, 2018 1:13 pm

    Giving back is the way of the Warrior!
    Taking care of each other is the Warrior way!
    Way to go Damien the Warrior!

    Belated congrats to all the graduates!
    The beginning of another rainbow in life!

  6. wafan May 14, 2018 5:18 pm

    ‘Attaway, Damien!

    Teaching is the toughest job you will ever love.

  7. cappie the dog May 15, 2018 5:38 am

    Stay safe, Ido.

    You should be here with us.

    You should be hanging out at local plate lunch eateries.

    This is how author Sarah Vowell describes the Loco Moco in “Unfamiliar Fishes”.

    “A hamburger patty topped with gravy and a fried egg, a dish presumably invented to remedy what has always been the hamburger’s most obvious defect- not enough egg.”

    Ido should be eating Loco Mocos.

  8. tommui May 15, 2018 7:47 am


    ST – there is a (paid) App that eliminates most, if not all, pop-up ads.
    About $20-25 for five machines per year.

  9. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2018 8:22 am

    New post:

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