The next time somebody wonders about Hawaii football’s attendance, think about George “Kekoa” Furtado.
Despite being weakened by cancer treatments, as well as lungs coated with Agent Orange from a war five decades earlier, Kekoa attended every UH home game in 2018. And he made it to the first two games at Aloha Stadium this year, saving each precious breath to cheer.
The next time somebody wonders about root-root-rooting for the home team, think about Kekoa.
He was elected as “chairman” for a group that donated a picture of Polynesian warriors and a mana-producing koa plaque to the UH locker room, as well as a koa lei that head coach Nick Rolovich wears each game.
The next time somebody wonders about loyalty, think about Kekoa.
He loved his country, serving in the Army as a paratrooper. The country loved Kekoa, who was trusted with secrets while working in Special Ops.
He had great love for God, family, friends, and his two favorite schools — Kamehameha, where he was a star athlete, and UH.
Last week, Kekoa was sent home from the hospital to prepare for what Pastor Bulla Eastman has deemed “the best place.”
But Kekoa, who passed away on Sunday, had one last fight in him. He lived long enough for the arrival of family members … and the Warriors’ victory over Nevada.