Several years ago, a group of coaches and former players went to American Samoa to bring needed items and provide instruction in football.
One of the camp attendees was memorable for his unique first name (it came from his mother’s cousin), his articulate questions, and unabashed joy for life and football. Former UH head coach June Jones, who was part of that group, said that youngster, Scheyenne Sanitoa, made an indelible impression.
Sanitoa grew up to be a University of Hawaii linebacker who was loved as much as he loved others. Teammates praised his on-field passion and his uplifting friendship. A UH official said it seemed that Sanitoa’s smile was as much a fixture as his long hair.
Sanitoa died Thursday at his McCully apartment.
To paraphrase Hubert Humphrey‘s eulogy, Sanitoa will remembered for the way he lived.