In a collaborative effort bridging the past and present, Polynesian Warriors and Rainbow Warriors, a new rite was added to the UH football program.
Before every practice, the Warriors will touch a koa plaque in the locker room to draw mana and unity.
A group of boosters, chaired by Kekoa Furtado, and coach Nick Rolovich introduced the rite during an emotional ceremony yesterday afternoon.
Brook Kapukuniahi Parker, a famed illustrator and Hawaiian historian, created a picture of Polynesian warriors. That picture is hanging next to the koa plaque. Martin & MacArthur supplied the koa.
Parker delivered an riveting speech during the ceremony.
After the plaque was mounted to the wall in the locker room, former Warriors R.J. Hollis, Keith Ah Yuen, Isa‘ako Sopoaga, and Jason Rivers delivered kick-okole speeches.
Among the contributors to the project were Tim Bowden, Dean Shimabukuro, Jerry Boster, Janice Boster, Jamie Go, Stretch …
Nice job by all.