“Calvin from Kona” was mislabeled.
True, he was raised in Kona and graduated from Konawaena High School. But he was born in Florida, attended a college in Oregon before transferring to UH, and worked on Maui, Oahu and in Portland. He had recently moved to Washington.
Wherever he lived, he rooted for the UH football team.
In 2007, he wrote: “My first memory of being a UH fan was when I was a kid. We didn’t get the games on TV, so I watched the “Dick Tomey Show” every Sunday since I was 10 or so. I really enjoyed the “muddle huddle.” My first actual game was UH vs. Oregon in, I believe, in 1988. Hawaii won. I think Clayton Mahuka ran back a kick for a TD. It’s all fuzzy now. When I enrolled in UH, I bought my first set of season tickets. Since them, I have been a regular attendee of UH games, good, bad, or ugly.”
When he lived/worked in Kona, he would travel to Honolulu on game day, check into a hotel, shop and then coordinate a tailgate party for between six and 40 people.
It probably was at a blog function when we first met Calvin. The “when” part is fuzzy. But he was a regular at tailgates, karaoke nights and other UH sporting events. He was smart, witty, funny and might have acted in a karaoke video.
Calvin Lum Won, of Kona — and several places — died this past week. He will be missed.