Here’s a cash-back deal: The Hawaii Food Industry Association will be presenting an endowment of more than $900,000 to the UH Foundation during a ceremony today.
The money is actually earmarked for the athletic department.
UH head coach Norm Chow will be presented the endowment check on behalf of UH.
The money was generated through donations from HFIA members and affiliates.
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UH Regent Mike Dahilig sends this picture of Chow being introduced by Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho (a former UH offensive lineman):
And here’s Chow being flanked by offensive tackle Sean Shigematsu (second from left) and defensive tackle Siasau “Saui” Matagiese (to the right of Chow):
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Former UH offensive lineman Daniel “Zulu” Otineru is in the Army and serving a stint in Afghanistan. He offers this entry:
The only way to describe it out here is that it’s different. It’s a definite culture shock for many people. The region I’m in, it’s a lot of country. The people make their homes out of dried-up mud called galats. They look more like fortresses, and each houses several families.
The people are actually pretty friendly and hospitable. The kids in the last village I went to always asked for pens. I thought it was weird, at first, but one of the Afghan interpreters explained to us how the Taliban told the villagers if they cooperate with the Americans, they would destroy their schools and prevent them from learning. So they asked us for pens so they could continue their studies from home.
It’s hot during the day and cold at night. The night sky and mountains are beautiful, though. There’s no light pollution in this area, so you can see everything in the night sky. It’s actually a beautiful country.
But the elevation sucks. It’s definitely a kick in the pants, especially the first time having to run around on patrol with our armor and combat load on.
First and foremost, I’m a representative of the Army and of the United States, so everything I do, I do in a professional manner, whether it be my daily interactions with the Afghan people or if it’s my daily task or duty. I am an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division. I am on the weapons squad as the AG, or assistant gunner, on a gun team. (Gun team consists of the assistant gunner, the gunner who is on the machine gun, and the ammo bearer.) My job is primarily to link the gunner’s ammunition, and help feed it through the machine gun, change the machine gun’s barrel in case it is damaged in a firefight or overheats, and to guide the gunner’s shots to the target.
Our duties range based on what we have going on. We might either be working at the ECP (entry control point) inspecting and monitoring Afghan nationals who are working on the FOB (forward operating base). Sometimes we are running missions. Our missions are joint efforts with the ANA (Afghan National Army) who are always with us when we conduct operations. The last mission I was on was two weeks long, and we helped build a security station for U.S. and Afghan forces to use. From there, we conduct patrols and help the villagers feel safe knowing we are there to support them. Sometimes on our patrols, we take contact from the enemy, and sometimes we don’t.