Making memories

Through his journey from Punahou to Notre Dame to the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Manti Teo always cheered for his childhood team.

“We grew up watching UH,” Teo said. “You know how it is. We don’t have a professional team in Hawaii. UH is the only team we have here. I grew up with my ti leaf, eating all the shrimp and lamb curry at all the tailgates. It was one of the best memories.”

Teo and Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett helped created memories for more than 700 youths at yesterday’s free football camp on UH-Manoa campus. Even Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who owns a house on Oahu, stopped by for the morning session.

Teo and Bennett, who moved to Hawaii a few years ago, are familiar with the Manoa campus. They attended several UH football practices this past spring.

The Bennett Foundation and sponsors picked up the entire cost of facility rental, insurance, T-shirts, refreshments and snacks. They also provided two buses to shuttle campers who live on the North Shore.

“If you invest in people, you get the best dividends,” Bennett said of the decision to offer a free camp. “They pay it back 10 times.”

After the afternoon session, some campers did the haka.


Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett
Manti Teo
Manti Teo


  1. S.peezy55 July 10, 2016 8:35 am


  2. Mano1 July 10, 2016 8:40 am


  3. al July 10, 2016 9:12 am

    Nice to see the “aloha” from these guys.

    Steph Curry…you see this.

  4. H-Man July 10, 2016 10:07 am

    Looks like these guys put on an awesome camp. Hats off to Michael Bennett and Manti Te’o.

  5. C-Pop July 10, 2016 10:15 am

    Great to see these NFL stars giving these youngsters positive experiences! Much aloha to Michael Bennett for making this all happen! Also to Manti Te’o, coach Pete Carroll and other staff for handling 700 youngsters!

  6. A-House July 10, 2016 10:51 am

    must be my computa as dis is just like the ahda “haka” veedeeoh – very slo moshin

    one step – den long pauz – den, one mo step ‘n long pauz

    howeva, it mus have bin ausome!

  7. A-House July 10, 2016 10:53 am

    agree with others that “props” must go out to Bennet and Teo for the “free” camp – one that the young fellas will remember for a long time!!!

  8. BigFan July 10, 2016 11:07 am

    I didn’t know Pete Carroll owned a house here. I saw him and his wife a few years ago at Turtle Bay with his wife enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks show. He was standing right in front of me in line for some food. I was thinking this guy looks familiar. lol. Some girls came up to chat with him but he was left alone for most part. It seems like he enjoys the lifestyle of Hawaii as he was laid back and casual himself.

  9. BigFan July 10, 2016 11:08 am

    Sorry for the wording on the wife part.

  10. Stephen Tsai July 10, 2016 11:24 am

    Big Fan:
    He’s a part-time Haleiwa resident

  11. Ipu Man July 10, 2016 12:33 pm

    Both MB and MT sporting good looking beards.

  12. SteveM July 10, 2016 12:56 pm

    Hi folks!
    I’m back… on land and at my computer again after a week of walking & see-food therapy. Gotta get in shape for the season at Aloha stadium…and food that needs a BBQ grill… 🙂

  13. Old School Dave July 10, 2016 2:50 pm

    “Water under the bridge” between Manti Teo and Coach Pete C. There were some hard feelings among the Trojan staff when MT chose ND over USC, from what I recall. No sense staying huhu. Nuff. Done. Pau. Move on.

  14. st. anthony trojan July 10, 2016 3:06 pm

    nice to see you back on land steve-m…glad ur operation n rehab went well…

    a-house…agree…the haka is in extra slow motion…

    al….. curry needs the money….maybe he going shopping @ wal-mart….??

    yea… them 2 m & m from the NFL…kudos 4 what u do 4 the youth of hawaii nei….

  15. ran July 10, 2016 3:11 pm

    Maybe perhaps Marcus Mariota will give a FB camp before he leaves for camp

  16. M L Warrior July 10, 2016 6:25 pm

    It’s always nice to see player’s giving back to the community, back in my day we never had the opportunity for camps like this, but again being one of ten children my parents did not have the money either, thank you Michael B. and Manti T. for giving back to the community!


  17. BigFan July 10, 2016 6:37 pm

    #10, ST, no kidding. I grew up in Haleiwa. I wonder where his house is? Not a ton of luxury homes that he could buy unless it’s closer to Waimea Bay where you have a few homes overlooking the bay or Pupukea.

  18. oneseason July 10, 2016 8:10 pm

    This sort of news is very good to hear.

  19. H-Man July 11, 2016 7:35 am

    BF, I am guessing right in and around Crozier Drive, Waialua near Puuiki Beach. Some nice homes in that area.

  20. NorthShoreFan July 11, 2016 8:08 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day.
    Nice to see the Warriors working hard. You get back what you put in…IMUA!

    SteveM…guud to hear you back on land.

  21. Stephen Tsai July 11, 2016 8:54 am

    New post:

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