No doubt slotback Corey Paclebar knows Hawaii’s routes.
He has a certificate to prove it.
This summer, Paclebar, who is not on scholarship, is working as a tour guide to pay for school and living expenses.
“I didn’t think I was going to get it,” said Paclebar, who was raised in Oakland. “I thought there would be too many requisites.”
Paclebar said he learned of the job through a Craigslist ad.
“I called up, and they called me in,” he said. “I took a few tests, and passed.”
He said he drives a 13-passenger van, with tours from Diamond Head to Haleiwa. The tours can last up to six hours.
The other day, he led a group from Australia. They were from the same hometown as punter Alex Dunnachie, Paclebar’s roommate.
“It’s an eco tour, so I have to talk about geology and how the islands were formed,” he said. “It’s interesting. I like to know about where I’m living, and the culture. Hawaii has a pretty interesting culture.”
He said he received tips from several teammates.
But there were some situations where Paclcebar was on his own.
“I had a French group,” he said. “They didn’t speak any English, but they were really kind. We were going up to Diamond Head, and I said, ‘When you get to the top, just wait for me.’ I had to be the last one up because I had to make sure everybody went. By the time I got to the top, they were starting to walk down. I was like, ‘Guys, hold on.’ They didn’t. The next time I saw them, they were at the bottom.”
Paclebar, who will be a third-year sophomore, said he needed to work to remain in Hawaii this summer. He is listed as the top backup to No. 1 slotbacks Miah Ostrowski and Billy Ray Stutzmann.
Paclebar said he tries to join teammates in morning workouts. But if there is a conflict with his work schedule, he will work out on his own in the afternoon.
He is not enrolled in summer session.
“I want to be ready in case my team needs me,” he said. “I’m working hard to stay in shape.”
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C’mon, am I the only person who remembers this: Rap.
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Happy birthday to Da Beast.