UH football: Riding LEMO to graduation

Since the 1980s, California has endured cutbacks in after-school, extra-curricular programs.

The LEMO Foundation has helped fill the void, providing an encompassing program (academics, athletics, life skills) for Northern California youths from at-risk or under-funded situations. LEMO stands for Liahona Motu, which translates to “compass” and “rock.” According to its Web site, LEMO provides youths “with the tools (compass) to navigate life’s challenges and foundation (rock) to go forward with confidence.”

There also is a pay-it-forward element, with older LEMO participants eventually becoming leaders — “playmakers” — to younger students.

Leo Koloamatangi participated in LEMO as a high school student. Koloamatangi was the first high school commitment to Norm Chow’s inaugural 2012 UH recruiting class.

This past spring training, Koloamatangi practiced as the Warriors’ No. 1 left guard.

Yesterday, Koloamatangi walked the walk at UH’s commencement ceremony, earning his bachelor’s degree in four years. He is expected to pursue a master’s degree.

That accomplishment is a credit to LEMO, Na Koa (which pays for summer sessions) and, of course, Koloamatangi’s diligence and intelligence.

Here’s another LEMO motto: “Do not expect to accomplish your dreams if you’re not willing to help others accomplish theirs.”

Leo’s younger brother, Meffy, a UH defensive end and LEMO alumnus, also is on a fast track to earning a bachelor’s degree.


  1. H-Man May 15, 2016 9:29 am

    Congratulations to Leo Koloamatangi for his academic and athletic successes. Go Warrior !!!

  2. NorthShoreFan May 15, 2016 10:43 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!
    This is what it’s all about…getting the palapala and going out to make this whole situation better.
    Doing this while training and playing sports is a huge accomplishment! Most have a hard time just trying to hit the books.
    Congratulations Warriors!

  3. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2016 11:30 am

    A lot of credit goes to the Alex Waterbouse Foundation, which pays about $200,000 a year for summer scholarships. That allows players to train in Hawaii all summer as well as pick up credits to graduate on time or early

  4. SteveM May 15, 2016 12:10 pm

    Congratulations to Leo Koloamatangi and his fellow graduates! Nomatter what the athletic future holds, they have accomplished a milestone in life.

  5. burro sabio May 15, 2016 12:33 pm

    It’s great that Josh Slaats came back to get his degree. Another that did a good job is Dominique Small, who rarely played but got his degree. Congrats to all the grads and especially to the double and triple majors.

  6. cappie the dog May 15, 2016 2:24 pm

    Matt Cooper is a starting pitcher this season for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem(White Sox).

    This is his stat line: 7 starts, 41 innings pitched, 2-2 3.29, 50-13 K/BB.

    I miss Al Chase.

    Dustin Antolin is reasonably close to being called up to the Blue Jays.

  7. kev-1 May 15, 2016 8:51 pm

    No scriptures or sermons today? After all, it is Sunday right? Yesterday was a bit ridiculous on the Warrior Football Blog.

  8. cappie the dog May 15, 2016 9:04 pm

    I like Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”.

    It’s a Christian-themed film, but it’s not preachy; it doesn’t shove dogma in your face.

    It’s Christianity not co-opted by the Republican party.

  9. PONO May 15, 2016 10:16 pm

    Antolin was called up by the blue Jay’s when they put Cecil on the DL. He’s in the big show.

  10. legistlature May 16, 2016 7:20 am

    James 2:13
    There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

  11. amela May 16, 2016 8:55 am

    Oh Brother, Hallelujah!

  12. BigFan May 16, 2016 9:05 am

    Is this what they call a messiah complex?

    I know we have followers of other faiths like Buddhism and I wonder if we need to give them equal time. We may also need to include Jews and Muslims and change the name of this blog.

  13. Stephen Tsai May 16, 2016 9:26 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=37488

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