Update: Kealoha Pilares

For the first time since his rookie NFL season in 2011, former UH receiver/returner Kealoha Pilares is healthy. He hopes that good health — knock-knock on wood — will serve well when he auditions for the Kansas City Chiefs next week.

“I’m hoping to have a breakout comeback,” he said, with a soft laugh.

Pilares, a free agent after being cut by Carolina last year, has remained upbeat through a series of injuries the past few years. In 2012, he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The following summer, he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during an exhibition game. He spent that year, his third in the NFL, on the injury list. Last summer, he had problems with his right calf and ankle. He was given anti-inflammetory medication. But soon after, he was released.

Pilares said he relocated to Duluth, an Atlanta suburb with a population of about 26,000. After a year of rehabilitation and physical therapy, he is physically fit. He said the NFL still provides him with medical coverage.

He said he has been fiscally conservative since he was drafted in 2011. His first big purchase was a car for his mom. He bought himself a car last year. “I don’t need much,” he said. “I spend my money on good food.”

While he misses island dishes, he noted, Duluth has a large Korean community. “I get my Korean food here,” he said.


  1. jm2375 May 26, 2015 8:56 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Best wishes to Kealoha Pilares. Hope he gets another shot at the NFL.

  2. jm2375 May 26, 2015 9:45 am

    Wow, da Tsaiko clubhouse stay quiet. Time to do sum instah-gating. 😆
    (Sneaks in, lets the Blog mascot in afta a romp in da mud. Leaves his toys all ova da place. Raid da fridge. Sneaks back out)

  3. Shoko May 26, 2015 9:51 am

    Good luck, Pilares!

    I think you can pretty much find Korean food anywhere now days.

    Hawaiian food? Not so much.

  4. tom May 26, 2015 10:16 am


    Best of luck Kealoha!

  5. mctruck May 26, 2015 10:18 am

    Good luck, Kealoha; the fire still burns.

  6. H-man May 26, 2015 10:54 am

    Good luck to Kealoha !!!

  7. NorthShoreFan May 26, 2015 11:02 am

    ok make some noise….HELLO!

  8. Stephen Tsai May 26, 2015 12:18 pm

    I think he needs the fourth season to be fully vested. That would be huge. A nice pension that he can draw starting at 55.

  9. Stephen Tsai May 26, 2015 12:29 pm

    The new CBA is very generous to retired NFL players.
    Trouble is, it appears the game, either coincidentally or conditionally, has an impact on quality and quantity of life. A Harvard study, published on Boston.com, noted that the average white male in America lives to be about 78; an African-American male lives to about 70. The average life expectancy of a former pro player is late 50s.
    Then again, that probably would be measuring players who played in a time with looser rules and less-advanced equipment. We won’t know the results of today’s players, of course, for several more decades. I’ll be dead by then, so you guys will have to figure out how it all turns out.

  10. jm2375 May 26, 2015 1:04 pm

    If you haven’t already donated, please donate to the Coaches’ Choice. Only 3 of the requests have been fully funded and I don’t believe any of the requests are frivolous and some are probably sorely needed.

  11. (Jesse)James May 26, 2015 1:11 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos….

    Good to see a number of you on Friday. Nice to meet new peeps from the blog…especially Akamai Okole….. 🙂

    Go Kealoha my Monarch brother…. 🙂

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid May 26, 2015 1:35 pm

    Sending the love and support to Kealoha! If he stays healthy, he can and will make a comeback. Braddah has mad skills!

  13. Old School Dave May 26, 2015 1:47 pm

    Best of luck to Keoloha Pilares!!

    Looks like hotshot Utah High School QB Austin Kafentzis, who entered Wisconsin early this past semester is seeking a transfer.


  14. bowwar May 26, 2015 1:55 pm

    Good luck to Kealoha…I’m sure putting in “one more year” is an economic necessity to gain the NFL pension. Looks like he’ll have to deal with some football injuries long after his playing days are over.

    As the following article indicates, remaining competitive in college football is getting down to the “haves and the have nots”…After looking at the deficits, UH isn’t as bad off as others, but it’s all relative. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2015/05/26/ncaa-athletic-finances-revenue-expense-division-i/27971457/

    I hope Kafentzis considers transferring to UH…

  15. A-House May 26, 2015 1:57 pm

    hmmmmmm, wonder if UH is on his “scope”?

    can the legacy continue?

    he would be a good competitor for Zwahlen. heck, run a 2 platoon QB system confuse the defense!!!!!!!!!

  16. A-House May 26, 2015 1:59 pm


    any special reason the blog, now-a -days opens with a blog that is 2 or 3 days old?

    is the moderator madd at someone?

  17. Old School Dave May 26, 2015 2:14 pm

    Wisconsin fan base is not happy with HC Paul Chryst and touted recruit Austin Kafentzis’ transfer. On the other hand, Kafentzis was down on the QB depth chart, did not impress people when he did play, and may have been overwhelmed by the competition and the adjustment to college ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kafentzis pops up at Oregon State and is reunited with Gary Andersen, who initially recruited him before heading west.

  18. jimmy the lock May 26, 2015 3:24 pm

    The Warrior Beat shows me the latest blog topic. I have no problem.

  19. H-man May 26, 2015 3:52 pm

    For me, the latest blog is shown on the Hawaii Warrior World via the Star-Advertiser digital subscription, but the latest blog is not listed when I go directly to the Hawaii Warrior World site. It’s not a problem for me, but it does seem strange.

  20. ai-eee-soos May 26, 2015 4:03 pm

    odda kine news …

    Hawaii basketball swingman Negus Webster-Chan told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday he will forsake his remaining two years of college eligibility to turn professional.

    The Rainbow Warriors’ top 3-point marksman from the 2014-15 season said he is in the process of hiring an agent and has lined up workouts with pro scouts. He would have been a fourth-year junior in the fall.

    “It was that time for me,” Webster-Chan said.

    Brian McInnis’ col.

  21. SteveM May 26, 2015 4:13 pm

    Good afternoon everyone!

    Good luck to Kealoha Pilares!

    RE: #2
    jm2375 — all is forgiven if you left a pan of bread pudding on the table. 🙂

  22. SteveM May 26, 2015 4:18 pm

    ai-eee-soos — please send me an email at: stevem(dot)hnl (at) gmail(dot)com
    I’d like to get your email address since you have been a Tsai-ko since March 2007.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid May 26, 2015 5:01 pm

    JM@#$% speaking in third person? Things that make you go hmmm…

  24. Fei Jai May 26, 2015 6:30 pm

    Kealoha is an awesome guy. Wish him all the best!

  25. cappie the dog May 26, 2015 8:21 pm


    It must be academics, right?

    If anybody should declare early, it’s Stefan Jankovic.

  26. kev-1 May 26, 2015 8:53 pm

    Negus Webster-Chan going pro?!?!?!?!?

    What the heck are these kids thinking when they make these decisions? Whoever he has giving him advice is sorely misinformed about his pro stock. Way too soon. Oh well.

  27. NorthShoreFan May 26, 2015 9:00 pm

    I hope peeps don’t think I’m a naysayer but I feel Negus is not quite ready for the NBA. He’s a great player but needs some “seasoning”. Then again, there may be some other factors influencing his decision.

    Mahalo and Good Luck Negus. Prove me wrong. I would love to see you in the NBA!…IMUA!

  28. NorthShoreFan May 26, 2015 9:01 pm

    oops. addy.

  29. NorthShoreFan May 26, 2015 9:05 pm

    I hope peeps don’t think I’m a naysayer but I think Negus needs a little more “seasoning” before trying the NBA waters. Yes, he had a great season but needs tougher competition.
    Anyhoo, Good Luck Negus and hope to see you in the NBA! IMUA!

  30. BigFan May 26, 2015 9:53 pm

    Wasn’t Austin’s dad here a little while ago? Or was I reading something else?

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid May 26, 2015 10:10 pm

    mctruck!!! Long time no see! How you, braddah braddah?

  32. Tiki808 May 26, 2015 10:32 pm

    Do you always buy a car for your mom? You? It’s a numbers game. How many people in Georgia? Then you. I’m still here.

  33. Tiki808 May 26, 2015 11:04 pm

    Do you mean I would have to follow Pilares to Georgia? To support him what else? You?

  34. xerjester May 27, 2015 6:37 am

    maybe there’s something terrible coming down the pipe for UH basketball. It seems unlikely that webster-chan would leave to go pro overseas with two years of eligibility left to develop into hopefully a very late second round pick unless his dream is to play overseas for BC Levski Sofia making $65,000/year.

  35. boolakanaka May 27, 2015 6:54 am

    Austin’s dad is my ex-roommate Kyle. The person you are referring to is his older brother, Kent, fraternal twin of Kurt. Haven’t spoke to Kyle, but would not be surprised if he transfers into any number of NW schools. Most of the K brood live in the NW, so they have lots of options and connections out there….

  36. LizKauai May 27, 2015 7:54 am

    Go, Kealoha!

  37. Aaron May 27, 2015 8:08 am

    Well, if there is a team that needs receivers, its KC.

  38. BigFan May 27, 2015 8:39 am

    #33, Thanks Boo.

  39. Inyoface May 27, 2015 9:45 am

    Bring Vili back!

  40. A-House May 27, 2015 10:05 am

    no, send Vili to which ever school his sons are playing

    yet, agree that UH sorely needs a mascot to whom fans can identify with – on and off campus!

  41. jimmy the lock May 27, 2015 10:09 am

    Bring back winning seasons.

    Happy humping day.

  42. H-man May 27, 2015 10:20 am

    No, no Vili.

  43. Stephen Tsai May 27, 2015 10:26 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=31268

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