Hey "93 COUGAR"Dont be so rough on "aggieblue." His
"spell check" probably got the best of him as it frequently does in
newspaper articles that are published before they are "proofed."I really enjoy reading Vai's articles. He is truly a spiritual giant who
has really earned the excellent reputation he has achieved throughout the sports
world as well as throughout the Church.It makes me proud to be an
"Honorary Tongan" even though I am a Haole.
I always like to read about Val and his family.
My family and I have vacationed 2 of the last 3 years on the island of Oahu.
This year we stayed for two weeks on just the north shore. Our friends in La'ie
recommended having breakfast at Tita's grill, and so we did. It was truly one of
the best parts of our vacation. Junior and his wife were so friendly and
accomodating to us, offering us free "poly bread" as our two sons
wolfed down the kill a moco loco. Junior came cups of cocoa rice and his wife
kept taking pictures of us. We ate there at least 5 times, this tiny run down
place directly across the street from Kahuku high. For those of you who may want
to have a slice of bread or the killa mock, there is a similar shop, run by his
son at the Eagle Mountain golf course. Vai describes it best as the North Shore
has Power. It is the people and their experiences, their love and faith, that
creates it. The poly culture is so beautiful, and so loving, I am continually
impressed and amazed by it whenever I come into contact with it. Great job Vai
Hey Vai, I loved your article about my home in the islands. As a BYU &
BYUH alum from Hawaii it literally hit close to home. It made me smile thinking
about how Kamehameha (alma mater), punahou & st. Louis does get lots of its
good size from the country. I also loved Jrs. story. I pass by Tita's grill
about once a week when I go out there for business. Never tried it, but now I
think I will. Aloha...
Love the Post! Nice tribute to the North Shore! I was Born and raised in Laie,
attended both Kahuku & BYUH, and then i had the chance to live else where
(Utah-8 years, California-2 years, Texas-3 years, American Samoa-2 years, and
Florida- 2 years) and I can can truly say that the Special spirit of Aloha that
is found here on the North Shore is incomparable! And a lot of it stems down to
People like Jr. Ah You (and his extended family)! How lucky we are to live in a
Place with people like Jr. who care so deeply about our community that it shows
daily through his actions and example!
Loved the article. Whenever I hear about BYU-H it opened the flood gate of
memories. Went to at BYUH and graduated from there. I met wife over there and
learned to love people all around the world. When I was reading the article, it
reminded me the simple life id Islands and their hospitality. I would go back
again in a heart beat...
Really what is the deal with people writing Via instead of Vai?
Great column! Vai also gave a moving lecture to a large gathering of BYUHawaii
students. It was a special experience for a lot of people to have him on campus
and hear the reminders of some small things that make a big difference in our
1997 graduate of BYU-Hawaii. There is no place in the world like Laie. Combine
'paradise' with 'zion' and it's absolutely amazing. I kept hearing about Kahuku
football when I was there, so I knew I had to check it out at least once. So, at
the Prep Bowl (State Championship) at Aloha Stadium, I was shocked to see
30,000+ in attendance. St. Louis defeated Kahuku. Incredible night. Very
accurate article, Vai. Good job.
I love hot cocoa and bread. It's a staple at our house!
Reading Via's remarks about Junior are uplifting and inspiring. I had the
priviledge of working for the Y at the Hawaii campus in the early 80's. I can
say without question that the polys are the most hospitable people in the world.
I would like someday to get back for a visit, although it doesn't
seem likely. Via has brought me close. The shave ice, the steel guitar, the PCC,
the temple, and beaches are truly paradise.I have grandsons who play
college and high school football that for some reason have migrated to the poly
young men. The polys refer to our boys as "brown" kids. I wonder how
they would have liked living on the island.Junior has always been a
idol and example to me as has Via. Thanks both of you and God bless you.
In 1984 as a young freshman at BYU I had the privilege of taking a public
speaking class with Vai. Every time I read his articles I am reminded of the
impression he made upon me as a young 18 year old kid who was very out of his
element and comfort zone. He went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and
left an indelible impression upon me that will remain with me my whole life.
Thank you for sharing these stories and articles. Keep up the good work.
Ahh...Kahuku high school! I graduated in the 80s from Kalaheo HS, down the coast
in Kailua. I was in the band, so I attended football games all over Oahu. My
memories of Kahuku is that their fans threw rocks at our school bus as we were
leaving after a game, presumably because Kalaheo had a high percentage of haoles
ViaI love reading your columns they are always uplifting and
inspirational. Thank You!