Doug Robinson: The immigrant's song: Vai Sikahema inspires Tongan youths

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  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Oct. 11, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    All right, Vai!!!

    Nice job, amigo! You've made BYU, it's fans and the Lord exceptionally proud of you!


  • AST Orangeville, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I love seeing Vai on the NFL Films Top Ten series, wearing his "Y" cap. I've always loved BYU football and it's apparent he's proud of being part of it.

  • fyre Aurora, CO
    Oct. 10, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    He should run for a political seat somewhere...Naaaah he is too cool for that and has way too much ability and common sense. I like Vai

  • pogonomyrmex Gainesville, FL
    Oct. 10, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Great article! Lots of interesting details.

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    I knew Vai when he came to Hawaii in the early 1970s. He was a likable kid then as now, genuinely friendly, and down to earth humble. I witnessed his parent's struggles for a better life, like so many Tongan families since, and their emphasize on education in the class room, sport field, Church, or in the work place. Vai is an example of doing the best with whatever basic talents God gave you...and more.

  • Bill Freeze Lindon, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    Via Sikahema is one of the great men I had had the oporunity to know in my life. Via has been a wonderful friend to our family and has been very instrumental of the success of our daughter Amy in the TV broadcast business. She became very successful in the Philadelphia NBC market due in large part to the support and help that she received from Vai. When she and her family left Philly to move to Chicago for a nice promotion one of her biggest regrets was saying goodbye to the Sikahema Family. What people who don't know Via need to undrstand is that he is as good as he is because of his wife, Keala. Through her love, faith and influence in his life she has taken a good man and made him great. Via will tell you the same thing.

  • Bear Laker Laketown, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Went to school with Vai at BYU and injoyed a biology class with him. I was a new Freshman, he was a stud football player that had almost zero ego and was a joy to be around. My son later served with his son on a mission in Hawaii and found much of the same experience. Great people and obviously a great example to all of us. Thanks!

  • Cats Provo, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    I was in the Cougar Room when Vai told his story about the Conseco fight in person. He brought the house down. It was a great story.

    Go Vai. You're great.

  • CandaceSalima Orem, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    As a long time friend of the Sikahema family, Alvin and I dearly love Vai, Keala and the kids. We have watched this meteoric rise to fame beginning with the MTC in Provo. Alvin and Vai were in the MTC together and forged a friendship there that stands to this day. Vai is a man of tremendous righteousness, integrity, honor and courage. His life is proof of that. Thank you so much for sharing this story about Vai Sikahema. It is one that should be read by every single person in America for it is a lesson in perseverance nearly unparalleled.

    And FYI: Robert Anae is more than an assistant football coach at BYU, he is the Offensive Coordinator. He, too, is an amazing man with a similar story.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Oct. 10, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    Keep these great articles coming!

    THIS is why we have BYU football.