Vai's View: Vai's View: BYU-Hawaii, prep football powerhouses and a living legend

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  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    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.

  • karren Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    I always like to read about Val and his family.

  • YOBANFA Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    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

  • ha_Y_nCoug Mililani, HI
    Aug. 27, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    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...

  • inspiRED Laie, Hawaii
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:35 a.m.

    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!

  • ceylonmormon CALDWELL, ID
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    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...

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Really what is the deal with people writing Via instead of Vai?

  • idtohi Laie, HI
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    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 lives.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    I love hot cocoa and bread. It's a staple at our house!

  • aggieblue Saint George, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    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.

  • fireman PAYSON, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    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.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    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 (white people).

  • Harry Dinn w jordan, ut
    Aug. 26, 2011 3:41 p.m.


    I love reading your columns they are always uplifting and inspirational. Thank You!