HAWAII GROWN REPORT
Hawaii visit lets Kapaa’s Naihe realize his dream
Last Saturday was the culmination of a dream that Lawaia Naihe (Kapaa '00) never expected to come true.
Naihe started at left guard for Weber State against Hawaii, playing football in his home state for the first time in nine years.
His steady blocking helped the Wildcats offense score 17 first-half points, and even though the Warriors came back for a 36-17 victory, the loss wasn't on his mind after the game.
"Just to come back to Hawaii and play has been my dream," a wide-eyed Naihe said. "I didn't get to play for (Hawaii), but I got to play with them."
It was hard for Naihe to envision football after high school. After all, he spent most of his time working inside Kauai Community Correctional Center.
As time wore on, and he transformed from a teenager to an adult, football slowly crept its way back into his mind.
"I worked at the jail for a couple of years and was like, I love the game, I have to go back," Naihe said.
Four years after graduating high school, with wife Tiffany by his side, he played at Montana-Western for a season. He bounced around schools, playing a season at Orange Coast (Calif.) Junior College, before settling in at Weber State.
Now a father of two, Naihe said his experience at Aloha Stadium on Saturday was a memory he'll never forget and a reminder that he's turned his life around.
"After high school, I didn't really have my head on straight," Naihe said. "(Saturday night) my parents had front seats behind (our bench) and my wife is coming out to the hotel (tomorrow). Like I said, this was my dream."
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