The Warrior Beat

Kala‘i Lee; Volleyball Warriors still alive

April 6th, 2013

Growing up, Kala‘i Lee wanted a festive party each year.

No, the party was not for Kala‘i, whose birthday fell on the same week as Thanksgiving. His birthday wish was that any money that would be spent on gifts instead be used for his church's annual dinner for homeless families in Waimanalo. He celebrated his birthday preparing and serving food, then sticking around to clean up.

OK, make that two parties. His Christmas request was the same as his birthday wish.

Kala‘i attended private schools, but he helped pay for his tuition working at craft fairs on weekends.

His family's house became a community center, open to friends who needed a place to stay for a night or, sometimes, for months. His father Doug, who had been in the Air Force, was used to cooking for a lot of people.

Kala‘i recently enlisted in the Marines. He departs for basic training next week. You might not know Kala‘i, but you know somebody like him. He does not play for any UH sports team, but he is a Warrior.

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For today's fifth practice of spring training, the music, horn and under-center snaps were back. There also was limited hitting (they were in shells).

Click on the pics for videos:

Taylor Graham:


Ikaika Woolsey:


Sean Shigematsu (68), Clark Evans (84):


Running backs:


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Kealakehe running back David Fangupo was among the attendees at today's practice.

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Offensive lineman Jordan Loeffler appeared to suffer a serious injury to his left knee. He was down for several minutes and was taken by cart to the training room.

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Sean Shigematsu strengthened his hold on the No. 1 right tackle's job. Leo Koloamatangi and David Griffin are competing at left tackle. The other No. 1 linemen are left guard Mike Milovale, center Ben Clarke and right guard Dave Lefotu.

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Slotback Scott Harding's touchdown on a slant pattern was the best catch of the day. He grabbed the pass with one hand while in full sprint.

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Safety Joshua Donovan made the best defensive play, a sprawling pass breakup near the goal line.

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Cal State Northridge lost again, this time in three sets to USC. The Matadors need to win one of their remaining two matches — against UC Irvine and Long Beach State — to eliminate the volleyball Warriors.

Now the Warriors can enjoy tonight's banquet.

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