Na Koa Member Spotlight: Liz Hahn
This week’s Na Koa Member Spotlight takes us to the Garden Island of Kaua‘i, for a woman better known as “LizKauai” within the UH football ‘ohana. Read about Liz and her passion for UH Football. Go Warriors!!!
Current City: Waimea,Kauai
Company/Position: Eric A. Knudsen Trust / Assistant to the Trustee
Who is your role model and why? My role model is ‘Abdu’l-Baha because he exemplifies what it means to be a spiritual being living in a material world.
Name one thing you’re passionate about. Building a peaceful world society.
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to and what made it the most interesting? Haifa,Israel. That city is an oasis of peace, beauty and unity where diversity is embraced and respected.
One thing that most people don’t know about you. Back in the ‘70s I wrote a simple tune to a prayer by Baha’u’llah called “Blessed is the Spot” that is now sung all over the world in many different languages. AND I’ve always wanted to sing the national anthem and Hawaii Pono‘i before a UH game.
When did you join Na Koa and why did you join? Why would you encourage a UH football fan to join Na Koa? I have been supporting Na Koa for several years but I am not sure whether I renewed or joined this year when Coach Mack came for our Na Koa Fundraiser on Kauai. I joined because Na Koa exists to support “athletic excellence and academic achievement” for UH Warrior Football. At the start of this season, there were FIVE Warriors fromKauaidoing what thy love to do. I have experienced the challenges of raising gifted children and understand how vital community support is in keeping specialized programs like athletics and the arts alive in our communities. To me, the future of our society lies in the development and education of our children and youth. Na Koa helps make this possible for our student-athlete Warriors. I can’t think of a better way for UH Football fans to express support for the team than by joining Na Koa and showing up to cheer in person when they can.
Who is your all-time favorite University of Hawaii football player? That’s a tough question. My favorite is the 2007 Perfect Season Team. If you push me for an individual, it’s Alex Green (You thought I was going to say Colt Brennan… and I was going to… I love Colt for the leadership he provided and the way he embraced Hawaiiand we embraced him.) As a player, Alex Green gave the Warrior offense another dimension when it was greatly needed. As a person, he is striving for a balanced life. Remember what I said about my role model? My family on the mainland had the pleasure of spending an evening with Alex and his family during my grandson’s first birthday celebration. They had no idea who he was except that he played for Hawaii and that Tutu Liz was a crazy football fan. He impressed them with his genuine humility and his willingness to eat kimchi jigeh and other Korean foods… Imagine how thrilled we all were when he was drafted by the Packers in the third round. And after a lot of hard work and a few moments of excellence on the field of play in the NFL … Alex continues to show that spiritual quality as he deals with physical injury.
What is your favorite memory of University of Hawaii Football? My favorite memories (so far) of UH Football are every game I have been able to attend in person- at home and away. These games are special because of the friends I have made with fellow fans – starting with the Tsai-kos from Stephen Tsai’s WarriorBeat Blog on the (now) Star-Advertiser. Remember what I said about unity in diversity earlier? Warrior football fans can come in all sizes and shapes and from every corner of the world. We are brought together by our love for the team. Win or lose, whether we feel frustrated or philosophical, we have a marvelous group of young men and dedicated coaches to cheer for.