Spring 2016 Commencement

Spring 2016

Spring commencement was held on May 14, 2016 at the Stan Sheriff Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Congratulations to the following Rainbow Warrior Student-Athletes:

(bottom row, L-R): Josh Donovan, Pereese Joas, Gaetano DeMattei

(2nd row, L-R): Simon Poti, Aaron Novoa, Andrew Ho

(3rd row L-R): Brian Hittner, Dominique Small

(top row): Leo Koloamatangi

Others who graduated include: Vasquez Haynes, Brenden Urban, Ikaika Woolsey, Adonis Phillips, and Kiha Sai

The Nā Koa Football Club funds Summer School and the Warrior Bridge Program because education is one of our top priorities. By attending summer school, players are able to obtain and maintain eligibility so that they can participate in practices and games. Second, they are able to take many of the time-intensive, lab-type courses that are difficult to take during the regular sessions (fall and spring semesters) when they are frequently on travel for road games or involved in team meetings and off-season preparation. Finally, summer school is integral in helping to ensure the on-time or early graduation of the players.

The Warrior Bridge Program provides the opportunity for incoming freshmen and transfer students to take classes prior to the start of the fall semester, familiarize themselves with the campus and the workout/practice routine, and ensure they are eligible to play when the season starts. In-coming student-athletes are able to enroll for the second summer session to get a jump on the upcoming semester and are at least six credits ahead of the game when the new school year begins.

The approximate cost for summer school and the Warrior Bridge Program is $460,000.

Pride Rock Alumni Reception

077 cropMAHALO to the 100 or so alumni who came out in their show of support of this year’s team at first year head coach Nick Rolovich’s first meeting of spring practice on March 28, 2016. The former players entered the lecture hall to a round of applause as Coach Rolo introduced them as a surprise to the team. Represented were players from every decade dating as far back as 1947 to a few players who just recently graduated.

Judge Tommy Kaukukukui


Special guest speaker was Judge Tommy Kaulukukui, Jr. who spoke to the group about leadership, culture, and tradition. Following the meeting, Nā Koa hosted the alums to a reception in the Ed Wong Hospitality Room for food, drink, and fellowship.



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Family Fun Day Photos

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A great time was had by all who attended and participated in Na Koa’s Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 05, 2016. Folks got to try on football gear and take photos with Coach Rolo. Kids (and some adults, too!) had fun passing, tackling, doing an agility drill, and kicking (with a little flag football game mixed in).


Mahalo to all who came out and spent the afternoon with our football ohana!


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