Member Profiles

Na Koa Member Spotlight: Garett Ichimura

Garett IchimuraName/Hometown: Garett Ichimura, Honolulu

Current City: Honolulu

Company/Position: Koga Engineering & Construction Inc, Project Manager

Who is your role model and why?  There have been many who influenced my life in positive ways.

Name one thing you’re passionate about.  Traveling, sports & traveling for sports

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to and what made it the most interesting? All over Asia – I enjoyed experiencing the cultures and food of the different Asian countries.

One thing that most people don’t know about you.  I played the violin and cello in elementary school.

How long have you been a UH football fan?  When did you join Na Koa and why did you join?  Why would you encourage a UH football fan to join Na Koa?  My grandfather used to take me to games when I was very young.  I joined Na Koa to help support the team.  Everyone remembers 2007 and the excitement that the football team generated statewide.  The football needs the support to get back to that level.

Who is your all-time favorite University of Hawaii football player? Garrett Gabriel.  He played for Pac-5 and beat BYU!

What is your favorite memory of University of Hawaii Football? Throwing newspaper streamers after touchdowns.

Na Koa Member Spotlight: Carina Tagupa

Name/Hometown: Carina Tagupa, Manoa Valley, Oahu

Current City: Ewa Beach, Oahu

Company/Position: Chevron USA Inc., Community Relations Specialist

Who is your role model and why? Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, who safely landed a plane in the Hudson river. 

Name one thing you’re passionate about. Football, golfing, travelling, cooking, and making my community a better place. 

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to and what made it the most interesting? New York City.  The people, sights, and sounds, in a city that never sleeps.

One thing that most people don’t know about you.  I’ve taken flying lessons, and earned a letter in canoe paddling as a steersman at Kamehameha Schools as well as being part of a winning crew at the OHCRA state championships.   

How long have you been a UH football fan?  When did you join Na Koa and why did you join?  Why would you encourage a UH football fan to join Na Koa?  I’ve been a fan since I can remember!  All funds raised directly benefit the program and the student-athlete. I encourage all those who are passionate about football to contribute to the program. 

Who is your all-time favorite University of Hawaii football player? Hard to name just a single player, so I’d say the 1992 Rainbows team.

What is your favorite memory of University of Hawaii Football? Two, winning the Holiday Bowl in 1992 and in 2007, when we came from behind to defeat Washington to have an undefeated season, which led to an appearance in the Sugar Bowl.

 

Na Koa Member Spotlight: Darshan Singh

Have you ever wondered just who are the members of Na Koa Football Club?  Well they come from all walks of life, range widely in ages and come from all over the country.  The common thread is that they are all passionate supporters of Warrior Football.  We restart our member spotlight series with Darshan Singh, one of our newest members.

Name/Hometown: Darshan Singh/Kaunakakai, HI

Current City: Bronx, NY

Company/Position: Seven Star Fuel Corp./Vice President

Who is your role model and why? 

My greatest role model is my mother who fights cancer everyday without any hesitation, complaint, or reservation.  My brother, father and sisters are all role models in their own ways.   My teachers and coaches were also great people that I will always look up to and aspire to be like.

Who is your all-time favorite University of Hawaii football player? 

Kealoha Pilares was probably my favorite player because of his versatility as a runningback, wideout and slotback. 

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled to and what made it the most interesting? 

Well, my brother Raj does most of the traveling in my family.  It seems like every month, he’s in another part of the world.  My most interesting traveling experience was driving cross country from Los Angeles to NYC.  It was great to see all  the different landscapes around the country.  

One thing that most people don’t know about you.

Most people don’t know that I’m from such a small community as Molokai.  Going from Molokai to L.A. and now NYC is quite a big change.  Molokai may have a small population but we have some talented people making an impact all over the world.

How long have you been a UH football fan?  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 always been a UH football fan: from the 1992 Holiday Bowl through the Von Appen years to June Jones, Mack and now Norm Chow.  I would encourage anyone who loves Hawaii sports to contribute to Na Koa because it will only make our teams stronger.  When schools like USC build $75 million facilities, we cannot be competitive unless groups like Na Koa get the funding necessary to support our athletes.  

Name one thing you’re passionate about.

Overcoming challenges.  As Coach Chow says, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the reward.

What is your favorite memory of University of Hawaii Football? 

Without a doubt, my favorite moment was when we played Washington in 2007.  We were down 28-7 but came back and won that game to receive the BCS bid.  I hope fans will once again fill the stadium and be as enthusiastic about the team as they were during that game…

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