By Jason Tang - bio | email
MANOA (KHNL) - Kealoha Pilares is one of the top play makers on the University of Hawaii football team, but, it's not just his play that makes him stand out. Among other things, he also has a lot of tattoos.
However, the one that means the most to him, is the one fans have probably never seen. Underneath his right wristband is a date - 10-01-08. It's the day Kealoha Pilares lost a beloved member of his family.
"My Grandma passed away last year, and this is something special to me," said Pilares.
Just thinking of his family's loss brings out tears for one of Hawaii's toughest players. His emotions prevent him from speaking about her any more, but tells us she died from emphysema.
pilares also has his grandmas name, Violet, inked on his neck.
He says tattoos are something he's wanted since he was young.
"I see all these, Chad owens all these guys, It's just art, kind of everything just means something to me," said Pilares.
Pilares isn't sure how many tats he has, but he is sure he's not done yet. however, some of his tattoos cost upwards of 25 hundred dollars, and for a college student, that's a lot of money.
"You know my mom is trying to help me out," said Pilares. "Actually she is paying for my tattoos. I just go to college and get a scholarship check, but she gives me treats here and there, and after school, she really let me get these, it's a lot of money you know."
Tattoos aren't the only thing that gets people's attention though. Kealoha's female fans always seem to notice his eyes and long eyelashes.
"I've been getting it since I was small, it's whatever, I don't really think about it, but if they like it they like, so whatever works I guess," said Pilares.
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