This is the first in a series of profiles we're producing on Hawaii's athletes. We'd like to know more about the person behind the number and the jersey, so thanks to Jim Donovan and his team at the University of Hawaii's Sports Department we've gotten to know some of the finest student athletes in Hawaii. Truly they are great models for local kids.
First up is Laupepa Letuli, originally from Torrance, CA.. He began as a part time starter for the UH Warriors during their 2008 season then started the first three games of 2009 before suffering a season-ending injury. His great-grandfather is His Highness Malieto Tanumafili, the former King of Independent Samoa. His father's father is (Samoan) Paramount Chief Letuli who is credited with creating fireknife dancing made popular outside of Samoa. Laupepa is not only a talented athlete but his ability to self discipline has made him a fine musician. He recently released his first single. He is proud of his Samoan heritage and though he lives away from his ancestral homeland he has a strong sense of who he is and where he wants to go.
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