KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kapolei teenager is about to go skiing for the first time. He also plans to play football next season. That may not sound like a big deal, except that Papu Uti has only one leg.
Papu, a junior at Kapolei High School, lost his other leg when he was a freshman. He tore his knee playing football with friends. There were complications with his surgeries, and doctors had to amputate. Since then, Papu has made up for it with courage and optimism.
He'll be leaving for Utah for a winter sports camp, and he plans to re-join his Kapolei High football team this fall.
"Adapting to my new lifestyle is pretty good," said Papu. "There's some things that limit my limitations and doing, but that doesn't stop me from doing the things I love."
Papu also said he draws inspiration from those who are challenged, or have physical or mental disabilities. "When I go out and play, I'm playing not only for myself but for everybody. For all of those that think they cannot," Papu said.
Papu leaves for the amputee snow camp in Salt Lake City Saturday. It won't just be the first time he'll ever see snow, it will also be the first time he has ever left the islands.