(HawaiiNewsNow) - A pair of fundraising events for UH Football are scheduled in August as the team prepares for its final year in the Western Athletic Conference. Both events are organized by Na Koa Football Club, the organization dedicated to supporting excellence in academics and athletics for University of Hawaii Warrior Football.
On Thursday, August 25, restaurateur Don Murphy returns with Murphy's Pigskin Pigout at his legendary Honolulu watering hole. After a brief hiatus last year, the 15th Annual Pigskin Pigout returns with all the favorites: an evening of hosted food, including stations featuring suckling pig, fresh fish and oysters in a block]party style gathering along Merchant Street in Downtown Honolulu. The highlight of the evening is the live auction featuring a variety of vacations and sports memorabilia. Over the years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for University of Hawaii Warrior Football. Tickets are $100 ($55 of each ticket is tax deductible) and are currently on sale at Murphy's or can be bought online on the Hawaii Bowl Foundation website at www.hawaiibowlfoundation.org.
Four days later, fans are invited to be part of Na Koa Bowl, a 5hour live statewide broadcast on KFVE and via live streaming at www.nakoa.org. The fundraiser and broadcast will be based at the Stan Sheriff Center on campus beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 29. Hosts for the evening include Billy V of KINE 105.1 FM and Hawaii News Now, Hawaii News Now Sports Director Chris Tanaka, Anchor/Reporter and former UH player Shawn Ching and former HNN Sports Director Liz Chun.
Adding to the fun of the evening is a "Fan Turned Sportscaster" promotion where, for a $500 or more tax]deductible donation, fans choose a favorite former player, and with the help of the KFVE team produce a feature on that player. The fan and former player will also appear during the live broadcast to introduce the produced video. In addition to a memorable experience, the fan will get a special autographed DVD of the produced feature and all the unedited video. Fans can choose from a variety of local players from every decade from the 1960s. Fans are encouraged to visit www.nakoa.org for details on the "Fan Turned Sportscaster" promotion. The first five fans to submit their request to interview a former UH player along with a donation of $500 or more to UH Football , will get started immediately working with the TV crew to produce their feature and interview for broadcast on August 29 th during Na Koa Bowl.
The 2nd Na Koa Bowl will also feature a new wrinkle – the public is invited to join the festivities at the Stan Sheriff Center that evening with entertainment provided by Henry Kapono, Imua, Afatia Thompson, Del Beazley, the UH Band, Kaukahi, Hyper Squad Dance Group, and more! At the Stan Sheriff Center, former players will be available for autographs…fans are encouraged to bring their memorabilia, or they can purchase a special UH football poster for $5. With the purchase of every poster, fans will receive a free copy of the book, "Hawaii Warrior Football." Also available that evening for $25 is a signed, limited edition poster featuring three-time all-WAC placekicker and former Rainbow, Jason Elam, who recently retired after a successful 17-year career in the NFL. Those who are unable to join the festivities can help support UH Warrior football through Na Koa with donations by calling the phone bank, which will be manned by former UH football players and coaches, or online at www.nakoa.org.
"Starting the season off with these two back-to-back events is going to really help fans get into the game and support University of Hawaii football through Na Koa," said Scott Kaulukukui, 2011 President, Na Koa Football Club. "The goal is to raise more than $250,000 from these two events that will go exclusively to support University Hawaii football and the team's many needs, including summer school tuition and video equipment."