Vili the Warrior not returning to UH

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Vili Fehoko, known affectionately as "Vili the Warrior" has decided to put family first. The longtime mascot of the Warriors football program will spend more time with his family this fall and will not be returning to the sidelines of Aloha Stadium.

"I feel like I missed a lot of things over the years.  It used to be Linda, the one watching all the games.  Most of the time I dedicated myself to being the die-hard warrior" said Vili.

With his four sons all active in athletics, Vili had a tough—nearly impossible time trying to see them.  "The only time I get to watch their games is the spring game."  Hence, he made the decision to walk away.

Fehoko leaves with a heavy heart, knowing too well that he was as much a fan favorite as some of the great players and coaches who have been a part of the program through his 12 year tenure.

"[I'll miss] putting a smile on the kids.  Making a difference in people's lives.  After the game, you see the fans, they come up and say thank you--shaking your hand, bringing food to my car when I'm ready to go home."

However, as much as there is sadness in his voice, he is overjoyed at the prospect of getting back to his own ohana.

"I'm gonna travel now and watch my boys games---be a road warrior this time."

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