A "welcome home" parade for Manti Te'o will go on as scheduled Saturday, even though the Norte Dame football star won't be there to see it.
Te'o was chosen Friday in the second round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, who scheduled a press conference with him, in San Diego, Saturday morning. Te'o was scheduled to leave Honolulu for California Friday night.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced earlier in the week that the city was co-sponsoring a parade for Te'o and fellow Norte Dame player Robby Toma. The city gave a $2,000 grant for the parade; the rest of the cost is being handled by the Koolauloa Community, especially the residents of Laie and Kahuku.
They've done their work. The food's been cooked and prepared, the tents have been set up and the money's been donated, so the parade and party are going ahead.
"It's his party. It's too bad he can't be there," said Caldwell's spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke. "And the family really wanted to express how grateful they are to everyone, and how sorry they are. We even called Manti Te'o's agent to see if there's any way, but unfortunately he's gotta go."
Te'o did record a videotaped message, which will be played at the community celebration at Laie Park following the parade. Te'o's family will also be there, along with Toma.
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. beside Hauula Beach Park, and end at about 5 p.m. at Laie Park.
The route is as follows: turn left on Hauula Homestead Road and loop through Hauula to Kamehameha Highway; turn left on Kamehameha Highway and proceed to Laie; turn left on Naniloa Street and loop back to Kamehameha Highway, then continue to Kahuku; turn left on Pualalea Street, right on Kekauoha street, left on Huehu Street, left on Leleuli Street, left on Pualalea Street, right on Kamehameha Highway and back to Laie; then right on Naniloa Loop to Poohaili Street, and to Laie Park.
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