HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Training Camp is right around the corner and many of the rookies begin reporting this week. Several local players have chosen to come home to work out leading up to training camp. Hawaii News Now caught up with a few of the athletes. Kahuku Grad Hau'oli Kikaha is one of them.
"It's been a grind. I mean hard work pays off so that's what we've been trying to accomplish in the off season. Just working hard," Kikaha said.
Kikaha was a pass-rushing special in college leading the nation in sacks, but has been working to develop his skills to include covering running backs and tight ends with the Saints. "I set edges and I rush the passer and I cover in certain areas and on certain men. That's my job, what they told me what to d. I'm going to do it to the best of my ability."
Kikaha along with former Rainbow Warrior and current Buccaneers fullback Joey Iosefa and Punahou Alum and current Lions Safety Brian Suite have been training with world-renowned sports trainer Chad Ikei in Manoa preparing for training camp.
"It's been an honor for me to help these young men achieve their dream of playing in the NFL and being the best they possibly can be" said Ikei.
Ikei, a Kaiser grad, brings almost 20 years of experience developing top-tier athletes from high school through to the NFL. He is part of the reason players have chosen to come back to Hawaii to train. "I've been here three years and I know what to expect so, so far so Chad has been killing me so I am happy to be here and I am willing to get that work until the time I go back."
Kikaha, Suite and Iosefa say it has been great pushing each other to excel. "You know it's just a few of us Hawaii kids just trying to live our dreams up there so it's very cool to have some other guys to go through it with," said Suite.