By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii football players are paying special tribute to a distinguished alumnus.
At their game Friday and all season, players' helmets will bare the letters KMT, the initials of late Congressman K. Mark Takai.
The 49-year-old died in July after battling pancreatic cancer.
Friends and colleagues gathered at Takai's commemoration ceremony at the state Capitol last week Thursday to honor his service.
Takai was a war veteran, longtime National Guardsman, and was serving his first term in the U.S House when he was diagnosed with cancer.
He was a huge UH athletics supporter and a former member of the school's swim team.