WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH football program is offering its support to a freshman player who was seriously injured this weekend in a diving accident in Waikiki.
Kalepo Naotala, 19, was injured after he jumped head first off the Kapahulu wall around 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
He was transported in serious condition to a trauma center.
The 19-year-old incoming freshman is from Newport News, Va.
Naotala did not enroll at UH until this past spring after recovering from a knee injury.
He was expected to compete for playing time on the defensive line this season.
"In six months, Kalepo has made such an impact on our team," UH head coach Nick Rolovich said, in a news release.
"By being here, Kalepo has strengthened our football program and now its time for our program to stick together in support of him and his family. He is, and always will be, a Warrior. At this time, Kalepo and his family can use your thoughts and prayers."