Friends, family gather to cheer one of Hawaii's own in Super Bowl

Friends, family gather to cheer one of Hawaii's own in Super Bowl

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you heard very loud cheering from a house in Aiea when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, it's because a family member will be coming home with a Super Bowl ring.

Dozens of friends and family gathered to cheer on the Eagles -- but also to show their support for number 54, Kamu Grugier-Hill, a second-year NFL linebacker.

"To be only his second year in the NFL, and to be there at the Super Bowl, it's just -- we're in awe. We're just so proud," said Grugier-Hill's sister-in-law Aina Fernandez.

"It's very surreal. It's amazing. It's crazy. It's crazy to think about, and it's, I don't know. It's just an awesome feeling," said longtime friend Tina Kinimaka.

"We're all here to support Kamu, we watching him grow up, and we're just ecstatic for him and this experience that he has and all the work he's put into it," said Stacy Fermahin, another longtime friend.

Having ohana in the Super Bowl meant it was time to throw a party at Kamu's sister's house.

"We don't have one every year," said brother-in-law Brady Akamine. "We usually go to my other friend's house, but this year's more special."

And just about everyone at the part had the number 54 on their backs, thanks to T-shirts that were designed by Kamu's sister to celebrate the "Flyin' Hawaiian."

"She made the design and everything, and was like 'who wants shirts?' And it just -- spread like wildfire," said Fernandez. "Everybody wanted shirts, down to the little youth, like extra-small, we had shirts."

Kamu's immediate family, including his sister and brothers, were in the stands for the game. They occasionally joined the party via FaceTime. While they couldn't hear what was going on in Aiea, they were still having a good time watching the game in person.

Friends and family -- even those who aren't Eagles fans every day -- were proud.

"They're doing what went there to do. They're performing as best they can," said Kinimaka.

"It's just awesome."

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