By Joann Shin
(KHNL) - On a day that should be upbeat, there is note of sadness.
People came out for Castle High's homecoming and to honor a dear friend lost.
"He was always smiling that's one thing i always remember about," said Castle Senior Merit Uehara.
He's talking about long time friend Patrick Kapahu.
Kapahu was a lineman and punter for the Knights.
He died last week. He suffered head injuries from a skateboarding accident last Wednesday.
Friday night he was honored with t-shirts.
Uehara explained, "We wanted to be produced in big amounts, so everybody could wear it look unified , like everyone is a family".
And then a touching tribute followed on Kapahu's home field.
His teammates carried out his picture draped with lei and his jersey, # 66.
On this night winning and losing was secondary.
A friend and his family was #1.
"I think he'd be surprised. He probably doesn't know how many lives he touched. It's really amazing how any kind of group he touched them," said Uehara.
The proceeds from the t-shirts will go to Kapahu's family.