Local Super Bowl celebration also a time of reflection

Chris Kemoeatu
Chris Kemoeatu

By Jason Tang - bio | email

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A celebration for our local Super Bowl heroes at the Windward Mall in Kaneohe also was a time of mourning.

Last night Arizona Cardinal safety Aaron Francisco's mother passed away unexpectedly, and he was unable to attend this Monday's festivities. Mayor Mufi Hannemann made the announcement to the hundreds who gathered to catch of glimpse of the Super Bowl celebrities.

As for Kahuku's other son, Chris Kemoeatu, he expressed his sympathy to his former teammate, and his gratitude to the Islands for their support during the Steelers run to a 6th Super Bowl title.

"My love and prayers go to Aaron and his family, I'll probably go by there later and see what we can do to help him, and you know just thank everybody for having this opportunity to you know mingle with the people and family and friends, and it's been a good vibe here and I'm excited about being here," said Kemoeatu.

In addition to Kemoeatu, other NFL Players and NFL alumni were in attendance including Samson Satele of the Miami Dolphins, former San Francisco 49ers lineman and former Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu, Former Steelers running back Chris Fuamatu-Maafala, and former Denver Bronco and also past Super Bowl champion Maa Tanuvasa.

Future Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo also received special commendation from the Mayor for shedding positive light on the islands.