Arrived in Ewa early, beating any potential traffic hassles in town and on infamous Fort Weaver Road. Got the notepad, stat book, even the video camera juiced up and ready for some action tonight between No. 7 Leilehua and the sturdy Sabers of Campbell.
Lot of goodies available at the gate and in the facility at Campbell, from seat cushions (worth the 10 bucks on these hard, metal bleachers) to homemade fried noodles (only $2 — photos coming later) to the colorful, glossy magazine featuring (almost) every team in the state.
You might know it as the ILH/OIA yearbook. But this time, publisher (Mr. Utility/do-everything) Eli Kapu went one, two steps further by gathering team photos and rosters from the MIL and BIIF.
If you can picture this … Eli, with some help from his tiny staff and pros at Cox Photography and Pictureman, has provided fans with this annual yearbook magazine for several years now. Diligently, he tours the islands on photo/media days and clicks away, capturing team and individual mug shots, one team and one player at a time.
I know because I’m there with him. So, when you pick up the mag — a STEAL at $5 — you’re not only supporting prep football, but you’re keeping Eli’s endless efforts fueled and fired up. It’s like sponsors have lined up at his door in the midst of this recession — even in an election year. But Eli loves the game, loves the coaches and kids, and especially his alma mater, Kahuku, where he once played not so long ago.
Hat’s off to you, Eli, for another spectacular job. Well done, indeed.
Paul Honda, Star-Advertiser