Buckner makes donation to Waianae High

Punahou alum DeForest Buckner will donate $20,000 to Waianae High School. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.
Punahou alum DeForest Buckner will donate $20,000 to Waianae High School. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou alum and current San Francisco 49er DeForest Buckner is donating $10,000 in Nike apparel and another $10,000 in cash to assist Waianae High with various programs.

Buckner, who grew up on the Leeward Coast, said in a press release Wednesday, “My family, including my mom, are all graduates of Waianae High School. I felt it was really important once I made it to the NFL to give back to my community. I hope this will help many student athletes dream big like I did when I was in high school school. Schools like Waianae sometimes get neglected and I hope this helps them with any athletic shortfalls this year.”

Buckner won the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award and was selected seventh overall by the 49ers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

San Francisco kicks off its NFL season Monday night on ESPN against the Los Angeles Rams.


  1. Alpha September 7, 2016 3:20 pm

    Wow….. awesome

  2. YouWeesh September 7, 2016 3:30 pm

    Thats what Im talkib bout!! Remembering rootz. Make it big, and give back. God bless Buckner

  3. Checkyoself September 7, 2016 3:33 pm

    What a Stand up young man. I hope Hawai’i athletes learn from this. Take care of the roots and in time everything can be healthy, Strong and blossom.
    It takes a community take raise a child. And I mean raise um the right way.
    Deforest Buckner, you are a true Athlete!!!!!!!
    You have restored sportsmanship, faith, and most of all, HONOR!!!!!!!

  4. Emily Reese September 7, 2016 3:35 pm

    Bless your heart’ Giving Back ‘ May you continue to be Blessed’ Prayers to you’ Thank you’

  5. Matuu Pulotu September 7, 2016 3:40 pm

    Great example.

  6. Dennis DumancasAWE September 7, 2016 3:45 pm


  7. 87 September 7, 2016 3:53 pm

    nice, way to step up and show pride in our public schools

  8. Manley September 7, 2016 4:08 pm

    A timely donation when the Sea Rider nation is on the rise.

  9. tim September 7, 2016 4:44 pm

    Punahou probably doesn’t need the money. Good for him, giving to his community. Classy young man.

  10. Walt Grilho September 7, 2016 5:01 pm

    Thank you Deforest for always staying grounded.
    It has been a pleasure watching you grow up into the young man that you are today.
    Stay blessed buddy.

    Mr. Grilho

  11. Rorach September 7, 2016 5:14 pm

    This is what it is all about! Giving back to your community! Awesome awesome! He is truly Blessed and is being a Blessing. Big Hugs to him and his Ohana!

  12. Former OIA insider September 7, 2016 5:19 pm

    He’s a great kid. Was amazing to see him in intermediate already a physical specimen. Would’ve been awesome to see him as a Searider, but can’t turn down an opportunity to attend Punahou. His siblings went to Waianae. So great of him to donate to his community high school that he never attended. Not too many people would do what he did.

  13. Karl Su'a September 7, 2016 5:51 pm

    Beautiful story he helps out his community.

  14. Sound September 7, 2016 6:02 pm

    You don’t have to be a super athlete to give back. We all can give back in our own ways. Use this young man’s example and find a way that you can give back to your high school.

  15. 87 September 7, 2016 6:09 pm

    Dass whass great about punahou, they teach their kids to give back to the communitys they come from, Manti also donated to kahuku last year. oh, u guys see puns team this year? they are stacked again with many future buckners and teos.

  16. M3M September 7, 2016 6:11 pm

    Great Bloodline #Toilolo

  17. Manu cook September 7, 2016 6:15 pm

    The #5 for punahou carries a lot of weight. I hope the next one to wear it wears with class and dignity.

  18. Unko Alvin September 7, 2016 6:22 pm

    You the man DeForest, like what a class act to give back to mom’s nation; god bless in your NFL career.

    That’s sound core values like upbringing in the home and in higher learning

    Best Wishes,…RR4L.

  19. AOK September 7, 2016 8:38 pm

    Props to the young man! Now ball out!

  20. Denice Keliikoa September 8, 2016 6:04 am

    What an awesome contribution from a young adult/professional, and excellent role model. Beautiful to remember your roots,. I don’t know you but am humbled by your thoughtfulness and gift of Aloha. Best of luck in the future and NFL field, will be watching for you! Mahalo for being 96792 proud.

  21. Searider86 September 8, 2016 7:46 am

    THANK YOU, DeForest!! Best of luck as you enter this next phase of your journey!! God Bless!

  22. Windell Aglia-Artis September 8, 2016 9:50 am

    My son Justin attends Waianae High School and is currently playing football. He was blessed with the opportunity to play, now this financial blessing. Mahalo Nui Loa!!!

  23. Education First September 8, 2016 10:19 am

    What a great role model for the kids of Hawaii. I often get a chance to talk to DeForest. He is humble, takes pride in being a role model. And the Caddy he bought for his dad was amazing! This is a young man who took school seriously which lead to sports that opened up doors for him. What a great story and such a generous donation to Waianae.

  24. Education First September 8, 2016 11:03 am

    His NFL Draft Party at Da Crawfish & Crabshack was really fun. It was great seeing George and his wife so happy for their son. No young man deserves it more than DeForest. When we had our Alumni Luau last year, he was one of kids who stayed late to stack tables and chairs. What an amazing young man!

  25. Chloropicrin September 8, 2016 6:26 pm

    Imua!! Could you imagine if he and Kennedy Tulimasealii playied on Waianae’s Dline together? Oh boy.

  26. Education First September 9, 2016 12:44 pm

    Chloropicrin September 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm
    Imua!! Could you imagine if he and Kennedy Tulimasealii playied on Waianae’s Dline together? Oh boy.

    That would not happen and here is why. One boy takes care of his family, does his school work, performs community service, donates money to worthy areas, and keeps out of trouble.

    The other person “allegedly” abuses women, does it “allegedly” abused women more than once, got kicked off a football team, and after receiving several chances to learn from his mistakes, doesn’t seem like he has.

    These two do not belong in the same sentence. In my opinion it is “blasphemous” to even write about these two together.

    One is a great role model and young adult. The other is scum for the decisions he makes.

    I am sure people on here would be okay if this person “allegedly” hit your mother, sister, or daughter.

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