Saved by Seariders: A thank-you note

The massive rock pictured got this sportswriter stuck long after the football game at Waianae ended. Mahalos to James Joseph, Kenny Joseph, Zefften Thompson-Avilla, Coach Matt Murakawa, Coach Walter Young (not pictured), Athletic Director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani (not pictured) for your generosity. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Bomboocha mahalos to Waianae football players and coaches who literally lifted my car off this massive rock next to Raymond Tori Field after the game. It was almost midnight and the stadium was empty when I began to head home.

I got in the car and thought I driving on dirt and sand when my axle hit rock and got lodged. I tried reversing, but the wheel just spun and kicked sand. The rock was stuck between the axle and the interior.

It was a blessing that Athletic Director Kekoa Kaluhiokalani was still there. He called Coaches Walter Young and Matt Murakawa, both math teachers, and they brought three of the players still there. They figured out how to get the car free from the rock.

The six of them lifted the back several times to get a good angle, then they jammed a couple of big rocks under the left front tire. I reversed and was FREE. I would’ve been stuck there all night if these men weren’t still around.
Mahalos to James Joseph, Kenny Joseph, Zefften Thompson-Avilla, Coach Matt, Coach Walter (not pictured) and Coach Kekoa (not pictured) for your generosity.


  1. ??? October 13, 2018 7:30 am

    Having a bad season but the humbleness & humility in helping fellow human beings is still there. Great job AD, coaches and boys, continued success in your lives🤙🏽

  2. Farney October 13, 2018 11:34 am

    Thompson Avilla could have lift it himself. Hope he gets some offers. Good job boys.

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