Manti Te’o and “special guest” to speak at Downtown Athletic Club Hawai’i

Manti Te'o // AP

Manti Te‘o, one of the most heralded gridiron stars to ever come out of Hawaii, will be a featured speaker at the Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii’s lunch event this Wednesday at the Hukilau.

Also appearing will be a current Heisman Trophy candidate who is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the college game today. (per NCAA policy the player’s name can’t be advertised)

Doors will open at 11:00 a.m., with lunch starting at 11:30. The program begins at noon. Admission is $40 and includes a buffet lunch. The public is invited and may RSVP at

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a venue to discuss, support, enhance and raise awareness for local sports.

Te‘o, a standout linebacker who was born in Laie and attended Punahou School, is about to begin his second season with the Chargers. In 2013, Te‘0 started 13 games for San Diego and finished with 61 tackles and 4 passes defended.

Before joining the NFL, Te‘o was an All-American for the University of Notre Dame. In 2012, he led the Fighting Irish to the National Championship Game and was one of only three finalists for the Heisman Trophy (he finished second to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel). He is one of only two players in school history to record 100-plus tackles in three consecutive seasons.

The Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii is a non-profit organization led by founding members Keith Amemiya, Peter Ho, Kalowena Komeiji, Duane Kurisu, Don Murphy, Raymond Ono and Kurt Osaki, along with volunteer Executive Director Scott Simon.

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