Back in 1979, Rich Miano was a Kaiser senior about to embark on a mission of walk-on safety at the University of Hawaii.
He earned a scholarship, which led to a more-than-a-decade-long career in the National Football League, breaking doors down for Hawaii skill players.
Now, Mililani wide receiver Kalakaua “Kala” Timoteo is following Miano’s footprints.
This spring, Timoteo was named by Nike as one of the top prep players in the nation, while earning a scholarship to play for the Rainbow Warriors.
Better has become one of the best in state history.
After putting up 100 yards per game and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2014, Timoteo was invited to the most prestigious camp in the nation in Nike’s The Opening this spring.
With Hawaii long considered a hotbed of lineman talent, the honor was a first for a skill player from Hawaii.
He’s continued to ball in his senior season. With 18 scores and over 1,000 yards already, the hunger has come from the family name.
A father figure growing up, his uncle, Zan, passed away from cancer in September. Timoteo recalls time spent learning to kill and clean pigs for food on Zan’s farm as a child. He says that’s what prepared him to become a provider at an early age.
Now, Timoteo has dedicated his senior season to Zan. The campaign isn’t just about football, but what he can do for the Timoteo ohana.
With a handful of scholarship offers and a commitment to the University of Hawaii, Timoteo is setting himself up to provide for life with a free education.