Football teams are a band of brothers.
Maybe that’s why the Noa ohana has been so proficient in pumping out gridiron greats.
Of seven brothers, and two sisters, the Noas have turned out five college football players.
Last year, it was Kanawai, the state’s all-time career receiving leader from Punahou, who is now a freshman at Cal.
Now, it’s Kumoku, a Kamehameha-Kapalama senior who exploded onto the scene with 1,200 yards and 17 total touchdowns in just nine games.
The rim is where it starts, but the gridiron is where the Noas are accomplished.
Father, Henry, was a former wide receiver at the University of Hawaii, and Keano, Kilinahe, Waikoloa, Kalua, and Kanawai all followed to the next level.
Kanawai became an 808 prep football legend with the Buffanblu while notching 3,500 yards and 36 touchdowns in his record-cracking career.
Kumoku flew under the radar a grade younger with the Warriors, but Kanawai always knew “Moku” was just as special if given the chance to shine.
Don’t be fooled. The ultra-competitors can turn the compliments to wise cracks faster than their 40-yard dash times.
Some of those words are how to follow the path to become the sixth brother to lace up the spikes in college, though without a scholarship offer yet, Kumoku’s confident his prior patience will pay off with a free ride.