AANHPI Heritage Month Four Hawaiʻi Athletes Who Found Success In and Beyond Sports
When Their Playing Days Were Over features four athletes who found success in their sports – and beyond:
Known as the “Bull of Kalihi,” the late Skippa Diaz remains an icon at his alma mater Farrington High School, where he was an all-star lineman and later, a beloved teacher and head football coach.
Bob Apisa also was a a sports star at Farrington. He was drafted into the NFL following back-to-back national titles as part of the Michigan State University football team, but suffered a career-ending injury before he had a chance to play professionally.
Mahina Eleneki Hugo was a celebrated member of the 1987 University of Hawaiʻi Wahine Volleyball national championship team. Later employed at La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls, she rose to Head of School.
And being the talk of the town as a Punahou School football star in the 1950s was only a prelude for Al Harrington. He graduated from Stanford University and went on to a hyphenated career as an educator, actor and Waikīkī showroom headliner.