When Their Playing Days Were Over Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
In this episode of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, we feature 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.