By Braddah Lance
It happens in da movies frequently and is a dramatic plot dat pulls your emotional heartstrings or you may - or may not - know a person who's lost a loved one before their time especially if it's a keiki of yours.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Recently, one of Honolulu's finest from the Honolulu Fire Department lost his life doing one of the things he loved to do, hiking. Twenty-seven year old Mitchell Kai slipped on a rope climbing between the second and third peaks of Olomana and tragically fell to his death.
He was a player in my inaugural year of coaching 20 years ago when I had da little rugrats who couldn't even tie their own shoelaces and wearing hats too big for their heads. I remember him vividly cause he had these silver capped front teeth, a very happy go lucky attitude and wen running for fun, he would always yell "aaaaaaaaggggghhhhhhh" in a high pitched toddler voice as he zoomed off.
Oh yeah, he had some mean hannah-battahs all da time! Not only da runny kine but da kine green crusty ring around da nostrils kine. I'll nevah fo'get dat! So classic.
Unfortunately, he only played for a couple of years I believe and I haven't seen or heard about him since till a few days ago. From wat I read, he carried dat happy go lucky attitude and lived a fulfilling life finding his passion as a fire fighter. While I am saddened by his passing, I can't help but get ovah da fact dat it wasn't his time to go.
I cannot even fathom how his parents are feeling but as a former player of mine, it certainly pains me to read or hear about such tragedies happen to "kids" I've been fortunate enough to coach. It's something as an adult you always "wish" dat your time comes before da young ones in da natural progression of life.
Mitchell Kai, your presence has touched those around you. Rest in peace as your life was filled with many moments and love. May God have an open field for you to run through as you yell your calling card so keep smiling on my Braddah..... hannah-battahs and all.