When Kaua‘i High School football debuts Friday night at Vidinha Stadium, fans will be able to watch the debut of the 2003 Red Raider football team while being part of a dream getting fulfilled.
Mac Kawamura shared a special love with his grandson from the Mainland, Coach Rick Hayashida, Kaua‘i High School Coach Kelii Morgado, and Kaua‘i High School athletic director Charlene Quinones.
That love was a passion for football.
Mac loved to watch the games and exchange the gridiron tales, all the while believing in the importance of ethics, sportsmanship, and teamwork as well as giving back to the community through youth activities and athletics.
Associated with the 135-pound Barefoot Football League, Mac blossomed into the football arena as an official and coach for the Kaua‘i Football Association, and the Pop Warner football program.
Mac’s tales of the 1940 football team became a source of inspiration as he relived the game that had the Waipahu Jack Rabbits being defeated by a team that was an average 30 pounds lighter.
Mac attended several of the El Camino Real High School football games on the Mainland until his passing in 2001, dreaming that his grandson’s football team would travel to Lihu‘e and play a game with Kaua‘i High School.
Watching his grandson coach the team with passion and love always brought out the greatest measure of happiness and pride from the gentleman who started M. Kawamura Farm Enterprises in Pua Loke.
El Camino Real belongs to the West Valley Conference who have for the past four years, finalists in the Los Angeles City Section Play-Off Championships.
Game time is 7:30 p.m., and you can be sure that Mac Kawamura’s ohana will be there in force.