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Laie parade for Te'o and Toma will go on without Te'o

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:51 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2013

Manti Te’o was scheduled to fly to San Diego Friday night to meet with the team that drafted him Friday afternoon, the San Diego Chargers, but a parade this afternoon honoring Te’o and Notre Dame teammate Robby Toma will take place as planned, city spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said.

Te’o was taping a video message to be shown today thanking Mayor Kirk Caldwell for his proclamation of “Manti Te’o and Robby Toma Day,” Broder Van Dyke said.

Te’o is “very grateful to everyone in the community who has come out to support him,” Broder Van Dyke said. His family regrets that Manti could not be present at the event, he said. Toma is scheduled to attend.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. beside Hauula Beach Park, and end about 5 p.m. at Laie Park, where a community celebration will be held. The city and the Koolauloa community are co-sponsoring the event.

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niimi wrote:
Roniah will be there waving
on April 26,2013 | 08:57PM
palani wrote:
Me, too.
on April 27,2013 | 05:04AM
pakeheat wrote:
You mean at Robby? Run Robby Run, LOL
on April 27,2013 | 08:53AM
Bigwave12 wrote:
Manti Te'o Day in Hawaii Nei...Gee so a Hawaii guy gets to the Pros...good for him and his family, really happy for the guy...but to have a Day named for him...for what?...how about naming a dy for the Hawii guys who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan...I've never seen one of those days yet...C'mon Kirk....get real
on April 26,2013 | 10:51PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Really? Your life is so sad that you find a way to rain on this? Lighten up Smallwave12
on April 27,2013 | 03:46AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Sad when people like you show your negative and jealous emotions. There are a hand full like you but who cares because the ones that supports and cares for Manti will always be there for him and those are the supporters that really matters. The nation and Hawaii do have a day that we specifically honor the Hawaii guys and the rest of the armed forces who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and that's Memorial Day. And if you haven't seen one of those days yet, well it's been celebrated for decades on the last Monday of May...Where have you been especially if you haven't seen one of those days. Guys like you don't care or pay attention to details or have a positive outlook and that's why Memorial Day is never thought of by you. Gee! this celebration happens once in a lifetime for a young man after being drafted into pro football and just let him enjoy the moment instead being so negative. Grow up and have a more positive outlook for others and maybe you'll be a happier person.
on April 27,2013 | 05:05AM
boshio wrote:
Amen. Absolutely correct, lets all support Manti.
on April 27,2013 | 06:18AM
CriticalReader wrote:
I haven't taken any shots at Manti Te'o, and I've been hyper critical of the irresponsible journalism that blew Te'o's social media fiasco into what it became. AND, it would have smiled at the article above, if the phras "city and the" had not appeared in the sentence, "The city and the Koolauloa community are co-sponsoring the event."
on April 27,2013 | 07:31AM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRTCriticalReader: And what is wrong with the city (mayor Caldwell) getting involved with the Koolauloa community. The fact of the matter is, Caldwell is the mayor of the City and County of Honolulu and specifically, the North Shore Hauula, Laie and Kahuku are under his jurisdiction. What's the big deal! These people pay their taxes like the rest of the people of Oahu. Gee! you're getting real petty..move on and enjoy the day.
on April 27,2013 | 10:42AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Eh kahuku01, quit being so over-sensitive to every post written here. You're beginning to do Te'o a disservice. To respond directly to your rant, I do have a problem with the thought process behind the City and County expending City resources and making only Te'o and Toma the focus of it. Papai Falemalu (Kahuku, right?) got a free agent contract. And he's only the most recent Kahuku guy in the news. Great for Te'o and Toma. It's not their fault the City wants to spend money giving them a parade. But the use of city resources in this way strikes me as over the top opportunist and considering the condition of our roads, wasteful.
on April 27,2013 | 06:09PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Oh yeah CriticalReader: Talking about being over-sensitive, you're being over-sensitive about the city wanting to spend money by giving them a parade. Do you know for a fact that the city is spending money or just a thought that you would like to expand because it seems that this parade is surely bothering you and won't have the funds to repair the roads..funny! Don't worry about Paipai because this community won't overlook him and I'm sure he will be enjoying the festivities. Stop worrying about what goes on in the Hauula, Laie and Kahuku communities..They've got it under control and your concerns are irrelevant.
on April 27,2013 | 06:29PM
kailua000 wrote:
We dont have a Tyson Alualu day, he went #10 in the draft. We dont have a Shawn Lauvao day, he went top of the 3rd round. Or a Olin Kreutz day, someone who had a long storied NFL career, or a Chris Maafala day, Wayne Hunter day, etc . I understand Manti is a good guy and he brought a lot of positive (then unfortunate) attention to Hawaii. But really, this parade should be done when Manti is home, let the people of Laie enjoy his presence.
on April 27,2013 | 06:10PM
mcc wrote:
When I got my first job the Mayor didn't have a parade for me.
on April 27,2013 | 10:15AM
Bigwave12 wrote:
To HAJAII and Kahuku01 -- I NEVER said I was not happy for the guy and his family -- did you guys even read what i wrote? I just said I think its dumb to have a Manto Ta'o day...yeah he is good and gonna make big dlooars for himself and family and probably promote Hawaii...did he promote Hawaii from Notre dame? Did he do any fund raising or camps for the Hawaii kids when he was in college? I don't know, just asking...I'm just saying, I HAVE NEVER SEEN a day dedicated for someone from the Islands who has given his or her life defending their country..thats it...maybe there has been, but I don't remember...and Memorial; day of course thats the day...duh...did Kirk make a special proclamation with all the nemas of Hawaiis Sons and Daughters?...BTW: I served proudly for this country and Hawaii for 30 years in the military, so when you make a dumb statement about "You don't know about memorial day"..i couldn't care less what you think Kahuku01...you don't know me, but I do know some of those sons and daughters that have or are serving. So yeah, thats cool, manta Ta'o day...no worries...
on April 27,2013 | 12:03PM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRTBigwave12: Thank you for your 30 years of military service. Manti's day will go on as planned regardless if you think it's dumb to have a Manti Teo day. This is day that all of his supporters will celebrate and remember. We wait for no one that is over zealous.
on April 27,2013 | 03:36PM
mcc wrote:
More wasted tax dollars,.
on April 27,2013 | 10:13AM
Grimbold wrote:
There is a handful of big blown up egos with big blown up muscles, and I understand the time they run up 50 yards is more important than the rest of all of us. All way out of proportion: It'snothing but a juveniles' past time!
on April 27,2013 | 10:44AM
yrusodz wrote:
perhaps and do you feel the same about fantasy games?
on April 27,2013 | 11:10AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Like Robbie, good guy, easy going...
on April 27,2013 | 12:11AM
iwanaknow wrote:
So Manti hung out with his family for two days at beach house 55-113 Kam Hwy, Laie when he got the good news........all da bes!
on April 27,2013 | 07:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
"Te’o is “very grateful to everyone in the community who has come out to support him,” Broder Van Dyke said." Does the City get an agent's commission for Broder Van Dyke's work? Or is he moonlighting?
on April 27,2013 | 08:11AM
olos73 wrote:
Congrats Manti. Wonder why this parade and celebration was planned around Draft Day. Didn't anyone think that he or even Robby would have to hele on to the mainland to meet with the team and complete the signing process as soon after being chosen? This parade should've been planned for before the Draft. Anyway, good luck, Manti...
on April 27,2013 | 08:35AM
loio wrote:
i have huge aloha for both Manti and Robby, wish I could drive to the Windward side from Town to show that for Robby. But this whole City-sponsored thing isn't REALLY about them, it's about using taxpayer dollars to ingratiate Caldwell with the Windward Polynesian community. Politicking with taxpayer dollars.
on April 27,2013 | 10:29AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Sure would like to know how this event will be using taxpayer's dollars...A parade consisting of people's POV's and a party provided by Junior Ah You and several of the community people...Maybe some assistance from the HPD for traffic control but than again we have officers that are willing to pull volunteer services from the community. Relax and enjoy the day of celebration..it doesn't happen too often.
on April 27,2013 | 10:50AM
Mythman wrote:
Proclamations as to a "Day" for so and so is a courtesy done by a city, any city, as a civic gesture. Someone set this up. A mayor is just as head of a city, the official involved. You could go down and get one of these proclamations for your self or for you friends involved in a War - which is just as possible. Usually, however, it is linked to publicity. Don't blame it on the mayor...
on April 27,2013 | 10:34AM
builderguy wrote:
He did it again, first split from UH and mow this.. Didn't care for the people who did prt him, he split town. It's not like OTAs started today at Charger camp.
on April 27,2013 | 04:03PM
builderguy wrote:
My tax dollars for this. Since when did Honolulu pay for parades of NFL draftees? Did Chad get the same treatment and he played for UH. Yeah I'm bitter.
on April 27,2013 | 04:10PM
builderguy wrote:
Mr mayor you really set a precedence here just like you personally filling in pot holes. What next? Michelle winning a major?
on April 27,2013 | 04:15PM
kailua000 wrote:
nice for Robby, ,but really? a parade for Manti with Robby by his side as best friend, yeah. but theres been no parade for all the others who graduate from college. Hold off the the parade till Manti is home.
on April 27,2013 | 06:07PM
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