Kanoa gets his fill – for now
By Paul Honda
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
HONOLULU – Forgive Manly Kanoa if he isn't at practice by 7 a.m. sharp, but he still needs to fill his tank.
His playing days for the University of Hawaii are over, but there he is, standing on the mauka knoll with wife and baby on a Tuesday morning. He soaks in the rising sun, now detached from a crew of football brothers he was a part of just four months ago.
"I thought I would make it to practice the first week," the offensive tackle says. The early-rising Warriors are joined daily by only a smattering of fans who have the time and gumption to amble over to the quarry beneath Gateway Hall, Johnson Hall and the Hale Aloha towers.
For Kanoa, a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection, the future is full of hope. For now, he is just happy to be up early. "I had to get my fix today," he admits. Moments later, the 11-on-11 is over. Just like that, it's 9 a.m. and practice is over. The team gathers around head coach June Jones, clad in his usual garb of black from head to toe. After he speaks, part of the squad breaks off into groups. The rest hit the showers. "Where's Cav," Kanoa asks.
He finds offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, who reacts with both arms high in the air. The two embrace. It's only been a quarter of a year since they brought Hawaii a memorable rout of BYU, but it feels longer.
Kanoa smiles. Cav smiles. For now, Kanoa's tank is filled.
OLD WARRIORS -- Manly Kanoa embraces his former offensive line coach, Mike Cavanaugh, after the University of Hawaii's practice Tuesday morning. Photo by Paul Honda, RSN