January 11, 2009 - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

Eddie Would Know

Perhaps Don Botelho summed it up best when he told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "I just wish there were more people like Eddie Hamada." Eddie Hamada was more than just an educator, a coach, an athletic director, an administrator, and a legend. He was a regular guy, a person who genuinely cared greatly for the student-athletes he oversaw for many, many years at ‘Iolani School and for everyone else he encountered along the way.

I consider myself lucky as a parent whose children Eddie watched over and as a person who got to know Eddie over the past 15-years. He was a good listener, a rare quality nowadays, and he had x-ray vision- meaning that he looked inside of people to see what they were made of, and looked for what he could do to help bring out the best in everybody. Eddie was also about humility- local-style- not caring to be the center of attention, but always being involved from the sidelines and beyond, even after his official retirement 17-years ago.

He had a reassuring demeanor and a priceless smile that he brought with him to every discussion. How lucky we are- as a community and as individuals, to have had someone like this come across our collective paths. Eddie Hamada made a difference beyond the academic hallways and athletic playgrounds he patrolled for a half a century. His life lessons and love live on in the thousands of people he touched along the way; now that's a legacy. Think about it…

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