World Wide Warriors: New Zealand
Those words in the Maori language of New Zealand are sort of the equivalemt of aloha in Hawai’i. Those are also the only Maori words that freshman forward Isaac Fotu has brought with him to the Hawai’i basketball team.
“That’s all I know right now,” he said.
He hopes to do a lot more talking with his actions on the court for the Warriors during the upcoming season. Fotu is a skilled 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Torbay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Like almost all New Zealand youths, he grew up playing rugby (New Zealand is considered the top rugby nation in the world). The rugby national team is known as the “All Blacks” because of its jersey colors, but Fotu is instead a member of the “Tall Blacks” – New Zealand’s national basketball team.
Fotu noted that his home country is “kind of like Hawai’i, but colder.” It is currently winter in New Zealand, and Fotu said his hometown has been hit by recent rain storms and flooding.
“I’m glad I’m here,” he said.
However, people in New Zealand have an idea of what Fotu is doing in Hawai’i. A crew from the sports television show “code” recently made a trip to Honolulu to film a segment on Fotu.
Here is the link:
Please note that it is a long video clip, and Fotu’s segment starts around minute 40.