World Wide Warriors: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Dyrbe Enos realizes he is lucky to live Hawaii. It is why he decided to stay home and play for the hometown University of Hawaii basketball team.
Enos, a 5-foot-9 guard, is in his first year with the Warriors after a standout career at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama. His spot on the 2012-13 roster continues a longstanding tradition – at least one homegrown Hawaii player has been on the UH men’s basketball roster every year since the 1987-88 season.
One of the other players on that list is Dyrbe’s older brother, Rykin, who was on the 2009-10 basketball team. Interestingly enough, Rykin is now a senior linebacker with the UH football team (have there ever been siblings on the rosters of the UH football and basketball teams at the same time?).
“He just got on scholarship, so he’s real happy about that and my family is real happy about that,” Dyrbe said of his brother. “He’s been working hard.”
Having a local player on the team not only helps bring in attendance for games, it can also help with recruiting. Enos can already talk up the weather in his home state: “It’s like the best weather probably in this world … it’s not too hot and not too cold. Perfect.”
Having a player like Enos can also help in the locker room, especially when other Warriors are unfamiliar with local customs and commonly-used Hawaiian words. “Aloha, that means hello,” he said. “There’s mahalo, which means thank you or goodbye. There’s laulima – to work together or cooperate.”