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The story behind the new hair


Fans of the “Fro-tu” don’t need to fear. The new hairstyle of freshman forward Isaac Fotu was a temporary one.

Fotu sported a “straight” hair look during the Hawai’i basketball team’s 74-71 victory over Cal State Northridge last Saturday. It caught many fans by surprise, as Fotu’s bushy Afro hair has drawn much attention this season.

“The ‘fro will be back,” Fotu declared after the game. “Don’t worry.”

Fotu got his curly locks straightened on the morning of the game at the urging of teammate Davis Rozitis.

“Isaac’s my friend and I got him a gift card for a hair salon for Christmas,” Rozitis said. “Since it wasn’t for a haircut because you can’t mess with the ‘fro, there was only one option – get it straight.”

Fotu said the entire process of washing his hair and getting it straightened took nearly two hours, but it didn’t stay straight for long. By the next day, his traditional Afro look was nearly back in full form.

For what it’s worth, Fotu had a good game with the straight hair – 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Northridge.


  1. If Rozitis graduates early I hope he stays around for last year playing for the University of Hawaii. Great guy, gives it his all on the court too.

  2. Polynesian Power !

    Straightening Out The Fro(nt) LInes…
    NO Cuts…

    Thanks for Sharing and Enlightening on “The Mystery”!

    Bon Annee’
    Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
    Happy, Happy, Big (West) WinningYear, ʻBows !

  3. Pocho — FEW Teams Can Bring That Much Energy, Talent and Impact! Off of The Bench!

    Like Da Beast, Davis!

    OR That Much Fast-Developing Freshman Power…
    Get Ozi Going and Hawaiʻi Can Flood The All-Freshman Team…

    (For TWO Straight Years…)

  4. Davis is the mind and heart of team: He helps the others from freshman to senior to be as one. Davis great guy. Mentor for Isaac. Isaac and Davis have a great career. Friends forever.

  5. Daryton Morinaga, Do you know what happened to Benjy Taylor’s son, the 6’9″ SF. He was reported not being able to qualify to enter UH Manoa this past fall. Would you happen to know if Tyler McDaniels is still in Hawaii, perhaps going to community college to get grades to qualify to walk on to UH? Could you ask Benjy? Thanks in advance sir.

  6. Where was this salon? Was it a fancy place or a barber shop?

    Thoms (@Ala Moana) was my go-to place. It’s great for fast and quality cut for broke-ass student athletes that aren’t allowed to have any sort of job for money. So says the NCAA.

  7. playhoopsa: Tyler McDaniels is at Adams State College — an NCAA Division II school in Colorado. He’s averaging 2.9 points/1.3 rebounds in 10 games — having started three times.

  8. clyde, Thank you kind sir!

  9. “BEAUTY TAKES TIME” Haha….priceless.

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