By Stephen Tsai
About 200 miles each way, as it turns out.
Weekdays, Silva attends classes on the Manoa campus and participates in the Warriors' offseason conditioning program.
Every Friday evening he travels to his home on the
"It's tough, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make," said Silva, a 2006 Kamehameha-Hawai'i graduate who transferred from
Silva has been impressive in conditioning drills this spring. At 6 feet 1 and 205 pounds, Silva, who is competing at safety, has displayed speed and power. Yesterday, he bench pressed 300 pounds.
"I was kind of disappointed with that," he said. "I can do better."
As a senior quarterback, Silva was the Big Island Interscholastic Federation's Player of the Year in 2005. Kamehameha ran a spread offense.
He also lettered in baseball and basketball.
Silva joined the
Although he enjoyed his stay in
He secured a release from
"I felt, maybe, this is the ticket to the field," Silva said.
Mel deLaura, who is coordinating the off-season conditioning program, praised Silva's athletic ability.
"That guy is a stud," deLaura said. "He can do a lot of things."
Including, it seems, balancing his life.
"My family is very supportive," Silva said.
He and Keilah were married last July.
"We've been together since my sophomore year," Silva said. "She's my high school sweetheart. We've been together a long time."
Of exchanging wedding vows, he said, "I was crying when I was doing it. It made me really emotional."
Keilah is in a nursing program at UH-Hilo. Silva, who once aspired to be a doctor, now is considering a career as a nurse practitioner.
"I want to stay in the health field," he said. "I want to help people in my community."
Safety Kenny Estes said of his best friend on the team: "He always says positive things. He's grateful for everything."