Juda Parker is excited about seeing enough family and friends on Saturday to make the Aloha Stadium crowd a divided one. Kaiwi Crabb can't wait to indulge in island food, especially the poke. For Sione Tau, who has toiled in the Colorado football program for four years without getting on the field, the Buffaloes' road trip to Hawaii this weekend is a fitting chance to earn his first college playing time in his hometown of Honolulu.
All five of the Buffs from the state of Hawaii get to make the trip for Saturday's 8:15 p.m. game against the Warriors, an extra special occasion for the latest group of players to become part of the CU pipeline from the islands.
A quick scan of the CU media guide yields at least 19 former CU lettermen who hailed from Hawaii, including 11 in the last two decades -- players like Jordon Dizon and ChrisNaeole. Not bad considering the state's small population and isolation from the U.S. mainland.
But few have had chances to play at home in front of friends and family. The Buffs have played at Hawaii only once, after the 1924 season. They've made two Aloha Bowl appearances, in 1993 and 1998.