Keanu

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

Af­ter the game, the team met on the field for pic­tures. Front-row cen­ter was Brown hold­ing a por­trait of his brother.

“It means a lot. It’s just good know­ing that I got peo­ple sup­port­ing me and my fam­ily,” Brown said. “It’s a hard time, so it’s good know­ing peo­ple are sup­port­ing us. They’re there for us when­ever we need any­thing.”

Saito-Brown added: “With the sup­port of the foot­ball team, it re­ally helped that my sec­ond son, Ali’i, to play and to want to be there — it’s just very sup­port­ive of the foot­ball team. And also when they hud­dled around him af­ter and they took a pic­ture with him, it’s an amaz­ing and beau­ti­ful thing — to show that in such loss, there’s so much beauty and so much liv­ing that is go­ing on. Even in our sad­ness, we see the love and sup­port of ev­ery­one.”

Rapozo said the last few weeks have been rough, but the foot­ball field has served as a place of refuge.

“It’s hard. Ev­ery­body’s with a heavy heart when the dad and the brother is part of our foot­ball fam­ily here,” he said. “And the mom’s been around. She a team par­ent. The younger brother is here every day in prac­tice. It’s kind of hard to keep go­ing. But yet, foot­ball helps. It helps heal. It makes things a lit­tle eas­ier, I guess, for ev­ery­body.”

Though the fam­ily’s “Po­cho Prince” — as SaitoBrown called her son — may not be with them any­more, they con­tinue to live on.

“Keanu, he is my Po­cho Prince. You know, he’s Por­tuguesse. But I thought he was my prince,” Saito-Brown said. “The same way with Ali’i. I call him my ali’i. He’s my Hawai­ian prince. And my lit­tle Larry, he’s my baby. But just with the de­ter­mi­na­tion this boy had, and all the things I’ve watched from when he was a lit­tle boy all the way un­til his older years, and he was very lov­ing to his brothers. Al­ways wanted to see his brothers at games and all of that.”

Brown added: “We’re do­ing al­right, just liv­ing like that. Just the help of my fam­ily and all, like my friends and a lot of fam­ily friends, they’ve been help­ing us a lot. We’re just liv­ing be­cause if we just sit around and not think about it, it would be harder for us. We’re just liv­ing and try­ing to en­joy things. It’s still sad, what hap­pened and ev­ery­thing, but we just got to keep go­ing. We’re go­ing to miss him a lot and it hurts every day, but that’s what we got to do. Just keep liv­ing and en­joy life.”

Saito is sur­vived by his mother De­saray SaitoBrown, brothers Ali’i Brown and Larry Brown, fa­ther Paka Brown and other nu­mer­ous fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life is to be held at a later date.

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