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January 6, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Joseph Nahale

Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Joseph Nahale

This week the spotlight shines on football player Joseph Nahale.

At 17, this John F. Kennedy High School junior is already a nine-year veteran of the sport. He covers both positions of defensive lineman and offensive tackle.

Being a wrestler since his freshman year is another aspect to his athletic acumen and Nahale also has a history as a canoe paddler for the Ho'okahi Pu'uwai Outrigger Canoe Club (HPOCC), where he competed in the Queen Lili' Wakalani race in Kailua-Kona Hawaii. Queen Lili' Wakalani race is the world's largest long-distance race of its kind and there Joseph competed against top teams from all over the planet.

Staying in stellar condition is second nature and first priority for this young man and he accomplishes this by running three-four days a week while maintaining a full weight-training schedule of seven days a week.

His favorite class is sports therapy and Joseph is still deciding what he wants to do with his life once he graduates. When asked what he liked most about attending Kennedy High, Nahale replied, "The school has a very helpful staff. They've been great in assisting me to define my career goals."

Joseph is probably due for a good vacation as well as the rest of the family. Being a supportive bunch, the Nahale family has spent most of their spare time traveling with his sister and her passion for softball competition. The next trip will hopefully be a relaxing one, unless Joseph finds a beach with a canoe and he will surely be pushing himself against the waves, at least this time just for fun.

His favorite foods are traditional Hawaiian dishes, always including seafood and usually items like ahi tuna, lomi lomi salmon and laulau. Dessert is simple: good old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.

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