HONOLULU - Many in Hawaii - especially in the athletic community - are mourning after Vince Manuwai, local boy and former professional football player, died Sunday morning.  Details surrounding his death are scarce, as police are currently investigating, but sources say he was taken from an apartment in Kakaako to Straub Medical Center where he died.

The Oahu native was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played for seven seasons. He played college ball at the University of Hawaii under June Jones, where he was a three-year starter.

He was a graduate of Farrington High School, where he earned varsity letters three times in football under then-coach Harold Tanaka - one of many mourning his sudden loss. "He did the correct things that were able to make him very successful. He moved on to the University of Hawaii and then got transferred to the Jacksonville Jaguars. All the times, he made sure he did the right thing.

"We always told him, 'Do the right things and you'll be successful,' and even after he retired he was always really thoughtful about giving back to our high school. It's a big loss because Vince was in the business community and always trying to give back to the state of Hawaii. It's just so sad because his life was taken away so short."


Manuwai is survived by six children. He was 38 years old.

Reaction to Manuwai's death on social media is swift and plentiful. Jones - his college coach - tweeted, "One of the greatest players and persons I ever coached. He was the first recruit that stayed home and said 'I want to make U-H great again.' The rest followed."

Jack Del Rio - his coach with the Jaguars - said, "Vinnie was one of the most powerful blockers we ever had and also one of the most loyal, loving, & [sic] sincere members of our team. May God rest his soul and bring peace to his beautiful family."