By Cindy Luis
Have always enjoyed chatting with Manny during the alumni matches.
In conjunction with 3rd Annual A‘o a Koa Scholarship Dinner that supports the University of Hawaii Warrior Volleyball program, Emmanual “Manny” Relator will receive the Pae Makaukau Alumni recognition award. The dinner will be held, Jan. 30, at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Relator was a member of the inaugural men’s volleyball team in 1958. The award is given annually to recognize former Warriors who have contributed to the well-being of others; is actively involved in activities which promotes others to improve themselves; and have conducted themselves in a way in which young people can learn positive life lessons.
A 1951 Kahuku High School graduate, Relator enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served for four years while stationed in Japan and California. He then attended UH and joined volleyball team, coached by Jerry Bruhn. With Relator playing setter, the Rainbows would finish unbeaten in the Armed Services YMCA Class B League championship and took fifth place in the prestigious Senior Volleyball League in their first year.
After three years, Relator left school to start a family and begin a four-decade career as a designer-draftsman, many of those years with Chevron. He remained active in the volleyball community coaching Maryknoll, Campbell and Leilehua high schools.
Relator enjoys retirement with his wife, Sofia, two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He golfs regularly and attends UH sporting events.
Relator will be honored during the scholarship dinner, which in its third-year is a fun-filled opportunity to meet head coach Charlie Wade and his staff and the current Warrior volleyball team.