LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A "welcome home" parade for Manti Te'o will go on as scheduled Saturday, even though the Norte Dame football star won't be there to see it.
Te'o was chosen Friday in the second round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, who scheduled a press conference with him, in San Diego, Saturday morning. Te'o was scheduled to leave Honolulu for California Friday night.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced earlier in the week that the city was co-sponsoring a parade for Te'o and fellow Norte Dame player Robby Toma. The city gave a $2,000 grant for the parade; the rest of the cost is being handled by the Koolauloa Community, especially the residents of Laie and Kahuku.
They've done their work. The food's been cooked and prepared, the tents have been set up and the money's been donated, so the parade and party are going ahead.