Duke or “Dukie” as he was called by family and friends was the baby of the family. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was always happy and smiling. He loved helping others, and going places, you didn’t have to ask him twice if he wanted to go with you, if the car started you could count on Duke to be in the passenger seat. He was a great son and brother. Duke was very respectful and considerate. Honoring his Mom and Dad was a quality Duke possessed. He was very attentive to his Grandma Rose and enjoyed going to her house as often as he could.
He attended Honokaa High School where he was a freshman. He was an Alumni of Waimea Middle School. He was King of the May Day court at Waimea Middle School in his 8th grade year he also traveled to the East Coast with his 8th grade World History Class. He visited Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York, he went to a Broadway Show and returned home exhausted but with memories and an experience he treasured.
Baseball and soccer were two sports Duke played in elementary school. It wasn’t until he entered High School that he played football. He was a big kid for his age and always too heavy for pop warner football. We were surprised when he tried out for the JV Football Team and made the team he loved playing High School football and did well that first year. During that year at Honokaa High School he was chosen as the freshman escort for the Homecoming Court. He looked so handsome all dressed up. He enjoyed school and did well.
He was a member of Polynesian Fight Club where he worked out to keep in shape during the off season of football. His brother Kaleo was part owner of PFC and Duke had no choice but to train with him. Kaleo nicknamed him “Duke “Heavy hands” De Rego”. He found boxing easier than jiu jitsu. He joined his father Lamar in the morning at Pacific Coast Gym to work out before he left for school. He loved the time he spent with his Dad at the Gym. He wanted to play College football like his brother Auwae and make a career of it.
He loved the Food Network Channel. He loved animals and his dog Moku. He wanted to start raising a couple of pigs and a cow on our farm. God couldn’t have given us a more loving and caring son then our son Duke De Rego.
Letters and Cards to Duke from Family and Friends (Click on a link to view)
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