Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fortunes Spiking At Highlands.(Sports)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer


LAS VEGAS, N.M. The balmy Hawaiian Islands might not seem to have much in common with the New Mexico Highlands University campus, especially during a brisk fall afternoon.

But NMHU does have a little bit of Hawaii around in the form of a pair of transplanted natives of America's 50th state.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian and Venese "Vee" Hiapo insist their surroundings in Las Vegas aren't all that different from the place they still call home.

"Oh, yeah, it's not that different," says Vee Hiapo without so much as a hint of sarcasm in her voice. "The people here are all pretty laid back, and the lifestyle is so slow. …

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