Robinson, a Penn State University alum, arrived on the islands Tuesday only to fly out after the next day's practice to speak at the memorial services of his college coach, Joe Paterno. He then returned to Honolulu on Friday night on Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight's jet.
"Besides my religion and my mom, coach Paterno is the reason I'm here," Robinson said after practice Saturday.
The former Penn State coach died last Sunday of lung cancer at 85. His service Thursday drew some 12,000 people to the Penn State arena.
"I just really wanted to convey that just because coach Paterno isn't with us any more -- he impacted so many people's morals, his vision with the Grand Experiment and everything he believed in -- his values need to continue to live on through us and the people's he's touched," said Robinson, who played for Paterno from 2002-05.
Paterno won 409 games, more than any other major college football coach, and led the Nittany Lions to two national championships, making him an icon at State College.
However, he was fired Nov. 9 after he was criticized for not going to the police in 2002 when he was told that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been seen sexually assaulting a boy in the showers. Sandusky was arrested in November and is awaiting trial on charges that he molested 10 boys over a 15-year span.
"To me, it's not making an effort, it was something that I had to do," he said about saying farewell to his coach.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press