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Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

About the blog host

Dave Reardon is a sports columnist for the Star-Advertiser. The Honolulu native and alumnus of Pearl City High, Northwestern University and the University of Hawaii started as a copyboy and prep football stringer at the Star-Bulletin in 1981 and has covered the island sports scene uninterrupted since, except for college and two years at the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. A former competitive runner, Dave now jogs and aims for the elusive 10-minute mile. Follow him on Twitter @dave_reardon

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Michael Bennett, the NFL’s Mr. Aloha, gets it

By Dave Reardon on August 14, 2017

I’ve only known Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett for a couple of years, and only talk with him, briefly, maybe twice a year. But you don’t need to know him well to understand he is a very good, giving person. I think that goodness that is his nature was nurtured by family, teachers and coaches. I also think it was reinforced by marrying a girl who is from Hawaii, and making his offseason home here in the islands. When I’m asked to define “aloha” in one word, I say “empathy.” Whichever word you want to use, I think Bennett’s got plenty. He thinks beyond himself, and about how he can help others. Bennett has long been an advocate for […]

Happy Birthday to Pupule Paul

By Dave Reardon on August 12, 2017

Hauoli la hanau to my longtime co-worker and even longer time friend Paul Honda. Here’s why I knew we were going to be pals when we met about 30 years ago: A mutual friend recruited me to play on his rec league softball team. Honda was the coach, and he fed us pizza after every game! But it was more than just the free grub; Paul had the right attitude to lead a team of guys in their 20s in a rec league, which is rare. We were competitive and played to win, but not to the point of being jerks to each other, the umpires, or our opponents. We respected the game largely because Paul’s personality set the right […]

Soup and Sweetness

By Dave Reardon on August 11, 2017

When they were among the best high school baseball players in Seattle in the early 1980s, pitcher Mike Campbell was known as “Soup” for the obvious reason and shortstop Chuck Jackson got the nickname of “Sweetness” for his smooth fielding skills. They both went to the University of Hawaii and make any list of all-time Rainbow greats. Thirty years ago they both achieved their dream and debuted in the Major Leagues. But players starting their big league careers in the late 1980s faced a dilemma: To juice or not to juice. One of them did, and one of them didn’t. In today’s column, Campbell and Jackson share how steroid use becoming commonplace at baseball’s highest level affected their careers. They […]

Ostrowski on playing for the Swish

By Dave Reardon on February 24, 2017

Hawaii Swish point guard Miah Ostrowski spoke to me last night after deadline for today’s column (subscription) on the Hawaii Swish. “It’s going great so far,” said the former University of Hawaii standout. “I didn’t expect such a great turnout (for the ABA team’s debut earlier this month). As far as the team, we’re getting better and better, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.” Ostrowski said he believes the team has a chance to succeed where other attempts at pro basketball in Hawaii have failed. “It’s definitely headed in the right direction, especially if you look at anything in the past that got attempted.Based on what we have scheduled now, six games, all in the Blaisdell, […]


By Dave Reardon on February 7, 2017

What does GOAT really mean in sports … or anything, for that matter? Can there be only one greatest of all-time, or can there be many, in various fields of endeavor including each different sport? And if so, where does Tom Brady rank? And, are we too quick to label and prisoners of the moment since we seem to be asking questions of this type so often? Or … maybe it’s just more fun to debate this stuff than more serious matters, and sports is back to what it used to be — a (usually) healthy diversion from the concerns of the real world.

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class unveiled

By Dave Reardon on October 11, 2016

Three stars from Hawaii are among the next incoming class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame which was announced Tuesday. Junior Ah You (Kahuku, Arizona State), Chris Naeole (Kahuku, Colorado) and Ma’a Tanuvasa (Mililani, Hawaii) were all college and pro football standouts who first made their marks as prep stars on Oahu. Naeole, now the offensive line coach at the University of Hawaii, attended today’s announcement at the Sheraton Waikiki. So did about half of the Rainbow Warriors coaching staff and about a dozen players. “I found out (Monday) night and told Rolo (head coach Nick Rolovich) I might have to leave practice early,” Naeole said and then laughed. “I guess he sent out a group text.” Riki Ellison […]

Tresler’s take on Unutoa

By Dave Reardon on September 16, 2016

Today’s column is about Mo Unutoa, the Kapaa offensive lineman who has the size and genes (his dad, Morriss, played in the NFL). Unutoa is among 30 high school stars from around the country who have already committed to play in the first Polynesian Bowl, Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium. Mike Tresler — who starred at safety for the University of Hawaii in the 1980s — is an assistant coach at Kapaa. Here’s what he has to say about Unutoa. “Great kid with huge potential. Smart and has all the athletic tools. Wanted to see Mo get more aggressive this year and he has answered that, big time. “He has the intangibles to be a big-time player at the DI […]

HTA signs sports marketing firm

By Dave Reardon on August 4, 2016

Here’s the press release from the HTA: HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Ascendent Sports Group has been awarded a contract to provide sports marketing services on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i. The $200,000 one-year contract, which includes an option for HTA to extend the agreement for up to four additional one-year periods, began August 2. “We received excellent proposals from numerous entities wanting to support HTA’s sports marketing on behalf of Hawai‘i,” said Leslie Dance, HTA vice president of marketing and product development. “Ascendent Sports Group offered the ideal balance of global sports contacts and an understanding of Hawai‘i’s uniqueness as a destination. “We believe Ascendent is going to open a lot of doors […]