So this happened …

It’s Sunday, let’s review what happened the past week …

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Like most Hawaii-raised kids a decade ago, Stephen Bernal-Wendt followed a certain rock-star quarterback.

“I used to go to the games when June Jones was coaching and Colt Brennan was playing,” Bernal-Wendt recalled. “It made me enjoy Hawaii football.”

Bernal-Wendt, who will join the Warriors as a walk-on offensive lineman this month, counts Kelly McGill as a family friend. McGill was the center on the the Warriors’ 1992 team that went 11-2 and won the Holiday Bowl. McGill is a successful businessman who is heavily involved in rugby.

Bernal-Wendt has deep ties to both rugby and football. He began playing football when he was 8. Two years later, he started competing in rugby. His grandfather, Ma‘afu Wendt, is president of the Hawaii Rugby Union.

Bernal-Wendt was a three-year letterman at Kaiser High when he decided to follow his grandfather to Los Angeles last year. Wendt was offered a business opportunity there. “It was an experience thing,” Bernal-Wendt of his decision to spend his senior year at Salesian High. They returned to Hawaii this year.

Bernal-Went competed at center, guard and nose guard at Salesian. He said he likely will compete on the offensive line at UH.

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This offseason, middle linebacker Jahlani Tavai has cemented his role as a hard-working leader.

Rush end Kaimana Padello, Jahlani Tavai and strong-side linebacker Danny Mulanga
Jahlani Tavai and Kaimana Padello

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Big things are expected of Jay Dominique, a freshman safety from Montreal who enrolled at UH in January and had a terrific spring practice

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This is strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds’ version of flag football/capture the flag:

Safety Austin Borengasser and cornerback Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz
Receivers Frank Abreu and Kumoku Noa
Wideouts Keelan Ewaliko and Isaiah Bernard

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Linebacker Dalton Gouveia and slotback Dylan Collie

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Quarterback Dru Brown and several teammates worked the Youth Impact Program the past two weeks. Not only did the Warriors lead drills and offer advice, they also worked the “cafeteria” line.

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You know the fans who show up early to watch Aaron Judge take batting practice? There also was a nice gathering of YIP students watching the Warriors catch footballs from the JUGS machine.

Safety Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis and slotback John Ursua

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If scouting services rated football players/comedians, safety Tumua Tuinei would get 5 stars. Tuinei stole the show with a hilarious stand-up routine Friday at Hawaiian Brian’s.


  1. Buffoman July 16, 2017 9:49 am

    Where do you see Ulu-Perry ending up on the o-line? Would that be the best fit for him to maximize his talent?

    I look forward to seeing him play.

  2. captain Ron July 16, 2017 9:51 am

    Great photos. The team is looking very fit and appear to be having a lot of fun, too. Getting more and more excited about this season!! Keep up the good work, guys!

  3. islandman July 16, 2017 10:34 am

    6-11 center from Australia, Mate Colina planning to join basketball team after the first semester, likely a red shirt. Used to play Australian rules football.

  4. oneseason July 16, 2017 10:53 am

    I keep checking the mailbox for the season tickets. I can’t wait for the season to start.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid July 16, 2017 11:36 am

    Great week! Great post! Great pics!

    Mahalo Mr. Tsai for whippin’ us fans into pre-season frenzy form!

  6. A-House July 16, 2017 11:54 am

    if several 2017 commits do not attend UH — does this give coaching staff opportunity to award scholarship to other players and/or late recruits?

    as blogger asks, who are they?

  7. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2017 2:30 pm

    I thought Jamie Tago was the only 2017 recruit not to make it.

  8. HawaiiMongoose July 16, 2017 3:02 pm

    ST, I haven’t seen any news about Emil Graves arriving for summer classes or (assuming he’s not yet enrolled) confirming that he’s still expected to arrive for fall camp. The lack of information has led some message board posters to ask about his status because of their concern about o-line depth with the losses of Taylor and Tupai. An update would be appreciated if you have one or can get one. Mahalo!

  9. BigWave96744 July 16, 2017 3:49 pm

    Since he went to LA, I’m assuming it’s a different Salesian HS than the one Ikaika Woolsey went to, no?

  10. kapakahi July 16, 2017 7:06 pm


    Doesn’t Jamie Tago not count as a Class of 2017 signee…….since was already counted as a Class of 2014 signee.

    Since no Class of 2017 local HS signees, any more local HS walk-ons besides Farrington HS QB Justin Uahinui?

  11. Stephen Tsai July 16, 2017 9:46 pm

    Emil Graves is OK. Or so I was told 4 days ago

  12. HawaiiMongoose July 16, 2017 11:50 pm

    Thanks ST!

  13. Duster July 17, 2017 12:09 am

    Isaiah Bernard looks really muscled and defined – and he’s a WR. Must be a strength and conditioning valedictorian.

  14. DaveLetterMan July 17, 2017 7:09 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Don’t know what this means but Graves tweeted:
    I pray for better days.
    Pray everything’s ok.

  15. DaveLetterMan July 17, 2017 7:10 am

    He tweeted:
    “I pray for better days.”

  16. Stephen Tsai July 17, 2017 8:16 am

    New post:

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