Remembering Gouveia, Burns

Walter Gouveia’s simple life did not begin simply.

He was the best player on a Farrington High basketball team that was coached by local legend Bob Ikehara and won consecutive state titles in 1959 and 1960. He was talented enough to receive an invitation to join one of the Harlem Globetrotters’ touring groups … as a high school senior.

But then Gouveia met the woman who would become his soulmate. They married, and then raised five children on the Leeward Coast.

A part of his paycheck — sometimes all of it — went to helping his community. The youth league’s Mighty Vikings? Gouveia paid for their helmets, uniforms, cleats and pads. He also helped coach at Waianae High. Nathan Fletcher and Michael Beazley were his former players.

“He was a great man, a great family man,” said his middle child, Kurt Gouveia, who went on to win two Super Bowl rings.

Walter Gouveia passed away recently in Mooresville, N.C. He was 75. The past weekend, his family scattered his ashes in the waters off Maili.

“That’s what he wanted,” Kurt said. “He wanted to go back home.”

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The late Gov. John Burns built the foundation that is UH football, paving the way for the construction of Aloha Stadium and the program’s ascension to Division I.

But it was his son, James “Jim” Burns, who maintained it for many years as the head of Koa Anuenue, the athletic department’s primary fund raiser.

Under Burns’ leadership, the football team bought what was necessary, paid its bills and broke past red tape. Burns was a humble man, a judge who was not judgmental, who had a sensitivity to Hawaii’s culture. He lived his life with honor.

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The Warriors’ spring practices have been smooth partly because of strength/conditioning coordinator Bubba Reynolds and mostly because of the players’ fitness.

Maybe it is because there was a relatively short window from the Hawaii Bowl to the offseason conditioning program to the start of spring training. But the Warriors are able to go quickly from position drills, to team sessions, to sprints without gasping. Like anything else, it is easy to perform — and learn — when you’re not fatigued.


  1. orioles4eva March 10, 2017 8:59 am

    Good morning to be first?

  2. boolakanaka March 10, 2017 9:19 am

    This is a repost regarding the great Judge Burns—

    Holumua Judge Burns to the other side. A noble and dignified man, who was an uber presence behind the scenes of UH athletics, especially football.

    Specifically, he not only took interest in me, a lowly walkon, but he arranged for me to have summer jobs while I was at UH at the Family Courts as a bailiff in family courts. (He even arranged that I was assigned a state vehicle–to wit, Boola picked up many a date in the summer with the state of HI logo prominently place on the vehicle) He is an integral part of why and how I went to law school, as he opened doors and made recommendations on my behalf. ( I am not sure if I was the first player to go to law school, but Judge Burns always encouraged me that being an athlete is just one element of us being totally developed adults)

    Mahalo nui to a great and generous man!!!.

  3. H-Man March 10, 2017 9:26 am

    So the task for the team is to retain their conditioning until the start of fall practice beginning in August. That’s a lot of time…roughly 5 months.

    Condolences to the Gouveia and Burns families.

  4. A-House March 10, 2017 10:31 am

    if still get time, my 5 picks for the Hawaii football “mountain”:

    Colt Brennan

    Al Noga

    Jesse Sapolu

    Jason Elam

    Jeris White

    very difficult to select as the challenge came without any “guidelines” or criteria.

  5. A-House March 10, 2017 10:33 am

    condolences to the Burns and Gouveia families for the loss of a loved one!

  6. A-House March 10, 2017 10:34 am


    any time table for Coach to make the final selections?

  7. A-House March 10, 2017 10:38 am

    with all the early publicity for Genta, it would be very disappointing not to see him play in 2017.

    he could certainly to the catalyst in inspiring his team mates and fans

  8. Inyoface March 10, 2017 11:01 am

    There should be 3 Mount Rushmore’s for each phases of the game.

  9. leron March 10, 2017 11:07 am

    Great story Boola!

    Can never get enough stories of people “paying it forward.”

    RIP Judge Burns and Mr. Gouveia.

  10. NorthShoreFan March 10, 2017 11:58 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    Great men leave lasting impressions on their communities. Great story of mentoring the keikis.
    Find peace gentlemen.

  11. Ipu Man March 10, 2017 12:08 pm

    Rest in peace Walter and Jim.
    Condolences to Boo and
    others of you who knew them.

  12. Ipu Man March 10, 2017 12:09 pm

    So…can UH provide a car for a specific player
    or for the whole team as well as Wahine?

  13. Ipu Man March 10, 2017 12:13 pm

    And here’s a money making idea for Rolo:
    Have Geico sponsor the team’s mascot…
    a rubber realistic suit gecko…(with a mini
    air conditioner inside)…with advertising
    money going to the UH football program.
    You know, like those dinosaur suits that
    scare the heck out of girls on You Tube.

  14. A-House March 10, 2017 12:59 pm

    for us older fans, we may never see a UH football mascot who can energize the student body, athletes, and fans

    one who emboldens the “aloha spirit” and love of this land we call home

    will we ever witness an entire game with no illegal procedure or un-sportsman like conduct penalty called against the home team?

    my memory bank fades very quickly now-a-days, but was there not an OL that was called for 2 or 3 consecutive illegal motion penalty last year in a single game?

  15. A-House March 10, 2017 1:05 pm


    IIRC, several years back, there was a story that Colt Brennan had a huge parking ticket for parking on the grass or unmarked stall, etc. and someone posted that his counterpart at Ohio State had a reserved parking stall on campus – not only he, but several other “deserving” football players

    yet, no investigation/sanction by the NCAA — guess, it’s a small, manini stuff for THE Ohio State, but a beeg ting for UH

    shucks, my paper box broke, so aloha noh!

  16. A-House March 10, 2017 1:08 pm


    our daughter hates/terrified by “geckos”

    major operation to corner, catch, and release the gecko outside the house

    and, sometimes we get BIG ones inside the house – good thing they are slower and easier to catch.

  17. wafan March 10, 2017 2:58 pm

    Aloha to Walter Gouveia and Jim Burns.

    Prayers and positive thoughts for the families and friends.

  18. Ipu Man March 10, 2017 4:14 pm

    A-House, I see plenty of tiny gecko along the upper Alai Wai
    when walking my puppy. When they see us, they scurry like
    the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

  19. islandman March 10, 2017 5:39 pm

    How do you catch the gecko ? With a broom or anything else ?

  20. tommui March 10, 2017 6:13 pm

    #12 Ipu Man – only if the generous soul provides a car for the entire student body.

    Cannot favor one or a few, must extend the favor to all.

  21. hilosupaman March 10, 2017 7:02 pm


    What a great story about a great man!

  22. Stephen Tsai March 10, 2017 7:16 pm

    I think Rolo is going to make final decisions soon.
    He’s trying to put up the Mount Rushmore pictures soon. He also has plans to do stuff for the locker room.

  23. Stephen Tsai March 10, 2017 7:17 pm

    Rolo gave me and Chad Owens a tour and shared his ideas to celebrate the past. The man has good vision … as well as a keen carpenter’s eye.

  24. 808warriorfan March 10, 2017 9:30 pm

    San Jose State: Former Arizona State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo has joined the SJSU staff as defensive line coach. Seumalo spent 2016 at ASU, 2015 at UNLV and 2006-14 at Oregon State. He was also the SJSU defensive line coach in 2005. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

    From …


  25. 808warriorfan March 10, 2017 9:35 pm

    #2 … “boolakanaka” … AWESOME STORY …

    #8 … “Inyoface” … AWESOME IDEA


  26. burro sabio March 10, 2017 10:21 pm

    Mr. A-House, this past season’s New Mexico game, 1 holding penalty for 10 yards.

  27. turfwar March 10, 2017 11:02 pm

    8080 now that story begs for a reason why Joe would leave a pac 12 school after one year to go to SJSU. Was he let go, disagree with the head guy, actually offered more than ASU, …

  28. Maddog50 March 11, 2017 5:50 am

    So those of you at practice today, anyone observe #95 in attendance or was that just a crazy rumor/story? This team is gonna be okay either way-

  29. Ran March 11, 2017 6:39 am

    What time is practice today?

  30. Ipu Man March 11, 2017 7:40 am

    Today is the anniversary of the big tsunami
    that hit Japan. They still raking the beaches
    looking for any remains. Sad.
    What does that have to do with football?
    What if a tsunami hit today? And roll in
    all the way to Ching field?

  31. Bryson March 11, 2017 8:54 am

    Anyone know what time practice starts today I’m free and wanted to check it out…any info is helpful mahalo

  32. Darren da surfer March 11, 2017 9:00 am

    Was also wondering what time UH football practice starts today ??
    Thank you

  33. H-Man March 11, 2017 9:54 am

    It’s kinda late, but Saturday practice begins at 10.

  34. H-Man March 11, 2017 10:04 am

    Except Sat Mar 18 – Football Family Festivus 3-6 pm at Ching Complex/Field

  35. A-House March 11, 2017 1:22 pm

    islandman #19:

    2 person operation using a “fish”net and a broom to guide gecko to fish net.

    once inside, wrap net so no can escape, quickly open door and dump outside much to glee of daughter!!

  36. Stephen Tsai March 11, 2017 2:38 pm

    New post:

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