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Power and hope: Logan Pauelsen’s return sparks Warriors in booming performance

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2021

By Paul Honda At the beginning and the end, big guys delivered the boom. In between, Hawaii (8-2) got contributions up and down the lineup, as well as reserves, in a 13-0 shellacking of UH-Hilo. It was the first and only time in their weekend sweep that the Rainbow Warriors overwhelmed the Division II Vulcans — the kind of sunny Sunday afternoon that was as bright as the future for a team that gave nationally-ranked Arizona State all it could […]

UC Davis claims top seed, but Hawaii emerges as giant killer

By Jerry Campany on March 6, 2021

By Paul Honda The evolution of the 2020-21 Hawaii women’s basketball team is in full view. After a stunning 70-60 win over first-place UC Davis on Friday, the Aggies returned the favor on Saturday with a vice-grip style 54-46 win over the Rainbow Wahine. UC Davis clinched the top seed in the upcoming Big West Conference Tournament. Hawaii will be the No. 5 seed and will meet Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The Rainbow Wahine (8-7, 7-6) […]

Jan 4, 1997: Anthony Carter adds outside game in upset of New Mexico

By Jerry Campany on January 4, 2021

On this date in 1997, the Hawaii men’s basketball team served notice that it was the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference. Hawaii whipped its fan base into a frenzy as Anthony Carter scored 19 points in a 75-62 victory over No. 16 New Mexico in front of 7,197 at the Special Events Arena. Micah Kroeger was next with 15 points and Alika Smith added 14. New Mexico sat back and dared Carter to shoot from long range […]

JAN 3, 1982: Riley Wallace gives Larry Connors his shot

By Jerry Campany on January 3, 2021

It did Larry Little‘s heart good to see Larry Connors break out on this date in 1982. Racky Sesler went coast-to-coast for a layup and Hawaii beat Oral Roberts 80-78 before 2,708 fans at the Blaisdell Arena. The Rainbows were coming off a successful Rainbow Classic and were so drained that Little, their head coach, was ordered to stay away and let assistant Riley Wallace coach the team for a game. Wallace turned to sixth-man Connors in the game and […]

JAN 2, 1952: Ed Edralin to Fred Furukawa saves the day

By Jerry Campany on January 2, 2021

On this date in 1952, former Saint Louis star and future Circle of Honor inductee Fred Furukawa made UH fans pull a U-Turn. Hawaii beat Memphis State 68-61 in two overtimes at the Civic Auditorium long after fans seemed to give up on the Rainbows. Hawaii trailed 49-47 with 15 seconds left and the crowd filing out when Ed Edralin stole Phil Hodson‘s inbounds pass and flipped it to Furukawa, who laid it in for the tie game. Hodson had […]

JAN 1, 1947: Buddy Abreu gives Hawaii its first Pineapple Bowl

By Jerry Campany on January 1, 2021

No rainbow, no problem. On this date in 1947, Hawaii won its first Pineapple Bowl with a 19-16 win over Utah. In previous games, a rainbow over the field was credited with sparking UH rallies but in this one the rainbow didn’t show until after the game. Honolulu Advertiser reporter Andrew Mitsukado called it “the most thrilling football game ever played on a local gridiron.” Hawaii led 19-7 before the Utes scored with 4 minutes left. The Rainbows were stuck […]

Coach Laura Beeman cautious, optimistic as Wahine prepare for road trip

By Jerry Campany on December 21, 2020

By Paul Honda A week ago, Laura Beeman saw her Rainbow Wahine struggle in an 82-74 loss to Division II national powerhouse Hawaii Pacific. Hawaii’s loss to the long-range gunners of HPU was an eye-opener in the first of two nonconference games on the COVID-19 ravaged schedule. It wasn’t in the plan to lose, but Beeman had already chosen the right path for her team, which includes six freshmen. She let them travel home for Thanksgiving weekend. “We knew coming […]

ON THIS DATE in 1961: Earl Harbin’s return home pays off

By Jerry Campany on December 15, 2020

Earl Harbin went from a star at Kamehameha to fourth string at Oregon State to starting quarterback for a winning Hawaii squad. On this date in 1961, Harbin threw two touchdowns and Hawaii beat the Kaimuki Spartans 19-18 in front of a crowd of 750 at Honolulu Stadium. The victory clinched third place for Hawaii in the Athletic Association of Hawaii. Faasuka Lutu scored all three of Kaimuki’s touchdowns and later enrolled and played at UH. Harbin completed 13 passes […]