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Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Wyoming

By Stephen Tsai on October 30, 2020

Wyoming ran often and then ran away to a 31-7 victory over Hawaii at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowboys’ ground game accounted for 281 of their 393 yards. Xazavian Valladay rushed 163 yards and Trey Smith gained 89 yards. They each scored two touchdowns. The Cowboys controlled the clock for 38 minutes, 15 seconds. UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was 11 of 26 for 110 yards. He was sacked five times. Both teams are now 1-1. UH plays […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1984: ‘The Human Wave’ hits Hawaii for the first time

By Jerry Campany on October 27, 2020

Hawaii fans found a unique, for the islands at least, way to celebrate a five-game winning streak on this date in 1984. The Rainbows improved to 5-3 with a key defensive stand in a 16-10 win over San Diego State in front of an Aloha Stadium crowd of 42,000. That crowd did something Honolulu Advertiser reporter Stephen Tsai did not expect. A ripple began in the North end zone early in the second quarter and by the time it returned […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2019: Kumoku Noa shows what’s possible

By Jerry Campany on October 26, 2020

On this date a year ago, Kumoku Noa was cleared to play for the first time in two years and responded with 120 yards and a touchdown on four receptions in Hawaii’s 45-31 win at New Mexico. Noa was not around to collect the game ball from head coach Nick Rolovich because he was being treated for yet another injury. “Before the season started, I went through a little bit of adversity,” Noa said. “The coaches gave me the opportunity […]

Live football blog: Hawaii at Fresno State

By Stephen Tsai on October 24, 2020

Hawaii runs away to a 34-19 season-opening victory over Fresno State, amassing 324 rushing yards in Todd Graham’s debut as the Rainbow Warriors’ head coach. Starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and wildcat QB Calvin Turner each rushed for two TDs. Cordeiro sealed the outcome when he raced 54 yards for a first down on a third-and-2 play with 2:43 to play. Freshman Matthew Shipley also booted two field goals for the Warriors. It was UH’s second victory against Fresno in the […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1936: Deans overcome Tommy Kaulukukui’s injury

By Jerry Campany on October 23, 2020

On this date in 1936, Hawaii found out what it was capable of without the services of Tommy Kaulukukui. The all-time great was injured on a punt return after McKinley’s first drive and didn’t return until just before the fourth quarter. No matter, though, as the Deans defense was more than up to the task and shut out the Mickalums 13-0. George Aki, Ernest Dias and Tony Morse carried the load for UH while Kaulukukui was being treated. McKinley beat […]

Todd Graham takes part in Hawaii football tradition

By Stephen Tsai on October 22, 2020

The Warriors departed today for the season opener against Fresno State, but not before head coach Todd Graham was presented with a symbolic koa lei. Hawaii island craftsman JefF Gomes completed the lei on Wednesday, then sent it by express delivery to Na Koa’s clubhouse. Jenn Smythe tracked the shipment, and went it finally arrived, she raced to present it to a grateful Graham. The idea of a coach’s koa lei was spawned a couple years when a group of […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1947: Rainbows overwhelm Senior Leaguers

By Jerry Campany on October 22, 2020

On this date in 1947, Hawaii obliterated a town team and it prepared it for a big meal at the end of the season. The Roaring Rainbows outclassed the Olympics of the Senior League 40-15. Hawaii rushed for 303 yards despite coach Tommy Kaulukukui employing a healthy dose of second and third stringers. Thirty-Seven Rainbows got playing time in the rout. Hawaii won despite fumbling 10 times, losing half of them, and struggling with their passing game with four completions […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1995: Hawaii does it for Daniel Ho-Ching

By Jerry Campany on October 21, 2020

Daunte Culpepper and Central Florida were no match for a Hawaii team racked with emotion. On this date in 1995, the Rainbows rallied around teammate Daniel Ho-Ching‘s lymphoma diagnosis and blew out the Knights 45-14 in front of 24,383 fans at Aloha Stadium. Ho-Ching, who was 18 years old, got the bad news earlier in the week and wrote a letter to his teammates the Tuesday before the contest and gave an impassioned speech before the game. “He told us […]