Trip prices set

Panda Travel has announced its prices for the Hawaii men’s basketball “Warriors to Asia” tour in August, which is open for fans to accompany the team through several locales in China and Japan.

Prices are a bit higher than initial projections, but the following includes airport tax and fuel surcharges and the $175 China entry visa. These appear to be set, but the latest itinerary indicates that these prices and the itinerary are still subject to change.

Current pricing for the full tour, Aug. 5 to 21, comes out to $5,143. That includes two practice games against international World University Games teams in Dong Guan, and six full-fledged games for the rest of the tour through Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka. Looks to be plenty of sight-seeing time along the way, with stops like the Great Wall, Tiananmen’s Square and the Forbidden City.

There are two variations of a half tour from Aug. 5 to 14. One has five total games and ends in Shanghai (total cost $3,666) and the other has four total games and ends in Hong Kong (total cost $3,420).

These costs include airfare, hotel accommodations, some meals, all game admissions and ground transportation to major stops on the itinerary. An English-speaking travel guide is included.

Per Panda Travel, a $500 down payment (non-refundable) is mandatory with all orders. Final payment to Panda Travel is due by June 21. The tour cap size is about 100.

All travelers must have a valid U.S. passport good through at least six months beyond the return date. Contact John DeFreitas (who has been most helpful through this process as everything came together) at 738-3573 to inquire about orders.


As for UH coach Gib Arnold’s contract, nothing appears to be imminent. A source indicates that, though the target date for the new contract to go into effect is still July 1, the contract could be finalized after that date and be made retroactive to start July 1 anyway.


  1. Satch June 8, 2011 4:55 pm

    What the !@#$ is wrong with that bureaucracy up in Manoa that they still cannot finalize Arnold’s basketball contract and this has been going on for over one year?? and you wonder why the UH is typical of government bureaucracy????

  2. jjay June 9, 2011 10:11 am

    Get on the bandwagon and join the Gibster in China! Ne How Ma !

  3. Eagle June 9, 2011 3:06 pm

    Got Approval for a City-by-City, Game-by-Game Reporting ?

  4. Brian McInnis June 10, 2011 6:10 pm

    Hey Eagle,

    Not as of yet. Still hope to go, but we’ll have to see. Wish I could give a more detailed response, but cannot.

  5. Brian McInnis June 10, 2011 6:11 pm

    Oh, and for your other suggestion about returning players’ offseason plans, I plan to put something together kind of like that as it gets closer to the second summer session (when the players should all be in).

  6. al June 11, 2011 9:25 pm

    bm…any surprises in the next month or two?

    roster wise that is.

  7. Brian McInnis June 12, 2011 7:49 pm


    There’s always that possibility. But guys will be arriving from now until July 5, when the second summer session starts, and we’ll gradually have an idea if everyone gets in successfully by then.

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