Hawaii football: Victory omelets, Boise State game week

The Monday after a UH football victory — or two Mondays, if the previous week was a bye — chef Mark Wright and sous chef Micah Swenson-Kim prepare specially made omelets for UH student-athletes. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

Because of last week’s bye, the Warriors delayed celebrating their Sept. 28 rout of Nevada until this morning. That meant every UH student-athlete participating in the training-table program this semester had the option of specially made omelets for his or her breakfast.

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The Warriors received a boost with offensive lineman Kohl Levao, who hasn’t played this season after suffering an injury on the fourth day of training camp, working with the first unit. Levao can play all five line spots.

It also appears nickelback Kai Kaneshiro might be available to play this week. He did not play against Nevada.

The Warriors completed the two-hour practice with sideline-to-sideline sprints. It had less to do with Boise’s altitude (2,730 feet above sea level) than with the Broncos’ fast-paced, shifting offense.

Before you can practice, you need a ball. Graduate assistant Brodie Nakama brings the big ball used to distract punt returners.
Nickelback Kai Kaneshiro stretches before practice.
Blessman Taala and Justus Tavai compete in a battle of nose tackles
Nose tackle Eperone Moananu has been cleared to play against Boise
Cornerback Rojesterman Farris II and wideout Jared Smart battle for position
Wideout Jared Smart makes a one-handed grab.
Slotback James Phillips
Slotback Jason-Matthew Sharsh
Rush end Kaimana Padello tries to maneuver past Kalani Kamakawiwo‘ole


  1. ai-eee-soos October 7, 2019 6:47 pm


    BEAT them DONKEYS !!!

  2. seewhy October 7, 2019 7:14 pm


  3. LizKauai October 7, 2019 9:44 pm

    Stay healthy! Stay united! Stay amazing! Stay Together FTW!

  4. Central Texas October 8, 2019 3:54 am

    This year’s team looks very scary; like a paper shredder that tears in teams without mercy.

  5. Akamai Okole October 8, 2019 5:15 am

    Great morning All!

    I no like to use the word but I gotta say I HATE that stadium!

    The cold bench seats…the stoopid blue field…the rabid (albeit friendly) fans…

    the only ting good is that at halftime you get to flow out the open end to the parking lot to get back to your cooler for refreshment 😉


  6. Akamai Okole October 8, 2019 5:18 am

    Please note that the above comments are based on my recollections from my last (and onee) visit to Bronco Stadium several years ago…

    if anything has changed since then, too bad.

  7. Akamai Okole October 8, 2019 5:21 am

    And BTW, the last thing about that dang place is…

    it is tough to beat dem buggahs ovah dea! 😯 :mrgreen: 👿

    But can!

  8. Akamai Okole October 8, 2019 5:23 am

    Omelettes anyone?

  9. ADG October 8, 2019 5:59 am

    Big game this Saturday. Lets show the world and the Boise state Broncos, who the Warriors are. 🏈🏈

  10. Boolakanaka October 8, 2019 6:47 am

    Bows 34 donkeys 27

  11. Maddog50 October 8, 2019 8:01 am

    Gettin guys back. Gettin your mind right-Crisp, disciplined, determined. You can do this-GoWarriors!!!!

  12. H-Man October 8, 2019 8:03 am

    Time to coral dem Broncos. Can. Jus no make turnovers and penalties. Bring home the W.

  13. Lowtone123 October 8, 2019 9:14 am

    win the turnover battle (+2 or better), get chance. Play like Warriors!

  14. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2019 10:25 am

    Warriors returning to battle …

    Kohl “Big Money” is expected to play on Sat.
    He can play all 5 OL positions. My guess is that he will
    play/start at RG, and be available for C, if needed.

    TaagaTuilima is playing very well at C.

    The Warriors are expected to get a boost from the return of nickelback Kai Kaneshiro and defensive linemen Makai Manuwai and Eperone Moananu. They are expected to play this week after not being available against Nevada because of ailments.

    My take from ST’s column, today.

  15. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2019 10:32 am

    from MWC news.

    MW best offenses, Boise State and Hawaii will square off this week, here’s how good they are

    Ron Counts @Ron_BroncoBeat

    Mountain West offensive leaders:
    Hawaii No. 1 – 37 ppg
    Boise St. No. 2 – 32.6
    BSU No. 1 – 482.2 ypg
    Hawaii No. 2 – 480.6
    Hawaii No. 1 – 356.8 ypg
    BSU No. 2 – 323

  16. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2019 10:51 am

    # 13.

    Kohl ” Big Money ” Levao.

  17. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2019 10:53 am

    that’s # 14.

    Kohl ” Big Money ” Levao.

  18. sackkabooya October 8, 2019 11:02 am

    I think as UH created its identity (Phase I) last season and now starts to form some characterization of how opponents perceive and game plan for them the game does become more “mental” (“mind-right” is how Maddog put it). Especially as opponents “size-up” Hawaii and sees them as more physically/athletically equal. I imagine that’s what it must be like for Boise St (in full Phase IV??). More of a mental challenge than a physical one especially in Conference games.

    For years the Hawaii-BYU matchup was one sided. But it was never lopsided. It was just a matter of UH having a “skewed” mindset when games should have went either way. When UH did finally break through and beat BYU the mentality changed (for both teams), well at least for a little while. The “mental” aspect involves a lot of factors and is hard to execute consistently. But Boise can do it. To get on their level Hawaii has to “Just do it” too. Can, CAN do, it. Hawaii 34 Boise St 27

  19. burro sabio October 8, 2019 11:16 am

    Coaches will have some tough decisions for the travel squad.

  20. Silverfox October 8, 2019 11:32 am

    Boise has always been a good team but this year Hawaii will be even better when they beat Boise on their own turf. Go Warriors.

  21. Maddog50 October 8, 2019 11:51 am

    You scrap and fight for playing time an opportunity to contribute and travel. The choices will be simple-who can help us now today this minute-so now it’s put up or shut up. They are gonna win as they expect to or the other guys (us) school em. That’s the game-GoWarriors!!!!

  22. Boolakanaka October 8, 2019 11:55 am

    Hmmmn, when we played them between 1981-1984, the total margin for that entire span of years that we lost, was less than 30 total points.

  23. WarriorMojo October 8, 2019 12:00 pm

    I’m just some loudmouth fan, but I’m not really excited about Kohl’s return. As a group, the O-Line has jelled and is playing pretty cohesively right now. I haven’t re-watched the Nevada game, but I thought Wa’a did a pretty good job for a true frosh at RG.

    The O-Line is my favorite position group to watch and I isolated a lot on Kohl last year. What I saw was a lack of agility/quickness on pass pro, a lack of power on run blocking, and an overall slowness of recognition/reaction. This was true at RT and at C. Couldn’t believe it when he was being hyped as an NFL caliber player this pre-season. But I will be ecstatic to be wrong.

  24. Andrew October 8, 2019 12:22 pm

    I see a lot of Boise State supporters touting that Boise State’s pass defense leads the conference. I look at their schedule though and thus far, they haven’t really faced a team that has a significant pass threat offense. Florida State I guess would be the closest to that and they put up 327 yards vs Boise State. Boise State pretty much shut them down in the 2nd half though. It’s going to be interesting to see how well their secondary does against our receivers as I don’t think they’ve faced any receivers that Hawaii has. It’s definitely going to be a game of adjustments. Hawaii though also hasn’t faced a defense like Boise State has the past couple games. I don’t think Boise State’s defense is as good as Washington’s but they seem to be better than Nevada, and even Arizona.

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid October 8, 2019 12:37 pm

    It’s awesome to see the faith posters have in the Warriors. We get chance.

    I agree with #5 Akamai Okole – “that stoopid blue field”. All victories won by the Donks there should have an asterisk next to them, as in played on “stoopid blue field!” And I pray, just pray, that bleacher style seats won’t be used anywhere in the new Aloha Stadium.

    Speaking of the new stadium, I also pray it is comes with a retractable rain cover and is cooled by sea water, as is planned for office buildings downtown. https://www.makai.com/sea-water-air-conditioning/

    The rich folk up in the boxes aren’t the only ones who deserve to be comfy.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid October 8, 2019 12:45 pm

    Watched the Nick Rolovich Show. Two things:

    We are truly blessed that the Leahey legacy is alive and well in Kanoa. He is a terrific host! There was a subdued confidence in he and the coach about this game with Boise. Get chance!

    Also, Rolo and Kanoa visited the film room and Rolo did a great job of “coach-splaining” the film clips. Again, quiet, but certain, confidence coupled with great schemes. Loved it!

    GO WARRIORS!!! Break the Broncs!!! No asterisks!!!

  27. Andrew October 8, 2019 1:08 pm


    I hope the new stadium has just green seats like the Stan Sheriff Center and Murakami Stadium. I realize that it’s not going to be owned by UH, but I don’t see a need to color code the seats anymore being that we won’t have that many levels. Having consistency in the color, especially being UHs color, just looks better.

    On the Nick Rolovich show, I agree with coach’s statements about them having to get the idea of Boise State out of their heads. I think the home field advantage and overwhelming success they’ve had there does get to opponents heads. They go in thinking it’s such a tall task to defeat them there and it can have affect on the teams mental prep.

  28. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2019 1:30 pm

    Article about Boise QB being hit – does not include UNLV game.


  29. Stephen Tsai October 8, 2019 1:56 pm

    Thanks for all the links.

  30. Andrew October 8, 2019 2:18 pm


    Wow you actually have to pay to even post that site?

  31. Stephen Tsai October 8, 2019 2:21 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=51441

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