Warrior Beat: Gnat-ural defender

Rush end Kaimana Padello (left) uses quickness, strength and leverage to create problems for offensive linemen. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

A long, long time ago, the Utah basketball team was looking for a way to defend Chris Gaines, Hawaii’s Harden-esque guard. Gaines was a dual threat with smooth driving lay-ins and an accurate outside shot. Instead of matching eyeball-to-eyeball with 6-foot-3 Gaines, the Utes summoned 5-9 Jimmy Soto. Soto held Gaines in check with hand-checks, swiping moves and just being an irritant. Soto played the man, not the ball, and Gaines never got into a rhythm. The Utes won the game.

Afterward, Soto revealed his nickname was the “Gnat.”

This past Saturday, the football Warriors were able to befuddle Colorado State’s youthful offensive line with their own undersized defender — Kaimana Padello. Padello, who is optimistically listed between 6 feet and 6-1, used his off-the-edge quickness to force the CSU blockers to scramble. Padello is difficult to block cleanly because of his quickness, strength (365-pound bench press) and elusiveness. Padello drew three holding penalties, according to unofficial stats.

UH football has a history of innovation, from muddle huddles to the “Bumbai-You-Learn” option play to super-sized backs to Scott Harding‘s bi-footed punts. Padello, a junior, is the latest headache for opposing offenses.


  1. Boolakanaka August 27, 2018 9:53 am

    i te faamamaluina e avea ma numera tasi

  2. Da Punchbowl Kid August 27, 2018 10:10 am

    Number two!

    It was just a matter of time before both Padellos made their presence know. They’ve both been beating big tackles on the pass rush since high school.

    Nice to see so many Warrior blooming bright and early this season!


  3. Jonj August 27, 2018 10:21 am

    Yo ST is it possible to show us the travel roster??

  4. H-Man August 27, 2018 10:28 am

    numero tre

  5. H-Man August 27, 2018 10:30 am

    Oops. Patru.

  6. JesseJames August 27, 2018 10:35 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Number Ocho….on to Navy. One game at a time boys….

  7. seewhy August 27, 2018 11:37 am

    Howzit, Tsaikos! Yes, one game at a time! I wonder how the defense is working to control the triple option this week?

  8. islandman August 27, 2018 11:39 am

    3. It’s not the travel roster but the participation report in the box score has 36 players listed besides the starting 22 players.

  9. burro sabio August 27, 2018 11:50 am

    #8 – Add Cordeiro, Moussa, Jahlani, Rooks, and whomever else you may have seen on the sidelines, I need to watch the replay. I’m not sure about #46 playing though, would they have taken 3 kickers?

  10. SailorBlue August 27, 2018 12:42 pm

    Aloha everybody ~ WAHOO! It’s time for the first T-GATE of the year. This tgate is going to be a little different as the Tsai-kos are playing host to the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association at the Rainbow Bay Pavilion.

    Overall the routine will remain the same: early crew arrive/set-up ~9AM, grill crew fires-up ~10-10:30, eat ono grindz until clean-up at ***3:30PM***.

    If you don’t have a military ID you will need to contact me to get a pass to get you past security.

    Questions – message or email me at jboster(at)yahoo.com. Hope to see everybody there. Cheers, SailorBlue

  11. Maddog50 August 27, 2018 1:13 pm

    Told anybody who would listen-don’t be surprised at a win. The reason-this coaching staff-gonna get better

  12. A-House August 27, 2018 1:31 pm

    wondered why #11 of CSU got away with so many “pushing off” , non-call, for completions?

    not favorable for a 3 star WR recruit who started at Tennessee and transferred to CSU — size alone at 6′ 5″ tall would have a big advantage against much shorter UH corners.

    announcers mentioned new “rules” to start the next play which cost UH 3 delay of game penalties?

    still want to see Genta Ito carry the ball — this his senior year???

  13. Stephen Tsai August 27, 2018 1:43 pm

    They only took two kickers — Boyle and Meskell. Only one long snapper

  14. Stephen Tsai August 27, 2018 1:44 pm

    I think Furuta and Torres can long snap in an emergency

  15. UH Fan for Life August 27, 2018 2:31 pm

    #12 per earlier blog post Genta is recovering from a knee injury

  16. Boolakanaka August 27, 2018 4:04 pm

    Nick Nelson and Trayvon Henderson are getting solid reviews and are expected to make their squads. Dejon is doing fine, but might get caught up with a numbers game, but I fully expect him to be on the practice squad.

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid August 27, 2018 4:09 pm

    It’s a moot point, Col. A-house, but I thought the refs missed a lot of calls on the Rams, at least two face masks. Anybody else notice that?

  18. seewhy August 27, 2018 4:39 pm

    RE: #17 Face mask on Furuta was pretty blatant. Glad it wasn’t game changing.

  19. kalua pig August 27, 2018 4:43 pm

    furuta’s fumble was game changing.

  20. seewhy August 27, 2018 4:46 pm

    Yes, the fumble definitely was. I hope the coaches work with him on ball security and switching carrying hands this week.

  21. islandman August 27, 2018 5:43 pm

    I didn’t know Tia was Dayton’s sister.

  22. kalua pig August 27, 2018 6:06 pm

    the players that didn’t travel were perfecting the triple option for the defense to practice to.tavai is back.navy and army game soon.aloha stadium capacity 50,000.next game too early for bandwagon fans to return.cedric byrd.i expect 24,000 for navy.

  23. boya_jr August 27, 2018 7:05 pm

    Go Warriors!

  24. islandman August 27, 2018 7:29 pm

    Counted 8 holding penalties. CSU had a hard time blocking UH.

  25. Savich August 27, 2018 8:46 pm

    Hawaii’s WR were faster than the DB of Colorado State’s. NE Patriots of old with Steve Grogan had the most perfect shot gun and a passing game as any other team since then. Just that teams like Pittsburg then chose the run with Rocky Blyer #20. I think Tom Brady must have studied plays from this era. It was the games best run and shoot offense. Mosi Tatupu was the lone setback. 2 wides right, 1 wide left. I think UH can win 12-1 with this offense. But they’ll go to the other bowls. Probably the Alamo bowl or Orange Bowl or Sugar bowl. That would be nice to watch.

  26. Inyoface August 27, 2018 8:52 pm

    Watched the game a couple times on YouTube, it’s crazy how many things you miss the first time.

  27. seewhy August 27, 2018 10:49 pm

    ST, what happened to Dany Mulanga? I noticed he is not listed on the roster anymore.

  28. Na Koa Mike August 27, 2018 11:07 pm

    The Na Koa lunch report has been posted.

    https://www.nakoa.org/2018/08/27/coachs … g-27-2018/

  29. Stephen Tsai August 27, 2018 11:13 pm

    See why:
    Mulanga is no longer with the team

  30. seewhy August 28, 2018 12:28 am

    Thank you, ST. Sad to see him go.

  31. Maddog50 August 28, 2018 3:57 am

    So after a game that few gave them a chance, the Warriors-players and staff put on a very memorable performance. I was in attendance and saw a team play hard all out emotional football. Spoke to a number of coaches and reiterated my confidence that we would pull this off. Spoke with Coach Rolovich Friday night in hotel lobby. He stated this team is a pleasure to be around as far as unity work ethic and focus-I shot back “tomorrow we will all see”. He was more than accurate in his assessment of this group. Obviously the coaches need to sustain and build on that moving forward. I am not one to make predictions regarding wins and losses but as I sat with Mr Tsai and Mr Chung (Kaiwi’s dad) I said the key here is the under the radar talent nobody knows and most of all a group of experienced coaches-if you look at the coaching resumes of the coaches they have a ton of experience and ton of good solid winning achieving experience. The combination of coaches and players will make a powerful formula for solid season. I won’t miss a game no matter what but if I could I would be in Aloha stadium every home game gloating over what I sensed a long time ago! Buckle up Warrior fans it gonna be a great ride! GooooWarriors

  32. NotNasti August 28, 2018 7:48 am

    Maddog, I hope you get to gloat all season long.

  33. winning August 28, 2018 9:00 am

    UH always have been on the short side on calls. Back when, Georgia had 8 sacks on 5 offsides and not one was called, heard some officials were suspended on future bowl games but no one here played it up (avoided sour grapes?). MSU cried foul on numerous holding penalties on them which were reported as spot on (we were home and natnl TV helped). Hope UH reports the lack of officiating to league office and put CSU on our shet list among some other schools.

  34. winning August 28, 2018 9:10 am

    On another front, oval and Indy race drivers don’t drive conservatively when in the lead, its pedal to the metal boys. So why did UH slack off on play calling? I have said in the past that UH has to score 40 and now maybe 50+ pts to prevail. Remember we don’t have many 3-5 star players on the roster- “PEDAL TO THE METAL DAMN IT !! Remember when a Rolo led team had to score a last second TD to beat Mia-O 51-50? (altho they did have Ben Rothelsberger ???). That’s what I’m talking about. Go now Hawaii!!

  35. madeinhawaii August 28, 2018 9:14 am

    Na Koa Mike, your lunch report link doesn’t seem to work properly.

  36. islandman August 28, 2018 9:20 am

    33. In the CSU game, the officials called a very good game.
    CSU penalties:
    Personal foul 15 yds , McElroy,RB
    Holding 10 yds, W Jackson WR
    Holding 10 yds, McBride, TE

    Holding 10 yds,Wesley LT
    Holding on UH punt 2 yds, M McDonald, LB
    Illegal formation 5 yds, Watson MLB
    Holding on UH KO, 8 yds, Carter, LB
    Holding 10 yds, Taylor RG

    Holding 10 yds,Knox RT
    Holding 10 yds,Prentice,FB, on CSU punt
    Pass Int. 15 yds, J Hicks, SS
    Offensive pass int 15 yds, P Williams
    Total CSU- 12 penalties for 120 yds
    UH- 10 penalties for 65 yds.
    -mostly 5 yd type.

  37. A-House August 28, 2018 9:25 am


    your post of several days ago on “taking points”

    wish I could, but I got 2 crickets on my shoulders whispering you can only place bets if you are in Vegas!

    before, i would ask MasaBoy to place bets for me at the Nugget — worked well for him as he almost always hit $800 – 900 jack pots on machines on a particular machine

  38. DaveLetterMan August 28, 2018 9:59 am

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    Brian Smith said it was coaching error in going conservative too early. He said it was a learning experience.
    Bad news from Bronco camp:

  39. H-Man August 28, 2018 10:30 am

    I thought Warriors’ run defense is pretty good. Pass rush not bad. Still not sold on 4-2-5 scheme. Having the nickel-back didn’t seem to slow down CSU’s passing attack. Granted some of their success, Warriors’ failure of pass-D, was attributed to the high altitude, but I thought it was more about creating one-on-one with accurate passing to tall and athletic WRs. For the Navy game, I suppose Batoon will go with a 4-3-4 alignment.

    Prediction: Warriors 34 Midshipmen 28

  40. dreamcitymike August 28, 2018 10:34 am

    After the successful 2018 audition of our warriors …I am really optimistic that we may start out with a modest winning streak here in the first half of the season …all winnable games with a couple of triple option opponents, with the budding genius of C. Batoon a la D. Aranda against Navy 2009 game …take the lead & keep the foot on the pedal! Make midshipmen play catch up!!

  41. dreamcitymike August 28, 2018 10:47 am

    There were many plays against the Rams that brought back chicken skin flash backs …the 2 receivers catching passes all game from Cole but most notably Furuta, who I thought was W. Kellikipi for a second or two! But the rainbow on national tv early on was truly deja vu!!

  42. Na Koa Mike August 28, 2018 11:07 am

    #35 Thanks for letting us know. The link for the lunch report has been fixed.


  43. madeinhawaii August 28, 2018 11:29 am

    Na Koa Mike… Mahalo ! Shared it on Tom Kitaguchi’s Hawaii Football– Warrior Nation facebook page.

  44. suckkabooya August 28, 2018 12:08 pm

    The Learning Process… With a 30 point lead late in the third quarter it was the right time to instill the instinct to become a program that can get used to winning. The instinct to re-focus and make the other team tap out. I think it takes the ability to believe in yourself and your teammates and trust each other (coaches and players). That belief wasn’t there yet (players and coaches) but honestly it was hard to believe at the time. I think we can all (coaches, players, fans, network television execs, and the casual college football fan across the nation) can see the potential of not only the offense, but all three facets here. Once the belief kicks in the sky will be the limit for sure. But it has to be learned and realized. Step by step. Not the crash course. I loved what I saw on Saturday. And I love what I can see. Terrific.

  45. Stephen Tsai August 28, 2018 12:14 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46556

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