Warrior Beat: Keene observation

Rush end Jeffrey Keene recorded the Warriors' first block of a punt this season/Photo by Stephen Tsai

As Navy set up to punt, Hawaii’s Jeffrey Keene moved side to side, eyeing an opening into the backfield.

Then Keene burst through the middle, and blocked Owen White‘s punt just inches after it exited his shoe. Defensive end Max Hendrie scooped the football and raced 19 yards to the end zone for a 28-0 lead.

“I just saw an opening and took it,” Keene said following this morning’s two-hour practice on the grass field.

Keene said the play was a result of studying videos and working on kick-blocking drills.

What was unique was the approach. Past UH kick-blocking specialists Matthew Harding and John Hardy-Tuliau attacked from the edge. Tony Akpan, Tua Mahaley, Viane Moala and Meffy Koloamatangi were rim-protecting blockers. Keene used his pass-rushing skills to storm the middle.

“I enjoy it,” Keene said of the middle attack. “It’s fun. It’s something different.”


  1. kalua pig September 4, 2018 12:26 pm

    you already know cuz.

  2. shadow September 4, 2018 12:34 pm

    Hawaii getting some votes in the AP & Coaches Top 25 polls this week. Go Warriors!

  3. haka September 4, 2018 12:42 pm

    Navy whoooo?
    One win and clear.
    Stay focused.
    No hooters.
    Beat da Owls!
    Boot da hoots!

  4. Akamai Okole September 4, 2018 12:55 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Hoo Dat!

    Mmmmm…fried chikin!


  5. Akamai Okole September 4, 2018 12:58 pm

    No need be Top 25; stay da undahdog.

    Da belly is always mo sof…

  6. oneseason September 4, 2018 1:07 pm

    Regarding some of the comments from the prior post, I like the June Jones and Greg McMackin era uniforms, and the Paul Johnson era uniforms. There are going to be 12 – 14 games per season, so it shouldn’t be difficult to include both. Lots of teams have tough mascots (Aztecs, Badgers, Bears, Eagles, Wildcats), and the University of Hawaii has that with the Warriors, but it also has a lot more to show and market. And on a related note, wins are great, getting ranking votes will be great, but we will know the team is really getting noticed when the reviews start saying Hawaii ais winning because of the “system” 🙂

  7. justsomeguy September 4, 2018 1:14 pm

    Hawaii Warriors ranked #45 in the coaches poll this week……highest since the Bow’s were ranked #28 at the end of the 2010 season. Prior to the loss to Tulsa in the Hawaii Bowl we were #24 @ 10-3.

  8. kalua pig September 4, 2018 1:17 pm

    all green.

  9. SailorBlue September 4, 2018 1:41 pm

    Whew! What a weekend. The Tsai-kos are always happy to welcome visitors to our tgate. So when the United States Naval Academy Alumni announced that they were having tgate but didn’t have the knowledge to put together a big event, I saw a way to help a bunch of visitors by showing some tgate aloha. Being a Navy Alumni and a core tsai-ko, I quickly drafted other Tsai-kos to help. When all was done, we had cooked 300+ pounds of meat to feed a crowd of 600+ Navy football fans. To make this happen, I owe a big shout out to the Grill crew headed by JesseJames with Homey, Koakane and Akamai Okole, the meat cutting crew of Hiflyer, BG, JM2375, and newbies DMT + Hubby, and tabling crew of JAM, Jamie and Jason. Also a mahalo to Kekoa, the Momos, the Lopakas, Mo/Leonard, Protector and DPK/Sweetie for supplying local kine ono grindz for our visitors to sample. Most of all, I owe a special thanks to Mrs. SB who made sure evrything got done while Kekoa and I held ‘court’ from our throne (a.k.a. the blue table). At the end of the tgate all headed off to watch the game. Good thing the food was ono since the game didn’t go well for Navy. BTW, if anybody is missing what looks to be a minature garage door or car opener, please let me know. We found it in the grill area during clean-up. Cheers, SB

  10. shadow September 4, 2018 1:57 pm

    McDonald & the Warriors getting noticed. Keep pounding . . .

  11. A-House September 4, 2018 2:01 pm

    i like the idea of “marketing” the “H” logo, again, which a Texas HS used as their logo until informed by UH that it was not cool.

    also, the idea of marketing the “island chain”, not like the toruisty, but ones but the black background with the “green” image of the islands — maybe, even with the helmet as the background

    we would buy and pass out on trips to the mainland as we do with choco candy, Hawaiian calendars, key chains, etc. to people who would otherwise have absolutely no way of getting these items — bus drivers, waitresses, etc.

    maybe a TIM and/or marketing class at UH can make this a semester project — start to finish including identifying business who can make the product ( like A-Joe ) and companies that can print the final product , and names of UH sponsors who would be willing to sell the logo ( like Buti Grove )

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid September 4, 2018 3:11 pm

    Everything looks the way it should. Stay focused, Warriors!

    Akamai Okole – u funny brah!

  13. Da Punchbowl Kid September 4, 2018 3:12 pm

    I not robot.


  14. Sangamon Keith September 4, 2018 3:33 pm

    #6 oneseason … it’s great that you like the old uniforms but each set of uniforms cost money. If you hadn’t heard the Intercollegiate sports program is losing money … there are better things to spend limited funds on than having multiple uniforms. Pay for the basics … and when flush with money, spend it on upgrading facilities for player training, diet and education.

  15. Ipu Man September 4, 2018 5:07 pm

    Irish Spring green soap in the showers?

  16. Old School Dave September 4, 2018 5:12 pm

    Rice spent some $31 million on a new athletic complex (new weight room, training, & meeting rooms) a few years ago.

  17. burro sabio September 4, 2018 5:21 pm

    It’s not how you look, it’s how you play.

  18. PONO September 4, 2018 6:28 pm

    I’m waiting to hear on some commits. Who wouldn’t be excited to play in this revitalized offense.

  19. Mike Rohrer September 4, 2018 6:53 pm

    Would someone please ask ESPN why our QB and slots are not listed among the national leaders on their college football statistics page? http://www.espn.com/college-football/statistics

  20. Na Koa Mike September 4, 2018 6:54 pm

    Na Koa lunch report is up.

  21. G (China) September 4, 2018 8:19 pm

    Someone needs to tell ESPN to update their stats. They don’t have any Hawaii players featured when clearly they should be. Great to see that Hawaii is doing so well again.

  22. oneseason September 4, 2018 8:38 pm

    #14 Sangamon Keith … It looks like UH got 3 sets of uniforms this year. The 5-year contract with Under Armour is for around $2 million a year, so uniforms (assuming around $100K per set) ran about 15% of that total annual compensation. This year, UH plays BYU. Next year UH plays 3 Pac-12 teams, and Boise State. So there should be a lot of chances for marketing UH and Hawaii to a national audience. If there is case to be made for promoting Hawaii businesses with some football nostalgia, then an extra $100K might not be out of the question. To me, it seems like UH could miss an opportunity to connect a 2020 era duel threat offense to all of the classic wins from Hawaii’s past, but that is just my view.

  23. roygbivs September 4, 2018 8:48 pm

    Nectar block Jeff Keene!!

    It’s the battle of the slogans this weekend….
    ‘Intellectually Brutality’ vs. ‘Live Aloha, Play Warrior’

    Hopefully the defense can make 🍙musubis🍙 out of Rice

    Hawaii – 40
    Rice – 30

  24. cappie the dog September 4, 2018 9:57 pm

    Mr. Tsai, did you know that the Village Voice died?

    I remember that two Honolulu Advertiser writers took part in the year-end Pazz and Jop poll.

    Gary Chun and Derek Paiva.

    This freaks me out.

    I thought the hullabaloo surrounding the current administration was extending the life of print journalism.

  25. Whats up September 5, 2018 12:32 am

    I would buy the doesn’t matter how you look, it’s how you play until you factor in the emotion phycological side of being human. Schools paint the visitor locker rooms pink, white, taupe and softer pastel tones for physiological warfare to not inspire and emotionally charge up visiting teams.

    Lets not play naive and think that certain colors don’t bring out different emotions and inspirations in humans.

    No to all green uniforms (Those uniforms are attached to not winning). The white pants and white helmets do look like storm trooper-ish… (Can always have a retro night). The question is would you rather have a team of Storm Troopers or Darth Vader’s?

    Rolo is doing the right thing bringing back the Hawaii Warrior era RnS and uniforms, then add that Island logo with “H” logo beautiful helmet that just inspires Hawaii State pride and swag!

    Just relax and enjoy watching the Hawaii Warrior boys look good, feel good, play good in Hawaii Warrior era uniforms that Rolo, Stutzman, Smith, Chad Owens, Bess, Colt Brennan, Bryant Moniz, Nate Ilaoa, Leonard Peters, Samson Satele, Greg Salas, Keahola Pilares, Jason Rivers, Ryan Grice-Mullen and so many more that play with Hawaii Warrior swag.

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Go Warriors!

  26. islandman September 5, 2018 5:24 am

    25. Garret Gabriel wore green in the seasons when UH beat BYU and the 2O15-16 UH NCAA basketball team too.
    Green and white are the school colors..

  27. Old School Dave September 5, 2018 6:12 am

    No get big head and blow the Rice game! Nevah mind da spread, like games 1 & 2. Just play to win! Shooting for Hawaii 5-0!

  28. Savich September 5, 2018 7:26 am

    McDonald is the starter for the next 3 years. Good bye Chevan Cordeiro. Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, ?

    There are already new recruits for the quarterback position
    Already speculate by few he is a lemon, then lemon aid. I like Orange juice and regular strawberry juice a lot better. McDonald can do the job. Keep him there.

  29. Savich September 5, 2018 7:45 am

    Leonard Peters one of the spectrum commentator for pre and post game show. This year Hawai’i looks for a bowl bid. 7-6 will do. But if they go 12-1, most times and FBS school like Hawai’i will be relegated to the BCS. This means only the P5 conferences will be picked for a top 4 tournament that determines a national champion. See UCF knights with McKenzie Milton 12-0 season. BCS, Not the top 6 ranking as supposed it should be for the newer rpi and top power 5 conference to top 6 teams at year end. This year is the same again.

  30. tommui September 5, 2018 8:20 am


    SAILORBLUE: Thank you for your service – not only your service time – but for organizing the Tsaiko tailgates and showing the Aloha Spirit to Navy. And thanks to your grill crew and Mrs SB!

    Speaking of color uniforms, I recall in our magical season, Colt and crew also wore white. It’s not the color but what is in their play!

  31. suckkabooya September 5, 2018 9:01 am

    Before we close the book on the uniform issue (it’s really not an issue actually) I just wanted to mention that we (UH fans) are so fortunate to be associated by two such diametrically opposed identities (Warrior Tribal and Rainbow) that represents the People here (culturally) so perfectly. A lot of teams have multiple uniforms, but here at UH not only does the uniforms have meaning (especially the island chain) but they are both pretty captivatingly eye catching, even when the product on the field was not as good. We have a lot to market here and we are fortunate (blessed really) to be able to reach those all different types of individuals. So lucky. Now we have to execute. We can do it.

  32. suckkabooya September 5, 2018 9:14 am

    BTW speaking of “throwbacks”, Jeff Keene is that kind of player. “Scrape and slide leg wrapping, smart tackler”. Nice.

  33. tom-warriornation September 5, 2018 9:41 am

    ok; the Hawaii-Rice game is scheduled as a MW broadcast (for mainland folks only on mobile devices); but it is nowhere to be found on the Stadium schedule (Watchstadium.com); what gives? Hawaii is not listed as one of their schools in the schedule section; auwe.


  34. H-Man September 5, 2018 10:19 am

    Whats Up….What an insult to Hawaii’s proud football history. It wasn’t the black Darth Vaders that beat Illinois in the ’92 Holiday Bowl. It was the Green and White Rainbows with players named Michael Carter, Jason Elam, Ivin Jasper, Doug Violeti, John Veneri, Eddie Kealoha, Derrick Branch, Matthew Harding…and they finished the season ranked #19 in the Coaches Poll and #20 in the AP Poll.

  35. Pauoa Volley September 5, 2018 10:23 am

    I would love to eat fried rice Sunday morning, if our Warriors will win and beat the point spread. Just wanna be sure my cuz in Vegas place my small bet. Go Rainbows and score a lot of touchdowns. 14 points is nothing.

  36. Savich September 5, 2018 10:27 am

    Do you pay extra for your mobile? That’s why.

  37. suckkabooya September 5, 2018 10:43 am


    Coaches Rolovich, Ganot and Trepasso always relay to their players the Proud History of UH’s past. The players (here) know the significance even if some fans seem dismissive. I don’t think they mean to be. They are simply looking forward, I think because there is some direction now. Tatsuno was a Rainbow. Alika and AC were Rainbows. That ’92’ Holiday Bowl teams were Rainbows. Colt and Co. were Warriors. Ganot’s NCAA “bracket busters” were Rainbow Warriors. So good now. And so good then. Terrific.

  38. Savich September 5, 2018 10:50 am

    If you were with the Rainbows, untouchable. Cannot be beat. The traditional warrior and big man is a classical. You were among the founders of loyal fans and life long supporters of UH football. Long timers for UH football is you if you remember that Warrior on the grounds at the games in Aloha Stadium.

  39. islandman September 5, 2018 10:52 am

    34. Also the great upset at Nebraska 6-0 after a 50-0 loss the year before and the one at Washington in 1973, 10-7, where UW was favored by 50 pts. I think they were wearing some combination of green and white.
    And the upset of Oregon St in 1923, 7-0 when the Rainbows nickname was started.
    ” In green Manoa Valley, our Alma Mater stands … “

  40. Savich September 5, 2018 11:06 am

    O yeah, Hurrican Norman is just 830 miles east of Hilo. 6:30 a.m. It will pass North of Hawai’i. One would think all these Hurricanes is visiting Madame pele the volcano God you read about as a youngster. And I meant it too. Remember learning this in elementary school? Somewhere on the Big Island.

  41. islandman September 5, 2018 11:09 am

    SailorBlue, good job and you are an alumnus of the Navy Alumni.

  42. Savich September 5, 2018 11:23 am

    1973 UH athletics was crap. Poor as heck. Today it is a more beautiful site, and still poor. Revenue was under $1 million dollars.

  43. Savich September 5, 2018 11:29 am

    Not for town fans who claim this 1973. Like Farrington Governors, near school street and houghtailing exit. Kalihi. Or not for Kaimuki, near Diamond head when UH baseball was on 1973. They tried out for the islanders, to beat UH baseball entrance. Les Murakami antagonist supporters, the islanders wannabe.

  44. Whitey September 5, 2018 11:34 am

    Col, this Saturday, give the points and take off like a jackrabbit.

  45. Savich September 5, 2018 11:38 am

    BTW, I saw the islanders play, they were s cut above UH baseball, 1988. Johnny Matias. 1973 Islanders that is. Semi pro team. These players were a cut above 1973 OIA teams. Like Farrington Governors high school baseball team.

  46. Stephen Tsai September 5, 2018 12:04 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46650

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