Warriors celebrate their season

The nation's leader in touchdown receptions โ€” John Ursua โ€” was named MVP at Sunday's team banquet. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

It’s not over, but the Warriors took time to celebrate the regular season with yesterday’s annual banquet.

Roll the credits for:

> Alec Waterhouse Most Valuable Player: John Ursua

> Coach June Jones Offensive MVP: Cole McDonald

> Coach Bob Wagner Defensive MVP: Jahlani Tavai

> Coach Dick Tomey Special Teams MVP: Paul Scott

> Coach Tom Kaulukukui Offensive Captain: J.R. Hensley

> Coach Otto Klum Defensive Captain: Zeno Choi

> Ben Yee Most Inspirational Player: Kaimana Padello

> Jenny Matsuda Scholar Athlete: Noah Borden

> Coach Larry Price Most Unselfish Warrior: Dakota Torres

> Coach Dave Holmes Most Improved Player:Ryan Meskell

> Coach Jimmy Asato Offensive Scout Team: Stephan Bernal-Wendt

> Coach Hank Vasconcellos Defensive Scout Team: Jonah Laulu


  1. SteveM November 26, 2018 6:47 pm

    Congrats to the award recipients!
    Well deserved!
    There should be a Greg McMackin award someday.
    …and I wonder what Norm Chow’s would be. ๐Ÿ˜•

  2. roygbivs November 26, 2018 7:39 pm

    … hmmm wat would Fred VonAppenโ€™s be too ๐Ÿคญ

    Congratulations to the whole team!! Did us proud. Letโ€™s get the bowl WIN!!!

  3. LizKauai November 26, 2018 8:05 pm

    Congratulations Rainbow Warriors!
    Mahalo to The Coaches for all you have done to create a team that Hawaii can identify with – and hopefully, come out of the woodwork to cheer loudly for on December 22 (no bachi!). :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  4. haka November 26, 2018 8:20 pm

    Congrats to the honored players! Each very deserving. To the team, I say mahalo. Mahalo for giving Hawaii your all. Mahalo for bringing the excitement and fans to their feet again. There is nothing like seeing the believing right in front of your eyes. To witness the collective joy of the team and fans never gets old. Another opportunity to play with your brothers is another opportunity for my ohana to cheer you on. Much aloha and Go Warriors!

  5. seewhy November 26, 2018 8:31 pm

    Congratulations to everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰

  6. Savich November 26, 2018 9:22 pm

    Go Ursua. Bring one more home for Hawai’i. Hawai’i Bowl.

  7. Savich November 26, 2018 9:29 pm

    Any one know who is playing in the New Mexico Bowl?

  8. Akamai Okole November 26, 2018 9:37 pm

    Great Evening All!

    Congratulations to All for a terrific season.

    Let’s go bowling!

  9. Savich November 26, 2018 9:45 pm

    Or let’s go swimming. Or let’s go sun bathing. Or let’s go shopping. Ha…ha…

  10. suckkabooya November 27, 2018 3:04 am

    I don’t remember Miles Reed running left side this year. Needs some work. Practice. Got unreal ability. Fix ball security left hand (clockwise spin move too) and balance to break initial tackle then gonna be so awesome next year. Can do.

  11. Boolakanaka November 27, 2018 5:41 am

    The Norm Chow award would be called the -the big body-not, award.

  12. wafan November 27, 2018 5:46 am

    A little late but Warrior-sized congratulations to the award winners. For those did not receive an award your contributions helped those who did. New goal for all – work longer and harder. You can do it!

  13. islandman November 27, 2018 6:51 am

    Bowl opponent will be LaTech, a defense minded team and a defensive end, Jaylon Ferguson, who has many tackles for loss. Who is going to block him ?
    Liz, was that you on fan phones ?

  14. Chicken Grease November 27, 2018 7:04 am

    November 27, 2018 5:41 am
    The Norm Chow award would be called the -the big body-not, award.

    Heh. Should be called the โ€œWeโ€™re Not Gonna Let You Down. Weโ€™re Not Gonna Let You Downโ€ award. With a big ๐Ÿ™„ at the top.

    Or Chasing Championships award. With two ๐Ÿ™„ at the top.

  15. A-House November 27, 2018 7:16 am

    personally, I would not spend time thinking of an award for Norm Chow.

  16. Lurker #8 November 27, 2018 7:32 am

    Congratulations to all the Warriors and coaches.
    It has been a great season for us fans.
    You believed and did not give up.
    Go Warriors!! Another win on Dec. 22nd!

  17. Savich November 27, 2018 10:01 am

    Norm Chow was suck.

  18. islandman November 27, 2018 11:30 am

    UCLA Coach Wooden was /is a model for many. However, he had the advantage of improper benefits given to his recruits such as money, cars and clothes. Only in 1981 was UCLA penalized for some of this..

  19. Maddog50 November 27, 2018 11:42 am

    A House, left San Diego yesterday 80 degrees not a cloud……arrived 25 degrees snow and iced/snow caked home and cars! Nice!!!! But a great trip-

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid November 27, 2018 11:46 am

    We couldn’t ask for more from the whole team! Congrats to all the award winners. Congrats to the Warriors and Coaches for a tremendous season! See everybody at the bowl!

  21. Derek November 27, 2018 12:51 pm

    I think there should be an award for walk-on player of the year. Just my 2 cents.

  22. Honu888 November 27, 2018 1:33 pm

    How many trophies do we play for against our foes? I know we won some back this year but are we missing any?

    ST can you post a pic of the trophy case please. I think it will be fun to see how Rolo has arranged them.

  23. NotNasti November 27, 2018 2:16 pm

    SA reporting that Mckenzie Milton suffered nerve damage in his knee. Similar injury to Bears TE Zach Miller. One year later, Miller still unable to run. Milton may not be back until 2020, if at all.

  24. A-House November 27, 2018 2:18 pm


    snow & ice — but, you celebrated with all the Hawaii fans in your section for many minutes post game — very happy for you and Kitaguchi-san!

    we could hear you all on TV — chicken skin moment — transported me back to the 70s and 80s at the new Aloha Stadium when we rocked that place –one thing about ESPN, they seldom, if at all, “pan” the Hawaii fans

  25. Honu888 November 27, 2018 2:55 pm

    23-Thats not good news. hopefully he will have a favorable recovery. I wish McKenzie Milton the best and hope to see him back on the field at some point.

  26. cappie the dog November 27, 2018 5:26 pm


    I don’t remember the year Hawaii played at Pauley Pavilion, but UCLA was so ahead, he left the game at the half.

  27. cappie the dog November 27, 2018 6:04 pm

    islandman: Any thoughts on the debut of the NET ratings?

  28. Mytake November 27, 2018 6:20 pm

    The Hawaii Bowl is a chance for the promising Underclassmen to get game experience. Coach should change the lineup and see some younger guys play. The objective of the bowl game is to develop players for next year

  29. azwarrior22 November 27, 2018 6:46 pm

    The goal of the Bowl game is to win. And Louisiana Tech is boring old-WAC foe. I’d like to see Hawaii play someone different, like Memphis or Southern Miss.

  30. Inyoface November 27, 2018 6:57 pm

    I like kaiwi at full back on the goal line blocking for the running back. Garanz get one td from that set.

  31. islandman November 27, 2018 7:14 pm

    27. Still too early to evaluate the NET, i guess.
    It has UH at 135 while Pomeroy has UH at 196.
    UCLA at 85, Pomeroy has them in the opposite direction at 52.

  32. Kev-1 November 27, 2018 7:28 pm

    #29 … I agree. LaTech? ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž

  33. suckkabooya November 27, 2018 7:46 pm

    With that “junk” punt that kept rolling and rolling inside the 20, made me wonder if one of the punters can rugby punt Scott Harding style. That style, combined with conventional and one of the best coverers in the country (Okeke, unreal) should make them formidable. Got lots of “hunters” (Paul Scott special teams MVP, Time, Wilson, Hicks, Thomas) so just got to work on scheme and proficiency. Kickoff too. Important. So much potential.

    With the offense and defense returning so many players next season, the Warriors have the potential to end up a top 15 to 25 team. If the special teams unit can fulfil the potential that is so clearly visible, it could give them the ability to become a top 10 to 15 team (believe it or not, so possible). Meskell has to improve his distance (FG and kickoff), Augafa has to “focus” and realize how great he can be, and kick return got so many possibilities Ghobrial has all the pieces. Work, work, work. So important. They can do this. Unbelievable. So good.

  34. cappie the dog November 27, 2018 7:55 pm

    After going bowl-less for so many seasons, I made a pledge that I would never critique the quality of Hawaii’s opponent. I am just grateful that the program is on the verge of relevance on the national scene.

    But if I got to choose the team, regardless of conference affiliation, I would pick Georgia Tech.

    What happened to the contractual obligation to play a Conference USA team?

  35. amela November 27, 2018 8:47 pm

    Is Savich like 7 years old? Von Appen’s award should be called “Caldwell’s Rail Success” and go to the first player to transfer out.

  36. suckkabooya November 28, 2018 12:50 am

    Next Years schedule is so conducive for making a “splash” onto the polls and for some national recognition. Not only for the Program but for the Mountain West as well. Collectively the conference has to draw attention away from the American Conference as the premier “group of five”.

    Week zero here vs Arizona should get 40000 plus (with 24000 season ticket holders if marketing goes well). Gotta get the momentum rolling right now. At Boise and at Washington so “golden” opportunities there. The other away games are at kind of comfortable settings (not too much altitude or extreme weather) New Mexico, Nevada, and UNLV. Fresno St and San Diego St should bring good solid teams and draw 35000 plus. Oregon St (kind of a rival now), Army and Air Force should also draw 30000 plus, especially if Army is as good as they were this year with that game being Senior Night.

    You can see it’s possible for at least six to eight games being on National Television so Coach Rolovich has a “golden” opportunity to really “launch” his program. Got to be as impressive as possible. “The sky’s the limit” for real. Everything from right now is so important, Full focus, especially Marketing. They need to attract…Investors, Donors, Millennial Fans, National Fan Base, Kids, Legislature (via solvency) and the Joe Bandwagon Fan. Everything set up so perfectly for this to happen……CAN DO.

  37. cappie the dog November 28, 2018 3:55 am

    I was looking at Brian McInnis’ post about Hawaii’s road record against the Pac-10(12), a lackluster 1-47. (Oh, there was a Pac-8.)

    It really puts in perspective how miraculous that 10-7 win at Washington was.

    I found this in “Malamalama”: “In six years as head coach, Dave Holmes coached his teams to a 46-17 record. He still ranks as the all-time leader in UH winning percentage(.718). He coached Hawaii to a 10-7 victory over 50-point favorite Pac-8 favorite Washington in 1973 and a No. 5 ranking in the Division II poll. But following that season, Holmes resigned due to team turmoil.”

    Isn’t this the same year that Red Rocha was allegedly fired at the season-ending team banquet?

  38. Stephen Tsai November 28, 2018 8:26 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47654

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