Warrior Beat: Kitamura joins baseball staff / MBB Tip-Off Event photos

Former UH baseball player Pi‘ikea Kitamura, center, is joining the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. / File photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

Pi‘ikea Kitamura, a versatile player during his UH career, has joined the Rainbow Warriors’ baseball staff as a volunteer assistant.

Kitamura is a Kamehameha-Kapalama alumnus who was valued at UH as an infielder, backup catcher and leader.

Jerry Kleman, an assistant coach last year, departed the program this summer. Mike Brown was hired to fill a coaching position that was initially vacated when Rusty McNamara and his family decided to move to Italy last year.

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It was another successful Tip-Off event for the men’s basketball team.

The capacity crowd filled the Stan Sheriff Center and successfully bid on cool items, such as NCAA Final Four packages, Kobe Bryant-autographed jerseys and a helmet signed by Joe Montana and Dwight Clark (featuring a drawing of “The Catch”).


  1. ai-eee-soos October 19, 2018 10:56 am


    BEAT the DOGPACK !!!

  2. haka October 19, 2018 10:58 am

    Hope the pitching arms stay healthy this year.

    Can’t wait for tip off!
    Excited to see the Bows running the court this year!
    Let’s Go Bows!

  3. haka October 19, 2018 10:59 am

    Start the grill!
    B-eat da dawgs!
    Go Warriors!

  4. haka October 19, 2018 11:07 am

    The biggest game of the year is always the one you are playing.
    The team knows what they need to do. Bring it!
    Hope the weather holds up for tailgating.
    Gonna be a long weekend….
    Sunrise golf…
    Cook food…
    Sunrise golf…
    NFL cook out…
    Warrior replay…

  5. burro sabio October 19, 2018 11:17 am

    Stop Taua.

  6. iGrokSpock October 19, 2018 1:04 pm

    Here wolfie wolfie. Where’s Rolo with his Bolo?

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid October 19, 2018 1:25 pm

    Great weekend to be a Warrior!

  8. suckkabooya October 19, 2018 1:30 pm

    I’ll see you guys at the game. “Be there, Aloha”. (retro quote)

  9. Savich October 19, 2018 1:44 pm

    Maybe the retro will give them a boost.

  10. Savich October 19, 2018 2:05 pm

    I rembember Pi’ikea Kitamura. He hit his one and only homerun over the left fied fence his junior year. Les Mirakami stadium

  11. Savich October 19, 2018 2:12 pm

    Ok. He hit one more. Second to the last game of his career. 1st inning, senior year year.

  12. Savich October 19, 2018 2:25 pm

    Marcus Doi that hit his one and only home run. Over the left fied fence. Les Murakami stadium. 2nd to last game of his career.

  13. Savich October 19, 2018 2:29 pm

    Left field fence.

  14. cappie the dog October 19, 2018 3:57 pm

    Washington Post journalist.


    The Star-Advertiser is a newspaper.

    This is appropriate.

  15. tom-warriornation October 19, 2018 6:49 pm

    Who needs tix for the UH-Fresno St road football game on Oct 27 sitting with Cole McDonald’s parents & friends on the 40 yard line behind our Warrior bench; so close you can almost touch the players–can’t beat this road game experience! $55 each; or $30 for sideline end zone. Text me 415-324-0585.

    Also for SDSU on Nov 24 @$35; our group there is over 200 UH fans now.

  16. Savich October 19, 2018 7:04 pm

    Utah state just beat UNLV, 59-24 win. Top of the division Mountain.

  17. Honu888 October 19, 2018 7:44 pm

    Is there a Mandela affect going on here? I just saw Air Force beat UNLV 41-35 and Boise State beat Colorado State 56-28.

  18. winning October 19, 2018 10:14 pm

    Let’s go “O”, Lets go “O”. Shape up or cabbage for the season. Ninth game already, “Counter the Counter”! Adjust quickly and make them relinquish the ball.

  19. burro sabio October 20, 2018 9:40 am

    Stop Taua, stop puppies

  20. Claud Sutcliffe October 20, 2018 12:32 pm

    Hawai’i 51 – Nevada 31
    Go Bows! Go warriors!
    Imua Koa!

  21. cappie the dog October 20, 2018 1:41 pm

    On the old ESPNConversations platform, I inadvertently called the Wolf Pack, Wolfpack, causing the blogger to be so disproportionately sarcastic, acting as if a compound word amounted to being a slur. He must really hate North Carolina State.

    What I also remember about blogging on ESPN is that there was a tug-o-war over the acronym USC between Southern Cal and South Carolina. Trojan fans would ask Gamecocks Nation to stop stealing their ID.

    Oh, and I hope Hawaii wins tonight.

  22. A View From Afar October 20, 2018 4:00 pm

    UH 34 – Nevada 31

  23. Stephen Tsai October 20, 2018 4:22 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47219

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