Aloha to Ann Miller

Annie’s last day is tomorrow, Jan. 31. She has been an outstanding journalist and wonderful colleague since I came to Hawaii in 1981. She started at the Advertiser the year before in 1980.

She has left her mark with her in-depth  coverage for over three decades, especially Wahine volleyball and basketball, as well as local  tennis, golf and high school sports.

I never considered her a rival because of our different news cycles for most of our careers, she with the morning and me with the afternoon paper. She is a sports journalist who is respected and admired for her integrity in our craft, here, nationally and internationally. I will miss her and her kindness. We spent many a road trip together, some memorable others not so much. If you ever run into her, ask about the bat (animal)  in her room during a road trip with UH men’s volleyball.

Anyway, if you would like to send her well wishes you may do so here or email her through tomorrow at


  1. Tryouts January 30, 2014 1:09 pm

    So that people won’t be confused:
    “…who is respected and admired for her integrity in our craft, here, nationally and internationally.”

    It’s always seemed as though you two colleagues were quite friendly in your personal relationships.

    I’d guess that that “bat” happened in 1995? Happy Valley, PA??

    Anyway. Mahalo nui loa Ms. Miller.

    I understand that you’re originally from the east coast (Conn.?), maybe. What a HUMONGOUS cultural shock to be now in Hawai’i. Thanks for giving your best to the islanders from the word “go” in spite of it all. I’ve ALWAYS enjoyed your thoughtful/professional journalism from the Honolulu Advertiser (the newspaper to which I was always partial), to today’s Star-Advertiser.

    God bless and make His face to shine upon you.


  2. halekoaowl January 30, 2014 1:13 pm

    Ann Miller hooked me forever with her line in the unforgetable story about Tadd Fujikawa’s run at the Sony Open: “Do you believe in Menehunes?” I remember advising a foreign student who was looking for a model of good writing to read the sports sections of the local papers, because we had some really good writers, of which Ann was definitely one. I will miss seeing her byline and reading her words. Thank you, Ann, for your contributions to helping sports come to life for the reading public in Hawaii.

  3. myke January 30, 2014 1:27 pm

    You will truly be missed. I can only offer a sincere wish for a happy next chapter in the life of Ann Miller.

  4. Cindy Luis January 30, 2014 2:08 pm

    No, bat was on a men’s volleyball road trip in the 80s with Alan Rosehill’s team

  5. mei mei January 30, 2014 4:31 pm

    AWWW, thanks for the info Cindy!

  6. Cindy Luis January 30, 2014 5:44 pm

    1, thanks Tryouts. it has been fixed.

  7. Cindy Luis January 30, 2014 5:45 pm

    1. no Ann is from California, grew up in the Bay Area, played collegiate softball at San Francisco State, worked at the Oakland Trib before coming to Hawaii.

  8. Tryouts January 30, 2014 6:00 pm

    7. CA, CT. San Fran is very cool, too. I don’t know why I’d thought east coast, but I’d guess HI still took some getting used to nevertheless. I recall reading her origins somewhere ..why?…where??…I can’t tell you.

    Also, I don’t suppose that the road trip in the 80s would’ve been the same one in which some wacko attempted to open up the plane’s pressurized escape door?

    I’d hope that HI’s sports journalists weren’t on that same flight.

  9. roofer68 January 30, 2014 6:40 pm

    Mahalo and good luck to Ann. Hoping to see you at twilight, Ala Wai.

  10. Warriorfan January 30, 2014 6:52 pm

    Best wishes to ann.

  11. Warriorfan January 30, 2014 7:06 pm

    No mens volleyball thread? It’s really time for coaches to give One of the freshmen a chance, Olsen again not getting it done, lowest hitting percentage on the team by far and his passing aint all that.

  12. Alohilani January 30, 2014 7:40 pm

    I agree. Why is Wade not playing Fey? Did he not prove himself with the LBSU game? They are wasting Fey’s freshman year if he is only going to serve. It’s frustrating to see Olsen play game after game after game with so many errors. Doesn’t make sense.

  13. Warriorfan January 30, 2014 7:46 pm

    Frustrating thing is UH outsides played horrible as did the middle ( UH really needs West back asap) but they still had a shot to win this one, ugh.

  14. Alohilani January 30, 2014 7:58 pm

    Well, ther is a lot of games they could have won. But nevertheless, all the losses are just the same. Really hope they don’t come back 5-6.

  15. Cindy Luis January 30, 2014 9:56 pm

    11. See new thread.
    13. and agree they could have won those last two games.
    Key was the serving errors. UH no aces, SEs
    UCSB 7 aces, 18 SEs.

  16. Cindy Luis January 30, 2014 10:00 pm

    8. don’t know how much of an adjustment she had to make. I know it wasn’t hard for me after living in Guam for the 3-plus years prior to being here.
    Don’t know why you’d think East Coast
    and don’t remember about the flight where someone tired to open the door. I rarely was on the same flight with the UH teams I covered. MVB, WVB, MBK, WBK and baseball.

  17. Cindy Luis January 31, 2014 1:38 pm

    8. continuing on adjusting to Hawaii. I think that when you’re young and single it is much easier. She played tennis and golfed so she got to make friends in those circles, also with her church.
    I was lucky to get involved with the running and paddling groups, as well as hula.
    The hardest thing for those in our profession is the hours we keep. Outside of newspaper folks, there are very few people that have the sort of night hours we have.

  18. Tryouts January 31, 2014 3:30 pm

    Hula Halau o’ Ka Ui Communications Majahs. 😉
    Would think that Nurses could rival “folks”.

    I sure do hope that the Warriors win tonight.
    Santa Barbara, imho, have always been a thorn in UH MVB’s collective side.

  19. Cindy Luis January 31, 2014 7:27 pm

    18. I studied with Kaha’i Topolenski at Ka Pa Hula
    don’t know what you mean about nurses rivaling folks.
    The odd hours? probably.

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