Molokai trip off

Smart move. Surprised they didn’t decide sooner.

now what to do with my ticket …

Ah Mow-Santos had said yesterday she didn’t really want to go on the plane. Brought back memories of the 1989 crash that killed 20.
Among the 20 passengers were five members of the girls’ team – Leilani Ahina, Lea Dunnam, Natalie Helm, Kaipo Maihiai and Aloma Spencer. Their head coach Odetta Rapanot was also on the plane, along with Athletic Director John Ino and three members of the boys’ volleyball team – Jared Elia, Testa Ku and Jovencio Ruiz.

UH is looking to reschedule. The trip was being sponsored by Chevron and several Molokai community groups.


  1. wildcard October 17, 2014 1:21 pm

    thats too bad. was looking forward to it.

  2. Cindy Luis October 17, 2014 2:08 pm

    were you going?

  3. Moloka'i Ho'i October 17, 2014 2:53 pm

    i wasn’t/

    Yeah, reschedule for Nov. 15th (call Ohana by Hawaiian and re-book tickets) and try some other–last minute–team building exercise this weekend.

    There are a couple of Poll#6 (Oct.13th) AVCA Top25 listed teams playing @2pm in Laie on Saturday.
    -pile into a 14 passenger bus for the North Shore
    -start the day off with a brunch/lunch at Hukilau Cafe
    -grab a cool treat while doing the Pineapple Express en route back to town via Wahiawa

  4. Cindy Luis October 17, 2014 3:51 pm

    They are looking at rescheduling for spring on Moloaki

  5. Big Island VB fan October 17, 2014 4:36 pm

    So Robin Santos didn’t want to go on the plane to Molokai after recalling the 1989 Aloha plane crash that decimated half of the girls’ volleyball team. I don’t blame her as I remembered that crash so well, as I was also spooked and canceled my trip to the 1989 Women’s Final Four in Honolulu. I thought that Hawaii losing to Long Beach in the UOP Regionals was a bad omen.

    What was the cause of that crash, Cindy? I heard rumors that it was the pilot who was drunk. Is that true?

  6. Aloha73g October 17, 2014 5:25 pm

    According to the official accident report from the NTSB the pilots were at fault (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) as they operated the flight under visual flight rules, but flew into inclement weather at night and made a navigational error.

    The report states that both pilots tested negative for drugs, but both tested positive for ethanol (alcohol) which was attributed to “post-mortem decomposition of the specimens because the victim’s bodies were not recovered for several hours after death.”

  7. Big Island VB fan October 17, 2014 6:38 pm

    6. Thank you, Aloha738 for answering my question about the cause of the crash. So it’s not totally clear whether the pilot was drunk or not.

    On other matters, Long Beach easily defeated UCSB in three sets while Northridge needed four sets to defeat Cal Poly. Don’t think Cal Poly will be able to defeat Long Beach tomorrow night. It’s a young team. So no help there.

    Best chance for help from the Big West is when Northridge hosts Long Beach on Nov. 1st. Otherwise, it’s up to Hawaii on Nov. 7th at home as there won’t be help coming from the Big West this time.

  8. Cindy Luis October 17, 2014 6:52 pm

    see new thread with scores.

    Ah Mow-Santos would have gone. but she has those memories of friends being killed in the crash.

    When speaking with others on Molokai, there is still a fear of flying.

  9. Cindy Luis October 17, 2014 7:04 pm

    6. never proven pilots were drunk. not to go all CSI on this but decomposition can create situations where gasses create ethanol. or alcohol. could go into more detail but would just rather suggest an internet search if others are that interested.

  10. kuna 658 October 17, 2014 7:57 pm

    Who is reevaluating the team, with coach Shoji away on a recruiting trip?

  11. wildcard October 17, 2014 8:30 pm

    2. yes

    the storm wont hurt us. as long as you are not in the air when it comes. the rest well, better wear something waterproof/resistant and slippahs and you are good to go. 😀

  12. LC October 18, 2014 6:45 am

    Hawaiian cancelled flights to Moloka’i anyway but there is a free rescheduling policy for these flights,don’t know the details so give them a call if you had bought a ticket.

  13. islandman October 18, 2014 8:52 am

    8. — Don’t see new thread, any link ?

  14. High N Wide October 18, 2014 9:34 am

    bad twist of fate for folks/fans on molokai…. but probably better for Na Wahine as it gives them more time to work on things and turn this season around.

  15. Cindy Luis October 18, 2014 1:40 pm

    14. doesn’t give them any extra time. they aren’t practicing this weekend. Would have been better to have played the scrimmage.

  16. Cindy Luis October 18, 2014 1:44 pm

    10. Thursday’s practice (without Shoji) was the same as with him earlier in the week. They were doing reps. Four other coaches give him feedback.
    Evaluation continue next week as they prep for Cal Poly and UCSB
    They don’t know who they have yet. Magill likely back. Kahakai likely back.

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