Petersen among 6 finalists

As previously noted, when describing incredulous situations, comedian Augie T. used to say: “It’s crazy, it’s nuts.”
That also would describe the search for the next UH head coach for women’s basketball.
Despite a finalist withdrawing from consideration, the number of candidates invited for in-person interviews has swelled to six.
And one of them is Gavin Petersen, whose candidacy has been doing the hokey-pokey. He’s in. He’s out. Now, he’s back in. Petersen arrives tomorrow for an interview early in the week.
It’s crazy, it’s nuts.
By the way, Patrick Harrington, Mark Trakh and George Wolfe have had in-person interviews with the committee.

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Let’s see, Bob Coolen and Dave Shoji received five-year contract extensions. Greg McMackin signed an initial five-year contract. Charlie Wade gets a five-year contract. (Mike Wilton never had more than a three-year contract.) So I’m to assume that: 1) the previous three-year rollover system (which Bob Nash received) is dead, and 2) the women’s basketball coach will get a five-year deal. Which leads me to think Mike Trapasso should get a five-year deal and somebody owes Nash an explanation — and a new contract.

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I thought Charlie Wade coined a cool phrase. He said he wants to have “friend-raiser” events.

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Long-snapper Luke Ingram (Jake’s brother) e-mailed to say  he should be good to go this fall. That’s good news for the Warriors, who need a successor to Jake. Chad Preacher, an aspiring long-snapper, is not on the 105-player roster for training camp and is seeking to transfer.

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Best wishes to UH wideout Billy Ray Stutzmann, who participates in his Saint Louis School graduation today.

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Sorry to hear about the passing of Bobbie Omoto’s mother. She was a wonderful woman.


  1. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:23 am


  2. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:28 am

    too much politics in UH selection committees or plain incompetence or both! proper and fully screening the candidate list, pick the finalists, dot the i’s and cross all the t’s then ask then ask the finalist if they are in this to the end of the selection process then announce the names of the finalist….reflects on JD for picking the committee and the instructions he and possibly the HR people gave the committee.

  3. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:33 am

    JD your selection committees are a joke…select Presho as one of five finalists only to pull his name after informing the others they were no longer being considered…Presho lacked the five years experience, any other reason to pull his candidacy…wbb candidate named finalist pulls her name after the committee picks her as one of the top five after dropping 3 from the original 5. now they are back to adding Petersen after initially dropping him from the finalist competition…the joke continues…when does it end…is baseball coaching next on the agenda or is JD still thinking this one out…

  4. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:36 am

    Wolfe and now Petersen in for interviews, when are the other 4 coming in to interview…gives us the perspective when all the interviews will be done and a new coach announced.

  5. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:39 am

    ST who covers wbb now that Mike is in the City desk department…who will give us the breaking news since you don’t want to take the thunder from the assigned beat writer for sport to announce any tidbits you got

  6. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:43 am

    Bows beat Fresno today, Saturday, they advance to the championship game on Sunday because FSU beat the number one seed San Jose State….things are looking up….

  7. rylen May 23, 2009 12:45 am

    top 10

  8. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 12:55 am

    We ran short of bodies for city desk because of layoffs, buyouts and resignations. So they moved brother Mike over there. He’s still kicking and screaming about it, too.
    One of the arguments for the move was that the higher-ups felt that women’s basketball wasn’t important.
    Oops, li dat.
    So we don’t have a beat writer for that. I don’t want to do anything on it because then it surely would mean Mike could not return to sports.
    Long story short: I think “Ferd” is doing the offseason reporting on it, although I don’t believe he does any of the actual game stories.

  9. Ralph May 23, 2009 1:04 am

    can you walk into the interview room for wbb and see who all is there 🙂

  10. Ralph May 23, 2009 1:07 am

    anyone know if today’s ( Saturday ) is being televised..

  11. jojo ® May 23, 2009 1:26 am

    Top 20!

  12. top 12! May 23, 2009 1:31 am


  13. addahknowjoe May 23, 2009 2:19 am

    anyhoot- gnite errybody

  14. cheepono May 23, 2009 2:28 am

    top 15.

    cheepono out.

  15. NYUH May 23, 2009 3:30 am

    Thanks to Anthony Carter I’m finally enjoying some basketball this year. Awesome ending to the Cavs game last night.

  16. Garret May 23, 2009 4:35 am

    Army’s AD sure has been busy–this week he signed multi-year deals with both teams that played in last year’s Hawaii bowl.

    Army athletic director Kevin Anderson told the Times Herald-Record Friday afternoon the teams have signed on for several games, starting in 2010.

    So could the series’ first game be played at the new Yankee Stadium?
    “Wouldn’t that be great if there is a chance to play in Yankee Stadium,” Anderson said.

  17. wafan May 23, 2009 4:36 am

    Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

    Remember all of the guys and gals who gave the most precious thing they owned for our benefit.

  18. Garret May 23, 2009 4:37 am

    5-year study of recruiting lists and a study of the 442 nominees for the Army All-American Bowl seems to indicate that location is the biggest factor in recruiting…even more than the coach, facilities, or tradition.

  19. Garret May 23, 2009 4:42 am

    Commentary about how Colorado needs to increase its athletic fee. That $57 per year fee does not include tickets–students pay $160 for football season tickets and they sell all 12,000 student season tickets for football games.

    While the tuition costs — in-state and out-of-state — as well as other mandatory fees have risen dramatically in the last three decades, the student athletic fee remains at $57 per year.

    Consider this: when the fee was instituted in 1980, in-state tuition was roughly $800 and out-of-state students were paying about $3,5000.

    Next fall, in-state students will pay $6,153 in tuition to attend CU while out-of-state students will write a check for $26,675.

    That means a fee that was once equal to about 7 percent of in-state tuition is now equal to less than 1 percent of in-state tuition.

    By no means are all 29,000 students at CU interested in athletics — but CU regularly sells all 12,000 of its student football season tickets. That’s at least an indication of relatively strong interest — and we’d love to know about any “cultural enrichment” events that attract 12,000 students on a regular basis.

  20. Garret May 23, 2009 4:48 am

    I really don’t understand what the committee is doing when they flip flop their list of candidates like this. Bringing in *6* candidates for in-person interviews is a waste of time and money and just indicates that the committee couldn’t make the hard decisions that search committees elsewhere make.

    It sounds like they are bringing in backup candidates (add 2 finalists after someone drops out?) before their primary candidates have been interviewed yet…how do two people go from non-finalists to finalists? Maybe the screening process incorrectly rejected candidates…but that would be an indication that the screening process is flawed and some of the original finalists only made the cut because others were incorrectly screened out.

  21. wafan May 23, 2009 5:34 am

    Molded tub bar? Clean it, then.

  22. LizKauai (iPhone) May 23, 2009 6:16 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    GO BaseBows!

    Hiho Rotary!

  23. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 6:31 am

    Just roll over Trapasso’s contract I couldnt stand another Jim Donovan selection committee summer rerun for a sport I love….it would kill me.
    Donovan deserves a position with HGEA or the ILWU, not as a person in charge of a $30 m program that needs more cat bounces than the NY Stock Exchange.
    Watching him hire and fire is painful unless you like watching grass grow or water boarding.

    Charlie Wade was a no brainer, Donovan said as much, so Y all the delay?

    Now the wahine basketball fiasco, its got a Brand X columnist chompin at the bit and screaming about traitors.
    We havent seen so much disinformation, double-cross and cloak n dagger stuff since the cold war.
    Look, all this 11th hour histrionics make for good happy hour conversation but it is killin the credibility of an already discredited UHAD….can you say AIG and UHAD in the same breath and not blink-n-eye?

    Donovan has placed the men’s basketball program on pause for now and will soon use his water boarding apparatus to torture fans with Mike Trapasso’s fate….i dunno about u folkz but Im glad Football is around the corner–at least we dont have to worry about MAC for another 4 years–I think?

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 6:50 am

    Um, er, Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Go BaseBows!

  25. djmitcho May 23, 2009 6:59 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

  26. whitey May 23, 2009 7:03 am

    good morning tsaikos. well done bb. continuation today for your quest to the top and the regionals.

  27. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 7:04 am

    I believe Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano is the senior administrator on the basketball search committee.

  28. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 7:11 am

    yep, we have more chiefs than indians at UHAD.
    The problem is credibility, by the time you sort it out or attempt as much, it is like watching a buck go through a NY City subway–it will get ripped, lost and unreported.

  29. MeiLing May 23, 2009 7:21 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Congratulations to Coach Wade!

  30. Stretch May 23, 2009 7:29 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    ST #27 – no comment…..

  31. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 7:34 am


    Mental note: I need to proof-check photos.

  32. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 7:37 am

    I once took a marketing class. Two things I learned:
    1. “Who cares what the hamburger tastes like. It’s the packaging that counts.”
    2. Subliminal messages are most effective when a diversion is created.
    Translation: focus on that big picture of Stretch and you miss Stretch’s digit-al message.

  33. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 7:43 am

    I’m glad Cleveland scoreboard operators aren’t 40-yard-dash timers.
    That was a looooooong second.

  34. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 7:45 am

    Or maybe the Cleveland scoreboard operators should work for the gas companies. All I know is when I squeeze the trigger at the gas pump, it jumps from $0.00 to $0.87 in a nano-second.

  35. whitey May 23, 2009 7:46 am

    no wonder the wbb selection is scre….. up!!! look at the chair.

  36. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 7:46 am

    Trust your eyes, the devil is in our bats….the left-side, that is. Yikes, we need Jobu, cigars, good rum and checkin blud at the Les today cuz the word is out in the WAC–start a southpaw, throw curves, and you can do to 5-bowboyz-batters as a hair-clipping did to Sampson and kryptonite does to Clark Kent.
    Our left-side hitters are 2-18 against the southern hemispheric hurlers.
    That includes #2 Garcia, #5 Kolt, #6 Montplaisir, #7 Johnson and #8 Roguemore.

    For those of you that are mochi n popcorn specialists but possesses a faint aquiantance with baseball terminology–a southpaw’s curve comes at a left-side batter and breaks away. At this level, with ample time in the cage, it shouldnt present such dramatic slump, but it has floored our hitters on the makai side of the plate.

    Dont be surprised to see the freznecks play southpaw.
    The curse is on and Jobu aint respondin.
    Show up en masse today and scream like madness hath passion–that outa bejinx the evil spirits from our left-side bats. Long live Jobu!

  37. whitey May 23, 2009 7:49 am

    no blame jd for the mess w/wbb. his job is to listen to the committee’s recommendation. since nfa is the women’s sport administrator, he gave her the responsibility and she dropping the ball again. coincidence, nah, what did we expect.

  38. koakane™ May 23, 2009 7:51 am

    top of the morning to whomever is up, starting to be another scorcher day so better head out and go enjoy whatever.

    warriors bballer playing at 3 so try it out at most this team is very interesting to watch.

    congrats again to Charlie Wade on being named men’s vball head coach

    note to JD-keep up the good work, do it right and things will work out

  39. Stretch May 23, 2009 7:58 am

    Stephen Tsai:
    May 23rd, 2009 at 7:34 am
    Mental note: I need to proof-check photos.

    thank you very much.

  40. Diogenes Sinope May 23, 2009 8:02 am

    I recall that the Hawaii Judiciary has a system where you have to have six names for consideration for a judge of the Circuit Court. Maybe the women’s basketball committee adopted the same rules – why, I don’t know.

    I know of one instance where a guy from Oahu was named as one of the six for a judgeship on Kauai. He told the committee that if you need the sixth name, they could use his but the best man for the job was _____ and they selected him!

    Long story – but I wonder if one of those legal types at UH are confusing the judicial selection committee rules as something they should adopt.
    If they are, their law school training certainly didn’t do them much good!

    I’m rolling on the floor laughing – more out of sheer frustration and sadness, shaking my head side to side.

  41. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:05 am

    delegate blame, that aint novel. is that where the buck stops? who is in charge?

  42. BIGWAVE96744 May 23, 2009 8:05 am

    ALOHA to Corey Nielsen who arrives today

  43. whitey May 23, 2009 8:08 am

    DS, which law school did the nfa grad from? that answers your question.

  44. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 8:09 am

    Actually, JD is fairly blameless.
    He set up a search committee and told them: Take your time, but don’t take too much time.
    I think the committee only heard the first part of the instruction.

  45. whitey May 23, 2009 8:10 am

    wf2, why not put the blame on nfa, you always blame jd for the athletic problems.

  46. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2009 8:10 am

    It’s interesting that there are two members with law degrees on the search committee.

  47. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:14 am

    “fairly blameless”.
    you’re wobbling out of the blocks. lol.
    That’s like Pal Eldridge saying yesterday, “the ball was far off the corner but it was close”.
    BTW, he did chuckle at his remark after pops brought it to his attention.

  48. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:18 am

    becz the buck stops with the man-in-charge.
    research watergate.

  49. whitey May 23, 2009 8:23 am

    wassa matter wf2, no can handle

  50. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:28 am

    Former President William Jefferson Clinton was a master at parsing words and circumventing issue, can you say Monica Lewinski and “is”.

  51. whitey May 23, 2009 8:29 am

    hit a sore spot. ouch, ouch!!!!!!!

  52. el guapo May 23, 2009 8:29 am

    JD is not required to listen to the committee’s recommendations, and he could have given more narrowly-defined criteria for them to use. But it all goes back to the minimum qualifications, then the desirable qualifications listed on the job posting.

  53. FloridaTed May 23, 2009 8:30 am


    Your comments are like a pinch of Paprika, adds a nice color and flavor.

  54. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:30 am

    “no can handle”, where did u dig up those words of wisdom?
    me thinks u r gettin rattled by opinion.

  55. whitey May 23, 2009 8:34 am

    layson, did you watch the lpga this morning. mw did quite well, but everybody else above her did a little better. she moving up tho.

  56. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:34 am

    thanx Florida Ted, and u r a respected gentleman that can wisely see the difference between a circle and a square.
    I always tell folkz to trust their eyes.

  57. whitey May 23, 2009 8:35 am

    yesssshhhhh!!! got em!!!!!!

  58. d1島 May 23, 2009 8:38 am

    Great Morning All!

    Looking forward to seeing the BaseBows get ‘r done over the BullPups this afternoon….

    Were there very many more than the previously announced 1100+ tourney packages sold?
    Hope JD has anticipated a large walk-up volume this afternoon; gotta get erryboddy indahouse by first pitch! (see below)

    Congratulations to Billy Ray and his classmates 🙂 GO SAINTS!
    Despite my desire to watch the entire game today, I ran into the inevitable question from Mrs. d1島.
    “You were planning to leave the graduation early? 😯 (gulp)

  59. el guapo May 23, 2009 8:41 am

    If the committee took too long, JD should have gotten on their case.

    But that’s what you get when you assign the wrong people to conduct a search. If Hugh had been able to chair this committee also, would we be having this discussion?

  60. whitey May 23, 2009 8:47 am

    el guapo, by the way, what is hugh doing these days. met him when he was at leileihua and he helped our team

  61. kawika May 23, 2009 8:58 am

    I hope they are not putting Gavin back in as a finalist as a token local candidate. Gavin deserves better than that. To all the 6 finalist, do you really want to work for a screwed up administration like this one? Do not blame the search committee, the administration needs to take responsibility for this. I thought Frazier was gone?

  62. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:59 am

    sorry guyz Im not a Donovan groupie but neither am i a Donovan hater.
    I just love Rome and dont hail Caesar.
    If u love mirrors u will love selection commitees.
    For me, the man in charge, gets the kudos… and the blame.
    keep it simple, that’s the way accountability works and should function when managing a $30 m tax-paying program.

  63. SteveM May 23, 2009 9:24 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Graduation congratulations to Billy Ray Stutzmann!

  64. wahinefan May 23, 2009 9:28 am

    Mark Trakh needs to be hired NOW.
    He is by far the best qualified candidate and it’s not even close.
    his bio is impressive.

    His USC team last year got to the pac 10 tournament final even with his two best players out with injuries.
    He is a great recruiter as well, and his top ten recruits that signed with USC are not going there anymore since he resigned.

  65. PowderPuff May 23, 2009 9:40 am

    Good morning, everyone. Today I may just “bring it” to the ballpark…my voice, but not my camera. Sorry for the censored photo, guys.

  66. layson May 23, 2009 9:41 am


    May 23rd, 2009 at 8:34 am
    layson, did you watch the lpga this morning. mw did quite well, but everybody else above her did a little better. she moving up tho.

    whitey, i just checked the scores, michelle actually did quite well as you said, 4 under 68, 8 under total and t40 currently. mika miyazato shot 10 under 62 and stands at 17 under total, wow. the tourney is going on yet so there may be a new leader by the end of day.

  67. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 9:45 am

    our left-side hitting is having problems as WAC teams throw more southpaws with breakin stuff at them.
    Garcia, Kolt, Montplaisir, Johnson and Roguemore are 2-18 against makai-side throwers.
    A lefty’s curve ball comes from behind a left-side batter and breaks down and away from the plate.

  68. LizKauai (iPhone) May 23, 2009 10:01 am

    wf2- I like your game and sports analysis.

  69. al May 23, 2009 10:04 am

    wahinefan…hi there.
    first, are you related to wf2 or better yet are you wf2, too?

    okay formalities out of the way.

    so this nfa led committee has two undeniably high quality coaches who stand above the rest in terms of experience, ability to recruit, etc.
    joan bonvicini and mark trakh for example.

    why? why would they add petersen after the fact what with all these top shelf coaches available?

    this is not crazy. this in not nuts. this is just lolo.

    (to be continued)

  70. al May 23, 2009 10:06 am


    this is as crazy, nuts, and lolo as telling a lifetime season ticket holder and one of our most fanatic alums and supporters (yah he donates a lot of his paycheck,too.) to put away his whiteboard and sit down and be quiet.

    umm. don’t fans cheer?

  71. al May 23, 2009 10:07 am

    what did you have for breakfast this morning?
    something fiery?

  72. al May 23, 2009 10:09 am

    wahinefan…..i agree with you. mark would put us on trakh to success. the committee needs to look past the dollar signs if they really want to improve the situation.

    even if he stays but five years, this ship needs to righted.

  73. whitey May 23, 2009 10:09 am

    oh, oh, looks like i got all the bees mad, but cannot do anything right now cause the wind not in my favor.

  74. oldie May 23, 2009 10:12 am

    Trying get from Columbus OH to NYC. Changed plane once. Second plane went on the runway, then returned to the gate. Hour delayed already.

    Am I in the “Out of Towners”?

    Good luck to the BaseBows!

  75. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 10:13 am

    g’morning all..

    I’m curious now. Just how much of UH’s athletic department budget is self-generated and how much is tax-payer supported – As opposed to the rest of UH – percentage wise, that is?

    I assume we could include the rent-free use of the Stadium as part of tax-payer contributions.

  76. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 10:14 am

    LIZ, thankyou dear and coming from Kauai that is special.

    BTW, if our bowboyz win at 3 pm it doesnt matter what happens at 7pm, we will be playing the monsters of Las Cruces tomorrow at noon. If NMSU wins, there is only them n us–if they lose–according to the bracket scheme, we play the loser of their 7 pm game.
    Im out the door and heading for the LES, la capa went shopping with her visiting sis and the rest of the diletantes–I could go to Bangkok over the weekend and as long as she shops no one would notice….thank God for venus n mars!

  77. duffer May 23, 2009 10:20 am

    To Frank, PB, Sen Takai and all the men and women who serve in the armed forces, the kid (not DPK) and I thank-you for all that you do!!!!!

    Esme and out! 🙂

  78. oldie May 23, 2009 10:52 am

    Is it third times the charm or three strikes and you’re out?

    About to board our third plane in Columbus. So far we’ve only traveled about 200 feet from Gate 56 to 55 to 53.

    I hope the BaseBows fair better!

  79. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 10:57 am

    Now we know why we were kept in the dark regarding the candidates for the Women’s Basketball Head Coach position. — The panel put together for that purpose was just as much in the dark as we were. I’d laugh if it weren’t a local program.

  80. JaM May 23, 2009 11:02 am

    Good morning!

    Is the game this afternoon sold out?

    Been trying to buy tickets on line and got to check out but delivery method kept stating invalid. I finally went back and today event wasn’t an option.

    Any advice out there?

  81. JaM May 23, 2009 11:03 am

    I would like to puchase 2 tickets!

  82. wafan May 23, 2009 11:04 am

    Was there a selection committee for the wbb selection committee? Was nfa brought back in after first being cut as a finalist? The process should work better than this! The incompetence and waffling is amazing. Wow.

  83. wafan May 23, 2009 11:05 am

    Go BaseBows!!!

  84. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 11:12 am

    Sounds like the committee is just trying to cover thier butts by throwing names out in the air with little rhyme or reason. I feel sorry for the girls on the team. I hope former Punahou standout and possibly Hawaii’s best ever, yet, Shawna-Lei Kuehu still comes home to play for UH, though. She could help make a huge difference for the team and the attendance with the right coach in place.

  85. el guapo May 23, 2009 11:17 am

    The lefties are not the problem so much as the righties are injured or not producing (Hernandez, Van Doornum, Hoey) and are not in the lineup.

  86. oldie May 23, 2009 11:18 am

    I found something worse than the UH selection process: Delta’s air service.

    So they decide to give all passengers a voucher for the delay, except that we are delayed more because it takes so long to print the vouchers. They have to enter our addresses. Each one entered separately, even if you’re traveling together.

  87. oldie May 23, 2009 11:20 am

    Sorry for hijacking the blog with our travel woes. Just needed to vent a little.

  88. Stretch May 23, 2009 11:20 am

    JaM – I don’t think the game is going to be sold out. Even if it is, I am sure they will sell Standing Room Only tickets. The stadium is not going to be full so there should be seats available.

  89. whitey May 23, 2009 11:29 am

    oldie, hard to believe, but at one time delta was considered the cream of the domestic air carriers, but now they are the pits. somewhere along the corporate road, they lost their mystic and are at the bottom of the rung. they had a solid following in hi for their vegas run, but lost it all when they changed their schedule and stop over city.

  90. d1島 May 23, 2009 11:30 am


    I think I have one extra ticket.

    Stretch is right, nobody from Reno is going to be indahouse! 😆

  91. d1島 May 23, 2009 11:32 am


    Sorry to read about the travel woes….

    but you’re right!
    Hope the same won’t be said about the BaseBows!

  92. d1島 May 23, 2009 11:38 am


    email your ph# to dean(dot)shima(at)gmail

  93. kawika May 23, 2009 11:40 am

    It will all come out in the wash someday. It is not the committees fault or call. Henshaw, Jim and Marilyn wanted someone that the committee did not endorse. Next thing that will happen is Bolla wins his lawsuit.

  94. Stretch May 23, 2009 11:46 am

    oldie – as long as your luggage arrives at your destination, you will always have clean underwear. THAT is important!!

  95. b-house May 23, 2009 11:47 am


    some days you have the blog on it’s hind legs, like puffed off porcupines ready to shoot needles at you, especially BG from a few days ago. And then other times you’re the horse whisperer. This is good stuff

  96. A-House May 23, 2009 12:01 pm

    Wahne BB selection committee in headed by “nfa” and that says it all.

    Agree that the top man must be responsible for all that happens. Disappointed that he did not step in and give stronger guidance to the committee chair to bring this matter to a successful close. Yes, he gave “nfa” the lead, but if things are not going well, he always has the perogative to step in and give additional guidance as needed.

    We, the public, do not have all the iti-gritty details of what’s happening and hopefully an explanation will be forth coming. But, I won’t hold my breath cause I goin “make”.

    Perhaps, this is a time to say, “mine is not to reason why, mine is but to do and die”.

    It is a very tough situation when, as a leader, you “reside” in a “glass house” for anyone to toss a rock. It is very easy to throw rocks. As much as I dislike a certain “GW”, he or some else did a great job in camoflauging his “house” to cloud issues making it difficult to see where it was.

  97. A-House May 23, 2009 12:04 pm


    how do you know that “Henshaw, Jim and Marilyn wanted someone else that the committee did not endorse”.

    can you share who they wanted, individually or collectively?

  98. Mike May 23, 2009 12:25 pm

    >>So we don’t have a beat writer for that. I don’t want to do anything on it because then it surely would mean Mike could not return to sports.

    Actually, Mike is resigned to remaining on the city desk until the paper folds (in about six months). To paraphrase ol’ Dubya, “screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice … don’t do it again!”

  99. wahinefan May 23, 2009 12:27 pm

    Jimmy D needs to end the foolishness and just hire Mark Trakh already.
    He is a proven winner at the D1 level. He turned Pepperdine into a midmajor success while he was there and he will do the same here.

    There’s also a more than good chance he will secure Vicky Taglicod, and maybe even more of the USC decommits.
    It says alot that these girls are giving up scholarships to USC , because they wanted to play for him.

    He has great recruiting contacts all over California and he needs to get on it ASAP.

    I know Jimmy D lurks here so he needs to get on it.

  100. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:42 pm

    WF2 i don’t think we have too many left handed hitters, just bad ones who can’t hit either lefties or righties….more pitchers are RH and therefore hitting from the left side is advantageous if they can hit but ours can’t make contact no matter which side the pitcher is coming from and the type of pitch including a fastball over the plate

  101. Ralph May 23, 2009 12:49 pm

    WF2 agree with you on a second point, the buck stops at JD feet, even if the underling women AD administrator is in charge of the committee and women sports is her kuleana it is his job to right the ship that sunk (wbb) and hopefully floats again..

  102. SteveM May 23, 2009 12:51 pm

    Hi Mike — what does one do at the City Desk?

  103. wahinefan May 23, 2009 1:20 pm

    I bet Mark Trakh could convince this young lady to come play at hawaii. Ohio’s miss basketball.

    Come on Jimmy D the clock is ticking.

  104. whitey May 23, 2009 1:23 pm

    gee ralph, if nfa is not responsible for women’s program and the buck does not stop at her, maybe jd should let her go and save money at the same time.

  105. oldie May 23, 2009 1:26 pm

    Made it to La Guardia!

    whitey, d1, Stretch –

    Thanks for the support.

    Hope I’ll be able get updates on the game.

    Go BaseBows!

  106. whitey May 23, 2009 1:26 pm

    my sincerest condolences to the Omoto family on the passing of their mom.

  107. whitey May 23, 2009 1:28 pm

    oldie, great news. now, did your luggage arrive????

  108. whitey May 23, 2009 1:32 pm

    great news. Sam Cyr, former King Kekaulike golfer, repeats as NAIA Champion. Way to go Sam. plays for Point Loma Nazarine

  109. Kazz May 23, 2009 1:33 pm


    There are no bees in sight. I think they’re all dying. 🙁

  110. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 1:33 pm

    This kind of snafu makes one suspect that the ones in charge were sort of.. kind of… acquiesing to the demands of some other powers that be… therefore they sat on their behinds figuring the job was done and when their names were called, suddenly they cound themselves in a pickle because the one they were going to promote didn’t meet the basic job description to begin with but nobody bothered to check. Har! So names are thrown out randomly and the search begins in earnest, ONE MONTH AFTER the last resume was filed.

    Just because Women’s basketball isn’t one of the major sports doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be treated as such when it comes to recruiting and getting the right coach. It’s insulting to the fans, players and program not to treat it with equal sense of urgency(not saying dollars, here).

  111. whitey May 23, 2009 1:34 pm

    sad news. St Anthony hs is dropping 11 men fb and hope to participate in 8 men fb.

  112. whitey May 23, 2009 1:36 pm

    kazz, no make fun, i still got to tackle them, but waiting for the wind to shift. they get plenty stingers and all i got is one sprayer.

  113. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 1:44 pm


    That IS bad news… Who else on Maui is playing 8 man ball?

  114. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 1:47 pm

    Who on the islands plays 8-man ball?

  115. whitey May 23, 2009 1:47 pm

    kazz, got em. the wind shifted and all hell broke loose. hahahahaaaa

  116. whitey May 23, 2009 1:50 pm

    according to the news, no more 8 men team, but they hope that they can start something here on maui. don’t know if going fly, but at least they going give it a shot.

  117. Mike May 23, 2009 1:52 pm

    Hi SteveM,

    That’s a very good question. I’ll let you know when I find out. This morning I covered an auction of Superferry items. Right now, I’m drinking hot cocoa and waiting for AC and the Nuggets to whup those dang Lakers.

  118. round shower stool May 23, 2009 1:52 pm

    Hey this is good stuff. So glad you posted this. I enjoy reading blogs like this. Anna

  119. whitey May 23, 2009 1:53 pm

    i wonder if these bees are from ST’s house??????

  120. whitey May 23, 2009 1:54 pm

    mike, thought you’d be here on maui with your bike. got quite a few of them from oahu here this weekend.

  121. Kazz May 23, 2009 2:04 pm

    Oh Whitey I was actually talking about the actual honeybees… I think they’re being wiped off the face of the planet due to some parasite…

    Jim Leahey is quite concerned as should we all!

  122. Diogenes Sinope May 23, 2009 2:08 pm


    …Bolla wins his lawsuit

    I doubt if he will win his lawsuit. That one will drag on for quite a while. As you know, he filed a complaint in Federal Court. The various defendants like UH, JD etc have to answer the complaint within 30-days after its filed unless the defendants ask for more time.

    As of this date, I don’t believe that the UH or any of the others have filed their answer.

    And once the answer is filed, there is a certain period of time for discovery – questionaires I”interrogatories”) to be filed and answered, depositions and so forth. I think it will be at least a year, possibly two years before it goes to court.

  123. whitey May 23, 2009 2:16 pm

    kazz, no worry, go to the darkside and still get plenty of “honeybees”. just when you think they gone, 2 more show up to take their place. no can win!!! hahahahahahaaaaaa

  124. Kazz May 23, 2009 2:17 pm

    Some people think Bolla has a case… therefore he will win.

    Some people want this victory to smite the current UH administration.

    So sad.

  125. whitey May 23, 2009 2:18 pm

    soon gametime for bows. com’on bows, you can do it. play to win. give’em!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 2:18 pm


    The bee die-offs could mean the end of civilization as we know it. One of my good friends is a farmer on a massive farm in Iowa. Among many other things, they raise bees for honey, and are lucky to not have had any problems so far.There is great concern up that neck of the woods regarding the bee problems.

    At least the porcupines are safe… 😆

  127. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 2:19 pm

    The Les, Lower Cooke Field, Manoa.

    WAC-T is turning as I predicted, SJSU and NSMSU as front runners and Fresnecks playing the dark horse hanging in the back waiting to pull out of the last turn and into the final stretch run.
    Greg Alexander will have to pitch his best game today for the bowboyz to win. Da ‘dawgs are certain to start a southpaw against our 5 slump-riddled lefties who are doing terrible, including Kolt–our poster-bow.
    A big turn-out may help the unfab-5 pull out of their sleep-spell and they will need all the encouragement the Les can raucously muster.
    Coach Mike has enuff arms in his bullpen to win this one and needs to keep the hook at-the-ready.
    Im doin my bit coating my larynx with coconut rum n pineapple juice. This jobu-concoction not only sharpens ones voice box but also increases your courage to turn it on at full volume. Yes indeed!
    Ciao! 🙂

  128. Kazz May 23, 2009 2:19 pm


    Honeybees are pretty much harmless. You can walk casually through a few of them in a field of flowers and not get bothered. Poke and prod them and they will sting.

  129. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 2:19 pm

    We’ve never been called porcupines before, have we?

  130. whitey May 23, 2009 2:20 pm

    dpk, my hat off to you on that one!!! hahahahaaaaaa

  131. whitey May 23, 2009 2:26 pm

    game time is coming, so got to put on my Go Bows face and cheer for them!!!!

  132. oldie May 23, 2009 2:38 pm


    Our bags were on the conveyor belt by the time we got to baggage claim.

    The guy sitting behind us was getting upset because we could see the ground crew loading the baggage. They were tossing the bags on the conveyor, which means our bags got tossed three times.

  133. Kazz May 23, 2009 2:40 pm

    Online blogging and message boards have created a subculture in society.

    The positives is that it allows fans of all kinds of entertainment or sports to gather and chat, argue, and whatnot…

    Out of this subculture is a group of people that take what is said VERY seriously. They seriously believe that the “emotion” or words they convey will have a drastic impact of the lives of those that read it and what not. The “ruffling of feathers” is as subjective as can be.

    Some people have gotten very good at the written word on blogs and message boards and are completely enamored with this form of expression that they can preach the acceptance of opinion, but cannot accept the criticism of their own. Rarely will this kind of individual openly lash out at others. Usually they will contain their inward anger and will carefully respond in way to deflect their biases to make themselves seen as the victim.

    100% of the time these people will never speak up in person. The beauty of internet blogging allows people to be anonymous. The beauty of this blog is people have chosen to meet FACE TO FACE.

    FACE TO FACE the “Tsaikos” have raised money for UH programs on our own. There are Koa Anuenue members here, Na Koa, volleyball boosters, basketball, etc… So yeah, people think they can go ahead and try to “ruffle our feathers” and think the slightest response is making some kind of difference. That itself is a joke.

    I have tried to stay away from the antagonistic posts directed at some of our regular bloggers, so going forward I will continue to do so.

  134. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 2:43 pm


    My hats always off to you, you smooth buggah! 😉

  135. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 2:54 pm


    What was that all about?
    Phew.. I ran out of breath reading that. But I do agree with what you wrote.

    I further want to add that blogs like this have taken “transparency” of certain departments even further than ever imagined. The real-time urgency created by blogs can put Athletic Departments, their staff, and coaches under a microscope. It demands greater accountability than ever before and it only those who can find ways of embracing this new wave of technological intrusion into their realm will ultimately survive the new decade of sports.

  136. Kazz May 23, 2009 2:58 pm


    I was a psych major. “WAS”… not for I. I have issues 😆

    The world of finance seems to make more sense… as sad as that is. Besides some people that are psych majors have the BIGGEST amount of emotion baggage that I think they pawned it all to pay for their schooling! 😆

  137. Kazz May 23, 2009 3:07 pm


    May 23rd, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    What was that all about?
    Phew.. I ran out of breath reading that. But I do agree with what you wrote.

    I further want to add that blogs like this have taken “transparency” of certain departments even further than ever imagined. The real-time urgency created by blogs can put Athletic Departments, their staff, and coaches under a microscope. It demands greater accountability than ever before and it only those who can find ways of embracing this new wave of technological intrusion into their realm will ultimately survive the new decade of sports.


    You know, I personally don’t know about all that. While I don’t doubt UHAD folk read these things we write, I put myself in their shoes and I would LAUGH at some of the crap written on various online UH message boards and blogs.

    How seriously can you take things said by someone without a first and last name on a forum that is very easy to post on?

    I want to CLARIFY that YES there is a good amount of consumer opinion stated here and elsewhere, but a line has to be drawn in what can be considered “valuable” opinion. Personal attacks on the “weight” of administrators or coaches, the accusations of drug abuse on student athletes, etc… that is all garbage.

    I still firmly believe the BEST way to inspire change is through DIRECT channels in the form of a telephone conversation, written letter, or at the very least, an e-mail.

    People rest on the fact that people in positions of power read THIS blog and and others and think the best way to “inspire” change is to make noise here and they will “take down” down people that question the validity of their claims. It’s a waste of time.

    The people that have been challenged have their e-mails listed for public information. Those wanting to inspire change should consider actually doing it in a more constructive and direct way.

  138. koa mahu May 23, 2009 3:08 pm

    Oh kazzy dat sexy!

  139. koa mahu May 23, 2009 3:11 pm

    Balut is da fruit of heroism, lol!

  140. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 3:16 pm

    I cant believe the pitching scheme greg had for mendonca w 2 balls–geez, comon coach mike.

  141. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 3:19 pm


    While they UH admins might not read the blogs and forums personally… you can bet those on their staff do, as well as others who depend on popular vote. Remember, even the President of the US used the internet to his advantage. Frazier was not immune to those “bloggers who want to hide” as he put it, too. I’m sure they all saw the effect that the internet had.

  142. Colomaohana May 23, 2009 3:20 pm

    Howzit gang!

  143. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 23, 2009 3:31 pm

    Hey Colomaohana!!!

    Guess what? I have to work Monday!!!! But you know what? It will be over soon!!! Mwhahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 3:34 pm

    from the les.

    lefties start rally in 2 and score 1 run.
    johnson down swing on his ab muffed a chance for sf-rbi.
    greg workin plate better in 2 n 3.

  145. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 4:00 pm

    base running is killin us.

  146. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 4:10 pm

    greg is short arming a few of his pitches, it hasnt cost him except every one thrown has been a ball low and away.

  147. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 4:14 pm

    great pitch to get a tough robinson on a ko.

  148. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 4:36 pm

    bottom 6, 3 lefties up….

  149. Kekoa May 23, 2009 4:38 pm

    Oldie ~ Stretch worries to this day about airlines losing his stuff. Going to Sugar Bowl was traumatic for him. Even when we went to Maui in April he was concerned…darkside experience at both destinations helped ease the pain. Hehehehe!

    BTW…the BB bowz are tied at bottom of 6 innings. 2-2.

  150. oldie May 23, 2009 4:42 pm


    Thanks for the bb update.

    I guess we should be thankful nothing else has gone wrong. Thinking of taking in the Yankees game tomorrow. Shane Victorino and the Phillies are in town.

  151. Kekoa May 23, 2009 5:03 pm

    Oldie ~ Slight setback at top of 7. A 2 run homer by da dogs make it 4-2.

    LA still has a see saw struggle going on with Denver with a slim lead for the first time since early in the game.

  152. Committed Road Warrior May 23, 2009 5:03 pm

    Clutch time for the BaseBows.

    4-2 Bad Guys, Top 7.

  153. Kekoa May 23, 2009 5:21 pm

    LAL win it 103 to 97 to lead the series 2-1.

  154. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 5:27 pm

    seminole moment in 7th for young kolt did not come.

  155. Kekoa May 23, 2009 5:36 pm

    Oldie ~ Frustrating 8th inning as the team falters. Dogs are having their way with da bowz It is now 7 – 2, with 2 runners on and no outs!

  156. al May 23, 2009 5:47 pm

    some body go tell pops his name is fujii and not ishii.
    all game i tell you.

    stretch where’s your whiteboard?

  157. Kekoa May 23, 2009 5:48 pm

    Bottom 8, score is 8 – 2, dogs. Rally time with only 2 at bats left for the guys.

  158. al May 23, 2009 5:49 pm

    in the last two years……..

    we’ve had a new men’s bb coach.
    a new football coach.
    a new men’s vb coach.
    a new women’s bb coach.

    what’s next?

  159. Colomaohana May 23, 2009 5:50 pm

    Kazz, (I hope you went home already!) Yup, no worry…almost pau dat kine schedule. Like I said, you going like it da odda way. 😉

    Howzit, Kekoa!

  160. oldie May 23, 2009 5:53 pm


    Thanks for the updates, even though not exactly good news.

  161. stretch's uncle May 23, 2009 6:01 pm

    I can understand the poor batting cuz we have no batting coach.

    What happened to our pitching staff?
    Don’t we have two pitching coaches?

  162. Kekoa May 23, 2009 6:03 pm

    Oldie ~ Pour yourself a stiff drink and chaser. It is now 10 – 2 in the top of 9, after a triple in the gap scored 2. The bleeding continues…

  163. al May 23, 2009 6:03 pm

    meanwhile back at the farm…..

    what’s going on with the female bb coach?

  164. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 23, 2009 6:07 pm


  165. Stretch May 23, 2009 6:09 pm

    al – no need whiteboard, I am just using hand gestures.

    uncle – is that really you??

  166. Kekoa May 23, 2009 6:17 pm

    Game Over!…Grrr…nuff sed.

  167. al May 23, 2009 6:22 pm

    which uncle was that?

    i going cook rice now.

    kekoa…..don’t have a cow. have a steak instead.

  168. LizKauai (iPhone) May 23, 2009 6:31 pm

    Hm just read the last comments. I guess my question is answered 🙁

  169. whitey May 23, 2009 6:32 pm

    it takes 2 (players and coaches) to win or lose a game, but it takes good team chemistry to win games. the bows had good chemistry in mid season, but somehow lost it all. coach trap and his asst have been here for awhile, but somehow they cannot get the team to finish the season on a high note. as a cheering fan, i would give coach trap at least one more season, but would definitely cut 1 or 2 of the present asst coaches and look for replacements. kaha wong, ron nomura, etc they know how to coach and recruit. for the players, they need to work on their conditioning, strength, etc and look forward to next season.

  170. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 6:34 pm


    I gotta wonder who’s in charge of women’s basketball right now? Especially if Charity was eliminated from contention and the assistant coach contracts are expiring at the end of the month, I believe?

  171. Kekoa May 23, 2009 6:39 pm

    Al ~ You must have ESP!…Rib eye are on the Barby even as we speak!

  172. ai-ee-soos May 23, 2009 6:40 pm

    If Coach Trap wants to stay, extend 1-year at 50% pay cut.

    Then, after next year, it’s either aloha oe, or extend 1-year with 25% raise.

    Then, after that, … ???

  173. vballfan1 May 23, 2009 6:47 pm

    I feel bad for the baseball team but 8 seasons for Coach Trap and only one NCAA tournament appearance is not good.
    Can u imagine MAC only going to one bowl in 8 years?

    I think a new coach would be a good idea.

  174. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 6:47 pm

    I kind of have to go along with you guys regarding the BaseBows coaching staff. Trap can stay but his assistants need to be re-evaluated and replaced, if necessary. The teams under Trap have had enough talent to go further than they have and it’s a shame. Trap needs assistants that can help groom the players for the next level or to at least be the very best that they can be.

  175. wayneo May 23, 2009 6:51 pm

    After watching the UH baseball game, I’ve concluded that changes need to be made. We need a new pitching coach and a new batting coach too. Somebody has got to be accountable. The pitching was terrible.
    And although the batting lineup set a home run record, the team’s batting average as a whole was not good. There was too many strikeouts at critical times and took too many good pitches for strikes, especially on the first pitch. They were not agressive and seem to be waiting back as if they were hoping for a walk. If Trapasso doesn’t make these changes then I think Trapasso’s contract should not be renewed. Down the stretch, Garcia could not hit. If anything, Trapasso should have dropped him down in the batting lineup and moved up somebody else, such as Montplaisir. I question his judgment when he takes a person out when the pitcher is in trouble especially when he leaves the starter in too long.
    Another problem is that the team did not have more left handed pitching.
    The pitching staff did not have a lot of guys who could throw over 90 mph. That said the coaches should have coached to change speed more often and use more change-ups to keep the hitter off balance. The only guys that I saw that changed speeds more effectively was Kramer who was their best pitcher. It was a very frustrating season and like the last couple years the last part of the season was a downer. Good teams
    play better as the season wears one. Our team got worse. I really think
    the team got a “big head” when they played some top caliber teams early
    and they felt like they could steam roll over the supposed WAC teams.
    The only thing I liked was McDonald’s fielding. He picked up everything
    and he will be missed for that. It now time to dream about next year. Too bad. Jim Donovan has more decisions to make.

  176. Garret May 23, 2009 6:57 pm

    Too bad about the baseball season…at one point things were going so well, but unfortunately things fell apart. The RPI was so good at one point that they wouldn’t have needed to win the WAC tournament to make the NCAAs…disappointing.

  177. Garret May 23, 2009 7:04 pm

    The Dolphins have a big problem with injuries and depth at guard, and this reporter wonders why they didn’t keep Samson to be used at guard. Instead, they planned to start a player who missed last season due to injury…and that player is now injured again.

    Projected starting right guard Donald Thomas is on the shelf again, with a torn pectoral muscle, leaving a long list of unproven players looking to replace him. Last season, Thomas, a sixth-round pick, earned a starting job, but played just one game because he broke his foot in the opener, so whether he’s even the answer also is an unknown.

    Smiley is a proven NFL vet, but ended the past two seasons on the IR.

    He is back from a horrific lower leg injury, but the bigger concern with Smiley could be his right shoulder, which has undergone surgery twice since the middle of the 2007 season, including last January.

    Kind of makes you wonder if Samson Satele, who started every at center the past two seasons, might have been able to help if he were still around. Satele was a guard much of his college career.

    It also raises a question – once again – about the Dolphins’ draft strategy, considering the team ignored the position.

  178. whitey May 23, 2009 7:06 pm

    didn’t realize that coach trap has been here for 8 yrs already. previously under coach les, he established contacts with major league teams, so they could help him identify players. i haven’t seen anything to indicate that the bb has any contacts and this is not good. there are major league scouts in hawaii and they each have their evaluation of players, so why not invite them to a golf tournament or biru/bbq dinner to help find players. i think the 2 asst are very poor recruiters and it seems that coach trap is doing all the recruiting.

  179. Garret May 23, 2009 7:08 pm

    Miami is unhappy that they only gained 4.2 yards per rush last season, and they are blaming Samson for it…4.2 yards per rush isn’t that bad and they also lost starting guards for the season due to injury. This also forgets to take into account that Samson needed shoulder surgery.

    When Sparano reviewed last year’s tapes, he must’ve concluded that the fault for the Dolphins’ power outage was located at center where Samson Satele had resided since being drafted in the second round by the previous regime in 2007.

    Satele, who needed shoulder surgery after the season, was being bullied by some of the AFC East Division’s mammoth nose tackles such as Kris Jenkins of the Jets, Vince Wilfork of the Patriots and Buffalo’s Marcus Stroud.

  180. whitey May 23, 2009 7:08 pm

    also we have many tsaikos who can tell you who the players are in hawaii, but somehow uh bb does not want to hear them.

  181. Garret May 23, 2009 7:11 pm

    We had a crazy morning…we already had plans to go to Legoland with a good friend and her daughter, and I also met chawan_cut at Legoland. Also, we heard from friends from Sunnyvale who left their home at 3am and drove to visit us! So, I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with chawan_cut, but it was nice to see him and talk with him a little.

    Our Sunnyvale friends are spending the next few nights with us, so our weekend is going to be very busy and I’ll be off blog almost all the time.

  182. Kama Krab May 23, 2009 7:11 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Well I gotta say is look forward to next year. We have ALOT of work to do. This team had much more talent than they showed during the last part of the season. If we do not make some kind of stride to the post season then it is time to move on for Trap.

    Nuff Said

  183. Garret May 23, 2009 7:12 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    New Zealand’s world-leading sauvignon blanc’s flavor was analyzed and it turns out that a key ingredient is *cat’s pee*.

  184. Garret May 23, 2009 7:13 pm

    Man is suing a New Jersey medical school because he says he was harassed and eventually suspended for identifying himself as an African-American…even though he is white.

  185. Garret May 23, 2009 7:13 pm

    Studies found that companies who have women in senior positions have greater financial success–for example, Fortune 500 companies that aggressively promote women have 34% higher profits and European firms with more women in power had their stock increase by 64% over two years, as compared to companies that do not had a 47% stock increase.

  186. Garret May 23, 2009 7:13 pm

    Ohio senior who attends a Christian private school was suspended for taking his girlfriend to her public school prom. Even though he’s going to miss his graduation, he says that it was worth it.

  187. Garret May 23, 2009 7:14 pm

    Hurricane Ike left many people in Southeast Texas without electricity for days…and a mini-baby boom is expected now that it is about 9 months later.

  188. Garret May 23, 2009 7:15 pm

    Free play links pau.

  189. Committed Road Warrior May 23, 2009 7:17 pm

    Disappointing end to the season for the BaseBows, and to think that at one point they were pretty much an a lock for an at-large bid…..then came the final stretch with the ASU/NMSU road trip, getting swept at home vs. La. Tech, then splitting @Fresno and vs. a horrid Utah Valley team.

    There is a lot of talent on the team, no doubt about it. Talent that if refined and coached up can help the ‘Bows win the WAC next year. Unfortunately I think this comes down to coaching like many others have noted.

    In my worthless opinion, I’d give Coach Trap one more year. Fail to reach next year’s NCAA postseason and the wheels better start rolling for a potential replacement.

  190. al May 23, 2009 7:20 pm

    kekoa…..2″ porterhouse. saute sweet onions.

  191. Committed Road Warrior May 23, 2009 7:30 pm

    ai-ee-sos #171:

    I don’t think Coach Trap makes that much to begin with, relatively speaking. He’d be as good as gone if one were to cut his salary by 50%.

    And to think that when UH hired Trap in 2001, it was between him and some dude named Pat Murphy (now at ASU)…..

  192. A-House May 23, 2009 7:35 pm

    Unfortunately, my dissertation early in the season came true – do well in preseason and fall apart in the WAC – basketball and baseball share the same history for many years now!!

  193. whitey May 23, 2009 7:53 pm

    right now, men’s bkb and bb are in a major funk. one for lack of players, but both for questionable coaching. both hc need to look back, then go forward with a positive plan and give their fan base something to look forward to next year. bb is an example where fan support was just so so, but when they started putting together wins, they started to generate more fans. this is very obvious and both hc should make sure that they can generate a strong fan base. otherwise, it is aloha oe.

  194. ai-ee-soos May 23, 2009 8:02 pm

    Committed Road Warrior, re #190.

    a. I thought Trap made over 200k.

    b. on google, Pat Murphy got a 300k package, so he stayed at ASU.

    Does anyone know Trap’s compensation, plus perks (use of car) ???

  195. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:11 pm

    This is a great time to build Hawaii’s baseball program.

    An economic tailspin and NCAA limitations on scholarship works towards our advantage to keep local recruits home.
    The prospect of playing in front of family and at a great facility are also compelling reasons to stay home.

    Coach Mike should get a roll-over by Donovan and capitalize on the opportunity Kolt Wong’s success has brought to his program….and gate.
    Young Kolt is his poster-boy and has become a symbol of local talent and caliber.
    While winning a national title may not be a contractual clause obligation, bringing fanz back to the Les and makin the house rock, certainly helps to bring this program closer to the black than it is in the red (last year baseball was $670,000 in the red).
    That my friends–is the bottomline.

    What this 2009 season has clearly demostrated is that baseball at the Les is alive and well….and if a team with barely 32 wins can fill the house imagine what a better record would accomplish.
    We are close to turning the corner and cann’t afford the after-shocks of another Donovan out-sourced selection committee.

  196. wahinefan May 23, 2009 8:17 pm

    The late season collapse of the baseball team this year is unforgivable.
    I really don’t think Trappasso should have his contract extended.

    There is no way Coach Nash would be kept around for 9 seasons with no wac championship and only one post season appearance (people want Nash gone after just 2 seasons) so Trappasso should be treated the same, he needs to go.

    I need some good news soon, hopefully Mark Trakh will be named the wahine basketball coach in a few days .

  197. al May 23, 2009 8:46 pm

    unbeknownst to many….the bb coach was given strong counsel to start recruiting local. a little birdie shared this with me over some bread crumbs.

  198. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:47 pm

    Bob Nash played below .500 in 2 years of coaching…well below….and received a roll-over.
    Coach Mike Trapasso’s (spelled with one p) team was ranked #20 in the polls this year and our gate increased.
    He also made it to the regionals in 2006.
    Suggesting another selection committee fiasco when our baseball program is turning a corner is not only unwise it is stupid.
    Coach Mike bought some time, despite a season collapse.

    Donovan wont touch baseball–JD will roll over Trap’s K.
    you can make a wish….but dont hold your breath.

  199. Teak Shower Caddy May 23, 2009 8:50 pm

    This website has some really good info. I lerned a lot from reading hear. Cassie

  200. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 8:51 pm

    al, that birdie has been churping for 8 years….me thinks the message has been received in earnest.

  201. al May 23, 2009 8:53 pm

    one local pro scout had recommended many a player to trap. he finally said “forget it” after his expertise fell upon deaf ears.

  202. whitey May 23, 2009 8:53 pm

    somehow the word “friend” is a strange word to both bkb and bb coaches. note coach wade, one of his first words was “friend raiser”. coach wade hasn’t even started, but he understands where you get money and players.

  203. al May 23, 2009 8:55 pm

    trap’s fate is a tossup.

  204. Committed Road Warrior May 23, 2009 8:56 pm

    ai-ee-sos #193:

    You’re right about ASU topping UH’s offer for Pat Murphy.

    I’m not sure about Trap’s current compensation, but given 8 years and him starting at ~$120,000 base pay when he got here, the 200k figure you referenced might be in the ballpark. Nonetheless, I still think he’d be as good as gone if you cut his pay in half in lieu for another year.

  205. Jason May 23, 2009 8:57 pm

    Depending on what happens in the draft, we have the potential to be a very good team next year. Having seen all the other WAC schools this week (except for Sacramento State), I think we have as good a shot to win the WAC next year as anybody. Hopefully the draft-eligible juniors return, so we’ll have a nice mix of vets and younger players. But I’m not sold on the assistant coaches. Never have been, and this week hasn’t swayed my opinion in their favor yet. I’d like to see Trap get at least one more year, and that he get a serious hitting coach to emphasize bat control and situational hitting; and a solid tactician to help Trap on the bench and at 3rd base. That way, Trap can really concentrate on developing those young pitchers; they have talent, but they need serious coaching.

  206. wahinefan May 23, 2009 9:06 pm

    It’s great that the gates increased in baseball and that fan interest seems to be high. Because of this I think it’s a perfect time to get a coach that can get the team over the hump. r.
    Trap has had his chances and he blew it. I don’t think he should throw his assistants under the bus either.

    I don’t mind “Selection committee fiascos” as long as they hire the best candidate at the end.

  207. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 9:08 pm

    name one UHAD selection committee that picked a winner.

  208. al May 23, 2009 9:11 pm

    june jones for example.

  209. LizKauai (iPhone) May 23, 2009 9:13 pm

    Prayers and condolences to the Emoto ohana.

  210. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    I dont recall a “selection committee” has we know it for JJ.

  211. Ralph May 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    8 years is long enough to turn a program…Trap is winning at about 53 – 56% per season average, too low to be a contender in the WAC and definitely not good enough to earn an at large berth with the NCAA. 2006 was a good year but only one in 8 years…time to change the captain of the ship while the fans are back, otherwise another collapse and the fans will start fading off to do something else with their time…

  212. Garret May 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    Congratulations to Shawn Withy-Allen for leading his team to a 46-34 win tonight.

    Trailing 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, the teams traded touchdowns, starting with a Fayetteville (6-3 overall, 4-2 in division) score on a Shawn Withy-Allen pass to Walter Ford. The Guard forged ahead at halftime, 23-19, when Withy-Allen found Tyme Zimmerman in the end zone on a 2-yard pass.

    Withy-Allen completed 26 of 35 passes for 251 yards and six touchdowns.

  213. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    Hugh Yoshida made the contact w JJ.

  214. Garret May 23, 2009 9:19 pm

    This explains why Cleveland moved Veikune to inside LB.

    The Browns knew second-rounder David Veikune has speed to get around some linemen from the outside and rush the passer — but they have liked how he’s looked at inside linebacker — he seems to have the strength to take on some guards and help clog the middle.

  215. al May 23, 2009 9:19 pm

    wf2….unfortunately the state of hawaii, in particular, the rules that govern the hiring process of high profile positions as well as the parameters that have been established as a result of the union agreement, is what really prescribes the existing hiring processes. this is not one thing that jd or any uhad can circumvent.

    there hiring procedures run similar to fed govt rules and regs. that is how it is and that is how it will be.

    you can’t hang the process on the uhad. it is only his to enforce.

    i think if there is fault, it may be that he may have empowered his subordinates a bit too much. that women’s bb list of candidates should have had a top five and then a contingent list if any of the top five withdrew before interviews. perhaps this is the scenario in the sequence of events.

    another problem may have been “bad publicity”….too any rumors may have been tossed out before it was indeed fact. perhaps dana’s name surfaced because someone overhead mufi endorsing her, when in fact she may not have had the minimum qualifications.

    …i am just giving them the benefit of the doubt. and he is right, that he is not at liberty to say who are candidates and who will be hired until the complete process is done.

    …nuff said

  216. al May 23, 2009 9:21 pm

    you didn’t say which uhad and there was a selection committee.

  217. Ralph May 23, 2009 9:21 pm

    two pitching coaches at UH and yet our pitchers seem to be throwing batting practice out there….of the first 6 hits off of Jared there were 2 doubles, a triple and a home run…later a second homer in the seventh. he was hit hard today and Trap should have switched pitchers earlier and often to win this game…our batters left too many stranded again and our base running is pathetic.

  218. al May 23, 2009 9:23 pm

    should he be extended, i think trap needs to reshuffle his deck.

  219. al May 23, 2009 9:27 pm

    actually ralph, some of those hits came off some nice pitches. credit the hitting and clutching up of our opponents.

    we left too many men on base in all three games. we had our chances. even today, in the seventh a timely hit would have brought in a run or two which would have kept us close or retied the game and send a signal to both benches that we are still in this. instead we got snuffed out whenever it counted.

    the team that won was the team that clutched up, made plays, and hit with two outs.

  220. al May 23, 2009 9:29 pm

    if anything, kevin “my name is not ishii” fujii proved that he could play. proving also to his own coach who kept him on the bench too often. you can’t coach that “local boy” in a player who just goes out to play tough and with a lot of moxy and b@**s.

  221. warriorfanny2 May 23, 2009 9:33 pm

    no way, there wasnt a selection committee as we know it today. it wasnt handled in the same manner….ur dreamin bud. btw, trap will roll-over.

  222. vballfan1 May 23, 2009 9:34 pm

    I thought Murakami was a pitcher’s ballpark?
    Our pitching was really bad today and last week against Utah valley.

    I like Trap, but I think a change would be the best for both UH baseball and him as well. He doesn’t look like he is enjoying himself at all, But maybe that’s how he always looks?

  223. al May 23, 2009 9:52 pm

    “Meanwhile, the day before, the University of Hawai’i had sent eight people to San Diego to interview me for their vacant head coaching job.

    I was scheduled to meet with the Hawai’i contingent at 8 a.m., just a few short hours away. Included among them were Edison Miyawaki, part owner of the Cincinatti Bengals; Hugh Yoshida, the athletic director; John Fink, president of K-5 the Home Team; Ed Wong, president of the booster club; and Jim Donovan, the assistant athletic director.”

    …june jones, author HAWAII WARRIOR FOOTBALL, pg 2 of the foreword.

    thus the selection committee went north to interview jj as was required that all members of the selection committee be present for all in person interviews.

    …and the rest was history.

    it was Ed Wong’s parting comment, “Sometimes, it’s just a person’s destiny!” that had a profound impact on his eventual decision.

  224. CashRashed May 23, 2009 10:14 pm

    Класно! Нашел, наконец толковый блог на просторах интернета) Ура!

  225. LizKauai (iPhone) May 23, 2009 10:35 pm

    Nitey Nite and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  226. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 10:39 pm

    Night Liz.

    I have to wonder why these Russian sites are spamming here.. I mean how many interested people do they hope to find here.

  227. Da Punchbowl Kid May 23, 2009 10:42 pm

    Russian spam. Made with the finest ingredients. 😉

  228. LizKauai [Turtles] Asus May 23, 2009 10:43 pm

    spambots, I think.

  229. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 10:52 pm

    I just put that text in a Russian translation dictionary and it couldn’t dicipher one of the words.. ah well..

  230. Kekoa May 23, 2009 11:01 pm

    Al ~ You got me. My steak wasn’t as thick, but it was very tender. A very thick Pineapple-Teryi glaze added a nice flavor. The mashed potatoes that papa made went perfect with the fresh corn on the cob.

    Al ~ Great discussion on the bb coach situation. I think it’s time for a revamping of the program. We do need some better coaching. We just won nearly back-to-back LL World Series titles. Not a serious part of this discussion, but it does point to the fact that we are a hot bed of baseball. We have some excellent ball players (and coaches) right here at home that we nurture. Their LL coaches give them a great foundation, now they need coaching to bring them along even further.

    These kids went on to play at the next level, and are doing even better in some cases. The point is, they and other great players who never made it to a world series, are in our HS programs. So let’s get after them! Coach Mack is now on track with recruiting the HS football players…so c’mon BB recruiting coaches, let’s get it started!

  231. al ™ May 23, 2009 11:17 pm

    homemade mash potatoes!
    the boss made this japanese style rice topped with furikake.
    veggies…? kim chee counts?

  232. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 11:21 pm


    Authentic Kimchee made with a little bean paste may be one of the best veggies you can eat. Got 100x the bifidus in kimchee over yogurt.

  233. madeinhawaii May 23, 2009 11:21 pm

    anyway.. goodnight.. sleep tight..

  234. Ralph May 23, 2009 11:30 pm

    Yes Al you can give FSU batters credit for hitting a good pitch, but none the less, Jared got rocked hard, even the ground balls were solid contact. It was not his day, the game was close even when he was being hit hard, but once they rocked him for the second home run in the 7th the flood gates opened and momentum swept the bows out of the game..

  235. d1島 May 23, 2009 11:43 pm

    👿 🙁 🙄
    104 days until football….

  236. wafan May 23, 2009 11:44 pm

    Too bad for the BaseBows.

  237. al ™ May 23, 2009 11:52 pm

    d1….how was the duck?

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  239. Ferinannnd May 24, 2009 5:14 am

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  240. wafan May 24, 2009 5:18 am

    Good morning all!

  241. djmitcho (iPhone) May 24, 2009 6:19 am

    Good Morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. Headed to the Grand Coulee dam for the day. Lazy day of food, family and friends, a laser light show and fireworks. This will be the 13th year in a row for this Sunday tradition.

  242. LizKauai [Turtles] Asus May 24, 2009 6:35 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    BZday ahead.Have a great one, gang!

  243. MeiLing May 24, 2009 6:36 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Have a great weekend, Tsaikos!

    Condolences to the Omoto ‘ohana.

  244. whitey May 24, 2009 6:49 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos.

  245. whitey May 24, 2009 7:19 am

    layson, mw is shooting another sub par game, but the rest of the field is doing the same. she has a chance to finish in the top 20, but a lot depends on how they finish.

  246. Da Punchbowl Kid May 24, 2009 7:19 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Howzit whitey!

    Liz- Do you ever NOT have a busy day? Bizzy Miss Lizzy. Dat’s u! 😉

  247. Da Punchbowl Kid May 24, 2009 7:21 am

    Congrats to the Basebows on a fine season. Thanks to all for their hard work and dedication!

  248. d1島 May 24, 2009 7:39 am

    Great Morning All!

    It seems “Ferd” may have been peeking in to the WB…..

    Speaking of Peking, as in duck…


    Dat was winnah! Hit of the party!

  249. Cole May 24, 2009 7:40 am

    We have to have a local candidate more qualified than these people. Plus, a local person will stay. You fire these mainland coaches and they go home. Aloha. Go local you fools!

  250. d1島 May 24, 2009 7:45 am

    103 days until football….

    Central Arkansas….
    Did you know UCA is one of the fastest growing public universities in the nation? UCA is a place where bright minds flourish with caring faculty and staff who work very hard to see that each student realizes his or her potential.

    more later…..

  251. whitey May 24, 2009 7:58 am

    michelle finished at 5 under, but needs to see where she will finish. has outside chance for top 20. the top 10 women at the present time include 6 from korea and only 1 from the usa.

    should uh women golf be recruiting korea beside our local talent????

  252. whitey May 24, 2009 8:02 am

    wow, i am amazed. mr t has appeared on the blog.

  253. whitey May 24, 2009 8:04 am

    d1, like minds think alike. hahahahahahaaaaaa

  254. Da Punchbowl Kid May 24, 2009 8:24 am


    Which story by El Ferd are you referencing?

  255. Da Punchbowl Kid May 24, 2009 8:30 am

    Never mind. I found ’em. 😳

    But he right. So is the majority of readers here.

  256. wafan May 24, 2009 8:32 am


    Tsai-kos heading to the UNLV game this September!

    If you are interested in taking in a performance of the Jersey Boys on Friday, September 18 please e-mail me at wafan at comcast period net. Show time is 7:00 pm at the Palazzo, Venetian.

    Here is the address for the Jersey Boys and the Venetian. You will be able to view the floor map and prices by going to the ticket site and clicking “Buy Tickets”.

    Tickets are about $65 each in the mezzanine (dark green area on the floor map). Just an effort to try to keep costs down! I would guess the sight lines and acoustics are both great in the theatre.

    Of course if we can get a large enough group together to warrant a group discount that would be passed on to you.

    We can head over to the Tsai-ko party immediately following the show.

    I thought it would be a lot of fun to sit in a group and hum (okay some of us will sing out loud) so as not to disturb others nearby. So, I am willing to order the tickets if you are interested in going. All I ask is that you follow-though and let me know by Friday, May 29!

    Anyone interested?

    Special thanks to LV for his help with some of the information!!!

  257. layson May 24, 2009 8:34 am


    May 24th, 2009 at 7:19 am
    layson, mw is shooting another sub par game, but the rest of the field is doing the same. she has a chance to finish in the top 20, but a lot depends on how they finish.
    michelle finished at 5 under, but needs to see where she will finish. has outside chance for top 20. the top 10 women at the present time include 6 from korea and only 1 from the usa.

    should uh women golf be recruiting korea beside our local talent????

    whitey, michelle played well again today with a 5 under par 67 and is t27 currently. you are right about korea, the girls are dead serious about golf but are they proficient enough in english to pass entrance exam, i do not know but it would be interesting to find out. japan, china, even the philippines also have players on lpga. dorothy delasin and jennifer rosales are filipino players that come to mind.

  258. short-a-stop May 24, 2009 8:41 am

    If it’s true coach Trapasso gets another year, it’s kind of obvious how to invigorate the Rainbows’ two-out hitting skills, which a lot of times is as much mental as physical. Trapasso can do what he wants in looking at his current staff, but it would be smart to hire Kolten Wong’s father, Kaha, as a hitting consultant and let him work with the players early on and evaluate from the stands at some games. Kaha’s magic over the years has been his approach to get the best out of his hitting students … with Kolten being the prime example. Trapasso doesn’t need someone to run the show, just contribute in the needy areas and Kaha could help with hitting.

  259. A-House May 24, 2009 8:57 am

    Las Vegas:


    New buffet at Eastside Cannery called Cannery Row. $11.99 for dinner. Located on Boulder Hwy, just below Sam’s Town and less than a mile from Boyd’s Stadium.

  260. whitey May 24, 2009 9:27 am

    layson, i am not sure, but i think the girls you mentioned went to UCLA. it is amazing, but in the philippines, english is taught in their school system, so most of them understand english. the major problem in the philippines is that most of the country’s people are not well to do and cannot afford to have their children participate in organized sports and this shows up at the olympics where their representation is very minimal.

  261. whitey May 24, 2009 9:31 am

    in korea with se ri pak winning, a new generation of girls/women golfer emerged from the country. they are more affluent. i am sure the same can be said for the girls/women of japan. if one of the miyazato girls win, it will boost women’s golf in japan. ayako okamoto was the catalyst.

  262. A-House May 24, 2009 10:09 am

    Is a collegite scholarship of equal value ( dollar wise ) to men and women sports? For example, football versus water polo or tennis or golf.

    Women allowed more scholarships than men volleyball because of “gender equity” issues? Believe someone posted that women get 11.5 and men ge 4.5 scholarships. Is it because football gets 85 scholarships annually?

  263. A-House May 24, 2009 10:15 am

    BTW, did a certain “Kalani grad” ever get his degree? Believe he was only a few credits from it.

    If he has not made an attempt since 2001, then I will no longer consider him as a viable candidate for the Bows baseball HC job. How can you motivate players if you do not make an attempt to secure that golden parchment. If LaCount can do it via the internet, so could he.

  264. A-House May 24, 2009 10:19 am

    Regarding Coach Trap’s contract, an option is “you have 1 more year to win the WAC or selected for post season play with your current staff or 2 more years if you get a new staff or resign now”. doggone it, no can count – that’s 3 options – hehehe.

    Ego may be a factor, but it is the wrong one( IMHO ). Leaders must make that tough decision; not all will be correct, but it must be made!!

  265. A-House May 24, 2009 10:24 am

    Hope UH coaches take heed of recommendations on this blog to look around the ENTIRE Pacific rim for players.

    So far, softball and football players from Austraila and New Zeland, football players from the South Pacific, and one basketball player from China.

    Glad to see that football and finally baseball looking to “outer islands” for talent where there is an abundance just waiting for the phone call.

  266. A-House May 24, 2009 10:35 am

    Have UH coaches ever taken a survey from high school athletes what would make UH so attractive that they would stay home to play?

    Have any coach gone public to ask for input on athletes that can contribute to their program? or, is it hush, hush to only a select few?

    With our small population base, compared to LA or Dallas or SF or Miami, Hawaii has produced its share of many talented athletes. Unfortunately, many go away. Years ago, a college coach said that if Hawaii retained all its high school football players, in his opinion, UH would consistenly be in the top 15 teams.

  267. Oama May 24, 2009 4:05 pm

    Mahalo JD for not caving in to the demands for a female coach when you know there isn’t a solid fit. Had Takahara-Dias had the full college resume, I think she would have been awesome. Looks like there are too many issues with the others. We don’t want baggage. I realize the wahine should feel blessed that they are Div I athletes, but at this point I’d like them to be blessed with a special coach whom they will feel connected with a wholesome chemistry that offers mutual respect and a ‘buy-in’ attitude for the direction the coach wants to go. There is a candidate who meets the requirements even though he struggled at the Div I level. This ‘local boy’ would be loved and appreciated by his players, the entire UH staff, the fans, the community, the up-and-coming teen and pre-teen Jr. Wahine girls, and the press. He could ask Vince to help as a volunteer coach and bring in some local assistants. Kids could shoot free-throws at halftime again and have their parents shoot 3-pointers for prizes. He could keep our future stars from our Team Aloha rosters and not lose players like Viena-Lota, Fu, Kuehu, Rodrigues, Smith, and Awa-Williams, all who have found success elsewhere. We could get 2,000 plus crowds at the games and get the K5 announcers excited about being there. Weigh the issues. If this guy had been successful in the Pacific Northwest he would have been lured back home long ago. Everyone loves this guy. Give him a new lease on life and put a smile on the wahine nation.

  268. R4 nintendo* May 25, 2009 12:22 am

    It seems very interesting a how can he become the women basketball teams coach. So funny.

  269. al May 27, 2009 10:52 am


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