A couple of minutes with … Raphael Ieru


After enduring several injury-related setbacks the past few years, Raphael Ieru is poised to start at right guard in his senior season. Ieru, a McKinley High graduate, took a couple of minutes to answer questions from the Warrior Beat:

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello …
“Everybody thought (Teenage Ninja Turtles is) where my name came from. It came from my uncle in Seattle. He has a long Samoan name. In the middle is Lafaele, which means Raphael. That’s where my mom got it.”

He answers to Ralph:
“It makes me sound tough. Raphael is more formal. A lot of people call me Raf. They said it shouldn’t be Ralph because I don’t have an ‘L’ in my name. I didn’t like Raf, either. I always told them to call me Ralph.”

The story of the tat:
“Me and my mom were chillin’ at home, and I told her I wanted to do a tat. So we did that. She said it was OK. My dad was the one who gave me a hard time about it. … My brother-in-law did it with a home-made gun. … He loves to draw. I figured I’d trust him. I let him blast a tat on my body. It took three hours (each day) for three days. He had to do different portions for my arm. It took forever. It was sore. It was one needle. The more needles the better.”

Born in Kalihi, raised a Tiger:
“My uncle Nick Ma‘afala asked me to come to McKinley. I was debating whether to go to Farrington or a private school like Saint Louis or Damien. He passed (away) while I was enrolled in McKinley. I stuck it out. I liked it. (Head coach) David Tanuvasa was good to me. He kept me on the right path.”

Should McKinley compete in Division II?
“They should go up (to Division I). It’s tougher competition. That’s what makes you better. McKinley is a pretty big school.”

His favorite journalist is Advertiser blogger Kelli Miura, also a McKinley graduate:
“She’s a homey. She’s a good friend of mine. She’s always been cool with me.”

* * *

Our thoughts and prayers are with (Jesse)James’ mother, who underwent emergency surgery last night.

* * *

Happy birthday to Stephanie Lum, one of the Best of the Best.


  1. Addahknowsports© June 13, 2009 12:26 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

  2. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:30 am

    Mornin’ A-Joe.

  3. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 12:31 am

    Hope Ieru remains healthy as the rest of our OLinemen. We need as much consistency as possible on the line. If they can remain in tact, we’ll be auryte…

  4. Ralph June 13, 2009 12:32 am

    top five…HI A/sports

  5. Addahknowsports© June 13, 2009 12:33 am

    Wrong Addahknow, ST.

    It’s the Mrs. here. A-joe is talking to 411 Central (Kekoa)

  6. Addahknowsports© June 13, 2009 12:36 am

    Hi Ralph! (Tsaiko Ralph, not “Ralph” in the post)

  7. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 13, 2009 12:39 am


  8. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:40 am

    Whoops, sorry.
    Hi, A-Sports.

  9. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:41 am

    What happened to (J)J’s mom? Is she all right?

  10. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 13, 2009 12:42 am

    Hiya Sports!
    Ralph and Ralph and Pauoa Boy!

    Just got home from my son’s gig at Poipu Beach…
    pix on fb and videos soon.

  11. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:43 am

    It’s so warm tonight.

  12. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 12:47 am

    Howzit Aunty Liz, A-sports, Ralph, ST…

    Oye hope (J)J’s mom is okay…

  13. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 13, 2009 12:49 am

    What? re (J)J’s mom ???

    Hauoli Lahanau, Stephanie Lum!

  14. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:52 am

    I don’t think Al got the memo that we’ve moved the show to this post.

  15. Addahknowsports© June 13, 2009 12:52 am

    Hi Liz and PB!


    don’t know yet.

    Liz –

    Looking forward to next week. I will check your site for your pics.

  16. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 12:53 am

    I guess there were some suggestions to have Chris Tormey and Ron Lee as guests.
    The coaches have the clinic this Tuesday.
    Ron Lee doesn’t want to do video chats.

  17. al ™ June 13, 2009 12:58 am

    okay, i am here.

    well we can’t call ralph, ralph anymore.
    why don’t we call him raphael instead.

  18. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:01 am

    Or we can call him Raf.

  19. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:02 am

    i told you ron lee was an ellusive guest.

    okay plan c……i good one now that he has recovered and back to work.

    none other than robert k. the big guy’s kitv contract would prohibit i think or the tiser would frown at other media personalities.

  20. Ralph June 13, 2009 1:02 am

    Liz per Kekoa, JJ’s mom was taken into emergency surgery tonight

  21. Ralph June 13, 2009 1:03 am

    liz you didn’t read the other blog did you

  22. roysan16 June 13, 2009 1:04 am

    #74 Raphael Ieru 6-2, 315

    2008 (Junior): Appeared in eight games as a reserve lineman and special teams player.

    #63 Brysen Ginlack 6-2, 310

    2008 (Sophomore): Played in nine games…started five straight games and during the first half of the season…made first career start in home opener vs. Weber State (Sept. 6)…also started at Oregon State (Sept. 13), vs. San Jose State (Sept. 27), at Fresno State (Oct. 4) and vs. Louisiana Tech (Oct. 11).

    I’ve tracked both these players. And they both show signs that they could become breakout players for UH. In the LaTech game (the rerun I watched last weekend) Brysen, I thought, did well with his pass and run blocking before getting injured before the half. Rafael taking his place at the right guards spot did well, too.

    It’ll be interesting to see how this develops this coming season. But I’m telling you keep an eye on Brysen, too.

  23. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:04 am

    hi asports! we’d rather talk to you anyway.

    we need to have some pho or thai pretty soon.

  24. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:06 am

    something tells me that ray will have a huge year.

  25. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 1:07 am

    I actually thought “Bulla” had chance for start this year but it seems Ray Hisatake has the Left Guard spot on lock for now. Knowing Ieru’s health history, Ginlack will get his fair share of playing time…

  26. Addahknowsports© June 13, 2009 1:07 am


    I’m waiting for the hottest day of the year to call Homey out on a pho call 🙂

  27. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:09 am

    Augie Tulba is perfect for us.
    He’s funny.
    He’s a former athlete (boxing).
    And, like Malcolm Lane, he has his own car.

  28. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:10 am

    st…if not the big guy.

    i know two big guys who are buddies who if appeared on the show together would make great conversations/interviews of how it was then and what they think of the warrior program now.

    keith ah yuen and tom tuinei.
    like i ask em?

  29. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:11 am

    I think Ieru is going to have a monster year.

  30. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:11 am

    plus they get car too

  31. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 1:14 am

    I think this Oline all together if they remain healthy with Coach Shaw keeping them inline, could be very good. Estes, Letuli, Kia, Ieru, Hisatake have the potential to dominate…

  32. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:14 am

    okay….gotta go bed now. i actually went swimming today and got a bit of burn going on.

    plus, that breakfast at rosie’s cantina was heavy. felt like siesta-ing all day. good thing the bar was closed.

  33. roysan16 June 13, 2009 1:17 am

    Oh, oh another site (sport’shawaii.com) started (a day ago) a thread where UH recruits, Ma’afala and Lopati, will not qualify. Interesting talk surrounding this, where the two may end up at West Oahu next year before entering UH for the 2010 season.

  34. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 1:19 am

    Hopefully (J)J’s mother pulls through with her surgery.

  35. Ralph June 13, 2009 1:21 am

    CRW found a job yet….

  36. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 1:21 am

    A little perturbed that the personalized ad banners on the side and bottom of the blog page is trying to hawk colon-cleansing products…..like I really need that stuff!

    Come on, now!


  37. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 1:23 am


    Still looking. I’m in the running for a couple gigs…..one in SF and the odda in DC.

    We’ll see if I get either (or both).

  38. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:23 am

    What hospital is she in?

  39. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 1:24 am

    …..above post 37 should have said “SF-metro”…..

  40. Kekoa June 13, 2009 1:29 am

    ST ~ Check your cell phone text msg.

  41. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:29 am

    i think our blog host should consider this as his next karaoke performance.


  42. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:30 am

    Hey, any ad is good for us (we’re still down 10 percent. Grrrrr.)

  43. al ™ June 13, 2009 1:31 am

    kekoa….send me one email too.

  44. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:31 am

    You have to text at 256-0223.

  45. Stephen Tsai June 13, 2009 1:33 am

    Or just call me. I’ll be up another hour.

  46. roysan16 June 13, 2009 1:34 am


    Listening to Ron Lee, “This is the fastest team we have ever had”. He even mentioned the receivers, as a group, as being one of the best UH has ever had.

    Then you look at the RB, QB, SS, DB, offensive line and say.. wow.. we might surprise a few teams this year. I think we might.

    Get that punter and place kicker here and the special teams w/ Lane doing KR and Bradley doing the PR UH might surprise on special teams, too.

    The young players emerging like Laurel, Hanohano, Lewis Walker, Steve Stepter, Steven Christian, Paipai, Alasi–now if they come around there’s no excuse why this team can’t be better than last year.

  47. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 1:35 am

    Is Father’s Day this Sunday…..or next?

    Don’t wanna make the mistake of forgetting like I did on Mother’s Day this year…..

    Mum: Hi, CRW! How’s everything going?
    CRW: Everything’s fine on my end.
    Mum: That’s good. Everybody else called me today and I was wondering when you’d give me a ring.
    CRW: Was something special going on today?
    Mum: Today is Mother’s Day.
    CRW: [crickets chirping] [silence]

  48. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 3:18 am

    I share the optimism as well. All around we have better talent and are a bit deeper in all positions. There are obviously more guys who could start on this team and would definitely be starting on others. Regardless, the only thing I don’t see yet is a guy who can change the game, a go to guy. I mean don’t get me wrong we have some future stars and NFL talent, but that one guy you can rely on when the game is on the line. Like Ashley Lelie, Chad Owens, Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullens, Jason Rivers, Nate Ilaoa, the type of guys defenses would lose sleep over and she she pants on game day knowing they could take it to the house anytime they touched the ball. Guys have showed flashes but have been inconsistent to warrant being the go to guy. This year could have a couple emerge and seperate themselves. I’m keeping my eye on Rodney Bradley, Greg Salas, Kealoha Pilares, Inoke Funaki, and LWJ on offense. Defensively I hope the secondary lives up to the hype. With Rocky back on the line I’m sure he’s hungry to destroy QB’s and eat RB’s for lunch. Our linebackers can obviously hit and look to be intimidating. Can’t wait to see it all come together…looking forward to an exciting season…

  49. wafan June 13, 2009 4:15 am

    Good morning everyone!

  50. wafan June 13, 2009 4:19 am

    Prayers and super-positive thoughts to (J)J’s mom.

    Keep your head up, (J)J!

  51. wafan June 13, 2009 4:23 am

    All those lists sure brought back a ton of memories of good games, a rocking stadium, pre and post-game tailgates, and students running to get to their favorite seats.


  52. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 4:45 am

    those guys I was mentioning for all-time was as far back as I could remember. Guys like Larry Cole, Jeris White, Raphel Cherry, etc…was before my time…

  53. rich2176(Blackberry) June 13, 2009 4:57 am

    Morning everyone. Testing new toy.

  54. duffer (iPhone) June 13, 2009 5:40 am

    Prayers for j/j’s mom

  55. MeiLing June 13, 2009 6:02 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Prayers for (J)J’s Mom.

  56. d1島 June 13, 2009 6:06 am

    Great Morning All!

    …especially for (J)J and his Mom. Hopes for a successful recovery.

  57. d1島 June 13, 2009 6:12 am

    Good luck to Raphael and his OL cohorts as they “work” their way thru the summer.

  58. whitey June 13, 2009 6:40 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Speedy recovery for J/J mom and Happy Birthday Stephanie.

    MW started the day with a double bogey, but redeemed herself with a hole in one and is now even for the day.

  59. djmitcho June 13, 2009 6:49 am

    Good Morning All! Prayers and thoughts for J(J)’s mom.

  60. NYUH June 13, 2009 7:02 am


    Garret Gabriel, QB – Individual back-to-back performances against BYU matched anything Colt did and within a running offense.

    Jeff Synder, the original Hawaii Heisman candidate

    Dane McArthur – Caught passes when they counted.

    Chad Owens – even my wife would start what she was doing if he was lining up for a punt return.

    Travis Sims – 1,400 yards straight up the middle.

    and the list goes on…..

  61. kama krab June 13, 2009 7:14 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    Prayers go out to J(J) and his mom. May the lord be with both of you.

  62. Da Punchbowl Kid June 13, 2009 7:27 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Prayers for JJ’s mom. Here’s wishing her a speedy recovery. Hang in there Jesse.

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid June 13, 2009 7:28 am

    Good stuff on Ieru. The o-line will have some depth and talent this year.

  64. wafan June 13, 2009 8:08 am

    Still waiting for WSU to announce the kick-off time for the UH/WSU game. Does HF now work for the Cougs?

  65. layson June 13, 2009 8:16 am

    michelle wie is even par today thru 14, t37, at even par total
    anna nordqvist leading at 8 under par total has not teed off yet

  66. koakane™ June 13, 2009 8:16 am

    good morning to all 808 at heart, 8) looking like its going to be a bright, sunny and humid 90+ day again, stay cool where ever you at.

    prayers, best wishes and speedy recovery to jj’s mom. one of my fav younger monarchs and rat pack buddy

    off again so play nice now

  67. ai-ee-soos June 13, 2009 8:22 am

    Michelle Wie made a hole-in-one, par 3 seventh.

  68. Kekoa June 13, 2009 8:33 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Ohana!

    About James’ mom:

    Information was very brief last night, but J ames text me this AM and said that his mom is in the ICU at St. Francis Hospital. He will have more information soon.

    He thanks everyone for the prays for her recovery from surgery. The power of prayer helps our ohana once again!

  69. d1島 June 13, 2009 8:43 am

    Thanks for the update Kekoa.

    Prayers for (J)J and his Mom continue…

  70. J June 13, 2009 8:45 am


    Ahn Shi-hyun’s drive on the ninth hole at the LPGA Championship on Friday hit a robin, killing the bird in a puff of feathers.

  71. Kazz June 13, 2009 8:45 am

    Get good people at St. Francis, all will be well, BELIEVE.

  72. roysan16 June 13, 2009 8:51 am

    Continued concern and prayers for James’ Mom

  73. madeinhawaii June 13, 2009 8:55 am

    Prayers and best wishes for (Jesse)James’ mother.

    morning everyone

  74. MeiLing June 13, 2009 9:04 am

    Happy birthday to Stephanie Lum! Maryknoll grad, yeah.

    Hitting the road to get lost in Makakilo…

  75. Rob25 June 13, 2009 9:26 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!!

    Prayers and get well wishes to Jamie’s mom. Please let us know if you need anything Jamie!

  76. curveball June 13, 2009 9:27 am

    Prayers for (J)J and his Mom………………….

  77. Rob25 June 13, 2009 9:32 am


    You are safe! Father’s Day is June 21st.

  78. Rob25 June 13, 2009 9:45 am

    Is there a function today? Where did everyone go?

    I better get my butt in gear or I’m going to miss everything. 😳

  79. Ralph June 13, 2009 10:43 am

    Wie finishes 1 over today

  80. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 13, 2009 11:25 am


    Prayers and best thoughts for (J)J’s mom.


  81. ai-ee-soos June 13, 2009 11:44 am


    You should delete the last photo in

    Pookela Ahmad’s bio.

    Take a real good look at it; you will agree.


  82. al June 13, 2009 12:04 pm

    ai-ee-soos….ha, ha, ha.

    hey that’s just part of football. anyway i think that kid transferred out.

  83. g-nalo June 13, 2009 12:07 pm

    hello Tsaiko’s near and far

    wanted to add my prayers and best thoughts for (J)J’s mom too…….speedy recovery.

    yeah seems like the depth is getting better with good competition and hence depth everywhere? we’ll need it as players do get nicks and bruises throughout the season.

  84. roysan16 June 13, 2009 12:20 pm

    Re-Greg Alexander

    Another thought. Maybe you picked up on this, too. Looking back last year at Alexander, when he first came onto the scene, he had a go for broke style in how he ran the ball. He would punish the defenders on his runs. When you look at how Alexander was sacked 32 times in the 9 games he played–he still ended the season with a net of 139 yards. This is amazing. It saying that he has game and tenacity in him. It’s also saying he has a little shake and bake in him. For the other 58 times he carried the ball he gained 345 yards. Also to endure what he’s faced, maybe the opposing team’s defenders rushing him quickly, and still ending the season completing 63% of his passes is also amazing. IMO, what Alexander did last year under those conditions are unprecedented–for I think there’s very few QB around that be under that much duress/pressure and still do pretty well.

    A few adjustments, a few players stepping up and the O-Line improving and giving Alexander some love, aka time to pass, then it stands to be very optimistic for UH in the upcoming season. And for Alexander.

    On another note watching the rerun of the LaTech game last weekend got my juices flowing again (positive). It’s just like I can hear the drums beating again. K5 or maybe UHAD by spiking the fan’s interest with the summer reruns of last season’s games is winning over fans for the upcoming season. I think so.

    A look back at Alexander’s game stats from last season

    Florida-start (lost 56-10)

    11-21-2 57 -29 (rush) 12 (long) 3 (sack)

    The next five games he didn’t play.

    Weber, Oregon State, San Jose , Fresno State, LaTech
    (in the 5 games he didn’t play the OL gave up 15 sacks)

    Boise State-reserve (lost 27-7)

    3-4-0 44 +14(rush) 29(long) 2 (sack)

    Nevada-start (win 38-31)

    17-22-0 205 +21(rush) 29 (long) 3 (sack)

    Utah State- start (loss 30-14)

    13-27-0 186 +57(rush) 34 (long) 0(sack)

    New Mexico State-start (win 42-30)

    26-32-0 288 +37 (rush) 25(long) 4 (sack)

    Idaho-start (win 49-17)

    14-24-0 264 +9(rush) 82 (long) 2 (sack)

    Washington State-start (win 24-10)

    19-34-1 315 +43(rush) 48 (long) 5 (sack)

    Cincinnati-start (loss 27-24)

    28-42-1 275 +3(rush) 60 (long) 5 (sack)

    Notre Dame-start (loss 49-21)

    23-39-1 261 -16(rush) 42 (long) 8(sack)

  85. Da Punchbowl Kid June 13, 2009 12:57 pm


    Good info above. Recent history has shown that RnS QBs are better in their second year of starting. Coupled with other factors you shared above, it’s not hard to imagine that UH can be very explosive on offense next year. The key is the O-line, and I think they will surprise.

  86. Jack Flash June 13, 2009 1:17 pm

    James- i hope all is well with you and your mom. Aloha!

  87. Long Time UH Fan June 13, 2009 2:31 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers to JJ’s Mom!

  88. Garret June 13, 2009 2:45 pm

    James, I hope that your Mom is doing well and that the rest of your family is doing well also.

  89. Garret June 13, 2009 2:46 pm

    Feature article on Ikaika Alama-Francis.

    Now, Alama-Francis has started with a clean slate with the new coaching staff. With a new “get bigger and get stronger” edict for the team, Alama-Francis has gone from 275 pounds to 290 pounds and even joked that he’s getting taller.

    “Well, I’m wearing thicker cleats this year,” he said. “I’ve gained about half an inch.”

  90. Garret June 13, 2009 2:47 pm

    High school baseball umpire ejected the whole crowd!

    After both coaches were warned by Briggs, the crowd also drew a warning.

    When a fan yelled from the crowd, Briggs ejected the entire crowd from the game.

    Briggs then called West Burlington police, while West Burlington High School secretary Mary Storch, who witnessed the episode, called superintendent James Sleister, who came over to the field.

  91. madeinhawaii June 13, 2009 3:44 pm

    One day they’re gonna make a movie out of Briggs.. lol … and what’s worse, he’ll get the last laugh..

  92. Diogenes Sinope June 13, 2009 3:44 pm

    (J)J: Jamie: I wish your mother well!

  93. el guapo June 13, 2009 4:44 pm

    This kid is leaving high school early to play at CSN, a community college

  94. Kelli June 13, 2009 5:04 pm

    Yay for Ralph! I’m sooo proud of him! And I’m his favorite journalist? Cool!

    My thoughts go out to (Jesse)James’ and his family. Hang in there and here’s to a fast and complete recovery.

  95. wafan June 13, 2009 5:06 pm

    Dang. making it to 150 will be tough today.

  96. wafan June 13, 2009 5:08 pm

    Who would argue with Ralph about which journalist he likes?

    Kind of like that old joke about the 500 pound gorilla sitting where ever he wants.

  97. wafan June 13, 2009 5:10 pm

    Must be so hot there everything is either moving slowly or somewhere cool.

  98. wafan June 13, 2009 5:11 pm

    Any word on (J)J’s mom?

  99. wafan June 13, 2009 5:13 pm

    5 more wake ups with kids, then 1 staff day.

  100. wafan June 13, 2009 5:13 pm


  101. wahinefan June 13, 2009 5:42 pm

    Any chance Coach Takahara Dias gets this young lady to transfer

    Hawaii is in her top 4.

    Also any news on Vicky Taglicod and Shawna Kuehu?

    Getting those 3 players would vault the wahine to the top of the Wac.

  102. Stun Gun Pen June 13, 2009 6:19 pm

    I searched a long time for this info. I just have to say thank you for posting this.

  103. wafan June 13, 2009 6:23 pm

    I suppose one could always hope for a short so they knock themselves out.

  104. Da Punchbowl Kid June 13, 2009 6:40 pm


    Thanks for the stunning info.

  105. Committed Road Warrior June 13, 2009 6:46 pm

    What a horrifically slow day on the blog!

    Looks like I didn’t miss much today…..

  106. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 7:01 pm

    Greg Alexander should be inline for a great season. He has the weapons at his disposal. We have speed, depth, and INOKE in the backfield. The possibilities for this offense to be explosive is endless. Just think if LWJ finally gets loose, Rodney Bradley is as advertised, we all know what Salas, Pilares, Lane, and Medeiros can do. Blount, Taylor, Tinoco, Pollard, Avery, etc…all have the potential to explode. The Oline with a year more experienced, Senior leadership with Letuli, Kia, Estes, Ieru, and Hisatake…I’m sure they will hold down the fort. I’m ready for some football!

  107. Cindy C June 13, 2009 7:46 pm

    JJ, I am keeping your mom in my prayers.

  108. A-House June 13, 2009 7:47 pm

    While we are all exicted about 2009, I am concerned about getting an entire front 5 on the O-line and QB for 2010.

    Hope Ccoach Mack and staff has a replacement plan in place so the “reserves” can get some playing time this year. It would be no different than a succession plan for a company.

  109. Garret June 13, 2009 8:02 pm

    Bess was among the 3 players returning kickoffs for Miami today. Miami was not happy with Ginn’s kick returns last year.

    Davone Bess, Chris Williams and Brennan Marion were practicing returning kickoffs. Miami was among the worst in the league at both kick returns and kick coverage last season, and coach Tony Sparano said earlier in the day he’s on the lookout for guys who can help improve the special teams.

  110. Garret June 13, 2009 8:03 pm

    Report from Miami’s practice. This note was good:

    White to Bess underneath the coverage for a 10-yard score. After that drill ended, Bess staying behind to spend a few minutes for Bill Parcells, who jumps out of the golf cart to demonstrate a thing or two. The talk ended with Parcells giving Bess a fist bump.

  111. Garret June 13, 2009 8:04 pm

    The note from the morning practice was good, but this note from the afternoon practice wasn’t too good.

    Bess can’t catch a deep out to the LSL with Nathan Jones in tight coverage. Again, Sparano doesn’t seem pleased, but not sure if he’s mad at Bess or not. (Think so.)

  112. Garret June 13, 2009 8:05 pm

    KGMB article and video about the camp held at UH this weekend. I hope that the kids had a lot of fun and dream about growing up to be Warriors.

    This weekend is reserved for the kids camp. That’s for children in the age range of 5 to 12. Kids will go through the same exercises and drills as the Warrior football players do, and they’ll get hands on training from more than 20 coaches and current and former UH players.

    Last year more than a thousand kids showed up for all three camps and Coach Mack hopes this years turnout will be just as big. “The little guys come out on Saturday and Sunday,” McMackin said. “Their parents get all around the field it’s like having a little super bowl out there for little guys. It’s exciting for us just to get to work with all of the little guys.”

  113. Garret June 13, 2009 8:06 pm

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

    This theory might explain why the Neanderthals disappeared…modern humans ate them!

  114. Garret June 13, 2009 8:07 pm

    This seems like a simple way to combat global warming–paint our roofs, roads, and pavements white. Lightening the color to the color of cement would be the equivalent of eliminating all pollution from cars for 11 years! It also would reduce the need for air conditioning, which would eliminate even more emissions.

  115. Garret June 13, 2009 8:07 pm

    Japanese scientists might have found the gene responsible for hair loss, possibly leading the way to a cure for balding,

  116. Garret June 13, 2009 8:07 pm

    4,000-year-old skeleton found in India shows signs of leprosy and may help researchers figure out how leprosy originated.

  117. Garret June 13, 2009 8:08 pm

    Taiwanese man who lost $2 million at the Venetian is threatening to sue the casino for using feng shui to cause his losing streak. The Venetian has promised to refund $200k of his losses so far.

  118. Garret June 13, 2009 8:08 pm

    Free play links pau.

  119. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 8:14 pm

    A-House you right on that one…

    But not just QB and OLine most of the starting offense is Senior Heavy this year… Alexander, LWJ, Inoke, Rego, Lane, Medeiros, Kia, Letuli, Estes, Ieru, Hisatake.

    Not to mention our DLine will probably take and even bigger hit with all these Seniors…Rocky, Tufaga, Leatigaga, Fonoti, Brashton, Clore, Tua, Allen-Jones, Rink, Montgomery

    Hopefully the guys behind get some game time experience this year, but dayum that’s alot of talent and experience to replace…

  120. Pauoa Boy June 13, 2009 8:26 pm

    Put it this way, Davone Bess would be the only Miami receiver worth picking up in Fantasy Football…

  121. madeinhawaii June 13, 2009 9:04 pm

    Yep.. next season, 2010, is the real rebuilding year. New Offense. Will need new RBs, New Defense … and a pretty tough schedule.

    If Mac’s recruiting pans out, that should be the last rebuild, as each last year of eligibility senior would be backed by an up and coming ready-to-takeover underclassman.

    We shall see.

  122. al June 13, 2009 9:08 pm

    as for me….i am going to enjoy this year first. i agree that we will do much better than last year.

  123. COPO June 13, 2009 9:33 pm

    For what it’s worth, here’s my choice’s for all-time UH team, outstanding players are left off but these names, their impact at UH (many for NFL impact) warrant their selection to “my” all-time UH squad 1st team.

    QB – Colt Brennan
    RB – Nate Ilaoa
    FB – Nu’u Fa’aola
    TE – Ron Hall
    OT – Mark Tuinei
    OT – Leo Goeas
    OG – Vince Manuwai
    OG – Samson Satele
    OC – Jesse Sapolu
    WR – Ashley Lelie
    WR – Jason Rivers

    DE – Al Noga
    DT – Ma’a Tanuvasa
    DT – Isaac Sopoaga
    DE – Travis Laboy
    LB – Pisa Tinoisamoa
    LB – Niko Noga
    LB – Solomon Elimimian
    LB – Jeff Ulbrich
    DB – Rich Miano
    DB – Jeris White
    DB – Harold Stringert
    DB – Blaine Gaison

    Punt Returner – Jeff Sydner
    KO Returner – Chad Owens
    Place Kicker – Jason Elam
    Punter – Matt McBriar

  124. madeinhawaii June 13, 2009 10:14 pm

    Anybody remember Chad Mock?

    Chad Mock recently discovered his talent for speed walking. He is currently training for the 2012 summer olympics.

  125. wena June 13, 2009 10:26 pm

    A Belated birthday wish to Bulla!!!!!!!!!!

  126. d1島 June 13, 2009 10:38 pm

    Just back from a nice trip to the Wessai Ceded Lands.

    Good fun, fuud, frolic, fellowship….

    Long day. Oyasumina-tsai.

  127. wena June 13, 2009 10:43 pm

    Also a birthday wish to Stephanie Lum and J!!!!

    A speedy recovery to Jesse James mom. Will pray for her recovery.

  128. SteveM June 13, 2009 11:01 pm

    June 13th, 2009 at 10:43 pm
    Also a birthday wish to Stephanie Lum and J!!!!

    Was it J’s birthday today? If so, Happy Birthday J !!!

    Happy Birthday Mrs. las vegas !!!

  129. MeiLing June 13, 2009 11:10 pm

    Happy berfday, J!!!

    Hau’oli La Hanau, Mrs. Las Vegas!!!

  130. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2009 12:47 am

    Chad Mock was very underrated when he played at UH…hope he makes it to the 2012 Olympics…

  131. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 14, 2009 2:45 am

    Wow… Happy Birthday, Mrs. las vegas and “Please let the dog out, woof, woof, woof, woof!”

  132. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 14, 2009 2:46 am

    COPO- like your “blast from the past” list!

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  134. G1 TMobile Phone June 14, 2009 2:53 am

    It always amazes me what I learn by surfing the net. Thanks for your helpful articles.

  135. Kekoa (iPhone) June 14, 2009 2:57 am

    Late breaking update on J-Mom:

    A serious condition was corrected in the aftermath of a colonoscopy that went horribly wrong.

    Let’s pray for her careful recovery.

    Thanks to our good friends for making it a really wonderful day…and that includes ST!

  136. Kekoa (iPhone) June 14, 2009 3:16 am

    Mrs LV ~ Happy Birthday!

    Is that a wimper I hear from your dog’s house. What?! You don’t have a dog house..!

  137. Arizona Lemon Law Attorney June 14, 2009 3:18 am

    Adding to my rss reader. Great stuff. Keep it up!

  138. wafan June 14, 2009 4:34 am

    Good Sunday morning to everyone!

  139. wafan June 14, 2009 4:36 am

    I always learn something on this blog. I did not know there were laws governing lemons and a branch of law specializing in said laws. WOW!

  140. wafan June 14, 2009 4:37 am

    Happy birthday Mrs. Las Vegas!!!

  141. wafan June 14, 2009 5:36 am

    Shucks! Should have asked Rob25 for her autograph before she became famous.

  142. d1島 June 14, 2009 6:31 am

    Great Morning All!

    Happy Birthday J.

    Happy Birthday Mrs. las vegas.

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  147. wafan June 14, 2009 6:44 am

    We did not make it to 150 yesterday.

    Today is the day!

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  150. wafan June 14, 2009 6:45 am

    Time for a mid-morning nap.

  151. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2009 7:28 am

    Make that 152 pardner!

  152. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2009 7:30 am


    Good morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Continued prayers for Mama J.

  153. whitey June 14, 2009 7:31 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  154. whitey June 14, 2009 7:34 am

    MW starts off with an eagle, then has 2 birdies and 2 DOUBLE BOGEYS!!!!!!!! No can put together a round without the boogie man.

  155. MeiLing June 14, 2009 7:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Hope everyone has a great day.

    Prayers out for (J)J’s Mom & Mrs. KK for speedy recoveries.

  156. PIAA DS June 14, 2009 7:35 am

    Raphael may not like this, but Im going to say it anyway. He is one of the sweetest, most pleasant young men I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. May be mean as a snake on the field but hes just the kind you want to give a big hug to every time you see him. Im sure he doesnt want to be called sweet though!

    I spoke to Vantz Singletary often before he left Buffalo for 49ers and he always asks about Raphael. Said he reminds him of himself.

  157. Colomaohana June 14, 2009 7:45 am

    Good morning, Tsai-ko Ohana!

    Beeeg mahalo to Kekoa and Diana for opening their beautiful home on da Wessside to my ohana….all nine of us!! hahahaha…My keiki really enjoyed themselves and learned the game of Mahjong from Uncle Koakane….learned that JJ REALLY is Santa Clause (JJ….dat son rememba plenny stuffs, so FYI: You better keep whateva’ promises you made, ah!), and got a few piggyback rides from Uncle A-Joe (A-Joe: I told you! You carry ONE, you gotta give ‘um ALL a try, too!!)

    Prayers continue to go out to JJ’s mama, and Mrs. Koakane (I hope da drugs kickin’ in big time…I can only imagine da pain! I remember my mom’s recovery, and it wasn’t pretty..)

    Off to da water park, oh, Wet N Wild, today, so its back to the desert.

    Kekoa: I was telling A-sports that I tink only me and you guys live dis side. So, you gotta plan more stuffs at your house, k? 😉

  158. Kekoa June 14, 2009 8:48 am

    Colomaohana ~ We moved aftah you and your keiki left last night!…no forwarding address…nah! nah!…j/k!

    Just want to say that your keiki and your hooosban are very well behaved. They all told me yesterday that they pray that one day you too will learn to behave as well.

  159. Addahknowsports© June 14, 2009 9:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Had awesome time at Kekoa’s also. He and Diana are excellent hosts!

    I stay on Kauai already. First thing my dad is grumbling about the “frikken chicken” that wen wake him up at 4:00 this morning.

  160. jm2375 (21) June 14, 2009 9:57 am

    Howzit! Sitting at SEATAC, 4.5 hrs to go. Walked around Victoria yesterday. Wuz kicked off the ship at 10 am. took forever to check-in w/ NWA. Had a great time. Next cruise will be to someplace warm…

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