Anonymous donors

The athletic director should be commended for detailing an ambitious plan to increase fund-raising and improve the athletic department’s standing.

What also should be appreciated are the “anonymous donors” who have made contributions that cannot be found on bottom lines, building plaques or in state-of-UH speeches.

These donors don’t write big checks. But they give something more valuable: Time.

Three claps for:

• The coaches who began working even before they were officially on the payroll because athletic schedules aren’t synchronized to HR’s timetable.

• The graduate assistants who paid for their own school textbooks.

• The athletic trainers, equipment workers, and media-relations folks who are  caught in the athletic department’s new no-overtime-pay mandate. They have been told to hold their work to no more than eight hours each day and 40 hours each week. Last week, the football team practiced on Sunday. By Thursday, the day the team was to depart for the Oregon State game, the support staff was reaching the 40-hour limit. (In fact, the staff already exceeded it.) Told they would not receive overtime pay, they kept working, and haven’t had a day off since.

• The doctors, surgeons and nurses who volunteer their services and pay their own way to road games.

• The owner of a paint company who attends every UH football game, home and away. Before each game, he is helping to prepare the locker rooms. After games, he is collecting laundry and helping to pack the uniforms and equipment. He pays his own way, too.

• The same people who work in the athletic department all week are the ones working crowd control and assisting with introductions and other on-field events during football games at Aloha Stadium. They do this as part of the helping-each-other loyalty that is the fabric of the Aloha Spirit. They are not paid for working the games.

• The fans who pay for championship bracelets for the softball team, and the ones who contribute the post-match dinners for the volleyball teams.

UH is seeking donors with big checkbooks.

It already has donors with big hearts and small egos.


  1. Bugaz September 13, 2013 6:33 am

    Good rainy morning!

  2. tommui September 13, 2013 6:33 am


  3. Bugaz September 13, 2013 6:34 am

    Yes mahalo to all those who support our very own athletes.

  4. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:34 am


    Alive and….well, we’ll see how folks respond.

  5. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:35 am

    For myself,

    Mahalo! to those behind the scene folks who always make it happen,

  6. Haleakala September 13, 2013 6:39 am

    Yes, mahalo to all supporters!!!

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid September 13, 2013 6:40 am

    Top ten! And in such good company to boot!

  8. Haleakala September 13, 2013 6:40 am

    I give BJ credit for thinking big. Go for broke!

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid September 13, 2013 6:43 am

    Beautiful post, Mr. Tsai!

    Mahalo to the village it takes to build a Warrior team.

  10. WarriorMojo September 13, 2013 6:45 am

    Well said, ST.

  11. haka September 13, 2013 6:45 am

    The pillars of support are the foundation of the edifice of success.

    Mahalo to all that help the program succeed!

    Many like to talk, but few walk the walk.

    Let’s build, not tear down!

    Go Hawaii!

    Go Warriors!

    Go Wahine!

  12. d1shima September 13, 2013 6:48 am

    I will also be mindful of the Corporate Sponsors of UHAD when I’m out and about “consumin'”

    Those folks deserve no less for stepping up and contributing to the Programs.

  13. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 7:03 am

    Here here…three big boola boola cheers for these unsung heroes and patrons!!!

    Now, we lest we lose sight of the big picture and have undue criticism for the leadership that the Chow crew has provided thus far, here is a great article on Dennis Erickson;

    A man that has 2 national championships on his CV, no fewer than 9 seasons in which he won 8 or more games, and for good measure, coached a couple of NFL squads; SF and Seattle.

    He also has been fired no fewer than 4 times….where am I going with all this random banter? Well, in words that were more eloquent than mines..Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”Winston Churchill

    What people need to remember, is that any great and sustainable plan, whether it might be in business or on the football field takes a certain amount of time and patience. Unlike the corporate world, football has no succession planning. Thus, you start anew every time you have a new coach. Waxing the history of this blog, more than a few folks have questioned the bonafides of Coach Chow; in short, that is a fool’s errand. All one need look with a critical eye, is the same measures and analytics you would apply in a business posit: history of recorded success; relevant skill set to the job; and institutional comportment and attitude relative to the institution. He has all of them…

    The one are that does come out short, and which is systemic to a program like Hawai’i is not the ability to attract a known quality like a Coach Chow, but rather the resources to provide to him, i.e. money, so that he can retain an upper margin staff. Now, let me preface, we do have a solid crew with the present staff, but he is no doubt limited in the type of people he can hire. Many of the BSC programs, have not one or two, but three or more people that make 200plus as an assistant. So, if we were to identify an inflection point for improvement that only the university can address, I would submit this is a rather major one.

    That aside….Imua Warriors!

  14. PolyMom September 13, 2013 7:15 am

    Did you hear about Jackie Chan?

  15. d1shima September 13, 2013 7:16 am

    Ho Boo,

    I tink you tryna say, “Bring your checkbook.”

    Das right, ah?

  16. jm2375 September 13, 2013 7:26 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Mahalo to all those who give their time and/or money to UH athletic programs.

    On that note, mahalo to all those who participated in yesterday’s UH Rainbow Warrior Volleyball golf tournament. (Tall Asian Man and Small Asian Woman with large mouth 😀 ) Seemed like everyone had a great time. Got to meet some of the MVB newcomers and welcome back some of the returnees.

    BTW, proceeds from the tournament will help fund the fall trip to USC for a 2-day tournament.



  17. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 7:32 am

    15—d1shima—das right! Bottom line is like anything else: if you find a diamond in the rough in your organization, either you pay him or her, or otherwise, you have basically opened the door and invited them to leave…..

  18. PolyMom September 13, 2013 7:33 am

    Folks always trying to kill off Jackie.

    Ben Jay has an ambitious goal. Hope he can come through.

    Pray for our Warriors for no injury. And say a little prayer for Jesse Sapolu’s son Roman. 🙁

  19. WarriorNY September 13, 2013 7:40 am

    Great posts ST and Boola…

  20. WarriorNY September 13, 2013 7:42 am

    Good Morning to all… Have a great day!

  21. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 7:46 am

    WarriorNY–drink this weekend??

  22. Ipu Man September 13, 2013 7:57 am

    Another amazing ST essay. Thanks ST. Good job. GBU.

  23. Willie September 13, 2013 8:01 am

    Kudos to all especially Eric & his staff. He used to work on me when he was a student trainee, really great guy!

    Saw Texas Tech’s 2nd straight game & was very impressed again. They got a brand new coach, are 2- 0 with freshman QBs running a no huddle hurry up offense. Last week’s victory @ SMU was on the road & this QB was a walk on true freshman. Lot offseason left and they can’t sneak up on anyone anymore. Yesterday against #20 TCU he goes out with an injury & another freshman QB comes in to clinch with a TD pass.

  24. WarriorNY September 13, 2013 8:02 am


    Lets do it!

  25. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 8:03 am

  26. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 8:07 am

    Hehe, my emojis neva catch.

    Happy Aloha Friday From Paradise. We need the rain. That’s why everything is so green!

  27. Ipu Man September 13, 2013 8:08 am

    Poly Mom, news is that Jackie Chan’s death is a hoax

    and that he is very much alive…helps to promote his next movie

    I guess.

    Happy Yom Kippur. Shalom.

  28. Jonj September 13, 2013 8:14 am

    What time is the scrimmage?? I’d like to go.

  29. Jonj September 13, 2013 8:16 am

    I don’t have money to offer. But I would like to help getting the locker rooms finished. Who do I contact ST??

  30. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 8:19 am

    BC’s point regarding Ben’s Master Plan is well taken. The key will be buy in from the major stakeholders (legislature, corporate, private) and you get that buy in by involving them in the process.

  31. PolyMom September 13, 2013 8:20 am

    I know IpuMan, for ome reason they are always after Jackie Chan!!!

    Okay true football fans–

    BAMA or AGGIES? I love my AGGIES,

    USC or BC?

    Post your pics since the Warriors are off this week.

    Yom Kippur starts tonight. If I have hurt you or offended you, I apologize and hope you can forgive me.

    SHALOHA as we say in Hawaii.

  32. Warrior Storm Brewin September 13, 2013 8:29 am

    ST’s piece today reflects the heart of good people who are making a difference in UH football. Thank you for sharing! Very uplifting.

  33. Traitmanz September 13, 2013 8:33 am

    I have a feeling Jay somehow will get something out of Larry Ellison.

  34. Traitmanz September 13, 2013 8:34 am

    I go with Bama but wouldn’t mine if A&Manziels win either

  35. Former UH Athlete September 13, 2013 8:36 am

    Much Mahalos to all who contribute time and money to the program!

    Too bad UH can’t borrow some of Punahou’s donors for a while.

  36. gobows September 13, 2013 8:38 am

    #13 boola

    some people suggest dennis erickson tends to leave teams in worse conditions than when he took over. his last year at the university of miami, they didn’t win the big least and were pending ncaa sanctions, not to mention he had snapped several miami winning streaks along the way. and he left the san francisco 49ers as the worst team in the nfl after just 2 season.

  37. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 9:00 am

    36–Good point, thus you can plan for immediate returns or you can build for the future. Erickson is a unique case study, in that he represents the type of gun slinger that has a fairly decorated success rate at a half-dozen universities, but at what cost? Thus, the more germane question is what does the institution want out of the coach? Too many times, the adage ” be careful for what you wish” is much more appropriate than what portends on the surface.

    Now, at present, I think what serves as fodder for many, is that we have an individual that is obviously planning for the long-run, and trying to created internal attributes that we have longevity and moreover sustainability. Lets see if the administration we hold up their end with both resources and recognition of these efforts.

  38. turfwar September 13, 2013 9:15 am

    Thanks ST. The UH athletic staff really is a family and here’s hoping that the department can someday bring in enough money to at least pay these people for their time contributing to an endeavor that helps raise the quality for many of us. Another staff member who goes beyond the call of duty is the basketball secretary Bobby Omoto. She has been at virtually every NCAA summer league game for years supplying drinks, first aid, and support to the UH players participating. When she retires her dedication and those of many on the UH staff will be hard to replace.

  39. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 9:35 am

    35–While many of the Punahou alumni run in different circles than UH, you make a rather stark and profound comparison of the two institutions; one a state university and the other a prep school. One would think with the combination of legislative, federal (via research and technology) and alumni, that there would be no question who has the more ample endowment, unfortunately, it is Punahou with roughly 186 million to about UHs 176 million.

    While UH operates from the get-go under a deficit, that it is to say, it has a very small tax base in which to derive monies, in some ways it is sad that given the tens of thousands of graduates, who have walked through Manoa, there is not a more profound and sustained development objective achieved through its alumni network. Further, given that Punahou supports roughly only 3800 students versus the over 20,000, UH has to support, and some in some very technical and expensive disciplines, that money does not go very far. That said, there are certainly some branding and loyalty lessons the folks in Manoa can learn from those located on Punahou street.

  40. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 13, 2013 9:40 am

    Lots of unsung heroes at the UHAD and beyond. Mahalo, mahalo!

    That being said, the fact that the staffers are working beyond the 40 hours (and what seems like well beyond the 40) and not being compensated is very troubling. Mandating no OT but “allowing” them to work beyond 40 hours is horseshit.

  41. Bulla September 13, 2013 9:45 am

    mahalo to the many unsung heroes who continue to support our athletes despite the change in the wind all too often in the offices above…..

    let’s hope all the Warriors heal up in time to be ready for their next battle…have a great friday, and a better weekend 🙂

  42. jm2375 September 13, 2013 10:02 am

    Bulla! Long time no see! Howzit!

  43. PONO September 13, 2013 10:02 am

    It’s sad when a university is jealous of a high schools donors.

  44. (Jesse)James September 13, 2013 10:05 am

    GOod morning Tsaikos!!!

    Yes, Yes….Mahalo to all those unsung heroes. They never get the spotlight, never seek the spotlight, and do what they feel needs to be done in a purely altruistic way…Thank you from all of us. 🙂

    #40, well, you know, many of us work ridiculous amounts of OT, like say, over 400 hours of it…without compensation of any kind…. 🙂

  45. Marleysdad September 13, 2013 10:24 am

    Mahalo to all who volunteer their valuable time, effort, knowledge, ect.

    I wonder if they could change those positions from hourly to salary? They put in way too much time & effort, imagine if they got sick or had to miss work for whatever reason & were docked pay after putting in so much non-payed OT.

  46. greenthumb September 13, 2013 10:31 am

    Can only add my thanks to the everyday people who demonstrate their loyalty by giving time and support. Time and care are more valuable than money, and probably more meaningful to the student athletes, if not now then upon reflection as they continue their adult lives beyond school.

    Here is a link to a PDF from the UH athletics site. Although the cover page is dated July 1, it seems to be what Jay discussed yesterday.

  47. gobows September 13, 2013 10:44 am

    students taking action to halt tuition hikes:

  48. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 13, 2013 11:02 am


    Yep, and that is horsekaka too. Things need to change.

  49. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 13, 2013 11:05 am


    Not that sad when the HS donors include the likes of Steve Case and Pierre Omidyar.

  50. SteveM September 13, 2013 11:07 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Good blog entry today, ST!

    Money (expenses) SAVED as a result of volunteers should appear as a budget line item. Also the $$$ contributed to AKA and UH Foundation by the little guys.

  51. Kaneohe Resident September 13, 2013 11:24 am

    “Allowing” workers to work overtime without compensation is leaving UH in a position for a Federal lawsuit for permitting that practice. If the administrators know that no ovetime will be paid, in my opinion, the admistrators need to look at the staffing and job assignments to cover the work on-hand without the need to work overtime. Who’s in charge of that operation?

  52. (Jesse)James September 13, 2013 11:28 am

    #47…Go bows…..This has always been a touchy issue. I can relate to the student’s feeling that tuition hikes are terrible and that the bottom line is that it’s hurting their pocketbook. But the reality of it is that UH tuition ($4,600) is less than a majority of institutions out there when compared to comparable schools on the mainland. Most state universities charge more than what UH is charging their resident students for undergraduate degrees. Just looking at the UC system schools, the average tuition is $13,000. UW’s tuition is $12,397. Oregon State University’s tuition is $8,500. Smaller institutions like the University of Idaho is $7,000 for residents and Boise State is $6,500 for residents.

  53. Shadow September 13, 2013 11:30 am

    #13: Great point, Boola! Absolutely concur. Recruiting (to UH) follows suit too.

  54. (Jesse)James September 13, 2013 11:30 am

    #43…What’s funny about Hawaii residents is that most will support their high school even though they may have graduated from UH. I believe it was estimated that UH graduated over 200,000 people. If all of the alumni were to donate even a small amount to the university, that should result in a good chunk of change. However, for some reason, graduates of UH do not have a connection to the school….

  55. Old School Dave September 13, 2013 11:35 am

    Junior boy and honey girl got it good. They just don’t realize it.

  56. Old School Dave September 13, 2013 11:42 am

    I could start whining about when UH tuition was $240/semester back when or when you could fly to the neighbor island for under $100 r/t, but I won’t. Don’t get me started on gasoline. Saw an old Andy Bumatai video from the late 70s and in one scene he drove past a gas station that was 79 cents a gallon. How much are senior discounts at McDonalds?

  57. biggestuhfan September 13, 2013 11:45 am

    Great post ST. People like this are the ones that get the least attention, but should really be getting the most.

  58. d1shima September 13, 2013 11:57 am

    $25 one-way coupons for flying inter-island

  59. Old School Dave September 13, 2013 11:57 am

    A big MAHALO to all of the UH staff, volunteers, supporters for all they do to support the athletic teams. More should be done to recognize their unselfish efforts. Stark contrast to all of the negative comments on other SA message boards cutting down anything and anyone associated with the UH Athletic Program.

  60. d1shima September 13, 2013 11:58 am

    …no reservation

    …no security screening

    …no fuud confiscation

  61. d1shima September 13, 2013 11:59 am

    If only….


  62. Kevin September 13, 2013 12:21 pm

    Boosters could write a book. Maybe one day.

  63. Maddog50 September 13, 2013 12:26 pm

    Had a chnace to visit with Ben Jay in Portland….talk about genuine….he is that and more. I was there with 4 mature “Warriors” for the game. I think I shamed a few into sending in a few bucks for the cause….all we can do is be appreciative and give back, in the hope that those that benefit will feel like I do…..thankful for what I got and how it turned out. I have more Na Koa shirts than day of the week (I have also turned down a few). I hope folks appreciate what they are doing and going to do…..they can count on my support…Go Warriors!!!!!! Beat them dogs!!!!

  64. d1shima September 13, 2013 12:33 pm

    Which dogs? Not the mad ones, eh?

  65. SteveM September 13, 2013 12:50 pm

    RE: #56

    Old School Dave — I thought you were older. In my senior year high school, gas was 39 cents a gallon (“ethyl”– the most expensive grade), UH tuition was $120/semester plus $15 (?) athletic book for football/basketball, Mid-Pac and Hawaiian flight coupons under $30 one way, and no MacDonalds yet. Oh yeah, Grace’s lunch wagon at UH was 65 cents a plate.

    The UH student athletic fee today is very reasonable at $50 and certainly hasn’t caught up with tuition hikes.

  66. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 12:52 pm

    49–Good point! And from every topic, subject and profession around. Everyone from Norm himself to Lenny Kakua’s BF, to Henry Marsh to Mosi to Mark Tuinei to Fred Hemmings to a whole lot and lot of doctors here in Hawai’i and abroad, to numerous attorneys nationally to Brian Schatz to Barry, Henry Kapono (C&K) to Carrie Inaba, Gerry Lopez to Buster Crabbe, Kaui Hart Hemmings (writer of the descendants) to Blair Parry-Okeden (who folks may not know was at one time the wealthiest person in Australia. So, in addition to Case and Pierre, they have a very deep deep rolodex, and well, it shows……..

  67. jimmy the lock September 13, 2013 12:53 pm

    Hooray for the anonymous donors, and the blood donors.

    People in Hawaii no ask what college you went, they ask “Wot skool u went? Wen u went grad?”

    So Maddog50 you met Ben in Portland 3 times?


  68. Stephen Tsai September 13, 2013 12:55 pm

    I think it’s really good to have dreams and goals. But at the same time, the hope is that UH can use some of that additional $8 million to hire workers or pay overtime.

    UH is in a difficult financial position. It would be worse if so many people didn’t donate love time.

  69. Wes'side Warrior September 13, 2013 12:55 pm

    Howzit, Gang!

    First off, mahalo nui to all da “Givers” out dea! Without you, da boat no can go!

    And speaking of boat… Da bursts of heavy rain, followed by constant light rain, has shown me something… get one leak in dis roof! Dang it!

    With da alternator on da way, and a broken splashguard to fix, I have put aside everything to wander… “Up on the roof…”. What a great song! Too bad it wasn’t on my mind during the rain, while I was patching what I hope were a couple of problem spots.

    If it ain’t one thing, it’s another!

    Hope you all have a great day and a safe and happy weekend! We got two birthday parties to attend, plus a bachelor party tonight in Waikiki. Trying to figure out when I can sneak in a little nap…

    Laterz… gotta check to see if my battery is fully charged yet, or not.

  70. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 12:56 pm

    And relative to other universities nationally, that is to say,public institutions, UH-Manoa is almost a bargain. See, these are the 10 least expensive public schools for in-state students, accounting for tuition and required fees (but not room and board, books, transportation, or other miscellaneous costs):

    School Name In-State Tuition & Fees (2010-11) U.S. News Rank & Category

    New Mexico Highlands University $2,952 RNP, Regional Universities (West)

    Macon State College (GA) $3,082 RNP, Regional Colleges (South)

    Fayetteville State University (NC) $3,637 RNP, Regional Universities (South)

    California State University—Northridge $3,702 77, Regional Universities (West)

    Elizabeth City State University (NC) $3,707 22, Regional Colleges (South)

    University of Wyoming $3,726 153, National Universities

    University of North Carolina—Pembroke $3,890 RNP, Regional Universities (South)

    North Carolina A&T State University $3,899 RNP, National Universities

    Eastern New Mexico University $3,900 RNP, Regional Universities (West)

    Fort Hays State University (KS) $3,942 RNP, Regional Universities (Midwest)

  71. Stephen Tsai September 13, 2013 12:57 pm

    For instance, I hear the strength coach came in earlier, on his own, because UH needed to start the offseason conditioning program. It’s great someone will pay his own way, but a program can’t depend on the goodness of others.

  72. Stephen Tsai September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

    Also, what’s happening at UH is not unique. Your co-workers and probably yourself give love time to their company. This is Hawaii. This is what people do.

  73. jimmy the lock September 13, 2013 1:09 pm

    Like back in the day when the neighbors poured cement, every one on the street came to help.

  74. Old School Dave September 13, 2013 1:09 pm

    SteveM: UH tuition for residents has always been affordable. Can’t beat $120/semester when you were there or $240/semester when I was there. I wonder why they stopped charging the UH activity/athletic fee? Univ of Washington tuition is $12,397 for in-state residents.

    Plate lunches today are pushing $10, and some of those are the minis!! Graces was the best back then (in the lunch wagon) as far as value, portions, and good food.

  75. Old School Dave September 13, 2013 1:12 pm

    I knew a guy who played at Utah State back in the early 80s. He said that through community donors and a large volunteer effort, they expanded their stadium from 20,000 to 30,000 in order to meet the NCAA mandate for minimum stadium capacity for D-I status.

  76. jimmy the lock September 13, 2013 1:14 pm

    One thing good about this week is can kapu more than one stall for tailgate!

  77. greenthumb September 13, 2013 1:41 pm

    Re 51/Kaneohe Resident’s post about a lawsuit. My understanding is that if people are doing time sheets or time cards, the government (feds?) can review materials even without a lawsuit and require back pay, even years after the fact. Long ago, I got a letter in the mail that I was due money from this company and to go in during business hours on any of a few specified days, bring ID, sign a release and get a check. I thought it was a joke because although I worked crazy hours, I’d never complained. However, the letter was for real. If this happens in the private sector, gotta think that it would hold true in the public sector, too, right?

  78. Wes'side Warrior September 13, 2013 1:52 pm

    Trying to get caught up a bit…

    Aloha, RC! So sorry to hear of Gavin Smith’s situation/circumstances.

    Our prayers for his family.

  79. jimmy the lock September 13, 2013 1:53 pm

    If an employee gets injured during free overtime work can that employee receive workers comp benefits?

  80. Ipu Man September 13, 2013 2:04 pm

    ST, you don’t get compensated for this blog, right?

    If I wuz your boss, I would give you a raise…

  81. A-House September 13, 2013 2:10 pm


    absolutely correct – all it takes is a disgruntled person, who years later, may say, “self, you got suckered into many OT hours without pay” and file a lawsuit.

  82. A-House September 13, 2013 2:11 pm

    perhaps Hawaii is unique in that alumni of high schools are more interested in donating $$ to that school and not UH.

    wonder how often this happens on the mainland?

  83. tommui September 13, 2013 2:12 pm

    #52 (Jessie)James:

    Unfortunately, most/if not all students, feel that the State “owes” them and that they should get free tution and all UH professors should be (high priced) Nobel winners. Remember ASUH and Ka Leo protesting the athletic fees going up to $50

  84. boolakanaka September 13, 2013 2:24 pm

    83-The sage counselor has hit it on the head. Again, viewing this from a perspective of what other states and moreover state funded universities, UH-Manoa is on the very upper margin of affordability and value.

    A little digression–those state schools that have national reputations, e.g. CAL, UT-Austin, UMichigan, etc….are only in those position because of specific conscription by their respective legislatures decades ago to become primary research institutions. Further, they are supported by large state tax bases, and their tuition is far higher than most other states.

    Bottom line, to a certain degree, you do get what you pay for in higher education–and this is especially true in sciences and technical fields. Don’t get me wrong, you can obtain a top notch education at UH, but you are going to have to apply yourself, and do much of the leg work on your own.

  85. (Jesse)James September 13, 2013 2:27 pm

    #83 Tom….I agree. I for one thought I got a good deal at UH for my $700 a semester. I worked @minimum wage to pay off my own tuition and books and expenses. I never was one that protested the increases in tuition that were proposed during my time but, just like today’s students and Ka Leo, many individuals did protest the tuition hikes back then and they were put off for almost 5 years. The year after I got out, the tuition went up like 120 – 125 percent. People were stunned at the amount of the one time increase. However, if we had done it gradually over the 4.5 years I was at UH, it wouldn’t have been such a hard, one time hit. Just saying….

  86. Manoa Mist September 13, 2013 3:20 pm

    #73 Great memories about those days Mr. Lock. Remember once me and my Pops was struggling to pour our patio foundation, it was just me an him and we was dying. A Hawaiian brother looked over the fence, saw us struggling and jumped right over as soon as he got his boots. Then our Japanese neighbor from across the street came over too. Hawaii is a special place and we should never forget that.

  87. jimmy the lock September 13, 2013 3:41 pm

    Completely agree Manoa Mist. But alas, some things seem to be fading away. Even the friendly wave or shaka when letting someone merge or change lanes is almost non-existent with the newbies.

    One more time! GO WAHINE VB and SOCCER!

  88. Pomai September 13, 2013 3:42 pm

    #40 – you just don’t get it… Hope you do some day!

  89. jm2375 (iPad) September 13, 2013 4:14 pm

    Those employees working OT should at least get comp time off. Most salaried employees don’t get OT pay but get comp time at the discretion of their supervisors.

  90. Mano1 September 13, 2013 4:27 pm

    #73 & #86 – In the late 1980’s when I moved in Mililani I poured cement and it just happened to rain and three of my neighbors came out without asking and helped me an friend. Yes…Hawaii and its aloha culture is special. We can hope to pass it along through our own daily actions.

    To all the UH donor of money, time, effort, material and passion….thank you.

  91. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 13, 2013 4:28 pm


    i hope i never do.

  92. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 13, 2013 4:30 pm


    Yep. At the bare minimum they should be getting some comp time. Hope this is the case.

  93. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 5:24 pm

    Pau Hana! You know what time it is Gangee!

    ……….Roof Da Wildcats X 2! Let’s Go Bows!

  94. madeinhawaii September 13, 2013 5:31 pm

    Part of the problem is that tuition increases since the 70’s is more than twice the inflationary rate.

  95. madeinhawaii September 13, 2013 5:31 pm

    Oops I should have said 3x.. not 2x

  96. Former UH Athlete September 13, 2013 5:35 pm

    UCLA (+3.5) at Nebraska

    Texas A&M (+9) vs Alabama

    Penn St (-5.5) vs Central Florida

    Eagles (-8) at Chargers

    Book it!

  97. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 5:38 pm

    87 Jimmythelock: regarding the lane change thank you, which we practice religously as a family, I once kept a tick mark survey of who waved with a thank you and who didn’t. With some exceptions, an overwhelming number of caucasian and foreign national asian type drivers did not wave thank you while the “local” drivers again with a few exceptions, did take the time to wave. Very unscientific I know but see if you notice the same.

    Hey Jimmy, how about a stupid joke to take us into the weekend!

  98. Former UH Athlete September 13, 2013 5:47 pm

    82. It’s pretty unique to Hawaii because of how many private schools there are. Being from the mainland, the vast majority of alma mater donations go to the college, not high school. Based off what Ive seen, there’s little give back to public schools. I have not stats to back that up but that’s what it feels like.

    Just my opinion… public schools/universities seem to be treated like something that’s there because it has to be. I think that because the government funds public schools, feel less inclined to donate because they don’t know if their money will be used wisely.

    When you have private schools, students/alumni feel like their experience was a high privilege because its not easy to get admitted and to some extent, feel lucky to be there. So theres a better feeling to donate. Also, private schools solicit donations much more aggressively because donations help fund their operations. They don’t have the state funding to pay their expenses.

  99. kifi September 13, 2013 5:50 pm

    Great post Stephen Tsai. Thanks to all the donors.

  100. Pomai September 13, 2013 5:51 pm

    #91 – That’s too bad, but thank God their are some people who believe in something and want nothing in return except the feeling they get in what they do!!!!

  101. kifi September 13, 2013 5:55 pm

    Thanks especially to the Softball booster club.

  102. kifi September 13, 2013 5:58 pm

    Thought I was done with math a long time ago. Don’t quite understand what +9 and -3.5 and +7.5 equals. I’m sure there be some other blog for all of you diehard mathematicians.

  103. kifi September 13, 2013 6:02 pm

    Obviously wasn’t an English major either.

  104. jm2375 (iPad) September 13, 2013 6:08 pm

    FUHA – #98 – maybe it’s just me, but as an alum of a private university with a large endowment, I don’t feel the need to donate. My HS is now a charter school, so I give what I can in time and money. I also now give my time and money to certain UH sports programs because I believe they deserve a lot more than they are getting. The school that I used to work in at UH was dismantled and I will not forgive them for that until the currently existing program is elevated back to its previous status as a school.

    We now return to you to regularly scheduled programming.

  105. kifi September 13, 2013 6:10 pm

    This blog once was about football, fun, family, friends, fishing, and eating. So we had to stop eating because it doesn’t start with an F. We gotta stop trolling. Also need to stop gambling. That starts with a G. Should probably stop calling each bother names, that starts with an I, for immature.

    Cancel that, I’m immature.

  106. kifi September 13, 2013 6:17 pm

    No word on how the scrimmage went today.

  107. kifi September 13, 2013 6:18 pm

    Whatever happened to Ethan Watanabe?

  108. Da Punchbowl Kid September 13, 2013 6:18 pm

    kifi –

    105 – +1

  109. kifi September 13, 2013 6:19 pm

    So who’s scheduled to return from their missions in 2014? Was it John Ursua and Gus Lavaka?

  110. gobows September 13, 2013 6:19 pm

    #75 old school dave

    usu’s romney stadium seating capacity: 25,513. last years 11-2 team only averaged 20k.

    3-9 hawaii averaged 30k.

  111. kifi September 13, 2013 6:20 pm

    DPK, for your finite mind. Math starts with an M, not an F.

  112. gobows September 13, 2013 6:24 pm

    kifi… more useless math

    2+2= fish

    3+3= 8

    7+7= triangle

  113. kifi September 13, 2013 6:25 pm

    I seriously believe that for a population of 1 million people, a crowd of about 32,000 people is adequate for a Warrior game.

  114. kifi September 13, 2013 6:36 pm

    #112 – das mean gobows.

  115. kifi September 13, 2013 6:41 pm

    So with Gus Lavaka returning in 2014, and if our commitments remain committed. Our freshman class of linemen will have the following:

    Gus Lavaka 6-4 300

    Micah Kapoi 6-3 295

    Samuel Lauaki 6-3 250

    Ka’au Gifford 6-3 250

    Go coach Chow, continue bringing in the big athletic boys. That will make all the difference in the world.

  116. Da Punchbowl Kid September 13, 2013 6:42 pm

    Finite starts with F, Infinite starts with I. Not sure what that means, but it sounds profound at this moment.

  117. kifi September 13, 2013 6:44 pm

    Does anyone know the status of Elijah Tupai and John Wa’a? Are they both t

    redshirting this year?

  118. Da Punchbowl Kid September 13, 2013 6:47 pm

    A wise football analyst once said, “Believe what you see with your eyes.”

    Been watching practice and games and from what I have seen with my eyes, 115+1.

  119. madeinhawaii September 13, 2013 6:48 pm

    It doesn’t matter how big the guys you bring in are.. it’s how good they are against the team they are playing. We don’t have enough of those.. If this doesn’t work, then do that… kind of plays… We have, If this doesn’t work, try try try again…

  120. A-House September 13, 2013 6:52 pm


    very busy at work and appreciate your post of those who unselfishly donate whatever they can to UHAD – happens in many organizations in Hawaii including the Federal and city and counties and businesses.

    we were surprised to learn that Portland has a population of only 638,000 – believe city and county of Honolulu is about 860,000

    Rasmussen must be glad to be home with all the flooding in and around Boulder, CO.

    any word if wahine soccer team won?

  121. Jeezy33 September 13, 2013 7:08 pm

    Any scrimmage updates?

  122. kifi September 13, 2013 7:16 pm

    119 – Actually MIH, I believe that it does matter how many big, athletic guys you have. The more you have the better. Remember the two key words are big AND athletic. All of Hawaii’s best linemen from the past were both big and athletic. Tala Esera, Dane Uperesa, Samson Satele, Isaako Sopoaga to name a few. All were good sized and very athletic. Having good lines on both sides of the ball gives a team a good place to start when designing a team.

  123. mo808 September 13, 2013 7:31 pm

    🙂 Big Mahalo to all who give selflessly to the UH Football Program (off da clock & on the down low)! You are a big reason for the success of the program. This same willingness to bless others is evident in Hawaii’s other sports programs too! Thank you everyone for going above and beyond because you care!

  124. Slugger September 13, 2013 7:48 pm

    Evening, gang! Very well written & observant blog article, ST. There are dedicated people both in & outside of the Athletic Dept.

    Night all!


  125. jm2375 September 13, 2013 8:00 pm

    Since Mr. Ellison is an avid sailor, maybe he can provide the sailing team with upgrades, fund the whole budget, etc.

  126. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 8:01 pm

    Its a BLOCK PARTY at The Stanley so far. Set 1 for the Wahine.

  127. Rodney September 13, 2013 8:06 pm

    Any practice tomorrow ?

  128. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 8:25 pm

    Da Block Party Continues…..2-0

  129. cocobean September 13, 2013 8:40 pm

    Naming rights. T. C. Ching Athletic Complex. Larry Ellison(Oracle). Harry and Jeanette Wienberg(Harry and Jeanette Wienberg Foundation). Pierre Omidyar (Ebay).

    Rather than naming a facility/gym or field after a Corp. i.e Hawaiian Airlines Field I think Ben Jay should approach “whales” with the idea of naming something after the donor and not his/her company

    BJ should check the history of big local companies. The approach is to immotalize the name of their founder or key figure in their history.

    Midsize local companies – Charlie Higa(zippy’s) Strenght and Conditioning Center. Maurice J. Sullivan(Foodland) Women’s Locker Room.

    Just a thought.

  130. clyde September 13, 2013 8:54 pm

    Re: A-House @ 120. Fujimoto with a hat trick as Wahine soccer team leads 4-1 with about two minutes to play.

  131. 3-Prong September 13, 2013 9:06 pm

    …..and Aloha!

  132. islandman September 13, 2013 9:50 pm

    Echoing # 51; it’s a violation of Federal law and State CBA’s to allow workers to work overtime without pay.

  133. LizKauai (mbp) September 13, 2013 9:54 pm

    Wow, so nice to see the familiar look of the blog again!

    Caught the very last set of Wahine Volleyball… so happy it is being streamed!

    Congrats to the SoccerBows too!

    Have a great BYE weekend, everyone. Sweet Rainbow Warrior Dreams!

  134. Kekoa September 14, 2013 12:22 am

    Liz ~ Trolls are enjoying a bye week. They’ll be back on game day, becuz we’re the only blog that allows them the freedom to exercise their right to be hateful. We know them to be like empty trash cans…they make the most noise.

  135. Moocher September 14, 2013 1:40 am

    Seems to me hawaii’s crowd is old…always has been.


    the constants that have always been are:

    aloha stadium

    older crowd

    saturday games

    an evening start time.

    parking issues

    swap meet

    hard for neighbor islanders to come to games

    Things that have changed since sell-outs back in the 80’s

    cable tv

    pay per view


    the schedule of teams we play

    and the biggest-rivalry games

    As for big name schools coming to town, remember when it was like a once in a lifetime event when they came to town-we all had to see it. Now, not so.

    so what constants do we need to change? what things that changed do we need to re-think? Where or who are our true rivals that was almost a guaranteed sell-out? Big name schools, it seems instead of us breaking the bank to get them here, we need to go to their house for body-bag games.

    Imagine a schedule of away games at Florida and Michigan (or 2 big name body bag games)

    other games with BYU, Boise St., Utah, Fresno St. Air Force, Navy, Army, Notre Dame, and other ex-rivals or teams we hate but love to play.

    In my opinion we can have a bad team, but if its a rival or special interest game we do tend to show up.

    In my opinion what’s hurting football is a sub-par team as far as wins goes, and teams on our schedule that just don’t move us, or games that don’t have something on the line-like a championship.

    The fan that comes to all games, he will be there no matter what. But to be real, it has to be a game or a team we play that does matter to get the rest of the fans in the stands.

    And this is just the tip of the iceberg.


  136. Maddog50 September 14, 2013 2:34 am

    What I had to say was worth repeating!!!

  137. A-joe September 14, 2013 2:36 am

    The spirit of Aloha lives in each and every one of us. It’s up to us if we want to share and perpetuate it.

    No wait for others to justify and spread da aloha. Be that braddah that jumps the fence to help his neighbor to pour cement and expect nothing in return. Do ‘um just because. Do ‘um cause das how we roll in da Aloha State.

  138. Maddog50 September 14, 2013 2:49 am

    In my previous post regarding beating the dogs….we all know dogs are descendants of the specie known as “wolves” one week away from win number 1!!!!!!

  139. PolyMom September 14, 2013 5:01 am

    While I love Hawaii and it will always be home for me. The keiki and people must learn from the great Milt Freidman…There is no such thing as a FREE lunch.

    Tuition is ridiculously cheap for the University tuition. Parents should be saving from the day you have a child to send your kid to college. I was a single Mom who was alone. I saved 20 bucks per pay check. As I made more I saved more. The University if Hawaii is in the TOP 150 Universities in America. I’m going to be frank, not all children should be in college. That’s just a fact. As parents it is our duty to try to give our children better opportunities then we had. I tried. My own kid was a late bloomer. Did not graduate college until 25. He worked for the ABC stores thinking he would be able to get to at least mid management. I told him he was nuts!!! He had the wrong last name. When he finally realized he needed to attend college, I made him attend a JC College. El Camino. He then transferred to Cal State Long Beach JD attained his degree in Computer information Technology. Let me say this, it took him several months of temping before he got his first big job at Toyota Corporation. Starting pay, 58,000 bucks per year. He’s now worked his way being patient and makes 6 figures. Not bad. Heck my first job in Hawaii I made 13,000 bucks a year. Back in the 70’s women were passed over. First Hawaiian Management training paid only 450 bucks per week. Who could live on that? But the men were making 700 bucks per week.

    Folks need to realize it cost money to live. I worked 2 jobs to send my kid to Cenrtal Union Pre School. And then to Star of the Sea and Mid PAC since he was not Punahou material. I understood that. But I still gave Punahou money every year. Even if it was 25 bucks, I gave them money. I appreciated the financial aid I got from them.

    College I had to take out student loans. I paid them off. Took me 10 years but I did it. My Mom pid what she could. But I still had to work at a farm stand and then at Sears to have some extra money. At UCSD our Saturday night was young to the midnight show of Rocky Horror picture Show. Some times Mosi Tatupu would invite us to come see a USC game. We caught the Greyhound Bus to the game. Cost 4.75 round trip. We slept on the floor in Mosi’s room. They would sleep in other dorm rooms. Those were fun weekends.

    All I see folks do is complain. Parking is cheap. In my little town you get 7 minutes for twenty-five cents in the meter. In downtown LA it cost at Cedars Sinai, 5 bucks for 15 minutes. Property taxes are cheap there. But pay is low. Why?its a trade off you get health insurance with your job there. Most folks get no health insurance unless you are in a union or at a BIG corporation. Queens was like 7 bucks maximum.

    Students complain about a 50 dollar athletic fee. Give me a break! Tuition must go up. There is no law that says college is free. Unions are killing Hawaii, California has bankrupted Detroit the Motor City. Politics and our lawmakers need to do what’s right for the majority of the populous. Who makes 100 percent of their pay in their pension?

    It’s time for people to wake up and smell the coffee. If you want a college education it’s not FREE. Study hard, apply for grants, schollies and loans if you have to. But be pro active and stop complaining people. I could have gone to UH and lived at home. But I wanted that mainland experience.

    Sorry but tired of all the whining about wanting everything for FREE. It’s time to put up, or shut up. Move on and move forward in life. My husband and I never went to UH. But we give and dig deep. Why? I love Hawaii. It will always be home. My husband and I give to football. We have founded a program for UH Hilo. And we are working next with Mania.

    Shana Tova ( Happy New Year) to you and all of yours.

  140. PolyMom September 14, 2013 5:04 am


  141. 3-Prong September 14, 2013 6:25 am

    You Tell Em Polymom!

  142. PolyMom September 14, 2013 6:48 am

    Thanks. Folks gotta get with reality!

  143. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2013 7:38 am

    LOL… Not be outdone, but the Big 10 refs are trying to stake their claim for worst refs. They somehow botched a FG call. UCLA clearly missed wide right, but the ref under the goalpost called good.

    At least the reply booth overturned and made the correct call. Big 12 refs still have a firm grasp of worst refs with their performance on Thursday’s TCU v TxTech game.

  144. Ipu Man September 14, 2013 7:41 am

    Amazing PM…

  145. Hilo Moon September 14, 2013 7:51 am

    Polymom – well said and well done!

  146. Slugger September 14, 2013 7:58 am

    Good morning, gang!

  147. DaMenehune September 14, 2013 8:04 am

    Polymom Right on! Any thoughts on coming home

    and running for office?

  148. boolakanaka September 14, 2013 8:06 am

    139–Agree with everything you said, except for that UH-Manoa is not considered by most academics to be in the top 150. Now let me preface by saying I have many undergraduate degree from UH-Manoa, and that the school more than fulfills it mission as a state university to its fortunate citizens. But, by most of the metrics that go into the ranking of schools, it is not considered a top 150 school–those schools that are ranked above Hawai’i have significant more research dollars, endowment, tighter faculty-student-ratios, and higher graduation rates.

    That said, Manoa has many exceptional programs, and produces more than its’ fair share of scholars, but its major role is to provide a major college experience/opportunity for its residents, and it does that in exceeding fashion. But, because a variety of factors and the primary objectives of its own intent, it does have some limitations. See: and

  149. boolakanaka September 14, 2013 8:07 am

    Opps meant to say that I have an undergraduate degree, NOT many.

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