Augie was today’s chat guest


Augie Tulba, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, was today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show. The show will replay throughout the week. It’s available at the sports section of this site.

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Speed kills.
But yesterday, it was the slow-motion drills — power lunges — that were killing Dustin “Da Bizzness” Blount.
“My legs are burning,” said Blount, who was being tutored by Anthony Pollard, father of UH wideout Royce Pollard.
Blount will enter training camp as a challenger for playing time at slotback. He took a couple of minutes to answer questions from the Warrior Beat.

Going for the blue.
“In (elementary) school, we used to race for little blue slips that you can trade in for prizes. I was always first.”

His last name is pronounced Blunt.
“That’s what it is.”

The story  behind the goatee:
“When I take off my helmet, the girls can go, “oooh.”

The story behind his tattoo of a crown on a football accompanied by the words, “King of the Field.”

“I always wanted a tattoo with a crown. My brother had a tattoo of a basketball with a crown. His tattoo said, ‘King of the Court.’ I said, ‘My thing is the field.’ This is my first one. It was sore. There was pain, but it got better. After I got it, I thought, ‘Why did I get this tattoo first?’ I should have gotten ‘Jesus’ or ‘Lord.’ That will be my next one. Jesus is the king of the field.”

He answers to Da Bizzness and Agent 6.
“That’s my jersey number. They gave me 28 when I got out here (last summer). I went with it. I wasn’t going to say anything. I was a newcomer, and (quarterback) Tyler Graunke was here longer than me. He deserved it. He was a senior. I didn’t play that year, so I wasn’t really trippin’. When the season ended, I went to coach’s office and asked for No. 6.”

He was born in Compton, moved to San Bernardino, and then, at age 18, moved back to Compton.
“It was hard (in Compton). You see people out there bangin’. I stayed in the house most of the time. The first day I got back (to Compton), there was a shooting across the street. The dude didn’t get shot. But someone was 15 yards away and shot at him. He missed, I guess. It was pretty rough.”

Why so happy lately?
“I’m a Laker fan. I’ve been a Laker fan since I was little. … I once took a picture of Kobe doing a windmill dunk (during warmups). They were playing against the Spurs. I was in the stands. It was right before the game. He couldn’t hear me, but he was looking at me, and I did this (made a windmill motion).”

If he could change the Lakers’ purple-and-gold color scheme …
“I would go with green and black.”

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Upon further review, UH is retracting yesterday’s edict and is now allowing reporters and scouts to attend this week’s football camps.

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Today’s sports-bar debate:
If you could choose another nickname for the UH football besides Warriors (and Rainbows), what would you pick?
My choices:
• Poi Pounders
• The Lava
• Rough Riders

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Had lunch yesterday with my favorite Kaiser Permanente nurses — Avis, Pohai, Deb and Sylvia — and guess who also was there? Yep, PowderPuff is everywhere.


Here’s some of the food:




  1. Ralph June 16, 2009 12:08 am


  2. AWP June 16, 2009 12:11 am


  3. AWP June 16, 2009 12:13 am

    Augie, what do you think about the Warriors mascot situation?

  4. Ralph June 16, 2009 12:13 am

    first amendments rights, sue the NCAA

  5. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 12:15 am

    Well, the camp will be held on public property . . .

  6. Ralph June 16, 2009 12:31 am

    since no one mentioned tonight, Anuhea recovered both guitars, aunty Nalani is all smiles, from a Waikiki pawn shop. both Jojo has to wait until someone opens an account with her ID and racks up thousands of dollars in charges…

  7. G (China) June 16, 2009 12:31 am


  8. G (China) June 16, 2009 12:33 am

    I’m glad to hear about Jason Kaneshiro doing well! Good for him. Please franchise him indeed.

  9. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 12:41 am

    That’s pretty awful about JoJo. Isn’t there a preventive measure?

  10. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 16, 2009 12:56 am

    From yesterday’s blog

    The breaking news is good for once – the guitars have been found.

    The Clapton/Winwood show was incredible. Turned up the volume so loud that DrDoc shut the windows so the neighbors wouldn’t complain. Glad to see that The Old Futs Brigade have something more in common than just UH sports.

    We get the diagnosis tomorrow morning on my desktop – a Dell whose warranty expired on May 31 and went black on June 12.

    Unfortunately, we had to take $987 on Friday from my Mac NoteBook savings fund to repair our car – safety inspection issues – leaving us with just $63.

    If the Dell cannot be repaired for under $200, then I am going to need some help in finding a used PC to buy which can carry me through the next 10 months while saving up again for the Mac. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    Enjoyed the post about texting – I’ve never sent one because it’s too much trouble doing the inputting with a non-qwerty keyboard. Furthermore, it never crossed my mind to check the cell’s in-box until about six weeks ago. I had over 100 messages – and not all of them were from AT&T.

    We’re in the process of transfering some 500+ hours of video and audio in seven different formats to CDs and DVDs. Unfortunately, some of the tapes have dissolved.

    Anyone up for a Miniature Golf Tournament on the Fourth of July. BTW – there will be no public fireworks in Windward O`ahu that evening.. BayFest has been moved to August and the Kailua fireworks show is probably going to be snuffed out because there’s no $$$.


  11. Ralph June 16, 2009 12:58 am

    no, JoJo just got to hope that the thief isn’t an identify thief…I watched CNN last night and there interviewed two individuals whose ID was stolen and the the thieves used their identity to check themselves into medical facilities and charged their stay to the victims.

  12. Ralph June 16, 2009 1:13 am

    both=but in post 6

  13. Ralph June 16, 2009 1:22 am

    just finished watching the 2001 UH vs BYU fb game…outstanding game, lots of outstanding moments…surprised at the poor production of the ESPN crew, lots of technical questions over the air with their production crew and statisticians, first time I ever heard the background crew coming over the air giving instructions or the announcer asking questions or wanting to know what is coming up next…

  14. Ralph June 16, 2009 1:22 am

    Crowton is now the offensive coordinator at LSU

  15. wafan June 16, 2009 3:25 am

    Good morning and out of here.

  16. Kekoa (iPhone) June 16, 2009 4:23 am

    Good morning city Tsaiko’s! All quiet on the ceded lands. No roosters crowing, no dogs barking.

    Nicknames I kinda like:

    1. ➡ Sea Serpents.

    2. ➡ Sea Lions.

    3. ➡ Dragon~Fire.

    4. ➡ Manoa Magic.

    5. ➡ The Outlaws*
    (*last listed, but personal fave)

    Why? We are treated as ‘Outlaws’ by the talking heads of the national sports media. No Respect!

  17. mctruck June 16, 2009 4:40 am


  18. mctruck June 16, 2009 4:45 am

    oh yeah….that’s all we need, another of a whole bunch of names that UH sports already goes by besides one which should be, “WARRIORS.”

  19. Garret June 16, 2009 5:44 am

    I really enjoy these Q&A entries on ST’s blog!

  20. Garret June 16, 2009 5:46 am

    Nice mention here about David Veikune:

    he front office also addressed the need for a playmaker opposite Kamerion Wimbley through the draft. With the 20th pick in the 2nd round, they called Hawaii product David Veikune’s name. Veikune has promise as an edge rusher with his first-step quickness.

  21. HawaiianKiko June 16, 2009 5:48 am

    Aloha from the tropical islands of Hawaii on the coconut wireless

    Good Morning Tsaiko Ohana

    Looking forward to interview with Augie..and good luck in the upcoming season with fighting for a spot on the roster…. Dustin Blount

    Back ot the Future(of Lurking)

  22. NYUH June 16, 2009 5:48 am

    Warriors is fine. I would go with Hawai’i Tsunami or Waves. My wife likes Hawai’i Humuhumunukunukuapua’as but I think she just likes to show off that she can say it.

  23. Garret June 16, 2009 5:51 am

    I didn’t realize that the TV landscape for football has changed so much–one of the reasons Notre Dame didn’t want to join the Big 10 was that it had a huge TV contract from NBC…but now every Big 10 and SEC team will get more TV money than Notre Dame.

    In 2008, NBC ponied up an extension to the Fighting Irish television contract. USA Today reported that the current contract paid Notre Dame in the neighborhood of $9 million per year.

    Notre Dame’s television and shared Big East conference revenue in 2009 will be, at best, $11.35 million.

    Why’s that number important? Because in 2008, every school in the Big Ten will clear north of $15 million from the conference, a number that will only increase in years to come. Every school in the SEC will bank, conservatively, $17 million. (Looking at the numbers it’s likely the SEC will hit $20 million within a couple of years.) The reason for these increases is simple, spiraling television money. The Big Ten Network distributed $7.5 million to each conference school last year, and in conjunction with the 10-year, $1-billion deal that the Big Ten signed with ABC/ESPN, there’s a whole lot of new television money floating around. Let me repeat that, the Big Ten Network alone has almost equaled the payout for Notre Dame’s sacrosanct contract with NBC.

    Every team in the SEC has also eclipsed Notre Dame since signing a new $3-billion contract with CBS and ESPN that tripled existing rights fees ($2.25 billion reportedly comes from ESPN, while the CBS deal is $825 million).

  24. Garret June 16, 2009 5:53 am

    I can’t imagine a better name than Warriors for UH football.

  25. djmitcho June 16, 2009 5:53 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good day.

  26. NYUH June 16, 2009 6:14 am

    Saw some discussion previously about the UH games on TV. Will they be in HD this year?

  27. BigWave96744 June 16, 2009 6:18 am

    Good Morning All…
    Augie T, Augie T, Augie T…. Aloooooha my Braddah..

    UH will sell lot of #6 jerseys, that they printed last season….
    Blount will be taking many “To Da House”

  28. Annoddah Dave June 16, 2009 6:21 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    Say….what happened to the nickname “the Fighting Deans”?? When did that change to Warriors (and Rainbows)???

  29. d1島 June 16, 2009 6:26 am

    Great Morning All!

    Agree with Garret, I like the mini-interviews, too. Keep ’em coming Stephen.

    Kanak Attak…although it’s already being used by a fuud place, maybe they could collaborate and let the team use the name and let them open a concession booth. Ono stuff!

  30. PowderPuff June 16, 2009 6:27 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos! Good one to have Augie T. I saw him in a show a few years ago and almost fell off my chair laughing. Hope the Village IT gods are working with me so I can tune in at 12:30 today.

  31. d1島 June 16, 2009 6:28 am

    Annodah Dave,

    Not to mention the gold helmets….

  32. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 16, 2009 6:29 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    ST- nice way to keep the focus on football!
    LOVE the players mini-‘views! AND the questions…

    to which – my answer is: HAWAII ISLANDERS (not be be confused with BB)

    AUGIE T– You are one of UH Football’s biggest fans. I was so delighted to see you in NOLA during Sugar Bowl “week”! When did you become a Warrior FB fan?

  33. d1島 June 16, 2009 6:29 am

    Howzit PP.

    Have a great day erryboddy…


  34. 2left June 16, 2009 6:35 am

    Tigersharks. And then UnderArmour could come up with some really obnoxious striped uniforms.

  35. jm2375 June 16, 2009 6:44 am

    Good morning everyone!!

    It’s hot already! Not getting dressed till I’m ready to head out the door.

    Retrieved the retriever puppy last night from the dog sitter. We think he’s grown another 1.5 lbs in 1.5 weeks!!

    Great to hear that the guitars have been found.

    Ummm, unless you guys *really* want a full cruise report, I’m not going to post one. You’ll just have to join us at the next lunch cc. 😀

    OK, off to work. bbl.

  36. whitey June 16, 2009 6:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    For Augie T, the Nishida ohana on Maui sends their best to you.

  37. whitey June 16, 2009 6:52 am

    Am happy to hear that Nalani got back the 2 heirloom guitars. Now to punish da crooks who stole it.

  38. whitey June 16, 2009 6:54 am

    actually, HPD should punish the pawn shop owner for receiving stolen goods.

  39. C rM June 16, 2009 7:00 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    I left message on your vmail re: report.

    There is actually a pawn shop detail that handles these type of situations.

    Thanks for the DOT info.

  40. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 16, 2009 7:04 am

    whitey- we used to have a pawn shop run by ex-cops…

  41. oldie June 16, 2009 7:04 am


    I knew that you’d be up late eTching that 2001 BYU game. A lot of exciting plays in a very long game.

    I’m sure you realize that all the chatter between the production crew and announcers did not go over the air. That was happening while commercials were airing but not seen in this video. Dim Sum thinks this rebroadcast was on OC16. It looks like the feed that went out to the Continent.

    Anybody else want the game, email me at hoherb at yahoo dot com. No charge.

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid June 16, 2009 7:25 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Rough Riders, Stephen? Really? I mean really?!

    Warriors will do nicely…

  43. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 16, 2009 7:27 am

    AUGIE T- did you play football? If so, what positions?

    AUGIE T- Anything you can say about your tats????

  44. jojo ® June 16, 2009 7:32 am

    Morning everyone!

    Many thanks to C rM! I got a lot of information from him. He told me to buy some duct tape, plywood, sandbags, bottled water…..oops, that’s the hurricane preparedness kit! But thank you much C rM!!!

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid June 16, 2009 7:34 am

    Howzit Whitey, oldie, Liz and C. rM!

    Have to agree wif Liz and Garret. These Q&As with the players are great, and it helps us to connect with the team.

    I liked Dustin’s Compton back story and his idea for the next tat.

    It’s way cool to read that Daddy Pollard is at the field spending quality time with his son and others. Thanks for the help, Anthony!

  46. MeiLing June 16, 2009 7:35 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Hope you all have a wonderful day out there.

    From FB: Jameel Dowling & Pualani C. are expecting a boy! Good luck to Jameel during the AZ Cardinals OTA sessions.

  47. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 7:37 am

    Mornin’ everybody.

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid June 16, 2009 7:39 am

    Hey jojo and Mel Ling.

    Sorry to hear about the teefs jojo. I hope it plays out okay for you.

    Howz da slug wars goin, Mei Ling?

  49. Da Punchbowl Kid June 16, 2009 7:40 am

    Mornin’ Chief. 😉

  50. jojo ® June 16, 2009 7:48 am

    Hiya DPK! I was hoping I could use your killer koi to be a guard fish…

  51. Kekoa June 16, 2009 7:56 am

    ST put up a chance for everyone to fan-tasize a bit and dream up some nicks for fun. C’mon, It was just for funzies!…Everyone here knows that the Warriors will always be THE name.

    Besides, if we ever do put together a Tsaiko Tsoftball team, we’ll have lots of goofy names to haggle over.

  52. Kekoa June 16, 2009 7:59 am

    Like Roughrider…sounds like a name some old timers thought up for a wannabe cowboy president or something…hehehe.

  53. jm2375 June 16, 2009 8:07 am

    Good morning Kekoa-sensei.

    Roughrider – geez ST. Da current nicks are just fine with me, but could we just use one each for the kane and wahine teams?

  54. Kekoa June 16, 2009 8:12 am

    Great to hear about the guitars being rescued.

    Musical instruments are the lifeblood of our island Entertainers. We all feel it when something like this happens because you don’t have to be a musician to appreciate the music that comes from these good people and their instruments.

    Our Tsaiko sister, Nalani, has been in the business for many years, and of course everything she owns is an heirloom for her to pass on to the next generation. How much sadder would it have been, if this crime had not been solved.

  55. chawan_cut June 16, 2009 8:13 am

    i thought, who the heck is Augie TULBA? TULBA??? oh, T, Augie T.

    finally! someone that everyone will laugh at besides me!

  56. Dan-O June 16, 2009 8:16 am

    My nickname suggestions…..

    Hawaii Wave Riders
    Hawaii Lava-Eaters

  57. MeiLing June 16, 2009 8:16 am

    Morning, DPK & Sweetie!

    I have to go check the beer cups this a.m. to see if I have any slugs w/ Bud Lite. They didn’t like the cheap lite beeru…no slugs in the cups for the past 2 days, only hanging out under the cups. So, I got my trusty hashi & picked them up. Out w/ the ‘opala. What might be working are the pennies around the plant stems.


    Per W-Doc’s info, looks like we won’t have a fireworks show when we meet at BayView on July 4th w/ Ronnie. 🙁

  58. Kekoa June 16, 2009 8:19 am

    jm2375 ~ Once again welcome back to the fold!…and yes, I for one, would prefer to hear your complete report. I also want powerpoint photos projected on a big screen, with accurate re-enactments of the “Pubcrawl” if time permits.

    CC location suggestions anyone?

  59. MeiLing June 16, 2009 8:27 am

    Kekoa, jm2375,

    CC – What about “pho you & pho me” – Hale Vietnam? Any place else?

    K, off to go look for slugs…

  60. mrs. June 16, 2009 8:32 am

    aloha kakahiaka…

    augie t…cant wait to hear (read) what he has to say…

    still gottah go with the warriors…even though every single time they play away some dumb announcer has to call them the rainbows…and then make a remark about why they are called the rainbows…

  61. Kekoa June 16, 2009 8:36 am

    Mei Ling ~ When the kids from KHS graduated the week before last, the empty field across the street was lit up like the 4th of July with fireworks. You know how I love to illuminate things!…hehehe! On the ceded lands, any excuse to light up the sky is possible. Who knows what might happen out over the driving range at Bay View?

  62. Kekoa June 16, 2009 8:40 am

    Pho you…and Pho me? Is that a real restaurant Mei Ling ❓

  63. koakane™ June 16, 2009 8:45 am

    morning everybody

    like the name Hwn Islanders and also partial to Hawn Cane Fires but still luv dem warriors and wahines.

    good to hear that the guitars were found and back in the hands of its owners. nalani if you need to tune it I know some tsaiko’s who are ready to play audience bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    welcome home jm# and ditto to kekoa’s request

    whootah getting tics from Rich and half of the worry is done just waiting for the WSU/UH to get some word out.

  64. Kekoa June 16, 2009 8:45 am

    mrs ~ Yes, It is very irritating to hear announcers drone on about the Rainbow this and the Rainbow that, in a very demeaning way. But, how do we get rid of it? It’s like chewing gum on the bottom of your slippah!

  65. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 8:49 am

    Mack called.
    UH reversed its edict.
    Everyone is allowed to attend this week’s camps.

  66. jojo ® June 16, 2009 8:53 am

    C_C – I was thinking Augie was Augie Rey….that’s what happens when you spend too many nights in hotel bars…

  67. al June 16, 2009 8:53 am

    augie t.

    many of us know you as a great storyteller, comedian, and the like. we heard that you are a big time warror fan. here’s a couple of questions to pick your brains.

    what would you do to bring in more fans to the aloha stadium?

    what do you think should be done during the recruiting visits by prospects to improve our commitment percentages?

    i first met you several years ago at a menlo college luau, i was surprised that you didn’t do your comedy, but instead you gave a highly motivating and inspirational speech. i like what you do for the youth of hawaii. perhaps you should expound on this subject of what you have been doing over the years to inspire the na keiki of hawaii.

    i have thousands of more deep questions for you, but, i don’t want to hog the mike.

    my final question is, how is your second wife doing? i, too have a second wife thanks to you, another augie t. inspiration.


  68. roysan16 June 16, 2009 8:56 am

    Canoe Paddlers
    50th State Guardians

  69. al June 16, 2009 8:56 am

    i see the retiree is out an about after 0830.
    life is good eh?

  70. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 8:58 am

    ST: re#9 about preventative measures…

    ~Obtain FREE credit report from all 3 credit bureau agencies. At the very bottom of the report, you should be able to see what financial institutions, if any, took an inquiry.

    ~If all looks “normal”, advise all agencies that you’d like to add a Fraud Alert. Basically, it’s a little “flag” on your credit that says your personal info was stolen and if they get any requests for new credit, to contact YOU directly via a phone number that you provide them (that you normally would list on a credit application. i.e. parents house, “secret” cell #, etc.)

    ~Notify your existing banks to watch for unusual checks being cashed, purchases on debits cards, etc. Even better if you have a “personal banker” or assigned officer that handles your accounts. They supposed to be doing that for you anyway!

    ~BALANCE YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT AND CHECK YOUR TRANSACTIONS DAILY! I do it anyway (just a habit)…..das how I run ‘um since we live paycheck to paycheck, you know?

    Oh yeah, for the free credit report, that irritating commercial that advertises ALL THE TIME….asks you for a credit/debit card number but claims they won’t charge you during the “free trial period.” If you forget to cancel after 90-days (I think), you get charged. NEVER provide account info for stuff that advertises to be FREE. Free is free. I used “” a few years ago.

    Hope that helps…

  71. Jack Flash June 16, 2009 9:00 am

    Aloha All,
    Some concerned Kailua folks are trying to save the fireworks tradition- grassroots style! Please check out this website and sign the petition.

  72. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 9:02 am

    Oops, sorry re: bullet #2 “normally would” = “normally WOULDN’T”

    Potagee trying fo type as fas’ as I thinking…..scary…

  73. g-nalo June 16, 2009 9:12 am

    Canoe Paddlers
    50th State Guardians

    good ones Roysan, but clearly “Surfriders” stand out. 🙂

  74. roysan16 June 16, 2009 9:19 am

    Just a suggestion,

    If you’re ever stuck without a computer check out the libraries. Card members get 60 minutes time.

  75. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 9:30 am


  76. PowderPuff June 16, 2009 9:34 am

    ST – how did they overturn that edict so quickly? That’s some fast work if it was an NCAA rule. Was it my imagination or did the TV media have shots of the camps, including Bobby Curran’s big boy?

  77. koakane™ June 16, 2009 9:37 am

    cohana hello how you lol check you mom’s message lattas

  78. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 16, 2009 9:39 am

    They weren’t kidding when they say you should eat something BEFORE giving blood…

  79. koakane™ June 16, 2009 9:40 am

    g’ee how come you no mention name like da nikohana’s, kumpai’s, village mongul’s bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa j/k luvs you man

  80. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 9:42 am

    Kazz…get blood drive today??? Hmmm..did I get in the building too early or did I totally not SEE it on the 4th floor??

    kk: Ai’ soos! I going right now! Sorry!

  81. HawaiianKiko June 16, 2009 9:44 am

    ABC News — Surfer Meets Whale coming soon Hawaii SURF & MUSIC EXPO

  82. Rich2176 June 16, 2009 9:44 am

    UH vs UNLV

    For those that didn’t see the info yesterday, I was only able to get 220 Tsaiko tix in the endzone – top 7 rows of Sections 115 & 116. They are pretty good seats and cost $25 each. Please let me know if you are attending Genji’s, or contact SteveM so he can include your name on the attendee list so I can bring the tix. Cash or check is okay, but I prefer a check. For those not attending or mainland people, I’ll ask SteveM to post my office address so you can send a check and SASE. Include more $$ if you want certified mail or some sort of tracking. I’m not sure of the cost, but it should be less than $5 per envelope.


  83. Garret June 16, 2009 9:48 am

    Looks like New England only has roster spots available for 1-3 of their final 4 draft picks. If they try to sneak Jake Ingram onto their practice squad, I could see another team in need of a long snapper grabbing him.

    So between offensive lineman George Bussey (5th round), long snapper Jake Ingram (6th round) and defensive linemen Myron Pryor (6th round) and Darryl Richard (7th round), I could see anywhere from 1-3 making the club. A safe estimate is probably two from that group.

  84. Kazz June 16, 2009 9:54 am


    June 16th, 2009 at 9:42 am
    Kazz…get blood drive today??? Hmmm..did I get in the building too early or did I totally not SEE it on the 4th floor??

    Get at Kapiolani Branch, but since we’re here I had to go down the street to the Blood Bank offices.

    It’s been like two years since I gave and I feeling shmall kine “off”.

  85. mrs. June 16, 2009 9:58 am

    kekoa…true dat…maybe we should take that rubbah slippah and slap dem wit it?…hahah…

    kazz…they didnt give you cookies & juice?…hmmmm…better take that up with the big man…

    colomaohana…no takers yet…SHUCKS!

  86. Garret June 16, 2009 10:04 am

    Feature article on Bess. This part is about his punt returning.

    A free-agent rookie from Hawaii, Bess finished sixth in the AFC and 10th overall in punt returns with an 11-yard average. He proved a significant upgrade over fellow receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who averaged just 7.8 yards on seven returns.

    “And we haven’t seen his best yet,” special teams coach John Bonamego said of Bess. “He’s improved and he’ll continue to improve.”

    A solidly built 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Bess, 23, brings similar attributes to the job as Reggie Bush, whom Bonamego had in his last coaching stop at New Orleans before coming to Miami last season.

    “Davone’s a guy who’s built low to the ground, who’s got very good initial quickness, and he’s strong,” Bonamego said after one of the Dolphins’ final practices before their summer break. “For a guy who’s not really big, he’s built more like a running back. He’s not easy to knock off his feet.”

  87. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 10:04 am

    Kazz: Okay, you trow’ me off l’dat!!! hahaha..and about feeling “off”….uh… sure its only been 2 years…Oh! You said its been 2 years since you gave blood…..hahahaha……

    mrs: they give you afta’ you give blood…hahaha..and by that time, too late.

  88. Garret June 16, 2009 10:05 am

    More discussion about returning punts.

    Bonamego calls returning punts “one of the hardest jobs there is in football,” and it’s hard to argue. Before the ball leaves the punter’s foot, the returner has 10 defenders running at him full speed with the intention hitting him as hard and as quickly as possible.

    “I’m not worried about them,” Bess said. “I’m worried about securing the ball first, and then visualizing who’s here and there. When I drop back I’m looking at the ball, and I’ll take a peek for a quick second and then my eyes are right back on the ball. That’s the No. 1 objective, to make sure the ball comes in clean.”

  89. Garret June 16, 2009 10:06 am

    Bess was asked if he was surprised that he was just 2 receptions away from leading the team last season.

    Asked if that surprised him, he replied, “I wouldn’t say it surprises me because I expect perfection. I’m my toughest critic. I can control the situation and I’m trying to make the most of it.”

  90. hoohiki June 16, 2009 10:06 am

    Regarding Ferd’s article on Shane Victorine –

    Please vote to get our Maui boy on the starting lineup for the All Star game. I know the Tsaikos can help a lot.

  91. mrs. June 16, 2009 10:06 am

    colomaohana…oh…thought his employer was just being cheapO’s…cause you know they are right?…LOL…

  92. koakane™ June 16, 2009 10:07 am

    nuff playing got to get back doing my end of year report and data analysis. be good, stay cool (ac environment) and play nice l8tas

  93. Kazz June 16, 2009 10:08 am

    I’m pounding Gatorade at the desk right now.

  94. Kekoa June 16, 2009 10:13 am

    Rich2176 ~ I’ll be there Sat. to pay cash for the tickets for me and Pops. So ah..without checking with Jason, that comes to 5,000 pennies!

    So bring your golf bag. We take out all the golf balls you would have hit in the water anyway. Then, we can stuff ’em in all da zipper compartments you nornally carry all that extra crap in like score cards, (ha!) tees, ball repair kits, gloves, golf shoes, towels, bentos, and beru. Dere…now get plenny room!

  95. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 10:18 am

    mrs: yes…I DO know…..

    Hi Kekoa!

  96. g-nalo June 16, 2009 10:19 am

    g’ee how come you no mention name like da nikohana’s, kumpai’s, village mongul’s bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa j/k luvs you man

    hey now!

    but eh short timer……happy retirement!

  97. Rich2176 June 16, 2009 10:22 am

    Kekoa –

    I’ve got a 50lb. weight limit on each bag. LOL.

  98. al June 16, 2009 10:31 am


    usps priority mail w/online tracking
    flat rate envelope (free envelope at post office) = $4.80

  99. al June 16, 2009 10:33 am


  100. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 16, 2009 10:41 am


  101. d1島 June 16, 2009 10:41 am

    wun hunnert

  102. d1島 June 16, 2009 10:42 am

    OK…. wunhunnertsumtin

  103. d1島 June 16, 2009 10:44 am

    Gee Rich2176, you need some updated photos for your Picasa

  104. madeinhawaii June 16, 2009 10:45 am

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:,

    Email me at madeinhawaii(at)hawaii(dot)rr(dot)com
    Maybe I can fix your computer.

  105. Kekoa June 16, 2009 10:47 am

    roysan16 ~

    Re: Polynesians

    In June of 1980, I put a VB team together consisting of All-Army and All-Air Force players staioned in Germany. We named ourselves the Polynesians because we were all from Hawaii or Samoa. We wore some colorful Aloha print shorts and entered an International VB tournament being held in the old Olympic Village of Innsbruck, Austria.

    The directors of the tournament thought we had just hopped a plane and flew all the way over from “Polynesia” just to participate. It didn’t quite register in their minds that we just came across the border from where we were stationed.

    We were treated like royalty, but at the same time they didn’t think we knew how to play power VB! They made jokes about us bringing pineapples, or coconuts to practice with. After giving a player from Spain a “facial” with a very hard driven kill by Simona Fa’aua, it silenced all doubt. They hauled him away in an ambulance, and we were on the news that night!

    After the tournament that involved 358 teams from all over Europe, was finished, we were in the top ten. The respect for the tenacity of our team was evident at the awards ceremony. Last month, I received the annual ‘complimentary’ invitation to return a “Polynesian” team for this years event to be hosted by Denmark. I’ve always politely declined.

    One day, I’d like to have Pono take his Jr. Olympian hopefuls over to pick up the torch!…So yes, we used that name you suggested with pride! It’s apparent they have never forgotten it after nearly 30 years.

  106. d1島 June 16, 2009 10:50 am

    So is there anything to report from the Skills Camp?

  107. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 16, 2009 10:50 am


    Ship your clubs over. I sent about 35 lbs of Hawaiian kine stuffs to pass out at a conference in Nashville I attended in May – cost about $35 to get it to the airport there – picked the package up when I arrived.

    The give-aways disappeared faster than shave ice on a hot Saturday afternoon. No, I didn’t have to pay for either the goodies or the shipping.

    The assumption amongst Hawai`i marketing experts is that people who attend conferences are likely to travel on vacations as well. If you’re planning to attend a out-of-state conference, check with the Hawai`i Tourism Authority.

    I cannot say that my favorite team name would be appropriate for Hawai`i, but I would love to see a team named the Pitbulls. They are fierce, loyal, big, tough, smart, and have huge grins. Just take a look at Saturn The Dog and picture him on the d-line.

    Am still waiting for the computer diagnostic. I cannot do anything on this laptop – which I have to return after lunch – except post on the blogs.

    Re slugs – back when we had that problem, we used dried & crushed hot peppers.

  108. Kekoa June 16, 2009 10:51 am

    E kala mai Mama C-ta! (#95)

    I was too busy runnin’ at da mout. you?

  109. SteveM June 16, 2009 10:51 am

    Good morning everyone!
    At work today…

    June 16th, 2009 at 6:44 am
    Ummm, unless you guys *really* want a full cruise report, I’m not going to post one. You’ll just have to join us at the next lunch cc.

    jm2375/b> — please post your thoughts and impressions… maybe after 9:00 PM at night. As a first-time cruiser, your experience is “news” and of interest to those Tsai-kos who told me they would like to cruise soon…especially Alaska.

  110. roysan16 June 16, 2009 10:51 am


    Tks for directing my attention to Ferd’s article. I did cast a vote for Shane. What I like about Shane game is his versatility-switch hitter, base stealing (coming off seasons of 36, 37), scoring runs (102 last season), batting averaging .290 (the last couple seasons) and fielding ( 2008 gold glove winner). Adds spark to the team. Brings a positive attitude to the game, gels with his team mates.

  111. roysan16 June 16, 2009 10:57 am


    I like that curvy thing after my name. Makes me feel respected. That was nice.

  112. Kekoa June 16, 2009 11:01 am

    I would love to see a team named the Pitbulls. They are fierce, loyal, big, tough, smart, and have huge grins. Just take a look at Saturn The Dog and picture him on the d-line.

    W/Doc ~ You’d have a mighty hard time trying to convince Diana about the “huge grins” part…and exactly how that translates.

  113. Loa June 16, 2009 11:13 am

    morning gang!

    i like the new q&a section, nice touch
    come sept we’ll get to meet most of the warriors

  114. Loa June 16, 2009 11:15 am

    Big C – thanks for clarifying #84 🙂

  115. Loa June 16, 2009 11:16 am

    Kekoa – how’s the ceded lands today? think i gotta go check dimensions this pm

  116. Loa June 16, 2009 11:20 am

    hmmm, question for Augie T. – what year you grad?

  117. roysan16 June 16, 2009 11:20 am,0,5100420.story?page=1

    Here’s the link for the above article in the LA Times with the outgoing PAC-10 commissioner talking about the USC investigation, Bowl Championship Series and the future of the PAC-10. The author of the article ask some very good questions.

  118. Loa June 16, 2009 11:21 am

    continued thoughts and prayers for (J)J’s mom and Mrs. K

  119. djmitcho June 16, 2009 11:22 am

    Tickets for the WSU-UH game are available to purchase on ticketmaster now, but no time is mentioned

  120. kaimiloa June 16, 2009 11:24 am


    Go For Broke
    Psycho Soles
    Haole Eaters
    Polynesian Pirates

  121. Loa June 16, 2009 11:25 am

    jojo ® – sorry to hear about the break in, did you have an alarm too?

  122. al June 16, 2009 11:27 am

    just wondering aloud………….

    i guess wf2 did go to bethpage.

  123. Loa June 16, 2009 11:30 am

    one of our intramural teams was the “rejects”
    not a good one for the Warriors although it did fit us

  124. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 16, 2009 11:33 am


    Still waiting for the phone call – mahalo for the offer. Will drop an e-mail as soon as we get the word.

    Kekoa: I’m looking out the sliding glass door as I write this, and Saturn The Dog is sitting there grinning at me and urging me to come out to play with him and, of course, bring along the treats as well. Although he’s very protective of his turf, when we take him to the off-leash park in Hawaii Kai, he loves to dash around, roll on the ground and play with the other dogs. It’s so funny watching the tiny dogs trying to get him to “play fight” with them, but he won’t take their bait.

    There are no such things as bad breeds – only bad owners. That’s why I have some real problems about Michael Vick’s return to professional sports although I do admit that I liked watching him play – but that was before his involvement in animal cruelty issues came to light.

    Several months ago, I read somewhere that all of the dogs except for one had been brought back to reasonablely decent health and that only a few could not be rehabiliated enough to be adopted. Those few are kept at no-kill animal sanctuaries in five or six different states.

  125. ai-ee-soos June 16, 2009 11:34 am

    Shawna Kuehu signs with UH.

    announced by Coach Dana

  126. Loa June 16, 2009 11:36 am

    Upon further review, UH is retracting yesterday’s edict and is now allowing reporters and scouts to attend this week’s football camps.

    that’s good news!

  127. Loa June 16, 2009 11:39 am

    way to go Coach D, welcome to the wahine Shawna

  128. al June 16, 2009 11:44 am

    is vicki next?

  129. expat June 16, 2009 11:50 am

    That is a pretty good first chess move by Coach Dana.

  130. wahinefan June 16, 2009 11:53 am

    Shawna will be huge for the wahine, best player since Raylene Howard easily.

    Now hopefully Vicky is next and maybe Shaena Lyn as well?

    Also hopefully the Cal transfer Casey Morris.

  131. A-House June 16, 2009 11:57 am


    A-Houses will be at Genji’s!!

  132. al June 16, 2009 12:00 pm

    coach dana did give a hint or two about shawna.

    i’d love to see that usc recruit vicky tagalicod
    decommit and do an about face to manoa.

    iwalani rodrigues who redshirted at utah would also be another awesome rebound recruit.

  133. roysan16 June 16, 2009 12:08 pm

    Re–Shawna Lei Kuehu signs with UH.

    I agree. Great pickup. I was pleasantly surprised when I checked the ESPN site info on 2008 high school girls prospects from Hawaii:

    Shawna-Lei Kuehu G 5’10” Punahou School (HI) G #6 91

    ESPN Top 100 list, 6 rated guard and 91 rating.

    I hope this is a sign of better things to come. Right about this time I imagine that Coach D is in the middle of the wahine’s basketball team’s group hug. This is good.

  134. C rM June 16, 2009 12:09 pm

    Its hot today.

  135. Kekoa June 16, 2009 12:16 pm

    W/Doc ~ The internal nerve damage to both of Diana’s legs, and the scarring at the skin level is a permanent reminder of what the breed is capable of. The excuriating pain she lived with for 3 months made it hard for the both of us to sleep at night. She’d cry out in pain, and I’d be at a complete loss as to how I could help to ease it.

    There are certain breeds that we know are dangerous. Pits just happen to be one. Chow Chow’s (which we once owned) are another. Yes, you as an owner, are responsible. The law has moved against the owners in this case even tho we didn’t file a complaint.

    We could have settled for a ton of cash, but it was Diana’s call, and she did not want this young family to suffer such a huge finanical loss. Warrior Mojo was kind enough to offer his assistance to help us make a firm decision. To him we are very grateful.

    This whole experience affected so many people, that it brings a whole new outlook to dog ownership that we as previous owners were unaware of. If you do not own a dog bite policy with your insurance company, I would suggest you look into it. Be careful W/Doc, you just never know what can make animals snap sometimes. (…or humans).

  136. Ralph June 16, 2009 12:16 pm

    welcome Shawna Lei to Na Wahine….after signing Shawna Lei Coach Dana states it shows our “commitment to recruit Hawaii”, recruiting the two time player of the year is a no brainer, it is a good sign when we start keeping Hawaii’s best to stay in the Islands and play for the home team…

  137. Sandee June 16, 2009 12:18 pm

    It’s that time again: we could use more questions, comments, jokes for Augie. Post them here or on the show page. See you in 10 minutes!

  138. Kekoa June 16, 2009 12:23 pm

    Augie ~ Haven’t seen you since NOLA homes!

    Q: Who gave you that name?

    Comment: I can imagine the kids in your hood teasing you and calling you “Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy,” like in the cartoons.

    Q: Is that why you became a boxer?

    Q: Or is that why you became a Comic?

    Q: You think you could take Stephen Tsai in 3 rounds?

  139. madeinhawaii June 16, 2009 12:23 pm

    Wow.. ?

    Am I reading this wrong?

    I looks like UH’s Women’s basketball roster at UH’s website hasn’t been updated since the end of the 2007-8 season.

  140. Pride. June 16, 2009 12:26 pm


    June 16th, 2009 at 11:34 am
    Shawna Kuehu signs with UH.

    announced by Coach Dana.

    Woohoo! I’m a big Coach Dana fan already. Great move coach.

  141. al June 16, 2009 12:29 pm

    mih….no, no, no that is the latest roster since the end of the 2009 campaign.

  142. Jack Flash June 16, 2009 12:37 pm

    so… are they just stalling or something?

  143. Curt June 16, 2009 12:54 pm

    Good job Coach Dana. Welcome home Shawna! Now, get your sister to come home too.

  144. Curt June 16, 2009 1:00 pm


    I don’t know anything about the USC recruit, Vicky T. Who is she?

  145. madeinhawaii June 16, 2009 1:15 pm


    Okay.. so, insofar as the roster is concerned, the seniors have all graduated and the everyone else moves up one year, right?

    Did you check the player profiles, though? I think those haven’t been updated yet.

  146. al June 16, 2009 1:27 pm

    mih… talking about next year’s roster this year. try wait a few months. we stay on hawaiian time.

    but, dat’s right. the seniors shown have just completed their last year.

  147. homey ℞ June 16, 2009 1:29 pm

    Too lazy to read…anything exciting happen in the last week?

    oh, and good afternoon all.

  148. HiFlyer June 16, 2009 1:33 pm

    Wow homey is back from his trip. You missed kk retirement bash at kekoa’s this past weekend.

  149. madeinhawaii June 16, 2009 1:36 pm


    Actually the roster looks pretty promising with Courtney Gaddis, Leilani Galdones, Keisha Kanekoa, and Shawna Kuehu as the local core group. Three of which were All-State players and one, honorable mention.

    Add the potentials of Allie Patterson (tallied more than 1,300 points during her high school caree), Katie Wilson, and others and the personnel is there for an outstanding season in 2009 and forward.

  150. al June 16, 2009 1:43 pm

    towards the end of the season these youngsters got to show some game
    linton, hamilton, arbuckle, and illic showed some potential.
    tinnin also showed some flashes.
    the blue collar worker of the team to me was dita liepkalne who will probably end up the leader of the team next year.

  151. al June 16, 2009 1:44 pm

    i am thinking that they will double their wins next year.

  152. al June 16, 2009 1:45 pm

    mabuhay augie t.

    a very entertaining warrior beat.

  153. (Jesse)James June 16, 2009 1:49 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos….hope all is well.

    Whoa, Koa-ma….errrrr, I mean homey is back…how was your trip?? Was a pretty short one eh?? Trip that is….mwahahahahahaha…Mrs. C was just itching to say that…LMAO

  154. al June 16, 2009 1:52 pm

    stay tuned…wbb.

    methinks a couple or three more recruits to be announced within the next week.

  155. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 1:54 pm


    Yes, you missed a good party….It’s okay..more to come, of course…..Saturday?

  156. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 1:55 pm

    JJ: howz your mom?

    Koakane: howz da mrs?

  157. vballfan1 June 16, 2009 2:04 pm

    Anyone know a way to get in touch with Charlie Wade via Email? His Email address at the UH website is not listed.

  158. Kekoa June 16, 2009 2:06 pm

    Augie T was totally insane on the Wai & Tsai show today! LITID, for real. Now all we need is a follow-up from Frank De Lima. Frank is a huge fan of the Warriors as well.

    Welcome home, homes! We miss you face!

  159. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 2:11 pm

    Greg Alexander is next week’s guest.

  160. (Jesse)James June 16, 2009 2:11 pm

    Mrs. C…mom is getting better…baby steps each day….thanks

  161. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 2:13 pm

    Vicky Tagalicod is not transferring to UH.

  162. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] June 16, 2009 2:16 pm

    Watching AugieT now… Bwahahaha!

  163. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] June 16, 2009 2:18 pm

    James- good news about Mom… 😎

    ST- Yeah- Greg Alexander is THE MAN!!!
    I used him as a peacemaking point on ExtremeSkins.

  164. Kekoa June 16, 2009 2:28 pm

    Prayers continue for your mom JJ. Those infections can sneak back in sometimes. Take good care of her.

  165. mctruck June 16, 2009 2:29 pm

    o.k., o.k.,….the “He-man Hula dancers.”
    the “Lava-tigasharks.”(What dat mean???…who cares).
    the “coconut football shoes.”
    the “Monster Boat Anchors.”

  166. Kekoa June 16, 2009 2:33 pm

    mctruck ~ He-man Hula Dancers sounds pretty intimidating to me!

    My cousin’s softball team was named “Hawaiian in Da House!” Needless to say, it was a very large house!

  167. COPO June 16, 2009 2:37 pm

    Manoa Warriors
    Opihi pickers

  168. wahinefan June 16, 2009 2:39 pm

    Looks like Tagalicod has decided to stick with USC

    Hopefully Cal Transfer Casey Morris is being wooed by Coach Dana.

  169. homey ℞ June 16, 2009 2:39 pm

    Yep, back plus 1 more mouth to feed at home for the next couple of months.

  170. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 2:44 pm

    Hey, LIz, you asked a question without seeing the show live?

  171. jojo ® June 16, 2009 2:48 pm

    Jeje got the mail and someone had mailed back the items that were stolen from the car! But Mrs. C’s info in #70 is very important. We still have to be cautious. Thank you C rM!!!

  172. jojo ® June 16, 2009 2:49 pm

    but homey, you got your farm to help sustain

  173. homey ℞ June 16, 2009 2:52 pm

    jojo – And don’t forget the million plus coins! lol

  174. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 3:01 pm

    I’m glad you got some stuff back, jojo!

  175. homey ℞ June 16, 2009 3:03 pm

    Big C – Koakane is making my plans for Saturday.

  176. koakane™ June 16, 2009 3:04 pm

    howzit gang just got home and noticed this so did some investigation if anyone has other news please post.

    djmitcho: June 16th, 2009 at 11:22 am Tickets for the WSU-UH game are available to purchase on ticketmaster now, but no time is mentioned

    ticket master is offering seats behind the UH bench, blue section 108 on the 40-50 yrd line for $50.45 includ tax, handling charges etc. go to Quest field web site to see the seating sections at the stadium. blue section is similar to the orange at Aloha.

  177. MeiLing June 16, 2009 3:09 pm


    Glad to hear you got the paperwork back.

    That was great news about Shawna coming to play at UH. Continue on, Coach Dana. We’ll be there supporting the team.

  178. koakane™ June 16, 2009 3:11 pm

    cohana she is doing ok, learning how to move around the house and is having in home rehab for 3 wks mon/wed/fri for 1 hr. in-between we’ll see the doctor to remove the staples and get feedback on her progress.

    re:sat just wanted to know when peeps going be there. you comming? maybe you can be dd for me and homey bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  179. Curt June 16, 2009 3:15 pm

    Al & wahinefan,

    Thanks for the info on Vicky T. Too bad she won’t be apart of Coach Dana’s rebuilding effort.

  180. Colomaohana June 16, 2009 3:17 pm

    Koakane: Oh…is THAT what homey meant by #177? Hmmm…..lemme think…….both you AND homey?? Dunno if C rM can handle 3 passed out people….in MY car………Although….we’re not planning to stay as late as you partiers! We can bring you guys there, though….

    What time Uncle Fasi’s last run?? 11-ish, right??


  181. Jason June 16, 2009 3:37 pm

    Colomaohana: Depends on where you coming from and where you going. Get some that run really late (e.g., Route 40).

    Google Transit is your friend for these kinds of things:

  182. Jason June 16, 2009 3:39 pm

    Then again, not sure Uncle Fasi’s will take passed out drunks. If they see homey passed out like that, they might think to call CPS. 😛

  183. Pride. June 16, 2009 3:42 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 16th, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    Vicky Tagalicod is not transferring to UH.

    Whoah boss we was just playing around. I was imagining a Hawaii basketball team two years from now with Shawna-Lei Kuehu(Hawaii), Jamie Smith(UNLV), Vicky Tagalicod(USC), Natasha Helsham(Idaho), and Kanisha Bello(Idaho).

  184. C rM June 16, 2009 3:45 pm

    My boss said u looking for me? Here I am.
    We can take u guys no prob, just got to find way home. Might have too leave early.
    If u like I can arrange paddy wagon, they run 24/7. Padded cell and all.

    Have them drive too your house, and u can be the supervisor to catch the right bus home. Then they can sleep in your driveway.


  185. C rM June 16, 2009 3:50 pm


    Might be related, dad side has strong ties to Maui. I know most likely related to Bertin who played for UH when logo was da rainbow. I think Noga days.

  186. C rM June 16, 2009 3:54 pm


    I have plenty experience dealing with passed out drunks. Depends how they like be handled.

  187. koakane™ June 16, 2009 4:09 pm

    C rM: naa just shooting the breeze to see if we can get dd for da night if not no worry we can handle.

    how may of you rememba before the fasi buses the handsome robert taylor transit (HRT), before dat the electric cable cars and before dat the honey wagon bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa but that is anoddah story.

  188. jm2375 June 16, 2009 4:22 pm

    Jason – #184 – ROTFLMAO.

    Oh, hi homey!!

  189. wafan June 16, 2009 4:28 pm

    I will probably get myself in trouble . . . so what else is new . . . why, when Mr. Tsai posts photos of PP, is her mouth always open?

  190. wafan June 16, 2009 4:39 pm

    Welcome home Shawna!

    Now let the dynasty building begin.

  191. chawan_cut June 16, 2009 4:50 pm

    (that was a bmx bike movie btw)

    that was a funny show. i think the WB show can open for augie….

    is that wolverine on a hangman’s noose?

  192. Kazz June 16, 2009 5:24 pm

    Holy crap, I took a nap and this happens?!?!?!?!?!!

    It’s true!!! WELCOME BACK HOME MS. KUEHU!!!! :mrgreen:

    (hey! that rhymes!!!!)

  193. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 5:44 pm

    The o-linemen were out there hitting today.
    John Estes looked good.
    Ray Hisatake and Estes were leading the drills.

  194. Ralph June 16, 2009 5:45 pm

    you took a nap, then you also missed the announcement that jojo got her personal effects back from the thief by mail…just hope he or she didn’t open a line of credit with the info he or she took. Jojo check the mail for finger prints…

  195. al June 16, 2009 5:47 pm

    what’s the latest on scott smith?

  196. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 5:48 pm

    Re: camp ruling.
    I think they messed up initially. We weren’t going to make a big deal of it because nobody really wants to stand in the heat and watch campers.

  197. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 5:48 pm

    I think Scott Smith probably will go to a JC.

  198. d1島 June 16, 2009 6:18 pm

    Anything to report from the Skills Camp today?

  199. Stephen Tsai June 16, 2009 6:22 pm

    I didn’t go to the skills camp.
    I pretended I didn’t get the memo from UH.

  200. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 16, 2009 6:34 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 16th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
    I didn’t go to the skills camp.
    I pretended I didn’t get the memo from UH.

    A lot of people don’t get “memos”… it’s those pesky cover sheets on the TPS reports you need to remember! 😆

  201. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 16, 2009 6:36 pm


    June 16th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    Anything to report from the Skills Camp today?

    Skills camp? Oh yeah, da news is da keeds get. 🙂

  202. UKU@LA June 16, 2009 6:40 pm

    WAI-TSAI , a great show! Go Augie!
    Much Aloha!

    MANEO !!!

  203. UKU@LA June 16, 2009 6:51 pm

    WARRIORS! I am waiting.
    Aloha from LA!
    no fut around! k???

    MANEO !!!

  204. Pauoa Boy June 16, 2009 7:02 pm

    Auryte Coach Dana…I like her already. Shawna-Lei is one of the best ballers the state has seen. If she can convince her twin sistah for come back home that would be cherry. The twin tandem would dominate just like they did at *ahem*cough* Punahou. Plus doesn’t hurt that she’s a good looking girl too. Just by her signing on with the Wahine BBall team has added at least a few thousand more fans…garrans! Plus, I wouldn’t mine having a Wahine BBall poster with all the local girls on it… 🙂

  205. Pauoa Boy June 16, 2009 7:08 pm

    Hope Dustin Blount gets his fair share of playing time this year. Was it him or Jovonte Taylor that was the track star??? Anyway, wouldn’t mind seeing both of them zipping through a secondary taking it to the house. I wonder if either will get a shot at KR/PR? In fact who is currently being considered to be the return men this year. The obvious choice for kickoffs would be Malcolm Lane, but who else??? I think LWJ being his Senior year should get a shot at kick returner, allow him to utilize his speed and get loose…

  206. el guapo June 16, 2009 7:32 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 16th, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    Vicky Tagalicod is not transferring to UH.

    is this a cryptic message? If she hasn’t enrolled and attended classes at USC yet, she wouldn’t be a transfer…

  207. Pauoa Boy June 16, 2009 8:03 pm

    Nice to see Derrick Low back in the islands… I hope D-Low II can get into the league soon. He could be a solid point guard in the league like A.C. Carter, with a better shooting touch.

  208. al June 16, 2009 8:19 pm

    pboy….both were track standouts.

  209. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:35 pm

    RGM is skipping their first preseason game. This isn’t great news, but I guess it isn’t surprising considering his hamstring injury. Plus, it appears that the first preseason game is mainly for young players and players new to the team.

    Some other veterans who won’t be playing tonight are receivers Geroy Simon, Paris Jackson and Ryan Grice-Mullen, defensive tackle Aaron Hunt and kicker Paul McCallum.

  210. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:36 pm

    Great first recruit for Coach Dana!

  211. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:37 pm

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

    Australia has had a huge increase in biometrics usage, including facial recognition and voice recognition being implemented by their banks.

  212. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:37 pm

    Study found that kites flying over big cities (the population centers in the Eastern US and East Asia seem to have the best wind patterns) could be major sources of wind power. Cities in tropical areas don’t get the jet streams that can provide huge amounts of wind power.

  213. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    Study found that most people could not find where the heart was on a body diagram!

  214. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    UK households are going to have a new tax imposed on their phone lines and the people who download copyrighted will have their broadband access throttled.

  215. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:39 pm

    Customer spent the night locked in a Massachusetts bar bathroom, but told police (bar workers called police in the morning because they thought that someone was breaking into the bar) in the morning that he was comfortable and he paid his bar tab before leaving.

  216. Garret (Whittier) June 16, 2009 8:39 pm

    Free play links pau.

  217. madeinhawaii June 16, 2009 9:11 pm

    Some of the top 100?

    The University of Hawaii, while not a year in and year out football powerhouse, is a very popular school that many great players flock to and play football at. Over the years Hawaii has sent more than 75 players into the National Football League and many of them have performed at a very high level. Here is a look at some of the interesting facts surrounding some of the many players that the University of Hawaii has contributed to the NFL.

    -The University of Hawaii player that has gone on to score more touchdowns in the NFL than any other is wide receiver Golden Richards who accumulated 18 during his career.

    -No former University of Hawaii football player has appeared in more NFL games than kicker Jason Elam.

    -Jason Elam’s three NFL Pro Bowl appearances are more than any other former Hawaii football player, tied for second with two Pro Bowl appearances are Mark Tuinei and Jesse Sapolu.

    -Jim Mills was 6′9″ tall when he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 9th round of the 1983 NFL Draft, he is the tallest University of Hawaii player ever taken in the draft. Jeff Snyder was the shortest when the Philadelphia Eagles selected the 5′6″ tall wide receiver in 1992.

    -At 348 pounds, running back Reagan Mauia was the heaviest player drafted out of the University of Hawaii when the Miami Dolphins used their 6th round selection to take him in the 2007 NFL Draft.

    -When the Denver Broncos selected wide receiver Ashley Lelie with the 19th pick of the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, it was the highest any University of Hawaii player had ever been drafted.

    Notable pro football players that played collegiately at the University of Hawaii include Jason Elam, Mark Tuinei, Kimo von Oelhoffen, Larry Cole, Jesse Sapolu, Kani Kauahi, Rich Miano, Mel Tom, Ron Hall, Jeris White, Niko Noga, Leo Goeas, Maa Tanuvasa, Golden Richards, Ashley Lelie, Dana McLemore, and June Jones.

    — from:

  218. SteveM June 16, 2009 9:24 pm

    In the last week of May, Tom Mui departed for an Alaska Cruise-tour aboard the Holland Volendam out of Vancouver. He has written a review of that cruise-tour for the Cruise Critic and it is published at:

    Cruise-Tours are different from the usual 7 day Alaska cruises in the Inside Passage because the passengers leave the ship for a land tour. Thus these tours are somewhat longer (10-13 days) and in one direction only–sailing to/from Anchorage (Seward). Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America, and Celebrity cruise lines are the major operators for Alaska cruise-tours.

    Tom’s cruise was a different in that he disembarked in Skagway to start the land tour portion. He flew home from Achorage.

    The Holland Volendam is 781 feet and 63,000 tons.

  219. SteveM June 16, 2009 9:55 pm

    Repost of Rich2176’s info and request…

    June 16th, 2009 at 9:44 am
    UH vs UNLV

    For those that didn’t see the info yesterday, I was only able to get 220 Tsaiko tix in the endzone – top 7 rows of Sections 115 & 116. They are pretty good seats and cost $25 each. Please let me know if you are attending Genji’s, or contact SteveM so he can include your name on the attendee list so I can bring the tix. Cash or check is okay, but I prefer a check. For those not attending or mainland people, I’ll ask SteveM to post my office address so you can send a check and SASE. Include more $$ if you want certified mail or some sort of tracking. I’m not sure of the cost, but it should be less than $5 per envelope.


    Rich2176’s name and mailing address is posted at the bottom of the Las Vegas Tsai-ko logistics page at…

    Names of those who have ordered tickets and attending Genji are listed on my home page (click my name). Note the number of tickets listed is from a list Rich provided. Please double-check for accuracy.

  220. jm2375 June 16, 2009 10:09 pm

    SteveM and Tom Mui – thanks for the review of that Alaskan trip.

    I think I’ll break the trip report up into segments.

    Cruising in general – great way to vacation. Unpack once and get to see many places, although not as long as one may like. Fuuud is usually good, but can be uneven at times. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want and not feel guilty about it. There is usually a wide variety of things to do, from eating and drinking, to staying fit, getting pampered at the spa, watching shows, gambling at the casino (not an option on the Pride of America), singing karaoke, to just lazing around.

    Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) – as a first-time cruiser and someone who is not very socially adept and doesn’t like to dress up, their Freestyle cruising concept fit us well. No assigned seating or meal times. There’s a wide variety of shore excursions, although the prices for some are pretty steep. Their stated market is middle class families and first-time cruisers. I think they do a pretty good job.

    The Norwegian Pearl – the ship is huge. 15 decks, 12 restaurants, bowling alley, rock climbing wall, pool, hot tubs, spa, fitness center, bowling alley, casino and several bars, and a kids and teen center. The crew is very multi-national, with most coming from the Philippines and Malaysia. But there were others from Macedonia, Guyana, Nepal, South Africa, Canada, US, India and of all places, Kiribati. They were very friendly even though it’s a tough job. Our cruise director’s name was Julie, but I couldn’t find any crew members named Isaac or Gopher. I think one guy was named Rookie, though. We ate mostly at the 2 main dining rooms, the buffet place and the 24 hour place. We also went to the steakhouse, which was an additional $25 per person. It was great. Other family members went to the sushi ($15) and teppanyaki ($25) restaurants. They raved about it. All the restaurants are all-you-can-eat. The portion sizes are reasonable (not Tsai-ko sized), so hubby ended up ordering 2 or 3 appetizers, 2 entrees and dessert. There’s a bar named Bliss, where you can lounge on “beds”, a 2-story theater and a large screen (2 story) in the Atrium where they show movies and play Wii.

    More later…

  221. BG June 16, 2009 10:10 pm


    Would have been nice if they had mentioned Miano and McBriar too. Auwe

  222. BG June 16, 2009 10:14 pm

    jm ???

    Thanks for the review! I’m glad SteveM talked you into it!

  223. Kekoa June 16, 2009 10:31 pm

    Thank you Tom for an excellent review of your cruise. Welcome back Home. I hope your wife’s hand is healed.

    See you on Saturday at Genji’s?

  224. Kekoa June 16, 2009 10:39 pm

    jm ~ I’m still wanting the full report “live” and in-person with visual aids and re-enactments as earlier stated today.

  225. Piper's Son June 16, 2009 10:40 pm

    KEKOA: I must have missed the announcement – what’s happening at Genji’s on Saturday?

  226. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 16, 2009 10:43 pm

    Tommui- dang… Your report made me so “into the trip” ! Hopefully will be able to make the trip up north next year. We were looking at the Veendam. Glad you had a good trip!

    jm2375- you too. Love hearing about all the details!

    ST- I asked the Augie questions earlier on the blog. When the show was airing, I was at the chiropractor getting an adjustment. Veddy nice show today, btw!

  227. jm2375 June 16, 2009 10:54 pm

    OK, more about the trip.

    Our cruise – the ship was over-capacity. The Pearl’s stated double-occupancy capacity is about 2300 and I heard there were about 2700 passengers. Guess NCL made money. About 1/3 were from Hawaii. Keed made many new friends at the Teen Center.
    We had an oceanview stateroom. A little small, but it worked. Keed’s bunk folded down from the wall. There was a fridge in the room, but it was locked and we never got a key for it. Didn’t really need it. Non-carbonated/non-alcoholic beverages are free, but we are big soda drinkers, so we got the soda plan ($50).
    Made it to the fitness center once 😀 Keed and I had a mother-daughter massage. Hubby and I went with other family members to Bliss for karaoke and then some dancing. Drank shots, got a pretty good buzz for the first time in years, since no need worry about driving home… 🙄 Weather was cold, so only the keed tried out the hot tubs.

    The Second City comedy troupe has a contract with NCL, so I think they’re on all the ships. We saw the show in the theater and it was pretty funny. They had a couple of workshops and a couple of adult shows up in one of the bars. The first night there is a preview of the entertainment acts. The Vegas style show was blech. The guy couldn’t sing. On the last night, we went to see a “game show” called Liar’s Club, with the Cruise Director, the stand-up comedian and an circus/comedy act called SharkBait. It was hilarious.

    That’s enough for now…

  228. MeiLing June 16, 2009 11:04 pm

    jm####, Thanks for the travel report.

    tommui, Your cruise sounded interesting w/ the train ride.

    I still need to go on a cruise that stops in Sitka, so I can catch up w/ my college buddy. Or, maybe not. Just taking the Ferry up there would be fun, sleeping on the deck again under the heat lamps. Then going salmon fishing. WheeHa! Seeing dozens of bald eagles scavenging over the harbor for fish parts from the cannery in Ketchikan was impressive.

    Slug report: None! even w/ Bud Lite. Only picked up 2 under the cups. If they are making themselves scarce, you guys get the Bud Lite. Beer can chicken and brautwurst cooked in beer w/ the Natural Lite.

    Night all…

  229. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 17, 2009 12:02 am

    Sweet Warrior Dreams!!!

  230. sportsbow June 17, 2009 12:26 am

    SG/SF, Zane Johnson Arizona will transfer to UH. LINK:

  231. Wholesale Pallet June 17, 2009 12:57 am

    Excellent observations and you have a great way of expressing things. Thanks for this.

  232. Cindy C June 17, 2009 1:02 am

    Tom and jm2375, loved your trip reports! I have not cruised since I was a kid so I’d love to start again.

  233. al ™ June 17, 2009 1:12 am

    thanks sportsbow!

    you da best.

  234. al ™ June 17, 2009 1:23 am

    looks like a great shooter.
    he’ll have to sit out a year and then have two years to play.

  235. al ™ June 17, 2009 1:53 am

    who are the notables participating in the summer camp?

  236. wafan June 17, 2009 2:52 am

    Good Hump Day all!

  237. wafan June 17, 2009 2:54 am

    If it does not rain today we will set a new record for consecutive dry days. Whoo-hoo or uh-oh.

  238. wafan June 17, 2009 2:55 am

    2 more wake ups to go!!!

  239. Alternative Therapies June 17, 2009 2:56 am

    I don’t get very well the concept ehre, so I believe people may disagree with it.

  240. wafan June 17, 2009 3:07 am

    241 itself is disagreeable.

  241. mctruck June 17, 2009 3:25 am


    what is that dish which looks like a slab of raw meat covered with greens???..yuk!!! they going to cook it or what?

    for a moment, I thought gigi was back on this blog what with pics of food stuff ladat?

  242. addahknowjoe June 17, 2009 3:28 am

    Welcome Shawna Kuehu to the Na Wahine.

  243. mctruck June 17, 2009 3:34 am

    good morning wafan…have a great day at work…laters

  244. mctruck June 17, 2009 3:39 am

    I like the physical stats on Johnson and his heralded pre-college prospectus.

    hope he has a great two years with UH.

  245. brew808 June 17, 2009 4:20 am

    Hi all! It’s been kind of hectic around these parts. The WB continues to be a wonderful escape…. even if it is only lurking for now…. 😀

    ~~~•~~~~•~~~ 😀 ★ ★ ★ Happy Birthday sjmacro!!! ★ ★ ★ 😆 ~~~•~~~~•~~~

  246. chawan_cut June 17, 2009 5:02 am

    looks like Nash has picked up another recruit. this one from UA. a shooting guard with a nice touch. he has to sit out a year though.

  247. Kekoa June 17, 2009 5:27 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Crew!…Is it really only 79 days until kickoff!

  248. djmitcho June 17, 2009 6:13 am

    Good Morning All!

  249. d1島 June 17, 2009 6:15 am

    Great Morning All!

    Terrific cruise reports!
    So exciting to see the wildlife at Denali; I’d really like to experience that someday….not to mention seeing Mt. McKinley.


    Glad you folks were able to “cut loose” on-board; like you said if no need worry about driving home….Okole Maluna!

  250. d1島 June 17, 2009 6:19 am


    Good fun stuff there about the Hawaii NFL’ers.

    IDK if I would really include Kimo von Oelhoffen as a Hawaii player. He never played ball on Molokai before spending one year in Manoa, then went JC and then to BS-You. Definitely a local boy but a former Warrior???

  251. d1島 June 17, 2009 6:20 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy…


  252. jm2375 June 17, 2009 6:22 am

    Good morning! Looks like another hot day!

    Happy birthday sjmacro!!

    Welcome to Hawaii Zane Johnson!!

    Enjoy this… only the Japanese would figure this out…

  253. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 17, 2009 6:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


    Congrats, Kalani Breckenridge!

  254. Kekoa June 17, 2009 6:34 am

    Birthday Greetings to my good friend sj-macro! We missed you folks this weekend. Rob25 had plenny animal parts and raw creepy crawler items she couldn’t handle that you would have loved!

  255. Kekoa June 17, 2009 6:39 am

    Zane Johnson sounds like a character out of a Western movie. I have a feeling he will be shootin’ out the lights in the Stanley next year! OK coach Nash, keep ’em coming!

  256. JaM June 17, 2009 6:44 am

    Good morning all!

    Happy Birthday to sjmacro!

  257. JaM June 17, 2009 6:45 am

    Hi Kekoa!

  258. JaM June 17, 2009 6:46 am

    Hi to Diana too!

  259. MeiLing June 17, 2009 6:46 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Hau’oli La Hanau, sjmacro!!!

    Good news about picking up Zane Johnson.

  260. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 17, 2009 6:47 am


    In a suit, no less!
    At the bottom of the page.

  261. lame June 17, 2009 6:49 am

    lame see the repost

  262. Best Plastic Model Kit June 17, 2009 7:06 am

    I am a total newby about this. Appreciate getting some important details I was missing.

  263. djmitcho June 17, 2009 7:40 am

    Happy Birthday sjmacro

  264. Kekoa June 17, 2009 7:52 am

    ST ~ The Spambots are at it again!

  265. Kekoa June 17, 2009 7:54 am

    Hiya JaM! ~ How did the track meet go last Sat. Any exciting speedsters to look forward to seeing on the UH track team?

  266. Addahknowsports© June 17, 2009 8:03 am

    Good Morning (from Kauai) Tsaikos & Tsaikettes!

    Happy Birthday sjmacro!

  267. Kekoa June 17, 2009 8:05 am

    Hey A-Sports!…Are you behaving?

  268. SteveM June 17, 2009 8:33 am

    Good morning everyone!

    jm2375 — thanks for the ship review. I fell asleep early last night and missed your post. Now for the bad news–Cruise Directors note the average weight gain for a first-time cruiser on a 7 day cruise is 6 lbs… 🙁 Of course, veteran cruisers only gain 1-3 lbs even if they don’t use the extensive gym equipment and jogging track.

  269. jm2375 June 17, 2009 8:42 am

    SteveM – I only gained 2 lbs!! 😀 Now to lose the extra 30 lbs I started with… 🙁

    I forgot to mention that there were those automatic hand sanitizer dispensers *everywhere* on the ship.

    Liz – you’d love Alaska. The scenery is beautiful, lots of great pics to be taken! Just ask sj. My niece got a great video of a bald eagle soaring when they went salmon fishing in Ketchikan. I gotta try to get a copy of it. BTW, I didn’t see anyone get seasick, although I saw people wearing those patches.

  270. chawan_cut June 17, 2009 8:57 am

    i wonder why jm2375 likes that youtube vid…. heh.

  271. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] June 17, 2009 8:58 am


    Still trying for a cattle call tomorrow but just in case you can make it, please join me and Addahknowsports© TODAY at 5:30 PM –
    Pho Kauai in the Rice Shopping Center (next to the Bowling Alley).

    Woo Hoo!

  272. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] June 17, 2009 9:00 am

    jm2375- I almost booked Alaska cruise for this year… but will have to wait til next year.
    The good news is- it’s almost next year! When you get this old, time moves faster 😆

  273. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] June 17, 2009 9:01 am

    New post is up.

  274. tom mui June 17, 2009 9:10 am

    SteveM: Actually I lost weight on the cruise/tour but it was probably the extra amount of walking done on the tour.

    LIZ – to echo jm2375, I take an antivertigo (dramamine) which is non-drowsy a day or so before boarding and one after as a precaution. But the ship’s are fairly stable and really isn’t a problem.

    KEKOA: thanks for your concern about Lois’ hand. She finally saw the MD for x-rays yesterday. He recommends an operation on her left hand/wrist. She has RA and the fall sort of make a semi-useless hand more so. Hope your wife is doing well!

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