Banner year

Among the many good things about Sunday night’s tribute to Dave Shoji were: 1) UH celebrated its accomplishments, and 2) a banner honoring Shoji was unfurled.

Those were significant moments for a school that often is muted in trumpeting the things it does well. Shoji was rightfully feted for all that he has done for the school and state, just as honoring Les Murakami was proper several years ago.

The next step is ditch that unwritten policy limiting the number of banners in the Stan Sheriff Center. Remember the banner commemorating the volleyball Warriors’ defeating Pepperdine in the 2002 national title game? It rests in a drawer in general manager Rich Sheriff’s office. That banner should be raised again — hey, the Warriors did win it that year — as well as banners honoring the team’s other appearances in NCAA tournaments. The same for all those NCAA tournament appearances and league titles by the basketball teams.

I know, I know. Locals are supposed to act humble and not grab that last malasada. But every now and then, when UH is privately grumbling about geographical isolation, lack of respect and those darn travel subsidies, it needs to remind others that it is a contributor to the athletic world. UH should hang banners — many banners — for the same reason doctors and lawyers hang diplomas on office walls. Sometimes UH needs to show its visitors it has won titles, been invited to dances and rub it in to Fresno State and San Diego State that it played in a BCS bowl. (By the way, did anybody realize the Aztecs played UH in something called the Pineapple Bowl in 1952?) It also would be wonderful if UH brought back those Warrior club helmet stickers. Nothing like a QB staring at a pass rusher whose helmet is covered with stickers.


  1. tom-warriornation May 22, 2017 7:14 am

    Yes ST, bring back those banners–great idea!

  2. Ipu Man May 22, 2017 7:28 am

    Great article, Tsai.
    How about hanging one of Patsy Mink, too?

  3. Obake-san May 22, 2017 7:29 am

    I agree with #1 and ST… Nothing like having a recruit seeing what UH athletics have accomplished over the years. I bet the Boise’s and FSU’s of the MWC and Long Beach St’s of the BW displays their banners with pride. And so should UH.

    I’ve heard or read where people are concern if a new coach can recruit or not, well, the athletic department can recruit too, by having those banners displayed. If there’s too many, what about consolidating a few that can be consolidated.

    I like the idea of bring back the helmet stickers. Look as Ohio St. I believe a lot of major college teams (especially from the big 5) have helmet stickers. Didn’t JJ do this when he was coach?

    Anyway, UH football is just around the corner. GO WARRIORS!

  4. Mitchhawaii May 22, 2017 8:27 am

    Not to mention how the banners help with recruiting

  5. oneseason May 22, 2017 8:38 am

    I think banners recognizing past big wins and accomplishments could help boost ticket sales by reminding old time fans of those great memories.

  6. H-Man May 22, 2017 10:23 am

    I think the banners are as much a reminder for the local residents, as well as, visiting teams and their fans. It’s a good idea. and the stickers on the helmets is also a good idea to bring back Pride Rock. ST, good insight to boosting excitement for UH Athletics.

  7. H-Man May 22, 2017 10:24 am

    I like green stickers on “white helmets.”

  8. sfogate May 22, 2017 10:44 am

    Schools should always celebrate their success and this included sports. Who doesn’t look inside Trophy Cases, read newspaper articles and banners flying from the rafters. It’s called Pride.

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid May 22, 2017 12:27 pm

    It aint braggin’ if ya can back it up. UH has a proud legacy in many sports. Let the world know it, and remind current players and supporters just who we are!

    Love the helmet sticker idea. What might that look like? I’m thinking of little triangle mountain peaks/ spear heads reminsecent of Warriors and Pride Rock.

  10. DaveLetterMan May 22, 2017 12:53 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    Athlon’s MWC teams:
    1st Team: Allen, Tavai, Henderson, Koloamatangi.
    2nd Team: Saint-Juste, Ursua
    3rd Team: ‘Unga, Wa‘a
    4th Team: Brown, Mageo

  11. Ipu Man May 22, 2017 3:29 pm

    A realistic shark’s head, JAWS,
    would be more scary…The more
    the merrier 🙂

  12. H-Man May 22, 2017 5:01 pm

    Congratulations to Asotui Eli for his selection to the Rimington Watch List.

  13. wilfred yamasawa May 22, 2017 5:15 pm

    Flaming Rainbows..

  14. wilfred yamasawa May 22, 2017 5:16 pm

    Flaming Rainbows

  15. kalua pig May 22, 2017 5:17 pm

    asotui eli has been blessed by kalua pigs already know cuz.

  16. oneseason May 22, 2017 6:03 pm

    Will their be a school mascot for the 2017 – 2018 football season? This is an AD decision, I think, since the mascot represents the University of Hawaii and not any one sport.

  17. oneseason May 22, 2017 6:04 pm

    Will there …

  18. Abunai May 22, 2017 6:39 pm


    As much I like the idea of a shark tooth as a sticker. How about a sticker of a weapon of Polynesian weapon?

  19. tom-warriornation May 22, 2017 8:25 pm

    2017 College Football Preview Magazines now out:
    Both Athlon Sports and Street & Smiths had Hawaii finishing in 2nd place in MWC West Division with a 7-5 record! But let us not get too confident; one game at a time!

    Both magazines had the following UH players on their all-conference teams: Trayvonn Henderson, Dejon Allen, Meffy Koloamatangi, Diocemy St Juste, John Ursua, Jahlani Tavai, Dru Brown, Tui Unga, John Waa, Malachi Mageo.

  20. Akamai Okole May 22, 2017 8:43 pm

    Great Evening All!

    A Banner Day for UHAD

    Das it

  21. 808SEC May 23, 2017 4:00 am

    Athlon Sports also has Dru Brown ranked #56 out of 130 starting QBs for 2017

  22. 808SEC May 23, 2017 4:49 am

    To get back on topic, I agree with S.T. and many of the posters here. UH needs to celebrate and display it’s accomplishments and successes, whether it is via banners, trophies, etc. Perhaps local recruits would be more interested in staying home if they were reminded of all the success that UH has had

  23. willieboy May 23, 2017 7:49 am

    any sightings of the new football helmet design/look??

  24. Stephen Tsai May 23, 2017 8:06 am

    New post:

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