Big Wednesday

Five junior college players are expected to sign letters of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday, the first day mid-year transfers may put their commitments in writing.

They are: Wide receiver Vasquez Haynes (Blinn College), tight end Josh Long (Riverside College), offensive tackle David Griffin (Mesa College), and linebackers Julian Gener (Mount San Antonio College) and Tevita Lataimua (College of San Mateo).

Two grayshirts — cornerback Anthony Pierce and linebacker Penitito Faalologo — are set to join the Warriors in January.

The Warriors are awaiting transcripts from cornerback Ronald Fields and defensive end Dejon Allen. If they meet the requirements, they will be Warriors in January.

Linebacker/rush end Quenton Brown has indicated he might have met the requirements to join the Warriors. His transcripts are pending.

* * * * *

Remember offensive lineman Stan Hasiak?

He was at UCLA for two years, then another year at a junior college. In February, he signed with Oregon State, but never made it to a practice because he failed to meet all of the eligibility requirements.

Now he is a free agent.

UH coach Norm Chow recruited him to UCLA.

Hasiak has one year to play one season.

File this under: Hmmm.


  1. gobows December 17, 2012 7:03 am

    titile threw me off, must be a little monday confusion/groggyness

  2. PONO December 17, 2012 7:05 am

    Wow! 5 mid year JC transfers, 2 gray shirts and potentially 3 more top recruits joining in January for spring camp will really make a huge difference in the competition level. Hope it all falls into place. I’m really liking the makeover of the roster.

  3. Buffoman December 17, 2012 7:05 am

    Wow, top 5! Great news keep coming for Warriors.

  4. Kekoa December 17, 2012 7:08 am

    Trow me off! Tot wuz Monday…not Wednesday…oh Nevah mind, just sign ’em any day of da week!

  5. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:09 am

    OK, raise your hand if you remember the movie, “Big Wednesday”?



  6. Bugaz December 17, 2012 7:10 am

    Would be fantastic if they could all make it here in January. Come on gents get it all straight become Warriors. Push that bar uppity up

  7. Pauoa Boy December 17, 2012 7:11 am

    I like bigger and faster… Glad these guys are keeping their previous commitments and working hard to follow through on qualifying…

  8. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:13 am

    Big Wednesday:

  9. Bugaz December 17, 2012 7:15 am

    Tuaʻau not ready to transfer yet?

  10. Buffoman December 17, 2012 7:18 am

    Big not really surfing, surf flick. Hero: Gerry Lopez, Mr. Pipeline. Lots of us who were “Vietnam eligible” could relate.

  11. Bugaz December 17, 2012 7:20 am

    Glad to see Penitito finally getting his chance. I hope he has been working out hard.

  12. Tanks Ah! December 17, 2012 7:22 am

    Thx for the updates, Stephen.

  13. Derek December 17, 2012 7:22 am

    With only 1 year to play for Hasiak I would say to pass on him. I think the coaches are looking develop our program for the long haul. Plus, there seems to be a lot of good potential recruits out there too.

  14. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:26 am

    Tua‘au has some work to do.

  15. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:27 am

    The coaches are really high on Ben Dew, who was injured most of 2012.

    What they like is that he’s “bendy.”

    Flexibility is an overlooked quality in an offensive lineman.

  16. Bugaz December 17, 2012 7:27 am

    As much as I hate when our local boys leave to play football elsewhere, he is still one of our own and if there is room with both parties in agreement, then give the young man a one year deal.

  17. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 7:29 am

    ST. Do you know how it works if Mid years can count towards 2012 class or not?

  18. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:29 am

    The goal out of Florida is to get a running back and two DBs.

    Don’t expect any firm commitments until after the candidates visit in January.

  19. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:31 am

    A school official told me mid-years can count toward 2012, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

    It would seem logical because scholarships are one-year deals, and they would be part of the 2012-2013 academic year.

  20. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:32 am

    By the way, not that there was any doubt, but recent graduates Justin Clapp and Art Laurel will be back for their fifth years.

  21. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 7:33 am

    I think Colton Goeas de-committed from Tennessee.

  22. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 7:34 am

    Also, Is Ekuale gonna try sign on wednesday?

  23. laulau head December 17, 2012 7:38 am

    Thanks for all this great info ST! Big Wednesday was a great flick, but best surfing movie of all-time?

    North Shore…hands down

  24. Bugaz December 17, 2012 7:39 am

    Thanks for the updates! I hope coaches stay on the recruit from the west side. He is a great get for the Warrior program, but I hear he plans on tripping some Pacific Northwest schools. Family trying to persuade him to stay home though.

  25. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 7:39 am

    ST, do you think by signing Haynes on Wednesday, coaches might reconsider signing 2 more JC WRs? I know WR is a need but I think Hawaii is pretty solid with Haynes, Sampson, Stutz, Harding, Kemp, Davis, Bukowski for the time being. I think Polk fits what Hawaii needs more than Howard.

    Would be nice to hold on to a scholarship in case a guy like Goeas wants to stay home or a couple studs peak interest in Hawaii late. Also think Keith Kirkwood could be a gem if we can sway him to play football over bball.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2012 7:47 am

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    *raises hand*

    Big Monday with all the great news ’bout big Wedsnesday! Keep it rollin’!

  27. maddog50 December 17, 2012 8:11 am

    Like to hear the beefed up roster for spring….allows teambuilding and readiness. Also I never asked about Dew….I was high on him and did not want to pry into his health….Muir, Dew, Clarke, Lefotu, Sean, Chauncey, Mike and others will be a lot better upcoming season than this past one. Some folks fail to realize how difficult to change from an almost always pass to the mix of run and pass….also the youth. This is going to be some kind of change ahead….Go Warriors!!!!!

  28. tommui December 17, 2012 8:17 am


    Big Monday – if there is confusion in the ranks!

  29. (Jesse) James December 17, 2012 8:18 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Good to see the recruits coming in….

    Big Wednesday…Who could forget that movie…The guy from the Greatest American Hero was in it….William Katt…LOL

  30. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 8:18 am

    Are we pau recruiting O-Linemen? For some reason I thought there was a much bigger need and emphasis on the O-line recruiting.

  31. graham December 17, 2012 8:31 am

    When is Tigi Hill going to sign?

  32. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 8:39 am

    30. I think Reeve is the last piece of the O linemen bunch. John Waa is a solid recruit. Griffin is exactly what we need for next season. I think you also need to factor the coaches are high on developing Kaloamatangi who redshirted this past year. Ben Dew is also a Fr.

    I think going after best available prospect approach is key regardless of position sometimes.

    WE really need to cross our fingers for Diocemy Saint Juste. He is the type of player who can take it to the house on any given play. Watch his video if you have time.

  33. kev-1 December 17, 2012 8:44 am

    Stan Hasiak? Hmmm . . . I wondered what happened to that guy. Didn’t he leave UCLA because of behavior issues? Don’t know that for a fact, just kinda what I remember.

  34. kev-1 December 17, 2012 8:45 am

    Looks like the recruits are not as pessimistic about UHs future as some of the fans are. That is good to see and hear.

    I was pretty disappointed to hear that recruits have local readers in their ears telling them not to come to UH.

  35. kev-1 December 17, 2012 8:47 am

    Lastly, I want to thank all you braddahs for posting the recruiting info and tidbits. Keeps me from entering into my full depression over the end of the season.

  36. Derek December 17, 2012 8:52 am

    I have questioned Coach Chow on his play calling and his choice of the QB, but I thought he and his staff have done a good job in recruiting good football players. To his credit, he saw that our defense was in need of lots of help and that we need to get more physical and tough up front. As ST said, looks like we have gotten at least 12 defensive recruits to address that need. And in fairness to Chow, we didn’t have the horses or the QB good enough to win more games. I have said Chow was like an old stubbon senior citizen during the season. Obviously, I was frustrated with all the blow out losses, many by half time.

    We are human. Heck, I’m a senior citizen too and the body feels old, hehe! But, I do know that Chow is smart and when you lose, you try to figure it out and how you can do better next season. I don’t know QB Graham will be the answer, but at this point he looks to be the best that we have. Aaron Zwahlen can run and throw, something I like because in today’s college football running the spread can move the ball in so many ways. Whether Zwahlen go on a mission right out of hs is debatable. Still, whoever the QB is for us next season will be so critical. Unless Schroeder, Higgins, or Shutter improve immensely he can expect more of the same. The ex-factor might be Ikaika Woolsey. Where is Justin Alo playing?

  37. TM December 17, 2012 9:03 am

    Why hasn’t Aofaga Wily committed yet?

  38. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 9:05 am

    36. Completely agree. While I questioned a lot of decisions throughout the season, I will give credit where its due as far as recruiting and defensive adjustments towards the end of the season.

    Still think we need a few more weapons on offense though.

  39. Derek December 17, 2012 9:26 am

    Jeezy33, yeah, a couple game breakers like RB Diocemy St. Juste, or Return man, Damarious Thomas. Polk seems to have a terrific average per pass reception. If we get these kinds of players, plus if Edwards comes back our return game and big plays will be scary. Like anything else, we need a QB to get the ball down the field for big chunks of yardage.

  40. jm2375 December 17, 2012 9:32 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to all the new Warriors.

    Trying to fight off the beginnings of a cold. Scratchy throat, drinking lots of tea with honey. Dangit.

  41. Bryson December 17, 2012 9:41 am

    I think coaches should re-offer Tyler Cogswell who had his Arkansas offer pulled…He’s a Fla kid too…

  42. 3-Prong December 17, 2012 9:42 am

    #5 ST: ✋ What ST, bet you was one Rippa eh? I remember Roosevelt showing surf movies at your school. Think I saw the one with Jerry at Pipeline with Honk playing Pipeline Sequence in the background there.

  43. HawaiiMongoose December 17, 2012 9:48 am

    I for one am glad to see the WR recruits. We need more speed and height at that position. This year’s group couldn’t consistently achieve separation from defenders. A lot of the criticism directed at Schroeder for holding onto the ball too long could have been directed at the receivers because they weren’t getting open.

  44. Rodney December 17, 2012 9:48 am

    In Chow I trust!!!! It’s a process and

    it’s working daily.Stay positive,positive

    positive!!!!!!Support the coaches,players

    families,players,students,faculty and

    all the support staff!All paddles in the

    canoe paddling together!!

  45. MattyBoy December 17, 2012 9:52 am


    You think we got a shot at landing Diocemy?

  46. gobows December 17, 2012 9:53 am

    #32 after word gets out that hawaii is looking at st juste, the offers will start pouring in for the dude. sampson is small and was basically a kick returner. st juste has running abilities that you can’t teach along with top end speed. if UH can land him, i think he would be the gem of the class.

  47. gobows December 17, 2012 9:58 am

    #43 that’s what nc said several times in the post game interviews

  48. Bigwave96744 December 17, 2012 10:05 am

    Stephen, I remember Big Wednesday!!!

    Anyway, not that we need another 4* QB, but Andrew Luck’s backup last year Brett Nottingham has left Stanford & looking for someone who needs a 6’4″ Pro Style QB.

    Brett is very similar to 6’5″ Taylor Graham. Both grad in 2010, redshirted in 2010, was a primary backup in 2011 and both turneddown UCLA when Norm was the OC there. Hmmmm

  49. Bigwave96744 December 17, 2012 10:06 am

    Why hasn’t Kawe Johnson comitted?

  50. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2012 10:16 am

    Johnson apparently was stuck inL.A. yesterday.

    It leads to an interesting predictament: dead period began today. No face-to-face contacts for two weeks.

  51. Leron December 17, 2012 10:18 am

    Was that before or after his NMSU visit?

  52. MattyBoy December 17, 2012 10:27 am


    You think we got a shot at landing Diocemy?

  53. shadow December 17, 2012 10:38 am

    Suspect that these “local readers” who would be trying to dissuade new recruits from coming would be those who believe that there is something to lose – like current scholarships to friends or relatives.

    Fortunately, this kind of thinking is more the exception than the rule . . .

  54. jeezy33 December 17, 2012 11:00 am

    45. I really don’t know. There is an article out that Norm Chow was the 1st to offer him. Then after that, offers flooded from other schools. I don’t know if being the 1st offer is going to help us. But like Gobows stated, this kid will be the gem of this class if we land him. By gem, I am talking about a player like Kerwynn Williams for Utah St who gets all the attention. Teams will have to game plan to stop him because of his play making ability. Youtube him if you dont believe.

  55. A-House December 17, 2012 11:15 am

    Can anyone recall UH ever “pulling” a scholarship so they can give it to another player? I can’t.

    A player’s decsion to leave does not count. I know of a lot of players who chose to leave on their own.

  56. A-House December 17, 2012 11:18 am

    How about dem 9ers!!!!!

    As in last year, I was dissapointed in the number of “passing yards” allowed by the defense and yesterday was no exception. Like the 2007 Warriors, only reason they won was the offense scored more points.

    See Vegas odds makers have Seattle giving 1.5 points to the 49ers. I would take the 49ers – too bad I’m at home!!!

  57. Bigwave96744 December 17, 2012 11:20 am

    Ahouse, it happened before under the previous regimes (JJ & Mack) . That why some guys left. Mostly offensive guys

  58. LizKauai December 17, 2012 11:22 am




  59. Independent Thinker December 17, 2012 11:29 am

    So far, recruiting looks decent.

    As for coaches, Brian Te’o should be hired as an assistant coach. If Brian can do for UH players what he did for his son Manti, and Robbi Toma, he would be a genius in my book.

    My understanding is he trained Manti and Robbi whenever they were not at practice, running them through strength building exercises and speed and agility enhancement training, in addition to just plain teaching them about the game and about what it takes to be a champion.

    I’d like to see Brian Te’o uses his knowledge and skills to help our team. This would also help with recruiting Laie and Kahuku and we sure could use come leverage there.

  60. Derek December 17, 2012 11:57 am

    A-House, take the generous points on the 49ers. Pete Carroll hasn’t been able to beat Jim Harbaugh….so far, not when Harbaugh was a Stanford. Remember when Stanford beat USC….at USC as plus 30 points underdogs. That’s one of the biggest upsets in college football history. As far as this game in Seattle, it will be a close game but I think the 49ers have been in this situation before and they have shown that they play pretty well on the road. Kaepernick gives the 49ers explosive potential that Alex Smith didn’t and that’s the difference. I see the 49ers winning between 3 and 7 points. The stakes are high. Seahawks can get to the playoffs. 49ers try to win the division and get a first right bye in the playoffs. Even if the 49ers lose this game, they will still win the division because they will beat the Arizona Cardinals at home in the last game of the season. Seattle even winning 2 games finish at 11-5, but a half game behind Niners who finish w/ 12-4-1.

  61. Old School Dave December 17, 2012 11:59 am

    UH hasn’t had very good luck with Stanford transfers in the past. FVA brought a couple along with him to UH and both ended up getting into trouble off the field (QB arrested in a Chinatown gambling raid, RB involved in a brawl in the stands at Aloha Stadium).

    But, that was then, and this is now.

  62. madeinhawaii December 17, 2012 12:09 pm

    Dan Inouye has passed away.. may he rest in peace… Condolences to the Inouye ohana… Mahalo nui loa, Dan.. You will not be forgotten.

  63. Chicken Grease December 17, 2012 12:10 pm

    A Grease remembers the WEDNESDAY portion of Se7en.


  64. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 12:15 pm

    Senator Daniel Inouye dies.

  65. Chicken Grease December 17, 2012 12:15 pm

    RIP Dan Inouye. Man. End of an era.

    Great man, Dan Inouye. Enough said.

  66. Derek December 17, 2012 12:16 pm

    The best UH football players, IMO, is Colt Brennan who was a 3 star rated recruit. We had some other highly touted players such at Chad Kalilimoku, Josh Leonard, Issac Sopoaga, and Attrice Brooks. Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins were 2 star players. We didn’t have star ratings when Levi Stanley, Jesse Sapolu, Falaniko and Al Noga were playing. It’s an in-exact science in recruiting players. Suffice to say that there are a lot of terrific football players on the FBS level. There are the obvious top players, but just below that are players who just blossoms when they get to college, but the potential was always there. Terrific coaching can bring out the best in a players performance and the systems that they play in. Great teams run the spread offense because they take advantage of “spreading” the field, using a version of option, QB read option, pistol, runNshoot, pro set, reverses, motion, and a lot of deception. It drives the defenses crazy trying to stop everything, not to mentiion the no huddle which tires out the defense.

  67. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 12:18 pm

    This is an incredibly tragic day…

  68. BigWave96744 December 17, 2012 12:28 pm

    WR Tafiti Uso transferred from Stanford with one to play on in the 2001 season

  69. BigWave96744 December 17, 2012 12:29 pm

    Blue Monday

  70. A-House December 17, 2012 12:33 pm

    Sad day for Hawaii and the Inouye ohana on the passing on Dan Inouye.

    Really sad for Hawaii with 2 very, very junior Senators in Congress with absolutely NO power – bet some “friends” are behind the back talking to friends on how to replace Dan in the Senate.

  71. Old School Dave December 17, 2012 12:37 pm

    Forgot about Uso from Punahou. I think he later returned and graduated from Stanford.

  72. Committed Road Warrior December 17, 2012 12:39 pm

    Sad day for Hawai’i.

    The prospect of two freshmen Senators representing the State doesn’t bode well in the short-term. Of the three candidates the Hawai’i Democratic Party will eventually submit to the Governor (per State law), I wonder which one he’ll appoint to serve the last 4 years of Inouye’s term.

  73. mo808 December 17, 2012 12:40 pm

    Condolences to Senator Inouye’s family.

  74. Old School Dave December 17, 2012 12:40 pm

    Terry Albritton, UH shot putter (before they dropped track & field) and later strength coach during the Tomey era, was a transfer from Stanford, too.

  75. Old School Dave December 17, 2012 12:43 pm

    RIP to Senator Inouye and condolences to his family.

    I take it that the governor will have to appoint Senator Inouye’s replacement, but this is not the time to discuss that.

  76. al December 17, 2012 12:49 pm

    Rest in peace senator inouye…..perhaps the most significant man in Hawaii’s history.

  77. jimmy the lock December 17, 2012 12:51 pm

    Thank you Senator Inouye for your service to Hawaii and our Nation. ✝

  78. MattyBoy December 17, 2012 12:52 pm

    RIP Senator Inouye

  79. Dan-O December 17, 2012 12:57 pm

    From one Dan, to another Dan……MAHALO for serving our country, our state, our home.

  80. Bowwar December 17, 2012 12:58 pm

    Sadness with the passing of Inouye…RIP…

    Can the governor appoint himself to replace Inouye? Abercrombie actually has the most experience on Capital Hill versus the Freshmen congressmen we have now.

  81. Derek December 17, 2012 12:59 pm

    Al, second that. My father, also a 442 veteran, was a proud democrat because of people like Senator Inouye and former Gov. John Burns. My dad passed early this January at 93.

    It’s around that age where a lot of 442 veterans are leaving us. RIP to all of them who served our country so well.

  82. d1shima December 17, 2012 1:01 pm


    Reportedly, his last utterance.

    Aloha from a grateful State and Nation, Dan.

  83. Bowwar December 17, 2012 1:04 pm

    I’d be surprised if Chow brings Hasiak to Hawaii, but I understand that he has made contact…Chow does need a quick fix, so the more mid-year transfers he can get, the better.

  84. Kevin December 17, 2012 1:05 pm

    Sad day, but not tragic. Senator Inouye lived a full life, a life of service to the people of Hawaii and his country.

    He just got elected to a BETTER position.

  85. d1shima December 17, 2012 1:16 pm

    I recall in one of his recent election campaigns about the only thing his team put out was a bumper sticker with the signed word, “Dan

    No need TV ads.

    No need newspaper ads.

    No need attack opponent.

    No need frenetic sign wavers on the roadways.

    Just one bumper sticker: Dan


  86. Bowwar December 17, 2012 1:18 pm

    #84: Great sentiment Kevin…

  87. koakane ip5 December 17, 2012 1:29 pm

    condolences to Dan Inouye ohana and mahalo to a great man who served Hawaii with pride and dignity

  88. laulau head December 17, 2012 1:30 pm


  89. expat December 17, 2012 1:30 pm

    Indeed a sad day. There will never be another Dan Inouye. He had an indelible impact on Hawaii and leaves a remarkable legacy.

    Hawaii starts from scratch in the Senate where seniority is almost everything.

  90. oldie December 17, 2012 1:37 pm

    I’d like to add my condolences to the Inouye ohana.

    He lived his life to serve Hawaii and the nation. Thank you from a grateful constituent.

    RIP Dan Inouye.

  91. wafan December 17, 2012 1:41 pm

    Aloha Uncle Dan.

    Many thanks for your service and dedication.

  92. cocobean December 17, 2012 1:41 pm

    Senator Dan. Thank you for a life time of service.

  93. RedZone December 17, 2012 1:42 pm

    My condolences to the Inouye family. A great loss. Truely a sad day.

  94. Independent Thinker December 17, 2012 1:44 pm

    Can’t replace a Dan Inouye. Gifted orator, skilled statesman, a true gentleman.

    But, we need to find a replacement who is as near Dan in these attributes as possible, as soon as possible.

    Who would be a good replacement?

  95. tommui December 17, 2012 1:46 pm

    Senator Dan Inouye – the likes of him will be hard to find.

  96. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 1:47 pm



  97. cocobean December 17, 2012 1:52 pm

    What are the odds?

    Hanabusa – Already a member of Congress

    Shatz – LT Gov., Punahou grad – has mafia connections

    Gabbard – The Future of the D Party in HI

    Waihee – Former Gov.

    Mufi – His dream job.

    Shinseki – Dark horse. Plus side – never ran for office.

  98. nanakuli December 17, 2012 1:54 pm

    Dan bumpersticker was in black and gold.

  99. Haleakala December 17, 2012 1:58 pm

    Sebator Daniel Inouye, ALOHA

  100. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2012 1:59 pm

    Aloha and Mahalo Dan Inouye. RIP.

  101. wafan December 17, 2012 1:59 pm

    Black and Gold is waving,

    Boys we’re back of you.

    Play your way to victory

    We’ll be ever true.

    Eager eyes are watching

    Hearts are beating fast,

    For McKinley’s honor,

    FIGHT!, boys, to the last

  102. 3-Prong December 17, 2012 2:07 pm

    Mahalo Senator Inouye……..

  103. Kevin December 17, 2012 2:08 pm

    Not sure about the specifics and ceremony and so forth, but does anyone have an inkling if Senator Inouye be laid to rest at Punchbowl?

  104. jimmy the lock December 17, 2012 2:14 pm

    I’d figure it would be Arlington.

  105. tommui December 17, 2012 2:14 pm

    #103 Kevin:

    Depends on his wishes. Senator Matsunaga is laid to rest at Punchbowl as is his wife though he could have been buried in Arlington

  106. tommui December 17, 2012 2:28 pm

    #80 Bowwar: The Gov. can appoint himself as Senator and the Lt. Gov takes over as Governor. Problem is that Neil is his age – not that is a detriment but it should be someone that can build up seniority.

    The two Congress people could be appointed but the Democrats are in the minority in the Congress and the loss of one could be a problem.

    Ed Case is a possibility as he had been a Congressman and is young. Some of the others mentioned have a lot of baggage (Mufi and Waihee). The General would be attractive candidate but he has an age factor that must be considered.

  107. Independent Thinker December 17, 2012 2:59 pm

    Inouye wanted Hanabusa to replace him:

    Don’t like her personality, but a tough negotiator and fighter, and is a decent candidate. The opposite of Inouye, though.

  108. Former UH Athlete December 17, 2012 3:16 pm

    Very impressive haul of recruits so far by Chow. Very excited to see Tigi Hill. A 6’3″ 225lb safety should be quite an intimidating presence.

    I will go ahead and slate him as a starter. That means it’ll be Edwards (if he stays), Hill, M. Jackson, and Grimes in the back 4. That might be the best secondary in the MWC going into 2013 if Hill is as good as advertised and Merrell Jackson develops/improves in his 2nd year. That’s not an exaggeration.

    David Griffin is a big boy and hopefully he still has his agile feet from basketball. 6’6″ 320 is exactly what the doctor ordered to protect Taylor Graham’s backside. Chow can scratch another one off his list of holes to fill. Griffin and Clarke are two very nice pieces. Hopefully the other returning starters have a good offseason.

    If Chow can land one more immediate upgrade on the OL, then I may have to revise my early, early, early prediction of 6 wins.

    UH’s schedule doesn’t like up all that great next season, so it will be hard to upgrade to 8+ wins. If Chow can find another quality OLmen, then I think 7 wins is very attainable. at the very least UH will be very competitive next season (as long as injuries aren’t too bad).

  109. Former UH Athlete December 17, 2012 3:22 pm

    WOW…. 247sports has UH ranked as the best recruiting class of the MWC at this point. I know recruiting rankings don’t predict to 100% accuracy, but all signs are pointing to improvements in UH’s program.

    According to the 247Sports rankings, UH is the only MWC school to have a 4-star commitment. (Tua’au)

    Keep up the strong work Norm!

  110. d1shima December 17, 2012 3:50 pm

    Ouch! Bad timing for a Manny Pacquiao commercial….

  111. Derek December 17, 2012 3:52 pm

    Tua’au is a 4 star? If so, Tulimasealii should be a 4 star too. If Tigi Hill is a 6’3″ 225lb safety who can cover and hit like a linebacker we are on to something. But I do remember Viliami Nauahi too and we thought maybe he could develop to play like Ronnie Lott. Boy, such comparisons. No question, Chow and Company are getting terrific players to help the program chase championships. As of now we are only chasing Rainbows!!!!! No pun intended.

  112. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 4:01 pm

    The State Central Committee of the Democratic Party will convene to vote on the 3 names to be forwarded to the Governor for consideration.

    The details are yet to be decided but generally speaking this is what will happen.

    This is my first time having being elected to the SCC so it should be an interesting experience vetting the possible individuals.

  113. jiminy cricket December 17, 2012 4:08 pm

    Good to be excited about the recruits. However, the reality is that few JC transfers to UH or other D1 schools make an immediate impact bc there is a big jump in competition, athletic talent, academics, etc. from JC to Division 1. Not to mention learning a whole new system. Look at all the JC recruits that came to UH in the last two years. Most of them did not get playing time until the 2nd year in the system, and even then, not many became starters. Remember the Kalilimoku linebacker from JC, who was rated a 5 star and chose UH over USC when JJ was coach? He hardly had any playing time in 2 years.

    As McMackin used to say, the number of stars next to their names put out by rating services doesn’t mean a thing, especially the 1-3 star players.

  114. wafan December 17, 2012 4:19 pm


  115. cocobean December 17, 2012 4:20 pm

    Senator Dan was a friend of the University and ALL it’s programs.

    A true warrior of Hawaii…..he died in our service….he died in office….he died with his boots on.

  116. d1shima December 17, 2012 4:40 pm


    Volunteer your services to the committee to deliver the verdict to the Guv….slip in yer name! 😉

  117. d1shima December 17, 2012 4:41 pm

    What a difference a day makes…SNF to MNF.


  118. al December 17, 2012 4:43 pm

    derek…ah yes. my dad fought along side senator inouye in ww2.

  119. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 4:58 pm


    poor hawaii if that ever happened.

  120. 3-Prong December 17, 2012 5:28 pm

    Lost my Uncle George Ikeda in the war. He was in the 442 with the Senator.

  121. Wes'side Warrior December 17, 2012 5:36 pm

    Howzit, Gang!

    Been real busy lately. Helped out with my son at a Toys for Tots station, and will be back at it again tomorrow. Good to talk with other volunteers, along with some former and present Marines.

    Love the positive news on the recruiting front. Gotta get it in ink, with all necessary paperwork stamped and filed!

    Condolences and prayers for Senator Inouye’s ‘ohana. Met him when he and the senator from Alaska came to Camp Casey, Korea, when I was stationed there in ’83-’84. Our unit just so happened to have one kid from Alaska, and me and a Honolulu girl from Hawaii. Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion around us, as we got a chance to talk story with the Senators about our service life in Korea, and what we hoped for our future.

    Can’t believe how long ago that was!

    Rest in peace, Senator! Mahalo for caring!

  122. Wes'side Warrior December 17, 2012 5:37 pm

    And mahalo, ST, for keeping us in the loop!

    I’ve barely had chance to read with a few sips of coffee, before running out the door, lately. Just always good to get any news from Hawaii, and UH, in particular. Mahalo!

  123. kapakahi December 17, 2012 5:43 pm

    Pretty sure that Coach Chow will avoid Big Stan.

    Just too many disciplines issues while at UCLA.

  124. SteveM December 17, 2012 5:54 pm

    Rest in Peace Senator Inouye.

    When I was around 12 and delivering newspapers in Kailua, my dad pointed out the Inouye’s (parents) house on my route, which was a mile from home. My dad was 442nd too, but now I’m wondering how he knew that.

    I recall meeting Dan Inouye in person once in the late 60’s when I was working as a stock boy at the old Bamboo Window in Ala Moana Center. He was shopping for the dried puffer fish decoration–these were hollow exoskeletons about the size of a medium balloon.

    With a gleam in his eye, he said they were “blowfish” gifts for colleagues in Washington. I rummaged deep through the storeroom and finally found the box with 5 remaining, all the while being conscious we was waiting for me. He thanked me and shook my hand. He bought them all.

  125. Idaho December 17, 2012 6:01 pm

    nice reading before go to bed!

  126. WarriorNY December 17, 2012 6:02 pm

    I still remember when I was attending elementary school on Maui, Senator Inouye came to our school and spoke in front of our cafeteria(about 200 kids). He wasnt about politics or getting votes like all the politicians out there… He was all about Hawaii and The people of Hawaii…

    Aloha, Mr Inouye…

  127. tommui December 17, 2012 6:15 pm

    If memory serves, whoever fills (if that is possible) Senator Inouye’s seat in the Senate, that term ends in 2014.

    Usually to fill a vacancy in the House at the beginning of a term, a special election is held.

    Should there be an argument about who should succeed the Senator, perhaps the Committee might select Senator Akaka to fill out the term. I believe that his seniority will still exist and let the various others fight it out in two years!

    I knew Senator Inouye when he first was elected to the Senate, being an Administrative Assistant (AD ASS, as I term it) to a Congressman and had a chance to work with his office. He will be sorely missed.

  128. Slugger December 17, 2012 6:18 pm

    Aloha & Mahalo, Senator Inouye.

  129. Huh? December 17, 2012 6:37 pm

    Agree with kapakahi…even though Chow recruited him at UCLA, Hasiak was a liability. Got into a lot of trouble.

  130. RedZone December 17, 2012 6:57 pm

    I met Senator Inouye as he came to speak to the students of Farrington High School back in the late sixties. After the assembly I remember walking up to him and shaking his hand. It was in the auditorium with the collapsed roof.

  131. kapakahi December 17, 2012 7:08 pm


    Thanks for the update.

    Will be interesting to see whether Allen, Brown, and/or Fields qualify to enter school in January. 1st Day of Spring 2013 Semester is January 7 (Monday). Does Coach decide to exercise contingency Plan B IF any don’t qualify to enter school in January? OR hold scholies for those still needing more time ’til the Fall? Good thing that 1st Day of Spring 2013 Semester at UH is January 7 (Monday)… still would have 4 more recruiting weekends left before NLI Day to decide on any late recruiting trips and offers. Hmmm….

  132. kapakahi December 17, 2012 7:12 pm

    #21. ST,

    Colton Goeas apparently now interested in checking out Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon, and UCLA.

    Reeve Koehler apparently also planning to check out Arkansas in January.

  133. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2012 7:28 pm

    #127 ,


    The governor will appoint a person from a list of 3 candidates furnished by the Democratic Party. Then, in 2014 (the closest regular election) an election will be held for his seat.

    I would be hesitant to nominate Akaka for the position. Whether I like it or not, I think the time has come for the next generation of leaders to represent us in Washington and build that seniority.

  134. A-House December 17, 2012 7:33 pm


    How many other college schools have batan twilers as part of their band?

    Did not see any at Wazzu, Udub, Army, Colorado, UNLV, Reno, Florida.

  135. A-House December 17, 2012 7:37 pm

    I would like to see ED Case’s name as part of the 3 sumbitted.

    He is younger, knows the workings of the US Congress, made friends in the House who may have made the transition to the US Senate

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  137. Warrior Dave December 17, 2012 8:27 pm

    If Hasiak came to Hawaii, I would think be would have to come as a walk-on. Why scholarship a one to play one. Especially with all that baggage. This is his last chance and possible ticket to the NFL.

  138. Warrior Dave December 17, 2012 8:30 pm


    Interesting that you bought up Ed Case. I think he got Dan upset by running against Dan Akaka.

  139. gobows December 17, 2012 9:07 pm

    at 6-3, 225, with a 4.6 40 i think tigi hill would be a perfect fit for an outside lb who can stop the run and cover te’s or rb’s in pass coverage.

    i dont know but a 4.6 40 for someone 6-3 seems a bit slow. if hill can run like leonard peters, than it doesn’t matter what his 40 time is.

    how does he compare to aulola tonga, who was 6-3, 220? seems like tonga only got in on kick coverage and he was converted to lb but never played.

  140. gobows December 17, 2012 9:47 pm

    #109 & #111 just a little insight on these bogus star ratings

    tua’au: (3*), (2*), (4*)

    tulimasealii: (2*), (3*), (NR)

    so derek, if did their homework, yes tulimasealii would also be a 4*.

    if kaluka maiava did not go to the mainland camps, more than likely he wouldn’t have been rated by anyone, and more importantly he wouldn’t have been offered by usc. i believe hawaii players get shafted with low ratings because they are 2500 miles away.

  141. kruzen December 17, 2012 10:08 pm

    According to RK, Kawe Johnson orally committed to New Mexico State.

  142. Kekoa December 17, 2012 10:30 pm

    Adding my final thoughts of the good Senator tonite. My Pops had suffered a severe stroke in ’83. One phone request from me and he and his chief-of-staff, were instrumental in expediting my reassignment from Ft. Bragg back home to Hawaii.

    The sound of TAPS on all military reservations tonite will carry a special memory for this grateful soldier. RIP Senator Inouye.

    ~TAPS ~

    (by Union Captain Robert Ellicombe)

    Day is done,

    gone the sun,

    from the lakes

    from the hills

    from the sky,

    all is well,

    safely, rest,

    God is near.

    Fading light,

    Dims the sight,

    And a star gems the sky

    Gleaming bright,

    From afar,

    Drawing, near,

    Falls the night.

    Thanks and praise,

    For our days,

    Neath the sun

    Neath the stars

    Neath the sky,

    As we go,

    This, we, know,

    God is near.

  143. Bleed Green and White December 17, 2012 10:54 pm

    Fact: Chow did recruit Hasiak to UCLA

    Fact: Hasiak did have off the field issues at Westwood

    Fact: None of Hasiak’s issue were with Chow

    Fact: Hasiak’s issues were with OL coach and head coach

    Fact: Chow fought to save Hasiak

    Fact: Hasiak would no doubt start here at UH

    Why not scholarship a one-for-one guy if his JC grades are in fact up to par?

    That, to me, would be a good move because the Warriors would get that schollie right back.

    If not, have him walk-on for the spring, go thru the team’s off-season regimine, and if indeed, as many expect he earns a starting job, scholarship him.

    If Hasiak, after his stay at UCLA went on to get his academics in order at the junior college level, that, to me, is a sign that maybe he’s grown up.

  144. Ralph December 17, 2012 11:00 pm

    Tuesday night at the SSC the WBB team will face HPU in an exhibition at 7 p.m. They haven’t played a game since Dec. 1, and will be playing in the BOH tournament on Dec. 28 against Long Island U, Alabama and Cincy.

    It’s Christmas season, if you can, come out an support the ladies in spacious SSC. They play to a very small crowd on a good night, so every bit of support in coming out helps the ladies perform on the court.

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  146. 3-Prong December 18, 2012 3:24 am

    142 Kekoa: Perfect…….for our fallen Warrior.

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  148. Slugger December 18, 2012 5:25 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Take care on this windy damp day in Hawaii nei.

    Good news on the recruiting front.

    Hi ho…

  149. tommui December 18, 2012 6:28 am

    #133 IWWTHM: re my #127:

    What you say is true – I did say “should there be an argument”.

    I liked and admired DKI. One thing I did not like was his tendency of trying to be a “king-maker”, Mufi, Secretary Clinton etc comes to mind.

    Mufi has experience but I think he has too much baggage as does Waihee.

    Neil has great experience as a Congressman but the age factor is to be considered if you are thinking long-range. Ed Case does have a decent voting base if you are considering re-electability.

    I think Ben Cayetano would be a decent nominee but age and money would be against him.

    There aren’t too many Democrats that I can think of that have the youth and ability to run – the Lt. Gov. would be good but should stay home if case Neil should falter. Neil would be good but the age factor is there.

    So it is a difficult choice or selection to make.

    Coach Chow has it easy compared to the Committee!!! 😉

  150. gobows December 18, 2012 6:42 am

    #142 i did around four hundred military funerals in the bay area, heard taps play at each one, and i didn’t know there were lyrics. mahalo.

  151. jeezy33 December 18, 2012 6:50 am

    Great…. Amadi to Boise… Didn’t understand how we couldn’t find a way to use him

  152. cocobean December 18, 2012 7:05 am

    #149. From a strategic point of view, the Dems ould be bettered served to appoint someone would could run as an incumbent in 2014. Akaka and Abbie would be poor choices unless they plan to run in 2014.

    Hanabusa and Shatz make the most sense. In my opinion Shinseki is the best choice. Case is another good choice but is an outsiider looking in as far as the Dems are concerned.

    If it’s Hanabusa or Shatz look for Mercado Kim to move up the food chain.

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