Bye day: Campus cleanup

Before there was an activity known as “Manoa Makeover,” there was this dilemma:

For the Lower Campus, which the athletic department is required to maintain, there was only one department-employed worker assigned to clean the area. That meant picking up trash, pruning plants, tidying deposits made by feral four-legged friends …

Enter softball coach Bob Coolen. His office is lint- and dust-free, easily acing any white-glove test. His carpet was vacuumed with the fibers in the same direction. The bats are organized. He uses a ruler to write, each letter neat and the same height. Naturally, Coolen figured out the sprinkler code and, on weekends, would water and prune the plants. And pick up trash. Coolen inspired the first Manoa Makeover, in which staffers spent a day cleaning the Lower Campus. Eventually, community members volunteered, too.

Today, UH players and coaches will be participating in the renamed ‘Bows Beautification Day. (The fall-sport teams will be participating in the second clean-up day in the spring.)

It’s a good project that will promote unity and pride.

It also is much needed. A UH official said the lone exterior employee has retired.


  1. ai-eee-soos September 27, 2014 9:16 am


  2. Stephen Tsai September 27, 2014 9:18 am

    If there’s ever a really long delay, it’s because I forgot to code the blog “Warrior Beat.” If I don’t, I’m not sure where it posts.
    OK, back to regular programming.

  3. gigi-hawaii September 27, 2014 9:30 am

    You are too young to have a senior moment!

  4. gigi-hawaii September 27, 2014 9:33 am

    I could use some Beautification help over at my home, too.

  5. SteveM September 27, 2014 9:34 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Does bye week officially end at midnight tonight?
    Anyway, 7 days, 3 hours, and 27 minutes until the Rice game.

  6. gigi-hawaii September 27, 2014 9:39 am

    I lived in an apartment near the old quarry 1978-1980 and do remember the feral cats in the area.
    There were so many and they all loved to meow at night when I was trying to sleep.
    Hope the cat problem has been addressed.

  7. Stephen Tsai September 27, 2014 9:52 am

    Those feral cats are probably the ancestors to these feral cats.

  8. Stephen Tsai September 27, 2014 9:52 am

    Now I won’t speculate, but there are feral cats and there’s that new sand-volleyball court …

  9. Andrew September 27, 2014 9:56 am

    Colorado State beats BC 24-21

  10. gigi-hawaii September 27, 2014 9:59 am

    so I suppose the Beautifiers will be straining all that sand with a colander.

  11. islandman September 27, 2014 10:04 am

    CSU is tough, their QB looks relaxed out there and throws with an easy motion; good receivers, running backs and defense. They beat BC at BC.

  12. oneseason September 27, 2014 10:09 am

    Wyoming should be a good bellwether for UH conference play and beyond.

  13. NotNasti September 27, 2014 10:15 am

    Bows Beautifucation Day . . . BBD?

  14. NotNasti September 27, 2014 10:16 am


  15. Haleakala September 27, 2014 10:19 am

    Got to feel sorry for SMU even though JJ is no longer there.

    They’ve been outscored 202 to 12 in four games, getting shut out twice.

    They would have been shut out three times except for a successful hail mary pass on the last play of their second game. Both their defense and their offense have been pathetic so far. Who would have thought this would happen a couple of years ago when SMU came to the Hawaii Bowl?

  16. Willie September 27, 2014 10:26 am

    Gotta check out NC State hosting #1 Florida State, so far home team is on fire. Really impressive.

  17. NotNasti September 27, 2014 10:28 am

    How about the Bows Arboreal Restoration Festival? Or BARF.

  18. hatakeman September 27, 2014 10:49 am

    Yup, Colorado St looked good; solid on both sides of the ball. New HC Jim McElwain in his second year (formerly Alabama’s OC) has the Rams playing winning football after taking over from Steve Fairchild who had three 3-9 seasons. In his first season McElwain took his team to the New Mexico Bowl beating Washington State 48-45. They are currently 3-1 losing only to Boise St 24-37 at Boise. Hoping the Warriors make a huge improvement in their offense before meeting the Rams at Fort Collins on November 8. First step, the Rice Owls. Go Bows!

  19. Tempmanoa September 27, 2014 10:49 am

    Wow, Islandman, COlorado State is tough to beat BC on the road. BC beat USC at home. They have a real good defense. CSU pulled ahead of us after they hired their coach who was an assistant on two of Alabama’s national championship teams– beaten us last two years. That will be a tough game for us.

  20. Inyoface September 27, 2014 11:23 am

    Arkansas has a rugby style punter that ran a fake punt for a td.

  21. SteveM September 27, 2014 11:30 am

    RE: #15
    Haleakala — makes me wonder if SMU was “SMU’d” again–but not by the NCAA(???). Scores like that remind me of this movie, which was was based on the aftermath of SMU’s plight:

    Necessary Roughness (1991) Classified as: Sports Comedy

  22. Boolakanaka September 27, 2014 11:42 am

    Udub v. Stanford…tied up 13-13

  23. Boolakanaka September 27, 2014 11:44 am

    Boola U wins a wild high scoring affair against the Black Knight Cadets….49-43.

  24. cocobean September 27, 2014 11:58 am

    O oh. Yalies beating an ancient and one time traditional foe. boola gonna be walking around with a puffed out chest for a while.

    boola, one round for the blog on you if you guys beat your mortal enemy? thought I’d ask while you’re walking around with a smile on your face.

  25. islandman September 27, 2014 12:05 pm

    #18 & 19 — This is McElwain’s third year at CSU. He was 4-8 in 2012.

  26. Andrew September 27, 2014 12:13 pm

    Colorado up on Cal 28-21

  27. Boolakanaka September 27, 2014 1:11 pm

    Coco…lol! Yeah, walking around ” makin big body” for the day, or at least, til my wife walks in the room. Always important to know who the real Luna is….

    On another note, that big boy Shelton for Udub, is just crushing Stanford’s online and creating havoc in their backfield. I didn’t realize he leads the nation in sacks w 7 or 8, from a DT position????! No wonder he took time away from the big Aiea sole, Lawrence.

  28. islandman September 27, 2014 1:51 pm

    49-49, Colorado at Cal, end of 4th quarter. Liufau threw for 6 TD’s so far, only 2 vs. UH. Goff of Cal threw for 6 TD’s too.

  29. st. anthony trojan September 27, 2014 1:59 pm

    Yea Hawaiians say…mina-mina…those 2 losses… could have easily been wins…

    At least it shows the quality of ‘men’ we have up there at UH…
    Just shows they can play with ne one.. now just have to ‘execute’ a bit better..

  30. PolyMom September 27, 2014 2:10 pm

    Boola U game was awesome! So was the Aggie game. Waiting for the Beavers to beat SC tonight.

    Who’s going to “THE GAME” the most important game in college football?

  31. islandman September 27, 2014 2:13 pm

    Cal wins in OT 59-56 vs Colorado. Both QB’s threw 7 TD’s. Colorado had it 1st and 10 at Cal 2 yard line in second OT , but could not score.

  32. nutmegger September 27, 2014 3:28 pm

    Air Force is handling Boise, 17 – 0, 3rd Q.

  33. 99club September 27, 2014 3:30 pm

    17-0 Air Force leading Boise St. in the 3rd. Four turnovers for Boise and just now they had a FG blocked.

    Can’t wait for the Rice game! A lot of history in that stadium too.

  34. kev-1 September 27, 2014 3:35 pm

    Notre Dame vs. Syracuse . . . not really into the game, BUT you gotta check out the helmets that Syracuse is sporting right now. They are pretty dope. Check em out.

    I know we got a lot of former Crusaders on the blog. I can totally see SLS pulling off that look.

  35. 99club September 27, 2014 3:47 pm

    Another Boise turnover! Lovin’ this game!

    Twice a year cleanup? I guess I’m spoiled working on a military training base. Our students keep the place spotless at all times! And they do it because they love it. 🙂

  36. Ipu Man September 27, 2014 4:30 pm

    Much Mahalo to the cleanup crew. Hope the mist kept you cool.
    On another note, did anyone notice that Washington’s grass looked
    a bit blue? Their black and blue uniforms made them hard to see…

  37. hatakeman September 27, 2014 5:19 pm

    Rice beat Southern Miss 41-23 on a strong rushing game. Maybe Hawaii has a chance since they’re strong in stopping the run.

  38. kawika49 September 27, 2014 5:38 pm

    Beavers licking the Trojans 10-7

  39. kawika49 September 27, 2014 5:39 pm

    Beavers lickin the Trojans 10-7

  40. oneseason September 27, 2014 5:47 pm

    #37 … Just checked & Southern Miss was 1-11 last season. They are 2-2 for this season with wins over Acorn State (FCS) and Appalachian State (FCS) … bodes well for the Rainbow Warriors vs. Rice.

  41. shoichi84 September 27, 2014 7:27 pm

    Go Trojans! Man, I’d love to see Vavae Malepeai in the green and white.

  42. oneseason September 27, 2014 7:33 pm

    Wow. Nice throw.

  43. Marleysdad September 27, 2014 7:35 pm

    Just seen Chow at the Mililani game.

  44. shoichi84 September 27, 2014 7:35 pm

    Maybe Coach Chow can find a way to suit up Milton next week for the Rice game too. lol.

  45. mo808 September 27, 2014 7:43 pm

    Yup, Chow checking out HS football! 😀

  46. mo808 September 27, 2014 8:44 pm

    I love da Braddahs!

  47. mo808 September 27, 2014 8:44 pm

    Half time fun!

  48. NorthShoreFan September 27, 2014 9:03 pm

    aha…we got evidence that Coach Chow is doing his homework…spaking out da local boyz.

  49. Bryson September 27, 2014 10:00 pm

    Chow and Company better offer Vaevae and Mckenzie after this game…Also would like to see Tatupu-Leopoldo get a look he outshined Fehoko

  50. pollypicador September 28, 2014 3:42 am

    As the team looks to the Rice game is it going to be “all aboard” (offense is clicking, magic suddenly appears) or is the offense going to leave the fans watching “all bored” (again) ?

    After 4 games the offense has notched up 1 passing TD, seen erratic play by the QB and has challenged the most faithful Hawaii fans into continue believing. So the question asked is not only a “play on words” but also a valid question, where it’s the writer hope that the offense does turn around.

    As I look at the Rice game, I imagine that the odds makers would favor the Rice team at +5 to +6. So it’s not like the Hawaii team will have to conquer Mount Everest (although with what 3 road wins (Wash. St., Army, UNLV) in the past 4+ years (?)…it does seem like it.) But instead for the Hawaii team it could be a smaller uphill battle if the team can get the QB clicking with the receivers…like tossing the pigskin where the receivers can get it (obv). Hint to coaches: run curl routes, swing passes to the running backs, and screens (I can’t remember the last time I have seen one that was effective).

    During the bye week I hope the QB coach emphasized on sharpening up on fundamentals, like getting the QB to have quicker feet, dropping the QB further back into the pocket (the OSU QB does this well), moving the pocket, having the QB throw off the back foot (not flat footed) and having the QB get a lot of passing reps in with the receivers.

    In the last game against Colorado I could see that IW added a few wrinkles to his repertoire: he attempted a lot more pump fakes and spot passes. This is good. He just needs to get better and become more accurate on his throws.

    By now, four games into the season, the coaches have to know what to fix. The question is can they. Can they make the tweaks and find a way for the offense to be more productive…because if they can then it will definitely be “all aboard.”

  51. onesseason September 28, 2014 5:24 am

    With losses to Notre Dame (17-48), Texas A&M, (10-38), Old Dominion (42-45), and a win against Southern Miss (41-23), the Rice Owls match Hawaii’s 1-3 record. While Southern Miss is an FBS team, unlike Hawaii’s N Iowa defeated opponent, it was 1-11 last season and has only beaten 2 FCS teams this season. Lets go Bows!

  52. oneseason September 28, 2014 5:25 am

    With losses to Notre Dame (17-48), Texas A&M, (10-38), Old Dominion (42-45), and a win against Southern Miss (41-23), the Rice Owls match Hawaii’s 1-3 record. While Southern Miss is an FBS team, unlike Hawaii’s N Iowa defeated opponent, it was 1-11 last season and has only beaten 2 FCS teams this season. Lets go Bows!

  53. d1shima September 28, 2014 6:29 am

    Great Morning All!

    Mahalo to the volunteers at Beautification Day.


  54. $ September 28, 2014 7:25 am

    Let Fehoko go to Texas Tech. He crybaby all game Mililani hit him too hard.

  55. gobows September 28, 2014 7:28 am

    Arkansas has an Aussie punter.

  56. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 7:29 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Mililani was splendid last night. Looked totally awesome.

    “I think it’s in how we continue to go about our business and how positive the guys are with each other about what’s going on. There’s guys in there who are taking responsibility for what we have done, and I’m talking about players, coaches, everybody. So, when you look at what’s ahead of us, we’ve got to go back to work and get better.”
    “I think the guys in that locker room, and I’ve said this before, and you may think I’m not telling you the truth, but they worked their tails off,”
    “We talked in the locker room about there’s two things can you do. You can quit, you can shy away from it, or you can be honest with it and go back to work. And that’s what we’ll do as a football team.”
    …lost the total offense battle with 171 yards to the 373…

    Sound familiar?….post game Michigan locker room…I guess not much mystery around why you lost. The reasons are all the same. I wonder how many are tell Coach Hoke how to run his offense?


  57. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 8:32 am

    Jets being taken to the cleaners…

  58. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2014 8:47 am

    New post is here:

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