Classroom victories

brodieBrodie Nakama

haroldHarold Moleni

The 2014 spring semester is officially in the books, and the UH football team made the grades.

Fifty-six of the 101 players on the spring roster had grade-point averages of 3.0 or better.

Here are the leaders:

> Luke Shawley, rush end — 3.82

> Brodie Nakama, long-snapper — 3.82

> Harold Moleni, tight end — 3.80

> Marrell Jackson, safety — 3.76

> TJ Taimatuia, outside linebacker — 3.75

> Jeremy Higgins, quarterback — 3.75

Overall, the Rainbow Warriors had a 2.94 GPA for the spring semester.


  1. Naks8 May 28, 2014 7:09 am

    Way to be successful in the classroom

  2. tom-warriornation May 28, 2014 7:23 am

    Congrats to our Warriors; keep up the great work in the classroom and on the field!

  3. tommui May 28, 2014 7:34 am


    WOW! Great GPAs!

  4. papajoe2 May 28, 2014 7:35 am

    Good morning everybody!

  5. papajoe2 May 28, 2014 7:37 am

    Keep studying hard Rainbow Warriors! Good job, but always room for improvement.

  6. boolakanaka May 28, 2014 7:45 am

    Good morning all! Very solid job young men!

    Although not a Warrior fan, (in as much as I know), but one pretty darn fantastic wahine nonetheless—if you got a little time, reflect on this sister’s heavy words–

    A Rock, A River, A Tree
    Hosts to species long since departed,
    Marked the mastodon.

    The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
    Of their sojourn here
    On our planet floor,
    Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
    Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

    But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
    Come, you may stand upon my
    Back and face your distant destiny,
    But seek no haven in my shadow.

    I will give you no hiding place down here.

    You, created only a little lower than
    The angels, have crouched too long in
    The bruising darkness,
    Have lain too long
    Face down in ignorance.

    Your mouths spilling words
    Armed for slaughter.

    The Rock cries out to us today, you may stand on me,
    But do not hide your face.

    Across the wall of the world,
    A River sings a beautiful song,
    It says come rest here by my side.

    Each of you a bordered country,
    Delicate and strangely made proud,
    Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.

    Your armed struggles for profit
    Have left collars of waste upon
    My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.

    Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
    If you will study war no more. Come,

    Clad in peace and I will sing the songs
    The Creator gave to me when I and the
    Tree and the rock were one.

    Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
    Brow and when you yet knew you still
    Knew nothing.

    The River sang and sings on.

    There is a true yearning to respond to
    The singing River and the wise Rock.

    So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
    The African, the Native American, the Sioux,
    The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
    The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
    The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
    The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
    They all hear
    The speaking of the Tree.

    They hear the the first and last of every Tree
    Speak to humankind today. Come to me, here beside the River.

    RIP–dear madame supreme of the written and spoken word–Maya Angelou

  7. NorthShoreFan May 28, 2014 7:45 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Awesome GPA’s guys!….Student Athletes to da max!…IMUA WARRIORS!

  8. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 7:49 am

    I’m pretty sure a giant picked up Oahu, then rotated it, because it’s beautifully sunny on the Windward side today and, as I hear it, not so much in town.

  9. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 7:51 am

    Forget being invisible (cars would hit me) or being able to fly (very tiring), my super-power wish would be to pick up the slow car holding up traffic and place it in the back of the jam.

  10. RainbowCliff May 28, 2014 7:57 am

    Great job in the classroom Rainbow Warriors. As I reflect it is a noble accomplishment to have a solid gpa and pass tough academic classes. Juggling athletics and academics is no easy task. Thank goodness for the Nagatani Athletic Academic Center as it does make a difference. All I had during my time was sinclair and hamilton libraries with relaxing sofas located student lounge upstairs at the campus center. No regrets as I enjoyed going to class and FINALLY graduating with a UH degree. Good morning Tsaiko Nation !

  11. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 7:59 am

    I think Taylor Graham had a 3.60 GPA in the spring.

  12. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 8:01 am

    There was a player who needed to pass one class to earn a degree. He passed it, barely, but he passed it. And now he’s a college graduate.

  13. jimmy the lock May 28, 2014 8:03 am

    Well rounded athletes!

    Just read that UH sports are at a $2 million loss. Time to go back in the Apple confessional and ask for forgiveness.

    ST, it’s not one car that holds up traffic, it’s too many cars occupying a finite space going in the same direction causing the problem. Then you’d have to lift more than one car which may be more tiring than flying.

    If a giant did rotate Oahu, Wahiawa would still be nice and cool. 😎

  14. jm2375 May 28, 2014 8:06 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the Warriors on all their hard work in the classroom.

  15. boolakanaka May 28, 2014 8:07 am

    ST..accordingly, as they say, the lowest passing score on the bar exam is always called the same thing—an attorney.

  16. tommui May 28, 2014 8:08 am

    Looking out the window – I can see Diamond Head and Kokohead. Weather looks nice to me!

  17. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 8:18 am

    There are two ways to look at the situation:
    1. Projections weren’t met.
    2. The projections were too high.
    The article incorrectly implies UH is in the hole, mostly, because of football.
    But football is profitable. It just didn’t earn enough to cover the money that other sports lost and the expenses incurred by the athletic department.
    It also can be viewed that women’s volleyball didn’t earn enough to cover the deficits of other sports.
    UH’s problem is it spends more than it makes.
    At this point, it’s pointless to expect a billionaire to make a sizable donation. UH needs to get help from the Legislature, the Tourism Authority and, simply, to cut expenses and personnel.

  18. hatakeman May 28, 2014 8:19 am

    Impressive academic achievement for the football team. Wish this subject was the feature article in today’s sports section.

  19. hatakeman May 28, 2014 8:29 am

    Describing the athletic department’s deficit as a “loss” is incorrect. Since the athletic department earns revenue, the net is that the cost to operate a 21-sport program for the University of Hawaii is $2 million. A paltry sum for such a robust program.

  20. boolakanaka May 28, 2014 8:37 am

    19–Indeed, Hata, what would have been more accurate and contexual reporting, is to place it in comparison to other programs and their losses, see:, or

    In short, most school opereate at a deficit, and in fact, less than two dozen D1 programs made a profit.

  21. gobows May 28, 2014 8:56 am

    $2 million…small price to pay for D1 athletics.

    upper campus has the money to cover.

  22. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 8:56 am

    Without travel subsidies, UH would project a profit of $200,000 this fiscal year.

  23. nutmegger May 28, 2014 9:43 am

    Hatakeman hit the nail on the head.

  24. Old Diver May 28, 2014 9:44 am

    Without travel subsidies the athletic would be without a conference. Without a conference UH would still need to pay travel subsidies to schools traveling here and pay for it’s own travel to the mainland. The problem is not the deficit, it’s the size of the deficit and it’s effect on the olympic sports. The legislature is not going to throw money UH’s way if they feel UH is not maximizing the $350 million it gives UH now. UH needs to open it’s books to the legislature and justify the need for more funds. Which bank in their right mind would give you a loan without inspecting your finances.

  25. nutmegger May 28, 2014 9:44 am

    Who gets the frequent flyer miles when UH pays travel subsidies? Seems like UH could fly for free if it got all those miles…

  26. Old Diver May 28, 2014 9:45 am

    Sorry “Without travel subsidies the athletic program”

  27. al May 28, 2014 9:54 am

    should those games in japan come to fruition, the hawaii tourism authority should foot the bill.

  28. al May 28, 2014 9:56 am

    a good portion of the marketing budget for the university of hawaii’s new enrollment advertising expenditures should go to the athletic department.

  29. Old School Dave May 28, 2014 10:49 am

    Congrats to the team for hitting the books and their GPAs. A job well done!!

  30. jm2375 May 28, 2014 10:55 am

    Speaking of academic achievement, congrats to Warrior volleyballers Taylor Averill, Johann Timmer, Siki Zarkovic, Joby Ramos & Kolby Kanetake on their MPSF All-Academic selections!

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid May 28, 2014 10:56 am

    Good morning Gangeez! 😉

    Bigger, faster, stronger… and smarter! They all help to build success in the football program at UH! Congrats to the student athletes who set such fine standards for team mates and fellow students.

    We gotta get outta those travel subsidies for visiting teams.

    Very nice tribute boolakanaka – RIP to an Earth Angel – Maya Angelou!

  32. jimmy the lock May 28, 2014 10:56 am


    UH finishes 7th in Big West standings. 🙁

  33. Shoko May 28, 2014 11:19 am

    I think it may be time to raise the student activity fee to cover the rising cost.

  34. Bowwar May 28, 2014 11:25 am

    Hate to say it, but it definitely raises the stakes for the Warrior FB team this year, as we gotta turn the boat around…Another losing season is NOT an option.

  35. Bowwar May 28, 2014 11:28 am

    I’m interested to see what will be sold at the H Store…If it goes back to those silly rainbow designs, they won’t see me there buying anything. If it sticks with the Warrior motif and the H logo, I’ll continue to buy merchandise…

    Note: When I attended/graduated from UH, they were known as the Rainbows and I was very happy when JJ brought the Warrior name to sports here. We should have someone to replace Villi as the “mascot”, as that also lends itself to “branding” which we sorely lack…

  36. 808WarriorFan May 28, 2014 11:33 am

    SOLID…keep up the good work in the classroom guys !!!!!

  37. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 11:34 am

    I’d like to see the H store sell a UH band CD.
    They still make CDs, right?

  38. SteveM May 28, 2014 11:37 am

    Good morning everyone!

    The classroom victories are the ones that matter most in the long run. Congrats to the student athletes!

  39. Old School Dave May 28, 2014 11:47 am

    Put a Starbucks (or work with Tropic Ag dept and brand their own “H” Coffee) in the new H Store. Maybe also sell books and magazines (people still buy them, don’t they?), and make it a nice place to hang out, too.

  40. Bowwar May 28, 2014 11:52 am

    ST: I’d like the H Store bring back the old UH Band logo made by the former Star Bulletin cartoonist…I can’t remember his name, but he bequeath the logo to the UH…It was a marching menehune logo.

  41. al May 28, 2014 12:21 pm

    corky trinidad

  42. al May 28, 2014 12:22 pm

    was it riley wallace who dubbed his team the rainbow warriors?

  43. al May 28, 2014 12:23 pm

    tommui…have you had a honolulu burger, co. meal?

  44. bowwar May 28, 2014 2:06 pm

    Al: believe it or not it was Before Corky…I can’t remember his name but he passed away in the 70s or early 80s. He was known for his local caricatures…

  45. 3-Prong May 28, 2014 2:07 pm

    Shoko, I’m with you. Raise student fees. Here is some simple math.

    20,000(current enrollment) x $100 = $2,000,000
    I wouldn’t stop at a $100 either. Do we really think for example that a $300 increase as an example, would affect enrollment? We are now in the black by $4,000,000.
    ……oh and please don’t put it to a vote by the students.

  46. 3-Prong May 28, 2014 2:09 pm

    ….too many “examples”. Need to proofread. Hehe

  47. Old School Dave May 28, 2014 2:13 pm

    Utah State gets transfer QB from Oregon.

  48. Andrew May 28, 2014 2:18 pm


    That’s a pretty steep increase. Why should the funds come soley from the students? balancing the books should be coming from the help of the legislature and the HTA. It may or may not affect enrollment but it sure would affect how the student body views the athletic department. And aren’t we trying to increase student attendance at the games?

  49. tommui May 28, 2014 2:48 pm

    #43 AL:

    At least four-five times at its Beretania Store. (Haven’t tried the Kahala one).
    I thought that it was superior to Teddy’s.

    Let me know when you are free and I’ll take you.

  50. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    Here’s a link to a band logo:

  51. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 2:51 pm

    No, no, no.
    Do not raise student fees.
    OK, you can raise the student fees after the 2015 fall semester. Somebody’s son will be graduating then.

  52. HawaiiMongoose May 28, 2014 3:10 pm

    The new College Football Playoff payout will be $1 million per school beginning with the 2014-15 season. So that will cut the UH deficit in half. If the new H-Zone store can generate the projected net profit of $500,000, that will knock the deficit down further, to half a million bucks. And if UH can start winning football games again, increased ticket sales revenue should close the remaining gap. BJ just has to avoid giving raises to coaches who aren’t producing.

  53. jimmy the lock May 28, 2014 3:11 pm

    Love this breaking news headline:

    “30 percent of world is now fat; diabetes, cancer rates rising”

    Too many burgers, fries and soda. 😆

  54. Andrew May 28, 2014 3:20 pm


    From what source are you getting your information? I highly doubt every school gets one million for the cfb playoff. Maybe the big five conference members do.

  55. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2014 3:28 pm

    If UH wants to give raises, that’s fine, but I wouldn’t include bonuses.
    As we’ve stated before, nobody is going to coach harder or better just because of a bonus. And, as stated before, UH never sets aside any money for the bonuses, anyway. If bonus money were set in escrow, that’s one thing, and then it can be rolled over. As we’ve learned, UH isn’t very good about saving.

  56. jimmy the lock May 28, 2014 3:38 pm

    Not the definitive source but from wikipedia:

    “The average revenue to the new playoff system over 12 years will be about $500 million per year. After $125-150 million in expenses, the five “major conferences” will split about 75 percent of the remaining money, for an approximate average payout of $250 million a year ($50 million per league) over the life of the contract. The mid-major “Group of Five” conferences will get around 25 percent, about $90 million a year ($18 million per league). Notre Dame will receive around one percent, about $3.5-4 million, and other FBS independents get about 0.5 percent of the deal.”

  57. Andrew May 28, 2014 3:41 pm

    wikipedia? yikes..

  58. Bowwar May 28, 2014 3:59 pm

    50: ST, that’s the new band logo…In the 70s when I was in the Marching Bank, we had a logo of a marching menehune drawn by the newspaper cartoonist. It really was a good logo and very retro.

  59. Bowwar May 28, 2014 4:03 pm

    I still think the UH Athletic department should look at fundraising events…Although the Wonder Blunder was a fiasco, the concept was correct. How about the athletic department revive the old Kanikapila concerts Peter Moon put on in the 70s featuring local artists. They can hold it on Ching Field or in the SSC…I bet that would bring in alot of money and maybe, the artists would volunteer their participation for free with a little of the proceeds going to the Hawaiian Studies program…

  60. SteveM May 28, 2014 4:13 pm

    Re: #59
    Bowwar — I agree that concerts in a college venue is a good fundraising concept. But… most of Hawaii knows that the promoter should be Uncle Tom (Moffatt). If Uncle Tom says it’s a “go”, more people will sign off on it.

  61. 1 May 28, 2014 4:17 pm

    @#58: Harry Lyons?

  62. Travis May 28, 2014 4:25 pm

    May not be the best events to host for obvious reasons but the Wonderland and Love Festival annual events could be an option for UH. Big money maker considering thousands and thousands of people go.

  63. Bowwar May 28, 2014 4:33 pm

    61: Right on the kini-popo!!! I was having a hard time remembering his name…Yes, he made some local caricatures and did cartoons for one of the dailies. He made a “marching menehune” logo for the UH marching band around the same time Price was unveiling the Hula T.

  64. Bowwar May 28, 2014 4:37 pm

    60: Yes, it would be nice to enlist Tom Moffat, but I believe he played no part in the old Kanikapila concerts which were organized and put on by Peter Moon. I’ve heard that Moon is “indisposed”, but I’m sure there are other reputable “local” promoters around. How about having Jack Johnson doing a fundraising concert or some of the Jawaiian bands…During the JJ era, it would have been a good time for a Jawaiian concert, as the FB games used Jawaiian music from Ten Feet and others to promote the team. Now, there is no real music associated with the FB team except for funeral music.

  65. Bowwar May 28, 2014 4:42 pm

    Here’s a link to an obit on Harry Lyons found on Google:,2407621

    Lyons did cartoons and political commentary on the Honolulu Advertiser..

  66. al May 28, 2014 5:14 pm

    Bowar…Lyons Honolulu advertiser.
    Corky Trinidad Honolulu star bulletin.

  67. oldtimer808 May 28, 2014 5:17 pm

    This is one hell of a blog for information. I have to throw my 2 cents in about this deficit. I’ve said this countless times but we cannot piece meal this financial situation at the athletic department. Every piece of the puzzle needs to be discussed openly and with creative ideas from all the resources available. A plan needs to be developed to encompass every priority to address all situations for now and the future of the program. A solid marketing plan needs to be laid out to over come any financial situations. I think the main stumbling block comes from within the State legislature although there are some legislators who are pro UH athletics. Ahhh politics.

  68. al May 28, 2014 5:17 pm

    Tommui…read 53. That’s us.
    …and next week be okay.

  69. st. anthony trojan May 28, 2014 5:17 pm

    yea me remember him…he spent some time in kona
    n did some work for our school 4 free…good man…

  70. oldtimer808 May 28, 2014 5:20 pm

    I have never been into Jawaiian music. Hey we are not from Jamaica. Hawaiian music is Hawaiian music. Sorry but I am not from that generation who made the choice to change Hawaiian music.

  71. st. anthony trojan May 28, 2014 5:22 pm

    # 68 ha ha ha…yea # 53…enjoy being in the minority on this one…you n TM enjoy…

  72. tommui May 28, 2014 5:45 pm

    #48 – and why not?

    Unfortunately most people don’t understand the relationship between football and Title IX.

    If the UHAD gives, say, 90 scholarships in football, the same amount of $$ or in kind (scholarships) have to be provided for the women.

    Women’s volleyball makes money but other women’s sports do not – softball, basketball, soccer etc.

    Title IX is a Federal mandate – it applies to all institutions that get Federal funds – UH gets Federal funds but it does not cover the 90+ scholarships.

    Actually as the Title IX is required by law, the State should specifically cover the costs involved. But the AD is paying for it.

    If the AD is suppose to be run as a business, it should cut off all the non-revenue sports but it cannot if it maintains that 90+ scholarships for the football program. Remember, football alone makes money.

  73. 3-Prong May 28, 2014 5:46 pm

    48 andrew: For the record, I am also for increases to ticket prices. Withe there being about 20k season tocket holders, the math is the same. I am of the opinion that the “die hards” will pony up because we love the tailgate and atmosphere that only a live game can give you. We should have driven a harder deal for the tv money and indirectly, forced the ppv fans and corporate sponsors to share the load too. There is plenty of money if the pain is shared.

    My daughter will probably go to grad school at uh so I would take that hit. I buy season tickets, the parking pass and even buy the ppv for the season(for my father in law) so my proposal would hit me on all fronts. We need to do it soon or it will be too late to catch up.

  74. Brad May 28, 2014 5:48 pm

    UH should really get on the legislature and shove title IV up their okoles and give the women’s sports money to run their programs and UH can use football,men’s basketball and women’s vball to cover the rest of the men’s Olympic sports and should have revenue from that. I mean it’s in the law: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.” Whatever money that comes from the govt to the state some should be used to support women’s athletics!

  75. Bowwar May 28, 2014 5:52 pm

    70: I agree with your choice of music, but there has to be an appeal to the new generation of Warrior fans. I would obviously prefer a Kanikapila of true Hawaiian music, but we also need to look at what will bring a good crowd out and bring some well needed money for the UH athletic department.

  76. 3-Prong May 28, 2014 5:56 pm

    While I’m on my soapbox, I agree with BC on the morning radio. The State also needs to share in the load and consider an extra 2million as an investment. Isn’t the state the biggest benefactor of a successful program? Who cares if the Stadium Authority is in the black.

    …..ok, now I pau.

    Gimme one. Pssfft, ahhhh.

  77. papajoe2 May 28, 2014 7:33 pm

    Any opinions on UH being 7th in combined sports in the Big West? I really thought the Big West was a downgrade from the WAC but I guest not.

  78. A-House May 28, 2014 8:17 pm

    most if not all of us have our own agenda and so present our position by how we choose to write in our posts each day

    I’m no different and thus will say the Ben Jay got great support because of his “business” background at Ohio State and elsewhere.

    well, it certainly did not help him in his first year as UHAD for whatever reason(s) – greatest annual loss for the athletic department – realistically, unless UH can secure enough funding to take care of the “non-revenue or low revenue” sports, it will never be profitable or break even.

    next year will be the same and people, including Mr. Apple and the BOR, will begin to question their choice for UHAD since so much emphasis was put on “business” experience

    oh well, we shall see.

  79. Old School Dave May 28, 2014 8:30 pm

    I believe that even schools such as UW receive State funding for their women’s programs.

  80. Old School Dave May 28, 2014 8:37 pm

    I see nothing wrong with going to the legislature and asking for funding for the non-revenue women’s programs. If they bitch, UH can simply say, “It’s the law.”

    Non Revenue Sports:
    Cross Country
    Sand Volleyball
    Track & Field
    Water Polo

  81. tommui May 28, 2014 8:37 pm

    #68 – OK, I’ll give up the sodas!

    Next week sounds good.

  82. Warrior Dave May 28, 2014 8:53 pm

    ST and Tommui,

    Thank you for reminding people that football is profitable but not enough to cover ALL other sport shortfalls like Wahine basketball, softball, swimming, sailing, etc.

    A winning football program helps increased revenues. Hope Chow starts an upward climb with his football team. If not, BJ better go crawling to JJ and beg him to come back. At least attendance will be up and the team will be more exciting to watch.

  83. whitey May 29, 2014 7:15 am

    just another beautiful day on maui and good morning to all the tsaikos.

  84. whitey May 29, 2014 7:15 am

    and it is time to hi ho hi ho to breakfast of champions, saimin.

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