Training camp opens in two weeks, but the following are no longer with the Warriors:

> Bubba Poueu-Luna, wideout/kickoff returner — After earning three letters in his first four years, he opted to retire from football and focus on academics. He did not participate in the recent spring training.

> David Griffin, offensive tackle — After transferring from Mesa College in January 2013, Griffin played in five games, making two starts, at right tackle last season. He underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason. Griffin is expected to transfer to a lower-division school in Texas … to play basketball.

> Hunter Hughes, quarterback — He gave it the old college try. At the walk-on tryouts, he qualified for a berth as a scout quarterback this past spring. Unfortunately for Hughes, he did not earn an invitation to training camp.

> Max Broman, running back — Similar to offensive lineman Brendan Urban, Broman learned the steep price of paradise for a non-scholarship, non-resident student.

> Cesar Fermin, cornerback — He did not meet the requirements to transfer to UH this past January or this summer. He still is working to complete his associate degree.

> Dustin Elisara, fullback — He was granted a medical retirement, and remains on scholarship, although his playing career appears to be over.

> Michael Lafaele, announcer — He joined Iolani School as an assistant coach, preventing him from working as a pre-game analyst for OC Sports’ telecasts of UH games.


  1. haka July 18, 2014 7:46 am

    Good luck to all!
    Go Warriors!

  2. tommui July 18, 2014 7:50 am


    Gave at the office? (opps, sorry, meant Diagnostic Lab)

  3. Hank July 18, 2014 7:51 am

    Wish Bubba was given more playing time. He could run. Good luck to all.

  4. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 7:52 am

    Well, this kills plans to market “Run, Bubba, run” apparel.

  5. jeezy33 July 18, 2014 7:52 am

    Jamal Mayo looks better than Fermin anyway.

  6. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 7:53 am

    Still got one hour left before I donate.
    I’m still starvin.
    As the old joke goes: I dreamt I ate a giant marshmallow. When I woke up, my pillow was missing.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 7:54 am

    Mayo is in summer school now. He might be a few days late for training camp.

  8. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 7:56 am

    Fermin would have been more valuable if he had qualified at mid-year. But when he didn’t do that, UH began looking for replacements.
    So far, Jalen Rogers has played well in unsupervised drills. The test comes in two weeks.

  9. letsgowarriors July 18, 2014 7:57 am

    when does camp start?

  10. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 7:57 am

    Taz Stevenson is awaiting acceptance into UH’s grad school.

  11. letsgowarriors July 18, 2014 8:00 am


    ill just say I agree w AllG posts from yesterday re: Raiola

  12. gobows July 18, 2014 8:02 am

    what will happen to fermin’s scholarship?

  13. jeezy33 July 18, 2014 8:02 am

    8. Plus Rogers has 3 years.

  14. jeezy33 July 18, 2014 8:04 am

    12. Pretty sure it went to Jamal Mayo

  15. Rodney July 18, 2014 8:04 am

    #11 Did he use to coach at Kamehameha ?

  16. gobows33-dabowman July 18, 2014 8:08 am

    Good Morning!!

  17. Lowtone123 July 18, 2014 8:22 am

    Any relation to Jerrod Mayo?

  18. Turfwar July 18, 2014 8:37 am

    Is Raiola one of the coaches that quit Cosby’s staff in mid-season?

  19. BigWave96744 July 18, 2014 8:52 am

    Is RB Josh Gonda in the Bullpen?

  20. BigWave96744 July 18, 2014 9:06 am

    Others that I don’t see:
    Adonis Phillips – WR
    Keahi Hogan – S
    Deonson Leatimua – LB
    Tyler Liana – LB
    Jonathan Makaiau – LB
    Raymond “Ray” Mulitalo – DT

  21. Maddog50 July 18, 2014 9:58 am

    Not the size of dog in the fight……

  22. Wes'side Warrior July 18, 2014 10:25 am

    Morning, Gang!

    Wow… no Bubba!

    Well, best wishes to all as they take on the next chapter of their lives.

  23. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 10:28 am

    Phillips, Hogan, Liana are in bullpen.

  24. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 10:29 am

    I show Mulitalo on 105 roster

  25. Wes'side Warrior July 18, 2014 10:29 am

    Off on a tangent a bit…

    My mom and I enter St. Rita’s church in Nanakuli last night for a “town hall” type meeting. Start greeting folks as usual, and then this guy comes up and says… “Tsaikos shirt… are you Wes’side Warrior?” Hahaha! He put one and one together because I’d commented that my car is once again giving us problems… this time by overheating. Well, what do you know… Kapahulu and I go to the same church, but usually different mass! Another connection made, all thanks to a Tsaikos shirt!

  26. SteveM July 18, 2014 11:40 am

    Good morning everyone!

    RE: Hungry before a fasting blood sugar test
    ST — Years ago, I didn’t eat much at dinner the night before a blood test. In fact, I even ate early. Absolutely no dessert, ice cream, or sweet things or munchies. I didn’t want to get scolded by my doc when he saw the results. I used to get real hungry around 10:00 pm.

    My solution: drink water. Force yourself to drink water to fill the tummy.

    For me only, a second solution — eat normally. Why should I try, for 1 day, to fool my doc who is looking after my health? Besides, the A1C result for the period nabs me. 🙄

  27. Kapahulu July 18, 2014 11:44 am

    Howzit Wes’side Warrior:
    Nice to finally meet you last night. We’ll be seeing a lot more of each other.
    Glad Warrior Football season is coming up. We’ll have a lot to talk about.

  28. kawika49 July 18, 2014 11:48 am

    Gotta change the map, Kpahulu is moving to Waianae.

  29. kawika49 July 18, 2014 11:48 am


  30. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 12:09 pm

    First meal was … No.1 breakfast at McDonald’s. Take that diabetes! OK, where’s my Metformin?

  31. bowwar July 18, 2014 12:21 pm

    Why doesn’t someone on the athletics staff work on “financial aid” for those non-scholarship players especially if they are from the mainland? We can always use linemen, so I’m surprised we’re not making an extra effort to keep them.

  32. bowwar July 18, 2014 12:24 pm

    Too bad about Elisara…I was expecting BIG THINGS from him and he was highly rated out of high school. I guess it was the damaged knees…He would have made an excellent fullback.

  33. mctruck July 18, 2014 12:36 pm

    Having diabetes for nearly a decade now, I say, keep away from dat nasty sugar in all forms. That’s one of the keys to better health. Take care Mr. Tsai.

  34. kapakahi July 18, 2014 1:38 pm

    Who’ll be joining Nasty?

  35. BigWave96744 July 18, 2014 1:53 pm

    They should get Colt 🙂

  36. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 2:01 pm

    With the probability of the Big 5 getting their way the question remains “What about the Mid Majors? Josh Pacheco mentioned today that JJ said that the “Have-Nots” should all play in the Spring instead. Out of the box thinking to be sure. Sounds good to me. If you can’t join em, Beat em! Without the need to compete for tv time with the big boys, the mid-dies can try to negotiate new tv contracts. The are many out there that watch baseball and basketball mainly because there is no football.

    An alternative plan (Plan B) would be for the have nots to file a class action anti trust suit. (feel free to chime in all you attorneys out there).

    Plan C is to do nothing and kiss D1 football goodbye.

  37. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 2:03 pm

    …..and as always, Let’s Go Bows!

    …..oh and Welcome Mike to “One Team Nation”!

  38. kapakahi July 18, 2014 2:11 pm

    Colt would be good…..but my guess is that it’ll be a defender.

    What about……Nate Jackson? Leonard Peters? Richard Torres?

  39. kapakahi July 18, 2014 2:20 pm


    With Griffin now departing, any consideration by Coach to award the scholarship to Urban?

    Just wondering……since Urban not explicitly listed among the departures.


  40. jimmy the lock July 18, 2014 2:30 pm

    Wie fever meet ice cold. Looking for better days ahead.


  41. tommui July 18, 2014 3:08 pm

    #36 3-Prong – the idea “Have-Nots” should all play in the Spring instead. Out of the box thinking to be sure. Sounds good to me. If you can’t join em, Beat em! Without the need to compete for tv time with the big boys, the mid-dies can try to negotiate new tv contracts.”


  42. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 3:36 pm

    tommui: Yup that JJ has great ideas. Miss his refreshing insight on issues. (And the wins….hehe)
    But maybe this is the year?!?!?!

  43. Stephen Tsai July 18, 2014 3:50 pm

    In the next week, we’ll see about some of the additions.
    Mayo, like I said, is completing work at a JC. He’s expected to be ready in a couple of weeks, I think.

  44. d1shima July 18, 2014 3:58 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Best wishes to those who will not be in camp. Warriors 4-eva!

  45. Buffoman July 18, 2014 4:06 pm

    I think that moving football for the “have-nots’ to Spring would create a bunch of complications for the athletic landscapes of the schools. Does this also mean that they would now have their own “Final Four” basketball tournament? I can see it being a difficult situation for fans if they simply kept the other sporting events as scheduled and just moved football to spring.

    That one needs more thought.

  46. al July 18, 2014 4:07 pm

    oddly, my doc does the A1C sans fasting.

  47. al July 18, 2014 4:12 pm

    bowar…pretty sure that all athletes not on a full ride are given the opportunity to apply for all financial aid that are available to them and that which they may qualify for. all the student/athlete needs to do is file the forms in a timely manner as well as having their parents sign off on them.

  48. Z July 18, 2014 4:38 pm

    Spring idea the best I have heard so far.

  49. hatakeman July 18, 2014 4:46 pm

    For sure, moving football to the spring will cause a domino-effect in maintaining some sense of balance with baseball which is played in the spring. If the other mid-major conferences agree with the change, then the NCAA college world series would disappear. It all sounds interesting.

  50. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 5:04 pm

    We need to remember that if We stick with the status quo, and the Big 5 takes all the money, the driver that football is now will eventually cease to exist along with the other sports in a dominoe effect.

    ….and on a lighter note, it’s Aloha Friday in Paradise, it’s been a long week, and dis guy is Tirstay!

  51. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 5:08 pm

    ….an stay dry ‘erbody!

  52. JustAsking July 18, 2014 5:16 pm

    #46- no problem. The A1C results cover an extended time period (@60-90 days), so a meal on the morning of the test will not alter the results. Fasting glucose numbers reflect a specific point in time, and will be affected by a meal immediately before the blood draw.

  53. Boolakanaka July 18, 2014 7:00 pm

    18-is this the same fella that under an official investigation by the NFL for anti gay remarks?

  54. Ipu Man July 18, 2014 7:08 pm

    Take a daily cinnamon tablet with breakfast and any time eating extra sweets…

  55. kapakahi July 18, 2014 8:24 pm


    Besides Eldridge, any other local HS walk-ons?

  56. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 9:51 pm

    Some ex-Linfield Wildcats lead singing on Hot Hawaiian Nights right now. EdenRoc!

  57. Brad July 18, 2014 10:41 pm

    On the have nots playing in spring, it will be the end to UH football and the rest of the have nots. It’s funny that JJ thought about it when he knows the same USFL playing in the spring time lasts only three years and the NFL prevailed. Plus the good recruits will not go to a have not school if it means playing when the NFL will have their combines and draft. The good ones from the have not schools will have to wait till next spring to enter the draft.

    I mean it’s good chatter and at least someone is trying to think of something but in this case it will not work or it will be the end of a lot of D1 programs.

  58. Brad July 18, 2014 10:49 pm

    I see in the next five years from this playoff format it all about money and if an individual school whether it’s in a big 5 conference or not does not have the money to keep up with recruiting and to give incentives and all you can eat buffets and housing, then that school will have to either drop down to D2 or drop football completely. The big 5 conferences dos not want to break away and form their own division they will simply get rid of the little poor guys by one upping them on everything.

    It’s what Ben Jay said that we need financial support to keep D1 football in Hawaii or we will not have it at all. It’s gotta come from the state because we do not have enough fans to give the money needed to be in the “haves” league.

  59. 3-Prong July 18, 2014 11:28 pm

    I am in agreement with you Brad in that there is not enough money in the State. It has to come from TV or from island owning billionaires. If the billionaires don’t step up TV is it and TV isn’t gonna raise the ante during the same season the big boys play in. They might though if they felt there would be sufficient viewership from the football hungry public during the major conference “off season”.

  60. 3-Prong July 19, 2014 6:33 am

    “Former two-division world champion “The Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (34-4, 20 KOs) took out Jose Alfredo Zuniga (11-6-1, 5 KOs) in round five with a beautiful left hook to the body. Time was 1:42.”

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