Getting active

With the season over, the red shirts have been removed.

That means these 2013 redshirts are now on the active roster:

Running back — Aofaga Wily (medical redshirt), Max Broman

Fullback —  Penitito Faalologo

Slotback — Quinton Pedroza (Utah transfer)

Wide receiver — Ammon Barker

Tight ends — Josh Long, Meffy Koloamatangi, Tyler Liana, Austin Slade-Matautia (Oregon State transfer)

Offensive linemen — Elijah Tupai, Dejon Allen, John Wa‘a, R.J. Hollis

Defensive tackles — Kory Rasmussen (transfer from Colorado), Nick Childs

Defensive end/outside linebacker — David Manoa

Linebackers — Jeremy Castro (transfer from UCLA), Drake Miller, Julian Gener (medical)

Cornerback — Barry Higdon

Safety — Keelan Ewaliko

Punter/kicker — Jackson Dionne

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These three linebackers who grayshirted this semester are expected to join in January: Ualesi Sale, Rashaan Falemalu and Jamie Tago.

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There is a scholarship available for Tigi Hill, if he meets the requirements.

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It appears that former Kealakehe High running back/lineman David Fangupo is headed to a junior college. He signed with UH in February.

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Willis Wilson’s parents arrive in town today from Las Vegas.

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In the picture below is one of our blog readers:



  1. 1 December 4, 2013 7:50 am


  2. jeezy33 December 4, 2013 7:55 am

    So Castro is a LB now? Pretty sure he is a DE

  3. jeezy33 December 4, 2013 7:58 am

    Castro transferred because the 3-4 scheme at UCLA didn’t fit his style well. Pretty sure he isn’t a 4-3 LB…

  4. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2013 7:59 am

    If they go to a 3-4, I can envision three of the LB slots going to Castro, Garcia-Williams and Gener.

  5. Traitmanz December 4, 2013 8:03 am

    ST: Would Tigi be at S or LB if he does come back?

  6. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 8:06 am

    Aloha kakou! This is for 3-prong, and any alum and/or supporters of mini UH in Oregon, e.g Linfield;

  7. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2013 8:15 am

    Cool, totally didn’t realize Gener was awarded a medical redshirt.

    I’ve been talking about a shift to 3-4 being the best for the returning DL+LBs, but my opinion isn’t worth the screen it’s typed on… which, now that I think about it…. makes me think my opinion is worth $1000 (MacBook Pro).

    ST… by you speaking of a possible shift to a 3-4… does that mean there’s going to be a change in defensive leadership?

  8. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2013 8:22 am

    In other football news…

    UCLA just did what it had to do to ensure their program remains on an upward trajectory… They extended Coach Mora Jr to a lengthy extension to ensure UW doesn’t take him away, approved increase in assitant coach pay to help keep them at UCLA, and committed to improving facilities.

    Wonder if they had UH in mind and the possible downfall of they don’t take care of their coach and program.

  9. Marleysdad December 4, 2013 8:24 am


    I thought medical redshirts were awarded after a players 4th/5th year?

  10. tom mui December 4, 2013 8:27 am


    Reinforcements or is it reloading?

  11. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2013 8:31 am

    Pretty solid group of red shirts coming available. Best looking group of red shirts that I’ve seen at UH in a very long time.

    I see the majority of these guys competing for starting jobs right away.

  12. (Jesse)James December 4, 2013 8:31 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

    Nice to see some apparent talent on the above list…hope they are all able to take care of business and get the job done.

    Welcome to the Wilson Ohana….albeit under terrible circumstances.

  13. Traitmanz December 4, 2013 8:35 am

    Are trying to make Higdon our Richard Sherman/Brandon Browner? Thats a big DB. Those OL could make impacts next year.

  14. jeezy33 December 4, 2013 8:38 am

    11. O line competition will be very interesting… Coaches seem real high on Waa and Dejon Allen. Considering both are guards, I’m thinking only 1 starts. Kody Afusia was probably the best linemen this past year I thought. But that’s just my opinion. I used to think he was awful so I’ve come a long ways to like him. Tupai has a chance to take over Milovale.

    For the 1st time in a long time, I’m thinking the O line is the heart of the team next year..

  15. kifi December 4, 2013 8:42 am

    Hawaii O-Line 2014

    (Possible Additions)
    Samuela Lauaki 15/16/17/18
    Tavita Eli 15/16/17/18
    Gus Lavaka 15/16/17/18

    Elijah Tupi 14/15/16/17
    John Wa’a 14/15/16/17
    Dejon Allen 14/15/16/17

    RJ Hollis 14//15/16
    Leo Koloamatangi 14/15/16
    Kiha Sai 14/15/16

    Ben Clarke 14/15
    Ben Dew 14/15
    Brendan Urban 14/15

    Kody Afusia 14
    Sean Shigematsu 14
    Frank Loyd 14
    David Griffin 14
    David Lefotu 14

    (One or two transfers)

    Looks very encouraging.

  16. kifi December 4, 2013 8:44 am


  17. UHfan808 December 4, 2013 8:49 am

    Good Wednesday morning, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! 🙂

    Good luck to all shirts incoming and outgoing!

  18. Naks8 December 4, 2013 8:52 am

    Let’s get our o and d fronts solidified and we will be solid. I hope graham or Woosley can pick up where the offense left off

  19. kifi December 4, 2013 9:00 am

    Defensive Tackles

    (Possible Recruit)
    Ka’au Gifford 14/15/16/17

    Kennedy Tulimaseal’i 14/15/16
    Hunter Thomson 14/15/16
    Mike Andrade 14/15/16
    Kory Rasmussen 14/15/16

    Calen Friel 14/15
    Haani Tulimaiau 14/15

    Moses Samia 14
    Marcus Malepeai 14
    Nick Childs 14

    (May need to add depth through the JC ranks)

  20. NotNasti December 4, 2013 9:05 am

    Kennedy has great potential. Lots of fire in that big boy.

  21. NorthShoreFan December 4, 2013 9:06 am

    kifi, you feel we got enough 3-4 type bods to run the scheme?

  22. Traitmanz December 4, 2013 9:14 am

    If we move to 3-4, the line would be Yap and Tulimasealii at the ends and Samia at the nose tackle

  23. leahi2 December 4, 2013 9:15 am

    The line of recruits gets more impressive each year. I give Chow and his staff credit for that but if they cannot coach effectively than these are nothing but PAPER ROSES. You know I don’t blame Chow for the results of the entire year 2011. Neither do I blame him for losses to USC and Oregon State this year. But the team’s overall play the rest of this year left much to be desired. Maybe he is really too old for this.

  24. Whats up December 4, 2013 9:17 am

    Getting Tigi Hill will be huge for the secondary, hopefully he qualifies! Ammon Barker and Quinton Pedroza are going to be huge additions to next years WR corp with Gant and Stutzman graduating. Getting Julian Gener back is also huge, Gener has proven he is a game changer talent at LB early this season. I’m interested to see Castro in action. The O line looks good for next season.

    Whos on the D line next season besides Yap, Samia, Kennedy?

  25. Marleysdad December 4, 2013 9:18 am

    Ka’au Gifford confirmed his commitment on twitter sunday or monday night.

  26. Derek December 4, 2013 9:20 am

    Can we count John Ursua returning from his mission in the spring? Along with Lavaka!

    Is Moala still on the radar in December?

    I’ll say it again, but Max Broman reminds me of Brock Forsey. That means toughness, productive, and a winner. Anyway, that’s just my opinion based on what I’ve seen him on film.

  27. Derek December 4, 2013 9:26 am

    Needs, needs, needs!
    1. Quarterback
    2. Defensive line
    3. Pass Rushers
    4. Corners, Safety
    5. Athlete

    Is Ethan Watanabe, TE on a mission right now, along w/ Zwahlen?

  28. kifi December 4, 2013 9:32 am

    Finding the bodies to run a 3-4 is real difficult at the college level.

  29. kifi December 4, 2013 9:36 am

    Not too many NG’s and 3-4 DE’s walking on the face of earth. They are real difficult to find. You either need to draft ’em or buy ’em through free agency.

  30. UHAlum December 4, 2013 9:56 am

    ST, what’s the status of Fonua….just seen him on special teams this year. How good is he going to be?

  31. WWF December 4, 2013 9:58 am

    Best touchdown this year.

  32. gobows December 4, 2013 10:16 am

    27 cont.

    6. defensive coordinator
    7. offensive coordinator
    8. disciplinarian
    9. clock manager
    10. money (schedule 13 games any less is idiotic)

  33. cocobean December 4, 2013 10:18 am

    I thought the weakest part of our D was the back end. Not enough speed and size. Pass coverage was average but run support was below average. Didn’t think we had enough athleticism in that unit to effectively play the amount of nickle packages MWC offenses force you to play.

    In my opinion, DB play is the area that needs the most improvement.

  34. gobows December 4, 2013 10:18 am

    anyone know how to have a carb-free meal?

  35. Buffoman December 4, 2013 10:21 am

    #30 great question. He looks bigger this year. He made some aggressive mistakes on ST. I hope he can get some p/t in the LB corp. I liked his aggressiveness in HS. Hopefully he can channel that at this level where there’s a lot more sophistication to schemes.

  36. jeezy33 December 4, 2013 10:51 am

    33. DBs weren’t very good but our LB play to me was the worst unit.

  37. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 11:11 am

    double trips or 33 or coco–You hit that on the head. Our DB play was for the most part, the single biggest area that is in need of improvement. Corners, lack either elite speed, or make-up quickness, they were consistently exploited on many big plays, that could have been contained for marginal gains. Safeties, often played either out of assigned coverage, and/or took bad angles for areas of responsibility. I think, from my own vantage, the safeties have sufficient athleticism from our safeties–what they lack is more related to not understanding the nuance and/or objective of the scheme.

    One need only look at fellows like Rich Miano or Blaine Gaison, while both had undervalued athleticism, there were not Earl Thomas or Ed Reed in his prime. What they did do, is totally understand all the responsibilities of all the defensive packages and sub-packages, and were very sure and physical tacklers.

    If your backend is solid, it allows you so much more latitude and creativity in the rest of your scheme. This is job 1 for me….

  38. wino December 4, 2013 11:13 am

    Does wine have carbs?

  39. shadow December 4, 2013 11:19 am

    Contrary to what a few bloggers think, the base defense used this year was a 3-5-3 NOT 4 or even front. The 3 front is better suited to personnel where you have a dominant 2 gap NG, which UH does not have. We have personnel better suited for a 4 front, witness Kennedy’s penetratration thru the A gaps in the Army game.

    Time and again, we got killed off of the 3 front because we got no pass rush, & we had Gs uncovered & pulling at will or in the face of the LBs in the run game (ex. SDS scoring on 3 straight run plays in the OT period).

    Also, the over-reliance on man coverage on almost every down had WRs & RBs running open & free as the wind.

    Next year, mix the fronts & coverages, take advantage of what our personnel can do best & we’ll be in much better shape defensively.

  40. Whats up December 4, 2013 11:25 am


    I would agree with you that the back end of the defense was struggling. But when the 2 big boys went down with the injury bug throughout the season (Samia and Matagiese) it really hurts the line play and the backers and safties had to step up to assist in stopping the run. Next season Samia, Kennedy, Malepeai and Friel all have game experience and has to replace Matagiese at DT/NT. Maybe Hawaii can get some help on the D line from transfers or JC recruits.

  41. cocobean December 4, 2013 11:29 am

    boola. In my mind Rich Miano was the best missionary style tackler I’ve seen at UH. He was so fundamentally sound as a tackler they could’ve made a “how to” video of his highlights. He never seemed to give up YAC and like in true missionary fashion always ended up on top with the ball carrier on his back.

  42. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 11:35 am

    Yes, Rich was very sound in the old school, of chesting up, bringing your hips, and going through the runner/receiver. And that takes much practice as well as relegating your ego, to not trying to take “knock-out” hits which seems to be the vogue of this generation. Also, having played with these guys, so I am more than slightly biased, but tackling was a source of pride in that era, so it may be a generational thing….

  43. NorthShoreFan December 4, 2013 11:39 am

    DB do have a really tough job. That Wyoming wide out was supposedly clocked at 4.2-4.3.
    Need some really skilled guys to cover speed. WR’s getting faster than a speeding bullet.

  44. Whats up December 4, 2013 11:44 am

    I think Taylor Graham and Ikaika Woosley will step it up next season. Both have game reps and know the offense well. I would be surprised if a JC/Transfer/High School QB comes in and starts against Washington.

  45. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 11:45 am

    Oh, this is a little side-note on big corners. I will say this; they are the most rarest of creatures, ask the gurus on our board like FUHA and such, and although everyone would want to have a Richard Sherman, they are like blue diamonds. Part of the problem is that taller guys need to have two essential traits to be successful: one, they need to be fluid and flexible in their hips; and two, they need to be able to downshift into top gear very quickly, which is very difficult to do for longer fellows.

    Conversely, if you have a guy that has those elements, coupled with some hand strength at the line of scrimmage, you can really jack up the number 1 and 2 receivers. Mark Haynes is a great example of this type of player. During my era at UH, Fred Hemphill, for those going way back in the day, was of this prototype. Fred certainly had all the tangible physical skills to play on Sundays (he was drafted in the USFL, great feet, and really good quickness for someone 6-3) but did not like the weight-room, and had other interests, e.g. acting and going to Cillys, Bobby McGees and the Wave late night…..but, those stories are for another time.

  46. Whats up December 4, 2013 11:48 am

    I say that because not many of us thought Sean Schroeder should have started at anytime this season and he proved all of us wrong. So I’m not counting out the QB’s Taylor Graham or Ikaika Woolsey next season.

  47. kifi December 4, 2013 11:51 am

    #39 – Agreed.

  48. kifi December 4, 2013 11:56 am

    Cilly’s, Bobby McGees, and the Wave? What were those? Were those discotheque’s like on the movie Saturday Night Fever?

  49. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 11:58 am

    Kifi..I could have been governor or something like that, had it not been for those places. Way too much fun and time.. as Coach Fagg use to say, “no redshirts at the disco!!”

  50. Jack Flash December 4, 2013 11:58 am

    Condolences to the Wilson ‘ohana arriving today, and to all their extended family and friends.

  51. Jack Flash December 4, 2013 12:01 pm

    Anyone remember Thursday nights at Cilly’s? For $5, you got a plastic cup and unlimited well refills. Throw in a few extra bucks to tip the bar and you would get hammered for very little moolah.

  52. al December 4, 2013 12:03 pm

    who do we have for QB for next year

  53. kifi December 4, 2013 12:37 pm

    #49 – That would be a step backward for you Boola.

  54. Bowwar December 4, 2013 12:38 pm

    Hopefully, we’ll pick-up a good JC quarterback to add to the mix…

  55. obachan December 4, 2013 12:55 pm

    ST: do you or anyone else know of a fund being set up on behalf of Wilson’s family so people can donate monies to help the family defray expenses from their unexpected loss? I emailed Ben Jay a few days ago regarding this question but so far havn’t received any response from the high makamaka.

  56. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 1:01 pm

    Kifi–very kind of you to say, but if they only knew how many LI ice teas I downed at Moose’s back in the day;I could be one pickled mango factory.

  57. ai-eee-soos December 4, 2013 1:13 pm

    39. shadow:
    December 4th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Next year, mix the fronts & coverages, *** take advantage of what our personnel can do

    best *** & we’ll be in much better shape defensively.

    Yeah, but need one DC who know how.

  58. Old School Dave December 4, 2013 1:20 pm

    Interesting to note that we may see former Cal Coach Jeff Tedford in the MWC next season, either at Wyoming or Fresno State (if their coach gets the UW job).

  59. cocobean December 4, 2013 1:25 pm

    One good thing about our coaching staff is they’ll all be a year wiser going into next season. I just hope Chow has learned how to delegate the small things and not get caught up in what snacks to have at practice or choreographing the teams entrance on game day. Leave the travel itineraries and what should be on the back of jerseys to someone else. The team doesn’t need for him to win for a third straight year the Lokelani Lindsey micro manager of the year award.

  60. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 1:30 pm

    59–nice one coco, you just gave LL one small-kine shot in the eye. My own imitation, ” I said numba two pencils dammit, numba 2!!!”

  61. ai-eee-soos December 4, 2013 1:40 pm

    His name was mentioned on this blog awhile back.

    UCLA: According the L.A. Times, former USC running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu will join the UCLA staff as running backs coach.

  62. (Jesse)James December 4, 2013 1:44 pm

    boola….#42….I call that the ESPN effect. All the kids now want to get that ESPN top ten hit. You see it all over college ball now days. When I was playing ball, we always worked on proper tackling technique…and if we went for the big hit only, we’d be doing laps….LOL 🙂

  63. ai-eee-soos December 4, 2013 1:46 pm

    comparing salaries …

    Miami (Ohio): New head coach Chuck Martin will earn $450,000 per season, $50,000 more than predecessor Don Treadwell, according to USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz

  64. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 1:47 pm

    You got that JJames–the irony is that the kids are for the most part, bigger, so while OLine technique is better, tackling is falling by the wayside.

  65. 808WarriorFan December 4, 2013 1:54 pm

    What’s taking so long…when is Norm going to announce that he’s bid aloha to Thom Kaumeyer ?????

  66. tom mui December 4, 2013 2:02 pm

    #52 AL – Galahad – he of the Holy Grail. 🙂

  67. SteveM December 4, 2013 2:07 pm

    ahhhh, memories of Jerry Glanville and the big bag….

  68. OC Warrior December 4, 2013 2:08 pm

    Boola – I remember Fred Hemphill back in the day, I remember him doing a Michael Jackson impersonation for the team talent contest or something. I remember him having height and good catchup speed but wasn’t he around a buck 60 lbs at most? I remember one of the coaches (Tomey?) back then said they would never let someone like Fred go through the program again and not get the proper training (i.e. pump some iron).

  69. kifi December 4, 2013 2:09 pm

    Did Kennedy Pola change his last name?

  70. NotNasti December 4, 2013 2:10 pm

    65. 808WarriorFan. As someone who does hiring and firing for my office, I have to say that letting someone go, especially someone well-liked, is one of the hardest aspects of my job. It’s really easy to talk about firing someone, but much different when you’re the one pulling the trigger. I’m not saying Kaumeyer should stay, I’m just saying that this will be a really difficult decision for Coach Chow.

  71. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2013 2:15 pm

    58… I doubt Deruyter goes to UW. My UW friends say that UW is looking to hire from one of their own (either alumni or current staff). I don’t think UW goes outside their circles unless they absolutely have to.

    Will be interesting to see which direction Wyoming goes after canning their big money coach. Will they go cheap after getting stung by an unsuccessful high dollar coach (like UH)? or will they pony up (no pun intended) for another hot coordinator/established coach?

  72. Andrew December 4, 2013 2:16 pm

    70. agreed

    Not to mention that you’re not only affecting that person’s life, but their family as well.

  73. OC Warrior December 4, 2013 2:19 pm

    Kifi – yes, he is now Kennedy Polamalu, which I think is his original name and he is related to Troy.

  74. 76south December 4, 2013 2:26 pm

    I’ve always wondered if teams that practiced in full pads were better tacklers then teams that practiced in shorts!

  75. Former UH Athlete December 4, 2013 2:32 pm

    RE: Deruyter from Fresno… I think he would be a good fit at Mississippi St should Mullen get fired. To their credit, the SEC is starting to modernize their offenses and points are coming easier. Deruyter would presumable inject some excitement in the MSU fanbase. BUT it’s the SEC, where fans are wacko and boosters even more wacko. Not sure if Deruyter would want that kind of job pressure at a perennial bottom feeder SEC team unless he’s very well compensated.

    I don’t think there are any Pac12 jobs that will be available for Deruyter.

    The one interesting spot Deruyter could end up is SMU if: 1. JJ resigns or is fired; 2. If SMU is willing to pony up (pun intended) $1.5 million for Deruyter. 3. If SMU wants to keep a variation of the spread offense as the roster is already geared for it.

    I don’t think Fresno can come close to matching $1.5 Million should that situation come up.

  76. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 2:37 pm

    68–Yes, Wags and Dick had big plans for Freddie. Unfortunately, Freddie had other plans, including: one, avoid weight room; two, constantly bicker and egg-on with Wags in DB meetings; three, never gain any weight pass 175 pounds, and four, and most importantly, go clubbing at least 4-5 days a week.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Fred, but he wasn’t into the regime part of football.

  77. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2013 2:45 pm

    UW should give a second chance to Rick Neuheisel. They experienced some very good years with him at the helm. He could hook up with Brent Pease and Manny Diaz as coordinators.

  78. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 2:52 pm

    77..Not sure if that would ever occur. As I recall, some of my legal beagle buddies worked on his settlement in 2005, and as I recall, it went for a cool 4.7 million. UW BOR were very taken back on how smug and glib he was post-settlement. Rick is no doubt a charming coach and great recruiter, but has burned bridges, and gotten rich in the process, everywhere he was a HC.

  79. NotNasti December 4, 2013 3:05 pm

    77. Agree with Boola. The book “Scoreboard Baby,” is an expose of the UW team during the Neuheisel era. Academic cheating, felonies (rape, etc.) covered up & unethical recruiting practices were documented during his regime. Do you remember the football pool debacle? I think he is persona non grata at UW.

  80. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2013 3:07 pm

    I think a former UH assistant took the fall for the basketball-pool scandal at Washington.

  81. NotNasti December 4, 2013 3:16 pm

    80. ST: I stand corrected. Yes. March Madness pool, not football.

  82. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 3:18 pm

    Whoever that picture ST has up today, poor buggah has a bad case of the uglies…just saying.

  83. NotNasti December 4, 2013 3:22 pm

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. No can tell . . the pikcha stay blurry.

  84. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 3:25 pm

    You know they say the camera adds ten pounds, which begs the question–how many damn cameras were there????

  85. cocobean December 4, 2013 3:28 pm

    #82. Being the self deprecating type of fellow you appear to be….are you in the photo by chance?

  86. tom mui December 4, 2013 3:32 pm

    #70 NotNasti:

    My eldest got a MBA in corporate reorganization and was in a big NYC firm. After a while, she quit, saying that she was an island girl and didn’t like the idea of firing or reducing personnel!

  87. AlaWai December 4, 2013 3:37 pm

    Emily Hartong is in a tight race for the Senior Class Award. Every vote counts. Vote here. Once every day.

  88. NotNasti December 4, 2013 3:40 pm

    85. Coco: Boola is the Big Kahuna with the cool Fedora and lei holding court, local style.

  89. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 3:48 pm

    Not…I am one of the adolescent girls off to the side. I thought there was going to be an autograph signing for ex volleyball wahines; I waited all night for Tita Ahuna…..

  90. cocobean December 4, 2013 3:49 pm

    88. Tought he was talking about the guy with the full beard standing next to the girl in the blue t-shirt.

  91. NotNasti December 4, 2013 3:51 pm

    90. The guy with the full beard would be Bulla, not Boola.

  92. lowtone123 December 4, 2013 4:02 pm

    The two guys I wanted to see play was Tigi Hill and David Fangupo. I hope both make it to Manoa.

  93. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2013 4:04 pm

    Robert Anae has done some good work revitalizing the BYU offense. Anyone think he will get a look by a BCS school?

  94. cocobean December 4, 2013 4:05 pm

    91. While on the subject of “looks” which 12 UH players would you suggest to be in next year’s fund raising calendar – The Manly Men of Rainbow Warrior Football?

  95. NotNasti December 4, 2013 4:09 pm

    94. NCAA violation?

  96. Haleakala December 4, 2013 4:11 pm

    I’m glad to hear of the quality players coming in to play for the Warriors next year.

    But it is sad to hear about the passing of a good person in Willis Wilson.

  97. Stephen Tsai December 4, 2013 4:11 pm

    Kawika Borden was in the 2013 Men of Hawaii calendar.

  98. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 4, 2013 4:12 pm

    Kelan Ewaliko was on some kind of calendar as well.

  99. greenthumb December 4, 2013 4:13 pm

    87 > thanks for the Emily Hartong link. It is great when someone posts it each day as a reminder. Saw a good omen, my captcha had UH in it! 🙂

  100. kev-1 December 4, 2013 4:24 pm

    Has Tigi Hill even been playing ball? I just have a hard time getting excited about a guy who has failed to meet requirements so many times.

  101. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 4:37 pm

    That is a good point, through the years, we have lost many a local talent, who failed to actually make it to UH. The guys that really want to play, especially in this day and age, and the resources available, are going to find a way. I guess, it’s like anything else in life….

  102. Gorrilla Monsoon December 4, 2013 4:38 pm

    #56. Mooses on Uni Ave was the bomb back in the day!

  103. kifi December 4, 2013 4:44 pm

    Looks like an Ali’i.

  104. kifi December 4, 2013 4:51 pm

    Word on the street is that athletically, Tigi Hill is from another stratosphere. Would be sad if he only gets to display his talent up to the JC level. Of course I’m sure all of us have a story or two about guys that we grew up with who had great talent, but no grades. It’s unfortunate.

  105. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 4:52 pm

    Kifi, if it taste like a shiro burger, and smells like a shiro burger, well, might be a shiro burger…..old Aiea aphorism–ok, no one in Aiea use the term aphorism.

  106. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 4:58 pm

    Oh, the one local name that I have not seen in the conversation about potential future coaches (and I am just playing the game, as Norm is here until 2015) is teammate Brian Norwood. Has local ties, super nice guy, and has been with some noteworthy programs (PSU and Baylor). Currently, is the associate head coach at Baylor.

    Maybe someone has brought up his name previously, and I missed it, but he should certainly be a part of any conversation (albeit these are academic conversations).

  107. kifi December 4, 2013 5:00 pm

    Never used that term in Papakolea either.

  108. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:02 pm

    102–and remember da lines to get inside??? Crazy choke with people, and lest I be remissed about giving props to all the u’i wahines back in the day–ladies–kudos. Good thing there was a special line for players….e.g. back door.

  109. kev-1 December 4, 2013 5:04 pm

    OK. I guess he was playing this year at Mesa. So the football is still there. Hope braddah has been hitting the books.

  110. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:05 pm

    Kifi–who doesn’t love the Hawaiian beverly hills, as my mom so aptly calls the area. Some bad boys, still remember meeting Bubba Puha back in Reno way back in the day. Shouts to my man Ray Butler as well….buggha could shoot.

  111. kifi December 4, 2013 5:06 pm

    Don’t think Dino Babers’ name will be on the table when or if the Hawaii HC position becomes available. He’ll probably be gone long before that. Think Big XII, Big 10, or PAC 12. Salary if 1 million plus per year.

  112. clyde December 4, 2013 5:07 pm

    Wasn’t Norwood among the final four or five candidates for the job that eventually went to Chow?

  113. kifi December 4, 2013 5:07 pm

    Thanks kev-1, crossing fingers.

  114. kifi December 4, 2013 5:09 pm

    #110 – Grew up with both. Bubba is a legend. Everyone has a Bubba Puha story.

  115. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:13 pm

    I do hope Mr. Hill does obtain the necessary grades to actually get to Manoa. If not, he might want to small ball it, and go to a place like Linfield. He would certainly tear it up, and be another in a long line of local standouts.I remember Kawika Ordenstein, from St. Louis was at New Mexico, and he got dismissed from school for beating this one track player up (I was in law school at the time) he still wanted to play ball, and went to Menlo and had a great time. Instead of his usual wide out position, he played DE/LB,…..

    Sometimes, the big stadium can become a distraction. In any event, I wish Mr. Hill all the best.

  116. SteveM December 4, 2013 5:17 pm

    December 4th, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    90. The guy with the full beard would be Bulla, not Boola.


  117. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:21 pm

    Kifi, and I forgot another shout-out for Les Parilla, former roughrider coach, and younger brother of Harding, who was a monster in HS. Bruddha could bench ala moana park!!?

  118. kifi December 4, 2013 5:27 pm

    Les and Harding. Good people. Junior can still bench Ala Moana. Not sure if you remember baseball player Curt Watanabe, he used to bench Magic Island.

  119. Gorrilla Monsoon December 4, 2013 5:31 pm

    108-Yes I remeber. Wasn’t an athlete at UH but had good friends that were, and they would take us guys in. Fun times. LI ice teas was the drink of those days. Do they still make them nowdays? Alomst like my grandmother’s drink of her day the Manhattan. Try ask for one of those. You’ll be thrown out of the joint much like Clarence was from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life…But I digress. Mooses was the bomb!

  120. kifi December 4, 2013 5:33 pm

    Much prayers again to the Wilson family.

  121. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

    Kifi, one of my most favorite memories growing up, were going to Roosevelt to watch surf movies….tales from the tube. Yes, Curt, doesn’t he have a PT place out Pearl City side?? And speaking of guys benching entire islands, one of my HS teammates, one of the many Aleaga’s, but I am talking about Eddie, bruddha is one fierce strong sam. Only about 5-6 years ago, he yanked 688 pounds in the bench, and he was in his mid-40s. You gotta have a big lava-lava to get that kind of weight up…..

  122. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 5:39 pm

    119…great memories. Funny story is that Mrs. Boola, my wife, only drinks manhattans, two is her limit, as she can get pretty feisty.

  123. ai-eee-soos December 4, 2013 5:50 pm

    off topic …

    Washington: Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will lead the Huskies in their bowl game according to Joe Schad.

  124. Buffoman December 4, 2013 5:54 pm

    #119 maybe different time but I thought the popular drink especially among the women was the Harvey Wallbanger.

  125. Lee Afusia December 4, 2013 6:35 pm

    wasn’t bubba poueu-luna a QB when he was in HS?

  126. hossana December 4, 2013 6:43 pm

    Does anyone know what h.s. Drake Miller played his football at in Honolulu?? I knew a Drake Miller at Farrington H.S. who graduated in ’09 and was wondering if this is the same Drake Miller. Thanks.

  127. HiloBilly December 4, 2013 6:55 pm

    I wonder…how in the world did a picture like this get into ST’s hands & into the WB? Of course, IF it had been taken at KS-H, it would’ve been high-res & sharp! I hope you were able to interest many of the natives to apply via your recruitment efforts, please come back again, I’ll spring for a Hawaiian Style Cafe, Osaka’s, Ken’s, or KG breakfast! And mahalo for your info about Doug & the Oxy Tigers…not easy for the SCIAC schools to recruit for football.

    Take care back East…winter’s coming, Hilo mornings are about 62 degrees now, time to wear long pants to school!

  128. dannyp December 4, 2013 6:56 pm


    Drake Miller is from Utah…

  129. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 7:00 pm

    127…you know if Keaau was taking the photos, I would have looked 10 years younger, 10 lbs lighter, and 100 iq points smarter. And sir, be careful, I will take you up on this gracious offer.

  130. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 7:07 pm

    127–I am thinking that there is Kapalama parent in our midst, as it was also on the front page of their online newspaper.

  131. 808WarriorFan December 4, 2013 7:36 pm

    What’s taking Chow so long to get rid of Kaumeyer ?????

  132. HiloBilly December 4, 2013 7:38 pm

    130…KSK parent, yep: all 4 of our children boarded from 7th-grade & graduated, I’m ’65, on KS-H staff. Knowing your ties to the NE, my brother lived in a small Conn. ‘hamlet’ called Mansfield Center. I visited him during winter my senior year in college & had one of the best Christmases ever, the kind of holiday stuff you read of in sunny Hawai’i: horse-drawn sleighs w/ carolers, cutting your own Christmas tree, fireplace going all day, warm Congregational churches, stashing your beer on the outdoor patio to chill it, visiting Boston & soaking in the history all around you, &, of course, New Haven, New London, etc.

    Ok, back to football…

  133. Marleysdad December 4, 2013 7:39 pm

    Marques should get his brother Lennay Kekua to help.

  134. NRG1 December 4, 2013 7:42 pm

    Nice. Classy statement marleysdad. You are a real winner, like chow.

  135. AllG December 4, 2013 7:54 pm

    If we gonna fire Chow needs to be done now! We need to get the new coach in place and get him recruiting…If we keeping him for what ever reason we need to get Kaumayer out and begin the search for new DC and OC before all the good ones get snatched up. Would still like to see Rolo come back as OC

  136. boolakanaka December 4, 2013 8:01 pm

    I don’t even know what that statement means, these are Manu’s kids. His younger brother is Zach, and played fullback for the huskies. The person you refer to is distant cousin,thus it is not only factual incorrect, but its’ rather maligned to conflate both parties.

  137. kapakahi December 4, 2013 9:27 pm

    What’s the latest update with SB Terrence Polk?

  138. nanakuli December 4, 2013 9:30 pm

    Hope Tui becomes the head coach at Udub.

  139. st. anthony trojan December 4, 2013 9:53 pm

    hilo billy…is crabbe still there ???

  140. leahi2 December 4, 2013 10:46 pm

    Is TK a Mormon also? Who are the others on the coaching staff who are Mormons also? Is this why we are caught in a pickle? Is there a law that says this kind of thing cannot be disclosed And what about BJ and ST himself?

  141. HiloBilly December 4, 2013 11:05 pm

    141…Kaho’okele Crabbe is on the elementary/middle schools staff, still nuts, still going strong, still full of life! Are you family?

  142. st. anthony trojan December 4, 2013 11:07 pm

    no..he did me favor before.. from kona.. his dad n i are friends..thanks

  143. markazulu December 4, 2013 11:48 pm

    I would also like to say sean schroders deep passes though were it had a lot of air under it was very accurate and always in a place his receiver could at least go up and get it. Best Deep passing percentage since Colt Brennan.

  144. st. anthony trojan December 5, 2013 12:03 am

    yea.. guess we all have to admit.. coach chow is a good evaluator
    oh personnel there.. SS had a very difficult time first half of season..
    throwing passes while on the turf… n the OL gave him the time
    to show his stuff.. second part of season..was nice to see..

  145. 3-Prong December 5, 2013 6:31 am

    I don’t think it was a coincidence that the offensive efficiency improved when Iosefa got back. 240# rbs picking up the blitz, helped ss tremendously. Not to mention the additional attention the 2nd and 3rd layers of the defense had to spend guarding the run.

    Boo: thanks for the clip. May be d3 but dems some d1 hit right there! Go Cats!

  146. Marleysdad December 5, 2013 6:40 am

    135, Thank you. I am a winner, although it is sometimes luck, I do work hard, prepare & practice. Funny how I make a manti reference & you mention class, but in the same breath you can try to compare me to someone else. STFU Very few on this blog have class. Everyone talks shit about someone one way or another. Again STFU

    !38, brother…cousin…who cares. It’s a joke…like manti.

  147. boolakanaka December 5, 2013 7:22 am

    Hey, everyone can have thick skin when it someone else’s ohana, but we all get a little thin skinned, when it comes to something that intersects your own family circle.

    As I always say, joking is fine, but my own rule of thumb is never say something in writing, that you would not say in person, to another man. And the tuiasosopo aiga is plenty malosi.

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