Graduation Day 2014

It’s graduation day:


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Jordan Loeffler, Kaeo Alo, Justin Clapp (master’s degree), Ben Dew and Desmond Dean:


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Aniefre Etim-Thomas and Nick West:


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Mike Herman, Storm Kenui, Skye Shimabukuro and Michele Nagamine:



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Sharla Kliebenstein, Bob Coolen and Jori Jasper (master’s degree):



  1. PONO May 17, 2014 9:36 am


  2. tommui May 17, 2014 9:38 am


    Congratulations Graduates!

    I can’t believe I got my UH degree sixty years ago!

  3. whitey May 17, 2014 9:40 am

    Congratulations to all the UH graduates. Thanks for the memories

  4. Boya_jr May 17, 2014 9:40 am

    UH degree 11 years ago

  5. whitey May 17, 2014 9:40 am

    good morning st, pono, counselor, and tsaikos.

  6. whitey May 17, 2014 9:41 am

    good morning boya jr

  7. Boya_jr May 17, 2014 9:47 am

    Congrats graduates!!! Life is short. You’ve made this alum proud.

  8. Brad May 17, 2014 9:50 am

    Congrats! C/o 2014. Now off the subject is UH going to look at former BYU and Kansas QB Jake Heaps to transfer. If he grad this semester he has one year left. I know he wasn’t successful in his college career so far but he has experience playing big 12 teams and could end up being how Schroeder was in his final year. Schroeder just needed D1 experience and it showed late in the season. Chow needs experience now to have a chance to win or he will be out at the end of the season.

  9. boolakanaka May 17, 2014 9:51 am

    Well done–it’s all about the paper!

  10. d1shima May 17, 2014 9:59 am

    Great Morning All!

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! to all the Graduates.

  11. jm2375 May 17, 2014 10:08 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the all the graduates, especially Aniefre Etim-Thomas, who majored in Econ and took 21 credits in the Fall in order to graduate on time.

  12. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2014 10:08 am

    I got my degree 31 years ago.
    All of my professors are now memorial scholarships.

  13. boolakanaka May 17, 2014 10:27 am

    I got my degrees at UH, and a couple more in the states, but I got my “education” at halawa housing! Whassup sole??!

  14. nutmegger May 17, 2014 10:34 am

    I got my degree 31 years ago too. Geez, how things have changed since then. Cell phones, blogs, personal computers,..

  15. RainbowCliff May 17, 2014 10:35 am

    33 years ago I walked on the grass by Kuykendall Hall receiving my bachelor of science degree from the University Of Hawaii at Manoa. PROUDEST moment of my life but little did I knew what the future was awaiting for me going back to my home land Los Angleles, California. Well through hard work, perseverance, determination too SUCCEED I have accomplish by becoming an outstanding professional male educator developing disadvantage children in the South Central area where they have excelled academically, socially and becoming productive citizens in their communities. THOUSANDS of inner city young people who I have mentored, counseled and academically advised since 1992. Received many awards and acknowledgements from various corporations, organizations and professional sports franchises here in Los Angeles. 2003 Nomination Finalist University Of Hawaii Distinguish Alumnus Award, FIRST ever mainland athlete to bestowed this honor. Humbled and appreciative to the many professors, supporters and professional colleagues who has helped and guided me through this WONDERFUL journey. Congrats to the UH graduates as I look forward in helping them translate their athletic career into the working field here in Los Angeles. My HONOR and ALOHA duty !

    Imua Warriors !

  16. PurpleMaple May 17, 2014 10:40 am

    Congratulations to all the graduates.

  17. mo808 May 17, 2014 10:41 am

    Best wishes to all the graduates! It’s a wonderfull time in your lives! Make a difference…and as Bulla always says…”Make Memories!” 🙂

  18. SteveM May 17, 2014 10:48 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congratulations to all the graduates!

  19. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2014 10:54 am

    Jake Heaps did indeed inquire at UH.

  20. boolakanaka May 17, 2014 10:58 am

    Oh, and a duck is looking for a home, see:

  21. 808WarriorFan May 17, 2014 11:39 am

    To all those idiots who say UH should get rid of collegiate athletics I say this to you…THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT !!!!!

  22. 3-Prong May 17, 2014 11:51 am

    Congrats Grads!

    Mr. Wittek, you taking notes? hehe

  23. haka May 17, 2014 11:58 am

    Congrats to the Grads!
    Need a whether report on Storm though. 🙂

  24. SteveM May 17, 2014 12:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Jason !!!

    …one of the 15 attending Tsai-ko Blog Party 1.

  25. Jason May 17, 2014 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! And that is not Storm Kenui in that photo. She was one of my HR students in high school, and she’s only a freshman this year.

  26. NotNasti May 17, 2014 12:44 pm

    Congrats to Skye Shimabukuro, my h.s. classmate’s daughter.

  27. al May 17, 2014 12:49 pm

    i’d take the duck.

  28. Da Punchbowl Kid May 17, 2014 12:53 pm

    Congratz Grads! Mahalo for everything and best of luck in your future endeavors!

    Happy Birthday, JayBoy!

  29. Wittek May 17, 2014 1:03 pm


    Notes? Dont need no stinkin notes, i going graduate then transfer. Just wai til the semester is finnished. What, it already ended.

  30. Old School Dave May 17, 2014 1:25 pm

    Nice speech by Daniel Dae-Kim at the graduation. SSC was pack to capacity. Lost 5 pounds waiting in the hot sun at the softball stadium for the honored graduate to appear. Nice day, though.

  31. Old School Dave May 17, 2014 1:37 pm

    Congrats to all of the grads!!

  32. NotNasti May 17, 2014 2:14 pm

    OSD: I walked outside of my house this morning and then said a prayer for all the friends and family who were going to be suffering in the heat and humidity while waiting to adorn their graduates with lei.

  33. st. anthony trojan May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

    Congrats….to st.louis…maryknoll…google chrome…oops….california chrome…all the grads…n all the ships at sea…n all of you that worked so towards ur degree from 60 years ago
    from TM 2 the present…have a great saturday…

  34. A-House May 17, 2014 2:58 pm

    al & Darren:

    guess your bet is a “draw” as Wittek did not select UH or Texas!

  35. A-House May 17, 2014 3:03 pm

    Best wishes to all the “student athletes” at UH – Manoa!
    May your futures be bright and successful!

  36. A-House May 17, 2014 3:04 pm

    2014 will be 50 years since I went to classes at UH-Manoa!

    then, off to the military.

  37. Pomai May 17, 2014 3:04 pm

    ST that is not Sharla in the picture it is Jazmine Denna Zamora!

  38. Ralph May 17, 2014 3:18 pm

    Tsai, soccer girls are Nana and Shimabukuro with coach Bud. “Storm” Nana…

  39. SteveM May 17, 2014 3:29 pm

    I remember when the UH commencement ceremony was in the late afternoon around 5:30 pm. Gave everyone time to get home for the family graduation party dinner and was still able to slip out around 10:00 pm to meet my fellow grads for the rest of the night… 🙂

  40. SteveM May 17, 2014 3:33 pm

    …and for those without family here, dinner and party with their friends started ASAP.

    Now, you cool off from the sun and go out to… ?

  41. Old School Dave May 17, 2014 3:52 pm

    Next year UH should hold their graduation in the on-campus football stadium where everyone can get a………….Oh, never mind, disregard.

  42. gobows May 17, 2014 4:12 pm

    penn state now leads the nation in triple plays with 3, after getting 2 in one game.

  43. al May 17, 2014 4:40 pm

    as i read and pick up on the subliminal messages…i would to know “who” threw him under the bus.
    sounds like a non-academic issue thats preventing him from receiving his degree.

  44. wafan May 17, 2014 5:05 pm

    Good evening and congratulations current collegiate graduates and high school graduans!


  45. wafan May 17, 2014 5:32 pm

    Oops, that’s graduands.

  46. 808WarriorFan May 17, 2014 6:29 pm

    #14…don’t forget to mention “on line’ classes

  47. bowwar May 17, 2014 7:44 pm

    What is the BJ revelation on the NCAA Investigation on KHON news? Sounds like we better prepare for the worse.

  48. 3-Prong May 17, 2014 8:26 pm

    Looks like Kolton went 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

  49. Old School Dave May 17, 2014 8:28 pm

    NCAA grants waiver so homeless football recruit can go on scholarship early.

  50. Brother Mike May 17, 2014 8:51 pm

    Congrats to all the grads! I had Ben Dew in my ENG 100 class when he was a freshman. He and Blake Muir were great students. And they had great attendance thanks to the watchdogs in the athletic department.

  51. Darren May 17, 2014 8:51 pm

    A-House sir…it was not I that made the bet with al. Like al, if I do bet, I tend to go in positive outcome direction for UH.

  52. Darren May 17, 2014 8:57 pm

    Really happy for a guy like Desmond Dean…someone who really stuck it out, and comes away with the all impotant college degree. Congrats to all student athlete grads…it’s truly a remarkable accomplishment!

  53. d1shima May 17, 2014 9:20 pm

    Congratulations again.

  54. el burro sabio May 17, 2014 9:55 pm

    Good job all who graduated today!

  55. tommui May 17, 2014 9:58 pm

    #48 BOWWAR:

    “Amid current media speculation, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Athletics acknowledges that there is an ongoing NCAA investigation of potential rules violations. As a member institution of the NCAA, we have an obligation to monitor and control our athletics program, a duty to report all instances of noncompliance with NCAA rules and cooperate fully with and assist the NCAA enforcement staff. Our responsibility also requires that our institutional representatives and student–athletes protect the integrity of the investigation. Under NCAA enforcement rules, a failure to cooperate could lead to an independent allegation and/or be considered by the NCAA as a factor when determining potential penalties.

    In light of the ongoing investigation and our obligation to state and Federal laws, we are not able to discuss or share information about the investigation. Our Department considers any alleged violation of NCAA rules to be a serious matter and we have, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the NCAA staff in this matter.”

    We can always speculate – either that or some subliminal message will be found in the release. 🙂

  56. midnight May 17, 2014 11:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Jason !

  57. NYUHTXSK May 18, 2014 12:38 am

    Congrats to all UH graduates past and present. Going to UH was the best decision of my life.

  58. NorthShoreFan May 18, 2014 6:25 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Congratulations to all the graduates!…dat palapala will come in handy.

    troubling that “new violations” have been uncovered..per Jahmai. some boosters involved also…???

  59. NorthShoreFan May 18, 2014 6:27 am

    ..then again, there’s violations at EVERY college athletic program. Rules for boosters are kind of nutz, but necessary.

  60. kapakahi May 18, 2014 8:15 am


    Add Jordan Loeffler too.

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