Higa gets a shot

Bye week is a time to seek depth, and KITV is giving Brandi Higa a shot as weekend sports anchor.

Higa, a former college volleyball player, knows the news business. She has been KITV’s morning news producer for four years. She also is used to sports deadlines, being part of Da Blitz coverage.

She’s smart, funny and mentored by Robert Kekaula.


  1. mo808 September 28, 2014 8:54 am

    Good morning!

    Salas looking good!

  2. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2014 8:54 am

    I would have posted earlier, but I’ve spending the morning cursing at Geno Smith.

  3. mo808 September 28, 2014 8:55 am


  4. Old School Dave September 28, 2014 8:56 am

    It was great to see Ma’a Tanuvasa on the sidelines last night coaching and giving back to Mililani HS. Pretty cool for the players to have a coach who is a former graduate, a UH legend, and the owner of 2 Super Bowl rings.

  5. SteveM September 28, 2014 9:25 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Game week yet?
    Must admit that I am looking forward to this week more than I did the season opener.

  6. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 9:27 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.

  7. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 9:29 am

    Jets being taken to school…

  8. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 9:39 am

    I have a new internist, named Dr. Nicole Higa. She works at Straub.
    Lots of Higas in town.
    Good luck to Brandi.

  9. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 9:41 am

    TD Jets!..

  10. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 9:41 am

    Hubby wants to know: Is it Greg Salas’ fault if he can’t catch the ball?
    It was thrown too low.

  11. NorthShoreFan September 28, 2014 9:57 am

    wow…Reeve Koehler up to 6’3″ 336.
    darn razorbacks are huge!…6’10” 326…6’5″ 300…6’8″ 3256’6″ 322…wat dis…wwf?..

  12. Boolakanaka September 28, 2014 10:04 am

    ST- we want Vick-we want Vick!! Some side notes, 3 prong, cats rolled yesterday, steaming over Redlands. Tyler Varga scored 5 rushing tds for the Eli yesterday. Did you know that despite boola U being a 1AA team, they got a 75000+ stadium, in which both the LA coliseum and the Stanford were designed after…..

    Random facts for Sunday breakfast, before you folks gotta do yard work.

  13. Old School Dave September 28, 2014 10:26 am

    Whatever happened to Alema Harrington? He didn’t last very long at KHON. Russ Francis was another local athlete who didn’t last very long as a sportscaster here.

  14. Old School Dave September 28, 2014 10:31 am

    BTW, get choke “Higas” in da phone book hea.
    Best of luck to Brandi Higa!!

    I remember when Larry Price used to do sports for KHON TV back in the day. He later became an investigative reporter for KITV, before being offered big bucks by K-59 Radio, along with Michael W. Perry, to take the open morning radio spot vacated by Aku’s passing.

  15. Boolakanaka September 28, 2014 10:40 am

    Old Dave- I remember working our w Alema and his brother, down at Cooke Field , I think both were at BYU for a bit.

  16. UHfan808 September 28, 2014 12:21 pm

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

    Went to help out with the beautification effort yesterday!

    So I arrived at the AD’s office and Ben Jay let me choose where to help out. I went to help the Tsai-kos at the Wahine softball stadium – JaM and Brie and I joined Pomai and Ralph to help Coach Coolen and his softball girls there at their softball stadium.

    Pretty cool to see the team all in helping to spiff up their place with painting, wiping bleachers down, mulching, raking leaves, and lots of other things I’m sure.

    It felt rewarding to Had F-U-N raking leaves and digging out weeds in the little triangular area to the left as you enter the softball stadium.

    I thot everyone did a great job – Entrance to the stadium looked nice and clean the way it should! 🙂

    Thank you for making it all a successful and pleasurable day, Coach Coolen and softball team, and Pomai, Ralph, JaM, and Brie! 😀

  17. turfwar September 28, 2014 12:21 pm

    Brandi had a rough nite during the 10pm sportscast but powered thru all the technical difficulties and got thru it. Another guy who had a rough first nite at KITV was Rob Fukazaki and he’s now one of the top guys in LA one of the biggest markets you can work in. Good luck Brandi and keep at it.

  18. UHfan808 September 28, 2014 12:23 pm


    *It felt rewarding to help out and I had* F-U-N raking leaves and digging out weeds in the little triangular area to the left as you enter the softball stadium.

  19. UHfan808 September 28, 2014 12:24 pm

    Congrats to Brandi Higa! Good luck in your new duties!

  20. oneseason September 28, 2014 1:27 pm

    Would have liked to have seen the Cal-Colorado game yesterday … 59-56 score with Cal winning in the second OT. “Completing 46-of-67 passes for 449 yards and seven touchdowns, Liufau set single-game school records for attempts, completions and scoring passes. He also set a single-game mark for total offense – 521 yards.” (from http://www.cubuffs.com)

    Liufau is only a sophomore and UH plays Colorado again next season … along with Ohio State and Wisconsin. Impressive opponents, with Colorado playing at Aloha stadium.

  21. Shadow September 28, 2014 1:29 pm

    Seeing the headline, for a brief moment I thought we found a Mariota clone named Higa to compete as a walkon QB.

  22. Old School Dave September 28, 2014 1:42 pm

    Washington State’s Mike Leach is a pretty akamai coach, especially considering the fact that he didn’t play football in college. Looks like a bunch of Utah coaches may possibly be unemployed at the end of this Pac-12 season.

  23. whitey September 28, 2014 1:55 pm

    good afternoon tsaikos

  24. tom-warriornation September 28, 2014 2:14 pm

    Shouldn’t Chow remove his “no long hair” policy since we have a lot of Polynesians on our team? To me, it seems like this long hair is a symbol of STRENGTH as I watch all these NCAA and NFL games, like a Troy Polomalu, what do you all think?

  25. islandman September 28, 2014 2:28 pm

    Rice Owls favored over UH by 6. Let them crows eat rice.

  26. pollypicador September 28, 2014 2:43 pm

    Reading the Washington Huskies reaction to Petersen’s boneheaded coaching decisions in yesterday’s game against Stanford made me laugh and it also proves that even the best coaches make poor decisions. Chow is not alone.

    The hometown sportswriter for Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer, really chewed the head coach out in his column. His points were valid.

    One there was a fake punt call on 4th and nine on the Washington side of the 50 yard line late in the 4th quarter that got stuffed, which lead to a Stanford score. At that time the score was tied at 13-1 3.

    The other peculiar call saw the ensuing kickoff go out of bounds coupled with the Stanford kickoff team being offside. Petersen was faced with either taking the out of bound penalty which would give his team possession at the 35 yard line or taking the 5 yard penalty and having Stanford re-kick the ball. Petersen accepted the 5 yard penalty call (huh?) and had Stanford re-kick. Washington kickoff returned the ball to only the 19 yard line (a loss of 16 yards), which resulted in Petersen’s decision being questioned.

    Petersen comes from a storied past, where he has perennially been one of the top college football coaches. He has been known to take calculated risk. And a boneheaded decision or call has very rarely ever been associated with Petersen. It just seemed like Petersen was perfect. Until yesterday.

    At the conclusion of the game the Washington Huskies message board lit up with angry posters. It kind of reminded me of Hawaii sites after Chow made questionable decisions. It made me laugh…”we suck”…”our coaches suck”…”we don’t have a D-1 QB.”…”what was Petersen thinking.” It also shows that the Hawaii fans are not alone in regards to head coaches making mistakes. What gets me, though, is that both Petersen and Chow defend their decisions and carry their contrarian views while being oblivious to what other think.

  27. UHfan808 September 28, 2014 3:00 pm

    I hope we here in Hawai’i and across the nation and world can at least show our aloha by not calling people – who try their darndest – bonehead and such like the “rest of the world” might normally.


  28. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 3:30 pm

    yes.. all reporters n fans are ‘monday morning QB’s…

    If the fake punt went 4 a first down… or TD…or even lead to a field goal.. n that won the game..he would be a instant genius in play calling…

    If that run back went for a TD.. or even a better field position…again.. ‘brilliant’ decision…so it goes….if we had a ‘owens’ back there…would u take that chance he could take it to the house…decisions…decisions…

    Me see.. both his decisions…were ‘positive’….hoping for momentum maybe…coaches make stupid mistakes sum times…sum make them most of the time… n if ur name is Weiss.. you are handed walking papers…THE NATURE OF THE BEAST AS SUM SAY…

    The sun will shine tomorrow.. i know that 4 sure.. cuz here in manila it is tomorrow for many in USA…DON’T FRET… TAKE THE 6… N BET THE ‘HOUSE’……those in texas..will give 6…saturday nite we will know who is right.. n then the monday morning QB’S…N REPORTERS …WILL BE OUT IN FORCE…WITH ALL THEIR WISDOM….

  29. pollypicador September 28, 2014 3:34 pm

    Why don’t people read.

    They jump off their high horse, and jump to conclusions…like always.

    There is a difference between describing a boneheaded decision made by a football head coach and calling a person a bonehead.

    Even the Seattle Times has a subtitle describing Petersen’s decision as “the dumbest decision ever.” Are those media types lesser caring of their statehood. Gees.

    What gets me is that the poster “says” people from Hawaii should be promoters of Aloha, which raises the question what does describing a football decision by the Washington head coach has anything to do with me (or anyone) not embracing the Aloha culture. Come on.

  30. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 3:41 pm

    Having said all that ….me agree with you polly…he knew the ‘risks’.. n took it many times before…with ‘lesser opponents in the fake punt n lost…this time…

    Stanford coaches know him…i am sure..so no runback was planned maybe…n defense was told.. expect a execute like a running or pass play.. end of that fake punt…

    There was no guessing on the second ‘run back’…everyone knew what was going on…STANFORD EXECUTED BETTER….archie would say….’case closed’…

  31. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 3:51 pm

    I am treating hubby to supper at Zippy’s tonight, since I own the 10% off senior card.
    See how nice I am? Lol.
    Looking forward to ZipMin. Haven’t had shrimp tempura and won ton in a long time.

  32. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 3:54 pm

    Our 52 inch Sony LCD TV broke, so hubby went to BestBuy and purchased a 65 inch Sony LED TV.

    It will be delivered on Oct 7.

    Meanwhile, he has to watch sports with all kind of static lines on the screen.

    The Oceanic technician said it is definitely due to the TV not to the cable box.

  33. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 3:59 pm

    static lines in video also ?

  34. 3-Prong September 28, 2014 4:01 pm

    Eh! how ’bout dem Cowboys! Da ‘Boys Are Back In Town!

  35. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 4:06 pm

    Yea Jerry Jones said.. he expects them in the playoff..
    He has got sum ‘hurt’ people back on defense… n sure doing a good job it seems like …so far ne way..

  36. ArcumFortis September 28, 2014 4:09 pm

    Over the years I have marveled at Chris Petersen’s knack for calling the right (unexpected) play at crucial moments in a game. Maybe the magic has worn off. With his old Boise team losing (in conference) yesterday I find myself a little glad on both counts. Not in a vindictive way so much as it gets boring having the same team and coach win all the time. It will be interesting to see how both rebound. It also must be a weird expereince for coach Pete to be torched in the media, after so many years of adoration in Boise.

    Maybe things can get really interesting and we can start winning…..just to shake things up a little.

  37. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 4:12 pm

    St. Anthony Trojan,
    Hubby says the static lines are on the TV, not the DVD player.

    Seems like it is a loose or defective connection.
    Not worth fixing.

    He didn’t want Samsung because of the curved screen.

    Sony TV mo bettah.

  38. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 4:23 pm

    aww ok..

    Yea that one have to fix the connection in the back..n open up.. 2 much hum bug huh..

  39. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 4:24 pm


  40. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 4:25 pm


  41. SteveM September 28, 2014 4:45 pm

    RE: #52 & 53
    gigi — I think St. Anthony trojan is asking if the TV has static lines if you use your DVD (still have your Blue-Ray player?). Just checking if the TV video system is good. I have seen static lines or blackouts on 1/2 the screen in the past. Hardware failure. I have also seen static lines on TVs where the cable from Oceanic’s box has gone bad (usually damage at the fitting)

    Nah, nevermind–don’t check. Real good reason to get a new 65″ TV. 😛 On it’s way, huh?
    Blog deja vu 🙂

  42. gigi-hawaii September 28, 2014 4:50 pm


    Well, never argue with a technician from Oceanic.
    BestBuy had a good deal, though.
    Free delivery, free installation, and free haul away.
    2 year no interest.

  43. 3-Prong September 28, 2014 4:57 pm

    Eh SAT, we resemble that comment!

  44. 3-Prong September 28, 2014 4:59 pm

    2 possession game 9:49 to go.

  45. Ipu Man September 28, 2014 6:11 pm

    Now if KITV can give us ten minutes of sports, I am all for them.
    But if like KGMB, they give only 3 minutes or so, pooh-pooh.
    Why is weather so important. In Hawaii, always the same.

  46. Ipu Man September 28, 2014 6:12 pm

    But watching Guy Hagi is worth ten minutes or more. He is by far the best
    weather guy in Hawaii.

  47. hatakeman September 28, 2014 7:02 pm

    Tom, Coach Chow teaches team concepts. Long hair is about individuality and contrary to team. Whenever a Hawaii football player is interviewed, one constant phrase you hear is about the team. Team comes before the individual.

  48. nutmegger September 28, 2014 8:15 pm

    Ipu Man is right. It makes no sense to have weather 3 times in a half hour newscast. Guy Hagi is the best, but KITV’s Moanikeala Nabarro is pretty good too.

  49. pollypicador September 28, 2014 8:56 pm

    Regarding the telecast of the UH-Rice game Saturday.

    1 p.m. start Hawaii time.

    o-16 is going on the road to cover the game. Pregame show starts at 1230 p.m.

    Channel OCPVV 255.

    The game will be rebroadcast on o16 the following Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and again in the afternoon at 3 p.m.

    Personally I like when o-16 covers the game. I feel like I’m more informed and entertained.

  50. pollypicador September 28, 2014 9:38 pm

    Regarding the Colorado State Head football coach, Jim McElwain.

    He’s took over a very bad CSU team, and in his third season he has turned the CSU program around–where his team is 3-1 on the season and having just upset BC yesterday. Last season CSU beat WSU in the New Mexico Bowl. CSU is on upward trajectory.

    Both the CSU and UH coach became first time head coaches in 2012.

    Meanwhile Chow and the Hawaii team is on a downward trajectory.

    How can it be that one head coach turned hamburger into steak and the other head coach turned hamburger into meatballs.

    The contrast I can see is that the CSU HC assembled a coaching staff with season veterans. I looked at the coaching resumes of the CSU staff-35 years, 33 years, 20 years, 15 years, 14 years with the least coaching experience being 7 years. In contrast Chow assembled a staff with people he was familiar with, mostly assistant coaches that had very little D-1 coaching experience; GA’s. In other words Chow’s first staff resembled a staff that wasn’t as seasoned, mostly friends that he worked with, and the one coach he hired as his OC turned out to be a relic.

    When you compare the approach the CSU HC took it stands to reason why one team is more successful. And McElwain brings the truer meaning of running a big time offense (as he is the former Alabama OC). Whereas Chow is still trying figure out his identity.

  51. oneseason September 28, 2014 9:41 pm

    CBS Sports website no longer shows Hawaii in the bottom 25. And they include FBS ranking of the bottom 25: Fresno St. is the 3rd worst, Rice is the 5th worst, and UNLV is the 15th worst. Those 3, plus Northern Iowa, and some growth in the offense could make 2014 a winning season. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24711831/the-bottom-25-better-late-than-never-kansas

  52. oneseason September 28, 2014 9:56 pm

    #49 … and 4 wins only shows Hawaii is part of (CBS Sports Network’s version of) the bottom 25 of FBS teams … hardly a ringing endorsement for year 3 under this regime. Wow … didn’t know CSU was that bad in the recent past …
    2010-11 season: only 3 wins (Idaho, UNLV, and New Mexico).
    2011-12 season: only 3 wins (New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Utah State)
    2012-13 season: 4 wins (Colorado, Hawaii, UNLV, and New Mexico)
    2013-14 season: 7 wins + bowl win against Washington State

  53. 4-Prong September 28, 2014 10:05 pm

    Regarding the whole “if the fake punt works on 4th down, then the coach is a genius. if it doesn’t, then he sucks.”

    not necessarily. For example, if your team is at their own 20 and facing 4th and 15, and they do a fake punt and convert, it’s great that it worked, but it was still a TERRIBLE decision. We’re looking at the process vs strictly the outcome. Just because a quarterback magically jams a pass into quadruple coverage while throwing across his body doesn’t necessarily make it a “good” throw, because 9 times out of 10, it would be intercepted. it was a terrible decision making process that needs to be fixed.

  54. Ken Takemoto September 28, 2014 11:17 pm

    Check out Castle H.S. place kicker Laura Tyler. The kid can kick. 3 FG’s, at least 7 PAT’s. I’ve seen girls kick in football before, but LT is the best I’ve seen so far.

  55. pollypicador September 28, 2014 11:29 pm

    The interesting thing this week will be seeing how Chow elects to have his team travel to Houston for the upcoming game with Rice.

    The perfect scenario would be to have the Hawaii team travel the three time zones in a straight line, take the 10 hour flight (?) in one shot…and fly directly, and be well rested (versus stopping off elsewhere and spending the night)… and perhaps arriving Thursday night (Wednesday would even be better). And then get in a walk thru of the opponents field Friday. This approach leaves the players less frazzled and tired before game time. This is ideal.

    The worst scenario, and it has played itself common in the past with Chow (when is Chow going to learn), is to leave Hawaii on a Thursday on the road trip-travel, spend the night stopping off at some destination on the mainland and then re-rooting from that locale and then fly on to Houston, when means the team will probably (again. And why?) spend part of the day Friday flying the last leg of the trip into Houston. This approach leaves the team tired, rushed, and full of jet lag. This not ideal. Heaven forbid if there are long bus rides scheduled in Chow’s travel plans.

    When teams visiting Hawaii to play football ask yourselves the question of which teams do better–teams arriving early in the week (now a days a lot of the visiting teams are electing to arrive on the Wednesday before the Saturday game) or teams arriving at the last minute? That answer is obvious. So then explain to me why would Chow elect to have his team arrive on a Friday before the Saturday game when arriving on a Thursday bolds better results for the team (he should ask the visitors that question). I’ll even go a step further. The time Hawaii upset Fresno on the road back in (2010?), the school pulled out all the stops–team arrived in Fresno on a Wednesday (IIRC) and the band and cheerleaders made the roundtrip, too. So it does make a difference to the players preparation (physically and mentally) before for the game to travel well. Like I said at the beginning it will be interesting to see what Chow does this time. Hopefully he come to his sense.

  56. el burro sabio September 28, 2014 11:40 pm


  57. st. anthony trojan September 28, 2014 11:54 pm

    yea 4.. but then that ‘process’ is neva going to be changed…
    usually the HC makes that decision…decision will still be made by him next week..
    that if he is still around…to make it…surely not a very wise decision…nor are the ‘odds’ in his favor…

  58. st. anthony trojan September 29, 2014 12:02 am

    in the old days… braniff had direct flights to dallas.. that would be ideal for this trip…

    plus now …surely there must be sum travel restrictions… with the budget ‘squeeze..
    just to me… makes no difference where you sleep if in the ‘big city’ as close as you can get to the ‘field of action’ seems to be best… i would think…

  59. st. anthony trojan September 29, 2014 12:03 am

    el burro…ur always up late ?

  60. Tempmanoa September 29, 2014 12:12 am

    Colorado State is one of three teams that hired a new coach when we hired Chow. We have lost to all of them every time we played, losing twice to CSU and Fresno and once to New Mexico. For three years before hiring, New Mexico had three consecutive 1-11 seasons, and CSU had three consecutive 3-9 seasons.

  61. pollypicador September 29, 2014 1:18 am

    Re–Chow’s long hair restriction borders on unfairness, discrimination.

    What comes into play:

    An athletes First Amendment rights of freedom of expression.


    Title IX, which, for nearly four decades, has stipulated that “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.”


    UH’s mission statement.

    If push came to shove in a court of law whom do you think would win:

    Athlete with long hair denied access to football team vs. UH?

    Answer this question with an open mind. I say UH loses. Chow loses.

    The plaintiff’s attorney would easily rip Chow’s long hair restriction to pieces.

    The school would be left in the dust with nothing to refute. It’s a simple, open and shut case.

    That’s my opinion. Forget the notion that having long hair makes it easier for the helmet to come off during a play. That is not necessarily true (or a valid enough reason used by Chow to enforce short hair). Chow can enforce uniformity to a certain extent but he can’t discriminate.

  62. Maddog50 September 29, 2014 3:25 am

    Hair, we’re talkin bout hair? Man, its just hair—it’s just hair. I wanna win—thas wha Im talking bout—-Go Warriors

  63. 808 September 29, 2014 5:21 am

    IMO if that were the case, every school in the U.S. who has a dress code rule could be subjected to the same discrimination rule under the same guidelines.

    Yes, it is just hair. But, I think rules provide structure and unity within the team concept. UH is still 0-0 in the MWC. Go Warriors!

  64. pollypicador September 29, 2014 5:32 am

    After looking at the stats of the Colorado-Cal game what can be said is that Hawaii’s defense did a pretty good job against Colorado, limiting 21 points to Colorado, 405 total yard and less than 300 yards passing.

    Against Cal, Colorado racked up 56 points, 39 first downs, 610 total yards and the QB passed for 7 touchdowns and 450 yards against Cal’s defense. The star wide receiver, Nelson Spruce, was in on 19 receptions for a total of 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. (Is this guy going to be playing on Sundays? Against UH he had 13 receptions).

    While Cal’s defense was like a soft boiled egg against Colorado’s offense, Hawaii defense hardened as the game went on as Hawaii’s defense didn’t allow any second half points to Colorado. Yes, I know somebody (probably al again) is probably going to say that I am stating the obvious. But I just wanted to credit the Hawaii defense, especially how I can use the Cal-Colorado game as a comparision.

    Now if only the offense can come around…man this team can be a lot better than it’s record has shown for the last three years under Chow.

  65. Shoko September 29, 2014 6:20 am

    Cal’s pass defense was worst in the nation last season and it appears its even worse than this year, which is odd when you think about it. They practice against the same type of offense so one would think the team would field a better defense in the passing game.

  66. Stephen Tsai September 29, 2014 7:28 am

    New post is here: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=24278

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