Dreaming ahead to 2015 …

Not that UH should be looking too far into the future, but there’s a quite an impressive prospect in Mililani.
Maa Tanuvasa Jr. is the son of the Circle of Honor member.
He also is 11.
“He’s a defensive end,” Maa Sr. said. “He’s pretty big for his age.”
Don’t worry, the Tanuvasas are not even planning that far ahead. Heck, they haven’t even pondered which high school Maa Jr. will attend in a couple of years.
“Right now, we’re making sure he grows up all right and is a good person,” Maa Sr. said.
As for what will happen in 2015, Maa Sr. said, “He can go anywhere he wants. But we’d definitely want him to go to here. My wife doesn’t want him to go anywhere else.”
Maa means “rock” in Samoan.
“He’s the Pebble,” Maa mused.

* * * * *

Joey Iosefa of Fagaitua High in American Samoa has decided to grayshirt with the Warriors.
By enrolling as a full-time student in January, Iosefa can participate in spring training, then still have five years to play four seasons.
Iosefa, who is 6 feet 1 and 190 pounds, is a candidate at quarterback, receiver and defensive back.


* * * * *

Michael Bolton called. He asked for his haircut back. And this is the mullet-free Ralph:


* * * * *

Yesterday was Mike Wilton’s last as a UH employee.


* * * * *

And happy birthday to Rep. Mark Takai.


  1. d1島 July 1, 2009 5:44 am


  2. d1島 July 1, 2009 5:44 am

    Did Iosefa already graduate from HS?

  3. Diogenes Sinope July 1, 2009 5:46 am


  4. d1島 July 1, 2009 5:49 am

    Let me back up a little….

    Great Morning All!

  5. Loa July 1, 2009 5:52 am

    morning gang!

  6. whitey July 1, 2009 5:56 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  7. Stretch July 1, 2009 5:57 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    By grayshirting, does that mean he will not come over to Hawaii until January?? Or can he take a few classes (part-time) this coming semester and be around the team during the season to help adjust to school and living here??

    Looking forward to a little marketing with the UH Men’s BBall team today.

  8. d1島 July 1, 2009 6:00 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy. Think of today like it’s a Thursday! 😉


  9. d1島 July 1, 2009 6:01 am

    Oh…remember to use your headsets!

  10. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 6:09 am

    Iosefa already has graduated from high school.

  11. jm2375 July 1, 2009 6:23 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Stretch – you going marketing next Friday, say to benefit ULSAA?

    Hope to see you guys at the cc. Looking forward to meeting wafan.

    Are there any rules on age limits for recruits?

  12. LizKauai (iPhone) July 1, 2009 6:28 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  13. djmitcho July 1, 2009 6:31 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good time at the CC for Jason.

  14. BIGWAVE96744 July 1, 2009 6:46 am

    New Gas Tax, New Cell Phone Law, ahhhh Happy July 1st….

    Stephen any word on who will be arriving the weekend for 2nd session?

  15. koakane™ July 1, 2009 6:49 am

    8) good morning tsai-ko country, looking good this bright and sunny day. waiting for cc and seeing all the vipees.

  16. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 7:01 am

    What CC?

  17. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2009 7:11 am

    re: Maa, Jr.

    Heck, Coach Mack should offer him now – make more

    news on the national recruiting wires !!!

    Seriously, hope he grows up to be a Warrior, and

    wins more SB rings than his dad.

  18. djmitcho July 1, 2009 7:13 am

    cattle call

    guest of honor: jason, the graduate

    wednesday, july 1, 2009
    12:00 pm
    tsukiji market
    all you can eat japanese buffet

  19. Jack Flash July 1, 2009 7:20 am

    Does Iosefa translate to Joseph in Samoan, like Iokepa does in Hawaiian? Just wondering if the player’s name is Joseph Joseph.

  20. al July 1, 2009 7:31 am

    reposting from several days running (ahem)

    cattle call

    guest of honor: jason, the graduate

    wednesday, july 1, 2009
    12:00 pm
    tsukiji market
    all you can eat japanese buffet

    rsvp on the blog or send me an email


    this cc.

  21. al July 1, 2009 7:40 am

    we have about 18 verbal committments for today’s jason cattle call.

    this includes maybe’s, game day decisions, and the like.

  22. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2009 7:54 am

    JD reports football made 3.1m profit.

    WVB & MBB also made profit.

    All other sports combined, brought about the deficit.

    Full story in HA.

  23. PIAA DS July 1, 2009 8:02 am

    Joey’s auntie told me he may stay in Samoa and take 2 classes at ASCC, unless he lives with family in Hawaii. If I hear anything new Ill let you know.

  24. Cheyah! July 1, 2009 8:04 am

    Re: Jack Flash
    Iosefa does mean Joseph when translated. So his name is Joseph Joseph or Joe Joe.

  25. C rM July 1, 2009 8:09 am

    if you cannot afford bluetooth, go to any sports shop and buy the athletic headband wristband set. you can wear the headband to hold the cell phone in place.

  26. al July 1, 2009 8:14 am

    C rM

    and you are serious.

  27. MeiLing July 1, 2009 8:21 am


  28. C rM July 1, 2009 8:22 am

    serious? sometimes.
    i got to help the the west side people.
    $67 dollars can buy choke cold beverages.
    if they going ban cell phone while driving, might as well ban eating, drinking, and putting make up too.

  29. al July 1, 2009 8:27 am

    add to that, turning around to scream at the kids in the back seat, telling your front seat driver to keep her mouth shut, flipping the “#1” sign to the guy who just cut you off, and the list goes on.

  30. C rM July 1, 2009 8:32 am

    i think this cell phone bill was too just show that the politicians are working productively or doing something while they sit on there koa tables and air conditioned office.
    common, there are a lot more serious issues out there than driving and talking at the same time.

  31. C rM July 1, 2009 8:33 am

    sorry, this is not a complaint blog.
    it’s a sports blog.
    but everyone reads sports, right?
    so i hope you law makers are reading this while you plan your superbowl trip.

  32. roysan16 July 1, 2009 8:34 am

    I think when the Warrior football players appearing on the “Warrior Show” are faced with “real interviews”, like maybe with an NFL team’s GM or maybe a job with the State of Hawaii they could look back at the show as kind of like prepping them.Or maybe as a stepping stone. And helping them in the job interview process. A lot of times a job interview might entail random like questioning, like the Warrior Show, and the more dry runs one has are only helpful. The benefits of being polished in an interview goes a long way. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if in the future ST relates (and posts) e-mails from former player appearing on the show thanking him that indeed the show’s interview and Q&A did indeed help them in preparing for their “real job” interview.

  33. C rM July 1, 2009 8:35 am

    by the way, great morning gang.
    back too work.
    check u guys later.

  34. al July 1, 2009 8:38 am

    so if they auction off all of the koa furniture in the capitol and the gov’s mansion, quit using the a/c, and take a 25% cut in pay(gov, reps, senate, et al) we could probably make budget this year.

  35. FloridaTed July 1, 2009 8:49 am

    Morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation And Tsai-Meister.

    If the recruiting keeps going like that, pretty soon they will be scouring the maternity wards in our Hospitals, lol, can’t ever be too early, eh?

  36. Garret July 1, 2009 8:51 am


    Your post #32 mentions some of the reasons why I’m always happy to hear that a UH player is being interviewed for the Warrior Beat show. The other guests (coaches, administrators, special guests like Curtis or Keith Amemiya) are excellent also and are appreciated…there are just so few weeks in the year to get to everyone!

  37. C rM July 1, 2009 8:51 am

    Your right. Don’t forget the cost to clean the huge medallion at the capitol.

  38. Garret July 1, 2009 8:53 am

    It is quite sad that so many people have been criticizing a former Fresno State player after he announced a $10 million donation to his school.

    The former Fresno State football player who promised $10 million to the university said he knows many in the community doubt him. He asks only for a chance to make good on the pledge.

    Alphonso Bigelow, 35, last month said his year-old commodities brokerage firm, Nykel Bam International, would give $10 million to athletics over the next five years. Immediately, questions surfaced about Bigelow — who has no public record of philanthropy — and his little-known company’s ability to afford such a gift.

    Bigelow acknowledged the undercurrent of doubt with clear irritation. He said he is being unfairly “demonized” in public discussion of his surprise pledge.

    “I’ve heard everything from that I have a girlfriend, to I’m conning people out of money,” he said. “I heard I’m doing a Ponzi scheme. And the only thing I’m trying to do is give money.”

    Bigelow stressed that he has nothing to gain from making an offer he can’t fulfill. He has said he preferred to give anonymously and went public only at the university’s insistence.

  39. Garret July 1, 2009 8:58 am

    The NY Times has Fresno State as the #62 team in the country. Replacing both coordinators plus their QB and both offensive tackles are among their key changes.

    Tidbit: How’s this for consistency: Fresno State has had only two coaches since 1980, Hill and Jim Sweeney (1976-77, 1980-96). Compared with Fresno, the rest of the WAC has seen a carousel of coaching changes. Nevada is the closest, having had only four coaches over the past 29 years (largely due to Chris Ault), but Hawaii has seen five coaches, New Mexico State six, Louisiana Tech seven, San Jose State, Utah State and Idaho eight, and Boise State a surprising nine. I guess when you’re Boise, and all you do is win 10 games a year, you’re going to see some coaching turnaround.

    The Bulldogs will have three new members on their coaching staff this fall. These additions were made to replace three 2008 Fresno State assistants who will not be with the team in 2009: offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, defensive coordinator Dan Brown and defensive line coach Kerry Locklin.

    My prediction: 7-5, 5-3 in the WAC, with a split of Hawaii and Tech.

  40. Garret July 1, 2009 8:59 am

    Off to say goodbye to my in-laws and then the airport…I’ll post tomorrow from San Diego.

  41. Jack Flash July 1, 2009 9:44 am

    Thanks for the clarification. Joe Joe- Imua!

  42. al July 1, 2009 10:14 am

    wait…we already got one jojo.
    how about ioio?

  43. (Jesse)James July 1, 2009 10:19 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all is well…just waiting for the CC now…

  44. MeiLing July 1, 2009 10:20 am


    Safe travels! Good to see you again.

  45. homey ℞ July 1, 2009 10:25 am

    cc, go for the beef, shoyu pork w/boiled egg, and shrimp tenpura.

  46. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 10:53 am

    OK. I’m starving. Had a bunch of tests today.
    Question: Why fast before a blood test? I mean, under normal conditions, I wouldn’t fast. Would that not give a false status check?

  47. C rM July 1, 2009 11:09 am

    Blood test will show DNA elements of cold beverages and plate lunch.
    Therefore inaccurate readings.
    Blood readings show only few elements.
    Foreign elements show high readings of salt sugar etc.

  48. homey ℞ July 1, 2009 11:10 am

    Why fast?

    By fasting, one is getting a baseline sugar and lipid value that is not influenced by a recent meal.

    Also, diabetic and pre-diabetic looks at standard baseline which fasting provides.

  49. homey ℞ July 1, 2009 11:12 am

    I meant diabetic and pre-diabetic tests…

  50. Kaimuki Kid July 1, 2009 11:14 am

    ST, I think that they make you fast to see or to have an accurate sugar count. If you eat before testing your blood sugar level you would have abnormally elevated/high level. they want to know that you are processing the sugar or anything that turns into sugar after you ingest it, properly

  51. BG July 1, 2009 11:26 am

    Aloha gang!

    Garret…wonderful to see you. But, next time, gotta bring Lori and the two young ladies! A safe and comfortable trip back…

  52. BG July 1, 2009 11:29 am

    Florida Ted

    Glad to see you pop up the other day. You know that we miss you when you’re not around…hope that hiccup was just temporary.

  53. Rob25 July 1, 2009 11:30 am


    I will see you at the CC with a very important friend of mine. She is supposed to be picking me up soon.

  54. BG July 1, 2009 11:40 am

    Heart felt thanks again to Karl Kawachi (OP65) who came up with the ORIGINAL broadcast of the Wahine-Washington VB match from last year. I was devastated and frustrated with my failure to be able copy dvd’s from the re-broadcast of the match aired a couple of weeks ago. It was a chance to contribute a little something that I knew the guys and gals playing in the sandbox would rock out on, and I was fumbling the ball. Until Karl responded to my call at the 11th hour. THANKS KARL!

  55. Rob25 July 1, 2009 11:45 am

    Hey thanks for the DVDs for the troops BG!

    I’m sure that they are going to love it!

  56. A-House July 1, 2009 12:23 pm

    Garret & Family:

    Safe trip home and see you guys in September ’09.

  57. vballfan1 July 1, 2009 12:27 pm

    Who is next weeks guest on the WarriorBeat?
    I am assuming not Coach Wade because he will be in atlanta for the junior olympics, right?

  58. labrat July 1, 2009 12:35 pm

    I hope they can get Coach Mack on the show before fall camp.

  59. FloridaTed July 1, 2009 12:37 pm

    Hi, BG,

    Yep, thankfully, the hick-up was only temporary. I’m pretty good now, and actually started a little bit of editing on my book.

  60. FloridaTed July 1, 2009 1:24 pm

    Hey, did I scare everybody away?

  61. Colomaohana July 1, 2009 1:47 pm

    Howzit, Florida Ted! I think they’re all stuffing their faces at Tsukiji’s …..

  62. FloridaTed July 1, 2009 1:54 pm

    Amazing, the echo in here, when everybody is gone…….

  63. A-House July 1, 2009 1:54 pm

    Hello, Florida Ted:

    Glad to hear you are doing better and hope to see you and Mrs in Las Vegas in September.

  64. tommui July 1, 2009 2:19 pm

    AL and JASON: Sorry to have missed the big celebration. My wife tells me that the kal-bi at that Japanese restaurant is really terrific and you don’t have to worry about grabbing space at a grill!

  65. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 2:27 pm

    Great lunch.
    It was disturbing to see D1 eating just saimin. But then he rallied.

  66. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 2:29 pm

    Other notes:
    • Homey wore long pants.
    • Wafan passed out the WASU tickets.
    • Pride is a grandpa.
    • Jason is staying up really late now. ‘Til midnight. Howwwwwwl goes the party animal.
    • Jm289827101 still only says one-word sentences to me.
    • And … Ralph cut his hair. I guess it was after Michael Bolton complained that Ralph stole his mullet.

  67. (Jesse)James July 1, 2009 2:41 pm

    More notes…..

    -Koakane had two bowls of shave ice with condensed milk
    -Addahknowsports was under the weather but KK still made her take pictures with his phone
    -Confirmed that Jason did have a date at the BBall game….
    -KK ate more food than he has in the past two years
    -ST has a bad ping pong partner…oops…LMAO

  68. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 2:42 pm

    We’re in talks right now to land someone big for the show. We have to see if it works out.

  69. al July 1, 2009 2:57 pm

    robin, aka rob25 brought a special guest and her entourage all the way from the west coast, none other the beautiful veronica, aka ronnie and her brood. what a pleasant surprise.

    like tsai mentioned from seattle rolled in the long lost wafan with his ear to ear grin. perhaps the grin was because of that spread put out by the tsukiji staff.

  70. al July 1, 2009 2:59 pm

    tom…..it is true that the kalbi was one of the best i’ve had. tender and well marinated. sure went well with the all you can eat sushi.

    pulling up the rear was kekoa who came in while most were done with dessert except for asports who was on her seconds, dessert that is. i think it was shaved ice w/strawberry syrup and a load of condensed milk.

  71. al July 1, 2009 3:01 pm

    hey got to meet for the first time, loa from wahiawa and cindy c from parts unknown.

    missing in action from the maybe list was diognes sinope (sp?) and letsgowarriors, aka letsgobows. oh well, next time.

  72. al July 1, 2009 3:01 pm

    wf2…..was your ears itchy?

    i was saying during lunch that i bet you would never show face.

  73. SteveM July 1, 2009 3:12 pm

    Sorry I missed a great Cattle Call for Jason.

    Just back from my ear-nose-throat doc who I haven’t seen for 6 years, but some things don’t change. News was don’t take anti-histamines and he prescribed “the most powerful sinus antibiotic he knows” (read: there goes my Cattle Call budget for 2 months). Oh well, if it works… I’m ready to eat 🙂

  74. Loa July 1, 2009 3:18 pm

    😆 – was nice to put some faces to the names

    i thought what happens at the cc stays at the cc 🙂

    oh wait that was somewhere else

    ok, i need a pillow now

  75. al July 1, 2009 3:29 pm

    in 4 years pride.’s grandson will be offered by the warriors. probably as a future otackle, its in the genes.

    hiflyer flew in ate and did an end run. btw, do they still call that play.

  76. al July 1, 2009 3:31 pm

    great idea…now where did the one with the superman pictures go.

  77. re-poster July 1, 2009 4:29 pm

    Nice seeing everyone at the cc today…a pretty large turnout. It would be nice if more faces would show up at these things.

  78. jm2375 July 1, 2009 4:36 pm

    Gotta echo all the sentiments from the cc today, except one. ST, you keep catching me at the wrong times. I was on my way out the door…

    Pride.’s grandson is big. Mack should offer a scholarship now, postdated to 2025(?). He’s 2 and is the size of most 4 or 5 year olds. Definite future o-lineman.

  79. Esme July 1, 2009 4:39 pm

    :mrgreen: Hey everyone! Just whooshing through! Have not been posting here much at all lately … I’m so sorry, just having such a hard time keeping all the plates up in the air. But I miss this place … sigh, wish I had more time to hang out. You guys be good, now. Or, bad. Or … whatever. 😆 ~e.

  80. lava July 1, 2009 4:59 pm

    This super athletic 13 year-old draws a lot of attention of the coaches at a certain clinic. The coaches are all anxious to have him attend their schools in a few years, but there is a new wrinkle — the kid is a brain child who just graduated high school. He wasn’t allowed to participate in high school football. When asked if he’d consider playing football down the road while he’s projected to be in medical school, the kid drops a bombshell — he’s thinking of dropping out. It turns out that this past year, he proposed to a girl, who said she’d accept if he bought her a ring, and he agreed on the condition that she not look at other boys. He dumped her after she started getting pimples, and now no one will go near her. She is suing the boy for a zillion bucks.

    Sound a little like Daniel Smith’s case?

  81. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2009 4:59 pm

    Men’s basketball schedule posted in HA sports section.


  82. Jason July 1, 2009 5:03 pm

    Just got home from a slush float run with Kekoa, koakane, and wafan. We stayed at Byron’s and talked story for a while. Now I’m ready to sleep. (IDK why I’ve been so drowsy these past two days!)

  83. Jason July 1, 2009 5:04 pm

    Thanks to everyone for a great CC today. I had a lot of fun, even if I wasn’t feeling all that well. Those three cups of green tea helped a bit, though. 😀

  84. Rob25 July 1, 2009 5:16 pm

    Aww…slush float…Ronnie did you hear that? It’s something like ST, nobody invited us!!

  85. Jason July 1, 2009 5:22 pm

    Men only! 😉

    Nah, sorry, it was a spur of the moment thing.

  86. al July 1, 2009 5:24 pm

    slush float…..they still make those.

    i think only rainbow drive inn serves them on the east side.

  87. al July 1, 2009 5:24 pm

    re-poster….you were there?

  88. Rob25 July 1, 2009 5:28 pm

    Well you can make a slush puppy float at the Chevron station on the corner of Piikoi and King.

    My kids love going there to get them!

  89. al July 1, 2009 5:32 pm

    i’ll make a note of that.

    and on another note; wouldn’t it be nice if our nfl’ers got together and made a small donation annually and pooled the monies for one nice cause?

    say to furnish and maintain a player’s lounge on campus.

  90. Rob25 July 1, 2009 5:42 pm

    Heading home…

    Great idea al!

  91. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 5:48 pm

    Don’t forget to join us for Saturday’s party at Bay View. Contact Kekoa for details. At the party, I’ll announce Colt’s workout schedule. But only to those who attend.

  92. Committed Road Warrior July 1, 2009 6:14 pm

    re-poster = Koa mahu?

  93. Ralph July 1, 2009 6:18 pm

    mbb schedule: non conference- 7 of nine teams with losing records last season, cumulative record of 140-143. add on ESPN Christmas games, teams to be played unknown, plus bracketbuster game.. and a woeful WAC conference. Nash has it made to reach his 18 game mandate- but Riley with 20 wins was never assured of an NCAA at large bid so why 18 games for a roll over.

  94. Ralph July 1, 2009 6:24 pm

    mbb: non conference
    Southern Utah 11-20
    McNeese State 11-18
    Northern Colorado 14-18
    BYU 25-8
    New Mexico 22-12
    Northwestern State 11-20
    UC Irvine 12-19
    Lamar 15-15
    Chicago State 19-13

    other nonconference games in the ESPN tournament and bracketbuster

    will this schedule generate interest to increase attendance and turn a higher profit..$113,000 this fiscal year is abysmal to say the least…

  95. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 6:26 pm

    I don’t think Ralph notices that his picture is above.

  96. Ralph July 1, 2009 6:28 pm

    i did

  97. Stephen Tsai July 1, 2009 6:33 pm

    Well, it is is nice haircut.
    I’m glad your daughter made you cut it.

  98. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:34 pm

    Has anyone ever seen Ralph smile? 😯

  99. Kekoa July 1, 2009 6:35 pm

    Just want to add my thanjks to Al for hosting another great CC at the Fish market. Good fuud, with good friends…da best way to kick off the month!

    Game on!…Golf challenges are being tossed out there for Bay View range.

    My bet is on Aunty Tita Leadfoot representing Central Oahu Tsaikettes, with Rob25 ready to steal the victory if Tita plays her cheap! Rob25 is a tuff competitor, so watch out!

    When you arrive at Bay View, check-in for your dinner tickets, and then head down to sign up for the golf challenge with BG. [I thought I heard the Tsaimeister mention prizes he wanted to award]

  100. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:37 pm

    This is late… but sending my positive thoughts and prayers to H-bod for a speedy return to good health, and The WB! 😀

  101. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:39 pm

    Here’s a thought…. Driving contest using M-100’s! 🙄 😆

  102. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:41 pm

    😳 …I mean, …Driving contest at Bay View range…. 😀

  103. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:46 pm

    Wow! That was an awesome CC at Tsukiji Market today! The kalbi was ono, and the tempura, sushi…. and so was the company! I wish I could hear more of the conversations, but ….

    W A I T A M I N U T E….. was I there? 🙄

  104. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:54 pm

    Congratulations to the recent grads…. including Jason AND Ian! I guess, someone’s tat gets completed on this trip…. 😀

  105. Ralph July 1, 2009 6:57 pm

    Brew i was too busy eating to smile, lots of shrimp tempura, kalbi, and sushi, plus 3 bowls of shave ice…looked for ice cream but they didn’t serve it…

  106. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 6:58 pm

    ….but it’s the same in every photo…. 😯

  107. jm2375 July 1, 2009 6:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Mark Takai!

  108. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:01 pm

    Ralph – See that Ferd answered your request for revenue/expense info for the last fiscal year. I did a quick look and found some numbers (AD total budget) for last year, and a more detailed breakdown of 2006-7. I think you’re right that Jason posted some numbers that he extracted from Kaleo, or some other UH info source. 😀

  109. MeiLing July 1, 2009 7:04 pm

    Happy birthday, Mark Takai! Stay safe.

    Unplugging my computer. Moving things around. Esme & out…

    Oh, I guess I should change my blog name to Slugger. Got 12 slugs today with my hashi. Yesterday, one got away!

  110. Ralph July 1, 2009 7:04 pm

    Ian showed us his tat, but i told him the woman on this arm doesn’t look like his mom

  111. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:05 pm

    Yes…. 😀

    ~~•~ 😀 ★ ★ ★ ★ 😆 Happy..Birthday..K..Mark!!! 😆 ★ ★ ★ ★ 😀 ~•~~

  112. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:07 pm

    Re: #109

    Huh?!!….. those were slugs and not sushi at the CC!!! 😯 😆

  113. al July 1, 2009 7:08 pm

    mei ling remember who gave you that nickname.

  114. Ralph July 1, 2009 7:08 pm

    Brew i’m always eating, most of the pics are taken at tsaikogates, karaoke, and cc, I got to eat at these venues…fuud is our number one order of business.

  115. Ralph July 1, 2009 7:09 pm

    one slug got away! i’ve seen slow moving people before but to be outraced by a slug, come on MeiLing, you got to get energized…

  116. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:10 pm

    Hey…. haven’t heard from Frank in awhile…. hope he’s well and getting his gear ready for his return home! Also, keeping good thoughts for P-boy and K-Mark! Be Safe!!! 😀

  117. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:13 pm

    Re: #88 –

    Could someone please explain (describe) what a “a slush puppy float at the Chevron station on the corner of Piikoi and King” is….??? I can imagine…. but most pictures are pretty silly…. 😀 😯 🙄

  118. Ralph July 1, 2009 7:15 pm

    Brew mbb profiting about $113K last year is sad, sad for the team, sad for UHAD, sad they expect us to buy season tickets with another crummy schedule- 7 of the 9 scheduled non conference teams finished with losing seasons last year. Last year if I remember correctly, 16 of 19 non conference teams we played ended with losing seasons…

  119. Addahknowsports© July 1, 2009 7:35 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    <bHappy Birthday Mark Takai!

    Had a very nice day at the CC today. Thank you to al for making all the arrangements. It was nice to see everyone.

    I think I met Loa, but I didn’t know it was our Loa because with my cold, I heard Lloyd. Nerve endings are not connecting so it was a big DUH on my part. Loa, hopefully we can talk at next event you attend. It was great that you came out.


    For the record, I only had one shave ice. Koakane is the one who had TWO shave ice WITH condensed milk (and then went for slushies afterwards without me). He sweet-talked the lady who was making them, starting with “hellooooo….how you.” I guess that explains why he had so much condensed milk on his.

    It was so good to see Wafan and Ronnie and kids today.

  120. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:37 pm

    Ralph – Yup…. I agree w/ you on mbb…. but I’m trying to keep quiet and let the guy have one more year…. 18 is a pretty low number for such a … s o f t schedule…. 🙁

    Both of my grandfathers were avid fishermen…. and I learned very early on about …. “cutting bait”…. 🙄

  121. Addahknowsports© July 1, 2009 7:38 pm

    oh cwap. too much shave ice. supposed to be bold.

    Happy Birthday Mark Takai

  122. chawan_cut July 1, 2009 7:39 pm

    be safe out there Mark!

  123. βρεω808 July 1, 2009 7:40 pm

    Nerve endings are not connecting so it was a big DUH on my part.

    …same ol’ same…. 😆 😯 😆

  124. whitey July 1, 2009 7:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Mark!!!!!

  125. koakane™ July 1, 2009 8:04 pm

    getting up from a much needed power nap to check in and support all the gossip about today cc at the fish market.

    good to see the kama’aina’s return, welcome back. they seemed to enjoy the huge fuuud spread. aloha to wafan, veronica and her archie comic book family, ekala mai loa even if you on island we hardly see you or knew you–truth is afta you introduced yourself 90% of us went eh who dat, jj said eh when kchang returned from korea bwhaaaaaaaaaaa now we know.

    ditto to al for his choice of venue. me thinks this is a cc record for al. while grabbing food I told pride this place was betta than camillia’s. his replay was yea I choose it. he did bring his cute his mo’opuna. noticed muphy was still the same even with his new hair cut. jj cut loose to break bread with us but still on the outs because with the raised taxes the fracken roads and other state infrastructure still shetty. believe it or not homey did not have any unagi sushi so he say.

    will do more but needs to pause for the cause

  126. SteveM July 1, 2009 8:10 pm


    Ralph — nice haircut!

  127. Kekoa July 1, 2009 8:40 pm

    Blues Cruise!

  128. Addahknowsports© July 1, 2009 8:43 pm

    Now if we can get Jamesie to cut his hair.


    shave ice = brain freeze

  129. lava July 1, 2009 9:08 pm

    Anyone attend the Daniel Smith trial against UH?

  130. Kekoa July 1, 2009 9:26 pm

    How did the Smith trial get as far as it did? I thought it was all bogus. UH didn’t owe him the time of day! Sheesh…he better be glad none of us came to that circus. We’d spank him and send him back to America. The nerve!

  131. al ™ July 1, 2009 9:51 pm

    yup….pride. chose tsukiji mkt. the guest of honor said as long as get sushi.

    i always defer to pride. i am no dummy after all he’s bigger than me.

  132. tommui July 1, 2009 9:52 pm

    AL: My appointment was at the MDs at 11:00am. By the time I got in, had to get blood tests and all the stuff, didn’t get out until 1:30. I understand how SteveM feels/

    With all the increase in taxes, gas, etc., I get a notice from Pat that my Las Vegas moneys are due!

  133. al ™ July 1, 2009 9:57 pm

    happy birthday mark!

  134. baa July 1, 2009 10:04 pm


    where is tsukiji mkt. located? And what was the cost?


  135. Ralph July 1, 2009 10:08 pm

    Brew my grandfather was a fisherman in Lahaina, but he chum the water and stir it up to catch bigger fish and he came home with a bigger catch to feed his 13 kids…

  136. Kekoa July 1, 2009 10:15 pm

    baa ~

    Ho’okipa Terrace in the Ala Moana Shopping Center.
    Cost: $19.95 for lunch

  137. baa July 1, 2009 10:19 pm

    tks kekoa

    and where abouts is Ho’okipa Terrace?

  138. Cindy C. July 1, 2009 10:33 pm

    It was good to see all of you at the CC at Tsukiji’s, and to meet for the first time Ronnie and Wafan. Ralph… almost did not recognize you with the haircut but I am sure it feels better in our weather. As always, the food was good.
    Pride…your little one was adorable!

  139. homey ℞ July 1, 2009 10:40 pm

    Good to see familiar Tsaiko faces at the cc today…no new Tsaiko faces though.

    Kalbi was excellent! So was the tiny cubes of cake.

    Koakane, where my stats stay?

  140. LizKauai (iPhone) July 1, 2009 10:53 pm

    Hauoli lahanau. rep Takai

    ST : PLEASE Have Cy on the show
    Nitey Nite

  141. Jason July 1, 2009 10:54 pm

    I ate nothing but sushi today. Well, and two pieces of cake for dessert. And three cups of tea. And a slush float from Byron’s after. I probably could have eaten more, but I wasn’t feeling all that well. Kinda disappointed now. No tempura, no galbi, no ramen. 🙁

    Ralph: The thing about the schedule is that we have a history with the teams coming here. BYU and New Mexico are former WAC teams; Lamar, Chicago State, and Northwestern State have visited recently. Northern Colorado came over in football. Easier to get those teams to come here, because we have a relationship with them already.

    It’s easy to say we need to schedule better, but think about it from the other teams’ perspective: Why the heck should they come here? It’s a long road trip to a location with lots of distractions and the potential for a pretty hostile opposing court. The athletes are hampered academically when they travel here for such a long trip, and we can’t offer a big guarantee to woo them here.

    I’m sure we go after the top teams, but when we break out an upset like with Michigan State a few years ago, they aren’t going to come here for a while. To me, this is a case of “beggars can’t be choosers.” All we can do is win against the teams we can schedule, parlay that into better recruiting, and build our reputation with consistent winning. Then again, that’s easier said than done.

  142. Ralph July 1, 2009 11:11 pm

    Jason if we turn to “beggars can’t be choosers” lets drop the mbb program….if we can’t get better quality teams to come, drop the mbb, but if it is because the coach can’t get the teams to come or if the program is perceived to be too low a rated team to impact the opponents rpi, then I say change the coach and the culture at the Stanley…better talent, better quality wins, the fans and the opponents will come, go with 18 wins against teams with losing records will keep better teams away, no win situation, play a weak rpi team, worst if they lose to a low rpi team..

  143. Ralph July 1, 2009 11:13 pm

    two consecutive seasons Nash has scheduled teams with losing records to come here..UH fans and students deserve better….

  144. LizKauai [hnl] Asus July 1, 2009 11:18 pm


    ST- Please have COLT on the show…

    Mahalo and zzzzzzz

  145. Committed Road Warrior July 1, 2009 11:19 pm

    Re: Chicago State

    Weren’t they here last season for basketball? And we get them again this upcoming season?

    BYU and New Mexico are interesting opponents and should bring a decent-sized crowd to the Stanley. Other than that, another weak schedule, but as Jason noted, “beggars can’t be choosers.”

  146. al ™ July 1, 2009 11:25 pm

    so is andrew manley getting caught up with the recruiting hype?
    he’s scheduled to attend 4-5 camps and he is concerned that we have a verbal from “another qb” (isn’t that an oxymoron? didn’t we offer him last year and he still hasn’t committed?)


  147. Jason July 1, 2009 11:29 pm

    Ralph: Then we won’t be Division I. Would you rather we be Division II or III?

  148. Ralph July 1, 2009 11:35 pm

    if you are willing to accept a program with a losing record playing teams coming to the Stanley with losing record then we should just drop bb, why would UH teeter on another program falling into red numbers. remember, mbb was only a +113K. with the cost of fuel and everything else going up, including out of state tuition, UH black numbers can easily dip into red numbers…

  149. BigWave96744 July 1, 2009 11:38 pm

    Oooops…15 minutes more to celebrate the birthday for the “Hawaiian Lion” Aaron Kia

  150. Jason July 1, 2009 11:40 pm

    Not that men’s basketball is a requirement for Division I, but if we’re going to take that perspective, that we should just drop the program, then I don’t think we should stay in Division I at all. It’s a quitter’s attitude. “We can’t do anything good, so why even bother trying.” To me, that is absolutely sickening. I’m not saying that we should tolerate losing, but the kind of apathy you are projecting because of two losing seasons is embarrassing.

  151. Ralph July 1, 2009 11:41 pm

    Jason, you alone with Garret and Brew are numbers guys….what will our mbb projected attendance, estimated of course, to play teams with losing record on a Monday night and what would the game generate in income..how about if the game is on weekend…then do tell, what kind of revenue can we project for the year based on past performance and attendance…maybe JMxxxx can join in, statistics, her number games must have some feature to project revenue based on past performances- extrapolation figures, etc.

  152. al ™ July 1, 2009 11:41 pm


    the task is to rebuild the fallen program.
    18 plus wins per season would suite the locals well.
    it could also put us in line for at least an nit slot.
    the first requisite for a financially sound program is we need to average 7500 plus fans per outing.
    to do such we have to schedule some teams that we have a better than average chance to win.
    the wac should provide us with decent competition.

    then we gotta build a solid team.
    we will only attract low to mid level hs players, thats a fact of life for us because that is the kind of program that we are.
    plucking players from the jc route and the foreign market is the way to recruit in hawaii. hopefully nash can discover the three year jc player now and then. and uncover a savo here and there.

    why we don’t recruit men basketballers from australia is beyond me.

  153. Kekoa July 1, 2009 11:41 pm


    July 1st, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    tks kekoa

    and where abouts is Ho’okipa Terrace?

    Check out this link baa:


  154. Garret July 1, 2009 11:52 pm

    Ralph and Jason,

    According to Ferd’s 2/20/09 article, if UH cut men’s basketball then they would be kicked out of D-IA or the WAC or both. Either result would mean the end for football at UH and would result in UH dropping out of D-IA. So, cutting men’s basketball is NOT an option!

    If you look into the revenue provided by conferences, a HUGE portion of that is the payout from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament TV money. That is based on games played in the NCAA basketball tournament…unfortunately, WAC teams haven’t done that well on a consistent basis, which really hurts the bottom line for all conference members

  155. Garret July 1, 2009 11:53 pm


    Regarding your post #98: I could swear that I saw Ralph smile at Genji’s last week. It wasn’t for long…especially since the people around him pointed out that he was smiling and made a big deal about it.

  156. Garret July 1, 2009 11:55 pm

    Idaho Press-Tribune tries to predict how Idaho will do this season. This is part of their prediction for the UH game:

    These standouts helped the squad slaughter UI 49-17 in 2008, but the Vandals will have a better chance this year, mostly because the Warriors return just two starters on defense. Those gone include first-team All-WAC selections Solomon Elimimian, also the player of the year; Josh Leonard; and Ryan Mouton. Second-Team honorees David Veikune and Keala Watson, a pair of 300-pound-plus defensive linemen, went bye-bye as well.

    The Vandals’ excellent group of running backs and decent short-route passing attack could have a field day against a defense with many questions up the middle.

    Then again, the Warriors probably will have no more trouble scoring than it did in 2008, so the result likely will be the same — just a bit closer.

  157. Garret July 1, 2009 11:58 pm

    Apparently the guy who was pretending to be Davone Bess on Twitter was actually also pretending to be him in clubs in Miami!

    A couple weekends ago we hanged out at the club. Every one knew him by Devone the NFL player. So he did not just fool the bitches on twitter he fooled every one on South Beach! He was poping comped bottles and had all the groupies…

    A fan of minds hit me up on my twitter with the link to fox news. On there i discovered that @lambo_wezzy twitter page was fake. I confronted him about it he denied it. I made a couple phone calls and every one started double checking who he really was. A couple hours later he came clean. His reason for lying was that everyone told him that he looked like Davone. So i am guessing he started believing he really was him.

  158. Garret July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    A protein found in bats might explain why they live significantly longer than other mammals of comparable size, with scientists trying to figure out how to get people to age more slowly.

  159. al ™ July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    yup, its true no mbb no football. then where would baseball, softball, volleyball, etc be.

    there won’t be charter memberships available anywhere.

    besides everyone played basketball at one time or another. which means that the potential to turn big profits is there.

    inspite of its weakness we still enjoyed a profit.

  160. Garret July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    Spanish researchers have developed a method for giving humans that biosonar that bats use to fly at night. They say that in the future they will enable people to “see” through fog or smoke, and even through solid walls, floors or ceilings.

  161. Garret July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    Scientists have developed a robot rat that can find and identify objects using its whiskers.

  162. Jason July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    Ralph actually did smile today at Tsukiji’s. It was a shock! 😉

    I thought that men’s basketball was a requirement for Division I, but I can’t actually find anything that says that specifically. That said, I can’t think of a school in Division I football that doesn’t offer men’s basketball. I’m doing research on that to double-check.

  163. Garret July 1, 2009 11:59 pm

    14-year-old girl is the only known survivor of a plane that crashed into the Indian Ocean….she can’t swim and didn’t have a life jacket and was found in shark-infested waters surrounded by oil and dead bodies.

  164. Garret July 2, 2009 12:00 am

    Man smoked pot and then called 911 to ask for a police escort to help him get to a rap concert…

  165. Garret July 2, 2009 12:00 am

    Free play links pau.

  166. al ™ July 2, 2009 12:01 am

    i wonder how many scholies were offered or will be offered from the results of the all poly camp?

  167. Ralph July 2, 2009 12:02 am

    lots of Serbs and Russians are making it to U.S. campuses in lots of sports, maybe a fertile ground for recruits…how come these athletes make it to other campuses without a problem, come here and it takes forever to clear them or we get into trouble with their eligibility issues..maybe Amanda needs help

  168. Garret July 2, 2009 12:03 am

    I guess I should go to sleep…I’ve got to work in the morning and the morning starts in a few hours!

    We made it safely back to San Diego, but got back really, really late.

  169. Garret July 2, 2009 12:06 am


    I think I posted an article that said that Alabama had more than 8 compliance people, plus their compliance people had assistants. Basically, they have more compliance people just dedicated to football than UH has for all sports.

    Hard to clear athletes fast and keep up with everything when the compliance group is so small…and adding people would increase the budget. Also, transfer class delays and other problems are for ALL students at the University, not just athletes. We hear about the athletes who have processing delays, but we don’t hear about how that happens with so many other UH students also.

  170. Garret July 2, 2009 12:09 am


    Hasn’t UH already offered a number of the All-Poly Camp participants? It seems that UH has a lot of offers out right now, so maybe a few more went out during the camp but the primary targets that were at the camp were probably already offered. If UH doesn’t get those players, I’m sure that a number of other players at the camp might get offers…but UH doesn’t have that many spaces left with the number of commits and grayshirts already.

  171. Jason July 2, 2009 12:13 am

    Yeah, there is no university that offers Division I-A or I-AA football that does not play Division I men’s basketball. Whether or not it is a set requirement—and while I couldn’t find specific proof from NCAA documents, there are a lot of rules, so I wouldn’t doubt that such a rule exists—even then, it still just isn’t done.

    That said, new post.

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