It’s Ieru’s turn

Oft-injured Raphael Ieru will get the first shot at playing right guard.
Although he is bracketed with Brysen “Bulla” Ginlack on the depth chart, Ieru will get the first-team reps in Monday’s first practice.
It’s been a steep ascent for Ieru, who always seemed to have problems related to a knee injury he suffered as a freshman. Now he is relatively healthy.

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The Warriors won’t do any heavy hitting until their third practice โ€” Saturday, April 4.

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The football team could use some material to rebuild the platform on the portable tower used to shoot video of practices.

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Happy birthday to the wonderful and lovely Liz Kauai. She’s been the rock of our blog during an oftenย  rocky year. I’m forever grateful for her kindness and hard work (and also for running our cool alternate site).


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Belated congrats to Brie (center) for being named to the ILH padding all-star team.



  1. wafan March 28, 2009 3:51 am

    Whoo-hoo! 1st in nearly forever!!!

  2. wafan March 28, 2009 3:52 am

    And a wet and cool morning to everyone.

  3. wafan March 28, 2009 3:54 am

    Knee injuries are difficult to get over. Never quite the same. I sure hope Ieru is healthy enough to get significant playing time this year!

  4. wafan March 28, 2009 4:02 am

    Happy 39th Birthday Liz!

  5. wafan March 28, 2009 4:04 am

    I cannot believe no one else is up this morning.

    HELLO!!! Time to get up!!! Come out and plaaaaaayyyy!!!

  6. wafan March 28, 2009 4:08 am

    Have not seen bhf2 in a bit. Must be busy or did he choke his chicken? Soup anyone?


  7. wafan March 28, 2009 4:12 am

    Dang. How do people set records on here? I am running out of things to say.

  8. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 4:20 am


  9. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 4:21 am

    Hi wafan! Thanks for the greetings.
    Nitey nite!
    For a couple of hours at least…

  10. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 4:22 am

    “The football team could use some material to rebuild the platform on the portable tower used to shoot video of practices.”

    Sounds like a Tsai-ko ninja construction project for sure… !

  11. wafan March 28, 2009 4:22 am

    Jason . . .

    It would be a difficult choice. If that is what it could be called. The younger could keep going for a long time and has stamina. The elder has more experience and could or has already taught the younger a few things and the timing and use of those techniques.

    What the heck! Go for it, you only live once!!!

    Besides, really, how long could it go on before you pass out or they tire?

  12. wafan March 28, 2009 4:25 am

    It would be wonderful if the Tsai-ko menehune could do it late one night.

    Is there such a thing as a Tsai-ko menehune or it mutually exclusive?

  13. duffer March 28, 2009 4:25 am

    Morning Tsai-kos!

    Morning Wafan, Liz!

  14. wafan March 28, 2009 4:35 am

    Geez. Liz are you a night owl or a cockroach? 4:30 in the morning? Dang! Must be a night owl since the sun is not yet up.

    I will probably get in trouble for this . . .

    Hmmmmm, is it true one needs less sleep the older one gets?

  15. wafan March 28, 2009 4:36 am

    Hi duffer!

    How is Maui this morning? I was looking forward to getting the ferry over this summer. So much for that idea.

  16. J March 28, 2009 4:37 am


  17. duffer March 28, 2009 4:42 am

    Hey Wafan,

    Nice and breezy!

    The kid is going to Kauai this am to play a couple of practice rounds at Kauai Lagoons.

  18. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 4:42 am

    duffer- I fell asleep in the middle of my blog update. I woke up when my rockstar son finally came home and tippytoed into his room after several days away with his band… then finished the blog and caught up on correspondence.
    Now I need to SLEEP some more before our big day today!


  19. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 4:44 am

    duffer- ah- you should come along and come on down to Poipu Beach for Lilu’s party!
    noon to 4

    or catch Second Nature at Kukui Grove around midday.


  20. Garret March 28, 2009 4:44 am

    A fully healthy Raphael Ieru would be a nice boost for the OL this season. I hope that his knee problems are behind him and that he can have a season where he’s not hampered with injury!

  21. Garret March 28, 2009 4:50 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a player having to withdraw from school because of flu…I feel badly for this former Kahuku player.

    Life isn’t fair some times. Take the case of BYU receiver Spencer Hafoka.

    With Austin Collie leaving early for the NFL Draft and Michael Reed graduating, the starting receiver positions are wide open at BYU in spring camp. But Hafoka is not around to compete for the job and show the coaches what he can do.

    The sophomore from Kahuku, Hawaii, was diagnosed with influenza a few months ago — “the real influenza,” coach Bronco Mendenhall said — and was quarantined because the disease is so contagious.

    Doctors would not even let Hafoka attend classes because of the nature of the disease, and so he had to withdraw from school winter semester.

    “He is weak right now, physically,” Mendenhall said. “If you saw him, he certainly doesn’t look healthy. And he hasn’t trained with us for months. And so we are just trying to get him back to function as a normal person, before even as an athlete.

  22. mctruck March 28, 2009 4:51 am

    So Billy Gillespie, Kentuckys’ bb coach fired just after two years..even with a winning record? tough to be a coach with storied program, eh?

  23. wafan March 28, 2009 4:54 am

    Garret . . .

    Why is a Bronco’s coach quoted in the Hafoka article synopsis?

  24. brew808 March 28, 2009 4:57 am

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  25. brew808 March 28, 2009 4:59 am


    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…IERU…ooooooooooooooooooo ๐Ÿ˜†

  26. brew808 March 28, 2009 5:01 am

    ~โ€ข~~~~โ€ข~ ★ ★ ★ A belated Happy B-day to W-Mojo! ★ ★ ★ ~โ€ข~~~~โ€ข~

  27. mctruck March 28, 2009 5:04 am

    Here’s hoping, fingers crossed that Ieru’s knee holds out. It’s too bad there are so many knee/leg injuries which plague fb players. Makes me wish/wonder, what if the knees were located a bit higher, say around the shoulders??…….just wondering.

  28. addahknowjoe March 28, 2009 5:06 am

    Some women are simply blessed and born to be lifetime babes! What a beautiful curse to have.

    Happy “Forever Babe”, Liz!

  29. addahknowjoe March 28, 2009 5:13 am

    ST- they need wat- couple 4’x8′ sheets HDO?

    MDO nuff?

  30. Garret March 28, 2009 5:41 am

    Off to take the family to the zoo, but this article just popped up:

    Davone Bess, coming off a 54-catch rookie season, came over to hang out with Brandon London and Donald Thomas on Friday night, just after London had finished speaking about proving everyone wrong.

    Bess laughed.

    He’s heard the doubts, too. And, of course, he’s heard London’s rant (which is posted in the previous Season Ticket entry).

    “Most players will get mad or frustrated, but I love it, because it’s always keeping me humble,” Bess said before the Make-A-Wish banquet. “Knowing that there’s always someone out there to knock you down. In this league, you can never be satisfied. There is always room for improvement.”

    Bess said he wants to get better in every aspect.

    “There were a couple of times last year that I dropped the ball,” Bess said. “There were a couple of times that I misread a coverage, and ran the wrong route.”

    Still, Bess said he takes “a lot” more confidence into his second season.

    “For me to get the hands-on experience I got so early, now that I can go out there just playing, rather than thinking, and having my head cut off,” Bess said. “Whenever you are in a situation where you have to prove yourself, the best comes out of you. At the end of the day, when the lights come on, everything will show.”

  31. whitey March 28, 2009 5:45 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. see you all later. got game this am for the club championship.

  32. Garret March 28, 2009 5:45 am

    Happy Birthday Liz!

  33. Garret March 28, 2009 5:46 am


    Bronco is the first name of BYU’s head coach.

  34. Hawaiianbod March 28, 2009 5:50 am


    ………..God bless you!

  35. wafan March 28, 2009 5:54 am

    Garret . . .

    Duh. Talk about mis-reading! I transposed the two words, “Bronco” and “coach”.

  36. Pomai March 28, 2009 5:54 am

    Bess shows he still has his head screwed on right. I think he will turn out to be one of the best that UH has put in the NFL.

  37. Pomai March 28, 2009 5:58 am

    After thinking about it for awhile, you can see why Colt and Davone worked so well together, as they say great minds think alike.

  38. Annoddah Dave March 28, 2009 5:59 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    Spring practice is the starting engine for next season. I wish the schedule was out. I wish the BB coach situation was settled. I wish we have a better offensive line this season. I wish Liz a happy birthday!

  39. JaM March 28, 2009 6:06 am

    Good morning to all!!

    Happy Birthday…LizK and hoping for a nice day to celebrate Lilu’s B-Day!

  40. JaM March 28, 2009 6:08 am

    Annohdah Dave…

    Wishing that all your wishes come true!

  41. JaM March 28, 2009 6:10 am

    Off Topic:

    Would like to wish Brie a giant congrats…

    She recently (well mom recently found out) that she made:

    ILH Paddling Div I Girls All Star Team!! Yea!!

  42. JaM March 28, 2009 6:13 am

    Congrats to BaseBows for the DH win and Damien Monarchs too!

  43. JaM March 28, 2009 6:14 am I get 5 in a row!

  44. d1ๅณถ March 28, 2009 6:16 am

    Great Morning All!

    Good luck to R. Ieru this spring.

    Goodie 1st full pads on the 4th sounds good; I’ll be back by then.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZKAUAI! Sounds like a day of at least 4 outta 5 F’s for you. It also sounds like some logistical juggling if you going watch Ukuboi at Kukui Grove. Good luck to them; I hope they can continue their musical endeavor.

    Have a terrific day erryboddy! ๐Ÿ™‚


  45. letsgowarriors March 28, 2009 6:28 am

    2 more days, hope theyre ready.

  46. djmitcho March 28, 2009 6:39 am

    Hau’oli La Hanau Miss Liz!!!

  47. djmitcho March 28, 2009 6:39 am

    Oh…good morning everybody

  48. Hawaiianbod March 28, 2009 6:43 am


    ……….way to respresnt the next generation of Tsaikos!

    ur uncles/aunties…..oh yah, and Koa-mahu are proud of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. truegreen March 28, 2009 6:44 am

    Haven’t kept track lately. What’s the record for most posts in a row now? Does Garret still hold the title? My most was 20 one time…

  50. truegreen March 28, 2009 6:46 am

    Happy Birthday Liz and Happy Saturday all.

    Don’t forget to turn out the lights for Earth Hour at 8:30pm tonight.

  51. truegreen March 28, 2009 6:47 am

    Looks like the softball team jumped the gun one day early according to Stephen twitter tweet.

  52. KennyPowers March 28, 2009 7:20 am

    I had the honor three years ago to meet and have lunch with BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall and told him I thought he had a pretty cool first name. He then told me, “no I don’t, my three sons all have cool names; Breaker, Cutter and Rader.” Coach Medenhall grew around “cutting horses” and has a deep affinity for them.

  53. KapoleiWarrior March 28, 2009 7:35 am

    Young Mr. Hafoka is one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. A real quailty individual, as is his dad. I had the pleasure of flying over to Tonga with them for the old Kingdom Bowl a few years back and got to talk to them a little. Spencer was the MVP of the game and the elder Mr. Hafoka played a big role in fundraising and behind the scenes work that allowed the young men to play the game. Here’s wishing Spencer a speedy recovery!

  54. Colomaohana March 28, 2009 7:36 am

    Happy Birthday, Liz!!

    March bebez ROCK!!

    Good morning Tsai-ko’s!

    *slightly hanging this morning*

    Where ST at? Wow….laulau….howz him? A no show last night…WHAT.EVER.

  55. Momo March 28, 2009 7:41 am

    Hello to you all. Good to be back home. We had a grand time. We did a lot for the six days we were there. It was just like Hawaii with every thing that we have growing here, they had them there.
    Garret==we missed you there. Went to the Opal shop and got some stone, one for Lori.
    My hydro farm missed me and I lost my tomatoes as the pump went out while I was gone…. Will check in later…

  56. COPO March 28, 2009 7:54 am

    Best of luck to former Kahuku and Oregon St. safety, Al Afalava, in his recent pro day at OSU, his testing topped most “combine” results: 40 times 4.42, 4.46, T-Test (20) 4.06, Vertical Jump 40″, broad jump 10.50. 225 lbs reps = 29 times! looks like Troy Polamalu test results! Laie boy moving on up!

  57. letsgowarriors March 28, 2009 7:58 am

    wow i didnt know afalava had that kind of speed.

  58. warriorfanny March 28, 2009 8:17 am

    Ive said this before and it’s worth repeating, Gordie Shaw will be THE warrior coach in the spotlight this year….it’s just a Big Ten feeling Im getting…if he connects with our OL and gets these hogs energized, focused and disciplined—watch out! Raphael Ieru included.

  59. Loa March 28, 2009 8:20 am

    morning gang!

    happy birthday liz!

    congrats to the basebows, now lets go win the series

    hope my bracket survives another day

  60. MeiLing March 28, 2009 8:23 am

    Hau’oli la hanau, MsLiz!!!

    Congrats, Brie!

    Business this morning then off to the beach to meet a classmate. Behave today!

    Esme & whoosh….

  61. roysan16 March 28, 2009 8:31 am

    Good Morning,

    With the Warrior football team opening Spring practice Monday what I like to see differently this year is a greater emphasis on stretching and calisthenics at the beginning of practices. And with less frivolity, and instead with greater seriousness and discipline. What handicaps the team , literally and figuratively, in my opinion, is they’re relaxed approach in this area.And I think it carryovers onto the field, especially where we’re seeing increasingly, and notably last year, a greater number of injuries to the player’s hamstrings, calves, ankles, knees and shoulders. Also, exhorting the players on with discipline, where every players are in cadence in doing their exercises militarily-like are the type of indoctrinations that ingrains into the player’s minds of doing things the right-strict way, which definitely carryovers to the field.

    St. Louis HS football team epitomizes doing the calisthenics and stretching the correct way, where every player fully concentrates and they’re concentration is at an elevated level. And focused. In observing their precision like approach in this area I can’t help but think that this carryover to the field.

    And this is the point I’m trying to make at the Warriors.

    For I’ve been to Warrior practices last year and observing, where half the players are giggling and half aren’t fully concentrating during the stretching and calisthenics. And I see this as deterrents to cultivating discipline on a team and preventing injuries. And this,too, unfortunately carryovers to the field, where it proven and evident-a lot of injuries, a lot of penalties.

    The albatross around the Warrior’s neck, so to speak, is in my opinion, on how the stretching and calisthenics are being directed. And going back to my preface, I hope this year the Warrior’s adopt a different approach in this area-because I think it makes for a better team.

  62. tom March 28, 2009 8:41 am

    Hi Liz! And a most happy and blessed birthday to you!

  63. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 8:49 am


    Gotta agree our team needs to be more focused and disciplined. No need to be ran military style but a more foot in the arse approach is needed. I’ve noticed too when watching practice that the team is very lax and coaches allow this behavior. I would like to see hardwork, discipline, and a more focused effort by the whole team Coaches on down. No problem in having fun but when it’s time to work, it’s time to work! Gotta practice how you play, and if the relaxed attitude is what we take to the field, then we’re in for some serious arse whoopins like last year. Anyway, I’m sure with the new additions of Coach Shaw and Coach Tormey, two experienced and focused guys, we’ll be alright. We have a lot of talent on this team, and I’m optimistic we can have a better season this year than last and continue our success and winning seasons and Bowl Game appearances…

  64. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 8:49 am

    Happy Birthday Aunty Liz

  65. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 8:51 am

    Raphael Ieru,

    Good luck this year…

    Hope all the OLineman can get it together this year and allow Greg Alexander to have a monster year!

  66. SteveM March 28, 2009 8:53 am

    Good morning everyone!


    Congrats to Brie!

  67. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 9:09 am

    wafan….the reference is to spencer hafoka of byu via kahuku hs. i think you were thinking david hafoka of uh. no worry….me, too.

  68. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 9:18 am

    wait…who’s bday is it lizk or lilu’s?

    happy birthday kauai conglomerate!

  69. Rob25 March 28, 2009 9:20 am

    Happy Birthday Liz!!! Have a great one!

    Congrats to Brie…represent well!

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    It looks like some people didn’t survive the night well…except me and Coloma….*waving* Hi Coloma…you are up early girl! How late did you guys party with Kyle?

  70. roysan16 March 28, 2009 9:22 am


    Liz K you’re a very deserving person of good things coming your way–

    over the past year I enjoy your pleasantness and exuberance for life and

    the Warriors. Best Wishes to you and your family.

  71. Addahknowsportsยฉ March 28, 2009 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday Liz!!!Wishing a good one to you and Lilu with a sunny spot shining on Poipu Beach.

    Good Morning Tsaikoland!

  72. Rob25 March 28, 2009 9:27 am

    Hi A-sports! How was Journey?

  73. protector March 28, 2009 9:28 am

    I agrre with all Pomai’s compliments about Davone Bess. We can only hope that Colt gets his chance soon! I really wanted the Bears to make a deal for him. If Denver made a deal for him & dumped Cutler, there would be the ideal showcase for Colt. I’m still not convinced Zorn will give him a legitimate shot this year. In any case, I’m already optimistic with the addition of the new heralded punter–no more liability & no more lost games because of the crappy punting (I hope). With the returnees + the new recruits, I’m gearing up for a pay-off & pay-back year!

  74. koakane™ March 28, 2009 9:29 am

    8) hola como estas, try wait try wait ummm good morning tsai-ko country. e kala mai having small ๐Ÿ˜ณ flash back of dark/pink side tequila shots events. will clear up soon I hope.

    big congrats to all who is celebrating a victory baseball bows/monarchs, birthday lizk and awards brie. :mrgreen: very much deserved.

    roysan16: #61 I concur with your comments!!!!!!!!

  75. koakaneโ„ข March 28, 2009 9:32 am

    ‘hello rob25 how you’

    see no work so good morning aunty

  76. Rob25 March 28, 2009 9:41 am

    Helloooo….how you KK?

    Everything is working fine with me. I getting ready to go to the Les for afternoon BB. You coming?

    See you getting too old to “party like it’s 1999!”

  77. Rob25 March 28, 2009 9:43 am

    Hi Pauoa Boy!

    Enjoy life well until you leave for the Sandbox. How long will you be there?

  78. Addahknowsportsยฉ March 28, 2009 9:52 am

    Hi Rob25-

    Journey was awesome even with the new guy. The whole concert a-joe is laughing because Arnel Pineda looks and moves like someone we know. He said people approach him at the bank, store and ask him if he’s the lead singer.

  79. Addahknowsportsยฉ March 28, 2009 9:57 am


    KK (aka Grandpa) still got some of it. Bwahaha. And surprisingly, his memory still works most of the time. The “oh, ah, adunno” is just a front.

  80. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 9:57 am

    Happy Birthday Lizzie Girl!

    Congrats Brie!

  81. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2009 10:00 am

    Hey, somebody just posted a picture of the JaMmers.

  82. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 10:01 am

    Roysan has a good point. There’s a time to goof around, and that time isn’t while on the field.

    I too have high hopes for Ieru, Coach Shaw and all of the O-line. It’s in them and I think the right coaching will make a huge difference in what we’ll see. We already know that these are tough guys.

  83. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 10:04 am

    I hope the “Forever Foxy” one can get all o’ day’s missions done and still have a happy birfday. ๐Ÿ˜†

  84. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 10:05 am

    “all o’ the day’s missions” that should read…

  85. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 10:06 am


  86. jm2375 (21) March 28, 2009 10:06 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Feliz cumpleanos. Liz! Have fun today with Lilu.

    Congrats Brie!

    wafan – i looked it up in da dikshunary… Tsaiko menehune = homey. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Having fun on da wessai of da Big Island. Thurs went to Puuhonua o Honaunau. Haven’t been there in years. Spent yesterday at the hotel in the pool and walking around. Today we venture over to Hamakua for my sis’ wedding. Pretty windy here at Waikoloa, so kinda chilly.

    See u later. esme and out

  87. Pomai March 28, 2009 10:08 am

    roysan16 your #61 hits the nail on the head. I agree that militarily-like practice’s, is needed, it falls inline with discipline. As much as we like to think of the players as young men, they are still kids. I also noticed that during the games not all the players are into the game, a lot of them just stand around an joke around with others. IMHO if you are wearing the uniform then you are part of the team so act like it, get into the game, help motivate the guys who are playing, be a team.

  88. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2009 10:12 am

    Actually, when it’s 7 a.m. in mid-October, and it’s something like the 80th practice, I think some levity is OK.
    I think it’s pretty easy to be critical from the outside. But players do care a lot.
    For instance, there’s going to be a column tomorrow about how UH needs to cut down on sacks and penalties. Like, gee.
    When my kids get bad grades, I don’t scold them because they already know they got a bad grade. I just tell them to try to do better. Positive reinforcement usually gets better results. I think that’s the atmosphere McMackin tries to foster.

  89. letsgowarriors March 28, 2009 10:15 am

    al never know u was one tigah.

  90. lava March 28, 2009 10:19 am

    Spring starts Monday……………at 4.

  91. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 10:20 am

    Howzit Aunty Rob25,

    Yeah been trying to but you know how it is when word is as solid as water in our world. Anyway, dates changing, people changing so honestly I dunno who, what, when, or where. I know when it’s time we ready but when that is, who knows? Anyway, if was supposed to be as planned I leaving soon and coming back hopefully by the holidays. I probably going miss majority of the season so I hope the DVR working. Anyway, when I know I let you guys know…

  92. wafan March 28, 2009 10:28 am

    Congratulations Brie . . . I guess.

    In the days when dinosaurs freely roamed the earth (back when your folks were in high school) being on the all ILH Paddling Team was not a good thing.

    It usually meant you could not sit comfortably during class.


  93. wafan March 28, 2009 10:29 am

    PB . . .

    Whenever it is, keep well!

  94. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 10:32 am

    Levity is okay, but that is what seperates the great teams from the good and the great players from the good. Someone or some team is always hungrier, working harder, wanting to take whoever is on top…down! They consistently and continually work with minimal to no time for play, focus and effort is 100% all the time. They have the mindset to work now and play later. Yeah, I know positive reinforcement is the atmosphere Coach Mack is trying to create but then again, sometimes being the nice guy or having the lax atmosphere can back fire and bite you in the arse. Sorry but just my way of thinking and I guess I’m used to the old school in your face style. Regardless I’d just like to see more effort and drive from our team when it matters most…practice! I garrans it’ll carry over to the game and our success will be better. I can praise a team that works hard with 100% effort and discipline that unfortunately loses games than a team that after losing games makes excuses about I should’ve, would’ve, could’ve done this and that and blah blah blah…all it tells me is you didn’t put the time in to work when it mattered most…in practice!

  95. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 10:34 am


    thanks, will do…

  96. HiFlyer March 28, 2009 10:36 am

    Happy Birthday LizK and Lilu.

  97. Rob25 March 28, 2009 10:41 am


    Well, you know that you are in all of our Tsaiko hearts. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. I know you can handle. My son is headed to PI to protect some engineers from Commies…his words not mine. He’s excited to be in a combat zone. Oh to be so young and carefree with no sense of mortality! Thanks for keeping me free…

  98. Jason March 28, 2009 10:45 am

    Happy birthday LizKauai!

    And congratulations Brie! (I was thinking — after we celebrate your 16th birthday, the Tsai-kos are going to need to practice a song for your 17th. How’s 16 Going on 17 from The Sound of Music?) ๐Ÿ˜€

    wafan: I’m a (Moanalua) Menehune! ๐Ÿ˜›

  99. Jason March 28, 2009 10:49 am

    The thing about Coach Mack is he always has this grandfatherly vibe to him. But as Stephen has said before, he can sometimes put away that grandfatherly personality and really get fired up. I’d like to see a little bit more of that at times to get the players in order.

    And yeah, levity’s okay, but laziness isn’t. I got worried as soon as I saw a starting offensive lineman putting half-โ€˜ōkole effort in stretches during fall camp. That kind of stuff I don’t tolerate well. Seems like all of the younger coaches need to learn to keep an eye out for that kind of stuff. Laziness can lead to lack of discipline, which we definitely saw at times last season.

  100. Stretch March 28, 2009 10:50 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Looking forward to the start of Spring Ball on Monday. I am glad it was moved to 4pm so I get chance to fly back from Kauai to watch.

  101. Pauoa Boy March 28, 2009 10:57 am

    Aunty Rob25,

    Thanks, I bet he having fun. Anyway, thank you for the support…in these times there are some who lose sight of what it is that we all do. Your support is greatly appreciated.

  102. Rob25 March 28, 2009 11:09 am

    OK I’m off to watch the BaseBows!

  103. Unkanesson March 28, 2009 11:10 am

    Aloha Tsaiko Nation!
    Haven’t posted for a long time, but with a rare free moment wanted to say Howzit, I’m still lurking over here on Moku O Keawe and enjoying you folks’ wala’au. This is one great ‘ohana!!

    Happy Birthday Liz, and congrats to the Base Bows and Brie and everyone else who deserves it!

    Looking forward to Spring practice — eager to see who shows up and makes a real impression!


  104. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 11:18 am

    letsgo….yah, but, no ask what year please.

  105. koakaneโ„ข March 28, 2009 11:40 am

    hello again all

    PB I also agree with you insight and it not just old school is just the right thing to do.

    rob25 enjoy da game and no forget ‘challenge him’ and ‘budubdu ball’ always works. oh yea no forget rally cap.

  106. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2009 11:43 am

    OK. I’m a little scared that Jason knows every tune from the Sound of Music.

  107. Pomai March 28, 2009 11:44 am

    ST true dat, but just as always, everything has it’s time and place, so for those that don’t know that time or place sometimes you need to give them positive reinforcement with the end of your foot (that’s speaking figuratively of course).

  108. Kekoa March 28, 2009 11:52 am


    It took me longer than expected, but I managed to get Esme’s Mafia Moms all together to do a little line dance for your birthday…Enjoy!

    Is that Coloma in da Pink?!

  109. Kekoa March 28, 2009 11:55 am

    Oh!…and Happy Birthday to the littlest Lilu! Make she grow up to be a real heartbreaker!

  110. Jason March 28, 2009 11:56 am

    I wouldn’t say every tune. ๐Ÿ˜›

  111. Brie March 28, 2009 11:57 am

    Hey everyone(:
    Geez ma’ causing trouble ๐Ÿ˜›

    But thank you to everyone! Xie xie ni!
    & HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY AUNTEH LIZ & happy birthday to Lilu.

    Chee hee, it’s been a gooooood week yea?!
    Birthdays : D, Bows winning, & Monarchs as well (:
    … All but my boot cast, sad face, I’ve been nicknamed Captain Gimpy.

    Oh yea all Monarch alum today the vars boys baseball team takes on ‘Iolani @ Ala Wai.

    Well this is the end extremely off topic post : )

  112. curveball March 28, 2009 12:06 pm

    Happy B Day Liz……………………………….

  113. KennyPowers March 28, 2009 12:07 pm

    I have not attended a Warrior practice under the current coaching regime, but who is in charge of leadind stretch and warm ups?
    Not to brag or anything but…I’ve probably attended at least 50 practices at a dozen or so different Division 1 colleges and universities in my lifetime. And at about 99% of those team’s practices the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach is in charge of stretching and warm ups. I am of the opinion that stretch and warm ups set the tone and tempo for the rest of practice.
    The reason that almost all of these teams employ the S&C coach to lead this part of practice is that it’s a carry over of their charge from offseason and summer workouts as well as the fact this is their area of expertise. Not to mention that most S&C coaches I’ve met and known are very demanding and have an “a-hole” demeanor to them. Players often fear the S&C coach more than the Head Coach. Is this the case at UH? Does Tommy Hef or Mel DeLaura lead stretch or is it one of the Asst Coaches?

  114. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 12:08 pm

    BaseBows underway…..

  115. Kekoa March 28, 2009 12:13 pm

    Congrats to you Cpt. Gimpy!…”One Paddle,two Paddle, three Paddle…4 to take me home!”

  116. Kazz March 28, 2009 12:49 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ K!!!! :mrgreen:

  117. Kazz March 28, 2009 12:51 pm


    It is Mel DeLaura leading the pre-practice warm-ups.

  118. Kazz March 28, 2009 1:00 pm


    Continue to MARCH ON!!!

    Rainbow Wahine,

    If you start marching, don’t stop, but try spread the “marching” around and most importantlyโ€ฆ LISTEN TO UNCLE COOLEN!!!

    GO BOWS!!!

  119. Kekoa March 28, 2009 1:19 pm

    Kazz ~ Leading the cheers for the WSB team…jumping over to support the MBB team makes you a true “Athletic Supporter!”


  120. KennyPowers March 28, 2009 1:23 pm

    Thanks Kazz…I do not know Coach DeLaura or have witnessed his style of leading. However having said that, when I did attend a fall training camp prx a few seasons ago under JJ, I did not have a favorable 1st impression of Coach DeLaura. He was dressed in a navy blue cut off sleeve tshirt, denim shorts and barefooted walking around the practice field. I thought he was a friend of one of the coaches in town on vacation observing. Then when I got home and thumbed thru a UH media guide and saw his picture and bio as the S&C coach I was taken a back. I thought he wasn’t dressed professionally or at least looked the part by wearing UH athletic gear. It seemed a bit too casual and lax to me. But then again I also heard that JJ used to play golf at Waialae CC with no shirt and shoes, so I thought that it was just “par for the course” (no pun intended) with JJ’s coaching style. I’m used guys like current USC S&C coach Chris Carlise and Mark Phillippi who was a World Strongest Man Champion and former S&C coach at UNLV back in the mid 1990’s who are professional and are “hammers” that stand on players heads to get them to do things right and with conviction.

  121. Kekoa March 28, 2009 1:24 pm

    Kazz ~ Are you attending the Coach’s Clinic on the 18th? Stretch said he might go for a refresher. Sounds like a cool way to get to know what the coaching philosophy this season will be. If it’s not to your liking, change it! Simple.

  122. Brie March 28, 2009 1:30 pm

    Haha nice Uncle Kekoa(:
    But I no can paddle until my foot is all g.

  123. Willie March 28, 2009 1:36 pm

    Levity, positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement. Watevah it is, its not working as I believe the Warriors have led the WAC in penalties for almost forever. In Macs 1st year they may have been #1 or near the top in all of D1 football. Black uniforms doesn’t mean you have to play like the Oakland Raiders, leaders every year in penalty yards in the NFL.

    Everyone talks about the perennial powers like USC, Florida, Oklahoma, etc. Tell you what these perennial powers are disciplined, they do not beat themselves with lolo type penalties and they play with composure & class.

    Sorry but I can’t take anymore lolo moments, beeg body or selfish attittudes. Just play hard nosed football with class, get rid of the unnecesary personal fouls, no retaliation walk away & think of the team, stop the “me” and start thinking “we”!

  124. Kazz March 28, 2009 1:41 pm


    Right now there is an 85% chance I will be able to attend. I go on vacation the following week.

  125. Kekoa March 28, 2009 1:41 pm

    Brie ~ You paddle with your foot?!…Nah j/k…good for you girl. That’s quite an accomplishment. You have a lot of competition at your level, and so it took some hard work pulling your load.

    Keep up the good work, and maybe one day you’ll be with a club that travels to the mainland and you can check out the West Coast competition. They paddle in Regattas that are in the most unlikely parts of CA., like Livermore. just outside of Pleasanton, inside a big old Rock Quarry that is filled with water. Lake Natomas, Folsom Lake, just to name a few more.

  126. Manoa March 28, 2009 2:04 pm

    Coaches can bear down (and they have tried) but in the end, at this level, it is the players who really provide discipline, motivation, and focus. Coaches can yell all they want (and they have been yelling, making players do bear rolls, etc.), but things won’t change until enough leaders on the team itself stand up, get the message, and set the tone for the others by words and deeds. Particularly with the penalties, too many times the players diss the coaches, and get praise from the players (I have seen this at the games)– part of the culture of the team.

    If things are bad enough and the coaches start escalating, then the only way to get something across to some players is to suspend them, then get rid of the bad apples and hope you don’t lose some talent that way.

  127. Kazz March 28, 2009 2:07 pm

    Bottom of the 8th

    BOWS – 4
    Over-rated team with the funny looking bird for a mascot – 2

  128. Willie March 28, 2009 2:11 pm

    Manoa, good points and this helps explain some things.

    I’ve mentioned this once before. Start having consequence to actions, here’s my suggestion. If you have a flagrant personal foul that is uncalled for, I am not talking about clipping, holding, pass interference. It’s the lolo kind that can be prevented.

    1st offense, you take the player out for the remainder of that game. 2nd offense you are suspended for the remainder of that game plus the next game. 3rd time, you’re out of that game & kicked off the team for the season. Trust me, have these consequences and NO ONE is going to diss the coaches, NO ONE.

    Play with class, I have coached this way & played this way.

  129. BowsForever March 28, 2009 2:17 pm

    Those BaseBows can play. ‘Nuff said!

  130. Kazz March 28, 2009 2:17 pm

    9th inning about to start. BaseBOWS still up 4-2. ๐Ÿ™‚

    After a glance at the TV in the lunchroom Nevada up 2-0 on Rainbow Wahine early on. Milca on 2nd, 1 out, and Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu up to bat.

  131. Jason March 28, 2009 2:19 pm

    Kazz: It’s supposed to be a rooster.

    Chanticleer comes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. More specifically, he comes from the Nun’s Priest Tale, a story within Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard.

    For the best description of Chanticleer, we turn to Chaucer’s words. “For crowing there was not his equal in all the land. His voice was merrier than the merry organ that plays in church, and his crowing from his resting place was more trustworthy than a clock. His comb was redder than fine coral and turreted like a castle wall, his bill was black and shone like a jet, and his legs and toes were like azure. His nails were whiter than the lily and his feathers were like burnished gold.” With all of his splendor and great looks, Chanticleer is also greatly feared and mightily respected by all.

    Now, the picture of Chanticleer is clear. As Chanticleer proves in the Nun’s Priest Tale, he is much more than a pretty face. He uses his great wit, knowledge, and cunning to come out on top every time. This makes Chanticleer a perfect fit for Coastal Carolina Athletics. Chanticleer epitomizes a CCU student-athlete in every way. From his athletic and strong build, to his vast knowledge, to his mindset to always finish on top, Chanticleer is the mirror image of CCU’s Chanticleers.

  132. Kazz March 28, 2009 2:20 pm

    Top of the 9th, CCU up to bat, NO outs, CCU homer.

    Bows 4-3.

  133. wafan March 28, 2009 2:25 pm


  134. Kazz March 28, 2009 2:26 pm


    BOWS LEAD 4-3…. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  135. wafan March 28, 2009 2:27 pm


  136. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 2:28 pm

    Congrats to the BaseBows!!!!!

  137. Kazz March 28, 2009 2:28 pm




  138. wafan March 28, 2009 2:30 pm



    They went!

  139. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 2:31 pm

    Taking 3 of 4 from CCU will definitely boost the RPI. The ‘Bows RPI was 13 heading into today’s game. Could be 10 once the weekend is over.

  140. Kelli March 28, 2009 2:36 pm

    Oh my! Where have I been? Sorry, kinda MIA lately. Hooray for Ralph! I still have my Tiger pride. ๐Ÿ™‚

  141. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 2:42 pm

    This Baseball team is gonna go far… I’m not familiar with college baseball rankings, but do the ‘Bows have too many losses to eventually be ranked?

    Joltin’ Kolten… how does that sound?

  142. BowsForever March 28, 2009 3:01 pm

    Quite a lot of games left in the baseball season (50 or so), I believe. More than enough time to break the top 30 or 25 or whatever. An automatic berth to the NCAA regionals might not be out of the question if the BaseBows can keep the pedal to the metal.

  143. BowsForever March 28, 2009 3:01 pm

    50 or so _total_ games in the season, I meant to say. So the BaseBows’ season is “half over” heading into conference play.

  144. Kazz March 28, 2009 3:10 pm

    Softball Wahine need to start finding their bats again.

    So far this has not felt like a typical Wahine Softball “offense”.

    Amanda Tauali’i is the real deal though and Tanisha Milca is right behind her, but where is the rest? Warwick? Andrade? Need the seniors to step up.

  145. Kazz March 28, 2009 3:29 pm


    Wahine threatened at the bottom of the 7th, but to no avail…

    Nevada leads series 2-0. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  146. A-House March 28, 2009 4:05 pm

    Happy Bifday to LizK!!!

    Congrats to Brie!!!

    UH Baseball:

    I think they are playing very well and hope this carries over to the WAC.

    Historically, however, basketball and baseball, for whatever reason, seem to “fall apart” once they start WAC play. Hope history doesn’t repeat this year as it appears that the baseball team is playing very well against some very good teams during the “pre-season”. If not, then their RPI will drop considerably and fast as the WAC is not considered a strong baseball conference. Yea, yea, Fresno St won the national championship last year, but it was a fluke.

    Unless there is some agreement to “upgrade athletics” within the WAC by all Presidents and AD’s, it will continue to be a mediocre conference. Many school Presidents/Chancellors, will put academics ahead of athletics. PERIOD!!!!!! Can it go hand-in-hand?

  147. Garret March 28, 2009 4:38 pm


    Don’t forget that the students have a lot of say in their athletic programs–Utah State’s students voted for their second huge Athletic fee increase in the past few years. That additional money will help Utah State really boost their athletic programs, which will be great for the WAC.

    I wish UH’s students would get behind Athletics in a similar manner, but I understand this is a hard time to try to get more money from students…many of whom don’t attend UH sporting events.

  148. Garret March 28, 2009 4:40 pm

    Feature article on David Veikune on this site that analyzes players that Arizona might draft.

    Veikume makes his living with a non-stop motor and endless hustle. He’s plays faster than he times and has the explosive first step to get around some larger tackles. He’s got very good strength for his size and uses his hands well to shed blocks when fresh. He does have experience playing with his hand off the ground and was asked to drop back into zones or cover the flats on a limited basis.

    Veikume is a natural pass rusher but most scouts don’t know if he’s athletic enough to play in the NFL. He had a great week at the Senior Bowl going up against some of the best OT’s in this year’s class, which really helped his stock. He lined up all over the place at Hawaii, including DE, DT and OLB, so he’s got some versatility and his production over the past two years (25 tackles for loss and 16 sacks) is impressive for a school that doesn’t put much emphasis on defense. He’s still very much a project, but a team looking for a pass rushing DE/OLB in the middle rounds could do worse.

    Projected Round: Middle of the 3rd to late 4th round

  149. Garret March 28, 2009 4:41 pm

    I like the idea of Veikune and LaBoy on the field together.

    Why the Cardinals should take a chance on him: Veikume and Travis LaBoy could team up for the Hawaiian based pass rush duo in the league. Seriously though, Veikume is low risk pick in the middle rounds and could really benefit for a year or two under strength and conditioning coach John Lott. He’d probably be limited to special teams as rookie while he works on improving his overall game. In a year or two he could be ready to become at worst a situational pass rusher similar to Bertrand Berry right now or at best a starting OLB.

  150. Garret March 28, 2009 4:42 pm

    It is nice that Pres. Obama has brought recognition to Kona Blue Water Farms.

    One of the Hawaiian processors at the Boston Seafood Show was Kona Blue Water Farms. They farm a fish that’s gained lots of recognition recently because it was served to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family. It’s called Kona Kampachi, a type of yellowtail. Kona Kampachi is perfect for sushi and sashimi. The Obamas loved it, apparently. No doubt it’s also popular because it’s touted as being sustainable and “ecologically responsible.” It was a familiar refrain at Boston and certainly not unfamiliar to Hedderson.

    “We need to make sure that the world knows that we have a sustainable, a viable and a competitive fishing industry and that the carbon footprint that we’re leaving is miniscule or is as less as we possibly can. We’ve got to meet that demand. On the aquaculture side, again, bio-security and the sustainability. Making sure that we’re going into that industry with our eyes wide open and moving that along to a level that’s comparable to where we should be. So, basically that’s the priority, to continue on all the good work that’s been done to this point and to make sure that our renewal and our projected growth in aquaculture is done in a sustainable manner.”

  151. UKU@LA March 28, 2009 4:44 pm

    happy birthday LIZ-K!! please have a great day!
    aloha warriors n everyone!

    MANEO !!!

  152. Cindy-cenn March 28, 2009 5:13 pm

    Happy Birthday to Liz and Lilu…forever 39!

    It was so much fun having some of the Tsaiko’s with us
    last night! I think some of the pictures are on FB…..

  153. LK March 28, 2009 5:21 pm

    Happy birthday Liz,

    Way to go Brie!

    Go Warriors! Spring is in the air.

  154. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 6:23 pm

    I forgot:

    Happy Birthday Liz!
    Congrats Brie!

  155. tom March 28, 2009 6:25 pm

    Yea – congratulations to Brie

  156. A-House March 28, 2009 6:55 pm

    If the baseball Bows continue play in the WAC like they have done in preseason, we could well see a resurgence of the Bows and hopefully, a “cash” winner for the first time in a long, long while. This would be a great boost for JD in balancing the budget.

    I have not kept track of attendance, but it would appear it is well over a 1,200 average per game. Miss those days when we were there with 4,000+ fans.

    It appears that the 2009 Bows will be that “small” ball hitting club, getting runners on base and move them along with bunts and sacrifice hits, and outscoring their opponents. Reminds me of the 1970s – early 1980s teams that Coach Les put together. HRs are nice but a bunch of singles will score more runs over the long haul. Just like Japan did in the recently completed World Baseball Cup series.

  157. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 7:27 pm

    Watching the Kamehameha – Punahou contest on OC16. If the Warriors win it’ll make for a great week end of baseball for my hale. Warriors up 1-0 in the first.


  158. Da Punchbowl Kid March 28, 2009 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the reply, BF. Let’s hope the Bows stay on this curve.

  159. BG March 28, 2009 7:56 pm

    WOW!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LizK and Lilu!!!

    Terrific achievement BRIE!!! Way 2 go!!!

    and Jason….MOHS done great at the robotics contest…YEAH!!!

  160. warriorfanny March 28, 2009 8:16 pm

    This Bow baseball team is a unique Chinese puzzle with no corners–yet, best fits, when pieced together- inside-out.

    Take our pitchers as an example.

    We have no pitchers that are over powering with the exception of Sam Spangler who has 24 KOs in 22 innings.

    Our workhorse, Jayson Kramer, a senior, has logged over 40 innings with a respectable 3.60 era but is 1-3.
    Next is Matt Sisto, a 6’5″ frosh with a 3.69 era and 31.2 innings but sporting a 3-1 record.
    Then there is Josh Slaats, a 6 5″ So. with 2 wins and a team leading 3 saves with barely 13 innings in relief.
    How about Jared Alexander, who we have high expectations this year, struggling with a 0-1 record over 19 plus.

    How about our frosh–Matt Sisto, Conner Little and Lenny Linsky–@ 6 5″, 6 6″ and 6 3″ they look like they belong on a hardwood dunking hoops–not on a diamond tossing BBs.
    Combined they have accounted for 57 innings, 6 wins and a solo loss. They bring heat too with 35 KOs.

    Hitting wise–go figure.

    This is the worst hitting team coached by Keith Komeiji in his 4 years with Coach Mike.
    In 2006 we hit .297 and in 2007 we smacked a whopping .305.
    In 25 games, we are hitting a paltry .245 compared to our opponents .280.
    Vinnie Caltricala is the only regular over .300, we have 5 starters hitting below the team average:
    Garcia, .222;
    Roquemore, .229;
    McDonald, .231;
    Van Dorrnum, .229; and
    Chris Johnson, .190!

    Coach Mike calls his team “tough and resilient”.
    A “testament to their character” he declares.

    Frankly, I like what Chris Johnson says,
    “Everybody contributes, we go deep”.
    Yup, like his dramatic pinch-hit HR in the 9th against Portland State.
    Like Kevin McDonald leading the team in KOs, one per 3 ABs, but also leads the team with 21 RBIs, including a plunk on the arm with the bases loaded against Costal Carolina that brought in the winning run.

    Hmmmm….it’s tough putting this puzzle together without the corners, ugh?

  161. BG March 28, 2009 8:19 pm

    Bruddah Kazz….remember, when you call the other team “over-rated”, it’s an indirect slap at the UH (as others have mentioned). I’d like to think that the Bows are that good that they can beat a ranked team 3 out of 4. Man, they are looking better and better as the youngsters get experience under their belts. I think they have a great upside! It’s a race between getting enough high level consistency over time before the end of the season arrives. It’s going to be interesting to watch! To be on the short end of a no-hitter and then win the next three…they sure have my respect…

  162. BG March 28, 2009 8:34 pm


    Thanks for the articles. Hoping for nothing but the best results for the “stuff” you’re working on.

  163. PowderPuff March 28, 2009 9:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, LizK! Cheers to a fellow March woman…woohoo!

  164. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 9:05 pm


    Here’s another SNL clip for freak out your wife! Bwahahahaha!!!!!!!

  165. warriorfanny March 28, 2009 9:08 pm

    BG wrote”
    “It’s going to be interesting to watch”. sic (the rainbows season).

    Look, this team is unconscious.
    They have no memory.
    It’s not so interesting as “how they do it” as much as “when they do it”.

    Didnt we start off the season getting tooled by nationally ranked UC Irvine?
    Before you could buy a hotdog at the Les, we are 3-6 and screaming for Donovan not to roll over Trapasso’s contract another year.
    “No mas” and “remember Jim Bolla!” were the gentler chants being shouted.

    So this team goes 13-3 since then.
    That’s one “when”.

    In betwix they get embarrassed 13-2 by host Portland State,
    then beat Oregon and comeback against the the Pilots to capture that inaugural tournament at Glanville’s home.
    There’s another “when”.

    Enter, Costal Carolina, 18-4, #18 ranking, and their pint sized cross-over pitcher, who baffles the bows with a no hitter on Thursday night….a bud & abbott performance by our boyz.
    You guyz know the rest…the most recent “when”.

    Look, we dont turn the half-way mark until after our home series with WAC rival San Jose State.
    However, what we are witnessing is the same spunk that made Fresno State successful last year–a short memory and a toughness that is internally infectious.
    Im not comparing talent–that would be unfair and ridiculous.

    Yet, the pundits were at at a loss to explain “when”–until it was over and the fat lady in Omaha belted out a Mufi tune.

  166. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 9:17 pm

    btw…..lost in the shuffle (or did i miss it?).

    anyone interested in taking up a collection to repaire the video tower?
    what are the needs?
    perhaps we can go see what needs to be done on monday.

    perhaps we can generate enough dough to remedy this thing.
    could we label it “tsaiko-bilt”?

    st. i’ll see you monday at the field. perhaps i’ll drag an engineer along with me.

    let’s do this!

  167. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 9:18 pm

    i forgot to ask…..who’s in for this project?

  168. Garret March 28, 2009 9:18 pm

    Congratulations to Shawn Withy-Allen and the Fayetteville Guard for starting the season 2-0. They fell behind 20-6 and then outscored their opponent 51-12 to get the win.

    Withy-Allen finished 17 of 23 for 281 yards and five touchdown passes.

    โ€œWe picked ourselves up,โ€ said Guard coach Charles Gunnings. โ€œThe offense picked up and the defense carried on. Thatโ€™s our method of operation over here.โ€

    The Guard scored 30 straight points after falling behind 20-6. Withy-Allenโ€™s first pass of the second half went for a 30-yard touchdown to Jay Jackson with 13:37 left in the third quarter.

    โ€œWeโ€™ve got the best receiving corps in the league,โ€ Withy-Allen said. โ€œItโ€™s hard to get each guy the amount of balls they should be getting.

    โ€œWeโ€™re really six or seven deep at receiver.โ€

  169. Garret March 28, 2009 9:25 pm


    Hi! I’m glad you like the articles. Work is going well but the two proposals I just submitted would be huge.

    One proposal submitted last year was approved, the contract was awarded, and they were supposed to finish up the contract so that we could start work in January. The government contract folks still haven’t finished the paperwork yet, despite everybody signing off on it. The sad thing is that this is for something that is being used by our troops in the field and they could use the improved capability. So, winning a contract doesn’t necessarily mean that the work can be done anytime soon, sadly.

  170. roysan16 March 28, 2009 9:25 pm

    tks for the baseball updates kazz, crw, wf, a-house, bf,

    any time they win and you guys are happy it makes me happy to see your excitement, esp. Kazz’s ‘”ooovvvvvvvvvvvvveeraaattted”” (lol, actually I did)

    keep it going coach trap and team… and kazz, crw, wf, a-house, bf,

    going back to ST#88- it’ll be interesting to see what twist the writer is going to take in tomorrows column about the OL and penalties…do give him credit for going after the higher hanging fruit, for it’s not easy writing a story like this that goes against the grain.

  171. Garret March 28, 2009 9:26 pm

    Tom mentioned that he liked the free play links and I hope that he likes today’s group…

    Scary thoughtโ€“maybe we donโ€™t need to worry about global warming because Yellowstone is due for an eruption that could extinguish human life on Earth? Yellowstone has erupted every 600,000 years or so and it has been 640,000 years since its last eruption.

  172. Stretch March 28, 2009 9:26 pm

    March 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm
    Happy Birthday, LizK! Cheers to a fellow March woman…woohoo!

    ummmm, excuse me, you are no longer allowed to use the name PowderPuff. Rob25, (J)J and I have officially changed your name to PowerPuss.

  173. Garret March 28, 2009 9:26 pm

    Interesting study found that certain types of exercise (like cold water swimming) can actually result in weight gain due to a craving for high-fat foods, while other exercises actually reduce the desire to eat.

  174. Garret March 28, 2009 9:27 pm

    Study found that rising temperatures increase the risk of severe headaches. Every 5 Celsius increase meant a 7.5% increase in ER visits for headaches.

  175. Garret March 28, 2009 9:27 pm

    British nightclub boss wrote a letter to police denying that drug use was widely used at her clubโ€ฆand police found that her letter was covered in cocaine!

  176. Garret March 28, 2009 9:27 pm

    Judge rules that New Zealand court papers can be served via Facebook, which was earlier approved in a case in Australia.

  177. Garret March 28, 2009 9:28 pm

    Free play links pau.

  178. Stretch March 28, 2009 9:33 pm

    oooopppppsss, it supposed to be PowderPuss…

  179. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 28, 2009 9:41 pm

    Good to see the Wahine get at least a win the series against Nevada.

    The problems at the plate continue though…

    But that’s why the season continues. More chances to improve!

    GO BOWS!!!!

  180. warriorfanny March 28, 2009 9:46 pm

    roysan, in the case of our OL–IMO, it’s not the fruit that spoils the bunch, it’s the tree.
    Hope this writer has the football intuition to recognize Gordie Shaw was brought in as part of a solution…and not to perpetuate the problem.
    In this example, we got to believe.

    Our local athletes comprise most of our OL stock.
    They have the inherent talent and intangibles to excel at this position.
    That is borne out consistently every year, among a cross section of schools nationwide and by the number of D1A college recruiters seeking OL from our State.
    More than any other FB position on the grid–our polynesian OL prospects perform at a high level.

    Like anything else, it takes a great conductor to produce great music from his symhony.
    This is true in music and equally true in coaching OLM.
    Good music needs no introduction….neither does a workhorse line.

  181. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 28, 2009 9:48 pm


    I can’t remember if I said this earlier but you were right. Amanda “AJ” Tauali’i is the real deal.

  182. Rob25 March 28, 2009 10:11 pm

    That’s right…it is now officially Powderpuss…and how dare you think that I conjured up that name ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    You have to earn the right to be called Powderpuff again

    It was definitely the Puss and Wuss no show last night!

    Yea BaseBows…those CCU Chanticleers were scrappy but see what a no-no will do to a team….”CHALLENGE HIM” all of them.

    OK midori7, uhfan808 and I did our part to stimulate the economy, had dinner at Bucca Di Beppo and then Menchies yougurt for dessert…I’m exhausted. All that and a game of BB and most 2/3 game of SB…what a day!

  183. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2009 10:18 pm

    Re: OL.
    The story just says that it should be a priority to cut down on sacks and penalties.
    I was just saying that’s an obvious point. I mean, what should he say? They should give up more sacks.
    It would like writing a story saying a quarterback shouldn’t throw interceptions.

  184. Stephen Tsai March 28, 2009 10:19 pm

    Anyway, I saw the end zone shots of the Notre Dame game, and most of UH sacks were on loops and stunts against the guards or when Alexander left the pocket. I was expecting to see more of the blame on the tackles, but it wasn’t so.
    That means that the focus will be on Ieru and Hisatake.

  185. al โ„ข March 28, 2009 10:37 pm

    st….check your email please.

  186. Committed Road Warrior March 28, 2009 10:41 pm

    This person noted the Rainbows in his Saturday analysis of the College Baseball happenings:

    Hawai’i: It’s not safe to sleep on the Rainbows. Hawai’i began the week with a tough loss to Oregon State and hosted Coastal Carolina this weekend for a four-game set. The Rainbows actually were no-hit in the series opener against the Chanticleers. But instead of letting the performance by Cody Wheeler get to them, the Rainbows responded in impressive fashion. They swept a doubleheader from the Chants and captured a 3-1 series win with a 4-3 triumph Saturday afternoon. UH still doesn’t have a resume that earns a national ranking, but keep an eye on coach Mike Trapasso’s team moving forward.

  187. addahknowjoe March 28, 2009 10:48 pm

    Rob25- I’m proud of you young ladies. More of us should follow your leads to get out there and stimulate this economy!

    Powderpuss. OK I gotta “note to self” dat one.

  188. Rob25 March 28, 2009 10:57 pm

    Hey A-joe…we sure missed your face and company!

    You were such a good boy! Did you get your shopping done?

  189. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 28, 2009 11:54 pm


    Wow- mahalo for your birthday wishes! We DID get a beautiful day today. My only saddie was waiting to play with Lilu til my sickies are all pau. Prolly tomorrow when we do the Korean celebration with han-bok.
    A-Sports will recognize some of the people in the pix on my blog.
    Stretch- I mentioned you to my ex-mother-in-law’s hubby who works for your co. He said- wow, he’s a UH FANatic! Bwahaha… I said, “yeah, I know”. His momma raised him right.

    STEPHEN- mahalo for posting the pic with my fave Kauai player who did not go to UH… and I am humbled by your comments. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Please count me in for some $$ help with the Tsai-ko ninja menehune construction project.

    MOMO- I am sad to hear about you tomatoes… and look forward to some time when you can visit Kauai to teach us about growing ta-maters here.

    BRIE- โ— CONGRATS โ— on your paddling (not THAT kind of paddling!). Hope you will be completely healed very shortly!

  190. alfred e neuman March 29, 2009 2:01 am


  191. G (China) March 29, 2009 2:31 am

    Liz K,

    You always make people feel welcomed as if we have known you as our real aunt. Your hospitable spirit is admirable. Many birthday wishes to you. Blessings to you and yours.

  192. wafan March 29, 2009 3:37 am

    Good Sunday morning everyone!

  193. wafan March 29, 2009 3:38 am

    RE: article about the OL and the need to reduce sacks, etc.

    Is it really news if the obvious and known are stated?

  194. wafan March 29, 2009 3:42 am

    al . . .

    Count me in for some $$ for the video platform repair!

    I wonder, how badly damaged is the platform? Does it require welding and tubing for railings, a new platform (a heavy gauge wire mesh would allow for drainage and improve safety), a new hydraulic system to raise and lower it?

  195. wafan March 29, 2009 3:44 am

    Snoqualmie Pass got another one to two feet of snow yesterday. Dang.

    We never saw the sun, either.

  196. Kekoa (iPhone) March 29, 2009 3:59 am

    Wafan (Yeti) ~

    Can you keep the noise down to a low roar? Some of us are trying to get some sleep so we can attend a very important Wessai breakfast and services to follow this AM…10Q!

  197. wafan March 29, 2009 4:42 am

    Kekoa . . .

    Could not keep the noise down. The howling winds, water running down the drains and the snapping of tree branches all contributed. I had to shout just to hear myself think.

    Cannot blame the sounds of the cannon from Ft. Lewis or the roar of the aircraft from McChord, though! I like those sounds of freedom!!!

  198. wafan March 29, 2009 4:43 am

    And, Yeti? More like Sasquatch. Just not as hairy.


  199. wafan March 29, 2009 4:44 am

    One more.

  200. wafan March 29, 2009 4:44 am


    Oops. Excuse the noise.


  201. wafan March 29, 2009 4:45 am

    My work is done this morning. Time for breakfast.

  202. Garret March 29, 2009 5:18 am

    Rausch had his name spelled wrong in ST’s article today, though it was correct the other times he was mentioned in the article. That is easy to miss…the article was great to read though. It is great that Spring Training is about to start so we’ll be getting to read about the Warriors every day!

  203. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 29, 2009 6:40 am

    So much for sleeping in…

    Thanks for the good read, ST!

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!
    (clang clang clang) … time for Sunday breakfast and worship!

  204. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 7:17 am

    Morning Tsai-ko’s!!!

    Hi Liz, nice pic!! Wooo hooooo!!!

  205. Rob25 March 29, 2009 7:25 am

    Hi Coloma….

    Thanks for the other night…was good fun!

    I like the crazy carefree sisterhood spirit of the pink side!!

    Gotta get ready for Wessai breakfast and memorial service…then mebbe Tarjay? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  206. warriorfanny March 29, 2009 7:26 am

    Good morning all and mahalo to ST for another informative article.
    Just a few comments.

    MAC hasnt changed on D–he was always attacking.
    His problem is in the backside– once he blitzed he exposed our perimeter and safeties–we were vulnerable and repeatedly got burned.
    We need a proven corner coach and solid personnel at that perimeter position to make the frontal assault work.
    Ditto with our safeties who were often a step-or-two, too slow on arrival.

    On O, part of the problem was in our route application.
    Takes too long:
    too long to learn, too long to develop.
    Make it simple so we can utilize the talent we have in inventory.
    Last year, Coach Ron talked about going back to basics with the direct snap and an extra option in reads for his wideouts.

    This year we are redefining basics of the RNS—ugh?

    Last year we used an OL coach to manage our RBs–this year–arent we doing the same with another OL coach?

    Im still puzzled who will be running the Offensive show.
    It showed in our vascilation of QBs, with our time management, play selection and game plan.

    These are “basic” changes I look forward to seeing on O.

  207. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 7:36 am

    Rob25: I THINK we left about 12-ish….wooooohoooo…Grandma was calling “wea you guys stay? Your keiki all sleeping….” hahahaha…

    Pooor Kyle…..

    Thanks for joining us! eh, and how long you guys was spying on us??? hehehehe..Sneaky buggahz….

  208. JaM March 29, 2009 7:38 am

    Good morning to all!

    Almost football time again!!!!!

  209. Rob25 March 29, 2009 7:42 am

    We got there about…6ish.

    We knew that we were going to eat something first…I just didn’t realize the vantage point we would have…you know that would be the instigator himself to have plotted that out.

    You’re right…poor Kyle or Keith as Koakane kept calling the boy.

    It was more fun watching him go up there and look for us! hehehe

  210. addahknowjoe March 29, 2009 7:42 am

    Ho, ladies- you guys up n at ‘um early, eh?

    Gmornin gangy!

  211. Stretch March 29, 2009 7:43 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

  212. J March 29, 2009 7:49 am


  213. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 8:05 am

    Rob25: I know…pua’ ting!! hahahaha…You know he was all irraz that you guys neva tell him about da plan!!

    so funny…..

    Howzit, a-joe!

    Stretch and Rob25, go look da choke pi-chaz…..on da pink side Photo gallery of course!

  214. koakaneโ„ข March 29, 2009 8:18 am

    aloha 8) and godda morning to rob25, cohana, insti oh stretch, sm foot (wafan). ajoe, lizk and JaM. hello how you’s

    big cheer to warrior bball team for the sweep of them red manooks (sp) :mrgreen: how to ‘challenge them’ bwhaaaaaaa

    also mahalo to cohana, esme and all the mom for a supa time friday nigt. the dark side became a little pinkish dat night. eh since we passing out name like powderpuss shouldn’t we anoint ๐Ÿ˜ฎ instigator with something since he kept saying all night I only like water cause I hanging?

  215. koakaneโ„ข March 29, 2009 8:21 am

    oh btw kyle neva made keith but latta became simone afta pride when arrive ๐Ÿ˜†

  216. djmitcho March 29, 2009 8:30 am

    Good Morning Everybody! Hope everyone has a good conclusion to their weekend

  217. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 8:34 am

    kk, yeah, he kept ASKING for water, but for some reason, kept ending up with a few shots and a few beers….

    THEN, after all that sissy stuff, he like ‘trow down not ONE, but TWO challenges to MamaMia!!! hahaha…Den, I tink he got scared of me, cause he wen move seats…

    Ai, ya! sorry, Stretch!

  218. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 29, 2009 8:37 am

    Hiya errybodee!

    OK… sis and I are going to pursue the 6th F…

  219. koakaneโ„ข March 29, 2009 8:41 am

    cohana kden if he did do dat label him mini wuz

    also give my howzit to hubby, had good time talking story with him. I was glad we shook paws dat night.

  220. addahknowjoe March 29, 2009 8:43 am

    Colomaohana- Oye! I was in your neck of the woods all day Friday on an installation project. Stayed late and couldn’t make the Tiki Bash. We gotta go back there again Monday.

  221. Addahknowsportsยฉ March 29, 2009 8:44 am

    Hi Colomaohana!

    Sounds like you all had a good time. Maybe will make it to next one.

    Besides calling Kyle “Keith”, it sounds like Koakane has condensed your name to “Cohana”. By next week you may be “Cona”.

    I’m going to be taking a walk through the Pink Side sometime soon. See you there.

  222. addahknowjoe March 29, 2009 8:44 am

    KK- Hello, how you?

  223. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 8:49 am too, kk……

    He said he had fun and honestly, was glad to talk story wit all you guys more. He wanted fo’ talk story with Pride, but I was hogging that big braddah to myself! hehehe….Sorry, Pride, for talking your ear off….

  224. Colomaohana March 29, 2009 9:03 am

    a-joe: all da way on dis syde??

    a-sports: yeah, you guys all gotta join us next time!!! fo’ realz….

    Yes, pretty soon he’s gonna start calling me, Big C….what a concept, huh? hehehe..

    K, gotta go wash clothes and feed the troops a snack!

  225. koakaneโ„ข March 29, 2009 9:06 am

    ajoe you miss out on some good fun only thing dem pink siders get ova us is …….. when dey take pics looks like paparazzi afta you. man was blind for couple seconds.

    sorry but gotta run off to the breakfast kope hour bible studies and prayer meeting @ nancy’s.

    you all have one fine sunday and moa guud fun yea.

  226. Gowdy April 20, 2009 9:30 am

    lol k, but are you sure?

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  229. Kisselburg April 25, 2009 12:41 pm

    Nice, that was the highlight of my day…how sad is that =(

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