Kahuku's Tonga accepts UH offer

All-State safety Aulola Tonga of Kahuku High said he told coach Greg McMackin he will accept a Warrior scholarship offer.
Tonga is 6-3 and 200 pounds. He said he can run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds, and has a vertical jump of 38 inches.
At Kahuku, he earned letters in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, and volleyball.
He also earns his Eagle Scout ranking next month.
Tonga joins Kahuku safety Kamalani Alo as a UH commitment.


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Kicker Kevin Bell of Kelly Walsh High in Wyoming said he expects to join the Warriors as a preferred walk-on.

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Offensive lineman Whitley Fehoko, at the moment, is not a member of the UH football team.

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UH’s four walk-on offensive linemen are Bronson Tiwanak, David Garness, Ikaika Rodenhurst and Kainoa LaCount. Yes, LaCount will join as a walk-on this summer.


  1. SAWARRIOR January 26, 2009 12:16 am


  2. jeezy January 26, 2009 12:22 am

    #2 .. nice pick up

  3. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 26, 2009 12:27 am


  4. SAWARRIOR January 26, 2009 12:28 am

    The great thing is, Tonga is an athlete. Thirty-eight inch vertical, awesome!

  5. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 26, 2009 12:28 am

    Eagle Scout is nothing to sneeze at either!
    Nitey nite again!

  6. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:30 am

    i just forgot about all the decommits!

    all right! kahuku is in the house!
    i had this feeling that this was where his heart was.

    jray….are you next???

  7. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:37 am

    kevin bell was a first team all state soccer forward and a first team all state kicker for football.

  8. jeezy January 26, 2009 12:39 am

    Stephen, is Jray next?????? Tepa and Jray is all we need for this class to be solid… Graves is going to be a stud….. Would have liked to sign a stud OT but Graves legs going to have to make it happen…

  9. Ralph January 26, 2009 12:43 am

    top ten, another kahuku grad, let the good times roll

  10. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:46 am

    savala would be nice. perhaps the coaches will sway him to paradise.

    i’m wondering now if jray galeai may have waited until tomw to formally inform byu of his decommit since sunday is the sabbath.

  11. Ralph January 26, 2009 12:47 am

    wyoming has thin air, high altitude, so i wonder what his leg strength for soccer and football would have been at sea level…how big is he….

  12. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:50 am

    aulola tonga…..his dad had passed away not so long ago. before every game this past year he would visit the gravesite. he could continue this for most of his career now. i am sure that his ability to continue to support his family of younger siblings and mother played heavily in his decision.

    this is a real man of character in the mold of inoke funaki.

  13. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:52 am


    5’9″ 165 lbs

  14. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:54 am

    do eagles flock together?

    i wasn’t aware that aulola tonga was going to be an eagle scout like his fellow north shore eagle scout buddy, er, um, manti te’o.

  15. Ralph January 26, 2009 1:10 am

    isn’t the kicker on UH, a walk on, about the same weight as kevin bell….I wonder how big is louie sakoda with the Utes…he did good, someone to compare with size wise…

  16. Ralph January 26, 2009 1:13 am

    the scouting fraternity on the North shore are doing it the right way, two eagle scouts out of Kahuku HS…..with all the activities today it takes a lot of commitment for the peeps to remain focus on scouting while playing sports, etc. congratulations to all who make it as eagle scouts…

  17. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:16 am

    brett “ice cube” symonds is 5’10” 145 lbs

  18. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:18 am

    louie sakoda is listed at 5’9″ 173 lbs.
    however, #2 who threw down a few with him swears that he is barely 5’8″.

  19. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:23 am

    ralph in your memory bank there should be a garo yepremian he was only 5’8″ 175 lbs

  20. Ralph January 26, 2009 1:23 am

    Symonds has average frame at 5’10 but his weight is more like tsaikette size. even I weigh more than him. I hope most of his weight is in his okole to give him a lot of hip action to kick a field goal.

  21. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:25 am

    this fall the ice cube and the icemaker will vie for the position. not only would they be kicking for who starts and travels but possibly a scholarship down the road.

  22. Ralph January 26, 2009 1:25 am

    sakoda could easily reach from 40 yards out and very accurate so Bell has chance to develop…Symonds better start eating..

  23. Ralph January 26, 2009 1:29 am

    i hope the “ice cube” and the “icemaker” don’t freeze up like the iceman did this year. He had his moments in 2007, helped secure an undefeated season but kickers got to be consistent to reach the next level….lost a lot of money this year with his performance, but then again, he may not have nfl aspirations…anyone know?

  24. Pride. January 26, 2009 1:32 am

    Paipai, Alema, Kamalani, and now Auloa. Geat news. Not only are these kids good athletes, but they sound like great people too. Our football team will benefit tremendously by having these Kahuku kids with their great attitude, work ethics, and character. Like Al said, patterned after the mold that was etablished by Inoke Funaki.

  25. roysan16 January 26, 2009 1:33 am


    about 5-6 days ago i wrote that there was no love for the hawaii boys in the above thread…and expressed my anger, here, at the handfull of UCLA posters writing in regards of those expressing in closing the door on this and that… and closing the door on the hawaii pipeline..I wrote that I thought these remarks were mean and calloused…when I saw today A.T is coming to UH instead– it just lights up my face.

  26. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:33 am

    ralph….all the good kickers/punters have two things in common.

    one, their leg swing brings the leg to where they can kiss their knees with the upswing.

    two, the leg speed is akin to that of a 95 mph pitcher’s arm speed.

    three, like you said the hip/core action is violent.

  27. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:37 am

    hi pride. have you checked your email recently?

  28. JQ January 26, 2009 1:42 am

    Howzit, new to this but; speaking about kickers, does anybody know if Kyle Niiro (Kaiser 08′) will be trying out for the Warriors. Kyle played football and soccer for Kaiser. He placed kick and punted. At practice, on a good day he would kick 50 plus yards on field goals and punts. He also has good size 5’11” 190 lbs. I believe he is enrolled at UH.

  29. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:46 am

    okay ralph “sportsbow” sent this info on kevin bell

    field goals/2008 12/13 92% long of 47 yds
    pat’s career 69/69 100%
    kickoffs/2008 35 total 26 touchbacks

    i think he is big enough. no forget he must be above averaqe speed also since he was an all state forward.

  30. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:49 am

    roysan16…i hear you.

  31. jeezy January 26, 2009 1:59 am

    offers to miami and boise to walk on at UH??? doesnt make sense….. Also nice we beat out Washington for Green

  32. Pomai January 26, 2009 4:07 am

    From last blog – UH Hall of Fame, are you guys serious that you would like to start our own UH Hall of Fame?? If so I put up a page for all of us to vote for members. If anyone wants to vote just click on my name. Hope you guys are serious, we need to have more of this type of action for the new guys to see!!

  33. wafan January 26, 2009 4:17 am

    A downright cold morning all!

  34. Stretch January 26, 2009 4:32 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Great news on Tonga.

  35. duffer January 26, 2009 5:25 am

    I nominate ST for UH’s Circle of Honor………………

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!

  36. Garret January 26, 2009 5:44 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Aulola Tonga!

    This is very, very good news! Great job by the coaches and player hosts, as keeping players like Tonga home is crucial for UH to improve!

  37. Garret January 26, 2009 5:45 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Kevin Bell!

    UH will now have a walk-on kicker to compete with Symonds…let the best man win and possibly earn a scholarship down the road.

  38. d1島 January 26, 2009 6:17 am

    Kung Hee Fat Choy!

    Good news on the recruiting front.
    Welcome Alex Green, Aulola Tonga and Kevin Bell.


  39. jm2375 January 26, 2009 6:21 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Top 40!

    It’s Monday, do you know where your office is?

    I nominate the Leaheys, all 3 generations for the Hall of Honor.

    Off to work, bbl.

  40. Garret January 26, 2009 6:26 am


    Happy Chinese New Year to you too! We just had our Chinese New Years’ breakfast feast…great stuff.

  41. Annoddah Dave January 26, 2009 6:27 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    For Pomai, UH already has a circle of Honor…maybe the Tsaiko one should be the Square of Infamy! FVA & HF would be my first nominees. Wait, maybe not HF because the 5 year rule has not been fulfilled on him.

  42. mctruck January 26, 2009 6:42 am

    I was praying for all of these Kahuku recruits to come to UH and whooooosh!!, I must have been praying real hard!!!! plus all of the extra recruits just mentioned!! eh!!! no badah me, back to praying some more.

  43. lava January 26, 2009 6:43 am

    I second the nod for ST joining the Circle.

  44. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 26, 2009 7:10 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    lava- ST for the Circle… absolutely!

    roysan16 #25- It’s difficult for some kids to go to the mainland schools and experience the prejudice that comes from being a minority (racial, economical, language, all the superficial diversity points).

    The importance of aloha cannot be emphasized enough.
    We must always remember this when it comes to our mainland-raised recruits. We have already seen what love and acceptance can do for our players… and it is not just up to the kid. Sometimes aloha needs to be modeled first – to nurture it in others.

  45. Pomai January 26, 2009 7:11 am

    Annoddah Dave ya gotta check out yesterdays blog

  46. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 7:13 am

    Good morning Gang and Gang-Meister.

    As I’ve been saying, regardless of a few decommits, we’ll all be happy come Feb. 4th. This will be an outstanding class, one way or the other.

    The coaches have done a bang-up job in their first, full recruiting year and will only get better.

    Now, let’s turn all this great talent into one heck of a Warrior fighting machine.

  47. BigWave96744 January 26, 2009 7:23 am

    Awesome news on the new Warriors.
    Don’t forget Vili Nauahi is also an Eagle Scout, former All State DB, & Red Raider

  48. niho mano January 26, 2009 7:38 am

    welcome aulola tonga, kevin bell, and alex green to the warrior fighting machine…i hope the coaches can sway savala back to uh or someone equal.

  49. Garret January 26, 2009 7:41 am

    The MWC is pushing to become a BCS conference right now. I guess the response they get back will determine if they want/need to add another school like BSU for their plans. I’m guessing the MWC commissioner will press the BCS every year about this and get a lot of publicity for their conference because of this issue. I wonder what Karl Benson is doing?

    On the heels of a milestone football season that saw undefeated Utah and two other conference teams rank among the Bowl Championship Series’ top 16, Mountain West officials are pressing for automatic annual entry in the BCS’ five-game postseason lineup.

    Presidents and chancellors of the league’s nine schools addressed the issue during a meeting shortly after the Jan. 8 national championship game and, with Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, will try to sit down with Atlantic Coast commissioner and current BCS coordinator John Swofford possibly in the coming weeks, Thompson says. The BCS will conduct its annual spring meeting in late April in Pasadena, Calif.

  50. protector January 26, 2009 7:41 am

    Great new additions! I was wondering what the outlook is at punter? Of the recruits I think only Drew Stewart at QB was mentioned as having punting capability. Has anyone heard anything else??

  51. Garret January 26, 2009 7:42 am

    Article about why the MWC keeps turning down BSU.

    While mounting its own push for change, it appears unlikely that the Mountain West will try to burnish its automatic-qualifying credentials by adding Western Athletic Conference powerhouse Boise State as a member.

    Boise President Robert Kustra has voiced sentiment for the move on the Broncos’ end. But “unless there is evidence, concrete evidence, that would say this will get you an automatic bid — not just get you closer but get you or guarantee you — I think we’ll just play on with the current nine (MWC schools),” Thompson says. “There’s cohesiveness. There’s balance, four home games and four road.”

    “We’ve run all sorts of models. And there’s no model where a 10th member would guarantee us automatic access.”

  52. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 7:45 am

    Gung Hee Fat Choy
    Gung Hei Fat Choy
    Kung Hee Fat Choy…

    however you write it, Happy Chinese New Year!

    zao an ST
    zao shang hao Tsaikos

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 7:54 am

    Yay! homey’s back! 🙂

    Great news about Tonga. Another excellent Raider prospect. When we think of great Raider/Warriors of the past, let’s not forget Leonard Peters.

    This will be an interesting week…

  54. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 8:07 am

    Boise State should just shut-up about all this MWC groveling and keep doing what they’re doing. It’s outright embarrassing and gives unnecessary credence to the MWC.

    The WAC gave them the possibilities they have today and in return, they’re kicking the WAC in the groin. Way to go, Boise Smurfs.

    You’ll lose the WAC Championship to the Warriors in 09 anyways, there you go.

  55. expat January 26, 2009 8:19 am

    It is really great to see the UH being competitive with the Kahuku kids.

  56. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 8:21 am

    Nice to read about the recent recruits. Feb 4th will be the clincher.

  57. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 8:24 am

    Jane Goodall spent 40+ years studying chimps. What a waste, she could have just studied us men.

  58. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 8:29 am

    Will Tonga still be tripping to Udub?

  59. labrat January 26, 2009 8:47 am

    WoooooHooo…….Welcome Warrior Tonga. Fans are happy you chose to stay home too.

    There are players who just want to be warriors. To turn down scholie offers to walk-on at UH shows how much Bell wants to be here. I wish him the best of luck.

  60. koakane™ January 26, 2009 8:56 am

    morning and kung hee fat choy you’all. have a nice morning and play nice.

    shout out to homey his mililani server is now working. ghee writes chinese only thing I know is lunc howa.

    waiting for the LOI day to arrive before making comments. too much uncertainty. only when the signatures is on da paper den it counts. so let it be written then let it be done.

  61. MeiLing January 26, 2009 9:05 am

    Kung Ho Sun Nin! Kung Hee Fat Choy! Happy, happy… Just heard the first of today’s firecrackers outside.

    Great news about Aulola & “Kicker Kevin”.

    Have a great day everyone!

  62. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 9:06 am

    Nice article on the new recruits, Meester Tsai.

    Howzit koakane and labrat.

  63. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:15 am

    auloa tonga is one recruit that i am not worried about decommitting….

    afterall he gave his wird and scout’s honor.

  64. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:17 am

    now if we can get another kahuku safety this would be so much fun to watch over the next few years.

  65. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:22 am

    Actually Koakane, I don’t have a server. I just scan the wifi airwaves and connect to any unsecure network out there. Free internet!

  66. Kekoa January 26, 2009 9:25 am

    Shout out to niho-mano! (and any other Kapolei lurkers)

    btw – Razor *sharp* Hawaiian handle!

    In the spirit of the recruiting season ~ it would be great to have you join us “Wessai Chaptah” Tsai-ko’s at one of our Sunday coffee calls. Stay tuned to the blog for the next one!

  67. labrat January 26, 2009 9:27 am

    Hi DPK.

    I am with Al. The eagle scout gave his word.

    Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

    And that is the scout law.

  68. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:27 am

    protector,,,,chris williamson is considering a preferred walkon status. he and his 44.7 yard average.

  69. (Jesse) James January 26, 2009 9:30 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos…and Kung Hee Fat Choy to everyone…

    Hope everyone has a good day today and a great new year!!!

    Like KK, I’ll wait until LOI day to see how we do with recruits. Too much uncertainty these days.

  70. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:30 am

    i wonder if we can sway savala to the west coast?

    and you know nobriga’s heart is hawaii. maybe it will throb for his true love?

  71. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:32 am

    What would be fun to watch is seeing the Warrior offense methodically march down the field and consistently score touchdowns once they are in the redzone. Throw in a few big play TD’s to make it even more fun to watch. Then seeing the sold out Aloha stadium go nutz. But before all that happens…have fun at the t-gate!

  72. Kekoa January 26, 2009 9:36 am

    It was great to see *Kristin* up and around, soaking up some sunshine while Curveball was being certified on the ancient art of Hawaiian reef fishing. He passed with flying colors by not catching more reef den fish!

  73. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:40 am

    I don’t know al but sometimes long distance relationships do work out and its often said that father knows best…

  74. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:44 am

    true dat homey…

    i used to hear that absence makes a heart go fonder.
    but, a young man of 18 can get lonely real quick.

  75. Kazz January 26, 2009 9:44 am

    How long will the LOI festivities at Murphy’s last?

    I was thinking I should stop by after work at 7:30-ish if other Tsaikos will be there to celebrate the official arrival of our new Warriors.

  76. owen-16 January 26, 2009 9:44 am

    now’s that’s da surprises i like to see. thanks ST and good luck to all our new commits.

  77. mano1 January 26, 2009 9:45 am

    Morning all and Happy Chinese New Year. Great news on the lastest verbal commits. Another North Shore Brother Is In-Da House to Protect and I’m hoping for more from da great Red Raider Nation from our homeland. Mahalo’s to Mr. Aulola Tonga and family! And great news from our mainland Warriors Mista Kevin Bell, and Mista Alex Green. Welcome guys..Go For Broke !

  78. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:46 am

    Kekoa – I don’t have the patience for fishing. One thing that I have patience for is the A-House’s next pan of butterfish…miso, shoyu, or fried.


  79. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:46 am

    and welcome back from your vacation homey.

    who took care of the poodles while you were gone?
    in the spirit of the season we should entertain ourselves with a chinese cattle call.

    triple c anyone?

  80. mctruck January 26, 2009 9:47 am

    Re: Alex Green; I hope he has a more productive career at UH than another big/fast back we have. UH needs a stable of rb’s considering how fast our backs get hurt. rb’s and lb’s would be very helpful, just to name a few positions.

  81. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:49 am


    where did you settle upon for the steak dinner?

  82. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:49 am

    al – We’ll see what happens on Feb.4th…maybe some deferred signings.

    owen-16 – PPV this Saturday!

  83. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:51 am

    oh, triple c…..don’t confuse this for the wired community on puuhale st.

  84. Kekoa January 26, 2009 9:54 am

    (J) James ~ Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Curveball broke your record for catching ‘Catlick’ fish…(Aholehole)…by one!

    You can tank Aunty Tita for her masterful training technique of carefully alternating da lead slippah with an earfull of toilet words!

    jm2375 – Take note. This training regimen could help motivate your resident struggling student.

  85. A-House January 26, 2009 9:55 am

    Congratulations to Coach Mack and his staff for securing a commitment from safety Aulola Tonga of Kahuku, running back Alex Green of Butte JC, and kicker Kevin Bell.

    Keep up to great work and we look forward to a Warrior happening!!!!

  86. al ™ January 26, 2009 9:57 am

    mct…..green is a different type of back from what i have seen on the videos. he looks more of a pounder with decent speed. not the real shake n bake type, but, willing to beef it out in the trenches play after play. he was used to carrying the ball 25 times a game and can lay a lick on a blitzing linebacker. sort of like a slim jerome bettis.

    if sula arrives, we will have quite a stable of running backs for the next couple of years. big ones and ones that will make opponents dizzy in a chizzy dimude.

    i wonder if this means that jake heun has opted to play defense?

  87. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 9:58 am

    al – What vacation? I wish! However, will be going to Washington in June and California in August for the usual college thingies. Triple c, I’m in.

    mctruck – With the addition of Sula and Green and another name that escapes me right now the RB position should be highly competitive this fall! May the real Warrior rise to the top.

  88. SteveM January 26, 2009 10:01 am

    fuud? ccc?

    Good morning everyone!

  89. owen-16 January 26, 2009 10:04 am

    al – thx for da advice, going to try dk’s, first time going there, really looking forward to it

  90. owen-16 January 26, 2009 10:06 am

    homey – 5 more days…gsp going down…spike’s poor portrayal of BJ’s training habits only inspired him more…can already hear Bruddah Iz’ Hawaii 78 w/ the pro-BJ crowd chanting his name…

    don’t know how in the world i’m going to work on monday after this weekend

  91. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:10 am

    owen-16 – Good choice of steak place. They dry age their own beef. I’d go for the dry aged rib eye steak whereas al would go for the New York steak.

  92. A-House January 26, 2009 10:12 am

    OK, homey, misoyaki butter fish at the next tailgate, if we have any left.

  93. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:14 am

    owen-16 – just watched the replay of bj/sherk fight this weekend to tide me over.

    Super Sunday the next day…hmmmm, do I see a sick leave happening on Monday?


  94. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:16 am

    A-House – Either that or goteborg sausage pupu with a pot of rice and korean nori.

  95. Stretch January 26, 2009 10:18 am

    homey 農曆新年:
    January 26th, 2009 at 10:16 am
    A-House – Either that or goteborg sausage pupu with a pot of rice and korean nori.

    That sounds like a good idea, I have one sausage waiting for this weekend!!

  96. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:22 am

    Watching the State of the State address. Lingle is definitely not as motivating as Obama.

  97. owen-16 January 26, 2009 10:34 am

    homey – been hearing rave reviews about that dry aged rib eye steak, i’m more of a NY steak guy like al but i might just have to give that one a try

    watching the replay of that bj/sherk fight got me into some hot water w/ the gf but she’s come to understand that when it comes to UH football or any local athlete, some things can wait 🙂 . totally forgot that sherk injured his hand that fight.

  98. labrat January 26, 2009 10:40 am

    homey that is why they used someone else to introduce the soccer mom at the Republican Convention.

  99. (Jesse) James January 26, 2009 10:43 am

    Kekoa…would have gone fishing too yesterday…but had to work…dang….

    …and trust me curveball, I know the wrath of Aunty Tita’s leadfoot slippah…and I’ve been fishing since I was a kid…..

  100. labrat January 26, 2009 10:44 am

    Is the lieutenant governor sleeping????

  101. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 10:45 am

    Wun Hunnert!

  102. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 10:45 am

    and Two!

  103. J-Dog January 26, 2009 10:49 am

    With all this incoming talent and a greater recruiting coup than the previous regime, I would imagine that some players that may have made the team in previous years will have to compete against greater talented incoming recruits. Like Coach Mack said, this really aint P.E. football. Should be a really interesting spring and fall to see who will emerge from this talented group of players.

  104. d1島 January 26, 2009 10:50 am

    Any chance for a delay of the ccc ’til Wednesday?

  105. Kekoa January 26, 2009 10:50 am

    Homey ~ Aunty Tita speaks softly and carries a big fishing rod! She is also very good at snagging black crabs by the eyes with her clever little fishing line device. You should have seen the bucket full she had!

    Now if we had sent her after those recruits….

  106. J-Dog January 26, 2009 10:52 am

    Wow, we have a lot of running backs.

    I hope Leon Wright-Jackson can have a great senior season, as everyone was hoping he would breakout last season.

  107. curveball January 26, 2009 10:54 am

    If we had sent her the recruits they would all have slippah marks on their bodies like I have today 😉

  108. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:56 am

    labrat – the Lt. Governor is visualizing how the Warrior commits will perform this fall.

  109. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 10:59 am

    What? Lingle called Obama one of our own? Hypocrite! 😆

  110. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:02 am

    Kekoa – And if you guys were out on a boat you could use her foot as the anchor. Also, the Naval submarines may pick up her foot on sonar and think it is a hostile threat.

  111. labrat January 26, 2009 11:03 am

    I thought he was praying for a basketball win.

  112. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:04 am

    d1 – I second your delay motion.

  113. labrat January 26, 2009 11:05 am

    homey I was surprised with that comment from Lingle too.

  114. Kazz January 26, 2009 11:06 am

    Is “kicker” Kevin Bell a placekicker or a punter?

    Any word on a punter?

  115. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:06 am

    Or maybe he was praying to be the coach of the women’s team?

  116. labrat January 26, 2009 11:07 am

    I would think that a soccer player could punt too.

  117. labrat January 26, 2009 11:08 am

    homey it would be an improvement.

  118. labrat January 26, 2009 11:10 am

    I think I am going to check out Circuit City. I wonder if it is still open.

  119. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 11:11 am

    Bell is a placekicker.
    I don’t think UH is bringing in the punter from Georgia, anymore.
    But they’ve got a good one lined up. Details to come.

  120. Kekoa January 26, 2009 11:11 am

    Homes ~ Aunty Linda was just trying to get along. (did you notice that she took a sip of the Obama kool aid first?)

    labrat ~ The LTG was also praying for a way to replace E-Bolla.

  121. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 11:12 am

    I missed the SOS! Dagnabbit! I coulda used the laugh!

  122. d1島 January 26, 2009 11:12 am

    I would think that a soccer player could punt too.

    the irregular shape of the ball makes it a challenge for some…not to mention mastering the drop.

  123. labrat January 26, 2009 11:19 am

    Oooooh……more secrets from ST. This is a good thing.

    Got to go now. Will check back later.

    More secrets…..yes……..

  124. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:19 am

    Kekoa – Well now that Obama’s sister is back in the islands it’s good that Lingle use choice words for the former president elect. But one thing that I don’t get about her speech is that she mentioned other islands have windfarms, solar panels for producing electricity, and geothermal power. What does Oahu have planned? Outlets for electric cars? Make me laugh!

  125. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:20 am

    d1 – I bet Stretch is a master of the drop. Every hole he uses at least one.

  126. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 11:30 am

    Did the Guv say anything about legalizing gambling? I wish Hawaii could become an affiliate to one of the big multi-state lotteries, I’d play that.

  127. Kekoa January 26, 2009 11:32 am

    Homes ~ Oahu uses what it always had plenny of…hot air from the politicians.

  128. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:32 am

    DPK – I don’t recall hearing anything about gambling.

  129. homey 農曆新年 January 26, 2009 11:35 am

    Kekoa – It’s not that I dislike Lingle or many politicians, it’s that sometimes I hear things that they say that sounds…gigi-ish. oops, sorry MLiz!

  130. al ™ January 26, 2009 11:39 am


    dk’s sounds like a winner. ny steak ‘bone in’ if available.

    homes….ribeye’s are good, but, i prefer that cut in a prime rib.

    let’s see did the boy eat my leftover ny from ruth’s?

  131. al ™ January 26, 2009 11:40 am


  132. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 11:48 am

    Actually, I’d prefer not to keep any secrets.
    But the punter they want is under the radar. He’s likely a walk-on candidate, which means every school has until July to go after him. But he’s supposed to be a good one.

  133. A-House January 26, 2009 11:49 am

    Who, in your opinion, is the most highly touted or rated Warrior recruit for 2009, who will make the most impact as a true freshman or JC transfer, and why?

    MasaBoy asked me last night and all I could say was “I don’t know”.

  134. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 11:49 am

    UH is working really hard to keep recruits.
    Missouri offered the Oklahoma receiver, so now UH is sending a coach out there for a home visit.

  135. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 11:50 am

    And don’t forget, that battle against South Florida isn’t over.
    UH is making a press this week.
    It’s nice to see UH spending the kala.

  136. A-House January 26, 2009 11:57 am

    ST, good neighbor:

    Is the punter high school or JC, local or mainland or international, and any stats ( height, weight, punt average, etc. )?

    Your statement about other schools going after him until July sounds like an “invited walk-on” with no scholarship? Does this mean that “nothing” will be published about this player? Will this really be a case of a “committed, silent commit”? Will this player remain commited to UH if another school offers a scholarship?

    How many schools really do offer scholarships to punters and/or kickers?

  137. jm2375 January 26, 2009 12:00 pm

    DPK – #126 – I agree. I don’t see what the problem is. Other states use the money to help fund education. Maryland also uses the money to help fund emergency services like air ambulance and trauma centers (well, at least they used to). The argument about people playing who can’t afford it, well, there’s something called personal responsibility….

  138. jm2375 January 26, 2009 12:01 pm

    ST – so is Fehoko in school? What’s the problem?

  139. Garret January 26, 2009 12:10 pm

    This All-State list is out for California. Several players here are current or former UH recruits. Note to A-House, I think that Tepa is the highest rated UH commit, if you go by the scouting services.

    First Team D:

    DL Iuta Tepa (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 230, Sr.
    There was nothing tepid about Tepa when he was flying all over the field making plays for Poly’s defense. He was in on 115 tackles and came up with 15 sacks and was disruptive on just about every play. Tepa committed to Hawaii back in October, but some Pac-10 schools are now hot on his trail so that could change on signing day.

    DB Preston King (Tesoro, Las Flores) 5-9, 175, Sr.
    The Orange County Register’s Defensive Player of the Year was sensational in every game and against the best opponents, such as Mater Dei’s Matt Barkley or Mission Viejo’s Allan Bridgford. In all, King had nine interceptions, returning three of them for scores. He also had eight pass deflections, seven tackles for loss and two caused fumbles. On offense, King was equally brilliant with 87 catches for 1,258 yards plus 2,281 all-purpose yards and 15 TDs.

    2nd Team D:

    DB Stanjarivus McKay (Poly, Long Beach) 6-0, 170, Sr.
    McKay was the No. 2 rated defender from the Jackrabbits on our all-state board and was one of the top secondary players overall. He had 57 tackles and four interceptions on the season and just committed to UCLA. If Poly had won in its title game and finished No. 1 in the state, we likely would have added the third player, LB George Daily-Lyles, to at least second team.

  140. warriorfanny January 26, 2009 12:10 pm

    absolutely a great comeback for MAC n staff–true grit and tenacity despite some hurt in decommits. You got to feel this staff never sleeps and will fight 24/7/360 for every recruit–not to mention establishing a valid pipeline to Kahuku and reclaiming a foothold on local HS athletes…congrads MAC n staff for a great recruiting effort and best wishes on LOI day! Go Warriors!

  141. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:11 pm


    your questions are mind boggling.
    its like asking a girl on your first date when you pick her up and ask….
    are you going to hold my hand as we stroll along the promenade?
    will you forever be committed to me now that we have met?
    will you kiss me on our first date?
    will you sign a pre-nup agreement?
    will you spend the rest of your life with me? okay how about four years?
    are you sure you won’t go running off with the next guy that looks like brad pitt?

    har, har, har

  142. roysan16 January 26, 2009 12:13 pm


    January 26, 2009
    Mountain West to makes its case for BCS status
    According to USA Today, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has been instructed by the conference’s nine presidents to request automatic qualifiication status from the BCS.

    Thompson plans to meet with BCS commissioner John Swofford (ACC) in the coming weeks to request that Swofford put the MWC’s request on the table during the BCS’s spring meetings in April.

    After reading this, I hope the WAC commish, presidents and football coaches are taking notes…because if this should happen it would definately separate the WAC from the MWC.

    It goes with out saying but an automatic BCS bowl bid would give the MWC — 1). Give the conference added exposure 2). BCS bowl revenue(monies) 3). Feverishness competition, especially if there’s a championship game determining which of the teams goes to the BCS bowl game 4.) And with #3 would probably have larger turnouts and viewership 5.) Revenues from televison contracts would go up 6.) And recruits, especially from Hawaii looking at either the WAC or MWC would probably opt for the conference that has automatic BCS bowl bid and added exposure. And suddenly-just watch and see (if the MWC is successful in petitioning the NCAA in receiving an automatic BCS bowl bid)-offers to high school recruits from Hawaii from Wyoming and Colorado State suddenly become attractive.

    For the WAC commish he can’t allow the WAC to lag further behind the MWC-and if he looks at the pie chart, now, in all areas of how the MWC has advanced and taking a bigger piece of the pie from the WAC it would certainly get worse if the MWC get’s an automatic BCS bid. And the WAC didn’t. So my hope is that the WAC commish is doing something likewise, as the MWC commish.

  143. SteveM January 26, 2009 12:15 pm

    (Jesse) James:
    January 26th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Kekoa…would have gone fishing too yesterday…but had to work…dang….

    …and trust me curveball, I know the wrath of Aunty Tita’s leadfoot slippah…and I’ve been fishing since I was a kid…..

    James — that’s because Aunty uses a hook and shrimp. I agree with her that hanging a green bottle at the end of your line won’t catch fish or mermaids… 😐

  144. oxymoron January 26, 2009 12:20 pm

    puh-leaaaze. If bret symonds is 5′-10″, I’m the tall brother of Manute Bol! you’re lucky if symonds is 5′-7″, in shoes!

  145. Garret January 26, 2009 12:24 pm

    The situation on Tepa doesn’t sound that good. I hope that the coaches are visiting him this week, since they aren’t giving up on Nobriga and others who have committed elsewhere.

    Defensive lineman Iuta Tepa (Poly, Calif./ Long Beach) was supposed to visit Colorado this weekend, but he didn’t and it sounds like his decision could come sooner rather than later.

    Tepa, an early commitment to Hawaii before backing off, has visited the Warriors and Oregon. He also has a visit set with UCLA for next weekend but could commit in the next few days.

    “I got sick and couldn’t make it to Colorado,” Tepa said. “At this point, I don’t have any plans to re-schedule the trip and I actually could commit pretty soon here.

    “I’m leaning to UCLA and I’m going to visit there this weekend. I’ve been to UCLA before though so I could actually commit before I even visit. It’s not for sure and I could wait until after my visit but I’m definitely thinking a lot about making my decision in the next few days.”

  146. Garret January 26, 2009 12:25 pm

    BSU made this recruit wait until he almost had to leave for the airport at the end of his recruiting trip before they offered him a scholarship! I thought that offers normally came much, much earlier than that on official recruiting visits.

    “I was getting nervous though. My flight going back home was at 10 in the morning and I was there all weekend and still no mention of an offer. I woke up around 7 a little anxious but then Coach told me they were offering and now I’m a Bronco.”

  147. lava January 26, 2009 12:26 pm

    Ahouse, I think there is one recruit that stands out above all others, and I think down the road he will make the biggest impact, but I would prefer not to have to give the guy more attention until after LOI day.

  148. jojo ® January 26, 2009 12:26 pm

    SteveM and all KK attendees:
    I regretfully decline the invitation for the KK because jeje could not find anyone to work for him that night. Jeje really wanted to show off his awesome karaoke singing and shut down the place. and I can’t go with out him, because he’ll pout for days 🙁

  149. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:27 pm

    Fehoko has not attended the required meetings or tryouts, so, he’s not on the team.
    Not sure if it’s academics or personal.

  150. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful hot potato salad.

  151. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:29 pm

    And I did call Midori at 9:30 last night to let you guys know first about Tonga. But, apparently, somebody goes to bed really early.

  152. warriorfanny January 26, 2009 12:33 pm

    The WAC v the MWC is a matter of facility infrastructure and fanbase….not administrative initiative.
    Boise State, Fresno State and Hawaii are the only teams in the WAC that compare favorably with the MWC.
    The WAC needs to do some serious thinking towards future membership including evictions as well as new tenants with potential…until then, BCS participation will have to come through the backdoor and a perfect season.

  153. owen-16 January 26, 2009 12:39 pm

    hope whitley’s able to make it onto the team soon, need all da big boyz we can get, especially those locally grown bruddahs. and it’d be nice to finally get ourselves a fehoko boy on the team.

  154. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:40 pm

    It has dawned on me that, at age 48, I’m older than the president, the Super Bowl and the first McDonald’s in Hawai‘i.

    As for the MWC’s pitch, lotsa luck.

    I think the BCS should go the other way and eliminate the Notre Dame exemption. ND should join the other non-BCS conferences.

  155. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 12:41 pm

    Soooooo… Hot potato salad is one way to get special kind of love, eh?

    What will Safeway Deli potato salad get somebody? 😆

  156. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:41 pm

    What should be noted that every NCAA-aged Fehoko has been recruited by UH. The Warriors went zip-for-two.

  157. roysan16 January 26, 2009 12:42 pm


    Talk about recruits flip flopping. How about assistant coaches?
    First he was persuaded to stay at Utah as a receiver coach, with added incentives etc..and he elected to leave. And then he got lured away to UW and became the receiver coach for Sarkisian. And now he’s leaving. The article doen’t say if he’s welcome back to Utah.

    The all time flip flop I can remember was the florida coach billy donovan signing on to become the nba coach of orlando and then 5 days later he was on a bus back to florida.

    I’m guessing the business of selecting a school is not that easy for recruits. And I guessing even for coaches they ,too, have hard times making up there minds. Even for the former asst. DL coach that’s going to Yale he was quoted from a radio interview that it was the hardest decision he had to make in his life, and he said it took 2 weeks to come to a decision. So I can imagine how it is on the recruits.

  158. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:42 pm

    Well, the home delivery was a nice touch, too.
    Of course, Midori called and it sounded like Midori or Mrs. A-House was going to visit. So when the knock came, I had to put on a shirt. I opened the door and there’s … Mr. A-House.

  159. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:46 pm

    Aaron Roderick was going to get $200,000 per season?!?
    Based on Utah’s stats, that comes out to $716.85 per catch.

  160. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 12:46 pm

    The MWC has some illusions of grandeur, if they think that the BCS will hand them an automatic bid, just because they had a great year.

    At the very least, to even be in the conversation, they have to dublicate last years success in 2009. One great year does not make a BCS League.

    It’s imperative for the WAC to really play UP this year in order to diminish this drive somewhat.

    Right now, from my point of view, the best chance for an auto-bid for the mid-majors, would be a play-off with Conf-USA, MWC, WAC and MAC, with the two highest ranked once playing off and getting the bid.

  161. Stephen Tsai January 26, 2009 12:47 pm

    UH’s receivers coach get, uh, tuition and book money. Stutzmann is a GA.

  162. d1島 January 26, 2009 12:49 pm


  163. roysan16 January 26, 2009 12:53 pm

    i like that idea, ted.

  164. al ™ January 26, 2009 12:59 pm

    d1…..mmmphhhtmmmpphhttffff mmph arrrggghhhhh.

  165. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:01 pm

    so how is it now that kainoa is a walkon. did time lapse on his offer, well, i guess it has been over a year now hasn’t it not?

    rodenhurst is coming aboard? didn’t he not play last year?

  166. owen-16 January 26, 2009 1:04 pm

    re: the Fehoko brothers, hopefully after 2010 it’ll be 1 for 3 w/ us getting VJ 🙂

    FloridaTed- Great idea

  167. owen-16 January 26, 2009 1:07 pm

    so…LaCount is guaranteed to be in the fold, that’s great news

  168. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 1:17 pm

    IIRC, Tsai said something about Rodenhurst not being in school. Not sure about that. Give Tsai some hot potato salad, and he might give you the full story.

  169. Jason January 26, 2009 1:20 pm

    I’m a ribeye guy myself.

    I like that the coaches are pushing hard for all of the recruits. Glad to see that they are staying on top of things and putting in the effort to keep those commitments strong. As Coach Mack likes to say, recruiting is our lifeblood, and they are working hard to get what they need.

  170. Jason January 26, 2009 1:22 pm

    Oh yeah, and you gotta like this line from Coach Torres in Stephen’s story:

    “You can see the effort McMackin is making. He’s taking care of the kids. Aulola will be in good hands.”

  171. A-House January 26, 2009 1:22 pm


    I needed answers, not more questions!!!

  172. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:32 pm

    so i am counting..

    33 commits
    with 3 on the bubble
    and 5 already in school which counted for last year
    that leaves 25.

    3-4 possible greyshirts

    so we may have room to pick up 3-4 more and/or re-commit some de-commits.

    creative recruiting 101

  173. A-House January 26, 2009 1:35 pm

    ST, good neighbor:

    Mrs A-House says you are most welcome for the hot potato salad – acutally tastes better the next day when it’s cold.

    We were downstairs waiting for Masaboy to call when you posted last night, but Midori came over to tell us you called.

    This is really a first when UH sends a coach all the way to “middle-America” on a special home visit to keep a commit. The re-connect with Kahuku and all high school teams in Hawaii ( note to Coach Mack – don’t forget the outer island for they get some good players who can truly contribute to your program ). For sure, Coach Mack and his staff are moving in the right direction. Full steam ahead ( now I sound like my buddy on the Big Island – howzit Bighilofan2? )

    Coach Mack: even if Manti Teo has not included Hawaii in his final 3 schools, no give up the fight for him – let Hawaii know that you are a fighter for Hawaii’s best!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BTW, can Tuioti go on recruiting trips? Was this already discussed? Short and long term memory fading real fast! If not, is this a NCAA rule or can UH amend his job description to include actual recruiting visits?

  174. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 1:35 pm


    I just saw the update above. I stand, er, sit corrected. Sorry. I’m glad to see Rodenhurst still in the mix.

  175. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:36 pm

    ahouse….often times answering a question with another question resolves the issue or quiets the inquirer.

    speaking of answers, finally last night i was smarter than a fifth grader.

  176. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 1:39 pm

    Any idea why those O linemen are walk ons? Isn’t O line of our needs?

  177. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:41 pm

    off topic….in a sense

    i like vili. he is animated and such but, sometimes he appears to have become “old hat”. his antics have not evolved, you know what i mean.

    i think its time that we start thinking more about a traditional mascot. giving some student a scholarship opportunity to become the “warrior”. probably cost less than our current paid contractor.

    idk, i am just old school in this respect. remember that guy back in the day with the huge papermache head, the original bobble head?

  178. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:43 pm

    um, dpk.

    these guys were not recruited?
    these guys are leaving their former colleges by their own accord?
    do i have to spell it out for you?
    please take your purple smart pills and get back to me later, okay?
    iirc, you needed to take two each morning with your hot chocolate.

  179. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 1:45 pm

    roysan 16, owen 16,

    In a few years this scenario could easily be expanded into a real NC play-off. 6 BCS champions, 1 at large (highest ranked after), 1 mid major play-off winner = 8 teams, seated by rankings. Boom, done. It’s doable, if so desired.

  180. Kekoa January 26, 2009 1:47 pm

    DPK ~
    RE: #155
    Result: Hershey Squirts.

  181. Stretch January 26, 2009 1:49 pm

    al #177 – I agree. In the “Rah” competition that the UH Cheerleaders won, they had one of the cheerleaders as a Warrior. It looked a lot better than having Vili. This is college, let the college kids take care of it.

  182. SteveM January 26, 2009 1:50 pm

    # jojo ®:
    January 26th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    SteveM and all KK attendees:
    I regretfully decline the invitation for the KK because jeje could not find anyone to work for him that night. Jeje really wanted to show off his awesome karaoke singing and shut down the place. and I can’t go with out him, because he’ll pout for days 🙁

    Too bad, jojo — but we were not going to shut down the place anyway… that will happen on Feb. 21. Shoot for that one. That might be a better time for jeje’s debut, but you’ll have to find a sitter for joje, since I don’t think that one will be rated “G”… 😉

  183. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 1:53 pm

    For those that don’t have fb season tickets, mark you calendars, Feb 4th is the first day UH will be accepting non-refundable $50 deposits for new season tickets.

  184. A-House January 26, 2009 1:54 pm


    this inquirer does not stop, may lag for a while, but I’ll be back with the same or similar ?s.

    your #178 post is making fun of me, eh? har de har – go get ‘um BHF2.

  185. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:56 pm

    kekoa….graphic, very graphic. haven’t heard that one for awhile.

    btw, did you teach curveball how to pickle that aholehole?

  186. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 1:56 pm

    I say let jeje pout.

  187. al ™ January 26, 2009 1:58 pm


    there is a distinct difference between making fun of someone
    having fun with someone.

    the latter is what you do with friends.
    you, of course, i call you friend.

  188. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 2:00 pm

    al – And what is the former?

  189. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:01 pm

    yah, if he is gonna pout then he ain’t a man.

    nah, jus jokin jeje is one cool guy.

  190. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:02 pm

    OK, I’m the “Al” imposter.

  191. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:03 pm

    I apologize for impersonating the real Al.

  192. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:04 pm


    the football team running out of the tunnel and through the billowing haze shooting out of the inflated, enlarged warrior helmet.

    sprinting across the field and giving the “chest bump” to a cheerleader instead of vili. talk about raising the level of enthusiasm by the football boys.

  193. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:07 pm

    okay…..so the false al has returned in true uncouth fashion.

    al ™:

    January 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Kekoa, I make da mean kine hershey squirts.

    Actually it’s more like hershey bars.

    al ™:

    January 26th, 2009 at 2:03 pm
    Skid marks, chocolate trails, and gravy stains…oh my!

  194. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:10 pm

    homey…..the former: people who don’t have class and need to get a life, #190, 191 for example.

  195. owen-16 January 26, 2009 2:10 pm

    looks like da yankees signed petitte. looked at the 2009 mariner schedule in september, IIRC yankees gonna be at safeco 9/18 19 and 20. gonna just miss it, shucks.

  196. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 2:15 pm

    Hey false al, was that supposed to rhyme?

  197. labrat January 26, 2009 2:22 pm

    I never thought that the purple people eater would get in trouble with the cops.

  198. al January 26, 2009 2:27 pm

    tks homey

  199. al ™ January 26, 2009 2:31 pm

    thanks homey.

  200. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 2:31 pm

    tks = The Kitchen Sink

  201. al January 26, 2009 2:35 pm

    now how did you make that goteborg sausage?

  202. al January 26, 2009 2:35 pm

    and which stores sell them?

  203. homey ℞ January 26, 2009 2:41 pm

    Times sells them. Just slice and pan fry, top with rice and furikake or Korean nori. Of course you can use the many Japanese flavored rice toppings to add individual variety to each slice of sausage.

  204. SteveM January 26, 2009 2:54 pm

    homey — re: 204 — potluck dish for Karaoke Call? 🙂

  205. SteveM January 26, 2009 3:00 pm

    …just fry ’em up, homey. I’ll bring the rice and furikake.

    Actually, I am selfishly waiting for Mr. & Mrs. Long Time UH Fan and hoping for for their lemon butter mochi. Once we get that, I think another bi-lingual Tsinger we know will show up… 😆

  206. al ™ January 26, 2009 3:23 pm

    homey….what about a dab of best foods?

  207. Just Saying January 26, 2009 3:29 pm



  208. whitey January 26, 2009 3:50 pm

    this is fun watching the emotional roller coaster of our tsaikos during this recruiting period. ST’s coaster is bigger than the one at 6 flags. When get a de-commit, down it goes w/speed, then ST mentions commit, up it goes and get whiplash at the top.

  209. al ™ January 26, 2009 3:54 pm

    whoa nanook great analogy.

  210. whitey January 26, 2009 3:55 pm

    not only speed going down, but one pile of screaming, prayers, cursing, trying to think of excuses, etc.

    when going up, not only get whiplash, get big kine smiles, congratulations, pride, and forgetfullness.

  211. kama krab January 26, 2009 3:57 pm

    No joke Whitey

  212. whitey January 26, 2009 3:58 pm

    that’s why i no ride this roller coaster. at my age, it can put my health into jeporady and make me lose whatever hair on my head i have left. i ride the choo choo train at kaanapali. now how that song go by palani vaughn??

  213. curveball January 26, 2009 3:59 pm

    Just Saying:

    Could not get the Cougar Blue site to open up do you know what it said??

  214. owen-16 January 26, 2009 4:00 pm

    scary 2 tink we might have to sweat chad lopati and destin stewart now…i think i’m coming around to your guyz way of thinking…don’t get too high or too low til february 4th

  215. whitey January 26, 2009 4:01 pm

    anyway, good afternoon to all our tsaikos here and around the world. you are the greatest, even tho sometimes we no say that. i going take a break cause i doing one major project. like aunty lizk says, “ta ta”.

  216. owen-16 January 26, 2009 4:02 pm

    if any1 can cut and paste da article, that’d be cool, very interesting from what i could grasp about rumors re: Y manti dropped BYU from his list of potentials

  217. al ™ January 26, 2009 4:06 pm

    chad lopati?

  218. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2009 4:10 pm

    I was able to open the site, but let me assure you, I don’t believe any of what it says and would not repeat its claims.

    Nuff said.

  219. owen-16 January 26, 2009 4:22 pm

    al: just a rumor but you never know…see gotta believe’s post


  220. bstunna2002 January 26, 2009 4:25 pm

    the Chad Lopati thing is true not saying he will decommit or anything but his mom did say he really liked Oregon State.

  221. bstunna2002 January 26, 2009 4:28 pm

    I am gottabelieve06 but would never post anything that has no fact to it. This was straight from his mom as I said it doesn’t mean he’s decommited for all we know he couldve felt this way before he took the in trip but this was fact.

  222. bstunna2002 January 26, 2009 4:30 pm

    I am gottabelieve06 but would never post anything that has no fact to it. This was straight from his mom as I said it doesn’t mean he’s decommited for all we know he couldve felt this way before he took the UH visit but this was not a rumor.

  223. owen-16 January 26, 2009 4:31 pm

    thx for da update bstunna, this lopati kid looks like the real deal, hopefully we can keep him

  224. g-nalo January 26, 2009 4:36 pm

    howzit everyone, long time no blog so just to make the slot machine show action………………eh everybody!

    almost ‘tea’ time…………..laterzs

  225. Justin January 26, 2009 4:49 pm

    The Lopati rumor about considering OSU is legit, he is having second thoughts about being a warrior. I really hope he chooses to stay home cause he is a stud and will contribute greatly.

  226. Pride. January 26, 2009 4:54 pm

    Nothing really matters until February fourth. No sense on getting emotional on anything that happens before then. Just wait until February fifith and see who faxed their letters in. Doesn’t matter who it is, we do battle with who ever it is that we get. We’ll get twenty five guys, we’ll coach’em up and then we’ll compete. When you line up on the field against soneone it, it really doesn’t matter if a guy is five stars or one star. He still has to compete. Some of our best Warrior football players were not highly rated or highly recruited. Chad Owens, Gary Allen, Keith Ah Soon, Hercules Satele, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Ryan Grice-Mullen just to name a few.

  227. Jason January 26, 2009 5:04 pm

    I gotta slow down when I read, I thought Pride mentioned another Keith. 😉

  228. Nalani January 26, 2009 5:06 pm

    Pride – I totally agree. Yes, we all love to get the superstars. But when you look at some of our best teams, it was leadership and unity amongst the players in various positions (OL, Secondary, QB/Receivers, etc) that resulted in the best results….not recruiting ratings.

    We all have seen the way recruiting overhypes some players and under-rates others. I can’t wait for Spring Ball. Then we’ll see who we got for 09.

    BTW, I’m trying to make the KK if possible. Hopefully some of you who haven’t RSVPd yet will be going too?! The more the merrier.

  229. whitey January 26, 2009 5:07 pm

    if any tsaiko is a subscriber to rival.com, look under the west latest news and there is an article about a Hawaii LB commits. i don’t subscribe to them, so have no news. posted today.

  230. curveball January 26, 2009 5:08 pm

    here is a blog out of UTAH…


  231. al ™ January 26, 2009 5:08 pm

    jason….here is a guy, pride., who would never publicly toot his own horn.

  232. whitey January 26, 2009 5:10 pm

    the roller coaster just took a turn and is going downhill, but the drop does not look big, but just enough to make your okole a little smaller.

  233. whitey January 26, 2009 5:12 pm

    now even my computer or the blog is squeezing cause no can see the letters. typing by braille.

  234. whitey January 26, 2009 5:19 pm

    eh, how come, the coaster is going on level???? ok, just checked why, nalani said she going be at KK. yea girl!!!!!!

  235. Huskies Fan January 26, 2009 5:24 pm

    I hope Coach Mac will start and recruit the outer-islands, especially Maui.
    Look at all the Maui kids playing ball.
    Kai Maiava-UCLA (Baldwin)
    Shawn Tesoro-UNLV (Baldwin)
    Jojo Dickson-Idaho (Baldwin)
    Kaneiala Tuipolotu-Arizona, he still lives in lahaina.(Lahainaluna/Kahuku)
    Stanley Malamala-Arizona St. (Lahainaluna)
    Mana Rosa going to Oregon State (Baldwin)
    Jordan Puu Robinson to Washington State (Kamehameha-Maui/Baldwin)
    Kamaloni Vainakolo to Utah State (Maui High)
    Chase Nakamura greyshirt at Utah (Baldwin)

    Baldwin has a kicker in CeeJay Santos who is only a sophomore and
    already has kicked an MIL record 51 yard field goal. I was told everything he kicked this year was from 40 yards or more, people say this kid has a cannon for a leg. Baldwin also has an up coming freshman 6’4 215 who played varsity the last half of the season and in state playoff, some people say he is ahead of were Mana Rosa was as a sohpomore. I would love to see more Maui kids play at UH, Baba Rego is only kid from Maui on team.
    I think UH coaches need to get more with Maui coaches and get on these kids early. I hear Miano talked to Mana Rosa early in recruiting then Mana didnt hear from UH and Oregon State kept on the kid, Cav and Banker
    did a good job on getting the kid. By the time UH came back to talk to Mana it was too late. Hope Coach Mac gets to outer-island and start meeting these coaches and get infromation on kids early.

  236. whitey January 26, 2009 5:27 pm

    for those tsaikos who live on Maui and looking for cheaper gas, go to Blackies on piilani, near tesoro at ohukai st. gas is $2.25 per gallon.

  237. whitey January 26, 2009 5:30 pm

    back to project

  238. Jason January 26, 2009 5:31 pm

    al: That’s why I did a double-take. Pride is as humble a man as I know. He’s a real role model for everyone to follow.

  239. Kekoa January 26, 2009 5:55 pm

    Whitey ~ Da choo choo train in Ka’anapali…da buggah is still chugging along! I seen ’em go flashing by at about .02 mph on my last visit! Clearly, speed is not an objective.

  240. Kekoa January 26, 2009 5:59 pm

    Whitey ~ We get one rusty old train lidat ovah heah in Kapolei. Dey run ’em on Sundays wen get strong West winds…wait until winds change to the East for the return trip.

  241. al ™ January 26, 2009 6:10 pm

    we still have some wishy washy recruits. so, i believe that the coaches got it right.

    keep recruiting.
    sooner or later some will be given a drop dead date so more names may surface.

    anyway, this is fun.
    nothing is locked in until wednesday next week.
    at least we are competing for top shelf recruits and some diamonds in the rough.

  242. al ™ January 26, 2009 6:11 pm

    am i alone here.

    i just have this thing that galeai will stay home.

  243. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 6:28 pm

    During recruiting season the neurons in my brain are getting all mixed up.

    I’m slowly losing the ability to differentiate between hope, realism, wishfulness and fact, lol.

  244. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 6:31 pm

    Wow, those four walk-on O-Liners sound great. Are they as great as they sound? Please, please, please.

  245. Kazz January 26, 2009 6:34 pm

    Looks like our football Warriors are looking to prevent failure in the years to come…


    A more pressing issue is already in front of us…

    19 games ago a UH athletic program tasted victory…

    The month of January has not been kind to Hawai’i Nei and the athletic department is doing what they can on their end to bring the fans in during this time of duress.


    That means 6.50 for lower level seats and 4.00 for upper level seats. Let’s make some noise for our volleyball Warriors, buy a 6.50 ticket and sit close to the action and let’s end January on a high note!

    All our Wahine and Warriors play for US, let’s be there for them like how our parents were there for us as children, let’s be there for our local and our adopted sons and daughters wearing the green and white!!!

  246. Kazz January 26, 2009 6:37 pm





    .. January has not been a good month indeed…. 🙁

  247. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 6:37 pm

    Aulola Tonga, 6’3″, 200p, 4.5 fourty, safety. Sounds like he’s from the NFL dream book of safeties

  248. koakane± January 26, 2009 6:39 pm

    with all the talk about fishing hate to mention this past saturday cook out I attended. there was these two beeeg blue uhu’s 8) was polite and waited but since no one was attacking the fishing I wen charge’um. ate the two fish heads first then worked on the body smothered in black mushrooms, lup chong, selentro (sp) mmmmmmmmmmmmm so ono.

    just can see rich25 face now 😥 but only can say gotta try it before say anything.

    early evening everyone. howzit going?

  249. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 6:39 pm


    You are truly a dream fan. Kudos to your passion.

  250. Ralph January 26, 2009 6:42 pm

    cilantro Chinese parsley

  251. Manoa Mist January 26, 2009 6:44 pm

    My 401K is tanking, thousands getting laid off, taxes going up, the Gov. is bringing the pain, but finally, some good news! Great to see these Kahuku kids like Tonga heading to UH. Eagle Scout, sounds like a terrific young man. Leonard Peters, Al Afalava, Aaron Francisco, just look at the safeties coming out of Kahuku. Obviously it is very tough going up against schools like Oregon State and UCLA, but hats off to Mack for getting high caliber, high character kids in the Inoke Funaki mode to represent this state.

  252. d1島 January 26, 2009 6:45 pm

    Rob25 Cowboys fan

  253. Kazz January 26, 2009 6:55 pm


    I live through the victories of our young(er) men and women in green and white.

    I should get a life. 😆

    Seriously speaking though… there is an under current forming here and it won’t take much more losses for this to effect the morale of UH fans across the state and the country.

    We’ve all seen losses and we’ve all walked away fine about it as fans (eventually). The fall/spring sports season allows UH fans to see all kinds of action and many different chances to see the name “HAWAII” blazing after a victory.

    BUT, as of late this has not been the case. There is just so much frustration from the most loyal of fans with the two basketball programs and Men’s volleyball is competing well despite their record.

    There is a good chance UH athletics can end the month of January with two victories.

    I believe in karma. Once these wins can be achieved, I have no doubt that the wins will soon pile up for the basketball Bows and Wahine.

    I have been to the Stanley for about 5 different home games in Mens basketball and Mens volleyball over the past month and I can feel that UH fans want to taste victory. The sting of the Hawaii Bowl was a BIG one and I can feel confident that while we all support ALL the UH programs, UH football is the flagship program and when the football Warriors suffer, we all do, but then we have the other sports to fall back on to remain “sane”, again this has not been the case as of late.

    During a weak economy, O-U-R university’s athletic programs cannot afford to give the less faithful more reasons NOT to come out. The true faithful are a “dying” breed at this time, this is the sad reality and we know $$$$$ is what fuels the fact that we can enjoy ourselves on a Friday or Saturday night at Manoa. No fans = no money = (eventually) no UH athletics.

  254. SteveM January 26, 2009 6:59 pm

    I should know better after 9 tailgates this past season, but I will try to list potluck contributions for the Karaoke Call. Please post on the blog or email me… 😐

    Anyone bringing the watercress?

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

  255. Kazz January 26, 2009 7:16 pm

    RE: UH Athletics

    I think we all take things for granted, it’s human nature to think that the things that have been around forever will always be around forever.

    Never in my short life have I heard about the uncertain financial future of this country and never in my life have I felt so sure about something I support with my money and my heart.

    In the past the things I believed in eventually turned ugly because of some undeserving characters trying to claim the glory, the attention, and the control. Now those things I once admired are nothing but a memory in the minds of many that also felt the same way.

    I do not want to see this happen to a beloved island tradition. A tradition with it’s own culture and it’s own history.

    In 26 years on this earth I have felt all kinds of human emotions as a result of a “simple” sporting event. Happiness, sadness, anger, apathy, etc… Unselfishly I have opened a whole new world to some of my friends as a good friend opened up a new world for me to start this whole “love-affair” with the GREEN and WHITE.

    I cannot see this suffer any longer. I no longer fear for what happens on the field, but I fear what happens in the “books”, in the finances, and in the morale of UH. All of these same things have failed horribly within the confines of something I used to feel strongly about.

    In Jim Donovan I believe that we have someone that shares the same passions with the REAL fans of UH. Mr. Donovan is the most visible bright spot in we as fans have to “lean on”. His legacy as the athletic director will ultimately be decided not upon who he is as a person, but rather what he does.

    However, his hands are restricted. Restricted by money, by the economy, and ultimately by the confidence of UH supporters.

    The athletic departement is bleeding and yet he risks blood loss by opening up another “wound” by offering more discounts. Unfortunately had these discounts been the “status-quo” ages ago, we may not see such problems now, but that is in the past and out of our hands. They are putting their trust in the “Aloha Spirit”. With open arms, “Majestic Manoa” awaits those that have turned away from her.

    Every little bit helps.

    Remember this phrase from a few years ago? “E’o Na Toa, E’o Na Toa E”…


  256. FloridaTed January 26, 2009 7:19 pm

    Kazz (254),

    I agree with every word you wrote.

    Fanhood is almost like a marriage that starts new every year and football is certainly the driving force behind it all.

    We’ve had an incredible honey moon in 06 and 07, now the marriage has hit a bump in the road. Are the fans sticking it out or are they gonna run? I sure hope not.

    Remember, it is always darkest just before the dawn (cliche, but true). This program will rise to brand new heights very soon and that I believe strongly.

    We’re almost at critical mass with local talent, more and more of our homegrown greats will stay home and with the improved Mainland recruiting, who knows how far we can go.

    I believe in the McMackin, Jim Donovan and Hinshaw triangle. Give them a couple of years and the wow factor will be back. I choose to believe in them and the true fans.

  257. A-House January 26, 2009 7:28 pm


    How many players visited UH this past weekend and any more GOOD news you can give us?

    Coach Mack and his staff must be going crazy with the other schools hitting on their commits – no give up Coach, keep the fire going, keep the life line open, and no forget about the outer island kids – there are good players out there waiting to proudly say, “I’m am a Warrior”!!!!

  258. A-House January 26, 2009 7:31 pm


    this is the only kind of rolla kosta I can ride – no get sea sickness cauz stay gounded all da time.

    ada kine, I puke all ova da place. that’s y I mus use da patch!!

  259. A-House January 26, 2009 7:36 pm

    any one know if community college students have the opportunity to “buy” tickets like UH-Manoa?

    they are all on the “same” university system like California.

    could be another source of more student participation for the “student body section” or “Manoa maniacs”. and no forget the $$$$.

    trying hard to think “beyond the bun”.

  260. Jason January 26, 2009 7:40 pm

    A-House: Supposedly, they are able to. I did hear reports from some that they could not purchase football season tickets, however. Not sure if that was clarified since then.

  261. Kekoa January 26, 2009 7:44 pm

    Stories starting to circulate about the annoited one (M.T.) from Punahou being turned down by BYU. Hmmm…there seems to be a chink in his under Armour. ST, what’s the real story?

  262. whitey January 26, 2009 7:54 pm

    kekoa, the story about mt’s trip to provo was not a good one and the reporter for the slct is trying to get answer, but is getting the stonewall from coach mendenhall (spp). apparently, they had 24 recruits in town including mt and they got busted for alchohol which is one huge taboo for byu. mt was not involved, but the reporter is very concerned about why mt dropped byu and this could be the major reason.

  263. whitey January 26, 2009 7:57 pm

    it will be interesting as to how mt makes his choice as he is a very devout student. if he goes to nd, will the catholics accept him, and i think usc has some religious ties also, but they are more tolerant. whatever mt decides, my best to him and his family and where ever he goes he will always be part of hawaii.

  264. whitey January 26, 2009 8:01 pm

    on the 9th day of recruiting, my friend gave to me, 9 more reasons to thrilled about the recruiting and recruits for uh. like i said prevously, we will lose some, but what we get are high quality players. the wish list is filling up fast.

  265. whitey January 26, 2009 8:02 pm

    ok, 35 to go and we hit the 3 puka puka level.

  266. NorthShoreFan January 26, 2009 8:03 pm

    Evening Tsai-ko’s
    Spoke with a Wahine Warrior bb guard from the Vince Goo era and she is speaking about the need to replace E-Bolla. Dana Takahara, where are you coach?
    Anyhoo, I am now over the disappointment of decommits and am looking forward to the commits who come to play for the Warriors.
    I just have a wish that one season I will have the opporunity to see a “All Hawaii Warrior” starting offense and defense. Kids who born and raised in Hawaii on the starting offense and defense. We have the talent and just need to get them all together, primed and ready.

  267. whitey January 26, 2009 8:04 pm

    A House, am working on another fishing site for this july and will see how it goes. if goes well, will let you know. last site was not good for salmon, but very good for crabs.

  268. whitey January 26, 2009 8:07 pm

    evening north shore. somehow, it looks like bolla will survive this season, but i have a funny feeling that he will be done after this season. just a feeling, no facts or any bird chirping.

  269. Stretch January 26, 2009 8:08 pm

    January 26th, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    A House, am working on another fishing site for this july and will see how it goes. if goes well, will let you know. last site was not good for salmon, but very good for crabs.

    the last site you describe sounds someplace very close to where you live.

  270. whitey January 26, 2009 8:08 pm

    and before you know it, we are crossing a hill and now mt 3 puka puka is in sight.

  271. whitey January 26, 2009 8:12 pm

    ok, for those of you who would like to visit London

    LOS ANGELES–JANUARY 20, 2009– This morning, British
    Airways slashed nonstop fares to London from Los Angeles to
    $203 each way. Plus, you’ll get 2 FREE HOTEL NIGHTS* at a 3-
    or 4-star London hotel!

    Not only are these the lowest nonstop fares in the market,
    but the hotels can go for upwards of $200 per night.

    This sale is available for travel Jan. 27 – March 22. You
    must book by Jan. 29.

    The total roundtrip price with tax comes to approximately
    $550. If you register and book online with British Airways
    you’ll receive an additional $20 OFF.

    *Offer is based on 2 people traveling.

    To book tickets through British Airways,

  272. whitey January 26, 2009 8:15 pm

    stretch, was trying to catch some, but they undersized and neva like be caught with undersized crabs.

  273. Kekoa January 26, 2009 8:19 pm

    Mahalo Whitey ~ Your version sounds much like what is being said out there in recruiting land.

  274. Stretch January 26, 2009 8:22 pm

    Re: Bolla Record

    Starting in July 2004, this is his 5th season being the head coach. His overall record up through this past weekend against Utah St, is 59-73 (44.7%) and the WAC record of 31-41 (43.1%). In his best season 2005/2006, he went 18-10 and 9-7. Doesn’t seem to impressive to me.

  275. d1島 January 26, 2009 8:31 pm


    and i think usc has some religious ties also, but they are more tolerant.

    IIRC the OC is also LDS….

  276. cubicle rat January 26, 2009 8:47 pm

    Did everybody see this already?

    Redskins article on Colt’s transition to the NFL


  277. NorthShoreFan January 26, 2009 8:47 pm

    whitey, maybe, hope so, but the killer for me was when he hired his wife? How’s that? Wonder ehy it ws allowed. Maybe JD can explain.

  278. (Jesse) James January 26, 2009 8:47 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos….

    A-House…That’s a good question. I heard that they can now buy tickets game by game but not sure about season tickets. When I was at UH, CC students couldn’t buy tickets at student prices at all. That was because they didn’t pay the same student fees we did and back then, students were clamoring for tickets. However, I think things have changed since than. You are right, you need to think outside the box.

  279. whitey January 26, 2009 8:55 pm

    NSF, i still don’t know how bolla got around the nepotism clause in the policies set by the regents, but when you get one nfa for women’s athletic director, what is there to add. she is the same as hf, but is with the women’s program. if she left, you not going see me shedding any tears, but i will lead the cheering section, sha na na na, sha na na na, hey, hey, goodbye.

  280. whitey January 26, 2009 9:00 pm

    my personal feelings is that any full time student within the UH system should be able to attend athletic functions at what ever the student rate is, whether pay or free. shouldn’t these students feel proud of their school and be able to relate UH to their life. on top of that, are these not the same students in the future who UH will be asking for their support for both academics and athletics????? give these students some love and who knows what you will get in return in the future.

  281. roysan16 January 26, 2009 9:02 pm

    With parking at Aloha Stadium hard to find, once I remember the closest we found was somewhere in Foster Village. Kind of far, no? So anyway we parked the car and took the long one mile walk towards the stadium. My wife was angry. She didn’t even want to listen to me as I explained… that I did the best I could. Instead she justs storms off. She does these kind of things. Anyway she’s all huffy and puffy, has on her sunglasses and is walking as fast as she could and not wanting anything to do with me. We get to our seats, eventually. And still the cold shoulder, no talking and no eye contact. And out of nowhere she just pops a good one in the back of my head as were standing for the national anthlem. The last time she had done a thing like that was when I took her to see a movie that turned out to be bad. Anyway she continues to sulk. Her sunglasses remain on throughout the game, she bored and even looks like she’s falling asleep through the game. When she did cheer, it was for the other team. Someone wrote that watching the game of football is an event, and I agree. For that experience surely was. And I envy the ones who’s other halves are great football partners.

  282. whitey January 26, 2009 9:03 pm

    jd has his work cut out for him as he is busy with the legislature, the athletic budget, recruiting, trying to boost game attendance, etc. here’s to you JD, may the gods be with you.

  283. NorthShoreFan January 26, 2009 9:03 pm

    whitey, spot on with the students. minimum charge for them to attend all university sponsored events and let them be students. Too much restrictions on them at the games sometimes.

  284. JaM January 26, 2009 9:04 pm

    Good evening!

    I too will wait until the 4th to see who are the new warriors..

  285. maincamp Hse#101 January 26, 2009 9:05 pm

    If all Warriors were an eagle scout they’d be flying high over Khill menehunes

  286. NorthShoreFan January 26, 2009 9:08 pm

    roysan16..next time drop her off then go park the car…patna will luv u fo eva…

  287. 71 Red Raider January 26, 2009 9:10 pm

    Picture Inoke with the other former raiders in the Warriors defense domain. Yeah i think Paipai and Al Tonga can make it on the roster along with Richard Torres on special teams and defense too.

  288. K-hill menehune January 26, 2009 9:14 pm

    Mc Mac came to our campus across MainCamp and saw what he liked. Many more will follow and the migration to the NFL will live on

  289. Jason January 26, 2009 9:15 pm

    I personally think that UH-Mānoa, HPU, Chaminade, and BYU-Hawai‘i should partner up, support each other. Let the students attending any of these institutions of higher learning attend each other’s sporting events for a discounted price.

    Or maybe I’m just saying that because I’m more than likely going to HPU for grad school. I’m going to miss $30 season tickets. Which is why I say, take advantage while you can. 😛

  290. NorthShoreFan January 26, 2009 9:16 pm

    Some day my dream of seeing all Hawaii players starting on O and D will come true!

  291. XxFaithxX January 26, 2009 9:17 pm

    Evening all,

    Welcome Aulola (you, young man, are a ROLE MODEL for others…your family is very proud of you I bet, just as I am…lots on your plate) to the Warrior Ohana as well as Mr. Bell.

    Eating Poi and Lomi Salmon right now…gotta get the left ova poke in da fridge, but before that…

    E-Bolla…they were close that last game, but no cigar…

    Re: recruiting…ok, I am calm now, for now hehe….Feb. 4th cannot get here fast enough..

    Re: CC students: I’m taking two classes P/T right now on-line and yes, they (We) should be able to get discounts just like UHM ones

    Kazz: awesome posts dude, keep it up.

  292. whitey January 26, 2009 9:18 pm

    some think grass is greener at udub than uh and to each it is their opinion, but coach roderick who left utah for udub, quit udub and is back with utah. and now udub is also in trouble with ncaa violations in their recruiting, so is usc, and so is tennessee. the violations are similar at those schools, so what is the connections??? the head coaches are all from usc. so big time “bull c sh–” schools commit ncaa violations, what is the ncaa going to do???? RUN AND HIDE!!!!!!!!

  293. Raider 4 evah January 26, 2009 9:19 pm

    Funaki a senior Richard a Sophmore Al and Paipai freshmens, sorry if i left out tuika, and others but the more reason for us Kekoolauans to buy season tickets for next years games

  294. Jason January 26, 2009 9:24 pm

    I meant UH system above, not UH-Mānoa. Sorry, I keep on forgetting our _CC brethren.

  295. whitey January 26, 2009 9:25 pm

    the recruiting violations is just the tip of the iceberg at usc. usc commits many more violations and all of their coaches who go to other schools will commit the same violation because at no time has the ncaa punished usc. until usc gets ncaa sanctions, these recruiting violations will continue. usc is a great school of academia.

  296. whitey January 26, 2009 9:30 pm

    reggie, reggie, reggie chants the usc crowd, then someone squeals, he cheated, but is drowned out and the ncaa lets it slide. what reggie did is worse than any ncaa violation UH committed in the past and what will the ncaa do, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! why? cause that is the ncaa (nothing can affect assho____) organization.

  297. Ralph January 26, 2009 9:31 pm

    raiders for ever kamalani alo

  298. whitey January 26, 2009 9:33 pm

    ok, stand up, clap your hands 3 times very fast, pat your shoulders cause you all deserve a standing ovation for going over the 300 barrier.

  299. whitey January 26, 2009 9:34 pm

    oops, sorry, one post to early. Now, stand up

  300. SteveM January 26, 2009 9:36 pm

    repost from Saturday…

    I have been using the Japanese term Enka lately and looked it up in Wikipedia. Here are some excerpts…

    Modern enka came into being in the postwar years of the Shōwa period. It was the first style to synthesize the Japanese pentatonic scale with Western harmonies. Enka suggests a more traditional, idealized, or romanticized aspect of Japanese culture and attitudes, comparable to American country and western music.

    The most well-known and beloved performer of enka is Hibari Misora (1937–1989), who was known as the “Queen of Enka” and “Queen of Shōwa” for the period (1926–1989) when she lived and was most popular.

    Besides television, enka can be heard in many restaurants, drinking establishments, karaoke bars, and cafes.

    In the United States, enka continues to remain popular among a section of the (typically older) Japanese-American population, and enka also has many fans among non-Japanese.

    …las vegas. Tsai-kos. February 21.

  301. XxFaithxX January 26, 2009 9:39 pm

    whitney: I agree with you on USC and the NCAA. How can the NCAA say that they will not look into the Bush incident just because they do not want to hamper the criminal investigation?? They can work IN CONJUNCTION with the law and what ever they find can be used by BOTH parties to slam the door on USC…total BS if you ask me.

  302. roysan16 January 26, 2009 9:44 pm

    About Laie Eagle Scouts, one of the coaches told me that one year (and I don’t if they do this every year) that the scouts as one of their prerequisites take the all day hike from Sea Life Park to Laie. I’m thinking that has to be at least 40 miles, and I don’t know if this is the norm for all Eagle Scouts in taking these grueling hikes. Or if the Laie Eagle Scouts set their prerequisites higher than the rest…but that’ surely setting the bar high. Good job for those that made Eagle Scout. I remember myself going through Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and every thing is so regimented with a lot of testing of survival skills and character building.

    So reading that Tonga is becoming an Eagle Scout next month is very commendable. I even read somewhere ( I not 100% on this) that Manti Te’o is an Eagle Scout, too.

  303. whitey January 26, 2009 9:54 pm

    roysan, boy scouts are very creative. in my younger days as a scout, we rode our bicycle around maui and only had our scoutmaster and no other vehicle support. and the major thing about this adventure was our bikes were the old fashioned one speed bike, no hand brakes, no udon tires. took us 6 days to go around the body of maui and 3 days around the head. that is priceless!!! imagine pushing your bike from keanae up to puukaa state park with a pack on your back, but the reward was the downhill ride to hana. heeeehhhhaaaaaa.

  304. whitey January 26, 2009 9:58 pm

    would be nice to see if our warriors and warriors to be can be creative or have the drive to excel during this off season training and conditioning. if the scouts can hike that far in a day, why can’t our warriors run frank street or wihlamena drive???

  305. whitey January 26, 2009 10:00 pm

    ok, time to go. see you all in the morning when ST going get us going up the roller coaster again.

  306. momotaro January 26, 2009 10:33 pm

    whitey, not only does USC have the Reggie Bush situation, there is also the O.J. Mayo situation (click link above). Looks like the NCAA is going to do nothing in either situation because USC didn’t know anything about it (in other words, the NCAA does not want to kill its cash cow).

  307. XxFaithxX January 26, 2009 10:39 pm

    Heard that Masch might be UCLA bound….?? Read the recruiting thread on Sports Hawaii….last page, last comment. Don’t have a MySpace account so cannot verify.


  308. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 26, 2009 10:43 pm

    Of course that day I am jammin at work is the day a COLT interview is published…
    And Curveball is breaking the aholehole records…


    Tomorrow AM is leaving on a jet plane day and then the hunt for wifi spots downunder- aka “iPhone permanent airplane mode for a week” day.

  309. SteveM January 26, 2009 10:48 pm

    Have a fun and safe trip, Liz!

  310. whitey January 26, 2009 10:49 pm

    things look not too shiny for us at the ncaa, but there is going to be a major change cause the executive director will be history and be interesting to see who is appointed. can dream cause coach tomey is now the head of afa.

  311. jm2375 January 26, 2009 10:52 pm

    bon voyage liz!!!

    I like real roller coasters. Emotional ones, not so much. Can’t wait for Feb 4th and beginning of spring practice.

  312. Garret January 26, 2009 10:52 pm

    With UCLA going after so many of UH’s defensive recruits, I thought that the news that they picked a defensive coordinator was relevant here. I haven’t heard of many schools having a coach for just CBs, but they hired someone with NFL ties who played for them…kind of like what many people have suggested UH do.

    UCLA looked within to fill its defensive coordinator position, promoting linebackers coach Chuck Bullough, and added Carnell Lake to the staff as cornerbacks coach.

    Bullough, 40, spent the last three seasons as the Bruins’ linebackers coach under defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who was hired as New Mexico State’s coach in December.

    Bullough, who was paid $190,000 last season, is expected to receive about $300,000 as coordinator.

    Lake, 41, was a linebacker at UCLA and played 12 seasons in the NFL as a defensive back. He has been a businessman since retiring from the NFL in 2001.

  313. whitey January 26, 2009 10:52 pm

    aunty lizk, have a fun and safe trip to the land where the animals have built in purses, hop around on 2 legs, have bills that look like a duck, have bear looking creatures that are not bears, have ding bats, get plenty poisonous snakes, and people eat roasted cats.

  314. Garret January 26, 2009 10:54 pm

    Over the past 4 years, the MWC has a better record against BCS teams than the Big 10 and ACC. They were 5-1 against the Pac-10 last season, which helped their average.

    the MWC’s .475 mark over the last four years is better than the Big Ten’s (.439) and the ACC’s (.464) over the same span. They’re holding their own; another four or five years of incremental improvements and semi-regular gate-crashing, and they might actually have a shot.

  315. whitey January 26, 2009 10:55 pm

    aunty liz, send report on their biru quality. thanks.

  316. Garret January 26, 2009 10:59 pm

    The Chargers have the right to leave San Diego, and they will not be able to play at Qualcomm Stadium much longer…and the prospects of getting another stadium in San Diego County don’t look that good. They already spent $10 million trying to find a place to build a stadium in San Diego county and it looks hopeless for them. So, it is quite interesting that they hired an LA marketing firm.

    Of course, when the Chargers leave and the city of San Diego knocks down Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego will have nowhere to play their games…

    The Chargers, whose stadium arrangement in San Diego makes them the team best positioned to move here, have hired an L.A. marketing firm. Of course, it could all be just another tease.

    But more smoke signals came Monday when the Chargers signed a deal with Los Angeles-based Wasserman Media Group to market the franchise in L.A. and Orange County, a development that surely will be viewed by some as greasing the skids for a move north. There hasn’t been a team in the L.A. area since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season.

    “The bottom line is Los Angeles and Orange County are two of the most lucrative markets in the world,” said Mark Fabiani, the team’s point man on stadium issues. “There’s no NFL team in those markets, and there’s no reason the Chargers can’t pursue those areas in these difficult economic times.”

    Possible motivations aside, this much is clear: The Chargers, who have been working on a San Diego stadium solution for seven years and so far have been unsuccessful, are better positioned to move than any other NFL team.

    Beginning on Super Bowl Sunday — of all days — the Chargers will have a three-month window in which to relocate. And, under the team’s current lease terms with the city of San Diego, that window will reopen every year from this point forward. The city cannot sue the Chargers or the NFL to block a move, provided it is paid a $56-million lease-termination fee that will decrease over time.

  317. Garret January 26, 2009 11:06 pm

    With all this talk about NCAA recruiting rules, there is a *huge* loophole for basketball that has been used every so often. A team recruiting a player can hire a coach or someone close to the player as a “2-for-1” deal…it appears that Baylor has attempted that by hiring the summer league coach for the #1 basketball recruit in the country. They created a position for him and gave him a $100k+ job…and this is *completely legal* because of the loophole in the NCAA recruiting rules.

    Of course, UH hired Tony Tuioti and then immediately started recruiting players that he had just coached…but UH had a good reason to hire Tuioti and I do not believe that there was any promise of “delivering” players to UH. Baylor and the other schools would also argue that they had justification for their hires.

    You want big fish in a little pond? This is the very definition with Wall, the No. 1 high school basketball recruit in the country playing in a bandbox gym — capacity: 555 — against an obviously overmatched opponent.

    Wall’s most recent list of finalists: Baylor, Memphis, N.C. State, Kansas, Oregon, Miami and Duke.

    Many recruiting experts and even more speculative fans believe Wall ultimately will give Baylor the nod. That’s because in July, Wall’s summer league coach, Dwon Clifton from Greensboro-based D-One Sports, was given a job in Baylor’s program, accepting the newly created position of director of player development.

    Under NCAA guidelines, it was a perfectly legal hire. But at the time, many saw Baylor’s move as a quid-pro-quo strategy of, “Bring John Wall to Waco, and we’ll get you on the payroll.”

    One recruiting analyst said on the condition of anonymity: “Wall has to end up at Baylor. Unless you just think Baylor was taking a chance that maybe, just maybe, they would get John Wall by making that hire. But there’s a big part of me that can’t believe that’s true. There had to be some pre-arranged understanding.”

    Has Dwon Clifton benefited from his tight relationship with the No. 1 prep point guard in the country? Undeniably.

    “But so what?” Brian Clifton asks. “Life is about connections and networking. This isn’t something unique to recruiting.”

  318. Garret January 26, 2009 11:08 pm

    Remember, Kansas hired Danny Manning’s Dad to be an assistant coach when they were trying to recruit Danny Manning. Kansas won a national title with Manning starring for them. But this hire by Baylor is even more glaring to me.

    Yet it’s also worth noting that before July, Clifton had no college coaching experience and no high school coaching experience. At the time of his hiring, he was working in Greensboro as a basketball trainer who doubled as a D-One coach.

    Furthermore, the position he now holds at Baylor did not exist six months ago. And according to multiple sources, Clifton was given a multi-year deal worth more than $100,000 annually.

    So, it’s easy to see why eyebrows have been raised.

  319. Garret January 26, 2009 11:09 pm

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

    New Zealand man bought a used MP3 player for $10…and found confidential US military files on it!

  320. Garret January 26, 2009 11:09 pm

    Tainted honey is entering the US food supply far too regularly. Apparently about 1/3 of the honey sold in the US comes from China, and food labels are purposely being mislabeled as being from the US…Chinese honey is sold to one food distributor who tests it and finds that it is contaminated, returning it to the seller…and the seller turns around and sells it to another food distributor that doesn’t test its honey!

  321. Garret January 26, 2009 11:10 pm

    The USDA is worried about having genetically modified food enter the US from China, Brazil, and India.

  322. Garret January 26, 2009 11:10 pm

    Article about the huge problems that Microsoft is facing right now, including a potential $8.5 billion settlement they would have to pay over misleading “Vista capable” claims.

  323. Garret January 26, 2009 11:11 pm

    Mexican chefs made a TWO TON cheesecake.

  324. Garret January 26, 2009 11:12 pm

    Free play links pau.

  325. whitey January 26, 2009 11:13 pm

    according to espn, the brand new tc ching field is providing plenty ammunition for this year’s recruiting and is making a huge impression on the recruits.

  326. Garret January 26, 2009 11:16 pm

    The article that was posted earlier confirms that the Redskins *have* changed Colt’s throwing motion. I remember that a lot of people here didn’t want to believe the article from the Washington Post reporter, but Colt himself confirms it!

    And then there’s his throwing motion.

    When the Redskins selected Brennan last April, NFL draft gurus wondered if he would be able to adapt his sidearm release to a more conventional throwing motion.

    With head coach Jim Zorn emphasizing a strong, high release, Brennan has worked to adjust how he throws the ball.

    The sidearm release, so prevalent last preseason, is not as prominent now, Brennan said.

  327. Garret January 26, 2009 11:25 pm


    Facility improvements are *always* a huge boost to recruiting. The previous coaching staff was able to recruit okay despite the state of the facilities, but improving the facilities was critical to improving the program.

    The other major help is the significantly increased recruiting budget! ST mentioned above how it is nice that UH is spending so much money on sending coaches all around the mainland to try to win recruiting battles. That money didn’t exist when HF was in charge, so major credit should go to JD.

    I hope that JD can somehow avoid cutting the seemingly unlimited recruiting budget (it seems like whenever the coaches need to visit a recruit they can, and UH doesn’t have to worry about their chances of getting a recruit like McKay when bringing him in for a recruiting weekend) in the future despite the budget deficit the Athletic Department has. I think JD realizes that UH needs its football program to succeed in order to make money for the entire Athletic Department, so he’s given Mac the tools needed to recruit.

    JD should also get credit for approving the hire of a recruiting coordinator, something UH hadn’t been able to do before. Tony Tuioti will make a difference for the Warrior program and creating a new position isn’t cheap!

  328. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 26, 2009 11:39 pm

    Garret- but the article goes on to say:

    “It’s still there, though.

    And that may be okay.

    “[Coach Zorn] told me, ‘As long as you’re accurate with the football and you can get the ball there, I want you to be comfortable,’” Brennan said.

    He added: “You saw in the preseason and in practice week-in and week-out, as far as my throwing ability, that has never been a question. It was never a question in college. It was something that people questioned whether it would work or not. I think if you watch enough film, you see that it really isn’t a problem.””

  329. Ryan Azada January 27, 2009 12:03 am

    Good move for the Warriors to secure a verbal from one of the 2 safeties at Kahuku! What is the situation in recruiting JUCO offensive tackle, Wade Bowen, from Palmer, AK, as he’s attending school in CA?

  330. roysan16 January 27, 2009 12:24 am

    A little while ago I posted this on the UCLA blog, “inside ucla” with brian dohn. Very few times do I ever suppress my emotions and not speak up for what I see that is wrong…correctly or incorrectly I still express my point, and you’ll know that by now… furthermore, talking thrash about our boys from Hawaii and bemoaning and even condemning them because of the religious mission they have to take is totally wrong, in my opinion.
    And in my heart these are the right type of things to repress.


    January 27, 2009 12:54 AM

    Anonymous said:

    The above thread shows no benevolence towards athletes from Hawaii. Further, it shows a lot of condemnation from a few of the posters that said, “lets shut the door on athletes that go on missions” and, “let’s shut the door on the Hawaii pipeline”. These statements leave me incensed, and I take it personally. The fact that neither the web master, blog host or any other person refuted this malevolence is very disturbing.

    roysan16, Kailua, Hawaii

  331. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 27, 2009 12:50 am

    Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  332. Ralph January 27, 2009 1:35 am

    we get a recruit and bighilo is absent all day long….big hilo stick to coaching paddling, let wifey compete, she’s in better shape

  333. al ™ January 27, 2009 1:46 am

    just curious…

    is roysan16
    related to

  334. al ™ January 27, 2009 2:22 am

    more trouble brewing…….Zach Masch is a JUCO DT (6’3 290) and apparently Kiffin’s crew has contacted him, so don’t be surprised to see him show up on the v-list. He’s been cleared to enroll in the spring, if the school is on the quarter system (is UT on the quarter system?).

    Scout.com: Snafu Gives Masch More Options

    snippet: [“The big schools that have been talking to me are schools like Tennessee and UCLA,” said Masch..]

    [The Tennessee coach saw my highlight film and they really liked them. They said after dead week (which concludes Thursday), they would get in touch with me,” said Masch.]

    Doesn’t say who the “Tennessee coach” is, I’m assuming Orgeron/Lane or Monte.

    He’s only a two-star, but Juco players don’t get the same scrutiny in evaluations HS players get. I’m just throwing him out there as a name that may show up on the V-list. I’ll add some more if I can find some.

  335. al ™ January 27, 2009 2:25 am

    the aforementioned came from “volnation” a tennessee blog.

    did you catch this posters note, “He’s only a two-star, but ….”

  336. Ralph January 27, 2009 3:33 am

    bighilo’s computer acting up again….or is the papio belly giving him hallucinations

  337. wafan January 27, 2009 3:42 am

    Good morning all!

  338. d1島 January 27, 2009 6:17 am

    Great Morning All!

    Bon Voyage LizK! Have a wonderful time!

    Erryboddy else, have a great day!

  339. d1島 January 27, 2009 6:18 am


  340. jm2375 January 27, 2009 6:24 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    What happened to the early morning crew? bhf2 letting the chickens sleep in today?

    Off to work. bbl.

  341. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 27, 2009 6:32 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka and ciao!

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  343. Raider 4 evah January 28, 2009 1:12 am

    saint john Lessary should be one of the all time Raider greats for his position at placekicker and punter. How’s Camilla Ahoy doing in Oregon? Oh and a girl name ???Sabido was one of the first female kickers to play on the raiders team. A total of 4 girls i think come to my mind that played for kahuku in the new millenium.

  344. class of 71 maincamp pinoy January 28, 2009 1:20 am

    picture christian feagai as a walkon next year for quarterback. Maybe some more Santiago’s or Atuaia’s at running back will be coming soon. The Basketball team is awesome this year. Time for a new coaching change on football.

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