Let the games begin

Aloha ball began with last night’s draft of UH football players.

The coaches selected 16 players to lead eight teams. The captains then drafted teammates to fill their teams.

The rules are this: Points are added for good deeds, such as a group GPA of 3.0 or better, selfie of group dressed in theme costumes at another UH sport’s game, donating blood, keeping the campus clean, and so forth. Points are deducted for tardiness to meetings or classes, poor grades, campus incidents, and so forth.

Recruiting coordinator Jason Cvercko served as last night’s commissioner. Here are the teams:

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Dejon Allen, Noah Borden, Kory Rasmussen
Dejon Allen, Noah Borden, Kory Rasmussen
> Captains: Dejon Allen, Kory Rasmusssen
> Members: Noah Borden, Penitito Faalologo, Luke Clements, Ammon Barker, Dayton Furuta, Eperone Moananu, Davasyia Hagger, Preston Kalai.

* * * * *

Leo Koloamatangi, Brodie Nakama, Jerrol Garcia-Williams
Leo Koloamatangi, Brodie Nakama, Jerrol Garcia-Williams
Team 1> Captain: Leo Koloamatangi, Jerrol Garcia-Williams
> Members: Brodie Nakama, Dakota Torres, Arona Amosa, John Wa‘a, Austin Webb, Cameron Hayes, Pumba Williams.

* * * * *

Makoa Camanse-Stevens, Damien Packer, Nick Nelson
Makoa Camanse-Stevens, Damien Packer, Nick Nelson
Money Team
> Captains: Makoa Camanse-Stevens, Nick Nelson
> Members: Damien Packer, Daniel Lewis, Malachi Mageo, Tamua Tuinei, Frank Abreu, Samiuela Akoteu, Paul Harris.

* * * * *

RJ Hollis, Zeno Choi, Kennedy Tulimasealii
RJ Hollis, Zeno Choi, Kennedy Tulimasealii
Like Scrap
> Captains: RJ Hollis, Kennedy Tulimasealii
> Members: Zeno Choi, Vasquez Haynes, David Manoa, Ryan Tuiasoa, Sione Kauhi, Asotui Eli, Keelan Ewaliko, Jamie Tago.

* * * * *

Remy "Hurricane" McClam, Rigo Sanchez, Beau Reilly
Remy “Hurricane” McClam, Rigo Sanchez, Beau Reilly
Timon & Pumba
> Captains: Remy McClam, Beau Reilly
> Members: Rigo Sanchez, J.R. Hensley, Isaiah Bernard, Austin Borengasser, Matt Norman, Devan Stubblefield, Rashaan Falemalu, Dejaun Butler.

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Aaron Zwahlen, Dylan Collie, Meffy Koloamatangi
Aaron Zwahlen, Dylan Collie, Meffy Koloamatangi
The Yay
> Captains: Meffy Koloamatangi, Aaron Zwahlen
> Members: Dylan Collie, Alex Trifonovitch, Rojesterman Farris II, Brennen Brooks, Dalton Gouveia, Solomon Matautia, Russell Williams Jr., Mel Davis.

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Jahlani Tavai, Fred Ulu-Perry, Marcus Kemp
Jahlani Tavai, Fred Ulu-Perry, Marcus Kemp
> Captains: Jahlani Tavai, Marcus Kemp
> Members: Fred Ulu-Perry, John Ursua, Kaiwi Chung, Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, Tevarua Eldridge, Diocemy Saint Juste, Elijah Tupai, Tui Unga.

* * * * *

Ikaika Woolsey, Zach Wilson, Jalen Rogers
Ikaika Woolsey, Zach Wilson, Jalen Rogers
> Captains: Ikaika Woolsey, Jalen Rogers
> Members: Zach Wilson, Steven Lakalaka, Jamal Mayo, Trayvon Henderson, Kalei Lototo, Dany Mulanga, Ka‘au Gifford, Jeremy Castro.

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Dead period is pau.

The Warriors are bringing in about a dozen recruits this weekend.


  1. al January 14, 2016 7:34 am


  2. al January 14, 2016 7:35 am

    Team building stuff is great.

  3. al January 14, 2016 7:38 am

    Good to see the new faces on board.

  4. al January 14, 2016 7:39 am

    …and they are?

  5. al January 14, 2016 7:42 am

    Zwhalen looks big.
    Reilly might have gained a pound.

  6. Bryson January 14, 2016 7:57 am

    I wonder if Sean Auwae will decommitt from Vanda now that his point recruiter will be a Co-DC at Utah State

  7. letsgowarriors January 14, 2016 8:15 am

    so no Linton, Broman, Novoa and Ho. i believe all were walkons?

  8. letsgowarriors January 14, 2016 8:18 am

    hopefully Camanse-Stevens will get a scholarship even though he will count as an initial.

  9. seewhy January 14, 2016 8:23 am

    I think this is a great idea! Good for the team, school, and community. Go Bows!!

  10. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 8:42 am

    Team Pumba passed on Pumba Williams

  11. truegreen January 14, 2016 8:53 am

    #6 Bryson:
    Is that the “butterfly effect” ST was referencing earlier that could affect Hawaii?

  12. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 9:01 am

    of the 8 #1 picks:
    – 4 orignal walkons (Borden, Nakama, Packer, Choi) — walkon guys are usually not late or slack on school work

    – 3 ST guys (LS Borden & Nakama, PK/P Sanchez) could also add Packer & Collie to this group

    With that, someone should have taken Alex Trifonovich as their #1 pick. Walkon PK/P and Punahou Grad. He would reap big points

  13. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 9:02 am

    Good to see all 3 returning QBs as team captains

  14. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 9:09 am

    I see Tuinei, Tuiasoa, Tui Unga & Tui Eli, but no Tuileta????

  15. Stephen Tsai January 14, 2016 9:13 am

    Big Wave:
    I’m glad the Koloamatangi brothers are captains. It would be awkward if one didn’t choose the other.

  16. Stephen Tsai January 14, 2016 9:14 am

    The members are listed in order of draft selection.

  17. H-Man January 14, 2016 9:19 am

    Nice to see Fred Ulu-Perry and Zach Wilson already on-board.

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid January 14, 2016 9:22 am

    Great activity – teams within the team. New faces, old faces, happy faces Warrior faces. Play Warrior!

  19. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 9:23 am

    Zach Wilson’s HS graduating class had some studs
    – 4* QB
    – 6 BCS signees, including 5 to the PAC12
    – 3 mid major signees, including Zach


  20. jeezy33 January 14, 2016 9:28 am

    Hoodies and long sleeves in Hawaii???

    I’d buy Zach Wilson a new hat but that would be a violation

  21. shadow January 14, 2016 9:44 am

    BYU pulls W. Taulapapa’s offer:

    Something to think about for the recruits who think that the grass is greener past the Pacific Ocean.

    Representing & being a UH Warrior may well be the best choice after all . . .

  22. letsgowarriors January 14, 2016 9:45 am

    Ulu-Perry the only draft pick to be blessed w a flat bill.

  23. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 9:48 am

    No Aaron Ho?

  24. Legistlature January 14, 2016 9:49 am

    equalizers takes first in the games
    Follwed by a close second like scrap

  25. letsgowarriors January 14, 2016 9:56 am


    Andrew Ho? or Aaron Novoa?

  26. ai-eee-soos January 14, 2016 10:03 am

    odda kine football news …

    49er fans – The San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly.

  27. amela January 14, 2016 10:13 am

    Taulapapa should go to Navy. I din’t think he’ll fit in Rolo’s offense maybe could’ve on Chows ground and pound schemes.

  28. Tarai January 14, 2016 10:35 am

    BYU football recruiting: Class of 2016 prospect big board and interactive map


    check out BYU recruiting board

  29. Waikapu January 14, 2016 10:48 am

    Getting back to yesterday’s blog, not sure how we can justify more money for UH athletics when the campus itself has more than a half billion dollars in needed facility maintenance. A half billion. What’s more important? Having facilities for students to learn or paying even more cash to watch grown men and women play games? First and foremost, UH is a school. Not a minor league sports facility. You want sports? Find donors. Can’t find donors? Then end the sports program in its entirety. We need a university in Hawaii. We don’t NEED sports. Priorities people. This is not the Legislature’s or the Governor’s fault. Priorities.

  30. haka January 14, 2016 11:24 am

    Sorry if posted already, but loved this.

    UH’s Kema-Kaleiwahea Receives Excellence for Children Award!
    Beautiful Makani & Brianna!



  31. seewhy January 14, 2016 11:35 am


    What a great story!

  32. BigWave96744 January 14, 2016 11:50 am

    letsgowarriors, #25 good catch
    hehehe both.

  33. jeffdman2000 January 14, 2016 11:53 am

    29…there is many articles about how removing sports hurts the flow of students coming into Hawaii. UH needs main landers to come here to go to school. Like it or not sports is the only way some kids even know there is a college in Hawaii. If no sports you would be worse that HPU on national recognition. Better football years also leads to higher admissions. After Appalachian State Beat Michigan their attendance went up like 200%. 500 Million seems like a lot but thats just like the Pearl City part of the Rail. 3 million is absolute peanuts to a school. They should just hire a Realtor and they can sell a couple houses a year for that amount. California was in deficit for years…Somehow their schools are ok and facilities for the most part are nice and there are like 100 schools. If you think UH can stand alone on its education and college experience…well sorry …Ain’t happening.

  34. haka January 14, 2016 12:09 pm

    31 seewhy,
    ST wrote a nice piece on Makani previously. I am just happy to see them get the recognition they deserve.

  35. SteveM January 14, 2016 12:37 pm

    Just saw the S-A breaking news about Lois Manin returning to UH to become the football team Operations Director.
    Welcome back Lois!

    ST mentioned her a lot when she was UH sports info director. She had spirit. 🙂

  36. H-Man January 14, 2016 12:54 pm

    In response to Waikapu, see today’s SA article about $1 million overtime paid to Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility’s 14 corrections officers and supervisors in 2015; http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/staff-at-hycf-rack-up-1m-plus-in-overtime/

  37. AdmrVT January 14, 2016 1:27 pm

    #29. Waikapu. What you are pointing out leads to another “issue.” UH has gotten too big for its britches. As I keep saying, the BOR also needs to consider a “RIF.”

    UH’s website says “At UH Mānoa, we offer more than 200 degree programs through 18 colleges and schools. Programs in the departments of oceanography, astronomy, international business, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, earth science, marine biology, and library and information science are ranked among nation’s best.” Yet we know that several of the departments and programs have only issued a small number of degrees each over the past 3 years.

    While faculty would oppose — as their tenure and livelihood would be at stake — the elimination of low demand programs may also help alleviate building renovations, as well as “overhead.” UH has simply gotten too big. And, this doesn’t include all of the community colleges and West Oahu college.

    Education is great, but there needs to be a limit.

  38. BigFan January 14, 2016 1:53 pm

    Unfortunately, many people have the short sighted view like Waikapu’s. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Athletics like other cultural things are important to one’s development. It also helps in other areas to give the UH some visibility as previously mentioned. This topic has a lot of considerations that have already been discussed so I will not take up the space but we also need to consider that sports will never be completely eliminated but it needs to be re-evaluated and a new model needs to be developed.
    Btw, I like Mark Rolfing’s idea of a stadium on the Ala Wai golf course. Refreshing to hear this especially coming from a golf icon and person who truly wants the best for the state and not only golf.

  39. tom January 14, 2016 1:59 pm


    #29 Waikapu says: “We need a university in Hawaii. Priorities people. This is not the Legislature’s or the Governor’s fault. Priorities.”

    If the politicos (which includes the Rgenets) want an overall top university, then they should stop trying to cheapen the UH. The tution is about $5,000 below the average tution for like-MWC Universities. UH has about 60,000 students which equates to about $30M which could help maintaining and improving facilities and top rank teachers.

    It would be very unpopular stance to take with students and parents with our history of having a cheap university education. But notwithstanding the problem of sports, it has to be done – but with the profiles of no-courage, it won’t be done.

  40. BigFan January 14, 2016 3:09 pm

    I like the team led by Aaron and Meffy.

  41. Old School Dave January 14, 2016 3:58 pm

    New Strength & Conditioning coach coming to UH from Nevada?


    Hope the players will be allowed to grow their hair under Coach Rolovich

  42. cheepono January 14, 2016 4:30 pm

    new s/c coach… bubba reynolds

  43. graham January 14, 2016 5:01 pm

    Any word on where Coach Bailey or Mason landed? Really hoping all the former coaches land on their feet.

  44. z January 14, 2016 5:20 pm

    Talking about strength and conditioning and other things coaches still need fans help.


  45. ai-eee-soos January 14, 2016 8:06 pm

    Jacksonville University: Rich Ellerson (DC).

  46. BigFan January 14, 2016 8:09 pm

    So, who’s the dozen or so recruits coming in? That’s a lot. I can only think of about 6 which would be Tevaka Tuioti, Freddie Holly, Tanner Hawthorne, Austin Dixon, Keith Ishmael, Dru Mathis (is Woodard, the other Arizona lineman coming in too?). I hope Tevaka is coming with his teammates.

  47. 3-Prong January 14, 2016 10:19 pm

    Just heard on the news that the State’s Maui Memorial Hospital conversion into a Kaiser facility effective July 2016 is going to yield a $100 million dollars in savings. Maybe the Athletic Dept was smart in going back to the well by asking for the 3-4 Million again. Come on Mr Ige, I’ll give you another chance to redeem yourself.

  48. cappie the dog January 15, 2016 6:16 am


    I don’t live in a major city.

    I need UH sports.

  49. Boolakanaka January 15, 2016 6:57 am

    Waikapu, but with all afforded and due respect, you are talking out the poi- hole now. A couple of germane points: one the requirements of title IX are not easily meet and thus many states have made the legislative decision to basically make-up the difference (see FL and WA) among others. Two, schools that have eliminated sports have actually seen both interest and nominal applications take precipitous falls.

    Further, your statement insinuates that academics and stout athletics are mutually exclusive–nothing could be further from the case. What do Harvard, Princeton, MIT, UChicago, Stanford and BoolaU have in common—hint, they all make a large committement to athletics. To be clear, academics without athletics is certainly the exception to the rule. Finally, the exponential economic multiplier also clearly favors the monetary benefits it brings to the state in its key industries.

  50. PONO January 15, 2016 6:58 am

    Jeezy our resident in house recruiting expert. Who is here in the islands this weekend on their official? I see that some guys arrived on Thursday.

  51. Stephen Tsai January 15, 2016 7:16 am

    I apologize for the short notice, but the blog is going on hiatus for about eight weeks.
    I appreciate each of you.
    Here’s the new post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=35341

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