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During last night’s MPSF quarterfinal match, nobody cheered more enthusiastically — well, except for Stretch, PowderPuff and Kolby Kanetake’s family — than Jeff Hall.

As an assistant coach and then associate head coach, Hall played a large role in assembling the Warrior team that now will play Pepperdine in the MPSF semifinals. Hall also was the point recruiter for a 2015 men’s volleyball class that is widely regarded as the nation’s best.

With a strong endorsement from Charlie Wade, Hall was named the head coach for sand volleyball and associate head coach for women’s volleyball. That meant leaving the Warriors … sort of. Hall and his family still attend every home match. They still cheer.

That Warrior-for-life atmosphere is ingrained in the program. Former players and their families still are considered part of the team. Josh Walker spent the past week attending practices while preparing for the birth of his daughter. Mauli‘a LaBarre comes around, sometimes still in his police uniform after his shift. Alan Hackbarth is at several matches, even if he no longer dances during timeouts. The Wilton family also remains supportive.

Success can be measured not just in records, but in the depth of loyalty.

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I should have noticed the signs. But I’m old and dense, among other maladies.

There were players’ family and close friends in the stands at Aloha Stadium on Friday night.

There were referees and down markers. And not just regular refs. We’re talking Frank White-giving-a-pep-talk refs. And officials, not student managers, holding the down markers.

The coordinators were in the coaches’ booth on the loge level.

But then, photographers were forbidden from shooting during the scrimmage or team drills. And while I was taking notes, UH officials weren’t keeping stats.

But then after the scrimmage, the players were enthusiastic about their play. In a regular practice? Hmmm.

And then when I got home, I emptied my pockets and found a crumpled paper. It was a program, with rosters.

Darn. That was the spring fling.

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Congrats to brother Mike and his wife Tiffany. They both passed their Phd dissertation defense.


  1. 3-Prong April 26, 2015 9:08 am

    Good Morning Hawaii.

  2. tom April 26, 2015 9:37 am


    What a game! My wife even watched the re-run at 11:00pm – kinda hard to sleep with her yelling and screaming at the screen. I told her that I thought we would win again in the re-run.

    Congratulations to Drs. Mike and Tiffany.

  3. tom April 26, 2015 9:49 am

    CONGRATS to the Volleyball team! Beat Pepperdine!

    Don’t forget
    Some of the Coaches Choice needs could use our help. Some of the programs really need our assistance though they might not have the glamor of, say Men’s Volleyball.

    Take a look at what they are requesting and see if you can pony up $$.
    You can also look up the webpage for UH Athletics and go to “donate” and Coaches Choice will be one of the selections.

  4. Stephen Tsai April 26, 2015 9:54 am

    You’re a good man.

  5. nanakuli April 26, 2015 9:54 am

    Wow, Coach Chow had his party and never invite us. No wonder nobody like buy season tickets. At lease ST went to tell us what happen.

  6. Ran April 26, 2015 10:08 am

    I thought the home matches goes to the highest remaining seed in the MPSF playoffs? Should Hawaii be hosting again against Pepperdine as the second seed?Maybe I missed something?

  7. SteveM April 26, 2015 11:52 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats to the Mens Volleyball team!

    Congrats to the Professors Tsai– brother Mike and Tiffany too!

  8. clyde April 26, 2015 12:27 pm

    Congrats to Drs. Tiffany and Mike.

  9. Ipu Man April 26, 2015 12:40 pm

    Prayers for victims and families of Nepal/India/et al gigantic earthquake.
    Congrats to Men’s UH volleyball team.
    And thanks again to ST for never failing to write a good blog.
    btw, is it September yet?

  10. Ipu Man April 26, 2015 12:42 pm

    Oh wait, we can’t hibernate yet.
    Got to watch the NFL draft.
    Hate it when they cut away from the minor players getting picked
    and start yacking about the big picks. Hope Joey gets picked 3rd.

  11. Boolakanaka April 26, 2015 1:30 pm

    Tom, because we are still lagging I’ll open up the match, of up to $100, for the first three Tsaikos that will donate….

  12. tom April 26, 2015 1:40 pm

    BOOLA: Does noon today count?

  13. seewhy April 26, 2015 1:49 pm

    What a great match last night! Even the baseball Bows managed to pull off their upset over Santa Barbara.

  14. seewhy April 26, 2015 1:49 pm

    And congratulations to your brother! Or should I say, Dr. Mike.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid April 26, 2015 4:11 pm

    Go Doctors!!!
    Go Warriors!!!

  16. Boolakanaka April 26, 2015 4:39 pm

    Tom-sure thing–to what program??

  17. z April 26, 2015 7:15 pm

    Game last night was unreal. Great job Bows!

  18. islandman April 26, 2015 7:27 pm

    6. Ron—The host for the Semi-Finals is the highest remaining seed, which is Irvine. Both of the semi-final matches are played at one site.

  19. A-House April 26, 2015 7:34 pm


    water polo, swimming/diving & softball – accept your challenge.

  20. tom April 26, 2015 8:38 pm

    BOOLA #12

    Take A-House’s money (#19)
    Otherwise I would have let you choose.

    #19 A-House: thank you! (I don’t believe Coach Coolen submitted anything though I don’t doubt his program could use some assistance. There is always joining (or rejoining) the Wahine Softball Boosters Club – I’m sure Pomai, Kevin and Ralph will send you a season’s pass!

  21. cappie the dog April 26, 2015 9:09 pm

    “Kroeger is open! Kroeger is open!”

    But alas, Anthony Carter attempted a jump shot at the free-throw line that barely grazed the rim.

    Fresno State, not Hawaii, advanced to the semifinals of the NIT.

    So much for home court advantage.

    At least I watched it from the distance of my television.


    The ballpark will hold it.

    But no, it didn’t, as Louisiana Tech players ran onto the field as an eerie silence floated throughout Rainbow Stadium, interrupted only by 20 or so odd Bulldogs hollering in jubilation, while our guys, including pitcher S.S., walked off the artificial turf in the opening game of the 2009 WAC Baseball Tournament.

    We’re talking about the number nine hitter.

    This is why we have to celebrate what the women’s water polo team did tonight.

    They hosted a conference tournament, and WON, not come close, actually won the damn thing, and helped reverse some of the cumulative angst that Hawaii fans experience year after year.

    Awesome atmosphere.

  22. HawaiiMongoose April 27, 2015 1:23 am

    Why does the Coaches Choice fundraising site show only $275 in contributions to Laura Beeman’s Wahine Basketball wish list? Previously it showed nearly $6,000 in contributions to Wahine Basketball (including $100 from yours truly) which exceeded the goal. What gives??

  23. Maddog50 April 27, 2015 2:26 am

    There is probably a number of reasons for the friends and family “scrimmage” which featured closed access regarding filming and some other caveats. I think thereis also a reason for the roster with accurate heights and weights not being updated. I honestly believe that there will be some big surprises come the fall notonlyin terms of schemes but also in terms of player development. I could care less how this unfolds as long as it unfolds with “W’s”!!!!!!! Go Warriors!!!

  24. Stephen Tsai April 27, 2015 6:25 am

    New post:

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