Warriors land lineman

Leo Koloamatangi, a lineman from Sacred Hearts Prep High School in Northern California, told the Warrior Beat he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors.

Koloamatangi, who is 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds, said he chose the Warriors because of UH assistant coach Lewis Powell, a long-time family friend, and UH head coach Norm Chow. He played on the offensive and defensive lines for the Gators, but has not been told which position he will play at UH. He said he will put his commitment in writing Feb. 1, the first day recruits may sign national letters of intent.

“I can’t wait,” said Koloamatangi, who will visit Hawaii next week.

Here’s his highlight video: Leo Koloamatangi.

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Two important figures of Hawaii football history — George Lumpkin and Dick Tomey — will not be part of the Warriors’ future. Both were told they will not be retained after their contracts expire March 31.

For 38 of the past 41 years, Lumpkin has been a player, coach and administrator for the Warriors. The past two years, he has served as UH’s director of personnel.

Tomey was the Warriors’ head coach for 10 seasons, through 1986. He also was head coach at Arizona and San Jose State. Tomey has 47 years of coaching experience. He rejoined the Warriors last year, serving as special teams coordinator.

Norm Chow will have in-person meetings with Nick Rolovich and Tony Tuioti next week.

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Looking for a tight end? It appears Tana Woodard is set to join the Warriors:

Here’s the highlight video: Tana Woodard.

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Miah Ostrowski:


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OC Sports will be using these former volleyball Warriors on their telecasts:

sivanSivan Leoni

P1010913Sean Carney, Tony Ching

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Happy birthday to the wonderful GmaHoney.


  1. mo808 January 4, 2012 12:08 am

    Wow, no surprise here. First?

  2. mo808 January 4, 2012 12:10 am

    Thank you to Coach Lumpkin and Coach Tomey!

  3. BowBowl January 4, 2012 12:11 am

    Top Ten! Mahalo coaches for your service.

  4. TYaiea January 4, 2012 12:11 am

    top five. was just hanging around.

  5. TYaiea January 4, 2012 12:14 am

    so George Lumpkin can retire as a state employee? How old is he?

  6. easybruddah January 4, 2012 12:15 am

    What about Rolo and Tuioti?

  7. AlaWai January 4, 2012 12:18 am

    lucky 7

  8. AlaWai January 4, 2012 12:20 am

    I hope they keep both. One on each side of the ball. They both are talented and know the player personnel.

  9. truegreen January 4, 2012 12:21 am

    Back in the top ten.

    As much as I will miss seeing Dick Tomey on the sidelines again, it was kinda expected. The real suspense is with Rolo and Tuioti…

  10. TYaiea January 4, 2012 12:23 am

    got a feeling that it will be Tony. Coach may be like Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, head coach and offensive coordinator.

  11. mo808 January 4, 2012 12:24 am

    I hope so too, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen that both Rolo & Tuioti would be kept by Chow! But, they’re young so only good things could happen for them! They’ll land on their feet somewhere!

  12. TYaiea January 4, 2012 12:29 am

    wow, almost 1am, what the heck i’m still up. gotta go sleep…nite all…IMUA NA KOA!!!

  13. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 12:51 am

    Good Luck to Coach Lumpkin and Coach Tomey.

  14. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 12:53 am

    still get chance.

    # 6. easybruddah:

    January 4th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    What about Rolo and Tuioti?

  15. BigHiloFan2 January 4, 2012 1:22 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Hats off to Coach Tomey, Mr. Lumpkin. Class acts!

    Good luck to us! Go Warriors!

  16. mo808 January 4, 2012 3:02 am

    Good morning Tsaiko’s, happy Wednesday to you all!

  17. wafan January 4, 2012 3:32 am

    Happy 1st Hump Day of 2012!

  18. wafan January 4, 2012 4:13 am

    Thanks to Lumpkin and Tomey!

  19. Garret January 4, 2012 4:38 am

    The brother of a Warrior is the top recruit in Southern California for the 2013 class.

    In a semifinal playoff game against Upland, Cravens recorded 12 tackles and three sacks. In a quarterfinal playoff game against Riverside North, he rushed for 201 yards and scored three touchdowns.

    He is considered the No. 1 college prospect in Southern California for 2013 with more than 25 scholarship offers, and that is certainly not based on potential alone.


  20. Garret January 4, 2012 4:41 am

    Here is the All-Area team from the LA Times. It looks like this includes LA County, Orange County, and San Bernadino County, so making the 1st team is a huge honor. There seem to be a lot of players listed that haven’t committed to any school yet…


  21. Garret January 4, 2012 4:42 am

    Best wishes to Coach Lumpkin and Coach Tomey. They have had long careers in coaching, a big accomplishment when considering how little job security coaches have.

  22. Garret January 4, 2012 4:46 am

    Norm Chow is supposedly making a home visit this weekend to this SJSU QB commit. Tyler Stewart is 6’4″, 210-pounds, 3-star, and chose SJSU over Fresno State. In 2010, he threw for 2,800 yards, 39 touchdowns and was named First Team All-League and First Team All-CIF


  23. Garret January 4, 2012 4:46 am

    Oops, the correct link for the above post is:


  24. Garret January 4, 2012 4:57 am

    Fan reaction on Twitter resulted in the top safety recruit in the country removing USC from his top 3 schools of interest.

    Shaq Thompson is one of the nation’s top recruits. An uber-athlete who currently is ranked as the nation’s top safety prospect, Thompson would be an absolute monster recruit for any major national collegiate football program to land, the kind of star who could come in and potentially start from day one on campus. On Sunday, Thompson (who is just one of a trio of prospects named Shaq in the current Rivals250) appeared to narrow down specifically which programs he would play for, listing California, Washington and USC as his final three considerations, first in an interview with Rivals.com and then to the masses on Twitter.

    That’s when the Twitterverse seemed to explode, and Thompson rapidly changed his mind. Really.


  25. WarriorNY January 4, 2012 5:32 am

    This is so funny… From when Chow was hired, all any of us wanted to know was whether Rolo and Tuioti will be retained… And all we hear about is everyone else…

    In Chow, we trust…

  26. d1shima January 4, 2012 5:39 am

    Great Morning All!

    Mahalo to Coaches Tomey and Lumpkin.

  27. Seawalker January 4, 2012 5:58 am

    Lumpkin was quite a guy, alright. When working at Sakamaki one summer, Lumpkin would drop by frequently, well, to talk story, of course, to the registration people. It was his loud laugh and cheerful disposition that stood out the most. Time to retire, George. Besides, hay tastes not too bad out in the pasture. Chow…

  28. A-joe January 4, 2012 6:04 am

    Mahalo Garret. Great links!

    Gmorning Gang!

  29. Slugger January 4, 2012 6:36 am

    Good morning, gang. Morning, ST.

    Mahalo to Coach Lumpkin and Tomey.

  30. HiloPackFan January 4, 2012 6:45 am

    Why would he keep Rolovich who is about the run-n-shot and Norm is a pro-set type coach, complete with two-back formations and a tight end? Seems like he will bring in a coordinator with that type of background.

  31. WarriorNY January 4, 2012 6:53 am


    He could keep Rolo as qb coach and allow a more gradual transition from the RnS. He also has experience playing pro style offenses in NFL Europe… Chow could also recognize Rolo’s potential…

  32. hossana January 4, 2012 6:56 am

    I am sick n tired…disgusted actually…of the local culture or local yokels insisting or wanting or desiring that Chow retain certain members of the last HC staff….that’s so absurb and ridiculous….Chow should just eliminate everyone and bring in his own staff which looks like to be the case….even these provincial local news media hailing Miano as the second coming or other members of the Mack staff is so absurb….enough….let Chow hire whoever he wants and stop second guessing him…..no wonder Hawaii football will always be mired as 3rd class because of the local mentality….also, if local recruits have an opportunity to play for Stanford, USC, Oregon, Nebraska etc. etc…do you actually blame them for leaving and no one can fault the recruiting process if these recruits go away…we are in a different situation and locals need to understand that….geezus…get with it you news media people and local yokels…..you want a first class program with third class mentality …..look at the finances, facilities etc….ridiculous…I give Tomey & J. Jones credit for what they did with so little in elevating the status of UH football program…..cheers!

  33. Slugger January 4, 2012 7:00 am

    Eh, d1, saw your name on HNN….

  34. Ahbustae86 January 4, 2012 7:10 am

    Chow needs to start up fresh and let go everyone that can be replaced. Chow has connections to NFL and top college coaches. We all want to see change and it starts with the coaches. All I ask of Chow is to keep the teams personality POLYNESIAN.

  35. obachan January 4, 2012 7:10 am

    #32 local yokels? This is an opinion blog so if you get disgusted by the opinions of others–don’t read!

  36. Grant January 4, 2012 7:14 am

    #32…chill out!

  37. Bugaz January 4, 2012 7:16 am

    Good morning y’all! The sun is rising on another beautiful Hawaiian day and the birds are singing.

    Thanks to the former coaching staff not being retained. You all have done a wonderful job and my family thanks you.

  38. WarriorNY January 4, 2012 7:18 am


    Dude, RELAX…

    We all want the best people for the jobs. Some of just would like to see Rolo or Tuioti or whoever succeed in Hawaii because we think they is a good coaches…

    It has nothing to do with local culture…

  39. sports for fun January 4, 2012 7:26 am

    Why is it that some people say they want change in government, but continue to vote for the same people, but when it comes to sports, they want to “clean house”? Just thinking out loud…

  40. sports for fun January 4, 2012 7:28 am

    Blessings to you Coach Lumpkin and Coach Tomey! Thank you for your years of service!

  41. sports for fun January 4, 2012 7:29 am


    finances and facilities…talk to the legislature about the lack of those things

  42. MistahB84 January 4, 2012 7:32 am

    Any word as to when those new assistant coaches will be visiting our top prospects or who their going after first?

  43. mo808 January 4, 2012 7:35 am

    #32 Chill-lax …. and don’t sweat it! We’re all ohana here and you’re not telling what we don’t know about why we can’t hold our local boys back from the big schools. If Rolo and Tuioti are shown the door we understand that. We want the best for the Warriors, and are looking forward to the new regime under Chow!

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  45. Bugaz January 4, 2012 7:39 am

    Wouldn’t it be fantastic to land the younger Cravens also! Nice to hear he had a monstah year and hoping he becomes a Warror.

  46. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 7:40 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to both Tomey and Lumkin. Mahalo to both for their contributions to our community and to Warrior football.

  47. Will-I-Am January 4, 2012 7:44 am


    Any word on the Sungod? I heard a rumor that he might come back.

  48. Kekoa January 4, 2012 7:44 am

    What’s *absurd* is the spelling of that particular word. Chill…there’s many more changes to come.

  49. 1sportsfan January 4, 2012 7:47 am

    Watching the Michigan/Vtech game, I was impressed by the intensity and speed of both defenses, and especially of the interior linemen. This is the level of defense that UH couldn’t contain when they went to the Sugar Bowl and is the standard that Chow & Co. expect to attain as well as defend against. Hopefully they will.

  50. mo808 January 4, 2012 7:50 am

    #51 I missed that … Maybe the spell check is turned off? 🙂

  51. TYaiea January 4, 2012 7:54 am

    wow hossana lots of anger there. don’t get worked up so much might get a heart attack.

  52. UHFan January 4, 2012 7:55 am

    Hawaii needs to keep Tony Tuioti and Rolo. Tuioti brings solid recruiting ties in the West Coast and also in Islands, especially in American Samoa. He’s a gifted Coach with experience that did a great job this year with his Defensive Line. It will be a loss if Chow lets both Rolo and Tuioti go.

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 7:57 am

    IMHO, Rolo and Tuioti should be neither excluded or included automatically as future assistants because they are from the former coaching staff. Same with all the other former assistants. Chow will make the call based on the good of the program. Personally I hope both are retained, if not, Chrust in Chow.

  54. Bleed Green and White January 4, 2012 8:08 am


    Hey #34 (hossana)

    Here’s the deal, you call me “local yokel” (that’s right i took it personally), then I call you “carpet bagger” (with hopes you take it personal).

    Nobody here is insisting anything, and I think many have stated before, guys like Rolovich and Tuioti, both of whom have done wonderful things as players and coaches for our University, well, some of us would like coach Chow to take a look at possibly retaining them. No insisting, no demanding, no ignorance involved.

    As for local news media hailing Rich Miano as the “second coming”, with the exception of Bobby Curran and Papa Leahey, nobody else in the Hawaii media made their opinions public. Miano did, often, but the media did not. Sure, the media gave him a platform, but Miano himself did all the talking.

    “Also, if local recruits have an opportunity to play for Stanford, USC, Oregon, Nebraska etc. etc…do you actually blame them for leaving?”

    Um, no!


    You must really think we’re all idiots who live in grass shacks and sip Mai Tais.

    An opinion is one thing, “throwing stones” from an ignorant perspective is another thing.

    I’m just saying…..

  55. Couch potato January 4, 2012 8:24 am

    hossana, you spelled absurd wrong twice! 😆 that also must be the most dot dot dots i’ve seen in a long time. 😆 and btw, it has nothing to do with local culture or local yokel.

    many here are passionate about who and what they want for Warrior football. no need bash them for that. bottom line is to support the coaches and players.

    …cheers. :mrgreen:

  56. Couch potato January 4, 2012 8:29 am

    and then there were two.

  57. Couch potato January 4, 2012 8:38 am

    hope the 2 new coaches are enjoying the huge waves on the North shore. hope they remember to not venture near the shoreline to get a better look.

  58. RedZone January 4, 2012 8:41 am

    Mahalo coach Lumpkin and Tomey.

  59. RedZone January 4, 2012 8:45 am

    Go Chow. Find the holy grail.

  60. Luki January 4, 2012 8:49 am

    Luck to both coach Rolo and coach Tuioti if they make it on to coach Chow’s staff, if not, they are young, bright guys who should catch on else where. When you go 6-7, with expectations to take a very watered down WAC conference, you gotta expect big changes…

  61. Bulla January 4, 2012 8:52 am

    Mahalo to Coach Tomey and Coach Lumpkin.

    Both are great coaches and have made their contribution to the UH program over the years, and also to our community.

    Coach Lumpkin has been doing ministry work for many years at OCCC every monday from 6 pm to 8 pm when he was not travelling with the team. He gives the men there the hope that they need; and he has done it with consistency and compassion. Mahalo Coach Lumpkin for reaching out to those that few others reach.

    Good luck to Coach Chow and his staff, exciting times are upon us…


  62. Abunai January 4, 2012 8:56 am

    What I don’t like is the local kids saying UH never recruited them. I just don’t see the logic in that. I know the coaches try to recruit the top tier of Hawaii kids but if the kids say I’m thinking of going to the mainland or I’m waiting to see who else offers. That just tells me that kid wants to go somewhere else. But if the kid tells the coaches that they are really considering UH then it’s up to the coaches to keep that going. Someone mentioned a kid that went to UCLA and the kid said UH never recruited him. But I believe that’s not the whole story.

  63. Derek January 4, 2012 9:03 am

    Chris Peterson just signed a new 5 year contract extension starting at $2 million per year and increases each year. Well deserved. It’s out of this world for a school like Boise State in Idaho to pay that kind of money, but Peterson’s record, 73-6 speaks for itself. And you know what, he’s probably still underpaid. And, did you notice that there are more and more Boise St. players making it in the NFL. I can count at least 7 players from this Sr. class will be drafted including Kellen Moore, Doug Martin, Nate Potter, George Iloka, Jerod Johnson, Billy Winn, and Shea McClellen.

    The bad, Boise St.s starting offensive and defensive units were overwhelmingly senior laden. The good, Boise St. just reloads with underclassmen that had a lot of playing time. No question, they will be the pre-season pick this coming season in the Mountain West. I am sure Norm Chow is well aware of what Peterson has been doing and he is taking notes. Chow’s goal is to have his teams be very good each and every year (as in reload). My goal is to see at least one more BCS Bowl game, and a win before I die. Getting old and time is running out fast.

  64. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 9:04 am

    “There can only be one…. ”

    “..and then there were one”

    but which one? Tony? Nick?

    Guess we’ll find out soon enough, eh?

    Morning Warrior World! …

  65. A-House January 4, 2012 9:15 am

    very reliable “birdie” told me that Kumatle has a full ride scholarship to Stanford – good luck to him.

  66. Couch potato January 4, 2012 9:16 am

    we may be surprised and find there can be two.

    Abunai, could be when a player says they weren’t recruited means UH paid them a visit but never followed up while other schools kept in constant contact with them and made an offer.

  67. Couch potato January 4, 2012 9:18 am

    who is Kumatle?

  68. Bulla January 4, 2012 9:23 am


    there are always 2 sides to the story, and then there is the truth, haha. recruiting is a brutal business, and it is common knowledge that not all the best athletes are offered scholarships… it is what it is…. GO WARRIORS

  69. nettbladet January 4, 2012 9:26 am

    EMM … Jeg kan ikke få det ..

  70. cheepono January 4, 2012 9:26 am

    i think he meant kaumatele… well at least i’m hoping that’s what he meant…

  71. Bryson January 4, 2012 9:29 am

    68:Yes he does have a full ride and even with the injury Stanford is still Commited to Luke as well

  72. Couch potato January 4, 2012 9:31 am

    cheepono, i thought he committed to stanford back in september.

  73. Kevin January 4, 2012 9:33 am

    I think it’s funny when people say “let Chow choose his staff’…

    Ummm… we had a say in the matter?

  74. cheepono January 4, 2012 9:33 am

    he did. i think a-house’s birdie is a little late. lol

  75. d1shima January 4, 2012 9:33 am


    He was using the phonetic spelling of the Midwest broadcasters for that name! 😈

  76. Couch potato January 4, 2012 9:37 am

    cheepono, some birds take long to migrate. :lol;

    d1shima, my mind was slow. should have known that from all the phonetic guess the christmas songs game i played. 😳

  77. Couch potato January 4, 2012 9:38 am

    “let Chow choose his staff”

  78. WarriorNY January 4, 2012 9:43 am



  79. Kevin January 4, 2012 9:43 am

    Oh when will the almighty and powerful bloggers on the internet allow the head coach to choose his own staff?

    These are tense times as we await the word of the next post providing a link to an online article about an assistant coach leaving.

  80. tommui January 4, 2012 9:47 am


    I was kinda amused at the various news stories coming out about how Coach Chow may get a higher payoff than Coach Mac.

    One of the high hopes for Coach Chow was that ticket sales would increase under his regime. I hope and pray so. So whether it increases by 0nly 5,000 of 15,000 or so – he would desire every penny for he brought the enthusiasm back to UH football.

    And of course a minor bowl game, National TV appearances etc, top 15, why not? That is the goal we could and should reach.

    While I hope it can be achieved, the goal of National Top 10, BCS appearance, BCS wins are Mount Everest and once in a blue moon event, when you make your story based on possible (but not probable) happenings, I would think that the story is akin to saying elephants can fly.

    What we need is a easy schedule and another Colt Brennan to have another blue-moon.

  81. cocobean January 4, 2012 9:48 am

    75K for 5000 new season tix. Win, win for all involved if goal is met.

    Chow and the AD should go 50-50 and run a Lingle type ad. “We will chase championships.” Buy your season tickets now. Click to watch video.

  82. tommui January 4, 2012 9:48 am

    Wow, what I need for 81 is a spell check and grammar check!

  83. cheepono January 4, 2012 9:49 am

    it seems like chow is taking a much harder look at rolo and tony since he’ll be meeting with them in person next week as opposed to over the phone like the rest of the previous coaches.

  84. kev-1 January 4, 2012 9:51 am

    What the heck is a “local yokel?” Sounds like it could be a breakfast dish.

  85. kev-1 January 4, 2012 9:52 am

    Coach Chow hasn’t filled his staff yet because he can’t decide which blogger to listen to.

  86. cheepono January 4, 2012 9:53 am

    welcome to the warriors tana! have we ever had twins playing football for UH? one on offense and one on defense! auuuuryte.

  87. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2012 9:54 am


    Sun God will not be joining the new staff.

  88. el burro sabio January 4, 2012 9:55 am

    Geez someone get their panties in a bunch cause of “local mentality”, funny thing is that neither of those coaches are locals. People are hoping that they are kept cause they are seen as good coaches, no other reason.

  89. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2012 9:56 am

    Hey, there, I’ve been trying to clear out the spam, so the correlating numbers might be off in referencing a comment.

    Might be better to use an online name instead of a post number.


  90. d1shima January 4, 2012 9:56 am

    Happy Birthday GmaHoney!

  91. d1shima January 4, 2012 9:57 am

    I imagine coaches like the possibilities of a 6-4, 250lb frame on an incoming player.

  92. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2012 10:00 am

    Chow is getting close to announcing some hirings.

    With processing, money, etc., probably will have some stuff by the weekend.

  93. 808Fringe January 4, 2012 10:04 am

    No Sun-wannabe-God? YESSSSS!!!!


  94. cheepono January 4, 2012 10:04 am

    tana’s twin brother tavita was announced as a 6’4″ DE when he committed to UH last year, but shrank to 6’1″ on the official roster. i think tana is probably around the same height…

  95. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 10:05 am


    Hawaii: Norm Chow’s contract is for 5 years. It is believed to be in the neighborhood of $500,000 – $600,000 per year, but Chow does have to pay for his own parking pass on-campus. Chow is allowed to receive outside deals for media and apparel. He gets 8 free parking passes to home games and 30 tickets per game.

  96. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 10:06 am

    Hey? Do those 30 tickets count towards his 25K season ticket goal?

  97. jm2375 January 4, 2012 10:07 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the Warriors, Tana Woodard!

    Mahalo to Coaches Tomey and Lumpkin for all your years of great service to UH, the players and the community.

    ¡Feliz cumpleaños gmahoney!


    GO HOYAS!! 😀

  98. bleedgreen January 4, 2012 10:08 am

    This coming season might be our best chance to beat Boise St. since they lose Moore and Martin, coupled with Hawaii’s new coaching staff and offensive scheme. Better if we can get them early in the season.

  99. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 10:09 am

    RIGHT ON – don’t need this guy in OUR ohana; don’t “fit”.

    ” 87.Stephen Tsai:

    January 4th, 2012 at 9:54 am


    Sun God will not be joining the new staff. .. “

  100. d1shima January 4, 2012 10:11 am

    This coming season might be our best chance to beat Boise St. since they lose Moore and Martin, coupled with Hawaii’s new coaching staff and offensive scheme. Better if we can get them early in the season.

    B$-You is betting $2M every year that you won’t be right. Hawaii is betting $550k+ that you’re right!

  101. Kevin January 4, 2012 10:12 am

    Damn.. Who are these UH Manoa Parking Office people?? They got some PULL!!!

    Need to go work for them.

  102. Couch potato January 4, 2012 10:15 am

    30 tickets, i wonder what section and color?

  103. Couch potato January 4, 2012 10:16 am

    didn’t Red Rocha head the parking office at Manoa?

  104. d1shima January 4, 2012 10:19 am

    …not by choice!

  105. Bugaz January 4, 2012 10:19 am

    Wouldn’t you think employing a new scheme with a well known offensive genius and no tightends on the roster, coach Chow could convince a big time TE to commit. Good luck coach!

  106. Bugaz January 4, 2012 10:20 am

    30 tickets are for the green section

  107. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 10:21 am


    Yep best chance cause after next season, Boise leaves the MWC and we may not play them again.

  108. jm2375 January 4, 2012 10:24 am

    Couch potato – IIRC, Les Murakami worked in the parking office until he became coach full-time.

  109. Souljah January 4, 2012 10:28 am

    Anyone remember Mitchell Loewen…he’s a preferred walkon at Arkansas

    In the article there are alot of dissapointing information.


  110. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 10:29 am

    in ST’s updated header —

    ” … Looking for a tight end? It appears Tana Woodard is set to join the Warriors:

    Here’s the highlight video: Tana Woodard. …”

    go to the header to click on the link.

  111. Bugaz January 4, 2012 10:40 am


    Hopefully those days are gone with coach Chow at the helm.

    That’s an old article right? How is he now, and did he make the roster or redshirt?

  112. polywarrior4life January 4, 2012 10:46 am

    I wish the best of luck too coach Lumpkin and coach Tomey.

    Good luck too coach Tuioti and Rolo, hope there’s a chance for those young bucks to learn from one of Hawaii’s finest coach, Chow Time.

    Last year, St. Louis had a kid who has great hands and was a stand out receiver for the crusaders, Josh Tupua. Good size kid and would fit in perfect with the pro-set formation lined up as a tight-end.

    Another kid is, Keone “Bush” Loo, did I say that correctly? He graduates this year and was a stand out tight-end for the warriors of Kamehameha.

  113. Kevin January 4, 2012 10:47 am

    Roster at Arkansas still shows Loewen there.

  114. al January 4, 2012 10:51 am

    112…his name is keone bush-loo and he is on the radar already.

  115. Slugger January 4, 2012 10:59 am

    Hau’oli la hanau, gmahoney!!!

  116. al January 4, 2012 11:00 am

    don’t be surprised if, even at this late stage, we land a half a dozen local boys on feb. 1st.

    including some of the prized catches as well as a few who are under the radar at this point. we probably won’t have enough scholies for all of the prospects who want in, including the mainlanders and samoa native players.

  117. al January 4, 2012 11:00 am

    oh yah,

    happy birthday gmahoney.

  118. LizKauai (bonafide) January 4, 2012 11:03 am

    Happy Birthday, gmahoney!

    Aloha Kakahiaka everyone!


  119. misterfudge January 4, 2012 11:04 am

    Thank you and good luck to Dick and George. Never expected them to be retained anyway. With over 30 years of State service Lumpkin can retire if that’s his wish. As for Tomey, I guess this was his last tour in college. I’m sure they could volunteer as high school coaches. Maybe they can join Ron Lee with the improving Falcons:-)

  120. Will-I-Am January 4, 2012 11:09 am


    “Coach Chow hasn’t filled his staff yet because he can’t decide which blogger to listen to.”-

    That is funny!

  121. Couch potato January 4, 2012 11:15 am

    jm2375, ah, Les Murakami. always thought he could be a great ventriloquist.

  122. Dave LetterMan January 4, 2012 11:20 am

    Why are some people making such a big deal about NC’s bonus package? What would Mac’s salary have been if he attained all the bonuses in his contract?

  123. Couch potato January 4, 2012 11:23 am

    al, hopefully the local recruits uh lands don’t end up going to jc.

  124. Bugaz January 4, 2012 11:32 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised of prized recruits, but I would be ecstatic!

  125. cheepono January 4, 2012 11:37 am

    sivan leoni looks totally different sans headband.

  126. Couch potato January 4, 2012 11:39 am

    you mean those former uh athletes don’t wear uh logo clothing 24/7? 😆

  127. mo808 January 4, 2012 11:44 am

    ST thanks for the post about deleting spam. I was beginning to think I wasn’t paying attention to the post numbers or just sleep deprived.

  128. jm2375 January 4, 2012 11:46 am

    Does Sivan still coach hs volleyball (Kalaheo?)?

  129. Uce #2 January 4, 2012 11:47 am

    You heard it here and from me first: Chow does not make it more than two seasons before he is fired.

    Chow is a career assistant coach, good at “grooming” race horses, and that is all. To be a winning HC at D1, you need more tools and skill sets and Chow does not have it.

    Yes. You can all gripe now and resort to your usual “he is a troll” comments. No problem. I said the same about Mac. I’m saying the same here about Chicken Chow Mein.

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  131. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 11:56 am

    ah, yoo jealous.

  132. Bleed Green and White January 4, 2012 11:57 am

    #62 (Abunai)

    …and the rest of the story is……..”yeah, we lost those kids.”

    That is the truth my friend! The absolute truth!

    Last one to the dance gets the ugly girl, and UH got a lot of ugly girls because they were last to the dance.

    That’s of course if they decided to go to the dance at all.

    The TRUTH!

  133. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 11:57 am

    Uce #2:

    If you said the same about Mack then you were wrong.. he lasted 4 years, not two… eh.. who cares? If he does well.. he stays.. if not.. he stays… can’t buy him out till his 4th year, anyway. Might as well be hopeful! Go Chow! GO WARRIORS!

  134. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 11:58 am

    Bleed Green and White:

    Unless the guys before you get bad taste.. or dey neva ask da girls from the Priory.

  135. Souljah January 4, 2012 12:05 pm

    I wonder if UH is going after Russell Siavii?…Al you know?

    Maybe grayshirt candidate/preferred walkon


  136. Bleed Green and White January 4, 2012 12:11 pm

    #134 (madeinhawaii)

    I am dying laughing, tears are running down my cheek!!!!!!!!

  137. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 12:11 pm

    Happy Birthday gmahoney!

  138. Derek January 4, 2012 12:14 pm

    Punahou DE Deforest Buckner verballed to the Oregon Ducks yesterday. I saw him play in person when he was a sophomore at 6’6″ and I said at that time that this guy is going to be a division I talent. Buckner must have been sold after the Rose Bowl and those Riddell shiny helmets. Not to mention they play exciting and they play fast. The Ducks will be ranked high again this year. Too bad UH couldn’t land Buckner. Don’t know if Chow would have made a difference.

    Stephen, who are the players joining the football program in January, JCs and gray shirts? Rundown please. How many scholarships can Chow offer in the spring signing in Feb?

  139. wafan January 4, 2012 12:20 pm

    Happy birthday gmahoney!


  140. papajoe2 January 4, 2012 12:22 pm

    Happy birthday gmahoney!

  141. JKJones January 4, 2012 12:25 pm

    UHAD did a credible job with crafting Norm Chow’s contract. A 180 degree turn from the previous head coach. Following JJ and MAC, the third time must be charm. Glad they got it together.

    Buying Chow out without cause will be based on his base salary over his remaining 4 and a flat $200,000 for the 5th year. It protect’s Hawaii if NC bombs. If Chow does well, he gets rewarded with bonuses plus UH can bump his base if need be. No doubt, it was all made possible bc of Chow’s humble willingness to cooperate contractually. A win-win for both sides.

  142. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 12:40 pm


    Chow hasn’t even moved into his office and you are making statements like the one above. You also previously incorrectly accused me of not having faith in “local” coaching at UH, and then you make that satement above. How much more local does a coach have to be to make you happy?

    We are ALL fans here.

  143. Couch potato January 4, 2012 12:46 pm

    Uce #2, we’ll see.

  144. Couch potato January 4, 2012 12:48 pm

    why is it called spring signing when it’s still winter?

  145. Slugger January 4, 2012 12:49 pm

    Vista Murrieta-Centennial HS football game on FOX PrimeTicket replay. You can watch Su’a Cravens play.

    Welcome, Tana Woodard!

  146. Kevin January 4, 2012 12:51 pm

    How much more local can a coach get?

    -you catch him in his office diggin his piko.

    -you can distract him with the scent of akule poke

    -instead of calling his name to get his attention, you start softly singing henehene kou ‘aka…

    -his cell phone (BULKY nokia that is always on speaker phone) ringtone is a conch shell

    Any more???

  147. Couch potato January 4, 2012 12:51 pm

    Da Punchbowl Kid, we are all not fans here, some are heaters and blow hot air, some are ac’s and are cool, some are wind and go whoosh.

  148. Souljah January 4, 2012 12:52 pm

    The Woodard twins are beasts!!!

  149. jm2375 January 4, 2012 12:53 pm

    Kevin – #146 – ROFLMAO! 😆

    2 yrs is not long enough to “build” a team to fit a “system”.

  150. Chewbaka January 4, 2012 12:58 pm


    And some are babies who cry/whine! But most are bandwagon fans who jump and bail.


  151. JKJones January 4, 2012 1:01 pm

    Both Rolo and Tony T are young (early thirties), had responsible positions under MAC, are UH products and have contacts on the mainland. The fact that NC is conducting interviews with these only-two-left-standing at this late date and time is no curious coincidence….while it remains Norm Chow’s choice, bet wishes to Rolo and Tony on being retained.

  152. Pomai January 4, 2012 1:03 pm

    #142 – DPK – his name says it all no?

  153. al January 4, 2012 1:06 pm

    123…i don’t think we’ll do the “cover up style of local recruiting” like we have in the past four years. we’ll only offer qualifiers.

  154. al January 4, 2012 1:07 pm

    souljah…i believe we are. we are making contacts with the local corps in the days to follow.

  155. rb January 4, 2012 1:08 pm

    #129 Who did u want as HC?

  156. al January 4, 2012 1:17 pm

    i hear some huge guys will be singing this song very soon…


  157. Couch potato January 4, 2012 1:17 pm

    al, that’s good to know, regarding qualifiers. and for those non-qualifiers, hope they get their schooling in order at a jc or wherever and maybe further down the road they want to come back home and tryout or be recruited by the home team.

  158. Will-I-Am January 4, 2012 1:20 pm

    Does anyone know who I can contact at Hawaiian Air (I am assuming PR dept.) to see if they would consider naming the field “Hawaiian Airlines Battlefield”?

    It just makes sense to me. The Warriors play on the Battlefield. Players would love it!

  159. al January 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    spoke to our resident expert on hawaii football…and he said it perfectly.

    we are getting a head coach who will upgrade our recruiting efforts with positive results. we will recruit to bigger, stronger, and faster student/athletes. what we saw at our last game is what we will experience in the years down the road.

    we will have a staff that not only will be tireless recruiters but also some of the top mentors of our players in the business.


    …after all these are exciting times.

  160. al January 4, 2012 1:23 pm

    i believe that the curtain will start opening for the identities of our coaching staff any time now. been hearing some names that will embrace the mantra of this new era.

    stay tuned.

  161. al January 4, 2012 1:26 pm

    what i’ve missed at the stadium…

    two things

    one, conch shells alerting us of the entrance of our warriors.

    two, the cannon blast after each score

    three, an audible pa system

  162. kev-1 January 4, 2012 1:27 pm

    As unhappy as I was about Mack being hired and getting paid that much, and as ready as I was for him to leave, I at least gave him a chance and the benefit of the doubt at the beginning that maybe he was the right guy and he could get it done. Don’t we at least owe Chow that?

    I disagree with Uce2. There is no reason to believe that Chow doesn’t possess the qualities necessary for a head coach to succeed. Saying he doesn’t is pure speculation and premature at this point.

    Granted Uce, you are entitled to your opinion, so I do not think you are a troll. I just hope you’re wrong.

  163. LizKauai (bonafide) January 4, 2012 1:28 pm

    Chee hoo! No mattah what, some still love trollin!

    The Warrior Beat is alive and well!

    Mahalo, Coaches who are leaving/have left UH.

    God Bless.


  164. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:30 pm


    When you imply you miss something, you elude to the fact that it used to exist.

    So… WHEN did an audible sound system exist at Aloha Stadium?

  165. Couch potato January 4, 2012 1:34 pm

    was i hearing things? i thought i heard conch shells blowing over the inept sound system?

  166. al January 4, 2012 1:35 pm

    what i would like to see at the stadium.

    seven things,

    one, a real live mascot that is animated and energetic enough to roam all sides of the stadium

    two, having the mascot “ride” the surfboard out from the entranceway

    three, okay if no conch shells blaring, then, hawaiian style tribal drum roll with a war chant

    four, tv monitors in the men’s restrooms throughout.

    five, have the fans do a mini version of the haka at the start of the game and halftime, with cues flashed on the jumbotron.

    six, another jumbotron in the south end zone

    seven, find an ammo manufacturer of that cannon blaster

    eight, rainbow dancers not relegated to one endzone

    okay, okay nuff already.

  167. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:36 pm

    For the second half of the 2008 season (or 2009), the marching band opened with Hawaii 78 and then went into Hawaii Five O.

    It was great. Not sure why they stopped it. They were still able to incorporate the UA intro video (like for other UA schools).

    It wasn’t until 2010 they started having former Warriors introduce the team to be followed by that scene from the movie “Warriors” where he says “waaaariors come out to play…yay…..”

    They still used it this season with a montage of the team, which I thought was well-produced.

  168. Couch potato January 4, 2012 1:37 pm

    i thought the conch shells went on before the “Warriors, come out to play” guy on the big screen came on?

  169. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:37 pm

    Couch potato:

    January 4th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    was i hearing things? i thought i heard conch shells blowing over the inept sound system?

    No. that was feedback.

  170. al January 4, 2012 1:37 pm

    weren’t the sound system that june jones bought with his own money loud and clear. after he left they took them out. he didn’t ask for them back.

    just another aloha stadium folly.

  171. Couch potato January 4, 2012 1:39 pm

    Kevin, maybe was the guy behind me making conch shell sounds. 😆

  172. al January 4, 2012 1:41 pm

    cp…were you sitting in front of koakane?

  173. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:42 pm


    Those things were loud, but not clear.

    Sitting in the lower portion of the orange when we still had those they acted more like sub bass woofers. At best it sounded like someone had a loud radio on in the section next to you.

    I lost half of my hearing due to surgery, but my friends kept asking me, “what is that?” everytime they played something and we’re like 20 rows away from them.

    They all faced the field too. Must have been loud on the field.

  174. kev-1 January 4, 2012 1:44 pm

    If no can have a sound system do it, then the fans should all do it in harmony . .. “phhhoooooooouuuuuuuuuoooooohhhhhhhh.” Guarantee goin have the one guy who does it wrong and just gives out the spit sound though.

  175. Couch potato January 4, 2012 1:46 pm

    as long as they don’t hand out free vuvuzela…hey, maybe that is a good idea and hand them out to the student section. nah, that might irritate the Warrior sideline.

  176. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:46 pm

    The speaker are just old as hell.

    Concert style sound systems today are based on quality and not quantity. Those added speakers from years ago just is like adding duct tape to a cracked pillar. Instead of getting to the crack, they tried to shine kaka.

    Modern stadiums are not inundated with obscene amounts of speakers.

    Aloha Stadium’s primary speakers are all on the perimeter of the roof then a few tine ones in the lodges, then NOTHING.

    If they are NOT going to upgrade the system, at least add in speakers closer to the levels of blue which will carry sound onto the orange as well.

  177. jm2375 January 4, 2012 1:48 pm

    So no one with the ability to adjust the PA system has ever sat in different sections to see how it sounds? Oh wait, never mind, that makes too much sense. 😈

  178. Derek January 4, 2012 1:50 pm

    Chow knows what it takes to win. Now he has to get the right players to win for him. He has the coaching experience and he has to have a great staff to teach and to recruit. The goal is to upgrade the talent level with taller, bigger, faster, athletic, and hopefully smarter team, with DISCIPLINE. If he can do that, then we can compete at the highest level. Up to this point we are not even. Give him some time and we will see very soon if we are in the right direction.

  179. Kevin January 4, 2012 1:57 pm

    It’s all about QUALITY of sound, not quantity.

    This is a pic of the University of Phoenix Stadium. Site of the Cardinals and home of the Fiesta Bowl. This pic is an example of quality of sound doing the job over quality.

    Those white things hanging from the roof are their concert-style speakers. Not that many for a facility that big. This happens to be a shot of the set up for one of the Wrestlemania events there. The huge set above the ring including additional speakers are WWE’s not the stadiums. But still yet, without those, the quality is amazing.


  180. Will-I-Am January 4, 2012 2:01 pm


    I love your suggestions. The whole fan experience at the stadium is pretty weak. I don’t like to complain but I really don’t have anything nice to say about it.

    I took my kids to a game and we decided to do the classic hot dog at a football game experience. That was the worst hot dog I have ever had. It was tiny and flavorless. 7-Eleven has better dogs. Costco has more of a hot dog experience than the stadium. Manini short-comings things like that are all over the stadium and it really is sad to see.

  181. Kekoa January 4, 2012 2:01 pm

    jmxxxx ~ Position Screecher in a strategic area of the stadium for maximum screech. That will force the stadium authority to install a new system so they can drown out the noise…no, try wait…they may try to drown her. Yikes!

  182. Couch potato January 4, 2012 2:03 pm

    Will-I-Am, they also have the foot long hotdog but for the price i rather go out after the game and have a steak.

  183. Bryon Schaff January 4, 2012 2:06 pm

    We have became severely viewed as making a piece of composing by using a similiar subject material. That you were supplied truth be told there First. Well done.

  184. Kekoa January 4, 2012 2:08 pm

    Feeling the makana blowing in from the Windward side. It’s carrying the message announcing the birthday of the GMA Honey girl. I’m raising a double shot of Kalua in a short glass, just for her. Fans should know of her extreme dedication to the Warriors.

  185. polywarrior4life January 4, 2012 2:23 pm

    114…….thanks for confirming that. Wasn’t sure if I spelled his name correctly. No need to get awbent out of shape about it, lol………..that’s until an official offer is made by the university.

  186. AllG January 4, 2012 2:23 pm

    Anyword on if JT Turner will be joining this coming semester?

  187. urbankid January 4, 2012 2:29 pm

    NC is at Channel Islands High School right now, supposedly visiting Jeremiah (Mia) Valoago, a 6’7″ 225lb tight end with an offer from Utah, kid has GREAT hands


  188. AllG January 4, 2012 2:29 pm

    Really hope Chow keeps Rolo and Tuioti. I think they are great coaches and recruiters and fit that mold of what Chow is looking dfor in young energetic coaches who are gonna put in the time. With the personnel we have now we are going to have to use a lot more 3 & 4 receiver sets and I think it would help to have Rolo on the staff. Chow could also groom Rolo to be our future OC and possibly HC.

  189. (Jesse) James January 4, 2012 2:33 pm

    Kevin #146….You’re a coach??? MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  190. Couch potato January 4, 2012 2:39 pm

    thanks for the vid link urbankid.

  191. (Jesse) James January 4, 2012 2:43 pm

    Happy Birthday GMA Honey!!!

  192. koakane January 4, 2012 2:47 pm

    al: what i would like to see at the stadium. tv monitors in the men’s restrooms throughout.

    kden this I can pass tmi

    afternoon 808 having a good hump da 808. happy bday to gmahoney

    nothing happening yet or anything to get excited eh, seems same old same old on the blog. just have to wait and see what develops


  193. Ipu Man January 4, 2012 2:48 pm

    Channel Islands High School also produced big Blaine Saipaia:

    Oakland Raiders (2003)

    St. Louis Rams (2004-2005)

    Detroit Lions (2006-2007)

  194. koakane January 4, 2012 2:51 pm

    waiting game

  195. koakane January 4, 2012 2:52 pm

    help those lurking

  196. Bugaz January 4, 2012 2:52 pm

    Is polywarrior4life saying Kaumatule rather be a Warrior than go to Stanford?

  197. al January 4, 2012 2:55 pm

    a whole lot of recruiting going on right now.

    the bay area is the point of attack right now.

    coach has made some great impressions and seems to have had some success.

  198. Couch potato January 4, 2012 2:55 pm

    Bugaz, think polywarrior4life was referring to the te from Kamehameha.

  199. Couch potato January 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    hope coach Chow can get some good ones. looking forward to defensive gems.

  200. urbankid January 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    OT Leo Koloamatangi got an offer

  201. al January 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    coaches here are rounding up the local talents for visits and meetings.

    its happening…

  202. Couch potato January 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    starting with the Kahuku lb.

  203. al January 4, 2012 2:58 pm

    urbankid…you have good, reliable resources, too. huge dude at 6’5″. i think he visits next weekend too.

  204. al January 4, 2012 2:59 pm

    cp…they made contact with the north shore. funny, its not so far away anymore.

  205. al January 4, 2012 2:59 pm

    cp…they made contact with the north shore. funny, its not so far away anymore.

  206. al January 4, 2012 2:59 pm

    i heard bells will be ringing in kalihi.

  207. Bugaz January 4, 2012 2:59 pm

    I lived in the Ventura area for 12 years and played a lot of volleyball there with the Valoaga boys who are close to my inlaws. Must be one of there sons and if he is as big as they were and as athletic, that would definitely be huge!

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  211. urbankid January 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    theres a multipurpose back supposedly visiting as well from georgia, we are reaching into the dirty south lol

  212. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    al, some oral commitments from the north shore would definitely be good! would that be upper campus Kalihi?

  213. al January 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    cp…point of emphasis right now are:

    te, ol, rb, dl, db

  214. urbankid January 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    #207 Bugaz, Mia is a great volleyball player as well you should see some of his youtube videos of him serving!

  215. Bugaz January 4, 2012 3:03 pm

    Nice to hear all the birds chirping in unison. Thanks for the updates fellas

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  217. al January 4, 2012 3:03 pm

    cp…both. but, yah, in hot pursuit of a few upper campus kids.

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  219. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:05 pm

    al, so we (Warriors) are set at qb? no matter, look what coach Chow did with the qb he had this year. he played in system and did the best he could. nice coaching.

  220. Bugaz January 4, 2012 3:07 pm

    Urban would you happen to know if his father is Mao? It’s been awhile I forget the others names. I gotta ask the wife. My father inlaw just left Hawaii to go back after the holidays. I text him and see if he can put in a good word. Inlaws ready to move back too.

  221. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:07 pm

    i wonder if the ducks use that nike shoe?

  222. urbankid January 4, 2012 3:07 pm

    #219, I think NC is still looking at QB Tyler Stewart, SJSU commit

  223. al January 4, 2012 3:07 pm

    hope they can get psalm wooching to pay a visit next week too.

  224. urbankid January 4, 2012 3:09 pm

    #220 I’m not sure I get most of my info online lol

  225. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 3:10 pm

    #187, urbankid –

    Great link! And yes, he has some great hands. Hope we’ll see him as a Warrior.

  226. Bugaz January 4, 2012 3:10 pm

    I think with the pieces place well around Shutter, he would be effective next season. With the incoming Ohio player I not sure if he would be able to hold on to the spot though. Exciting!!!

  227. aral January 4, 2012 3:13 pm

    cp…we get a transfer who must sit out this coming year and will have 2 for 2.

    we most probably get a 5th year transfer who has 1 for 1 this year

    we get a hs qb this year with 5 for 4.

    several top hs qb’s have contacted chow and one will be the winner.

    what does this spell for the incumbents on roster?

    we will know be the end of spring camp who will return in the fall or not. graves is the penciled #1 for now. but, competition will remain open through fall camp.

    my gut feeling is that at least one or two will find another home by summer’s start.

  228. Da Punchbowl Kid January 4, 2012 3:13 pm

    Hey kid, that’s some great stuff you’re sharing. Keep it coming! 😉

  229. Bugaz January 4, 2012 3:16 pm

    Oh ok Urban! Thanks I’ll try to get reconnected with them.

  230. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:16 pm

    thanks guys or gals for the info. can’t wait to see what transpires in the coming weeks and looking forward to Feb. 1, 2012.

  231. kev-1 January 4, 2012 3:17 pm

    I thought I remember reading a while back that Graves would open camp as the starter, then see from there. Was that based on anything Coach Chow said, or just because he ended as the pseudo starter?

  232. kev-1 January 4, 2012 3:17 pm

    No kidding, great stuff urbankid.

  233. koakane January 4, 2012 3:18 pm

    How you figga better late then not at all lol

    The University of Hawaii athletic department is set up to score off the merchandising of new head football coach Norm Chow.

    Two local firms, Maui Bay Shirt Company and L&L Drive-Inn, have reached agreements to share proceeds from T-shirts and other items playing off the coach’s name, and the school is planning its own line of merchandise, people involved said.

  234. aral January 4, 2012 3:18 pm

    cp…to further expound on the qb situation.

    logically, we have recruited for rns qb’s. although we all want a big greg alexander, we have not been successful in recruiting that prototypical type.

    we transition to wco chow hybrid. he wants a bigger qb to see over the 6’5″ olinemen he will bring in.

    the search begins.

  235. Bugaz January 4, 2012 3:21 pm

    I played a lot of Vball with the Valoaga boy back in the day and they were all tall and athletic smashing all my sets making me look good. Nobody could stop us back then…memories

  236. al January 4, 2012 3:24 pm

    aral? haha. fat fingers got in the way.

  237. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:27 pm

    must be a real tall qb to see over 6’5″ linemen. 😆

  238. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:27 pm

    aral? you got SteveM new blogger excited. 😆

  239. Kevin January 4, 2012 3:28 pm

    Couch potato:

    January 4th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    i wonder if the ducks use that nike shoe?

    Wouldn’t be the first time Nike and a program got into some heat with the NCAA if only Oregon is supplied with a piece of equipment that no other program has.

    Nike made a certain bat ONLY for the Arizona softball team when they set the previous HR record. Then the NCAA ruled that those bats must be made available for other programs as well if they wanted.

    I am NOT sure if this extends to ALL equipment sponsors in other sports, but that is why it makes me LAUGH when people cite the UA shoes as to why the team struggled this season or blamed them as sole points of problems with injures.

    No secret some players had problems fitting them. Reported issues of larger line players grabbing shoes meant for skilled and smaller footed players just because of the way they looked is one source of discomfort to which UA fixed seasons ago.

    So with that in mind, other UA programs like Texas Tech, USC, Auburn, Utah all have the same cleats as UH, just in different colors and styles on the outside.

    Any problems with performance or injuries to scale like what we had this past season with those teams???????????????????????????????

    I got wide feet, not too wide, but local “luau” feet as some would say. Not flat-footed either. Depending on the model of UA shoe, I’ve had to go a half size up and it’s fine. UA’s running shoes offers options for those that have tendancies to run or walk on the outside of their feet or the inside.

    Their “trainer” shoes are more one dimensional and some people would have to go half a size up.

    Just today, my new shoes arrived in time to match this coming Wahine softball season. UA Ignite III and I got them in the wide fit. PERFECT.

  240. Kevin January 4, 2012 3:31 pm


    Thanks for that. The first should be their version of a “CHOW TIME” shirt.

    Says CHOW TIME on the front with an image of Coach Chow next to it. Chow Time in the UH tapa font.

    On the back says IT’S THE NEW NORMAL with “NORM” in the UH tapa font.

  241. Couch potato January 4, 2012 3:34 pm

    i’m thinking about changing my shape. looks like i may try those ua shoes. too bad waikele no more ua outlet store.

  242. mikey January 4, 2012 3:35 pm

    1. Open for Recruiting starting today!

    2. Go strong after Wiley the Kahuku RB! Still has some interest in UH I heard. Hope it’s true!

    3. Going after Lakalaka and Kahuku LB (Fonua?) … IS Benji Kemoeatu Avail?

    4. Koehler St Louis where is he heading too?

    5. QB Ikaika Woolsey on plane to Hawaii as we speak at 9:58 AM Jan 3rd.

    Did the Gov welcome him at the Gov Lounge at HNL?

    Busy weeks ahead for New Assist coaches’

  243. Derek January 4, 2012 3:36 pm

    What about a good long range kicker? Unfortunately, we need one, even though I don’t trust them. The only one I was confident in was Jason Elam. Scott Enos had a good season in 2010, however his range was around 45 yards.

  244. duffer January 4, 2012 3:38 pm

    Off Topic,

    Any college golf coaches out there looking for a local kid?


  245. Ipu Man January 4, 2012 3:39 pm

    Before a company markets a new product (ie. T-shirt)

    they usually do a test market or a research panel.

    You know bring in a cross section of prospective customers

    and ask them if they like it or would buy it…

  246. mikey January 4, 2012 3:39 pm

    Just ordered ten (10) CHOW DOWN T-Shirts (as in FIRST DOWN)!

    Looks better than Hi-Life Chow Time T-Shirts and cheaper too.

    Which I couldn’t get in my size but got one for everyone else.

  247. Kevin January 4, 2012 3:41 pm

    “That is another L&L Drive in CHOW DOWN… 1st DOWN”…

    Hmmm.. Might have to get used to hearing that at the stadium. 😎

  248. Ipu Man January 4, 2012 3:41 pm

    Also, all capital letters is a no-no in graphic design

    as they are harder to read than uppers and lowers…

  249. mikey January 4, 2012 3:42 pm

    Time to watch Orange Bowl

    Yesterdays Sugar Bowl was good.

    signing off…>>>>

  250. Not an Expert January 4, 2012 3:43 pm

    Making predictions. Have a 50/50 chance to be right on the topic at hand. Odds will decrease when perciseness is stated. Example day and time, the year, the amount, color, etc. etc.

    There are many who state that they predicted many things beforehand. Yes they have but many don’t state how many times their prediction were wrong.

    Just like gambling in Vegas. You hear about people jackpots and winning during their trip. Many people don’t come back and broadcast how much money they lost.

    One prediction we all can bet on is that we will not be on this planet forever.

  251. tommui January 4, 2012 4:27 pm

    GMAHoney – happy happy birthday!

  252. vu75sfv January 4, 2012 4:28 pm

    Online article…

    I just saw this really great post today….

  253. wafan January 4, 2012 4:31 pm

    The afternoon spam snack shows up kinda consistently around the same time. Weird.

  254. wafan January 4, 2012 4:32 pm

    Mr. We-ah . . .

    Any idea when you will have the shirts available for purchase and an email address for orders?

  255. wafan January 4, 2012 4:38 pm

    Gosh, some love to monku. Oh well.

    Cannot please everyone all the time . . . and cannot please some at all.

  256. wafan January 4, 2012 4:40 pm

    Soccer goalie scored a goal on one kick and a bounce.

    Caught neither the names of the team nor goalie. Still, it was a awesome shot!

  257. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 4:41 pm

    #242 Benji is at Utah; Koehler is a junior; Lakalaka is commited but hey, change his mind! Fonua was offered by UH, hopefully they extend the offer again. Govs/boosters etc are not allowed to welcome recruits. NCAA boo boo.

  258. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 4:43 pm

    #135 – gotta wonder, who is going to run the walk on program. UH walk on program was considered one of the best in the nation.

  259. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 4:45 pm

    …and some coaches don’t believe in grey shirts. Whats Norm’s philosophy on that? I think its the best thing since lasagne and garlic bread with tiramisu for dessert!

  260. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 4:51 pm

    #62…gotta say, it happens all the time. Once I was in the UH office and we were watching some video of Colorado and the coach said to me “is THAT the Jordon Dizon you told me about” ..the story on that? They sent a GA over to Kauai to look at him, the GA got lost, and that was the end of their recruiting Dizon. They never contacted David Veikune – he came on his own free will after disliking Colorado; I wont go into more recent players, but unfortunately it did happen quite often. And people can go on and on about Kaluka Maiava, whether he pisses people off or not, but he never – ever – received a call from UH and the UH coaches told me so. Neither did his brother. I’ve never commented on it before, but now that the coaches that were there at the time are gone, Ill tell you its the truth.

  261. cheepono January 4, 2012 4:59 pm

    thanks for shedding more light on our dismal local recruiting doris. it’s been pathetic for far too long. hoping chow can finally right the ship.

    i thought GA’s couldn’t recruit? also, if a player is at another institution, coaches aren’t allowed to contact them unless a release is granted right?

  262. d1shima January 4, 2012 5:03 pm


    Thanks PIAA DS.

    Glad it’s ChowNow!

  263. d1shima January 4, 2012 5:05 pm

    Mountaineers feasting on Clemson Orange “gifts”

  264. Semi trucks for sale by owner January 4, 2012 5:10 pm

    Excellent post.This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad that I finally came here! This for sharing and keep up the good work

  265. AlaWai January 4, 2012 5:29 pm

    Watching all the power southern school football coaches being interviewed makes me realize we’ve been playing the wrong sport. Its Fuh-bol not Foot-ball.

  266. Ed. January 4, 2012 5:30 pm

    Recruiting maybe open today, but one must wonder who is actually doing the recruiting, since, other then Rolo and Tony, they are no longer “technically ” with the warriors ?

  267. Dianna Macchi January 4, 2012 5:33 pm

    We have considered producing articles for any similiar intended theme. You’ve gotten generally there first. Congratulations.

  268. el burro sabio January 4, 2012 5:34 pm

    PIAA DS:

    January 4th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve never commented on it before, but now that the coaches that were there at the time are gone, Ill tell you its the truth.

    What purpose does it serve to say so now? It would have served a purpose to say so when it was happening back then.

  269. Derek January 4, 2012 5:38 pm

    And what’s going to happen with graduate asst. Inoke Funaki and student asst. Ashley Lelie?

  270. Ed. January 4, 2012 5:45 pm

    Recruiting maybe open today, but one must wonder who is actually doing the recruiting, since, other then Rolo and Tony, they are no coaches

    “technically ” with the warriors ?

  271. Bugaz January 4, 2012 6:00 pm

    Powell and the other coach that flew in. Also coach chow.

  272. 808Fringe January 4, 2012 6:03 pm

    Yea baby! Coach Powell making good already! Kid looks like he can fill out pretty good. Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Leo!

  273. Bugaz January 4, 2012 6:03 pm


    Because you don’t want to burn bridges at the University in your back yard. We can Chrust Doris as she sheds light on the true goings on.

  274. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:05 pm



    the New


    Refer to: Psycho ~ Norman Bates

  275. Bugaz January 4, 2012 6:07 pm

    Right on big guy Leo commits!!! Fast work from a new coach on the scene. Love it!!!

  276. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    OT/DT Leo Koloamatangi 6-5 260 according Robert K on KITV


  277. urbankid January 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    woohoo called it on post #200!

  278. Bugaz January 4, 2012 6:14 pm

    Sure did. Come on local boys jump on board then lead the way so I can enjoy the ride.

  279. papajoe2 January 4, 2012 6:14 pm

    Stats doesn’t look impressive at all. Averaged 5 yards per carry. Carried only 1 time though. .1 sack per game. Only 1 all season.

  280. papajoe2 January 4, 2012 6:16 pm

    I hope he is an offensive lineman.

  281. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:17 pm

    So that’s two new Oline guys that are 6’5″… gotta grow our QBs.

  282. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2012 6:18 pm

    Yes, he is an offensive lineman, not a running back. As an OL, he was named to the All-San Mateo County first-team (by San Jose Mercury News) and All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division first team.

  283. smatsum3 January 4, 2012 6:20 pm

    Looks like this kid Koloamatangi is an animal. Just by looking at his video his drive blocks are simliar to Poutasi in that he finishes them off. Looks like coach did good in hiring Powell. Way to go coach and looking foward to more.

  284. Slugger January 4, 2012 6:24 pm

    Welcome, Leo Koloamatangi!

  285. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 6:25 pm

    wow – 6’5″ – and he’s gonna fill out.

    Folks, RECRUITING has just begun.

  286. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:26 pm

    Wonder what his ethnicity is? Koloamantangi sounds Maori.

  287. papajoe2 January 4, 2012 6:27 pm

    ST, sounds good to me. With his stats, I thought, ummm…. hello. I guess olinemen don’t have much stats.

  288. ai-eee-soos January 4, 2012 6:28 pm

    his ethnicity is FOOTBALL !!!

  289. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:30 pm

    yeah yeah.. and he bleeds green.. I know I know.. lol

  290. jm2375 January 4, 2012 6:32 pm

    OK, not that I care, since I’ll be at all the home matches (and I don’t have Oceanic), but who’s doing the play-by-play and color for Warrior volleyball? Are Leoni, Ching & Carney doing the pre/post-game shows?

  291. Dell laptop January 4, 2012 6:42 pm

    Online article…

    I just saw this really awesome post today….

  292. AllG January 4, 2012 6:42 pm

    Leo looks like a beastly run blocker! Love that first commit, always wondered why we didn’t get olinemen like this. These new assistants work fast, I like it!

  293. AllG January 4, 2012 6:49 pm

    Word is that Kiha Sai who earlier committed to Utah got his scholie rescinded to a gray shirt offer and he is not looking to gray shirt. He would strongly consider Hawaii if they were to offer him a scholie this year.

  294. AllG January 4, 2012 6:51 pm

    He is another 6’5″ we could add to our class, I hope Hawaii goes after him

  295. mikesmith January 4, 2012 6:52 pm


    If Chow was the OC at Utah and they decided to Gray shirt offer him, maybe Chow feels he is a project and not a full offer guy. Do you know if Sai has any full offers from any other school at this time?

  296. vballfan01 January 4, 2012 6:55 pm

    Chris McLaughlin and Howard Dashefsky.

  297. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 6:57 pm

    RE: Kiha Sai…

    Cheaper to gray shirt in Hawaii, that’s for sure…

  298. gmahoney January 4, 2012 6:59 pm

    Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes. Next year is a big birthday for me, I’ll be able to get 10% off at Ross’ on Tuesdays. WoooHOOOO!

    Mahalo, ST for mentioning my bday. You run a truly wonderful blog here. Through the blog, I have met some pretty terrific people.

    I have reserved my opinions on the new coach. I remain cautiously optimistic. Some think he is the holy grail (or will attracting the holy grail) and some think he will keep our local boys home. All I know, whoever the coach is, whoever the assistants are, welcome. I support our team, win or lose, rain or shine. Hawaii’s team is MY team. Renewing my season tickets, my gang and I and the dshima’s will be representing in the Section V, North EZ. GO WARRIORS!

  299. AllG January 4, 2012 7:01 pm


    They gave his scholie to the 4 star kid who just committed

  300. Bugaz January 4, 2012 7:03 pm

    Sai verbaled to Utah awhile ago, but just got pushed down the precedence list due to Poutasi committing a few days ago. Chow was at Utah when they offered him so I don’t see a reason not to offer him now, unless of course he has bigger fish lined up to contribute right away.

  301. Derek January 4, 2012 7:07 pm

    The second coming of Leo Goeas!! Taller, meaner, leaner, and can put on another 40 lbs. easily without losing some speed.

  302. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:09 pm

    301. Exactly maybe Chow has other prospects, if Sai got pushed down the list, it was for a reason, there was someone they wanted that was better. Does anyone know if he has any other full offers from other schools? If he is a big time recruit he should have other offers at the same time that Utah offered. If he says he does not want to gray shirt, then he must have another full offer in his pocket right? It would not be wise for a kid to say to the only school interested in him “I don’t want to gray shirt” without have a choice to go somewhere else. I’m sure he has a full offer somewhere.

  303. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:10 pm

    without having a choice, sorry

  304. AllG January 4, 2012 7:12 pm

    Sai got bumped after Chow accepted the Hawaii position. Chow recruited Sai to Utah, hopefully brings him to UH with him. Maybe they can get his brother to transfer as well who is a current Utah lineman

  305. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:14 pm

    305. But what if Chow doesn’t want to offer him here, he has offers to other schools right?

  306. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:15 pm

    How about his brother at Utah, is he starting? How many years has he been there?

  307. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:15 pm

    If his brother wanted to transfer he would have to sit a year on his clock.

  308. Tarra Kosch January 4, 2012 7:17 pm

    Politician-s believe that once elected, they are entitled to it forever.GW2 Gold

  309. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:18 pm

    Looks like his brother played in 2010, nothing for this season, he we have to burn a year if he transfers. Hmmm

    Kapua Sai – UTAH: Coming off a solid spring showing when he earned a place in the two deep at left tackle.

    2010- Played in two games (San Jose State and Colorado State) … participated in 35 plays on the line … highest grade was 74% (14-of-19) against San Jose State … pancake block was also against San Jose State.

    2009- Redshirt.

  310. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:19 pm

    Still curious to know what other full offers the younger Sai has, I can’t seem to find any info anywhere.

  311. AllG January 4, 2012 7:27 pm

    He committed real early to Utah and a lot of schools backed off…not sure who had offered him previously

  312. lexapro and norepinephrine January 4, 2012 7:35 pm

    8NsNlL omg this is dopeeeeeeee

  313. mikesmith January 4, 2012 7:35 pm

    I don’t think Chow will be offering him, hopefully he is focused on big time recruits that are at least 4 star guys with offers in hand.

  314. BigHiloFan2 January 4, 2012 7:42 pm

    wow. WoW. WPW.

    Keep going team.

    and thanks for the hard work and well wishes, Coaches Tomey and Lumpkin.

    You have done us good. real good.

    and mostly, kudos to Coach Chow. Giving Tony and Rolo respect. Listening

    to them face to face. one on one. one at a time. i know. coaching college football is a business. you’re making this oseason fun already. thank you.

  315. FattyMcButterpants January 4, 2012 7:44 pm

    Kapua Sai is not going to transfer here. The guy ahead of him was a senior and now he’ll be atop the depth chart. I know at one point Kiha was considered top 3 as far as local recruits go, at least by ESPN. If he is not solid with Utah, Colorodo may re-recruit him if they have the open scholie. We’d be foolish to not go after this kind of size/athleticism/upside.

  316. al January 4, 2012 7:53 pm

    197…koloamatangi, well that was one of the bay area big boys.

  317. al January 4, 2012 7:54 pm

    koloamatangi is tongan if i am not mistaken.

  318. Bugaz January 4, 2012 7:54 pm

    But does Kiha want to be a Warrior or go away? Is the coaching staff change enough to change his mind about leaving the rock? Coach knows what he is doing I am glad he is on our side.

  319. al January 4, 2012 7:54 pm

    today, one local kid did not show up for a meeting.

  320. RedZone January 4, 2012 7:57 pm

    Yesterday I watched a movie called alligator And today we caught a gator.

    Welcome Leo.

  321. Bugaz January 4, 2012 7:59 pm

    So did any coach go bang down his door and find out why? Just kidding knock politely

  322. rb January 4, 2012 8:00 pm

    We need a couple of Juco lineman who can block out the sun!!!!!!!!!!!!

  323. MattyBoy January 4, 2012 8:01 pm


    What meeting are you referring too?

  324. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:01 pm

    Redzone go watch a movie tonight called Red Raiders and the crusaders eat dinner with wariors

  325. Derek January 4, 2012 8:02 pm

    Ok, Al I give up. Who is it?

  326. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:03 pm


  327. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:04 pm

    Derek hopefully not the coach!

  328. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:05 pm

    Meeting of 5 get 4 not too bad if they all commit. Maybe number 5 no need meet, just like sign.

  329. bigislandkurt January 4, 2012 8:08 pm

    Let the Tongan influx to UH begin!

    Utah 2.0 🙂

    It’s alright with me because Tongan bradduhs can BALL! It’s gonna be somewhat of an interesting mix at UH considering the not-so-friendly history between Tongans and Samoans. Do we have any Tongan holdovers from last year’s team?


  330. bigislandkurt January 4, 2012 8:11 pm

    6’5 or taller offensive linemen?

    Need to grow taller QB’s?

    Two words: Russell Wilson

    Wisconsin’s All-American QB who is all of 5’9 1/2 who was effective behind one of the largest offensive lines in the land in Wisconsin.

    It can be done.

    Ok, let my shameless promotion of Stump and HIggins continue. I hope Stump comes back. And I like HIggins because he is a lefty.


  331. tommui January 4, 2012 8:11 pm

    #268 el burro sabio: Don’t forget that Doris was PIAA (Pacific Athletic Alliance) and helped Hawaii athletes find placement somewhere in schools. So if she knew back then that the football department was not doing their job, she could not come out and say so at that time since she had to maintain good relations with the various schools.

    Now that she is retired from the job, she can confirm that the then-recruiting efforts was lacking.

  332. RedZone January 4, 2012 8:21 pm

    I was looking for a King Kamehameha movie.

  333. RedZone January 4, 2012 8:22 pm

    Hey the sleeves the netflix videos come in is red and white. Does that count?

  334. mo808 January 4, 2012 8:34 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors, Leo! Cheehoo!

  335. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 8:40 pm

    #268 – no it would not have. I have a long and good relationships with the UH coaches and have kept confidences a very long time about many athletes. Its a trust thing.

    #332 I talked to coaches about what my thoughts were about how they were recruiting. I did not have to talk in public about it, it would have served no purpose to badmouth them, would it. Truth is, Miano, Lee, etc, then even when Aranda and Rolo came, they all wanted to recruit earlier. JJ and GM would not have it. They had their way and that was they way they wanted to do it. UH got the ‘recruiting sheet’ that goes out to 100’s of colleges WEEKS before anyone else. And they were so frustrated that they could not do anything with it. Then when the time came, many of the athletes they wanted were gone, they had no love from UH and the others had been showering them with love, some for more than a year.

  336. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 8:43 pm

    #261 – technically GA’s cant recruit (neither can the Player Personal person – the RC and the recruiters must be a coach). However, when the situation calls for it, if the NCAA gives permission and the GA can pass the exam, he can take on some recruiting duties. I think this years situation called for it for sure. But kids are getting calls from the coaches, they are in hurry up mode and I’m glad to hear it from them.

  337. PIAA DS January 4, 2012 8:45 pm

    #332..meant to say thank you as well, then clarify my stance. Mahalo.

  338. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:46 pm

    Such a pity! What may have been. Maybe Mack would still have his job if not for what Doris claims.

  339. Pride. January 4, 2012 8:46 pm

    What a day. Two coaches, three schools, about twenty athletes. All in one day. Amazing. That’s showing the love. Great job by NC’s first two hires.

  340. Bugaz January 4, 2012 8:48 pm

    Yay kids are getting calls!!! What a difference a coach makes. He wants to win so it would make sence to get on board. Thanks Doris

  341. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 8:51 pm

    At Yahoo Sports it shows that Kiha Sai was recruited by Kalani Sitake, Chad Kauha’aha’a, NOT Norman Chow.

  342. what is my spirit animal January 4, 2012 8:51 pm

    I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  343. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 8:51 pm


    Chow apparently visited this kid’s school.

  344. madeinhawaii January 4, 2012 8:55 pm

    WarriorTyme from Sports Hawaii says..

    “Another recruit that might visit Hawaii is 4 star WR Davonte Neal”



  345. polywarrior4life January 4, 2012 9:01 pm

    196……..you never know? Besides, don’t think Stanford is honoring that verbal offer, being that Kaumatule was on the sidelines half of the season due to injury. Injuries doesn’t help to up the offers either, especially when you haven’t done anything yet to prove that you’re capable of competing at the next level. There’s nothing wrong with be a Warrior4life.

  346. Bugaz January 4, 2012 9:09 pm


    I hope of that 20 or so there were some underclass men feeling the love as well. Gots to get on them early and stay on um!

  347. Bugaz January 4, 2012 9:12 pm


    You feel despite his injury and verbal to Stanford coach Chow should offer him anyway?

  348. Pride. January 4, 2012 9:15 pm

    #347 – The 20 or so were the seniors. But they are aware of the underclassmen. Of course the underclassmen are aware of them too.

  349. 3-Prong January 4, 2012 9:38 pm

    Wow Leo looks like a legit tackle. Great clips. Shows he knows how to drive block. He finishes by pancaking them. Terrific feet. Knows how to get into position to neutralize his man. This is getting exciting! QBs that can throw. OL commits. Get your season tickets fast!!!!

  350. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2012 9:57 pm

    In the 25 years I’ve been a UH beat writer, Leo is the first person to start off the interview by saying: I want to thank you for interviewing me.

  351. JKJones January 4, 2012 9:58 pm

    Leo Koloamatangi’s film clips looked like Blindside’s Michael Oher….geez, nearly every clip was a pancake. Several times he drove his victim 10-15 yards downfield. This kid is relentless and sticks to his block like an opihi clings to a cliff-rock and doesnt stop until his opponent is drilled into the turf. He is tenacious and athletic with tremendous balance and quick feet. What a score! With this recruit alone, Coach Lewis Powell, should set-aside any doubts for his selection by Chow. Koloamatangi reminds me of a taller Olin Krutz. Unreal get!

    Im stoked!

  352. Bryson January 4, 2012 10:04 pm

    346:Standford is Honoring the Commitment

  353. JKJones January 4, 2012 10:04 pm

    I mean it, I have not seen a high school player recruited by UH with his size, talent and athleticism. He is a terminator. Wake up folks, Chowtime is realtime.

  354. Jeezy33 January 4, 2012 10:29 pm

    Doris thanks for speaking up now .

    I’ve posted many times on here Hawaii did not go after Jamora, peni vea, epenesa, and so on but people here love Mack too much to believe me. I know most of what lacked in the program and the so called only positive people only want to believe the good..

    How does Gary Anderson know about Benny fonua before Mack when fonua is In our back yard?

    And Richard Torres dad is the head coach..

    Mack was completely lost as a recruiter. No other way to put it …

    What was the point in signing tigi hill and Ben mamea when every school in the nation knew they wouldn’t qualify?

  355. MistahB84 January 4, 2012 10:32 pm

    WTH is with all of these spam and video game advertisements on this blog?

    Any ways, I know it’s early, but is it safe to say that the talents being recruited to for UH is a step up from what we are used to getting? I mean don’t get me wrong, every player we have ever recruited and gotten I admire, but these few kids that are being talked about here seem like they have the extra “umph” needed to take the team to a higher level. We’ve always had 1 really great kid recruited, often taken as a steal, or an injured blue chipper from h.s. that got offers taken away, or a player just looking for a new beginning after dealing with issues….in just about ever class for the past decade. Things are really taking shape. I just hope for crying out loud, let us at least get some size in the corner backs department. Makes me miss guys like Kelvin Millhouse who was just under 6’2 but was consistent. I’m tired of our team getting beaten by a corner fade inside the red zone and our 5’9 corners cant make plays because they can’t match the receivers size! I hope they fix this!

  356. palolo January 4, 2012 10:43 pm

    I am sad and shocked that Coach Mack did not recruit these local players. I know June Jones didn’t, but I believed Mack when he said he wants the Hawaii players to stay home. If the Warriors just won two more games Mack would still be the coach. Thank you Doris.

  357. PowderPuff January 4, 2012 11:01 pm

    Happy Birthday, gmahoney. Hope you had a fabulous day. WOW, ST…that is impressive (Re #351)!!! I hope Leo isn’t too shocked at the facilities. Atherton is the Beverly Hills of Northern California.

    My sis lives in that area and said Isaac Sopoaga, along with his wife and other 49ers delivered teddy bears at Stanford Hospital the other day. And give it up for the UH Warrior volleyball team who went to Maunalani Care Home to sing Christmas carols about 2 weeks ago. That is awesome, guys!!! Getting excited for their season to start.

  358. al January 4, 2012 11:04 pm


    lost = lazy

    two non-qualifers gave the appearance that we had at least two local recruits.

  359. nike free run January 4, 2012 11:09 pm

    Good medicine for health tastes bitter to the mouth.

  360. Jeezy33 January 4, 2012 11:33 pm

    359. I think it’s a combination of both..

    His kids were starting high school and didn’t realize being a head coach can conflict with kids sports.

    I’m sure deciding to watch your kids football game versus recruiting is tough but that’s what he is getting paid for.

    At the same time, I think he was lost Identifying talent.. Relied too heavily on people he trusted to make offers. Which comes the lazy part in actually making multiple trips to mainland to watch guys play in person, attend camps, etc. sark and Riley make multiple trips to hawaii alone just to attend camps and visit players. Mack didn’t understand the aspect of building trust and a relationship with kids and their families. Just because u offer tabuyo, correa, etc doesn’t mean he constantly keeps in touch to gain trust.

    Thankfully, it’s all over now and truth us out… Mack lovers still gonna love but people of Hawaii deserve better if the state is gonna cough up a million dollars on a coach.

  361. Slugger January 4, 2012 11:50 pm

    ST ~ Leo sounds like a nice young man.

    PP, Atherton is also near the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club where my college buddy works. While bartending, he gets to hear Willie Mays’ stories about playing baseball.

  362. BigHiloFan2 January 4, 2012 11:53 pm

    however we got here, we’re here. i’m thankful Chow Fun is happening to us.

    there is an entirely different feel in the air about our coach, his first 2 assistants, and

    the attitude their recruits are bringing to most of us fans.

    i say most, becuase always gonna get somebody mouthing off for no good reason. if you like that, think about changing your mindset.

    Coach Chow is showing me he is dat guy you call one smart pake.

  363. al January 4, 2012 11:57 pm

    361… it was his grandson.

  364. al January 5, 2012 12:06 am

    so where is the best chow fun???

  365. al January 5, 2012 12:07 am

    chow fun i have had many.

    the best dry beef chow fun for me is at the mandalay chinese restaurant on alakea st. (the old yong sing).

  366. Curt January 5, 2012 12:58 am

    We just had a nice dinner this past weekend at the Mandalay. Yum yum.

  367. Curt January 5, 2012 1:00 am

    Disappointed to hear about our previous local recruiting issues. You would think that it can only get mo betta. Thanks Doris for the insight.

  368. Curt January 5, 2012 1:02 am

    Sivan Leoni doesn’t look like Sivan Leoni. What happened to his flaming red hair and bandana?

  369. Curt January 5, 2012 1:08 am

    Neva fear. Stormin’ Norman is heah!

    It’s not contrived. He has arrived.

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  372. slenzi January 5, 2012 2:35 am

    IMHO Coach Tuioti needs to sell his value to Coach Chow and say why he is the best value in those areas. Rolo will land on his feet wherever he goes; he’s an incredible talent but once again, as a run-n-shoot guy, and with all of us having unreasonable expectations of the new staff, will Coach Chow be willing to let him learn with the clipboard. I would love to see it happen, Rolo learning at the right hand of Chow, but only Coach can decide if something like that can work.

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  374. krump1_AKA_protector January 5, 2012 4:58 am

    slenzi on # 373,

    You are another one who views Rolo as a glorified grad assistant. It was Rolo who orchestrated UH being the Top Passing Offense (and one of the top total offenses) in the nation last year when Moniz passed for over 5,000 yards (9th best in NCAA history); NOT Norm Chow. He’s played in NFL Europe teams and in Arena football and has been exposed to a number of different types of Offenses (not just the Run ‘n Shoot). He wanted to toy with incorporating a Tight End and 2 RBs in the backfield, but was stifled. Rolo is a genius in his own right; ask JJ and Mouse Davis if you doubt it. You need to recognize it and stop condescending. I would love for Coach Chow to let Rolo stay on as OC and see if they can integrate a hybrid combo or befuddle opponents with constantly changing looks and variations. Chow can then take credit for Rolo’s genius as many HCs do with their talented coordinators. I don’t care as long as Rolo gets to stay. Coach Tuioti too, although I wonder where he’d fit in since they already have a D-Line coach and Chow will be Recruiting Coordinator.

  375. PIAA DS January 5, 2012 5:35 am

    #346 like #353 said Stanford is honoring the commit. He was honest, he called the schools who offered him, and told them about his injury, he didnt try to hid anything. Stanford was the only one who said they still wanted him. Gotta give the kid credit, most wouldn’t even take the time to make the calls. He’s a good kid with a good family, and I’d love to see UH recruit him. He’d definitely be good for the team APR thats for usre.

  376. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 6:08 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Leo 2.0 looks like he’ll be an awesome addition to the Warriors!

    Welcome to the Warriors, Leo.

    Said it before, look at the “Chow Factor” at work in our recruiting. And the man aint even at his desk yet. Interesting times. Exciting times. CHOW TIME!!!


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  379. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 6:20 am

    “I would love for Coach Chow to let Rolo stay on as OC and see if they can integrate a hybrid combo or befuddle opponents with constantly changing looks and variations.”

    Ms. Doris,

    You hit it right on the head with that thought! I feel, as many others do, that Rolo brings a lot to the table for Coach Chow and vice versa. While he has a dream resume thus far, the fact is, UH may well be Coach Chow’s most enduring legacy. A newer, more dynamic offense than just the RnS or Pro-Set offers is a great way to start. Imagine having the power and size of Pro-Set athletes who can also execute the timing and finesse of the RnS. Ineresting times no? Exciting, definitely!

  380. d1shima January 5, 2012 6:34 am

    Great Morning All!

    Interesting comments throughout this post. Veddy in-tuh-les-ting….

  381. Chee! January 5, 2012 6:53 am

    #336 speechless…Things that make you go, hmmmm

    What’s the rational behind waiting to contact prospects from the recruiting sheet while other schools are engaged with them early? If this recruiting technique did not work, why where JJ and GM set on recruiting that way?

    Doing something the same way over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity…

  382. Bugaz January 5, 2012 7:04 am

    Good morning all!

  383. whitey January 5, 2012 7:08 am

    aloha and welcome to leo koloamatangi to da warriors. his school is located in the same town as joe montana was living. don’t know if jm is still there.

  384. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 7:08 am

    Good Morning Bugaz, d1, chee, Doris, and all the other early birds!

    I’m lovin’ what I see so far, what about you guys?

  385. whitey January 5, 2012 7:08 am

    good morning tsaikos and i see that d1 went ho hi already. way to go.

  386. whitey January 5, 2012 7:11 am

    ain’t it fun when you wait till the dead period is over. it will get more interesting by the time coach chow comes to hawaii.

  387. Bugaz January 5, 2012 7:11 am

    One day closer to the coach returning HOME.

    Hoping for another day of great recruiting news, appreciate the insight of bad recruiting from previous regimes. Good luck Rolo and Tuioti!!! Would love for you guys to be retained.

  388. whitey January 5, 2012 7:11 am

    dpk, a top of the morning to you and have a good one.

  389. Bugaz January 5, 2012 7:13 am

    Oh yeah exciting times for Warrior football!!!

  390. Bugaz January 5, 2012 7:16 am

    DPK earlier you gave credit to Doris when it was krump’s write up about what Rolo brings to the table. No big deal though, both were great in the information givin.

  391. Bugaz January 5, 2012 7:21 am

    I know Stanford stayed true to Kaumatule, but with the regime change I hope he changes his mind. These are circumstances where people or schools should not hold it against you. Stanford could always get someone else.

  392. koakane January 5, 2012 7:35 am

    morning and howzit early blogger whitey, dpk, d1

    who has kope ready

  393. koakane January 5, 2012 7:36 am

    anxiously waiting to get new info on cChow plans

  394. koakane January 5, 2012 7:37 am

    any birdie scoops on players or new coaches

  395. koakane January 5, 2012 7:39 am

    mmmmm LL giving away free plate lunches for peeps name chow

  396. koakane January 5, 2012 7:44 am

    does being in the chow line ready to chow down the chow fun because I am a chow hound qualify?

  397. koakane January 5, 2012 7:46 am

    must be to early or lazy sickness going down

  398. koakane January 5, 2012 7:47 am

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  400. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 7:48 am


    You are correct. Krump and others have suggested the same thing- I think I mentioned that in my post. Just wanted to agree with Doris and others. All of us who follow UH can see the potential for a Chow/Rolo collaboration. In the end, its Coach’s call.

  401. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 7:52 am


    KK Chow has a nice ring to it. Go, go print one new ID out, kk! Make one for me, too! 😆

    My great grandfather was pure Chinese. That should count, no?

  402. koakane January 5, 2012 7:56 am

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  403. Da Punchbowl Kid January 5, 2012 8:01 am

    Gonna walk Sweety to work. Nice the vog has gone!

  404. koakane January 5, 2012 8:04 am

    yep but the wind is very light wonder how the vog went

  405. el burro sabio January 5, 2012 8:06 am

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    Ms. PIAA DS – at this point, why is it no longer important to maintain a good relationship with JJ & Mack?

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    After my NFL playing career, I had the opportunity to coach both here and in Tokyo…and a bit later by chance I met my future wife Kayoko who’s Japanese, on a flight to LA. …”

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