Making the grade

Fifty-five Warriors had GPAs of 3.0 or better this past semester.

The quarterbacks were the highest-ranking position, with an average GPA of 3.26.

Among the top scorers were walk-on running back Jason Muraoka (3.69), left tackle Ben Clarke (3.56) and tight end Harold Moleni (3.60).


  1. warrior650 January 28, 2015 9:44 am

    Nice. Great to see student athletes are doing work in the classroom.

  2. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2015 9:45 am

    If you’re going to go to school, you might as well study.

  3. boolakanaka January 28, 2015 9:52 am

    BigWave96744–Nah, that can’t be true. I know for a fact, my HS teammate, David Fonoti, went to ASU.

  4. Shoko January 28, 2015 9:57 am

    Speaking of smart student-athletes Academic All-Mountain West team should be announced soon.

  5. What??? January 28, 2015 10:02 am

    Is the current LB coach also a 1981 grad?

  6. boolakanaka January 28, 2015 10:14 am

    Indeed Ola Gouviea is a 1981 Waianae grad.

  7. A-House January 28, 2015 10:19 am

    kudos to all student athletes who do extremely well academically – it’s tough just being a university student to achieve a 3.0 or higher with little or no distraction of training, traveling, etc.

    JOB WELL DONE, Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!

  8. el burro sabio January 28, 2015 10:20 am

    Mr A-House I think those who are not secure in their ability to find a new job are afraid of challenges. I can always go back to pulling a plow. 😉

  9. jm2375 January 28, 2015 10:30 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to those making the grade.

    Yup, 1981 was a good year. 😆 🙄

    GO WARRIORS! Beat the aardvarks!

  10. boolakanaka January 28, 2015 10:50 am

    ST, study in undergrad, nah–save dat for grad school—-onward and upward to moose’s for copious amounts of long island ice teas!!!

  11. SteveM January 28, 2015 10:56 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats to the 3.0 GPA athletes!
    This might sound obvious, but a 3.o average need you to get a “B” in every course (or an A for every C). Every fraction over 3.0 means there’s an “A” or two in there. A 3.5 GPA means as many A’s as B’s. Pretty good for undergrads who spend so much time training and on the road.

  12. bowwar January 28, 2015 11:47 am

    Congratulations to the student-athletes…Anytime you score a 3.0 or above, it shows you’re there for an education even if its in courses like basket-weaving.
    Balancing sport and school is a full-time task and they should be applauded accordingly.

  13. Superstar Advertiser January 28, 2015 12:02 pm


    Alright “smart” fans, here’s a pop quiz!

    Which team would you rather be a fan of:
    A) Team A: Top 20 recruiting class for 2015, coach ran a sham charity as a front for his child molestation affairs.
    B) Team B: 55 players had a GPA of 3.0 or better, head coach has spent his career in football and made it to the NFL.

    If you said A, you are not a smart fan. Team A (reveal: Penn State) has no more problems going forward, the future is bright for them. But Team B (reveal: Hawaii) is shrouded by doubts.

  14. jeezy33 January 28, 2015 12:06 pm

    13. Why do we have to choose 2 terrible options? lol

    Would u rather drown?
    Would u rather be stuck in burning house?

  15. jeezy33 January 28, 2015 12:07 pm


  16. gigi-hawaii January 28, 2015 12:15 pm

    Congrats to those super-achieving student athletes.
    We are proud of you.

  17. Turfwar January 28, 2015 12:37 pm Here’s what Oregon HC thinks about the backups to Marcus. Trying to steal Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington. If you haven’t seen this guy play yet you should. Saw them beat Pac12 teams the past two years with this guy at QB. They look unstoppable with a great spread attack. Has running ability and very accurate.

  18. Turfwar January 28, 2015 1:05 pm

    Hilosupaman mahalo for the article. Another example of kids that fall through the cracks in the very select world of college football. Hope he lands on his feet somewhere as he just might be a find for the right program. Looks like a good prospect who’s every bit the size he’s listed. I mean even NMSU and NM can’t find a place for this guy? Crazy stats.

  19. BigWave96744 January 28, 2015 1:12 pm

    Kurt Gouveia was an ’82 grad from Waianae and played at BYU from ’82-’85

  20. BigWave96744 January 28, 2015 1:18 pm

    David Fonoti did indeed play for AZ St from ’81-’85.
    Maybe the BYU media guy meant only local boy to leave Hawaii in 1981 AND PLAY FOR BYU (since they recruited here so much)

  21. Kanakula January 28, 2015 1:20 pm

    Hilosupaman #8 I would take that report with a grain of salt. I live in Albuquerque now, just 10 minutes from Rio rancho HS. There is a reason NM prep players dont get hype. UNM Lobos have the last prep QB to come out of Rio Rancho (Cleveland HS) Cole Gautche, he was supposed to be the one. Hes a nice guy…… but thats about it.

  22. Turfwar January 28, 2015 1:33 pm Damn we just lost a basketball recruit to… Kentucky! Gib was on this kid for a couple years but now headed to the Bluegrass State. What the heck do they have that we don’t?

  23. Giversgain January 28, 2015 1:34 pm

    Regarding QB kid from NM,
    Article says he attended Big 12, Big 10, Pac 10 and MW camps. While his numbers look extraordinary, there must be valid reasons as to why those schools aren’t recruiting him.

  24. Boolakanaka January 28, 2015 1:42 pm

    Bigwave, thanks for the correction.

  25. Shoko January 28, 2015 2:08 pm

    According to the story, this kid is listed as a pro-style QB and that wouldn’t fit into what Davies is running (pistol/triple option). He would fit into NMSU offense but I think they had six freshmen on the roster this past season.

    I remember when Long was the head coach at NM and he recruited heavily for in-state players. Put together some really good teams back then.

  26. hitman January 28, 2015 3:14 pm

    good job guys !! keep up the good work !! lets hope the the good good work habite rubs off on others !!
    that QB look good but how good is the teams that he is playing? but you never know come down to the heart of the player and there mind set !! would be worth a look as a walk on !!

  27. Boolakanaka January 28, 2015 3:36 pm

    The coach that UNM lost, that had it going on was Dennis Franchione, who later became the bama and A&M HC. Side note, right after law school graduation, he offered me a job……boola could have had a different career.

  28. Turfwar January 28, 2015 3:39 pm

    Can’t believe we just lost a basketball recruit to….. Kentucky! I mean what do they have that we don’t?

  29. Andrew January 28, 2015 3:45 pm


    Hah, I bet when the UH coaches found out Kentucky was in the mix, they knew it was pretty much over

  30. beans January 28, 2015 4:37 pm

    Why not list all the players that had an average of 3.0 or better. It is a feather in their cap. Spread the good news!

  31. truegreen January 28, 2015 4:40 pm

    no skeed! we won the recruiting battle with kentucky once before for roderick flemings!

  32. doris January 28, 2015 4:41 pm

    I was in the airport in Denver and ran into a Pac12 coach I know who was on his way to NM to see that QB

  33. pollypicador January 28, 2015 5:38 pm

    Re-Chad Ikei

    How often do I read that a former UH football player enlist the services of the fitness guru/strength and conditioning coach at the players final curtain? Often.

    Joey Iosefa, who was invited to next months NFL combine, did.

    Ikei services are highly sought after, especially by former UH football players that have aspirations of playing in the NFL.

    But my question: Why wait to the final curtain to get the best training? Wouldn’t
    the best approach be of enlisting Ikei’s services from the players opening act (day one of joining the football program).

    I would think so.

    If Ikei has a blueprint to his training success the UH strength and conditioning team needs to covet it. Learn. Pass it on to their players. For there is always room for improvement.

    It is said that Ikei works his students to their highest potential…extracting the most out of the player. My question: How much better of a player Iosefa would have been if he had Ikei’s services from day one?

  34. al January 28, 2015 5:49 pm

    34…the bottom line is, are they able to afford it in-season?
    Would that training conflict with beamer’s?
    The latter is at no charge as well and training regime is season long although often unsupervised.

  35. kahuna January 28, 2015 5:52 pm

    Chad Ikei is a personal trainer who demands that his client follow his diet and his program. Those who train with Chad also probably train full time. As a student athlete, you need to go to school so you cannot be hanging around with Chad during school year.

    Football is also more then just strength and speed. During practices, the player work on techniques and football related skills while Chad work mostly on getting you bigger, faster and stronger.

    I honestly don’t know how much better Joey would be if he trained with Chad from Day one cause I don’t know how Chad is going to prevent Joey from getting injured and I doubt Chad can teach Joey not to fumble or read defenses.

    Speed and strength makes a player look good paper but if the player does not master the game of football, all that speed and power won’t help much.

    You can run the 40 in 4.3 but if you don’t know how to run routes or get open then all that speed is not going to help.

  36. hitman January 28, 2015 5:54 pm

    just looking at ESPN running back that are still unsigned to college bryce love this kid has the speed that hawaii needs and got moves to !! chow this could be a last min steel. a 4 star player !!Recruiting

  37. Tanman January 28, 2015 6:14 pm

    Some of these football players are doing better than some regular kids who are attending college just because their parents wanted them to… Of course, most students are attending university to learn, to study and hopefully, to earn good grades!! Unfortunately, there are always a small group who are not mature enough to think about their future and let their GPA dwindle. Their excuses, they work too many hours or they do not have time to read the book… They should learn something from these athletes. These kids must spend many hours in meetings and in practices and then they must study hard while they are physically drained!

  38. Z January 28, 2015 6:16 pm

    Would they be able to adapt Ikei’s program to the whole team? I think it also includes regulating their diets.

  39. Z January 28, 2015 6:18 pm

    I think Ikei trains players to prepare for the combine.

  40. nanakuli January 28, 2015 7:44 pm

    Wow. Who has Chad Ikei trained that made the NFL for more than 2 years? Is Ikei better than Mel DeLaura, Beemer, and Huffernan.

  41. Old Diver January 28, 2015 8:44 pm

    Joey has been training with Chad for the past two years. Joey was training with Chad in the mornings then trained with the team in the afternoons. Chad has trained over 150 NFL players during the off season and has prepared thousands of athletes for professional and college combines.

  42. kapakahi January 28, 2015 8:45 pm

    Sad findings about the greatest all-time local Hawaii HS running back ever…….also an All-State HS baseball player…..and All-State HS basketball player……

  43. Old Diver January 28, 2015 8:51 pm

    Chad doesn’t just train players for the combines. He has a number of different systems such as off season, during season, and combine preparedness. Former UH athletes such as CFL player Solomon Elimimian train with Chad during the off season. Check out his Facebook page and you will see many of this year’s UH graduating seniors training with Chad for the combine.

  44. Old Diver January 28, 2015 8:53 pm

    High school athletics from schools all over the island looking to improve their performance train with Chad.

  45. pollypicador January 28, 2015 8:54 pm

    Re-Highlighting the teams success in the classroom

    Quest. Overcoming the monster.

    As the marathon runner labors to the finish line it’s the cheers of the crowd that fuels his drive. The well wishers inspire his push to finish. He hears the clapping, encouragement. It’s motivational. So, too, is this blog that highlights the accomplishments of the student-athletes in the classroom. It’s a few word from the blog host and posters that may make the player’s day, inspire them to continue on the right path and fuel their drive. It also may push the sub 3ers to do better.

    Overcoming the monster takes a special bred of person, especially for the football player that has a daily regimented schedule of training, schooling and family life. Today’s listing is a special group. Well done.

  46. Z January 28, 2015 9:06 pm

    41. Aaron Francisco

    44. Yes I just mentioned one of the many things that he does. He also help Miano at Kaiser. Too many stuff to mention. Just look it up.

  47. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2015 9:49 pm

    ‘I mua student athletes! Work hard, study hard, train hard and play hard! Enough Warriors like that and winning takes care of itself.

    kapakahi – thanks for the link about Mosi. Never saw brother without a smile on his face. He was the essence of courage and aloha.

  48. Kazu January 29, 2015 7:00 am

    Just saw on CNN there’s a QB out of Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico
    who is 6’3 240 lbs Threw for 4,567 yds 49 TD 6 Int and no college offered him a scholarship. I would think some one like him would get an offer from some place.

  49. Tempmanoa January 29, 2015 7:16 am

    Players have asked to be able to work out with Chad during offseason, but Chow wants to keep things with Beamer even during offseason– a very reasonable position. They are on their own after they leave the team, so they can go to Chad’s as several have. These specialists, including quarter back, line, and others, all have camps– part of the college football. Also high school players and their parents seek these outfits like Chow’s out to prepare for mainland camps.

  50. graham January 29, 2015 7:49 am

    #49- There must be a reason why. I am sure all the college coaches know about him. And most of recruiting is based of potential not high school stats.

  51. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2015 8:11 am

    New post:

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