Old-school volleyball

The men’s volleyball past and present meet when a combination USA/Hawaii team practice this week at UH in preparation for the 24th Asian Pacific Cup. The four-team event will be June 15-17 in Fukuoka, Japan.

UH head coach Charlie Wade and assistant Vernon Podlewski will be coaching the USA/Hawaii team. Among the former Warriors on the roster are outside hitters Joshua Walker and Tony Ching, setter Brian Beckwith and middle blocker Mauliโ€˜a LaBarre. UH middle blocker Nick West and outside hitter Scott Hartley also will play for USA/Hawaii.

The event reaffirms ties between Hawaii and Asia (Don Takaki helped orchestrate Hawaii’s involvement), provides an audition in front of pro scouts in Asia, and gives West and Hartley additional competition.

Japan’s national university team, Thailand’s senior national team and China’s junior national team also will be competing.

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First things first:

“I had the best sandwich I’ve had in a long time,” former UH linebacker Corey Paredes said.

Across the street from the hotel where he is staying while participating in the Minnesota Vikings’ OTAs, there is the Potbelly Sandwich Shop. His favorite is “A Wreck,” which includes salami, roast beef, turkey, ham and Swiss cheese.

awreck

“It’s really good,” Paredes said.

Paredes is among 90 players participating in OTAs, which run for another two weeks. After that, there is a one-week minicamp.

Paredes and former UH linebacker Solomon Elimimian are both competing at strong-side linebacker. They rotate between the third and fourth teams. Paredes also is a wing on punts and an end on punt returns. There is no posted depth chart.


“I’m having fun,” Paredes said. “The Vikings are a good organization.”

Paredes said the players stay in a hotel where every unit is a suite. Paredes and his roommate each has his own room; they share a bathroom and kitchen.

“They take care of us over here,” Paredes said. “It’s a first-class program.”

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There are about 50 ย football Warriors participating in the offseason conditioning program in Hawaii. The rest are training on the Mainland and in Australia. The entire team will be in town beginning July 1 โ€” a full month ahead of the start of training camp.

For those in Hawaii, there are various training programs, including one specifically designed for the quarterbacks. The off-island players are given training programs.

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It’s never too early to start preparing for the NFL fantasy football draft. An interesting site is profootballfocus.com. It’s worth viewing just for the Tamme Index and to learn that former Warrior running back Alex Green is worth a “speculative add.” The premium section has such stats as the percentage of a team’s snaps each player was on the field.

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Happy birthday to Protector and Jack Flash.

And birthday wishes to Rich2176.

COMMENTS

  1. tunaluvr June 4, 2012 6:51 am

    first


  2. Naks8 June 4, 2012 6:52 am

    Cool. How good are the USA men compared to the rest of the world?


  3. Bugaz June 4, 2012 7:04 am

    Sounds like a fun trip. Might need a little more height on the outsides though.


  4. Bugaz June 4, 2012 7:05 am

    Best of luck!


  5. truegreen June 4, 2012 7:06 am

    Ganbatte Warriors!


  6. cheepono June 4, 2012 7:08 am

    hopefully the warriors that stayed here and went back to their homes are training hard and getting ready for fall camp!

    does coach heffernan give each player a workout guide based on their position or are they individually catered to the player?


  7. Bugaz June 4, 2012 7:09 am

    Any Warriors out on the turf working hard to be number one come fall camp? Still having to climb the fences?


  8. Slugger June 4, 2012 7:19 am

    Morning, gang!

    Happy birthday, Protector & Jack Flash!


  9. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 7:20 am

    No fences.

    Football workouts are in the afternoon Monday through Thursday, and in the morning on Friday.


  10. Slugger June 4, 2012 7:21 am

    Good luck at the games in Japan, VB Warriors!


  11. mctruck June 4, 2012 7:21 am

    ditto…happy birthday wishes for, Protector and Jack Flash.

    volleyball?, no mo noting bout fb?

    Joyous day to verybody.


  12. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 7:28 am

    We do welcome readers to submit items.


  13. Wes'side Warrior June 4, 2012 7:33 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Happy birthday, Birthday peeps!

    ST, do we know if there is any local tv/cable/online coverage of the Asian pacific Cup? Always good to hear that we continue to strengthen our ties to Asia, in whatever positive ways we can.


  14. SteveM June 4, 2012 7:44 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Birthday Protector !!!

    Happy Birthday Jack Flash !!!


  15. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 7:48 am

    Wes’side:

    I’ll check on it.


  16. SteveM June 4, 2012 7:48 am

    hmmm…checking the mainland list, we have one more …

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICH2176 !!!


  17. LizKauai (iPad) June 4, 2012 8:00 am

    Great news! Go volley…er… Bows!

    Happy birthday to the celebrants!

    I’m sick in bed for the 3rd day. Flu season early/late?


  18. mo808 June 4, 2012 8:04 am

    Good morning! Birthday Greetings to Protector, Jack Flash, & Rich2176! Go Warriiors past & present! Have a great Monday folks!


  19. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 8:13 am

    ST: interesting reference to Don Takaki. He’s a colleague of my husband, going back more than 30 years.


  20. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 8:13 am

    Liz:

    When does Chow make it to Kauai?


  21. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 8:13 am

    Get well, Liz!


  22. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 8:14 am

    Gigi:

    Don Takaki (Island Movers) and Al Chee (Chevron) are very big supporters of the men’s volleyball program.


  23. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 8:16 am

    So, yes, McTruck was right. I didn’t have any football items.

    I then called Corey Paredes and what do we discuss?

    Food.

    This is all you people’s fault.


  24. 808Bowler June 4, 2012 8:17 am

    Morning everyone.


  25. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 8:18 am

    Because of this blog, I have been steered to so many great restaurants.


  26. kifi June 4, 2012 8:19 am

    Good to hear about Paredes. He is a “real” footbal player. I wonder if he is that young man that was on a local TV show called “Heroes” for having saved someone’s life out near Kualoa about nine or tens years ago? Name sounds familiar.


  27. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 8:20 am

    Still remember that lunch at Camellia’s that SteveM and Peaches treated me and hubby to — after I won a bet.


  28. whitey June 4, 2012 8:24 am

    Happy Birthday Rich2176, Protector, and Jack Flash


  29. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:26 am

    Is Curt Warner coming back to football?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_RLkU9XB98

    video of him talking about it…


  30. jm2375 June 4, 2012 8:29 am

    Good morning Tsaikos! Happy Monday!

    Go Warriors! football and volleyball!

    Happy Birthday protector, Rich2176 & Jack Flash!

    Get well Liz! I think it’s a late flu season.

    Off-topic – anyone interested in a Tsaiko (real, not Wii) bowling outing? I’m thinking we would have it on a Sunday afternoon or early evening (possibility of free games) at Pali Lanes. Just checking.

    BTW, I think the lounge next door has free carry-oh-kay on Sundays.


  31. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:46 am

    If you can’t wait for bowling try this:

    highest score I got was 250

    http://ak.imgag.com/imgag/product/full/ap/3040935/graphic1.swf


  32. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 8:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Happy Birthday Rich2176, Protector, and Jack Flash!!!

    Hope the Warriors are all practicing hard, studying plays, and conditioning for the upcoming season!!!


  33. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 8:48 am

    Get well Liz.


  34. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:49 am

    And shades of UH glory—check out Matt Flynn’s record setting game.

    Now he is a Seahawk…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgdBocjHaQE&feature=related


  35. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:52 am

    Fellow Birthday wishes for protector, Rich2176 & Jack Flash.

    The late Freddy Fender was also born this day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxYIbbi-OPY

    VAYA CON DIOS


  36. bleedgreen June 4, 2012 9:11 am

    One thing for sure, Hawaii will be as strong and quick as their competition. They will lose only when their competition has better technique or schemes that can focus on Hawaii’s weaknesses. So getting together on July 1 is a great step towards getting the players to click together. I like what Coach Chow is doing.


  37. Kekoa June 4, 2012 9:17 am

    Lifting a tall cup of Kono Kope wit a splash of Kalua – to the Birthday Guys (Protecter/Jack Flash/Rich). Can’t wait to celebrate some Warrior wins with all 3 of you sometime during the upcoming fb season…

    Meanwhile, have a Rip-Roaring Birday Blast!…and in case you need to make Bail, I can connect you with my cousin the Bail Bonds Wahine!.


  38. al June 4, 2012 9:19 am

    happy birthday you all!


  39. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 9:47 am

    Wasted days and wasted nights …


  40. SAWARRIOR June 4, 2012 10:00 am

    Thanks for the link. Parades and Elimimian r on my fav team.


  41. wafan June 4, 2012 10:06 am

    Happy birthdays to Protector, Rich, and Jack!

    Whoo-hoo, 3x!!!


  42. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 10:15 am

    I bet SAWarrior is rooting for the San Antonio Spurs…


  43. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2012 10:53 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liz –

    Get better soon! Lotsa flu like stuff goin’ round recently.

    Good luck to the volleyguys in Japan! Represent!

    Now THAT’S a sandwich! Glad to read that Paredes is being taken care of. Good luck to all of our Pro-hopeful Warriors wherever they might be! Wonder how Colt’s doin’ up north…

    Any scoops Aunty Liz?


  44. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2012 10:55 am

    And a very Happy Bithday to 3 WB blog superstars, Protector, Jack Flash and Braddah Rich!

    Let the green bottles begin! ๐Ÿ™‚


  45. Joe Shmo June 4, 2012 11:09 am

    Interesting that there is only 50 players on campus training…i have a close friend at a rival MWC school, and they have 100% attendance at last weeks workouts! Hope our guys realize what they are up against, and we were picked #8 in MWC pre-season


  46. Tunaluvr June 4, 2012 11:16 am

    Liz take good care of yourself. Let me know if you need anything.

    Stephen, Coach Chow arrives Friday afternoon for the Meet the Coach event on Kauai.


  47. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 11:19 am

    #45 agree with you in part. But the cost of living in Fresno, Colorado, Nevada, et al. is a lot less then in Hawaii and some of the kids just can’t afford to stay here over the summer. As an example, my niece had to spend the summer in Boise for an internship. She rented a 2 bedroom apartment for just herself for $400 a month. She now lives in Manoa near UH and is renting a bedroom with a shared kitchen and bath for $950 a month.


  48. urbankid June 4, 2012 11:21 am

    I’ve had a Wreck from Potbelly’s and I agree, best sandwich I’ve ever had. So good that I had to buy a couple of bottles of their “Hot Peppers”


  49. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 11:22 am

    I am glad that at least the rest of the team will be coming in on July 1 and have a little over a month to get practice time in with each other…better then most years in the past.


  50. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 11:22 am

    Dang, now I want to eat a sandwich for lunch…..and hot peppers….LOL


  51. A-House June 4, 2012 11:29 am

    Here’s the windup, fast ball down the middle, solid contact, it goes sailing over the…….

    It’s not baseball, it’s the Happy Birfday to Protector, Jack Flash, and the American Idol kid our own Rich 2176!!


  52. A-House June 4, 2012 11:30 am

    Prayers to LizK for a speedy and full recovery from what ails you this fine day!


  53. A-House June 4, 2012 11:33 am

    With my new Droid, I was reviewing my “contacts list” and came across Florida Ted’s name – started to delete, but could not bring myself to do it – great memories with great person – so glad we got to meet him at the Golden Corral in Orlando before the Florida game.

    Only thing missing was Patti – his wife. A-House family sends our very best to you!!!


  54. wait a minute June 4, 2012 11:34 am

    Having to stay the summer in Boise or Fresno is more like punishment


  55. wait a minute June 4, 2012 11:36 am

    Having to play or work under Chris Ault really sounds like punishment. Poor Rolo.


  56. Committed Road Warrior June 4, 2012 11:39 am

    Happy Birthday Rich2176, Protector and Jack Flash!


  57. Warrior Dave June 4, 2012 11:40 am

    Happy Birthday Rich!


  58. kev-1 June 4, 2012 11:48 am

    Sorry this is not the place for this. Not football related, but utterly ridiculous . . .

    Children as young as five years old will be surveyed to determine teacher effectiveness? Stupid, yet expected. According to a representative, there is reason to believe that students take it seriously. Sure . . . I have given students surveys that if done accurately would have taken 15 minutes. Sure, some gave honest, insightful responses. But majority finished in 5 minutes or less and admittedly failed to read the entire prompt before answering and just did it to get it done.

    Yet something like this will be part of determining teacher evaluations, which will be linked to teacher pay? Unbelievable. There are other, more objective methods for evaluating.


  59. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 11:52 am

    I think if a 5-year-old can fill out a survey the teacher should get a raise.


  60. Stephen Tsai June 4, 2012 11:53 am

    Boise’s 100-percent program was so successful the AD ended up at San Jose State.


  61. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 12:00 pm

    Back in the 1970s, I remember having to evaluate my professors at UH. Students usually give them high scores if they are getting A’s for the class.


  62. kev-1 June 4, 2012 12:16 pm

    ST . . . good one

    Gigi . . . exactly. And those are college students.

    You know what will happen? Teachers will start babying their students and giving them higher grades than they deserve.


  63. 99club June 4, 2012 12:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Rich! Cheers.


  64. wafan June 4, 2012 12:48 pm

    Wait, your 5-year olds can read fluidly and with deep enough comprehension to respond to a survey?

    Maybe we should do surveys on politician and administrators? Their pay and careers will, naturally depend on the results. And, of course, the results will be posted for the public to peruse.

    If it is good enough for teachers it must be good enough for everyone else.


  65. ai-eee-soos June 4, 2012 12:50 pm

    UH offers 4* OT/DT, Na’Ty Rodgers a scholarship.

    NA’TY RODGERS OT/DT, 6-5, 278 lbs.

    (McDonough HS – Pomfret, MD)

    (Offered Scholarship) ( … and from many others )

    (Also have offers from Arizona St, Arkansas, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Carolina St, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, SMU, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.)

    Thanks to Sprtsbow.

    http://www.sportshawaii.com/sh/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=42323


  66. A-joe June 4, 2012 1:01 pm

    kev-1:

    What are the other, more objective methods for evaluating a teacher’s performance in the classroom?


  67. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 1:04 pm

    A-joe: standardized test scores


  68. madeinhawaii June 4, 2012 1:11 pm

    Wonder what kind of questions they put on the survey?

    Happy birthday to Rich, Jumping Jack, and da Protector!


  69. d1shima June 4, 2012 1:13 pm

    Great Afternoon All!

    Happy Birthday protector, Jack Flash and rich2176!


  70. A-joe June 4, 2012 1:17 pm

    gigi- That’s already in place. What else.


  71. kev-1 June 4, 2012 1:17 pm

    A-joe . . . how about random observations by administrators? Documentation evidence demonstrating that the teacher is meeting the requirements of academic plans?


  72. A-joe June 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    While the debate goes on about the merits of public school teachers, Louisiana has implemented a voucher program that privatizes education.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/01/louisiana-makes-bold-bid-_n_1563900.html

    Even under fierce opposition by the teachers union, the program seems to be working.


  73. mctruck June 4, 2012 1:23 pm

    ST,

    If you had brought up fuud 1st, den I wud have not mentioned bout, “wat no fb?”…bwaahahaha!!…FUUD!!, now dats wat I’m talkin bout.

    happy birthday rich2176….enjoy da cake, ladat!

    FUUD! FUUD! FUUD!


  74. d1shima June 4, 2012 1:23 pm

    Home or away, it’s what you do where you’re at that counts.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-P80QOkHjmc


  75. wafan June 4, 2012 1:28 pm

    Standardized tests are not a good indicator. With inclusion the norm what does that say about the teacher who is willing to do the additional work, and stress, to work with the handicapped?

    Does that make AP teachers better than the “shop” teachers?

    I have first hand evidence that it is easier to teach from a book than it is to teach something that requires personal (student) interpretation and talent.


  76. wafan June 4, 2012 1:31 pm

    On the H2 Channel (no, not the highway) a guy is showing off Thanks, his pet turkey. It has the run of the house. Just hoping it is house broken!


  77. wafan June 4, 2012 1:35 pm

    Seriously craving a Krispie Kreme donut — just saw it on Modern Marvels.

    Just the plain old glazed fresh off the line, please!

    YUM!


  78. A-joe June 4, 2012 1:40 pm

    kev-1: Random inspections? Documentations?

    What are the consequences?


  79. mctruck June 4, 2012 1:43 pm

    Speaking of this student voucher for education in Louisiana, and I might add that I live just a stones throw from the Texas/Louisiana border; I had the pleasure of having met a young college student who was fixing on becoming a teacher. What I found to be so okole-backwards, is that oneday we were discussing the Presidential elections and she blurted out that she believed that Obama was born in Kenya and therefore not a US citizen…this even though the issue was pretty much put to rest as far as I was concerned. Anyways….I thought to my self???, hmmmm? and she wanted to be a teacher?, duhhhhh?

    So many people living in the southern states are very, very, ignorant individuals…educated, or not…they are just stuck with a certain mentality.


  80. mctruck June 4, 2012 1:47 pm

    Hey! what you expect when the Texas governor makes comments like seceding from the union?? is dat okole-bacwards or not?


  81. A-joe June 4, 2012 1:48 pm

    I encourage anyone to watch, “Waiting for Superman.”

    This documentary exposes the real problems crippling our national educational system. (it’s kinda funny but not) You’ll see what real solutions are being proposed to solve them. You also see the fierce opposition that wants to maintain the status quo.

    Go to their website and see what you can do about it.

    http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/


  82. king katonk June 4, 2012 1:48 pm

    Greeting Tsaikos,

    Here’s a great article from yesterday’s LA Times regarding gymnast Kyla Ross. For those Bow fans who go back to the 90s, her dad is Jason Ross. I remember him getting drafted by the Atlanta Braves but I guess nothing materialized. Anyway, good luck to his daughter in making the Olympic team.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/02/sports/la-sp-oly-gymnastics-kayla-ross-20120603

    BTW – Happy B-Day Rich.


  83. gigi-hawaii June 4, 2012 1:50 pm

    McTruck: even here in Hawaii there are very ignorant individuals. In fact, Jerry Coffee, a Midweek newspaper columnist, wrote a piece about Obama being foreign born and therefore not qualified to be President. Boy, was there a huge backlash against him in the Letters to the Editor!!!


  84. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2012 1:53 pm

    Got a call from Birthday Superstar Rich2176. He’s just wrapped up a golf tournament and the greenies are flowin’! ๐Ÿ™‚ He said to thank everybody for the birthday wishes and sends his aloha to all.

    Jack and Protector, make sure you’re getting far more than you reccomended daily allowance of green botles too! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  85. SteveM June 4, 2012 1:56 pm

    RE: #72

    A-joe — as a public school computer teacher and tech in the early 90’s, I was strongly opposed to a voucher system. Such a system would take much needed computer and network funds out of the system while we were trying to usher teachers and students into the computer age with $2,000 computers and 10mbps wire networks.

    The classroom teachers argued that only the richer parents could take advantage of vouchers–and the those students were the more “motivated” ones since the parents were successful. Average test scores would fall considerably at the public schools, along with less money.

    But now — the computer age and hard drives are past. It’s the Info age, defined by smart phones, iPads, and wireless networks and “clouds”. It seems we have made the technological transition and everything is more affordable. Everyone is on a more equal footing–or getting close. I am less inclined to object to a voucher system. But the (public) teacher concerns as to remaining school population is still valid.

    Teacher evals are difficult–all evals from another human is a matter of opinion and subjective. While there are teachers I would want my own children to have (if I had any), there are those I would cringe– but that’s an opinion too.


  86. Da Punchbowl Kid June 4, 2012 1:57 pm

    Krispie Kreme Donuts… MMMmmmMMM!

    “your reccomended”… that should read above.


  87. mctruck June 4, 2012 2:01 pm

    A-joe, ur #72…re:vouchers in Louisiana……..great deal, except practically “no room available” to accomodate students with voucher.

    I can see a lot of individuals popping up from all over the place scamming the state of Louisiana…personally, I smell something foul in the air.


  88. Cory Sellers June 4, 2012 2:01 pm

    i dwell in waterloo canada and i want to be part of a boys 14 12 months previous volleyball workforce previously i get started grade 10 in sept(want to make the education team)


  89. mctruck June 4, 2012 2:04 pm

    I gotcha u, Gigi. Sorry bunch of ignoramus’.


  90. kndr grdnr June 4, 2012 2:09 pm

    starts at home. turn off the tv. turn off the game consoles. set aside a quiet study or read time every night. teachers can’t do it by themselves.

    today’s computer and gaming age makes for chubby lazy kids.


  91. SteveM June 4, 2012 2:11 pm

    RE: my #86 at 1:56 pm

    I should have mentioned that the proposed Hawaii voucher system (as I recall) was for a fixed amount of money — not a “full ride” at a private school.


  92. A-joe June 4, 2012 2:23 pm

    SteveM- In a debate over the merits of education there is a propensity to forget what the true reason education is about:

    the kids.

    Everyone in the education game is sooo worried about their own interest and self preservation. No one is standing up for the kids and whats right for them.

    I’m not sure if the voucher program will work here. Mctruck you bring up a good point; space would become a premium. Perhaps the state could turn individual public schools over to private school management.


  93. JaM June 4, 2012 2:31 pm

    Agree with you A-joe and would like to add “one size does not fit all.”


  94. (Jesse) James June 4, 2012 2:47 pm

    Mctruck #79 – Well, I was at a national conference for legislators in Boston and had a Representative from Northern California ask me, “So, you’re from Hawaii. What’s the nearest state to you?”


  95. UKU@LA June 4, 2012 2:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Rich! UKU!


  96. Dennis Halloran June 4, 2012 3:02 pm

    Some good pictures of Colt Brennan on the web site for Saskatchewan Roughriders who open on the road next Wednesday in Vancouver


  97. SteveM June 4, 2012 3:06 pm

    Re: #95

    A-joe — since I am 95% retired now, I will respond to your comment. Yes, I think you are right, but many classroom teachers do care–admittedly some are just counting the days till the next pay raise…. but I would send the dark glasses and white canes to higher up the bureaucratic totem pole–to those that are the most physically removed from the real classroom. This is my last comment on this.

    Yes, I think private management could work if they don’t have a 3,000 member Board of Directors. ๐Ÿ˜


  98. wafan June 4, 2012 3:18 pm

    100!


  99. wafan June 4, 2012 3:19 pm

    Dang it. I should refresh before submitting my comment.

    HA!


  100. wafan June 4, 2012 3:19 pm

    Worse it was 12 minutes after the fact.


  101. wafan June 4, 2012 3:21 pm

    Hope it does not reflect negatively in my evaluation.


  102. wafan June 4, 2012 3:42 pm

    Nytal!


  103. Wes'side Warrior June 4, 2012 4:25 pm

    Howzit, everyone!

    Don’t know to what extent you are considering private management in public schools, but I will say this much…

    Several years ago, the public school system in Michigan was forced to cut funding due to the worsening economy. This, despite record amounts of funds being deposited into the Education pot by the state lottery. One of the first moves they made was to have all upper level educators (ie Principals) released from the DoE pool, and contracted to their respective schools through a private management company. Although we didn’t pay too much attention to it at the time, our elementary school principal assured us that this was a move that would be beneficial to everyone. All I know is that it did help to keep programs intact, especially “the Arts”. That principal just retired last year, after a very long and successful career as an educator. We are so glad that she was a part of the lives of our older kids. She and her staff really made a difference.

    On a slight tangent, I thought it was kinda weird that last year, Michigan opted to open up tons of Charter Schools, citing studies showing cost effectiveness related to better opportunities for kids and teachers in an environment more conducive to education… while Hawaii was using the opposite argument to do away with Charter Schools.


  104. Wes'side Warrior June 4, 2012 4:28 pm

    One of the first moves they made was to have all upper level educators (ie Principals) released from the DoE pool, and contracted to their respective schools through a private management company.

    I should further qualify this statement by saying that this is what happened in our school district. Don’t know what the neighboring school districts did, or the rest of the state, for that matter.


  105. rich2176 (DROID) June 4, 2012 4:31 pm

    Aloha everyone for the well wishes on the blog, email, text &I calls. Out of town til tomorrow. Charity tournament w Vince Ferragamo. His 30th & last. He’ll be at Junes next week on Maui. I can’t make it this year. Time for greenies


  106. d1shima June 4, 2012 5:17 pm

    1 hour ago on FB

    Piaa Hawaii

    Congratulations to Jeremy Tabuyo! Today he became the 4th Hawaii athlete to be offered a scholarship by U of Kansas (Charile Weis), along with Ualesi Sale, Aiea; Reeve Koehler, St Louis; Kamalei Correa, St. Louis.


  107. d1shima June 4, 2012 5:32 pm

    …we’re not unknown to Kansas anymore!


  108. BigHiloFan2 June 4, 2012 6:11 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere.

    Rich 2176. Happy Birthday friend! hoist another greenie. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Protector, Jack Flash. Happy Birthday to you two! And keep up with Rich. ๐Ÿ˜€


  109. A-joe June 4, 2012 6:13 pm

    110- Charlie got the “island fever”. It was bound to happen, yeah?

    It speaks volumes as to the quality of players that have come the islands all along. Awesome to read!


  110. A-joe June 4, 2012 6:15 pm

    To the Three Amigos of the day: Feliz Cumpleaรฑos!!


  111. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 6:18 pm

    Long ago, I worked with a young man who had played football for a school in Kansas,

    and he said it was so cold there practicing in the early morning hours and late afternoons

    (often in pain). And he often said to himself, “What am I doing here?” I think many

    local boys all say the same thing once they land in the land beyond the reef.


  112. BigHiloFan2 June 4, 2012 6:23 pm

    good one A-Joe. ๐Ÿ˜€

    an doze who like da Rio:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx4aO4-nr0c


  113. BigHiloFan2 June 4, 2012 6:28 pm

    Amen Ipu Man. Having a car and starting it up when its still dark, and a clear night sky, an da temp is in da down down down, drives home da idea of missing da aina. ๐Ÿ˜†

    i been to Kansas. dat can be a really cool spot! as in COLD. ๐Ÿ˜†


  114. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 6:38 pm

    Ok BigHiloFan2 and all Tsaikos:

    How cold is it to play football on the mainland?

    It is so cold that ________________________…


  115. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 6:43 pm

    It is so cold, that you hafta dodge falling giant icicles when coming out of locker room

    onto the tundra…


  116. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 6:44 pm

    It is so cold, my tutu turned into a popcicle…


  117. Slugger June 4, 2012 7:23 pm

    Happy birthday, Rich2176!


  118. 3-Prong June 4, 2012 8:04 pm

    It was so cold we thought Grandpa was growing a goatee until we realized it was frozen drool.


  119. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:10 pm

    It was so cold, the coach had us put on ice skates in the 2nd half…


  120. BigHiloFan2 June 4, 2012 8:11 pm

    so cold dat a 7 could easy turn 2 2.

    :mrgreen:


  121. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:13 pm

    On another note, the Navy is building a stealth destroyer in Maine and Mississippi.

    But it could be coming to Pearl Harbor as it is to ply the Pacific . But…

    “…the destroyers’ $3.1 billion price tag, which is about twice the cost of the current destroyers and balloons to $7 billion each when research and development is added in, nearly sank it in Congress. Though the Navy originally wanted 32 of them, that was cut to 24, then seven.

    Now, just three are in the works.”

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120605p2g00m0in003000c.html


  122. 3-Prong June 4, 2012 8:14 pm

    So cold Grandmas teeth chattered in the soaking glass.


  123. 3-Prong June 4, 2012 8:17 pm

    Sorry for the lame it was so cold jokes.


  124. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:20 pm

    It was so cold . . .

    we had to eating with wooden chopsticks cause some players walked around for days with spoons or forks stuck to their tongues! And the coach collected the chopsticks to burn

    for a fire to keep us warm on the bench…


  125. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:21 pm

    eat


  126. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:22 pm

    It was so cold…

    roosters were rushing into Kentucky Fried Chicken

    and begging to use the pressure cooker!


  127. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:24 pm

    It was so cold…

    kids stopped worrying about acne. The new problem – goosepimples!


  128. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:26 pm

    It was so cold . . .

    the politicians had their hands in their OWN pockets!


  129. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:29 pm

    They were serving SANKA coffee on the Titanic…


  130. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:32 pm

    The players plugged electric blankets into the toaster by mistake – and kept popping out of bed all night!


  131. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:34 pm

    And finally, while it’s snowing, if the sun is out, you see snowbows…


  132. Ipu Man June 4, 2012 8:35 pm

    good night all

    ๐Ÿ˜†


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