Ornellas makes good first impression

Cornerback Kawika Ornellas, a recent Mililani High graduate, has played well during unsupervised workouts.
Ornellas , who is 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, has been clocked running 40 yards in 4.42 seconds.
He is the OIA champion in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. He finished fourth in both races at the state meet.
Ornellas is joining the Warriors as a walk-on. He is on the 105-player, training-camp roster.


Ornellas lines up against wideout Royce Pollard:


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Ryan Mouton is establishing himself as one of the top cornerbacks in recent years. In a drill last week, he broke up a pass and then soared for an interception. Yesterday, there were no completions to the receiver he defended. mouton.JPG

Mouton defends Mike Tinoco:


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Paipai Falemalu prepares for an unsupervised workout:


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Whitey is a part-time poster, but a full-time great guy. His posts are filled with thoughtful insights. Meet Whitey:

First of all, I am honored to be a member of the Tsaikos and hope you all enjoy my “story”. I was born in Puunene, Maui shortly after WWII started. My dad was interned shortly thereafter, so I was raised by my mom and her family. My dad worked for HC&S and we lived in the plantation camp called Young Hee. For recreation we had slingshots, rubber guns, tin boats, pin guns, pounding redwood post and swatting bumble bees, and swimming in the irrigation ditch. The ditch goes right next to our camp, so you learn how to swim. How do you learn? The older kids grab your shorts by the bottom and fly you into the ditch. Drink plenty of water, but they teach you how to swim, dog paddle. I can remember 2 times that I would have drowned, but once the ditchman saved me and the other time obachan saved me. Same ditch is where the first champion swimmers from Hawaii came from. What a life in the camp.

K grade went to Puunene School. The went to Kaunoa School in Spreckelsville. Kaunoa was an English Standard public school and you needed to pass an oral exam. My mom about died when the teacher asked me what kind of games I played and I said tin garanagei. Went 1-8 grade without shoes, wore homemade khaki shorts and aloha shirts.. Barefeet at graduation.

Bought my first pair of shoes to go to Baldwin High. Put horseshoe taps, so shoe could last me for 4 years. Also had 24” bottom drape pants for 4 years. Participated in cross country and track for 4 yrs. Cross country was actually road racing from Waihee town to St Anthony School. Ran barefoot for 4 years cause no can afford track shoes.

Growing up went to horse races, then stock car races at the Fairgrounds. Saw the Unser brothers, Cherry Neves, Jimmy Pflueger, etc race against the Maui drivers. Watch the Keiki Aliis and Kieki Kanes come to Maui every year to play the Maui All Stars, Watched the Dodgers play against the Maui All Stars.

Then went to Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Roomed with Berrington brothers, John and Bob. John was an all Big 8 center and went to be drafted by the KC Chiefs. Participated and lettered in swimming and completed the Air Force ROTC program, but lost my commission because I failed my final hearing physical. My job as a waiter, dishwasher, etc at the women’s dorm was one of my best times there. Met and knew most of the athletic dept staff and coaches at Iowa State.

Upon coming home, went to work for Dr Clarence Ching, then got a job with the Dept of Ag which I stayed at for 34 yrs. Retired as a noxious weed specialist. Also worked as a bartender at the Iao Needle Hotel.

Coached age group and high school swimming for over 15 years. Had great kids and families and met more people throughout the world. Coached 2 high school all Americans, won numerous MIL swim titles, had state champions, and coached the state age group championship team. Had age group swimmers in the top 10 in the nation. Along with Ed Kawachika, Len Limahai, and Kerry Kamisato, we help create, organize and were the first from Hawaii to make the Western Zone Age Group Championship the largest age group meet in the western states.

Also helped at the Boy Builders camp every summer and was very active with the Boy Scouts. Was an asst scoutmaster for the boys from big island and maui at the world jamboree in Japan.

Now days, go to Vegas, Alaska for fishing, Oregon and South Dakota for hunting, and golf. Through this blog, I get to meet new friends and lurk to learn more info about the UH programs. I thank ST for letting me post my bio.


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  1. Loa June 10, 2008 6:52 am


  2. Jayson June 10, 2008 6:53 am


  3. Maverick June 10, 2008 6:58 am

    Whitey for Maui mayor !

  4. Stretch June 10, 2008 7:00 am

    Thanks whitey for posting your bio. No act like you caught all those fish.

  5. Stretch June 10, 2008 7:04 am

    My job as a waiter, dishwasher, etc at the women’s dorm was one of my best times there.

    so the darkside started early in life!! WOMEN’S DORM?? I bet that was the best of times!!

  6. whitey June 10, 2008 7:08 am

    thank you ST. Mav, politicaly, hard to run for mayor when you stay on the dark side. hahahahaaaahhhh!!!! but then again, at least i know how people live in both the dark and bright side. loa, stretch, and bhf2, pau, no tell “jokes” cause my stomach like broke.

  7. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 7:10 am

    Great Morning All.

    Terrific bio, whitey. Easy to see why you da Mayah of Maui.

  8. J June 10, 2008 7:10 am


  9. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 7:12 am

    Hoo, Ornellas runs 4.42 as a DB!?!?
    Imagine if he was running FORWARD!

  10. Loa June 10, 2008 7:13 am

    whitey – great bio!
    oh oh, i’m thinkin maybe related, no not from the darkside the campside

  11. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 7:17 am

    hey, Whitey, so why do you call yourself “whitey”? You look tanned to me. j/k. Great bio and interesting life. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Blackie June 10, 2008 7:19 am

    Good morning. Nice bio, Whitey.

  13. Jayson June 10, 2008 7:21 am

    Whitey- By any chance did you spend more than a few summers up at Camp Maluhia?

  14. Maverick June 10, 2008 7:23 am

    Growing up in Sprecks & Puunene are priceless memories of the cherished simple life. I left Maui to the Big isle when the first phase of the “New era” Houses were breaking ground on the Hwy at Sprecklesville.
    That was one of my favorite venues for quality holo holo time .
    Mahalo for sharing your life story Whitey.

  15. Addahknowsports June 10, 2008 7:24 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!


    Thank you for sharing your bio with us. Great bio! Wow, your early days sounds kinda like my parents small kid time, especially about the internment and the learning how to swim part.
    Salivating while looking at the picture of the salmon. I’m glad the bears didn’t getcha.
    Hope to meet you someday.

    Have a great day everyone!

  16. bonar June 10, 2008 7:30 am


  17. whitey June 10, 2008 7:31 am

    Jayson, yes. taught merit badge classes for the boy scouts. neva count the years, but did it for the kids.

    gigi, because i was fair as a kid and we run around only in shorts, the other kids gave me the name. they all tan, but me i get red and no tan.

    stretch, gave some of the fish to the dark side, then went there and had to pay for the pupus. that is another things that is generating from the dark side and will reach you and loa, 10/head. no blame me, but life is vicious on the dark side. hahahahaaaaaahhhh!!!

    i will check back with you all, but am off for breakfast meeting with my friends at Jacks. thank you.

  18. Tombo Ahi June 10, 2008 7:46 am

    awesome bio, whitey. that’s a lot of fish!

  19. bighilofan2 June 10, 2008 7:53 am

    Ho whitey. Is dat pikcha like da kine weah yu stik yo head tru da hole?

    heh heh

    great bio. bettah pikcha!!!

  20. marlis June 10, 2008 7:54 am


    Read your bio three times. And marvel at the silvers. J/K

    What a life. Your richness is mentoring the kids.

    And now hunting, fishing and traveling. Now I get a greater understanding

    of why people talk so kind of you.

  21. tom mui June 10, 2008 8:02 am

    Aloha Whitey!

    Nice bio!

    Going up to Maui tomorrow for a fast meeting – jump off the plane, meet, jump on the plane kind of deal.

    You going with Duffer and break 70 tomorrow?

  22. Stretch June 10, 2008 8:05 am

    tom mui – you should check, I think that al is going to meet up with whitey and duffer tomorrow on Maui, then fly back in the afternoon. Maybe you can meet up with them.

  23. jm2375 June 10, 2008 8:17 am

    Good morning!

    Whitey – great bio.

    Just been informed that there is a long line forming at the Wal-Mart L&L for the 76cent plate lunch special. Sheesh … it doesn’t start till 11. Don’t these people have a life?

    OK, back to work and lurking and lurking and lurking.

  24. midori7 June 10, 2008 8:17 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    really enjoyed reading your bio! My dad will make his first trip to Alaska for salmon fishing next month. Hope his catch is comparable to yours!

  25. Stretch June 10, 2008 8:20 am

    jm.. what a waste of time and money. Even if I was retired, I would rather pay $8 for a plate lunch when I want it rather than sit and wait 3 hours and pay 76 cents. 3 hours is worth more than $7 to me.

  26. Eagle June 10, 2008 8:30 am

    Kawika is an athlete, I know a few of the coaches (Miano, Duff and Mac) were very impressed with him at the UH Camp last summer.

  27. stacyj June 10, 2008 8:32 am

    nice to get to know you better whitey. what an interesting life you’ve lived.

  28. stacyj June 10, 2008 8:35 am

    ST, are guys like Vasconcellos and Correa working out with the team too?

  29. Kekoa June 10, 2008 8:35 am

    Midori ~ Find out which area in Alaska dad is going to fish, and exactly when. My son is a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska whenever his company is not out ‘electrifying’ the city & county.

    He has a fishing cabin right on the (where else?) Fish river! That’s North of Anchorage. He also has some acreage down South on the Kenai where he goes for the Silvers you see Whitey posing with. Note I said ‘posing’ with..Bwhahaha! Just kidding Whitey! Great Bio BTW, see you soon!

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 8:40 am


  31. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 8:46 am

    I haven’t seen Vasconcellos or Correa yet.

  32. g-nalo June 10, 2008 8:47 am

    Good morning all and good job Whitey! hopefully i’ll make it to retirement and enjoy like you, i particularly like this part:

    Now days, go to Vegas, Alaska for fishing, Oregon and South Dakota for hunting, and golf.

    not qualified to hunt yet but Vegas, Alaska fishing, and golf…yeah! mind verifying the type of salmon and where in Alaska caught?

  33. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 8:48 am

    Whoa Whitey! Da fish no mo’ chance already. 😆

    “My job as a waiter, dishwasher, etc at the women’s dorm was one of my best times there”. I wonder what the “etc” involved…. 😉

    Nice bio Braddah!

  34. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 8:48 am

    But I did see Paipai Falemalu.
    I’ll post a pic of him later.

  35. stacyj June 10, 2008 8:53 am

    I would think those new guys would want to get out there and start learning and proving themselves.

  36. (Jesse) James June 10, 2008 8:56 am

    Hey gang…just wanted to say Good morning before I head off to the ol’ factory…

    whitey…great bio….man, what a life, fishing, hunting, vegas…..ahhhhhh, hopefully, I’ll make it there someday too…… 🙂

  37. ryan June 10, 2008 8:56 am

    Glad to here Paipai is out there!

  38. MeiLing June 10, 2008 8:57 am

    OMG, Whitey! Beautiful salmon!!! Thanks for your Bio…

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

  39. KaneoheFan June 10, 2008 8:58 am

    Very interesting life, Whitey. Enjoyed reading about you and great picture. You are quite the fisherman!

  40. (Jesse) James June 10, 2008 9:01 am

    Good to see a bunch of guys getting out there for the “unofficial” workouts…..gives me a good feeling…..

    Okay gang, off to make money for more Tsaiko events….mwahahahaha See everyone later.


  41. I Believe June 10, 2008 9:01 am

    aloha kakahiaka! thanks for sharing whitey! some catch! would be wonderful to have a project of oral histories of what life was like ‘beforetime’ in Maui …whitey sure had some interesting life experiences to share….priceless!

    ST is getting quite clever with posting of both still and action pics to substantiate written word! Maika’i no! Keep it up- it’s obvious you’re having fun and you make it fun for us!

    Belated congrats to Abe M- onward and upward!

  42. Kekoa June 10, 2008 9:23 am

    Morning aftah congrats to Abe M for busting out of Punahou in high fashion! I’m sorry I missed your grad party at the Marina. Life in the fast lane kept me in high speed traffic yesterday. I’m sure it was a Whoppa Doozie, your pops always makes sure that it is small kine ‘Quiet Riot’!

    When we talked about your development as a player, I was impressed with the maturity and wisdom you exhibited, and marveled at how quickly you grasped the concept of perpetual motion as a lineman. Along with your noble academic achievement, I enjoyed your entertaining video showcasing your talent as a Fa’amua (sp?). Keeping your head on a swivel and seeking out opportunity are great attributes that have been instilled in your work ethic by your mom and dad. Imua! Continue to make us all proud, Abe!

  43. koakane™ June 10, 2008 9:25 am

    morning and howzit everybody

    whitey shaka bio and mucho salmon. was trying to see in da picha where you hidding the throw net you wen used to catch um bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaa. hope to meet and shake your paw on day.

    midori betta hook up with kekoa and tell dad about offa, he get choke connection and is da bestest

    james got you message call you lattas

    g-nalo in da house and lurking heh there guy

  44. koakane™ June 10, 2008 9:26 am


  45. Barry Markowitz June 10, 2008 9:34 am

    Whitey, You are definately Livin la Vida Loca! Having fun and feeding your family at the same time…what could be better? (Mahalos Kekoa…I forwarded your kind words to the kid.)

  46. marlis June 10, 2008 9:41 am

    Looking at high school football for the upcoming year the talent level in the island is pretty rich.. I don’t know if it’s the best class, but it has to rank high up there.

    I looked at the the top twenty names. And one I didn’t see, I would bet would be known soon. Looking at his combine numbers at the -(quoting) HONOLULU, HI – Here are the top marks from the 7th annual PIAA combine, held at the Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

    Vertical Jump

    39.0″ – Mana Rosa DE 6-2, 241 Baldwin
    39.0″ – Kawehi Sablan LB 5-10, 191 Castle
    37.0″ – Jeffrey Pedrina S 5-7, 159 Punahou (2010)
    36.5″ – Kimo Makaula S 6-2, 224 Punahou
    36.5″ – Kevin Aipia WR 6-0, 198 Castle
    35.5″ – Lalo Respicio QB 5-10, 175 Campbell
    35.0″ – Samson Anguay RB 5-7, 145 Campbell (2010)
    35.0″ – Masitonia Manu DE 6-1, 231 Roosevelt
    35.0″ – Dustin Akiyama FB 6-0, 230 Kahuku
    34.5″ – Joshua Manuma WR 5-10, 168 Mililani
    34.5″ – Shayden Kehano WR 5-10, 160 Castle

    Pretty impressive 39″ Vertical jump for a DE-6-2, 241

    20-yard shuttle

    3.97 – Kawehi Sablan LB 5-10, 191 Castle
    4.00 – Mana Rosa DE 6-2, 241 Baldwin
    4.00 – Nainoa Haitsuka WR 5-9.5, 162 Castle
    4.00 – Kevin Aipia WR 6-0, 198 Castle
    4.00 – Roby Toma WR 5-9, 149 Punahou
    4.00 – Pii Minns WR 6-2, 160 Kamehameha
    4.03 – Shawn Reed LB 6-1, 206 Kalaheo
    4.03 – Gafatasi Veu C 6-0, 282 Waipahu
    4.03 – Jordan Honjiyo CB 5-6, 155 Punahou (2010)
    4.06 – Anthony Veu DE 5-11.5, 163 Waipahu
    4.07 – Tonka Marsom S 6-1.5, 205 Mililani
    4.07 – Stan Hasiak OL 6-5, 328 Kapolei

    And his 20 yard shuttle time beat a few of the WR

    Anomaly? I think so. Mana Rosa’s numbers are impressive. Some reports say he’s
    6-3 and 245 and has the speed and explosiveness to be the prototype MLB.

    Looking at scout.com not included in the top twenty list of next years recruits

    But does have offers already from-UNLV, Utah

    And interest from-Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Hawaii

    For the upcoming high school you just have to shake your head and say wow these kids are getting better…it’s really impressive. PAII and Doris should definitely be commended for helping these kids. For in the example of Mana Rosa most of the schools gravitated towards him after he did so well at this camp.

  47. homey ® June 10, 2008 9:46 am

    Whitey – Another awesome Tsaiko bio!

    BTW, did you catch those salmon by whacking them with that pole in the background?

    ESME – MILILANI represent!

  48. g-nalo June 10, 2008 9:51 am

    g-nalo in da house and lurking heh there guy

    howzit Koakane!

    yeah i’ve been over doing the posting since last thursday, gotta try and morph back to ‘wannabe lurker’ mode. well i did say ‘try’. haaa

  49. WreckinEyez June 10, 2008 10:05 am

    Great Bio Whitey! I always wondered how the freshest salmon sashimi tasted when you just pulled it out of the water hours ago.

    Koakane, you going tonight? shoot me a ring…

  50. koakane™ June 10, 2008 10:07 am

    wow hot stuff Ferd article on commission review

  51. FloridaTed June 10, 2008 10:09 am

    Hi, Whitey,

    Enjoyed your bio. Looks like you’ve lived your life always full on, getting maximum return. Your story is great folklore and fun to read. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

  52. Hurt Feelings June 10, 2008 10:09 am

    Koakane, you going tonight? shoot me a ring…

    is there something going on tonight or another one of those darn BIO events??

  53. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:09 am

    Listened to Country Comfort and Kalapana this morning…

    Sunlight, moonlight, on a misty morning,
    there are two in love…

    Next up…Summer…

    ForestIf you think it’s a dream, well it’s not as it seems, cause I’m wanting you, and you’re wanting me…

    Now that is music…

  54. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:12 am

    Hurt Feelings – There’s something going on every night. I think Wreck and koakane are going to Hula’s. Feel free to join them.

  55. Hurt Feelings June 10, 2008 10:14 am

    I always knew dey was da kine….

  56. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:14 am

    Hurt Feelings – ST posted Whitey’s BIO event.

  57. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:16 am

    Nah, they just like to dress up. Wreck as the Indian Chief and koakane as the construction worker.

  58. koakane™ June 10, 2008 10:19 am

    homey what you putting out a Hula’s cc?

  59. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:21 am

    Pomai – in response to your starting QB in the prior blog topic. I’d say based on experience at the D1 level and past D1 performances and history my picks are…subject to change after fall camp and Coach Mack makes a decision

    Tyler Graunke
    Inoke Funaki

  60. koakane™ June 10, 2008 10:23 am

    ht hula’s is by hio only 😳

  61. A-House June 10, 2008 10:25 am


    Awesome!! – I thought I was reading my own bio up to where you went to Iowa State.
    Learned how to swim in neighood reserviors – older guys dump us in the wata, hadaka of course, and throw rocks at us so we swim to the other side – one time my girl cousin and friends came by, took all our clothes, and tie them into knots!

    Since you only one in the picture, I going assume that you wen catch all the salmon. Hope I get dat lucky next month at Anchor Point Lodge.

    Mrs A- House says no sked use your Lear jet to come to Oahu with Duffer and join us at functions – she like see the jet!!!!

  62. koakane™ June 10, 2008 10:27 am

    from indian chief and construction worker to homey

  63. Ms.Tashima June 10, 2008 10:29 am

    homey- I can’t wait to see your bio and picture of you and your 9 dogs. My son is about 7 yrs and he said he wants to be tsaiko. I cried.

  64. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:29 am

    koakane – Would be fun yeah! Besides you and Wreck, can have al dressed as one Sumurai, SteveM in his cruise ship steward costume, Stretch in vintage golf attire, Bulla as one Tequila Bandito, Kekoa in mafia suit, and chawan cut in pro wrestler tights.

  65. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:35 am

    Good aftahnoon Tsaiko gang

  66. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:37 am

    koakane – why am I not surprised that you know where to find that video. 😆

    Ms.Tashima – I see you are single mom…Meet my friend Jason.

  67. Bulla June 10, 2008 10:38 am

    aloha whitey,

    mahalo for your BIO, very good reading. lots of fish bro….

  68. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:39 am

    Nice Bio Unko Whitey, eh how wen catch all dat fish? Probably throw net akshon ah? Nah, I think I see the Magic wand on the side, j/k. I cannot catch fish to save my life the only thing I hook is my t-shirt when the thing come flying around aftah I try toss em out.

  69. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:39 am

    Sumurai = samurai + sumo

  70. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 10:42 am

    Howzit gangee….Falsie, da numbah one, in da house!!!!!!!!!

  71. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:42 am

    #46 – That’s why all the big name colleges dippin inside our Hawaiian Punch Bowl of talent. If I remember correctly I think I was reading someplace that a kid from one of the Polynesian islands: Hawaii, Samoa, etc… has more chance on landing on a college and NFL roster than any other race in the nation.

  72. chawan_cut June 10, 2008 10:43 am

    Not sure if you saw this pic I posted yesterday.

    oh & here’s a nice sunset for the ladies…

    this trap was on the fence because I think the navy doesn’t want the snakes to get in their ships, subs, bldg’s etc. the key to the trap? a live mouse inside!

  73. Stretch June 10, 2008 10:43 am

    Howzit Pauoa – good to see you around today!! Enjoy your Kamehameha Day holiday tomorrow. You have the day off?? hahaha Sorry, just kidding.

  74. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 10:44 am

    Bruddah Homey…..I wen jus listen Kona Daze….ho da memories….

  75. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:44 am

    All these high school kids nowadays getting biggah, fastah, and strongah, just hope they not taking any steroids, auwe!

  76. chawan_cut June 10, 2008 10:44 am

    homey, spandex doesn’t fit well with me.

  77. Ms.Tashima June 10, 2008 10:46 am

    homey-no, no. I’m not looking was hoping to get a good laugh looking at yur bio and picture of you and your 9 dogs. I see you sometimes posting all day and just was wondering if you’re well to do. never mind.

  78. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:46 am

    Stretch – When I was station back K-Bay I could pull that excuse dat I needed to take off on all Hawaiian Holidays but over here the haole boss just look at you and go “Huh” who is Kamehameha? Nah, I about to head into San Diego gotta look for one hale before I stay dea for good.

  79. WreckinEyez June 10, 2008 10:47 am

    Ehh Relax, Hurt Feelings… What you need is some friends. You can’t just push your way into someone elses plans… No one going like you, maybe you not in to what ever we going do in the first place. Maybe you cannot handle loud music. Many reasons why some things are not for you.

    Homey, No even go there… or you can be the Menehune in the malo.

  80. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:48 am

    chawan – besides the spandex, those were interesting photos! Nice sunset! Hmmm, did you visit Club Embassy?

  81. bonar June 10, 2008 10:49 am

    Marlis, #46, thanks for the info. At 6’2″ and 240lbs and and 39 inch vertical, that’s some crazy athleticism. It’s hard to exaggerate verticals. Even if he’s closer to 6’1″, a 39 inch vertical could produce some nice dunks. Unfortunately, at 6’1″, my vertical was tested at 31 inches, which is why I played only one year of high school ball and focused on other sports.

  82. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 10:49 am

    Ho…bruddah..homey goin be do security guard….

  83. g-nalo June 10, 2008 10:50 am

    Since you only one in the picture, I going assume that you wen catch all the salmon. Hope I get dat lucky next month at Anchor Point Lodge.

    A-House: first time at Anchor Point Lodge?

  84. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:52 am

    Ms.T – I’m flattered, see you on June 19th. See SteveM for more info. Jason will be there.

  85. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 10:56 am

    Mana Rosa – who’s this kid, haven’t heard too much about him? Anybody get the scoops on this kid? Numbers look impressive, big athletic type seems like.

  86. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:57 am

    Wreck – Last time I wore a malo people thought I was an abandoned baby.

  87. homey ® June 10, 2008 10:59 am

    Mana Rosa – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtDTJTmhf6k

  88. LizKauai [Believer] June 10, 2008 11:01 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Mahalo, whitey!!! I taste someadem feesh at a -T-Gate, I think 😉

    I hope you have a long version of your childhood written down somewhere. Those are precious days in the history of Hawaii. And a good lesson as to how a person becomes the “mayor” w/o campaigning … true aloha. nuff said.


  89. Pauoa Boy June 10, 2008 11:04 am

    homey – Just wen watch the highlight tape and read the interview he had from the scouts at the St.Louis School combine. Looks like he could be big time at the college level, big hitter, quick off the line, good instincts, plus with the athleticism ho can be nawts!

  90. marlis June 10, 2008 11:08 am


    I know these kids are something else. Even on that list you have a safety 6-2, 224 doing a 36 vertical. All the years I followed football it seems that the kids finally have the speed and quickness clinics and combines acting as mechanisms and motivators to improve their skills. If your a fan watching and keeping up with all the reports about the athletes this pre season it makes you want to take in a few games this coming year. I know I do. Of all the years, I think this year might turn out to be the most exciting in HS football. I just have that feeling.

  91. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:11 am

    Pauoa Boy – I read that he is interested in Oregon St. I’m sure someone is whispering “Warriors” in both his ears.

  92. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:25 am

    Hi Princess Leila!

    If you are lurking…Have you heard any rumblings of a new Mililani HS Varsity Soccer coach?

    Let’s see, I say Antolin signs for $200K +.

  93. A-House June 10, 2008 11:28 am


    will be first and last time – just wanted to try once – one of my life long dream.

  94. A-House June 10, 2008 11:32 am


    if you neva try yet, the “fried rice ala” at Kings Bakery is real ono – fried rice with 5 pieces of portugese sausage and ova easy egg on top.

    hope they still have it as I ate that in 1988.

  95. Jason June 10, 2008 11:38 am

    I take a few days off to work on other stuff, and it appears homey is our Tsaiko matchmaker. Considering he’s most notorious for his one-night stand with a lady by the initials of C.R., I’m not sure about this…

    So, have I missed anything important? Congrats to the birthday folks and the graduating seniors. Great bios from everyone who has posted them. And glad to hear that SteveM is doing better.

  96. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:40 am

    chawan – Can you speak Chamorro? Are you Chamorro?

    Kao mamaolek ha’ hao?

  97. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:43 am

    Jason – Let it be known that I have had many one-night stands with not only C.R. but also others straight up. 😆

  98. tom mui June 10, 2008 11:46 am


    the “fried rice ala” at Kings Bakery is real ono

    On;y problem is that Kings Bakery (on King Street) has long gone away!

  99. g-nalo June 10, 2008 11:48 am


    will be first and last time – just wanted to try once – one of my life long dream.

    good for you A-House, you’ll enjoy it for sure and its always nice to fulfill a dream. but never say never cause you ne’va know, you might catch the fishing ‘bug’. haaa

    had the good fortune to go there back in 2004, but thats the only time i’ve fished salmon. those guys are real ohana style and make everything comfortable.

  100. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:49 am

    tom mui – maybe he’s talking about the one on Guam. Is there one on Guam?

  101. tom mui June 10, 2008 11:51 am


    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I get into Maui at about 10:30ish and take the 2:00 back home.

  102. homey ® June 10, 2008 11:51 am

    g-nalo – how are salmon ohana style and what do they do to make you comfortable? 😕

  103. g-nalo June 10, 2008 12:07 pm

    g-nalo – how are salmon ohana style and what do they do to make you comfortable?

    the salmon talk pidgeon, make backyard BBQ, and jam hawaiian music. the streams comfortable with the wesson oil cans and wood stools. not to mention the winds……………:-)

    Homey – whats dat earlier, “false” chamorro?

  104. midori7 June 10, 2008 12:08 pm

    ST or anyone else “in the know”

    is there still practice tomorrow at 3pm???

  105. bonar June 10, 2008 12:12 pm

    #87, OMG, that highlight video was insane!

  106. Mauimon June 10, 2008 12:14 pm

    Mana has been offerd by Utah and UNLV. Hawaii is not even recruiting
    this kid. He was the top defensive player for Baldwin High last year.
    He is going on a recruting trip to Oregon and Oregon State in a few weeks.
    Arizona is also close to offering this kid.

  107. Nick from Kapaa June 10, 2008 12:16 pm

    Funny story about Ornellas. Yesterday he came into the equipment room asking for a locker. We turned him down because we had no idea who he was and no coaches or our boss told us he was actually on the team and would be coming for a locker. We said to get proof from Miano then come back. We tried calling Miano but I guess he had already left his office.

  108. al June 10, 2008 12:20 pm

    for the record…..

    tom and others,

    maui call at ihop 1030 tomw.
    newest member picks up the tab.

  109. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 12:22 pm

    hey, Homey, I was in your neck of the woods this morning. I had to deliver 112 books to Islander Group in Mililani Tech Park. I was supposed to take exit 7. Instead I found myself in Mililani Town. Had to turn around and head toward Wahiawa again. Finally found the place.

    whew! That round trip drive was 30.2 miles. I was afraid I would run out of gas; should have filled her up.

  110. al June 10, 2008 12:23 pm

    nick where’s the aloha.

    instead of “no”, how about “okay today we check you out and we’ll have confirmation by tomw. no problem.”

    das mo easy eh?

  111. Nick from Kapaa June 10, 2008 12:26 pm


    thats basically what we said, come back tomorrow and either Miano will tell us or someone else will. haha, we didnt just tell him to get out. he probably already has his locker.

  112. al June 10, 2008 12:27 pm


    oh honorable one, true mayor of maui proper, your bio does not even touch a piece of what you are and have done.

    you forgot many a story. how about your diving skills, that you still enjoy?
    how about the tours you take people on without a fee?

    much more to tell.

    i’ll catch more tomw at the ihop.

  113. al June 10, 2008 12:28 pm

    i hear you nick,
    but, next time give the guy the benefit of the doubt and let em in.
    oh well, i guess you are responsible for the security ot the facility as well.

  114. koakane June 10, 2008 12:32 pm

    kden lunc howha

    went tanioka’s and got poki bento. spicy ahi, tako and shoyu wasabi onion aku. so no boddah me now

  115. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 12:34 pm

    al and koakane always eat well. Good food, good fun.

  116. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 12:35 pm

    Me? I had 2 slices of whole wheat bread with pnut butter and jelly.

  117. SteveM June 10, 2008 12:44 pm

    Mauimon and Nick from Kapaa — welcome to the blog!

    errrr…unless Mauimon is Mauiman from last summer…
    and Nick from Kapaa is Nick from Jan 2007

    Anyway, Welcome!

    I’m home today 🙂 Was going to work but Peaches and mom won’t let me out.

  118. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 12:47 pm


    I might have asked you this question before, but can’t remember your answer. Do you sometimes go to Kainalu Elem in Kailua? My son-in-law is the computer tech teacher there.

  119. homey ® June 10, 2008 12:54 pm

    gigi – I don’t’ know how you could take an exit that doesn’t have “7” on it. Now I can see some truth in the horror stories Jason told us about your driving.

  120. koakane June 10, 2008 12:55 pm

    gigi we just switch meal times cause what you have is my dinna.

    know you go to spensive places for dinna.

  121. homey ® June 10, 2008 12:57 pm

    g-nalo – “false” Chamorro? I thought that meant “How are you” or something like dat.

  122. BG June 10, 2008 12:57 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko’s!

    Awesome life story, Whitey! But, you forgot the part about why they call you “whitey”. lol The breath and depth of the pages in the Tsaiko Ohana book are unparalleled anywhere else. What a treasure chest of memories being compiled!

    I think Marlis first mentioned that the salmon were silvers. I looked and looked. Couldn’t really tell. Then by elimination…too big for pinks or reds. Coloration like kings…maybe jack kings, but no mo black gums. By den, I thinking, “Marlis right, gotta be silvers!”. Eh, Marlis…been dare and done dat, huh? What fun! Great times.

    TChahng – I knew there was sumting else to like about ex-marines! Think on your feet like a flash! And no waste the guuuud stuff. Way-to-go!


  123. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 12:57 pm

    gigi…wot kine kah u get? HUMMER…da buggah burn dat much gas only tirty miles….

    P&B? Das my favorite sammich…besides SPAM….

  124. koakane June 10, 2008 1:01 pm

    yahooo SteveM officially blogging since getting out. welcome back and yea for peaches making sure you getting enough strength to go back work.

  125. g-nalo June 10, 2008 1:04 pm

    I think Marlis first mentioned that the salmon were silvers. I looked and looked. Couldn’t really tell. Then by elimination…too big for pinks or reds. Coloration like kings…maybe jack kings, but no mo black gums. By den, I thinking, “Marlis right, gotta be silvers!”. Eh, Marlis…been dare and done dat, huh? What fun! Great times.

    BG – yeah the body shape/size and coloration look like Silvers, but the shape of the jaw looks different? guess i just getting old and no can remember, gulp!

  126. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 1:04 pm

    Ho, da koakane stay talking wif his mouf full again….eh, so was up???

  127. SteveM June 10, 2008 1:05 pm

    whitey — great bio as expected! But being too modest in describing the mundane middle years

    ….then got a job with the Dept of Ag which I stayed at for 34 yrs. Retired as a noxious weed specialist.

    If one knew his real name and googled… 😯

    This man was not an office worker. He was everywhere and literally into everything on Maui (and still is). 34 years of reasons why he is well known on Maui!

    Now life is getting more Tsai-ko interesting and expanding out from Maui… 🙂

    Congratulations, you are truly one of the most distinguished ones to join the Tsai-Kos!

  128. DUH June 10, 2008 1:06 pm

    duh salmon look silver to me. get some gray too. what kine fish are the two manini ones on the right? whites?

  129. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 1:09 pm

    Homey, yeah, no ask me to be your designated driver! I am terrible behind the wheel.

    The reason why I took the Mililani Town exit is that I figured Mililani Tech Park wouid be in Mililani, not Wahiawa. duh! hahaha

  130. g-nalo June 10, 2008 1:10 pm

    g-nalo – “false” Chamorro? I thought that meant “How are you” or something like dat.

    ohh Homey my bad, thought you made it up. 🙂

  131. homey ® June 10, 2008 1:11 pm

    g-nalo – Don’t male salmon mouths change when it’s breeding season?

  132. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 1:11 pm

    FP, I have a Hyundai Accent — a sub-compact with a dent on the door.

    Hubby said it has good mileage because the motor is so small.

  133. Pomai June 10, 2008 1:13 pm

    Warrior Beat starting lineup poll for QB:

    Pomai: Tyler Graunke / Greg Alexander
    FloridaTed: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Garret: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    Loa:Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    homey r: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki

  134. koakane June 10, 2008 1:14 pm

    duh at least dem fish is salmon as to da ones myki1 ans sj had on dea alaska cruise.

    buck three eighty for some fish named “idiot”

  135. homey ® June 10, 2008 1:15 pm

    gigi – It is in Mililani. as “DUH” would say, duh. 😆

  136. marlis June 10, 2008 1:15 pm

    RE- Kama Bailey

    Kama Bailey, who weighs in at 5’9″, 180 Lbs. and runs a 4.46, is a perennial all-star carrying a 3.8 grade point average. And in my opinion the least recruited athlete in Hawaii school history. Bailey had offers from the US Naval Academy, University of Idaho, Idaho State, Weber State and Northern Iowa, and a walk on offer from the University of Hawaii. And he went on to Idaho of the WAC.

    To give you a perspective of how good he is. He holds the all time career rushing yards in Hawaii State history. Last year against Punahou, the same team that we hear so much about the top Division 1 prospects, he runs for 5 touch downs and 317 yards on 29 carries. A 93 and 63 yard runs against Farrington and Radford in the preseason. In the all star game he runs 2 kickoffs back for touch downs.

    A scoop for Idaho? Absolutely

    An antagonizing realization for the fans seeing such a great player from Hawaii not getting the deserving respect from the Pac-10 schools. Or at least UH? Absolutely.

    For Bailey I wish him well. And let me tell you what I think about Idaho of the WAC, aside from being so fortuitous with getting Bailey, I think they’re a fast rising team. Remembering last year in their first game against USC even the announcers were commenting about how lowly Idaho was getting such a push off the ball offensively and defensively, and playing well in a 38-10 loss. In 9 of their loses last year in a 1-11 season they didn’t suffer big lopsided loses as you might expect a 1-11 to have.

    College football is so fun to follow, especially now that we can watch and see how our local boys are fairing at other schools…even former coaches…for Kama Bailey I don’t see how you got away.

  137. g-nalo June 10, 2008 1:16 pm

    g-nalo – Don’t male salmon mouths change when it’s breeding season?

    its mostly my poor memory but good point above. can’t find my Alaska pictures, damn!

  138. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 1:16 pm

    Bruddah homey…I tink all males mouths change….

  139. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 1:19 pm

    Homey, the worst part of the story is my poor memory. I have driven to my distributor’s warehouse many times for my first book, took a couple years break for my 2nd book (cause they didn’t want to distribute it), and then for this 3rd book, I have to learn the route all over again.

    Don’t even ask me about the trip home. I didn’t know how to get back on to the freeway and had to guess — even with a mapquest full of directions that I googled beforehand.

    I have such a poor sense of direction.

    When I got home, I was so stressed out I was shaking.

  140. homey ® June 10, 2008 1:21 pm

    gigi – How does one speak with a Hyundai accent? Does it sound Korean?

  141. bonar June 10, 2008 1:22 pm

    #106, UH’s gotta get on Mana Rosa quick. Bailey, too, needs an offer. Having seen him on the basketball court, it’s clear Bailey’s the type of athlete that will help UH down the line.

  142. Pomai June 10, 2008 1:22 pm

    June 10th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Hope I get dat lucky next month at Anchor Point Lodge.

    A-House your going to love it up there, my father-inlaw and I went there back in 95, it was a great time, never seen so many fish, we each caught around 250lbs of salmon. Had so much when we got home had to go and buy another freezer.

  143. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 1:23 pm

    Accent? You should ask the guy in the TV commercial. He pronounces the last syllable in Hyundai with a long I sound instead of the A sound.

  144. homey ® June 10, 2008 1:23 pm

    FALSE PORDAGEE – Wreck and koakane should know!

  145. koakane June 10, 2008 1:25 pm

    fp nodding much just.

    big kind end year write up and checking my final stats so dat my data matches my report. no like be like fumbler and hamajang thing up.

    this week really hectic plenty stuff going on and like be free to enjoy dem moments.

  146. g-nalo June 10, 2008 1:27 pm

    A-House your going to love it up there, my father-inlaw and I went there back in 95, it was a great time, never seen so many fish, we each caught around 250lbs of salmon. Had so much when we got home had to go and buy another freezer.

    Pomai – haaa, you just reminded me how EXPENSIVE it was to fly those boxes home. yikes!

  147. koakane June 10, 2008 1:31 pm

    homey speaking with crooked mouth again is not that called talapia bwhaaaaaaa

  148. Josh's Dog June 10, 2008 1:36 pm


    June 10th, 2008 at 10:47 am
    Ehh Relax, Hurt Feelings… What you need is some friends. You can’t just push your way into someone elses plans… No one going like you, maybe you not in to what ever we going do in the first place. Maybe you cannot handle loud music. Many reasons why some things are not for you.


  149. koakane June 10, 2008 1:37 pm

    g-nalo so what events this week we going be crossing paths? need to know so dat I bring the right equipment…..darts, kataoke mike or many one dolla bills. bwhaaaaaaaaaa

  150. koakane June 10, 2008 1:44 pm

    jd no take this wrong but get hidden fun stuff when we banter among da tsaiko’s. its like hawaiian songs many have kole meanings to it. know its hard for new bloggers and lurkers but just go with flow and chime in when can.

    I was like dat in my first time bit eventually got da jest of it.

  151. g-nalo June 10, 2008 1:48 pm

    g-nalo so what events this week we going be crossing paths? need to know so dat I bring the right equipment…..darts, kataoke mike or many one dolla bills. bwhaaaaaaaaaa

    aiiyaaa, please………………………don’t mix me up with the Instigator, Whitey’s ‘darkside’ apprentice.

    in my case its simple……..have Oolong Tea, will travel.

    btw – i have darts but no more Colt Brennan accuracy, there isn’t a board big enough. have dollar bills but no more Colt Brennan accuracy, there isn’t a……………….ahh ne’va mind.

  152. marlis June 10, 2008 1:49 pm


    Funaki, Graunke


    I looked at the Calif combine results, LA Nike camps, combines and being objective and unbiased the Hawaii athletes recent combine results and scores are right up there. I don’t know if next year is freakish, where there’s such a richness of talent and it’s a bumper crop. But the athleticism’s at the HS level next year should be turning a lot of scout’s heads.

    BG-Had 12 yr. old nephew from Anchorage send pictures of his catch. Truly, he wrote that he doesn’t get so thrilled with catching the Silvers or Chums . And I’m guessing the crème de la crème are the chinooks (or kings?) for he did send a picture of one weighing 36 pounds.

  153. bonar June 10, 2008 2:03 pm

    Unfortunately for Bailey, he might have been “cursed” in that he’d follow Miah’s footsteps if UH offers him. There were rumblings that the offer to Miah resulted from a certain coach’s ties with Miah’s father and that but for such relationship, Miah would not be at UH.

  154. koakane June 10, 2008 2:11 pm


    ‘darkside’ apprentice……. luke let the force be with you bwhaaaaa

  155. Jason June 10, 2008 2:16 pm

    Accent? You should ask the guy in the TV commercial. He pronounces the last syllable in Hyundai with a long I sound instead of the A sound.

    Doesn’t help when they spell it “Hyundai.” That’s why whenever I need to learn something in Korean, I always ask for it to be written in Korean. Otherwise, I’d pronounce “Hyeondae” with a long I as well — how the heck should I (or anybody else) know better?

    And it’s not really a strict A sound (since ae and e differ), but I suck at the diphthongs, so who am I to say anything about that. 😛

  156. LizKauai [Believer] June 10, 2008 2:21 pm

    Just peeking in to let you know I made contact with a friend who now lives in Gainesville and who will be going to the game!
    There are a bunch of Baha’is who are UH fans – we are talking about a Breakfast Call on gameday after I told her about the Tsai-kos. Hope she will be lurking and posting soon.

    Nothing like having a safe Tsai-ko haven in the home of the Swamp!

    Back to work…

  157. koakane June 10, 2008 2:21 pm

    ‘but I suck at the dipthongs’

    jason hana uka lele, hana uka lele I going tell your maadah esme


  158. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 2:24 pm

    Aiyaahhhahahahaha….Jason, TMI, I neva no u were dat kine…..

  159. koakane June 10, 2008 2:28 pm

    fp and we thought jboy was innocent but unda neath da glasses lurks chinese thong man

  160. FALSE PORDAGEE June 10, 2008 2:31 pm

    KK…das rite…Jboy is freak nasty…..LMAO

  161. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 2:34 pm

    Can’t wait for the Celtics game at 3 pm. Watch my team wipe out the Lakers.

  162. Jason June 10, 2008 2:41 pm

    That’s “ahana kōkō lele.” Serious, it’s in the Hawaiian Dictionary (look under ahahana).

    And you guys need to get your head out of the gutters. Or broken water pipes, if you’re at Kapi‘olani and Ke‘eaumoku.

  163. koakane June 10, 2008 2:49 pm

    jboy giving you the wessi version. like days of old plantation camps each had their own communicative ways to say stuff. oh forgot you a younging still yet. 😉

  164. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 2:50 pm

    Here are some examples of what a Hyundai Accent sounds like:

    Vrooooom! Hello how are you today, vrooom!
    Vrooom! How nice to see you, vroooom.
    Vroooom! See you later, good bye. Vrooom, vroooom! 😉

  165. koakane June 10, 2008 2:54 pm

    gutters, water pipes wot you talking I stay by the stream bed and only see uku pile pipi loho’s……………roflmfao

  166. homey ® June 10, 2008 3:01 pm

    I bet Jason got a thrill typing “diphthongs”. 😈

  167. koakane June 10, 2008 3:04 pm

    eh homey returns.

    how was da nap and getting ready for hana hana?

  168. homey ® June 10, 2008 3:06 pm

    HO, I wen nok out!

  169. Jason June 10, 2008 3:10 pm

    I was just trying to spell it right. Forgot about the first H. 😉

  170. bonar June 10, 2008 3:13 pm

    Interesting that Phil Steele has UH as #47. Another publication had UH rated in the 80’s. Phil has been very accurate in his past predictions regarding UH. The good-he has UH going to its bowl game.

  171. homey ® June 10, 2008 3:13 pm

    Just heard Lakers won.

  172. homey ® June 10, 2008 3:22 pm

    With the number of bowl games, the number of wins required to be eligible, and Hawaii having it’s own bowl, they better be going to a bowl game.

  173. g-nalo June 10, 2008 3:25 pm

    tape delay of Lakers blowout over Celtics now on TV……………….ahem

  174. Garret June 10, 2008 3:27 pm

    Awesome bio whitey! I know that there must be a lot of great stuff that you did not include, as others who have met you have hinted. However, I really enjoyed hearing about your experiences growing up.

    I’m guessing that my Dad and my Uncle Kaname must have known you, or at least of you, as part of their work. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you someday…

  175. homey ® June 10, 2008 3:29 pm

    g-nalo – gunfunnit, no tell us the score, some of us are trying to watch it live!

  176. Garret June 10, 2008 3:29 pm

    Bailey, too, needs an offer. Having seen him on the basketball court, it’s clear Bailey’s the type of athlete that will help UH down the line.


    It is too late to give Bailey an offer. He already signed with Idaho in February.

  177. Garret June 10, 2008 3:33 pm

    Article about NMSU’s cut of the Sugar Bowl money.

    What economic stimulus? The windfall check New Mexico State will get from Western Athletic Conference brethren Hawaii’s Sugar Bowl berth, to total roughly $600,000, can’t be spent frivolously. It’s going to pay bills.

    “I’ve got a big ol’ debt to take care of,” said New Mexico State athletics director McKinley Boston on Monday.

    NMSU has a couple of black eyes needing ice right now. The university has one of the worst Academic Progress Rate (APR) problems in the nation, with six programs either penalized or in danger of serious penalty. Only Sacramento State (with seven) and San Jose State (with six) have as many programs in jeopardy.

    Also, media reports over the weekend quoted WAC commissioner Karl Benson as saying that NMSU’s Division I-A football status is in jeopardy if it fails to reach 15,000 average attendance over the course of two-year cycle. In 2007, the average attendance was 14,412.

  178. g-nalo June 10, 2008 3:35 pm

    g-nalo – gunfunnit, no tell us the score, some of us are trying to watch it live!

    close your eyes time………..ok, the score is no longer on your screen…………cough

  179. bonar June 10, 2008 3:41 pm

    #176: oops, i’m confusing myself. thanks.

  180. Pomai June 10, 2008 3:56 pm

    Warrior Beat starting lineup poll for QB
    Pomai: Tyler Graunke / Greg Alexander
    FloridaTed: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Garret: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    Loa:Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    homey r: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    marlis: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke

  181. al June 10, 2008 3:58 pm

    #176 that was surely a boner by bonar.
    we were all being polite.

  182. whitey June 10, 2008 4:07 pm

    OK gang back from the other side (not dark) and catching up with you all. Thank you for the many kind words and am amazed that I may have crossed paths with you or your family sometime in my life. Garrett, you mentioned Kaname. Does his last name begin with Ok. If yes, I know him real well. In fact I saw him about a month ago at Costco.

    Basically, the salmon are all cohos or silvers. Fishing is on Kodiak island at Larsen Bay Lodge. Been going there for over 10 years. Tried long ago with throw net, but the salmon broke the net and all escaped. hahahhaaaaaahhhh!!.

    tommui, tomorrow morning around 9:30am at IHOP in Kahului. Anybody else is also welcomed.

    A House, tying knots in other pants is called chew beef. Need 2 guys and put water on the knot, so hard to hemo. Get many more stories about life around the irrigation ditches and punawais and am sure you did the same thing as me. I do have one up on you as we had a public furo next door and as a small kodomo, I could go from the men’s side to the other side. Some lucky kid!!!! hahahahaaah!

    Thanks again to all of you for your kind words and truly appreciate your thoughfulness and friendship.

  183. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 4:10 pm

    ROFL!!!! Dude, Kawika used to be in Jazz Ensemble with me at MHS, we used to have jam sessions all the time.. that kid is freaken cool dude…. ST send him a shout for me next time you’re at practice!!

  184. bonar June 10, 2008 4:16 pm

    #172: I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Tough schedule, though.

  185. bonar June 10, 2008 4:19 pm

    #180, I’d go with Graunke/Funake. The big issues are how long will they be 1/2 and will either one or perhaps both slide during the season and, if so, when?

  186. bonar June 10, 2008 4:20 pm

    #181. Politeness = Good!

  187. WreckinEyez June 10, 2008 4:21 pm

    I was not shouting… I am fine, Bad Dog!

    Koakane, still playing soccer? Not Tsaiko thing tonight… just supporting a Tsaiko’s cousin.

  188. whitey June 10, 2008 4:24 pm

    g nalo, the “instigator” get many disguises. daytime, he makes believe he is an “engineer”, watches warrior fb practices, and posts here. also he not good dart player as Princess Leila took away his force.

  189. bonar June 10, 2008 4:36 pm

    Whoa, Mike: Sounds like you’re surprised about Kawika’s “progress” so to speak? It seems that save unforeseen circumstances ocurring Mouton will be drafted?

  190. whitey June 10, 2008 4:37 pm

    Does UH have an optional student athletic event fee and card? You would pay for it before the semester and the card is good for all athletic events in that semester excluding playoff and bowl games. This would make it so much easier for the students to go to UH games and would include free bus from UH to Aloha Stadium.

  191. al June 10, 2008 4:41 pm

    josh’s dog. be nice to your owner or else its adobo for the filipino family.
    …and i hope you not black!

  192. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 4:44 pm

    Nah dude, Kawika is a good kid and I am glad to see onna my friends playin’ for the Warriors. I am excited for him, that’s all. Gonna call that guy up and hang out sometime soon.. maybe lift a little.

  193. tom mui June 10, 2008 4:44 pm

    I like the comic “Pearl Before Swines” in the HA – where the zebras are in mediation with the alligators.

    And speaking of alligators, I wonder how the jj/UH mediation is coming along?

  194. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 4:44 pm


    Pretty sure my nephew, a UH Senior, had football tickets that he bought at the school.
    Being a commuter school, IDK how many students would actually utilize a bus from UH to the stadium – those buggahs like tailgate, too!
    But then again, if gas is ovah $5.00 !!! come the fall, who knows?

  195. bonar June 10, 2008 4:46 pm

    Whitey: UH has been debating that issue recently. I can see the argument supporting the card, but ultimately given the commuter status of much of the student population and the fact that many of them hold part-time (even full-time) jobs, they wouldn’t have the time to go to many of the games. I don’t believe you can really compare UH to a lot of other campuses that have such fees. JMHO.

  196. LizKauai [Believer] June 10, 2008 4:47 pm

    Tswamp Tsai-kos:
    A-House Family
    BigHiloFan2 Family
    Kymry on Kauai

    Anyone else???

    Planning for a Breakfast Call before the game.
    Time and Place TBA – probably a UH-Friendly private residence with UH alumni and Warrior fans living in Gainesville.

  197. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 4:47 pm

    Football tickets are $5 for uh students, and if the game is sold out, they most likely get buses from Manoa. I never ride ’em though cause I ride the band buses.

  198. bonar June 10, 2008 4:48 pm

    Mike: I’m sure that would be cool if he “blew up!” I’m sure Ashley Lelie’s high school friends were thinking the same thing.

  199. bonar June 10, 2008 4:50 pm

    Not a bad discount, Mike. Plus, the student section seats are great.

  200. bonar June 10, 2008 4:50 pm

    Hey Mike: Did you go to the SB?

  201. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 4:55 pm

    Looking at the pictures summoa.
    Notice that the field is not lined.
    No make diff, or wat? Wat about assignment/alignment kine stuff?

  202. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 4:56 pm

    wait, where are you going with this? yeah, I’ve been outta contact with guys for a bit… I was a student athlete at MHS and I knew Kawika for a couple years personally. We used to hang out a good bit. He played alto sax at MHS and I played tenor. We used to practice together before and after rehearsals and used to talk a good bit in the trainer’s room. Anyways, all I am saying is I know the guy.. I ain’t expecting anything special from him or anything like that, I’d just like to hang out sometime. But then again, I always get excited when I see my old friends.

  203. LizKauai [Believer] June 10, 2008 4:57 pm

    Whoops- Forgot
    FloridaTed on my Tswamp-fast list!

  204. Long Time UH Fan June 10, 2008 4:58 pm

    Hi Whitey,

    Great Bio from a great guy! Your days of youth almost replicate mine…so many good fun stories and times from yesteryear. Yup for sure you know almost everybody I mentioned on Maui. I heard one guy from Palolo almost going morph into a Maui No Ka Oi resident; he seems to be there every week 😉 Hope you can make a CC on Oahu one day.

  205. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 5:00 pm

    and if by SB, you mean Sugar Bowl, I was there. Yeah, I march so, no need buy tickets, but yeah, students get pretty good seats.

  206. bonar June 10, 2008 5:02 pm

    No, didn’t mean to imply anything. Just that from my perspective I remember looking back at college and thinking it was pretty cool having played pickup hoops with “this guy” or “that guy.”

  207. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 5:02 pm

    Tswamp-fast? Good one. 😉
    Wat you going eat? Tsweetbread french toast? Tscrambled eggs?
    Going have ’nuff for Tseconds?

  208. LizKauai [Believer] June 10, 2008 5:06 pm

    d1- guarans ballbearins. I am hoping our Gainesville friends will lurk and blog before then so we can get to know each other before gameday.

  209. Pomai June 10, 2008 5:07 pm

    Warrior Beat starting lineup poll for QB
    Pomai: Tyler Graunke / Greg Alexander
    FloridaTed: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Garret: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    Loa:Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    homey r: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    marlis: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    bonar:Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki

  210. JuJu June 10, 2008 5:17 pm

    whitey, great pic and bio!

  211. whitey June 10, 2008 5:17 pm

    Having UH students attend athletic games is not only great, but in the long run it creates a good feeling about having attended UH. I understand about commuting and jobs, but if the students were organized for each game, attendance would be very good. Then you can have parent’s day for one of the games, etc. I believe the community would then look at UH from a different perspective and who knows, might be able to go big time. UH wants to make money on athletics, but they should be willing to spend money to attract the people. I don’t know JD or his staff, but would like to see them visit the outer islands to promote UH sports. A tremendous boost would be to recruit outer island kids, like Mauimom said, they have a kid at Baldwin that the major schools are recruiting, but UH has not even contacted the kid. That hurts UH more than it helps them.

  212. bonar June 10, 2008 5:20 pm

    Whitey: I really agree that there needs to be greater neighbor island outreach. Many (most?) folks out there are oblivious to UH athletics. I think having Coach Mack might lead to more outreach to the entire state, having noticed how well he’s done so far with speaking engagements, etc.

  213. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 5:25 pm

    Weren’t the UH coaches out on the Neighbor Islands earlier this year as part of the “reaching out” to HS coaches?

  214. wafan June 10, 2008 5:27 pm

    whitey . . .

    Great bio! More details, please, about life in the camps and small kid time.

  215. JuJu June 10, 2008 5:28 pm

    And thanks, everyone, for all the birthday wishes! I was on vacation all last week and today’s my first day back at work…still getting caught up on everything. Sorry I missed those folks who came by the newsroom on Saturday!

  216. whitey June 10, 2008 5:28 pm

    In the past, UH has missed recruiting some great kids from the outer island and right now, there are just as many talented kids on the outer island who are just as good as any kid from Oahu. Example, baseball on the outer island is always good, but does UH look at any of the kids. Sad to say, no. Right now in the major league there are 2 players from the outer island and am proud to say that they are from Maui. How many are there playing now from Oahu? The best player from Baldwin a couple of years ago went to Cal Poly because UH didn’t even look at him and now he signs a major league contract. On Kauai, one of the best linebackers went to Colorado. This is one of UH’s weakness and somehow the mentality at the athletic dept needs to re-evaluate their thinking. This is University of Hawaii, not Oahu and the outer islands.

  217. BG June 10, 2008 5:32 pm


    Gonna go with 1) Graunke 2) Funaki 3) Rausch

    Here’s my reasoning: When August practice starts up, they are going to have about 2 weeks to determine the first 2 QB’s. If more than 2 weeks are taken up to make that decision, it will cut into the preparation time for Florida. Once the #1 and #2 QB’s are determined, (in the past) the #1 QB will take 2/3 of the practice snaps and the #2 will take 1/3. If it’s too close to call between #1 and #2, Coach Mac may go 50-50. The QB’s will need the repetitions to get ready for the Swamp. The rest of the QB’s will have to make do with mental reps.

    I don’t believe that 2 weeks is enough time for the new QB’s to get enough reps to pick up the LIVE EXPERIENCE to separate themselves from everyone else. In this offense, reps are so important. Can not THINK….gotta be reflex. I realize that Rausch and Alexander operated spread offenses. So did Colt…but, he was lost at first. In fact, Graunke was tabbed as the starter for the first game. If Tyler had been an experienced QB in the R n R, Colt might never have seen the field. Since Tyler was a newbie, he struggled and gave Colt a chance to step up and make history. That was then. Now, Tyler has had the opportunity to get some playing time under his belt. Inoke also has some experience, albeit substantially less than Tyler. In the final analysis, I’ll cop out and go with what JJ saw in Tyler several years ago. Graunke gets my vote.

  218. whitey June 10, 2008 5:36 pm

    d1, i agree that Coach Mac is trying to reach out with all high schools in hawaii, but look at the other UH sports.

    OK, time to get off the box and back to lurking. d1, please let me know when you coming to Maui. we not going to the dark side, but going take you to good place for fuud.

  219. whitey June 10, 2008 5:42 pm

    Pomai, another contest? Pick the QB to start. IMHO it will be Alexander, Funaki, and Steele. Rausch wil redshirt.

  220. Kekoa June 10, 2008 5:44 pm

    Whitey ~ Good read. Reminds me of Pops days – back in the daze. Is the Lear Jet your way of seeking revenge on the Air Force? Hehehe…all you need is the rocket pods! Then we can have air superiority over the ‘Tizer building!

    Would you have known a gracious woman by the name of ‘Hina’ Derby who worked at the Iao Needle for years? She may have used her maiden name, Hester or Ester Hanakeawe. Not important, just curious.

  221. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 5:45 pm


    Plenty Mahalo for the invite. al makes it sound so-o-o ono.
    Definitely going do it but need to make it past #2 son going to Oregon 1st.
    Mama would flip out if I told her “we go Maui” now. haha
    She get relatives on Maui so bumbai, no problem.
    Thanks again.

    btw, some hot, no?
    (see, can talk “Maui-ese”. 😀 )

  222. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 5:53 pm

    I don’t think Rausch can redshirt. I think he’s a 3-to-play-3 guy.
    Steele can redshirt.
    Santos is down to his final year.
    Alexander is 2-for-2.

  223. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 5:55 pm

    Looking at Paipai Falemalu’s pic.
    As much of a heralded HS player as he is, it’s astounding to see the difference that a year or so of working with Coaches deLaura and Heffernan will make.
    Would be interesting to see the before and after pics of some of the current players.

  224. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 5:58 pm

    2-1, Lakers get hope.

    Hmmm…wat 2 du for dindin?

    Maybe I’ll hop in my Odyssey in search of an Audissey.


  225. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 6:01 pm

    Actually, Paipai is a big guy.
    When I saw him walking up, I thought: What’s Rick Tune doing out here?

  226. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 6:04 pm

    Mike Wedge:
    Do you know the famous Kalani Takase?

  227. Kazz June 10, 2008 6:04 pm


    June 10th, 2008 at 5:07 pm
    Warrior Beat starting lineup poll for QB
    Pomai: Tyler Graunke / Greg Alexander
    FloridaTed: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Garret: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    Loa:Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    homey r: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    marlis: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    bonar:Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki

    Kazz: Funaki/Graunke

  228. whitey June 10, 2008 6:12 pm

    Kekoa, know an Ester at Iao, but don’t know her last name. Funny you should mention Air Force cause i just got home from Colorado Springs and missed AFA graduation by 3 days. My friend’s nephew graduated and his picture was in the Maui News shaking hands with Pres Bush.

    Pomai, ok, if Rausch is 3 for 3 and Steele can redshirt, then IMHO it will be Alexander, Funaki, and Rausch at the start of the season.

  229. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 6:13 pm


    I’m just sayin’, “wait ’til Mel and Tommy get their hands on him”

  230. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 6:19 pm

    gotta roll…


  231. FloridaTed June 10, 2008 6:21 pm

    BG (217),

    Your reasoning is well thought out and logical. My choices, on the other hand, are purely a gut feeling, no real logic involved. For some reason, not sure why, I just feel that something is off with Tyler. Again, nothing concrete to back it up. Who knows sometimes where those feelings come from, just little bits and pieces, each on its own meaning nothing, but all together create uneasyness without explanation.

  232. FloridaTed June 10, 2008 6:26 pm

    Off course, after the Florida game, all bets may be off again.

  233. Garret June 10, 2008 6:46 pm


    Yes, you are thinking of the same Kaname. Given your involvement with the Dept. of Ag, I figured you would know him. He has the same last name as me, which starts with the two letters you mentioned.

    My family spent every summer and winter break from school in Kula and would always visit Uncle Kaname’s workplace. I loved the big brown bags of Maui potato chips he always had for us and found the vegetable sorting and everything else at that place interesting.

    I know his kids too, one of them even lived with us for awhile. I’m probably the closest to Cyra, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

  234. Mauimon June 10, 2008 7:23 pm

    From what I have been told no UH coach has been to Maui to talk to coaches
    or recruits, but you have coaches from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State
    Arizona, San Diego St. UNLV and Utah on Maui visiting coaches and recruits.
    I hear Jordan Puu-Robinson is now at Baldwin High, he is also ranked as
    a top prospect in the state.

  235. whitey June 10, 2008 7:23 pm

    Garrett, what a small world. We came good friends because I had to inspect at Maui Vegetable at least twice a week and sometimes more. His son was also working for a friend of mine in Pulehu, Yoshio A. You have a huge family.

  236. whitey June 10, 2008 7:44 pm

    mauimon, you are absolutely correct in your thinking about UH not looking at kids outside of Oahu. Baldwin lost to kahuku in the playoff a couple of years back and none of them was offered or recruited by UH. last year, they had a chance at chase, but i think UH blew it. these kids on the outer island will go on to bigger things than a lot of the UH players, but does UH notice. Uh uh.

  237. Garret June 10, 2008 7:48 pm


    It is really a small world. My Dad was #18 of the 19 kids, and many of Dad’s siblings had lots of kids too. My wedding had about 320 people, and Lori just remembers person after person coming to her in the receiving line and introducing themselves as my cousin or uncle/aunt. I think her side of the family (including her neighbors and friends) were about 20 people at the wedding, the rest were my family or friends!

  238. Mrs A-House June 10, 2008 7:49 pm


    Unsure about a ‘brunch” on game day as we are tied in to our tour group’s bus schedule which leaves Kissimmee at 8:30am for the ride to Gainsville and arrival at 11:30am.

    Word is that game starts at 12:30p so I would presume that our departure would be even earlier considering travel time and congestion around the stadium.

    Still trying to put together a CC on Friday, 8/29/08, around 6:30pm at Golden Corral near the Official Visitor’s Center at 8032 International Drive or 5535 S. Kirkman Rd (across Universal Studio entrance). Will put more info out later.

  239. Garret June 10, 2008 7:53 pm

    This is an example of how a track team can benefit a football program. Texas already had 19 commits and is basically out of scholarships (except for the #1 DT in the state that is choosing between them and LSU, and maybe one other defensive player)…so their track team gave a recruit a scholarship. At least he’s a legit track star, but he makes clear that he puts football first.

    Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech were among those offering him a football scholarship…and instead he’ll be taking a track scholarship to Texas.

    Is Marquise Goodwin a football player with a track scholarship?

    Or is he a track athlete with a football scholarship?

    “Nope, I’m a football player with a track scholarship,” the sprinter and wide receiver from Rowlett said Tuesday.

    “I’m going in on a track scholarship, but I’m going to go play football, too,” he said. “They’re only allowed a certain number of scholarships. Once I touch the field, it would have to switch over to football. We’re going to work that out. They both (coaching staffs) said it’s all right so I’ll see when I get there.”

    That’s what happens when you run 40 yards in 4.34 seconds and when you win state titles in the triple jump (50 feet, one-half inch) and long jump (26-011/2).

    It’s what happens when you finish second in the 100 meters (10.38) and also run a leg on the 400- and 800-meter relay teams to help your school win state as Rowlett did.

    Goodwin chose Texas over offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Kansas.

    “They started out with academics. Other programs started out with football. Texas started with academics. I like that.”

  240. Garret June 10, 2008 8:00 pm

    The commissioner of the Pac-10 announced his upcoming retirement. I wonder how seriously Karl Benson will be considered as a candidate…

    I just got off the phone a little while ago with Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen to confirm the reports that he is retiring.

    Hansen did just that, saying his age (he’s 70) was the biggest factor he’s leaving.

    Hansen said he will be able to stay past that date, if needed, to get a new person in place. If a new hire is found earlier, Hansen will stay through July 1, 2009 to help in the transition.

  241. Garret June 10, 2008 8:02 pm

    Cedric Benson must have been really bad in the locker room if his own teammates were trying to hurt him so that someone else could start.

    Cedric Benson’s tumultuous tenure as running back of the Chicago Bears came to an end late yesterday when the Bears cut the former Texas star following a DUI arrest over the weekend. How much did his teammates despise of him? NFL reporter extraordinaire Jay Glazer went on the Dan Patrick show this morning and offered up an insane depiction: Benson was so disliked, the defense tried to injure him in practice. “One year, they tried to hurt [Benson] to make sure that Thomas Jones was going to be the starter. That’s how bad it was … they went after him.”

    Glazer later added he heard this from about 10 Bears.

  242. Garret June 10, 2008 8:04 pm

    I remember Chris Herren playing against UH…sad to see what has become of him now.

    Former Celtics’ point guard Chris Herren was found unconscious, slumped over the wheel of a car with a hypodermic needle and a bag of heroin on the passenger seat next to him Wednesday night after a minor accident, police said.

    Mr. Herren, 32, who lists an address in Fall River, was not arrested because he was taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, for treatment, according to Sgt. Paul Bernier, public information officer for the Fall River Police Department.

    However, Sgt. Bernier said, Mr. Herren will be summonsed into Fall River District Court for reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of drugs and possession of heroin.

  243. Stretch June 10, 2008 8:04 pm

    I wish the OSU game time would be set soon so I plan with my friends what we are going to do on game day. Hopefully the game is in the evening so I have a day to do something around Portland, if it’s lunch time, it kills the whole day.

  244. Garret June 10, 2008 8:10 pm

    Article about how bad planning and then Title IX resulted in a ton of California schools dropping football, especially at the I-AA level. Carl Clapp’s St. Mary’s school is mentioned in the article, as one of many schools that dropped football then.

    Since 1992, nine others Cal Poly used to play regularly (through an all-time total of 137 games) have also discontinued football. Going back to 1971 puts four more in the cemetery (67 additional games).

    Six of the Mustangs’ 10 opponents in 1975 no longer play, and of the four left, only one still plays at their level – the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), comprised of 125 teams. Three moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), now incorporating seven California schools.

    According to 2007 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, of the 38 states with FCS representation, none has as low of a team density per capita as California, with just four members for more than 36 million would-be fans. New York, with just more than 19 million, has 10 teams to choose from. Even South Carolina, with about four-and-a-half million people, can pick from seven.

    “It’s tragic,” says Cal Poly head coach Rich Ellerson of the trend, which in 2004 resulted in St. Mary’s informing 14 incoming freshmen who’d signed letters of intent that the team they’d committed to no longer existed, inspiring Neil Hayes of the Contra Costa Times to advise, “Go east, young man. There is little opportunity here.”

    Gender equity became more enforced through a 1993 lawsuit by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women against the California State University, which settled that by the 1998-99 school year, all CSU campuses’ female athletic representation had to be within 5 percent of the student body’s actual demographic makeup, and that allocation of funding had to be within 10 percent of reflecting the demographic ratio.

    At the time of the first-of-its-kind settlement, women reportedly made up 53 percent of the system’s student population, yet only 25 percent of its athletic budgets were spent on women’s programs.

    Today, according to the CSU’s fall 2007 enrollment summary, women make up 56.7 percent of the 23-campus system’s undergraduates, and excepting Maritime Academy, Cal Poly (56.9-percent male) was one of just two anomalies, with its sister campus in Pomona (57.2-percent male) being the other.

    Most schools’ undoing, Cone says, is that they weren’t in compliance with Title IX and “allowed things to get way out of whack and all of sudden needed a big fix” when money was tighter.

    “You can add cross country, because you’re talking about eight to 12 athletes,” she says. “But that’s not near the same expense of bringing in 100 athletes necessary for a football team. It’s just a shame of waiting until budgets are tight and then having to dump it. It ends up being a permanent solution for a temporary problem, and that’s really sad.”

    For all those lost, it’s uncertain how many more teams – or players – could fall off the map.

    “It’s a shame,” says Dennis Farrell, commissioner of the Big West Conference for 16 years. “There are a lot of outstanding (high school) players in the state of California with nowhere to play at the collegiate level. It’s a concern when the largest state in the country is down to this many teams.”

  245. SteveM June 10, 2008 8:13 pm


    Updated the UH-Florida game logistics page with LizKauai’s Tswamp-fast announcement today. Any others attending the game and/have other info to contribute? The attendance/logistics page is at:


    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Moving into 3-month radar range is the OREGON STATE game.
    Any more info for this game or the rest of the 2008 road games?
    The attendance/logistics page for all games after Florida is at:


    8) …those tracking Stretch should notice his change of hotel. The odds of a Tsai-ko party or tailgate in Portland have increased and we know LizKauai will be in the area :).

    BTW–Tsai-ko’s who reside in Oregon and are attending the game should also post or email their name/info for the page (for potential Tsai-ko gathering–probably in the Portland area)

  246. addahknowjoe June 10, 2008 8:18 pm

    Often wondered where coach Ellerson was. Lost track of him after his Desert Swarm stint.

  247. addahknowjoe June 10, 2008 8:19 pm

    SteveM- It’s good to see you up and at it again!

  248. marlis June 10, 2008 8:19 pm

    Re- PAC-10 expansion

    Next July 1st, the current PAC-10 commissioner retires. Tom Hansen the PAC-10 commissioner for the last 26 years made this announcement a few days ago. Will this open up the door for some dialog or discussion to expanding to 12 teams? Some web sites I visited think so.

    PAC-10 criteria Academics, Marketsize, Rivalry, Attendance

    Hawaii with reknowned Astronomy, Oceanography and Business Schools (read somewhere in the top 25 in each). Plus Law and Medical schools should qualify as academically acceptable. With a student enrollment of 20,357.

    Market size, Rivalry and Attendance-Over the last 9 games, dating back to 1998 Hawaii is 4-5 against PAC-10 schools. And have an overall bowl record of 4-2 (since 1998). An average of 43,514 fans turned out for games at Aloha Stadium against PAC-10 schools. Hawaii on the road against PAC-10 schools would probably have a Northwest and Souther California Hawaii fan base in future games as popularity and support for the team increases, especially if they were accepted PAC-10 membership.

    Of all the teams mentioned Hawaii should be considered greatly, with BYU, Colorado, Utah, Fresno, San Jose and San Diego St. being contenders.

    Pluses in Hawaii’s favor- visiting teams are allowed 1 extra gm on their schedules. Volleyball, both mens and womens team perennially contenders, Womens softball, soccer, swimming and diving teams very competitive. Mens football is rising, Basketball is resurfacing with a better recruits coming in. And the Baseball team is playing tough. Hawaii has 23 former players in 2008 listed in the NFL

    What would happen if Hawaii left the WAC and allowed admission into the PAC-10? Almost overnight everything goes up a notch. The eagerness for the Hawaii high schoolers wanting to get into the new PAC-12 and Hawaii would probably create an overflow of athletes wanting to play for Hawaii (in all sports, mens and womens). But with foresight if Hawaii goes to the PAC-10 have Hawaii-Hilo prepare for the WAC, which would be a great scenario if this could happen.

    By accounts something will happen in the future. What will happen is agreeably speculation at this point. Even some analyst I read saying don’t be surprised if the MWC expands to 12 with Boise, Fresno and Nevada getting invitations. Even there was talk about North Texas being a WAC member in the future. Personally, 8 -15 years down the line or sooner I would love to see Hawaii-Hilo join the WAC.

  249. BG June 10, 2008 8:23 pm

    FT #231

    I have no qualms with your selection process. As we often say, “If the world was completely logical, there wouldn’t be a need to play the game.” Or something like dat 😀 Gotta have respect for the “hunch”. 💡

    If anyone would like to expand and explain their choices, I would love to hear them. At this point in the year, everyone’s opinion carries equal weight.and helps create the interest to feed us until Aug.


  250. bonar June 10, 2008 8:25 pm

    #234: Well it appears that UH has to do a better job on the neighbor islands.

  251. SteveM June 10, 2008 8:34 pm

    Thanks Addahknowjoe — say, I thought I heard whisperings that Addahknowsports was learning to shoot craps from a local pro. I’d like to send Peaches… 🙄

  252. J June 10, 2008 8:35 pm


    Are you going to run a fantasy football league this season? It’s up on Yahoo now.

  253. bonar June 10, 2008 8:38 pm

    #249: TG knows the O the best and he’s a gamer. JJ remarked many times that TG threw a better long ball than CB. The fact is that once JJ left (along with his unique NFL oriented mentality and disciplinary approach), a new sheriff with a new approach and less tolerance for the type of behavior that JJ didn’t necessarily view as warranting disciplinary action took control.

  254. Stretch June 10, 2008 8:43 pm

    SteveM – I should go learn how to play craps correctly so I win. Whenever I am on the table, all I hear is “out, seven out” and the dealers take my money.

  255. chawan_cut June 10, 2008 8:44 pm

    Hooray for Midori7’s Lakers!!!!

  256. BG June 10, 2008 8:47 pm

    marlis at #248

    An interesting post on an on-going topic of debate…especially during off-seasons. Gotta ask…is this your original piece? Or was this re-worked from somewhere else? The research on it seems to be extensive.

    Personally, I don’t care if it’s original or not, but, it does shape my questions.


  257. bonar June 10, 2008 8:51 pm

    IMHO, it will be very difficult for UH to get an invite to the PAC 10 for several reasons, including but not limited to quality of faculty and research.

  258. marlis June 10, 2008 9:07 pm

    BG- I don’t know how to respond to your question. Truly, eye to eye, I would say thats a self deprecating question because it’s seems to devalue what I communicate. Or write. No I don’t copy other’s works….exhaling a loud burst of air>me.

  259. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:16 pm

    Boo, Lakers! This is just a temporary set-back for the Celtics, guys. Boston will prevail and become champ.

    It was Paul Pierce’s off-night. But he will come back with a vengeance on Thursday.
    Just wait and see.

  260. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:19 pm

    nah, dunno Kalani Takase.. sry bonar, long day at work. Anyways, yeah, my thought was that we must have good taste in friends to associate with people who go and do great things. I had connection in about every group, and I loved being around the athletes. I was asked several times by players to play football but.. I was 120 then, 120 now so LOL. I wish if I had the mass!

  261. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:22 pm

    120 lbs??? Wow, that is skinny.

  262. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:23 pm

    ohh and in response to your latest post bonar.. Manoa researchers, not Al Gore, invented the internet, or at least developed major protocols for it. Aloha net is one of the predecessors of the present day ethernet. We also do cloning, biomedical and disease research, and agriculture too. UH has a pretty good research program.

  263. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:23 pm

    I definitely don’t weigh 120.

  264. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:24 pm

    tell me about it… bad digestion + high metabolism

  265. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:24 pm

    I burn the calories before they hit the back of my throat

  266. bonar June 10, 2008 9:25 pm

    Marlis: Great topic….I wish it could happen…but I just don’t see it happening soon….UH needs more money to improve on the things that will be looked at very closely by the PAC 10…the money ain’t there.

  267. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:25 pm

    If you want to gain weight, get pregant like me. That will add lbs to your waistline and rump and thighs. lol

  268. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:27 pm

    and if you want guns like mine, carry a stack of books while walking to school.

  269. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:27 pm

    gigi-hawaii ©:
    June 10th, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    Boo, Lakers! This is just a temporary set-back for the Celtics, guys. Boston will prevail and become champ.

    It was Paul Pierce’s off-night. But he will come back with a vengeance on Thursday.
    Just wait and see.

    wanna make a friendly wager on your very confident prediction?? $21 – the total cost of buffet at Genjis on June 19??

  270. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:27 pm

    umm.. men uhh.. yeah plus I need it in my chest and arms lol… like 50% of my muscles are in my legs… cross country was my sport.

  271. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:30 pm

    $21? How do you know it will cost $21?

    Well, if it is $21, I will agree to it, stretch.


  272. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:33 pm

    Mike, if you attend the Tsaiko cattle calls, I guarantee you will gain weight. Now do as I say, carry books to and from school to build up your arms and chest.

    Course, if you are no longer in school, scrap that idea. lol

  273. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:34 pm

    ooo… I carry a lap top.. and that’s about it. books are out dated! 😛

  274. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:34 pm

    gigi – $17.50 + $0.82 tax + $2.75 tip = $ 21.07

  275. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:35 pm

    hmm I know, I’ve been wanting to… I think I shall soon, since gig is a celtics fan. green and white are good colors!

  276. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:39 pm

    Books are out-dated? My daughter carries books to LCC — but in a backpack.

  277. marlis June 10, 2008 9:39 pm

    bonar-tks for feedback, probably not. BYU and one of the Calif schools. A lot playing into this is more political than if Hawaii was up to par with money and facilities.

  278. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:39 pm

    gigi – confirming, are we wagering for the Celtics to win on Thursday only or the whole series??

  279. jm2375 June 10, 2008 9:40 pm

    Mike must be very very young – as young as Jason?

    120 (my goal weight) – i think i can i think i can i think i can i think i can i think i can. must loooooose weight. ok, time for some junk food.

  280. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:40 pm

    gigi – I guess your daughter doesn’t want guns like you so she uses the backpack??

  281. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:41 pm

    I bet that the adorable CELTICS WILL BECOME THE NEW NBA CHAMPION!!!!


  282. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 9:42 pm

    I weighed 120 in the sixth grade. 😳

  283. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:43 pm

    stretch, daughter exercises with weights in her hands. She wants to firm up her arms.

  284. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:43 pm

    ohh, I study computers and communications lol.. so yeah, to us they are, all of my materials are online or in pdf format

  285. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 9:44 pm

    Didn’t I read here that UH now has coaches who’s recruitment area includes Maui?

  286. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:44 pm

    jm – are you coming to the June 19 or July 10 Tsaiko parties??

  287. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:45 pm

    I am in college, Junior at Manoa

  288. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:46 pm

    gigi – although the Lakers are down 2-1 in the series, you got yourself a bet. That food will taste a whole lot better when it is paid for by you.

  289. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:48 pm

    stretch, hummmph, das wat you t’ink. The Lakers will fall on their collective okole.

  290. bonar June 10, 2008 9:51 pm

    it would be awesome if UH were invited to the PAC 10.

  291. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 9:52 pm

    oo.. I’m with gigi on this one…

  292. jm2375 June 10, 2008 9:54 pm

    stretch – don’t think so. nights difficult. lunchtime cc maybe?

  293. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:55 pm

    Don’t forget, the Lakers do not play well in Boston. And games 6 and 7 are in Boston. Need I say more?

  294. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 9:57 pm

    Glad to have you Mike. we need more college keeds to compliment all the ole keeds we have in here. What kind of communications are you studying? I was a Communications major at Manoa back when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

  295. SteveM June 10, 2008 9:57 pm

    June 10th, 2008 at 9:34 pm
    gigi – $17.50 + $0.82 tax + $2.75 tip = $ 21.07

    Stretch, that’s close and our Restaurant Boss Al is juggling the numbers and calculating the total Cattle Cost as he always does. I saw some preliminary numbers today so he is close in his behind-the-scenes wheelin’ and dealin’ for an announcent. Standby.

    Meanwhile, why don’t you make a bet like I made with gigi last year? Loser buys lunch for two at Camellia. 🙂

  296. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 9:58 pm

    yeah, and SteveM lost!

  297. Stretch June 10, 2008 9:59 pm

    SteveM – I would make the same bet for lunch at Camellia but gigi NEVER shows up to lunch

  298. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 9:59 pm

    “collective okole”… Aah the prose one reads here. 🙂

  299. Stretch June 10, 2008 10:00 pm

    Was there any confirmation if there was practice tomorrow and what time??

  300. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 10:02 pm

    Hey Steve, looks like you’re feeling better. Did you get my email?

  301. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 10:02 pm

    Mike and my daughter are lucky – they don’t have school tomorrow. Ah, the easy life of a state employee!

    Hubby is glad traffic will be light.

  302. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 10:05 pm

    Well, I got my associates from HCC in Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology and now I am studying general communications at UHM hoping to gain insight on how technology impacts communication.

  303. LizKauai June 10, 2008 10:06 pm


    Mrs. A-House- got the picture.

    So- I’m leaving the parking lot at work and stop to say hi to the landlady who is talking with a tall, lanky guy I have not yet met.
    I’m all excited about finding a group of UH fans in Gainesville and share the good news. Then the guy says – I got a cousin who just got accepted to the team and may be QB in a couple a years. I’m thinking – hmm… Tebow heir? “What’s his name?” I ask.

    Brent Rausch.

    Brent Rausch???? He’s on OUR team! … five minutes of blah blah blah… great QB… seen his Youtube, Possibly a taller version of Colt, Jr. College standout with a great arm, blah blah blah… fantastic potential… been watching news of him on the blog… blah blah blah… we’re all excited about him….blah blah blah…

    The guy and our landlady were rendered speechless.

    STEPHEN- tell Brent Rausch his cousin Russell from Kauai says hi! 😆

  304. SteveM June 10, 2008 10:09 pm

    Kid — yes I did. My deepest thanks!

    Did you get my reply?

    What vehicle we using for the FIRST MIDNIGHT CATTLE CALL run when we hold it? 😆

  305. Pomai June 10, 2008 10:10 pm

    Warrior Beat starting lineup poll for QB
    Pomai: Tyler Graunke / Greg Alexander
    FloridaTed: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Garret: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    Loa:Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    homey r: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    marlis: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke
    bonar:Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    BG: Tyler Graunke / Inoke Funaki
    whitey: Greg Alexander / Inoke Funaki
    Kazz: Inoke Funaki / Tyler Graunke

  306. gigi-hawaii © June 10, 2008 10:14 pm

    small world, Liz!

  307. Stretch June 10, 2008 10:14 pm

    Did someone say midnight call??

  308. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 10:16 pm

    A 2006 Chevy Impala. Looks like a cop car. 🙂

  309. SteveM June 10, 2008 10:21 pm

    Mike Wedge — good to have another student with us! You’ve been with us since mid-March, I believe. In comms, you might find some interesting background (historical) info and growth phases in short books written be futurist David D. Thornburg, Ph.D.. Old stuff–late 90’s aimed at Education sector but easy to read. Technology changed communcations.

  310. BG June 10, 2008 10:22 pm

    marlis ref #258

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand your response. There was no intent beyond wanting to know whether your post was all your work and research or pulled from elsewhere and incorporated into your thinking. Are you reading something into that?

    I’m more than willing to explain further if I’m not making myself clear…I realize all too well that I may know exactly what I mean, but the communication vehicle that I use may have a flat tire.

    If it’s your original piece and I have a question about something, I’d ask, “marlis, would you expand on that thought” or something like that. On the other hand, if it’s from other sources, I ask more in terms of your interpretation such as, “marlis, what do you think they meant when they said….”

    Since you said that was your original piece, my question would be framed like, “you mentioned the pluses for Hawaii. What do you think are the minuses? Why hasn’t the PAC 10 considered Hawaii?”

    Have I explained clearly enough? You can be assured that I have not intention of putting people down when I’m offered opportunities for learning or critical thinking. Negativity takes up too much time and energy, don’t you think?


  311. SteveM June 10, 2008 10:25 pm

    Stretch — not tonight! I don’t think….

    Da Punchbowl Kid gets the honor of putting out the INAUGURAL Midnight Cattle. His call … 🙂

  312. Pomai June 10, 2008 10:26 pm

    Looks like a toss up for who is going to start at QB. If we are still tied at midnight then I hope ST will make a call.

    On my selection I just have a feeling that Tyler will get the nod at the start of the season, but sad to say I think it could change after a few games. It’s all really gut feelings right now because so much will fall out when the real practice starts. But what the heck it all for fun right now anyway.

  313. SteveM June 10, 2008 10:28 pm

    Kid — 2006 Chevy Impala, huh? Cool! 8)

  314. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 10:29 pm

    Inoke/Tyler are the two headed monster at QB. That’s right, two starters, splitting time. You heard it here first. 😉

  315. Da Punchbowl Kid June 10, 2008 10:31 pm

    We love it. God is good.

  316. Pomai June 10, 2008 10:34 pm

    As for UH joining the PAC10 it all depends on if they think that UH can bring in the $$$. Sad to say that the people who decide these things think of $$$ first and the sport second. I would say that when UH wins the WAC for the second year in a row and go to another BSc bowl game and win that they will look pretty good to the bean counters.

  317. chawan_cut June 10, 2008 10:35 pm

    i can only speak local.

  318. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 10, 2008 10:37 pm


    What’s the last date for putting in our Best Guess?

    The Lakers will take 2 out of 3 at home; the CelticWarriors (pronounced with the hard C as in Keltic) will come back to Boston leading 3-2 and will win it all in Game ___. I want it to be Game 6, but it’s probably going to go to Game 7. We Potato-Eaters stick together.

    Craps? Oh, yes!! Those were the days!!

    Have a good night’s sleep, everyone.

  319. Mike Wedge June 10, 2008 10:40 pm

    I know, I love reading the chats and the blog and I love Hawai’i Athletics… it’s great this is here

  320. Pomai June 10, 2008 10:51 pm

    Ah come on Kid gotta pick one to start, who you got to start the first play in da swamp?

  321. Pomai June 10, 2008 10:54 pm

    Doc it not a guess it’s just who you feel will be the starting QB. The next is the RB.

  322. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 10:54 pm


    No QB.
    Direct snap to Libre/LWJ (next poll topic) around right side for 25 yd gain and the Geckos are on their heels from that point forward.

  323. myki1 June 10, 2008 10:54 pm

    Stretch, we checked with one of the players via his grandma and was told that they’re taking off tomorrow. When we asked them on Monday some of them didn’t realize that tomorrow was a holiday.

  324. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 10:55 pm

    I stay reading your mind….. 😯


  325. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 10:57 pm

    back from one Audissey.

    Good fun. 🙂

  326. al June 10, 2008 11:01 pm

    dpk….but didn’t mack say that they would not rotate qb’s. the starter will take 75% of the snaps in practice,etc,, etc.

  327. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 11:03 pm


    I think I remember that, too.

    IMHO, the starting QB going be….

  328. Stretch June 10, 2008 11:03 pm

    Thanks myki…. now what am i going to do all day tomorrow??

  329. SteveM June 10, 2008 11:05 pm

    d1shima — how old were the oldies in your Audissey? What percentage of songs were from the 50’s/60’s, 70’s, and 80’s?

  330. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 11:07 pm

    decided by the coaches 😀

  331. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 11:08 pm


    I’m sure there’s SOMETHING you can do!


  332. BG June 10, 2008 11:08 pm

    Pomai ref #316

    Man, you’re up late! I’ve about got to the end of my rope and about to call it a nite.

    marlis made some compelling arguments about Hawaii’s pluses. After thinking it over a bunch, I think we also have to view us as others see us. If I were Stanford or USC or Washington, etc. evaluating Hawaii, the main question would have to be: “What can this school contribute to make us a better conference (and more profitable)?” Academics and research? Well, not bad, but really not much of a reputation overall. And, it seems that their facilities are in a dreadful state of maintenance…been all over the local papers.

    Sports? The football team and the women’s volleyball make money, but no other teams. Their facilities are really bad too. Their coach and quarter back came on national media to complain. Oh, by the way, if we have to send OUR negative-revenue sports (water polo, soccer, women’s soccer, tennis, softball, golf, baseball, track and field, sailing, etc) 2,500 miles to play them, maybe we should get them to subsidize all that extra travel. After all, air travel, accommodations and food are expensive there.

    Taking a step back, I don’t see where Hawaii has much in the way of alumni donations and support. Don’t seem to have any multi billionaires around to be a sugar daddy or mommy.

    So, you see, Pomai, it’s kinda hard to convince ourselves that Hawaii really can offer enough to be attractive to the PAC 10.

    Time to moe moe…

  333. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 11:12 pm


    If there WAS music on my Audissey it would have been mostly 70’s. A “smattering” of 60’s.
    …and the fuud would have been pretty good, too. Especially the short ribs.

    But that’s only IF had those things….

  334. d1shima [sez:] June 10, 2008 11:17 pm

    Well, I’m sensing some exciting edumacational reports being formulated right now from da wessai so ahm gonna call it a night (It’s a night!) and check for the results in da morning.


  335. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:19 pm

    d1shima hoz about dis, first play Alexander as da QB wit LWJ, Heun and Farmer in da backfield, ball is snapped and it’s a screenpass to da tightend Cameron Allen-Jones for da score!!! who woulda thunk????LOL

  336. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:25 pm

    BG your right it’s really all about da money. But if you where to take the money aspect of it out, then yeah UH would be a good fit in the PAC 10, but that ain’t going to happen. But thats OK because no matter where UH is at they are still #1.

  337. LizKauai June 10, 2008 11:31 pm

    BG- otoh:
    Everybody loves a winner.
    Hawaii is a buzzword, good or bad.
    Everybody knows where Hawaii is.
    Nobody can ignore Hawaii when we are winning.
    Hawaii does not = obscurity
    Hawaii thinks of ITSELF as underdog, even if it is the uberdog.
    Hawaii is the exception to the rule.
    Hawaii has potential for greatness.

    When the diverse elements that make up Hawaii realize that TRUE UNITY is the key to success, Hawaii will demonstrate a greatness that will inspire all nations, never mind all states.

    We enjoy that unity in diversity here on the blog, for starters :mrgreen:

  338. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:31 pm

    OK now for the RB need two for the blocking back and two for run plays

    Alonzo Chopp
    Camron Carmona
    David Farmer
    Jake Heun
    Jayson Rego
    Kealoha Pilares
    Khevin Peoples
    Leon Wright-Jackson
    Mario Cox
    Daniel Libre
    Korey Reynolds

  339. LizKauai June 10, 2008 11:34 pm

    I thought Santos looked good at the Green and Black game.

  340. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:35 pm

    For me I will go with:
    Farmer/Heun and Jackson/Libre

  341. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:37 pm

    Liz are you saying that he will start?

  342. Pomai June 10, 2008 11:40 pm

    Can’t give you any reasons but I have a feeling that LWJ is going to have a breakout season with over a 1000 yards this season.

  343. Esme June 10, 2008 11:46 pm


    *peeks in the door sheepishly*

    Hi, gang. Long time no see. :mrgreen:

  344. Stephen Tsai June 10, 2008 11:47 pm

    Hey, I pulled a Carl Clapp.
    I’m one of the guys on the list of those who received a WAC ring.
    But I paid my $300 for the ring. Made the check out to Na Koa.

  345. Stretch June 10, 2008 11:56 pm

    hey esme how you been doing??

  346. Stretch June 10, 2008 11:57 pm

    ST – is a list coming out of those who got rings??

  347. Stephen Tsai June 11, 2008 12:03 am

    it might be. I’m not sure.

  348. LizKauai June 11, 2008 12:08 am

    What’s that tappity sound????

  349. LizKauai June 11, 2008 12:10 am

    Pomai- if Tyler and Inoke aren’t picked for some reason, (#’s 1 and 2 in my book) Santos looked good.

  350. LizKauai June 11, 2008 12:36 am

    Nitey Nite!

    Mean Linebacker Dreams!

  351. chawan_cut June 11, 2008 1:26 am

    oh, and homey, no visit to the Tsai bldg’s Club Embassy.

    that was a “drive by shooting” and no, i wasn’t driving.

    welcome back esme! did you return to find your desk was no longer your desk?

  352. Pomai June 11, 2008 3:19 am

    Warrior Beat summer starting lineup:
    QB – Tyler Graunke, with Inoke Funaki as the backup.

  353. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 11, 2008 4:39 am

    Where’s the new blog?

  354. Garret June 11, 2008 4:58 am

    Academically, UH is *not* going to be as attractive to Pac-10 schools as the candidates that they will take seriously if they decide to expand. We’ve heard all about the deteriorating academic facilities…and you KNOW that the Pac-10 has heard all about that too. It is great that UH has several well respected academic programs (marlis didn’t even list all of them), but overall UH is *not* ranked highly.

    Travel costs will be a *huge* factor for the Pac-10. That was a big problem before when gas prices were far cheaper…now with air travel being so much more expensive that will just make the Pac-10 even more of an impossibility. How does it work for the Pac-10 financially, especially when you consider nonrevenue sports like volleyball (UH makes revenue from it, the Pac-10 schools do not), baseball, track, swimming, etc.

    I would love for UH to get into the an expanded Pac-12. But we *really* have to look at things with a biased eye to even think that UH has a chance. And even looking at the best-case thing for everything (like what marlis did), the case is still weak compared to the schools the Pac-10 approached in the past (they went after Texas last time) and the schools they might go after in the future.

  355. Garret June 11, 2008 5:00 am

    Rick Neuheisel included the ability to call the first play against USC in an auction last night.

    Auctioned off was a UCLA/usc VIP package for the game (run thru the tunnel w/ the team and watch the whole game from the sideline). The bidding was real slow so Rick got up and said

    “okay, I’ll let you call the first play”.

    Immediately the action picked up (Like you guys, everybody thinks they are brilliant playcallers). It was only later RN muttered that “well, we may audible your call”.

    The package went for $10,000 and yeah, it will be interesting to see what the first play vs sc is.

    Later on they auctioned a UCLA at UDub FB package. It was supposed to be a travel on the team charter and stay at the team hotel package. But this auction was going real slow too.

    So RN got up and said it would be a sideline package. “If you know my history at UDub. I need somebody next to me in case they want to throw debris”.

    The crowd laughed and the bidding shot up with the package finally going for $10,000

  356. Garret June 11, 2008 5:00 am

    Oops, that was several nights ago, not last night.

  357. Garret June 11, 2008 5:01 am

    Sporting News is completely changing its format.

    Sporting News is making big changes that reflect shifts in fans’ news consumption habits.

    The publication, which dates to 1886, said Tuesday it will begin a free digital daily sports newspaper July 23 called Sporting News Today. It will deliver scores, statistics and national stories to subscribers’ electronic mail inboxes every morning.

    On Sept. 1, the company’s core publication, Sporting News Magazine, will be redesigned and enhanced and published every other week instead of weekly.

  358. Garret June 11, 2008 5:02 am

    Minnesota’s top recruit needs open heart surgery.

    Sam Maresh maintained his composure amid all the questions about his impending open-heart surgery, but then the topic turned to the potential risks. At that moment, the player who had dreamed of helping turn around the University of Minnesota football team this season leaned over and rested his head on his father’s shoulder.

    Maresh has tried to treat last week’s diagnosis of a faulty heart valve and the news that he’ll have surgery June 26 at the Mayo Clinic with the same mind-set he used to prepare for, say, one of his state wrestling championships. He’s never been afraid of anyone or anything, so why start now?

    The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker was the local star who gave Gophers coach Tim Brewster recruiting credibility in a state that seemed to lose many standout high school players. Maresh was expected to compete for a starting spot as a freshman for the second-year head coach, whose team finished 1-11 last season. Maresh was registered for summer classes and ready to start team workouts June 2 when a heart murmur was discovered during a required physical.

  359. Garret June 11, 2008 5:04 am

    U-Dub has the toughest schedule this season according to Phil Steele. Non-conference games against BYU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame in addition to the Pac-10 schedule makes this season tough for Ty to win enough games to keep his job!

    Steele rates UW’s schedule this season — consisting of home non-conference games against BYU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame and five Pac-10 road games — as the most difficult in the country.

    Here’s how he sees the Pac-10 in terms of difficulty of schedule:

    1, Washington (1st in nation)
    2, Oregon State (5th)
    3, UCLA (6th)
    4, Stanford (14th)
    5, USC (21st)
    6, Washington State (28th)
    7, Oregon (33rd)
    8, Cal (38th)
    9, Arizona State (40th)
    10, Arizona (57th)

  360. Garret June 11, 2008 5:06 am

    LSU says that they have the fastest college football player *ever*. And he was a backup last year!

    LSU this summer is touting junior wide receiver Trindon Holliday as the fastest player in college football.


    On paper, they appear to be right. The 5-foot-6 Holliday, a reserve player last year for national-champion LSU, ran a 10.02 in the 100 meters at last year’s NCAA Track and Field Championships.

    Only 69 people have ever run it faster and, according to LSU, none have ever played football or were playing at the time they were clocked.

    Holliday, who scored two touchdowns last season, is hoping to make the U.S. Olympic team next month. If you saw LSU play last season, you know how dynamic he can be with the ball in his hands.

  361. Bulla June 11, 2008 5:11 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    whew, happy kamehameha day to everyone, sorry the feds have to work, but oh well!

    we all should ride in DPK’s new ride, always wanted to ride in an undercover police car, haha.

    everyone have a good day and be safe out there.

  362. jm2375 June 11, 2008 6:00 am

    Good morning!

    Happy Kamehameha Day to everyone!! Especially those who have the day off. Lucky buggahs. 😀

    Off to work. Busy day today. See ya… buzzzz, buzzz, buzzz.

  363. d1shima [sez:] June 11, 2008 6:03 am

    Great Morning All.

    Happy Kamehameha Day.

    I wonder what happened to Kam Day?
    I miss going to the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi.
    I don’t get to write to anyone on Kam IV Rd. now.
    I got lost trying to find Kam Hwy. the other day…..

    But I still always hope St. Louis beats Kam! 😉


  364. bighilofan2 June 11, 2008 6:04 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Hilo 4 will prolly show if we talkin >9. like know where exactly cuz gotta figa how fo get to da Stadium, get back to da ka’a, like dat. ho, 2 cc in 2 dayz in Fla., gonna need opu support. 😆

    80 days an 79 nites.


  365. Loa June 11, 2008 6:04 am

    morning gang!

    ho light traffic today with State, C&C, and Schools out

    have a safe and happy kamehameha day!
    imua, warriors!

  366. d1shima [sez:] June 11, 2008 6:07 am

    Kinda interesting how the Tsaikettes all get their trademark sound effects:

    buzzz, buzzz, buzzz…..

    tappity tap……


    monku monku monku


  367. Loa June 11, 2008 6:14 am

    howzit d1 – someone should keep a list of trademarks and make one trivia contest at one of the future gatherings

  368. d1shima [sez:] June 11, 2008 6:16 am

    Well, rather than dwelling on the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy today, I get to be ensconced w/in the confines of a meeting room at a military installation all day today. I have been told that communication with the outside world will be verboden during the term of my stay so until about 1700 (dat’s 5 o’clock for the rest of us) have a swell day!


  369. d1shima [sez:] June 11, 2008 6:18 am

    (shouting ovah da shoulder as he’s led off by MP’s…)

    Howzit Loa!

    Sounds like a good idea!

    (Hey! Is the arm bar really necessary?)

  370. bighilofan2 June 11, 2008 6:52 am

    e a Great Kamehameha Day everybody.

    good morning. no worries about da rest of us, summa us need ehteeket classes, no no how fo talk, fumble da speeches. but dis bradda means yu very well.

    also to you an Mauimom, dat was good info on Maui boy Rosa. knew da family back in da day. my friend Diane tellz me he’s da real deal. me, i like play hog cheeze, get all da guud braddas so we buss up da world.


  371. bighilofan2 June 11, 2008 6:55 am

    An who is da State hoe wa’a champs 6 times running? das right, da Maui kids.

  372. Da Punchbowl Kid June 11, 2008 7:00 am

    I know he said that, I’m just to leary of naming a full time starter. Yes, I’m chicken.

    That’s what you get for using Kam instead of Kamehameha. 😆

  373. Da Punchbowl Kid June 11, 2008 7:03 am

    Happy Kamehameha Paiea Kunuiakea Day. May his legacy shine always! I mua!

  374. LizKauai June 11, 2008 7:13 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Early day for me today…
    Have a great one- whether on holiday or at work!

  375. Kekoa (iPhone) June 11, 2008 7:22 am

    Note to Provost Marshal: Please allow prisoner D-1/001 to phone home. He comes from a good ohana and was prolly only teasing when he told the Commanding General to “stick it where his stars don’t shine!”

    Thank You,
    Fellow Tsaiko Wessai Chapter Member

  376. Kekoa (iPhone) June 11, 2008 7:32 am

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