Parting and parties

This morning, the UH athletic department had a farewell party for track and field coach Carmyn James and administrative assistant Kalei Miyahana. Tomorrow, there will be an appreciation party for Marilyn Moniz-Kaho‘ohanohano, who retired last month.

And next week UH will say goodbye to Bobbie Omoto, who is retiring after 36 years in the state system, including 26 in the athletic department.

Bobbie was more than just the basketball secretary. Bobbie folded — and waved — towels at basketball games, was part of the game-day crew for football games, and also was involved with softball. Those orange balloons they used to have at basketball games? She used to distribute them. If you needed an ear — whether you were a player, coach, staff worker or even reporter — Bobbie was there to listen. And if your blood sugar was low, she also provided snacks. She’s a good person in a world that needs good people.

Unfortunately, she’s taking her husband, Ralph, with her into retirement. Ralph? Yes, he’s the guy with a face of steel and heart of gold who took all those wonderful pictures at UH sporting events.

We’ll miss Bobbie and Ralph … and the snacks.


  1. azwarrior22 June 22, 2017 11:19 am


  2. Ipu Man June 22, 2017 11:42 am

    You should nominate Bobbie for the “Above and Beyond
    The Call of Duty” award given out by that gas station
    which is famous for saying: “Thank You…Very Much”. 🙂

  3. H-Man June 22, 2017 11:43 am

    So many changes in the athletic department. Good luck and fair sailing to all that are retiring or leaving for greener pastures. Much aloha and thanks for your dedication and hard work for UH Athletics. Go Wahine and Warriors! Cannot forget the Rainbow. Go Bows!

  4. turfwar June 22, 2017 12:00 pm

    Bobbie also brought refreshments for years to the NCAA Summer League games for the UH players and others she came to know. I will miss her as a source of knowledge and as someone who was so easy to talk to and always had a smile to share. Congratulations on your retirement Bobbie and thanks for being such a loyal friend and fan to UH athletics.

  5. SteveM June 22, 2017 12:55 pm

    Mahalo and best wishes for Bobbie Omoto!
    Secretaries like her define the sports ohana of Hawaii.

  6. SteveM June 22, 2017 1:03 pm

    In my annual email test, I just sent 3 batches of emails to Tsai-kos who have shared their addys over the years. I also inquired about Road game attendance plans this year.

    If you did not receive an email from me, it could be because the messages in previous years have bounced and I deleted them in the update. Please send me a current address and your blog name.

    stevem.hnl (at) gmail dot com

  7. cappie the dog June 22, 2017 1:31 pm

    I remember the balloons.

    I’m guessing that some visiting coach complained about the noise it creates.

  8. cappie the dog June 22, 2017 1:36 pm

    I felt like the figure in the Edward Munch painting when Carl English went undrafted.

    I had a hunch that Anthony Carter’s and Predrag Savovic’s names would not be called from the podium, but I was absolutely sure about English.

    Don’t believe anything you read on the Internet.

    I wish the Lakers would take a chance on Zach Collins.

    I hope Noah Allen gets a Summer League invite.

  9. bowwar June 22, 2017 1:48 pm

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    Invite your Boss, co-Workers, Employees, Associates and/or Significant-Others. Our featured speaker will be: University of Hawaii’s Head Football Coach, Nick Rolovich, who will present “Putting Pride on the Rock.”

    The event will be held at the Tchin Tchin! Bar, Rooftop Garden, 39 N. Hotel St, Honolulu, HI, on Wednesday, June, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost is $30 per person, which includes heavy “pupus” and two drinks.

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  10. Da Punchbowl Kid June 22, 2017 3:10 pm

    Aloha and Mahalo to the Omotos! Happy retirement!

  11. Bryson June 22, 2017 7:58 pm

    Anyword on why those 2 Rainier Beach kids committed and backed off a few hours later?

  12. 808WarriorFan June 23, 2017 5:56 am

    #11 … Bryson … where did you read/hear that those other 2 Rainier Beach players decommitted … main thing is we get that TE …


  13. chawan_cut June 23, 2017 9:09 am

    Happy Retirement to Bobbie and Ralph!!!
    Thank you for helping me all those years with the balloon brigade!!!!!!
    See you guys soon!

  14. Stephen Tsai June 23, 2017 9:16 am

    New post:

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