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.