Picture perfect

The past couple years, the Warriors have relied on the man upstairs.

At every practice, Kenny Cheong is on the portable platform, 25 feet above ground, videoing every football drill.

When the coaches talk about having to review “the film,” they’re talking about the work of Cheong, as well as the other student members of video coordinator Dory Kong’s crew. When Chris Naeole speaks of the “eye in the sky,” well, two of them belong to Cheong.

The job is not for someone suffering from acrophobia or ergophobia. It requires working during training camp’s humidity, autumn’s rain, and in dawn’s early light. Imagine standing at the edge of a high board, for two hours, without a bathroom break. Cheong did that every practice, and he did it well and professionally (on quarters-per-hour compensation).

Cheong is set to graduate on Dec. 19. He will be missed.

The video does not lie.


  1. cheepono December 2, 2015 9:06 am

    Fred Ulu Perry?

  2. Stephen Tsai December 2, 2015 9:09 am

    Former Bruin?

  3. cheepono December 2, 2015 9:10 am

    emphasis on “former”

  4. Stephen Tsai December 2, 2015 9:17 am

    Well, Naeole used to help coach him back in the day.

  5. DoubleB December 2, 2015 9:18 am

    Ulu-Perry would be very nice. He would need his release though.

  6. leron December 2, 2015 9:30 am

    A reverse exodus of top Hawaii-born recruits now that Rolo is back would be amazing. Maybe more people want to be Simba.

  7. letsgowarriors December 2, 2015 9:36 am

    how much does a drone cost?

  8. Jeezy33 December 2, 2015 9:37 am

    6. Won’t be hard at all getting a release to come back home. Ucla wouldn’t burn a bridge on the islands

  9. islandman December 2, 2015 9:37 am

    Hope the safety experts checked out the portable platform.

  10. letsgowarriors December 2, 2015 9:43 am

    tsai do u know if Kamuela Borden left for his mormon mission already? im hoping he gets back by the 2017 season

  11. DoubleB December 2, 2015 9:47 am

    Jeezy33 #6 True. Hope this is the start of some of the local boys looking with an eye back home.
    I’m also hopeful NR’s visits last night were fruitful. 🙂

  12. BigWave96744 December 2, 2015 9:53 am

    Yes Kamuela Borden left a few days before the last game. I think he’s headed to do his mission in Oregon (if I remember correctly)

  13. Jeezy33 December 2, 2015 9:55 am

    12. I’m hoping Rolo adds 2 good local high school coaches to boost up the local recruiting asap. Between Rod York, Vae Tata, Fred Salanoa… 2 of those would be really good. Salanoa isn’t a big name, but he’s really smart and had a prolific college career

  14. BigWave96744 December 2, 2015 9:56 am

    FYI Reeve Koehler is set to graduate from Arkansas in the spring and would have 2 to play 2

  15. DoubleB December 2, 2015 10:00 am

    #15, that would be nice, but I don’t think Reeve is coming back. Seems like he’s happy at Arkansas.

  16. Come on, man! December 2, 2015 10:01 am

    “181. Always with his ridiculous statements. Need a new hobby? It’s called having an opinion. Just because not everyone’s opinion is on board with the majority doesn’t mean people need to get a new hobby. Glad to see you spending your time figuring out the Lion King puzzle though. Good luck.”

    Football God and Scouting Expert Jeezy: God. Shut up. I wasn’t even talking to you. I make a general statement, you get butthurt. I contradict one of the crazy things you tend to say, and not even in an insulting way ,you get butthurt and amp at people.

    Relax, Football God. Not everyone is out to get you.

  17. letsgowarriors December 2, 2015 10:01 am

    BW – thanks. so he probably wont get back until winter 2017.

  18. Jeezy33 December 2, 2015 10:03 am

    17. Reading and replying to posts on previous blogs. Get a hobby . It’s a new day

  19. Jeezy33 December 2, 2015 10:05 am

    15. Any scoops if he has interest coming home? Would be nice to get playing time and have his family watch him play.

  20. boolakanaka December 2, 2015 10:09 am

    Fred Salanoa would be a great pickup, but my Halawa sources say, his family wants him around more, and being a strong Mormon, he wants to be more active in the church.

  21. Come on, man! December 2, 2015 10:12 am

    “17. Reading and replying to posts on previous blogs. Get a hobby . It’s a new day”

    somebody is obsessed.

  22. Warrior Fan December 2, 2015 10:12 am

    If Ulu-Perry is still interested in playing football, would be great for him to join the warriors. Would be nice to know if those coaches named by Jeezy are actually interested in the job.. adding one or two of them coaches mentioned above I think would be great for our program.

  23. DoubleB December 2, 2015 10:16 am

    17, Jeezy33 you should count your blessings. I made the mistake of saying a statement he made was ignorant. He wrote an 11 paragraph response. Wow.

    Come on Man! – Everyone is allowed an opinion. No need to tell people to “Shut Up” just skip his posts. I like reading his posts. You obviously do not. Skip his posts and move on.

  24. jeezy33 December 2, 2015 10:17 am

    21. Bummer. I think he would make a great QB coach. Plus I want Hawaii to somehow get Ace Faumui.

  25. Come on, man! December 2, 2015 10:19 am

    “17, Jeezy33 you should count your blessings. I made the mistake of saying a statement he made was ignorant. He wrote an 11 paragraph response. Wow.”

    thanks for addressing the content of that post. you really made a bang up argument!

    ” Everyone is allowed an opinion.”

    therefore i’m expressing my own in response to it. who says i’m saying nobody can have an opinion? but when people say wacky things, i like to ask about why they think the way they do.

    are you saying i’m NOT allowed to do that?

    am i NOT allowed to have an opinion?

    Football God Jeezy, help me!

  26. BrandonB December 2, 2015 10:21 am

    Long time lurker, here. Jeezy can get pretty obnoxious. Come, On Man! can sometimes go the same route. He’s usually not as inflamatory though. I like both of them posting. It makes the blog fun to read.

  27. ponojr December 2, 2015 10:22 am

    What about the Kapolei HS football coach? Would he be a candidate to join Rolo’s staff?

  28. DoubleB December 2, 2015 10:23 am

    Wow bu, you got issues. Eh… but have a nice day 🙂 fo real. No sarcasm.

  29. mileHIwarrior December 2, 2015 10:28 am

    #28 I feel your pain. I don’t mind reading comical yet productive BS but just plain BS is … well… BS. Like Tsai-man always says, I digress.

  30. BigWave96744 December 2, 2015 10:28 am

    #20 mom would love it but DoubleB is also correct. He also has a younger brother who is a Freshmen at Castle that could morph into a beast like Reeve & Solomon

  31. Warrior Fan December 2, 2015 10:29 am

    Anyone with the inside scoops on who we’re going for at DC? I’ve seen post from yesterday that Brian Smith was going to be the OC..any confirmation on that?

  32. WarriorNY December 2, 2015 10:31 am

    Ok, I just now picked up on this..

    “Come on, man” and “Chicken Grease” have to be the same person…

  33. DoubleB December 2, 2015 10:35 am

    BigWave, you know Reeve’s Mom? I grew up with her. Super sweet person. She’s rearing Giants, but also fine young men, and 1 li’l woman.

  34. mileHIwarrior December 2, 2015 10:35 am

    #32 Now that you’ve mentioned that, Holy BS!

  35. boolakanaka December 2, 2015 10:40 am

    Jeezy my actual preference is Tata: he has a proven record with recruits, and would work well in both poly and nonpoly households alike. That said, I know he is already beloved on the North Shore.

  36. DoubleB December 2, 2015 10:42 am

    32, Wow, “Chicken Grease”, I have been off this Blog for over a year ( started reading again after NC was let go ) but I do remember “Chicken Grease”. Blast from the past. I do remember him being a poster I would “skip” over. 🙂

  37. WarriorNY December 2, 2015 10:50 am

    How have you been? Have you been watching the Giants and the Jets? I already know what’s going to happen… The Giants will win on sunday making it impossible for the Jets to get in and then the Giants will lose 3 of 4 after that… so they will both miss the playoffs…

  38. z December 2, 2015 10:55 am

    Gun men loose in San Bernadino. Mass shooting.

  39. Whats up December 2, 2015 10:58 am

    Interesting read from SB Nation:

    No, Hawaii isn’t going to drop football in the near future. Here’s why


  40. What??? December 2, 2015 10:59 am

    It’s not CG unless he has drastically changed his writing style and warped mind.

  41. Legistlature December 2, 2015 11:04 am

    37. His daddy and cappie’s daddy still love them, even though they no not what they do or say

  42. WarriorNY December 2, 2015 11:09 am

    Is that you as well???

  43. ai-eee-soos December 2, 2015 11:18 am

    … if this hasn’t been posted …

    The University of Hawaii will receive a $750,000 guarantee to play Cal in the inaugural Sydney College Football Cup Aug. 27 in Australia, according to terms of the contract.

    In addition, the promoter, TLA Worldwide of Australia, will cover all UH travel and accommodation costs for a 200-member Rainbow Warrior party, according to a copy of the agreement released by UH.

    Accommodations will be for “up to six nights.”

    UH is due to receive an initial payment of $187,500 on Jan. 15, 2016. A second payment is due 30 days prior to the event, with the balance coming within 15 days of the completion of the game.

  44. Come on, man! December 2, 2015 11:23 am

    warriorny: no idea who chicken grease is. sorry.

    when i respond to posts, itʻs almost never a personal thing, even if people take it personally. for example, when people go “the run and shoot is dead because defenses ʻcaught upʻ to it,” i think thatʻs an extremely bizarre statement. so i ask why they think that way. what specifically about the run and shoot, schematically, has been countered by the defense that makes the run and shoot dead?

    nobody can answer. then they get mad because they get contradicted. jeezy tends to get super riled up if anyone disagrees with him.

    but i disagree and ask because i like to hear people justify their opinions whether theyʻre wacky or make really good sense.

    so take the example of Football God Jeezy. Jeezy says things that make a lot of sense, even though he talks like heʻs John Madden himself and the King of Player Scouting.

    Jeezy also says things that donʻt make sense. for example, pat hill being qb god. or run and shoot being outdated. or whatever. and thatʻs fine. thatʻs why i question. like “why do you think this? or are you making this up?”

    itʻs not personal even if it can be construed that way. i have no idea what doubleb was talking about but it was the same way as well. but nobody seems to respond. they just get mad and dismiss things with handwaving.

  45. WarriorNY December 2, 2015 11:28 am

    ok… CG… I take your point…

  46. jeezy33 December 2, 2015 11:36 am

    46. Even when I ignore him, he still cries for attention.

  47. WarriorNY December 2, 2015 11:44 am

    It’s alright… Its just annoying having to read nonsense…

  48. Not an Expert December 2, 2015 11:54 am

    Come on, man & jeezy33 maybe you guys can connect somewhere else about your differences. Probably you two are people that will have someone’s back in a fight which makes your friends quite fortunate. However why not cut it and move on with the enthusiasm brought by the hiring of Rolo.

  49. H-Man December 2, 2015 11:55 am

    Whats up, thanks for the SB Nation link. Very interesting reading. It has provided me a different perspective.

  50. jeezy33 December 2, 2015 12:00 pm

    49. Troll alert..

  51. Legistlature December 2, 2015 12:02 pm

    Praise the LORD, who is my rock.—-You have been deceived by your own pride
    The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock!–My pride lies in the dust.
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.–Human pride will be brought down,
    He alone is my rock and my salvation–“In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god!
    They will declare, “The LORD is just!– in their pride they seek to crush others.
    PRIDE***ROCK…….Let’s go EL’ ROLO

  52. Not an Expert December 2, 2015 12:11 pm

    Haka, when winning seem okay to be done, when losing looks out of place due to one’s ignorance to the meaning of the dance.

    Why not have an introduction of a dance that will reflect more of our Hawaii and it cultural life style. A manly and a short dance that depicts courage, respect, the Aina, etc.

    As I understand many of these Polynesian dances have deep meaning behind them. Any dance that is used should have a message and meaning explained in detailed so that all of Hawaii can relate to it.

  53. Legistlature December 2, 2015 12:12 pm

    Holoholo!!!!!! Rolorolo go get em…no sked em

  54. clyde December 2, 2015 12:18 pm

    The real “CG” just resurfaced, after taking a couple days off when someone called him out. Just another poster to ignore … again.

  55. 3-Prong December 2, 2015 12:56 pm

    May I suggest 3 two minute rounds with 16 oz gloves (so you don’t really hurt each other)….hehe. Or have a chillaxing cold one and move on (my preferred way of dealing with conflict). Sorry that was more like 3 cents. Carry on.

    …oh, and JJ for OC!

  56. NotNasti December 2, 2015 1:07 pm

    How’s this? Come On, Man! and Jeezy33 are the same person?
    No. I enjoy the banter, but please keep it civil, and respect each other’s opinions. Jeezy is a long-time poster, and it’s quite obvious he speaks from experience. Even if you disagree with his opinions, his insight is a valuable and welcomed addition to this blog. Chicken Grease? The only poster who referred to himself in the third person. I hope he’s okay.

  57. Loa December 2, 2015 1:18 pm

    afternoon gang!

    thank you and congrats Kenny

  58. Come on, man! December 2, 2015 1:45 pm

    “46. Even when I ignore him, he still cries for attention.”

    someone is obsessed.

  59. Andrew December 2, 2015 1:48 pm

    I think it’s sad people feel they have to create and hide behind multiple screen names. I’m sure if we all had to use our real names/ pictures, most of what it posted would not be.

  60. Legistlature December 2, 2015 1:56 pm

    ‘Cursed is anyone who attacks a neighbor in secret.’
    Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
    Protect my life from these lions!
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
    These people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction

  61. Tank December 2, 2015 1:57 pm

    For the last few years, one of the major weaknesses of the team has been the O-line. Since we’re keeping the same coach, I guess it’s going to be the same as usual. No blocking and no QB protection. Some mentioned the blocking for Harris, but, I believe, it was Harris’s ability to see cracks in the defense, not the blocking. This was especially true, when Harris went out in the last game.

  62. Legistlature December 2, 2015 2:01 pm

    But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

  63. cocobean December 2, 2015 2:11 pm

    How old is Vince Passas?

  64. Biggestuhfan December 2, 2015 2:21 pm

    #57 Nasti – I agree. I don’t always agree with Jeezy, but he knows what he’s talking about so I respect his opinion. He’s not pulling things from his armpit like some people. Like you said, he speaks from experience.

  65. cocobean December 2, 2015 3:08 pm

    #47. #59. A lot of disagreements with my ex broke down to not who was right or wrong or what the real issue was but into who would get in the last word. You’re both right, you’re both wrong.

  66. Willie December 2, 2015 3:31 pm

    Don’t understand the negative concerns about choosing Rolo as the main man because he has only been a coordinator without head coaching experience. There has been a bunch of NCAAF head coaching vacancies announced recently where the main man only has coordinator on the resume and no head coaching experience. Someone said that every single head coach in college got their first start without being a main man. Wishing Rolo all the best, like what he is saying and most of all the guy loves University of Hawaii football.

  67. cappie the dog December 2, 2015 3:58 pm


    This is an accurate statement.

    But this is an edited blog, and I haven’t seen anything truly heinous like what I see on, say, the comments section for MSN, or especially YouTube.

    This is my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s real name.

  68. Stephen Tsai December 2, 2015 4:19 pm

    Brian Smith is not going to be the OC.

  69. ai-eee-soos December 2, 2015 4:27 pm

    #70 …. THANK YOU !!!

  70. DoubleB December 2, 2015 4:31 pm

    ST, what would your “guess” be as to whom the front runners are for OC?

  71. Legislature December 2, 2015 4:52 pm

    Maybe just maybe Aaron Price is offered this time to stay and call his plays
    Rolo let go …Price let go…by the same coach…they both return to Pride Rock

  72. z December 2, 2015 4:57 pm

    Is he going to retain the current OC?

  73. Stephen Tsai December 2, 2015 5:01 pm

    I think it’ll be January before they hire an OC.

  74. NorthShoreFan December 2, 2015 5:01 pm

    Guud Evening Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    hehehe….Only the Shadow Knows…..


  75. heluhelu December 2, 2015 5:02 pm

    Tank December 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm:

    For the last few years, one of the major weaknesses of the team has been the O-line. Since we’re keeping the same coach, I guess it’s going to be the same as usual.

    Not necessarily. Naeole played for several OCs in the NFL (including Mike McCarthy) & probably just as many blocking schemes. I don’t think he favors any 1 approach.

    As Chow’s OL coach, he implemented whatever the HC or OC wanted. Did he have his own ideas, suggestions? Were they heeded, implemented & failed? Don’t know.

    But I think all holdovers entitled to new slate. It’ll be up to Rolo to develop, implement or adapt schemes best suited to his players and staff.

  76. z December 2, 2015 5:11 pm

    I thought that our oline was young and in rebuilding mode. They did get better through out the season. I think they will be better next year.

  77. Bryson December 2, 2015 5:13 pm

    Any eta of when a D-CO may be hired?

  78. Warrior Fan December 2, 2015 5:21 pm

    ST.. Thanks for the confirmation about Brian Smith NOT being the OC

  79. leron December 2, 2015 5:27 pm

    #62 I think O Line is much improved and is still young. They only lose Clarke, who played almost the whole season with a broken foot, which he suffered in the Ohio State game. Harris wouldn’t be able to get all those yards without help upfront. In the New Mexico game, he had 117 yards and Lakalaka just missed a hundred with 96. Dejon Allen is conference honorable mention will only be a junior next year. Watch carefully. Many of Harris’ long runs came with #50 leading the way. The line has slowly taken on Naeole’s personality and keeping him was the right thing to do.

  80. islandman December 2, 2015 5:44 pm

    So who does Carnac the magnificent (Stephen) say will be the OC ?


  81. Derek December 2, 2015 6:19 pm

    I don’t care who the OC is. A lot of programs score a lot of points who have good coordinators and have good offensive minds. Rolo will find somebody. I’m more concerned on the defensive side of the ball. We have to be able to stop the run first and get off the field and/or cause more turnovers. Our turnover ratio is one of the worst in the nation. That can’t happen if we want to have a winning program. Again, it always go back to Rolovich as to who he selects. He’s a smart guy. He’ll figure it out. He know how bad we were the last 4 years. Let him do his job.

  82. Karl Finley December 2, 2015 6:22 pm


    Refer to the first two minutes of the press conference. Apparently, Matlin asked Babers for his opinion on who the head coach should be. I wonder if he asked Babers if he was interested in the job?

  83. graham December 2, 2015 7:03 pm

    Congrats Kenny

    Side note- happy for Dino barbers, too bad he won’t ever coach at Hawaii. Is a great coach and seems to be a good guy

  84. graham December 2, 2015 7:06 pm

    I don’t think I can wait till January for a OC. The suspense is killing me. I have some crazy ideas for who it should be. I have said one of them before(Steve starkisan). One can dream. The talk of June jones as OC is silly and it should stop. Vavae Tata needs to be on the staff in some capacity. I like Brian Smith, happy he is back as the RB coach

  85. Natsuko December 2, 2015 8:04 pm

    Tonight on 1500am Rolo said the delay in announcing a staff is partly relates to UH hiring protocol. Said he thinks majority of his staff will be in place next week.

  86. Kryon December 2, 2015 10:15 pm

    My fren told me once that we should build the stadium inside of diamond Head. Imagine that? That’s pride rock. Can c it now. Night marchers walking down the mountain into the stadium before kickoff to instill culture pride. The haka by the team entering the field to prepare for battle n intimidate. Pride Rock would b alive.

  87. el burro sabio December 2, 2015 10:33 pm

    Sark is dreaming but JJ is silly? Okay….

  88. cappie the dog December 3, 2015 3:52 am

    So Nick Rolovich addresses the standing room only crowd during halftime at the Arkansas-Pine Bluff game with a short speech, then just when he is about to exit the court, the back-up emcee of the halftime festivities encourages him to shoot a three.

    Rolovich air balls.

    The emcee ruined the moment.

    He should have just let Coach Rolovich gracefully walk off the hardwood.

  89. cappie the dog December 3, 2015 4:00 am

    Sagarin ratings:

    330. Arkansas Pine-Bluff
    342. Nicholls State

    This is why, barring an automatic bid to the NCAAs, Hawaii will miss the post-season.

  90. islandman December 3, 2015 4:40 am

    cappie; i think i saw Rolovich’s ball hit the rim.

    How do you explain Hawaii basketball with 48 RPI as of yesterday ?

  91. Maddog50 December 3, 2015 4:42 am

    Thanks Kenny for your hard work and effort. Few people know what it is to attend practice and perform a duty day in and day out. Thanks and best wishes to you in future endeavors-on another note great to see NR doing community contact work. Whether it be students or general public it is what occurs in most places. What the video pitch by him and reminded me again of Barry Alvarez when he said better get your season tickets now! How prophetic-the coaches will matter the schemes will matter but above all the talent cures all ills. I for one see great strides by the OL which again will have only 2 Seniors on it. I think there maybe 2 or 3 guys who can help but need at least 2 more contributors that can do it now enough of this JC redshirt stuff. A few receivers have talent but will have to be deprogrammed from the false sense that they are anything special-you are only special when you get open and can catch whatever is thrown your way. John Ursua all reports say he could be special-D needs a total overhaul and infusion. Very optimistic! Play Warrior!!!

  92. Warrior fan December 3, 2015 6:27 am

    We need to get a good DC to coach these kids up. Our defense over the past couple years have been repeatedly beat on 3rd and long plays, long passes in general, unable to stop the run, unable to force any turnovers as well…

  93. Shoko December 3, 2015 6:54 am

    A few days ago I hear Sonny Dykes interviewing for the Missouri job and today I hear Jeff Tedford resigns as coach of the BC Lions. Not trying to put two and two together (okay, maybe I am) but there is speculation that Tedford might be interested “in going back to cali”, which could have ramifications next year for the Warrior opening game against them and perhaps for a certain local recruit that accepted an offer to play there.

  94. Shoko December 3, 2015 6:56 am

    Wouldn’t be surprised JJ throws his hat in the ring for that job. He’s probably had aspirations coaching in the PAC12 for awhile.

  95. cappie the dog December 3, 2015 7:25 am


    On television, they made Rolovich look good.

    OC-16 showed his second shot.

  96. kanak December 3, 2015 7:39 am


    We play in the Big West… All we can play for is an automatic bid. Win regular season conference, NIT. Win the conference tourney, NCAA period.

  97. warrior fan December 3, 2015 7:47 am

    so with the time difference for the game against Cal in Australia. If it’s showing on Saturday August 27 (Australia time) what time will it air in Hawaii?

  98. kanak December 3, 2015 8:12 am


    Just was looking it to it, Saturday, 08/27/16 700 pm AEST is… Hawaii – Friday, 08/27/16 1100 pm HST means a 500 am on East coast.

  99. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2015 9:01 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=34693

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