Pre-camp notes

With camp opening this weekend, it’s time to empty the notebook:

> The offseason conditioning program ended last night — this morning? — with midnight weightlifting.  In a twist, the players were in costume.

> Taz Stevenson, a Mililani High graduate, completed his transfer from Washington with notification of acceptance into the Pacific Islands Studies’ graduate program. Stevenson earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington, but needed to be accepted into graduate school to be eligible to play this season for UH. Stevenson will be used at safety.

> Defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina, who also earned a BA from Washington, is awaiting acceptance into a UH graduate program to complete his transfer to UH. Lagafuaina said he has submitted the necessary paper work.

> Former USC quarterback Max Wittek is awaiting his UH acceptance. He is joining the Warriors as a non-scholarship player.

> Former Nebraska linebacker Jared Afalava took an unofficial visit to UH  this past week.

> Keelan Ewaliko will be a receiver when UH opens camps.

> UH ordered 24 lockers for the coaches. Only 12 full-sized lockers arrived. Because of a mix-up, the other 12 are somewhere “in transit,” as they say in the biz.

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Here are the practices that are open to the public:

8/4 — 2:15 p.m.

8/5 — 2:15 p.m.

8/6 — 2:15 p.m.

8/7 — 2:15 p.m.

8/8 — 2:15 p.m.

8/9 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/11 — 2:15 p.m.

8/12 — 2:15 p.m.

8/13 — 2:15 p.m.

8/14 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/15  — 2:15 p.m.

8/16— 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

8/18 — 10:15 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.
8/19 — 2:35 p.m.


  1. MU July 31, 2014 9:04 am

    Go warriors!

  2. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 9:05 am

    That would be a mere 14 more practices than what Washington is opening to the public.

  3. haka July 31, 2014 9:06 am

    Hope ALL the transfers get accepted.
    Keelan is going to be a force!
    Go Warriors!

  4. letsgowarriors July 31, 2014 9:08 am

    tyrell robinson is probably going to Texas Tech.

  5. iwonderwhytheyhateme July 31, 2014 9:11 am

    Hoorah to the transfers. Make an immediate impact, hopefully. Troubling but not surprising news about the season tickets at an all time low. Maybe next year I will move into better seats =).

    Have a nice one folks.

  6. Andrew July 31, 2014 9:11 am

    Hope those transfer applications aren’t on Apple’s desk with the coaches contracts…

  7. Andrew July 31, 2014 9:12 am

    or well his “former” desk

  8. tommui July 31, 2014 9:15 am


    Get those applications approved!

  9. Rodney July 31, 2014 9:16 am

    Keelan at WR good move !!!!!

  10. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 9:19 am

    Hawaii needs to make up their mind with Ewaliko already… The kid is athletic and put on a ton of muscle since he has been here. Time to find him a home. I still think Nickel or Safety suits him. Offensively, slot would be a nice move. But I think we need to make up our minds soon.

  11. Old School Dave July 31, 2014 9:22 am

    Interesting interview on the Animals show yesterday with Keoki Kerr of HNN. Kerr said that in some of his investigative cases people he wants to interview will bolt and hide from him. In other cases, secretaries will point out where their bosses are hiding or say that they’ll be going on a coffee break and leave “interesting” documents in clear view on their desks in order to help Keoki.

  12. NorthShoreFan July 31, 2014 9:26 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Smell football in da air…..Hooooo! IMUA WARRIORS!

  13. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 9:27 am

    Tru dat, Jeezy. Many a talented player has languished because they were not afforded a chance to concentrate on one position. This is true from Babers to Ray Fonoti ( my classmate from HS) who was big and athletic at UH. Speaking recently to KS and UH great, K AhYuen, they brought over Ray to play tackle (and mind you Keith was a 4 year starter) after watching him for a couple of series.. Hey what position am I going to play??

  14. Old School Dave July 31, 2014 9:30 am

    Blane Gaison was one talented player at both QB and Safety. I think he led UH to a victory over Colorado State in 79 at QB and was asked to switch over during the game.

  15. Ipu Man July 31, 2014 9:34 am

    Old School Dave, those were the days…players could play both offense
    and defense.

  16. Shoko July 31, 2014 9:39 am

    With all these changes, it’s going to be difficult to know where Ewaliko will end up playing this season. I wish the coaching staff would pick one position so he can learn to master it.

  17. Shoko July 31, 2014 9:46 am

    Well, after scouring the various forums, I haven’t seen any rumor of Josh Shirley committing ot any other school yet.

  18. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 9:46 am

    15– I do think there are always a handful of players that can play both O and D. I know Kurt Kafenztis was the no 1 receiver coming out of spring one year, and then started at free safety in the fall, even leading the nation with interceptions, halfway through the season til he had a knee injury.

  19. A-House July 31, 2014 9:51 am

    old school Dave:

    was it not the Arizona State game that Gaison did the switcheroo from LB to QB

    the St Louis LB who was Parade AA and #1 LB in the country played for Az State that game

  20. Shoko July 31, 2014 9:55 am

    Amway? Coaches Poll has Warriors’ first opponent of the season ranked at 25 with conference members Boise State and Fresno State receiving votes.

  21. Shoko July 31, 2014 9:58 am

    Chow along with Calhoun, Bohl, DeRuyter, Hauck and Long were part of the list of voters.

  22. Turfwar July 31, 2014 10:04 am

    6’3″ 235 MLB Wayne Apuna out of St. Louis. An amazing athlete and to this day one of the most gifted football players to ever come out of this state. Kid could run like a 6′ safety and hit like a mack truck. Don’t think he ever finished his eligibility at ASU. The Sun Devils, if I remember right, came here without a head coach who was fired the week before so they played with an interim or acting head coach. Still a great game by the Bows.

  23. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 10:09 am

    22– he and his brother were Waipahu boys. Ben also was a stud.

  24. Bryson July 31, 2014 10:10 am

    I think Ewaliko would be a great fit at safety especially since he was a QB in high school he could be the next Mana Silva who also was a QB…they would definitely have an advantage on defense viewing the field as a former QB

  25. hatakeman July 31, 2014 10:32 am

    Ewaliko will be a slot receiver since that position is thin on depth. Harding and King finish their eligibility this season, leaving only Anguay as a returning player with slot experience. Maybe even Daniels might be looked at the slot position. Need athletic guys there.

  26. al July 31, 2014 10:41 am

    so yesterday my choice of position for ewaliko was to become the next scott harding. slot is a start in the right direction. now, lets put him in as a punt returner and kickoff return man. he poses the same “no sked um” mentality as did chad owens.

    …nuff said

  27. al July 31, 2014 10:46 am

    clock is a ticking…a few days left for the post grad approvals.

  28. al July 31, 2014 10:46 am

    is it still a race for the one scholie left for the three transfers of note?

  29. al July 31, 2014 10:50 am

    i hope these coaches know, finally, where to put a multi-talented football player in keenan ewaliko.

    i always felt that they blew it big time with bubba pueo-luna.

  30. al July 31, 2014 10:53 am

    isn’t a university in the business of educating?
    isn’t increases in enrollment critical to its success?

    why does the process here in manoa always take so long?

    …like moving through poi.

  31. kawika49 July 31, 2014 11:11 am

    I went figgah, that if I do pay per view, here in Hilo. UH gets more kala. I save airfare, room and transportation. So, other than my Koanuinui donation and my buying the package for football; more of my kala is going to the program.

  32. tommui July 31, 2014 11:11 am

    #31 AL – the process in manoa takes long when the people don’t know what they are doing.

  33. d1shima July 31, 2014 11:14 am


    No Line! Sheesh!

  34. anon July 31, 2014 11:25 am


    It is much difficult to traverse paperwork when one has their head deep inside the anus.

  35. gobows July 31, 2014 11:30 am


    Bubba ran hard and fast…too bad they couldnt get him the ball in the open field.

  36. Shoko July 31, 2014 11:45 am

    The Hawaii – Washington spread, according to Vegas, is 20 points. In the two years under Chow, Warriors had always won against the spread.

    Warriors were 7-5 against the spread last season.

  37. Shoko July 31, 2014 11:47 am

    I mean, Chow always beat the spread in the season opener. Maybe Chow goes 3-0 this year, too?

  38. SteveM July 31, 2014 12:17 pm

    Good morning everyone!

    It’s been 25 years since grad school days and things must have really changed for the better, but this was my experience…

    1. In late spring I decide to return to UH for a graduate program. I go to the department I am interested in and am told I need to apply to the Graduate Division department first.

    2. I go to Graduate Division and am given an application. I also need my transcripts and for my chosen department and approval to take their courses.

    3. Back at the department the Chair speaks to me and approves my taking their course immediately, but warns that only 6 credits can be carried over when I am accepted officially.

    4. The department secretary (a really helpful lady who just retired) tells me I need to take the GRE exam (a graduate exam similar to the SAT’s for college) for this program–and one is coming up in October. BTW, here is the application form for the department.

    5. Somewhere in December and 15 credits later, I am informed by the secretary that I have been officially accepted into Graduate Division and they have forwarded my application to them for approval. “You’ll probably be accepted” she said with a wink.

    SO, any delay today is Graduate Division processing and approval from the department program desired?

  39. Inyoface July 31, 2014 12:19 pm

    Let’s prove the naysayers wrong! Take advantage of the 3 home field games and pound Washington!

  40. BigWave96744 July 31, 2014 12:19 pm

    Al, re #27, can also add Keelan as a rollout punter like Harding.
    He was a pretty good soccer player at Baldwin.
    He could also lay the lumber on a punter trying to take it to the house.
    This bro got so much upside, he’ll see lots of the field in the next 4 years

  41. oldtimer808 July 31, 2014 12:26 pm

    A lot of arm chair quarterbacking going on. I don’t “we” need to make up our minds soon but let the coaches coach. We have a lot of talented players but unless you’re in the practice sessions, in the meeting rooms no one has a clue about each character except the coaches.

  42. ai-eee-soos July 31, 2014 12:36 pm

    too much serious stuff here.

    LOONEY tunes time …

    Mass. inspector accuses Dobelle of improper spending, lying.

  43. Turfwar July 31, 2014 12:44 pm

    Boo, St. Louis seems to get a lot of Waipahu boys. They would be contenders every year in the old OIA West if more chose to play at the home school. For football and baseball.

  44. bowwar July 31, 2014 12:53 pm

    I thought there were more transfers than what ST noted…

  45. Down with... July 31, 2014 1:01 pm

    …Warrior Football!

    Found this little tidbit about Don’yah not sure if people posted before but a nice little interview. It’s amazing as much as people here in the island may want Chow gone, every time i hear interviews of recruits (good or bad) they always mention playing for Coach Chow as a reason…hate him all you want but his name carries weight in the football world. anyways here’s the video/taping…there’s a cool snapshot of Keyshawn and him holding UH gear (Keyshawn’s his cousin)

    GO Warriors!!!

  46. Old School Dave July 31, 2014 1:04 pm

    That 79 ASU team also had another freshman linebacker by the name of Vernon Maxwell, who went on to earn All-American honors and play 7-8 years in the NFL. I can remember when ASU used to get the top players from the islands (Junior Ah You, Al Harris, Kani Kauahi, the Apuna brothers, among others), when Frank Kush was the coach.

  47. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 1:13 pm

    46. What else is a recruit supposed to say when getting interviewed? Of course you are going to say you want to play for a coach. Who wouldn’t say that? When we get recruits who are turning down competitive programs to play for Hawaii, then I will believe it. Hawaii didn’t recruit Patterson until signing day pretty much and he didn’t even visit till after that so it isn’t like he had a ton of options and dropped all of his options to sign with Hawaii, a place he had no idea about.

  48. st. anthony trojan July 31, 2014 1:17 pm

    # 23 go bows…thanks for link..good read…

    It is nice to read positive things about the past..n how some (tomey) can adapt so easily to our life style here and culture. While others can stay here for years on end …yet seem so distant…

    Is a very good lesson that he learned from his day…”not what you say…but what you do”…and especially true…cause your children may not listen to you…but surely will follow ur example in life…

    But for some however will not work out…as they cannot adapt and their heart is never here…while some will always have that “true aloha spirit” with them no matter where they go later on in life after football…both coaches and players…

    Reminds me about a example several years ago in Hilo…when a “garment factory” put up a big squabble…to the disruption of that community..n literally pit family against family….

    But 4 me…the “aloha spirit” was never really adopted…for when he “passed” he was buried not next to his very loved and admired wife… but instead chose continental USA…

    Conversely…’The Lone Eagle’… asked to be laid to rest barefoot in his khaki work clothes…in a cemetary in Kipahulu…after donating millions to purchase property there n giving back to the state to be preserved forever for future generations to marvel at….

    So no matter who comes n goes up there on campus…athletic…student…administrator…hopefully many…when time to leave…they take with them that “spirit” with them…we all will be better for it…

    For athletes…Blaine stayed n made a difference in many…many will leave n make a difference where they finally choose…and many will come n stay n make a difference.. n leave memories…

    Wishing first practice be a spirited one…n the beginning of many good memories…


  49. Old School Dave July 31, 2014 1:23 pm

    If memory serves me correctly, I believe that Jesse Sapolu also played some D-Line as a true freshman in 79.

  50. 99club July 31, 2014 1:25 pm


    Loved the “***FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY***” heading. Reminded me of when I used to ask Dad, “Why do they put that on top of the parley slip?” He’d just say “never mind” and then have me read the 8 pt font college scores in the Sunday paper for him. 🙂

    NL probably due to the Washington QB situation, but they’ve known about that for a long time so don’t understand it either.

    tom-warrior nation – Mahalo! $20 40-yard line seats to the Rice game! What a steal. Can’t wait.

  51. A-House July 31, 2014 1:39 pm

    99 club:

    hope to see you dare!!

  52. Former UH Athlete July 31, 2014 1:40 pm

    Shoko, 20 pts seems high since UW has to replace some major pieces to their offense and have to deal with a disciplinary mess at QB and the wrinkles that can happen with a new coaching staff. I would expect UW’s offense to be pretty spotty the first month of the season. If Klune gets the defense sorted out, which I have some confidence he can, then UH should cover pretty easily.

    UH pulling the upset will be tough as the overall talent level gap is still pretty wide. Sarkisian was a good recruiter, but didn’t get the best out of them (sort of like Lane Kiffin).

    My gut feeling is that the game will be closer than expected and probably pretty entertaining. I think a turnover or two going the wrong way will be the difference in a surprisingly competitive game.

    I would pick UH to cover and under the total.

  53. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 1:47 pm

    53. When you account for possible turnovers and time of possession, 20 points isn’t that much. It just takes 1 or 2 Kikaha sack and strips that can lead to easy TDs. And nobody on our OL can handle Kikaha 1 on 1. Woolsey threw the ball to Fresno for a pick 6 and threw 2 picks vs Nevada in only 5 attempts. Hawaii has been pretty notorious for turning it over that lead to scores the past 2 seasons. Although we all are hoping things chance this year..

  54. Down with... July 31, 2014 1:47 pm

    #48: There wasn’t a lot of recruits saying Coach Wagner, Tomey, Von Appen, Mack’s name (JJ OK)…I’m just saying that our head coach has a lot of weight in the football world…when you listen to other coaches, players (past and present), other players/coaches on other teams, they mention Coach Chow because of his presence in the football world. I’m not saying he’s the “this or that, or he can recruit a player to Hawaii who was supposed to go to Alabama, or he’s the best head coach” I was just saying as much as people here hate him because of the obvious (4-20) record so far, his presence does command some respect in the football world and to some respect the recruiting world. Yes we may not get the 5 star top 20 recruit in the nation, but that’s not Chows fault, that’s UH and who we are. But you can bet if we did land that type of player (one day) and they say its a direct result of coach chow then yes it will because of him versus the school. But i do say this, although the record doesn’t show it, the recruiting is a lot better than it was in recent years past…maybe even way back past too…Now if we can only win games…

  55. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 2:01 pm

    44–turf you got that right! Imagine those squads if they had both Moody bros and Apuna bros–Waianae might not have as many prep trophies.

  56. G-money July 31, 2014 2:11 pm

    Jeezy @ 10: athletically, yes, nickel or safety. Natural instinct, didn’t see it in the spring game even though I wanted to. Which is probably why the coaches mixed the idea shortly after spring and initially indicated running back coming into fall.

    I don’t care how he gets the ball, just give it to him, preferably with positive momentum and no screen passes, etc. The immediate swing pass to the slot may work with the outside receiver on the cut back ok. What the boy needs space to display his athleticism & explosiveness.

    Like Al says, kick returning seems obvious, so does kick coverage for that matter.

  57. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 2:17 pm

    55. How do you know what every recruit under Tomey, Von Appen, Wagner, and Mack said? Social Media wasn’t close to as big then. And like I said, until we are bringing in 10+ guys who are choosing Hawaii over competitive programs, then I’ll buy it. But Patterson didn’t have an option on signing day so Hawaii was his only option.

    If we were recruiting so well, we wouldn’t have 4 wins in the past 2 seasons. No excuses either because we recruited JC kids for immediate impacts at critical positions that simply were duds…

  58. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 2:20 pm

    57. Instincts will take time for a kid converting positions. Mana Silva is probably the best example I can think of. Not that Ewaliko will ever be that good. But it takes more than 1 season. Just like it would take time for him to learn the routes on offense as a WR.

  59. kawika49 July 31, 2014 2:27 pm

    I sure wish my $500 hickey to Koa Anue Nue was just that. If we had just 80 more to join we are talking big money.

  60. LKB July 31, 2014 2:30 pm


    Is Wittek eligible to play right away, or must he sit out the 2014 season?

  61. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 2:31 pm

    Samson Anguay probably won’t be in training camp.
    Still rehabbing.

  62. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 2:32 pm

    Woolsey will be fine. He was only a freshman last year.

  63. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 2:47 pm

    3rd year FR. Impossible to predict what kind of growth he will have… If any at all.

    Fajardo, Carr, Keeton, Mariota, Hundley, Winston, Rakeem Cato, Jared Goff, Christian Hackenburg, John O Korn, Nate Sudfeld, and list goes on with FR who had to make plays at QB.

    You can’t just assume a struggling FR is going to be fine because its year 2 (year 4 technically) in the program. Same things were said about Taylor Graham.

  64. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 3:15 pm

    I can assume he’ll be better because I’ve seen him practice every day.

  65. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 3:17 pm

    You’re a good guy, smart even, but you’re too young to be so angry.
    Enjoy life.

  66. blah July 31, 2014 3:19 pm

    like da king of siam would always say, blahjeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezy…..etc….etc….etc….

  67. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 3:22 pm

    ST… Well said. Most of life is just bs, except the parts that are not.

  68. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 3:23 pm

    The point is, this isn’t Mack’s era.
    It doesn’t matter what any reader, reporter or whatever thinks. There’s no suggestion box. People can say they should play so-and-so or run so-and-so, but it’s not going to matter. So, sit back and watch it play out. Or don’t watch it play out. They’re going to do what they want to do, which is their right.

  69. jimmy the lock July 31, 2014 3:27 pm

    Okay, beer time. Have a Westvleteren’s 12.

  70. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 3:27 pm

    Hey, I love the Knicks. I think they know which players they should draft, which free agents they should sign and, of course, why Raymond Felton was a horrible point guard. (All yours, Mark Cuban.)
    But since Phil Jackson doesn’t return my calls — I think the TRO’s still in effect — and I’ve already got high blood pressure, I just go with the flow.

  71. jimmy the lock July 31, 2014 3:34 pm

    Be one with the game, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, ahhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm

  72. al July 31, 2014 3:44 pm

    sea salt on a nutella lined soft serve cone with whipped cream???

    food channel…doing research

  73. al July 31, 2014 3:45 pm

    and what about byron scott stating the lakers will soon return to championships. did he see his current roster remains?

  74. haka July 31, 2014 3:58 pm

    Well, like Lee Corso once said, “Hawaii doesn’t win many games in the United States.”

  75. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 4:16 pm

    75. lol by u?

  76. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 4:23 pm

    66? Angry? Just because I don’t agree with looking at everything glass half full doesn’t make me angry. It’s called being realistic. Practice means absolutely nothing if you can’t translate it on Saturdays under the lights. I’ve watched 2 awful games and no practice, scrimmage, or 7 on 7 drills are going to change my opinion until there is game day success. I still remember Woodard was supposed to be “dominant” because of practice and Daily Lyles had like 5 sacks in a scrimmage. Oh well. I guess I’m angry for identifying obvious weaknesses on a 1 win team.

  77. haka July 31, 2014 4:24 pm

    “We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”
    John McKay

  78. haka July 31, 2014 4:26 pm

    “When I look in the mirror in the morning, I want to take a swing at me.”
    Woody Hayes

  79. haka July 31, 2014 4:35 pm

    “Heck, I ain’t no angry man. I’m a mad man!”

  80. cocobean July 31, 2014 4:41 pm

    #30. I agree about Bubba. For the few times he touched the ball it was pretty easy to see how explosive he was. Don’t know what he showed the coaches in practice but he had an overdrive gear that Gant, Harding and the other returners didn’t have.

  81. pabosanjuset July 31, 2014 4:47 pm

    Mr. Down with…
    is right about Norm Chow. He does have a name in football. No one should argue that. Anyone who does is a fool.

    Just a few days ago, Philip Rivers talks to LaDanian Tomlinson about Norm Chow not changing his throwing motion even though it looked weird.

    Right now, Norm Chow’s name is THE ONLY THING that UH Football has. Along with a pretty good staff.

    Old stadium not even on campus.
    An abundance of bandwagon fans.
    Thus causing an empty stadium. Even Colt Brennan years were not filled to capacity. I have the pictures as proof.
    Gameday lacking college football atmosphere. Band in overalls. Dancers facing the endzone. Where do they go during the games? Both are missing in action during the games. Where’s the cheers led by the band like Georgia has (or any decent college football program)? The dancers should be in the student section leading the cheers. Eff the dancing in the endzone.
    Cheerleaders are A++++, however.
    UH Facilities…oh gawd. Top ten worst in nation? Top twenty?
    UH Administration/Regent/Politician/Donors/”Powers That Be” power struggles who can’t get on the same page to save UH football.

    “bringing in 10+ guys who are choosing Hawaii over competitive programs”

    Exactly how is this supposed to happen? Besides the list above, Hawaii is in the MWC. Even the MWC treats Hawaii like a nuisance, making UH pay for travel and no other sports allowed.
    Chris Peterson made $2 Mil/ year at Boise St. and bolted to go to Pac-12.
    Can’t compete with the BCS schools.

    But to answer the question, here’s more than 20 student athletes that chose UH over other competitive schools. Plus many others committed and chose UH over other “competitive” schools, but didn’t make admissions or are on church missions.

    Benny Fonua (Utah St)

    Steven Lakalaka (UCLA)

    Mike Milovale (Nevada)

    Harold Moleni (Utah St)

    Kiha Sai (Utah)

    Penitito Faalologo (Arizona, Colorado, SMU)

    Dejon Allen (All over Pac-12, Boise St, SMU)

    Ammon Barker (Arizona, ASU, Utah, UCLA, SDSU)

    Trayvon Henderson (Nevada)

    Marcus Kemp (Utah St)

    Tevita Lataimua (BYU)

    Diocemy Saint Juste (Nevada, Rutgers, TCU)

    Kennedy Tulimasealii (too many to list)

    Elijah Tupai (BYU, Utah, Utah St, SDSU)

    Jeremy Castro (UCLA transfer, still, he chose UH over others)

    Jerrell Jackson (SDSU)

    Darrian Josey (Marshall, Syracuse)

    Daniel Lewis (La Tech, Tulane, Memphis)

    Don’Yeh Patterson (PAC-12 offers)

    Simon Poti (Fresno St, Utah St)

    Beau Reilly (Colo St)

    Devan Stubblefield (Nevada)

    Quinton Pedroza (Utah transfer)

    People take shots at Norm Chow when it’s the exact opposite. With little incentives to recruit players, student athletes are choosing Hawaii BECAUSE of the coaches. It certainly ain’t the facilities or the bandwagon and critical never-happy-but-not-wanting-to-contribute-anything-either fans.

    Fools who criticize Norm Chow and Ben Jay are clueless about what it takes to make a FBS program competitive when you are NOT part of the BCS money machine. Add to that the Local Hawaii politics and that makes it near impossible. Just ask Apple.

    Norm Chow can retire. He doesn’t have to coach anymore. He only does because he probably wants to prove he can be a head coach. IMHO, he proved it already. Also, he probably wants to give back to Hawaii. BYU snubbed him, but we gave him a chance and he wants to pay it forward. He certainly doesn’t go through all this crap for one of the lowest salaries in FBS.

    After UH, Ben Jay will go somewhere else and be happier. Probably make more money with less stress and frustrations. We’re lucky we have a guy that cares enough to attend UH sporting events and break up fights in the stands started by idiots.

    These guys aren’t perfect, but no one is. Look in the mirror. Do you see perfection? Main thing is they are trying their best even with all the hurdles to overcome.

    After Norm Chow and Ben Jay are gone, we will still have a crappy stadium, bandwagon fans, financial problems, power struggles, and lots of blame to go around. The next head coach and AD will face as much or more struggles and will probably fail if everyone doesn’t start supporting the program in any way they can. Criticism doesn’t move the program forward. Ask yourself instead. What can I do that’s positive? Haters do no good, but well, they won’t change, will they? Their attitude plain sucks.

    Fans better wise up and wake up. Norm Chow’s name is about all we have right now. If you’re not paddling with the group, you’re paddling against the group and you may as well jump out of the boat because you’re dead weight.

    Choose a side. You’re either with UH football, or you’re against UH football. There is no in between. If you’re with UH football, better start asking what you can do that’s positive or UH football may be dead in few years.

    Sorry, gotta run. Post may not be fluid in thought. Didn’t have time to proof read.

  82. haka July 31, 2014 4:56 pm

    I’m all in WITH!
    My glass is FULL!
    Go Warriors!

  83. cocobean July 31, 2014 4:58 pm

    I can only hope that Woolsey can pull a Rolo or a Schroeder. Qbs that didn’t impress at their first go around but turned it on their second.

  84. oldtimer808 July 31, 2014 5:08 pm

    #78 You have an I, me mentality. I would say most individuals with this condition tend to be on the defensive side and angry. Individuals go thru life with I’m right and everyone is wrong. The University of Hawaii Football is played by young men, you know, student/athletes that are trying their best to help the program. The players with the right giving attitude will prevail whether on the football field or in life. None of us play the game, we are just observers now and supporters whether the team wins or loses. This is what life is all about learning from adversity to be a better person with a humble spirit. To sit back and say prove it to me that you’re better now is to narrow your field of vision and understanding. It doesn’t matter what you think or any body else for that matter because it is all about these young men becoming better people and that is what matters the most.

  85. oldtimer808 July 31, 2014 5:14 pm

    Good job #83

  86. Buffoman July 31, 2014 5:16 pm

    #83 spot on! You’re right about the crappy situation on the “hill” that bleeds down to all, not just the athletic dept (re: Facility maintenance, etc.). You’re right about the flicked “fan” base, even when we’re winning, they’ll find something wrong, and on and on.

    I am just happy that we have a team. yes, I’d like more wins, but it is what it is and there’s just no money to change that. What the team needs is what you’re offering. true support.

  87. oldtimer808 July 31, 2014 5:17 pm

    I believe Coach Chow hurts more for his players than for himself when the team does not do well. I can see what he is trying to establish for these student/athletes. This is not about himself and I can respect that.

  88. RainbowCliff July 31, 2014 5:20 pm

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, 1979 as I can recall vividly that era of Rainbow Warrior invincibility. Blaine Gaison was the real deal with so many talented teammates from Dwayne Jett, Semeri Ulufale, Dana McClemore, Tom Tueni, Mike Stennis, Gary Allen, Pat Schmidt, David Toluumu, George Bell, Verlon Redd and of course Jessie Sapolu who went on representing Hawaii with Super Bowl champion as a San Francisco 49er legend. Before all of us during that era the names Russ Francis and Mosi Taputu was playing BIG in New England as we watched with admiration as John Kamana and Leroy Lutu were getting ready for their time to take the national scene and make the 808 PROUD of their athletic talents coming from Punahou and University High school respectively.

    Wishing much success to this Warrior football season as I was cheering for my guys in 1979. Once a bow, always a bow !

    Imua Warriors, Imua Hawaii !

  89. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 5:30 pm

    82-Coco, I’m in total agreement. Of the 2 games I saw in person, he clearly had the quickest 2-3 steps on the team.

  90. C-Pop July 31, 2014 5:33 pm

    83: Pabosanjuset – Name Head Coach not needed to be a successful Head Coach example… Bob Wagner, Dick Tomey were really no names when they took over UH & were successful.

  91. kapakahi July 31, 2014 5:39 pm


    What’s the latest with DE/OLB Josh Shirley?

  92. Shoko July 31, 2014 5:53 pm

    Yikes! Blog is a little tense today.

  93. RainbowCliff July 31, 2014 6:00 pm

    ALWAYS will cheer for the Rainbow Warriors !

    In my blood for life as when I played the cheers were loud and clear which lives within me today.

    This coming Sunday will be having a send off picnic of 100 excepted students and walk on athletes from area high schools and junior colleges in Southern California getting ready to attend the University Of Hawaii at Manoa. BIG lua luncheon for them with good local Hawaiian food as I am bringing the teriyake short ribs, macaroni salad and the guava juice to wash it all down. Myself and my fellow Los Angeles Hawaii alumnus will be telling stories of our time attending UH with the emphasis on “graduating with a UH degree” while enjoying the culture of the Aloha Spirit !

    All happening at De Portola Park, Torrance California as this time no Apple turnover but a hundred strong ready and anxious to feel that polynesian hospitality. Take care of them good folks of Tsaiko Nation as I and my fellow alumnus here in LA keep flying them out to the 808!

    Simply The Best, Better Then All The Rest !

  94. Boolakanaka July 31, 2014 6:02 pm

    As Magoos once pronounced with sage wisdom–no Huhu, call magoos. Everyone deep breaths, but more importantly, drink til happy.

  95. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 6:03 pm

    86. I let the record and attendance sold speak for itself. College Football is a business after all. So when I talk about how I think this years defense is better than 2010, that makes me happy?? I think people just choose to read what they want to read….. Selective reading/hearing. But when I point out the facts of 4 wins in in 2 seasons, which included awful coaching and QB play, and declining attendance, I’m a hater and angry… Nice!

    I hype up just as many players as I label question marks. But you guys only want to read the question marks. I didn’t even say anyone sucked. I just said we have someone completely unproven at QB who played beyond awful so I will wait till season before I say we are fine or good at QB.

  96. blah July 31, 2014 6:25 pm

    once again its all about you. you’re realistic and everyone else is wrong. auwe. its not about hating. you selectively justify your stance good or bad and always miss the point if challenged. yours is always fact and everyone else is always uninformed opinion to you. you don’t see the glass, you see you. that’s the point.

  97. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 6:29 pm

    And you make up a user name to argue without ever posting about anything… you clearly win.

  98. blah July 31, 2014 6:33 pm

    again you twist the point to suit yourself and miss the point.

  99. Gmoney July 31, 2014 6:35 pm

    83 – Awesome, simply awesome

  100. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 6:35 pm

    twist? Haven’t seen you post anything but make up a name to instigate trouble… don’t back pedal now

  101. blah July 31, 2014 6:38 pm

    instigate trouble? well I don’t think you need me for that. let me pedal away and leave you to play with yourself. bye.

  102. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 6:40 pm

    103. Haha thats what I thought.. Sign in with your real name and post something relevant for once.

  103. Gmoney July 31, 2014 6:43 pm

    99 – will *probably* never get it, because he/she doesn’t see a problem. I’m with ST, enjoy life.

  104. whitey July 31, 2014 6:44 pm

    another big island hs athlete will be playing for the warriors, but it will be in vb. shaka!!!!

  105. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 6:48 pm

    105. Yeah because you know me and whether or not I enjoy my life. And the only problem is the one you guys are making one out to be. I don’t have to agree with what everyone thinks. Doesn’t make me enjoy life any less than you do.

  106. Pomai July 31, 2014 6:49 pm

    OK folks a little self promotion here – we don’t have ticket sales, we don’t have preferred parking, preferred seating. We are a non-revenue sport, all we have are some loyal fans who dig into their pockets to find an extra buck or two to help us out. Well I am here with hat in hand asking for your help one more time. We are trying to raise funds to purchase equipment to print our own t-shirt right there at the games. We will have at least five different designs at each series, we will also feature some throwback designs, the sky is the limit. So if you can help us out please go to this link and donate a few bucks, 10, 25, 100 or even for you rich guys a 1000. So just thanking you in advance.

  107. nutmegger July 31, 2014 6:58 pm

    Nothing stays the same. No one knows what tomorrow will bring.

    I know for sure is the first game is 30 days away. Go Bows!

  108. nutmegger July 31, 2014 7:00 pm

    That should be – The only thing I know for sure is the first game is 20 days away.

  109. nutmegger July 31, 2014 7:01 pm

    oops 30 days away. I guess I don’t know much of anything…

  110. gobows33-dabowman-jeezy33 July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

    I dont know who I’m any more ….

  111. gobows33-dabowman-jeezy33 July 31, 2014 7:11 pm

    Sorry I’m a Broken record, the same points over and over and over ….. I no moa friends so I stay hea

  112. jeezy33 July 31, 2014 7:19 pm

    LOL.. so Blah AKA Stalker makes a new screen name…. talk about someone who has nothing better to do

  113. gobows33-dabowman-jeezy33 July 31, 2014 7:30 pm

    lol, angry man you keep on stalking the blog that is what makes it so much fun …. i’m still confused with all my different names

  114. whitey July 31, 2014 7:42 pm

    bhf2, hope you are feeling bettah. saw one of your friends and he said you need to get out into the sun. hahahahaha my best and hope to see you on the blog again.

  115. Ipu Man July 31, 2014 7:45 pm

    Thank you Rainbow Cliff and Pomai.

  116. warrior5 July 31, 2014 7:50 pm

    You mean you can’t count to.3?

  117. Inyoface July 31, 2014 7:58 pm

    Jeezy33 is always mad.

  118. oneseason July 31, 2014 7:59 pm

    For 2014, I want to see the UH coaching staff avoid bonehead play calls as much as possible. But more importantly, if they are made, don’t blame the fan booing on the student’s gameplay.

  119. whitey July 31, 2014 8:10 pm

    welcome to the rainbow warrior mvb Mamane Namahoe

  120. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 8:22 pm

    Camp opens in two days. All the questions will be answered in the coming weeks.

  121. RainbowCliff July 31, 2014 8:40 pm

    #117 Ipu Man: My pleasure and complete honor. Take care of my new wahines and kanes coming to the gathering place. Very young and eyes wide open. Will be supporting the Warriors coming this September as my presentation / speech is all about supporting UH athletics !

    One hundred strong from Southern Cal invading Aloha Stadium. Paying BIG kala out of Mother and Father pockets attending UH. My recruiting was so ON parents wanting to enroll and leave their future students at home minding the dog and cats as they smell and look for that ginger.

    802 interest cards signed on my behalf to this date. Goal is for 1,000 as this fall before 2015 will achieve that astronomical number. No need to be arguing or complaining but taking ACTION supporting UH and bringing in money to the University.

    Mahalo Tsaiko Nation for all of your support. Donated banners has been WONDERFUL to the cause. Couldn’t of done it with out your help as I continue to strive as the “Ambassador Of Aloha” !

    Good night and pleasant dreams !

  122. kev-1 July 31, 2014 8:43 pm

    Dang. People need to back off Jeezy33. If you pay attention to his posts, he is pretty insightful and knowledgeable. Even ST will attest to that. We can have different opinions without getting pissed at each other.

  123. whitey July 31, 2014 8:58 pm

    rainbowcliff, much thanks for getting our younger generation interested in UH and giving them excellent guidance. Mahalo.

  124. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 9:11 pm

    On another note, the blog is going to be changing addresses. I don’t have the site yet but they tell me it launches Monday. When I find out, you’ll find out.

  125. BigFan July 31, 2014 9:55 pm

    ST is right when he says we need to relax and enjoy life. Comments can be interesting and insightful but sometimes it needs to be said in a less confrontational manner especially on this blog. Confrontation is better suited for the Scout board.

  126. al July 31, 2014 10:06 pm

    joey knows best…last night he mentioned several times keith kirkwood. lo and behold he’s on the roster along with ammon barker.

  127. BigFan July 31, 2014 10:09 pm

    I hope he’s right as I’ve seen many posting that he’s gone.

  128. al July 31, 2014 10:23 pm

    well, if he’s on the new official roster wearing the same team shirt, then, that’s good enough for me. besides st never said he was gone.

  129. hatakeman July 31, 2014 10:30 pm

    Jeezy33’s views are just that – his views. It’s just that he tries to sell it as “the truth.” Sorry, it’s just one person’s point of view. And regarding Ikaika Woolsey, I think he is a good QB. He brings the run option to add to his passing skills. I’ve watched Ikaika at practice and scrimmage. He has improved a lot since joining the program in 2012.

  130. G-money July 31, 2014 10:37 pm

    Kirkwood has been selling his moped, tv, play station, and mini fridge. Either he got majorly upgraded or I’d say he’s outta hea!

    Still, weird how/why he didn’t leave sooner..

    No get me wrong, would love to see him stay but the signs he’s gone are there

  131. Gmoney July 31, 2014 10:51 pm

    Jeezy, aka me vs the world (self made man). He say he no see a problem yet he go say the only people that see it as a problem are other people…..

    Isn’t that EXACTLY what I said?

    Whew! Need I draw a map?

    I digress. Brudda, do what you like, whatever makes you enjoy life. If that means being an obnoxious poster then so be it. But that doesn’t make you out to be a saint and seriously, people have a right to voice their opinion of the way you come across the same as you to come out swinging. No need fight every battle unless you just can’t help yourself. Haters gon hate, no need perpetrate

  132. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2014 11:16 pm

    I think it’s unnecessary to bash a college kid.
    It’s also ridiculous to pore the transaction wires, then assume every available player would be interested in Hawaii. Hawaii is far from the West Coast, way farther from other mainland points. Recruiting is about relationships.
    When I was on the intern committee at the paper, we had applicants from Harvard, Yale, Missouri, Northwestern, etc.
    Well, we paid $9 an hour, and didn’t provide housing, transportation or meals. There were no guarantees of future employment.
    Suddenly, Harvard, Yale, MIssouri and Northwestern weren’t so interested.

  133. ALLAN July 31, 2014 11:22 pm


  134. st. anthony trojan August 1, 2014 12:13 am

    yea # 34…me agree ur first line…

    But for me… if you are getting paid big bucks to be…coach…AD..admin…or ne work with state funds (taxpayer money)…THEN HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO ACCEPT “flack”…

    Can’t take the heat…move on 2 another ‘kitchen’…maybe stay air con…

  135. st. anthony trojan August 1, 2014 12:32 am

    # 83 pabosanjuset: ….

    but you have to take into account also…that he got “knocked-out” first fight…
    0-1 not a good record to start … he he he

    Me agree however all what you say..except 4 Mr. BJ….he came here spouting off…about getting us ready for the realignment with the big 5….n to me ne way…he is failing miserably in the fund-raising dept…he is good though at cutting funds… n seems to always ‘away’ when there are problems brewing…or maybe me is wrong…n stand corrected..if sumone corrects me…

  136. JustAsking August 1, 2014 1:15 am

    #134- many people use Hawaii’s high cost of living, lower pay scale for professionals, distance from the mainland, etc. as an excuse in recruiting college graduates to Hawaii. A friend from Houston had an interesting take: he observed that the law firms in Hawaii were stocked with young lawyers with better “pedigrees” than comparably sized firms in Houston. He said he would get much better work product if he opened an office in Honolulu to work on his Texas cases! My point? There are opportunities everywhere. Pro Bowl players rave about coming to Hawaii. These are multi-millionaires, some who have never been to paradise before the game. The chance for some high school kid in Fresno to go play football in Hawaii has at least some unique appeal. If the program is solid, we can and should compete with comparable programs. Not the PAC 12, but the rest of the MWC. We have done it before, and can do it again…..

  137. st. anthony trojan August 1, 2014 2:06 am

    If one did not know.. n looked at Stanford..93′ n 94′ season… 7 wins…14 losses…one could say the coach was not to good…yet was Bill Walsh there at the helm…many things go into in producing season…n so very much can go wrong college kids…have to take them as they come.. n keep trying
    the best they can be…hmmmm seems i heard that phrase before…dang getting old here…thought that was 4 a primo beer…he he he

  138. maddog50 August 1, 2014 2:51 am

    Evrything will come to light in the next few weeks…..and then be in the light at the end of the month. I am very optimistic for a much improved team an will remain so even if there is a “bumpy” start……I belive the roster overall deeper and better…..the coaching staff is upgraded…..the defensive scheme allows them to create chaos…..the offense will look different no matter who the QB is. Some of these teams on the schedule will regress and some will improve…..very reasonable to believe that this will be a six win season and maybe more. Take exception with that but in the coming weeks it will be there for all to see. Go Warriors!!!!

  139. maddog50 August 1, 2014 2:52 am

    Never thought my visits to blog are counted or tracked….my guess I check it about 10 times a day……always thirsting for some good news!!!!!

  140. RainbowCliff August 1, 2014 5:00 am

    Good Morning good folks of Tsaiko Nation !

    Bright and early this beautiful LA sun rise running my day camp program at my favorite place The Al Wooten Center. 55 children per day enjoying robotics, world languages, book club, computer lab, field trips and mobile application lab. I am outside on my play ground instructing physical conditioning as got some top notch 8 thru 12 year old boys and girls who can fly with quick reflexes and outstanding lateral movement. My twin sisters Samara and Samantha Guillory future Olympic sprinters for the USA as they are both that good. Remember their names as I played a part in their development for the past 4 summers. Beautiful and intelligent !

    Have a GREAT day good folks and thank you Whitey#125 for your kind remarks as I do it for the ohana.

    Allan#135: No worries as Hawaii alumnus Auntie Jane from Anaheim will be bringing the laulau, poi and pineapple up side down cake. Big spread bruddah for our future bows. Giving them a taste of what good local food is all about.

    Imua Warriors !

  141. letsgowarriors August 1, 2014 5:07 am

    my fault, Tyrell is not going to Texas Tech. even worse, hes going to Fresno State!!!! UGH

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