Rolo, Warriors make house calls

Nick Rolovich, quarterback Dru Brown, tight end Dakota Torres and the UH cheerleaders made three surprise visits to season-ticket subscribers yesterday.

The mini mahalo tour was associate athletic director Joel Masunaga’s brainchild, and it was a way for the Warriors to show support and interact with their fans. Rolovich presented the honorees with a football, T-shirt and replica season tickets. The cheerleaders performed to UH fight song and Hawaii Five-0.

First stop, Kahalu‘u: Paul Nelson, who has attended each year for more than a decade:

Dakota Torres and Dru Brown
Dakota Torres and Dru Brown


Nick Rolovich, Paul Nelson and his mother Gwen Nelson
Nick Rolovich, Paul Nelson and his mother Gwen Nelson



Second stop, Salt Lake: Russell Nakamura, who has attended UH games since 1980 (or a year after Rolovich was born):

Russell Nakamura, Melody Nakamura and Rolo
Russell Nakamura, Melody Nakamura and Rolo


Final stop, Palolo: Our man Al Kimura, who has followed UH sports since he was 8 (he’s 67 now). He used to live 100 yards away from the old Honolulu Stadium and, because the statute of limitations has expired, can admit to climbing the wall to see prep, college and Islander games, as well as drag racing:

Al Kimura and Dakota Torres
Al Kimura and Dakota Torres
Al Kimura, Dakota Torres, Dru Brown and Rolo
Al Kimura, Dakota Torres, Dru Brown and Rolo



  1. Bryson April 23, 2017 8:10 am

    Love the pride Coach Rolo takes in being apart of the Hawai’i community,I’ll have to ask my sister what it was like hanging out with Coach Roll all day…

  2. 3-Prong April 23, 2017 8:18 am

    Paul and Gwen Nelson are big time fans! We traveled with them to the Ohio State game….

  3. boya_jr April 23, 2017 8:41 am

    Things like this win back/keep loyal fans along with winning. Every good business has a strong, passionate base.

  4. jm2375 April 23, 2017 9:04 am

    Lucky Al-san!

    Nice way to think out of the box and thank the fans.


  5. tom-warriornation April 23, 2017 9:17 am

    Great job Coach Rolo, Dru & Dakota; I know these people were so happy especially our fellow Tsaiko Al.

  6. tom-warriornation April 23, 2017 9:19 am

    Who wants to join our Hawaii fan group at UH Football road games this year; at UCLA on Sept 9, Reno on Oct 7, & Las Vegas on Nov 4.

    So far; got about 100 each going to UCLA and UNLV (at 50 yard line 10-20 rows behind our Warrior bench).

  7. Duster April 23, 2017 9:48 am

    It was a very nice thing to do. Although people quibble about true fans versus bandwagon fans, there is absolutely no doubt that those are true fans.

  8. PONO April 23, 2017 10:04 am

    Awesome idea

  9. Slugger April 23, 2017 10:35 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Cool! Wonderful idea to get out there and meet the fans. Hi, Al!!!

    One other person who derserves to be recognized is Aunty Wendy Nakanishi. She & her family have had season tickets for decades. She is also the Aunty who has been making the lei for the coaches, also for decades. I used to dance hula with her when I was in HNL. During one Homecoming game, when we HAD to dance at our halau’s annual show at the Hawaii Theatre, we were in the green room between songs checking our cell phones to get the score.

    I’ll have to do the same thing for this year’s UNLV game since I’m dancing at our Ho’ike here in AZ on Nov. 4th. 🙁

    Let’s GO BOWS!

  10. wafan April 23, 2017 10:53 am

    ‘Attaway, ‘Bows!

    Thank you for your humbleness and remembering the fans.

    Hi, al!

  11. clyde April 23, 2017 11:35 am

    Awesome gesture on UH’s behalf. Props to Joel, Rolo, Dru, Dakota and the cheerleaders. And, of course, can’t forget Stephen, who gave up his Saturday morning to document this before sitting through 6-plus dreary hours of baseball!

  12. ai-eee-soos April 23, 2017 11:48 am

    #23 from previous blog.

    Looks like your questioned has been answered !!!

    #23. DaMenehune April 23, 2017 at 2:00 am
    ai- eee- sos Is Al Kimura a Tsaiko? Al?

  13. SteveM April 23, 2017 12:20 pm

    Subject: Original Tsai-ko al

    A momentous day! It took almost 11 years but Al has been showcased on the blog. Sheesh, it only took 5 years for the secretive super blogger homey to be outed. More importantly, ST now knows where the good fuud is to be found in Palolo… and holds the key to the last “impossible” Tsai-ko question of 2007:

    1. Will the Battlestar Galactica ever find Earth? — done
    2. Will SteveM ever meet Brew808? — done
    3. Will The Punchbowl Kid ever find Al’s kitchen? — ???

    GO DPK!

  14. Akamai Okole April 23, 2017 12:36 pm

    Great Afternoon All!


    Sensing a CC soon.

    Das it.

  15. ai-eee-soos April 23, 2017 12:45 pm

    Cindy Luis: Hawaii vs Penn St, may 2. Ohio St in same bracket.

    GO WARBOWS !!!


  16. Kazu April 23, 2017 3:41 pm

    I must say Rolo have some class. Showing his appreciation by making house calls with players and cheer leaders. Nice of them to take some time away to do this.
    Mr.Kimura and Mr.Nakamra have some nice dogs,also Mr. Nakamura must wear slippers every day. Real loyal fans.

  17. cappie the dog April 23, 2017 7:05 pm

    Love the symmetry of two dogs at each household.

    In both instances, they seem to like each other.

    I have a Black German Shepherd and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that always need to be separated. It’s the Ruby Spaniel who is the anti-social one. A Black German Shepherd, mind you, is over a hundred pounds and is almost as tall as me when he’s standing on his hind legs. The Ruby intimidates him. I got him from the late Pet Central. Definitely, he came from a puppy mill. Cavaliers aren’t supposed to be this aggressive.

  18. hilosuapman April 23, 2017 9:04 pm

    When people say why should we support UH football…..

    Here is your answer!

    Way to go Coach, Warriors and Cheerleaders!

  19. al April 24, 2017 1:11 am

    Coach Rolo, Dru, Dakota, Joel, Derek and staff, cheerleaders and coach, Stephen, Dara, Garett, and my ohana…

    I can’t thank you all enough for the greatest surprise ever. Imagine having lunch with a few friends and family on a quiet Saturday afternoon only to be shocked to hear the UH fight song and the rah, rah of the cheer squad outside on your street lead by Rolo and the QB and tight end !!!

    Out of the some twenty folks that crammed into my living room to partake of lunch from the Aina Haina Chinese restaurant, I was the only one not in on this surprise. Mahalo to Garett a.k.a. Stretch for so generously “over ordering the food.”

    Thank you all!
    al…a Tsaiko

  20. al April 24, 2017 1:14 am

    cappie the dog,

    I offered my 7 1/2 month old yellow lab to Rolo.
    Awaiting spousal approval.

  21. al April 24, 2017 1:20 am

    So who noticed our QB sporting a new number?

    Dru Brown said he always wore #2 and switched because it was available this year.
    By the way the QB has some guns!!

    Dakota was also larger up front and personal.

    Both players represent the team and Hawaii so well. Polite, well mannered, personable, humble, and the like.

  22. al April 24, 2017 1:23 am

    Rolo is the man for our state’s university.
    Thank you coach!

    Tsai was gracious and funny as usual.
    What a day!

    …nuff said!

  23. tom-warriornation April 24, 2017 2:20 am

    Congrats my friend Al; you certainly deserved being surprised by Rolo and gang!

    Come join our Hawaii fan group at UH Football road games this year; at UCLA on Sept 9, Reno on Oct 7, & Las Vegas on Nov 4.

    So far; got about 100 each going to UCLA and UNLV (at 50 yard line 10-20 rows behind our Warrior bench) including the family of Dakota Torres.

    Email me: or text 415-324-0585

  24. al April 24, 2017 3:41 am

    Thanks man.
    Not sure which road trip to take?
    Las Vegas is fun. Got comps to use, etc.
    Reno, I’ve never been. Might be a good experience to include Tahoe.
    Westwood is always a great trip,..
    But, I was thinking U Mass and an NFL event.

    I’ll let you know.

  25. Stephen Tsai April 24, 2017 8:09 am

    New post:

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