Put away the silverware.
Ditch the long speeches.
At the suggestion of head coach Norm Chow, plans are in the works to replace the pricey end-of-year banquet with a luau.
For all but one year the past three decades, the Warriors’ annual banquet was held in a Waikiki hotel. Chow’s suggestion is to have a luau on the grass practice field. There will be food tents, live entertainment and, because of an affordable admission fee that would cover only the food and entertainment, more friends, family and fans.
If the fee were, say, $25 each, Chow said, “a family of four can come for $100. If you have a banquet, it will cost $400. I don’t know if people are wealthy around here, but that’s a lot of money.”
Chow said he prefers the simplicity of an informal luau.
Besides, he said, with a luau, “you don’t have to figure out which is your bread plate and which is your water glass.”
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In 1995, head coach Bob Wagner was fired with a game remaining. He was allowed to coach in the season finale. The annual banquet wasn’t so fortunate. It was canceled.
But then running back Tupu Alualu decided to take control. He organized a team party at the Saint Louis School Clubhouse. There was plenty of food, live entertainment and, because of the affordable price, a packed clubhouse.
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Not sure how long it takes to dot an “i”or cross a “t,” but UH is entering the fourth week of the fall semester, and it should be any moment when Sean Carney will be announced as the new assistant coach for the volleyball Warriors. After all, there is no “i” or “t” in “Sean Carney.”
He’ll replace Vernon Podlewski, who resigned in June.