9 Warriors on WAC's All-Decade team

Seven Warriors, led by Colt Brennan, were named to the WAC’s All-Decade team, as voted by fans:


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In a text message to the Warrior Beat, former UH linebacker Blaze Soares wrote that he has been invited to play in Texas vs. The Nation all-star game Feb. 6 in the Sun  Bowl in El Paso.

By the way, he will be playing for The Nation.

Soares has been training fulltime at the Triple Threat Performance facility in Tempe, Ariz. He entered the program weighing 244 pounds. He now weighs 237.

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And they’re off …

The volleyball team is departing today on a four-match road trip against Stanford and Pacific. They took a trolley, by golly, to the airport:





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And, yes, Kazz’s reports about UCLA middle blocker Amanda Gil are very accurate.

Because she has secured a release from UCLA, it appears she can play for a non-Pac-10 school in 2010 without having to sit out a season. At least that’s the interpretation from a person familiar with the situation.

Baseball used to have that rule. Now baseball players who transfer — like football and basketball players — must sit out a season before being eligible to play. And, for players transferring between WAC schools, the sit-out period is two seasons.

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Here’s the winningest active volleyball head coach:


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Happy birthday to Pops (Kekoa’s dad).


  1. jm2375 January 13, 2010 8:27 am


    Happy Birthday Pops!

    good morning all!

  2. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 8:28 am

    Great news for Soares.. go git em!

  3. bstunna2002 January 13, 2010 8:28 am


  4. bstunna2002 January 13, 2010 8:29 am

    darn slow wpm i guess thrid but congrats Blaze wish we could have watched you tear up offenses for another year.

  5. Pomai January 13, 2010 8:29 am

    From the last post:

    #223 iwonderwhytheyhateme

    I hear ya but the thing is I don’t think I’d want all the baggage that goes with them.

  6. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 8:29 am

    From my understanding, no Warrior has been invited to an NFL combine this year… not even Estes. More exposure is better. Hopefully UH’s Pro Day will open some eyes.

  7. (Jesse) James January 13, 2010 8:29 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…wow, top ten…this hasn’t happened for a while….

    Congrats to Blaze for being invited to the game…is this something new??

  8. (Jesse) James January 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Oh..and Happy Birthday Pops!!!

  9. Pomai January 13, 2010 8:31 am

    Eh Pop’s happy birthday!!!!!!!!

  10. Pomai January 13, 2010 8:32 am

    Howzit (J)J, hows mom doing, prayers still goin out.

  11. ai-eee-soos January 13, 2010 8:34 am

    Congrats to BLAZE.

  12. koakane iphone January 13, 2010 8:40 am

    aloja tsaiko country wonderful day it’s becomming

    hippo birdie two ewe pop.

    congrats to Blaze represent 808 well now

    have a goo day

  13. Slugger January 13, 2010 8:42 am


    Aloha Kakahiaka, gangeez!

    Go Blaze, Go! Congrats on playing in the Texas vs. The Nation game. I’m assuming you’re playing for The Nation…

  14. (Jesse) James January 13, 2010 8:44 am

    Pomai…prayers working…mom was able to stand yesterday, with some assistance, for the first time in over a month…slowly but surely…and baby steps….
    Thanks again to all the Tsaikos for their thoughts and prayers.

  15. A-House January 13, 2010 8:46 am

    Happy Birfday to Pops!

    Way to go, Blaze!!

  16. al January 13, 2010 8:50 am

    nice pick up for blaze.

  17. BG January 13, 2010 8:51 am

    Thanks for the news on your mom. It truly changes your life when the person who has cared for you all your life needs care from you. Continued successes for your mom.

    You one great guy whose life would make one interesting book!

  18. RedZone January 13, 2010 8:55 am

    Crush em Blaze.

    If I was DeWayne Walker I would leave New Mexico. The got El Chupacabras running around there.


  19. al January 13, 2010 8:57 am

    we have room for amanda gil.
    it could happen.
    afterall how often does a 6’6″ mb come around.
    and besides we need to replace that other san jose, ca middle who just completed her vb career.

  20. al January 13, 2010 8:57 am

    happy birthday pops!

  21. al January 13, 2010 9:01 am

    nfl combine…

    the first list includes three guys with local ties;

    shaun lauvao
    tyson alualu
    daniel te’o-nesheim

    hopefully, estes is selected in a week.

    interestingly, fresno st has five players on the first list and boise st has one.

  22. al January 13, 2010 9:04 am

    what a difference a day makes…………

    tennessee has seen three four star dlineman and a four star linebacker as well decommit after hearing that lane kiffin would also depart the volunteers.

  23. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 9:06 am

    Yes, Gil would make a difference.
    To put things into perspective, the UH football team only has two players 6-6 or taller (Adrian Thomas, Kainoa LaCount).

  24. al January 13, 2010 9:11 am


    wouldn’t it be nice if in a last minute turn around we land some of the top local recruits?

    jeremy ioane punahou safety, he the next troy polamalu in my opinion.

    lawerence lafafuaina, aiea dtackle, he’ll make us forget sopoanga.

    hauoli jamora, kahuku d/end, who at this point looks better than laboy or veikune.

    kona schenke, kahuku d/end, who could end up as dtackle or as i would, make him an otackle and one of the best we turn out.

    these four should be our prime focus, i think. i believe miano alluded to some of these fine young men. oh, and don’t get me wrong but schwenke might be reconsidering his byu commit.

    it is important that we continue the kahuku connection. i suppose that would be one of inoke’s first responsibilities.

  25. BG January 13, 2010 9:14 am


    Thanks for info on Gil. Something interesting during the off season.

    People have mentioned Stanford, but it’s going to be risky for Amanda to transfer there. My understanding is that she has to transfer first and then apply for a waiver to play right away since Pac 10 regulations require a 1 yr sit for intra conference tranferees. 8 of 10 schools will have to approve the waiver. What a precedence that will be if approved! If waiver fails, she’s stuck.

    If she does like Hawaii, then it will be an interesting situation for Dave. He already has a similar type player in Lex. It’s not a given that someone like Gil would automatically make Hawaii better. Interesting, tho’

  26. al January 13, 2010 9:14 am

    further perspective….amanda gil would tower over 14 of the men’s volleyball team’s members.

  27. al January 13, 2010 9:16 am

    bg….i think that amanda gil’s talent would boost her into the starting lineup. no doubt in my mind.

    she is a playa.

  28. bstunna2002 January 13, 2010 9:18 am

    HHHHMMMMM…..I wonder if any of those Tennesse decommits would like to attend a University in the Pacific?

  29. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 9:19 am

    Red Zone:
    I know chickens are the primary target.
    Do you think they go after Mules?

  30. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 9:51 am

    Brashton Satele said his appeal was filed Monday. So we should know in a couple of weeks whether he gets to come back for another year.

  31. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 9:52 am

    And, yes, his sister tranferred from Saint Mary’s and will play for the Rainbow Wahine in the fall.

  32. BG January 13, 2010 10:00 am

    Howzit al…

    No doubt Gil is talented…and tall. I remember her from the UCLA/Hawaii game this past season. Very good, but the Wahine won because they were so quick despite having such short players (by comparison). I mentioned Lex because Gil is a similar physical type. Lex saw little action this year because Brittany was quicker than her and could do the same things.

    I know people on the blog have said obtaining the best players and cutting current players who are not as good is the way to go. I disagree to a point. These are student athletes we’re talking about. They are not being paid big salaries (perhaps with the exception of football players with the initials of “Bush”). Imagine a senior scholarship player from a poor family who suddenly has the scholarship pulled. Say the athlete is from the midwest or east coast and has no family here. Hawaii is an expensive place to live. What are the chances that kid can to transfer to a D2 school at the last moment, get all credits to transfer, get financial aid, play and graduate? If the team is indeed an ohana, how are the other members going to feel when they see someone treated like that and realize it could be them?

    I can see taking an athlete off scholarship for not fulfilling team and academic obligations, but not when the scholarship is needed to pick up another player. Only my opinion, of course.

  33. A-House January 13, 2010 10:07 am

    Interesting how things are unfolding with the coaching changes and hope UH can secure Amanda Gill. It would move Wahine VB to a higher level. If this occurs, what will Dave Shoji do with his 2 6’3″ 2010 recruits. Is one a MB and OH?

    Since most of the SEC/BCS schools have already filed their scholarships for 2010 and wonder where the football decommits will go to play. I doubt they would release a commit to add one from Tennessee as they are probably all 4 or 5 star players.

    And, it’s oh so close to NOLI day!

  34. al January 13, 2010 10:07 am

    bg….i hear you.
    in no way did i suggest “cutting” any current players.
    if i am not mistaken, though, lex might not be on scholarship at this writing.

    dave, would not let a player go unless it is for academic or team related issues.

    i thought that cascioppo and forsythe were walk on type transfers. i could be wrong.

    in either case, dave did mention that he held one more scholie for a late pick up/transfer as he typically does.

  35. vballfan1 January 13, 2010 10:07 am

    Gil would be a big coup for Dave Shoji. First of all she is 6′ 6 and would become the tallest wahine in history, But she definitely uses her height to her advantage. she led the Pac 10 in blocking and was second in the nation. averaging over 1.6 blocks per game. Brittany Hewitt Hawaii’s top blocker last year averaged’ 1.3 blocks per game. Those two together would make Hawaii the best blocking team in the nation next season.

  36. vballfan1 January 13, 2010 10:10 am

    The coaches don’t have to let go of a player at all. Gil might walk on for a semester, or they might ask one of the current wahine to walk on for a semester or they might greyshirt an incoming recruit. One of them Kaela Goodman is coming off a serious injury that made her miss her entire senior season in high school so Shoji might ask her to greyshirt to get healthy.

  37. al January 13, 2010 10:12 am


    its gil as in gil, short for gilbert.
    amanda gil transferring to hawaii would be awesome!
    IF she decided to come to manoa, we still need those freshmen mb/oh.

    it would be less pressure for them as well to develop and acclimate to college and hawaii.

    regarding football and recruiting. one would be surprised at what goes on prior to nli day. some schools do not honor their own verbal commitments. i hope we do so here in hawaii. otherwise, that’s just not local.

  38. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 10:20 am

    How many scholarships does the Volleyball team have in total?

  39. Kekoa (iPhone) January 13, 2010 10:20 am

    ST ~ Mahalo for the Birthday greetings for my Pops. Unfortunately he knew it was his day, but couldn’t remember that he was 83.

    There was nothing wrong with his appetite tho. Diana prepped his fave morning meal. He tanked a large glass of OJ, 6 buttermilk pancakes, 2 eggs o/e, Portguese sausage & rice.

    He’s outlived all his siblings. His Braddah Phillip, was a Paniolo for the Robinson family on Kauai. Uncle was known for celebrating any day of the week by riding his horse into drinking establishments. One might credit him for bringing the ‘drive-thru’ concept to Hanapepe town.

    His brother Manuel operated the barge between Port Allen and Ni’ihau. The Paniolo drove the cattle into the ocean and then they were hauled on board with a sling.

    Manuel’s daughter Arlene is a close friend of LizK
    (isn’t everyone!). She and her boyz *mine* the sea salt from the Hanapepe salt ponds that Liz brings to
    the t-gates.

    Pops was a Luna for Kekaha Sugar before he went to operate those magnificent flying machines for the Army Air Corp. Quite a leap of faith for a small town plantation kid. His dream of flying was complete when he helped in the development of the CH-53 “Jolly Green Giant” for the USAF back in the early 60’s.

    Soon after that gig, Pops teamed up with a flight chief that is the father of a fellow Tsaiko. Blogger *HoweLee* and I were former teamates in HS, while our dad’s prowled the flight line of Lajes AFB, in the Azores, Portugal.

    Thank you all once again. I just wanted to give you a brief sketch of a very Patriotic man who served his country proudly for nearly 50 years.

    I now return you to your regular program.

    So I just want to thank all the Tsai-ko’s who have treated my Pops with the utmost respect over the
    years, it means a lot to me.

  40. protector January 13, 2010 10:27 am

    Congrats to Blaze! Let’s hope no one sustains any injuries in competition of that type. There should be some heavy hitting there.

    I hope Estes being left out doesn’t mean his draft status has declined or that UH’s past season has not had a negative effect by association with it.

  41. A-House January 13, 2010 10:29 am


    For the Wahine BB, VB, SB teams, do they not “share” the meager scholarships that are available?

    Unlike football where they have 85 each year. My comments were directed toward the football program and the scholarship is taken away because the player did not meet his commitments to the team and school.

    As parents, we can “feel” for the student who loses a scholarship, but it has happened to Hawaii athletes who have gone to mainland schools and had their scholarship pulled because the coach wanted to go in another direction ( Pepperdine baseball, for example ). Fortunately, they returned home and became valuable players for Les Murakami.

  42. al January 13, 2010 10:35 am

    ahouse…..under gender equity.
    female athletes benefit most compared to their male counterparts.

  43. al January 13, 2010 10:46 am

    ahouse for example scholarship number by sport:

    sport men women
    volley ball

  44. al January 13, 2010 10:50 am

    ahouse for example scholarship number by sport:

    volleyball: men = 4.5 women = 12
    basketbal men = 13 women = 15

    other minor sports are similar in relation to number of scholies.
    got to remember this is done to offset the 85 scholies that football has.

  45. Loa January 13, 2010 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday Pops!

  46. cheepono January 13, 2010 10:57 am

    does the departure of carroll and the hiring of kiffin affect our UH pro day at all? we hold it at USC right?

  47. Colomaohana January 13, 2010 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday, Pops!

    Hey gang!

  48. SteveM January 13, 2010 11:00 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Birthday Pops !!!

  49. HiFlyer January 13, 2010 11:08 am

    Happy Brithday Pops.

  50. EH NO MAKE ! January 13, 2010 11:18 am

    Hey, Hey….What a great situation for Dave Shoji and the Rainbow Wahine to benefit from the UCLA girl trasnferring after her coach retired.

    So let me get this straight, Amanada Gil will be able to play for U-H next season ? Is that correct ?

  51. Garret January 13, 2010 11:21 am


    UH has its Pro Day at the Home Depot Center in Carson (near LA), not at USC. They have been having the Pro Day the day before USC’s Pro Day to maximize the number of scouts at the Pro Day since all the scouts go to USC’s Pro Day.

  52. Garret January 13, 2010 11:22 am

    Happy Birthday Pops!

  53. Garret January 13, 2010 11:24 am

    I’m glad that *something* good has come out of Kiffin leaving Tennessee. A store owner is giving 20% off discounts on new shirts for people who want to donate their Kiffin-related shirts to the people of Haiti who are trying to recover from the earthquake.

    Don’t burn that shirt, Vol fans – send it to someone who needs it.

    In the wake of University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin’s unexpected resignation, some fans have apparently taken to burning Kiffin-related T-shirts. But Dan Burks, co-owner of the West Knoxville apparel store Hound Dogs, has a better idea.

    Burks said Wednesday that any customer who brings in an “It’s Time” T-shirt can get 20 percent off the purchase of a new shirt. Burks said he’ll ship the old shirts to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake on Tuesday.

  54. A-House January 13, 2010 11:27 am

    If Amanda Gil decides to visit UH at the next men’s VB game, UHAD should get the word out and “spike” the attendance.

    She has been here before and has witnessed what Hawaii VB fans are all about and the “aunties” who are so remarkable in their support for UH volleyball, but it would not hurt!

    If she commits, the Wahine VB team will rival the men’s as far as height is concerned with the “tall trees” soon to arrive for the 2010 season.

  55. cheepono January 13, 2010 11:32 am

    Thanks Garret!

  56. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 11:35 am

    The mainland is not ready for Blaze Soares…

    But they’ll have no choice.

  57. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 11:51 am

    808ike fed me da Amanda Gil info yesterday.

    Another thing to think about is her rumored visit to UH at the next home mens volleyball match. Will she pay her own way? What else does she need to know about the facilities and the inner workings of the program.

    While she’s been here as an opponent before I guess there is only so much you can know.

    She already must know the best volleyball fans in the country reside HERE!!!

  58. J-Dog January 13, 2010 11:54 am

    Wow, I had no idea that Chanteal Satele was transferring to UH from St. Marys!

  59. BG January 13, 2010 12:03 pm

    Top of the day, braddah A-House!

    I absolutely agree that lack of effort on the field or in the classroom constitutes cause for removal of a scholarship.

    What I don’t agree with is taking a scholarship away because of the perceived athletic abilities of two athletes. Institutions of higher learning are not professional teams although some programs may be run that way. For professional teams, I would not have the same objection. The number of scholarships or members on the team have no bearing for me. The people in charge should stay true to their stated philosophy, objectives, and strategic plan. I understand that there are differing opinions on this and I’m willing to agree to disagree.

  60. chawan_cut January 13, 2010 12:11 pm

    any idea of penn st’s women’s vball team graduated all of those crazy hitters? do they have to rebuild the next few years? That Hodge girl killed everyone. hope she a senior and will be on our Olympic team the next time i see her play.
    If we get that Gil girl, she’d fit in perfect to replace kaufman

  61. BG January 13, 2010 12:11 pm


    Will be interesting to find out if the rumored visit is an official or unofficial visit. Much like a JC player, she should be entitled to more official (paid) visits.

    For sure, Gil already knows what the SSC is like for WVB games. I think there was a pretty good crowd for the UCLA game. BTW, the aunties giving lei to the USC players (as reported here) sure makes one proud to be living in the land of Aloha!

  62. BG January 13, 2010 12:15 pm

    J-Dog…where was that reported about Satele? Another keiki o hawaii coming back? Fabulous! The Beast is leading the way! May the trickle become a river.

  63. BG January 13, 2010 12:16 pm

    OK…lunch ovah…back to the textbooks

  64. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 12:25 pm

    Gil is visiting.
    I know this for sure because I was overhearing something I wasn’t supposed to be overhearing.
    Or underhearing.
    Sometimes standing around pretending to take pictures pays off.

  65. Kekoa January 13, 2010 12:42 pm

    ST ~ One favorite candy treat I used to buy at the old Liliha theater was called *Violets*…it’s still available at Longs and some 7-11 stores.

    Those who have tried it will never forget the ‘fragrance’ it left. That’s what got me ‘busted’ at St. Theresa’s 1st grade class where everything was contraband! I’m convinced that the Sisters were graduates of the Correctional Officers Academy.

    Thank goodness Violets live on!

  66. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 12:52 pm


    How do you split up a scholarship? Is it done in terms of assessed $ value?
    If so, can scholarships be split for all other sports?

  67. Slugger January 13, 2010 12:54 pm


    I love Violets! Still can find them at some Long’s. My Goong Goong used to carry Violets (or Sen Sen) because he smoked cigars & drank whiskey. He lived to be 99.

    GOOD LUCK to the Men’s VB team!!!

  68. jm2375 January 13, 2010 12:57 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Good luck to Blaze at the all-star game.
    Good luck to the Warriors in their first road trip of the season.

    Ummm, Brand X reports that a former cattle call site, Buffet 100, has closed. *tsaigh* One less place to stuff your face.

    Wbb – I see that only 10 players will suit up for tonight’s game. Ayabe is out for the season with a torn ACL, leaving only 2 point guards (Kanekoa and Galdones). It’s gonna be a rough season…

  69. jm2375 January 13, 2010 12:59 pm

    mih – #66 – schollies for men’s vb and baseball are split. dunno about the other sports.

  70. Curt January 13, 2010 1:01 pm

    Yeeha! C’mon Amanda. Join da Wahine ohana.

    Oops…that rhymes.

  71. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 1:01 pm


    but what constitutes 1/2 scholarship? $10K in total aid?
    Boy imagine if you could do that in football, eh? 10K per local student…covers tuition, books, training table…and bus pass.

  72. hilobilly January 13, 2010 1:07 pm

    Kekoa…one candy I was glad to forget was ‘Sen-Sen’. My neighbor had it all of the time when I was young, can still remember the ‘fragrance,’ as you put it.

    Good luck to the men’s vb team on their road trip, last weekend was exciting. Break pau, back to work.

  73. al January 13, 2010 1:07 pm

    i see now.

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 13th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Gil is visiting.
    I know this for sure because I was overhearing something I wasn’t supposed to be overhearing.
    Or underhearing.
    Sometimes standing around pretending to take pictures pays off.

    thus, photo of the winningest active volleyball coach in america.

  74. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    Whoops. It’s nine Warriors on WAC team.
    I can’t add.

  75. jm2375 January 13, 2010 1:12 pm

    mih – not sure. Not sure if I read the UH website correctly but non-resident undergrad tuition is around $10K (per semester?) vs $3800 for residents.

    An athletic schollie is more than a tuition waiver, right?

  76. al January 13, 2010 1:13 pm


    typically in the sports with very few scholies as compared to roster sizes, baseball, volleyball, for example will halve and quarter a full ride.

    it is rare these days that any one player gets a full ride in those sports.

    if memory serves my right, the last full ride les murakami gave out was to lavon largusa who came along shortly after the derek tatsuno days.

    there are of course many other grants, aide, and scholarships that the college students can apply for. all based upon varying needs, types, etc.

    an example are academic achievements, religious, minorities, foreign students, cultural backgrounds, and specific majors. in this day an age there really is a scholarship or grant for every student.

  77. A-House January 13, 2010 1:13 pm

    Thank You to:

    al – for giving us all that institutional knowledge about scholarships

    – agree that is a good way to counter-balance the 85 scholarships for foobtall

    ST – for confirming the AG visit

    – now, must buy tickets to the next MVB game to see her and let her know that she is wanted by the fans!!

    Absolutely great that the Satele family will be united under the UH – Manoa banners – dad and son for football and mom and daughter for volleyball!

    Now, if only Coach Mack and staff can convince top local football students to play for the “home team” – Oh happy days, Oh happy days!!! (borrowed from Sister Act).

  78. jm2375 January 13, 2010 1:17 pm

    oops, the tuition $ are for the 2010-11 academic year.

  79. al January 13, 2010 1:18 pm

    i thought that the number of hawaii players was really nice. it is a good representation of our program.

    sure there could’ve been a few more but hey we aren’t bsu just yet.
    on second glance, we actually equalled the bsu numbers of nine members.

  80. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 1:19 pm

    Men’s volleyball scholarships:
    You take the total value of a scholarship at your school (tuition, room and board, books, etc.) and multiply it by 4.5
    Nobody on the men’s volleyball team gets a full ride.
    At best, it’s usually tuition and room for the stars.
    But when you figure there are seven starters in volleyball, there’s not much money to go around.
    Teams try to look for athletes who also can get academic scholarships.
    Last year, after signing Jonas Umlauft, Wilton/Reyes had a chance to sign a top middle blocker and setter. To do so would have meant restructuring scholarhip arrangements for other players. For instance, one returning player was set to get $6,000 in aid. The player and his family agreed he would pay his own way in 2010, then get $21,000 in 2011. Family figured it would make out: it would average to $10,500 for two years, with basically a full ride in 2011. But an administrator nixed that deal.

  81. A-House January 13, 2010 1:19 pm


    like the photo of Coach Dave and your caption, but isn’t the UCLA coach’s retirement effective 6/30/2010?

    i know, picky, picky picky!!!

  82. Curt January 13, 2010 1:21 pm


    You one sly bugga…supposedly taking picchas. Ha-ha. You no need those special hearing devices they advertise on TV. You got da Obama ears. 🙂 Keep up da good work.

  83. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 1:22 pm

    Then a couple of years ago, an administrator changed the way a scholarship is calculated. Under the new interpretation, the scholarship had a lower value. Because of that a couple of players from a non-revenue-producing sport were asked to pay back the overpayment.

  84. A-House January 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    ST, your #80

    “the administrator” =s some one we are familiar with?

    Why? gunfunit, get one nosey guy sniffing around. mind your own business!

  85. jm2375 January 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    ST – is the total value calculated at resident or non-res tuition rates?

  86. jm2375 January 13, 2010 1:26 pm

    #81 – soooo, if his retirement isn’t effective till 6/30, does that mean they can’t hire anyone till then?

  87. A-House January 13, 2010 1:27 pm

    #83 above – now that’s totally ridiculous to lower the value of a scholarship.

    just proves the bad financial situation of the UH system or just being stupid!

  88. Kekoa January 13, 2010 1:29 pm

    Hilobilly & Slugger ~

    ‘Sen-Sen’ = Yucky taste and funky incense smell.

    Slugger, maybe you can use them to kill yours slugbugs.

  89. A-House January 13, 2010 1:30 pm

    This “off-season” has been filled with some very interesting bits of news which will certainly affect the future of several teams and players.

    Hope the good vibs will travel to the benefit of UH sports.

  90. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 13, 2010 1:42 pm

    Tennessee top choice is Texas’ Will Muschamp…..

    As a Longhorn fan I hope they don’t get him. Muschhamp is a stud DC and is surely the leader that keep the Longhorns in prominence well after Mack retires.

    The objective side of me says Muschamp is “the best coach” for Tenn. He brings with him SEC credibility having coached with Saban at LSU.

    At the college level he is amongst the best defensive coordinators in the country.

    He is a proven recruiter in the South being at Alabama and Auburn and can recruit the heck out of Texas for Tenn.

    Rumor is Tenn is prepared to offer Muschamp well over $3M for the job….even as “head coach-in-waiting” at Texas, could he really turn that offer down?

  91. Kekoa January 13, 2010 1:42 pm

    Shoutout to A-Joe!

    As a former 2 time Champ-Peen of this prestigious event…what advice would you give the young Maui girl? Lalalei reached the qualifying round for the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest.

    Maybe ST should fly to the J-E-T-S game to cover her half-time competition.

  92. Hawaiianbod January 13, 2010 1:46 pm


    …..may God continue to bless you with peace, happiness and the best of health. and may He always surround with your loving and caring family.

    Kekoa – re violets, that was one of the first nolgastic treat that popped-up in my mind. one can’t ever forget that sweet-smelling aroma….ahhh, those memories!

    the other one i miss is astropops. anyone else remember those multi-color suckers?

  93. al January 13, 2010 1:49 pm

    i remember thos ‘cool pops’.

  94. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 2:00 pm

    Lowering the value of a scholarship is a good thing.
    It means it costs less to go to UH, no?

  95. Bulla January 13, 2010 2:02 pm

    happy bday pops, and many more to come…..


    LET’S JUST GO……………

  96. al January 13, 2010 2:03 pm

    i give up….

    i was perusing the uhathletics.com and couldn’t find info on who was responsible for men’s vb. at first, i thought it was the nfa person.

    then again, their bio’s are so old they also make reference to our old buddy herman fumbler frazier.

  97. Hawaiianbod January 13, 2010 2:03 pm

    (j)j – GREAT news re your mom’s health. may she continue to heal and improve each day. yes, baby steps – one day at a time.

    the Power of Prayer is AMAZING and AWESOME!

    thank you Jesus!!

  98. al January 13, 2010 2:10 pm

    but since i brought up nfa…

    this past year i was the benefactor of some really great seats on the 25 yard line in the blue section. i also got to sit on the coveted number 1 chair.

    at every game two of the nfa’s would come walking up the stairs to get to their seats above me.

    how many home games was that? seven.

    okay so in all of the seven games they did attend them all.
    here, here.
    and they did climb those stairs 14 times, shishi break i guess.

    did you know?
    did you know, that not even once have i ever witnessed a smile from their collective lips?
    and not once did they say hello to anyone nor bother to thank the faithful fans for being there.

    am i over reacting here?

    now, if i were them, heck i’d be smiling, passing out schedules, cross promoting along the way to my seats. heck, even give away some basketball tickets that they don’t use.

    but, nooooooooooo. they both have this habut look about them every game.

    …eh no make lil dat!

  99. al January 13, 2010 2:15 pm

    sorry for my rant back there. i just had to get that off my chest.

    it’ll go down in my “how you figga?” filing cabinet for sure.

    btw, “…eh no make lil dat!”, was not meant as a dig on poster number 50. it is just how i talk when i get riled up.

    okay, i stay talk too much.

    …nuff said.

  100. RedZone January 13, 2010 2:18 pm

    Muschamp has same agent as Kiffin.

  101. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 2:28 pm

    al, jm..

    Thanks for that bit on scholarships…

    But does that mean that UH could split a football scholarship between two ‘resident’ players so that each would at least get tuition and book wavers along with say.. bus pass and/or meal tickets? I figure dorm/housing accounts for half the living expenses for non-residents.

  102. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 2:31 pm

    No. Football is not allowed to split scholarships.

  103. Stephen Tsai January 13, 2010 2:32 pm

    Eighty-five are a lot of scholarships.
    Then you had probably 25 walk-ons.
    If you can’t get enough talent out of 110 players, something is wrong.

  104. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 2:35 pm

    Thanks ST…

    Just was wondering why it was never done with the local talent since many seem to commute from home, anyway.

    But one can imagine if you could split some of them… teams would end up with virutally everyone on full or partial scholarship… and could probably squeeze in the fence sitters at the last minute.

  105. koakane™ January 13, 2010 2:59 pm

    Kekoa: the old Liliha theater

    patnah you just brought back an old flashback, neva need the memory pill cause had some good times at the matinée there. long before the freeway took away the show house. joe perry long time owner of that box office establishment. think my mom worked as an usher and she meet my dad rest is history as they say. making memories mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  106. koakane™ January 13, 2010 3:00 pm

    excuse good afternood tsaiko country

  107. al January 13, 2010 3:02 pm

    i guess i am a young man.
    never knew that liliha had a theater only one bakery and young’s market.

  108. al January 13, 2010 3:03 pm

    is there a subliminal message in post #103???

  109. duffer (iPhone) January 13, 2010 3:26 pm

    Still get Liliha Market with the best roast pork?

  110. kaimiloa January 13, 2010 3:30 pm

    Re: 103. Yes, you get a lot of talent from 110 players. The problem is that every other school is working with 110, as well.

  111. Slugger January 13, 2010 3:48 pm


    Shoot! Didn’t know that Ayabe was out for the season. Too bad. She could shoot 3’s and she was fast. Dang! Going to the game tonight.


    Sen Sen just might work for the slugs…I’d have to find some first.
    Give Pops a (((HUG))) for me!

    Out the door….Esme & whoosh….

  112. (Jesse) James January 13, 2010 3:56 pm

    al…#107….I guess I must be a REALLY, REALLY young man because I never knew anything existed there before the freeway….

  113. BG January 13, 2010 3:58 pm

    I’m back!

    Al…right on #98!!!

  114. BG January 13, 2010 4:00 pm

    Anyone remember the Golden Wall theater right where the Hungry Lion is located? Used to show my fav Captain Marvel shows…SHAZAM

  115. Pomai January 13, 2010 4:04 pm

    #94 ST

    Or more of a need to get loans???

  116. (Jesse) James January 13, 2010 4:22 pm

    BG…I’ve heard of that place Golden Wall…only because my popo worked there…

  117. al January 13, 2010 4:29 pm

    Fred Pang’s (LongTime UH fan) memorial services will be held Monday Feb. 1, 2010

    Hawaiian Memorial Park, Kaneohe – main chapel

    1030 – 1130 viewing

    1130 – services

    1300 – burial with lunch to follow (tba)

  118. al January 13, 2010 4:31 pm

    Lorna and family wish to extend an invitation to help celebrate Fred’s life at this service and to join them for lunch after the burial services.

    More on the restaurant location at a later date.

  119. LizKauai m/ January 13, 2010 4:45 pm

    Happy Birthday, POPS!!!

    Sorry so late…

    Back to HiHo!

  120. LizKauai m/ January 13, 2010 4:48 pm

    Big Hugs to Lorna and ohana.

    LTUHF- You are LOVED and missed!

  121. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 5:16 pm


    There is more than one NFA??????

    Well one of them should ease up on the grease in his hair. Try sitting behind that glare under the bright lights of the Stan Sheriff Center!!! 😯

  122. duffer (iPhone) January 13, 2010 5:22 pm


  123. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 5:26 pm

    Great! Now Dave Shoji is gonna look both ways for ST the next time he’s on his cell! 😆

  124. d1島 January 13, 2010 6:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Pops!

    Thanks for the walaau Kekoa.

    (BTW, you one good son. 😉 )

  125. wafan January 13, 2010 6:14 pm


  126. d1島 January 13, 2010 6:15 pm


    BBL….gotta Tell Ma! 😎

  127. wafan January 13, 2010 6:15 pm

    Happy birthday Pops!!!

  128. wafan January 13, 2010 6:17 pm

    Dang. Dermatological issues are a slight problem. Nothing a complete change of soaps cannot change. What an pain in the wallet! Oh well.

  129. wafan January 13, 2010 6:18 pm

    Hope Amanda’s visit goes well. I wonder what else she intends or hopes to learn that she does not probably already know. Interesting.

  130. wafan January 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    Go Blaze! Set them afire!!!

  131. wafan January 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    Time for bed. See you all on the morrow.

  132. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 6:26 pm


    Best wishes to your Pops!

  133. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 6:38 pm

    Shawna Kuehu no longer needs crutches. She seems to walk ok now.

  134. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 13, 2010 6:42 pm

    This really sucks… Too many local Vandal fans for my liking… 🙄

  135. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 6:44 pm

    Women’s BB should be starting up any minute now…

  136. Dudley Do-Right January 13, 2010 8:17 pm

    Of course the other major problem of setting up a Tsaiko account is that some )((*&&*T$WE&*( attorney had registered the Tsaiko name and any use of it without written permission would be a violation of the trademark!

  137. whitey January 13, 2010 8:37 pm

    i like the news tonight, sum light, sum heavy, and sum just right!! Evening Tsaikos.

  138. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 13, 2010 8:41 pm

    wafan- whassup- you got allergies?

  139. duffer (iPhone) January 13, 2010 8:42 pm

    Good Wahine win! Arbuckle was awesome.

  140. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 8:50 pm

    First Wahine Wac win this season… good win!

  141. OldDiver January 13, 2010 9:13 pm

    I’ll say this about the women bb team, not the most talented, but they are playing with a purpose.

  142. whitey January 13, 2010 9:34 pm

    congrats to wbb team.

  143. huh? January 13, 2010 9:50 pm

    Dudley Do-Right:

    January 13th, 2010 at 8:17 pm
    Of course the other major problem of setting up a Tsaiko account is that some )((*&&*T$WE&*( attorney had registered the Tsaiko name and any use of it without written permission would be a violation of the trademark!

    now the only person who knows about this is…and me.
    who are you?

  144. madeinhawaii January 13, 2010 9:51 pm

    Is Kuehu going to make a comeback this season or sit it out?

  145. The support UH blog January 13, 2010 10:02 pm

    congrats wbb team!

    on recruiting, what if we took a chance on an o lineman from the cold northeast? could it hurt to at least take a look? How about someone like a Dan Polaski(on scout.com or link in the blog)? 3 star 6’9″ OT with no scholarship offers? Maybe he’ll want some sunshine.

  146. al January 13, 2010 10:09 pm

    mih…acl is a season ending injury. lucky she’ll be ready next year.
    it was interesting that lori santi mentioned during the broadcast that shawna was trying to recruit sis shaena back to hawaii.

  147. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 13, 2010 10:17 pm

    Okay – I’ll bite. What does NFA stand for?

    Great Wahine basketball game tonight. Both offense and defense clicked when needed.

  148. al January 13, 2010 10:21 pm

    receiving corps prospectus 2010

    two things darius bright’s signing does.

    one, with taylor more likely to abruptly end his career. bright allows the staff to have enough depth at wr next year. oops. make that this year. they will have lane, bradley(cross your fingers), pollard, stutz2, and now bright. this makes for a comfortable number of wideouts.

    two, with that in mind they can return a frustrated pilares back to slotback where he and salas can wreak havoc inside. at slot we also get to see ostrowski take the field on occasion along with blount, and ryan henry. paclebar could emerge.

    three, new recruits anguay and lau will have to grow up real fast during their grey or redshirt seasons. they both can run but can they take the hits day after day. otherwise, next year we will be recruiting for slotbacks from the jc programs again.

    four, still could use another hs slotback with size this year. kaelin clay where are you???

  149. al January 13, 2010 10:26 pm

    wdoc…where have you been?

    nfa = no fun administrator

    a term coined at least two years ago by some writer. reference to a no nonsense university athletic dept executive with little or no sense of humor.

    in the meantime, have you been checking your emails?
    please do many queries have surfaced that need your attention?

  150. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 13, 2010 10:44 pm

    Nitey Nite and Sweet WBB dreams!

  151. HoweLee January 13, 2010 11:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to Sgt. “Pops” Furtado, the best volleyball coach that a team could hope for. Pops, the maker of champions.
    God Bless and many more Happy Birthdays.

  152. PowderPuff January 13, 2010 11:23 pm

    Good evening, Tsaikos. Nice win by the ladies tonight. Saw you on TV, c_c, but couldn’t hear you yelling at the refs.

  153. NYUH January 13, 2010 11:27 pm


    Kiffin was a controversial choice for USC and this article is very critical.

  154. NYUH January 13, 2010 11:30 pm

    Some text from my last

    Yet, there is no sense that Tennessee officials were disappointed in Kiffin; rather, they were devastated to lose him. They should have known what they were getting into from the terms of his six-year contract: Had the school decided to fire Kiffin, it would have had to pay him $7.5 million under a buyout clause, yet for breaking his contract, Kiffin will owe the university just $800,000, which he can pay in installments over 36 months. Either Athletic Director Mike Hamilton can’t read, or he took a huge gamble on Kiffin, and lost.

    Kiffin is merely a product of the soured professional environment in which he came up. The BCS culture itself is fundamentally dishonest, a cartel of six major conferences and Notre Dame, ungoverned by the NCAA, that seeks to hoard $1 billion in bowl profits. How can we expect the competitors to be ethical? Or sensible?

  155. Slugger January 13, 2010 11:51 pm


    You also couldn’t hear the refs telling C_c & his friends to tone down the noise. haha :))

    Great job, Wahine! Keep it up! GO BOWS!

  156. Ralph January 14, 2010 12:06 am

    chawan wasn’t wearing his orange raincoat at the wbb game!

  157. Slugger January 14, 2010 12:09 am


    I think they banned his orange raincoat…

  158. Slugger January 14, 2010 12:11 am

    I sat with Kazz tonight. He wasn’t feeling 100% so I think I was yelling more than he.

    Hiz Honour da Mayor was on the floor talking to JD at the game. After the win the girls walked around the perimeter of the floor to wave to everyone. They got hi-5s from da Mayor.

  159. Slugger January 14, 2010 12:13 am


    Where are you? We’re a ways from 200…

    My realtor offered me a ticket to the Sony Open for tomorrow & the weekend, but I couldn’t take her up on it, since I’m getting out of Dodge on Friday.

  160. Slugger January 14, 2010 12:18 am

    K, I’m going down for the count…

    Since it’s past midnight, I can say,

    Aloha Kakahiaka! (since I don’t know the greeting for the midnight hour… the Hawaiian language has specific descriptive words for the different time periods of the day. Sophisticated!)

  161. Ralph January 14, 2010 12:26 am

    I’m glad to read that the Na Wahine players are showing appreciation for the fans that do go to the game by circling the floor and waving to their fans. Too bad the fb coach and players don’t go over to the band and the students and wave to them.

  162. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 14, 2010 12:35 am

    #154 NYUH

    I agree with you in that no tears should be shed as Tenn should have known what they were getting into and the gamble they were taking.

    In the words of ESPN’s Pat Forde:

    “…loyalty is for suckers in the realm of college coaching”

    coaches come and go and sometimes come and go again, and again.

    until i see a coach doing it on a volunteer basis (for the love of the school), i will never see them for more than what they are….a person like any other who gets paid to do a job and will gladly leave to take a better position elsewhere if an opportunity presents itself.

  163. protector January 14, 2010 12:50 am

    kekoa, koakane & BG,

    You guys blew my mind because I never knew about a Liliha theater or Golden Wall theater and I thought I had been to the majority of theaters on the island.

    Where was the Liliha theater again?

    Actually, one of my favorite theaters was the Princess Theater that many of my friends think I “dreamed up”. Then, back in the 80’s when I worked at the Cannon Club, I met a lady who was an usherette there years before.

  164. protector January 14, 2010 12:53 am

    ST or anyone,

    What would justify the WAC having such a draconian 2 year (sitting-out period) transfer rule? Is it only for men’s & women’s VB? And is it true that the WAC is the only conference to do this?

  165. wafan January 14, 2010 3:31 am

    Good morning, all!

  166. wafan January 14, 2010 3:33 am

    I hope Pops had a great and memorable day.

  167. wafan January 14, 2010 3:55 am

    Liz . . .

    Yep, allergies. Ugh.

  168. wafan January 14, 2010 3:56 am

    Well, off to be the wizard. I hope some of my magic works on the kids today.


  169. NYUH January 14, 2010 6:30 am


    I’m not a Mack-hater but the news is the news

    8) Greg McMackin-Hawaii

    The Diet Coke swilling McMackin didn’t have the worst year…on the field, that is. The Warriors went 6-7 with a 9th-string QB for much of the season and might have made it to a bowl had they not gotten curb-stomped by Wisconsin in their final game of the year. Yes, things went surprising so-so for a Hawaii squad that returned only one starter on defense and had more QB troubles than Jessica Simpson. Alas, it was Big Mack’s off field antics that allowed him to sew up the 8-spot. Using gay slurs at WAC media days is one thing…furiously backpeddling and pleading with the reporters to “be cool” is another. McMackin started the season meekly fielding calls from BGLAD and Human Rights groups—not the best way to spend the waning days of Fall camp.

  170. d1島 January 14, 2010 6:41 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congrats to Na Wahine!

    Thanks for the info on LTUHF’s memorial; it would be great to see a lot of Tsaikos there for a fitting Aloha.

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  171. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 14, 2010 6:44 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Have a great day- and please remember the needy in your prayers.

    The beauty of a global tragedy is that everyone else gets to figure out how to work together to make it right.
    Now if we would only do this on a day to day basis.
    Let us be kind and love one another.

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