Sunday blessings

It’s time that good deeds get noticed.
So here’s to:
• The UH baseball players who help put down the tarp during rain delays. Their quick work enabled the teams to outlast the showers and resume the game.
• Kara Nishimura, the assistant sports media relations director, who is the official scorer for every home softball game. During the recent tournament, she worked five games, the first starting at 9 a,m. and the last ending at 10 p.m. She’s also in charge of the music. She does everything but call out the B-I-N-G-O numbers.
• The K5 technical crew. To set up the panoramic shot, a camera has to be placed on the roof of the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium press box. Thing is, the only way to access the roof is to place a ladder on the side of the second-level structure. The technician then must scale the ladder— in the wind, and often the rain — with a 20-foot drop to the side.
• Wesley Uchida, the lone groundskeeper for UH’s Lower Campus.
• The UH men’s volleyball players. Sure, they’re in a slump. But they’re doing their best to save the department money. On road trips, they sleep three to a room (somebody gets the rollaway bed). That goes for the coaches, too. No single rooms, not even for the head coach.


  1. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 12:52 am

    get outta hea! No Way!

  2. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:03 am

    ST bowled an incredible game tonite! Homey bested all evening scores with his solo game in the end. Hurray for South Paws!

    JaM and her ‘ohana put on an awesome bowling clinic for us.

    La comida era muy buena en México Lindo!

  3. Addahknowsports© March 15, 2009 1:03 am

    Way, a-joe

  4. Addahknowsports© March 15, 2009 1:05 am

    The bowlers got better as the evening went on. They started out making field goals. Then started doing touchdowns in batches.

  5. Stephen Tsai March 15, 2009 1:12 am

    I think the blog host had his best game, ever, and then, to quote from “The Sun Also Rises,” it went gradually and then suddenly.
    By the second game, I was just praying to stay out of the gutter.

  6. koakane± March 15, 2009 1:12 am

    getting in top 5

    thanks for the update ajoe sure glad everyone enjoyed themselves

  7. koakane± March 15, 2009 1:13 am

    ah first in second five is not bad

  8. Ralph March 15, 2009 1:14 am

    top 5 or maybe 10

  9. koakane± March 15, 2009 1:15 am

    did chawan and lefty make it plus how many of dem mom’s from esme gang show up?

  10. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:15 am

    eh KK, you guys get bible study tomorrow/ this morning?

  11. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:16 am

    KK. Nopes to all!

  12. Stephen Tsai March 15, 2009 1:18 am

    None from the so-called pink side.
    Although there were plenty of bloggers using the pink balls.

  13. al ™ March 15, 2009 1:23 am

    pink balls. are you sure you want to publish that description?

    anyway, aren’t they red?

  14. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:24 am

    We had dinner at Mexico Lindo: Stretch, Midori, UHfan808, Rob25, Iwonderwhytheyhateme, Jason, A-sports and me. Then we headed over to bowling. JaM and her ohana were waiting there. SteveM and Peaches came by as well. Then ST showed up and began to systematically put on a fricken ass woopin on the lanes. Then Jessie James showed up after his dinner engagement. The surprise of the evening was when Homey showed up. For one braddah who never bowled in his life he picked up a game super fast. His third roll he threw a strike. By nights end he bowled the best game. Unreal! Total natural!

  15. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:25 am

    al- as funny as this may seem, the ladies had blue balls.

  16. al ™ March 15, 2009 1:26 am

    hats off to those in the dept. who are really making an effort to make a difference.

    nice of st to make it known to the public.

    lights out folks.

  17. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:27 am

    Homey is unreal. midway through the evening he completely figured out the game. The ladies were struggling with their games and Homey instructed them they needed bigger balls.

  18. koakane± March 15, 2009 1:28 am

    depends on the weather if raining will try to set up one but if nice day think peeps want out for some sun shine babe.

    how dis sports do. stomp on any body?

  19. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 1:29 am

    OK I going.

    Turn off the lights when you guys leave.


  20. koakane± March 15, 2009 1:32 am

    Homey is unreal. midway through the evening he completely figured out the game. The ladies were struggling with their games and Homey instructed them they needed bigger balls.

    knew some how homey would end up with some type of ball instructions bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  21. Addahknowsports© March 15, 2009 1:32 am

    Hi Koakane-

    Everyone was behaving, myself included. Besides, I didn’t want any balls to “accidentally” land on me.

  22. Addahknowsports© March 15, 2009 1:40 am

    G’nite all.

  23. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 15, 2009 1:48 am

    Good morning?

  24. Rob25 March 15, 2009 1:51 am

    Dang it…was too busy reading the rest of yesterday’s blog…I could have been a contender for 1st…maybe not…

  25. Rob25 March 15, 2009 1:58 am

    BTW…as my game became a struggle…I started rubbing Homey’s balls. 😯

    Yes, Kelli, Julie and I had “blue balls” 🙄

    It was fun night for all. The bowling alley started clearing out right after we left. We knew it was because they said…hey the fun people are gone…time for us to leave too.


    Congrats to Baseball Bows for the win!

  26. Committed Road Warrior March 15, 2009 2:09 am

    Get choke Tsaikos up late on Saturday night. Wassup wit dat?

  27. LK (GC) March 15, 2009 3:45 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos,

    The sun is out, and the water is blue, it’ll be a great day mon.


  28. Garret March 15, 2009 4:29 am


    It is great when the good work gets recognized of people like those you mentioned in your blog. Kara Nishimura, Wesley Uchida, and others are doing the work of multiple people, with their extra effort saving the Athletic Department money. That K5 technician really has a hard job!

  29. Garret March 15, 2009 4:33 am

    I have to wonder how badly all this cost-cutting is hurting the performance of the men’s volleyball team. Flying out a day later and staying 3 to a room is saving a lot of money…but I can’t imagine it has some effect on performance. I know that they won’t use this as an excuse, but it is sad to me that the current budget crisis forces teams to have such a competitive disadvantage as compared to how their competition travels.

  30. Garret March 15, 2009 4:37 am


    I’ve been using buddy passes for years…but it isn’t the same in terms of cost and priority of course. Lori even flew from SFO to HNL back in June 2001 while carrying on her wedding dress! She got one of the last seats available and we were happy that she didn’t have to go home and try again another day.

  31. Garret March 15, 2009 4:40 am

    Samson was mentioned in a couple of articles today. Tom Flores sure doesn’t seem to feel that Grove is a $30 milllion upgrade over Samson.

    Center Jake Grove: At 300 pounds, the former Raider is only a few pounds heavier than Samson Satele. But former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said he’s an upgrade. ”Stronger and stouter than Satele,” Williamson said.

    Raiders radio analyst/former coach Tom Flores said Grove creates a good push on running plays. But like Satele, ”he has trouble with the premier nose guards, like Baltimore has.” And Grove’s pass blocking is ”adequate. I don’t think it’s great,” Flores said. ”The question is, can he stay healthy? Every time he got into a groove, he would get some injury. I don’t think Oakland would have paid” what Miami did [$14 million guaranteed].

  32. Garret March 15, 2009 4:42 am

    This article mentions how Grove has to become Miami’s starting center after they gave him his $29.5 million contract.

    And Miami believes it improved the interior offensive line with Jake Grove, who must supplant Samson Satele and raise the level of center play to be worth his $29.5 million contract.

  33. Garret March 15, 2009 4:44 am

    Lori and Mika are still sleeping, but Faith has been downstairs with me doing a workbook for the last 45 minutes. I took a blog break, but I should get back to helping her with geography questions…

  34. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 5:56 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Blessings and praise to all!

  35. Kekoa March 15, 2009 5:56 am

    Garret ~ You are a devoted dad. One day, perhaps sooner than you may expect, you will be able to see the children blossom into intelligent young ladies. Keep doing what you do. It’s heart warming to read of their progress.

  36. Kekoa March 15, 2009 6:07 am

    Hiya Liz!…and a bootiful morning to you too! I’m up early cleaning up after a small gathering of my dad’s Hanai family yesterday. They’re in from Sierra Vista, AZ…kinda last minute…but hey, you know how things are sometimes.

  37. djmitcho March 15, 2009 6:10 am

    Good Morning to the early sunday gang, LizK, Garrett and Kekoa and all the Tsaikos! I wish it were sunny here.

  38. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 6:13 am

    Pardon me for typing wif my mouf full… having breakfast and reading while I eat…

  39. Kekoa March 15, 2009 6:14 am

    Frightening to hear of Homey & ST knocking those bowling pins down with their balls! Lucky nobody got hurt! Sorry I missed out on the fun, it would’ve been fun to see how the Tsaikettes man handled the boys.

  40. djmitcho March 15, 2009 6:16 am

    I’m doing the same thing

  41. Kekoa March 15, 2009 6:30 am

    dj ~ I was happy to read of your EIS testing going down as scheduled yesterday at the local Irish Pub. It sounds like you may have had a very successful green bottle inventory examination. A quick and easy recovery is important.

    It’s so important to note the quality of the contents. Too much green gets to the ‘gills’ and that’s when we have to call in our resident EMT personnel, J(J). You hate to see that happen, but Koakane has come close to that situation a few times already, and Homey has had several close encounters. We are a bit under-staffed here, and await your return.

  42. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 6:40 am

    Yikes, I was out painting with Rotary and missed the blog notice yesterday- HAUOLI LAHANAU (belated) JULIET!!!

  43. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 6:41 am

    hmm… doppler shows a rainband heading this way. better shut some winders…

  44. wafan March 15, 2009 6:45 am

    Good morning everyone!!!

  45. wafan March 15, 2009 6:46 am

    More snow on the ground.

    Big yipee.


    Hopefully it will stop snowing by the time the Warriors play the Cougs.

  46. wafan March 15, 2009 6:47 am

    Koakane . . .

    Check your e-mail.

  47. brew808 March 15, 2009 6:49 am

    …my belated birthday wishes…

    ~•~~~•~ 😯 ((((((((~Happy..Birthday..Mrs..D1shima!!!~)))))))) 😯 ~•~~~•~

    You are truly the Juliet to our Romeo島!!! 😆 😯 😀

  48. brew808 March 15, 2009 6:51 am


    Have a terrific day! 😀 😆 8)

  49. Kekoa March 15, 2009 7:06 am

    Koakane! ~ A soggy shoutout to my pahtna.

    It must be time for the Wessai Chaptah to gather around the coffee pot…say about 10 AM.

    BG ~ Activate the Tsaiko sickcall roster please.

    Kazz ~ You up for it?

    D-1 ~ Hope you treated your best girl to a nice birthday dinner, how about breakfast too?

    Ralph/myki/sj ~ Coffee?

    A-Sports authority ~ Attention on deck…you 2 still got game?!

    Anyone in the vicinity of the Waipio clubhouse please feel free to stop in.

  50. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 8:09 am

    Ok- wow. those showers went by quickly.

    I made up a little St. Patty’s day card for you-all. Instead of clogging emails, I just put it up on the left side of my blog. Click my name to see.

  51. myki March 15, 2009 8:15 am

    Good morning to all!!

    Liz, thanks for that awesome card! That was a terrific rendition of the Irish jig by the Tsaikettes and their Tsaiko leader. Have a great Sunday.

  52. Jason March 15, 2009 8:30 am

    Too bad I couldn’t stick around for bowling. But I had a great time with everyone at dinner! 🙂

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 8:40 am

    Thanks to all the behind the scenes folks who do such stellar work for the sake of UH Athletics.

    Good morning everybody!

  54. SteveM March 15, 2009 8:42 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Yup, congrats to homey for his consistent games. The sandbagger. If he had bigger heavier balls last night, his score would be near my weight… 😆

  55. Stephen Tsai March 15, 2009 9:03 am

    Re: Samson
    He’s in a tough situation.
    He has two years to go before free agency. He can’t request a trade. Well, he can request one, but he has no leverage.
    Last year he played for his second o-line coach, and there wasn’t the chemistry that he had with the first one.
    On the one side, he played courageously for someone with a really messed-up shoulder. When the doctors went in, they were surprised to see how extensive the damage.
    On the other side, I guess that’s what led the Dolphins to act. They couldn’t go into OTAs without the security of having a set center. I’m sure Samson will bounce back, but the NFL is a business, and center is a key position.

  56. Stephen Tsai March 15, 2009 9:05 am

    I’m always amazed to watch the lefties bowl. It’s like watching a good left-handed pitcher. A-Joe and Homey were tickling the left lane and then the bowling ball breaks toward the middle.
    As opposed to righties, who just roll it down the middle.

  57. Kekoa March 15, 2009 9:59 am

    ST ~ When Diana was making her run for Hawaii State Singles Title in the Spring/Summer of ’86, her ‘lefty’ delivery was awesome. Just at the right moment, it would swoop into pocket and blast doze pins.

    Meanwhile I was dusting the lanes from the right hand side over at Ft Shafter, struggling to barely qualify for the All-Army team. Made a quick turn around at Ft. Sheridan, Ilinois as a pesky All-Navy team spanked us and sent us back home!

  58. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 10:33 am

    I have faith in Samson. What the coaches don’t appreciate is his heart.

    Three questions about this situation, Mr. Tsai:

    What precisely was the nature of his shoulder injury?
    How much of a factor was it during his play this year?
    What is the long term medical prognosis?

    My point is, if this injury was a hindrance to him this year and affected his play, that needs to be considered. If it is the kind of injury which surgery or other treatment can correct, then I predict that he will be back, better than ever.

    I’d put a healthy Samson up against anybody, and expect him to be very competitive. We need to remember that Samson is one of the toughest and most competitive men ever to play for the Warriors.

  59. Pomai March 15, 2009 11:44 am

    DPK right on target, plus he was the glue that kept the team together (Warriors)

  60. ai-eee-soos March 15, 2009 12:00 pm

    Pomai: Do you have any idea why it’s taking JD such a long time

    to make a decision on Bolla ?

    This situation has gone on too long, don’t you think ?

  61. SteveM March 15, 2009 12:02 pm

    Tsai-kos in Las Vegas September 18-19, 2009 &
    Tsai-kos who might be Las Vegas September 18-19, 2009

    Rich2176 is now working on the Tsai-ko game ticket requests. Those with NEW requests should email him directly at: rich2176 (at) yahoo(dot)com

    Tsai-ko LAS Survey 4 is now online to collect RSVPs for the events arranged by las vegas

    1. Friday night Tsai-ko Get-Together Party
    2. Saturday Tailgate at buffet restaurant
    3. Saturday OPTIONAL bus between tailgate restaurant and stadium

    Survey 4 also collects ETA and hotel location info, so you can locate others who might be staying nearby…or at your hotel. 🙂

    Current status and info is listed at:

    If you cannot get into the survey or have questions, please email me at: stevem.hnl (at)

  62. Pomai March 15, 2009 12:34 pm

    ai-eee-soos No not really, but I do know that you have to tread lightly when it comes to getting rid of a civil service employee, which I think he is even thought he had a contract. It is really hard to actually fire a civil service employee, most often I have seen a department head move someone to another department or another area within the same department, you couldn’t believe the amount of paper work alone, plus the most important thing is that “You had better have all your ducks lined up right” or it can get very ugly.

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 12:44 pm

    Howzit Pomai-

    Long time no see/hear/read! 😆 Thanks for responding to my post about Samson. I noticed that the blog seemed to go dead for almost an hour after I made that post.

    Awkward. 😳

  64. Pomai March 15, 2009 12:58 pm

    DPK thanks, been lurking when not busy restoring the car I just bought. So haven’t been commenting much. Take care.

    Also shout out to Florida Ted, hope your getting stronger everyday, need you here to cheer on the Warriors.

  65. chawan_cut March 15, 2009 1:03 pm

    i was in reno. just got back now.

  66. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 1:09 pm

    Welcome home, C_C!

    Hi Pomai! DPK!

  67. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:30 pm

    Great Day All!

    Sounds like a great night of getting bowled over!

    Tuned in just in time to watch Kevin McDonald stroke HR #3 for the year!
    1-0, BaseBows. btm 2. Bus’ out da brooms!

  68. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:31 pm

    Welcome home chawan_cut!

  69. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 1:31 pm

    Howdy Ms. Lizzie… Did you folks get the big rains this weekend? The news said that you guys had a record low temp…

  70. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:32 pm

    Mahalo to all those unsung, off-camera, backstage heroes that make life great for the rest of us!

  71. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:40 pm

    The comment about the K5 tech who climbs up on the roof to place the camera reminds me of all those shots on Discovery and NatGeo.
    Ever wonder about those shots of the climber coming at you as he reaches the summit; the diver entering the underwater cave; the shark attacking the divers in the cage? All those shots from the perspective of someone who was already in place, by a person who was lugging around a camera (and recently an even bulkier, heavier HD camera).

    My favorites are those shots from the water of the crab boats in Deadliest Catch; even holding the camera with a boom means the camera operator is dangling over the side of the boat! 😯

  72. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 1:43 pm

    Hi d1! – Please ask Mrs. d1 to check her email. 😆

    DPK- wessai has been mostly hot and sunny with passing showers. Da odda side is getting da rain, I tink. (looking at Doppler and out da window to da west- hmmm… more sprinkles on the way.

    And pls remember to check out your Happy St. Patty’s Day card. Click on my name and look left.

  73. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 1:43 pm

    d1- Deadliest Catch is my fave show…

  74. stacyj March 15, 2009 1:54 pm

    Hi everyone! Just a quick hello! Glad to see you had fun last night bowling.

    Also, wanted to give my thanks to those mentioned above…especially UH softball and baseball. I’ve been a huge fan since my days at UH. I remember as if it was yesterday going to the softball games with a hand full of people…thinking, these awesome athletes deserve support. Great times thanks to the unsung helpers. And, baseball was the only sport in college I paid to watch (because it meant so much to me).

    Have a great day! Stacy

  75. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:55 pm

    will do Liz.

    I think she’s napping now though.

    Yea Kolten Wong! Outta hea, baby! 2-0. btm 4th.

  76. d1島 March 15, 2009 1:58 pm

    As I check around, yes, she’s napping; the dogs are both napping….


  77. g-nalo March 15, 2009 2:22 pm

    ai-eee-soos No not really, but I do know that you have to tread lightly when it comes to getting rid of a civil service employee, which I think he is even thought he had a contract. It is really hard to actually fire a civil service employee, most often I have seen a department head move someone to another department or another area within the same department, you couldn’t believe the amount of paper work alone, plus the most important thing is that “You had better have all your ducks lined up right” or it can get very ugly.

    correct, its hard and you must tread lightly……you have to accumulate a LONG history of detailed and accurate documention.

    also correct IF possible, they move people around in the interim. believe thats the origination of the infamous job title “special projects”?

  78. jm2375 March 15, 2009 2:52 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!!

    Sounds like you all fun last night. Sounds like Homey’s a hustler. 😀 j/k.

    Thanks to all those ST mentioned above.

  79. Committed Road Warrior March 15, 2009 2:56 pm

    I wonder where brew—ski is to comment on the NCAA Tournament field.

    BaseBows got some work left to do.

  80. d1島 March 15, 2009 3:11 pm

    RIP Ron Silver.

    He played a policy wonk you could almost love.

  81. Kekoa March 15, 2009 3:16 pm

    jmama ~ We put a childproof lock on da clubhouse before adjourning da Wessai Chaptuh meeting just so you no fut-ta-round trying fo make breaking and entering a habit.

  82. Jason March 15, 2009 3:21 pm

    Ron Silver died? Man, I loved him as Bruno in The West Wing.

  83. d1島 March 15, 2009 3:27 pm

    Oh my!
    Hat trick for Kolten Wong today! 😀
    3-run dinger puts BaseBows up 6-3 in 8th. 5th HR of the game.

    Did someone raise Murakami Stadium up a few thousand feet?

  84. Jason March 15, 2009 3:29 pm

    Okay, I promised an NCAA men’s basketball tournament pick’em league, and here it is!

    To join our group, visit the following link:

    Group ID: 97560
    Password: cattlecall

    The game is free to play, and anybody reading this blog can join. All you need is a Yahoo! user account, which is also free. A small prize will be awarded to the winner. Remember, all you have to do is pick the winners!

  85. Pomai March 15, 2009 3:37 pm

    March 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    ……you have to accumulate a LONG history of detailed and accurate documention.

    My best man was a manager in a civil service department, he had a guy that was a total idiot, but he had been shifted from department to department, so when he ended up in my friends department my friend decided that it had to end and they needed to just get rid of the guy, well it took five years of documented screw-up’s to finally get the guy canned.

  86. AlaWaiPipeLayer March 15, 2009 3:40 pm

    Thanks Jason:
    I think you need to assign a bracket name before we can sign in.

  87. d1島 March 15, 2009 3:41 pm

    BaseBows get it done, but not without a little excitement. 😈

    2nd series sweep; nice roll…..

  88. d1島 March 15, 2009 3:45 pm



  89. Committed Road Warrior March 15, 2009 3:50 pm


    Thanks for the pick-em. I’ll probably do terrible, but who knows?

  90. Jason March 15, 2009 3:50 pm

    AlaWaiPipeLayer: No, that’s what you choose to name your bracket. It’s like naming your fantasy team, except you have a bracket, not a team.

    d1shima: Thank you.

  91. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 3:56 pm


    That’s the best St. Paddy’s card EVER!!!
    ROTFLMFAO!!!! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  92. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 3:57 pm


    Did you see Liz’s card? I didn’t know you were such a good dancer! 😆

  93. Jason March 15, 2009 4:05 pm

    DPK: Card, what card? Liz, who’s that? 😀

  94. Committed Road Warrior March 15, 2009 4:21 pm

    Does anyone other than me find this character to be as creepy as the dude from the BK commercials?

  95. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 4:28 pm

    What happen!

    It’s scorchin’ out there!

    Can somebody turn on the AC?

    Thank you.

  96. jm2375 March 15, 2009 4:31 pm

    Kekoa – #81 – me? why would I do such a thing? 🙄

    DPK – it’s the only time Jason will get the girls!! 😆 j/k Jase.

    Speaking of pigs (not Tsaikos), anyone see that commercial with 2 pigs having ham? 😯 😮 😆

  97. wafan March 15, 2009 4:31 pm

    CRW . . .

    The message is clear . . . they are saying men are pigs. Women should give us money.

  98. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 15, 2009 4:36 pm

    Jason- #72 re card.

  99. Committed Road Warrior March 15, 2009 4:44 pm



    I see that commercial on TV and I get chills going down my spine. That thing is just…..creepy… matter what message they are trying to convey.

  100. Jason March 15, 2009 4:48 pm

    La la la la la la la, I don’t know what you’re talking about! La la la la la la la! I can’t hear you! 😀

  101. jm2375 March 15, 2009 5:52 pm

    where’d everybody go? Jason, you chased everybody away!! 🙂

  102. addahknowjoe March 15, 2009 5:58 pm

    jm2375- I stay poppin in and out. Kinda slow today. Hopefully everyone’s out and about enjoying this much needed sunshine!

  103. jm2375 March 15, 2009 6:08 pm

    howzit ajoe! didja kick okole last night?

  104. KapoleiWarrior March 15, 2009 6:14 pm

    Anybody up to date on the rules about when college baseballers can go pro? I know they have some sort of funny rule whereby they can’t just turn pro whwnever they want. I think (I’m hoping) that rule is more restrictive than college basketball where you get those “one and done” guys. I’d be very interested to know this because I gotta believe braddah Kolten Wong is ready for the next level. From the beginning of the year I could see that his talent level was way up there and today’s performance just cemented my opinion.

  105. Garret March 15, 2009 6:15 pm


    We went to Legoland today (we let the kids pick between any of the theme parks/zoos/museums) and had a great time of course. We saw the special Inauguration display they set up in Mini Land and I was so impressed! They had a ton of Lego people there (more than all the rest at Legoland combined I think) and set up the display to look exactly like how it looked on TV! Lori took photos and they will get posted eventually.

  106. Garret March 15, 2009 6:17 pm


    College baseball players cannot turn pro after one year, so you’ll get to watch Kolten Wong for awhile longer at UH.

    Players at four-year colleges are eligible after completing their junior years, or after their twenty-first birthdays. The exception to this is Division III schools, where players can be drafted before their junior year.

  107. Garret March 15, 2009 6:20 pm

    In the US we are used to hearing about players having to deal with personal insults, heckling, etc. from the fans of the opposing team. However, in Iraq they take the term “hostile crowd” to a whole different level. This soccer player was trying to tie the game but one of the opposing fans literally stopped him.

    An Iraqi football player has been shot dead by a spectator as he was about to score an equalising goal.

  108. Garret March 15, 2009 6:21 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff.

    Senate committee in Utah approved a bill that would require drinks served in restaurants to be prepared in a back room or behind a 10-foot-high wall. The bill also would make it illegal to appear drunk in Utah.

  109. Garret March 15, 2009 6:21 pm

    Germans in their 20s would prefer to give up their spouses and their car instead of giving up access to the Internet.

  110. Garret March 15, 2009 6:22 pm

    Want a measure of how bad the economy is in Detroit due to the auto industry and other problems? The median cost of a home sold in December in Detroit was $7,500!

  111. Garret March 15, 2009 6:22 pm

    Ryanair (European airline) is actually considering charging passengers $1.40 to use the toilet! They point out that train and bus stations in Europe already charge passengers to use the toilet, which is a good argument…but I’d bet the first airlines that tried this in the US would get a strong backlash from the public.

  112. Garret March 15, 2009 6:23 pm

    Past studies of men found that there were some benefits for men who drank a glass of wine per day. Unfortunately, this study found that women who drink one small glass of wine a day are increasing their risk of developing certain forms of cancer by six per cent, with the risk doubling if they have a second drink.

  113. Garret March 15, 2009 6:24 pm

    Free play links pau.

  114. Garret March 15, 2009 6:25 pm

    If you ever wanted to read the back story behind the Godfather movie and the Mafia, this article is quite detailed. I find this type of feature article interesting…

  115. Garret March 15, 2009 6:26 pm

    Best wishes to the mom of VP Biden.

    Vice President Joe Biden’s 91-year-old mother was hospitalized Sunday after a fall at her home in Delaware, according to Biden’s office.

  116. Momo March 15, 2009 8:02 pm

    I will join the next bowling event…Sorry I missed it..I love bowling and coached girls bowling for 35 years. Had two girls state champs during this time.

    What a enjoyable Baseball game. It was the a great game and a fan’s delight

  117. madeinhawaii March 15, 2009 8:06 pm

    Wasn’t Kolton offered out of highschool, but he deferred to accept a scholarship at UH, instead?

  118. PowderPuff March 15, 2009 8:15 pm

    ST – nice mention of Kara and the rest of the people who make it happen at UH. Sounds like I missed out on the fun last night. I’m even more lame at bowling than darts…but I look forward to the next Tsai-ko gathering.

  119. koakane± March 15, 2009 8:19 pm

    good evening tsai-ko country. very enjoyable bible study kope hour(s) with bg, sj, myki, kekoa, ralph, ajoe and asport. good kope and great conversation.

    congrats :mrgreen: to bball team on their sweet sweep this weekend. ralphie needs to give some luv to kwong for his 3 count’um ralph 3 over da fence dingers.

  120. Cindy/Cenn March 15, 2009 9:28 pm

    Liz, what a wonderful card! Happy St. Paddy’s day to you and your’s!!

    I agree…kudos to all who work behind the scenes during the games. We will never take you for granted.

  121. al ™ March 15, 2009 9:53 pm

    i believe he was drafted in the 16th round by the twins who have a local area scout in hawaii.

  122. al ™ March 15, 2009 9:55 pm

    kapoleiwarrior…..the draft eligible stuff was discussed several days ago.

  123. chawan_cut March 15, 2009 10:06 pm

    congrats to the basebows!
    3 homeruns?!?!? thats crazy!

  124. Pomai March 15, 2009 10:07 pm

    Garret #114 good one. Thanks

  125. homey ℞ March 15, 2009 10:12 pm

    Good night everyone!

    A-Joe – That wasn’t my first time bowling. I remember going to Country Lanes in Waipahu for 2 PE classes in intermediate school. We had to walk to the bowling alley! Then there was the bowling game at Fun Factory where you rolled the wood ball and hit the pins that was attached to some kind of metal bars. And then there is Wii bowling.

    I was impressed with the scores everyone bowled! Was kinda dark in there. The music was good but loud. Had to talk at shouting level, causing me to lose some of my karaoke voice.

    al – I was the only one with a black ball. My other ball was pink but someone took it.

  126. chawan_cut March 15, 2009 10:15 pm

    thanks lizk, d1.

  127. SteveM March 15, 2009 10:49 pm

    Saw the news on the causal dining cutbacks. Peaches and I went to Hungry Lion late this afternoon. Triple M for me, Pastrami sandwich w/fries for her. Food has been up and down there but generally good. Certainly is convenient for us…and a place with Tsai-ko memories.

    Next place will be chicken katsu and shrimp tempura, I think. Also, noticed a 10% coupon for Camellia II on King Street in the MidWeek…first time I’ve seen one.

    homey — it’s OK to bring your own ball to bowling…a 15 pounder seems good, although you certainly have the strength for a 16.

    Work day again tomorrow. Good night everyone.

  128. AlaWaiPipeLayer March 15, 2009 10:51 pm

    Jason: Thanks. I am green like St. Paddy’s Day.

  129. Da Punchbowl Kid March 15, 2009 11:05 pm

    Hungry Lion… Thank goodness for a nice affordable place wih lots o’ neighborhood folks and families. I like the crowd there as much as the food. We’ve still got to make it out to Shiro’s sometime, SteveM/

  130. homey ℞ March 15, 2009 11:07 pm

    SteveM – I don’t have a personal bowling ball. Alley balls are fine. I don’t even have darts, House darts are fine too. I don’t have a cue stick also…

    Goodnight everyone. Gotta work on a “special project” tomorrow. 😆

  131. chawan_cut March 15, 2009 11:11 pm

    can’t wait for the lego pics.

  132. hvjm March 16, 2009 12:32 am

    kolten wong good job yesterday hitting 3 homeruns i love watching you play from when you was in little league to now in college. i know your dad and mom is very proud of you . and the angel on the outfield that watch the ball go over the wall 3 times was your grandpa wong smileing from heaven. we love you kolten keep working hard everyday with your school work and baseball.

  133. addahknowjoe March 16, 2009 1:01 am

    Ralph- How was Kolten’s performance. Good enough to your liking? =)

  134. Pomai March 16, 2009 2:43 am

    Jason when dey goin list da teams?

  135. wafan March 16, 2009 3:05 am

    Good morning!

    Thank you to everyone Mr. Tsai listed at the top. Your efforts are recognized!

    Bowling? Have not done that in a lot of years.

  136. bighilofan2 March 16, 2009 3:14 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.


    some day when Kolten grows up he going look jus like homey. 😆

    da kid get natural ability. his grandpa wuz good even in his 60s. great genes dis kid.

    Kolten, keep up da good work.
    and change da name. 😯

    Go Warriors.

  137. wafan March 16, 2009 3:15 am

    The ‘Zags and UW must be on the NCAA favored list. Both teams play their first regional games in Portland, OR. The ‘Bows would have been sent to a little island off the East Coast of Africa.

  138. bighilofan2 March 16, 2009 3:16 am


    I agree. cannot thank all the Warriors who contribute to the fans delite.

    starting at da top, Mr. Tsai.

  139. KapoleiWarrior March 16, 2009 3:21 am

    Sorry I missed the discussion on baseball players eligibility. I hate to bring up old news. I’m a pretty dedicated lurker but must have missed that one. I skim through the blog pretty quickly sometimes as I’m primarily just interested in the sports stuff and at times it can be hard to find amongst all the other discussions. So my apologies….I will lurk more diligently in the future.

  140. bighilofan2 March 16, 2009 3:22 am


    great card for St Patty’s Day.

    and good news about your Rotary Club stuffs. How many guyz you get show up fo fix tings around da hood? usually da same gang? same o same o ova hea.

    das why i like workin wit da ole crew. day show up!

  141. bighilofan2 March 16, 2009 3:23 am

    I like Kolten’s mudda. dat lady is a troopa.

  142. bighilofan2 March 16, 2009 3:52 am

    see you in Maui, Tsaikos.

    exme woooshhhhh>>>>>>

  143. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 16, 2009 5:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    I fell asleep halfway through Garret’s #114 recommendation and just woke up to finish it. The Godfather is my favorite film of all time.

    Hey- anyone want to come to the Band Champ finals next Saturday? Ukuleleboi’s band “2nd Nature” is competing for the big prize. It is being filmed at Pipeline Cafe from 2-4pm and will be shown on KHON on Wednesday, the 25th after American Idol. I can get free tickets for friends and family. We are also making booster tee shirts that I have to order by this afternoon- $21 each. Pls email me- lizkauai at gmail dot com if you like tix or shirts (give sizes).

    Then- everyone can VOTE by phone or text for their fave band on Wednesday night. I hope you like 2nd Nature! Winners will be announced on Thursday.

    ok- Breakfast time!

  144. djmitcho March 16, 2009 6:53 am

    Good Morning Tsaikoville! It’s the begining of another week and I hope everyone makes through to the weekend. Have a good one everybody!

  145. koakane± March 16, 2009 7:53 am

    wuz up with a good 8) sunny morning tsai-ko nation

    congrats ukuleleboi and good luck to ‘2nd nature’ garden isle rep to band champs. enjoy the sunday proud mom lizk

    gotta run esmeeeeee wooooooooooshhhhhhhhhhh

  146. (Jesse)James March 16, 2009 8:30 am

    Hey Gang…just thought I’d pop in and say good morning…got to run…busy busy day

  147. d1島 March 16, 2009 9:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    Let the Madness begin! Actually, with the lackluster results of the MBB this season my interest in college basketball overall hasn’t been that great. Hopefully I can fill out my bracket somewhat respectably on Jason’s setup today and see what happens.

  148. A-House March 16, 2009 9:29 am


    u neva bang the tengara so ST still sleeping – no mor new post!


    isn’t Twins local scout a former Rainbow?

  149. al ™ March 16, 2009 9:47 am

    no. i think you may be thinking of eric tokunaga former bow ss for that one and only ncaa world series rainbow squad who was also named all-tourney who was a scout for the kc royals who is now a full time scout for some japanese pro team and is now located on the mainland. (whew)

  150. A-House March 16, 2009 9:50 am

    OK, got it al – wasn’t sure if it was Eric or another Bow.

  151. A-House March 16, 2009 9:51 am

    pure speculation – will Coach Mac give last schollie to Wade K if he decommits and wants to attend UH? what you guys/gals tink?

  152. koakane iphone March 16, 2009 9:53 am

    #149 correct Al

    Tok’s is in north Carolina

  153. al ™ March 16, 2009 9:53 am

    you know i was kind of pulling your chain a bit.
    (all though we did talk about it)

    looks like the surprising ‘bows are the talk of the town what with a local boy the star player as well as the arrival of jason kramer and now harrison kuroda two more local kids doing well on the mound. throw in young easton torigoe who displayed that he belongs up there (what a quick bat he has).

    i guess we were just waiting for the return of the bows, what with the “nothing to cheer for” basketball teams and men’s vb tanking recently, this is just what we needed.

  154. koakane iphone March 16, 2009 10:30 am

    Ahouse is Midori keeping you updated on Seattle situations?

  155. homey ℞ March 16, 2009 10:30 am

    A-House – WK signed the papers. Do you think he’s not going to show up at that mainland university? There are penalties if he does not attend the university he signed with…I think.

  156. bingo play live March 24, 2009 8:12 pm

    The technician then must scale the ladder— in the wind, and often the rain — with a 20-foot drop to the side.
    Wesley Uchida, the lone groundskeeper for UH’s Lower Campus.The UH men’s volleyball players. Sure, they’re in a slump.

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