Sunday specials

OK, OK, time to clean out the In box:

• The Rainbow Wahine softball team today will sign autographs and pose for pictures at the RainBowTique Ward Centre, from 11:30 a.m. to 1;30 p.m.

• Several UH players, including Kealoha Pilares and Spencer Smith, will be among the instructors at the Koa Kid Football Camp this coming week at the UH athletic facilities. It’s an all-day camp, too. For details, go to Koa Kid Football.

• The UH men’s volleyball team’s Youth Camp runs tomorrow through Thursday in the Stan Sheriff Center. For info, go here: Youth Camp.

• Former UH running back Joey Cadiz has started a youth football league, which actually is part of a larger sports program. Check it out at playPono.

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Not sure how this happened, but I got little teary-eyed twice this week: Watching Toy Story 3 and the Michael Jackson tribute event.

Darn chili peppers.

I think it’s time for some football.


  1. al June 27, 2010 1:22 am


  2. al June 27, 2010 1:23 am

    still no numbers?
    what up scotty boy?

  3. al June 27, 2010 1:28 am

    what’s the deal with david paaluhi?
    is he gonna get the green light to play???
    could he be the missing man in the middle?
    will young george daily-lyles have enough size, wherewithal, and understanding of the defensive scheme that he will arrive early?

    anyway, he’s my pick for newbie of the year. last year’s pick “hot rod” bradley certainly was on his way until that leg whip befell the guy.

  4. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 2:29 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Nation !

    I have a young H.S. Junior Volleyball “STAR” young lady that is highly interested in playing for the wahine volleyball team. She is 6″1″, jumps out of the gym and plays middle blocker for Mission Viejo High School in Orange County. She is a “COMPLETE” player that can dig, pass and when she kills the ball with her TREMENDOUS leaping ability it’s like a rocket missle exploding off the ground !

    I play tennis with her Father who approached me yesterday as she has a 3.4 gpa with SAT scores at a solid 1850. I saw her when she was 8 years of age nothing but arms and legs as dad brought her along while we play singles and at that time she was riding a skateboard, running sprints up 15 foot mountain tops, valleys and hills as little did I know she would become interested in volleyball and become an OUTSTANDING prospect as she is gaining attention from several Pac 12 schools, MWC and the east coast as Temple University, Penn University and Penn State are vying for her talents as Dad is from the Philadelphia area.

    She has an affectious personality and hangs out with her volleyball friends in Orange County as a “PIPELINE” can be coming of highly touted freshmen who loves her friendship and camraderie as “NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP” is what she dreams about as I have not mention her name in fear of any violations as I don’t want this to mess up since I have been trying to get you good folks ATHLETES for quite some time here in Los Angeles.

    I have sent e-mail to Coach Shoji and his staff as she will be playing in the Phoenix Arizona National Festival from June 29th through July 4th representing Saddleback Volleyball Club as Coach knows her name as she is a sleeper who is gaining “FAST” attention with opening eyes from MAJOR volleyball programs. I need you folks help IF you see any of the volleyball coaches around town please have them get back to me or Father as I have left detail information and all they have to do is “Follow Through” !

    Wants to go and play in warm weather and what better place then the land of Aloha !

    Major is sports medicine as her brother is going to Pepperdine on a full volleyball scholarship as he is touted one of the top 10 juniors in the State !

    Mahalo !

  5. ai-eee-soos June 27, 2010 2:30 am

    “quiet” sports section in this morning’s paper. NO article by st.

  6. Pride. June 27, 2010 2:56 am

    Does Aaron Brown count as newbie of the year? Played is less than a game last year. What little I saw of him in that first game, he looked very impressive. Real baller

  7. losthawaiian June 27, 2010 4:40 am

    Rainbow Cliff, Great find! Hopefully coach Shoji and staff already knows about her and what she can do now and in the future. Scouting is such a cat and mouse game with these other big Pac-10 schools. Remind her the ocean water is always above 70 deg. in Hawaii whereas she she already knows how cold the water is in cali.

  8. duffer (iPhone) June 27, 2010 5:20 am

    Top ten!


  9. wafan June 27, 2010 5:42 am

    Interesting article about the multiple awards earned by the Honolulu Advertiser.

    6 of 7 awards in the newspaper category.

    Swept the internet category.

    Congratulations to the HA writers, photographers, editors and workers for the pride in excellence you showed over the years!!!


  10. wafan June 27, 2010 5:43 am

    Good Sunday morning to everyone!

  11. HNL June 27, 2010 6:12 am

    #11, Good morning

  12. d1島 June 27, 2010 6:13 am

    Great Morning All!

    How has the attendance been at the summer football camps this year?

  13. HNL June 27, 2010 6:14 am

    Wow everybody stay sleeping

  14. HNL June 27, 2010 6:16 am

    Two in a row

  15. HNL June 27, 2010 6:17 am


  16. WAIPIO June 27, 2010 6:18 am


  17. d1島 June 27, 2010 6:18 am


    Sorry, couldn’t resist….


  18. HNL June 27, 2010 6:19 am

    Foa, okay going back to sleep

  19. HNL June 27, 2010 6:20 am

    Dats alright, whats up

  20. d1島 June 27, 2010 6:33 am

    Going back sleep sounds good but gotta


  21. wafan June 27, 2010 6:49 am

    d1 . . .

    Tell the boss it is the weekend. Oh wait, it is Mrs. d1.

    Never mind.

  22. chawan_cut June 27, 2010 7:43 am

    its sunday? what happened to saturday? is tomorrow monday?

  23. DIOGENES SINOPE June 27, 2010 7:48 am

    Gee – top 25 or somewhere around that area – without numbers, who can tell? But again, who really cares? 🙂

    Good morning Hawaii.

    RAINBOWCLIFF: Sent your message to someone at UHF who is a big VB fan.

  24. al June 27, 2010 8:08 am

    aaron brown would be my comeback player of the year along with hot rod bradley.

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 8:09 am

    Approximately 24th!!! Can’t tell for sure!

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I hope they got the police barriers, riot squad and horse mounted police down at the Ward Center for the Wahine. Kazz will be in the area, causing mass hysteria!

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 8:10 am

    Howzit Mr. Al!

  27. Jc Laconte June 27, 2010 8:12 am

    A couple of weeks ago i downloaded Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Torrent from and, even though its a really OLD game, its simply the best NINTENDO DSi game ever made in my opinion 😉

  28. koakane™ June 27, 2010 8:19 am

    adding my good morns on this bright sunday to the early tsaiko’s. al what no sleep?

    yes just 60+ :mrgreen: odd more days till football season babe whoootahhhhh

    kazz must have camped out some place at ward or ala moana to be first bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    dpk neva would have guessed but yea would be great to swap beer with him anytime. gotta catch up and talk stories

  29. koakane™ June 27, 2010 8:21 am

    pride you went check out all poly camp?

  30. Last Call June 27, 2010 8:27 am

    I know who the mystery volleyball girl from MV High School is.Brother is very good also however she must have grown a lot in the last year,5’11 might be more like it.

  31. papajoe2 June 27, 2010 8:28 am

    # 4 or something like that. I can’t count too high. maybe i should count to 4 6 times. public school ting.

  32. Last Call June 27, 2010 8:42 am

    Mystery volleyball girl from MV High School

    RainbowCliff Says

    Dad is from Philadelphia area , Penn State wants her ? Guess what,can you read my mind ?

  33. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 9:05 am

    It feels like we’ve asked countless times to have numbers here! 😉

  34. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 9:05 am

    Yes, that WAS a pun intended!

  35. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 9:09 am

    Da ferd ferd ferd, da ferd got da word!

    Interesting column from the ferd today about UH’s prospects for going independant. It certainly gives one pause to think.

  36. madeinhawaii June 27, 2010 9:21 am

    Here’s some numbers to keep in mind…




    Till UH squares off with USC!

  37. Shoko June 27, 2010 9:39 am

    I agree that Ferd’s column about UH going independant was interesting. Made my head hurt, or at the very least spin. Unfortunately, contemplating on this topic led to more questions than answers. Sounds like a logistical nightmare.

  38. madeinhawaii June 27, 2010 9:41 am

    Pretty nice pres-season press release regarding the Colorado / Hawaii game..

  39. papajoe2 June 27, 2010 9:50 am

    I don’t know if its possible with the complexities of scheduling, but after reading Ferd’s article, if the WAC brings in these small schools because Fresno State and Nevada leaves, I wouldn’t mind if UH went independent. The Big West has to accept UH in women’s sports, and the men too, but as for football, if scheduling permits, maybe we should go independent. Remember when the football team had only 3 or 4 road trips? Wouldn’t we make more money with more home games and probably have a better record too, with the visiting teams traveling a long way. Maybe we could subsidize the visitors from LA or the west coast with a break on hotel rates too. Our away games could be big payday games with a PAC 10 , Big 12 or even SEC team. We don’t have to play 13 games, although it would be nice. Maybe 12 or 11 if we cannot fill the schedule could be OK. We could develop rivalries with Notre Dame, Navy, and Army on a 2 here 1 there, of course, rotating between the schools, playing them toward the end of the season, to fill in games because of conferences playoffs. Wouldn’t those teams almost be forced to play us because they are independents too?If Hawaii, Nevada, and Fresno State leaves the WAC, maybe it would fold, leaving more D1 teams to play as independents. We could play the teams that are in a conference, early in the season and even add a D2 (still don’t know what they call it) or even 2 D2 teams in the middle of the season to help fill out schedule (I know the second game game wouldn’t count for bowl games, but who cares, as long as we win the majority of the remaining games). Imagine adding BYU, or UNLV or Utah or Washington to the schedule to fill the Aloha Stadium. We definitely will have more bodies in the stadium with these teams than a Utah State or Idaho.This way we would split all national TV games with our opponents and not have to share with a conference, or, get our own TV contract with ESPN, Fox West, or the other smaller cable stations. The bottom line is still the same though,”just win baby.”

  40. SteveM June 27, 2010 9:55 am

    Good morning everyone!

    papajoe2 Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 8:28 am
    # 4 or something like that. I can’t count too high. maybe i should count to 4 6 times. public school ting.

    papjoe2 — if you was edjumacated like us, you could count to 6 four times. Same thing, I hear. 😯

  41. A-House June 27, 2010 9:59 am

    Read Ferd’s article with interest and it centered on “independent” status which I believe is totally out of the question because of “small market”, no major sponsor with continuous funding, and no place to put the “other” sports as the Big West, I’m sure would welcome back the Wahine, but Commish says NO expansion plans. However, this could be subject to change depending on the ever changing landscape of college sports and the continued weak economy.

    Disappointed that the article was “buried” near the back of the sports section. I wish it had been in the “front” section to hammer the point of how fragile UH sports is, can, and will be if certain unfortunate things occur – such as, WAC moves on without UH because of travel expenses or UH cannot be invited to another conference. Front section so all Hawaii can be aware of circumstances that are and will continue to affect UHAD.

    For those “no-sports” fans and those who “diss” sports, I ask you to offer a plan, individually or collectively, on how you or yours can generate all the income and taxes lost by businesses, County, and State. It’s easy to flap the lips and degrade sports and UH. Please accept my offer and I will ask the Editor of the Star-Advertiser to post your reply on page 1. This is especially for those “academicians” ( is there such a word or am I a poor speller?) on upper UH-Manoa campus who continually put down sports, but have offered NO plan of their own to replace all the lost $$$ for UH, hotels, airlines, and tourist related business from the small shop owners to major retail outlets where the visiting schools and their fans “drop’ their $$$ each year.

    I’m sure that there is a person or persons out there who can generate a plan to make UH sports a most attractive venue that deserves the support of the entire State. We only need to find that person of have that person come forward with his/her plan.

    And, perhaps, the UH Athletic Director can change his direction and schedule only D1A schools (shcools that my be in the middle of the pack or even lower in their conference such as the ig 12, Big 10 or SEC) or only 1 D1AA school (sorry guys, but I’m still in the old mold) which may increase attendance at Aloha Stadium. Yes, it’s tough to play an entire D1 schedule, but this is what it will take to move up on onward for the football program.

    Consider the fan support of the school invited to increase our revenues.

  42. oldie June 27, 2010 10:01 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Is it only me?

    The “Add a Comment” button on my mobile phone used to take me to the bottom of the blog. Now it does nothing. Anyone else with the problem?

  43. Shoko June 27, 2010 10:07 am

    That story makes me wonder if Dan Hawkins will ever get to coach in the PAC-10. 2012 is a long way off.

  44. madeinhawaii June 27, 2010 10:08 am

    Here’s a little vocabulary lesson before the start of the new football season. We certainly don’t want people criticizing our erogenous? … exogenous? ermm… erroneous use of a word.

  45. madeinhawaii June 27, 2010 10:11 am

    Coach Dan Hawkins of Colorado has struggled in his four seasons as head coach posting a poor record of 16 wins and 33 losses

    Not a good sign, eh? Even Coach Mack, criticized for his performance, has 13 wins in two seasons.

  46. A-House June 27, 2010 10:14 am

    Last Call:

    I hope your “read my mind” means mystery VB female is offered and accepts an invitation from Hawaii.

    Coach Shoji, do you have another scholarship to offer for 2011?

  47. Kazz June 27, 2010 10:14 am


    Mahalo DPK and Koakane for the “stalker” status, but I cannot be at Ward today for the autograph signing.

    1) I hate asking for autographs.
    2) I really don’t collect them from anyone in general.

    I was contemplating changing my mind late last night as I felt I “should” go, but then to be sure I got a early morning text and I guess I’m filling in for someone at today’s slowpitch softball game.

    Ugh…. batting cages yesterday and now a real game today… I’m gonna be sore tomorrow!!! 😆

  48. SteveM June 27, 2010 10:15 am

    As I recall, before UH joined the WAC, we played a lot of football games against teams that had “…ville” and “…field” in their names.

    I’m afraid that would happen again if we went independent. What big name school wants to fly off to Hawaii in the middle of their conference season? We would probably be in danger of losing D1A status too. It all goes downhill from there. Think NCAA will give a Hawaii exemption that allow games throughout August and December if played in Hawaii?

    Maybe I’m pessimistic, but going “independent” probably means going down to DII.

  49. A-House June 27, 2010 10:17 am

    Thank you Rainbow Cliff for keeping a scout’s eagle eye on student athletes.

    Dad approached you, eh! That may be a positive sign of family support for her declared desire to play for Hawaii.

  50. Kazz June 27, 2010 10:19 am


    When I used to read those reports by Ferd on UH’s finances I’d glance at the comments left by online readers and used to roll my eyes.

    You’d get the UH fans on there, but then you’d get a handful of “non-sports” fans flapping their fingers on the keyboard about how UH is wasting money on even having an athletic department and yadda yadda yadda.

    Yes you are right, they do NOT see the whole financial picture and are complete FOOLS for not seeing how not having any UH sport, especially UH football will effect the local economy.

  51. Kazz June 27, 2010 10:21 am


    Didn’t you say that UH DOES pay for travel subsidies for their non-revenue sports?

  52. Kazz June 27, 2010 10:22 am

    Hmmm.. Thinking back on it… If I won that contest and got that $25.00 Rainbowtique gift certificate, I’d probably skip the softball game and head down to Ward. 😆

  53. DIOGENES SINOPE June 27, 2010 10:30 am

    KAZZ – your “yadda yadda yadda” at 10:19AM

    lots of people feel that they should be in an advisory position.

    As an old Chinese proverb says:

    (Charlie Chan): “Better close mouth and appear wise than open mouth and prove otherwise”

  54. Shoko June 27, 2010 10:31 am

    I remember there was a discussion, before all this pre-alignment talk, about Colorado’s feasibilty of joining another conference (PAC-!). It was mentioned by the school’s AD that due to its fianancial dilemma (couldn’t even afford to buyout Hawkin’s contract) and the exit fee of 20 million, if not mistaken, it would not be a good move. Suffice to say, I was a bit surprised that Colorado accepted the invite to the PAC-infinite as it wasn’t even a month prior to the annoucement that they made this statement.

  55. papajoe2 June 27, 2010 10:32 am

    I have to go out to practice gohu, but will be back to discuss going independent in football. I was against it at first for a long time, but after thinking about it long and hard, I would need more information about being in the WAC, such as, besides scheduling automatic games, what would be the advantage of being in the WAC as opposed to being an independent. If any of you have such information, please post. Garret, your timing on cruising is bad for this because I’m sure you have quality opinions and facts. Now I must remember what number this post is so I don’t have to read everything to get back here.

  56. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 10:35 am

    June 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    KAZZ – your “yadda yadda yadda” at 10:19AM

    lots of people feel that they should be in an advisory position.

    Then they’d be advised to think before they type! 😆

  57. A-House June 27, 2010 10:41 am

    OK, Scott Morifuji, were you toyingwith us when, for 2 days, the post “numbers” appeared and now gone again for 2 days?

    Sure miss the #s!

  58. A-House June 27, 2010 10:42 am


    Slugger posted 2 days ago about a player leaving the men’s VB team. Any more info on this?

  59. Last Call June 27, 2010 10:43 am

    Mystery VB girl from MV is a 2012 recruit ,Dave should have scholarship for her. That is if they are interested in her,kinda early .

  60. d1島 June 27, 2010 10:44 am


    As I recall, before UH joined the WAC, we played a lot of football games against teams that had “…ville” and “…field” in their names.

    as in Linfield from McMinnville, OR?


    btw, they held another successful team camp a week or so ago. Very impressive to see 6-700 footballers spread out over several football fields for their week-long camps!
    Some video of the instruction that they receive at

  61. Na Koa Mike June 27, 2010 10:45 am

    Join us at the 4th Annual Football Scholarship Dinner on July 9th at the Honolululu International Country Club. Proceeds of the dinner help defray costs of the football camps and to fund summer school tuition for the Warriors.

    For more information on the dinner:

    Warriors in summer school:

  62. Stephen Tsai June 27, 2010 10:47 am

    Whoa. Where the heck did the numbers go?

  63. Garret June 27, 2010 10:48 am

    The Big West schools are having their Athletic Budgets *squeezed* due to the state of the economy, especially for any public University in California. They take a bus to all of their road games. How will all of those nonrevenue sports afford to go to Hawaii?

    The Big West commissioner was being nice when he said that they aren’t expanding right now. If you really look at the budgets for their Athletic Departments (you can get almost all of the budget info for public Universities online), it wouldn’t be feasible for them to add UH without a HUGE travel subsidy. Even then, they would have to worry about class time being lost–many of their schools have much higher academic standards than D-IA schools and they place a significant focus on the academic performance of their athletes.

    With a need for a big travel subsidy, how does the financial side work for UH as an independent? Who is going to play UH during the conference portion of the schedule for football, basketball, baseball, softball, and so on? Ferd pointed out these problems, and they *will* be major problems for UH if they tried to go independent.

    With SEC and Big 10 schools already offering $1+ million for teams to play at their stadiums, and the Big 12 and Pac-10 probably matching that after their new TV deals kick in, how will UH afford to pay teams to play at Aloha Stadium? Take a school like SDSU–in the future they could get $1 million from USC and just bus to the game or get $300k from UH…what would they pick? The Pac-10 and Big 12 will play each other in nonconference games to increase the value of their TV deals…that makes it even harder for UH to fill out a schedule as an independent.

    Schools in the Big West need far fewer women’s teams because of Title IX and not having football. What happens to the women’s teams for UH who don’t have a conference? If they fold, UH might be forced to drop football due to Title IX.

    As Ferd points out, Army, Navy, and Notre Dame have conferences for their teams outside of football and they all have unique sources of revenue. Army-Navy is a HUGE money-making game. Does UH have a rival like that who is an independent team?

    My opinion is that UH needs to dominate the WAC and move up to another conference. That may not happen this season in football, but it needs to happen soon before the next wave of expansion. I don’t think that going independent is a viable option…and even if it was, a lot of nonrevenue sports will probably need to be dropped if UH tries that route.

  64. Stephen Tsai June 27, 2010 10:48 am

    Yep, I didn’t have to work yesterday. Instead, me the missus wen to the Michael Jackson tribute thing. That impersonator is pretty good. But, like I said, got a little teary during the “tribute” part.

  65. jm2375 June 27, 2010 10:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Re: ivory tower academics wishing for demise of sports, esp football. IIRC, before SJSU hired Tomey, some of the faculty were calling to drop football altogether. Good thing they didn’t get their way.

    Dat’s what I like about this blog. You learn plenny stuff courtesy of ST, Garret, pride., RainbowCliff, and the many other Tsaikos gurus.

  66. jm2375 June 27, 2010 10:53 am

    A-house – I posted the item about a men’s vb player leaving. Haven’t gotten confirmation from ST yet. I think I know who it is and once you hear who, you may not be surprised.

  67. Garret June 27, 2010 10:56 am

    I remember there was a discussion, before all this pre-alignment talk, about Colorado’s feasibilty of joining another conference (PAC-!). It was mentioned by the school’s AD that due to its fianancial dilemma (couldn’t even afford to buyout Hawkin’s contract) and the exit fee of 20 million, if not mistaken, it would not be a good move. Suffice to say, I was a bit surprised that Colorado accepted the invite to the PAC-infinite as it wasn’t even a month prior to the annoucement that they made this statement.


    Colorado’s AD openly admitted after last season that they didn’t have the money to buy out the $3.1 million left on Hawkins’ contract. Hawkins has the same number of years and about the same amount of money left on his contract that Mack has.

    The exit fee for Colorado is *not* $20 million, they are giving up between $9 million and $10 million. More importantly, they are NOT paying that money to the Big 12…they are just giving up the money that the Big 12 would have paid them for being a conference member. So, *zero* dollars from Colorado is going to the Big 12. To fire Hawkins they would have had to give up $3.1 million to Hawkins…big difference!

    The Pac-10 is doing all they can for Colorado’s financial situation. When Colorado joins the Pac-10, they will get a full share of the conference money (100%, just like what USC and UCLA gets). When Utah joins the Pac-10, they are getting just 50% the first year, 75% the second year, and then in the third year they are getting 100% like a regular conference member. Since 50% of the Pac-10 money is *much* more than what they were getting from the MWC, Utah agreed to that deal.

  68. Stephen Tsai June 27, 2010 10:58 am

    Remember a couple of weeks ago when the idea this blog floated the idea to explore UH going independent in football? That actually came from JJ. I bring this up now only because in Ferd’s article today, he cites JJ for floating the idea several years ago, which he did. But he again floated the idea a couple of weeks ago, too.
    I think too often things are presented from UH’s financial side: travel subsidies, how much would UH earn per game, etc.
    Maybe it’s time to look at it from the fans’ perspective. Would you want to see UH play at LSU? Florida? Virginia Tech? Texas? Notre Dame? Personally, if I were a fan, that might be kind of cool And three body-bag games probably would generate as much revenue as seven home game does now. So you add that to a late-night TV contract, and maybe UH makes some money.
    Or maybe it doesn’t.
    But those are things to consider while other conferences pick off WAC teams one by one.

  69. Garret June 27, 2010 10:59 am

    Back to work for me. I’m not on the cruise anymore. I have a major work deadline on Wednesday and have a new project that I might need to start on before then due to its time-critical nature. I also am working on something that might be a great benefit to UH…but all of that is on my “free” time, which has been taking up almost all of the time I normally set aside for blogging and other things.

  70. Garret June 27, 2010 11:04 am


    JD broke down the finances for UH games last season, and it appears that UH makes about $700k per home game. UH makes more for big opponents like USC, and makes other money from parking and other things. Plus, UH gets required donations for extra seats.

    The $1 million payments do *not* include travel expenses. That is fine for schools like La Tech that can bus to a game against LSU, but UH’s expenses to fly to Florida or other places probably make a body-bag game much *less* profitable than a home game.

    For nonrevenue sports, UH doesn’t have to pay for conference opponents. That would *not* be the case if UH left the WAC.

  71. SteveM June 27, 2010 11:13 am

    d1島 — yes, I remember Linfield –and only because we used to lose to them more often then not…maybe that’s why they are still powers today. Wasn’t there a Bakersfield and Fairfield…? I suppose could look it up, but you get my drift. 🙂

  72. madeinhawaii June 27, 2010 11:21 am

    I still think given no option or the option of remaining in the WAC. It would be a good idea to remain, even if Fresno and Nevada fly the coup. Say the WAC adds two or more teams, even if half are new to D1. That would at least fill the mid-season schedule. While the WAC may pose a weak schedule, UH could then try their best to balance their SOS by scheduling higher ranking teams for their OoC games. Putting more effort into the quality of opponents for OoC games sounds like a more doable situation than trying to book 13 independent games. As part of the WAC, we may still be able to keep the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, too.

  73. Slugger June 27, 2010 11:26 am

    Morning! or what’s left of it…


    I didn’t post nuttin’ about a VB player leaving the team. Wasn’t me!

    I did post that Davis Holt, Maryknoll, was going to play on the UH volleyball team as an OH; that’s what I heard at their class night.

    Might go to Ward Center. I don’t need to buy anything, but I have a Softball t-shirt that I won at the last Call the Coach show. When I get t-shirts signed, though, I no care about preserving them. I wash & wear them. I wonder how crowded it’s gonna be…

  74. SteveM June 27, 2010 11:29 am

    ST — so while I was thinking of the difficulty in finding D1A opponents for home games, the other side is to play the big D1A’s on the road in body bag games, make big money, get TV exposure on the road, and maintain D!A status?

    Sound like a total package. 🙁

    Not to sound too pessimistic, I’ll add: “The tailgates should still be good…”

  75. Shoko June 27, 2010 11:30 am

    Is it me or is Garret like a walking, talking, blogging sports encyclopedia! From posting excerpts from interesting articles to being a source of unlimited information. I dare not ask a question about quantum mechanics as he might overload the server in which the blog operates. 🙂

  76. d1島 June 27, 2010 11:31 am

    Sometimes it’s hard to see what you got until it’s gone….

  77. Pomai June 27, 2010 11:35 am

    I have heard that Fresno will not be invited to join any other conference due to their academics. I also still like the idea of the WAC and MWC merging to a 18 team conference with two 8 teams divisions.

    East: Air Force, Bosie, Colorado State, Idaho, LaTech, New Mexico, New Mexico State,TCU and Utah.

    West: Hawaii, Fresno, SDSU, UNLV, San Jose State, Wyoming, BYwho, Nevada and Utah State.

  78. Shoko June 27, 2010 11:36 am

    Does anyone think the WAC should hold off on adding more teams? There hasn’t been much discussion on other blogs regarding this option. Considering the teams that are on the WAC list, none seem like winners. Maybe we should wait until better opportunities arise? Just asking, folks.

  79. Shoko June 27, 2010 11:46 am

    Was looking at Fresno State’s APR rating this year and their multi-year evaluation. Academically, they meet APR all requirements and they don’t appear to be subject to any penalties like Idaho and NMSU.

  80. Ralph June 27, 2010 11:56 am

    Rainbow Cliff: recruiting for Na Wahine is nearly over for 2011
    Jane Croson, Los Alamitos, Monica Stauber, Mater Dei, and ?Long from Kamehameha Maui. For 2010, it is complete: Emily Hartong, Los Alamitos, Michelle Waber, Eisinore HS, Kaela Goodman, Mission Viejo, and Mita Uiato, Long Beach Poly.
    Someone mentioned that she is probably a 2012 recruit, that year is open for recruits.

  81. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 11:59 am

    Other conferences should take a look at the discipline of Fresno State’s student athletes first.

    Damn, it’s too hot to be playing outside. 😡

  82. jm2375 June 27, 2010 12:01 pm

    SteveM – #74 (11:29) – where/when does the “student” in “student-athlete” come into play?

  83. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 12:01 pm

    jm2375 Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    A-house – I posted the item about a men’s vb player leaving. Haven’t gotten confirmation from ST yet. I think I know who it is and once you hear who, you may not be surprised.

    I had to think about this, but if you’re hinting who I think it is then yeah. Not surprised.

  84. RedZone June 27, 2010 12:02 pm

    If JJ was here I would not mind going independent. You can have the vision but you still have to make it work and I think he could if given the chance and support.

    When UH was independent the big games were any D1 teams.

    Steve M the only team I remember with a “field” in it was Linfield. I do not recall any “ville”? I remember a lot of “Cals” tho.

  85. sunsfan June 27, 2010 12:02 pm

    World Cup gets so much more exciting in the knockout stages.

  86. d1島 June 27, 2010 12:08 pm


    Are you saying there won’t be any “chili pepper” moments this coming football season?

  87. d1島 June 27, 2010 12:09 pm

    …it’s exciting if you’re not from England

    …or Mexico

    …or the U! S! A!

  88. RedZone June 27, 2010 12:12 pm

    or France.

  89. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 12:14 pm


    Good kine moments = chili peppers

    BAD kine = ghost chilis

  90. d1島 June 27, 2010 12:20 pm


    …although the self-implosion was fun to watch.


  91. d1島 June 27, 2010 12:28 pm

    Boy, just saw that first Argentine goal… 🙄

    and we complain about WAC officials! 😈

  92. d1島 June 27, 2010 12:33 pm


    I cannot even imagine trying one of those!

  93. Last Call June 27, 2010 12:41 pm

    Mystery VB girl’s big brother 6’7 committed to UCLA not Pepperdine last I knew.

  94. A-House June 27, 2010 12:48 pm

    Whoa, appologies to Slugger for my misstep in using her name as the person who posted on a Vb player leaving.

    Thanks, JM for reminding me and I have no idea who might be leaving as I am not too familiar with all the players – I would suspect he is a player not getting much playing time, but could be wrong.

    Kazz is already winding the brain on deducing who it may be – me, I’m still kinda blank minded. So, where is Ralph’s contribution to this story?

  95. Ladeda June 27, 2010 12:55 pm

    Mentioning the name of a potential recruit on a forum isn’t an NCAA violation,contacting that recruit is.

    So who is this mystery VB recruit ? I’ll go with Sophie Rowe who played with 2010 Wahine recruit Kaela Goodman also from Mission Viejo. Rowe’s brother is Spencer Rowe who committed to UCLA.

  96. wafan June 27, 2010 1:00 pm

    d1 . . .

    Those are wac’y officials.


  97. Da Punchbowl Kid June 27, 2010 1:20 pm


  98. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 1:20 pm

    losthawaiian, Diognes Sinope, A-House & last call : Thank you folks for your comments and support as lady “sky walker” will be a tremendous addition to Kanani and Amber IF Shoji finds her fit to play in his system let alone recruit her for possible scholarship. Lady skywalker will be a senior coming this fall as her exposure of playing with her Club volleyball team has given her opportunities to display her skills with many Division 1 coaches seeking her up side and potential.

    Lady sky walker Father is a GREAT friend as we have been playing tennis for the past 24 years. Father is a career business man and takes care of his son and daughter with kids gloves. Education is a priority and life experiences for his children has him highly respected in his community as he wants the BEST for his boy and girl. Father LOVES Hawaii as he vacation there quite often as both his children LOVE to hang ten and ride the BIG WAVE !

    Sky walker can flat out “PLAY” as I seen video clips of her games through Father as she is relentless in the middle, jumping elbows over the net as when she starts from a running jump her upper body is coming down on the ball with fierce velocity as she reminds me of Hawaii Great Rocky Elias who was nothing but skin and bones but a “POWERFUL” spiker !

    The schools mention above ALL wants her BUT her Father’s desire is to keep her close to home as USC and UCLA will be at the Arizona Volleyball Festival scouting her demeanor and talent as I stated she is a “sleeper” that is quickly opening eyes to the volleyball purists !

    LOVE to see her with you good folks as she can create a pipeline of outstanding players from Southern California to follow her as her personality is AWESOME to be around !

    3.4 gpa with 1850 sat scores as she easily qualifies for academic entrance !

  99. papajoe2 June 27, 2010 1:28 pm

    With the WAC being so weak and lacking a big name team when Boise State leaves, can you see 40,000+ in the stands? Maybe Fresno State, or towards the later part of the season, if UH has a very good record, but for the rest of the WAC teams, I doubt it. That’s why I’m starting to lean towards going independent in football. With the parking mess at the stadium, can you see yourself rushing from work and fighting traffic to get to the stadium? Then, looking for parking, walking far to even reach the gates, standing in line to get into the stadium, paying unreasonable prices for food and beer, and facing the mess to leave the stadium,only to see Cal Poly, Cal Davis, Montana State, Sacramento State, North Texas State or Texas State(?), all with losing records, to play UH with a losing (hopefully not!) record? How many people do you really think will go to the games? Maybe 25,000 on a good day. Even now, with San Jose State and New Mexico State’s budget cuts, probably reducing their recruiting strength, if any, and Idaho and other WAC teams that are struggling financially, I don’t really get that urge to have to be there at the games, other that being a long time UH fan. Is the WAC getting better or falling down and can’t get up, dragging UH with them? UH might generate more interest at the gate by going independent. With a winning record, they might even generate national interest, rather than being the 3rd or 4th place team in a very weak WAC, with barely a winning record. Who would care for a 3rd or 4th place team in a cupcake conference? Even winning the WAC with a 8-4 or 9-3 overall record will not generate any national interest. If we are still making $700,000 a game with only 20,000-25,000 in attendance, then that might be OK. But, if you add teams like BYU, Utah, any other Pac 10/12 team, an SEC team, or even a former WAC team like Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming, etc., or teams like Rutgers, Pitt, etc., then reaching 40+k in attendance is realistic, thus reaping more money, more money, more money. After a few years of being an independent with a winning record and increased attendance, then maybe a few conferences like the PAC 10/12 or MWC, may inquire about UH joining their conference.

  100. wafan June 27, 2010 1:39 pm


  101. wafan June 27, 2010 1:39 pm

    2nd Century!!!

    I think.

  102. wafan June 27, 2010 1:40 pm

    I hope a lot of folks show up to show their appreciation for the teams!

  103. wafan June 27, 2010 1:48 pm

    Arthur Bryant’s dry-rub on baby back ribs, BBQ’d over low coals for several hours. YUM!

    Tender, juicy, tasty, perfect.

  104. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 1:50 pm

    Ralph, IF that is the case then Shoji don’t have room for her as I will alert Father to explore other options as in reality USC will be a better fit as they were young last year and the addition of sky walker in 2011 will have them in “NATIONAL CONTENTION” !

    I wouldn’t move out Penn State just yet as being undefeated National Champion for the past two years is nothing to shy away from but that cold, snow and hawk does not suit well with a beach bum personality and Father who was glad to leave the East Coast !

    Mahalo sir for your quick response as what is important in this situation that “sky walker” plays and fullfill her potential as I won’t be surprise one day she will be on the opposite side of the net against Hawaii and that day good folks be prepare to see a high flying 6’1″ jumping jack that plays with elbow and torso over the net and comes down on the ball like a “nuclear missle” as her young talent is that good and will get even better as she matures over the years at a solid volleyball program with good coaching !

  105. Stephen Tsai June 27, 2010 1:52 pm

    re: volleyball.
    The player leaving wasn’t on the active roster.

  106. Stephen Tsai June 27, 2010 1:53 pm

    I think if you ask Scott M. to fix the numbers and the blog locator, his mom will read this, tell him to stop playing with his new iPhone and get on it.
    That’s what happened the last time.

  107. Jeff June 27, 2010 2:03 pm

    Re: VB player. If she is a senior to be, then like others have said I think Shoji is about done with recruiting for 2011. They are now recruiting already for the 2012 class.

    USC is already loaded with their #1 recruiting class for next season, and most top 50 players have been locked up already for the 2011 class.

  108. jm2375 June 27, 2010 2:04 pm

    ST – ok, i had the wrong player in mind.

  109. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 2:18 pm

    jm2375 Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    ST – ok, i had the wrong player in mind.

    and “boom” goes the dynamite.

  110. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 2:20 pm

    Well… ended the day with three RBI and a bruised right heel.

    Slugger got autographs.

    Should of went to Ward…. 😡

  111. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 27, 2010 2:22 pm




    Is this sufficient? 😆 😆 😆

  112. HiFlyer June 27, 2010 2:24 pm

    Went to Rainbowtique at ward, was not crowded at all. Kazz you missed your opportunity to get a personal group photo with the players that were there.

  113. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 2:24 pm

    jm2375: Mahalo for the props as I enjoy reading and conversing with you folks VERY MUCH !

    Have a SUPER day and remember to smile and share joy with laughter !

  114. Ladeda June 27, 2010 2:39 pm

    RainbowCliff,if your girl is Ver’leea Hardaway the only 6’1 MB at MV I’m sure Hawai`i knew about her because she played on the same team as Kaela Goodman at MV but obviously wasn’t interested for some reason .

    Yes she is athletic and has the grades but in all honesty her stats are not all the impressive,probably a project.

    While you mentioned some impressive names that you claim have interest in her I’m suspious that at this late stage in the game they might want her to walk on.

    Hawai`i is also kinda loaded with middles right now and no 2011 scholarships that I’m aware of.

  115. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 2:43 pm

    Jeff: USC assistant coach Duicie “Cookie” Stevens is flying down to Arizona to personally see her as she is in charge of middle blockers and “sky walker” position is just that as USC is not out of the picture !

    Red shirt freshmen year so she can get stronger, adapt to the academics at USC and help add to the strong players that the women of troy are recruiting and signing. Cookie is a players coach who has coached on many different levels as she has been to the home and has recruited many of the talented players that you describe !

    All I know Father and I will be rooting her on as her athletic potential is “TREMENDOUS” !

  116. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 3:00 pm

    Ladeda: All I know is this young lady will be at a DIVISION l school on a FULL athletic volleyball scholarship !

    There is no walk on in any of this late stage as you claim and those East Coast names I mention were all solid as she visited every school with Father right by her side. No problem with you folks already filled as Hawaii was just an option that both her and Father were looking at.

    What is best interest for the young lady that she gets a solid education, graduate with a degree and play some GREAT volleyball along the way !

    Mahalo for your understanding !

  117. Ladeda June 27, 2010 3:03 pm

    Wishing her good luck.

  118. Garret June 27, 2010 3:19 pm

    We know that NMSU is cutting $3 million from the Athletic Budget they had less than 2 years ago and Fresno State having major budget problems and the Fresno Bee speculated that they might have to drop out of D-IA. Nevada is the next WAC school to feel the budget crunch…dropping 2 Athletic teams last year and possibly having to cut another sport soon.

    Nevada was the #2 team in the WAC last season and they couldn’t draw fans…if they start to lose they really will be hurt financially.

    Budget shortfalls forced the UNR athletic department to eliminate both of its ski programs last year. Now, UNR’s athletic department might be forced to drop another sport if attendance doesn’t pick up this fall in the face of another $1 million deficit.

    UNR president Milton Glick said the shortfall is the result of a 17 percent cut in state-appropriated funds, along with sluggish ticket sales for the men’s basketball and football programs.

    Glick said they need a significant boost in attendance for both sports.

    The basketball team’s attendance dropped nearly 20 percent last year to an average of about 5,500 fans per home game. The UNR football team’s average home attendance of 17,500 fans ranked 101st out of 120 teams in Division I.

  119. Bigislandkurt June 27, 2010 3:21 pm

    There’s something about winning.

    Even with a watered down WAC, should the Warriors run the table and Win Win Win……you bet there will be 40k people in the stands. Let’s face it, fans Love it when UH wins. We love it when our team is 9-1. We love to see a winning product. No matter who it is, if we win, they come.


  120. Ralph June 27, 2010 3:29 pm

    Rainbow cliff good luck to the young lady, now more and more coaches are recruiting two years in advance, there are D1 teams with open slots for 2011 but she got to be proactive and start sending out feelers and her video to colleges she is interested in playing for come 2011.

  121. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 3:29 pm

    Thank you Ladeda as I will be assisting Father and her on this recruiting journey as he has asked me to personally be an adviser to this process. I am HONORED that they would want me involve as my experience in this process is very valuable to them and I am on the support to her 24/7 !

    Father has done a TREMENDOUS job in raising them as being a single guardian has not been easy BUT one thing I can say about him he is ‘FEARLESS’ in raising his children and providing them the BEST that life can offer !

    Father is my friend and we will be working the trenches together as I “LOVE” doing this stuff as I have connections and the gift of gab for it PLUS he hooks me up with his VIP friends and clients as Father is “DADDY RICH” !

  122. Ralph June 27, 2010 3:40 pm

    Rainbow cliff, it’s a numbers game. Shoji has lots of middles, some will move to OH. Tuaniga RFr, Hartong, Goodman and Waber played middle in HS, Hartong and Waber were mentioned as OH possibilities at UH, the they arrive in 2010. Adolpho is a combo basketball and vb recruit, wbb first choice, and she plays the middle-2011 recruit. Hewitt will be a sophomore and Forsythe a junior next season, all in the middle. It’s loaded, unless your friend’s daughter shows promise to play RS opposite or OH there’s no room unless someone from the current roster or recruit moves on like Ferrell did after this past season.

  123. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 3:48 pm

    Ralph kind sir WE are in the television studios next week as Father is heavily connected in the Orange County area as I down here in Los Angeles. We have a script writer that will be handling all feelers with a well respected producer that will be editing her video clips !

    All this is “pro bono” as Father and young lady are admired and loved by many who wants the BEST for both of them as having me in the picture just adds more wealth to the team !

    Thank you for your well wishes as we will see you on the side lines !

  124. Slugger June 27, 2010 3:50 pm


  125. Ralph June 27, 2010 3:51 pm

    Na Wahine VB season ticket renewal deadline tomorrow. UH doesn’t seem proactive to sell season tickets to any sports, they send out renewal notices, H Mail and a short piece on their website but they don’t seem to go after those who aren’t already season ticket holders, newbies, and those who don’t frequent the UH website, and if they don’t check the website I doubt if they subscribe to UH Mail.

  126. Slugger June 27, 2010 3:52 pm

    We have to put our own numbers on our comments now? Ohhhh, Sco-ott…

    Got autographs & a World Series softball t-shirt. Couldn’t resist.


  127. Slugger June 27, 2010 3:54 pm


    UH has to get the renewals in before they can sell additional season tickets, because you need to know where the vacant seats are.


  128. d1島 June 27, 2010 3:54 pm

    Wow, Reno averaged 7800 for MBB last year?

  129. d1島 June 27, 2010 3:55 pm

    …the year before last.

  130. Ralph June 27, 2010 3:55 pm

    Rainbow cliff, don’t wait until her senior year to send out info, get it done sooner that later and start checking schools recruiting info and roster to see which schools have already recruited for 2011 and if there are any more openings.

  131. d1島 June 27, 2010 3:56 pm


  132. d1島 June 27, 2010 3:56 pm


  133. Slugger June 27, 2010 3:56 pm

    I just wish they would calculate & post the season tickets prices earlier. I need to budget on what sports I can support & it would be nice to know at the beginning of the year.

  134. Ralph June 27, 2010 4:00 pm

    I know slugger, but they got to start the flow of info to the general public that prior season ticket holders are renewing now, their deadline, and when they will start new season ticket sales, single game, etc.

  135. d1島 June 27, 2010 4:02 pm


  136. Ralph June 27, 2010 4:02 pm

    that’s why I posted the info slugger, they are others like you who would like to attend UH games for different sports, but without the info on prices and deadlines, it becomes a last minute decision and the money might be budgeted for other necessities for that timeline.

  137. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 4:03 pm

    Ralph, kind sir we are FINE as Orange County is TREMENDOUS for resources with BIG money all over the place. Father is HEAVILY connected as he has offered to fly me up with him watching his girl play at the Arizona Volleyball Festival !

    I have been BORN to do this as I recruit for you good folks sending California students to attend UH and they are not on no scholarship only Mother and Father’s money who I assure to both of them that it is well spend money for an Hawaii education !

    The ball been rolling since last night as I look forward in talking with Cookie as I’m just adding the chocolate chips !

    Thank you for your detail info and support !

  138. Ralph June 27, 2010 4:18 pm

    USA mercy rules Australia. Kaia came in relief in the bottom third, in 2 and 2/3 innings she gave up 2 runs and 4 hits. USA wins 9-2. USA 4-0, Australia 4-2. Japan beats Canada 2-1. Japan is 4-0, Canada 4-1.

  139. Slugger June 27, 2010 4:22 pm


    I agree that they do need to start earlier to let the general public know about the upcoming availabiltity of season tickets for the different sports. I just wish they would set the pricing at the beginning of the year and post it on the website. It gets posted piecemeal.

  140. Pomai June 27, 2010 4:25 pm

    Ralph at 3:51pm – Why does this surprise you? When you have two leftovers sitting in chairs taking up space what do you expect?

  141. Pomai June 27, 2010 4:28 pm

    If I was an AD that needed a Ass’t AD to be an out of the box thinker and very good at marketing there is a certain DR. I know around here!!!!!!

  142. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 4:29 pm

    Mahalo Ralph as I have my pedal to the metal and riding on high octaine !

    One thing I know I can do is recognize “TALENT” as you are right it is a numbers game and recruiting on the H.S. and JC level is a sales job to say the least as new and used coaches have all the answers and going to tell you what your options are BUT when you have heavy hitters on the team and you are in the know IT makes an impression to remain calm and collective as you have that student athlete best interest with a team of supporters who will go full bar in making sure that the playing field is smooth and level !

    Thank you once again for your info and support !

  143. A-House June 27, 2010 4:31 pm

    Rainbow Cliff:

    At this time it appears that UH in done with 2011 recruiting, but stranger things have happened along the way as one or 2 of the 2010 recruits “slacked” off in the 2nd half of their senior years and had to go another route to get here.

    Lady Skywalker you describe is very similar to Amber Kaufman who has completed her senior year for VB, but has another year for track & field. She won the high jump National Championship this year.

    Recommend that her Father still send one of the tapes to Shoji -nothing to lose!!

  144. Last Call June 27, 2010 4:39 pm

    Don’t forget that 6’4 Jade Vorster is another 2011 MB from Florida who committed to Hawai’i.

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  146. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 4:50 pm

    Pomai, I will be adding $ to your wahine bracelet fund as I am due a raise this summer and it will go into effect at the end of July. I know it will be at least a $100.00 possibly more as my mortgage is due BUT I know I will have something left over in which I will send personally to you in HONOR of your care, love and leadership with the wahine softball team !

    Please e-mail me at my addy’s address and give me the details of whom the check to make it out to as I will send it DIRECTLY to you !

    You kind sir are the VERY BEST and I read your heart felt words to me despite deep lurker rude and insulting remarks.

    I will do my best to get it off to you before July as I have just been approved of a $48,000.00 grant from LA84 Foundation as 20,000.00 will go for backdoor outside lights and cover tarp for my gated area to secure Tennis that I am bringing to the inner city !

    $28,000.00 will be added to my salary as I continue to up grade my athletic progam and spread the love of ALOHA everywhere I go !

    Love you very much sir as I am coming during the Xmas break and my GOAL is to meet all of the local Tsaikos as I will have gifts for “EVERYBODY” !

    Mahalo for your GREATNESS !

  147. Fact Checker June 27, 2010 4:53 pm

    Lady Skywalker had 6 kills,6 errors in 22 attempts and 5 blocks last year in 16 games as a junior , hard for me to believe she’s all that and a bag of chips.Someone is blowing a lot of smoke around here.

  148. wafan June 27, 2010 4:53 pm

    Scott M. . . .

    Do you really want your mom upset with you? Remember the guilt and shame when she had to set you straight as a youngster?

    Please, for your sake, put the numbers and alternating color band back.

    For you sake. Please . . .

  149. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 5:11 pm

    Mr. A-House a PLEASURE kind sir !

    If Dave Shoji reply to my e-mail last night concernig sky walker then yes will send a tape IF not I and Father are not waiting around as from Ralph and Ladeda comments they have no room for her and IF a scholarship became available she will have to change position and WE are not considering that !

    Meeting with USC Cookie is all set and IF that is a dead end we have suitors in the MWC, THREE that will give her a FULL RIDE !

    Hawaii only came in the picture because she LOVES Aloha and Father has a time share on the Island as both children are surfing bums !

    If push comes to shove the teams on the East Coast are all solid as Father connections runs deep from Bill Cosby to the Betsy Ross Bridge to Penns Landing as he is well known in the City of Brotherly Love !

    San Diego State, UNLV or Long Beach State has offered and will remain on the table WE are just trying to get an up grade solid National program !

    The Father team is LOADED with movers and shakers !

  150. Fact Checker June 27, 2010 5:15 pm

    Poop getting deep around here time for the hip boots.

  151. Fact Checker June 27, 2010 5:27 pm

    Is Lady Skywalker’s daddy’s name Tim ?

  152. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 5:29 pm

    Fat Checker: who ever you are YOU need to not worry your useless comments here !

    You don’t no nothing what is going on down here and it is SAD once again to find negative people who always want to challenge. Go back to your rock where you came from as I know one thing you wouldn’t disrespect Father in his face on his child that he has worked his whole life in bringing her along to this stage !

    She’s a young lady that we are very proud of and HOW we see her is our position not your’s !

    Blowing smoke is once again coming from an individual who knows nothing about being an athlete as you wish some one could talk about you !

    I know she will spike the ball over your head IF you can even jump so go spread your negative remarks some where else as the young lady has done NOTHING to you as IF Hawaii was available I wouldn’t want her to go because of people like YOU !

    Why don’t you put your $ where your mouth is and support the bracelet fund as from judging from your remarks you got more smoke on that subject !

  153. Fact Checker June 27, 2010 5:34 pm

    You couldn’t even match half my check for the bracelet fund .

  154. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 5:42 pm

    FactChecker: You don’t need to know the Daddys name as you petty much insulted the both of us as do you really think we would want to confide any information to you !

    Man get real !

    How ever I describe her YOU will never know or meet her as she will be on a scholarship, getting a solid education, playing volleyball and graduating with a degree !

    She’s a wonderful young lady, respectful and has a charismatic personality !

    I choose to give information, talk with respectful bloggers and here you come with your shady comments !

    Get A Life Man and indulge others with your comments on Hawaii Athletics and what ever topic you can comment on as I don’t have to prove nothing to you as you are a “NOBODY’ !

  155. UHDODGER June 27, 2010 5:46 pm

    Joe Torre is an IDIOT! He let his emotions of playing and wanting to beat his former team so bad that he pitched Broxton yesterday with a five run lead for more than 3 outs!? Then brings him in today with a four run lead and the poor guy has nothing left and gets smashed! Now your closer is out for the next two games against your division rival giants! just had to vent.

  156. Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin June 27, 2010 5:48 pm

    “Dave’s not here,man “

  157. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 5:50 pm

    FactChecker: GOOD I am glad you gave if you are not blowing SMOKE !

    Don’t comment to me no more as we have nothing in common and I don’t get into negative people like you !

    I come on this blog to hopefully indulge with good intentions and inquire information so leave it at that as I don’t know you, what you do or how you do it and don’t even care !

    You are not an ATHLETE and don’t have a clue in competing at a HIGH level so get LOST and spred your negativty some where else !

  158. Tyree Raimo June 27, 2010 5:52 pm

    All certainly true, but I don’t take that view myself. I will stay the more conventional view. But I without doubt support your right to have your own point of view. Interesting anyway.

  159. Last Call June 27, 2010 5:57 pm

    I don’t think Dave answers e-mails . I’m not sure he even knows where to find his E-mail 🙂

  160. RainbowCliff June 27, 2010 5:59 pm

    Good Night All I will not be posting for quite some time as I have Day Camp starting early in the morning to late evening !

    Thank you for some good information that you shared to me as I appreciate the conversation !

    Always the pleasure and honor to type before you even the negative bloggers as they to have there good side where ever you can find it as I really don’t have the patience to find out !

  161. wafan June 27, 2010 6:03 pm

    Thanks RainbowCliff! Hope to see you in December.

    Nytal! Long day tomorrow with yet another class to refill my head.

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  163. papajoe2 June 27, 2010 6:41 pm

    Rainbow Cliff, I believe that an athlete can call a coach at any time he/she chooses, but there are restrictions for the coach to call a recruit. Please call Coach Shoji. Only he can tell you if he could use your friend’s daughter or he could even recommend her to other coaches. As dealing with college coaches in another sport, they do confide in each other. Coach Shoji may call or talk to another coach in her area and get an idea from him/her. He may even be there during the Arizona tournament to check on other potential recruits. When asked by a player to check on “me,” since he would be there, he would keep an eye on her because she is interested in his school. If he would or could not be there, he would tell someone that he trusts that would be there, that a person is interested in UH and ask his opinion on that a person. If he gets any kind of positive feedback, then he would really look into her. He knows his team better than any of us good intention bloggers, and may have room for your friend’s daughter or, if she is deemed worthy, may even make room for her. His job is to bring a winning program to Hawaii and I know he would like another national championship. If it means bringing her into the program to do that, then he will find a way to get it done.

  164. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:00 pm

    Mahalo to HiFlyer and Slugger for representing at the Wahine softball autograph signing today.


    Slugger said it was busier when they started signing autographs, but then the crowd died down afterwards.

  165. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:03 pm

    I’m personally excited about seeing Hartong in action next season and then Croson and Vorster in the following.

    Also anxious to see if Brittany Hewitt can pick up where she left off last year. I cannot recall another Wahine in recent memory just improving at such a great rate in her freshman season.

  166. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:09 pm


    As you mentioned to me a few days ago, UH already had/has someone that would be an EXCELLENT mind for marketing the programs and thinking out of the box.

    One day maybe… One day…

  167. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:13 pm

    For all the TERRIBLE local commercials produced and aired on local television, a 30-second spot advertising season ticket renewals would be nice.

    Speaking of, did anyone see that really bad commercial for one of Oahu’s 1,335 or so storage companies???

    It’s the one where some guy jumps in a truck and changes into some superhero. 🙄

  168. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:13 pm

    I took three bottles of 5 Hour Energy before the softball game that was about 7-8 hours ago…

    Still ampin’!!!!! 😆

  169. Kazz June 27, 2010 7:15 pm

    In watching the Stanford-UH Wahine volleyball game replay last night, I couldn’t help but notice how much Stanford’s Chris McLaughlin kept referring Kaufman’s height to 5’11”.

    She’s 6’0″ and has been listed at that height for the longest time.


  170. Pomai June 27, 2010 7:23 pm

    Please keep the bracelet fund out of any arguments, it’s not how much you give it’s the giving that counts.

    nuff said

  171. Pomai June 27, 2010 7:28 pm

    I will be glad to get rainbowcliff’s and Fact Checker’s donations, please mail them to:

    Bracelet Fund
    3633 Pu’uku Mauka Dr.
    Honolulu HI, 96818

    Make checks payable to “UH Foundation” and it is important that you put in the memo section
    “Softball Bracelet Fund”

    Thank You Very Much

  172. Pomai June 27, 2010 7:31 pm

    Sorry I forgot: If you happen to donate online at the UH Foundation site, please put in the instruction box “Softball Bracelet Fund” also please send a email to pomai at letting me know that you did and how much you donated.

  173. A-House June 27, 2010 7:31 pm


    I was watching Notre Dame HS game with St Paul, in SoCal, who has a very big RB who also plays LB. Wears #34 by name of Mathew Parent. Unsure if jr or sr as announcers have not mentioned his year in HS.

    Good blocker, nimble feet, can run over DB/LBs, soft hands, and decent speed. After 3/4 qtrs, has 6 rushes for 68 yards and 2 passes for 69 yards.

    Kinda remind you of someone who played for UH?

  174. Old Diver June 27, 2010 7:32 pm

    Concerning body bag away games if Hawaii goes independent. Garret has pointed out many times that those games will not be available during mid season and possibly not at the end of the season either. I just haven’t seen any reasonable plan that makes going independent doable.

  175. A-House June 27, 2010 7:34 pm

    So, what is Chris McLaughlin going to do after son graduates from Stanford? Come back and hope to get a job with K5?

  176. Old Diver June 27, 2010 7:36 pm


    Are we getting close to the bracelet goal? Will you be able to post a picture of the bracelet when it is finished?

  177. labratatouie June 27, 2010 7:45 pm

    I hope Brittany gets stronger and becomes more powerful like Bowen.

  178. Pomai June 27, 2010 7:47 pm

    Old Diver yes almost there, I asked coach Dee to send me a picture of last one and also when the new one is presented I hope to have pictures also. Last time I was still in the hills, an have never seen the bracelet either.

  179. Pomai June 27, 2010 7:48 pm

    Old Diver maybe I can get the picture to ST and he can post on the blog.

  180. Ralph June 27, 2010 8:03 pm

    dem hills of West Virginia! listened to the coon hounds all night long, come morning, he worked the farm.

  181. blikeke June 27, 2010 8:06 pm

    In 2007 I received a Thank You post card from coach and the team with a picture of the bracelets .

  182. A-House June 27, 2010 8:10 pm


    Coach Coolen told me that all those who donated to the 2007 bracelets should have recieved a “thank you” postcard from the team based on the names and addressed I presented to him/athletic department.

    It was a nice postcard – matter of fact, still have it next to me wallet! hehe.

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  184. d1shima June 27, 2010 8:23 pm

    Hot & heavy here this afternoon

  185. d1shima June 27, 2010 8:24 pm

    …shoulda been @ CK.

  186. Kazz June 27, 2010 8:29 pm


    Sorry I mis-understood your last e-mail. I sent you another one.

  187. Kazz June 27, 2010 8:31 pm

    labratatouie Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I hope Brittany gets stronger and becomes more powerful like Bowen.

    She supposed to be leaner this upcoming season. I guess she wants to be more agile.

    She’ll have more confidence this season and will look to be more assertive in her body language which should ultimately result in “fiercer” play.

    She’ll be a good one!!! 😉

  188. Kazz June 27, 2010 8:33 pm


    Also everyone SHOULD have gotten a receipt from Koa Anuenue for their donation.

    Of course, if people didn’t leave their names or return addresses then no can.

    I still have that postcard too. It’s laying next to my Colt helmet. 😎

  189. Ralph June 27, 2010 8:35 pm

    Bown was a swimmer, maybe Brittany can cross train and build up her shoulder strength by doing laps rather than lifting iron.

  190. Kazz June 27, 2010 8:39 pm

    Ah what the heck…


    In 2007 the reality of “extra” funding for UH’s non-revenue sports programs was evident. As the 2007 UH Football team was able to afford WAC Championship/Sugar Bowl rings, the 2007 WAC champion and Super Regional team had no money for anything for the players to acknowledge their achievements. However, as a result of the “aloha” of many fans, that team was able to have something to keep for themselves to remember their experience by.

    In the year 2010, that very same program took UH softball to new heights and gave us many memories. It is time for fans to respond again, if they are able to.

    This is a drive to raise funds for the 2010 Wahine Softball team’s bracelets acknowledging their Women’s College World Series appearance.

    The total cost will be $2645.83, that comes to 115.03 per bracelet which falls well within the NCAA regulated “gift” amount to each player set at a maximum of $300.00 per student athlete.

    The timeline goal needed to raise the total amount is set for mid-August 2010.

    Please make all checks or money orders out to:

    “UH FOUNDATION” it is important that you write in the memo part of the check “Wahine Softball Bracelets” by doing so the money can only be spent for the purchase of the bracelets. All funds donated will be tax deductible and you will will receive that in the mail from the Foundation.

    Please mail all checks to:
    Na Wahine Bracelet Fund
    3633 Puuku Mauka Dr.
    Honolulu HI 96818


    In working directly with UH administrators and the UH foundation, this year’s process will be smoother and the team will be able to receive their bracelets in a timely fashion.

    If there are additional monies received, they will be kept in the Koa Anuenue account specifically for the softball program.

    If you have any questions please ask or email Pomai at pomai (at)


    The first line is already opened to “Women’s Softball”, just enter the dollar amount you wish.

    ***IMPORTANT*** Further down, you will see a “special instructions” box. Please type: 2010 WAHINE SOFTBALL BRACELETS.

    There is NO “appeal code”. Leave that little box blank.

    The next page will be where you enter your debit or credit card information. The website is automatically set so that this is a ONE time donation. You would have to manually click on the “monthly” option for this to be re-occuring.


    The reason for this is because UH foundation will NOT release the names or the amounts of what goes into that account via online for security purposes and without knowing what the running total is, it will be difficult to see if we are over or under our goal.


  191. Kazz June 27, 2010 8:41 pm

    Ralph Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Bown was a swimmer, maybe Brittany can cross train and build up her shoulder strength by doing laps rather than lifting iron.

    I think Annette Wichmann also worked with the Waikiki Beach Boys during the summer paddling and whatnot.

    Wichmann was a STELLAR athlete for UH!

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    100 people rushed the gates at some rave concert in Los Angeles.

    Good to see that stupid headlines are still coming from LA.

    What gets me is that it was a rave. It’s 2010. Who the hell “raves” anymore?

  204. Kazz June 27, 2010 10:08 pm


    Ghost Chili extract for sale here:

    I bought some online and with a bucket of Zippy’s Chilli, me and some people are gonna have a contest!!!!!!!! 😈 😈

    Shoot. Since LizK is in India, I should have asked her to pick up some fresh Bhut Jolokia for me.

    I mean if they hang the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Peppers) on fences to keep wild elephants away in India, it MUST be the hottest pepper in the world right???

  205. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 27, 2010 10:43 pm

    Pomai: Please call me when you get our check. It was returned by the Post Office the other day as undeliverable. I addressed another envelope and checked it twice, but it’s the same as before – and it matches Kazz’s and your posts as to where to send it. If you don’t have my phone number, you can get it from Slugger, Stephen, Protector, or Garret.


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  208. al June 27, 2010 11:07 pm

    did you know that there is second verse to this infamous song…

  209. jm2375 June 27, 2010 11:07 pm

    d1 & kazz – there’s a guy who sells several types of salsa at the Kailua Farmers Market, one of which contains ghost chilis. I bought a container for the crazies at work for whom sriracha is catsup. They all agreed it was HOT.

  210. al June 27, 2010 11:18 pm

    …and again i say,
    have you seen the numbas????
    have you seen them???

  211. jm2375 June 27, 2010 11:26 pm

    bowling tonight with ST & son. Tsai-meister vs clueless wahine – 2-1-1. Dad vs son – 1-3 (or was it 2-2?). Clueless Wahine vs keeeed – 4-0.

  212. Slugger June 27, 2010 11:29 pm

    d1 & kazz,

    One of my garden friends has seeds from someone at the health food store & is going to attempt to grow ghost chilies. I’ll let you know if he actually has fruit down the road. Me? I just want habanero/Scotch bonnet peppers; they’re hot enough.

    Letters, we get letters, we get lots & lots of letters….

    But numbahs? Nah… Sco-ott…

  213. Slugger June 27, 2010 11:31 pm

    Hey, there might be unsupervised practice tomorrow?

    Night all!


    You need to let us know where you are here!

  214. Slugger June 27, 2010 11:33 pm


    …Or WHEN you are here…next week or this week?


  215. J June 28, 2010 12:18 am

    Dan Inouye is now the most senior member of the U.S. Senate.

    Senator Robert Byrd dies at 92.

  216. Ralph June 28, 2010 12:26 am

    J you’re up in the wee hours of the morning, insomnia, too much Sake. Are you posting pictures of the Sake Festival?

  217. Matt June 28, 2010 12:29 am


    What makes our national anthem an “infamous” song? 😯 I think, or at least hope, you meant to say “famous” instead. That verse that the Marine sang was actually the fourth verse of four. Many music books only list the first and fourth verses or omit the third verse, but there are actually four in total. That Marine singing the fourth verse has a good voice.

  218. Clara Hathaway June 28, 2010 12:56 am

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  219. al June 28, 2010 1:16 am

    matt….my bust, famous indeed. must be the caffeine rush.
    i do want to bring to attention how this country was built with God’s trust.

  220. Pride. June 28, 2010 3:40 am

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!

    I used to wake up to this song every Friday and Saturday nights, when my parents let me watch late night television. Then the screen would go blank with white “snow”. Remember falling asleep to the tune playing in my head over and over again.

    “America, America!
    God shed his grace on thee”

    Never knew what that meant back then. Now I do, and am glad that the tune would play again and again in my head.

    “America, America!
    God shed his grace on thee”

    If I’m offending anyone…just delete me.

  221. wafan June 28, 2010 3:46 am

    Good Monday, all.

  222. wafan June 28, 2010 3:50 am

    I believe the national anthem for the United States is the only one of all national anthems that asks a question. The question, of course, being whether or not the “banner yet waves”.

  223. wafan June 28, 2010 3:54 am

    While Americans mostly know just the first verse to the anthem can you imagine having to learn, sing, and stand for all nearly 160 verses of the Greek national anthem?

    The ball game would never begin.

  224. wafan June 28, 2010 3:58 am

    RIP Senator Byrd.

  225. wafan June 28, 2010 4:19 am


  226. NYUH June 28, 2010 4:33 am

    Boise St @ V Tech – Sept 6, 2010 – big game expected to end Boise’s BCS run.

  227. Garret June 28, 2010 4:40 am

    Article about how BSU’s players are training hard this offseason, giving 40 times and all the other Pro Day type of drill stats.

    The Broncos open fall camp Aug. 6. They begin the season Sept. 6 in Landover, Md., against Virginia Tech, which also should start the year in the Top 10.

    A countdown to the opener is posted in the Broncos’ locker room. The numbers are about a foot tall.

    Socha works with the players four days a week. They condition for about 45 minutes and lift weights for about an hour Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Broncos also hold player-run practices for about 45 minutes three days a week.

    The intensity, players say, is at an all-time high.

  228. Garret June 28, 2010 4:46 am

    The biggest loss from BSU’s team last season was CB Kyle Wilson. Redshirt Freshman Ebo Makinde is expected to earn time at his spot, especially after starring on their scout team last year. He put up some good times in recent testing:

    40 yard dash: 4.34 seconds
    3-cone drill: 6.39 seconds
    Pro agility: 3.86 seconds
    Vertical jump: 37 inches

  229. d1島 June 28, 2010 5:48 am

    Great Morning All!

    You’ll never catch me in one of those hot chili contests! Good Luck widdat, Kazz!

  230. Shoko June 28, 2010 6:39 am

    Ugh … Good Monday morning.

    Should be a close loss for Boise State against VT. 🙂

  231. Maverick June 28, 2010 6:55 am

    Did you know that the words to “America the Beautiful” were written on the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado?
    Was done so by Katherine Bates. She was attending Colorado College at Colo. Springs while teaching english for a semester in the summer
    She actually hiked Pikes Peak by foot, and was so insipired by the view at the top, her thoughts were scripted to a poem initially, then was published on July 4th., 1895.

  232. Maverick June 28, 2010 6:58 am

    Too bad that the Star Spangled Banner is only heard in the condensed version with only the first verse being recited.
    The other three verses are just as magnificient…..

    “On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
    In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
    ‘Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
    Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
    Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
    Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  233. chawan_cut June 28, 2010 7:21 am

    I agree re: Sept 6th.
    season over.

  234. haka June 28, 2010 7:26 am

    If the your VB recruit really wants to play for UH then maybe she should request to walk on the first year and maybe earn a scholarship down the road. If her dad is as “loaded” as you say then maybe he can finance her daughters dream to represent the Wahine until she can get a scholarship. Just a thought.

    Go Wahine!

  235. haka June 28, 2010 7:30 am

    I shudder to think of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis singing the “whole” song.

  236. Kazz June 28, 2010 7:41 am


    Not saying that it will “never” happen, but as 808ike pointed out to me a while back, it seems that there is a history of Wahine volleyball walk ons that never get a schollie offer.

  237. Kazz June 28, 2010 7:43 am

    JM, Slugger, and D1,

    Actually pure chili extract is the hottest substance. It’s as pure as it gets. They make pepper spray out of this stuff.

    If I can find pure Ghost Chili extract, that should be the hottest “edible” substance not currently used by law enforcement!!! 😆

  238. Garret June 28, 2010 7:45 am

    The Florida newspapers carried a story about a LB from California who committed to Florida:

    Lakewood (Calif.) High linebacker Rahim Cassell committed to the University Florida on Thursday night, the linebacker confirmed via phone from his California home in Los Angeles County.

    “I’m stoked,” Cassell said of his Gators choice. “They were my first choice all along, them and Oregon, but I was more leaning toward Florida all along.”

  239. Kazz June 28, 2010 7:45 am


    If RainbowCliff’s potential vball player’s father is “loaded” financially, then it would be in *ahem* UH’s best interest to entertain the thought of getting her on the team.

    I am sure a new practice gym or renaming the renovated women’s locker room in honor of this player’s father would be nice yeah? 😎

  240. Garret June 28, 2010 7:46 am

    Trouble is, Florida hasn’t even really started their recruiting process with that recruit and isn’t even close to offering him!

    Here’s what the news turns out to be: Cassell may have committed to the Gators, but UF is not ready to take a commitment from the three-star prospect. At least not yet. That might change as the recruiting process plays out over the next several months, but for now, Cassell is not a UF commitment. This is a guy who has yet to visit Gainesville or even meet Urban Meyer. So, it’s easy to see why the Gators are not ready to accept a pledge from the kid yet. Meyer wants to really know prospects and their families before he extends a scholarship offer, and apparently a relationship with Cassell has not even started yet.

  241. Kazz June 28, 2010 7:47 am

    Ugh… no sports news today… 🙁

  242. J June 28, 2010 7:48 am


    Working on the photos, am a night owl, don’t drink. Didn’t have time to go through the images earlier because had another community event the following day.

  243. Garret June 28, 2010 7:49 am

    The Samoa News has 4 articles about the group that JJ’s Foundation brought to Samoa over the weekend. I’m glad that they are doing so much good for Samoa.

    Arriving Thursday night, Jones, leading the contingent of 29 sports stars and medical experts woke early Friday morning to begin a whirlwind four days of giving.

    In the short time period the June Jones Foundation which sponsors the annual Mission will have given away more than $450,000 in donated medical equipment and services for local residents and over $50,000 in donated athletic equipment to local athletes.

    SMU Wide Receivers Coach Jeff Reinebold told Togiola that the medical mission began setting up a playroom yesterday at LBJ’s Pediatric Ward for children and parents alike.

    Reinebold says eight pallets of medical supplies were shipped over for the local hospital at Faga’alu.

    “We’d like the hospital to be a place to go to — to live — not to die,” remarked Reinebold. “The playroom is for our children because they are our future.”

  244. Maverick June 28, 2010 7:51 am

    Dem Broncs are going to give VTech some fits. Their fans will travel too.

    This opening season is going to be off the hook, with our Warriors providing the shotgun start of Labor day weekend. The entire nation starts fires up the boob tube with the devine pleasure of watching our magnificient islands scenery, along with Hawaii versus that team from S.Kalifornia.

    i.e Hawaii gonna give Tommy the Trojan a game.

  245. Garret June 28, 2010 7:51 am

    This is probably the reason why UH wasn’t invited–they aren’t having a football academy this year. However, they are speaking at 3 high schools.

    This year there is no football academy, however, young football players will get to hear from Jones, Reinebold and former NFL and University of Hawaii great Jesse Sapolu during assemblies at three campuses today — Leone High School on the west, Samoana High School in the town area and Fagaitua High School in the east.

    Players will receive t-shirts other goodies and some serious talk about education.

  246. Buffoman June 28, 2010 7:51 am

    On the reverse side of those body bag games, it should help recruiting. We hear time and agin that recruits want to play on the big stage against the big teams. Well if those schools are willing to pay to play UH wy not. On the point of $1 million to be a body bagt eam. Those folks are getting much more money now so we’ll see those dollars rise, say $1.5 M to be that sacrifical first offering. At that rate, if we can get 4 of those, it’d help recruiting, it’ll help the bottomline and it’ll keep football around. I’d say that if the WAC continues to deteriorate as it has, what can one say is the difference between D-II and the WAC. Certainly does not help recruiting and will definitely put more “buns in seats” when we play Texas State or the others named.

    Independence may be difficult, but what else is there, really?

  247. Garret June 28, 2010 7:53 am

    Article about the clinic that was given for coaches and referees.

    Five coaches and referees took part in yesterday’s free coaches and referees clinic held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, offered as part of the Third Annual American Samoa June Jones Goodwill Mission. Southern Methodist University Head Football Coach June Jones arrived Thursday night with NFL stars Jessie Sapolu, Mel Purcell and Nate Ilaoa.

    During yesterday’s clinic Austin spoke to participants about how officiating in the NFL is different from the college levels and high school levels while Reinebold shared techniques with coaches.

    Attending the clinic were: Fagaitua High School Head Football coach Sua’ese Pooch Ta’ase, Fa’asao Marist High School Head Football Coach Filoiali’i Langkilde, Leone High School Head Football Coach Pati Pati, Tafuna High School football coach Antonio Tupuola, coach Vanu Moe, and high school official Ene Kapisi with the Department of Education.

  248. Garret June 28, 2010 7:54 am

    Nice photo of the group arriving in Samoa.

  249. DIOGENES SINOPE June 28, 2010 7:55 am


    Is it possible that the postman does not recognize Na Wahine Bracelet Fund being at 3633 Puuku Mauka Dr. without Pomai’s name on top or without it being in care of (c/o Pomai)? Just a thought.

    Good Morning Hawaii!

  250. Garret June 28, 2010 7:55 am

    Photo of Jesse Sapolu as he checks in for his flight to Samoa.

  251. Garret June 28, 2010 8:11 am

    I forgot to mention this part of the first article:

    In recognition of the incredible military service that has been provided by American Samoans, the Foundations’ Wounded Warrior Project and Hickam Air Force Base will host a program to honor all of our men and women of the Armed Forces.

  252. Kazz June 28, 2010 9:07 am


    Pomai has already received checks made out as requested on the envelopes so “Na Wahine Bracelet Fund” isn’t an issue.

  253. Ralph June 28, 2010 1:53 pm

    I think Wassup’s labelling could be an issue, everyone else got their envelope delievered properly to Na Wahine Bracelet Fund.

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