And Thursday’s winner is …

One of my favorite cardiac nurses, Avis Yasumura, has selected … Nalani.

She wins four tickets to the Dec. 23 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head basketball classic.

E-mail me at to make dropoff arrangements.

Thanks again to the lovely Avis (OK, you may go back to your patients).

And to all who participated. We’ve got another contest tomorrow.

* * * * *

A national publication reported the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will give participating players only a shirt as a gift. A local business publication picked up that story, then sent it out as a Twitter blast.

Thing is, the shirt is one of only several gifts. According to executive director David Matlin, the Hawai‘i Bowl will give each participating player and coach:

• Kicker EB101 Ear Bud Headphones

• iLuv i1166 Multi-Media DVD Player

• Kahala aloha shirt

• Oakley sunglasses

• Custom Hawai‘i Bowl backpack

• Commemorative Hawaii Bowl T-shirt

• Hawai‘i Bowl beach towel

• Hawai‘i Bowl visor

• A4 Performance Tee

• Aloha Calendar w/cover

• kukui nut lei

In addition, Matlin said,  the bowl provides these meals:

Royal Hawaiian Luau
Noh Foods Ala Moana Beach Park Luncheon
Barefoot Pep Rally – Sunset on the Beach – Steaks by Outback
Sheraton Waikiki Beach Party BBQ
Kick-off Banquet
Outback Steakhouse Lunch
Murphys – Na Koa Lunch
Papa Johns Pizza after the game
KFC at the Water park

* * * * *

Linebacker Brashton Satele has started his official appeal for an exemption that would allow him to play as a sixth-year senior in 2010. Defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea and offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli also will file similar appeals.

The way it works is the athletic department’s compliance people submit the appeal.

We’re told  their cases are “slam dunks.”

But one person familiar with the situation cautioned: “Phi Slamma Jamma.”


  1. whitey December 17, 2009 6:46 am

    Merry Christmas Tsaikos

  2. whitey December 17, 2009 6:47 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  3. curveball December 17, 2009 6:48 am

    Good Morning Tsikos..Just a note, the whales have arrived off Oahu

  4. Garret December 17, 2009 6:49 am

    RGM found out that the Miami Dolphins are interested in him so he’s not rushing to sign with his CFL team now.

    Returner/receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen isn’t in a hurry to sign either, especially after learning he is one of two veterans on the Lions who have drawn preliminary interest from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

    The team which took Cam Wake off the Lions’ hands last season recently inquired about Grice-Mullen, though a workout date has not been finalized.

    “It’s just talk going around right now,” said Grice-Mullen, who isn’t discounting his contract offer from the Lions.

  5. Garret December 17, 2009 6:52 am

    BCS Conference teams get *much* smaller payout rewards when they make a BCS bowl. I think that UH got $4.5 million or so for the Sugar Bowl and BSU is getting a large sum also…West Virginia actually only got $2.4 million last year for going to the Fiesta Bowl and they LOST over a million dollars due to their expenses.

    “The real misconception is when somebody goes to a BCS bowl, people think you’re getting $15 million,” West Virginia senior associate athletic director Russ Sharp said. “You’re getting a fraction of that – and it costs a fortune to go to the Fiesta Bowl.”

    Sharp said that the Big East’s payout to West Virginia for its trip to the 2008 Fiesta Bowl was $2,425,600, but the school’s expenses totaled $3,495,000 – for losses of $1,069,400.

  6. Jason December 17, 2009 6:54 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

    I saw that report, and I thought it was weird. Then I realized it was only a list of reported gifts. It looks like the list is updated now:

  7. Garret December 17, 2009 6:54 am

    Nevada must really want to boost their defense next year, as they signed 4 JC defenders that will be enrolling in their school in January so that they can go through spring practice. They will probably all play in Nevada’s game at Aloha Stadium next season.

    The University of Nevada has signed four mid-year transfers who will join the program next month, head coach Chris Ault announced Wednesday. All four players are on the defensive side of the ball and will enroll in the spring semester in January and will be eligible to go through spring drills with the Wolf Pack.

    The mid-year class consists of: defensive end Jared Jackson (Southwestern CC); defensive end Devon Rosa (Glendale CC); safety Chris “Bubba” Boudreaux (Palomar College) and linebacker DeAndre Boughton (Fresno City College).

    “All of our mid-year transfers are defensive players who I expect to come in and compete immediately,” Ault said.

  8. Garret December 17, 2009 6:57 am

    Good luck to all of the Warriors who are petitioning for their 6th season! I’m glad that they are starting the process now, but wish that things could be done even earlier. Jason Shipley received official notice from the NCAA that his 6th year was granted even before the 2008 football season was over, which was a big relief for him. He has been a HUGE contributor to Texas this year.

    It seems that in the past UH has waited so long that players missed Spring Practice and even some games (Maka) due to delays.

  9. Garret December 17, 2009 6:57 am


    Thank you for the full list of gifts and meals. The Hawaii Bowl is an awesome experience for all players…and hopefully the Warriors will be there next year.

  10. Nalani December 17, 2009 6:57 am

    Please pick me Avis.

    The tix will be for my big bro, so if you see me entering again and again, no think I’m greedy, just trying to win them for him!

  11. chopsueyboy December 17, 2009 6:58 am

    Good Morning!

    Top Ten!

  12. oldie December 17, 2009 7:00 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

    Good afternoon, Wahine!

    Have fun, play loose, but Focus, Focus, Focus!

  13. whitey December 17, 2009 7:00 am

    Tonight is the Wahines’ night and they will prevail. This is an entirely different team from Coach Shoji’s recent teams. This year, not many teams east of the miss river have seen this team and those that did, got clobbered. It will be a fun match to watch the Wahines go about their business and take the pussycats to the litter box. GO FOR BROKE WAHINES!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Nalani December 17, 2009 7:01 am

    Please pick me Avis.

  15. whitey December 17, 2009 7:02 am

    Please pick me Avis.

    If you draw my name, please give this to al’s no 2 son.

  16. chopsueyboy December 17, 2009 7:03 am

    Shucks…slow computer response this morning

  17. whitey December 17, 2009 7:05 am

    got to go to breakfast of champions (Go Wahines), then excercise at the spa (Waiehu GC), then Christmas party at Tiffany’s.

    al, if you going be town tonight, let me know.

    GIVE EM WAHINES!!!!!!!

  18. 4UHFAN December 17, 2009 7:12 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  19. Glenn December 17, 2009 7:14 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    Go get ‘um Wahine.

  20. NYUH December 17, 2009 7:16 am

    Colin Kaepernick’s shirt: I got my okole kicked in Hawaii and all I got was this tee shirt.

  21. Nalani December 17, 2009 7:20 am

    Not too late. Still some good tix left for our Christmas Shows. Great way to celebrate w family and friends. Kaiser members get discount on tix.

  22. Nalani December 17, 2009 7:21 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  23. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 7:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    And wen i win because of this entry, please give the tix to Nalani. 😀

  24. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 7:29 am

    Go Wahine!

    Pound Penn State. Down down down

  25. djmitcho December 17, 2009 7:30 am

    Good Morning All! It’s almost the weekend. I hope everyone has a good day today.
    While all the swag for the Hawaii Bowl sounds good, I’d be happy with just the food!

  26. Anfield December 17, 2009 7:34 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  27. PowderPuff December 17, 2009 7:36 am

    Sports Business Journal should make another category for the intangible gift of staying in a beachfront hotel on Waikiki Beach for Christmas. You tell ’em Matlin…there are many other “gifts” you can’t just stuff into a drawstring backpack and give out to the players.

    Chris Henry’s story is sooo sad. 🙁

  28. Stretch December 17, 2009 7:43 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Good Luck to Brashton, Pepa and Rocky. When dealing with the NCAA, nothing is a slam dunk. I think everyong in Hawaii already knows that.

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  29. tommui December 17, 2009 7:50 am

    Please pick me, Avis!

    Good morning Avis. Good morning, Hawaii!

  30. Dusting December 17, 2009 7:52 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”


  31. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 17, 2009 7:53 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  32. azulie December 17, 2009 7:56 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  33. Nalani December 17, 2009 8:00 am

    Please pick me, Avis!

  34. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 8:03 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    GO WAHINE!!!

  35. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 17, 2009 8:04 am


    Kaepernick shouldn’t be stealing June Jones’ shirt.

  36. SteveM December 17, 2009 8:06 am

    Good morning everyone!

    GO WAHINE!!!

  37. papajoe2 December 17, 2009 8:26 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  38. Slugger December 17, 2009 8:35 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Sure hope Brashton, Laupepa & Rocky get their exemption in time to work out with the team in the spring.

  39. bb December 17, 2009 8:35 am

    Please pick me, Avis

  40. chawan_cut December 17, 2009 8:36 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    if i no win, no matter, i’ll still go.

  41. chawan_cut December 17, 2009 8:40 am

    The only thing the NCAA slam dunks are the Wahine programs and their NCAA post seasons berths (both volleyball and basketball)

  42. Slugger December 17, 2009 8:42 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  43. Stretch December 17, 2009 8:44 am

    December 17th, 2009 at 8:36 am
    “Please pick me, Avis.”
    if i no win, no matter, i’ll still go.

    Avis – please don’t pick CC, he don’t need the free tickets, he will buy his own, he get plenty money.

  44. LRob December 17, 2009 8:46 am

    Please pick me, Avis….


  45. al December 17, 2009 8:46 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  46. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 8:47 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  47. Hoohiki December 17, 2009 8:48 am

    Shoji is the AVCA National Coach of the Year. Why is HA so slow in posting these breaking news. It was the same thing when they announced Danielson as a first team All-American. Delayed…

    Anyway, great for Shoji to be recognized this year. He should actually be in the Hall of Fame already…even before Deitre Collins was inducted.

  48. RainboWarrior December 17, 2009 8:51 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Sooo stinkin excited for the volleyball match. Pound’em Wahine!

  49. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 8:52 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    I’ll be home by 4 PM to watch it…

    GO Wahine! BEAT PS… (—– —–)

  50. al December 17, 2009 8:54 am

    mr. whitey….i’ll call you later. maybe we go lunch next week.

  51. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 8:55 am

    After 51 months, we’ve finally overtaken “Stephen Tsai, Law Offices” for the top Google spot for such a name.

  52. Slugger December 17, 2009 8:56 am

    Thanks for the lowdown on Dee Maggitt, ST. Looks like a great student-athlete for UH.

    Please pick me, Avis.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  53. chawan_cut December 17, 2009 9:02 am

    no mo plenty money.

  54. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 9:03 am

    Congratulations to Dave Shoji.. BCS Buster!

  55. al December 17, 2009 9:03 am

    now you’ve done it…
    every curious tsaiko here will definetly google that site.

    here, i’ll save you all the trouble…

    then we will do a poll as to who is better looking and please none of this all asians look alike gibberish.

  56. al December 17, 2009 9:04 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  57. al December 17, 2009 9:05 am

    i actually know to other avis’, none of whom rents cars.

  58. PONO December 17, 2009 9:06 am


  59. Nalani December 17, 2009 9:11 am

    Please pick me Avis

  60. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 9:12 am

    As Stretch says:

    “When dealing with the NCAA, nothing is a slam dunk. I think everyong in Hawaii already knows that.”

    But Good Luck to Brashton, Pepa and Rocky. We can sure use them next year.

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  61. GRM December 17, 2009 9:27 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.” And if I win, give it to Nalani, since I can’t go.


  62. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 9:27 am

    Wow each player at Hawaii Bowl gets $235 Multi-Media Player:
    I want one for Christmas too…

    But get me one for “Please pick me, Avis.”

  63. A-House December 17, 2009 9:31 am

    congratulations to Steffany Brandt on her award as the final four player with the highest GPA – an honor to her excellence to education – one of my favoriate player the other being Jamie Lee.

  64. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 9:32 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    Still cannot confirm the Dave Shoji – Coach of the Year, statement above.

  65. Slugger December 17, 2009 9:33 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

    GO BOWS!!!

  66. tommui December 17, 2009 9:40 am

    AL: Sorry about this business that all Asians look alike but I was told that I was a look-alike for Al Kimura.

    “Please pick me, Avis”

  67. tommui December 17, 2009 9:41 am

    Re: #66 – of course the person was very near-sighted…

  68. sportsbow December 17, 2009 9:42 am


    Did UH officially receive London Sapolu’s LOI yet?

  69. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 9:50 am

    Hope the Wahine are clicking on all cylinders today… Hard to believe they are the only non-BCS team in four years to be in the final four… Sheesh.. on that merit alone… Shoji should be Coach of the Year!

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  70. d1島 December 17, 2009 9:53 am

    You can pick your friends,
    you can pick your nose…. 😈

    Please pick me, Avis.

  71. A-House December 17, 2009 9:53 am


    i no can keep up with you guys who blog after 9pm!

    u guys get mucho stamina!!!

  72. Boa56 December 17, 2009 9:54 am

    Please pick me Avis.

    Finally made it, Go Wahine!

  73. A-House December 17, 2009 9:59 am

    some guy named dave readon writes that the Big 10 is the best VB conference in the nation? wonder what his criteria is/are? here i thought a conference west of the mississippi was da best!

    ok, so when da Wahine win the national championship, dey wen beat most of the top tier teams in da Big 10 and Texas.

    what will he say then? not bad for a WAC team???

  74. Tarai December 17, 2009 9:59 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  75. Ronnie December 17, 2009 10:00 am

    Oops… sorry if I broke the blog. The story is in the breaking news section.

  76. al December 17, 2009 10:00 am

    tom….you are in fine form today. ahahaha.

  77. A-House December 17, 2009 10:01 am

    Congratulations to Coach Shoji for being Coach of the Year!!!

    Well deserved!

  78. al December 17, 2009 10:01 am

    ahouse….no comment. otherwise mrs. ahouse going hit me on the head.

  79. A-House December 17, 2009 10:03 am

    OK, al, guru of all Warrior gurus, what news of the next football recruit?

    U ask me to be patient, but time keeps moving ahead and taking me with it.

    OK, ST, give al da word so he can tell me. hehehehe!

  80. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 10:06 am

    Here’s the rest of the 2009 Bowl gifts to participants gets:

    Hawaii Bowl gifts retail value comes to $665.00, not too shabby and not including all the meals and lodging and on top of that the extra bonus is a week in Paradies is ‘Seventh Heaven’.

    Go SMU I’ll be there to cheer on JJ and the Mustangs!!! at JJ row 3

    Please pick me “Please pick me, Avis.”

  81. A-House December 17, 2009 10:08 am


    you sound like a guy getting out of the military – one more wake up before heading home!!

    we all counted the days and then wake-ups.

  82. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 10:16 am

    The other Tsai is a lawyer right? Doesn’t that make our Tsai automatically better looking by default?

  83. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 10:18 am

    j/k, Tom, bhf2 and Warrior Mojo! You know that you guys are the prettiest lawyers around.

  84. PowderPuff December 17, 2009 10:19 am

    Re #51: how appropriate it would be the 51st post today. Congrats, ST. Just watched a frightening piece on CNBC about how Google doesn’t get rid of searches, so that means you are in perpetuity!

    Congratulations, Coach Shoji…and GO WAHINE! Time to tame some lady lions – or whatever they are.

  85. Jack Flash December 17, 2009 10:23 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  86. elum December 17, 2009 10:34 am

    Please pick me, Avis

  87. Garret December 17, 2009 10:35 am

    The *huge* TV ratings for college football this season hurts the chances for a playoff system to be established. If it turns out that more money can be made by regular season games, then having a big playoff than reduces the number of regular season games could be out.

    CBS’ numbers for the weekly SEC showcases were up a staggering 37 percent over 2008, good for its best year since bringing college football back into its lineup in 1996, and ESPN had its best season in a decade — largely thanks to the most-watched regular season game, USC at Ohio State in September, which was also the most-watched college football game in ESPN history. ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC all saw jumps of at least 10 percent over 2008 audiences, culminating in ESPN’s most-watched Heisman ceremony.

    All of which is heavy ammunition to the anti-playoff factions, whose best argument — that a playoff corrodes interest in an exciting, profitable regular season — is obviously bolstered by one of the most successful regular seasons in ages. The highest barrier to playoff reform at the moment is the lucre schools and conferences rake in from big television contracts, paydays that dwarf the potential gains of replacing the current BCS structure with a bracket. The big TV deals really grease the wheels, and increased viewership means those coffers will only get fatter when it comes time to renegotiate.

  88. Garret December 17, 2009 10:37 am

    Teenage girl would played softball for 7 years is suing her high school because she was injured during a sliding drill. If this lawsuit results in a big money award, it could be a problem for all high school and college softball programs.

    A Queens softball player is suing the city, claiming she busted her ankle because her high school coach never taught her how to slide.

    “I’m playing right now, practicing, but I can’t sprint,” said Alina, who has played softball since she was 7.

  89. klo December 17, 2009 10:39 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  90. Garret December 17, 2009 10:39 am

    John Estes and Greg Salas were named to Phil Steele’s All-America fourth team!

  91. Bulla December 17, 2009 10:39 am

    merry christmas to all Tsaikos,

    congrats to Dave Shoji, no one more deserving and more humble, a true winner

    go wahine….you control your destiny, no one controls you…..

    have an awesome day in Hawaii Nei everyone…………..

  92. Garret December 17, 2009 10:41 am

    ESPN article on today’s game just focuses on a Penn State player.

  93. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 10:48 am

    Please pick me “Please pick me, Avis.”

    I really waana go…

  94. Kekoa December 17, 2009 10:59 am

    Sorry ST…da odda ST belongs to more Bar associations den you. Hang wit my pahtna Koakane samoa and den you get chance!

  95. Kekoa December 17, 2009 11:02 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    I’m offering mine to da odda ST to see if he really is Pake!

  96. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 11:04 am

    Thanks Ronnie…

    Avis…”Please pick me, Avis.”

  97. Irse December 17, 2009 11:07 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

  98. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 11:07 am


    Maybe non-BCS schools should look for another argument besides a championship playoff, then.

    Got to find a more equitable solution or many if not all teams that aren’t BCS may have to drop down a level, which though currently unfair to those schools with excellent programs in other sports, may be the only viable way for them to continue. If like Women’s VB, the BCS siphons all the top talent, the non-BCS schools will have little to no chance of contending.

  99. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 11:08 am

    Maybe BCS schools should be limited to 75 scholies…

  100. Hilo Moon December 17, 2009 11:11 am

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    If you do pick me, please give the tickets to Nalani.

  101. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 11:12 am

    Hey, let’s see if we can start a virtual wave for the Rainbow Wahine. I guess I’ll start.

    I’m raising my arms in Maunawili …

  102. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 11:32 am

    See what you did..? Broke da Database with those hairy armpits.

    Raising my arms in Kaneohe!

    BTW… Please, pick me Avis!

  103. tommui December 17, 2009 11:35 am

    DPK: re:84. Well, I agree with you at least in one instance.

    But of course my mirror lies!

  104. LizKauai December 17, 2009 11:36 am

    Arms up in Kalaheo.. W-A-V-E – GO WAHINE!

  105. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 17, 2009 11:38 am

    Raising my arms in East Oahu.

  106. royvic December 17, 2009 11:39 am

    How formidable of an opponent is the Penn State’s womens volleyball team for the Wahine today?

    Listening to BC show this morning he touched on this subject. And then some.

    “The best collegiate womens volleyball team of all time,” BC says, as he lets on to his radio listeners. “A hundred game winning streak.”

    I’m thinking okay. Stranger things have happened, hopefully it’ll happen today should the Wahine beat Penn State.

    Some of BC dialogue made inferences that this Penn State womens volleyball team, 2-time National Champion, who are attempting on making it three, is so dynamic. And such a dynasty that this team is compared to the all-time great dynasties in sports, like the New England Patriot football teams and the UCLA Bruin’s basketball teams.

    This may be true, I agree. I hope the Wahine start their own today.

    BC goes on to concede should the Wahine beat Penn State today the volleyball world can throw out this talk about this Penn State womens volleyball team as being the greatest.

    I hope so. Go Wahine.

    At this point BC is Mr. Congeniality. He remaining optimistic, and presenting the facts.

    A caller calls in suggesting of how the womens volleyball teams from Japan, especially the ones that dominated the Olympics, were smallish. But were fast and passed and served the ball well. And similarly compared this year’s Wahine.

    Hey, I’m thinking, this caller knows his volleyball. BC accepted what the caller said, but added not in this day and age.

    BC even conveys to his listening audience a positive outlook, suggesting that if the Wahine can race out into the lead the Penn State team will feel the pressure.

    I agree with BC, I’m thinking. BC goes on to hint that if Penns State feels the heat there’s a good chance the Wahine can pull off an upset.

    Up until now there’s an upbeat feeling to the show, and positive outlook by BC, mixed in with facts about the Wahine’s opponent today.

    As a listener up I feel both the drum beat and drum roll presented by BC leading up to today’s game and am envisioning that the Wahines have a chance today.

    With four minute left in the show BC pops the balloon.

    “No I don’t think the Wahine are going to win today,” he says to the audience in throwing out the thought of what he sees of the Wahine’s chances today.

    With four minute left in the show, and being pretty much Mr. Congeniality throughout the show he ends the show on a sour note.

    Hmm. Peculiar. No need the three sixty, BC, at the end of the show I was thinking. It’s so defeatist. A better ending to the show would have gone like this, “I’m so proud of our girls that I hope they prevail over Penn State today.”

    That would have been classier.It would have ended his show on a good note. Anyway, Go Wahine I’ll be rooting all out for you today.

  107. tommui December 17, 2009 11:40 am

    A_House: Good afternoon Col.

    Actually Reardon I think was being somewhat sarcastic.

    He said (paraphrasing) that the Big Ten was the best – ask anyone who plays in the Big 10.

    Actually, the best VB is in the Western US.

  108. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 11:45 am

    It’s all about passing and serving. UH can pass. I think they go with the 3-point pass system, right? (Men go with 4-point system.) A perfect pass is 3 (setter can go quick to the middles or to the outside). A 2 parlays, pretty much, into sets to the pins.
    What’s great is UH has three pretty good passers. And Danielson is a functional passer .

  109. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 11:45 am

    *Leaps to his feet and raises his arms high!*

    GO WAHINE!!!

  110. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 17, 2009 11:47 am

    Dave Shoji is Coach of the Year…

    I cannot say anything about him that hasn’t already been said.

  111. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 11:51 am

    Raising my arms in Makiki!!!

    Go Wahine!!!

    ST – What is a good number to call you at?

  112. A-House December 17, 2009 11:52 am

    Standing up and raising my arms. Continuing the wave in downtown Honolulu!

  113. TChahng [오키나와] December 17, 2009 11:52 am

    Please pick me, Avis.

  114. d1島 December 17, 2009 11:54 am

    What is that smell?


    Oh, I get it….

    Arms raised in da Wessai!

  115. TChahng [오키나와] December 17, 2009 11:55 am

    Uncle A-House,

    What episode # is “The Great Queen Seondeok” on this week. I’m up to #8 already (DVD). Coming home tomorrow to watch on TV with omma. 🙂

  116. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 17, 2009 12:00 pm

    Mooning the ESPN article featuring a Penn State player… Well not really… But in my mind I am! 😆

  117. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 12:09 pm

    Darn it Kazz you had to put that here remember this is a family blog. j/k

  118. GRM December 17, 2009 12:09 pm

    Sitting and raising 1 arm in Mililani! Go Wahine!

  119. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 12:10 pm

    My cell is (808) 256-0223

  120. Slugger December 17, 2009 12:14 pm

    * standing up & waving my arms in Mo’ili’ili *

    Congrats to Dave Shoji! Getting the recognition he deserves!

    Fuud note: Mom & friends went to Carmine’s in Tampa for lunch. Cuban food…ummmm


    Please pick me, Avis. Mahalo!

  121. Slugger December 17, 2009 12:18 pm


    Good to hear you’ll be home…for Christmas…(humming)…to be with your omma.

    Merry Christmas to all da Tsaikos!

  122. Kekoa December 17, 2009 12:23 pm

    Waving one arm from Kapolei side, and the other arm on the ceded lands side.


    You can do it Ladies! Play hard and leave it all out there on the court!

    “Please pick me, Avis”

  123. koakane™ December 17, 2009 12:42 pm

    standing clapping and raising my two arms from PC for coach of the year Dave Shoji and wishing the rainbow wahines best of luck today. no matter what happens you gals are the bestest. go go giv’um

  124. Garret December 17, 2009 12:55 pm

    Looks like UH just got eliminated from Joshua Quezada’s list.

    La Habra (Calif.) running back Joshua Quezada recently narrowed his choices to Utah and BYU and is hoping to make his decision by the end of the week.

    The athlete took official visits to BYU, Hawaii, Utah and Washington before narrowing his choices to the Cougs and Utes.

  125. Kazz December 17, 2009 12:58 pm

    If the Wahine play perfect and start passing well right away we can steal the 1st set from Penn State and put them in a position to play catch up. All season long they have NOT played a team as fast as us that can pass very well. All the teams in the Big Ten conference are stoic and the high sets that take forever and a day to fall back down is what Penn State is used to. If we can start seperating their huge middles and get them caught moving side to side then we can win.

    Passing is the key. It always has been. Brittany Hewitt has been such a plesant surprise and she continues to play well with better competition. Gonna need to rely on her more to keep the left side blockers honest, otherwise Kanani, Aneli, and Stephanie are gonna get shut down fast! Amber Kaufman didn’t practice yesterday. Her abdominal strain must be getting tight again and that can happen when you haven’t played in a while. Sometimes injuries like that need playing time as opposed to resting it. If she cannot go tonight, then you take away a threat at the opposite side. Sure Kaufman plays in the middle, but with her step out moves she might as well be an opposite hitter on the right side, not to mention her serving game will be missed. Hopefully Amber will be ready to go. It’s a big game, so I am sure it will be VERY HARD to keep her away.

    I look and hope to see Aneli getting back to her jump serves. Her jump serves can match ANYONE in the country in terms of power, speed, and accuracy. We may lack in height, but of our best servers, Aneli has the power to match Penn State.

    It’s gonna be hard as hell today, but we all hope Na Wahine can overcome this Penn State team that has been unstoppable over the past two seasons.

    Another good write up this morning regarding one more BIG BIG BIG obstacle for our Wahine. Good breakdown of the “signs” from earlier in the season as to what the potential of this squad could become (i.e. sweeping Stanford and UCLA, 1000 wins, etc…). Again I am PROUD to say this year’s team proved me COMPLETELY INCORRECT when I didn’t think they would have made it this far considering pre season question marks at the depth of the middle and libero positions and how newcomers Cascioppo and Forsythe were going to contribute.

    But still it was hard to really tell when you have to sit through the WAC season and continuously watch the Wahine DESTROY their opponents. Even convincing wins against the PAC 10’s top teams early in the season still made many wonder what would be left in the tank.

    Several things remained obvious though, such as the improvement in their digs and serving from past seasons. Today’s article used a great word to describe the serving from Brandt, Lee, and Kaufman as “annoying”. It has been. Just ask Washington last season how annoying Amber Kaufman’s jump/lob serve is. 😆

    Tonight, I can sense there is no fear of what may not happen, but obviously there is excitement of what could happen.

    Again, I’m just so proud and happy for these young ladies that do what they do so well at a high level. Yesterday the Sports Animals brought up the topic of the Wahine possibly moving on to win the national championship and comparing it’s significance to the Sugar Bowl appearance and 12-0 regular season run. There is no comparison, simple. The Sugar Bowl run is way more significant in terms of what it did state-wide and considering the kind of media coverage college football has over collegiate volleyball there is no question which was more “significant”, BUT within their respective sports, ANY national championship should take precedence. The Sugar Bowl isn’t a national title bowl game, college football doesn’t allow national championships at the FBS level to be decided on the field… 🙄 …. But to say that you are the best in the land out of a tournament playoff system? Well, you just can’t get any better than that!

    Now, the day is upon us!!!

    No pressure on our side at all. No one cared about us, even though we DOMINATED on the court all through the Stanford regional and the previous sub-regional and we DOMINATED in the stands by outnumbering the local supporters of our opponents. It’s clear what the NCAA thinks of us and it’s clear, it’s been clear for years, what the nation thinks of us. So tonight, in Florida, the Wahine shall do their thing, the one thing that they do best and that’s play volleyball!

    My thoughts are with our ladies today wishing nothing but the best. The “royalty of UH athletics” will forever have my respect as it should with followers of UH athletics in general.

  126. Kazz December 17, 2009 1:03 pm

    Dave Shoji Fact #1016:

    Dave Shoji once coached a bald eagle back to life.

  127. Kazz December 17, 2009 1:04 pm

    I guess someone talking about not wanting to cut his hair was actually said in jest huh? 🙄

  128. A-House December 17, 2009 1:04 pm


    Just finished #10 on Tuesday nite.

    You going be home for the Hawaii Bowl. We may have a ticket for you.

    Email us your phone # to make connections for the ticket.

  129. A-House December 17, 2009 1:06 pm

    On the RB, looks like all the smoke about cutting hair and not wanting to be a DB was to fool Tsaikos!!!

  130. bueller555 December 17, 2009 1:12 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  131. Garret December 17, 2009 1:15 pm


    U-Dub was the school that wanted him to be a DB…and you might notice that he eliminated U-Dub the same time he eliminated UH.

    If he’s serious about the hair cutting thing, then I guess he’ll pick Utah.

  132. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 1:17 pm

    Please pick me, Avis

  133. Slugger December 17, 2009 1:19 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Running to last errand before VB starts on TV. You guys behave, or Santa’s gonna bring you empty greenies.

    Esme & out…

  134. al December 17, 2009 1:22 pm

    nice post royvic.

    i believe all of the vb world is looking past hawaii. most think that our arrival in tampa was a fluke.

    i like to be in that position.

    this team is so much like that 1987 team that was lead by tita ahuna. they were a smallish team who played defense and passed the ball well. they had their superstar in tee williams, a great setter, a senior middle, etc, etc.

  135. Kazz December 17, 2009 1:24 pm

    Wonder what BYU and Utah pulled out to trim down his list???

    Well, considering the schools, I think we can rule out “Tennessee-like” recruiting tactics… ***AHEM*** It would be safe to say that BYU and Utah didn’t do anything to assist in escorting his decision over to their side.

  136. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 1:28 pm

    d1島, You R so funny #70 post.
    Do you know the difference between
    picking your nose and picking flowers?

  137. al December 17, 2009 1:30 pm

    the running back really likes hawaii. he really does.

    udub is out because they want him to play safety(?).
    although byu is listed, they want him to cut his hair(?)
    utah has a lot of pluses including a bevy of running backs.
    hawaii, well, he can play running back, keep his hair long, and we got the top two rb’s who are seniors. we also, as we speak, have a commitment from his teammate.

    what’s not to like about hawaii?

    it should be a no brainer no?
    (but, his mom doesn’t like the distance between our islands and the west coast. somebody get her a job with hawaiian airlines on the west coast please.)

  138. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 1:32 pm

    We really need to find a big.. low gravity type running back who can run while still holding firmly onto the ball and that isn’t afraid to block. Get a couple of those and they’ll get good looks from the scouts, too.

  139. Pride. December 17, 2009 1:36 pm

    Royvic. No worry about what Bobby Curran thinks or says. His opinion doesn’t matter. There will be fourteen young women stepping between the lines in Tampa in a few hours. It is their opinion that matters, and only theirs.

  140. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 1:39 pm

    …you can’t eat flowers.

  141. Pride. December 17, 2009 1:45 pm

    Penn State girls are quite nervous right now. Their trying to figure out how they are going to beat Texas. They know that they are better than Texas. They know that they are the best in the country. But they also know that on Saturday, Texas will come out ready to play, and will not just rollover and give them the game. Penn State girls know that they are unbeatable. But what if they lose to Texas in the finals? Just what if? How will they face their boosters and their fans? What will they do, what will they say? Yes they are very nervous. They are thinking right now that they better not lose to Texas.

  142. al December 17, 2009 1:48 pm

    mih…are you suggesting that nate ilaoa petition for a seventh year???

  143. al December 17, 2009 1:48 pm

    i wonder how many folks will be taking off early today?

  144. Pride. December 17, 2009 1:49 pm

    Al, we should take a chance on Derek Muaava. I told you before and you are not listening. See how his rehab is coming and see if he will be ready to go?

  145. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 1:51 pm

    Go Coach Shoji and Girls!
    For those of you like me who can’t afford
    cable tv espn 21, you can watch on your
    computer at:

    Texas and Minn just getting underway

  146. FloridaTed December 17, 2009 1:51 pm

    The Wahine have every right to think they can beat Penn State, off course, it would require a perfect gameplan and excution,

    !.) Serving .The crucible right there. If the Wahine serve their best, they can bring the big trees out of their Big Ten mode and force them to scramble.

    2.) Obviously passing, but vital to have a very quick attack, the Wahine being faster, could neutralize their Block.

    3.) Do not allow them large point runs, that would be deadly.

    4.) Most important, believe !!!!

    GO, WAHINE !!!!!!!!

  147. Pomai December 17, 2009 1:53 pm

    Now lets see, BC doesn’t like the Na Wahine, doesn’t like the Warriors…….. question is why is he a sportscaster in Hawaii, why doesn’t he go some place where he likes the teams he’s reporting on??????????? Never heard him say anything good about a UH team, wonder why???????

  148. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 2:01 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Go Wahine!!!

  149. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 2:06 pm


    How’s that cloning program going at UH? We still stuck on sheep?

  150. LizKauai December 17, 2009 2:06 pm

    TChahng- Welcome home!

    Pomai- I captured your interview this morning but didn’t upload it successfully yet. Ok to put on utube when I get home?

    YEA! My Dr. appt. this afternoon was rescheduled (by his office) and I’ll be in front of some kind of communication device at 4pm!

  151. LizKauai December 17, 2009 2:07 pm

    Mahalo, Pecan Pie… I forgot about the earlier game!

  152. T-Shirt Seeker December 17, 2009 2:10 pm

    Please pick me, Avis

  153. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 2:13 pm

    Texas vs Minnesota… Women’s VB online here..

  154. Slugger December 17, 2009 2:16 pm

    TExas w/ the 1st set. 25-19

  155. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 2:17 pm

    25-19 Texas beats Minnesota to take first set.
    Hooker flying high…

  156. Slugger December 17, 2009 2:19 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Back to TV…

  157. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 2:21 pm

    “Please pick me, Avis.”

    Eh… BC is probably worried that if he was Pro-Hawaii, all the other Stateside analysts would think he was a biased, uninformed sportscaster. By being anti-Hawaii… they just think he is uniformed.

  158. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 2:22 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  159. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 2:32 pm

    Go go ..GO! Minnesota.. erh.. ah…

    Who we rooting for here?

  160. Jack Flash December 17, 2009 2:38 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  161. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 2:43 pm

    Texas wins 2nd set 25-20

  162. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 2:44 pm

    Don’t cry over spilled milk:

    “The real misconception is when somebody goes to a BCS bowl, people think you’re getting $15 million,” West Virginia senior associate athletic director Russ Sharp said. “You’re getting a fraction of that – and it costs a fortune to go to the Fiesta Bowl.”

    Sharp said that the Big East’s payout to West Virginia for its trip to the 2008 Fiesta Bowl was $2,425,600, but the school’s expenses totaled $3,495,000 – for losses.

    Yeah, but how many boosters got a free ride?

    In today’s Washington Post “West Virginia lawmakers appropriated $100,000 for the disbanded rifle team.” Wasn’t there some of the students in Virgina that got killed on campus?

    It wasn’t that WVU’s athletic department was running a deficit. Rather, university officials concluded that the only way WVU could become more competitive in the high-stakes world of college sports was to cut five teams and spend the savings (roughly $600,000 in what was then a $27 million budget) on better facilities and more scholarships.

    So, don’t cry for Virginia running a payout deficit.

    Oh, and Most important, believe !!!!

    GO, WAHINE ! and Please, Please pick me, Avis

  163. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 2:47 pm

    Go Wahine, Beat PSU

    Please pick me, Avis

  164. elum December 17, 2009 2:47 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  165. al December 17, 2009 2:48 pm

    he committed to sjsu awhile back. does the swinging door remain open now that tomey is gone?

  166. al December 17, 2009 2:49 pm

    speaking of tomey…you guys (former players) should get together and throw a cc for him.

  167. Kekoa December 17, 2009 2:50 pm

    C’mon Minni-Tonka beat dem dang Texans! Take ’em to da limit!

  168. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 17, 2009 2:53 pm

    The blog program would not let me say – Please pick me, Avis -which is a bummare.

  169. al December 17, 2009 2:53 pm

    i hope you guys keep the vb updates so that when ralph checks the blog he will know the pain we who dvr games for future viewing feel.

    well, we still in the running for that wiscy sized otackle, anoddah cb, and one kahuku boy or two and that other big guy.

    i’d really like to see that radford transfer who played mlb for kapolei this past year sign on the dotted line for us. watching the dvr of the east/west game, you could see he was making plays all night.

    also, tuaau looks like he physically can play already.

  170. al December 17, 2009 2:54 pm

    oh, and i forgot. quines is going to be one mean player for us. what a great find.

  171. Kekoa December 17, 2009 2:55 pm

    Uhh.. Avis my dahling…

    “Please pick me, Avis.


    Let’s Go Bows!

  172. fulingyu December 17, 2009 2:59 pm

    Please pick me, Avis!

    Just found out I may be able to get off of work to go!


  173. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 3:01 pm

    *Stands up and raises his arms again*

  174. al December 17, 2009 3:05 pm

    i hope we get to keep the corsciana connection open.

    and we need to get back to blinn they won the natl’s again.

  175. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 3:08 pm

    Has anyone seen Penn St. VB play this year, what do they look like?

    Please pick me, Avis

  176. 702WarriorNation December 17, 2009 3:11 pm

    UNLV hired Jim Livengood from U of Arizona as their AD.
    It appears U of A wasn’t talking to him on a contract extension, so he applied for the UNLV job.
    Wasn’t HF an asst AD at UofA or was it ASU? Could he be……..

  177. Garret December 17, 2009 3:13 pm


    HF was at Arizona State.

  178. Jason December 17, 2009 3:16 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  179. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 3:16 pm

    Texas 2-0 and third set lead by 20 – 13

    Looks like the Final will be Hawaii vs. Texas.

    Up Next GOOOooooooo Wahine!

    Please pick me, Avis

  180. addahknowjoe December 17, 2009 3:17 pm

    Lemme see… hey, I’m still in town on the 23rd!

    Oh, for the love of God-

    Please pick me, Avis!

  181. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 3:18 pm

    Texas Wins

  182. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 3:18 pm

    Texas wins. Hawaii will play Long Horns…

  183. LizKauai December 17, 2009 3:18 pm

    Texas sweeps-

    Go Wahine- no rock star standouts on this TEAM… YOU ARE ALL ROCK STARS!

  184. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 3:20 pm

    Texas Wins 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 by (3-0)

    Hawaii Vs Penn State up next

    Goooo Wahine!… We Believe!

  185. Garret December 17, 2009 3:21 pm

    The Pac-10 has a new commissioner and he says that they will consider expanding to 12 teams. The Conference merry-go-round is really going to be crazy in 2-3 years and hopefully UH will end up in a good spot.

    With potential conference expansion again all the rage, first-year Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott knew the question would be coming.

    What about Pac-10 expansion?

    “Expansion is something we will take a look at,” Scott said Wednesday.

    For expansion enthusiasts that will sound like a more open-minded approach than long-time commissioner Tom Hansen, whom Scott replaced over the summer.

    Yes, expansion is something Scott will look at with a “fresh set of eyes” — his phrase — and the timing makes sense because the conference television contracts expire after the 2011-12 academic year.

  186. Garret December 17, 2009 3:22 pm

    Expansion is a subject that has repeatedly come up since the mid-90s when the conference courted Texas and Colorado before they joined the new Big 12, but the Big Ten’s public declaration this week that it is considering adding a member to reach the 12-program threshold necessary to split into divisions and hold a championship game, makes the issue relevant again.

    If the the Big Ten joins the Big 12, ACC and SEC as a 12-team conference that would leave the Pac-10 and eight-team Big East looking, well, smaller.

  187. Garret December 17, 2009 3:23 pm

    So, the Pac-10 needs to expand by 2012 if they are going to get a bigger TV deal and include a conference title game in the deal…criteria for candidates are discussed here.

    Programs need to be an academic and athletic match. That means admission standards and research accreditation are issues. On the athletic side, it’s not just about football. How strong is the entire athletic department? Recall the Pac-10 is the “Conference of Champions” and Olympic and women’s sports are part of that foundation.

    Then there’s the biggest issue: Money. If the Pac-10 were to expand, it wants that expansion to mean more of it. There’s widespread concern that a number of the potential candidates don’t come from markets that will increase revenue.

    Bringing in Utah and Colorado might be a winner (Salt Lake City and Denver markets), and at least one Pac-10 athletic director said that’s the most likely scenario. Of course, prying Colorado away from the Big 12 might not be easy.

    TCU, perhaps? There are issues — distance being an obvious one — but Pac-10 coaches would salivate over a bigger potential recruiting footprint in Texas.

  188. Garret December 17, 2009 3:24 pm

    That might mean expansion or not by 2012.

    “The most logical time for that is when you’re going to sell your media rights,” Scott said. “This is essentially the shop window, so this would be a very natural time to consider it, if we are going to consider it.”

  189. Garret December 17, 2009 3:25 pm

    My girls are going to get to see their first volleyball game in about 20 minutes…I cannot wait for the match to start.

  190. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 3:25 pm

    If you’re not at home and can’t watch it on TV
    Watch Wahine win over Penn State right here on your PC:

    Link to:

    Please pick me, Avis!

  191. Slugger December 17, 2009 3:25 pm

    * raising arms up for the Bows *

    GO WAHINE!!!

    Please pick me, Avis.

  192. 702WarriorNation December 17, 2009 3:26 pm

    Thanks Garret,
    Congrat on your old schoole UofT sweeping.
    Now it’s UH turn to do the same.
    Go Wahines!

  193. Garret December 17, 2009 3:26 pm

    People who have access to ESPN 360 can watch the game for free online.

  194. Garret December 17, 2009 3:27 pm


    I hope that I get to cheer for UH against Texas…that would be a lot more fun than cheering for Texas vs. Penn State.

  195. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 3:36 pm

    I’m Still at work…
    but gotta get home now and watch it in HD!

    but if not right now over 62,000 people are watching live on PC. including 29 other countries plus over 10,000 from USA

    GooOOOOO!! Wahine!!

    10 more minutes to go Can’t wait

  196. Ralph December 17, 2009 3:44 pm

    Please pick me Avis…twice is a charm.

  197. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 3:45 pm


    All right you guys.. Keep standing.. raising your arms and fanning… I think I barely caught a breeze in Kaneohe earlier… we need more … (standing and raising arms)

  198. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 3:47 pm

    Ommnn… Ommmmmmnn…. OOOoommnnnn….

    Sending mental telepathic image and message…

    “Please pick me, Avis.”


  199. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 3:53 pm

    I am sitting in front of this pc and have the game up on the link and I am sooo excited!

    Coach Shoji Fact 1017:

    makes 2 arms waving like crazy in Pepeekeo. 😀

  200. LizKauai December 17, 2009 3:55 pm

    C’Mon WAHINE… do to Penn State what the Warriors did to Navy! (sorry, SailorBlue)…

  201. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 3:55 pm




    Go Wahine! For all us!!!!!!!!!!

  202. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 3:56 pm

    Wahine warming up!

  203. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:02 pm




    Go Wahine!

  204. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:02 pm

    Speed Kills!

  205. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:02 pm

    c’mon ladies… no errors…
    GO WAHINE!!!

  206. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:07 pm

    GOOD ONE….


  207. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:08 pm


  208. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:08 pm



  209. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:09 pm


    Go Wahine

  210. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:09 pm

    Who going blink?

  211. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:10 pm

    Dave Shoji Fact 1018.

    Hawaii get movers and shakers on the national stage.

  212. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:11 pm

    wouldn’t you know, its da princesses…


  213. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 4:11 pm

    Hawaii winning 15-13 first set and already
    the annoucers are poo-poohing if Hawaii
    should win the first set saying like Michigan
    Hawaii will fall to Penn later in the game…

  214. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 4:12 pm

    So far Penn St. does not look like a #1 ranked team.

  215. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:15 pm

    gotta hold down the errors…..

  216. Kekoa December 17, 2009 4:15 pm

    They go to commercial with Hawaii in the lead temporarily and the airhead blonde says, “Records continue to fall for Penn State as we break away for a commercial.” Huh? What records? It’s not over yet!

  217. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:16 pm

    1st to twenny! 🙂

  218. Kekoa December 17, 2009 4:17 pm

    “The Old Guys Rule Big Hilo!”

  219. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:17 pm

    Das y I lissenin to da rayjyo…

  220. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:17 pm

    the princesses are doing GOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!


    GO WAHINE!!!!


  221. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:18 pm

    Announcers are swinging towards hope for HAWAII~~~

  222. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:19 pm



  223. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:19 pm

    an da ahem, lady kitties are looking SHOCCCKKKKKTTT~


  224. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:20 pm

    There you go- #12 seed…


  225. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 4:20 pm

    Let’s Go Bows, keep it going

  226. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:21 pm


  227. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:23 pm


  228. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 4:24 pm

    let’s goooooOOOO Wahine!!! one more point!

  229. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:24 pm

    when you’re goood, you can handle the good vibes.

    Go Wahine!

  230. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:25 pm

    #12 DAT! 👿

  231. wafan December 17, 2009 4:25 pm


  232. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:25 pm


  233. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 4:25 pm

    so ends the longest streak!!! whoootah!!!

  234. Kekoa December 17, 2009 4:25 pm


  235. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:25 pm

    and the kitties went DOWN DOWN DOWN.

    GO WAHINE!!!!!!!!!

  236. Ralph December 17, 2009 4:25 pm

    yes, one game down, 2 to go and bring on Texas

  237. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 4:26 pm


  238. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:28 pm

    I just love it when the underdog BIG BAD
    show up!

  239. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:28 pm

    I’m a pacificist – but today I say KILL KILL KILL!!!

  240. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:28 pm


  241. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 4:29 pm

    OK, now shift into 2nd gear, girls…

  242. Da Punchbowl Kid December 17, 2009 4:29 pm

    *DPK stands and raises his arms again!*


  243. Kekoa December 17, 2009 4:30 pm

    Keep up the intensity!

    Oh so now she says, “An upset in the making!” Hehehe! No mo room on our bandwagon for peeps who no BELIEVE.

    Let’s Go Ladies…play hard and fast!

  244. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:32 pm

    Camera angles are wierd…

  245. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:32 pm


  246. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:32 pm

    Shoji Fact 1019
    win the first game in the national semifinals.

    Shoji Fact 1020
    2 arms gyrating like crazy in da upper atmosphere of Pepeekeo.
    and two cans air deodorant for keep da smell down. 😀

  247. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:32 pm

    That camera angle sux!

  248. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:33 pm

    Come on!

  249. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:34 pm

    get Hawaii fans in Florida…..

    Go Wahine.

  250. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:36 pm

    Come on Wahine.

    You can do it!

  251. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:36 pm

    Breathe…get back in it. Come on Wahine!

  252. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:38 pm

    Pass, pass, pass…

  253. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:38 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.


  254. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:40 pm

    yeah, that always works..

    breathe breathe breathe…

    pass pass pass

  255. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:42 pm

    breathe…work the problem…slow down…pick your spots…
    GO WAHINE!!!

  256. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:43 pm

    cannot expect all da time. 😀

    just most of the time. 😀



  257. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 4:48 pm

    Don’t slow down and pass, pass, pass.

    Need better passing for the quicker sets on the outsides.

  258. LizKauai December 17, 2009 4:49 pm

    ok… gotta run to Kapaa…
    GO LADIES!!!

  259. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 4:54 pm

    they not going down easy.

    gotta take them down haaarrrdd!.

  260. d1島 December 17, 2009 4:57 pm


    Take your car,
    Kapaa is far! 😆

  261. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 5:05 pm

    Please pick me, Avis

    “… a scrappy Hawaii team……”

    Yeah….. I like when da tv announcer talks about Hawaii like dat!

    take notes, Warriors… take notes….

  262. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 5:09 pm

    da ref neva get it right, and da call affected da mo.

    good move, coach Shoji…

  263. bighilofan2 December 17, 2009 5:10 pm

    Go Wahine.

    gotta go meeting. cheer for me….


  264. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 5:11 pm

    David versus Goliath…

  265. protector December 17, 2009 5:14 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  266. protector December 17, 2009 5:19 pm

    I reiterate: Please pick me, Avis.

  267. wafan December 17, 2009 5:23 pm

    Come on, Wahine!

    Settle down.

  268. protector December 17, 2009 5:24 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    And a pox on Phil Steele. Seems like he knows about as much as Mel Kiper Jr.(Ryan Leaf’s biggest fan).

  269. protector December 17, 2009 5:32 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    I hope Maggitt, Falemalu, Cravens & others get to introduce themselves (via tackling) to Quezada (if he goes to BYU) a couple of years from now when UH plays them (others can correct me if I’m wrong about playing the Cougars). I guess they won’t have that chance if he goes to the Utes as I don’t know that we’ll ever play them.

  270. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 5:38 pm

    Come on Wahine you can do it, make it the biggest comeback.

  271. protector December 17, 2009 5:40 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    From the lack of any mention, should I take it that there’s absolutely no
    chance of Blaze Soares also getting a shot at a 6th year?? It seems very unjust! What’s up with the compliance officers in this case; is it THAT impossible to chase down all the medical documentation?

  272. protector December 17, 2009 5:44 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Go Wahine! Hang in there!!

  273. Slugger December 17, 2009 5:50 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.


  274. protector December 17, 2009 5:50 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Yahoo! Nice rally; keep going!

  275. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2009 5:56 pm

    I would say that’s some pretty pathetic blocking…but that comment would only make sense if we actually blocked a ball here and there…..

  276. HiFlyer December 17, 2009 5:58 pm

    Great season for the Wahine VB, Go Texas!!!

  277. Jason December 17, 2009 5:59 pm

    *sigh* Congrats to Penn State and Russ Rose for his 1,000th win.

    Good job Nā Wahine! This is something to build on for next season!

  278. Z-Trail December 17, 2009 6:00 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  279. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 6:00 pm

    Merry Christmas to Dave Shoji
    and the UH women’s volley ball team.
    You gave us a wonderful present.
    Now you can come home to warm sandy beaches.
    Penn State?
    After Saturday, they’ve got to go to snow drifts up to their noses…

    Any high school girls and boys thinking of going to the mainland, think twice…

  280. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2009 6:00 pm

    Like Wisconsin….size made the difference in this game.

  281. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 17, 2009 6:01 pm

    I hope Texas sweeps them in 3…

    HOOK ‘EM!!!!!

  282. protector December 17, 2009 6:01 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.


  283. d1島 December 17, 2009 6:05 pm


  284. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 6:05 pm

    I think Blaze is deserving of an extra year. The injuries, the year he spent at a non-football-playing school, etc.
    But 1) he’s been told he has a chance to be drafted; 2) there has been no assurance from UH compliance that his appeal will be a) successful, b) successful in a timely manner.
    He has decided to move on.

  285. d1島 December 17, 2009 6:05 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

  286. Okole Maluna December 17, 2009 6:06 pm

    Head ref is a farse too many missed call.
    Ref should not be winning points. Players should be the ones to win points.

    Case in point in second set there were 2 missed point for a replay.
    one by a side judge and one by #1 Ref.

    Two side ref called a touch in front of #1 Ref who missed a call and finally relended to give point to wahine.

    In Set 4 Hodge Stumpped in front of #1 ref for a touch by wahine… That should have been YELLOW CARD. No guts by Ref #1.

    This ref should never again get a match to ref any game.

    Wahine didn’t lose match, head ref wanted #1 playing #2 after wahine won the first match. She definately took the momentum away from the wahine….

    But Wahine sure gave them a scare after the first set.

    Nice going Hawaii with hight and blocking disadvantage.

  287. protector December 17, 2009 6:07 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.


    I agree about the blocking (or lack of it, more correctly).

    Let’s go Lady Longhorns! Stop the 3-peat!

  288. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 6:08 pm

    I’m told London Sapolu has indeed signed.

  289. #2 son December 17, 2009 6:09 pm

    “Please pick me, Avis”

  290. PowderPuff December 17, 2009 6:12 pm

    Congratulations to the Rainbow Wahine – you sure make us proud!!!

    You know you have cool bosses when everyone’s in a 3 p.m. meeting, and the VP blurts out, “Eh, the Wahine play at 4, yeah?” Then a director says, “Yeah, hurry up.” Then they discuss whose TV they’re going to turn on and watch.

    Oh, and: Please pick me, Avis.

  291. al December 17, 2009 6:14 pm

    two more days folks.

  292. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:16 pm

    Thank you Rainbow Wahine!!! You made us very proud throughout the post season. I don’t want to get into the seniors I watched closely from 2007 as I’ve already done that.

    Thank you Aneli!!!!
    Thank you Amber!!!
    Thank you Steph!!!
    Thank you Jayme!!!
    Thank you “Kat”!!!

    Now, Kanani, Brittany, Dani, Stephanie, and Liz… take this team on your shoulders next season for a repeat shot at the NCAA Championship!

    GO WAHINE!!! THE PRIDE OF HAWAII!!! :mrgreen:

  293. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:18 pm

    Oh yeah.

    Congrats to Penn State who are good enough to win on their own, but much better with momentum hurting _____ poor officiating calls.

    “Oh, I’m sorry” – tonight’s up official.

    Give me a _______ break! 🙄

  294. protector December 17, 2009 6:18 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    ST on # 285,

    Thanks for the info re Blaze. Good luck Blaze; we’ll be rooting for you on Sundays and maybe even Mondays or Thursdays as well! Sure would’ve liked to have seen you play against USC.

  295. protector December 17, 2009 6:18 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    ST on # 285,

    Thanks for the info re Blaze. Good luck Blaze; we’ll be rooting for you on Sundays and maybe even Mondays or Thursdays as well! Sure would’ve liked to have seen you play against USC.

  296. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:22 pm

    Nice of Penn State to have the luxury of geography and KALA to have their cheerleaders, band, and mascot there.

    Good for them.

  297. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 17, 2009 6:27 pm

    Sat through two different presentations about planned upgrades at Aloha Stadium during the Stadium Authority meeting.

    The improvements to the Stadium itself have been divided into three phases. Phase One is almost complete – most of the work is structural and not that visible except for the first half of the roof replacement. Phase Two is under protest – no details given – and will include the rest of the underlying structural upgrades & the rest of the roof replacement as well as building new restrooms, adding ADA improvements, expanding current facilities and building in areas currently open, etc. Phase Three is rust removal & remediation and painting. If funding is appropriated & released and protests resolved in a timely way, all the improvements should be completed by the start of the 2012 season. Big IFs – especially the money stuff. The projects could be stretched out to the start of the 2014 season.

    The other facility upgrade is expected to be in place by the USC game and will replace the current Jumbotron at the north end. You’ll be blown away when you see it.

    Please pick me, Avis.

  298. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:29 pm

    What the heck is “Go Texas” nonsense??? 😆

    When I think of Texas athletics, I can’t get the FACT of them _______ out against us after our turn around season and how Mack Brown has publically said that he doesn’t believe non-BCS teams should have a shot at a BCS bowl no matter what.

    Everything is bigger in Texas huh???

    Well, they’re right!

    They’re a bunch of big ____.

  299. elum December 17, 2009 6:32 pm

    Please pick me, Avis.

    Wahine made us proud.

  300. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:33 pm


    December 17th, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    Congratulations to the Rainbow Wahine – you sure make us proud!!!

    You know you have cool bosses when everyone’s in a 3 p.m. meeting, and the VP blurts out, “Eh, the Wahine play at 4, yeah?” Then a director says, “Yeah, hurry up.” Then they discuss whose TV they’re going to turn on and watch.

    Oh, and: Please pick me, Avis.


    Sounds like you have GREAT VPs with GREAT CORE VALUES!!! :mrgreen:

    The VPs I know get giddy about golf. Just that. Golf.


    Wow. Like yeah… golf.

  301. wafan December 17, 2009 6:33 pm

    bravo Wahine!!!

    Thank you for a tremendous season.

    So hard to beat 6 on 7.

  302. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:36 pm

    I Love Pecan Pie:

    December 17th, 2009 at 5:11 pm
    David versus Goliath…

    More like:

    “Meredith vs Kenani Girl”

    Kenani Girl wins.

    … in the parking lot.

  303. Kazz December 17, 2009 6:41 pm


    December 17th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
    bravo Wahine!!!

    Thank you for a tremendous season.

    So hard to beat 6 on 7.

    I was gonna “rewind” the DVR to see the crap for myself as I had to listen to Charlie Wade laugh in disgust on the radio at these calls.

    I just got off the phone with some peeps that saw it live and these people give me grief about being paranoid about this NCAA against Hawaii stuff, but they actually had to acknowledge the B.S. huhu garbage in Set 2 and the GOOF that took away Amber Kaufman’s opening kill.




    The NCAA shouldn’t worry anymore. We’re out of their hair for now.

  304. wafan December 17, 2009 6:43 pm

    Wow, PP.

    The vp’s I have are only worried about how to fill a one hour meeting with only 15-minutes of material. Talk about time-wasters! Geez.

    The Peter Principle lives!

  305. wafan December 17, 2009 6:48 pm

    Kazz . . .

    I know. So frustrating to watch. I keep getting scolded for my BP so I have had to learn to ignore the fools as often as possible.

    Trust me, it was and continues to be very difficult.

  306. wafan December 17, 2009 6:52 pm

    Time for bed. Tomorrow is going to be a long and brutal day.

    Last day before Winter Break and the kids will be bouncing off the walls. Rush to SeaTac to catch a 4:40 (was a 5:15) flight — school gets out at 2. Aaaaargh! Sit in a 737 for 6+ hours before stepping out into PARADISE!!!

    Whoo-hoo!!! Yep. The school day will last forever.

  307. Derek December 17, 2009 6:52 pm

    As in past final fours when the Wahine went that far they lost because they got outblocked. When you block somebody, they intimidate them.
    That’s what happened to the Wahine, in reverse. The Wahine had a very good season, much farther than I thought they would. Kudos to them.
    If there’s a suggestion to Dave Shoji, it would be to find a couple of big middle blockers like 6’5″ or 6″6. The stats say that the blocking was the difference overwhelmingly favoring Penn State. Maybe Hawaii has a better chance to win it all next year as they have a lot of good players returning and a good crop of redshirts and recruits. Good luck next year.

  308. Nalani December 17, 2009 7:09 pm

    If it’s not too late…. Please pick me Avis

  309. tommui December 17, 2009 7:12 pm

    The Wahine played hard and I am proud of them.

    But after this game with PSU, please pick me up Avis!

  310. Slugger December 17, 2009 7:14 pm

    Wonderful year, Wahine! Appreciated the spirited play from the team. Exciting!

    Please pick me, Avis.

  311. tommui December 17, 2009 7:15 pm

    I am very proud of the Wahine!

    But after watching the game, please pick me up Avis!

  312. Nalani December 17, 2009 7:15 pm

    And for my brother Kimo…. Please pick me Avis

  313. tommui December 17, 2009 7:15 pm

    Sorry – dup posting!

  314. d1島 December 17, 2009 7:25 pm

    I agree with tommui….

    Please pick me, Avis.

  315. Kazz December 17, 2009 7:25 pm

    Warrior Volleyball Team,

    YOUR TURN!!!



  316. Anfield December 17, 2009 7:28 pm

    Please pick me, Avis

  317. Kazz December 17, 2009 7:29 pm

    Russ Rose looks like that guy that shot his friend in the face while hunting.

  318. Anfield December 17, 2009 7:42 pm

    Please pick me Avis

  319. Garret December 17, 2009 7:43 pm

    Congratulations to the Wahine for a great season. They represented their school and the state well and did extremely well. There is no shame in losing to Penn State…they won 100 straight games for a reason.

  320. Garret December 17, 2009 7:46 pm

    For those complaining about the refs, I understand being a homer. But the refs did NOT determine the winner today…Penn State’s awesome block did. Not giving credit to the opponent actually demeans the valiant effort that the Wahine put into this game.

    One or two calls did not determine the game. Especially when one of the calls ended up being reversed and ended up being a point for UH. Plus, nobody remembers that Penn State had a legit complaint or two also in the game on calls that were not reversed.

  321. Garret December 17, 2009 7:51 pm

    Things have really changed in college football. I remember when Notre Dame’s TV deal with NBC was the envy of all conferences. However, their contract is *small* compared to the SEC and Big 10 right now, one reason why it would be to their financial benefit to join the Big 10.

    Each team in the Big 10 gets $20 million per year because of the Big 10 Network. That number will increase as they get more cable systems to carry them.

    Each team in the SEC gets $17 million per year because of the CBS/ESPN deal. That number is guaranteed for 15 years.

    Notre Dame gets $9 million per year from NBC, and the TV ratings were *way* down this year so they might get a lot less in their next contract.

    When Notre Dame turned the Big 10 down last time, Notre Dame got a *lot* more TV money than the Big 10…but that was before the Big 10 Network started.

    Swarbrick acknowledged that the major football conferences make even more money from their own media contracts than the $9 million Notre Dame is paid annually by NBC for the football rights. In the Big Ten, TV and radio rights fees generate $20 million a year for the schools.

  322. Ralph December 17, 2009 7:56 pm

    Great season for the Na Wahine, top four, coach of the year, best academic student at the final four, an all american, and a platform to build on for the returning players. Alexis, Corinne, Tuaniga and the 2 RS will be playing faster next year. Hewitt will be better. Good height coming in with the next recruiting class, Waber is 6’3 OH, Hartong is an athletic middle with a good serve and slide-at 6’1, she’ll complement what Kaufman did for the Na Wahine. Only 8 months to wait for the next season. lol.

  323. I Love Pecan Pie December 17, 2009 8:19 pm

    Kazz, #318…and that’s not all that guy did…

    “Russ Rose looks like that guy that shot his friend
    in the face while hunting.”

  324. d1島 December 17, 2009 8:19 pm

    Please pick me Avis

  325. MP December 17, 2009 8:22 pm

    To Hawaii Wahine Volleyball Team:

    Thank you for the fantastic season with many “you remember da 2009 final 4 team” memories that we will take with us for years to come. You gave your heart and soul in every single game you played. You gave the best that you could, and that is all that I or anyone can ask of you. For that I thank you.

    To the seniors:

    Aneli Cubi-Otineru
    Amber Kaufman
    Stephenie Brandt
    Jayme Lee
    Catherine Fowler

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! And I wish that all of are blessed with the best that life has to offer.


  326. chopsueyboy December 17, 2009 8:28 pm

    looking for Christmas present for azngamer808.
    anyone know why there isn’t authentic UH football jerseys for sale
    like in years when we had Nike?

    Checked U-Dub and Alabama, they also do not sell authentic jerseys.
    Is it a NCAA thing?

  327. Ralph December 17, 2009 8:35 pm

    chopsueyboy how about a pink Na Wahine jerser, auction ends this weekend. The jersey was worn by our final four Na Wahine and its for a good cause, Breast Cancer Fund

  328. chopsueyboy December 17, 2009 8:37 pm

    good cause, don’t think son will wear it

  329. Kazz December 17, 2009 8:39 pm


    December 17th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    looking for Christmas present for azngamer808.
    anyone know why there isn’t authentic UH football jerseys for sale
    like in years when we had Nike?

    Checked U-Dub and Alabama, they also do not sell authentic jerseys.
    Is it a NCAA thing?

    Must be the cost of them versus the demand. Even at the height of the 2007 season, UH released Colt’s #15 authentic jersey in limited supply. At 200.00 a jersey it was probably a wise choice. Saw them at the Ward location and they were a lot in stock while everything else flew off the shelves.

  330. Kazz December 17, 2009 8:43 pm


    My christmas present to myself is pretty much a fantasy… 🙁 In the auction, the four volleyballs signed by the entire team are all above the $400.00 range! Got out bidded three times!!!

    ***In related news, Brittany Hewitt’s game worn #4 jersey is nearing the $600.00 mark!!!*** 😯

    Seriously though, looks like they’ll raise some good kala for a good cause!

  331. Kazz December 17, 2009 8:48 pm

    New Rainbow Wahine volleyball “Road To The Championship” available on

    Kinda weird though because it doesn’t appear to have something on the back like the dates, final scores, and names of the opponents we WO-MANHANDLED during the WAC tourney, the sub-regional, and the Stanford regional.

  332. al December 17, 2009 8:56 pm

    congrats dave shoji, the assistants, the staff, and the team.

    you made us proud to be hawaiian.

  333. d1島 December 17, 2009 9:14 pm

    Congratulations Nalani!

    Mahalo for the great ride Na Wahine!


  334. Stephen Tsai December 17, 2009 9:19 pm

    Re: Notre Dame

    I’m not sure how there ever will be a Division I-A playoff when the NCAA can’t even get Notre Dame to join a league. Imagine if Duke or North Carolina decided to become a basketball independent.

  335. Slugger December 17, 2009 9:45 pm

    Congratulations, Nalani!

    Mahalo to JD for giving the Aunties seats closer to the action at the St. Pete Times Forum. My cousin’s husband saw empty seats next to JD & cajoled him to let them move down. Thanks, JD!

  336. NorthshoreFan December 17, 2009 9:53 pm

    To all the Seniors on the Warrior and Wahine team. One BIG MAHALO for a fantastic season!
    Whne the footbal team went on 6 game slide, you never gave up and kept getting better each game. You turned it arond and it was great to see you guys keep playing with pride and energy.
    Wahine volleyball was FANTASTIC!. Mahalo ladies for the great season!
    To the returnees and new recruits, you now have a benchmark to follow.

    Next years season starts now! Do you have the will to push yourself to get bigger, stronger and better?

    Can’t wait for next season. Can’t wait for baseball!


  337. wena December 17, 2009 9:53 pm

    Congratulations Nalani for being a winner today!

  338. protector December 17, 2009 10:05 pm

    Congrats, Nalani!

    Sounds like Notre Dame needs to re-evaluate its disdain for affiliation.
    I’m really thinking it IS time for the non-BCS schools to lobby for some anti-trust action. The rich are getting filthy richer and I don’t feel every BCS Conference team automatically deserves that largesse more than some of the worthy non-BCS teams. But nobody’s going to rock the boat in the name of equity and altruism, are they?

  339. madeinhawaii December 17, 2009 10:11 pm

    Wonder what would happen if Notre Dame decided to join a non-BCS conference?

  340. Bulla December 17, 2009 10:30 pm

    congrats nalani,

    pomai, looking good on kitv news…..good job… 🙂

  341. Kekoa December 17, 2009 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to Nalani and her Ohana!

    I hope I have better luck tomorrow!

  342. al December 17, 2009 11:41 pm

    congratulations nalani.

    i heard that i was second.

  343. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 18, 2009 2:55 am

    Congrats, nalani!

    Skeeters woke me up again- in spite of the net!
    Oh well, got Pomai’s video up tho:

  344. wafan December 18, 2009 4:06 am

    This is going to be a great day!!!


  345. wafan December 18, 2009 4:08 am

    Probably will not have the internet while home. Kind of sad to miss any other recruiting announcements.

    Looking foward to seeing you at the Hawai’i Bowl.

  346. wafan December 18, 2009 4:13 am

    Congratulations, Nalani!

  347. royvic December 18, 2009 5:12 am

    The saying a lighthouse is a beacon of hope to a lost ship is true. And so are the Hawaii womens volleyball team to all the other athletes at the university. And even to all the aspiring volleyball-playing kids across the state. The fighting spirit the Wahine exhibited in their los to a very good Penn State team serves as an inspiration to all of them. And that is why I’m so proud of the Wahine.

  348. βρεω808 December 18, 2009 5:21 am

    ~~•~~~~•~~ ❀ ❀ 😀!!! 😆 ❀ ❀ ~~•~~~~•~~

  349. βρεω808 December 18, 2009 5:22 am

    Safe travels to wafan!!! 😀

  350. βρεω808 December 18, 2009 5:26 am

    •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~• 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•


    •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•★ ★ UH WAHINE!!! ★ ★ •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•
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    ~•~~~~•~~~~•~ 😀 😀 😀 Mahalo!!! 😀 😀 😀 ~•~~~~•~~~~•~

  351. Pomai December 18, 2009 5:47 am

    Does height make a difference?? Well the average height of Penn State is 6.05 while the Na Wahine is 5.7?????? I think so. But the one thing you can’t measure is heart, an there is none bigger than the Na Wahine’s. Good job girls

  352. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 5:50 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    truer words were never spoken. thank you for speaking for me too.

    my darling my darling. 😀 thank you for the Pomai tv link. wery wery great!

  353. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 5:54 am

    howzit Mr. Patton.

    great job, for life, for your beloved wife.
    ahem, how you gonna be a role model if you cry…


    JUST kidding! good job Pomai!

  354. d1島 December 18, 2009 6:08 am

    Great Morning All!

    Safe journey to wafan….I understand the headwind yesterday extended the flight by almost an hour! Hope things settle down this afternoon.

  355. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:09 am


    you coming this way? if so, we do lunch?

  356. d1島 December 18, 2009 6:10 am

    Erryboddy have a terrific day!


  357. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:12 am

    Wahine Volleyball team.

    Congragulations to the UH Wahine Volleyball team.

    You made all Hawaii swell with pride.

    I just love replaying the tv announcder’s line: “…scrappy Hawaii team…”

  358. d1島 December 18, 2009 6:13 am

    Oh, almos’ fo’get.

    Latest recruiting sensation hoping for an early offer…

  359. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:15 am


    thats always a good one

  360. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:27 am

    This is my Christmas wish for Coach Shaw. I’m singing for Fleischman


  361. Bulla December 18, 2009 6:33 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    royvic, very eloquent, mahalo
    pomai, looking good bro, loved the surprise while watching the news last night

    on a side note, the NCAA is an organization comparable to being an individual nation or country all on it’s own…..trying to navigate through some requirements for student athletes and it is bringing on a malaise of cynicism from this happy go lucky Warrior/Wildcat supporter.

    Congrats to the Wahine… a great effort by all. Stand tall and stand proud 🙂

  362. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:46 am

    again good cheer to all in Warrior Nation. here’s hoping and wishing you all a Merry Christmas, good wishes for the world, good wishes for
    the Warriors.

    everytime I hear this video, I think of team, the good music that can happen when we all pull together and give it our best.

  363. Nalani December 18, 2009 7:58 am

    Oooh just read the blog! Thank you for picking me! I am so happy to be able to give these to my brother Kimo. He works so hard and it’s been a super tough year for him. So nice. Thx ST & fellow Tsaikos!

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