The Graduate

Saying he went through the 25-year program, Robert Kekaula today earned his bachelor’s degree.


Here are the proud parents, Anne and Sam Kekaula:


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Fale Laelli, Keith AhSoon, Inoke Funaki, Dylan Linkner and Guyton Galdeira strike a pose:


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Jameel Dowling and Inoke Funaki:


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Fale Laeli and Keith AhSoon:


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David Veikune:


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And a blast from the past β€” Gerald Welch:



  1. haka December 20, 2008 11:21 am

    Conrgats to all!

    Go Warriors!

  2. Ralph December 20, 2008 11:22 am

    congratulations to all graduates of warrior fb and robert kekaula

  3. haka December 20, 2008 11:23 am


    uh…can you tell i neva granulate?

  4. Tombo Ahi December 20, 2008 11:25 am

    congrats to the grads

  5. Ralph December 20, 2008 11:26 am

    good to see Gerald Welch came back to complete his degree….but to late to help the warrior APR when he completed his fb eligibility.

  6. Ralph December 20, 2008 11:28 am

    per kekaula students lose credits applied to a degree if to many years lapse-so how many courses did robert repeat each time to keep current…

  7. SteveM December 20, 2008 11:33 am

    WOW — Congratulations to RK and the Warrior graduates!

  8. haka December 20, 2008 11:34 am

    A shirt a friend of mine from the Corp, now retired, used to wear went something like this:

    I am a proud Mareen…uh
    I am a proud Marrine…uh
    I am a proud Maryne…uh
    I am a proud Morine…uh
    I am a proud Grunt!


  9. haka December 20, 2008 11:35 am

    forgot the “oooorah!”

  10. SteveM December 20, 2008 11:38 am

    ST — What is RK’s major? What what field is his degree?

    I am really pleased to see him graduate!

  11. Ralph December 20, 2008 11:39 am

    Fresno state defense sucks real bad…gave up 345 yards in the first half but they lead 21-20

  12. Ralph December 20, 2008 11:41 am

    Fresno needs to help the WAC gain respect by beating MWC Colorado State…then Boise State will go on to beat TCU…Utah beat TCU by 3 points, Boise needs to lay the hammer on TCU to show the BCS they deserved to be in the BCS and not Utah…

  13. Committed Road Warrior December 20, 2008 11:47 am

    Congratulations to all the graduates!!!!!

    Ralph, I too wonder how many courses RK had to repeat to maintain currency.

  14. Tom December 20, 2008 11:51 am

    Congratulations to all our graduating Warriors and to Robert Kekaula!

    I made the top 20!!! No prize?

  15. BrianK. December 20, 2008 11:53 am

    Congrats to all Warrior graduates…this is bigger than any win on the field!!

    Very proud of you all,
    Brian K.

  16. jm2375 December 20, 2008 12:09 pm

    congrats to RK!

    Top 20?

  17. 808ike December 20, 2008 12:14 pm

    TOP 50

    Thanks, Liz.

  18. SteveM December 20, 2008 12:19 pm

    Carryover from the end of the last blog entry. Somewhat high priority since RoadRunner finished the server transition yesterday…

    December 20th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    RoadRunner has completed their migration to new servers (UNIX) for web pages. My previous web URL to the old server will not work anymore. The previous URL contained β€œ…”

    The new URL for my Tsai-ko web site:

  19. Kekoa December 20, 2008 12:21 pm

    RK is a proud looking Graduate! Congratulations my friend.

    Will we hear you modulating with Prideperiod on Tuesday?

  20. Kekoa December 20, 2008 12:26 pm

    Ralph ~ What a goofy game! Can Freezno hold on for the win.

  21. Dennis Halloran December 20, 2008 12:27 pm

    Congratulations to all the graduates. As I said to each of my kids after that accomplishment,”Welcome to the bottom of another class of people”. Probably more so in this economy. Now with degrees, all you have to do is….
    Show up
    On Time
    Ready to play
    Unfortunately most people fail at least one of these.

  22. Kekoa December 20, 2008 12:32 pm

    jm2375 ~ I was counting on you coming down to help us consume all this great fuud that’ll be at the t-gate…but we can alter dat plan and meet at your place! or…

    As soon as we pau geeving the Green midgets a few head slaps, and kick their okole back to the airport, can I stop ovah your place for some Triple Choco Cake?!

  23. roysan16 December 20, 2008 12:39 pm


    Greetings and good tidings of joy to to all in this Holiday Season.

    I wanted to write this note because vicariously over the years as I’m watching the Warriors on the field I often wonder how it feels like making a big play and having the fans screaming and cheering…”gees I wished I could have done that in my (limited) playing days as I watch one of our player sack the QB”. But equally what has escaped my grasp in life, vicariously speaking again, and equally important than wishing to having making the big plays on the field is graduating from college…”and then again I wished it was me receiving the cheers and smiles as I received my diploma today”…(as I’m typing…jokingly pausing to wipe a tears out of my eye and the choking in my throat…a flashback hits me suddenly and moment to reflect on the 50 toiling menial years…”if only had I listened to my elders back then”). Today I see that 18 Warriors are graduating and I can imagine how encompassing that this is, too. And how good they must feel about themselves. Moreso, I’m thinking, that all the big plays on the field pale in comparison to graduating. For I’m thinking culminating what you start out to do in life, like pursuing an education, defines you as a person. And for these 18 they have. And they have my respect. So without any more digression on my part…here’s what I have to say.

    Graduation day for the 3 former team mates and 15 seniors on the Warrior football team is today. And is a proud moment. And as Coach Mack alluded on an earlier radio show, “I’m so proud of my guys that pictures of the graduates will go in his trophy case”. As one listens to that radio show Coach Mack speaks with such emotion and happiness seeing his players getting their diplomas. And if imagining there was a blocking sled or punching bag nearby that represented the demons of what leads some players not to graduate an unsuppressed Coach Mack would wallop it every time when he sees one of his players going astray. That’s how charged up he is in wanting to see his players succeeding. You can feel the vibes and the electricity when he talks.

    When Coach Mack speaks with such reverence he is motivating. And insulating his players from the pitfalls that some gravitate to. Anomalies, myself included that played football back in the day, who represent the 40 to 50 percent that annually don’t end up graduating he doesn’t want to see.

    The pitfalls for some players are so obvious. Having the will power to sustain the guidance and wisdom of their elders, especially their coaches, are partaking them into full focus mode where they are disciplined enough to stay the course doing their studies… but instead unfortunately some implode and don’t. I was surely was one of them. For my approach to school was like a carnival, meaning that I had to go on every ride. And being away from home for the first time and having no one looking over my shoulder it was easy to fall prey to the vices of what other kids and team mates succumb to,like partying,smoking,fornicating and drinking. With occasional all nighters being the norm. Keg parties on the weekend, with poker games on the side tied in with all this new found hoopla it was easy for a student athlete like myself to fall into oblivion. I surely did.

    With Coach Mack, in what one perceives, when you hear him talking he is like the “sine qua non” (indispensable element or condition) in the players matriculation at the UH. And surely to be looking over the players shoulders. And this is so benefiting to the players that he does this so that they don’t wonder off and stray on the dark side and all the trappings.

    For the graduating Warrior football players today, I, along with many other fans and Tsaikos salute you by saying…veni,vidi,vici…I came, I saw, I conquered…for you certainly did and with Coach Mack in the house there is surely much more of your team mates to follow. Congratulations.

  24. MeiLing December 20, 2008 12:55 pm

    Ho’omaikai to all of the graduates, including RK! Way to go!

    My cuz who is the ND alumni ticket co-ordinator said that they are now selling a block of tickets in the South End Zone, section C. That’s where we are! As the Coach says, we gotta be on our good behavior. They are also going to have a tail-gate at Richardson Field.

    Can’t believe I’m rooting for Fresno St. watching the CO State game.

  25. Kekoa December 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    roysan16 ~ They say confession is good for the soul. You have been brutally open and honest about your choices in life.

    No worries…You’re a graduate of the school of *Hard Knocks.* Your degree in Life’s Science is well-deserved.

    I congratulate you for making it this far. Now, keep going for the gusto!

  26. chawan_cut December 20, 2008 1:06 pm

    Congrats to all who walked today!

    btw, Fresno sucks. NO D. choking at the end of games as usual.

  27. Committed Road Warrior December 20, 2008 1:11 pm

    Fresno’s choke job on D makes me 0 for 2 in bowl game picks today…..

  28. FloridaTed December 20, 2008 1:24 pm


    Thanks for the pictures of the graduates. Makes me feel happy and proud of these young men. It’s not easy to be a good student athlete in D1. Kudos to Kekaula and Welch.

  29. Ralph December 20, 2008 1:34 pm

    colorado state rb ran for 279 yards today….FSU sucks, embarrassed themselves with such poor defense…Brandstater is considered a 5th round pick, better than Colt’s prediction last year, what a joke..FSU should have run the ball all game long, Brandstater decision making is sub par, threw a pick right to the DE

  30. Momo December 20, 2008 1:34 pm

    It made me happy that my rams won the game, coming back . Fresno really blew it in the end. I am a 60 ram graduate. I gave up on them and stop all my money support when they shaffed us when they pulled out of the wac.

  31. Ralph December 20, 2008 1:37 pm

    good man Momo, and next time the alumni sends a request to you, let them know they should have stayed in the WAC and should not have been so sneaky.

  32. A-House December 20, 2008 1:39 pm

    Again, congratulations to all the Warriors, past and present, graduating today.

    Also, to all students at UH-Manoa for the many sacrifices your family made for you to reach this day in your life.

  33. A-House December 20, 2008 1:42 pm


    Way back when, I was told, “Horita, you can take up to 10 years to earn your degree.” “You already used 8 so get on the stick”. Dean Alan Saunders, College of Business Administration.

    So how many times did Kekaula have to repeat courses because after 10 years the slate is “cleaned” and you start from scratch. Go, Robert K!!!!

  34. A-House December 20, 2008 1:44 pm

    And to Gerald Welch, a most sincere congrats for getting that degree and to your entire family for helping Colt in his time of need.

  35. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 20, 2008 1:49 pm

    Just a quick reminder – please join us for a hosted Football & Food Call this Sunday at Murphy’s to meet up with Kamali’o NYC, a long-time lurker who grew up in Hawai`i (McKinley class of 1968) who now lives in The Big Apple. Dawn will be bringing along her step-son and his wife – they’re both professional musicians.

    We’ll be watching the Giants v. Panthers game – pre-game stuff begins at 3 pm – and then will head out to Aiea for Mexican food at El Mariachi – arriving there around 7 pm.

    If you don’t want to come to Murphy’s for the game but want to join us at El Mariachi, please do so.

    The restaurant is not easy to find so you’ll need to caravan out to Aiea from Murphy’s if you’re not already familiar with its location in a multi-level shopping center directly across from Aiea Medical Center and McDonald’s on Moanalua Road.There must be at least 20 retail and restaurants surrounding a parking about half the size of the playing field at Aloha Stadium but split in two sections.

    Dawn really would love to meet up with as many Tsai-kos as possible but will be leaving for the Big Island on December 23 so she cannot make the T-Gate.

    Again a reminder – season ticketholders in any sport will get 50% off on up to eight men’s basektball tickets for Tuesday’s game with UC-Riverside. They did UH in last spring during the Bracketbuster’s game.

    I understand that there’s a karaoke call afterwards, but don’t party too late because The Final T-Gate of the season starts around 9 or 10 am Wednesday morning.


    Mahalo for all your kind thoughts – it was painfully difficult to say aloha to our 16 year-old beautiful black cat, but it was also absolutely necessary. DrDoc held Hercules as the veterinarian euthanized him. It was quick – less than five seconds – and painless.

    However, it won’t be long before a homeless cat or dog will present him or herself to us. We’ve been tagged at Crane Park, Kalihi Stream, Waiahole Beach Park, the Kailua Post Office, the wheel wells of several cars, under a bus, in a closed dumpster (three times), and the UH campus (twice). A couple of times we had to rescue cats from being abused by a group of teenaged boys. Several have come from shelters or from our veterinariam who had rescued the kittens after the mothers had been killed by stray dogs. .

  36. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 20, 2008 2:03 pm

    Congrats, Grads and HiHo!

  37. BowsForever December 20, 2008 2:09 pm

    Congrats to all the grads…and way to stay in school, Kekaula!

  38. Stephen Tsai December 20, 2008 2:14 pm

    Kekaula, I believe, earned his degree in communications. He had to take three courses to complete the work.

  39. Stephen Tsai December 20, 2008 2:15 pm

    Including Nate Russell and Welch, I believe the Warrior total is up to 20.

  40. Stephen Tsai December 20, 2008 2:15 pm

    If it means anything, Manti Teβ€˜o was at Notre Dame’s practice today.

  41. shark December 20, 2008 2:20 pm

    Congrats, to all the Grads and go Warriors in the 4th quarter!!! The game is not over till the gatorade is dumped on the coach and we all run across the field for the joy of the win. yeaaaaaa!!!!

  42. al December 20, 2008 2:21 pm

    congratulations to all the graduates (you too, big guy)!

    and you too mr. welch….i know “hulu” is very proud of you.

  43. protector December 20, 2008 2:31 pm

    Manti Te’o seems to be a fine young man, an exceptional athlete & an
    excellent student. I wish him well wherever he goes. That being said, if he ever helps his future team beat our football team he will forever reside in my personal Hall of Shame; a hall filled with local traitors who helped our opponents beat UH athletic teams. If he should come back to Hawaii & is playing against UH, he can expect to be booed by myself & many others. I’d rather just concentrate on (and appreciate) players who want to be here & want to play for the Warriors.

  44. Garret December 20, 2008 2:36 pm

    Congratulations to all of the graduates!

  45. Garret December 20, 2008 2:42 pm

    I’m glad that SJSU is getting their new turf in now, so when UH plays them next season the field will be much better than last time…I can still remember that mud.

    After the SJSU football team finished the 08 season, the field at Spartan Stadium is finally getting a makeover. The facility upgrades are mind boggling for SJSU fans, as never before has so much happened to the stadium in SJSU Athletics history.

  46. wafan December 20, 2008 2:42 pm

    roysan16, Warrior graduates, and RK . . .


  47. Garret December 20, 2008 2:43 pm

    The Detroit News mentions the Hawaii Bowl…but not in a very positive way.

    Notre Dame is putting a lot of meaning into what most people consider a meaningless Hawaii Bowl.

    There will be no rankings at stake when the Fighting Irish (6-6) face Hawaii (7-6) on Dec. 24, no matchup of Heisman Trophy finalists and certainly no team feeling as if it had been bypassed for a BCS game.

    The Irish, though, still believe they have plenty to play for, topped by trying to end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak.

  48. Garret December 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Navy’s head coach kind of put down the classes he took at UH. I’m sure that he didn’t mean to do so, he just wanted to praise his players.

    “For everything that these kids go through, I want them to enjoy themselves,” said Coach Ken Niumatalolo, who went to the 1989 Aloha Bowl as a player at the University of Hawaii. “The classes they’re taking here at the Naval Academy are a little different than what I took at the University of Hawaii. They don’t have ‘the geography of Honolulu’ or things like that. . . . I’m always in awe of what these guys do.”

  49. wafan December 20, 2008 2:45 pm

    Apparently SJSU did not have a bunch of clowns disrupt the installation of their new field. Good for them!

  50. Jay December 20, 2008 2:46 pm

    Congrats to the graduating Warriors and Mr. Kekaula. Good luck in your future and kick some @ss on Wednesday.

    (can I say @ss? I can say @ss right?)

  51. wafan December 20, 2008 2:48 pm

    It would be odd for Navy to offer “the Geography of Honolulu”. Perhaps they offer “the Geography of Annapolis” or “How to Swim in One Easy Lesson” instead?


  52. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 2:49 pm

    Congratulations all Grads….young and old(er)!


  53. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 2:51 pm

    Oh wow, laulau, eh? Coach Niumatalolo, graduate of Wasamadda U.?

  54. wafan December 20, 2008 2:53 pm

    d1 . . .

    #2 son doing okay at PDX? It started snowing about four hours ago — again. This time it is the really teeny-tiny powder-snow. Tonight the winds are supposed to kick in.

    Hopefully we will not lose power. My generator will not start. Dang.

  55. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 2:54 pm

    Well, near calamity seemingly avoided…
    #2 son’s flight outta PDX tomorrow to LAX (connect to HNL) was Xcld! 😯
    Re-ticketed by airline for flight out on Tuesday! 😯 😯
    No can! πŸ‘Ώ
    Turned to a friend who should be able to help with a seat on HAL tomorrow morning. Just waiting for the confirmation… 😐

  56. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 2:56 pm

    Thanks. Should be all good.

    re: your generator
    Wai no jus plug ’em in?


  57. Manoa Mist December 20, 2008 2:59 pm

    Really, very very nice to see the pics of the graduating Warriors. That’s how, bruddahs. That’s what it’s all about, and hats off to Mack for making graduating his players priority number one – really shows his character. If I had a son, I’d want him to play for someone like Mack.
    As for Kekaula, I remember back in the early 80s he was my friend’s roommate up in the UH apartments. I think it was a summer session. I’m over one day, and Kekaula cooks up a fish, the kind stuffed with mayo and I think lup chong. Broke the mouth good. Guy coulda been the next Sam Choy, but I guess he’s done all right. Good to see him get that degree as well.

  58. Kazz December 20, 2008 3:00 pm


    December 20th, 2008 at 2:45 pm
    Navy’s head coach kind of put down the classes he took at UH. I’m sure that he didn’t mean to do so, he just wanted to praise his players.

    β€œFor everything that these kids go through, I want them to enjoy themselves,” said Coach Ken Niumatalolo, who went to the 1989 Aloha Bowl as a player at the University of Hawaii. β€œThe classes they’re taking here at the Naval Academy are a little different than what I took at the University of Hawaii. They don’t have β€˜the geography of Honolulu’ or things like that. . . . I’m always in awe of what these guys do.”

    Why is it hard to praise kids without having to put down others at the same time?

    Wait ’till ’09 Kenny…

  59. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:01 pm

    Memphis could be getting the Double Thumping on ESPN and the Deuce…
    Thank goodness for Old No. 7

  60. Kazz December 20, 2008 3:02 pm


    December 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm
    The Detroit News mentions the Hawaii Bowl…but not in a very positive way.

    Notre Dame is putting a lot of meaning into what most people consider a meaningless Hawaii Bowl.

    There will be no rankings at stake when the Fighting Irish (6-6) face Hawaii (7-6) on Dec. 24, no matchup of Heisman Trophy finalists and certainly no team feeling as if it had been bypassed for a BCS game.

    The Irish, though, still believe they have plenty to play for, topped by trying to end their NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak.

    HA! Like the Motor City Bowl is anything to get excited about! πŸ˜†

  61. Kazz December 20, 2008 3:06 pm


    December 20th, 2008 at 2:31 pm
    Manti Te’o seems to be a fine young man, an exceptional athlete & an
    excellent student. I wish him well wherever he goes. That being said, if he ever helps his future team beat our football team he will forever reside in my personal Hall of Shame; a hall filled with local traitors who helped our opponents beat UH athletic teams. If he should come back to Hawaii & is playing against UH, he can expect to be booed by myself & many others.

    A bit much don’t ya think? 😯

  62. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:07 pm

    Boy, I didn’t think I missed Dickie V…

    wait, I DIDN’T!

  63. madeinhawaii December 20, 2008 3:07 pm

    Congratulations to the Warriors who graduated today. As a fan, I am even prouder of you than ever. In obtaining your diploma you have demonstrated that you can both play with no regrets and pursue life with no regrets, too. Well done!

    So, now that the hard part is over… for the easy part, how about you guys go kick some behind come the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, eh?

  64. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:08 pm


  65. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:09 pm



    Hmmm…I hope he knew I was just kidding about plugging ’em in! πŸ˜†

  66. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:16 pm

    Looks like a good crowd at the LV Bowl…no snow, either.

  67. mano1 December 20, 2008 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the Pics…..and Congratulations to all graduates like my nephew John (Civ Eng) and the 20 or so Warriors oh….ya….and Robert Kekaula.

    John’s party tonight…eat…drink…but the best of all….spend time with family.

  68. bighilofan2 December 20, 2008 3:27 pm


    I’m with Protector.

    You go big P. πŸ˜€ I got your back!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  69. bighilofan2 December 20, 2008 3:28 pm


  70. FloridaTed December 20, 2008 3:29 pm

    That statement by Niumatololo was thoughtless and stupid. If he didn’t mean it, why open your mouth? He didn’t even realize that he demeaned himself also. He dropped quite a few notches in my book and I’m not even an UH alumnnus.

  71. Jason December 20, 2008 3:37 pm

    Ahem, Geography of Honolulu is a 300-level class.

    GEOG 366 Geography of Honolulu (3) Development of Honolulu and Oβ€˜ahu from 1778. Evolution of function, land use, and social patterns. Contemporary planning and environmental issues arising from urban growth.

    Me, I just took GEOG 102. πŸ˜€

    Congratulations to all the graduates, including Kekaula and all the players. Wow, that will be me in five months. 😯

  72. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:40 pm


    I hope wafan isn’t now in need of said generator 😯

  73. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 3:46 pm

    I wasn’t one of those who was boo-ing Micah Matsuzaki and his teammates when they took the field back then. As heated as the hype for the game was, it didn’t feel right doing that to a keiki o ka aina.
    Cheered like all heck for Walter Murray (?) when he went mano a mano with Kurt Gouveia.

  74. Ralph December 20, 2008 3:50 pm

    Kafentzs? should have walked in the graduation, calling it just a piece of paper shows where his priorities are-he is not nfl material so receiving his diploma would be a memory he can cherish the rest of his life…. Football helped mold his character but won’t be giving him a job. I guess he wasn’t paying attention to coach Mac’s wisdom of education first and its not all about football at the university

  75. SteveM December 20, 2008 3:51 pm

    d1ε³Ά — I used to sell portable generators in the 80’s. Had a customer ask me about an electricity powered generator–because he did not like the noise, vibration, and exhaust fumes from the gasoline ones. I pointed out that it would be difficult to use it where there is no electricity… πŸ™„

    He saw my point, but NO SALE. He went to go check out the competition 😐

  76. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 4:10 pm


    Perhaps he would have liked the rubber-band powered model?

  77. el guapo December 20, 2008 4:14 pm

    Participating in commencement is a personal issue and it is up to the individual whether to walk or not. And it is true, it is just a piece of paper. What a college graduate does with the piece of paper after graduating is what counts. Participating in commencement doesn’t mean anything if you don’t take advantage of your degree. JMO

  78. el guapo December 20, 2008 4:19 pm

    By my rough estimate, about a thousand students walked today, which means about 800 didn’t.

  79. SteveM December 20, 2008 4:25 pm

    d1ε³Ά — I found out later that someone sold him a UPS — he brought it in to show me πŸ™ Now you know why I’m not in the biz anymore … πŸ˜†

  80. lava December 20, 2008 4:31 pm

    I’m with Protector too.

    Cool pix of the grads. That’s a bowl game in itself. I never cared much for any of my graduations, but it is cool seeing the players I love. Congrats all.

  81. Da Punchbowl Kid December 20, 2008 5:12 pm

    Way to go Graduates young and old!

    Wining your diploma is as big a victory as you can ever have.

    Being a Warrior and earning your degree is a double victory which few can aspire to. Thank you to all of you from the Warrior Nation!


  82. curveball December 20, 2008 5:33 pm

    Well guys.. the prayers worked. She is home tonight after 20 days in the hospital. Lots of challenges ahead but today is a good day. We both thank you all so much..MERRY CHRISTMAS..Curveball & Kristin

  83. Jason December 20, 2008 5:39 pm

    curveball: Great news! May God continue to bless you, Kristin, and your family.

  84. Ralph December 20, 2008 5:41 pm

    good news regarding Kristin…..enjoy a merry christmas curveball and kristin

  85. jm2375 December 20, 2008 5:45 pm

    curveball – great news!! Merry Christmas!!

  86. Stephen Tsai December 20, 2008 5:53 pm

    This morning, I asked Kafentzis about not walking.
    He said doing the work to graduate was his commitment to education. He said participating in the ceremony had no meaning for him.

  87. Mei Ling December 20, 2008 6:00 pm


    Merry Christmas to you & Kristen & to your ‘ohana! Good to hear that Kristen is back home. Take care.

  88. madeinhawaii December 20, 2008 6:03 pm

    Hey Curveball!!

    That’s good news! Just remember, one day at a time. One day at a time. There were times when Estelle almost wanted to give up but she fought through it then, too. Just one day at a time. Now, we forward to every new morning together and are ever so grateful for what might come our way.

    It’s a fight worth fighting and one that she can win!

  89. el guapo December 20, 2008 6:05 pm

    wonderful news about Kristin!

  90. BG December 20, 2008 6:27 pm


    I agree with Kazz. Protector’s post was a bit much. Do we need to start choosing up sides? j/k

    When Hawaii has enough scholarships for all the d1 athletes in the state and offer opportunities equal to those elsewhere…military academies, Yale, etc, I’ll be more amenable to criticizing our kids for going away. Staying home isn’t for everyone…just cherish the ones who do. Don’t you think?

  91. addahknowjoe December 20, 2008 6:27 pm

    Hurray! Slider’s Grammy is home!

    Howzit el guapo!
    My neighbor says hi and that she misses you all at the office!

  92. BG December 20, 2008 6:34 pm


    Thanks for the best news of the year! We know that Kristin isn’t out of the woods, but being out of the hospital during the holidays is a wonderful thing.

    P L E A S E let us know if there is anything we can help with.

  93. Kekoa December 20, 2008 6:39 pm

    Curveball & Sliders Grams ~ Good job you two! You have fought the good fight and earned some Christmas R & R at home!

    Our best Holiday Wishes to you and please do as MIH suggested and take it one day at a time.

    Malama Pono,
    Kekoa & Crew

  94. not far away anymore December 20, 2008 6:44 pm

    Future Warriors Daily-Lyles and Tepa playing on Oceanic Digital Cable channel 228 right now in CA high school championship game. I think it’s channel 31 for non-digital cable subscribers. For everyone else it’s on FSNPT. Their team (LB Poly) is down by 7 at start of second qtr.

  95. myki December 20, 2008 6:45 pm

    curveball and Kristin,

    What awesome news! What a testament to the power of prayer. Keep the faith and live and love each other as if there is no tomorrow. Just as madeinhawaii day at a time. Look forward to a bright and sunny tomorrow.

  96. al December 20, 2008 6:46 pm

    booing…….nah, not for me. he is somebody’s son or daughter no matter who they are. i admit some have not done anything to not make themselves the brunt of the boo birds. jeremy perry for one comes to mind, his attitude did tick off many including some warrior friends of his in 2006 at the aloha stadium.

    still, no one deserves that kind of stuff. i recall micah matsuzaki’s time, for me, i knew him as a child, a baby, and i felt for him and his parents. i recall speaking to tim chang’s father during the boo days of our quarterback. what a gracious man of much integrity, inspite of the pain and held back tears.

    people, booing a college student has no place at any arena.

    …nuff said

  97. al December 20, 2008 6:46 pm

    you like boo, go watch wwe wrestling, those guys get paid for the most boos.

  98. al December 20, 2008 6:47 pm

    curveball, kristin,

    pr 3:5,6

  99. el guapo December 20, 2008 6:56 pm


    you’ve got mail.

  100. WarriorMojo December 20, 2008 7:11 pm

    Al, I understand what you are saying and I would NEVER boo a Warrior. But jeremy perry? After his two cheap shots? I booed myself hoarse.

    On another issue, holy cow, Tepa looks AWESOME! What a stud. Please, please, please, please, please, please keep your word.

  101. big mac December 20, 2008 7:37 pm

    Aloha Stadium’s field turf is starting to look flat like the St. Louis turf. Do we have any turf experts in Hawaii to help keep these fields in shape? I hope we don’t have to wait for Pro Bowl field staff in Feb. for advice.

  102. lava December 20, 2008 7:42 pm

    I felt like Kafentzis re graduation. Every day was a sacrifice, and to try and give meaning to a one day ceremony seemed oddly disrespectful to every minute of every day of hard work spent earning the degree.

  103. al December 20, 2008 7:43 pm

    wm……..oops. i forgot to tape the game.

    doesn’t daily-lyles remind you of solly? not that big, quick, and always around the ball?

  104. wafan December 20, 2008 8:03 pm

    Dang it d1! Your ‘brilliant’ idea to plug in the generator to the power line blew out half the neighborhood.

    Heck, the fire department showed up just before the truck from Puget Power showed up.


    Nah. Just kidding.

    Guess I will take the generator to school next year for repair work by the Power and Energy classes.

  105. Garret December 20, 2008 8:06 pm


    Great news about Kristin!

  106. Garret December 20, 2008 8:09 pm

    I think that there is one major thing that people missed in protector’s post. He said that *if* Manti helped Notre Dame beat UH in the Hawaii Bowl then he’d boo Manti in the future. But how is Manti going to help Notre Dame in the Hawaii Bowl? What secrets does he have about the Warriors to share and what insight would he have on the Warriors’ game plan that the Notre Dame coaches won’t have already figured out from the tape?

    So, if you really read what protector said, his whole threat of booing was never going to take place.

  107. Garret December 20, 2008 8:10 pm

    I’m unhappy that the MWC beat the WAC in today’s bowl…the Pac-10 beating the MWC today just makes all non-BCS conferences look bad, but the MWC beating the WAC makes things even worse.

  108. Garret December 20, 2008 8:11 pm

    Nice analysis of the MWC in this article.

    This bowl season is huge for the Mountain West, a struggling 10-year-old conference that’s suddenly making strides in football.

    The MWC has taken flak, been made fun of, put down and teased over the years for what it is not. But times have changed.

    The new bark of this league isn’t going away anytime soon, and those who rule this league believe they’re on the brink of something important, like getting an automatic bid to BCS bowl games someday, if the trend continues.

    Utah’s second BCS bowl in four years, a crack at a formerly No. 1-ranked team (Alabama) perched deep in the storied elite of the game?

    This is the year MWC champion, Utah, had to beat two ranked teams within its own league to win a conference title. The ACC and Big East didn’t have to deal with that.

  109. Garret December 20, 2008 8:13 pm

    We’ve always acknowledged that the bottom of the MWC is better than the WAC, but the top 3 of the MWC passed the top 3 of the WAC this year (especially if you include Fresno State in that top 3!).

    The final 2008 BCS standings featured three MWC teams in the top 16, with Utah (12-0) ranked No. 6, TCU (10-2) No. 11 and BYU (10-2) at No. 16.

    The MWC is one of three conferences with at least three teams ranked in the top 16 β€” the Big 12 has 4, and the SEC has 3.

    In 2008, the Mountain West became the first non-automatic-qualifying BCS conference to have three teams ranked in the final regular-season BCS standings. The MWC also is the first non-automatic-qualifying BCS league to have three teams ranked in the BCS standings all eight weeks of the poll.

    The MWC went 6-1 against the Pac-10 this season, and its champ, Utah, now has the opportunity to get after Alabama, a team perched atop the polls most of the year.

    With the hiring of Mike Locksley at UNM from Illinois, Brady Hoke at SDSU from Ball State and Dave Christensen of Missouri at Wyoming, it is expected those programs may take a step forward in seasons to come.

  110. wafan December 20, 2008 8:13 pm

    Kristin and Curveball . . .

    Wonderful news of another miracle at Christmas.

    Hip! Hip! Hooray!!!

  111. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 8:20 pm


    Wonderful news! πŸ˜€
    Continued good thoughts for both of you…

  112. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 8:22 pm


    Just heard from #2 son that all flights out of PDX tomorrow are cancelled!

    Is it on the news where you are?

  113. wafan December 20, 2008 8:36 pm

    d1 . . .

    Sorry to hear about #2.

    A de-icer broke down at PDX. Used to help clear the runways. the other de-icer cannot keep up. Bad snow and ice everywhere at PDX. The wind has created lots of problems, too. The cross winds are the most problematic.

    So far SEA is open with some delays. NWA and Haw’n have direct flights from SEA to HNL. 1st flight out is at 8a. Is there an Aeroporter van that he can catch from PDX to SEA? Might cost him some but at least he can get out if he can get a seat.

    DId you suggest get a room earlier today?

    Spokane is at -18 — that is minus 18 right now. dj must be freezing his okole.

    Near whiteout conditions just north of Seattle.

    Wind has not been a major problem in WA so far. Forecast is for high winds through noon in the area.

    This is not good. The homeless have a hard enough time without the additional problems.

  114. wafan December 20, 2008 8:43 pm

    WA high wind warning was just cancelled.

  115. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 8:45 pm


    Thanks for the 411.
    Fortunately he is at someone’s home in Portland.
    Holding on to that Tuesday ticket right now plus the now cancelled standby on HAL that was to leave tomorrow.
    Looking at the highway cams, I don’t think I want him out tonight.
    (Read that I-84 is closed by Troutdale.)
    We’ll see what’s happening tomorrow…

  116. wafan December 20, 2008 8:50 pm

    d1 . . .

    If #2 can get out of SEA on Monday there is a way for him, tomorrow to get up to this area.

    It is a long shot but it is an alternative.

    Tomorrow the Seahawks play in Seattle. There is a Sounder train that leaves from Portland that will take Seahawk fans up to the King Street Station up in Seattle. About a $30 cab fare from that area to SEA is a possibility. Problem is that of housing.

    If the Sounder stops at the Centennial Station in Olympia that is another solution. Have him get off at the Centennical Station. I can pick him up and get him to my place — hot shower, warm rooms, a couch on which to sleep, decent food, and a ride up to SEA via me or the Aeroporter Shuttle.

    Of course, the trick is for him to be able to get a flight out of SEA.

    Let me know what you both decide.

  117. Buffoman December 20, 2008 8:56 pm

    As my wife and I walked through the mall today she happened to notice a picture of Colt Brennan in Pictures Plus. She remarked, That’s a nice picutre of him, he was truly a one of a kind person (not player, not athlete), person.”

    We were season ticket holders for over 20 years and I never thought my wife was ever so engaged in a game as when Colt played. Take nothing away from Garret, Timmy, Rolo, Raphel or those folks. There was just something about that young man.

    That started me thinking, and he’s not even from Hawaii! Yet, we do so embrace this person, cheer him on, wish him every bit of success and await for his triumphant return, win or loose back to Hawaii.

    Was there ever a person or athlete in the last 4 deacdes, born and raised in Hawaii, staying home and playing for Hawaii who ever received so much love? Maybe the last one was Derek Tatsuno, but back then no one from the continent really sought him.

    My point is, when will one of our own realize that we really do love our athletes and would really love to see the day when someone saw that being keiki o ka aina really meant something that went beyond the big name and lights of someone elses reputation.

  118. WarriorMojo December 20, 2008 8:58 pm

    Holy cow, what an incredible odyssey for D1’s #2.

    Wafan, I’m going to be back in Olympia (or Lacey) for work in early January. Is this weather typical of what I might expect?

  119. wafan December 20, 2008 9:02 pm

    WM . . .

    Nope. It is not typical.

    Usually if we get any weather it is for a day or two and melts quickly. This year is very unusual with this Arctic Blast straight out of Canada.

    Definitely want to bring a good jacket, though. It will probably be cool and wet!

    Let me know when you will be in town as the time gets closer maybe we can get together for a dinner or three. HA!

  120. wafan December 20, 2008 9:08 pm

    Las Vegas . . .

    You do realize I am the better looking one in the photo. HA!

    Yeah, I know. I should wear my glasses when I look at photographs.

    I do not know whether to congratulate you, send my condolences, feel happy, or express my dismay.


  121. Ralph December 20, 2008 9:11 pm

    excellent HS fb game with Grant and Long beach poly. I wish there was a cif site so I could print out a program to check out who is who and there size….rb Booker and Richardson are good work horses for their respective teams.

  122. wafan December 20, 2008 9:15 pm

    Good evening Ralph!

    You are up early some mornings.

  123. wafan December 20, 2008 9:17 pm

    Time to warm up my bed.

    Good night all!

    See you in the morning. I hope. If there is power. If my cable internet works.

  124. Jason December 20, 2008 9:18 pm

    I still say las vegas looks just like my Dad. I posted a side-by-side before, but I didn’t save it. Maybe that means I’ll look like a mix of my Dad, las vegas, and wafan when I get older …

  125. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 20, 2008 9:19 pm


    I don’t know if any of you have ever heard of a viral video which actually made it to prime time tv – well, at least to PBS – called The Last Lecture. I’d heard about it but never took the time to record it & then watch it couple of weeks ago.

    Now I am not someone who proselytizes and tells people about The Chosen Way; however, I strongly urge that you take a couple of hours to watch the video or to read the book and then think about what Randy said that day and what impact it can have on your life.

    On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called β€œReally Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”

    BTW – his included playing in the NFL.That didn’t happen but the lessons learnd from being part of a team stayed with him forever.

    With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that would claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

    Randy’s lecture and the book he wrote based on the same principles celebrate the dreams we all strive to make realities come close to being true.

    The lecture is NOT about dying. It is about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment because “time is all you have… and you may find one day that you have less than you think.” It is a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It is about living. .

  126. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 9:20 pm


    Start working on the beard now!

  127. Ralph December 20, 2008 9:30 pm

    thanks brew, my browser firefox stated the system can not find path…I’ll go directly to maxpreps and look around….

  128. Jason December 20, 2008 9:36 pm

    d1: Err, no thanks. πŸ™‚

    brew808: is your friend. πŸ˜›

  129. brew808 December 20, 2008 9:37 pm

    Ralph – Sorry, the links didn’t copy over properly (too long). Try this:

    You should be able to click on the Grant and LB-Poly links from the article. Then under Football, and Fall 08-09, click on Roster.

  130. FloridaTed December 20, 2008 9:38 pm

    There seems always great wisdom to be found from many on this blog, just another reason to always lurk, at least.

    Well, good night everybody, have a great Sunday.

  131. brew808 December 20, 2008 9:39 pm

    Grrrrrr…. doesn’t somebody have a take-home final to be working on….. 😈 πŸ˜€

  132. Jason December 20, 2008 9:46 pm

    Turned it in on Tuesday. Already got grades for two classes, gotta wait until Wednesday for the official release to get the other two. πŸ˜›

  133. curveball December 20, 2008 9:50 pm

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Kristin and I watched the video the other this point it has an amazing message for us………

  134. Garret December 20, 2008 9:51 pm


    That is one reason why I just put all of the links in the website field. No need to worry about the length of the URL. NYUH asked one time why I use that field, but I just find it easier for me to not have to figure out if a URL is too long or not.

    I post so many links that anything that saves time really helps! I know that tinyurl had a problem with one version of the blog software so I had to stop using that at that time…I never checked if it works now because the website field makes it not necessary.

  135. Garret December 20, 2008 9:52 pm


    That lecture has been around for awhile, but I’m glad that you finally was able to see it.

  136. Garret December 20, 2008 9:52 pm

    I think that Cat had a blog about that lecture a few months ago.

  137. Garret December 20, 2008 9:56 pm

    Big photo of Tepa on the LA Times website in the article about the game. Unfortunately, the photo is of Tepa fumbling. Some mention of interest in the artcile…

    Jackrabbits linebacker George Daily-Lyles gave Poly a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter when he scooped up a blocked punt and sprinted six yards for a touchdown.

    Koniseti plunged into the end zone on the next play, and Grant threatened to take control of the game on its following drive. That’s when Devontae Butler fumbled inside the Poly 30, leading to a freak sequence. Jackrabbits lineman Iuta Tepa recovered the fumble only to lose it again, but teammate Juwuan Brown pounced on the ball at the Poly 35.

  138. brew808 December 20, 2008 9:59 pm

    curveball – πŸ˜€


  139. Garret December 20, 2008 9:59 pm

    Did I mention that it was Momo’s Anniversary on the day of the blog party? Unfortunately for him, he had to work in the morning, then babysit in the afternoon, and then Mrs. Momo had to go to a church meeting that night…so they didn’t celebrate that day.

    I remember when Momo cut off their financial support of Colorado State. They used to donate to both UH (Mrs. Momo went there) and Colorado State (they had a major that I don’t think UH had back then) until then.

  140. Garret December 20, 2008 10:00 pm

    “artcile” should be “article”

  141. Garret December 20, 2008 10:03 pm

    It is sad to miss New Years in Hawaii–being with family and eating all that good food while watching football is such a tradition. Last year at least I was with my parents in New Orleans, but this year we’ll be in San Diego away from everyone.

    The bright spot is that the food planned for that day includes lau lau and poke…

  142. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure Momo will be wearing green at the BB game next Sat. (UH vs. CSU). What shade of green??? πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  143. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:14 pm

    Anne & Sam Kekaula are special people, but in the photo, they appear so……. normal! Re: Robert…. What happened?!!? 😯 πŸ˜† 😯

  144. BG December 20, 2008 10:19 pm

    D1 – putting out positive thoughts for #2 son. I still find it amazing and gratifying watching the Tsaiko network going off. Wafan’s aloha is so Tsaiko-ish!!!

    I’ll check back in the morning…

  145. Garret December 20, 2008 10:21 pm

    I’m surprised that USC’s OL is stocked up like so many other teams. Moving one C to TE opens an opportunity for Abe.

    USC will probably need to sign several offensive line recruits in February because center Michael Reardon is moving to tight end and freshman Matt Meyer’s career could be over because of recurring foot injuries.

    The Trojans also are not going to re-sign offensive guard Daniel Campbell, who was unable to meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements in August and went to a prep school.

    “We lose four guys after next season so we’ll be down to the young guys,” offensive line coach Pat Ruel said Saturday.

    The Trojans will lose left guard Jeff Byers, left tackle Charles Brown, right guard Alex Parsons and right tackle Nick Howell after the 2009 season.

    So far, USC has received a verbal commitment from only one lineman, Kevin Graf of Agoura.

  146. Garret December 20, 2008 10:23 pm


    Momo cheers for UH over CSU. Heck, I cheered for UH when they played Texas and Stanford in a variety of sports. The home team comes first…

  147. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:24 pm

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

    Congratulations to all the new UH Alumuni, and especially to the graduating UH Warriors, and other student-athletes!

    I think we should also express our sincere appreciation to all student-athletes in good academic standing! Your continued matriculation not only benefits you as individuals, but your TEAM, your Program, and the University! We’re really proud of you! Keep up the good work! Mahalo!

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† πŸ˜€

  148. Garret December 20, 2008 10:24 pm


    I echo BG’s post–I hope for the best for #2 son to get home and am glad that wafan has been such a great resource.

    It is amazing how much help is available via the blog. That article on my company was really improved by the analogy suggestion given here.

  149. Garret December 20, 2008 10:25 pm

    Bess will keep his punt return job.

    Sparano will continue using Davone Bess on punt returns because “Davone gives us the best chance in some of those situations.”

  150. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:26 pm

    …and… when it’s UT vs. Stanford…??? 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  151. Garret December 20, 2008 10:26 pm

    More info on Bess…it is awesome that NFL greats respects him this much!

    Bess has made such an impression that Rams receiver Torry Holt approached him after their game and said, ”You’re going to be something special.” Even ex-Dolphins legend Mark Duper inquired about Bess at a function last weekend, predicting “he’s going to be a great one.”

    Bess has a peculiar habit: He said he’s so used to dodging cornerbacks that “when I see someone walk by me in supermarkets, I’ll walk the other way. People ask me why I do that.”

  152. Garret December 20, 2008 10:28 pm

    As expected from previous articles, Miami’s coach made it pretty clear that they are in the process of moving Samson to guard. They are going to do it in limited stretches right now because Johnson is recovering from injury, but I think that Miami’s head coach (who used to be Johnson’s OL coach) has that in his long-term plan.

    Sparano suggested that Al Johnson — who is five to 10 pounds heavier than Samson Satele — will get more work at center, with Satele likely shifting to guard at times. Satele could be in the mix at guard next season.

  153. Jason December 20, 2008 10:29 pm

    I showed my Mom the picture of Kekaula, and she said, “He looks so happy.” My reaction when I first saw that picture was, “There he goes again, clowning around.” πŸ˜€

  154. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:29 pm

    Sheeessshhhhh! That CSU back (Gartrell Johnson) is still running all over the ‘Dogs! 😯 No wait…. it’s a replay! πŸ˜† 😈 πŸ˜†

  155. Ralph December 20, 2008 10:30 pm

    D1 looks like your son will be spending this weekend in the pnw…lots of cancelled flights across the nation…if his flight is a connecting flt from chicago, denver, and kansas city it would be a long wait, to much ice and snow..

  156. Garret December 20, 2008 10:31 pm


    Let me put it this way…I donated enough to scholarship programs at Texas (mainly the merit-based ones that I received when I went there) that I have a lifetime membership to their alumni association and they had a fundraiser schedule his flight to San Diego so that he could meet with me to discuss the new Dean of Engineering. I appreciate that those scholarships made it possible for me to go to college without being a huge burden on my parents.

    On the other hand, I’ve never donated a single cent to Stanford.

  157. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 10:36 pm

    Appreciate wafan’s info and offer.
    It’ll be a restless night as the flight schedules are updated.
    It looks like the HAL flights to PDX got re-routed to Sacramento and San Jose. Gotta wait see when they’ll get in to PDX…

  158. Ralph December 20, 2008 10:40 pm

    wow Kekaula graduated with honors, congratulations one more time!

  159. brew808 December 20, 2008 10:46 pm

    Garret – Actually, I knew that. Either you told me that before, or you’ve told me “enough” for me to figure that out. Stanford was lucky to have you for your quick visit! It did give you some exposure to the Bay Area… πŸ˜€

  160. Garret December 20, 2008 11:01 pm


    I don’t think I mentioned on the blog how I never donated to Stanford…but you probably figured everything out and I know you have a great memory.

    I loved living in the Bay Area–though when I was a student I lived in East Palo Alto and the pizza guys wouldn’t come to my apartment because East Palo Alto was pretty scary then. It was a lot cheaper to live there!

    Of the places I lived, I’d rank them like this:
    San Diego
    Bay Area

    Lori has San Diego first…and the job and school situation is better here, so we’re staying here. After Lori’s parents sell there home and move up here, we definitely won’t be moving…but they delayed that for a few years due to the housing market drop in Hawaii.

    We have a long day tomorrow with friends at Legoland so I’d better go to sleep now.

  161. homey December 20, 2008 11:12 pm

    Garret – What if Te’o’s future team is not Notre Dame then Protector can still boo. Maybe BYU?

    ST – anymore LOI’s?

  162. homey December 20, 2008 11:15 pm

    Congrats grads!

    BTW, I didn’t attend a graduation ceremony…Had better things to do.

  163. homey December 20, 2008 11:17 pm

    d1 – ever tried the thai restaurant near Nanacy’s in Waipio?

  164. homey December 20, 2008 11:17 pm

    oops, I mean Nancy’s.

  165. d1ε³Ά December 20, 2008 11:22 pm


    Yep. A little while after they opened. Pretty good. Mrs. d1ε³Ά is more of a fan of Thai fuud than I am and she really enjoyed it.
    Can’t recall the names of the dishes we had though. Sorry.

  166. homey December 20, 2008 11:28 pm

    Someone needs to open a thai buffet restaurant. Perfect for Rob25.

    BTW, Rob25, how did your daughter’s team do today?

  167. homey December 20, 2008 11:34 pm

    Kekaula graduated in communications, you think he is going to be a newscaster?

  168. L10pc December 21, 2008 12:10 am

    First of all, congrats to all the Warrior graduates! Getting that diploma is the main goal for going to school, so kudos to all for succeeding. πŸ™‚

    Next, a big congrats to RK for finishing up. I was living at Hale Anuenue when Robert was there, so glad to hear that he got his diploma after all these years. What a great achievement! πŸ˜€

    Finally, a giant hooray!!! for Curveball and Kristin! Glad that you’ll be together at home for the holidays. All those prayers and good wishes from everyone sure came in handy! πŸ˜‰

  169. homey December 21, 2008 12:13 am

    Happy holiday season and many more Curveball and Kristin!

  170. WarriorMojo December 21, 2008 12:18 am

    So, homey, how come the weekend appearance?

  171. homey December 21, 2008 12:20 am

    WM – waiting for the youngest to walk through the front door.

  172. homey December 21, 2008 12:23 am

    Watched the Grant/Poly game. #50 for Grant is a load!

  173. A-House December 21, 2008 12:24 am

    Curveball & Kristin:

    Wondeful news!

    a most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  174. A-House December 21, 2008 12:24 am

    las vegas:

    you have mail!!!

  175. homey December 21, 2008 12:28 am

    A-House – insomnia?

  176. las vegas December 21, 2008 12:31 am

    A-House san
    how u no i stay lurking?

  177. las vegas December 21, 2008 12:36 am

    A-House san,
    12/31 one of the busiest days for weddings
    Will find out if we can make it
    We will try our best!

  178. homey December 21, 2008 12:38 am

    Daughter is home! Now I can go out!

    Goodnight everyone! Or is that good morning?

  179. las vegas December 21, 2008 1:05 am

    Just 4 Garret,

    ‘Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual
    Yuletide celebration and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of diminutive rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood-burning caloric apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title of St. Nick.
    The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective
    accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual
    hallucinations of variegated saccarinose fruit confections performing
    choreography through their cerebrums. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head-coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the Arctic-like gloom when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.

    Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing this
    fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without, reflecting
    as it was upon the surface of a recent crystalline aqueous precipitation,
    might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself–thus permitting my
    incredulous optical sensory organs to behold a miniature airborne runnered conveyance, drawn by an octet of diminutive specimens of the genus Rangifer, piloted by a miniscule, aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our anticipated beatified caller.
    With this ungulate motive power traveling at a greater vertiginous
    velocity than patriotic alar predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled
    breath musically through contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her cognomen: “Now Dasher, now Dancer,” et al, guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the concatenations of each of the sum total of the thirty-two cloven pedal extremities.

    As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location and was performing a pi radians pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved, with utmost celerity, via a downward salutation, entry by way of the ceramic smoke passage.
    He was clad entirely in animal integuments, soiled by the ebony residue from partial oxidation of carboniferous fuels. His resemblance to a street
    vendor I attributed to the plethora of assorted playthings which he bore
    dorsally in a commodious cloth receptacle.
    His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging amiability.
    The capillaries of his malar regions and nasal appurtenances were engorged with crimson circulatory fluid which, its chroma suffusing the dermal layers, approximated the retinal sensation reflected by the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry.
    His amusing sub- and supralabials resembled nothing so much as a flexible, curved strip of wood associated with the American aborigines and their ambient, hirsute, facial adornment had an absence of coloring comparable to crystalline frozen hydrogen oxide vapor.
    Clenched firmly between his incisors was the
    posterior projection of acalumet whose gray colloidal aerosol fumes, forming a tenuous ellipticaltorus about his occiput, were suggestive of a decorative seasonal circlet of holly.
    His visage was wider than it was high, and when
    he waxed mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region undulated in the manner of inpectinated fruit syrup in a colloidal gel state within a hemispherical container.
    He was of Napoleonic stature, neither more nor less than an
    obese, jocund, multigenarian gnome, the optical perception of whom rendered me visibly frolicsome despite every effort to refrain from being so affected by this risiblity. By rapidly lowering and then elevating one eyelid and rotating his head slightly eccentricly, he indicated that trepidation on my part was superfluous.
    Without utterance, but with noticeable dispatch, he commenced filling the aforementioned appended hosiery with various of the
    articles of merchandise extracted from his aforementioned previously
    dorsally transported cloth receptacle.

    Upon completion of this task, he executed an abrupt pi radian rotation about
    the vertical axis, placed a single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to
    his olfactory organ, inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave
    taking, and effected his egress by salutation up the smoke passage through which he had made ingress. He then propelled himself in a short vector onto his rustic winter conveyance. Contracting his oral sphincter, he emitted a shrill series of notes to the antlered quadrupeds of burden and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement hitherto observed chiefly among the seed bearing portions of a common weed.
    But I overheard his parting exclamation, audible immediately prior to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility:
    “Ecstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to the selfsame
    assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and
    gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn.”

  180. Pride. December 21, 2008 1:38 am

    Thanks Las Vegas.

    Does the fact that I understood all of that make me a “dweeb”? Apologies to Garret of course.

  181. Asa December 21, 2008 2:17 am

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc referred to Randy Pausch’s last lecture video. It can be seen on YouTube at
    Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

    It’s about the world view of a very practical man in academia. I like his story about applying to Brown University out of high school, only to be wait listed. He wasn’t satisfied with waiting it out and just hoping for the best; he called the admissions office every day to inquire if his status had changed. He was eventually admitted to Brown. He half joked that the Brown people likely got tired of his persistence and let him in to stop the incessant phone calls. I can appreciate his determination as I died on two wait lists in my day, never having thought of checking on my progress (or lack of progress). As he said, brick walls exist to separate those who are truly determined from those who aren’t.

    If you haven’t already seen the video (or read his book, for that matter), do so; it’s time well spent.

  182. Ralph December 21, 2008 2:22 am

    Las Vegas you just put a halt to the bloggers-everyone is reading and rereading your post trying to interpret what you eloquently wrote…unfortunately, only pride has figured it out and the rest of us are searching the dictionary to understand what you wrote…the only statement that would be more difficult would be the same statement written in the kings pidgin of BigHilo2.

  183. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 21, 2008 2:47 am

    Just had my second nap, posted blog and caught up here.

    High fives and congrats to all- and warmest aloha and continued prayers for all!

    When good news comes, it feels like the sunshine after days of rain.

    Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  184. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 2:49 am

    I agree, kinda. I mean, Obama coulda stayed home and graduated UH and become Prexy, right? πŸ˜› j/k
    you right about it being a good thing to get off the rock, plus makes you appreciate home more.

    but Protector’s right too. When we wuz scappin OSU, an da Kahuku guy wuz lookin forward to scrapping da Warriors, I wuz lookin forward to scrappin him too. I no dare wuz all kind good reasons for that brudda to go away. and he’s a good kid yada yada.

    BUT BG, put 2 braddaz on da field. one get Beaver or Duck uniform, one get UH uniform…..

  185. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 2:50 am


    who you gonna choose?

    I got your back Protector!

  186. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 21, 2008 2:54 am

    hey bhf2-you up early or late???

  187. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 3:08 am


    Pride is my local hero. The more I thought about it, through the haze of yesteryear, I do remember him playing UH. I didn’t know him then, and I forgot all about him for a long while, but I’ve come to know him as a Tsaiko this past season and reading his stuff here on the blog and listening to him recall why he stayed home,

    I tell you, PRIDE, you da guy I’d like the great local kids to emulate! Adds a smile to my being a part of Warrior Nation.

    And I think about Geordon and Paipai and da oddaz staying home,
    I can honestly say that these kids make me proud I’m a Hawaiian and I am SUPER PROUD that they want to play for Hawaii.

  188. Ralph December 21, 2008 3:14 am

    well said bighilo

  189. SteveM December 21, 2008 3:22 am

    Hi Liz and Bighilofan2… Peaches and I just got back from vocal practice. Exhausting–we are hoarse, tired, overfed and going to sleep soon.

    Pride. — there’s a good chance that guy you always see and Shinsho Tei will join us the night of Bighilofan2’s mini Karaoke Call*. πŸ˜€

    * Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 9:00 PM at Shinsho Tei.

  190. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 21, 2008 3:39 am

    Hi SteveM and Peaches!

    Wow… I miss karaoke with you guys!

    ok. nigh nigh time. Gotta get up is a little while to look for a Redskins game feed.


  191. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 3:47 am

    hiya LizK

    catchin up on da blog. just getting up, going Hono on da 9 am, lookin forward to a great week bussin up da Irish. πŸ˜€

    Las Vegas, you overheard him say what?

    β€œEcstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to the selfsame
    assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and
    gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn.”

    ROFLMAO!!!! den Ralph makes fun of my figah ah speech. πŸ‘Ώ

    why you make funny my speech to da Tsaikos?

    “Ecstatic Yultide to da planataree constituencee!” πŸ˜€

    but if i talk lie dat allatime, da braddaz in KPT goin like light up when i get da first wurd outta my mowt. πŸ˜€ tinkin i stay smokin. πŸ˜†

  192. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 3:51 am

    just kiddin just kiddin.

    howya doin Ralph?

  193. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:02 am

    Great articles today by ST and Ferd in da HA.

    congreagulations RK.

    really awesome news. and a great reminder of the power of prayerl.

  194. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:03 am

    okay, wooshhee 2.

    nigh nigh

  195. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:06 am


    don’t you feel like da Irish fans kinda remind you of us at da SB in NoLA. the locals loved us. we love da Irish. we all wear Green.

    my bannah going be flyin Wed. and da Irish going be sittin around our tunnel. I am sooooooooooo lookin forward to dis game!

    Go Warriors!

  196. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:07 am

    and da Notre Dame player gettin interviewed on tv, saying

    :this is sooooo nice.” I hppe ESPN puts dat in da Wed. newsreel. πŸ˜€

  197. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:09 am

    I hope when ESPN does the background on UH, they spend time panning the new field with the coaches’ office windows as the backdrop.

  198. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:10 am

    May Robert Kekaula’s journey be an inspiration to Tyler!

  199. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:13 am

    pretty good size graduation rate for Warriors! great young men!

  200. bighilofan2 December 21, 2008 4:14 am

    ok, fo reel

    nigh nigh

  201. Maverick December 21, 2008 6:21 am

    Top ‘O Sunday Morning !
    That’s for all the Irish visitors.

    Mr. Keaukala – U Da Man!

  202. d1ε³Ά December 21, 2008 6:56 am

    Great Morning All!

    Well, #2 son is somewhere at PDX by now. Hopefully he makes it on HA25 that is now showing a 3-4 hr delay. That would actually put him a little ahead of original ETA so this could still work out.
    Thanks for the good thoughts erryboddy! πŸ™‚

  203. Kekoa December 21, 2008 7:44 am

    Calling bhf2…BHF2 come in please! Got your phone msg regarding legs from the Alaskan King Crab.

    Workin’ on getting a good price for you…but then a man of unlimted resources like yourself, never shops price. It’s all about quality passed on to the good people you serve, right?!

    (If you’re a little short of cash, DPK said he can front you some money when he gets paid for his Santa gig).

  204. Kekoa December 21, 2008 8:10 am

    D-1 ~ Wish there was some way we could get #2 son put on a Military Space ‘A’ flight out of McChord AFB near where wafan resides. They are dispatched almost routinely out of there on a daily basis.

    Maybe wafan can dress him in his old *JPO* uniform and pass him off as a “Mission Essential” operative to assist the Secret Service in guarding Obama.

  205. BowsForever December 21, 2008 4:53 pm

    I do think it’s OK to remind players to keep their heads in the game when they commit bone-headed penalties though. Like Malcolm “Slash” Lane from time to time (don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player, wants it badder, and has a shot to really shine next year).

  206. BowsForever December 21, 2008 4:54 pm

    (in reference to Post #100)

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