The how and Y of Vele’s improvement

Freshman linebacker Justin Vele decided he needed to go the extra miles.

Vele and his siblings enrolled in the family plan at the YMCA in Kalihi.

His main workout is on the treadmill. “I’ll probably run for an hour,” Vele said. “You start off slow for half an hour, then you pick up speed.”

Vele is now quicker, 10 pounds lighter and in the mix at weakside linebacker.

“I’ve seen the impact,” said Vele, a Farrington graduate who redshirted in 2011. “I’m getting more reps (in spring training), and I’m not getting tired out there.”

Defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer said: “He’s doing a good job.”

Vele also has improved his leg strength. He can squat-lift 475 pounds.

* * * * *

The Warriors are practicing this afternoon, according to two assistant coaches. They originally were scheduled to practice at 6:30 a.m.

* * * * *

Former Warrior safety Mike Wadsworth’s next stop could depend on an appeals hearing.

Wadsworth was a key special-teams player as a freshman in 2009. He then went on a two-year church mission to England.

Wadsworth requested a release from UH to enroll in a school near his family in Utah. UH agreed to release Wadsworth to every school but Brigham Young. Wadsworth is appealing. Without a release, Wadsworth cannot receive an athletic scholarship for a full academic year.

Last year, New Mexico quarterback Stump Godfrey wanted to transfer to UH. Because UH and New Mexico would be in the same conference beginning on July 1, 2012, the Lobos did not grant Godfrey a release to the Warriors. Godfrey enrolled at UH and paid his own way this past fall semester. In accordance with NCAA transfer rules, Godfrey redshirted in 2011. After the season, he left the Warriors. He is now at Navarro Junior College.

* * * * *

The volleyball Warriors expect to sign one player (outside hitter Stephen Maar of Canada) today, the first day recruits may sign national letters of intent.

The Warriors have other commitments, but they are preferred walk-ons. The NCAA limits volleyball teams to the financial equivalent of 4.5 scholarships each year.

* * * * *

The UH School of Architecture Alumni Association is having its annual golf tournament at the Royal Kunia Golf Course on Friday, May 18.

Registration is at 10 a.m., with the shotgun start at noon.

There is a banquet to follow.

There will be two beer carts, as well as food on the course. More research needed, but it appears JoJo’s Jell-O shots are part of the food group.

Tournament fee is $165. Mulligans are $5.

For an application, go to:


  1. Graham April 11, 2012 5:37 am


  2. bigislandkurt April 11, 2012 5:42 am

    Vele time.


  3. mo808 April 11, 2012 5:42 am

    Good Morning!

  4. mo808 April 11, 2012 5:44 am

    Go Warriors! Go Vele!

  5. mo808 April 11, 2012 5:46 am

    d1 I really like the flashback tunes (Tokyo Happy Coats)! It’s like a time warp!

  6. Naks8 April 11, 2012 5:50 am

    Good job vele

  7. BigHiloFan2 April 11, 2012 5:53 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    You go, Vele. Go Go Go!

    and Best of Wishes to all the Warriors!

  8. 808Bowler April 11, 2012 5:59 am

    Morning. Good job Vele. Hard work pays off!!!!

  9. Bulla April 11, 2012 6:01 am

    Speed + Power = The Name of The Game

    Have a great Hump Day everyone, good morning to all the Tsaikos….

    If you can smeeeeeeellllllll what the ST is coooooooooooooooooking…..nah, smells a lot better around the blog now that ST cleaned house… need Febreze, just toss you B-V-D’s, haha…. you listening DPK, B-V-D’s, no one said D-E-P-E-N-D-S……just kidding…..a hui hou

  10. jenO April 11, 2012 6:01 am

    good morning!

  11. haka April 11, 2012 6:03 am

    Vele interesting!

    Why wait?

    Always work!

    Like it’s your last year.

    Like it’s your last chance.

    No regrets.

    The best work best NOW!

    Go Warriors!

  12. LizKauai (iPad) April 11, 2012 6:03 am

    Go, Vele!

    Go VolleyBows!

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  13. jenO April 11, 2012 6:04 am

    sounds like vele is going to be one tough cookie come game time! i’d hate to line up across from him! keep up the good work, vele!

  14. whitey April 11, 2012 6:08 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Way to go Coach Wade. You got a good one.

  15. jm2375 April 11, 2012 6:09 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Good job, Mr. Vele.

    Welcome to the Warrior vb ohana, Mr. Maar, Mr. Kanetake & Mr. Aina.

  16. whitey April 11, 2012 6:10 am

    Justin V, don’t know you, but am very happy to read about your progress and look forward to seeing you on the field this season. Go Warriors!!!

  17. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 6:17 am


    UH can announce Kanetake and Aina when they show copies of admittance letter.

  18. d1shima April 11, 2012 6:19 am

    Great Morning All!

    Always get “Good news-Bad news” scenarios during intra-squad work.

    One of the new practice segments to watch this spring is when the TE’s work vs the LB’s.

    TE’s tryna get off the line or blocking and LB’s tryna maintain control.

    ….LB’s are pretty talented and athletic.

  19. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 6:24 am

    I, too, go on the treadmill.

    But it’s four times a year, attached to EKG suctions that leave red hickey-like circles all over my chest.

  20. whitey April 11, 2012 6:24 am

    d1, have fun at work today

  21. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 6:40 am

    Chow had hinted there might be a scrimmage today, but it’s hard to say if that will happen. Seems like there’s more teaching that needs to be done.

  22. whitey April 11, 2012 7:01 am

    i would guess that the offensive side would need more learning time because they are moving to another type of offense, but the d also has a new coordinator. i truly like the part about how discipline in practice is stressed and the coaching staff makes sure the players get the message.

  23. whitey April 11, 2012 7:04 am

    like al, with Coach Chow in command, i look forward to “personal fouls” becoming an endangered species on the field.

  24. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 7:23 am

    There could be a personal foul.

    But then the offending player would have to run sprints on the sideline until the lights go out.

  25. tommui April 11, 2012 7:29 am


    And good going Justin Vele!

    And don’t forget to vote for Stephanie!

  26. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 7:37 am

    Good morning everybody.

    Thanks tommui. I almost forgot to vote. My voting clock is after 8pm but I was busy last night and didn’t vote. Voted today though, which counts for my vote yesterday and will vote again tonight. Stephanie is still leading but I noticed the lesser votes are catching on now.

  27. SteveM April 11, 2012 7:37 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Best wishes for Justine Vele!

  28. Slugger April 11, 2012 7:43 am

    Morning, gang!

    Great job, JVele!

    Off to hi Ho…on DaBus…just like JoJo. What are Jell-o shots?

  29. HawaiiMongoose April 11, 2012 7:58 am

    Tough situation for Mike Wadsworth, but he signed with UH, not BYU. To expect a release to a rival that UH will be playing head-to-head for the next few years is expecting a little too much.

  30. Haleakala April 11, 2012 8:01 am

    I voted again. Stephanie is at 23.1 and the girl from Cal is at 17.0%. Here is the link.

  31. mctruck April 11, 2012 8:28 am

    #19….and you brag to all the females at the office that those hickies was from ur wife.

  32. jojo ® April 11, 2012 8:32 am

    Thank you Stephen Tsai for posting my golf tourney!

    I really need golfers, but if you want to donate time or $$, I’ll take that, too!

  33. Ipu Man April 11, 2012 8:49 am

    I used to date a girl whose last name was Hickey…

  34. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 9:11 am


    I think we can have a Jell-O shots fundraiser.

  35. LETS GO BOWS April 11, 2012 9:21 am

    shout out to justin vele good job uce from Red Raiders counrty.

  36. jojo ® April 11, 2012 9:29 am

    I’ve been experimenting with different Jello shot flavors and I found some really good whip cream that I still need to try. I can fundraise with that.

    Slugger, really? What’s a Jello shot??

  37. Dennis Halloran April 11, 2012 9:34 am

    Our Flight attendant on Frontier Airlines returning from Kansas was a jovial Samoan from Kahuku Red Raiders

    North shore area

  38. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 9:39 am

    Hawaii Mongoose,

    I agree.. on top of that, he did enjoy a full year at UH under scholarship before going on his mission. That’s money that UH invested in him based on his LOI. I think allowing him to go anywhere but BYU is a generous release.

  39. Last Call April 11, 2012 9:45 am

    What ever happened to this big announcement that Shoji was going to make last week,never heard a thing from him.

    Also is this NLI day for softball.

  40. haka April 11, 2012 9:53 am

    just a thought. with coach chow’s contacts @ byu maybe uh should give wadsworth his release and put that chip in their pocket as there may very well come a day when a cougar wishes to be a warrior.

  41. wait a minute April 11, 2012 9:58 am

    Very sad to hear something like this

  42. PowderPuff April 11, 2012 10:14 am

    I had my first Jell-o shot in Vegas last year during the UH football game weekend. Some “seasoned” Tsaikos put me up to it…I don’t want to mention names, but their blog names begin with “R” and “B.” HAHA! 🙂 I think there are some photos somewhere. OMG!

    Good job to Justin and all of the Warriors (and Wahine) – it’s hard work being a student-athlete. Coach Chow made an impassioned presentation last night at the Na Koa Golf Tournament of how everyone who contributes to Na Koa and the football team helps these young men go to school, and even get a jump start on their schooling through the Bridge Program they offer to incoming freshmen.

  43. Kevin April 11, 2012 10:14 am

    No signees for UH softball today. Next LOIs in the fall as usual.

    Very rare they get any this time of year, Lauren Parnaby was one of the few they signed at this time of the year.

  44. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:15 am

    As a UH person said yesterday: He can go to 118 other schools.

  45. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:15 am

    it’s also nli day for basketball. who’s going to be a rainbow?

  46. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:16 am


    Is that because Australia’s summer is Hawaii’s winter?

  47. whitey April 11, 2012 10:17 am

    ok, voted. Go Steph

  48. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:18 am

    Powder has one of the great laughs. Her happy-happy laugh is at another level.

  49. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:18 am

    i think it’s Hawaii’s spring is Australia’s fall. 😕 😆

  50. al April 11, 2012 10:19 am

    vele vele good.

  51. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:21 am

    Now Rich2176, on the other hand, is more verbal. Instead of laughing, he’ll smile and say, “That’s funny.”

    In case anyone is wondering, Rich2176 is working hard and continuing to play golf. He’s recently golfed with Robb Fukuzaki, who would like everyone to know he’s not Ross Shimabuku.

    And there’s your Hollywood minute.

  52. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:23 am

    I wonder if Down Under they consider us to be down under.

  53. whitey April 11, 2012 10:24 am

    not going hurt Wadsworth to sit one year because he will still have 2 yrs to play if he wants to for byu.

  54. whitey April 11, 2012 10:24 am

    same situation for da warrior transfers who must sit a year.

  55. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:25 am

    I think off a mission he can play right away. He just can’t go on scholarship without receiving a release from the previous school.

  56. al April 11, 2012 10:26 am

    isn’t justin vele a farrington hs grad who is from kalihi valley.

  57. Last Call April 11, 2012 10:28 am

    So it looks like we will only hear from men’s VB and possibly basketball.

  58. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:29 am

    Vele is a Farrington graduate.

    I do not know where he lives.

  59. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:29 am

    al, yes. odd you are asking that.

  60. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:31 am

    I leave it to Brian McInnis to announce UH basketball news.

  61. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:32 am

    … Although there seems to be more and more basketball players on the football team.

  62. d1shima April 11, 2012 10:32 am

    I’m a FHS alum and lived in lower Kalihi

  63. d1shima April 11, 2012 10:34 am

    ….but I go to the Leeward Y

  64. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:35 am

    Re: Attendance bonuses.

    In the past, the assumption was increased turnstile would lead to increased revenue, which would pay for the attendance bonus. But with student fees, you can get more people through the turnstile who wouldn’t be generating more money.

  65. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:36 am

    I don’t know where d1shima lives now, either.

  66. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:37 am

    I probably didn’t need to mention the YMCA, but I’ve been on a roll with headlines lately …

  67. Women Love To April 11, 2012 10:39 am

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  68. whitey April 11, 2012 10:40 am

    either maui is a real popular destination or is in no man’s land, “our air carrier” sure knows how to stick the people of maui. maui-san jose-maui in may is $625 r/t, but maui-hnl-san jose-hnl-maui is $322 in may.

  69. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:40 am

    I know #67 is spam, but it was so darn complimentary, we just had to keep it. And we do have a lot of opinions about lipstick.

  70. Kevin April 11, 2012 10:48 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    April 11th, 2012 at 10:16 am


    Is that because Australia’s summer is Hawaii’s winter?

    For a while I was always confused as to why they mention winter as summer and summer as winter… Last year was talking to Kaia about her playing internationally again after the season and she said something referring to playing in the winter I never thought anything about it, just assumed that is what they called it.

  71. Kevin April 11, 2012 10:50 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    April 11th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I wonder if Down Under they consider us to be down under.

    On a sphere, who has the right to say which is which? Or which direction something truly is?

  72. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:50 am

    Doesn’t Australia’s school system go from January to December? I think that’s why Blake Muir was able to enroll at UH in January 2011. On the other hand, Adrian Thomas, who grayshirted, had to wait a long time to get on the field.

  73. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:51 am

    lipstick outside the lines can make you look clowny.

  74. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:52 am

    elderly woman draw their lipstick outside the lines, but they don’t look clowny.

  75. sean April 11, 2012 10:53 am



    It can make you look guilty too

  76. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:55 am

    does a compass work below the equator?

  77. Couch potato April 11, 2012 10:56 am

    lipstick on your collar can make you look guilty too.

  78. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 10:59 am

    If there’s lipstick on you that’s not your wife’s, you’d better start wearing lipstick all the time.

  79. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:00 am

    now if it’s on your underwear then you are busted.

  80. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:01 am

    how many men carry chapstick? besides koamahu.

  81. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:03 am

    you could act crazy and start writing redrum on the mirror.

  82. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:04 am

    at any rate, good for Vele. hard work does pay off. looking forward to seeing him on the field this season.

  83. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:05 am

    No. 79:

    Then you’d better start wearing your underwear as a bandana for a while.

  84. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:06 am


    You can see Vele’s dad at most practices. He’s the guy trying to be incognito.

  85. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:06 am

    Vele’s dad also posts here.

  86. Bulla April 11, 2012 11:07 am


    DPK does, he takes them from Zippys…..oh wait, you said chap not chop….my bad…whew, these eyes………

    who does carry ‘chap’ stick…….. no wonder he’s a good ‘chap’, haha

  87. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:10 am

    Here’s a link to the Q&A session with Jon Gruden on his QB Camp series:

  88. Mad Dog April 11, 2012 11:11 am

    After the last few days of drama, reading today’s WB is so much more refreshing and interesting.

  89. jojo ® April 11, 2012 11:13 am

    I use Vaseline. It’s good for cuts, burns, and chapped lips.

    Seriously, Slugger, a Jello shot is exactly what it sounds like. Jello with alcohol. I used Midori in some but put too much Jello and it was more like a gummy bear.

  90. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:15 am

    If you live in a high-altitude place, you appear to be more energized when you compete at sea level.

    If you live in a cold, dry place, when you come to Hawaii, do your lips melt?

  91. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:17 am

    Jell-O shots should come with a complimentary mulligan.

  92. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 11:17 am

    NO but your sweat glands don’t work properly and I think you implode.

  93. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:18 am


    You should get Whitey to sign up for the tourney. He could play during his stopover to San Jose.

  94. al April 11, 2012 11:18 am

    couch potato @59…my #56 was in reference to post number #35.

  95. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:19 am


    Whoa, whoa, whoa.

    I saw the capital letters and I had a flashback.

  96. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:22 am

    conversely, if you live at sea level and climb the himalayas will your lips explode?

  97. al April 11, 2012 11:23 am

    i don’t get jell-O shots.

    don’t you have to boil the hot water and jell-O mix first and then add in the booze whilst it still hot?

    won’t most of the alcohol evaporate by then?

    i am old school, you like get bus’ up, just chug em straight from the bottle.

  98. jojo ® April 11, 2012 11:23 am

    I’ll mention that at tomorrow’s golf meeting…

    Ryan’s Grill will have a tent. They’ll be serving their sliders. YUM!!! So you can find me with the Jello shots or the sliders. Or trying to steal a beer cart.

  99. al April 11, 2012 11:24 am

    by the way cindy luis had to smu a lot of comments yesterday due to inappropriateness.

    …and you know crossed over.

  100. al April 11, 2012 11:25 am


  101. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:25 am

    al, maybe LETS GO BOWS is sending his shout-out from Kahuku.

  102. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:25 am

    We had a math teacher, and the rumor was she had difficulty sweating and instead needed to urinate when it became warm. Don’t know if the rumors were true, but during test days, some of the guys used to close the windows. Ah, fun times at Papakolea Tech.

  103. al April 11, 2012 11:26 am

    st, if you run in to cindy she’s going to hit you up for lunch.

  104. al April 11, 2012 11:27 am

    cp…could be, could be. i missed the subliminal message there perhaps.

  105. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:28 am

    makes me wonder if Kanani had to take a bathroom breaks in between sets.

  106. BleedGreen808 April 11, 2012 11:28 am



  107. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 11:29 am

    Long ago I read that people who grow up in tropical areas tend to deal with cold and heat better than those who grow up in one of the extremes. If you grow up in an exremely hot area, you don’t have well enough developed fat cells to deal with extreme cold conditions and if you grew up in an extremely cold area, you probably have overly developed fat cells and under developed sweat glands. Lucky you Live Hawaii, eh?

  108. al April 11, 2012 11:31 am

    i hope that canadian oh is as good as they say. charlie’s gonna need a lot of help next year.

    hopefully shane welch will come back all healed up and quicker/stronger.

    nick west needs to attend a lot of cattle calls.

    not sure if biscaro is the answer.

    but, definitely need to find two hitters. if maar is one then someone needs to step up.

    maybe a more mature marks is another.

    maybe averill needs to work on being the setter with biscaro moving to libero/ds.

    a lot of what ifs.

  109. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:32 am

    There is a Y on that side of the island, but it has nothing to do with the YMCA.

  110. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:33 am

    now that makes me think why hippos and elephants are so hefty.

    lol, now i’m thinking about those who live in tsaikoland. hahaha

  111. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:34 am

    Who invited Al Gore into the conversation?

  112. Couch potato April 11, 2012 11:35 am


  113. d1shima April 11, 2012 11:35 am



    (did I mention that I’m off on Friday?)

  114. jojo ® April 11, 2012 11:37 am

    d1 TFTI

    It’s pinakbet today.

    You go Glen Coco!!!

  115. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:38 am

    I love hippos. They can climb. They can submerge in water for six minutes. They’re aggressive. Read Michael Chrichton’s Congo. After that, you’d wish your team were nicknamed the Hippos.

  116. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:40 am

    UH needs to follow Kahuku’s marketing.

    Win a state title, everyone has a new T-shirt the next day.

  117. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:51 am

    It would be kind of ironic if Bill Parcells still doesn’t get elected for another five years.

  118. Hawkpeter April 11, 2012 11:54 am

    You can buy maps of the world with the southern hemisphere on top and the northern hemisphere on the bottom. You can get one from here

    Get Down-Undered up.

    We are in Autumn now, yes the leaves are falling. This week was the first week of the year that I couldn’t come to work in just a t-shirt and shorts. School year runs from Feb to middle of Dec. Summer holidays are Mid-Dec through January.

  119. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 11:56 am

    Thanks for the explanation.

  120. LizKauai April 11, 2012 12:11 pm

    hm… now how to smu da spam…

  121. rich2176 April 11, 2012 12:27 pm

    Cheers Everyone. LizK just informed me that the blog host mentioned my name. Anyway, Rob F. told me that his Oahu buddies were 99.99999% positive it was him that got in trouble. Bad/Wrong news travels like wildfire. Good/Correct is like the H-1 during rush hour.

    As for PowderPuff – I’ve got those jello shot pics. She attacked it like a true pro.

    I was talking with a USC graduate & strong supporter of the football program about Norm Chow. The bottom line is that he’s paramount when it comes to structuring an offense, but needs better communication with the players. Now that he’s back home, there should be no problems!

    Looking forward to seeing a lot of you at the USC game. I’ll be participating in the UHAD golf tournament at Industry Hills two days prior.

  122. LizKauai April 11, 2012 12:33 pm

    Hi Rich!!! Hope to see you at the USC game – wait…. sounds like a tailgate is in order! Where’s Ronnie and Rainbow Cliff and the LoCal guys?

  123. al April 11, 2012 12:37 pm

    LETS GO BOWS…i hear you man!

    yup, in the end we all hawaii folks, one big ohana.

    i’ve many friends in red raider country great people out there.

    spent a lot of time in the waters of the north shore back in the days of my youth.

  124. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 12:48 pm


    Don’t they sell compasses with the N and S reversed, too?

  125. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 12:50 pm

    Or as they father said in My Greek Wedding…

    We are Apples and Oranges. So, in the end, we are all “fruits.”

  126. Bowwar April 11, 2012 12:55 pm

    The WB is alot more upbeat and pleasant after the housecleaning…

    There was a carjacking near USC today where two students were killed…The Colleseum is in a rough neighborhood and I still remember stadium/neighborhood parking at $20++++. Also, the lousy seats they put Hawaii rooters in the endzone…Better to watch the game on TV.

  127. Da Punchbowl Kid April 11, 2012 12:55 pm

    Howzeet Gangeez! 🙂

    Just got back from…

    wait for it…

    Nuuanu YMCA! Home of celebs like Da Guv and Frank DeLima and nobodies like me! 😆

    Vele nice piece about Justin. Lookin’ forward to seein’ him bangin’ heads for the Warriors.

  128. d1shima April 11, 2012 12:56 pm


    How much $ to be sure your car is there after the game?

  129. Hawkpeter April 11, 2012 12:56 pm

    madeinhawaii, I think you could just take a regular compass and *gasp* turn it around.


  130. Couch potato April 11, 2012 12:59 pm

    if you turn the compass around you can’t see anything. okay, you can see the back of the compass case.

  131. Da Punchbowl Kid April 11, 2012 1:01 pm

    Bulla – be nice to me! I haven’t mentioned your furry back or your beady eyes in a long time. 😆 Thanks for that last email about the Beast! Glad to see he’s still bringin’ it like that! Looks like he’s over the injuries. He’s gonna have a great season, I’m sure!

  132. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 1:07 pm

    In other news, this is Mental Health Awareness Week . . .

  133. d1shima April 11, 2012 1:10 pm

    Maybe a season or two away from the offense being able to do it but there’s a good likelihood that the defense may be facing more no-huddle teams soon. More and more teams are seeing the benefits in prep as well as game time.

    Oregon’s practices last two hours, an hour less than a typical college practice, and there is so little time between plays that coaches must do their teaching with only a few words or wait until the film room. Kelly said that practice had become so sophisticated and fluid that getting off 30 snaps in a 10-minute period had become common.

  134. Bowwar April 11, 2012 1:12 pm

    d1shima: Good point! Awfully scary neighborhood. The two USC kids killed were International students from China. Sad to hear…

  135. Bowwar April 11, 2012 1:14 pm

    There was a Quake in Oregon today…I wonder if that sped up their practice too. 🙂

  136. Bowwar April 11, 2012 1:17 pm

    Yes, Tatsuno was an exceptional pitcher and you won’t see another one like him in the college ranks…

    Too bad about Sakata, I thought he’d be a good coach at UH too…I don’t see the correlation of a coach needing a degree to coach baseball…Afterall, many major league baseball players lack degrees and often leave their junior year of college for the baseball draft.

  137. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:20 pm

    In less than 48 hours THREE sizable quakes in Indonesia, Oregon, and Mexico…

    12/21/2012… keep laughing. 😎

  138. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:22 pm

    7.0 quake in Mexico – no tsunami threat for Hawaii.

    Not sure how big the one in Oregon exactly was though.

    We’re lucky… almost TOO lucky.

  139. Stephen Tsai April 11, 2012 1:27 pm

    I think if you’re in the pros, a degree isn’t necessary.

    But if you’re coaching on a college campus, you should have a degree.

  140. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:27 pm

    We’re luck in the sense that we sit in the middle of a large plate, away from massive fault lines.

    Other than the occasional shake from the Big Island.. We’re ok. Then again there is the fault zone on the southern flank of Mauna Kea, makai the highway. Will eventually drop off into the ocean like how the Molokai cliffs were formed causing mass devestation via a huge tsunami. Downtown Honolulu would have less than 20 minutes to bend over and kiss it’s okole “aloha”.

  141. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:28 pm

    I think if you are a student-athlete just out of college, you SHOULD have a college degree. Pro or not.

  142. Bowwar April 11, 2012 1:31 pm

    The Quake in Oregon was a 5.9

  143. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:35 pm

    Found it!!!

    The hilina slump a.k.a. “the big crack”

    Huge chunks of the Hawaiian Islands have been sliding into the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of thousands of years. (SF#101) Geologists classify these slides as either “slumps” or “debris avalanches.” Slumps move just a few inches a year but are prone to bigger, jerky adjustments. Debris avalanches are fast cascades of rocks and soil. In Hawaii, both varieties of movement can involve massive blocks of real estate. In the huge Nu’uanu debris slide, stone blocks 6 miles across tumbled 30 miles out to sea. Both slumps and debris slides may create colossal tsunamis. (Tsunamis are miscalled “tidal waves,” but they have nothing to do with tides and do not behave like tides or wind-driven waves.)

    When large pieces of the Hawaiian Islands slip into the ocean, the entire Pacific Rim is smashed by the resulting tsunamis. In New South Wales, Australia, there is geological evidence that part of this coast was scoured by a Hawaiigenerated tsunami 100,000 years ago. The postulated wave started out about 375-meters (½-mile) high in Hawaii. By the time is reached Australia, it was about 40 meters high. (SF#85)

    Worse waves may be on tap. A 4,760 cubic mile chunk of the Big Island (Hawaii) is breaking away at the rate of 4 inches per year. This is the Hilina Slump, and it is said to be “the most rapidly moving tract of ground on Earth for its size.” The Hilina Slump can move much faster. At 4:48 AM, November 29, 1975, a 37-mile-wide section suddenly dropped 11½ feet and slid seaward 26 feet. The result was a magnitude-7.2 quake and a 48-foot-high tsunami. This was a minor of the slump. If the entire 4,760-cubic-mile block decided to break off, it would probably create a magnitude-9 quake and a tsunami 1,000-feet high. All the coast-hugging cities of the Hawaiian Islands would be swept away. And LOOK OUT Australia, Japan, and California.

    The “big crack” on the Big Island was heavily featured in National Geographic’s tsunami special following the massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed hundreds of thousands in 2004.

    Opihi man… GRAB YOUR BAG AND RUN!!!

  144. jojo ® April 11, 2012 1:39 pm

    Kevin, if you’re out of college, shouldn’t you have a degree?

  145. Couch potato April 11, 2012 1:40 pm

    if that happens maybe Guy Hagi can get footage of a real tsunami.

  146. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:45 pm


    Not totally true.

    If you’re out of college, you could have also just quit.

  147. Pomai April 11, 2012 1:48 pm

    #143 – Kevin does that mean I would have waterfront property????????

  148. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:50 pm


  149. Da Punchbowl Kid April 11, 2012 1:51 pm

    “Hilina Slump”? Sounds like some kinda Tsaiko inspired dance…

    Thanks for all of the happy-happy joy-joy news, Kevin.

  150. HiFlyer April 11, 2012 1:55 pm

    Anyone going to the practice today?

  151. Kevin April 11, 2012 1:56 pm


    I should have gotten my degree in something ‘Earthly’ related. Heck.. it’s UH Manoa would have been a logical choice.

    Plus was always amazed at geology and what makes this planet tick…

    In the end, all these environmentalists are concerned about the environment, when in REALITY, the earth can withstand our footprints, even nuclear war. It will survive and recover, but WE WON’T.

  152. Da Punchbowl Kid April 11, 2012 2:04 pm

    Kevin –

    Gotta admit, Gaia seems to be rebelling these days.

    I believe.

  153. Kevin April 11, 2012 2:09 pm

    Earth is getting to be like at “cool” mom that let her kids have a party at the house, but right about now, it’s “2am” and she’s getting irritated and ready to “kick everyone out”.

  154. Kevin April 11, 2012 2:18 pm

    I’ve had enough.. I’ll em see. You’ll never take another drop of blood from me, I’ll judge you all, one final bow. I’LL BE YOUR END OF DAYS.

    Have a nice day everyone! 😎

  155. (Jesse) James April 11, 2012 2:21 pm

    Good morning….errrrrr….afternoon gang….

    Glad to see everyone is playing nice nice….. 🙂

  156. Couch potato April 11, 2012 2:21 pm

    or some alien gangbangers (another bloggers favorite term) could hurl an asteroid at us and cause a small kine intergalactic accident. if that happens we’ll see if Bruce Willis can save us. maybe he can team up with Will Smith.

  157. Dennis Halloran April 11, 2012 2:30 pm

    Cheifgator really brought up some PCL memories. I grew up before Major league Baseball came West so PCL was what we listened too on the radio. I remember Carlos Bernier always starting fights with his high spikes slides into second. I still have ticket stubs from the last Islander game in the Islands. Steve Bilko was another bigger than life Angel

  158. Kevin April 11, 2012 2:30 pm

    Couch Potato,

    Big sucka coming our way 2029 I think. Supposed to pass by earth pretty close. Estimated range is essentially the distance between earth and the moon.

    In cosmic ratio, that’s pretty damn close.

  159. d1shima April 11, 2012 2:34 pm

    One day someone asked my friend and I to tend the scoreboard at Iolani field for a bb game. We started ragging Joey Meyer from the rooftop of the shack in rightfield.

    After he nearly nailed us with a HR we stopped. 😯

  160. d1shima April 11, 2012 2:37 pm

    Fred Quinn was a masterful Triple-A GM. Knew how to strike a balance between farm team players and “outright” talent.

    Darn Spokane!

  161. Couch potato April 11, 2012 2:58 pm

    you should invite Tiger to the golf tournament. he’d buy a whole bunch of mulligans.

  162. SAWARRIOR April 11, 2012 3:28 pm

    Gib should recruit this high schooler, Josh Hearlihy.

  163. Last Call April 11, 2012 3:34 pm

    Dave Shoji added a Pac 12 transfer to his roster today but who knows how long it will take for it to hit the newsstands or the UH web site.

  164. krump1_AKA_protector April 11, 2012 3:38 pm

    chiefgator and Dennis Halloran,

    Remember when Bobby Valentine edged out our (Islanders) Winston Llenas

    by percentage points for the PCL Batting Crown? Memory can’t dredge up what year that was; brain cells going down for the count even with Gingko Biloba.

  165. madeinhawaii April 11, 2012 3:48 pm

    If Wadsworth wins his appeal then I can see even more schools shying away from offering scholies to students who plan to go away on a mission after a year of playing.

  166. HawaiiMongoose April 11, 2012 3:49 pm

    Ashley Kastl, welcome to the Wahine.

  167. HawaiiMongoose April 11, 2012 3:50 pm

    Now if Falyn Fonoimoana can get eligible… look out!

  168. al April 11, 2012 4:12 pm

    kastl is a great pickup.

  169. al April 11, 2012 4:15 pm

    hartong, ff, and kastl make for a formiddable oh core withsize and, er , blockability.

    vorster is the key.

  170. al April 11, 2012 4:16 pm

    oops…too many “d’s”

  171. duffer April 11, 2012 4:21 pm

    Bo Belinsky!

  172. duffer April 11, 2012 4:25 pm

    Rocket Rod Gaspar who went on to play for the 69 Mets.

  173. duffer April 11, 2012 4:27 pm

    Ray Jablonski

  174. al April 11, 2012 4:38 pm

    …and she played so well last year that i almost forgot that she is freshman.

    jane croson that is.

    although we lose kanani and chanteal, their size 5″9 5/8″ and 5’9 3/4″ are being replaced by

    hartong 6’2″, kastl 6′ 0″, and possibly (most likely i am told) ff 6′ 4″.

    things are indeed looking up.

  175. al April 11, 2012 4:39 pm

    if vorster 6’4″ can crack the lineup we may be fielding our biggest lineup ever.

  176. al April 11, 2012 4:40 pm

    duffer…carlos bernier

  177. RedZone April 11, 2012 4:42 pm

    Sun God coming up on ESPN 1420.

  178. Guy in the office April 11, 2012 4:49 pm

    Rac Slider … now that’s old.

  179. tommui April 11, 2012 4:49 pm

    Ashley Kastl – welcome to Hawaii and to the Wahine.

  180. duffer April 11, 2012 4:53 pm

    John Werhas

  181. tommui April 11, 2012 4:54 pm

    Did you vote today?

    The Alabama nominee is about to catch up with Ailoto (California) in the voting. So don’t forget Stephanie needs our help.

    Doesn’t Ashley Kastl only have one year left for volleyball? She probably has two-years eligibility should she go for sand volleyball.

  182. d1shima April 11, 2012 4:54 pm

    …who once pulled off a triple play

  183. slenzi April 11, 2012 4:58 pm


    My Dad passed in 2005, but never forgave the Athletics from moving from Philadelphia. He adopted the Phillies but never forgave the A’s. Now that’s oldtimer shtuff.

  184. RedZone April 11, 2012 4:59 pm

    Chuck Hartenstein.

  185. Last Call April 11, 2012 5:00 pm

    There is another persistent rumor about a Big 10 player transferring to Wahine VB.

  186. d1shima April 11, 2012 5:03 pm

    Looking forward to reports from practice

  187. RedZone April 11, 2012 5:04 pm

    Dave Freisleben.

  188. WarriorBasketball April 11, 2012 5:13 pm

    Winston Llenas……

    Jim Coates…..

  189. WarriorBasketball April 11, 2012 5:16 pm

    Dick Phillips (Son Danny played for St Louis HS)……..

  190. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 5:25 pm

    Juan Pizzaro (sp?).

  191. duffer April 11, 2012 5:26 pm

    Even Tats pitched a few games for the Islanders

  192. Kevin April 11, 2012 5:30 pm


    April 11th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Even Tats pitched a few games for the Islanders

    Took me a sec to realize who you are referring to. 😆 😆 😆

    I was like “who pitched for the Islanders?!?!?!?!?!” 😎

  193. whitey April 11, 2012 5:56 pm

    Stan Palas???

  194. whitey April 11, 2012 5:59 pm

    Welcome Ashley K to the Rainbow Wahines and Hawaii.

  195. d1shima April 11, 2012 6:15 pm

    Howard Egami

  196. Guy in the office April 11, 2012 7:28 pm

    Doug Griffin

  197. al April 11, 2012 7:52 pm

    Barry “boom boom” bonds

  198. al April 11, 2012 7:53 pm

    Irv noren

  199. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 8:00 pm

    Joe Pepitone.

  200. al April 11, 2012 8:04 pm

    Joe simpson

  201. al April 11, 2012 8:05 pm

    Les keiter

  202. al April 11, 2012 8:06 pm

    Harry kalas

  203. kapakahi April 11, 2012 8:13 pm

    Walt “No Neck” Williams

  204. d1shima April 11, 2012 8:23 pm

    Tosh Kaneshiro

  205. kapakahi April 11, 2012 8:23 pm

    “No Neck” Williams was the only Islander to homer into the old Columbia Inn “puka” sign in right field fence to win $1,000.

  206. Guy in the office April 11, 2012 8:24 pm

    “Toothpick” Willie Kirkland

  207. Guy in the office April 11, 2012 8:25 pm

    Ferd Borsch … RIP

  208. d1shima April 11, 2012 8:26 pm


    Whew! Mahalo, I was racking my brain over Toothpick’s name!

  209. d1shima April 11, 2012 8:26 pm

    Rich Barry

  210. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 8:32 pm

    Didn’t Rick Reichart (sp?) the 1st $100,000 bonus baby play for the Islanders?

  211. d1shima April 11, 2012 8:37 pm

    Any practice 411?

  212. duffer April 11, 2012 8:49 pm

    Who started this? 🙂

    Bill Almon, Sand Diego’s first overall pick.

  213. duffer April 11, 2012 8:52 pm

    Fred Kuhaulua

  214. koakane April 11, 2012 9:14 pm

    here is one more blast from the Hi Islanders Winston Llenas

  215. BigHiloFan2 April 11, 2012 9:16 pm


    any news from practice today?

  216. LK April 11, 2012 9:17 pm

    “207 al:

    April 11th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Les keiter”

    “Back, back, back . . .

    . . . and BOOM off the wall”

  217. Kaimuki Kid April 11, 2012 9:30 pm

    Was there when Bo threw his no hitter. There pitcher Tom Bradleyane Rtd reliver Danny The silencer Osinsky. I think that’s how it was spelled

  218. Kaimuki Kid April 11, 2012 9:32 pm

    Having issues with my galaxy phone

  219. Curt April 11, 2012 9:44 pm


    You posted some interesting geological info. And, thanks for scaring us have to death.

  220. Curt April 11, 2012 9:44 pm


    What are your birdies saying about the men’s basketball recruits?

  221. al April 11, 2012 10:00 pm

    curt…in a week. some visits this weekend.

    looks like we’ll include keith shamburger to our roster. he via sjsu. he’ll redshirt one year and have two for two.

    but, that doesn’t help the new year. still recruiting a pg and probably a shooter/sg/slasher type. two scholies this year. they must be able to make an immediate impact.

    who knows we could still see another scholie become available later.

  222. al April 11, 2012 10:01 pm

    kaimuki kid…i was there, too. not sure if i attended to watch him pitch or catch a glimpse of his gf, if she showed up. heh, heh.

  223. al April 11, 2012 10:03 pm

    lk…i used to think that les was at every road game until i learned that he had mastered the fine art of recreating games with stats and sound effects.

  224. al April 11, 2012 10:04 pm

    kala kaaihue, sr caught some games.

  225. al April 11, 2012 10:21 pm

    bill nishita…rip, a great man who helped bridge baseball between japan and america. he and wally yonamine were one of the first AJA to play professionally in japan’s major league baseball.

    he played one year for the islanders and was also a legend in the old hawaii major league.

    great man with so many great stories who was always willing to share his knowledge of the game all just for the good of the game.

  226. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 10:21 pm

    Shutting down the Haleiwa Farmers Market because they’re using a road that hasn’t been used in 5 years. The law says you cannot sell stuff from the road. How nuts is that?

  227. papajoe2 April 11, 2012 10:23 pm

    al, I remember the name Bill Nishita. Wasn’t he the guy that could pitch both left and right handed? If it wasn’t him, do you remember the guy’s name.

  228. al April 11, 2012 10:33 pm

    uncle bill…could probably have pitched with his left foot. but, yah his claim to fame was that he was ambidextrous with that seamed ball.

  229. al April 11, 2012 10:37 pm

    the third nisei from hawaii to enter the japanese pro leagues was/is george fujishige another waipahu product. he, too, should have had a look by mlb, however, in those days men of asian ancestry were overlooked.

    george was as tough as they come. the hawaii islanders also gave him a look during his twilight years.

    george went on to successfully coach the iolani school teams to many state championships and in softball as well.

    he, too, another great man and baseball ambassador for hawaii.

  230. Curt April 11, 2012 10:38 pm

    Thx al!

  231. al April 11, 2012 10:39 pm

    my last islander…crispin mancao. the slightly built filipino who was legend in rural leagues was “called up” by the islanders during the sixties. i believe he was in his forties.

  232. al April 11, 2012 10:40 pm

    went to most islander games back in the day as i lived a half block from the old termite palace. joined the jpo program just so i could go in for free. thus, ending my career as a stadium wall scaler.

  233. al April 11, 2012 10:43 pm

    oh wait, got to mention “uncle joe” who actually lived in the stadium as its caretaker. he had a small dwelling next to the parking lot entrance way to the stadium. he lived there for years with his two german shepherds. some of you may have stepped on one of their turds and wondered “what the heck?”. haha.

  234. al April 11, 2012 10:43 pm

    okay…see what you started duffer.

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