The last hurrah

Maybe the 17 players who participated in yesterday’s pro day will advance their football careers.

Maybe not.

What is certain is that was the last time all 17 would be on a playing field together.

It was fun to see two former roommates — quarterback Taylor Graham and slotback Donnie King — completing throws during passing drills.

It also was nice that former teammates encouraged each other during the 40-yard sprints.

Quarterback Cayman Shutter had been away from the program for two years and linebacker Art Laurel completed his eligibility in 2013, but they easily mixed with the other former Warriors. It was the same with offensive lineman David Griffin, who transferred from UH last year.

Several former players attended as spectators, including Brenden Daley, Bubba Poueu-Luna, Clayton Laurel, Marcus Langkilde and Matt Mielke. Mark Davis, father of former UH wideout Trevor Davis, traveled from Northern California to support his son’s former teammates.

Football trips are referred to as business trips. Pro day, indeed, was a business conference. For one last time, 17 guys were teammates before moving on to the rest of their lives.


  1. ArcumFortis March 20, 2015 6:48 am

    Looking forward to the start of spring football. In particular curious to know what is going on with the D line. It seems like the biggest gap in our recruiting and restocking. Do you have a plan coach Chow or will our opponents be running wild against an undermanned front?

  2. ArcumFortis March 20, 2015 6:49 am

    Never been first before… you get free tokens for fun factory or something?

  3. A-House March 20, 2015 7:36 am

    2nd push to have the “coaches need list” receive

  4. A-House March 20, 2015 7:44 am

    fingers just not cooperating today

    continuing #3: MAXIMUM push by UH SID or whomever is responsible for “news” to secure commitments from radio, tv, daily paper, etc. to publicize the UH coaches “want list/needs” – daily paper with full page ad; Kekaula at KITV; Perry & Price/ The Animals on radio; etc. Nothing wrong with AKA also getting the word out!!

    it’s bad to ASSUME that most if not all people engage in twitter or face book or whatever on a daily basis – I don’t have a twitter account nor use face book, etc.

    with “maximum” effort by the above, many will be aware of the specific needs and find a way to make a contribution – some will be large and others small, but the sum of all things small can amount to a termite hill!!!

  5. hitman March 20, 2015 7:58 am

    aloha and good morning everyone !! happy aloha friday !! best luck to the lady bows basketball team today !!and to man baseball team come on got finished games !! one min. we up 4-0 change the ch for watch da volcano special then the news !! then find out we lost 5-4!! come coach you losing to much one run games !!

  6. tom March 20, 2015 8:00 am


    I said yesterday that I would nag the bloggers one more time!

    “Coaches are constantly faced with program needs that they may or may not have the financial resources for. Securing everyday items to support their practices or athletes’ game experiences may be a struggle during these challenging times. That’s where the UH Coaches’ Choice Donor program comes in. Coaches’ Choice is a way to give donors the ability to contribute as little as $10 directly to program needs. Giving is fast, easy and secure with Coaches’ Choice.”

    Small Birdie tells me that Coach Coolen needs some $ but hadn’t had time to post his want-list as he was really busy with the softball season going on but he’ll get to it.

    Paraphrasing Stephen’s comment yesterday – while baby needs new shoes, the parent doesn’t have the means so us hanai parents got to pitch in.


  7. tom March 20, 2015 8:02 am

    (cont 6)

    GO BOWS!

    Baby needs new shoes – let’s pitch in!

  8. A-House March 20, 2015 8:07 am


    Coach Coolen may need $$$, but our large contribution in January to his program we did not even receive a thank you card from him – NADA!!

    if this is the protocol, then many will NOT even consider donating to Wahine Softball or to any other program where the coach cannot even send a card saying “thank you”.

  9. hatakeman March 20, 2015 8:08 am

    I too wonder why no emphasis was placed on recruiting interior D-linemen, but maybe the coaching staff is comfortable with the players they have coming back. We’ll see whether this is the case, but last year’s defense gave up too many rushing yards. Maybe Mason can work some magic.

  10. seewhy March 20, 2015 8:08 am

    Good luck to the Wahine today!

  11. rage777 March 20, 2015 8:34 am

    When AKA decides to have a paypal option, let me know. Until then, good luck to the coaches.

  12. beans March 20, 2015 8:35 am

    Any more stats from yesterday’s Pro Day going to be posted here? Still very interested.

  13. What??? March 20, 2015 8:41 am

    hatakeman, emphasis/effort and results are two different things

  14. hatakeman March 20, 2015 9:08 am

    I said emphasis because Coach Chow is on record as having said their top priority was to recruit offensive linemen. He did not mention the d-line as an area of need.

  15. hitman March 20, 2015 9:17 am

    see that the stadium is back in the news again about repairs or make a new smaller stadium that seats way less people !! would be nice to go new . but thinking did they check with the NFL if they would still come back to hawaii if we go with a smaller stadium?

  16. tom March 20, 2015 9:31 am

    Of course one can argue that the NFL – to which we pay money to appear – is only a one-shot deal. I forgot the related moneys that come with its appearances in Hawaii – i.e. hotel, tourist etc and the donation that it makes to local charities.

    Question: does creating a stadium to meet NFL requirements really cost-effective? Or are we better off creating/repairing a stadium that would fit our needs in the years to come. I am aware of the SSA argument – of course when was the last time we had more than, say, 8,000 people there, in a 10,000 capacity arena?

  17. hatakeman March 20, 2015 9:39 am

    The last time there were 8,000 at the SSC was: Women’s VB/UH v. UC Davis
    Date: 11/29/2014
    Attendance: 8039

  18. 3Point1Four March 20, 2015 10:07 am

    Re Coaches Choice: AKA needs to add not only PayPal but also the option of donating via the old-fashioned means of writing a check.

    This is the only method by which I make donations.

  19. oneseason March 20, 2015 10:25 am

    Ferd’s column “Stadium repairs to cost $200M, Consultants favor a new facility with less seating” presents the cost of maintaining the existing stadium for 30 years versus construction costs for building a new stadium. But is that an apples-to-apples comparison? Would a newly built stadium require not maintenance for 30 years? Why not compare the life cycle costs of the two options? Also, if construction cost is financed by bond, then financing cost needs to be added. Perhaps the consultants’ reports includes this information, but it seems to be missing from the article.

  20. tom March 20, 2015 10:40 am

    If I recall correctly, PayPal requires a “backup” reference to a credit card even though it takes the money out of your bank account.

    The other way is to write a check and send it to UHF with a reference as to what program the check is for. Of course it costs an additional 49-cents for mailing.

    Make the sacrifice!

  21. beans March 20, 2015 10:48 am

    I saw some stats on Pro Day in your column this morning however they were selective. Is there any place that I can view everyone’s individual results?
    (other than twitter & instagram?)

  22. Stephen Tsai March 20, 2015 10:51 am

    UH actually is in on a DT/NT-type.
    There’s a slight complication, though. It might be a little bit.

  23. Stephen Tsai March 20, 2015 10:52 am

    It’s gonna be a bit before we get all the numbers.
    We’ll post ’em when we get ’em

  24. cocobean March 20, 2015 10:53 am

    Chow knows better than anyone the need for more D tackles. I don’t doubt he’s tracking down every lead to find some. I feel the turnover in the defensive staff had an effect on recruiting. D1 defensive tackles don’t grow on trees. We just weren’t competitive enough to sign our fair share.

    I have a feeling we might have to grow some tackles from our ends in the weight room or transplant bodies from the O line.

  25. Stephen Tsai March 20, 2015 10:57 am

    Let’s see, $200 million divided by 30 years … that’s $6,666,666 a year.
    When you get over the number of sixes, that’s not too bad.

  26. Stephen Tsai March 20, 2015 11:01 am

    Interesting how a New York-based consultant was hired. Gee, imagine the high estimate.
    Anyway, the key is to start booking concerts, events, heck, even a rodeo. How about a UFC-like event?
    Just hire Tom Moffatt.

  27. Willie March 20, 2015 11:03 am

    Really neat bout Mr. Davis supporting these Warriors. BTW do you know how Trevor is doing? Last time I saw that big hit on TV that laid him out. Required Trevor to be strapped down and carted off via ambulance. Hope he did not suffer a career ending injury and can return to Cal football.

  28. beans March 20, 2015 11:07 am


  29. st. anthony trojan March 20, 2015 11:21 am

    Don’t hold ur breadth….(3PointFour)…. for them 2 accept check n PayPal on that site…
    It is a for profit org. n as such charges AKA a percentage for all donations…

    If you write a check…UH takes their cut also…administrative fee…

    Pay the Goose or pay the Gander….

    One other option…buy them what they want…and donate to them personally if you can…or if you super rich can buy n give I-PADS to Ben T. 2 all the basketball players…please check with Gib first…he he he

    On a more positive note…nice win last nite…Shoji’s VB squad… with their win over a very much taller Texas squad…HOPE THEY HAVE A FINE SESON AHEAD…

  30. st. anthony trojan March 20, 2015 11:27 am

    ST…your idea of hiring Tom Moffatt….is a bit to late…your suggestion prior to the ‘Wonder Blunder’…would have been nice….but then again…does ne one up there listen to sage advice…???

  31. SteveM March 20, 2015 11:38 am

    Good morning everyone!

    The Last Hurrah… and the hopeful farewell of “See you on Sundays”. Mahalo for being Rainbow Warriors and representing the State of Hawaii!

  32. Old Diver March 20, 2015 11:44 am


    I believe the difference is operating and maintenance vs capital improvement costs. O&M would be of the change oil type of costs while capital improvement would be more of the replacing the transmission type of costs. Repairs would come under capital improvement costs.

  33. Andrew March 20, 2015 12:11 pm

    Wow Irvine hanging tough with Louisville. tied with 2 min to go

  34. Boolakanaka March 20, 2015 12:28 pm

    ST–small correction, utilizing a common measurement like the CPI ( consumer price index) that two hundred million will eventually be closer to three hundred and ten million spaced over 20 years–so think closer to 15-16 million, per year.

  35. Da Punchbowl Kid March 20, 2015 12:50 pm

    Good luck to Warriors who were at the combine. Saw the FB video of Beau Yaps 40. Braddah can fly!

    GO WAHINE!!!

  36. Kapahulu March 20, 2015 1:00 pm

    UC Irvine falls to Louisville 57-55.
    Too bad, I was pulling for UCI so UH could share in some more money to the conference.

  37. oldtimer808 March 20, 2015 1:18 pm

    #5 Just a slight correction on the baseball score last night. It was NMSU 6 UH 5. Our bull pen is not doing their job. Six runs scored by NMSU in the last two innings.

  38. oldtimer808 March 20, 2015 1:21 pm

    A smaller stadium can work. We don’t necessarily need the NFL with their wishy washy ways. I realize how important it is for the tourism authority with Hawaii being splashed across the TV screen for potential visitors. We need to promote the UH athletics in the far east.

  39. bouncingball March 20, 2015 2:13 pm

    $200 mil. for stadium upkeep is a meaningless number without knowing all the assumptions that went into it. Is it present cost number or numbers annualized over time, and if so, what the assumptions on inflation, etc. Keep the stadium where it is and plan sectional replacements spread over several years. With the right planning (maybe too difficult for the State) you could replace one sideline section (or half of it) during the off-season with a new concrete section that includes corporate luxury boxes. Continue annually over several years until the two sidelines and the south end zone section is done. In the meantime, completely shut the north end zone section and plan a multi function entertainment/training/conference/alumni-booster gathering space with provision for more seats if justified in the future. also, the north end zone will have retail space (especially a good one for H-Zone store) and attractions to draw tourists year round.Additionally, build a multi-story parking structure attached to the north end zone that will be for priority fan parking and for tourist parking. Do all this with NO COST to State or tax payers by opening up surrounding space to developers with explicit concessions to the State for stadium operations.

  40. beans March 20, 2015 2:18 pm

    The NFL is very important to HAWAII. We should not shut the door on them. Our present stadium is not that bad but concessions are not up to par with other stadiums. If it is structurally good for another 10-20 years I would like to see the money go into cosmetic upgrades including the parking lot. We should also keep trying to get a regular NFL season game here annually. Some smaller functions can be held there also by utilizing just lower sections and closing off the ramps up. With Oahu’s population nearing one million that facility should be a viable asset for years to come. Again if it is structurally sound. let’s get the rail built then look before into ultra large projects that might be too financially stressful. IMO the stadium itself is not preventing fans from attending games. It is the other factors. Until those are improved the attendance will be stagnant.

  41. beans March 20, 2015 2:20 pm

    getting into.
    Who’s proof reading this stuff. damit.(;-)

  42. tom March 20, 2015 2:20 pm

    Actually, if someone prefers to give to Coaches Choice by Paypal, send the money to me to my Paypal account and let me know what program you want it to go and I’ll be your conduit.

    Minimum is $10.00 but you have no paper trail for IRS purposes but unless you are giving big bucks, the tax deduction is non-existant!

  43. Kapahulu March 20, 2015 3:21 pm

    Time for UH Women’s Basketball WNIT game against St. Mary’s.
    No TV.
    Game can be heard on ESPN 1420 am radio.

  44. oneseason March 20, 2015 3:23 pm

    16-16 … Wahine tied with St. Mary’s … streaming at

  45. Trunks420 March 20, 2015 3:28 pm

    ST. That $amount and what my Fortune Teller predicted all point to Dark Times for UH.

    Heard a Whisper that they plan on announcing the Closure of UH Football Nov 29 2015

  46. beans March 20, 2015 4:04 pm

    Thanks oneseason.
    Wahine need to get going!

  47. st. anthony trojan March 20, 2015 5:10 pm

    Get going….. meanig…coming home…or to their next victim ?

  48. oneseason March 20, 2015 5:24 pm

    88 Hawaii – 92 St. Mary’s …. Great job by the Wahine … they almost beat St. Mary’s in overtime … and a lot of one sided fouls against the Wahine … 36 fouls vs 21 fouls

  49. hitman March 20, 2015 5:25 pm

    UH basketball lady 88-92 saints mary’s overtime final

  50. st. anthony trojan March 20, 2015 5:34 pm

    Just a little sad n disappointed we could not have been there in Kobe….for this game with Princeton…–japan-on-saturday-182429493.html

  51. A-Team March 20, 2015 5:48 pm

    Why was the defense portion of the Pro-day eliminated. Our boys got robbed. To work hard and not to be able to show your stuff to the scouts that were there sucks. I saw some disappointed faces leaving SDSU.

  52. oneseason March 20, 2015 5:54 pm

    Hats off to coach Beeman. A great job done, a great year, a great team, and a great post-game interview. A lot of folks didn’t understand the officiating.

  53. Bowwar March 20, 2015 6:29 pm

    Tough loss, but great season for Hawaii WBB…Great job Coach Beeman and we hope you return…

    Watching LBS lose by 2 to Louisville, you can’t help but wonder if UH Men’s BB would have given Louisville a better fight.

  54. Tempmanoa March 20, 2015 6:33 pm

    The way these studies are usually writing, the $200 Million is the cost over and above normal maintenance. The construction cost of the new stadium would not include normal maintenance either.
    I talked with engineers who worked on the stadium repairs and the stadium has serious problems. The recent work done at the stadium is warranted for s short period– 5 years on some items and 7 years on others and some items no warranty. The big problem is water intrusion that causes structural issues and will recur because fixing the problem is like rebuilding the stadium. One of the engineers told me that continuing to repair will not work and will be prohibitively expensive. The short warranties mean that we cannot even be sure some of the issues can be required.

  55. al March 20, 2015 6:37 pm

    SMC Gaels 49 – 23 Wahine.
    Free throws that is.
    …nuff said

  56. papajoe2 March 20, 2015 7:11 pm

    #53 Bowwar~I think you meant Cal-Irvine losing to Louisville by 2. The big guy needs to get his hands up on defense. Quick guys can go around or through him……sometimes.

  57. oneseason March 20, 2015 7:28 pm

    #54 … That is good info, but a public engineering report documenting the stadium life and repair costs is needed.

  58. oneseason March 20, 2015 7:46 pm

    Wahine WNIT game is now available for replay at

  59. beans March 20, 2015 9:09 pm

    UH Pro Day results…………………….
    Why does it take so long to post stats for 17 players. They ran the drills in less time than it is taking to post the results. I don’t get it. Two players results were posted either last night or early this morning to make the printing deadline for the paper. The other 15 still nothing. Hmmmm.

  60. Bowwar March 20, 2015 10:01 pm

    Thanks Papa Joe, I stand corrected…Too bad Irvine lost.

  61. AL\LAN March 21, 2015 1:02 am


  62. Maddog50 March 21, 2015 4:39 am

    Thank you X 3. That is what I received for my donation to AKA coaches choice. Brandt Farias, Jon Kobayashi, and the standard adminstrator acknowledgement. When I donate to Na Koa I get the same from Joyce, Kim and a note from Coach Chow which I keep with my mini replica football helmet. Not one to stand around and let someone else do it, after all all football programs rely heavily on fan base former players and alum for support for their programs. Time for the University to support like their peers and al of us to get in the game at some level! Go Warriors!!!

  63. 3-Prong March 21, 2015 8:04 am

    Excited about possibly moving to better seats this year and happy to pay the premium contributions. Donations for parking…I’m in! Dis Is Da Year Gangee! Eh you guys, GET EXCITED! Season Ticket Renewal Time.

    Ok, time to meet da boys…we labeling (and sampling) our home brew today. Did a couple types of porter. Cheeee!

  64. tom March 21, 2015 8:16 am


    UH needs supporters like you.

  65. Stephen Tsai March 21, 2015 9:05 am

    New post:

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