"The Red Rocket"

Tes Whitlock had “Tracy’ (his three-point shot).
Inoke Funaki had “Stevie (his football helmet).
Now Jett Jasper has the “Red Rocket.”
“It gets me where I need to go,” Jasper said of his red-and-white bicycle.
bikeJasper moved from Kauai in the spring of 2006. Jasper has a truck — red, of course — but with the cost of parking and the lack of available stalls for underclassmen, he decided to seek a two-wheeler.
“My dad said: ‘No mopeds, they’re dangerous,'” Jasper said. “I agree with him.”
He decided to buy the 21-speed bike. He rides it mostly on campus.
“I keep it in about 12th gear,” Jasper said. “I take it to class. If I need to go farther, I’ll drive my truck.”
Once, he recalled, he pedaled to Ala Moana Shopping Center. “It was scary,” he said. “Kauai traffic is nothing like Oahu traffic.”
He added: “I like it. It gets me around. It fits me. Red was my high school color. I like it like that.”

* * * * *

It’s nice that at least one of the two new Regents — James H.Q. Lee — has a UH degree.


  1. BigWave96744 July 20, 2009 12:08 am

    Aloha All

  2. BigWave96744 July 20, 2009 12:09 am

    On this Day:
    1903 – Ford Motor Company shipped its first car.
    1968 – Special Olympics founded.
    1969 – Apollo Program: Apollo 11 successfully lands the first man on the Moon.
    1976 – The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
    1976 – Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career.

    356 BC – Alexander the Great,
    1930 – Chuck Daly, former NBA Coach
    1947 – Carlos Santana
    1975 – Ray Allen

    The World Lost:
    1973 – Bruce Lee

  3. mouthwash July 20, 2009 12:09 am

    boo kauai high, go KAPAA WARRIORS!!!!!

  4. BigWave96744 July 20, 2009 12:12 am

    To honor Apollo 11

  5. al July 20, 2009 12:21 am


  6. BigWave96744 July 20, 2009 12:31 am

    Did you know that the King of Clubs is Alexander the Great..

  7. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! July 20, 2009 12:38 am

    Woo Hoo!

  8. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! July 20, 2009 12:40 am

    Yea Jett!

    We had dinner at JJ’s tonight!

    mouthwash- GO BIG BLUE!!!

  9. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! July 20, 2009 12:41 am

    BigWave96744- Looked for the new mag. Still have Davone at JJ’s.

  10. al July 20, 2009 12:44 am

    did you have their signature dish?
    slavonic steak?

  11. wafan July 20, 2009 12:58 am

    Good morning everyone still awake!

  12. wafan July 20, 2009 12:59 am

    al . . .

    No, I did not. I just wanted something without all the overtones so I ordered their prime rib. Maybe next time.

  13. wafan July 20, 2009 1:02 am

    Oooooooo! Lucky 13!!!

  14. Live Bingo July 20, 2009 1:28 am

    great lucky thanks keep posting.

  15. Garret July 20, 2009 4:32 am

    Riding a bike is much safer for Jett, and it is good for his conditioning also. Kudos to his Dad for the good advice.

  16. Garret July 20, 2009 4:37 am

    ESPN is apparently now going after local sports coverage in a number of cities. ESPN Chicago already has a bigger online readership than the Chicago Tribune’s sports section! Expanding coverage to high school sports could really hurt newspapers, especially with local ad dollars declining and ESPN competing with newspapers for that money.

    Not content with being a sports colossus with broadcasts in 200 countries, ESPN is taking aim at hometown sports coverage, threatening one of the last strongholds of local newspapers and television stations.

    Now, after a promising test run in Chicago, ESPN is adding local offshoots to three more cities. On Monday, ESPN, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, plans to announce local Web sites in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas — in what executives say is only the “first inning” of their effort to provide hyperlocal sports coverage in cities across the country.

    In less than three months, ESPN Chicago has become the city’s top sports site, attracting about 590,000 unique visitors in June, according to data from comScore, an Internet measurement company. Second place went to The Tribune’s online sports section with 455,000 unique visitors.

    Once ESPN establishes itself in local markets, it plans to move deeper into local sports — down to the high school level and perhaps beyond — by using social networking and other technology to inform its journalism.

  17. Garret July 20, 2009 4:40 am

    Still, ESPN’s offshoots may hurt native news operations, possibly speeding the flow of fans from print to the Web. Local papers’ sports sections generally do not generate much advertising revenue, but sports news helps keep subscribers loyal.

    ESPNChicago.com, introduced on April 13, is the model. The site covers the city’s seven professional teams and sports at nine area colleges, much of it already offered on ESPN’s other platforms. Plans are afoot to expand coverage to area high schools.

    There is also a focus on pickup leisure sports. Organizing a neighborhood softball league? ESPN Chicago has a tool to help. The site’s coverage, from news wires and ESPN staff, is augmented by original reporting from a local team of editors, columnists and bloggers — some of them familiar to sports fans from their previous work at The Chicago Sun-Times and the local NBC affiliate.

    The site also offers a daily Chicago edition, three to six minutes long, of its flagship “SportsCenter” program.

  18. djmitcho July 20, 2009 4:51 am

    Good Morning Everyone! The start of another week is upon us. Hope everyone can survive the Monday blues.

  19. d1島 July 20, 2009 5:47 am

    Great Morning All!

    I can well imagine how scary biking from UH to Ala Moana would be esp. on Kapiolani Blvd.

    Better to keep the bike on campus only.


    Looks like a terrific meal at JJ’s!

    Well, like djmitcho says, it’s back to work day.


  20. Garret July 20, 2009 6:08 am

    SJSU just broke their contract with Arizona State for a 2010 game. SJSU will pay a $250k buyout to Arizona State, but Wisconsin will apparently pay SJSU so much more than Arizona State that it doesn’t matter.

    SJSU also broke their contract with Stanford in order to get $1 million to play at Alabama. I remember how SJSU used to beg Stanford to play them and how it was considered great for Bay Area fans to have that game played every year.

    This is a classic example of the change happening with the TV money that the SEC and Big 10 are getting…the Pac-10 earns FAR less from their TV deal than the SEC or Big 10, but unfortunately for the Pac-10 their TV contract will be up during a tough economic period.

    Arizona State is scrambling to find a non-conference football opponent in 2010 because San Jose State dropped a game with the Sun Devils.

    The opening is on Sept. 11, 2010, at Sun Devil Stadium between a home game against Northern Arizona and away game vs. Wisconsin.

    San Jose State must pay a $250,000 buyout to ASU.

    In June, San Jose State dropped Stanford in 2010 for a game at Alabama that reportedly will pay close to $1 million. Reports from Wisconsin are that San Jose State will play the Badgers instead of ASU for up to twice the $450,000 guarantee it had from ASU.

  21. Ronnie July 20, 2009 6:20 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Family!

    So, SJSU plays both Alabama and Wisconsin in 2010? I hope they represent the WAC well!!! I’ll be cheering for them.

  22. Slugger July 20, 2009 6:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Jett, you’re right, be careful on Honolulu roads! Aunty Liz would tell you the same.

  23. djmitcho July 20, 2009 6:38 am

    Ok, if anyone is interested in playing fantasy football with some other Tsaikos this year, please let me know. We are looking for at least 3 more people, but can take up to 5 more. If there is an overwhelming need to, we can take up to 7 more. The live online draft will take place Sunday August 30, at 5pm Hawaii Time (8pm Pacific). Any questions or if you want to play email me djmitcho at yahoo dot com.

  24. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 6:44 am

    That’s an interesting post on SJ State, Garret.
    I guess they’ve given up any illusion of going for the BCS prize.

  25. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 6:45 am

    Oh, good morning, everyone.

  26. Richie July 20, 2009 6:55 am

    Good morning.

    Yes, an interesting story about SJSU and Stanford. Stanford and SJSU have played each other for decades, with games that included former SJSU Coach Jack Elway coaching against his son, former Stanford QB John Elway. This is definitely an illusion of going for the BCS prize, especially after UH upsets USC at home in the opener of the 2010 season and then knocks off Colorado on the road two games later.

  27. LizKauai (iPhone) July 20, 2009 7:02 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka! Kauai breakfast kall going strong. 3 tripe stew and one omlette.

  28. Cindy C. July 20, 2009 7:11 am

    Good morning, everyone! Have a good day! And extra positive thoughts for all who need them. : )

  29. tommui July 20, 2009 7:51 am

    Good morning!

    I need a football fix!!!

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2009 7:53 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Yes, mopeds baaaad. Bike mo bettah, be safe Jett!

  31. lava July 20, 2009 7:57 am

    Good stuff on SJSU. I wish I had something interesting to add. I don’t. 🙁

  32. Garret July 20, 2009 7:59 am

    Jim Zorn apparently still wants to use Collins as the top backup QB, but Colt has a shot to get the job if he has a huge preseason.

    Colt Brennan will have to have a big preseason to earn the Redskins’ backup quarterback job, according to The Washington Times.

    Our View:Coach Jim Zorn is apparently still inclined to go with Todd Collins as long as he stays “functional.” Brennan has done nothing but impress during his time in Washington, however, and it could be only a matter of time before he is officially their backup.

  33. Garret July 20, 2009 7:59 am

    Nice mention of David Veikune here.

    There is promising young depth all over the LB corps, with Hall, Beau Bell, and rookies Kaluka Maiava and David Veikune. Veikune has intriguing potential as a hybrid DE/OLB who had a lot of success getting to the QB at both Hawaii and during Senior Bowl week, where he consistently whipped Phil Loadholt (Vikings second round pick).

  34. Garret July 20, 2009 8:02 am

    There is a push to get women’s *baseball* added to the Olympics, which could lead to colleges adding women’s baseball to help with Title IX.

    Given their back-seat status, you’ve probably never heard of that team, or know that women’s baseball is making an official bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics. It’s a longshot, true, but also a nod to the fact that in many countries — Japan being the prime example — women’s baseball is taken seriously. The Olympics “would bring a huge difference in the popularity” of the game in America, said Harvey Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation, which is leading the bid.

    One of Schiller’s goals: break down barriers at the high school and college levels. He envisions women’s baseball teams thriving at both levels.

  35. chawan_cut July 20, 2009 8:08 am

    my bicycle got me everywhere at UH. even a faceplant on wet cement at the east west/dole intersection. otherwise it was a great way to get around quick and cheap (except for when my first bike got stolen).

  36. Garret July 20, 2009 8:09 am


    Yes, SJSU is going for the money instead of a shot at making a BCS game. SJSU apparently was going to make a profit off their road games to Stanford and Arizona State…remember the days (as recently as 2007) when UH was hoping to get to add games against Pac-10 teams? Remember the claims by WAC fans over the years (especially in 2007) that Pac-10 teams didn’t want to play WAC teams, especially UH?

    Now, a WAC team just broke their contract with two Pac-10 teams that were paying them to play them next year. I remember the huge outcry when Texas and Michigan State broke their contracts with UH, but I doubt I’ll hear a similar outcry after what SJSU just did.

    If you want to minimize the travel burden on your team and play BCS teams where you recruit players, the Pac-10 is ideal as a nonconference opponent for the WAC. Playing Stanford and Arizona State are huge selling points for SJSU in recruiting, and Wisconsin probably doesn’t resonate the same with the California kids SJSU recruits. However, If you want to make the big $$$, the SEC and Big 10 (with their huge TV money) is the place to go.

  37. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 8:11 am

    I think it would be nice if UH could pick up games against Stanford and Arizona State.

  38. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 8:13 am

    With the economy the way that it is, I imagine the networks must be starting to feel the pinch from the drop in advertising. That’s got to affect the payouts, and eventually the big conferences.
    Nothing lasts forever, as Lenny Dykstra found out.

  39. Tombo Ahi July 20, 2009 8:15 am

    Mr. Cut, I spun out on the same wet cement and almost slid under a bus. But I made a Pee Wee’s Big Adventure-like recovery: “I meant to do that.” Doing involuntary donuts on a bike is an interesting experience.

  40. Stretch July 20, 2009 8:23 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    July 20th, 2009 at 8:08 am
    my bicycle got me everywhere at UH. even a faceplant on wet cement at the east west/dole intersection….

    THAT explains a LOT!!

  41. Garret July 20, 2009 8:24 am


    I agree that it would be great for UH to pick up games with Stanford and Arizona State…they are winnable games and the $450k Arizona State offered SJSU is pretty good considering the travel expenses. If Arizona State and Stanford have to increase their payouts to attract teams, that would be even better.

    Unfortunately, I think that UH is booked solid for 2010.

  42. Garret July 20, 2009 8:27 am

    With the economy the way that it is, I imagine the networks must be starting to feel the pinch from the drop in advertising. That’s got to affect the payouts, and eventually the big conferences.


    The SEC’s new big-money TV deal hasn’t even started yet–they have over $1 billion of guaranteed money not counting their local TV/radio deals.

    The Big 10 Network already has carriage in a lot of cable and satellite systems and their revenue is increasing even in this economy. By being the first conference network to get a national footprint (and getting DirecTV to buy into the network), they are guaranteed huge money.

    The Big 12 and Pac 10 have their TV deals ending in a year or so…bad timing for them!

  43. Addahknowsports© July 20, 2009 8:34 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Red’s a good color. 🙂

    Yeah, gotta be careful on a bicycle. No body protection and you never know what the other driver is going to do. But I agree, great for getting around on campus and good for workout.

    Have a great day all!

  44. Garret July 20, 2009 8:39 am

    JD mentioned that some SEC team approached UH for a similar deal that SJSU got…didn’t he mention he turned down the offer for $1 mil or more?

  45. SteveM July 20, 2009 8:50 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I remember my first bike–a Schwinn ONE-SPEED. Red, of course. Hand brakes were an expensive deluxe accessory. Bicycle streamers and clipping playing cards near the spokes for vibration sounds were necessities.

    …speaking of playing cards… no worry, I have a 21-speed bike now but I forgot how to use it (the gears). 🙂

  46. Ogre July 20, 2009 9:03 am

    Gotta hand it to Jasper. It is scarey to be riding a bike around town but it’s a good example to set. Ride Red Rocket Ride!

    Makes me miss the days of putting playing cards in my spokes to make motorcycle sounds.

  47. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 9:06 am

    Anyone still rides a skateboard?

    Good morning everyone.

  48. C rM July 20, 2009 9:11 am

    Long time no see everybody.
    Have not been in touch with the sports world in a while.

    You guys think Michael Vick should play for NFL or not?

    Talk to u guys later.

  49. Ogre July 20, 2009 9:15 am

    I think if Vick still has the skills that can take out any other contender they should let him play.

  50. Addahknowsports© July 20, 2009 9:17 am

    Hey there Homey!

    Long time no see. Are you thinking of putting wheels on your surfboard?

  51. Ted Milenkoff July 20, 2009 9:17 am

    Wife and I were on vacation on the Beautiful Garden Island of Kauai and just happened to have super at JJ’s. That was one of the best if not the best meal we had while here in Hawaii. The food was out of this world and the service was super. I would recommend this super restaurant to everyone that is lucky enough to get to Kauai. The wife and I learned what the real meaning of the Aloha Spirit really is by having super at JJ’s.

    Visitor from Indiana

  52. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 9:26 am

    Vick – No.

    Wheels on surfboard – No

    Long time no see – Yes

    Ted Milenkoff – Thanks for your comment. Good to see you enjoyed Kauai.

  53. al July 20, 2009 9:29 am

    today’s musings………

    rode my ten speed everyday to that manoa campus. did havoc on my quads.

    jj’s broiler is an outstanding restaurant indeed. it must be around for at least 40 years.

    we got an old skateboard collecting dust alongside a dusty old surfboard.

    playing cards…spokes. you guys are old.

    mr c, giving vick a second chance is a tough one. but everybody deserves one, so, i say if he has repented and funds an animal shelter….ok, then.

  54. al July 20, 2009 9:31 am

    too bad ted….you missed the ferry.

  55. al July 20, 2009 9:33 am

    speaking of the ferry…
    you are old if you remember this ferry


  56. Rich2176 July 20, 2009 9:34 am

    Good Monday to all.

    Remember, today is the deadline to send payment for the UNLV game. Outstanding ticket requests total 37, and I’ve got 44. (Assuming I didn’t screw anything up.) You can find mailing instructions here (near the bottom of the page). http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/las2009.html

    My email is rich2176 over at yahoo.

    Latest tix going out today, losthawaiian and Norm.

  57. (Jesse)James July 20, 2009 9:52 am

    Good morning Tsaikos….

    Yeah, bikes were good on campus. Except I always got yelled at by the Wackenhut guys…”Eh, get off your bike and walk it on the mall!!!”

  58. Ronnie July 20, 2009 9:58 am


    Georgia offered UH $1 million to play at Georgia the week between our road games with Florida and OSU. HF turned them down.

  59. Ogre July 20, 2009 10:08 am

    They wanted you to get off your bike and walk so they’d have a chance at catching you. Some of those guys weren’t in the best of shape. Although I remember a case when I was at UH when a security guard actually tackled a guy off his bike because he didn’t listen when told to walk it on campus.

  60. Garret July 20, 2009 10:20 am


    I looked up the information–this was published on July 2.

    “Donovan said he fielded offers from two BCS programs, including one from the Southeastern Conference, to have the Warriors play a one-time road game for a payout of around $1 million. But the competitive circumstances contributed to Donovan’s decision to pass on the offers.”

  61. Ronnie July 20, 2009 10:27 am

    Ahh… more recent than than last season. I really should keep up with the news more often. 🙂

  62. Garret July 20, 2009 10:46 am


    I think that you were in Hawaii then…some news was going to slip by you!

  63. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 11:05 am

    al – dust off your skateboard and surfboard and get back on the road and in the water. You probably don’t use the bowflex anymore too.

  64. C rM July 20, 2009 11:26 am

    Vik should go back but a percentage of his paycheck should be payroll deducted to various animal organizations.

  65. al July 20, 2009 11:29 am

    homey….have you been spying on me?

  66. al July 20, 2009 11:31 am

    btw….who is tomw’s chat guest?

    how about a coach?
    tormey or shaw would be nice.

  67. al July 20, 2009 11:31 am

    furthermore…has tormey or shaw been credited with any of the new recruits?

  68. al July 20, 2009 11:32 am

    perhaps an L and L show would be nice too.

    you know Lee and Lee.

  69. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 11:35 am

    al – So what other things do you have collecting dust? Baseball equipment, basketball, athletic shoes, little league jock strap…

  70. Stretch July 20, 2009 11:45 am

    July 20th, 2009 at 11:31 am
    btw….who is tomw’s chat guest?

    The current Miss Hawaii, Raeceen Woolford. I think ST is bringing her on the show so he can get another picture of himself dancing with a Miss Hawaii but I know he doesn’t have the kahones to ask her.

  71. Rich2176 July 20, 2009 11:57 am

    ST must be really bummed today. Word has it that his favorite Idol judge may not be back…stay tuned…

  72. Kekoa July 20, 2009 12:06 pm

    20″ Red Rocket bike w/balloon tires. 2ft goosneck seat and requisite goosneck handle bars with a car steering wheel mounted on top. No fenders, No playing cards on the spokes (lame). Spray painted tennis balls mounted on the inner rim of the spokes were cool. This was the typical custom created Escalade of bikes in my ‘hood back in the day.

  73. Kekoa July 20, 2009 12:10 pm

    Rich ~ It’s a sad day in the valley of Tsai when the he is finally impacted by her departure. It will feel like Blaze and Corey sandwiched him in a major Katoosh!

  74. A-House July 20, 2009 12:25 pm

    Kekoa & Rich:

    that’s it – that’s the reason why his car was still parked at home when I passed his house at 8:15 am.

  75. BIGWAVE96744 July 20, 2009 12:35 pm

    everytime someone here says “Ronnie said” I think of the Eddie Money song “Take me home tonight” & the verse “just like Ronnie said ‘be my little baby'”

  76. Ronnie July 20, 2009 12:42 pm

    😆 ! ❗

  77. BIGWAVE96744 July 20, 2009 12:44 pm

    BTW the Ronnie that sang with Eddie was Veronica Benett aka Ronnie Spector (lead singer of the 60’s girl band “the Ronnettes”)

    The verse she sang with Eddie was from her 60’s hit “Be my Baby”


  78. Ronnie July 20, 2009 12:48 pm

    I remember when that song by Edde Money came out. I was thrilled there was another Ronnie in the world. 😀 I didn’t know anyone else named Veronica until the 7th grade.

  79. d1島 July 20, 2009 12:59 pm

    I never met anyone named Jughead.

  80. BIGWAVE96744 July 20, 2009 1:10 pm

    When I went to Brazil I found they pronounced ‘R’ with an ‘H’..
    so Kalani Robb was Kalani Hobb, we ate Huffles potato chips and listened to Heggae.

    I hope Tony Romo never moves there…
    so Ralph is Halph, Ronnie is Honnie, & Homey must really be Romey

  81. (Jesse)James July 20, 2009 1:20 pm

    Kekoa…#72…no forget the banana seat and high sissy bar…

  82. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 1:20 pm

    BW96744 – You’ve been surfing in sewer runoff again?

  83. LizKauai [Believer] July 20, 2009 1:23 pm

    BIGWAVE96744: bwahahaha!

    ST- Thanks for the pic of Jett and the RR- but what is that on Jett’s hand???

  84. al July 20, 2009 1:36 pm

    (j)j….no banana seat for kekoa. those came decades later. um, i believe box spring seats were the rule back in our, er, kekoa’s days.

  85. al July 20, 2009 1:39 pm

    homey…have you been scoping out my garage.
    yup, old baseball equipment (although i gave away boxes of stuff to the local PAL program), all of the kids old gloves, etc.

    fishing gear, boogie boards, diving gear, camping gear, lets see must be more stuff we did back then. oh, one blue ten speed schwinn.

    gardening equipment? ahahaha.

    the basketball rim still hangs over the garage.

  86. al July 20, 2009 1:41 pm

    the old jock strap makes for a great sling shot.

  87. al July 20, 2009 1:42 pm

    raceen wolford….okay that works.

  88. al July 20, 2009 1:43 pm

    they should bring in adam or sanjaya to replace paula. can you imagine the play between either one and simon?

  89. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 1:49 pm

    It’s an ice pack. But he’s fine.

  90. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2009 1:50 pm

    We’ve booked Miss Hawaii, for sure, for tomorrow.
    David Veikune also said he’d stop by.

  91. d1島 July 20, 2009 1:55 pm


    No can FB at work.
    Left you voicemail.


    Will there be dancing on the show tomorrow?

  92. Kekoa July 20, 2009 2:24 pm

    Al ~

    Have you got any horseshoes in your garage?</i?

    Bring to t-gate if you or anyone has a set. The horseshoe pit is in the back of the cabana. We could have a season long tourney with the Champ – winning tickets to whatever Bowl featuring UH. If it’s Sugar Bowl…again…Kay-Say-Rah.

  93. Stretch July 20, 2009 2:25 pm


    This is an interesting article about Mouse Davis and the spread offense. I wonder if all QB’s are going to be called “system quarterbacks” shortly??

  94. al July 20, 2009 2:34 pm

    kekoa….i will look for one.

  95. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 2:36 pm

    al – Would be better if had more than one horseshoe.

  96. al July 20, 2009 2:43 pm

    stretch….good read.

    interestingly though is that the two qb’s (jones n lomax) who ran mouse’s system ended up with nfl stints making the transition from system qb’s to nfler’s.

  97. al July 20, 2009 2:45 pm

    gee homey…i thought it might be good exercise for us to run back and forth chasing the one horseshoe. i guess i gotta go steal one more shoe from the waimalo stables.

    shall i get a small one for you?

  98. al July 20, 2009 2:46 pm

    actually we would need four and one spare cuz asports would probably mis-toss the buggah and land up in pearl harbor.

  99. Slugger July 20, 2009 2:47 pm

    WOW! One of our NAU graduates, Maria Hechanova, (Mom’s from Hawaii) just swam with 149 other people in the Hudson River, NY to raise funds for children in public Learn-to-Swim programs. She finished 1st in her age group, 5th amongst female swimmers and 14th overall. (See link)

    Esme & whooosshhhhh…..

  100. COPO July 20, 2009 2:56 pm

    SJSU wise to stay away from ASU and others of similar caliber, smart to play “more” winnable games, Hawaii’s BCS season included very beatable opponents, not the tougher glamour teams.

  101. Ralph July 20, 2009 3:13 pm

    Smethurst on the mound for the Aussies vs USA in the world cup championship game on ESPN2, game started at 3 pm

  102. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 3:14 pm

    al – Never mind Pearl Harbor. The body repair shops will have a field day repairing all those horsehoe dents on our cars. And see if you can get me a couple of those 50# Clydesdale horseshoe’s. It’ll make a man out of Jason.

  103. Garret July 20, 2009 3:15 pm


    SJSU is replacing Arizona State with Wisconsin…that is probably around the same difficulty.

    SJSU also replaced Stanford with Alabama, probably a much harder game.

  104. Garret July 20, 2009 3:20 pm

    I love working at home, but today was a true test of my ability to concentrate. Vons (Safeway) has a big sale on ribs (97 cents per pound), so Lori cooked the ribs all day in the crock pot…it smelled so good and I had to smell that all day! Dinner was great though, it was worth the wait.

    If I didn’t have a huge deadline in a week I probably wouldn’t have gotten anything done today…

  105. Dennis Halloran July 20, 2009 3:40 pm

    Interesting debate re SJSU opting for $
    Warriors have much tougher economic decisions because of the pond.
    We should probably go no further than Western Time Zone. Maybe Lubbock or Waco for some exposure hehe!
    Playing Army will help with NY press, By the way they will be a program on the rise under Ellison and NY press will pick up on any improvement
    USA team just poked one out for a 1 – 0 lead

  106. PONO July 20, 2009 3:42 pm

    Any upcoming news on the recruiting front. Seems like things have cooled down.

  107. g-nalo July 20, 2009 4:16 pm

    gee homey…i thought it might be good exercise for us to run back and forth chasing the one horseshoe. i guess i gotta go steal one more shoe from the waimalo stables.

    shall i get a small one for you?


  108. Kekoa July 20, 2009 4:24 pm

    Homey ~ As in all of our competitive sports events, you are authorized to enter with your Fisher Price equipment. The rubber horseshoes are a given.

    Jason will have to ‘earn’ entry by obtaining his from a horse. I can help set that up for him with my Paniolo cousins who live up Waimea valley near Liz.

  109. Jason July 20, 2009 4:31 pm

    Huh? What’s going on? 😛

  110. Garret July 20, 2009 5:08 pm

    Article examining whether or not Washington and Washington State will be better this season includes a dig at UH.

    Last year the Cougs had some talent on the roster, but overall size and speed wasn’t Pac-10 caliber.

    An aggressive off-season has changed the physical shape of WSU for the better.

    Cougar players have bulked up through weight training and dedication.

    Anyone who watched the Cougs workout out this spring couldn’t help but notice players are bigger and quicker on the field.

    Coach Wulff and his staff have the best class of prospects coming into Pullman for fall camp in recent memory. Some of the new recruits will step in to play right away, while the majority will use a red shirt season to learn Coach Wulff’s system and put some muscle on their athletic frames.

    The Cougs will open 2009 with a conference game at home, hosting an up and coming Stanford team picked by many to be one of the top teams in the Pac-10.

    Things are a bit easier in games two and three when WSU faces Hawaii and SMU.

  111. Kekoa July 20, 2009 5:31 pm

    Jason ~ As I rite of passage, Homey has decided that he wants you to pre-qualify for the horseshoe competition. I’m offerring the shoes from a real horse…but you have to retrieve them.

  112. Kazz July 20, 2009 6:12 pm


    Last I saw, former Wahine Clare Warwick is also playing for her homeland as well.

    Do you know if soon-to-be Wahine Kaia Parnaby is playing?

  113. Kazz July 20, 2009 6:15 pm


    I was listening to the Sports Animals on the way home and I heard them announce a little event open to the public THIS Saturday at the Ching Field to film a new UH football commercial. Apparently fans are ENCOURAGE to bring their “gamefaces” on…

    Tsaikos, seriously… do I even have to ask who’ll be there??? 😎

    However, they said the official announcement will come via H Mail but the last H Mail I got said nothing and I swear H Mail is only monthly, not semi-monthly… plus there is nothing on the UH website… yet.

  114. hawnstln July 20, 2009 6:16 pm

    If you need help to move the LV tickets, let me know before the end of the month and I’ll advertise it for you in my newsletter.

    Great insight into the SJS moves and the WSU insider information. That will be a tough game for us in Seattle.

  115. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! July 20, 2009 7:55 pm

    Hey! What happened to the beanbag horseshoes???
    My shoulders no can w/ the clydesdale kine shoes!

  116. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! July 20, 2009 7:56 pm

    Kazz… warpaint time!!!


  117. Ralph July 20, 2009 8:18 pm

    Kazz Kaia Parnaby pitched yesterday in relief. came in with the bases loaded and gave up a homerun. next inning bases loaded again, this time no runs. she looked great. she’s a lefty, the batter was a lefty, she threw an inside pitch that got to much of the plate and the USA batter rocked it over. Warwicke played third yesterday, did not see her in today’s championship game.

  118. Ralph July 20, 2009 8:20 pm

    Parnaby will be good, good composure, and Michelle Smith cited her enrollment to UH and the international experience she is gaining will help her adjust to UH

  119. Ralph July 20, 2009 8:22 pm

    Kazz, you and Dara would make an excellent tsaiko twosome at the event.

  120. NYUH July 20, 2009 8:33 pm

    Jett, forget the bike, scooters are the way to go these days.

    Wow, its almost August. Then its God’s compensation for the end of summer – college football!

  121. Stretch July 20, 2009 8:33 pm

    Not sure if anyone posted this…

    USA Softball team beat Austrailia 3-1 for the World Cup title. Austrailia got their 1 run by a homer by former Wahine Softball player Stacey Porter.

  122. Garret July 20, 2009 8:36 pm

    It appears that both Army and Navy are recruiting Josh Ebanez and Donnie King from Kapolei.

    Navy has developed a pipeline into the island state of Hawaii and Army also hopes to build a recruiting base in that state. Both Army and Navy have their eyes on two fine players from Kapolei high school. At that school, head coach Darren Hernandez seems to have developed a tradition of sending a player a year to Annapolis.

  123. Garret July 20, 2009 8:39 pm

    The Miami Dophins new owner sure is bringing in a lot of music celebrities with Miami ties. Marc Anthony (+Jennifer Lopez), Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Jimmy Buffet…

    Marc Anthony is the latest celebrity musician to join forces with the Miami Dolphins.

    It was unclear whether Anthony will become a minority owner. That’s what happened last month when singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, bought a small stake in the team.

    New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also began a partnership in May with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville enterprise, which includes Land Shark Lager. Buffett has yet to accept Ross’ invitation to become a minority owner, but the Dolphins’ stadium has been renamed Land Shark Stadium for this season. Buffett has also written a song for the team.

  124. Ralph July 20, 2009 8:44 pm

    Cayley Thurlby selected to represent the USA in FivB beach Volleyball U-26 first team in world games this summer.

  125. Garret July 20, 2009 8:44 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    Scientists in India are looking to use India’s hot chili peppers in hand grenades for use in counter-insurgency operations and riot control. The bhut jolokia is 1000x more pungent than the hot chilies used in Indian cooking, and works like a tear gas that can put its target into a semi-conscious state. The hotness of a chili is measured in SHUs, with a bell pepper rating a zero, jalapeno or Italian peperoncino under 5,000, and the bhut jolokia at 1,001,304 SHUs. Elephants have been a big threat to the India Army’s camps, with elephants ignoring electrified fences…but even elephants are apparently afraid of bhut jolokia!

  126. Garret July 20, 2009 8:45 pm

    Budget cuts have resulted in proposals to close some UC schools or demote them from UC status…which of course has generated quite a controversy!

  127. Garret July 20, 2009 8:45 pm

    Paroled murderer was arrested for shoplifting CDs from 5 WalMart…and the Texas jury gave him a *life sentence*! Life in prison for stealing 5 CDs…I guess other paroled criminals better watch their step in Texas!

  128. Garret July 20, 2009 8:46 pm

    Big controversy over how Amazon deleted two books from Kindle devices that Kindle owners had purchased (George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984).

  129. Garret July 20, 2009 8:46 pm

    1-foot tall, 2-foot wide, 151-pound cupcake is now on display at the Minneapolis Mall of America…15 pounds of fudge filling and 60 pounds of yellow icing! It will eventually be given to a pig farm.

  130. Garret July 20, 2009 8:46 pm

    Free play links pau.

  131. Garret July 20, 2009 8:49 pm

    The UC schools are REALLY getting squeezed in California’s budget crisis…but they are in good shape compared to the California State schools. That means that SJSU and San Diego State are really going to have some budgetary trouble and their Athletic Departments will not be able to be subsidized much longer. I’m guessing the budget situation is a major factor behind SJSU breaking contracts with Pac-10 teams to get big paydays.

    Sure SJSU might lose out on a (small) shot at a BCS game…but that is better than losing their entire Athletic program. I’m wondering how SDSU will still have football in 5 years.

  132. Garret July 20, 2009 9:02 pm

    California finally has a budget deal that can be voted on by the Legislature.

    Nearly $3 billion will be cut from the California State University and University of California systems

  133. Kazz July 20, 2009 9:05 pm


    July 20th, 2009 at 8:20 pm
    Parnaby will be good, good composure, and Michelle Smith cited her enrollment to UH and the international experience she is gaining will help her adjust to UH.

    Nice. Looks like ESPN2 won’t carry the replay… I think.

  134. Kazz July 20, 2009 9:10 pm

    Still trying to find “official” information about the UH football commercial filiming. I swore I heard the Sports Animals said it was THIS Saturday from 9am to 10am at the Ching Field.

    The misconception is that it’s a “tryout”, but it’s not… at least I’m pretty sure it’s not and that who ever shows up will be in it.

    I think the plan is to have as many people as possible out there to shout out “WE ARE WARRIORS” or something to that effect.

    Of course the better “dressed” folks most likely will get some extra “camera time”… 😎

  135. Ralph July 20, 2009 9:20 pm

    Kazz replay ESPNU tuesday at 10 am set your DVR. channel 219

  136. Kazz July 20, 2009 9:28 pm


    July 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm
    Kazz replay ESPNU tuesday at 10 am set your DVR. channel 219.

    Done! 😎

  137. al July 20, 2009 10:36 pm


    you should forward an excerpt from your post number 110.

    “The Cougs will open 2009 with a conference game at home, hosting an up and coming Stanford team picked by many to be one of the top teams in the Pac-10.

    Things are a bit easier in games two and three when WSU faces Hawaii and SMU.”

    it would make for some inspiring locker room literature.

  138. Kekoa July 20, 2009 11:02 pm

    Breaking News:

    Well wishes for a speedy recovery being sent out to our newest Tsaiko, SailorBlue. He came out of surgery today with what I am told was a very successful procedure.

  139. homey ℞ July 20, 2009 11:29 pm

    Here’s to a speedy recovery for SailorBlue

  140. HiFlyer July 20, 2009 11:32 pm

    Best Wishes to SailorBlue for a speedy recovery.

  141. chawan_cut July 20, 2009 11:38 pm

    it sure does!

  142. al July 20, 2009 11:54 pm

    sailorblue, here’s to a speedy and complete recovery.

  143. kama krab July 20, 2009 11:54 pm

    Howzit Everybody who still up,

    So are we in for any new recruits coming up. I from one of the last blogs, another recruit wouldn’t be named for another week or so.

    Season is coming up quick and the coaches wanted to be finished with recruiting soon.

    We will see.

  144. kama krab July 20, 2009 11:56 pm


    I from should have read I remember from.

  145. kama krab July 20, 2009 11:57 pm


    Take care my friend. We need ready to get nutz within five weeks

  146. kama krab July 20, 2009 11:59 pm

    The late night krew not the same without Whitey and Big Hilo.

    By the way, anybody know how the big guy from hilo is doing.

  147. kama krab July 21, 2009 12:01 am


    Where you stay. Need some of your late night insight into to world of U.H. athletics and Ralph, I know you not sleeping yet.

  148. Kekoa (iPhone) July 21, 2009 1:01 am

    Whew!…stink fut woke me up from where I crashed with my iPhone in hand…

  149. Kekoa (iPhone) July 21, 2009 3:09 am

    There you go Jett! You can *Horse* around campus!
    (That was too easy!)

  150. Garret July 21, 2009 4:12 am


    I hope that you have a speedy and complete recovery!

  151. Garret July 21, 2009 4:16 am


    Lots of people close to the program read this blog, so after posting that excerpt here there is no need to forward it. That was the reason I chose to quote that particular part of the article…

  152. Garret July 21, 2009 4:19 am

    It looks like the coaches vote to end the season will not be kept a secret after all.

    Concerned in part with continuing attacks on the Bowl Championship Series, BCS officials successfully lobbied the American Football Coaches Association to delay a controversial change in the coaches poll by a year, CBSSports.com has learned.

    The AFCA raised eyebrows on May 27 by announcing that its 16-member board of trustees voted unanimously to once again hide the final ballots of its 62 voting coaches starting in 2010. The AFCA has made those ballots public the previous four years.

    The return to a lack of transparency upset BCS officials more than what was originally known. There are indications that the change could be a deal breaker, going forward, in the coaches poll’s inclusion in the BCS. The poll is one of two human components in the BCS. The Harris poll is the other. There are also six computer indexes that are factored in.

  153. Garret July 21, 2009 4:22 am

    Article about how Arizona State shouldn’t schedule SJSU anymore after they broke their contract…I’d love for UH to play them in the future. I didn’t realize that NMSU also broke a contract with Arizona State.

    From 1951-73, even though the schools were in different conferences, they played every year except two (1952 and ’66).

    The most recent game was in 2007.

    It would be the last, if I was ASU athletic director, as part of the price for San Jose State pulling out of a 2010 game scheduled for Sun Devil Stadium to play at Wisconsin instead for a reported $450,000 more than the Spartans were guaranteed by ASU.

    Same goes for New Mexico State, which dropped a football game at ASU in 2006, and anyone else short-sighted to jump at the quick financial gain offered by schools in other parts of the country.

    No doubt money is tight these days for athletic departments. But shouldn’t a contract and 70 plus-year history with another educational institution mean more.

  154. Garret July 21, 2009 4:26 am

    Rutgers and Army are moving their 2011 game to Yankee Stadium. I’d love for the Warriors to play at West Point, but it would be interesting to have the Warriors play their road game at Army at Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium wants 2-3 college games each year there and they generate a lot more $$$ and media attention than a normal college stadium.

    Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost’s vision of having two or three college football games played each season at Yankee Stadium will include Rutgers.

    Rutgers will take on Army during the 2011 season in the second college football game played at the new Yankee Stadium, according to three people familiar with the decision-making process who declined to be identified because the two schools haven’t publicly announced the game.

    The Rutgers-Army game will come roughly a year after the Black Knights play host to Notre Dame in the first college game at the new stadium, which Trost said was winterized and built with college football and other cold-weather events in mind.

  155. Garret July 21, 2009 4:27 am

    Nevada stopped printing posters to save money, just like UH.

  156. Garret July 21, 2009 4:28 am

    Starting CB from Wisconsin was released from his scholarship. Their lack of depth at CB might not hurt them against power running teams, but against an offense like UH that could be a problem for them.

    Mario Goins, who started six games at cornerback for Wisconsin last season but was held out of spring practice so he could focus on academics, has been released from his scholarship.

    “I basically gave him an open release to anybody he wanted to have contact with,” UW coach Bret Bielema said Monday before his golf outing at University Ridge. “We worked with him to try and let him move on to a place he wanted to go to.”

    The departure of Goins leaves UW with four scholarship cornerbacks who have played in a college game.

  157. Garret July 21, 2009 4:30 am

    This link has Idaho’s poster. They get two MWC teams to play at their stadium this year, pretty good schedule overall.

    Robb Akey’s rebuilding project enters Year 3 at Moscow. Much of the blame for a 2-10 record in 2008 can be traced to the defense, which gave up at least 40 points nine times, including a 70-0 loss at Arizona. The nonconference schedule features a road game at Washington and home games against San Diego State, Northern Illinois and Colorado State.

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