“This is just like Christmas morning”

On the first pre-dawn of the offseason conditioning program, strength/conditioning coordinator Gary Beemer implored the offensive players to get through the drills at Ching field.

“This is just like Christmas morning,” Beemer said of the first phase. “You’re walking into the living room to open your presents. This time, the weight room is your present.”














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And for Rainbow Warrior volleyball fans . . .



And the breakfast of champions . . .



  1. Kam200 January 29, 2014 8:09 am


  2. 1 January 29, 2014 8:09 am


  3. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2014 8:14 am

    I was trying to go with the artsy look. Instead, the photos just came out dark.

  4. jm2375 January 29, 2014 8:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!
    Top 5!

    Go Warriors! Work hard in the classroom, weight room and on the field!

  5. tommui January 29, 2014 8:17 am


    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  6. momo January 29, 2014 8:19 am

    had to sign in since I was so high on the number. Go men and lady bows. See you at the game.

  7. 808Fringe January 29, 2014 8:28 am

    Now that’s what I’m talking about! Champions are made in the off-season!!

  8. Shoko January 29, 2014 8:29 am

    Weights. The gift that keeps on giving. At least until you get past the post-workout muscle pain.

    Probably got to adjust to shutter speed to get better pictures.

  9. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2014 8:30 am

    I do like the T-shirt: “Rise.”

  10. NorthShoreFan January 29, 2014 8:38 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…wet, cold, cloudy day but….bootiful

  11. Shoko January 29, 2014 8:41 am

    Sounds like Polian and Rolo were in Hawaii on Monday and just left yesterday.

  12. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2014 8:42 am

    It was really windy yesterday.
    I was texting while in a parking stall on Ward, but my engine was still on. A cop pulled up to the side, and I think he was going to get out of his car, but it was so windy, he just shook his head and drove off.
    Thank you, Mother Nature.

  13. Shoko January 29, 2014 8:44 am

    Speaking of Leonard’s, Polian said he had his first malasada and loved it.

  14. Slugger January 29, 2014 8:46 am

    Good morning, gang!

    “You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.” Thanks for getting up EARLY, ST!

    Nice to see the VolleyBow guys, too.


  15. Slugger January 29, 2014 8:50 am

    Hi, momo!

  16. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2014 8:53 am

    Polian also said he recruited Manti. Recruiters say a lot of things.

  17. jeezy33 January 29, 2014 9:01 am

    9. It beats “just scrap”

  18. jm2375 January 29, 2014 9:01 am

    Go VolleyBows!

    Glasses seems to be a fashion accessory this year among the vb team.
    Joby’s dad is awesome!

    Very nice redesign of the player profiles on hawaiiathletics.com. Are they gonna do it for the coaches too?

  19. Stephen Tsai January 29, 2014 9:12 am

    “Just scrap” is good if there were more, you know, scraps in practice. I miss the good ol’ days of practice fights. Actually, the best practice fight was between two soccer players. All of the football players were watching. Ah … memories.

  20. Manoa Mist January 29, 2014 9:13 am

    Stephen I think get so many people texting and driving the cops sometimes just give up already. On my street, after 7 am, they tow you quick if you don’t put them quarters in the meter. But right next to the meters on the street down the road, there are tents set up on the sidewalk with people living in them AND THEY NO NEED MOVE.
    What is up with that?
    And thanks for the pics, dark or however…

  21. Manoa Mist January 29, 2014 9:18 am

    Yup seen plenty practice fights.
    Once played in a basketball league and my and me team mate got into it in the layup line…before the game! Our captain runs over, scolds both of us, and breaks us up. Later, again before the game even starts, I turn around and the captain and the my team mate are throwing haymakers at each other.
    Agree. Those were the days.

  22. Warrior Dave January 29, 2014 9:33 am


    Is it a traffic violation if you are in a parking stall and text? What difference does it make if the engine is running or not? You’re in a parking stall???

  23. Shoko January 29, 2014 9:41 am

    16. There may be speculation on who actually recruited Manti (Polian or the school name) but I tend to believe that Polian enjoyed his first malasada. Every mainland person that I introduced a malasada to all loved it, especially the ones with fillings (custard, haupia or chocolate crème). I think it puts a bear down on Krispy Kreme donuts.

  24. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 9:49 am

    Speaking of fights, at one point, I lived with three of the Kafentzis brothers. From computer games to pick-up b-ball, to who used up the all the hot water, it was a constant rush to break up the weekly “scraps”–and this was not even the football field.

  25. Former UH Athlete January 29, 2014 9:51 am

    Very impressive… they got some big boys to do the Asian squat

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2014 9:58 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

    Great pics Mr. Tsai. Mahalo! Did it feel like Christmas for you? πŸ˜‰ It was a proper metaphor, considering what a nice chilly morning it was. Good to see the Warriors out there ready to do the hard work!

    And as far as the police/texting post – don’t blame the weather! It’s you Stephen Tsai, media figure that you are. As seen on TV and in print, everybody knows that you’re a “heavy”. The thing at the traffic court and now the texting scofflaw incident – people are afraid to cross your line Big Daddy!

    I dub thee the Teflon Tsai! πŸ˜†

  27. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 10:21 am

    The last time I saw someone in that advanced posture of the “tagalog power position”, I was deep in Waianae valley working a concession stand at a large chicken fight–outstanding!!

  28. cocobean January 29, 2014 10:24 am

    UH soccer players scrapping at practice = catfight. No wonder the whole football team stopped to watch.

  29. cocobean January 29, 2014 10:30 am

    I’d bet if boola was at practice when the two Wahine soccer players got it on he’d be taking side bets on who would win.

  30. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 10:51 am

    Coco–mos def–chinatown has a line on everything!

  31. cocobean January 29, 2014 11:30 am

    boola. funny you should mention Detective Dwight Sato, HPD, yesterday. I know him and his family well. His two daughters call me “uncle”. Not biggest guy but very intense.

  32. Leron January 29, 2014 11:36 am

    Yesterday, a shooting a Roosevelt. Today, they’re shooting Hawaii 5-0 there. Go figure.

  33. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 11:44 am

    Coco–I had the same thoughts, playing as soph, I think he was a senior, and we faced some really good guys that year. I still remember playing Farrington, they had dudes like Tali Ulufale, Peter Tomas, Matt Karratti, etc..they all looked like they were men in their mid 20s, who just did a nickle at OCCC.

    But, Dwight did stand out in my mind, very tenacious, sound technically, and did not back down. Tell him, someone still thinks he had an A game, and for me, better then Matt at Farrington (all due respect) who was 1st team all-state.

  34. Buffoman January 29, 2014 11:52 am

    #29 would boola have given “jess”? I have been to “long bridge” and Hakimo road for the cultural experience.

  35. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 12:02 pm

    Cultural experience huh??! LOL….that’s what we told the lookouts to tell the popo: “we are having a cultural exchange–the mediators are the chickens”

  36. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 12:07 pm

    34. Buffo–I got some ohana that live right down the road on Paakea.

  37. Turfwar January 29, 2014 12:33 pm

    Soccer girls fighting? Interesting blog today just got better!

  38. boolakanaka January 29, 2014 12:36 pm

    37–Indeedio, and who were the feisty culprits?

  39. Ipu Man January 29, 2014 12:38 pm

    Best Weigh Room ever: Leonard’s Bakery.
    Go Bows! thar often…

  40. HALEAKALA January 29, 2014 12:39 pm

    Reading ST’s theme this morning reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie -The Polar Express. It’s message was to BELIEVE.

  41. JordanWynnFan January 29, 2014 1:46 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Just saw on Facebook a picture of Jordan Wynn holding a signed contract as a paid UA football coach. Go HAWAII. !

  42. NorthShoreFan January 29, 2014 1:58 pm

    JW…let the good times roll!….

  43. Truman January 29, 2014 3:05 pm

    #34, Never realized until your blog post, that there also is a Hakimo Rd. in the Waialua Sugar Plantation area and also a “long bridge” around the Haleiwa Elementary School area too. Don’t know if that is the official name as we used to call it that to distinguish the different bridges in the Haleiwa/Waialua area.

  44. gobows January 29, 2014 3:06 pm


    Malachi mageo, olb, verbal commit?

  45. HALEAKALA January 29, 2014 3:07 pm

    Beemer = strength, speed, endurance.

  46. gobows January 29, 2014 3:07 pm



  47. Truman January 29, 2014 3:08 pm

    Ok, it’s already late Wednesday so who are the recruits coming in for this final weekend before LOI day?

  48. Truman January 29, 2014 3:21 pm

    #44, I believe it was jeezy who broke that on this blog yesterday. He looks pretty good.
    I felt kinda stupid when I first saw his name because I thought what an unusual name and thought his first name was pronounced something like ma-La-chee. I am not a biblical kinda of guy but it dawned on me later that it was pronounced MAL-a-ky. I am a guy who made fun of a friend in our fantasy draft for calling Chone Figgins, cho-nee. lol.

  49. wafan January 29, 2014 4:11 pm


  50. wafan January 29, 2014 4:12 pm

    It really was a good afternoon.

  51. wafan January 29, 2014 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the pix, Mr. Tsai!

  52. whitey January 29, 2014 4:32 pm

    JWFan, thanks, he now QB coach. Cheers, I’ll drink to that.

  53. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2014 5:17 pm

    Jordan Wynn’s pix.


  54. jonj January 29, 2014 5:37 pm

    Yo jeezy what u think of Adam amosa?? I think he should be extended a grey shirt or walk on.

  55. Buffoman January 29, 2014 6:00 pm

    #43 sorry about my geography. Hakimo was on the Wes side. Should have used the plural “experiences”. Two separate places. Each had its own character. Back then it was safe to go.

  56. Shoko January 29, 2014 6:03 pm

    Congrats to Jordan. Now he’s a lot closer to affording Hawaii’s high cost of living.

  57. jeezy33 January 29, 2014 6:29 pm

    55. No idea… Seems like were done recruiting though. Can’t offer too many grey shirts because that minimizes your scholarship count next year… This years class has to account for Tago, Falemalu, Castro, and Pedroza. Next years class already has Lambert and Furuta. Wouldn’t want too many grey shirts.

  58. Andrew January 29, 2014 6:44 pm


    Funny how Utah releases the announcement before UH does. But yes congratulations to him.

  59. jonj January 29, 2014 7:05 pm

    58. Got good bloodline (Amosa Amosas son) and highly regarded by brian derby and olien krutz. I think atleast a preferred walkon. needs to bulk up



  60. al January 29, 2014 7:24 pm

    isn’t adam amosa a relative of amosa amosa?
    doesn’t amosa amosa, jr play wr at campbell?

  61. kapakahi January 29, 2014 9:30 pm

    #60 & #61,

    Adam is Amosa Sr.’s nephew……son of younger brother Tuli……who also played OL for Rainbows with Amosa Sr.

  62. wafan January 30, 2014 3:28 am

    Good morning!

    It is Aloha Friday Eve.

  63. Ipu Man January 30, 2014 7:01 am

    Go Bows!

  64. leron January 30, 2014 8:30 am

    Malachi goes to the same high school that Keith Shamburger went to

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