Time management

After last week’s sweep of  BYU on senior night, the lament was that the home volleyball season had ended too soon. That’s what happens when matches are missed in January and February.

After last night’s loss to Pepperdine, the volleyball season is over — also too soon. That’s what happens when matches are missed in January and February.

The Rainbow Warriors won 13 league matches, and that would have been good for a fifth seed in last year’s eight-team MPSF playoffs. Instead, the Warriors finished ninth, with a head start on the offseason.

What was the difference? It started with Pacific, UC San Diego and California Baptist. Those three were worse than expected, with their only MPSF victories against each other. That meant the other 10 MPSF teams could have virtually penciled in six victories, much like the old belief that a student earned 200 points for signing his name on the SAT.

If the safe number was 15 for a playoff berth, then a team needed to go 9-9 against the other 10 teams. For UH, that meant earning nine victories in a schedule in which 10 of those 18 matches matches were on the road. (With the exception of UH, MPSF teams play home-and-home schedules against each other each year. Because of Hawaii’s distance, for instance, UH and UC Irvine met twice in Honolulu this year but none in Irvine, then play twice next year in Irvine but not in Honolulu.) With UH’s struggles on the first night of two-matches road series — it was 1-4 — that put pressure to not let key matches slip away. At a glance, there were three such losses — fifth-set defeats to UC Irvine and Stanford and either match against UC Santa Barbara.

The lesson, coach Charlie Wade said, “is some of those matches back in January and February, you think you’ve got all year to make it up, and you don’t. The MPSF every night is a playoff game.”

The Warriors, undersized at nearly every position, played grittily each match. UH, USC and Pepperdine return most of their top players next season. (UH’s matches against USC and Pepperdine will be in Honolulu next year.) Those are things to consider during this extended offseason. For this relatively good season, time ran out for the Warriors.

* * * * *

It rained. The ACT was held at the same time. The Kamehameha prom was that night.

Yet, there was a large turnout for Junior Day on the Manoa campus. Several of the top prospects for the 2015 recruiting class were there, including Saint Louis’ Fred Ulu-Perry, considered one of the top offensive linemen in the state.

Ulu-Perry said it was a good experience, and UH is a consideration. He has received eight scholarship offers, but probably will take all five allotted visits before deciding on the weekend before signing day next February.



  1. ai-eee-soos April 13, 2014 8:54 am


  2. Boya_jr April 13, 2014 8:54 am


  3. papajoe2 April 13, 2014 8:55 am

    Good Sunday morning everybody!
    Top 5.

  4. ai-eee-soos April 13, 2014 9:00 am

    Reggie Torres has found a new home.

    He is now the offensive line coach at Punahou, the defending state football champion.

    Paul Honda’s column in SA …

  5. jm2375 April 13, 2014 9:18 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Mahalo to the Warriors for a great season! They have gotten better each year under Charlie Wade and staff and I look forward to an even better one next year!


  6. Stephen Tsai April 13, 2014 9:19 am

    During the 2007 season, UH players noted that if they did well with limited resources (ie: soap), imagine how they would do with resources.
    Reggie Torres is now going to coach at a school that has resources.

  7. bowwar April 13, 2014 9:20 am

    Hopefully, Perry decides to stay home…Good to hear that Reggie Torres landed at Punahou. I wonder where Miano will end up.

  8. Old School Dave April 13, 2014 9:30 am

    Ulu-Perry will have a number of BCS offers, no doubt. On the other hand, if he signs with UH, he has a chance to learn and play O-Line from a pretty good teacher in Chris Naeole, IMHO.

    Resources and facilities and the new Rec Center: I still recall when UH’s weight room was an attached room to Klum Gym about the size of a large 2- car garage back in the 70s. On the other hand, they had some very strong players who really worked their okoles off in that small facility. Guys like Levi Stanley, Dan Audick, Don Herrold, Cliff Laboy, among others.

    I remember when during a rainstorm, the Quarry (as the lower campus was called) flooded and several portables housing the football offices floated off their foundations.

  9. tom-warriornation April 13, 2014 9:41 am

    Ulu-Perry is the grandson of my fellow diehard Road Warrior’s brother; so hopefully he can convince him to play for the home team!

  10. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 9:44 am

    Aloha all! Rich is not ending up anywhere, except on the docks, coordinating safety programs for stevedores. Old UH football warhorses don’t die, they go and work for the ocean container industry…..

  11. tommui April 13, 2014 9:54 am


    Good for Reggie! Noticed he was at the UH practices.

  12. tommui April 13, 2014 9:57 am


    On the subject of food (football, friends, FOOD!), Holoholo is pretty good. On the site of the old Camellia, just diamond head of the Japanese Chamber. Wasn’t that the watering hole location when you were at UH?

  13. whitey April 13, 2014 10:15 am

    good morning tsaikos. nice day, a little windy, but was able to make some pickle mangoes and seafood/hasu/cucumber namasu. now can watch the masters.

  14. SteveM April 13, 2014 10:19 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Good to hear Reggie Torres will be coaching again.

    boolakanaka — your comment #10 is real interesting… 🙂

  15. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 10:27 am



  16. Boya_jr April 13, 2014 10:29 am

    Beautiful day in SF Japantown. Saw a few UH logos in the crowd. Go Warriors!

  17. Boya_jr April 13, 2014 10:30 am

    Cherry Blossom Festival

  18. jm2375 April 13, 2014 10:32 am

    Former Warrior volleyball player and coach Vern Podlewski is now working as a stevedore. 😀

  19. Stephen Tsai April 13, 2014 10:32 am

    There should be a lot of admiration for high school coaches. There’s little money and long hours. Not even sure of the advancement opportunities. JJ brought in Dan Morrison, Ron Lee, and, eventually, Cal Lee. But it seems if you want a college coaching job, you need to coach in college (i.e. graduate assistant).

  20. Stephen Tsai April 13, 2014 10:35 am

    That’s good news. He has a young family.

  21. Stephen Tsai April 13, 2014 10:37 am

    I think Kolby Kanetake had a wrist, finger or hand injury — something in that area — which probably affected his passing float serves. But give the guy credit. He never complained, battled every match, and had a fairly good season.

  22. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 10:39 am

    Actually HS coaches, well successful ones, have a natural pipeline into college, and sometimes, the NFL.



  23. whitey April 13, 2014 10:40 am

    chances of history making at masters looks good right now.

  24. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 10:56 am

    23–Time and stroke consistency will tell….

  25. 3-Prong April 13, 2014 11:04 am

    whitey/boo: it really is true…..These guys are GOOD!

  26. 3-Prong April 13, 2014 11:06 am

    Makes me want to dust off my clubs and make a comeback….oh wait, I was never there. hehe

  27. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 11:13 am

    I have gotten over my golfing addiction, there was a period, 8-9 years ago, played 4-5 times a week, spent countless time on practice range and golfing stores….Mrs. Boola, drew a slight line in the sand, “bruddha, too much time on the links–not enough at home”–point taken, and downshifted.

    The biggest problem or in my case, the impetus to play a lot less, despite getting it down to 12-13 handicap (I know, still not great), I was enjoying myself less and less. Before it was about meeting up with the boys and have a good time, then I just got obsessed, and I was not fun to be around.

    But, watching today, I started to clean off the pings….

  28. whitey April 13, 2014 11:24 am

    watching these guys golf, how cum wen i get in trouble i make double or triple bogey, but these guys salvage pars????? maybe i should just stay with cooking, laundry, and fishing.

  29. whitey April 13, 2014 11:30 am

    ok, watching bubba, that’s what i got to do, play left handed. lol.

  30. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 11:31 am

    Golf is an exploiting game. Whatever it is: your temper, your impatience, your overconfidence, your lack of technical skill…etc It will exploit you.

  31. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 11:32 am

    29–Thats the ticket Whitey—that and drive 350plus…

  32. NorthShoreFan April 13, 2014 11:42 am

    golf…one game you play against yourself..or was it play with yourself?…dang pros make it look so easy..

    anyhoo, have a good one Tsaikos!..

  33. kawika49 April 13, 2014 11:48 am

    Ping,? Why not forged titless? without dangling your participles. Sheesh.

  34. Old School Dave April 13, 2014 11:53 am

    Matson or Horizon in shipping your car to the mainland?

    Read that successful high school baseball coaches in Japan drive BMWs and are compensated quite well. The national high school baseball championships at Koshien are televised on NHK. On the other hand, Japanese coaches are also notorious for physically abusing their players.

  35. 3-Prong April 13, 2014 12:22 pm

    ……ummm guys, can you pick up the play a little. Gotta go to the luau planning meeting soon.

  36. whitey April 13, 2014 12:35 pm

    is it too early, bubba, bubba, bubba.

  37. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 12:50 pm

    Kawika49—Actually funny story….my best friend from Hawai’i, ended up being this Punahou, him Waialae, me Halawa—who would have thunked it. Anywho, many years ago, Waialae Club House burnt down, and his pops, was a one-time President of WCC, well they found a couple sets of Ping heads, but of course the shafts were pau. Well, many years later, after I had taken up golf, he reshafted the entire set of Ping heads for me, and gave it to me for a surprise for my B_day.

    You can’t beat hawai’i bruddhas…..

  38. chopsueyboy April 13, 2014 12:53 pm

    golf isn’t for me, I’ll stick to bowling. Ball always comes back, I don’t have to look for it, with air-condition, food & drinks available, and my high school athletic “letter” looked same as the jock’s.

    How come our high school & college athletes don’t wear letterman sweaters or jackets?

  39. boolakanaka April 13, 2014 1:24 pm

    38–you make a very good point; a game where the balls always comes back to you, is pretty darn fabulous–and its always near food and drink.

  40. Inyoface April 13, 2014 2:12 pm

    Can’t wait for football. I want the Warriors to pound and light up every team they face.

  41. st. anthony trojan April 13, 2014 2:35 pm

    yea me know we will have a winning season…n end up in a bowl…# 40….
    n mehave monster bet with that fen jai dude…still waiting for his

    but he keeps being ‘blind’ to my offer….lets all pray 4
    his eye sight to be restored soon…or maybe me can send him a ‘big blow up’
    of his favorite ‘coach’…..to put on his ceiling…..so he know he is loved
    when time 4 him to ‘moi moi’…..

    prediction: 9 n 4 ….that is 9 wins ….just 2 be clear….

  42. nutmegger April 13, 2014 3:27 pm

    picture of Kennedy Tulimasealii in the star bulletin this morning – man he looks ready to rumble

  43. al April 13, 2014 4:16 pm

    tommui…that would be “anna bananas”.
    i went to a lot of classes at that annex building.
    quenched my thirst often on the cheap draft beers and wine coolers.
    oh, and the pizza was good.

  44. al April 13, 2014 4:17 pm

    oh and there were many a pretty young thing there. too.

  45. BigWave96744 April 13, 2014 4:27 pm

    Any chance of Hawaii getting another 5th year QB out of Duke?

  46. BigWave96744 April 13, 2014 4:30 pm

    Any chance of Hawaii landing a 3* CB out of UDUB, who was offered by Norm last year?
    Could make up for the lost of Kwamane Bowens

  47. Haleakala April 13, 2014 5:58 pm

    Jamm Aquino sure does take some nice photos of the Warrior practices. He uses more than just an iPhone camera.

  48. Fei Jai April 13, 2014 6:42 pm

    @41. You off your meds again, huh?

  49. Fei Jai April 13, 2014 6:43 pm

    I thought the Von appen years were bad.

  50. Fei Jai April 13, 2014 6:44 pm

    Not any more. Those were good years compared to now.

  51. PONO April 13, 2014 7:32 pm

    The rich get richer at Punahou.

  52. st. anthony trojan April 13, 2014 7:37 pm

    yea….fen hard to get good meds here in manila…n my care package
    from the vet center at tripler not here yet..

    but just have to try as best me can…

    hard 2 type one hand…n gulp down pills n capsules…same time
    hence…maybe messed up thinking huh…

    what is ur excuse….if ne….? ?

    coach is ‘old fart’…have 2 cut him sum slack…..
    what u think ? ?

  53. Tired April 13, 2014 7:40 pm

    Yes these last few years were bad……but you know Fei Jai I find your relentless, repetitive and quite honestly boring commentary just as bad and at times just a bit worse. You have nothing new to say. It’s the same except things are awful and you hate Norm Chow. I think it was Anais Nin who wrote that “we do not see the world as it is but as we are.” I think this would be a very good aphorism for you to study.

  54. al April 13, 2014 9:17 pm

    46…i remember that name.

  55. I STAY TIRED ALREADY April 14, 2014 12:03 am


  56. boolakanaka April 14, 2014 4:18 am

    Kalaepohaku kid could go number 1, in the 2015 draft: see, http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2014/04/post_31.html

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