Tough times for Funaki

Keep Inoke Funaki and his family in your thoughts.
The interior of theΒ  family house suffered significant damage from Thursday’s storm.
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Add three more to the graduation list:
Jake Patek
Michael Lafaele
Brad Kalilimoku
Lafaele has worked with autistic children the past semester.
Patek and Kalilimoku were student managers for the Warriors. What’s more, Kalilimoku is running the Hawaiβ€˜i Speed and Quickiness’ after-school program in Waianae. Kalilimoku has spent his own money to buy supplies for students. He also hosted a Halloween party for them.

* * *

Add one more name to the cap-and-gown list.
Greg McMackin has been asked to walk with the professors. In all, 18 of his students will graduate. McMackin’s invitation is well deserved.


  1. g-nalo December 13, 2008 9:47 am

    good morning!

  2. al December 13, 2008 9:49 am

    sorry to hear about the funaki household.

  3. Kama Krab December 13, 2008 9:49 am

    prayers go out to Inoke and his family.

  4. g-nalo December 13, 2008 9:51 am

    yep, unfortunately lots of damage across the State. we want rain but not in this torrential, storm style, main thing is people are ok.

    in Waimanalo the concern was more the wind than rain? HIGH winds make for dangerous conditions outside.

    excellent work by Patek, Lafaele, and Kalilimoku. obviously, good for them and the community.

    Coach Mack is go so giving of his time, but i can only imagine him being there is huge for players?

  5. kymrykauai December 13, 2008 9:51 am

    Good morning! Is it still pouring on Oahu? It’s been non stop on kauai since yesterday. Lots of flooding.sorry to hear about funski’s house…will be thinking of him and his family.

  6. g-nalo December 13, 2008 9:53 am

    good morning Al and Kama Krab.

    Al – i wasn’t waiting around just to be first. πŸ™‚

    gotta do some work….for real………laterz!

  7. al December 13, 2008 9:53 am

    that’s the kind of stuff you like to read about the warriors; graduations and giving back to the community.

    that’s how these men who have stayed home will make a bigger mark with our ohana than others.

  8. haka December 13, 2008 9:54 am

    Well wishes to the Funaki’s and everyone adversely affected by the weather. Mother Nature has her way of humbling us all.

  9. g-nalo December 13, 2008 9:55 am

    one last thing since i see KymryKauai is here too….

    KymryKauai – were you at the Cinncinatti game and if so, were you with UH808, Rob25, A-Sports, etc. after the game walking back to the cabana?

  10. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2008 9:55 am

    Caryn Kunz, who is Inoke’s neighbor, said the water was 4 feet high in the Funaki house. They supposedly lost almost everything. Furniture is all ruined, too.

  11. kymrykauai December 13, 2008 9:55 am

    Funaki…sorry for the typo. That’s what happens on the blackberry.

  12. BigWave96744 December 13, 2008 10:09 am

    Can we Kokua toward the Funaki Ohana or is that an NCAA Violation?

  13. SteveM December 13, 2008 10:10 am

    Hi everyone! Thought I was in a cyberspace twilight zone on the last blog entry. Thanks to A-House, BG, and d1shima for breaking the spell and ST for saving us all πŸ™‚

    Nice note on Greg McMackin walking with the professors at graduation. In the realm of his occupation, he is a senior professor!

  14. al December 13, 2008 10:11 am

    stephen…………is there something the tsaiko ohana can do without violating ncaa rules? could you ask the compliance girl?

  15. al December 13, 2008 10:16 am

    on another note………..for those who were concerned.

    i spoke to wreckineyez yesterday. brother wreck who has seemingly been missing in action has been saddled with a nasty cold for over a month. meanwhile, the show must go on and so he has been exhausted from trying to keep up with contractual stuff and the like.

    he will, he declared go to the party on thursday.

  16. Kazz December 13, 2008 10:20 am


    If can, please let us know what the Funakis need.

  17. NorthShoreFan December 13, 2008 10:21 am

    Good morning Tsaiko’s

    Sorry to hear of the Funaki’s situation.

    Off Topic…
    Here on the NorthShore, we have repeatedly informed, complained and even had stidies done about the flood potential and danger to the Federal, State and County. Guess what? We got a lot of nods and “I know” from all of them. Seems like no one wants to take the problem and try to find a solution. Otake River and Paokawila seems to be the most problem areas but since the Bachelor family suffered lost of lives (4 or 5 if memory serves me) nothing significant has been done.
    The are of Haleiwa, by Kawamata Brs. repair shop was the area in question where the houses was swept away by that killer storm and it was the same area this time again. Do we have to have more deaths before dredging or some type of remediation gets done?

    Anyhoo, done with my rant for the day.

    Got get my butt in gear and start cleaning up the houe and yard. Lucky we live high up and didn’t get no water damage. The farmers have been wiped out though.


  18. WarriorMojo December 13, 2008 10:22 am

    The Hawaii – Mainland game is showing on Oceanic Digital 228 now.

  19. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 10:27 am

    It will be coming up soon on the TV replay but at one point the extracurriculars pretty much got out of hand and got kinda ugly.
    Good on Coach Say for using a timeout to pull his charges in for a “cool head” talk.

  20. Kazz December 13, 2008 10:29 am


    Is Caryn’s place ok?

  21. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 10:35 am

    Sorry to hear about the Funakis’ residence. Please post here if there is something that the Tsaikos can do.

    Good to hear about the three additional graduates. Congratulations!
    Shows lots of responsibility and commitment to hang in for that degree after your eligibility is done. Wish more would follow the example…not only at the collegiate level!

    IMHO Mack’s addition to the ceremony is a positive indication of the support that football, in particular, and Athletics, in general, are receiving from Chancellor Hinshaw.

  22. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 10:38 am

    # g-nalo:
    December 13th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    one last thing since i see KymryKauai is here too….

    KymryKauai – were you at the Cinncinatti game and if so, were you with UH808, Rob25, A-Sports, etc. after the game walking back to the cabana?

    Ho brah- you not serious, eh? For real? You dunno?

    Cuz…, addahknow how to put this to you but, that was sooooo not KymryKauai walking back with those lovely young ladies. Brah! That was ME!

    Now, I’m sure it couldn’t have been THAT dark where you’d make such a huge discrepancy. I mean really G, even Stretch could’ve told you that night I get brown eyes!

    Braddah- you have a funny way of trying to flatter KymryKauai and me.

  23. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 10:54 am

    Man, the rain is relentless on Kauai.
    Take care you folks!

  24. oxymoron December 13, 2008 10:57 am

    okay maybe this is being cynical, but does that mean McMackin gets an honorary doctorate when/if Graunke graduates? *snicker*

  25. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 11:08 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Wow…just woke up.

    It’s still dark out here.
    And last night I found a leak in my roof by the roof vent in my room… got a bucket under it in time, phew!

    Re Funaki family- dunno if helping a kamaaina family is a compliance issue…
    at the risk of being invasive to their privacy, perhaps an email about the circumstances might be considered…


  26. Garret December 13, 2008 11:12 am

    So sorry to hear about Inoke’s family’s home! Too bad that I’m sure it would be an NCAA violation for any fan (or even the school!) to give anything to his family to recover from the flooding. If the state does stuff for all the families that were flooded, then they can help Inoke’s family along with the other families. I wish that things had been taken care of a long time ago like NorthShoreFan said they were asking.

    LSU couldn’t do anything for the homes of the families hurt by Katrina from what I read.

  27. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 11:15 am

    Garret- re Funakis and all – perhaps donations to the Red Cross or Salvation Army or a church or somesuch would work.

    Especially if insurance does not cover them.

  28. Garret December 13, 2008 11:15 am


    I just saw your post at the end of the last blog. Thank you for the good wishes, and I hope that Monday goes as well as yesterday for my company. Sometime or other I need to update Momo…I forgot to mention anything when I talked with him yesterday!

    The kids are dealing with Katie’s loss, though it is hard. A couple of times Faith has burst into tears and has had fits of crying. Mika says all through the day that she misses Katie. But we’ve been talking with them and they seem to be okay.

  29. FloridaTed December 13, 2008 11:18 am

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Aren’t there enough problems already? How many families got walloped by the weather? My heart goes out to all of them.

    It is truly refreshing and encouraging to see our student athletes doing so well. There are so few who make it to the big paychecks, but these young men carry the proper message: get your education, get your degree and become a valuable member of the community. These guys already are.

    Their degrees is the only thing these young men or women have control over, for most of them, it’s just a pipe dream. Even the best of them are just an injury away for this dream to end in a flash.

    Big Kudos to all of them, including Big Mack.

  30. lavrat December 13, 2008 11:23 am

    And three more congrats to:

    Jake Patek
    Michael Lafaele
    Brad Kalilimoku

    Good job Warriors.

  31. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 13, 2008 11:26 am


    December 13th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    …..Good to hear about the three additional graduates. Congratulations!
    Shows lots of responsibility and commitment to hang in for that degree after your eligibility is done. Wish more would follow the example…not only at the collegiate level!

    IMHO Mack’s addition to the ceremony is a positive indication of the support that football, in particular, and Athletics, in general, are receiving from Chancellor Hinshaw.

    Actually, I think it’s to show the public, legislators and especially student-athletes how important an education is to the coaching staff.

    However, getting a degree is of little value in the long run if there is no commitment to creating a positive environment for our families and our communities.

    AL: Re your comment yesterday: hey you gotta drink if you go to a bar.

    Going to a bar doesn’t mean having to drink alcohol. Cannot speak for others on this blog such as LizK and Jason who also don’t drink, but I usually go through three or four O`Douls at $3.50 to $4 a pop as well as juice or coffee. Bars don’t suffer $$$ losses from my patronage and they sure don’t have to worry about my being stopped for a DUI and getting them into trouble for serving me too many drinks.

  32. BG December 13, 2008 11:27 am

    Good morning ALL

    With the weather being what it is, it’s perfect for sitting on the sofa with the laptop and getting some blog time in…there’s always a silver lining somewhere.

    Glad to have the opportunity to reflect on the past regular season. Everyone has roller coastered along with the team. I’m certainly happy that the ride has been on the up-swing at the end and clearly shows the overall improvement from the start to now.

    This morning, I’m reflecting on what went on with the Tsaiko Ohana. “Proud to be” would be a great understatement. Lots of comments have already been made about the hands on things we accomplished in the first half of 2008…NOLA, iTouch, championship bracelets, Cooke field redo, JUGS machines, anniversary party…amazing stuff for a bunch of folks who barely knew each other in cyberspace and had no organized structure. We used the 6F’s in sight at all times with heavy emphasis on Friends and Food.

    With all that’s been already said about the team and the first half of the Tsaiko year, I’ve focused on the Tsaiko’s 2nd half of 2008. I will remember the prideful surrogate family as D1 and Bulla proudly shared the exploits of their athletic sons. I also fondly remember the T-gates that dotted the Warrior schedule. We were having so much Fun (another F), that we started having T-gates for aways games!!! Kekoa, are the folks over at the Bayview GC still asking about having us back?!! We were rocking the place so much that other visitors were asking if they could join our group!

    Our steady stream of T-gates at the cabana was interrupted by a botched reservation that sent us up to the upper field in a “steady stream” of rain. People got wet…got muddy…but, there were no unhappy faces. The collective “fun energy” of a Tsaiko tailgate could run a community for a month, and then some. Phenomenal

    Coming to the homegame event was a study in Tsaiko-ship. Diversity with a capital D. Not only folks dropping in from the neighbor islands, but also from the mainland and internationally (TChahng for example). Not only guys, but great Tsaikettes too. Not only the well aged, but also the talented future in Brie, Ukuleleboi, and Jason. Not only the veterans, but also the newcomers like Curveball, momo, J Force, HeinekenHealer, Nalani and many, many more. No longer are we suprised to have 60-70 people there. The one constant is the Fuud. There’s always enough to max everyone out (even with a contingent of Marines next door) and it tastes better than any restaurant! The folks working in the office and the security posts always smile when they see us coming. Yes, I’ve arranged for the reservations (and I botched one), but the real thanks go to folks like Kazz and SteveM who put so much energy to organizing the outings. To be sure, there are others….mahalos.

    Don’t get me wrong. This not a utopia cuz we’re not perfect individuals. We’re common folks with common flaws. But, we have incredible times together because of the respect given and taken amongst all of us. So, as the end of 2008 draws to a close, Betty and I send out our “bottom of our hearts thanks to all of you.”

    I’ve touched on the hi-lites. As in any family, there are distressed times too. For those who are facing the hard times with financial or physical problems, we continue to support in various ways, and with the powerful use of prayer.


  33. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 11:30 am

    I hope that this last quarter of the all-star game was not the finale for any of these Hawaii players

  34. Garret December 13, 2008 11:31 am

    Notre Dame’s coach to have surgery before the Hawaii Bowl?

    Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis needs to have surgery on his right knee before doctors can operate on his more seriously injured left knee.

    Weis found out this week that he has a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee as well as damage to a bone that will require doctors to shave the bone, school spokesman Brian Hardin said.

    Weis could undergo surgery as early as next week before the Irish (6-6) leave Friday to play in the Hawaii Bowl or could wait until the first or second week of January.

  35. Garret December 13, 2008 11:33 am

    Tough economy to cause the NFL to move the Pro Bowl out of Hawaii?

    The NFL will be cutting at least 10 to 15 percent of its employees from its offices in New York, Mount Laurel, N.J., and Los Angeles, or 110 to 165 people. Salaries are frozen through 2009. Projected expenses for next year will be slashed 20 percent.

    No wonder the league is saying aloha to Hawaii as host of the Pro Bowl.

  36. Garret December 13, 2008 11:35 am

    Article about how BYU needs speed mentions Manti.

    “It was apparent that’s what was lacking. The way college football is going right now, it is all about speed,” Crabtree said. “It is becoming more and more difficult to win without it. To compete at the highest level, you absolutely have to have it.”

    That’s a dilemma for BYU, whose dreams of perfection and busting into the BCS were dashed this season – many observers agree – by its glaring lack of speed, especially on defense.

    This year, the Cougars have 16 commitments to date from high school football players, and all 16 are LDS. Last February, 19 of BYU’s 21 signees were LDS, the only exceptions being receiver O’Neill Chambers of Florida and defensive back Garrett Nicholson of Salt Lake City’s West High, whose father played college football with Mendenhall.

    This year, there are scads of LDS high schoolers being given the highest ratings (four and five stars) by the recruiting analysts. All have offers from BYU, but most are still uncommitted, a sure sign that the Cougars have battles on their hands now for LDS kids with the the likes of USC, Notre Dame and LSU.

    The big one is five-star linebacker Manti Te’o of Hawaii’s Punahou High. A devout Mormon who unequivocally says he will serve a church mission after his freshman year of college, Te’o possesses the speed from sideline to sideline that many believe BYU lacks.

    “BYU needs him in the worst way,” said a recruiting analyst who asked for anonymity. “He’s a difference-maker, and him going to BYU would make a huge statement.”

  37. Garret December 13, 2008 11:37 am

    Article about Utah’s recruiting.

    The Tide has a lineup of several big-name, five-star recruits: players like Julio Jones and Andre Smith, who both were the top-ranked players at their respective positions by in their recruiting classes.

    Meanwhile, the Utes have only one player in their lineup who was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, offensive lineman Walter Watts, who was originally a commitment to UCLA. Watts ended up in Salt Lake City when it appeared he wouldn’t qualify academically for the Bruins. His father, Walter Sr., was a former basketball player under Rick Majerus for the Utes.

    Now, the Utes find themselves recruiting strong high school players, having commitments from highly-touted in-state players like Chris Washington from Layton Northridge High, and Sandy Jordan High lineman Vyncent Jones. Utah has also gone back to California and Texas to pull in recruits like quarterback Jordan Wynn, who led Oceanside to the California State D-II title as a junior, and decommitted from Colorado to go to Utah, and Houston defensive end Eric Dago.

    Utah has also made an increasing presence in Hawaii, pulling in Kapua Sai from Honolulu St. Louis High.

  38. koakane™ December 13, 2008 11:41 am

    morning tsai-ko kane’s and wahine’s finally awaking from some much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s. same disease as lizk I guess and yes kope

    sorry to hear about the funaki’s ohana and flood, saw some news clipping and man it was horrible.

    congrats again to all the warrior graduates, most excellent. cudos to UH for adding cMak to participate in ceremonies its a great recognition of athletics as a integral part of the educational system.

    about last night inaugural hs game, speed and quickness was the difference nuff said.

  39. FloridaTed December 13, 2008 11:42 am


    Excellent summary of Tsaiko-Nation.

  40. g-nalo December 13, 2008 11:43 am

    Ho brah- you not serious, eh? For real? You dunno?

    Cuz…, addahknow how to put this to you but, that was sooooo not KymryKauai walking back with those lovely young ladies. Brah! That was ME!

    Now, I’m sure it couldn’t have been THAT dark where you’d make such a huge discrepancy. I mean really G, even Stretch could’ve told you that night I get brown eyes!

    Braddah- you have a funny way of trying to flatter KymryKauai and me.

    haaaaa, apparently i dunno a LOT of things but lets not go there…….

    eh Joe, i “taught i saw” one alpha male escorting a bunch of beautiful woman. so at very least i knew YOU were there.

  41. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 11:47 am


    Whoa! Now I feeling about as mushy as the ground in my yard! πŸ˜†

  42. g-nalo December 13, 2008 11:49 am

    Garret- re Funakis and all – perhaps donations to the Red Cross or Salvation Army or a church or somesuch would work.

    Especially if insurance does not cover them.

    good idea Liz.

  43. koakaneβ„’ December 13, 2008 11:51 am

    g thought you said you had work today πŸ˜‰

    if you come to real tgate you would notice the good peeps bwhaaaaaaaaaa

  44. g-nalo December 13, 2008 11:53 am

    BG – i 2nd FT in your well said #32.

  45. g-nalo December 13, 2008 11:56 am

    Koakane – i do, i did, i’ll get back.

    glad to see you ‘all good’ this morning?

  46. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 11:59 am


    Still laughing about that announcement last night at the game.
    After the torrential rain emptied the orange seats during the first game, there was a long delay before kick-off. The PA announcer comes on and says something to the effect of, “Hawaii football fans, this game is being telecast across the nation by FoxSports. Let’s show the viewers the way we support football in Hawaii by moving out of the Blue sections down to the Orange level seats.” πŸ™„
    Koakane and I waited for the resulting stampede down to the exposed seating area…and waited….and waited….
    Wat dey tink us? Babooze?

  47. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 12:02 pm

    Time for do chores before the Heisman Show.
    Eh, Colt going win dis year, or wat?

  48. Garret December 13, 2008 12:06 pm

    perhaps donations to the Red Cross or Salvation Army or a church or somesuch would work.


    That type of donation is a great thing to do!

  49. BillB December 13, 2008 12:09 pm

    Cry Baby Dooley removing his name from consideration for Auburn vacancy. He wasn’t going to get it anyway, looks like former Auburn DC that is at Iowa State getting the HC job. Dooley trying to do damage control, make like La Tech is where he wants to be.

    I question his honesty. His crying over the haka, swearing at Davone Bess on the sidelines. Means more time to enjoy Warriors kickin some “redneck” okole.

  50. koakaneβ„’ December 13, 2008 12:10 pm

    d1 roflmao :mrgreen:

    add to dat …. 😯 stadium opens up and make fans sit on mauka sidelined only. at half time the entertainment which is the Kamehameha Band faces the makai sidelilnes to entertain. what’s up with dat?

    d1 looking back last night, the game wasn’t the only thing that was a total bust.

  51. jm2375 December 13, 2008 12:12 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!!

    Congrats to all the Warrior graduates.

    Well wishes go out to the Funaki ohana.

    OK, set the DVR for da volleyball game. Hope it works. We can’t seem to get *any* HD channels and phone call to tech support last night indicated that the installer needs to come back out and fix ’em. Hubby left messages, so who knows.

    Question for Liz (or other DVR owners) – can I DVR one thing and watch something else live or does it have to be on the DVR already? I’m confused. πŸ™

    Go Hoyas!! They wen beat the kitties of Memphis. πŸ˜€

  52. Garret December 13, 2008 12:21 pm


    For Dish DVR owners, you can DVR 2 satellite channels (and 1 over-the-air network) at once while watching a different channel. I never bothered to set up my antenna because I don’t need to record more than 2 channels at a time.

    By the way, I think you mentioned yesterday that you just signed up with Dish. Did you know that you can get Cinemax for a penny a year for 2 years? You can just call them or go online to get it.

  53. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 13, 2008 12:21 pm

    No one answers at Murphy’s and there’s only a machine on at Champion’s. What other townside sports bars are there?

  54. Garret December 13, 2008 12:21 pm

    North Carolina is a classic case of over-recruiting and playing with the numbers.

    The Tar Heels will lose 12 scholarship seniors after they complete the 2008 season vs. West Virginia at the Meineke Bowl on Dec. 27. But coach Butch Davis and his staff have already secured 24 verbal commitments for next season — and they’re still recruiting.

  55. Kekoa December 13, 2008 12:45 pm

    Just back from an early morning meeting and I see the BG ‘Chronicles.’
    Incredible Tsaiko Season for sure.

    It’s a *feel good* that so much of what we do in the name of the Tsaiko Ohana, is very unselfish and supportive of UH Athletics.

    Thanks for being a huge part of the organizing force it takes to do what we do BG and Betty! I look forward to continue working with you both as we forge ahead with a very promising group of youngsters ready to wear the Warrior colors.

  56. loose cannon December 13, 2008 12:48 pm

    Donate to the Funaki Family’s Church, if you want to help out.

  57. jm2375 December 13, 2008 12:53 pm

    Garret – yup got Cinemax along with HBO and Starz (and Encore).

    OK, off to go shopping. BBL.

    Have a great Saturday!!

  58. Kekoa December 13, 2008 12:55 pm

    WDoc ~ Try BR-549, The Dew Drop Inn. Hee Haw cast and crew’s fav-o-rite hangout! YeeeeHaaawww!

    Or…you may wanna try Sports Therapy, you may…but we gotta warn ya, the service is such that you may want to order dinner NOW for 6 PM so it’ll be ready by then. Oh and bring your own coffee.

  59. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 12:56 pm

    Just heard the Tornado Alert announced for LizK’s neck of the woods!

    Prayers for the affected areas….

  60. Waialua plantacion, retired December 13, 2008 1:00 pm

    NorthShoreFan: re #17.

    The farms/homes in Otake Camp are in a FLOOD ZONE.

    There will be flooding everytime there’s a heavy rainstorm.

    The people who live/farm there, KNOW it. They are the ones who are

    choosing to take a chance. I, for one, am tired of seeing them on TV,

    whining about losing their crops and belongings. It was their choice.

    NUFF already.

  61. Kekoa December 13, 2008 1:08 pm

    Surely there will be an organized effort started to help the Funaki Ohana and all others. Keep your eyes and ears open and report it on the blog so we can all contribute what we can to help as many as possible.

    This is our opportunity to extend a helping to our Ohana, friends and neighbors. It’s about doing the right thing for our fellow man.

  62. Kekoa December 13, 2008 1:14 pm

    D-1/Koakane ~ The Stadium folks were suffering from water on the brain or wat?!…Geez Louweez, sound like one 3 ring circus!

    Wait ’till Doc gets on ’em at the next stadium authority meeting! Hehehehe…

  63. SteveM December 13, 2008 1:16 pm

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:
    December 13th, 2008 at 12:21 pm
    No one answers at Murphy’s and there’s only a machine on at Champion’s. What other townside sports bars are there?

    Wassupdoc — if I were in your position and in the University area, I would go to the place you visited once for Ronnie & Rich’s party. They have UH Wahine volleyball and football posters all over the walls and show PPV games. I would call first though… 949-7538 πŸ˜•

  64. Jason December 13, 2008 1:22 pm

    Free Ticket to Tonight’s Basketball Game

    I had a bit of a dizzy spell this morning at our math competition, I think because I only had a banana for breakfast, and I didn’t get much sleep. I feel better now, but I don’t want to take the chance that I get ill at the game. I’ve had a lot of things on my plate recently, especially with finals next week, so I think my body’s telling me to slow down. As such, I’m making my ticket available, first come, first served. It’s with the students (Mānoa Maniacs), although they don’t really check for validated student ID at the Stan Sheriff Center (although they are supposed to). Third row aisle seat (right next to the band).

    Only thing is you have to come to Salt Lake to pick it up. If you want it, e-mail me at jnagaoka (at)

  65. Kazz December 13, 2008 1:24 pm

    Ok now this is serious…


    Just heard it announced on KSSK.


  66. yesterday's news December 13, 2008 1:29 pm

    W-Doc – fyi – Club Femnu on Kapiolani Blvd has lots of BIG screen tv’s that shows sporting events. Also, GREAT pupus!!! btw, you might want to bring a lot of one dollar bill$. hehehe.

  67. Kazz December 13, 2008 1:32 pm

    loose cannon:

    December 13th, 2008 at 12:48 pm
    Donate to the Funaki Family’s Church, if you want to help out.

    What is the name of the church?

  68. Ralph December 13, 2008 2:13 pm

    watching texas vs iowa state but lost the audio feed, anyone having the same problem…about 5 minutes now without sound

  69. lava December 13, 2008 2:37 pm

    Too bad about the Inoki household.

    Great to hear about the 18 grads, and the positive impact Lafaele and Kalilimoku are having on our community. I was stoked that Lafaele committed to UH, and have been a huge fan ever since.

    Worried for Tyler G though.

  70. roysan16 December 13, 2008 2:41 pm

    Re-Tyler G.

    Seeing that the young man is down, I don’t think it’s a good idea to continually admonish him for any of the off the field issues he may be stigmatized by this year… Or handout any admonishments to any of the players for that matter. There’s nobody that feels worse about what has happened this year “than Tyler himself”. In a way I think he’s really contrite and sorry for letting his school, team mates and fans down…and in a way I think he’s suffered enough. To Tyler, I say, at this point, I like to see you go out with your head held high. And maybe act like a surrogate to the new Warrior recruits…and impart some sort of guidance and wisdom to them so they don’t make the mistakes you’ve made. This is called making the best of a bad situation. And continuing the role of “Warrior” and team player. Best wishes to the Tyler family and supporters, for I’ll always remember the young man filling in for Colt admirably last year and really “clicking” and “on fire”.

  71. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 2:49 pm

    Just got back to my seat after a little excitement.
    Rain has been between steady and torrential all day. I missed the tornado warning because the water was about to flood the back rooms of the house (shades of 2006 and our sandbagging!). I sent Ukuboi and bro out into the rain to trench and build a protective barrier to encourage the water to flow towards the storm drain at the front.
    They worked hard and we are ok for now.

    Stevo’s (#2 son) friends live in Hanapepe and they said the twister was around the Pakala- Kaumakani area but they did not see it. The boys are out cruising to look at the river and take pix of the flooding.

    Half of Waimea town was flooded out when I went to the store earlier.

  72. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 2:50 pm

    roysan16: – I concur. In Tyler I trust… keep at it man, just keep going!

  73. SteveM December 13, 2008 3:17 pm

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  74. 1surfahoutawatah December 13, 2008 3:26 pm

    Wassup everybody.Sorry to hear about funakis house and of course the rest of the island.Just had a flash flood warning till 5pm. I think tornado warning on kauai cancel.As for honokai hale,onshore winds,rain off and on,dark clouds on horizon blending with the ocean.oops cant see ocean hear comes the rain and wind.

  75. SteveM December 13, 2008 3:30 pm

    Stay dry and safe, Liz!

    Interesting shot of your back yard…lotsa room for a bbq and party cabana πŸ™‚

  76. jm2375 December 13, 2008 3:33 pm


    Never got out of the house. Hubby wants to go tonight instead. We lost power for 1/2 hour. Was able to finish my Christmas cards except for a few that I need addresses for.

    Still no answer at the Dish retailer. 😑 I want my HD!!

  77. 1surfahoutawatah December 13, 2008 3:40 pm

    damn this weather is bad.Be carefull on road cuz its real slow on freeways.Wife just came back from pearlrid.Flooding on freeway right lanes between waipahu and makakilo westbound

  78. 1surfahoutawatah December 13, 2008 3:41 pm


  79. Kelli December 13, 2008 3:42 pm

    Thanks for the news about Michael Lafaele. He was my dad’s student in band at Dole Middle School.

  80. jm2375 December 13, 2008 3:43 pm

    Just heard that the Manoa Christmas Parade has been cancelled due to bad weather.

    Be careful out there!

  81. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 3:44 pm

    SteveM- yep- too much room! You see how da desert can turn into one jungle with just a little rain!

  82. Committed Road Warrior December 13, 2008 3:48 pm

    Wahine Volleyball starts in 15 minutes. Game will be aired on ESPNU for those who have that channel.


    Looks like Stanford is gonna he hard to stop. Winner of this match goes on to Omaha and the Final 4. Opponent is Texas.

  83. MeiLing December 13, 2008 3:50 pm

    Congratulations to Jake, Michael & Brad!!!

    Very cool that Coach Mack is going to walk with the UH faculty. He is a ‘professor’ & does so much to ensure that his charges are graduating. Glad to see that Chancellor Hinshaw is recognizing Coach Mack for that.

    Hope the Funaki family recovers from the flooding.

    Another Christmas project that comes to mind after reading that Brad Kalilimoku was spending his own funds for the Speed & Quickness program he runs in Wai’anae. At the soggy T-Gate on Richardson field, I put some kala in a can collecting for a Tsaiko cause. Could we use those funds to help Brad’s after-school program? If he graduates in Dec. and doesn’t play football for UH after graduation, does the NCAA still care if we provide funds or supplies for this program?

    BG ~ Thanks for expressing those thoughts in #32. The Tsaikos are a wonderful group of people held together by the glue of football & the Tsinging Lion. Aloha no!

  84. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2008 3:50 pm

    Re: Funaki
    Don’t think there’s anything we can do financially without violating NCAA rules.

  85. 1surfahoutawatah December 13, 2008 3:51 pm

    kapolei parade cancelled.

  86. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2008 3:58 pm

    Mei Ling:
    I think that would be an excellent idea.
    It’s pretty depressing down there. They have kids who can’t afford athletic shoes.
    Sure, candy might not be good for you, but those kids don’t have money for that, either, which is why Kalilimoku’s generosity was greatly appreciated.

  87. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:00 pm

    He’re we go, Na Wahine!

    Stay together!

    Believe in one another!

    No hold back!

    Geev ‘um Sistahz!

  88. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2008 4:03 pm

    re: funaki,

    i think instead of just focusing on helping one person out we can try and help out a fund that goes to all the hawaii victims of flooding. maybe that way help can be funneled to him also w/o that ncaa violations possibility.

    anyone know which groups/orgs are working with these people? off the top of my head i know salvation army and red cross. but i am sure there are more.

    alright gang, stay dry and warm.

  89. Long Time UH Fan December 13, 2008 4:20 pm



    December 13th, 2008 at 11:27 am
    We were having so much Fun (another F), that we started having T-gates for aways games!!! Kekoa, are the folks over at the Bayview GC still asking about having us back?!! We were rocking the place so much that other visitors were asking if they could join our group!

    We should’ve invited them over and join the Tsai-kos…the more the merrier… πŸ™‚

    Great post, BG

  90. Long Time UH Fan December 13, 2008 4:23 pm

    I agree with Mei LIng’s idea re: #84

  91. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:28 pm

    I haven’t seen anything yet from Stanford. The Wahine have sponsored 2/3 of the Cardinal’s points so far.

    The Wahine can do this!

    Come on Na Wahine!

  92. BowsForever December 13, 2008 4:29 pm

    My thoughts are with the Funaki family and the probably thousands of others being affected by all the flooding. I gotta say, wet/dry vacuums are handy to have around this time of year.

    Congrats to all the graduating seniors! From what I heard, _all_ of the seniors will be graduating, and 100% is a very impressive number in college sports!

  93. BowsForever December 13, 2008 4:30 pm

    Btw, what happened to Davone’s Twitter page? Seems to have disappeared.

  94. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:35 pm

    Aiyah! Na Wahine gave that set to Stanford.

    az OK.

    Come on ladies! Right back!

    You can do this!

    You can beat Stanford!

  95. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:38 pm

    Crack me up. The announcers have really nothing to say about Hawaii after every play. Even when Hawaii scores, all you here is about Stanford’s phenomenal defensive skills. =)

  96. jm2375 December 13, 2008 4:39 pm

    How hard is it to pronounce Aneli’s first name? Sheeesh…

  97. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 4:40 pm

    BowsForever- looks like Davone quit Twitter… doggone… oh well, hopefully we’ll find another source of info.

  98. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 4:41 pm

    Were are you watching VB? I discovered I did not have the ESPNU game plan… doggone.

  99. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:42 pm

    oh my. Stanford doesn’t need help.

  100. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:44 pm

    If no mo TV access, can track the game here:

  101. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 4:46 pm

    Digging a deep hole (pardon the pun)

  102. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 4:48 pm

    At least we no mo’ one fri**in’ tree cheering for our team!

  103. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:49 pm

    Stanford hasn’t made any significant kills. Hawaii just making too much errors.

    But, our Wahine can play with the Palo Alto girls.

    Come on Na Wahine! You can do this!

  104. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:50 pm

    I gotta say, Stanford doesn’t really take themselves too seriously. That tree cracks me up.

  105. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 4:53 pm

    Wahine, 11 errors to 1 for Stanford so far in the second set.


  106. govfan December 13, 2008 4:54 pm

    I had Michael Lafaele as a student… the kid is a winner.
    Great attitude, smart and well mannered.

  107. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 4:56 pm

    GO WAHINE!!!

    Thanks for the tracker, a-joe.

  108. FloridaTed December 13, 2008 5:02 pm

    What’s happening to the Wahine?

    They look very unprepared, their kills look very weak and they play tentative all around. I thought Shoji would have a better gameplan or preparation for this match, but the poor girls don’t seem to know what they’re doing right now.

    Stanford looks very tough, but the Wahine are better than this. Down 2-0 to Stanford is Mount Everest.

  109. lava December 13, 2008 5:11 pm

    roysan16, I’m not sure what you read into my post, but all I said re Tyler was that I was worried. I didn’t admonish him.

    Since you’ve delved into the subject, my concern is simple that Tyler find it in himself to get his degree.

  110. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 5:32 pm

    Talk about walking into a buzzsaw…. πŸ™

  111. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 5:36 pm

    Mahalo Wahine Seniors!

  112. brew808 December 13, 2008 5:50 pm

    Sometimes the T-rex crushes, then devours the weaker dinosaur….
    …Sometimes the asteroid impacts the planet and wipes out everything….
    πŸ™ 😯 πŸ™

    πŸ˜† ~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’!!!~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’~ πŸ˜†

  113. Ralph December 13, 2008 6:02 pm

    tough to win when we hit .05 for the match…..we need more size on the line- don’t know how many blocks Stanford ended up with but it was obviously a lot more than we got…well, next season Tuaniga at 6’2 and a season Ferrel returns at 6’1 to compete at OH. I’d like to see Aneli at Libero next year to keep a taller front line to be game ready when regionals start…watched three regionals so far, Na Wahine is the shortest team by far

  114. jm2375 December 13, 2008 6:06 pm

    OK this sucks. The dish is apparently not pointed in the right direction and since it’s windy, the signal is really sporadic. Good thing I haven’t cancelled Oceanic yet. 😑

    Congrats to the Wahine on a good season.

  115. Ralph December 13, 2008 6:12 pm

    jm2375 maybe its not the tv reception, the aliens are trying to contact you

  116. brew808 December 13, 2008 6:17 pm

    The scene:
    jm23.753409823-=2=03947 is dressed in her “Hoya” outfit eating a bowl of cereal using her new DISH, wondering why her TV reception…. doesn’t work!?!
    πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  117. jm2375 December 13, 2008 6:26 pm

    Gee, brew’s back after a prolonged absence. Things are so much nicer now. NOT!!!! grrrrrr….

  118. brew808 December 13, 2008 6:35 pm


    I’m anxious to hear the “Engineering Report” on the quick construction work on Liz_K’s back yard to channel rainwater away from her house…. πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  119. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 6:49 pm

    Wvidently, it was a success. Heard from Liz and things are hunky-dory

  120. d1ε³Ά December 13, 2008 6:50 pm

    Evidently, I shouldn’t be keyboarding after drinking my first beer! 😳

  121. Jason December 13, 2008 6:55 pm

    Can’t get the passing down, you can’t establish the offense. That was rough. Stanford’s too good of a team, you need to bring your A game. Cut down on mistakes, and we still had chance in set 1. Set 2 was just … wow. Can’t comment on set 3 β€” I actually fell asleep. Long day. πŸ™

    I guess no one wanted my basketball ticket. Oh well, thought I’d try.

  122. brew808 December 13, 2008 7:00 pm

    The Great Pyramids,
    The Great Wall of China,
    The Great Rainwater barricade in Liz’s backyard,

  123. brew808 December 13, 2008 7:06 pm

    Alix Klineman would look so nice in a Wahine uniform… even if she’s not the best player on the Cardinal v-ball team…yet. 😯

  124. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 7:53 pm

    ok… pau cookie baking.

    Made a little engineering adjustment when the rain lightened up- creating another trench to the storm drain…
    all is good so far as long as the rain is light πŸ˜‰

  125. brew808 December 13, 2008 7:57 pm

    Kymry-like kookies? 😯 πŸ˜€ 😯

  126. Garret December 13, 2008 8:00 pm

    My feeling on why it has been so hard for the Wahine to get really deep in the NCAA playoffs: lack of competition in the WAC. For the longest time, the Wahine’s win streak was the big story…but when nobody in the conference can beat you, you really aren’t getting battle-tested. NMSU has added some level of competition, but too many of the WAC teams do not require the Wahine to be at their best to win. So often the matches are sweeps with most of the games not close…with the Wahine not having to play their best because the games are not in doubt.

    The Wahine can start the season strong and show that they are as good or better than the top teams around the country at that point in time. However, when they start WAC play they aren’t being tested each game and so they aren’t being pushed to improve in close games like other teams. So, teams like Stanford or Texas improve through the season due to their tough conference season…at the end of the season they are battle-tested and the Wahine haven’t reached their full potential like the other teams have been forced to reach.

    Anyway, this is strictly my opinion and I’m not an expert in volleyball. I watched a good number of games while I was a student at Texas and I watch the Wahine play every chance I get. I think that the first few rounds in the NCAA tournament aren’t hard to get past because they are clearly the better team (thanks to the seeding process), just like during the WAC season…but when you get to the final 8 teams, the challenge jumps significantly and that level of competition is far above what the Wahine see in the WAC.

  127. Garret December 13, 2008 8:01 pm

    Amazing stat for the Heisman race.

    The race was so top heavy that Texas’ Colt McCoy accumulated enough points to win four of the past eight Heismans. But he was the runnerup to Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.

  128. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 8:01 pm

    nobody does kookies like Kymry… mine are choco chip with pecans.
    Gifts for the neighbors and the guys who pick up our rubbish πŸ˜‰

  129. Garret December 13, 2008 8:02 pm

    Also amazing that Tebow got the most 1st place votes and came in 3rd.

    Florida’s Tim Tebow garnered the most first-place votes of any candidate, but finished third. Someone estimated he was left off of 150 of the 904 ballots that were cast.

  130. Jason December 13, 2008 8:12 pm

    Garret: I see no reason to disagree with that. It might not be the only reason why we haven’t been able to get over that hump, but I certainly think the weak competition in the WAC doesn’t help much.

    Still, we did reach the Elite Eight. That’s nothing to sneeze at. I guess we’ve been spoiled for so long that it’s Final Four or bust. Considering how women’s volleyball has grown in the past ten years, I don’t think that’s as realistic as it used to be.

  131. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:14 pm

    Yeah – Congratulations to Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford for winning the heisman TROPHY! After all, it is a TROPHY contest! Personally, right now I’d prefer a fancy H Kymry kookie instead, or some freshly baked chocolate chip w/ pecan kookies…. πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  132. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 8:18 pm

    brew- email me your addy… kookies can be in da mail Monday πŸ˜‰

  133. FloridaTed December 13, 2008 8:20 pm


    You have a valid point with the WAC play, but I think it goes a little deeper. Our tall, European pipeline seems to have dried up and the Wahine were by far the shortest team in the final eight, yet all night long the hit right into the Stanford All-American trees, instead of finding a way around it, hardly any quick sets at all. There didn’t seem to be any gameplan for the Cardinals. On top of that, you add five times as many errors and you get beat by NMSU, as has happened.

    The Wahine had no fighting spirit tonight, like last night and no visible adjustments were made. Maybe Shoji is burned out or they were just happy to make the final eight, I don’t know, but something sure was way off.

    Stanford is good, but not that much better than Hawaii.

  134. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:26 pm

    I also agree with the discussion from Garret and Jason on Wahine V-ball. It’s interesting to consider the second part of Jason’s statement, “Still, we did reach the Elite Eight….”

    That, is the question. Shoji really develops players and gets them to perform at a very high level. But UH is not getting the top tier athletes. You can only go so far with heart and hustle, and team play. You’re not going to win out consistently (at least four top matches to get through the elite eight) going against 6-3 and 6-5 players with the same heart, hops, and team play as your 5-10 team. Yeah, you can win on some, maybe several nights, but…. Competition helps. But talent can not be overlooked.

  135. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:27 pm

    Oh…. forgot to add…. IMHO

  136. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:34 pm

    Mahalo Liz, but that would fall under the category of … TMI. 😯 πŸ˜€ πŸ™„

  137. Garret December 13, 2008 8:36 pm


    I agree that talent is also important. One thing to consider is that there isn’t a professional league for women’s volleyball in this country, which changes some of the factors for recruiting. When UH recruits against Stanford and other teams, academics seem to come into play much more–from what I’ve read and noticed by what the women athletes say, plus I notice the women graduate at a much higher rate than the men.

    There seem to have been a lot of recruiting battles where UH and Stanford were among the finalists for a top recruit and the top recruit picks Stanford. Part of that is due to the higher level of competition, and part of that is probably due to academics. Many of those athletes are from California and by staying closer to home their families can watch them play. However, I can also think of several top-tier recruits from Hawaii that have gone to Stanford and absolutely *killed* UH in the NCAA playoffs.

    I’ve also seen first-hand the facilities at Texas, Stanford and UH…and they really aren’t close. In fact, the facility difference might be even greater than it is for football…

  138. MattO & JenO December 13, 2008 8:42 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the storm, especially Inoke and his family. Try to stay dry over there!

  139. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:42 pm


  140. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:46 pm

    Hmmmmmm….. I wonder if wafan and las vegas got together for grinds and stories today? Hopefully, 702 was there too.

    And, I wonder if wafan got “86’d” from any casino yet for:
    a – winning too much $$$, or
    b – (more likely) having waaaayyy too much fun!

    πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  141. brew808 December 13, 2008 8:48 pm

    UDub is ahead of UNeb, 9-3 in set five. 😯

  142. FloridaTed December 13, 2008 8:51 pm

    Jason is right, elite eight is not bad at all. A lot of programs would be thrilled to get there. USC and UCLA are no longer there. To make the final four and especially winning it, is not an easy task anymore, It seems, right now at least, just a few schools get all the top recruits and they take turns winning the thing

    UCLA was tops for a long time, but is down for awile now. There’s still hope for us.

  143. las vegas December 13, 2008 9:00 pm

    Wafan, his sister and I had a very enjoyable dinner tonite

  144. al December 13, 2008 9:00 pm

    i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again.

    in volleyball and basketball, both genders, we will attract some of the fab 50 players. however, not enough to field a consistent elite squad. recruiting in volleyball has become tougher because although there are more quality players there also is an abundance of quality programs unlike the glory days of past.

    for us, so remotely located in the middle of the pacific ocean we need to take advantage of what we can offer and who we offer an education to. we should go back to the much scrutinized european markets. sure we need to do our homework, but, as tony tuioti has proven, that given the right person with the right contacts anything is possible.

    we also should be tapping the orient and asian areas for student/athletes.

    why shouldn’t baseball in fact, go after the puerto ricans, koreans, and japanese???

    we need new vision and a concerted effort. shouldn’t the other coaches take a cue from mack and tony????

    …nuff said

  145. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:01 pm

    Wow – Huge rally by the Huskers.
    UNeb comes from behind to beat UDub 15-13 in five.

    So the top four seeds advance to the v-ball finals. 😯

  146. A-House December 13, 2008 9:01 pm

    Watching Chizzy’s You Tube, it’s interesting that even if the play goes inside, if closed, he makes a fast adjustment and heads for daylight on the outside. With his speed, he can out run most linebackers and corners/safeties.

    Wonder what causes so many of the Warrior ball carriers to run “inside” toward opponents rather than take the “outside” route which appears to be more open, most of the time.

    What I didn’t see is his blocking skills/techniques. I was hoping that he would match Bradley Randle’s skill in blocking, but Pauoa Boy’s cross street neighbor is UNLV bound. I found that choice very interesting in that he could have selected a number of PAC 10 teams instead of a MWC team.

    Was it reported early in the recruiting season that 6 or 7 of the top HS QBs chose to attend non-BCS conference schools? With more athletes making this decision, there will be greater “parity” amongst schools and we will see greater competition and fewer and fewer “unbeaten teams” at season’s end.

    This can continue the fuel for a “play-off” system to replace the BCS. Why does ESPN securing the rights to televise the BCS for the next 4 got to do with not eliminating the BCS system? Do we want a TV afflilate dictating what college football can do and cannot do?

  147. las vegas December 13, 2008 9:01 pm

    well wafan and I did, Tsai-Ko talk may have bored his sis.

  148. whitey December 13, 2008 9:03 pm

    Congratulations to the Wahine VB for reaching the final 8. Height may make a difference for them, but imho it is the coaches responsibility to get the “team” ready. You notice “team”, not individual. The Wahines were a team last weekend, but lost it and team went out the window.

  149. Jason December 13, 2008 9:03 pm

    Also, you really have to consider that in the past ten years, women’s volleyball at the other universities has really developed. I mean, look at Purdue. They hadn’t had a decent volleyball program for years, once their Hall of Fame coach left. Now look, they are a solid top 25 team. It used to be the same schools every single year β€” Florida, Hawaiβ€˜i, USC, Stanford, etc. Now we’re really seeing other teams step up with programs of their own, and it’s getting harder to recruit.

    BTW, check out Purdue volleyball’s online media guide (wow!):

    Man, I can’t believe I’m missing this game by Roderick Flemings. I guess I can’t forget to record the replay tomorrow.

  150. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:04 pm

    wafan‘s sister??? wafan and izzy are really fun guys, but I surely hope that the sister doesn’t look anything like the two brothers…. πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  151. A-House December 13, 2008 9:05 pm

    meant to say 4 years

  152. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:06 pm

    nebraska came back from 2-0 in sets, and 9-3 in set 5 to win…Washington controlled the first two sets then they went into passive mode from set 3 and the huskers kept the pressure on and won out….i hope ron lee watched this match, can’t play not to lose and hope the match ends soon, the team got to keep on bringing it…

  153. Jason December 13, 2008 9:07 pm

    See, I take so long looking at Purdue’s volleyball media guide, and al says the same thing I said. πŸ˜€

  154. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:07 pm

    Rod Flemmings and his teammates seem to be competitive with schools w/ directions in their school names…. πŸ™„

  155. A-House December 13, 2008 9:08 pm

    I am anxiously waiting for any good news that a few of the uncommitted players have elected to commit to UH because of their bonding with those players headed to UH.

    Also, it would be nice to see some “de-commits” by any player and commit to Hawaii because of the “bonding” for the “best of the best” game on Friday night.

    That would be truly a crowing achievement for the Warriors.

  156. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:09 pm

    Tesoro vs cal poly hs fb on espn, started at 9:04, a replay

  157. A-House December 13, 2008 9:09 pm

    crowing = crowning

    my key borad skills suck big time!!!

  158. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:09 pm

    …somebody probably got bogged down checking out all the statistics, then checking them for accuracy… πŸ˜†

  159. A-House December 13, 2008 9:10 pm

    and I ain’t gonna fix that one!

    I know, I know for you English majors, there in no word as “ain’t”.

  160. whitey December 13, 2008 9:11 pm

    nest year the Wahines return a very good nucleus of women and i think aneli and amber will be more vocal and show the leadership they haven’t had for over 5 yrs. who cares about having a one dimensional team and since coach has no “star” player returning, he can concentrate on the team.

  161. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:11 pm

    Mrs. A-House….. 😯

  162. Committed Road Warrior December 13, 2008 9:11 pm

    Hmm. Once I finish this wicked paper I’ve been working on for the past twelve hours I’ll go back and watch the baseketball game from earlier tonight.

  163. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:13 pm

    not espn, its fsnpt

  164. Jason December 13, 2008 9:14 pm

    A-House: Just not your night. πŸ˜›

    whitey: Don’t forget Kanani. And I’d like to see what Ferrell and Simmons can do.

  165. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:14 pm

    99 Tepa, 55 Daily-lyles for cal poly

  166. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:15 pm

    What is fsnpt? 😯

  167. whitey December 13, 2008 9:15 pm

    las vegas, posted my apologiy the other day, but if you never see it, i apologize for not calling, no excuses.

  168. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:19 pm

    Nevermind. I found fspt. 99 and 55 in the green!

    whitey – did I correctly see that you might be headed back for an “encore”??? πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  169. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:25 pm

    Oh… fsn – “prime ticket”. 😳

  170. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:27 pm

    shoji found out that the quick low set against a quick big block doesn’t work unless the pass is sharp, the set is on line and fast and the hitter is ready…something wasn’t up to speed because we got stuffed big time…all four regionals, the sets were high and the hitters got their kills but then again their hitters were tall…Nebraska OH, a lefty is 6’5…Texas OH is 6’4 and the MBs are 6’5 and 6’4..we got three wahines at 5’10 or less

  171. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:30 pm

    A house buy a keyboard with extra large letters or an automatic spell check program…..

  172. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:33 pm

    I think Jason said this earlier. The quick-set game can work but needs to work precisely and efficiently. Once the passing game broke down, the rest of the strategy didn’t have a chance. The high sets work with towering hitters that can adjust and play the power game. Thus, the top four seeds advance. IMHO πŸ˜•

  173. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:34 pm

    ain’t? ….. AIN’T?…. πŸ˜†

  174. whitey December 13, 2008 9:37 pm

    jason and ralph, great points on wahine vb, but in my imho what is missing is the vocal leadership which has disappeared from the team. we need someone like heather or tita who not only plays, but is very vocal and show leadership (just like A House).

  175. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:37 pm

    …The offense successfully ran the ball on the second, the seventh, the ain’th, and ninth play of the drive. πŸ˜†

  176. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:39 pm

    Brew my tv guide shows it as fsnpt, i didn’t know it meant prime time…never knew, never paid attention

  177. whitey December 13, 2008 9:39 pm

    brew; very observant, encore it is. hahahaha, yeeeeesssshhhhhh.

  178. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:40 pm

    whitey – you and I agree again. The last Wahine true team leader was Heather Bown. Not only did she command the troops, but she demanded the ball and finished the kills! IMHO 😈 😯 πŸ˜€

  179. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:42 pm

    hey its not prime time, brew, its prime ticket- just saw the commercial on tv

  180. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:42 pm

    Cool. I just don’t want to see whitey sitting out on the rooftop of the new place w/ Steve Wynn. Seems kind of spooky…… πŸ™„ 😯 πŸ˜†

  181. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:43 pm

    oops, sorry brew, read your post 170 as time….must have A house lack of concentration problem

  182. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:44 pm

    Ralph – That ain’t what I said. See #170. 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  183. whitey December 13, 2008 9:47 pm

    I do not personally think that getting taller (6′ 3″+) women for the vb is that hard for UH, but the problem lies with whoever is responsible for recruiting for the wahines. we have an asst coach from MN, the IA player of the year, player from Chicago, etc. What the wahines may be lacking is someone who stays on top of the recruiting all year around. I’ll bet that there are lots of talented women who would love playing at UH and in front of huge crowds, but don’t come here because they were never recruited.

  184. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:50 pm

    I only noticed that because the commercial came on. It’s kind of a junk game. I don’t see much from 55 or 99.

    Last night I watch most of the De La Salle game winning the NorCal HS Championship. DLS doesn’t have the athletes as in previous years but the coaching is still tops. The announcers marveled at how there were no missed tackles by the DLS team. Almost every time, the defender squared up, hit their man, and wrapped up. Even the smaller players. That is a skill that is needed at all levels of play. IMHO 😯 πŸ˜€ 😯

  185. whitey December 13, 2008 9:53 pm

    thanks brew. this coming year, kurt will be in the world series (long shot) and worthy of a small wager in vegas.

  186. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:54 pm

    UH tried to court Alix Klineman. She was #1 a couple years ago and was on the radar screen for several years earlier. She chose Stanford over UH. I’m guessing that the arguments Garret mentioned noted earlier came into play. πŸ™ 😯 πŸ™

  187. brew808 December 13, 2008 9:56 pm

    Huh? Kurt of the AA – A’s?? I love the A’s, and there’s always a chance, but…. kala is kala! πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

  188. bb December 13, 2008 9:57 pm

    Asbestos in offices.

    Ching/Cooke field still incomplete.

    Now you can add that the Stan Sheriff Center is leaking.

    There were buckets and towels in many areas of the arena with steady leaks. Thankfully none of them are above the floor or else it could be a major safety issue. Someone better go to the top of the dome and apply duct tape. The leak right next to my seat was steady all night.

    Also Chicago State was in the house (and one of the players was sitting under a leak)LOL….supposedly its an NCAA violation for them to watch the game in person.

    Rod Flemings is legit.

  189. Ralph December 13, 2008 9:58 pm

    2900 at UH bb tonight…sad…bb with fb has to be the the money maker for UH athletics and bb barely makes it in the black in revenue…got to win to bring the fans out…playing e. washington state and next up chicago state won’t excite to many bb fans to come out

  190. whitey December 13, 2008 10:05 pm

    the warriors defensive coaches should watch the desalle game to see how tackling should be done. this year, i think they were watching “dancing with the stars”, grab em high, do c do, and away we go.

  191. whitey December 13, 2008 10:08 pm

    ok, back to lurking. nite.

  192. brew808 December 13, 2008 10:10 pm

    nighty night, starlight, starlight…. πŸ˜†

  193. Garret December 13, 2008 10:16 pm

    The Miami Herald waits until midnight my time to post their articles for the next day…the other 2 main Miami-area papers release their articles much earlier, but I have to wait for the Miami Herald. However, they have 2 articles that mention Bess today so it was worth it.

    Going over the Dolphins-49ers game, Bess was mentioned of course.

    The Dolphins have seemingly found a go-to receiver in Davone Bess and one hopes his consistency somehow rubs off on Ted Ginn Jr., who is more up and down than the stock market.

  194. al December 13, 2008 10:16 pm

    so what ralph….did they let you sit at courtside because it was so empty?

  195. Garret December 13, 2008 10:17 pm

    Article about the bold moves that the Miami coaches made that paid off.

    Bold decisions to go with less experienced players over bigger names. (The front office played a role here, too.) Two examples that worked out wonderfully: Replacing Jay Feely with Dan Carpenter, and playing undrafted Camarillo and Davone Bess ahead of third-rounder Derek Hagan (still unemployed) and free-agent pickup Ernest Wilford.

  196. al December 13, 2008 10:18 pm

    nitey nite?

    but, whitey its only 10. no darkside adventures tonight???

  197. Garret December 13, 2008 10:19 pm

    Congratulations to Long Beach Poly for their championship win.

    The Jackrabbits trailed by 10 points in three of their four CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff games. And each time they came back to score a thrilling victory.

    Melvin Richardson was the hero on Saturday when he scored on a spectacular 60-yard touchdown run with 2:56 to play to lift the Jackrabbits to a 20-17 victory over Tesoro before more than 10,000 at Angel Stadium.

    After Poly took the lead on Richardson’s touchdown, Tesoro had one last chance with plenty of time remaining. But on fourth-and-9 from the Titans’ 43, Jackrabbits defensive end Iuta Tepa hit Tesoro quarterback Robbie Picazo from behind, Picazo’s pass falling harmlessly incomplete.

  198. al December 13, 2008 10:20 pm

    brew/whitey……kanoe kamana’o was that leader recently.

  199. Garret December 13, 2008 10:20 pm

    De La Salle has been discussed in today’s blog…they might play Poly next!

    The Jackrabbits now get a chance to win a state title, too, likely in the Open Division against Concord De La Salle. They won a state title in 1919 and played in the last state playoffs in 1927 before the CIF revived the concept a few years ago.

  200. Kekoa December 13, 2008 10:32 pm

    Howzit MSLiz ~

    House guests just left. Was able to review The Great Wall of Waimea.

    Stretch could use that kind of engineering skill at his job on Kauai. Ya done good Aunty Liz & Sons! You may not save the Post Office or the market, but your house will survive and that’s all that counts!

    Sad to see my Homey’s from Kauai suffer from these kinds of weather events. According to Speilberg it killed off all the Dinosaurs and Trogolydites (watch it gay libbers, I didn’t say dikes!).

    Keep safe, all of you Kauai Tsaiko’s, there are more rounds of wet weather to come!

  201. Kekoa (SF Survivor) December 13, 2008 11:23 pm

    Jm2375 ~ So the Dish ran away with the spoon. I could’ve warned you…but you nevah like lissen!

  202. Ralph December 13, 2008 11:23 pm

    Al didn’t go to the game, just read HA article stating that 2900 in attendance-including players, dancers, staff, etc…got to boost the numbers…

  203. Ralph December 13, 2008 11:25 pm

    Jm is like gigi, HD tv, dish, all kinds of goodies….but i haven’t seen her in a muumuu yet….

  204. jm2375 December 13, 2008 11:41 pm

    Kekoa & Ralph – I only own 1 muu and rarely wear it. Hah!!! πŸ˜†

  205. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 12:02 am

    My Dish worked well thru the storm. The little bit it wavered was during the absolute thickest of the storm. Then we just switched to dvr and watched recorded programs.
    Our house looks at 2 satellites so there usually is SOMETHING on somewhere.

    Kekoa- yep… keeds did a good job today.

  206. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 12:06 am

    brew808- ok, if tmi, no mo k πŸ˜†

  207. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 12:08 am

    Ralph- gigi has cable, not Dish.

    Okey dokey, even _I_ have to sleep sometime.

    Nitey nite and sweet Warrior dreams!

  208. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 1:16 am

    Hiya errybody.

    super great post.

    Las Vegas,
    i will definitely look you up during my travels next 9/17-20. πŸ˜€

    da braddaz havin too much fun wit you!

    hiya! still raining? sucks when it rains hard for days eh?

    Mr. prayers for the Funaki family. One thing I know about the Mormons, their family ties are super tight! Donating to the church will definitely help them out.

  209. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 1:21 am

    SHOUTOUT to all the Warriors still making the effort to graduate.
    Better late then never. No shame taking extra time. Finish the job. Its your life and you owe it to yourself.

    Yup, I’m talking to you Tyler! Represent!

  210. Pomai December 14, 2008 1:27 am

    # Jason:
    December 13th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Still, we did reach the Elite Eight.

    Yes but would that be good enough for your math team, eighth place? Don’t forget 90% of it’s mental!!!!!!

  211. BigWave96744 December 14, 2008 1:52 am

    For those who missed the All Star Game at Aloha Stadium, OC228 is replaying it on Tues 12/16 at 2pm

  212. Ralph December 14, 2008 2:16 am

    students can get free tickets to the bb game on Monday….unfortunately its finals-hope the students are home studying instead of watching a bb game…okay Jason boy, unless you plan on a career as a sports statistician I suggest that you focus on your exams, after all, its only Chicago State.

  213. Ralph December 14, 2008 2:20 am

    Nash is building his resume- scheduled three cream puffs at home-Prairie View, E. Washington and Chicago State. I wonder what the paid attendance is so far this season. Is the program covering expenses?

  214. Kekoa (Storm Trooper) December 14, 2008 3:56 am

    Storm certainly made a mess of this weekend for all of us hard core Xmas shoppers.

    No fun having to stay home because I don’t own a boat. I was under the impression that being a member of the Waikiki Yacht Club meant I’d be issued a boat! Shootz!…I nevah even got one rubbah ducky for joining!

    What tah hell am I doing up at 03:45 AM?!

  215. roysan16 December 14, 2008 6:34 am

    Caryn Kunz blog “Cruisin’ Ko’olauloa” shows pictures of the flooding in the La’ie area. What other news sources failed to show, or even mention about the the devastation the La’ie community has faced, her blog shows pictures of residents in waist high water trying to recover items from their homes.If it wasn’t for ST blog and mention about what happened to the Funaki home, then I wouldn’t have know how bad it really was out in the La’ie community. Reading immature remarks by the Mayor ( in a SB interview he proclaimed the damages start off at 2.7 million ) and very little from the governor or Congressmen. The words and actions that should be introduced have so far been so oblivious to the higher ups. For it is incumbent that FEMA should be stepping in and helping the communities. And residents, like the Funakis, should be assisted in applying for federal assistance. What’s a shame is that the perilious conditions as these require better leadership by our government. And so far I don’t see this happening.

  216. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 6:57 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congrats to MBB for picking up the W last night.
    I’m sure the weather contributed to the attendance woes for Bows.

    Speaking of the weather, it looks like our Southern Sandwich Isle brethren will now be getting their share of the showers. Stay high and dry, or at least try!

    Have a great day erryboddy!

  217. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 7:31 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Ohhhh. I see the sun!

    This morning is the Christmas Cantata at the Waimea UCC (my girlfriend’s church). I sing with them for Christmas and Easter and for 2 gatherings of many church choirs during the year.

    Keep safe. all those to whom the rain is visiting!

  218. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 7:53 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    wooo tah! i finally figured out how to read my email. πŸ˜€

    D1 thanks for the info on the tix. I gotta be by the tunnel, but I like be part of the sign too. I get split personality. πŸ˜€

    Addanojoe, D1
    you too funny. i really liked the Canada hunting trip. πŸ˜†

    TO is a big cry baby! good football player, but his crybaby side really gets to me. πŸ˜€

  219. XxFaithxX December 14, 2008 7:56 am

    Morning all, hope all is well with everyone….

    Got a question about this weekends All-star game and about UH coaches being told they could NOT attend the game. Wasn’t MACK told that he could not attend because it would be a recruiting violation or some thing to that effect?…like a recruiting black-out period

    Then why the heck was the new UDUB coach seen at the Cali playoff games? Specifically the LB Ploy game???

    Is it because this past game was an ALL -STAR one?

    If I heard wrong, just forget my questions…..

    Stay dry, stay safe peeps…

  220. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 7:56 am

    Redskins Game… hopefully…

  221. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 7:56 am

    so I solved my problem. i get one ah da kids, Ekolu, gave him a tix, so I know he and me going switch back and forth from the Cblu to theCorang,
    this way I get to hog cheeze the tunnel when i like. πŸ˜€ his mom and aunty and uncle can just turn around and look back up and see where i wen stash him when I’m sitting where he’s always sitting. πŸ˜€

    heh heh no tell. πŸ˜€

    hoboy, i so looking forward to 10 days.

    Go Warriors!

  222. Jason December 14, 2008 7:57 am

    ▌Yes but would that be good enough for your math team, eighth place?
    ▌Don’t forget 90% of it’s mental!!!!!!

    We actually finished a very solid 9th. I was very proud of them.

    Considering the volleyball landscape, I’m okay with Elite Eight. I’d prefer a national title, but anyone being realistic knew it was a real long shot.

    Ralph: Yeah, I think I’m going to stay home tomorrow night. I have two finals on Tuesday, and I haven’t really studied for Probability. πŸ˜›

    Hey, so does anyone want a free ticket to tomorrow night’s basketball game against Chicago State? Again, it’s with the students (third row, next to the band), but they don’t check for student ID at the SSC. E-mail me at jnagaoka (at) if you are interested. First come, first served.

  223. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:17 am

    hmm I no see da game now…
    gotta keep looking

  224. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:32 am

    k- Dolphins Game then!

  225. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:37 am

    I love that Davone is wearing #15.

  226. XxFaithxX December 14, 2008 8:42 am

    Thanks for the link Liz!

    Nothing better to do at work =D

  227. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:48 am

    Davone is representing to da max!

  228. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 9:07 am

    Hope Davone breaks the records he is close to breaking in today’s game!

    Redskins not doing so well against Cinn. Losing 14-0 in Q1.

    LizK: Hope your home withstood all the flooding down there on the west side. Looks really bad. Hope you are all ok.

    I’m tracking my 14 year old son on the marathon website as he is running again this year. If the tracking is correct, he’s 45 minutes ahead of his dad and expected to finish in just over 4 hours!

  229. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:12 am

    Kymry- we are good!

    Skins fans are calling for Colt.

    I’m biting my tongue and just Hailing Davone- who is representing #15 like crazy!

    Marathon? Awesome!!!

    I gotta get going to the Waimea UCC Christmas Cantata.

    Happy Holidays!

  230. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:12 am

    oops- the Dolphins Dee just took out the umpire…
    zebra down!

  231. koakane™ December 14, 2008 9:14 am

    morning tsai-kos sun is out here on Oahu and beginning to look like a nice day so far.

    best wishes to our Kauai kuzins and hope the rain was not to harsh where ever you reside.

    kymryk just checked the morning news on the computer and see there is a winner allready. man that guy must be fast. his time is just over 2hrs. good luck to your son.

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh kope up so check back lattas

  232. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 9:16 am

    Have fun…drive safe in all that water. Don’t forget your redskins flag! πŸ™‚

  233. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:22 am

    Ok- off to sing- Campbell is a passing fool now- and the ‘skins have a TD and are marching again!!!

  234. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:23 am

    Kymry- flag will be flying- all 2 blocks to the church- and back πŸ˜‰

  235. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 9:28 am

    Koakane: Those guys from Kenya always win in unbelievable record times. I’m so proud of my son but have to admit last year when he expressed interest in running the marathon and decided to do it last year I had to stop and wonder if he is really MY son?!?! Can’t even imagine wanting to wake up at 3am to go run 26 something miles through the humid & rainy streets of HNL. I just don’t get it, but I couldn’t be more proud of him. At 13 he finished very high last year in his age group and beat his dad. His dad started training in August this year in hopes of beating his son this year, but if the tracking site is accurate it isn’t gonna happen! πŸ™‚ Son is way ahead & should be finishing soon. Waiting for the call now!

  236. XxFaithxX December 14, 2008 9:29 am

    Justin got the ‘skins game online:

  237. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 9:35 am

    Mahalo XxFaithxX! 17-10 Bengels at the half.

  238. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 9:56 am

    Congrats shout out to my son #2 just finished the HNL Marathon in 4:47! If the site is correct it says he finished 7th in the 14 and under age group! His dad hasn’t passed the 40k marker yet. They are waiting for him at finish line.

  239. jm2375 December 14, 2008 10:05 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    The sun is out in Kailua and we are starting to dry up.

    BB game replay on now.

    Go Skins! Go ‘Fins!

  240. brew808 December 14, 2008 10:31 am

    Jason Campbell got his throwing arm hurt. They’re looking at him closely, but he seems okay. As he was taking some warm-up tosses, so was #5 in the background. I think Campbell will continue to play.

  241. jm2375 December 14, 2008 11:35 am

    Aaarrrrgh!!! What’s with the Redskins!!!! How can they lose to da Bengals!!!! grrrrrr……

    Congrats to the Davone and the ‘fins. Of course, woulda been kinda embarrassing to lose to the Niners at home. πŸ™„

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