Crusader DL commits to UH

The Warriors today received a verbal commitment from Moses Samia, a defensive lineman from Saint Louis School.

Samia is 6 feet 2 and about 255 pounds.

He can play defensive tackle or defensive end.

Samia also received offers from Baylor and Weber State.

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Thanks again to UH recruiting coordinator Tony Tuioti for serving as guest on today’s Warrior Beat Show.

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … offensive lineman Kahai Choy carrying a large mat?


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Two months after the end of the season, the turf-caused abrasions still have not healed on defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga’s knees:


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Defensive tackle Tuika Tufaga, who is training for next month’s Pro Day, apparently won a tennis tournament. Here, he shows his top gun:


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Red Raider moment: Kahuku graduates Brysen “Bulla” Ginlack and Kaniela Tuipulotu take a break between weight-lifting sessions:


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Safety Michael Wadworth just received his assignment for his two-year church mission. He’s going to Leeds, England. He leaves June 12, and will be back exactly two years later.


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One of our favorites is Dustin “DaBizznezz” Blount.

DaBizz: “I’m not talking to the media until we start to play football.”

Blog host: “You’re speaking to the media right now.”

DaBizz: “I’m not talking.”

Blog host: “You are talking.”

DaBizz: “No comment.”

Blog host: “No comment is a comment.”

Da Bizz: “OK, I’m talking.”

Blog host: “I’ll talk to you later.”


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Here’s equipment coordinator Al Ginoza and his big ball:


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Offensive lineman Jordan Loeffler, a gray shirt, is one tall dude. Loeffler (left) is next to Kainoa LaCount:

big dude1

Yet, Loeffler can get low on his block stance:

big dude2


  1. PONO February 2, 2010 6:42 am

    Top 5 Chee

  2. PONO February 2, 2010 6:43 am


  3. PONO February 2, 2010 6:43 am


  4. PONO February 2, 2010 6:43 am


  5. PONO February 2, 2010 6:43 am

    Haha I’ll stop now.

  6. whitey February 2, 2010 6:51 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  7. lava February 2, 2010 6:51 am

    Hey Pono, we get the idea. You #1.

  8. whitey February 2, 2010 6:55 am

    Coach T, congratulations to all of the Warrior coaching staff for their recruiting efforts. Know that work does not cease tomorrow, but the hard part actually starts tomorrow. How much help and assistance does the admission office give you to get these recruits enrolled?????

  9. Buffoman February 2, 2010 6:57 am

    Top 10!!

  10. Tunaluvr February 2, 2010 7:00 am

    top ten

  11. haka February 2, 2010 7:04 am

    Stacy Kaneshiro’s article is a downer. πŸ™

    Go Warriors and Warrior Wannabe’s!

    Aloha to those that choose the dark side.

    May the farce be with you! πŸ™‚

  12. chopsueyboy February 2, 2010 7:06 am

    top 12

  13. Buffoman February 2, 2010 7:10 am

    Maybe Coach T.T. could enlighten us on the question of what all has happened to last years crop of grey shirts, red shirts and maybe puka shirts who may or will actively contribute to the Warrior effort in 2010. Since I cannot do the live stream bit, could someone recap in this written method?

    On another note, would be absolutely terrific if VJ chose to wear Warrior Green! Would have been unbelievable if the two DTs would have done the same and show up with Mr. Yap and hopefully Mr. Fehoku to show all what Warrior defense would look like for years to come. Now that would have been a sight!

  14. Slugger February 2, 2010 7:13 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

  15. Bulla February 2, 2010 7:27 am

    Coach T,

    How early does the coaching staff put student-athletes on their ‘list’?

    Many of the comments from recent recruits reflect that they were ‘offered late’ by UH. That may be their perception, but that also may be a reflection of their immaturity to handle a ‘pressure situation’ when having to make such a big decision.

    Currently, it appears as though UH is making the bend around the curve of local recruiting, keep up the good work! GO WARRIORS

  16. NYUH February 2, 2010 7:38 am

    Anybody seen Hawkins? CU seems to be hurting.

    According to reports, Hawkins concluded his recruiting over the past weekend in Hawaii. Some coaches on a sizzling, searing seat might have finished their recruiting with a trip to California, Texas or Florida, where there are more than 10 major-college prospects.

    Read more:

  17. Southbay February 2, 2010 7:58 am

    Hi Toni – Thanks for the great job and all the hard work the coaches are doing.

    For junior college recruits, do you guys usually go for recruits that have 3 years to play 2 so that they adjust to D1 football? Or can at least sign early and come in the spring? Or does it not matter at all?

    One example is the slotback position which takes some time to learn. After next year, it looks like we only have Miah at that position on scholarship. We look like we are recruiting a handful of High School slots but no JC slots this year. For 2011, are we just counting on the high school slots who will have redshirted to be ready or will we have to recruit JC slots and have them ready to play without a redshirt year?

  18. Justin February 2, 2010 8:02 am

    Universities like UW and OSU always seem to steal UH’s recruits late. What kind of measures do you and the coaching staff take to keep recruits committed ?

  19. PONO February 2, 2010 8:03 am

    Coach I know you can’t comment on specific recruits but just blink twice and sniffle if VJ going commit to the Warriors…….

  20. haka February 2, 2010 8:13 am

    Personally, I am developing a real dislike for the University of Washington.

    Which team is your least favorite right now, U of Washington or U of Washington?

  21. haka February 2, 2010 8:14 am

    Sorry, the previous question was for Coach Tuioti. πŸ˜‰

  22. YOUlike February 2, 2010 8:15 am

    Is VJ really considering Hawaii, or this a publicity stunt? Stay in Hawaii. Whitley came back home quick, and Sam is doing all right, but will he play alot at Tech? Stay home! Your HOME state will love you. Like Stant said, go where you want to live your life. Do you think Sam will live in Texas the rest of his life?

  23. haka February 2, 2010 8:16 am

    On a more serious note, what is the biggest obstacle that we have to overcome in order to keep our best athletes here to play for the home team?

  24. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 8:16 am

    Just so that everybody knows, although Stacy Kaneshiro has a Cherry Blossom name, he is a guy.
    Several years ago, a football player said: “Hey, can you hook me up with Stacy?”
    I’m like: “You like bald-headed, middle-aged guys?”

  25. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 8:19 am

    UH will never play Utah again, so I’m sure if V.J. goes away, his parents will have to invest in a digital-cable box.

  26. Old Diver February 2, 2010 8:27 am

    Coach T,

    Looking forward to next year, what will be the priority list by position look like?

  27. POIDOG February 2, 2010 8:30 am

    Coach what is your strategy for trying to keep players commitments to us SOLID in these last days since we all know that schools love to try and steal them away at the last moment like last year?

  28. Pride. February 2, 2010 8:31 am


    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:03 am
    Coach I know you can’t comment on specific recruits but just blink twice and sniffle if VJ going commit to the Warriors…….

    That’s hilarious.

  29. Pride. February 2, 2010 8:36 am


    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:13 am
    Personally, I am developing a real dislike for the University of Washington.

    Which team is your least favorite right now, U of Washington or U of Washington?

    Once upon a time it was BYU, then it went to Utah, then years later it was Oregon State. Now it’s the University of Washington. That’s kind of like full circle when you think about it with Sarkisian learning from the lap of Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow.

  30. Pomai February 2, 2010 8:40 am

    ST maybe I missed something but why will we never play Utah again?

  31. Old Diver February 2, 2010 8:40 am

    With the Pac-10 so concentrated at the top with good teams, Washington may not go to a bowl game during the next five years, and anyway who thinks Sarkisian will still be there in five years, just saying………….

  32. lava February 2, 2010 8:40 am

    VJ is very average looking at Tech, where he would be comparatively small and slow. He would have to over-achieve to have a decent career there.

    Or, he could be all the rage for his home town.

    Is that really a difficult decision?

    I wish he had commited to UH long ago and helped to secure some help from the other top prospects.

  33. Pomai February 2, 2010 8:41 am

    Pride for us old futs it will always be BYWho

  34. lava February 2, 2010 8:43 am

    Coach T,

    How many offers has UH put out for the 2011 class, and of that number, how many are players playing in Hawaii?

  35. rage777 February 2, 2010 8:43 am

    Why are there so many guys with the name Stacy? I have known two guys with the name Stacy and a guy named Tracy.

  36. bstunna2002 February 2, 2010 8:43 am

    You know whats’s funny is on the news last night VJ said something to the same effect as what Coach Stant said…Actually he said exactly what Coach Stant said…

  37. Kazz February 2, 2010 8:44 am

    Stephen Tsai:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:16 am
    Just so that everybody knows, although Stacy Kaneshiro has a Cherry Blossom name, he is a guy.

    “Cherry Blossom name” Good one! πŸ˜†

  38. kapakahi February 2, 2010 8:52 am

    Coach T,

    I’m a former resident of the Southland (South Bay, Long Beach, and the OC). Being an OC product yourself (from Foothill High), we both know that there are alot of kids with Hawaii family ties from the Southland.

    As such, will UH be increasing its efforts to recruit more kids from the CIF Southern Section & LA City Section schools (such as the Pac-5 Division schools as well as Crenshaw High – where former UH players Demetrius Henderson & Abe Elimimian are assistant coaches)?


  39. Neil February 2, 2010 8:56 am

    Why don’t you offer the top prospects in Hawaii earlier? Also University of Washington is really starting to piss me off. Can you tell the players they have a much better chance in the NFL if they stay at Hawaii

  40. hilosupaman February 2, 2010 8:56 am

    Coach, glad to see a lot of local talent staying home. Not surprised to see we have the most D1 Kids here!

    Q: With big names like VJ, how do you convince players that the pressure to stay home will not come down on them? I personally think some guys leave because of the pressure to perform at home.

    Warrior Nation: remember some guys just want to leave so we should support all our boys the same!

    Coach good luck this year…. USC is going down!

  41. RedZone February 2, 2010 9:04 am

    Coach Tony

    How do you get recruits that are so far away from Hawaii?

  42. bstunna2002 February 2, 2010 9:06 am

    I gotta admit Cooper Pelluer is a great kid and seems to have his head on straight he sounded very sincere about wanting to be a warrior but the chance to play in front of family and friends was one he couldn’t pass up and I can respect that because we feel the same way about our local boys who wanna stay home and represent the state.

  43. bstunna2002 February 2, 2010 9:07 am


    Are we going to be focusing our recruiting efforts in the Vegas/Nevada area more as the years go on?

  44. kapakahi February 2, 2010 9:08 am

    Coach T,

    From talking to some of my local high school coaching friends, I understand that UH verbally offered most of the well-publicized top local high school prospects very early….by last summer….but maintained only sporadic contact with some of them throughout this past football season. ….which is now resulting in alot of them committing elsewhere.

    Hopefully UH will be adjusting its local recruiting strategy for Class of 2011 to not only be early with offers….but to be more aggressive (i.e., consistent & persistent) in recruiting the top local high school prospects in order to net better results in competing with aggressive recruiters….like Steve Sarkisian (UW).

    Since it’s been publicized that Coach Mack has already made verbal offers to two (2) local Class of 2013 (still high school freshmen) prospects….and since a couple ILH prospects supposedly have already been offered by Pac-10 schools, how many local Class of 2011 prospects have been identified by UH coaches for early (i.e., before summer) scholarship offers?


  45. CJ February 2, 2010 9:11 am

    ST, how can I watch the Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Warrior Beat Show with
    Chris Tormey and Recruiting coordinator Tony Tuioti? I couldn’t find it in the archives

  46. kapakahi February 2, 2010 9:12 am

    Coach T,

    Of the expected Class of 2010 signees tomorrow, how many are expected (or have been requested) to be greyshirted for Spring or Fall 2012?


  47. Dan-O February 2, 2010 9:13 am

    There should be no faulting any of these 18 year-old kids for changing their verbals.

    Kind of like being asked to the prom by 3-4 stunning girls….one blonde, one japanese….one filipino… korean…..etc.

    Tough decision…….LOL!

  48. kapakahi February 2, 2010 9:14 am

    Coach T,

    Of the expected Class of 2010 signees tomorrow, how many are expected (or have been requested) to be greyshirted for Spring or Fall 2011?


  49. rage777 February 2, 2010 9:14 am

    I just realized that Oregon State doesn’t have a commit from a Hawaii player. This must be the first time in a long time that they haven’t gotten a Hawaii player.

  50. Kazz February 2, 2010 9:15 am


    What high school you went to???!!!!???? 😯

  51. kapakahi February 2, 2010 9:17 am

    Coach T,

    Just curious, but who (among the current UH players) are the most effective recruiting hosts on these official recruiting trips?….when hosting local prospects….as well as hosting mainland prospects.


  52. Kekoa February 2, 2010 9:18 am

    Pride ~ Fred Pang must have enjoyed your rendition of “Amazing Grace” from his Heavenly place. Later at the Commital Shelter, you touched everyone again with the very traditional farewell song, “Aloha Oe.”

    Thanks big guy for having such a big heart. It made us all proud to know you as the caring but Gentle Giant that you really are.

  53. protector February 2, 2010 9:19 am

    I share people’s anguish that Washington and perhaps Notre Dame may be skimming much of the cream of Hawaii’s crop. Also upsetting to hear that Cooper Pelluer had a change of heart. Wish some of these guys had e-mail so we could encourage them to stay. However, I know it would be a double-edged sword as many of the bashers would sabotage our efforts. Still.

  54. bstunna2002 February 2, 2010 9:20 am

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if at the signing tomorrow VJ,Laga,Schwenke,Jamora,Ioane all pull out UH hats….now that would be a signing day to remember for years to come….one can wish can’t he?

  55. bstunna2002 February 2, 2010 9:23 am


    We can’t fault Cooper for wanting to play in front of his family and friends though because were asking the same from alot of our local boys…it does sting though maybe because it happened so close to signing day….

  56. 808Chef February 2, 2010 9:24 am


    the names aren’t on the dotted line yet. you’ll never know until tomorrow so no count the balut cuz they’re not gonna hatch.


    Plain and simple bro. no competition cuz i tried ’em all…go with the Filipina.

  57. kapakahi February 2, 2010 9:30 am

    Coach T,

    Is UH still planning to trip any more uncommitted players (both local & mainland) in the next few weekends following tomorrow’s National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Day?….like JJ did when he signed Adam Leonard and Malcolm Lane….both after NLI Day.


  58. 808Chef February 2, 2010 9:31 am

    Coach Tony….
    Being this can be an emotional rollercoaster time for all us, what does a guy like you eat to relax and unwind?

  59. al February 2, 2010 9:32 am

    rage777….since you brought it up. stacy, tracy….yah we know some of them too.

    main thing, braddah, you don’t know any “racy’s”.

  60. al February 2, 2010 9:36 am

    tony “the tiger” tuioti

    the one glaring question i have is this,
    just how many scholarships do we have to offer this year?

    i heard that two of this year’s 25 will have to go to moniz and ingraham (deservedly so). which should leave us with 23. however, does brashton’s return impact the 25 as thought to be a few weeks ago?

  61. al February 2, 2010 9:39 am

    tony “the tiger” tuioti

    in this year’s class, it is obvious that certain recruits will be asked to greyshirt. is this something that is mentioned to the prospects at the time of the official offer or is it something determined as the number of prospects are committed?

  62. al February 2, 2010 9:44 am

    again, tony.

    thank you for all of your efforts. we can see the fruits of your labor. i believe that you are in the right place at the right time and that you are the right person for this job.

    you are a great example to every recruit that is in contact with the university of hawaii, having been a former player and a graduate of the university you are the proof in the pudding. i am sure that many a local and mainland player and family can see the positive experience in you.

  63. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:50 am

    UH needs to sign Thomas Dold.
    (OK, gentlemen, start your search engines.)

  64. al February 2, 2010 9:54 am

    nice pics.

    loeffler’s greyshirt appears to have done his body good.

    good to see ginlack back in the fold.

    we’re gonna miss wadsworth on special teams.

    is tonga going to go on his mission?

  65. Pride. February 2, 2010 9:57 am


    February 2nd, 2010 at 9:18 am
    Pride ~ Fred Pang must have enjoyed your rendition of “Amazing Grace” from his Heavenly place. Later at the Commital Shelter, you touched everyone again with the very traditional farewell song, “Aloha Oe.”

    Thanks big guy for having such a big heart. It made us all proud to know you as the caring but Gentle Giant that you really are.

    Thanks Kekoa. That was our ho’okupu from all of the Tsai-kos, to the Pang family. A gift of song, a special Hawaiian flag, and a beautiful flower wreath. Thanks to Stretch for the wreath, and thank you Kekoa for the Hawaiian flag.

    Oh, can’t forget, that gang of well wishers in their black polo shirts with the Tsai-ko logo. That was a gift that certainly put a smile on Fred’s face yesterday.

  66. Kazz February 2, 2010 10:06 am

    Mike Wadsworth was a good one indeed. Braddah was rugged on special teams last year. Best of luck to him and hope he’ll still have the FIRE in him two years from now.

    Hope Meatoga is taking care of those UNNECESSARY turf abrasions. Imagine, if there were no NFL pressure on the state? I wonder if the funds would be allocated for the repairs taking place or soon to take place???? (probably not… πŸ™„ ) Wonder if some in power still feel that the stadium needs to be sold out on a consistent basis for them to even consider putting more kala into the investment of safety for the UH athletes and the fans in the stands???? (probably)

  67. koakaneβ„’ February 2, 2010 10:10 am

    morning to all the tsaiko’s and tsaikette’s….. have a good day what ever you are doing. remember to be nice to each other.

    rain is from the big kahuna and a blessing to us all.

    ditto on kekoa’s and pride’s comment on yesterdays ceremony for LTUHfan. pastor summoned up his passion and character to the T

  68. Randy February 2, 2010 10:17 am

    Congratulations to Michael Wadworth on receiving his mission call. He’ll return to UH with a British accent.

  69. POIDOG February 2, 2010 10:30 am

    According to scouts board it looks like Kona Schwenke MIGHT NOT HAVE ANY OFFERS since byu pulled out and ND hasnt said anything about an offer and UW’s class is getting full.

  70. paperchampion February 2, 2010 10:34 am

    Coach Tuioti

    Kona Schwenke seems like he could use some recruiting LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please make the call

  71. Bruddah Cuz February 2, 2010 10:34 am

    Coach TT,
    My friend got a son for next years class. Boy is little raw, but got size and athletic. Couple Pac-10 schools sniffing around. He should already be on your radar, but if not, where/how can I drop his name for someone to take a look. Half the family says go away, da other half says stay home. The family situation makes me believe home is the better choice. A howdy from da Warriors would go a long way toward landing. You probably get choke of these type requests, but take a look at this boy.

  72. al February 2, 2010 10:45 am

    just thinking aloud…

    its such a gloomy, dark, and wet day today, too bad some of those local boys who tripped here and then still decided on uw weren’t on their trip here today. that way they could have a good comparison of which place was better.

    a wet hawaiian day or the everyday weather of washington?

  73. NorthShoreFan February 2, 2010 10:48 am

    Hoohiki, from yesterday’s post #104, good post. The coaching staff has been doing a much better job of recruiting our best and they do know what is going on.

    Wafan, great story! LTUHF is impacting kids he didn’t even meet! what a testament!

    ST, your story about your conversation with “DaBizznezz” reads like a Abbott and Costello skit!..LMAO!

    Tony T….could you go over some of the do’s and don’t of recruiting? Especially the part about program supporters and what they can and can not do. Are supporters of a program allowed to “lobby” a recruit to attend a certain school? Assume the group is not “officially” registered such as Koa Anuenue?

  74. al February 2, 2010 10:48 am

    no audio!!!!!!!!!!

  75. sports for fun February 2, 2010 10:52 am

    what time is the super bowl on tv sunday? not the pregame show, just the game.

  76. Shauna February 2, 2010 10:53 am

    Sorry about the no audio in the beginning. I am told this will be fixed in the replay…

  77. lava February 2, 2010 10:54 am

    ST, it is not Dold, it is Dolby.

  78. PIAA DS February 2, 2010 11:06 am

    Moses Samia, Saint Louis DE just commited to UH

  79. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:10 am

    For Tony,

    Are you at liberty to tell what your recruiting budget is?

  80. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:11 am


    We have a lot of football alumni like yourself who are living in different areas on the mainland and throughout the state of Hawaii. How can these alumni be a source of information for you and the coaching staff without violating NCAA rules?

  81. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:17 am


    Can you increase your recruiting staff without violating NCAA rules regarding coaching staff limits?

  82. curveball February 2, 2010 11:18 am

    Boise State’s defensive coordinator might be headed to UT
    WVLT has been told that Bronco defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, is set to join Derek Dooley’s staff at Tennessee’s.
    Posted: 1:38 PM Feb 2, 2010

  83. 808Chef February 2, 2010 11:22 am

    Serious Doris? NICE!

    Welcome to Warrior Attitude Moses!!

  84. A-House February 2, 2010 11:24 am

    Amen, to Kekoa’s comments on Pride’s rendition of Amazing Grace.

    The deep baritone voice filled the chapel and brought tears to my eyes as it is also my late Dad’s favorite song.

    Thank you, Pride, for sharing your talent with all of us!

  85. A-House February 2, 2010 11:26 am


    I must go home to watch the “show” cause i got “bounced” by our computer teck guy who shut down “non-business” videos.

    hope the audio is working then!!

  86. A-House February 2, 2010 11:28 am


    I will be like putty in your hands, but who is Dolby?

  87. A-House February 2, 2010 11:29 am

    Dolby, oh yea, he was in Harry Potter!

  88. 808Chef February 2, 2010 11:46 am

    I believe it’s Dobby, the House Elf. Personal servant of Slitheran graduate and Voldemort groupie, Lucious Malfoy.

  89. LizKauai m/ February 2, 2010 11:52 am

    Is the show going to replay? I got busy and could not watch live. Now the vid is on Stay Tuned.

    Oh- Hiya!

  90. LizKauai m/ February 2, 2010 11:53 am

    Dobby is FREE! The power of a sock!

  91. Garret February 2, 2010 11:54 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Moses Samia!

  92. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 11:58 am

    Thomas Dold is the German guy who raced up 86 flights (of the Empire State Building) in 10 minutes.

  93. Garret February 2, 2010 11:59 am

    It sounds like Cooper Pelluer decided to stay home to play in front of family, opening up a scholarship that will enable Moses Samia to play in front of his family. The recruiting dominoes won’t stop until tomorrow…or even later in the week if there are some late decisions made.

    “He said that we’ve got a great opportunity with a possible commitment dropping out,” Pelluer told late Monday night. “If that were to happen, we’d like you to offer you a scholarship to come play for us.”

    Pelluer was ecstatic. “I’ve always thought about the possibility of U-Dub offering me at the last minute,” he said. But he never let himself get past that point.

    But now? A possible spot on the team he grew up watching? The team where his Dad Scott coached for six years during two different stints? It was beyond his imagination.

    But there was a kicker; he couldn’t tell anyone about it except for his parents. The UW staff wouldn’t know for sure the details until late Monday night, so Pelluer had to go through the rest of his day at school and basketball practice with a secret burning a Huskies-sized hole through his stomach. The wait was unbearable.

    Then he got the good news via a phone call with UW Head Coach Steve Sarkisian. “He laid down the words, ‘We’d like to offer you a scholarship’,” Pelluer said.

    “It happened.”

    The hard part of everything that happened Monday night was the call made to UH Assistant Coach Chris Tormey. “It was tough,” Pelluer said of the conversation with Tormey, also a former UW assistant coach. “I appreciate everything he’s done for me. But he understands where I’m coming from. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I just love it here, and U-Dub…it’s just one of the coolest places to be.

    “I had no idea this would happen. I was set to go to Hawaii. The coaching staff is great, and I really enjoyed my visit over there. I definitely saw myself going there, but once this opportunity came about, it was just tough to say no.”

  94. lava February 2, 2010 12:01 pm

    Racing stairs is ok, but blinding people with science is huge.

  95. Richie February 2, 2010 12:07 pm

    Will the Hawaii high school signing day be televised tomorrow?

  96. Pride. February 2, 2010 12:11 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:58 am
    Thomas Dold is the German guy who raced up 86 flights (of the Empire State Building) in 10 minutes.

    6.9 seconds per flight of stairs?

  97. Dan-O February 2, 2010 12:15 pm

    Kazz and 808 Chef….

    I wasnt recruited by 3-4 schools, let alone asked to the prom by 3-4 stunning beauties. So I have no previous experience in both areas.

    Just thinking must be pretty cool to get numerous offers.

    I think my prom choices was next door neighbor, family friend and cousin…..LOL!

  98. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 12:16 pm


    So that is how the Wuskies operate. Keep it wush wush so that the one we really want won’t know we have already a replacement waiting. Oh well, congrats to him and glad he made a choice based on family.

  99. Darren February 2, 2010 12:22 pm

    Another Crusader…welcome Moses Samia!

    Damn the Huskies!!! It’s a good place to go to school though…

  100. kapakahi February 2, 2010 12:24 pm

    After failing to secure commitments from Epenesa & Lagafuaina and now with lost commitment by Pelluer, I gotta believe that the late scholie offers to Elvin Matagi (Kekaulike HS) and Moses Samia (Saint Louis) to add Dline depth is partly because that the UH coaches recognize that there aren’t any obvious local Dline prospects in Class of 2011 other than Koa Ka’ai (Kamehameha-Oahu).

  101. al February 2, 2010 12:25 pm

    one door closes and another one opens.

    i guess samia’s visit this weekend paid off.

    i’ll bet that trapasso is drooling over the possiblities of another two sport athlete. samia is know to have blasted a number of homeruns out of the diamond.

  102. BigIslandkurt February 2, 2010 12:26 pm

    Bro, watch that Loeffler boy. I was glad that they decided to greyshirt him. I watched him for a few years….mainly on the track field and basketball court. He was always a big, athletic kid. I love it that the bradduh got a small kine kolohe streak. I mean that in a good way. I like when Olinemen got a little bit o nasty in them. Being from the BI, and on a struggling HIlo High team at that, he pretty much passed under the radar. Like many a Big Island bradduh before him, he got that “STOKED to be at UH, playing for the Warrior” look in his eyes. I met up with him once and told him that the Big Island uncles is pulling fo him. The boy is a certified MAN CHILD. Big, long….but still young boy if you know what I”m saying. I told him not to let the bright lights of the big city blind him. πŸ™‚ If you ever get a chance, go remind him that the Big Island uncles got his back. If he builds off of his momentum and keeps improving, mark my word, he will go down as one of the best UH lineman ever! He just gotta keep his head on straight and not fall victim to the Honolulu City lights that many a UH Freshman from the Big Island continue to face. I’m glad he’s getting to work with shaw and I sure hope the older bradduhs take him under their wing. That boy gonna do some things. YOu watch. We should re-name him already…….Jordan “Big Island” Loeffler, ‘cuz that brudduh is ONE Big island.


  103. BigIslandkurt February 2, 2010 12:27 pm

    I see the Big Island at 6’6, 330 before it is all said and done. πŸ™‚


  104. al February 2, 2010 12:29 pm

    in case you haven’t seen samia in action…

  105. A-House February 2, 2010 12:30 pm


    you know, when one has a hearing disability, Dolby and Dobby sounds alike – actually, I neva really pay attention to the name of the “little wizard” who would be free from that villianous family via a gift.

    but, then, how many Harry Potters are out there?

    do we need one now with T – 1 to NLI?

    but, UH does have a great start with Samia making a commitment to play before family, friends, and Tsaikos!!!!!

    as wafan, the great teacher says, wooohooo!!! (did the shirt really shrink?)

  106. A-House February 2, 2010 12:37 pm


    no utube for me at work – i got SMUed by our computer tekkie!! – permanent, big time!!!!

  107. Pride. February 2, 2010 12:38 pm


    February 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    I see the Big Island at 6’6, 330 before it is all said and done.


    Das one good looking prospect. Hoping that we can stick him in at one of the tackle positions and leave him there for four years, like that other big island bruddah from Honoka’a about ten years ago.

  108. al February 2, 2010 12:39 pm

    ahouse….get an iphone or blackberry.

  109. A-House February 2, 2010 12:40 pm


    no worries, Ajoe and the Tsaikos will give him all the love he needs to keep the head straight – maybe, even a kick to da behind to remind him that his hanai relatives on the Big Island got his back!!!

    Jordan seems to have put on some muscles, Russell!!!

  110. al February 2, 2010 12:40 pm

    howzit pride.?

    looks like he gained some 35 lbs.

  111. Garret February 2, 2010 12:40 pm


    Isn’t that what UH is doing by offering Utah State commit Elvis Matagi after Lagafuaina went back to his U-Dub commit?

  112. Garret February 2, 2010 12:43 pm

    I agree that Loeffler is looking good…and I love that he’s an OL recruit out of high school that can really develop in the UH system.

  113. A-House February 2, 2010 12:44 pm

    hmmm, al, you got a point on the Blackberry – soon to be in need of a new cell and considering the “droid” so I can find my way without the map – talk to me my Garmen!!

  114. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 12:51 pm


    I am aware of what happened. But to tell the recruit to keep your mouth shut because UW is afraid of what might happen if the other recruit does indeed commit back and find out what has been going on behind his back. We already know of how sensitive some of these recruits are.

  115. al February 2, 2010 12:52 pm

    samia is one of those guys who will definitely make an impact in the years to come. he played like a man amongst the boys this year and his athleticism is as good as his tenacity.

    in baseball, for example, as big as he is, he has been the starting catcher for st. louis the past two years. he is also one of the most feared batters in the highly competitive ilh.

  116. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 12:53 pm


    And, no, I don’t think that is what happened between Lawrence and Elvis. What has been written is that they offered Elvis after UH found out that Lawrence was going to stay with the UW. Please correct me if I am missing something between Lawrence and Elvis.

  117. al February 2, 2010 12:56 pm

    it will be interesting to see who else drops out
    and even more interesting to see who drops in.

    we also forget that we have a tuipulotu, crivello-rawlins, and manupuna available this year. and in a year the beast.

    we will probably load up on olinemen, wr/sb, db, and continue our search for the holy grail next year.

  118. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 12:56 pm

    Great news about Moses Samia!

    Welcome to the Warriors!


    You’re right, hope that the BaseBows can benefit as well from his enrollment at Manoa.

  119. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 12:57 pm

    As I understand it, Lawrence Lagafuaina was UH’s top DT choice.
    UH thought it had him during the summer and on Sunday.
    The coaches are going to make the full-court press tonight.

  120. al February 2, 2010 12:59 pm

    imagine that we were one phone call away from keeping lagafuaina. had he not called uw to apologize for staying home, we might have still had him today.

    can we counter? i am sure that we did and who knows what could happen tomw?

    now, if we can just get that one punahou boy.

  121. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 12:59 pm

    What’s going on with Jamora? Did UH ever do a home visit?

    My wish list for the last few hours are Ioane and Jamora. Long shot but never say never…

  122. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:00 pm


    Go get’um Coach Mack!!!

  123. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 1:02 pm

    In case anybody is keeping track, Viliami Fonokalafi and Charles Tuaau don’t look like they’ll have the necessary paperwork to be able to sign with anyone tomorrow.

    UH staved off a threat from Reno for Dominick Sierra.

    Darius Bright and London Sapolu are already in the hale.

  124. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:03 pm

    And if you need someone to be outside his house yelling and screaming to stay home, let me know. I will gather as many as my friends to do so. haha

  125. koakane February 2, 2010 1:04 pm

    Moses Samia- he has been the starting catcher for st. louis the past two years. he is also one of the most feared batters in the highly competitive ilh.

    al …….. I remember watching him at some post season playoffs. solid catcher and good hitter. thought he was going to HPU cause they need catchers with the 2 seniors graduating. ditto if he can play two sports at UH.

  126. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 1:04 pm

    UH never got to do a home visit with Jamora.
    He kept saying he was sick.
    And, no, it didn’t do a hospital visit, either.

  127. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 1:04 pm

    Is Samia a better hitter in baseball or football?

  128. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:05 pm


    When is Darius Bright enrolling to UH?

  129. koakane February 2, 2010 1:08 pm

    never watch or paid much attention to him in fball but solid in bball

    this boy has good quick feet and balance (pride this one is a keeper)

  130. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:08 pm

    I’d take my chances without the bat! πŸ™„

  131. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:09 pm

    Seriously though, he’s been terrorizing ILH pitching since he was a Sophomore….

  132. al February 2, 2010 1:10 pm

    samia….that’s a tossup. really. two sport all ilh/state player.

  133. koakane February 2, 2010 1:10 pm

    come on d1 ‘challenge him’ bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  134. BE February 2, 2010 1:11 pm

    he is a better hitter in my opinion
    could be selected in this coming MLB draft
    can hit for power and average plays good defense too.

  135. al February 2, 2010 1:12 pm

    bright is in school already.
    i bumped into him near puck’s alley last week.
    very engaging and polite young man.
    but, he gave me a stiff neck from looking so far up.
    he is that tall.
    i am sure that the smurf cornerbacks are gonna have a tough time defending him.

  136. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:13 pm


    re: the MLB draft; that should be a serious concern for Mack and his staff….

  137. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:14 pm


    Thanks for the info on Jamora. Am still hoping UH can make a last push for him along with Ioane.


    Also thanks for the info on Bright.

  138. al February 2, 2010 1:14 pm

    i won’t dismiss lagafuaina just yet.

    there’s always a hope and a prayer.

  139. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:14 pm

    Geez, something’s gotta get done about the Aloha Stadium turf. Nasty!

  140. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:15 pm

    Let’s hope Bright can pick up the offense like Bradley did.

  141. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:15 pm

    Best wishes to Mike Wadsworth.

  142. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:17 pm

    As for our Tsaiko Tsongstress’ #1 son, just putting it out there that he might look pretty good in purple!

  143. BE February 2, 2010 1:19 pm

    it should be scouts where looking at him for awhile now
    what you should really worry about is Keanu Charmicheal
    kid might get picked up in the first or second round
    he signed with Hawai’i already for class of 2010

  144. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 1:19 pm


  145. al February 2, 2010 1:19 pm

    although i am also a baseball guy.

    if you have pro potential at this young age.
    what are your pro chances in baseball versus football?

    baseball will take you 4-5 years to get to the top if you can fight through the thousands of guys in the minors and all those layers of divisions and levels of play that quickly.

    football will also take you 4-5 years to get there. however, you get one shot and if you make it you will instantly be making a minimum comparative to a rookie mlb contract or you could be a millionaire right away.

    meanwhile, in football your ‘minor league’ is a college education. something to fall back upon and a football scholarship is worth way more than any partial baseball scholarship. with baseball even after college you need to toil in the minors for at least a few if you are that good.

  146. A-House February 2, 2010 1:20 pm


    good to hear that Coach Mack and crew have not given up on Lagafunia since he had called Ubud to decommit to play for family, friends, and Tsaikos!!

    too bad about Jamora – hope he fully recovers soon as pneumonia affects the lungs and can weaken even the strongest.

    Ioane – come on down and put on the Green, White, and Black – show us how you can punish ball carriers so the Tsaikos can cheer!!!

  147. kama krab February 2, 2010 1:22 pm

    Looks like I gotta get down to Ala Wai to check this Moses Samia out. Oh and gotta talk to my pops to make sure they take care of the boy.

    Gotta say from all accounts so far baseball wise, St. Louis may be a contender.

    Pops tells me that there are some real solid baseball players on the roster the boys just gotta buy in to the new way of doing things under Uncle George Gussman.

  148. al February 2, 2010 1:22 pm

    i thought that ccsf where rolo last coached ran a system similar to the run n shoot. so that could be in bright’s advantage.

    and, if darius is bright he’ll catch on quickly enough.

  149. al February 2, 2010 1:27 pm

    and while we are at it…

    why aren’t we talking up kona schwenke?
    he still has not committed and….

    remember two years ago, how in the eleventh hour mack and company brought home paipai falemalu and alema tachibana.

    well, so far we have yap and samia in the late moments and we are still in the ninth inning with a few outs to give.

  150. A-House February 2, 2010 1:29 pm


    if it ain’t the weather or attractive ladies or bodies all over the place, then it must be the water for local football players to wanna go to Udub

    IIRC, on our 9/2009 trip, we only drank juice, bottled water or diet soda – so, how can it be the wata?

    hmmmm, is it really the beautiful campus ( thought we were going to see that in 2011, but with the game at Qualcom ) or coaches or current players or ????

    staying with Udub, what has happened to the Waianae DT who decided to skip Hawaii last year? or did he go to one of the Oregon schools? u know, out of sight, out of mind!

  151. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:30 pm


    “and, if darius is bright he’ll catch on quickly enough.” LOL

    “i thought that ccsf where rolo last coached ran a system similar to the run n shoot. so that could be in bright’s advantage.”

    Let’s hope so because former walk on David Garness is at the same college. So when he comes back to Hawaii, he will have an easier time to adjust the the schemes of the OL.

  152. kama krab February 2, 2010 1:30 pm

    gotta agree with Al #145,

    So many times you see in baseball good ball players get lost in the suffle. They give you a contract and send you to the minor leagues in most cases never to see you again. At least in the pros they give you one chance and if you shine your in if not your done.

    I guess what you can say is in baseball it’s like a slow and painful death for a majority and in football you either got it or you don’t.

  153. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:31 pm

    I have heard Kona may go to ND since he cancelled his trip to UW.

  154. RedZone February 2, 2010 1:32 pm

    Jeremy play for the home team so all of Hawaii can cheer!!!!

  155. al February 2, 2010 1:33 pm


    you are truly a man of your word.
    i admire that.

    okay, so breakfast at jack’s would be nice.

  156. A-House February 2, 2010 1:33 pm


    we could use that kind of “kona wind” pushing against any opponent at home or away

    make Qbs suffer when hit by a “kona wind” and/or “hurricane” from the other side! yea, the sounds will resound within da stadium!!!!

  157. al February 2, 2010 1:34 pm

    not sure if notre dame made a solid official scholarship offer to kona. anyway those are the rumors circulating the north shore.

    perhaps inoke needs to drop by and say hello to his cousin.

  158. kama krab February 2, 2010 1:35 pm

    Sounded like Kona’s parents where happy about the ND offer so kind of thought that Kona going to ND was a done deal. Why you got something to share with the little boys and girls? j/k

  159. al February 2, 2010 1:38 pm

    bleeds green guy….

    i heard garness made all conference at ccsf…right?
    okay, so why isn’t he being recruited this year?

    as a qualifier out of high school he doesn’t need an aa degree just a decent transferrable gpa would suffice in his case.

    what up?

  160. RedZone February 2, 2010 1:40 pm

    Flip flop, flip flop like a fish on the deck of a boat. If you don’t grab em quickly and hang on to em the bugga might escape.

    One more day. Can you imagine what recruiting would be like if there wasn’t a LOI?

  161. al February 2, 2010 1:40 pm

    as a counter to last year’s local duo to notre dame…wouldn’t it be nice to see a turnabout this year?

    (pride. that would be a 180)

  162. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:42 pm

    According to the irish, they offered him

    Honors: Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl

    Rivals: , # 34 WDE, Rating 5.7
    Scout: , # 33 DE
    ESPN: , # 61 DE, Rating 78

    Notre Dame (OV 1/29/10)

    BYU (Committed 7/11; BYU pulled scholarship 1/28 due to ND OV)
    Oregon St
    San Diego St

  163. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 1:46 pm


    About David Garness–I am baffled as to why he wasn’t offered yet. Your guess is as good as mine. There is still time and if not, next year will do also. He will have 3 to play 2 for 2011 class.

  164. kapakahi February 2, 2010 1:52 pm

    SO….is UH completely off Jamora’s radar?….as well as Schwenke’s?

    If Kona intends to delay his signing until after NLI Day to trip up to UW, maybe he can squeeze an official trip to UH too.

  165. al February 2, 2010 2:06 pm


    now you talking, why not make a pitch for schwenke?

    seems like all of a sudden jamora is avoiding us. maybe he is afraid he just might be swayed to stay home?

    that would be nice.

  166. al February 2, 2010 2:17 pm

    good to hear about sierra sticking with his “dream school” after all.

    sad to hear about fonokalafi and tuaau. those two represent future dtackles for us with great upside potential. hopefully they can get it together and find a suitable jc to go to school at and get stuff done.

    for me i thought tuaau was gonna be the one guy with nfl talent.

  167. al February 2, 2010 2:20 pm

    perhaps after feb 1 we’ll find ourselves with one more opportunity available.

    i’d really like to see us give kenny turner a second chance at walking the straight life. where else better than hawaii?

  168. Pride. February 2, 2010 2:21 pm


    February 2nd, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    as a counter to last year’s local duo to notre dame…wouldn’t it be nice to see a turnabout this year?

    (pride. that would be a 180)

    Al, waiting for Lagafuaina to do a 360.

  169. al February 2, 2010 2:28 pm

    on another note…

    can’t believe that kolten wong was not named to the pre-season all wac team along with nate klein, greg garcia, and sean mountplaisir.

  170. al February 2, 2010 2:32 pm

    i think you mean a 180.

    if he is at uw now then a 180 is in manoa.

    whereas, a 360 would spin him around completely landing back at uw.
    which is what he did yesterday, a 360 from uw to uh back to uw….360.
    i should have held my stance yesterday, but, they just dropped the noodles on the lazy susan so i got distracted.

    get it?
    got it?

  171. Pride. February 2, 2010 2:39 pm

    It’s 360 Al. He was with us on Sunday night, did a 180 on Monday morning to UW, and will do a 180 back to us on Wednesday morning? That’s a 360. Okay Tiger? Never mind the lazy susan excuse. I’ll bring you a protractor, you might be a visual type guy.

  172. Buffoman February 2, 2010 2:46 pm

    I agree (ST and Al), Tuaau is going to be a BIG impact guy for the Warriors. I saw him as a soph. play and thought, “wow, who is that guy?!” Glad when he said he’d be a Warrior. The guy reminds me of Taase Faumui (sp?). If he could get BIG with getting “sloppy” the guy would be a manchild. Havoc in human shell.

    Yea, and if Paipai and Alema keep developing, oh my goodness!

  173. haka February 2, 2010 2:46 pm

    Aloha Moses!
    Go Warriors!

  174. Pride. February 2, 2010 2:59 pm


    February 2nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    I agree (ST and Al), Tuaau is going to be a BIG impact guy for the Warriors. I saw him as a soph. play and thought, “wow, who is that guy?!” Glad when he said he’d be a Warrior. The guy reminds me of Taase Faumui (sp?). If he could get BIG with getting “sloppy” the guy would be a manchild. Havoc in human shell.

    Yea, and if Paipai and Alema keep developing, oh my goodness!

    Too bad we couldn’t funnel these guys through that old C.O.P. program. Career Opportunities Program is what I think it was called.

  175. kama krab February 2, 2010 3:13 pm


    Talked to my cousin on Sunday about Charlie Tuaau and he told me that Charlie will probably not qualify for U.H. because of grades.

    What a waste of talent because trust me, the boy would cause some havoc on some poor Q.B.

    He not only has the motor but he is just plain crazy when he is on that football field. Also my cousin told me that the boy is just plain huge height and size wise.

    This will be a big loss for not only UH but for Charlie himself. Hopefully he can go to a solid JC and get his grades in check.

  176. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 3:38 pm

    What happens if he doesn’t sign with anyone and ends up at a community college and get a semester under his belt, could he possibly walk on and earn a scholarship?

  177. al February 2, 2010 3:49 pm

    its 180 from where he is now (udub).
    a 360 puts him back to udub.
    and i do have a protractor.

  178. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 3:51 pm

    Wow Bulla Ginlack look huge and scary. Hope to see him pancaking everybody in his way this season!

  179. al February 2, 2010 3:53 pm

    buffoman…he is not going to have the “paperwork” to get to manoa.

    bleeder…one’s signature is moot point if he cannot gain admittance. all bets would be off. upon successful attainment of an aa degree that includes transferrable credits (normally two years) the guy could then accept a scholarship to a four year college or walk on.

  180. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 3:54 pm

    Al and Pride–

    You’re both correct! It depends on how you look at the situation.

    If you are looking at the current situation, then it is a 180. But if you are looking at it when he committed to UH, then it would be 360.

  181. postmanke February 2, 2010 3:54 pm

    Re: 126

    some ole story, only the names of the players have changed.. =)

    Whatever the method to the madness.. some guys excel at waiting to the very last minute and can do their best work when their backs are up against the wall.. tough way to run the business..

  182. BigIslandkurt February 2, 2010 4:01 pm

    Bleed Green808,
    He could go to a CC and attain credits enough to transfer. Here’s the catch — if he’s a non-qualifier out of high school, I think he will need to complete his AA degree first….which poses a huge challenge. He could go and transfer, but he would have to probably go less than full time to not start his eligibility clock. There certainly are loopholes, but it can be a complicated step. He’d need to complete 24 college level (100 and above) credits to be eligible for admission as a transfer student. If he goes less than full time, then we can all see just how long this would take. Here’s another problem, some kids who struggled academically in high school are not necessarily in line to make a complete academic turnaround and excel at the CC. That is why so many great high school names have pretty much fizzled out a year or two after high school.


  183. Pride. February 2, 2010 4:03 pm


  184. BigIslandkurt February 2, 2010 4:04 pm

    BleedGreen808 regarding #163….David Garness.

    The reason UH probably didn’t offer him is because they probably already burned the bridge with this boy. He was stoked to be here, but events led to he not being part of the fall roster. As a result, he went to CC in San Fran, and as we can see, now is kicking some serious @**. PAC 10 and Big 12 schools are on him. We had our chance, but the situation just didn’t allow for things to happen with this boy. WE might regret this one.


  185. BigIslandkurt February 2, 2010 4:07 pm

    Re: #109

    AHouse….Mahalo! We are truly at the tip of the iceberg with The Big Island. The more people hanai him, the better. He truly has the potential to be a great olineman for UH.


  186. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2010 4:12 pm

    Check your email.

  187. kama krab February 2, 2010 4:19 pm


    Just looking at the pictures above,

    Brysen and Kaniela look like animals.

    Kainoa looks like a lean mean punching machine.

    And the young one Jordan Loeffler looks like to real deal. Boy looks huge in those pictures. Looks like he’s taller and bigger than Kainoa. Ho that is saying something.

  188. al February 2, 2010 4:20 pm

    picture this….
    a matson liner is headed to seattle.
    something goes awry and so the ship turns around back to honolulu harbor.
    that is a 180 turnaround.

    in this case the liner heads to seattle.
    turns around to honolulu
    then turns around back to seattle
    then changes course again to honolulu
    that is a 540.

  189. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 4:23 pm

    dpk.. check your email..

  190. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 4:24 pm


    Thanks for info. However, if UH burned there bridges, then why does he have UH as the “college choice?” On the other hand, burned bridges can be rebuilt!

  191. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 4:24 pm


    Sounds like a Von Appen running play.

  192. Pride. February 2, 2010 4:26 pm

    Okay 540, nuff sed.

    At least he’s smart enough to use Matsonlines.

  193. Pride. February 2, 2010 4:28 pm

    Mr. Lagafuaina

    The Huskies “want” you.
    The Warriors “need” you.

    The Huskies want to add your name to a long list of Huskies that have come through the program.
    The Warriors want to add your name to the short list of Circle of Honorees that line the wall of the Stan Sheriff Center.

    The Huskies want your name to on the tip of every tongue in Seattle for the next four years.
    The Warriors want your name to be a househlod name for generations to come in the state of Hawaii where your family, children, and grandchildren will walk proudly whenever they’re last name is mentioned.

    Be a Husky, where you will make new relationships with new brothers.
    Be a Warrior, where you will sweat and bleed next to brothers that share your race, history, and heritage.

    Be a Husky, where they fight for respect in the Pac-10.
    Be a Warrior where they fight for respect from the world.

    You can play for Husky pride.
    Or you can play for the Warrior “mana”

  194. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 4:28 pm

    It all depends where the starting point is.

  195. SteveM February 2, 2010 4:30 pm


    pride. plays with more boats than Al, so can recognize a plotted reciprocal course better. πŸ˜†

    BleedGreen808 — thanks for your concern. They are only teasing. If not, they’ll settle this at Camellia… 😐

  196. Kekoa February 2, 2010 4:35 pm

    Al ~ #188…You got me goin’ in circles:

  197. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 4:35 pm

    Well, then, if that’s the case then it is a 540. hehe

  198. kama krab February 2, 2010 4:39 pm

    All this 180, 360, 540, is driving me crazy. All I know is when everything a said and done, Lagafuaina will be protecting the aina of Hawaii. =)

  199. LizKauai m/ February 2, 2010 4:40 pm


    So- players, prima donnas, teenage high school “superstars”… pah.

    Young men- wanna be a Warrior? Come with your talent, your desire and your humility before Ke Akua. Offer it to Hawaii’s University, Hawaii’s team, and prove yourself worthy.

    We will be with you all the way. You will FEEL THE ALOHA from the football fans of Hawaii!


  200. LizKauai m/ February 2, 2010 4:41 pm

    200 Esmmeeee!

  201. kama krab February 2, 2010 4:42 pm

    Pride no doubt #193,

    If Lawrence wants to make a name for himself and wants to be remembered, he will have a better chance of doing that in Green rather than Purple.

  202. kama krab February 2, 2010 4:45 pm

    But no matter what,

    Like Coach Stant said,

    Commit to a place where you feel you can lay your roots for years to come.

    And with that I think we will come out of tomorrow with not only a commit from Lawrence Lagafuaina but also V.J. Fehoko.

  203. whitey February 2, 2010 4:50 pm

    kama, no worry about the degrees, wait till they tell you who is on first!!

  204. kama krab February 2, 2010 4:52 pm

    Like many here have said,

    Choosing a college is not just a four-five year investment it may turn into a lifetime investment. So for those that are still wavering please take that into effect. This may be your only chance to get it right. Look deep and say where do I want to spend the rest of my life. Once you get your answer then you’ll know that you made the right choice.

    Whatever that choice be just know if you decide to play for the home team you will be remembered forever. And if you don’t believe me just ask Uncle Pride or even Colt Brennan or even better just ask some of your coaches who have dawn the color Green. They will tell you.

  205. wafan February 2, 2010 4:56 pm

    Welcome to new Warrior Samia! Now part their OL!

  206. wafan February 2, 2010 5:05 pm

    Pelleur’s commitment to the UW is big news up here. But, did they have to rub it in that he had commited to the UH then “. . . changed his mind . . .”?

  207. wafan February 2, 2010 5:11 pm

    I agree with the statement that choosing a university is more than a 4-year commitment. My choice to attend a university here in Washington has resulted in my being here for 28 years.

    I sure hope they really like the place they choose. It may be nearly a life-time commitment.

  208. al February 2, 2010 5:14 pm


    deep. very deep brah.

    have the coaches email that to the lagafuaina household.

  209. kama krab February 2, 2010 5:21 pm

    Al #208,

    No need email just tell them read the blog tonight and feel the love. Cause I bet once they really feel the Aloha there’s no turning back.

  210. wafan February 2, 2010 5:51 pm

    Continued prayers and positive thoughts for Florida Ted, (J)J’s Mom, and any others who are in pain or suffering.

  211. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 5:54 pm

    Whew suspenseful these last hours before signing begins… hope all the local boys undecided make the right choice to stay home and bleed warrior green blood!

  212. wafan February 2, 2010 5:55 pm


  213. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2010 6:16 pm


    Ya got my blood boiling with that one…
    I hope that Mr. Lagafuaina knows who you are and that in addition to being a former UH standout in football, you are one of the smartest people on this blog. And what you say is true. I hope Mr. Lagafuaina and his parents read this post. Makes sense doesn’t it?

  214. Hoohiki February 2, 2010 6:22 pm


    Pride, if that doesn’t persuade those on the fence….

    Awesome sentiments, my brother.

  215. haka February 2, 2010 6:41 pm

    A Warrior commitment is daring to dream of the dreams that dare.

    A Warrior commitment is believing in the power and the power to believe.

    A Warrior commitment is personal pride and a prideful tradition.

    A Warrior commitment is once in a lifetime for a whole lifetime.

    “Respond fellow Warriors,respond with one heart to the challenges that lie ahead of us”

    EO NA TOA, E

    This is battle.
    You must respond.

    A Warrior commitment is a state of the heart and the heart of the state.

  216. wadup? February 2, 2010 7:12 pm


    Your #193 post is making me all NUTZ!

    …be a Warrior and fight for respect from the rest of the world..!


  217. wadup? February 2, 2010 7:13 pm

    NUTZ as in all jacked up…good

  218. A-House February 2, 2010 7:18 pm

    This blog is a once in a life time experience.

    Somber to glee to fuud to friends to football to friendships to lively discussions to apprecited donations to suspense to sadness to poets and writers, to a sports beat writer who could not have imagined how his little blog would affect so many people – moments that were created by once total strangers who have become very speical friends all in support of UH football!

    To silliness of degrees to chart navigation, to agree to disagree, and “who’s on first” – what, whitey, how did baseball enter this rhetoric?

    and speaking of baseball, no Kolten Wong as a pre-season WAC pick? is there a better 2nd baseman in the conference? okey dokie, Kolty, you show ‘um!

  219. Ralph February 2, 2010 7:19 pm

    We need to revive June Jones EO NA TOA EO NA TOA E chant, introduce the team to the playing field with the chant, lay Hawaii 5 – 0 to rest. We need to rev the the players energy level up and energize their pride in being a Warrior.

  220. whitey February 2, 2010 7:39 pm

    aaahhhh!!!! Col A House the reward of being an old fart!!! If no can handle our world problem, what do you and I do???? We go fishing in Alaska, OF COURSE!!!!! My friend from the north said fishing for steelheads is excellent!!!! I can you and me with frozen buns trying to work our spinners.

  221. YODA February 2, 2010 7:40 pm

    “Pray on it” long time BYU night before signing line.

  222. whitey February 2, 2010 7:40 pm

    suppose to be, “I can see you and me etc”

  223. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:40 pm

    Besides the EO NA TOA chant, bring back dem all black jerseys with the kapa design or better yet somebody tell Under Armour to add in the kapa design to the uniforms and bring back and all black version. I dunno but something about the boys wearing all black is pretty intimidating to our opponents.

  224. whitey February 2, 2010 7:43 pm

    “T’was the nite before LOI and all thru the house”. Wait, dang, that season wen pass already!!!!!!

  225. whitey February 2, 2010 7:44 pm

    PB, not to mention the US Marines!!!!!

  226. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:45 pm

    Tommorrow should bring some excitement and relief for many of these future stars. I hope most will sign under the heading University of Hawaii Warriors Football!

  227. whitey February 2, 2010 7:46 pm

    what’s wrong with Hawaii 5-0??????

  228. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:46 pm

    whitey, no doubt…love it going out on patrols and seeing guys she-she pants when they hear us coming.

  229. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:48 pm

    Welcome to Warrior Nation Moses Samia, hope you ready for pound guys in the backfield…

  230. bighilofan2 February 2, 2010 7:49 pm

    very good description of how the young recruits should look at their decision tomorow. usually, young men don’t have these kinds of decisions to make. but you pointed out their decision tree very well.

    got a friend’s nephew who was a star player in high school on the big island. he went to Udub. he terrorized Colt in the backfield two years ago, and because of that his was ahousehold name immediately after that game. but we’ve never heard from him since and i doubt if many big islanders, let alone the State, knows his name today.

    the point was well made earlier: out of sight out of mind. if you llive Hawaii, nobody gonna care if you did good somewhere else. They’ll know Inoke Fukani and Blaze Soares and the Watson brothers; they played for us, Warrior Nation, the home team.

    which is why Ryan Eastman has a big star next to his name. He is one of us, and he makes me feeel sooo gooood!!!

  231. Derek February 2, 2010 7:51 pm

    I hope all the recruits still deciding their college choices have a good night’s rest. Think about it. I would ask that you go to the internet and look up Ryan Parker songs. Once there, look for the song that he wrote “Hawaii’s Warriors” and play it. You will feel the pride of the State of Hawaii and what it means to be a Warrior. You don’t see very many people write music about sport teams, but when you do it’s because of something special and inspiration. Another good example is the New Orleans Saints about their “Who Dat” stuff.
    Do you have a song about UW or ND? Hawaii Warriors can galvanize the entire State into something bigger than themselves. We all witnessed it in 2007. We can do it again!

  232. Ralph February 2, 2010 7:51 pm

    PB Under Armour comes up with the uniform concept and I’m sure they run it by coach Mac. He can make suggestions, the man got to be proactive. JJ was, he branded the team, he picked black, he got Nike to come up with a uniform with black and the tapa design. Got to have a vision, a direction, and a common goal. I wonder if coach Mac has a plan or learning on the go.

  233. bighilofan2 February 2, 2010 7:52 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors, Moses Samia. yeee haaaa!!!!

    go make like Mr. Loeffler, 35 pounds in one year of full on manhood!

  234. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:52 pm

    Hawaii 5-0 is good for halftime…need something for amp up the boys at the beginning of the game. Something for dem to get nawts to and ready to rip heads off…

  235. Pauoa Boy February 2, 2010 7:56 pm

    Ralph, the new uniforms is okay but I like that black one the boys wore during the JJ era. I felt that it was the best looking yet intimidating uniform out there. I think Solly mentioned that wearing the all black uniform just made them seem more intimidating and more likely to want to hit the ish out of people!

  236. jeezy3 February 2, 2010 7:58 pm

    VJ is a UTE.

  237. jeezy3 February 2, 2010 7:58 pm

    ANd its a huge sigh of relief.

  238. Ralph February 2, 2010 8:01 pm

    Whitey nothing wrong with Hawaii 5 – 0, play it when they have re runs with McGarrett. Play it in mbb games where they play a slow, flex motion half court game, but in football, its a physical game, you want Mana, power and high energy to respond and whack someone in the mouth- protect our Aina.

  239. Ralph February 2, 2010 8:06 pm

    Yup, black is nice. Black is power, think Oakland Raiders in their hey day. Fans called them dirty, not, they were just physical and they wore it on their sleeves. They wore the black and silver with pride. Their move to LA must have softened them up, they haven’t been the same since returning to Oakland.

  240. Ralph February 2, 2010 8:15 pm

    Whitey google you can log on to old Hawaii 5-0 reruns and listen to the theme song all night long.

  241. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 8:15 pm

    thanks jeezy3. darn it!

  242. WenatcheeWarrior February 2, 2010 8:17 pm

    jeezy3, You for real? Do you actually know? Or just blowing smoke?

  243. Ralph February 2, 2010 8:20 pm

    what time is the live streaming with the Princess- NLI event. 6 am , 6:30 am, ?????

  244. protector February 2, 2010 8:22 pm

    Welcome & Mahalo to Moses Samia!

    Pride on # 193 & haka on # 215,

    Well-stated & heart-felt!

    al on # 167 (re: Kenny “Burner” Turner,

    Hey al, I thought that kid had tweeted / twittered his buddies that he didn’t like his visit and that Hawaii was “too different”. If that was an accurate posting, he doesn’t sound like a very good match for the Warriors.

  245. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 8:23 pm

    wave ryder also decommitted from utah

  246. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 8:24 pm

    utah state

  247. jeezy3 February 2, 2010 8:25 pm

    I know for real and if you guys didn’t know VJ’s drama tactics from day 1, you guys should be slapping yourselves. I knew from get go he wasn’t going to UH. But his family loves to stir up drama so we knew UH was magically going to get thrown into picture last minute somehow. I also knew he wasn’t going to rebuilding school like Utah St. Add that up with the fake offers to Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and so on and you got UTah left. Nice powerhouse non BCS team. Of course that is after Leach got fired and his only BCS offer was gone. But yes I am for real. Utah Bound. He wouldnt beat out Elisara or Quines anyway

  248. letsgowarriors February 2, 2010 8:25 pm

    wave ryder decommitted last week. going Navy

  249. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 8:28 pm

    that’s news to me. thanks though letsgowarriors

  250. BE February 2, 2010 8:30 pm

    VJ would beat out Quines
    if he left, Quines might go Oregon State don’t be surprised
    if it happens

  251. Ralph February 2, 2010 8:33 pm

    Well if anyone isn’t coming to UH, I’m glad they chose Navy or one of the academies, the academies build character, gives them a great education, and its service to our Country.

  252. d1ε³Ά February 2, 2010 8:36 pm

    Wave Ryder…going Navy…makes sense…

  253. jeezy3 February 2, 2010 8:37 pm

    I know about the quines rumors…. But VJ has no shot being better than Quines.

  254. Bulla February 2, 2010 8:58 pm


    once again, mahalo for the kind words for ryan…..he is only one player on a team loaded with talent, but he will fight with his brothers anywhere, anytime, and against anybody…..the Triple A club if you will.

    on a good note, 1st day of workouts for him, and a solid day, but this is what the conversations was like:

    so how was it today son?

    all good dad, got to work out and run, little sore but i’ll stretch all night

    better day than yesterday?

    ahhhh, it’s a process, i’m low man on the pile, but i expected that….but the cool thing dad, everyone is cool, no cliques out here like where i was…seems everyone is on the same page. they’re cool to me in the locker room.

    you sure you ok boy?

    dad, i’m home, i don’t have to make myself happy, i wake up every day happy….people are nice, people care about you, not like the mainland. i’m happy i went away, i got to play, did what i had to do and learned a lot. but i’m home for good…… and we’re going to win some games, just watch. i gotta redshirt, but i’ll be cracking arse every day against the 1st OL, and i love it. they’ll make me better, and i hope i can make them better too. we gotta do good dad, we represent all of 808.

    spirit of excellence son, in all you do, drills, lifting, classroom… effort ok?

    no worries dad, the quiet dog don’t get fed…………auryte

    and that was the conversation from UH to St. Louis………all good, but mahalo for all the aloha from everyone……..all i can say to the kids who go away…..good luck, do well, represent…..but when you get into your later years and you’re sitting on your lazy boy chair talking to your grandkids and you’re telling them where you played college ball….kind of sad when they ask you, ‘eh pops, where is that school anyway?’

    just a thought……once a Warrior, always a Warrior.

    GO WARRIORS πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  255. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2010 8:59 pm

    Some intersting stuff here tonight…

  256. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2010 8:59 pm

    interesting even…

  257. Bulla February 2, 2010 9:01 pm

    and a big welcome to ANOTHER CRUSADER, MOSES SAMIA……


  258. Garret February 2, 2010 9:10 pm

    Article in the Tampa paper about Sampson’s commit. Both the Tampa paper and the Orlando paper state that Sampson’s only other offers were from D-IAA schools. I think that the coaches did well with getting Sampson–he has the speed needed to make an impact and he was very productive in high school…that is more important to me than a couple of inches in height.

    Soon after Eric Dungy committed to Oregon, Panthers leading WR Allen Sampson verbally committed to the University of Hawaii. Sampson, who had Division I-AA offers from Delaware, Georgia Southern, Murray State and Southern Illinois, spent the weekend on Hawaii’s campus.

    “Allen is one of the most electric players that I’ve ever seen,” Plant coach Robert Weiner said of Sampson, who led the Panthers last season with 39 receptions for 671 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had two interceptions and three returns for touchdowns, averaging 11.3 yards on punt returns and 37.3 yards on kickoffs.

    “He is the kind of player that makes you stop coaching and start watching like an excited spectator,” Weiner said. “And to top it off, he is an even better human being.”

  259. Ralph February 2, 2010 9:14 pm

    DPK its Aoe time

  260. OldDiver February 2, 2010 9:21 pm

    Wow Bulla:

    Being a dad myself I got kinda misty eyed. You got a great kid there.

  261. Garret February 2, 2010 9:21 pm

    Great news from ST that UH kept Sierra’s commit even though he visited Nevada!

    I’m worried about Zach Quinnes, as he’s one of the standouts in the recruiting class. UH has a lot of good commits, but Quinnes could be a difference maker.

  262. buffoman February 2, 2010 9:31 pm

    Last thing on Mr. Tuaau.

    A long time ago there was a program called the Rainbow Advantage program. Essentially, it was for kids who wanted to go to college, did not apply to a CC, did not take a SAT, but were somehow selected because the showed desire and potential to be a UH student. They dormed during the summer and went into an intense pre-college program and were then enrolled as freshmen.

    If the program is still in existence, as a part of the College Oportunities Program, he could get in and work his way as a student first then walk on and secure a scholarship.

    If he sees himself as a college graduate first and an athlete second, he could get the best of both oportunities, if he could get in and be patient, by being a student first.

    Then it would not be such a waste, but someone needs to see if the path exists, and Mr. Tuaau needs to really want this, as he’s going to have to make a lifestyle change and be that student he was not.

    What a success story that would be.

  263. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:33 pm

    He’s going to Arizona Western.

  264. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:35 pm

    If for some reason, UH felt the need to get a new mascot, someone suggested Chris Brown as The Warrior.

  265. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:39 pm

    Recruits are young and they’re overwhelmed by the process.
    The only thing I find disturbing is that a recruit didn’t speak directly with coach Mack in announcing he was going elsewhere. A player might be under stress, but good manners is good manners.
    The old prom analogy: if you don’t want to accept an invitation, you don’t tell a friend to break the news.

  266. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 9:39 pm

    Are the UH coaches swaying them to go to AZ Western or what?

  267. letsgowarriors February 2, 2010 9:40 pm

    who is this recruit u speak of?

  268. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 9:41 pm


    Who just decommitted?

  269. BleedGreen808 February 2, 2010 9:42 pm


    Are you talking about tuuau going to AZ Western?

  270. Bulla February 2, 2010 9:45 pm

    Arizona Western, didn’t Jacob Barit from St Louis go there also?

  271. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:46 pm

    yep. he’s going there.

  272. Bulla February 2, 2010 9:47 pm


    you’re right, COP or College Opportunities Program is a great program. back in the 80’s i was blessed to be involved as an ‘assistant’ with that program. some kids make it, some kids don’t, but the important thing is that they get a shot, they get a chance to get entry into UH.

    have a restful night

  273. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:48 pm

    Viliami Fonokalafi and Charles Tuaau are both going to Arizona Western.

  274. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2010 9:49 pm

    Also heard that a top-10 recruit who committed to a Mainland school is not a qualifier.
    At the moment.

  275. Ralph February 2, 2010 9:49 pm

    Won’t be seeing Amanda Gil at a UH mvb game, she committed to U Dub. Sitting out a year, start play in 2011 with 2 years to play.

  276. Bulla February 2, 2010 9:53 pm

    #274 ST

    ‘at the moment’? stuff like that doesn’t usually change overnight……or does it? stranger things have happened i guess………it’s the eve of LOI……

  277. Ralph February 2, 2010 10:03 pm

    lots of drama unfolding, everyone take your meds, relax, it is what it is, when they sign on the dotted line we’ll know who will be warriors, and that’s starts in about in 4 hours EST at the earliest.

  278. RedZone February 2, 2010 10:29 pm

    Whenever there is a calm before the storm I think of this scene in the movie In Harms Way.

  279. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 10:41 pm

    Think all the key players will confirm tomorrow? Or will some delay?

  280. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 10:44 pm

    Have we ever had a recruit out of high school with the kind of Yards per reception (17yds average on 39 receptions), kick off return (37.3), punt return (11.7) as Sampson had?

  281. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:00 pm

    MIH, I’m not sure if he was as good, but a guy by the name of Jeff Snyder was a good one.

  282. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 2, 2010 11:01 pm

    1) Gil would have beeb nice to have, but not crucial.

    2) E’o Na Toa is a Mustang thing now. Apparently the Ikaika helmet and the crossing spears is adjacent to a galloping horse now.

    3) Black was cool. Silver was weird. Here’s to our dear Hawaii, Here’s to our GREEN AND WHITE!!!

  283. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:03 pm

    But my favorite was always Chad Owens. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – When I hear that phrase, I think of him. Chad Owens possessed the spirit and soul of a Warrior.

  284. al February 2, 2010 11:07 pm


    12 hours ago…a fax from australia is the first in.
    three a.m. hst a florida fax arrives from the new fastest warrior.
    five a.m. hst the flight of the phoenix stirs the facsimile mechanism
    six a.m. hst the fax burns out several california and washington deliveries
    eight a.m. hst all three fax machines goes off as the local boys make good their word
    nine a.m. hst wait there’s more. don’t forget about our samoan contingent

    hopefully, by then all the paperwork is received and a smiling tony tuioti presents the paperwork to a relieved coach mack.

    scrambling ensues if any are missing.
    press conferences, na koa events done. the work begins to coordinate all the invited walkons. the big board is revamped with real names. a new wish list is developed, recruiting for 2011 is on its way.

    you gotta love it. long hours, a lot of dear john letters (er text messages), dvds by the thousands, and on and on.

    what a job!
    what a life!

  285. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 11:08 pm

    What was wrong with dark, dark, DARK, Green?

    Jeff Snyder? I vaguely remember that name. One of Coach Wagner’s WR’s.. Philadelphia Eagles.

    Hope Sampson turns out just as well D1 and gets drafted too, eh?

  286. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 2, 2010 11:09 pm

    Dayum Bulla!

    Our offensive line is not gonna know what them come Spring ball!!!

    Glad to hear from Ryan that thing are “pono” with the mana of the team!!!! No clicks, just ONE TEAM!!!

  287. whitey February 2, 2010 11:10 pm

    ok, i hear the raindeers on the roof, put out the cookies and milk, and time to go to bed. In the morning, surprise, surprise, surprise!!!! (according to Gomer Pyle, USMC).

  288. al February 2, 2010 11:11 pm

    i give in to the 180-360 debate.

    but, not the snyder – sydner arguement

  289. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:12 pm

    I understand what Pauoa Boy is saying about the black. That was definitely our brand for awhile.

    But like I said before, Warrior is an attitude. It isn’t the words on your jersey, heck it isn’t even the color of your jersey. It’s all about your attitude.

    Warrior is an “attitude”.

    I see it in the Beast, “heck I’m not playing in any games”,
    he says, “but I’m hitting any and every offensive lineman who gets in my way. I’m going to make the offense and the team better”. Unselfish, sacrifice for the team. that’s a Warrior.

    Warrior is that look in your eye when on the way to play against Colorado, the flight attendant says “oh my, I didn’t even know the University of Honolulu had a football team. Who are you guys playing? You can’t mean the Buffalos right, because they are a real football team. That would just be suicide for all you young boys. Well be here when the game is over nursing all your injuries. Don’t lose by too much now.”

  290. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 11:13 pm


    You talking in circles?

  291. Ralph February 2, 2010 11:14 pm

    Kazz if you had a painting of a UH warrior on canvas and the canvas was white, what do you do. You change the background color to accentuate the green and white. Black can be a backdrop color if done properly. The Na Wahine softball used to use yellow in their motif. baseball had orange. Na Wahine vb used black.

  292. Ralph February 2, 2010 11:15 pm

    Kazz your face paint was black. right?

  293. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 2, 2010 11:15 pm

    So… How about that Ryan Eastman kid huh?

    Braddah was apparently raised right with a great mom and dad!!! :mrgreen:

  294. Pride. February 2, 2010 11:15 pm


    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:11 pm
    i give in to the 180-360 debate.

    but, not the snyder – sydner arguement

    Okay, you win that one. But arguement, should be argument.

  295. madeinhawaii February 2, 2010 11:19 pm

    Okay.. you guys are making me dizzy.. I’m going to bed and wake up expecting to be pleasantly surprised.

    Night all!

  296. al February 2, 2010 11:26 pm

    yah…i know. it was one of those you catch just as you hit the “submit comment” button.

    but, i do wholeheartedly agree with you about what you said in #289.

    and yes, i still think we need the black to come back. all that branding stuff was brilliant. jj was such a visionary. i realize mack wanted to create his own uniqueness and get out of the shadows, but, i thought that those were the stuff born of tradition.

    we should bring that back and we should not allow such to be altered.

  297. al February 2, 2010 11:32 pm

    pride. i hear you about the attitude of a warrior.

    i once sat and talked with soupy kawawaki of the infamous 6-0 university of hawaii upset over big red nebraska in lincolnj, nebraska. he said that to a man there was no quit on that team. they were outweighed by as much as a 100lbs per man on the line of scrimmage. but, we battled to the end. they would have died first before giving up.

    he said, their mantra was to represent all of hawaii. and they did.

    the old days we always got up for the season finale whether it be at the old stadium or aloha stadium. we always defended our housej, our state.

    its like the 442nd doing battle in ww2. to the end. its an attitude that is hawaii. local boys always come up big. they represent.

    that’s what we have to remember. always.

  298. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 2, 2010 11:42 pm


    Sans facepaint. Temp tattoo I’ve been wearing on my face was green and the eye black strip was… well black.

    Black is nice… When the new UA dark green jerseys debuted last season, a new school fan like me (circa 2002) loved it!

    I’ve seen the black on the wahine softball and vball teams, but they both have green unis too. I would like to see more of dat!!! :green:

    But again, black as a fashionable color is nice. But UH is GREEN and WHITE!

  299. Ralph February 2, 2010 11:53 pm

    Kazz now if the UHAD would promote “think green” to the fans for all athletic venues then UH can join the rest of the programs whose fans wear one color.

  300. J-Dog February 2, 2010 11:54 pm

    Hope to wake up to some good news and some surprises in favor of UH.

  301. NorthShoreFan February 2, 2010 11:55 pm

    Morning All..finding it hard to nene tonight. Anticipating the new 2010 of Warriors! Mahalo to all for choosing to be Warriors!
    Pride…Warrior is an Attitude…luv this one. maybe can get it printed on a Tsaiko shirt? New design?

    Someone was talking about a player, Jeremy Perry? who dat? Mainland recruit?


  302. Ralph February 2, 2010 11:56 pm

    JD has a masters in marketing doesn’t he, does he see any value in thinking green and “marketing” the green branding for all UH events. I rarely see him with green at the SSC when the camera is on him. He likes aloha fridays everyday, kinda shy needs to buy him some green aloha shirts.

  303. hilosupaman February 3, 2010 2:20 am


    Of the posts I have been reading I get the feeling most of you do not like it when local boys leave to play else where, some people just want to “Make it” somewhere else! Reguardless of where they choose to play I know they carry the HAWAIIAN SPIRIT with them!

    I am currently serving our nation overseas in the military, I too decided to go away to try and “make it”. Everybody that knows me, knows the red, white and bluen I bleed is from the HAWAIIAN FLAG. NO MATTER WHAT UNIFORM I WEAR AND WHERE I LIVE I WILL ALWAYS BE THAT WAY!

    These young guys are no diffrent… just because they are not here will not change them

    Many of you talk about the Warrior Spirit BUT DON’T FORGET THE ALOHA SPIRIT!



  304. Kalihi Valley February 3, 2010 2:23 am

    Why 5 hat’s instead of his final 2? LOI Day and this hat thing is getting so blown out of proportion.

  305. wafan February 3, 2010 3:08 am

    Good morning!

    In a few hours it will be a great one!!!

  306. wafan February 3, 2010 3:11 am

    I hope the recruits are happy where ever they decide to further their education.

    Congratulations to all!

  307. wafan February 3, 2010 3:12 am

    An early welcome to all of the new Warriors!


  308. Kekoa (iPhone) February 3, 2010 3:42 am

    Getting ready to head out the door in a few minutes. Going down to the signing at the Sheraton. This is going to be a very interesting morning for my 3 grand nephews.

    Hoping every local boy follows their dream.

  309. Bulla February 3, 2010 4:38 am

    can you feel it? all the excitement at the Sheraton is going to be building soon. families getting up, scrubbing up, and dressing up for this special day.

    nice article ST, and i agree…one question…..why the 5 hats on the table? whew, too much drama, it’s LOI day, this isn’t a ‘reality’ show…….

    looking forward to seeing the results, congrats to all the student athletes from all the sports being recognized this morning……this is not the end, but a new beginning for you and your ohana.

    congrats to doris on getting a bigger and better venue for the event……


  310. Bulla February 3, 2010 4:40 am


    drive safe, we’ll be right behind you on the highway……and good luck to everyone, no matter where you choose to go, Hawaii is always home, and represent the 808 with pride! no not the big guy on the blog, the big stuff in your heart……… auryte

  311. lava February 3, 2010 4:51 am

    Local recruits who go away are remembered for going away.

    Local recruits who stay at home being a household name forever just they like were added as a word to the dictionary. Hit em like Nate Jackson, everybody knows what you talking about. Thinking of the Punahou boy?

    And with Fonoti gone but not forgotten, are we thinking Farrington all over again? Is it going to be VJ, that youngest family baller who went mainland, or VJ, the guy who chased down the most quarterbacks and ate em up?

    There is something endearing about the local boys whose dream it is so play at Aloha Stadium and be a warrior.

  312. Bulla February 3, 2010 4:55 am


    well said, i agree….all about choices….like i mentioned last night…… πŸ™‚

    “…all i can say to the kids who go away…..good luck, do well, represent…..but when you get into your later years and you’re sitting on your lazy boy chair talking to your grandkids and you’re telling them where you played college ball….kind of sad when they ask you, ‘eh pops,
    where is that school anyway?’…”

    just a thought……once a Warrior, always a Warrior.

    GO WARRIORS πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  313. Bulla February 3, 2010 4:57 am

    i like the idea of a new shirt:


    or maybe….

    Got Warrior?

  314. Bulla February 3, 2010 4:59 am

    have a great day everyone, Tsaikos included…….

    no worries about LOI…..the real day comes in fall camp……

    some will stay today

    some will go today

    the sun will rise tomorrow


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