UH lands prep QB

Aaron Zwahlen took a family trip to Hawaii this past April.

Next year, Hawaii will be his home.

Zwahlen, a quarterback from Thomas Downey High in Modesto, Calif., has accepted a 2013 football scholarship from the Warriors. He said he will put his commitment in writing on Feb. 6, 2013, the first day prep recruits may sign national letters of intent.

“Hawaii felt like home,” said Zwahlen, who also was recruited by BYU, Texas Tech, Washington State, Duke and Northwestern.

Zwahlen is 6-3 and 195 pounds. As a junior in 2011, he threw for more than 2,900 yards, along with 29 scoring passes.

He has participated in six camps in the past two months, including the Oakland Elite 11 and BYU’s camp, in which he was named the top senior quarterback this past weekend.

HIs father, Dr. Lynn Zwahlen, played for UH head coach Norm Chow at BYU, when Chow was a graduate assistant and then receivers coach.

Here’s Zwahlen’s hghlight video: Aaron Zwahlen.

Another video: Zwahlen.


  1. Huh? June 24, 2012 10:24 pm


  2. Huh? June 24, 2012 10:25 pm

    Welcome Zwahlen

  3. cheepono June 24, 2012 10:25 pm

    welcome to the warriors braddah aaron!

    cheeee hoooo!

  4. 808Fringe June 24, 2012 10:25 pm

    Very nice commit Coach Chow!!! Welcome to da Ohana Aaron!! Gonna keep an eye on dis guy up here in Cali for sure now.

  5. nanakuli June 24, 2012 10:32 pm

    To Chow and his staff, keep up the good work and make Hawaii proud.

  6. SAWARRIOR June 24, 2012 10:33 pm


  7. BigHiloFan2 June 24, 2012 10:40 pm

    Good job Coach. supa good job.

    and keep the focus on us. Warriors. not USC.

  8. gigi-hawaii June 24, 2012 11:25 pm

    ST: nice videos. Was that Aaron kicking the ball towards the end of the 2nd video?

  9. jm2375 (Infuse) June 24, 2012 11:31 pm

    Top 10?

    Welcome Mr. Zeahlen.


  10. al June 24, 2012 11:33 pm

    nice pickup…i thought we’d lose him after his unofficial visit and all the hoopla he’d been getting since then.

    and he’s fast 22.4/200m.

  11. al June 24, 2012 11:34 pm

    weren’t we only going to recruit one qb for 2013?

  12. LizKauai (iPad) June 24, 2012 11:37 pm

    Welcome Aaron!

    Nitey nite!

  13. SteveM June 25, 2012 12:03 am

    Welcome to Warrior Aaron Zwahlen!

    g’nite everyone!

  14. Haleakala June 25, 2012 12:05 am

    Welcome to the Warriors, Aaron!

  15. shoichi84 June 25, 2012 12:12 am

    @al: Also being recruited by BYU…Might be a 2-year mission guy, in which case he would actually be like class of 2015 or something.

  16. DaMenehune June 25, 2012 12:29 am

    shoichi84 His dad, this in April, said he will go on a mission after his

    freshman year. Be back in 2016.

  17. DaMenehune June 25, 2012 12:32 am

    Didn’t Teo pass on his mission? I think a lot

    of players go after their freshman year

    because of an age requirement<

  18. A-joe June 25, 2012 1:22 am

    Always good to see new recruits willingness to come to play for Hawaii.

  19. A-joe June 25, 2012 1:31 am

    Here’s more video on Aaron:


    Braddah can punt too!

  20. A-joe June 25, 2012 2:22 am

    Just imagine-

    it cost more to build a brand new stadium than to purchase the island of Lanai!


  21. mctruck June 25, 2012 3:46 am

    Nice to have them personal connection(s), which really shows with coach Chow; that being said, I noticed Aaron never took a snap from under center and worked from shot gun mode?

    I figured he would go on his Mormon mission for couple yrs., then return with much more maturity (physically and mentally) which is a good thing.

    He has speed which is very good…kind of reminds me of Kapernick from Neveda.

  22. Naks8 June 25, 2012 3:53 am

    Good get. I hope we continue to get guys in the early recruiting period

  23. d1shima June 25, 2012 4:58 am

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome Aaron Zwahlen!

  24. wafan June 25, 2012 5:26 am

    Good Monday everyone!

  25. wafan June 25, 2012 5:27 am

    Welcome to new Warrior Zwahlen!


  26. graham June 25, 2012 5:47 am

    happy about commit but was hoping for blue chip prospect. A dream of mine is to have hawaii have a 1st round quaterback

  27. oldtimer808 June 25, 2012 5:50 am

    Good morning these are exciting times for the football program’s aggressive recruiting.

  28. bleedgreen June 25, 2012 5:57 am

    2016! Out of sight, out of mind. Same as Tigi Hill.

  29. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2012 6:10 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

    Welcome to the Warriors, Aaron.

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2012 6:12 am

    gigi –

    His video lists him as a punter, too. Great that he can do both. Can anybody recall the last time we had a QB who could punt too? Some interesting possibilities…

  31. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 6:32 am

    DPK: what strikes me is his 6’3″ height. Whoa! When was the last time we had a QB that tall?

  32. wafan June 25, 2012 6:36 am

    Zwahlen is an unusual name. Anyone know the origin?

  33. tommui June 25, 2012 6:42 am


    Welcome Mr. Zeahlen!

    #38 wafan = German – a whole number, not a fraction – says Google.

    Looks like Aaron is the “whole” package. He can pass, run and kick. Maybe Coach Chow has a chance to bring in the single-wing.

    Does any team quick kick anymore?

  34. letsgowarriors June 25, 2012 6:42 am

    ranked #153 in the nation by ESPN.

  35. letsgowarriors June 25, 2012 6:45 am

    #10 pocket passing* QB in the nation.

  36. wafan June 25, 2012 6:47 am

    Thank you Tommui.

  37. green tea June 25, 2012 6:53 am


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2012 7:06 am

    gigi –

    Transfer QB Taylor Graham will be here in the fall but has to sit out a year. He’s listed at 6’4″ 230 pounds.

  39. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 7:09 am

    DPK: thanks for the info. Looks like there will be lots of competition among the quarterbacks.

  40. al June 25, 2012 7:16 am

    graham has been here since january and participated in spring training and has many drooling over the prospects.

    colt brennan was listed at 6’3″, but, shrank 1/2″.

    moniz could punt. he was also a top soccer player.

  41. Wes'side Warrior June 25, 2012 7:24 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Welcome to da home of da Warriors, Zwahlen!

    Not too worried about da “stars” dat these experts have bestowed on these kids. We got an unreal coaching staff, and I believe our boyz will exceed expectations… or shade da bench. We’ll all see how this first season starts, and the direction we move week to week. I’m absolutely stoked at the moment. And, no… I don’t drink koolaid. Hahaha!

    If anyone can give me pointers…

    I’d like to start up a Georgia Chaptah of Tsaikos. How do I go about doing this? Keep in mind also that in a year, we may be moving back home. However, we’ve located quite a lot of locals living here in Georgia, so I think we can keep this going. As soon as I get the go-ahead, I’ll start out by forming a Group on Facebook. Any advice, feel free to email me, or send me messages on facebook. Mahalo!!!

  42. Wes'side Warrior June 25, 2012 7:26 am

    Ok… going to nap real quick. Had to get up supah early to bring my oldest son to da airport. Back in a bit…

  43. Shoko June 25, 2012 7:37 am

    Next year will have a nice stable of QBs. Hope we have a strong O-line to protect these so-called pocket passers.

  44. A-joe June 25, 2012 7:40 am

    Wes’side Warrior- by your declaration I believe you’ve already started the Georgia Tsaiko Chaptah.

    There’s some Bulldog fans that are Tsaiko fans as well from the Sugar Bowl.

  45. wafan June 25, 2012 7:45 am

    Congratulations to the new Tsai-ko Georgia Chapter!

  46. wafan June 25, 2012 7:45 am

    And, congratulations to their new president . . . Wes’sai Warrior!


  47. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 7:46 am

    I’m not an espn insider member so i didn’t get the full article but ESPN has some nice things to say about him… ESPN rates him #153 overall recruit in the nation…

    ESPN Analyst

    Updated 06/25/2012

    Zwahlen in our opinion has been the most undervalued and overlooked quarterback prospect in the 2013 class. This is potentially an elite passer down the road with the measurables, arm strength and accuracy to blossom into a BCS starter with a high level of production. He has very good height …


  48. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 7:48 am

    Where’s the NY Tsai-ko chapter!?!

  49. RedZone June 25, 2012 7:49 am


  50. Ipu Man June 25, 2012 7:50 am

    letsgowarriors, thanks for the list. Interesting to not June Jones SMU pick

    is a 2-star pick…

  51. Ipu Man June 25, 2012 7:51 am

    Also did not see any Reno Nevada picks nor other hot teams in the nation

    like Wisconsin…

  52. Ipu Man June 25, 2012 7:53 am



  53. wafan June 25, 2012 7:54 am

    WarriorNY . . .

    Over the years there have been several posters from the Empire State. None have, I believe, have met with others from New York.

    But, in SteveM’s absence I think you just formed the New York Chapter.

  54. wafan June 25, 2012 7:55 am

    Congratulations, too, WarriorNY, being the new president!


  55. al June 25, 2012 8:07 am

    if tigi hill goes on a mission after this year he will be a 2016 guy. otherwise, he’d have only two years of play time

  56. al June 25, 2012 8:08 am

    anyway, he may be interested in a socal school.

  57. Shoko June 25, 2012 8:14 am

    Was looking over the BSU roster and they have a 5-10, 189 Freshman QB on its roster. Either that guy has tremendous upside or he’s going to need a step ladder to see over the offensive and opposing defensive line.

  58. al June 25, 2012 8:17 am

    so now you all know the subliminal message buried into the reason why #s 14 and 15 that which were unofficially retired numerals were recently officially unretired…

  59. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 8:23 am

    wafan.. haha.. Thanks… I’d like to get some NY Warrior fans together sometime…

    BTW – This will be the 3rd commit that has made the ESPN top 300… Demar Dorsey #12 in 2010 & Justin Turner #189 in 2009…

    To put in perspective of how elite that ESPN 300 group is, in the past 2011 & 2012 (I just skimmed the list so don’t quote me) but I only saw 3 players in total that have committed to ANY non-AQ conference and ZERO commits to any MWC schools.. Great Job to all the coaches…

  60. A-joe June 25, 2012 8:32 am

    WarriorNY- Your skim is good enough for me. Mahalo for the news!

  61. A-House June 25, 2012 8:46 am

    Watcing the video, I was impressed with #85, the LT, who did not allow a single defender through – possible UH recruit?

  62. BG June 25, 2012 8:51 am

    Good morning gang!

    Truly unique blog. I don’t know for sure, but I’m willing to place a large wager that no other blog has chapters around the world! Hmmm, don’t know what’s happened to Korea since Tchahng moved back to Hawaii.

  63. BG June 25, 2012 8:57 am

    And… Welcome Aaron Zwahlen! Sounds like a quality athlete and person. al, thanks for pointing out his 200m time. It is fast…the state winner this year clocked 22.49s. And Aaron still has another year of hs left. Awesome!

  64. koakane June 25, 2012 8:57 am

    #38 and #39 Zw any relations to Van lol

    eh morning 808 some rain but das akua’s blessing as they say in bullaville

    had a few kope’s and ready to greet a new week, mahalo to pride for a good time this past sat.

    al was on 2 wks vacaciones and no cc strangeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  65. koakane June 25, 2012 9:00 am

    ditto to ajoe and wafan acclimation about ww presidency and Georgia’s tsaiko chapta

  66. koakane June 25, 2012 9:02 am

    WarriorNY: June 25th, 2012 at 7:48 am, Where’s the NY Tsai-ko chapter!?!

    to my knowledge you just created one but I am sure the historian and keeper of the flame steveM will confirm.

  67. koakane June 25, 2012 9:04 am

    #62 more of the thinking alike lol

  68. chopsueyboy June 25, 2012 9:23 am


    Great to see you. Hope Karen Hong will share some dessert with you.

  69. (Jesse) James June 25, 2012 9:23 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!! Hope everyone has a great day!!!

  70. (Jesse) James June 25, 2012 9:24 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Zwahlen…..

  71. A-House June 25, 2012 9:31 am


    I wish – already told Cathy that any extras can flow to my office!

    Best to wife and 808 Zinger!

  72. (Jesse) James June 25, 2012 9:35 am

    #36 and #39….DPK and Tommui…Your comments just brought back memories of Jim McMahon quick kicking (or maybe it was a punt…I was pretty young at the time) against us when we played BYU in 1980…another heart-breaker that year….LOL

  73. (Jesse) James June 25, 2012 9:36 am

    Woo Hoo…the blog continues to grow…Georgia Chapter and New York Chapter….congrats to the new presidents.

  74. SteveM June 25, 2012 9:37 am

    Good morning everyone!

    A bit of Tsai-ko “Chapter” history…

    A gathering of Tsai-kos in a given geographical area can form a “chapter” providing the one who will be president is a resident and does not run away screaming. However, in order to have a gathering, you need more than 1 person. The gathering is usually a Cattle Call (any meal).

    In the early days, there was usually only 1 known blogger in mainland cities. The Florida chapter formed when the late FloridaTed met with a visiting Garret. Since Garret is not a resident of Florida, he was known as an “affiliate”. The Florida Chapter formed. Rich2176 became the affiliate for the Las Vegas Chapter. Stretch is the affiliate for Kauai, I am the affiliate for Maui, A-Joe is the affiliate for Brew808’s NoCal (Northern CA) chapter. The rule is that a Tsai-ko may be the “affiliate” for only one chapter.

    Ronnie’s LoCal chapter formed by sheer numbers. The chapters are indicated in the Mainland & International bloggers list…another reason why I search for the cities of Tsai-ko posters who do not currently reside in Hawaii….


    Wes’side Warrior’s Michigan Chapter formed with affiliate gmahoney. He has relocated to Georgia, where there is no Tsai-ko chapter. In my personal opinion, he retains his title and position and can muster others to his new chapter

    …I’ll be back with more on Chapters after breakfast… πŸ™‚

  75. BG June 25, 2012 9:47 am

    Hey SteveM! So-o-o-o neat to have some Tsaiko history from time to time…can’t forget where we came from! And the new-comers get a sense of who we are…friends, family.

  76. A-House June 25, 2012 9:58 am

    OK, I’m behind time and see we now have a Georgia and New York chapters with “prez”.

    Wes’side in Georgia and ??? in NY?

  77. Graham June 25, 2012 9:59 am

    Is demar Dorsey definitely coming for the fall

  78. A-House June 25, 2012 10:01 am

    I recommend we retain the Florida Chapter in memory of Florida Ted.

  79. A-House June 25, 2012 10:03 am


    how about we ask our “honoray” Georgia Bulldog Tsaiko to be an affiliate member.

    maybe his son(s) and friend would want to “join”? LizK or Kekoa can be our ambassador between Wes’side and them

  80. d1shima June 25, 2012 10:06 am


    56 – 14 d1shima

  81. Shoko June 25, 2012 10:12 am

    “The other significant issue Bowlsby addressed was stipends. He was steadfastly against proposals that have been floated for paying up to $4,000 per year to student-athletes, pointing out that there are other avenues in which aspiring athletes can play for pay.”

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/06/20/bowlsby-stipends.ap/index.html#ixzz1yq6XkJMG

    Could have sworn the proposed stipend was $2000/year.

    Think Dorsey is still working on eligibility requirements.

  82. A-House June 25, 2012 10:28 am


    23 – 19 UH

  83. HawaiiMongoose June 25, 2012 10:38 am

    Welcome Aaron, really looking forward to seeing you as UH’s QB some day!

  84. SteveM June 25, 2012 10:46 am

    RE: New York Tsai-ko Chapter

    I am surprised that a New York group never formed, even with ST visiting often. Similarly, an Arizona group has been pending a long time.

    But the Cattle Call requirement should not be waived, especially when you think of how the Tsai-kos formed with the blog parties and cattle calls. So, I think he or other New York Tsai-kos must announce a cattle call and have it attended by at least two people. Then they can decide who will be president.

    So, announce a New York Cattle Call on the blog here, have it attended by at least 1 other New York poster (or known visiting Tsai-ko to be affiliate). email me a photo of the attendees for my scrapbook. πŸ™‚ The founding of most Tsai-ko chapters are shown in the scrapbook timeline:


  85. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 10:49 am


    Sounds like a plan! I just gotta find some NY Warrior fans…

  86. d1shima June 25, 2012 10:50 am

    …if you feed them, Tsaikos will come.

  87. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2012 10:50 am

    Re: height

    Unless you’re at home or at the beach, you’re wearing something on your feet, so footwear should be included in height. Just like clothes should be included in weight. Plus, my doctor doesn’t like me to weigh myself nude.

  88. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2012 10:53 am

    Dorsey is committed to coming to UH. Whether he can play this year is entirely up to him and the NCAA.

  89. koakane June 25, 2012 10:56 am

    #82 56 – who?

    wow two months out and pomai taking predictions already …. why wait eh

  90. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 11:02 am

    So the QB might not be 6’3″ – he might be a 5’11” midget without his shoes?

  91. Wes'side Warrior June 25, 2012 11:03 am

    Great info, SteveM! I’ll add you to the group. Can you post that info there as well, please? I’m out the door to pick up the wife. Will be back soon. Add anyone else you think needs to be added. Mahalo!

  92. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 11:04 am

    it also has to do with posture. Hubby was 6’1″ – then the nurse told him he was 6′ – then this year, he straightened his back and the nurse said he is 6’1″ tall again!!! Lol.

  93. RedZone June 25, 2012 11:10 am


  94. A-House June 25, 2012 11:11 am

    Scientific fact:

    starting at age 25, all human beings begin to shrink in height as the “discs” in your spine start to “flatten”

    problem is that too much shrinkage can lead to nerve problems in your lower extremities – numbness, tingling sensation.

  95. SteveM June 25, 2012 11:12 am

    My Misc. thoughts of Chapters…

    With the passing FloridaTed and Rasu Begasu, Garret is released and may serve as an affiliate elsewhere. Rich2176 remains the Las Vegas affiliate with new president 702WarriorFan

    I agree with A-House, the Florida Chapter exists in memory of original blogger FloridaTed.

    BG is released as affiliate for the Korea chapter since Tchahng has returned to Hawaii. Since TChahng is a former chapter president and has attended several Tsai-ko gatherings on Oahu, he can form a chapter if he goes abroad again.

    Since the Kauai and Maui chapters have grown in numbers considerably , perhaps affiliates Stretch and i can be released too.

    Now, where is the Big Island chapter ….? There’s enough bloggers to form a chapter easily… need a Cattle Call only πŸ™‚

  96. A-House June 25, 2012 11:12 am


    how about meeting with NYUH? unsure where he lives and if still working.

  97. jimmy the lock June 25, 2012 11:18 am

    Welcome, welcome Aaron!

  98. jimmy the lock June 25, 2012 11:21 am


    What is “npu”?


    That is not a scientific fact. Where do you get your info?

  99. Derek June 25, 2012 11:23 am

    Al, is Mr. Z holy grail material? He’s rated pretty high by the ESPN so called analysts. Looks like he has some foot speed too and the fact he can punt too says he’s an excellent athlete. I’m getting excited, but at the same time maybe I shouldn’t because if he leaves after his freshman year to go on a mission that’s another 2 more years to wait. Same with John Ursua who will be gone for the next 2 years. Heck, I might not be alive in 2 or 3 years. At my retirement age, nothing is a given.

  100. RedZone June 25, 2012 11:33 am

    nice pick up.

  101. Warrior Dave June 25, 2012 11:42 am

    Welcome aboard Aaron!!!

  102. chawan_cut June 25, 2012 11:43 am

    keep em comin’!!!

  103. tommui June 25, 2012 11:43 am

    #96 AHouse #100 JimmytheLock

    I don’t know about age 25 but:

    “As we age, we experience decreases in everything from hair and hearing to memory and muscle. Height is also on the list. Starting at about age 40, people typically lose about half an inch each decade, with some faster shrinkage after age 70. Senior citizens may shrink as much as three inches.”

    And of course if the shrinkage is due to compression in the lumbar spine, that could lead to compression of the nerves that go to the lower extremities.

    Ask anyone (including me) that had to have surgery to decompress the lumbar disc which was compressing on the nerves.

    (Incidentally, the upper extremities – arms, etc nerves are from the cervical (neck) discs while the lower extremities (legs, feet, hips) nerves are from the lumbar spine – back)

  104. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 11:45 am


    I’ll be sure to put something together so that everyone that wants to come can come. Maybe the Jets/Panthers preseason game in August??? Pollard vs. Pilares… That’d be fun to watch with some Warrior fans…

  105. A-House June 25, 2012 11:46 am


    Gray’s Anatomy

  106. al June 25, 2012 11:46 am

    ah yes derek…holy grail material indeed.

    taylor graham, aaron zwhalen,…

  107. A-House June 25, 2012 11:50 am


    my disc above L5 continues to “buldge” and someday will hit the nerve.

    also, the bottom of my L5 vertabrae is “crushed”, according to my x-rays and othopedic – as he says, like grains of rice.

  108. Chee Hoo June 25, 2012 11:51 am

    Zwahlen is the real deal. Saw him play last year and he’s a good one! Nice touch on his passes (ala Leinart) and super fast running the ball. His height is legit – no 2″ rule! With Chow at the reigns, QB position is in goods hands with Graham and Zwahlen. Check out this article on Zwahlen. Nice to know that we beat out the Donkeys from Boise and a host of other schools.


  109. Slugger June 25, 2012 11:51 am

    Welcome QB Zwahlen!

    Pork nishime today at Masa’s.

  110. A-House June 25, 2012 11:53 am


    your holy grail will lead UH out of the doldrums to the never, never land?

  111. kev-1 June 25, 2012 11:57 am

    Hard to get excited about a kid that may go on a mission. Not saying he’s not a good catch, but a lot changes over the span of two years. Won’t have any impact on this team for another three years. Maybe I’ll get excited then.

  112. A-House June 25, 2012 11:59 am

    If Zwahlen starts and ends his collegiate football career, he may be the next magnificiant “gazelle” as Mrs A-House labeled Kapernick.

    With Zwahlen, it will be totally different as he will be a Warrior and simply adored by a host of “aunties”.

  113. clyde June 25, 2012 12:16 pm

    Re: 65. Hey, BG. Small coincidence that the state winner in the 200 meters to whom you refer is none other than Chow’s other QB recruit: Baldwin’s Keelan Ewaliko. As others have said, if QB doesn’t work for Ewaliko, I can see him as a DB the way Blane Gaison transitioned. Ewaliko appears to be very athletic, and a real gamer.

  114. A-House June 25, 2012 12:16 pm

    Zwahlen video:

    nice soft touch to receivers and what a “leg” – hope we get to see Dunnachie do this in 2012!

  115. Slugger June 25, 2012 12:17 pm


    BHF2 & I already broke bread (rice) in Hilo a few years ago. I nominate him for President of the Big Island chapter. We have a bunch of Tsaikos there tho. So, if eating is da official activity, we already met that req.

  116. SteveM June 25, 2012 12:18 pm


    June 25th, 2012 at 11:45 am


    I’ll be sure to put something together so that everyone that wants to come can come. Maybe the Jets/Panthers preseason game in August??? Pollard vs. Pilares… That’d be fun to watch with some Warrior fans…

    WarriorNY, glad to see you step up to the plate. I suggest that you pick a restaurant (does not have to be buffet πŸ™‚ ), date and time and announce here on the blog. With 7-12 days advance notice, it will probably be seen by all New York Tsai-kos still posting or lurking.

    Post the announcement at least once per day at varying times.

  117. d1shima June 25, 2012 12:21 pm

    #82 56 – who?

    O ye of little faith.

  118. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:23 pm

    WarriorNY: Which city do you reside in? I used to live on the Upper West Side near Columbia U. 1970-75.

  119. d1shima June 25, 2012 12:24 pm

    The Florida chapter formed when the late FloridaTed met with a visiting Garret.


    I’m pretty sure if Garret was with us at the Rosen Centre Hotel he would have had some kind of coupon for us to use. πŸ˜†

  120. d1shima June 25, 2012 12:28 pm

    Pork nishime today at Masa’s.

    Did I mention again that I’m off on Tuesday? πŸ™

  121. NY Pake June 25, 2012 12:33 pm

    My folks are still in forest hills queens. First thirty years of my life were all over the city. Including college in Harlem- about 30 blocks north of where you were Gigi

  122. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:38 pm

    NY Pake: I resided on West 110 St. and Broadway, West 116 St. and Broadway, West 119th St and Amsterdam, and finally Riverside Drive. All were rent controlled.

  123. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:40 pm

    Last time I visited NYC was in 1997. We stayed at the Hilton.

  124. SteveM June 25, 2012 12:41 pm

    From the Scrapbook:

    [NO PHOTO]

    Founding of the Tsai-ko Florida Chapter – May 19, 2007

    Florida Ted (a.k.a. ted domay), President met with Garret from CA in Orlando, Florida.

    [photo of FloridaTed and d1shima]

    Florida Cattle Call — FloridaTed and d1shima.

    Rosen Centre Hotel. Orlando, FL. April 8, 2008

  125. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:44 pm

    so that’s Florida Ted! Mahalo for the photo, SteveM. I wonder if he ever finished his book. He wanted me to edit it for him.

  126. SteveM June 25, 2012 12:45 pm

    NY Pake — welcome to the blog! Do you still reside in New York? If not in Hawaii, please tell us what city.

  127. jimmy the lock June 25, 2012 12:48 pm

    Thanks RedZone.

    Greys Anatomy? Oh yeah, they are gospel. The show that doesn’t know that “Hematomachrosis” should be “Hemochromatosis”.

  128. A-House June 25, 2012 12:50 pm

    We met Ted at the Golden Corral in Orlando with Bighilo2 and family, Chaw-wan, Alanbama, and Mark Takai the evening preceding the Florida game in September 2008.

    His novel was in its final editing process and soon to be published.

  129. d1shima June 25, 2012 12:50 pm

    He may cross my toeses?

  130. A-House June 25, 2012 12:51 pm


    since you are a stickler for details, I wrote Gray’s Anatomy printed by Bounty.

  131. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:52 pm

    A-House: Was it a novel? I thought it was his memoir.

  132. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 12:56 pm

    A-House: you’re too funny!

  133. SteveM June 25, 2012 1:03 pm


    June 25th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    We met Ted at the Golden Corral in Orlando with Bighilo2 and family, Chaw-wan, Alanbama, and Mark Takai the evening preceding the Florida game in September 2008.

    His novel was in its final editing process and soon to be published.

    Click here for photo πŸ™‚

  134. jimmy the lock June 25, 2012 1:07 pm

    More detail, it’s Grey’s Anatomy. lol

  135. A-House June 25, 2012 1:16 pm


    by golly, we had fun that evening discussing so many things about UH football, places visited, food we ate, etc.

    Mrs A-House was approached by management because she was taking pictures of the buffet line, but she explained it was for her album collection to commoreate the dinner with special friends. They were afraid she was taking pics for a competitor.

  136. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 1:19 pm

    Yeah, when I took photos of restaurants at Kahala Mall, security stopped me. Also, same thing happened inside Whole Foods Market. I posted what photos I had on my blog.

  137. koakane June 25, 2012 1:20 pm

    now that slugger said it bhf2 is pres and slugger is affiliate.

  138. WarriorNY June 25, 2012 1:23 pm


    Thanks for the 411. When do events usually take place?


    I live in an area of the Bronx called Throggs Neck. I ve mostly lived in the outer buroughs. Though I haven’t lived in NY for too long just 4-5 years or so. I lived in SoCal before that.

  139. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 1:25 pm

    Interesting how this blog has morphed with all kinds of rules and regulations – a far cry from Jan 2007 when 17 of us met for dinner at Murphy’s.

  140. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 1:27 pm

    WarriorNY: okay, that’s good to know. I stayed with friends in the Bronx a few times. Their apartment was so much nicer than the rent controlled ones in NYC I lived in.

  141. koakane June 25, 2012 1:35 pm

    slugger what is Tuesday lunch menu ?

  142. koakane June 25, 2012 1:38 pm

    #141 change in this case is gpod

  143. Da Punchbowl Kid June 25, 2012 1:41 pm

    My ohana down on the Panaewa homestead hosted a gathering of BI Tsaiko after spring scrimmage last year. Count them and the 20 or so attendees as memebers of Hilo/BI Tsaikos. No forget Uncle “HiloBilly” too, or Braddah Kurt!

  144. J-FORCE June 25, 2012 1:47 pm

    Welcome Mr. Aaron Zwahlen. Your unofficial visit here and then committing early

    of becoming a warrior shows me you are focus and love the islands. Can’t wait

    to see in a warrior uniform.


  145. al June 25, 2012 1:48 pm

    ahouse…everyone is an hg prospect. not until one is worthy shall he be annointed

  146. SteveM June 25, 2012 1:51 pm

    WarriorNY — time and location is your call. I suggest a day like Saturday when most people don’t work. Lunch is usually best for a first meeting.

    RE: gigi’s #141 is conceptually similar. Someone (I forget who) selected Murphy’s as the venue at a set date and time. gigi-hawaii announced it every day for a month or so… πŸ™‚

    But since Tsai-kos are known to meet readily nowadays, I don’t think you need a month lead time. πŸ˜†

  147. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 2:04 pm

    SteveM: Al was the one who reserved the table at Murphy’s. That dinner was super nice. Cat, Leila, and Kekaula were there as well as the hard core Tsaikos. Wish we could have a repeat of that some night.

  148. Warrior Dave June 25, 2012 2:12 pm

    Hey Gigi,

    How about our Miami Heat? πŸ™‚ I love it!!!

  149. SteveM June 25, 2012 2:18 pm


    June 25th, 2012 at 12:17 pm


    BHF2 & I already broke bread (rice) in Hilo a few years ago. I nominate him for President of the Big Island chapter. We have a bunch of Tsaikos there tho. So, if eating is da official activity, we already met that req.

    Slugger –that’s met the traditional requirement… πŸ™‚

    As DPK noted, there are enough Big Island Tsai-kos who have met in person now, so maybe we can remove you as “affiliate”. I have an ulterior motive–need you free to be the affiliate for the Arizona Tsai-kos the next time you visit there.

  150. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 2:21 pm

    WDave: Yo, I hear ya! Way to go, Heat! I especially loved Miller and his 3 pointers!

  151. Graham June 25, 2012 2:44 pm

    Is he a solid committ or is he going to bail if USC or BYU offers him?

  152. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2012 2:58 pm

    Zwahlen’s father: “I don’t think he’s going to change his mind. He feels really comfortable (with UH).”

  153. Shoko June 25, 2012 3:02 pm

    For a kid his age, February can seem like an enternity. Especially for Warrior fans.

  154. d1shima June 25, 2012 3:03 pm

  155. Shoko June 25, 2012 3:05 pm

    Enternity = Eternity.

    Hmm, usually don’t correct my spelling or grammar. If I did, I would be on the blog all day.

    Shoko is a product of the Hawaii public school system…lol.

  156. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 3:07 pm

    ST: what kind of doctor is Aaron’s father?

  157. Stephen Tsai June 25, 2012 3:08 pm


  158. al June 25, 2012 3:28 pm

    its time that the ncaa creates an early signing period for football. i believe all the other major sports have it in place. this would relieve the kids from a constant bombardment by college recruiters.

    and coaches would have more family time.

  159. DownSpout June 25, 2012 3:29 pm

    How many of you, I wonder, will think immediately of UH football at Aloha Stadium when you read the second paragraph below?

    Few scenes in sports can match the emotional power of Irish soccer fans at the game against Spain in Poland, last week. In the final minute of a 4-0 loss to the defending champions, the Irish supporters could have booed and whistled at their own team or quietly filed out into the night. Instead, the 25,000-strong Green Army sang a beautiful rendition of the The Fields of Athenry, an Irish folk ballad that had witnesses agreeing afterward: There are no fans in the world more passionate, supportive and just plain fun than the Irish.

    … No less an authority than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell marveled at European soccer, saying that he would love to replicate the spontaneous songs and chants that are as much a hallmark of the stadium experience as blaring music, Kiss cams and T-shirt cannons are part of the NFL and other artificially enhanced U.S. sports.

  160. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 3:41 pm

    That’s why I love it when people call Koreans the Irish of the Pacific.

  161. alnbama June 25, 2012 3:53 pm

    Hey Mr. Ahouse, no forget aunty LizK was at the cattle call in Orlando too.

  162. d1shima June 25, 2012 4:54 pm


    Let me characterize the prevailing attitude at Aloha Stadium:


    I do wat I like!

  163. koakane June 25, 2012 4:59 pm

    d1 true dat

  164. koakane June 25, 2012 5:00 pm

    #162 why cause dey little people?

  165. koakane June 25, 2012 5:06 pm

    so #149 (hard core) you calling a cc?

  166. d1shima June 25, 2012 5:33 pm


    But then that “spontaneity and exuberance” resulted in the Vuzuvula! 😯

  167. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 6:23 pm

    I would attend a cattle call if it were scheduled in the evening. Can’t make it to lunch. Hubby would attend too.

  168. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 6:24 pm

    Irish and Korean history is similar. Both divided north and south. Both invaded by other nations. etc.

    Hubby is part Irish.

  169. SteveM June 25, 2012 6:33 pm

    gigi — most evening cattle calls involved karaoke πŸ˜‰ , but there have been a few restaurant ones. Curt did put out a Dinner & Dance Call at the Hale Koa last year…

    gigi-hawaii, you were the Tsai-ko “party boss” in 2007 and Al was the “Restaurant Boss” as I recall. So you plan an evening cattle call yourself (but watch the cost). πŸ™‚

  170. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 6:39 pm

    How did Curt’s dinner-dance call go? Hubby and I were both in pain — he with his foot and me with my umbilical hernia. We both underwent sugery and are well now.

    Re: Karaoke. I really don’t like karaoke, sorry.

    One of these days, I’ll call for an evening CC. We’ll see.

  171. duffer June 25, 2012 7:00 pm

    I think al would love an evening cattle call! πŸ™‚

  172. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 7:03 pm

    hopefully, al will be able to make it.

  173. al June 25, 2012 7:04 pm

    duffer…i haven’t had a tiffany’s call in awhile. one of these days i just have to miss that last flight out.

  174. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 7:10 pm

    I’m usually babysitting my grandson during the day. Evenings are better for me.

  175. BigHiloFan2 June 25, 2012 7:24 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere.

    Like da Tsaikos say, welcome to Warrior Nation Aaron Zwahlen .

    Hilo Tsaikos. Hilo Billy. Kawika49. BigIslandKurt. Sorry, no more lame excuses from dis brudda. Lets get togedda. eat your house.

    DPK. call me. going need help cooking and drinking. πŸ˜€ can bust out a pig. say, 2 Sats from now.

  176. Bryson June 25, 2012 7:30 pm

    Sounds like JT may have cleared the hurdles that he needed to clear to join the Warriors this season….

  177. kawika49 June 25, 2012 7:33 pm

    #178 BHF You’re on.

  178. LizKauai June 25, 2012 7:47 pm

    Tsai-ko nation expansion.


  179. SteveM June 25, 2012 7:57 pm

    Awright…Big Island Tsai-ko roll call…



    Hilo Billy






    Hilo Poi Dog


    Hilo Moon



  180. jm2375 June 25, 2012 8:05 pm

    Two and a half months till the first home game. Is the pavilion really still out-of-order? Hasn’t it been like more than a year and a half? So, we’re relegated to the lower deck for this season again?

  181. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 8:07 pm

    Of all those BI Tsaikos, C0hiba is the one I met. We had lunch together in Waikoloa in July 2011. Super nice guy!

  182. kawika49 June 25, 2012 8:13 pm

    #184 We’re all nice guys.

  183. d1shima June 25, 2012 8:14 pm

  184. jm2375 June 25, 2012 8:20 pm


    RIP John Koko.

  185. el burro sabio June 25, 2012 8:24 pm

    Highlight videos are meaningless if you don’t know who the opposing team is. Offering a scholarship to a player, now that credibility.

  186. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 8:26 pm

    kawika49: yeppers, you are super-nice, too!!!

  187. jm2375 June 25, 2012 8:30 pm

    gigi – a Tsaiko Karaoke Kall is unlike any other karaoke outing. If you no like sing, nobody forces you. Tsaikos get plenny really good kine tsingers and their signature songs are legendary. πŸ˜†

  188. d1shima June 25, 2012 8:31 pm

    RIP John Koko

  189. gigi-hawaii June 25, 2012 8:34 pm

    jm: yah I hear ya. However, I don’t like to listen to music. I prefer conversation and good food.

  190. jm2375 June 25, 2012 8:36 pm

    for the large KKs, think Tsaiko-gate with music.

  191. koakane June 25, 2012 8:40 pm

    just heard about John Koko of Makaha Sons

    condolences to Koko ohana

  192. Slugger June 25, 2012 10:49 pm

    Sorry to hear about John Koko. Condolences to the ‘ohana.

  193. sean June 26, 2012 12:10 am

    yes very nice man, met him at the airport along with the rest of the makaha son’s. will be missed for sure. blessings to his family

  194. Sean June 26, 2012 2:47 am


  195. mo808 June 26, 2012 3:05 am

    Good Morning! Welcome to the Warriors Aaron!

    Sorry to hear about Makaha Sons’ John Koko! Condolences to the Koko Ohana!

  196. wafan June 26, 2012 4:02 am

    Good morning Tsai-kettes and Tsai-kos!

  197. wafan June 26, 2012 4:03 am

    Sad to hear about John Koko.

    Prayers and condolences to the family.

  198. mctruck June 26, 2012 4:52 am

    Slugger…ur#111, pork nishime..one of my favorites; when I can get it. mmmmmm. wit macoroni salad on the side.

  199. mctruck June 26, 2012 4:53 am

    My condolences to John Koko’s family.

  200. 702WarriorFan June 26, 2012 4:57 am

    wafan – hitting the road, see you soon.

    Morning Tsaikos

    Condolences to Mr. John Koko’s Family.

  201. Da Punchbowl Kid June 26, 2012 5:01 am

    Very sorry to hear about John Koko. Condolences to his ohana.

  202. wafan June 26, 2012 5:23 am

    702 . . .

    Safe travels!

  203. Slugger June 26, 2012 5:45 am

    Morning, gang!

    See some of you at lunch today. Sorry, I don’t know what the specials are for Tuesday. Will try to post when I get to work.

    hi ho, hi ho…


  204. d1shima June 26, 2012 5:53 am

    Great Morning All!

    Nice write-up on Aaron Zwahlen this morning…Chow DyNasty!

  205. Abunai June 26, 2012 6:21 am

    Terrible weather today…..

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  207. BigHiloFan2 June 26, 2012 6:49 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Kawika49. heard you.

    Big Island cc. Awright…Big Island Tsai-ko roll call…

    inviting all da odda Big Island Tsaikos.


    Hilo Billy






    Hilo Poi Dog


    Hilo Moon


    Staceyj an any i porget. maybe you like come visit your hilo ohana kekoa. and DPK.

    howz about Saturday, july 7, 2012 noonish. iget plenty choice locations. let me know if the day time is good or not. i’m open on date time and location.

  208. BigHiloFan2 June 26, 2012 6:52 am

    i love the part of the Warrior story that says “Coach is kickin @$$”


  209. BigHiloFan2 June 26, 2012 6:58 am

    ok gotta go. hi ho hi ho.

    Go Warriors!

  210. Pomai June 26, 2012 7:22 am

    #211 – has there been a cc called for?

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