Former UH center Bronson Tiwanak and defensive tackle/running back Siave Seti were among the 31 members of the Honolulu Police Department’s 175th recruit class to graduate last night.

Congrats to both, who were classy players who filled their roles with enthusiasm and without complaints.

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Linebacker Drake Miller, who redshirted as a freshman this past season, requested — and received — a release from his UH scholarship. Even with the release, he cannot receive another scholarship until at least this summer, and must redshirt in 2014.

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The volleyball Rainbow Warriors check into Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam today for their mini training camp. They will train there through Monday afternoon. They open the season with exhibitions against Canada’s Thompson Rivers Thursday and Saturday in the Stan Sheriff Center.


  1. kifi December 28, 2013 8:55 am

    Congratulations to Bronson and Siave.

  2. kifi December 28, 2013 8:56 am

    Good luck Drake.

  3. Kukui High School December 28, 2013 9:01 am

    Top 5?

    Anyways, good to hear about former players doing good things.


    GO NUTS!!!

  4. Kukui High School December 28, 2013 9:02 am

    Any news about any serious inquiries into the vacant coaching positions yet?

  5. Haleakala December 28, 2013 9:11 am

    My nephew was also one of the 31 Honolulu Police latest recruit graduation class. He and the other new officers will do a fine job in protecting the community.

  6. Old School Dave December 28, 2013 9:11 am

    Too bad about Drake Miller. Read that he showed a lot of promise on the scout team at linebacker. Best of luck to him.

    Watched UW beat BYU last night. Was impressed with the job that Marquis Tuiasosopo did in leading the team to victory. Announcers gave numerous props to Tuiasosopo and the UW GAs who prepped the team for their bowl game.

  7. Bowwar December 28, 2013 9:14 am

    Good luck Drake…Too bad, we were counting on you being in the rotation at linebacker this year…Looks like we’ll have to recruit a replacement. Any word on where he’s going?

  8. tommui December 28, 2013 9:16 am


    Best to the men’s VBallers.

  9. d1shima December 28, 2013 9:21 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congratulations to Ofcr. Tiwanak and Ofcr. Seti. Well done!

  10. d1shima December 28, 2013 9:22 am

    Pass, set, crush! Get it? Got it? Good!

  11. Hawaiian December 28, 2013 9:44 am

    Drake doesn’t have to “redshirt” again…if he goes to another FBS school then he’ll have to “sit” out the year (in other words…lose a year). If he goes go an FCS, Div II or NAIA school then he can play right away.

    I wouldn’t doubt we hear about 2 or 3 more soon.

  12. Orioles 4 eva. December 28, 2013 9:57 am

    Top 20, yea. I wonder who else is going to jump Chow’s sinking ship.

  13. tommui December 28, 2013 10:14 am

    Couldn’t be sinking too badly as we are getting bigger and hopefully, better players.

  14. jonj December 28, 2013 10:27 am

    I hope all the next recruits are offensive ones! The D I’m not as worried about as I am with the offense. We need a good Rb, OL and most importantly another Qb or two. Hopefully Wynns brother and a good JC Qb to lead the team this season.

  15. jeezy33 December 28, 2013 10:41 am

    And the worst unit on our team just got thinner…

    Probably a reason Tuioti was let go. Couldn’t bring in caliber LBs and now were in big trouble next year..

  16. jeezy33 December 28, 2013 10:43 am

    14. How are you not worried about the D?

  17. nana December 28, 2013 10:46 am

    How is Afonga Wily doing with his concussion?

  18. HawaiiMongoose December 28, 2013 10:51 am

    I hate to see promising redshirts leave the program before they even see the field. Drake must have had a compelling reason to jump ship. Hopefully it was something other than lack of confidence in the current coaching regime.

  19. Old School Dave December 28, 2013 10:56 am

    Sometimes it’s tough for a 17-18 year old to travel thousands of miles to attend college (and play D-I athletics). So much to deal with being away from home: the demands of college classes, making friends, adapting to a new culture and environment, homesickness, etc.

  20. jonj December 28, 2013 11:23 am

    16. Becuz I feel we have under utilized talent there. TJ, gener and jgw have all shown they can play! Fonua, Williams and I think the most under utilized player is the kid from Farrington playing FB. Can’t remember his name. I think Castro will play LB and the kid from trinity is a LB.
    but the offense is the scariest going into next season! No Qb no depth at Rb and what 2-3 ol recruits so far. I think so far the offense is worse off

  21. jm2375 (iPad) December 28, 2013 12:06 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the new HPD officers, including my nephew.

    Nice story on mvb, ST.

  22. kapakahi December 28, 2013 12:09 pm

    Can’t be a good sign……when one of Chow’s own recruits requests to transfer.

    All earlier transfers were recruited by the previous regime.

  23. UHfan808 December 28, 2013 12:13 pm

    Good afternoon, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! 🙂

  24. A-House December 28, 2013 12:15 pm

    as the Auld Lang Syne melody dances around in my head, I am taken back in time to the early through mid-80s when we went to Hokkaido to train with the Japanese Ground Self Defense (JGSD) for annual training. made many good and lasting friendships.

    it was always in the mid to late January time frame so the JGSD could under go their “winter” training. The would vacate their masonry billets to accommodate the US forces and live in 8 – 10 man tents with only a heater in the middle of the tent for warmth. Usual temperature would be 0 degrees to a high of 20 degrees for the entire 2 weeks. This would meet their requirement of “winter training” for the year.

    Once one of my LTCs complained about the accommodations loudly so I told him that I would bring his comment to the HQ, IX Corps commander and recommend that all US forces occupy the tents the following year. Just a loud mouth with minimal consideration for the JGSD Army Commander’s decision.

    sorry, got off track – but, as we were in our buses, ready to depart, the JGSD force band would be standing in the cold and play Auld Lang Syne – over and over – always wondered how they kept their bugle and horn instruments warm so not to damage their lips

    and as 2013 comes to an end, I wonder how an “old time assistant coach”, who continues to use plays from the 80s and 90s, and they were successful at that time, will conjure up a whole new set of offensive plays for his 2014 team – for sure, each game, I will make a count of how many “up-da-middle” plays will be called.

  25. UHfan808 December 28, 2013 12:17 pm

    Congratulations on making to your new jobs, Bronson and Siave! Proud of you both!

    Good luck and best wishes to you, Drake!

    Kapakahi – maybe sometimes life and or school call first before football

  26. ai-eee-soos December 28, 2013 12:32 pm

    Ivin Jasper to interview…. Good Luck, Ivin.

    WSAV has learned that former Georgia Southern defensive coordinator Brent Pry has interviewed for the GSU head coaching position. WSAV first reported Tuesday that Pry has all the credentials, and interest in filling the position vacated by Jeff Monken, who left for Army.

    Pry coached the defense in Statesboro in 2010 before moving on to Vanderbilt. He’s currently the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator with the Commodores.

    Sports Radio 102.1 reports that Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper will interview for the head coaching position this weekend. A second Military source has confirmed Jaspers interest in the position and scheduled interview.

  27. kapakahi December 28, 2013 12:35 pm


    Agreed! Life and school…..and family…..should always come first…..before football.

    That’s why Ben Dew is leaving.

  28. Fei Jai December 28, 2013 12:59 pm

    Blaming tuioti for recruiting problems with lbs is like blaming the bishop piece on the chess board for why you, the player, lost the chess match.

  29. boolakanaka December 28, 2013 1:34 pm

    Aloha all. Is it me, or do we just have a couple of new corners coming-in so far? If so, to a certain degree that says the coaching staff is fairly content with the corners that are presently on the roster. Given the production of the last year, I can’t say that I am too satisfied with our current crop.

  30. jonj December 28, 2013 1:42 pm

    29 I think if our next DC goes away from all out blitzing and man coverage. Our current Crop will do fine.

  31. boolakanaka December 28, 2013 1:48 pm

    Now, that could be….this I will say. They were not premium man corners.

  32. jeezy33 December 28, 2013 2:14 pm

    Our LBs have no speed… We are not built to cover teams that spread you out. The middle is open all game. Gener and JGW can play… But LBs inter change during the game and also get hurt… We have no depth after them. Fonua is not utilized because he isn’t that good. Just because he was something in high school doesn’t mean he is a solid D1 guy. He is 1 dimensional because he can’t cover… I guess you could use him against San Diego St or maybe a Colorado St.

  33. Bowwar December 28, 2013 2:32 pm

    Sorry to see any athlete leave the program, but if it’s for his improvement, then sobeit…

    I hope we stock up with faster athletes, as speed is a factor that you can’t teach.

  34. jonj December 28, 2013 2:39 pm

    TJ can play! ive been high on him since last season. Hes all over the field! this past season his play-time dwindled, but in the beginning he was playing like a monster! Could be he suffered some sort of injury, but idk. Garens next year he starts again and I think he gets a shot in the NFL. Your right the Depth isn’t there. Hopefully Tigi hill comes in. And Drake was a big loss. but at the sametime the Offensive side is my biggest fear! also I think losing van ackeren was big he played SS in high school so he could cover and had speed.

  35. Jeezy33 December 28, 2013 3:00 pm

    Tj nfl??? Smoking some good stuff

  36. jonj December 28, 2013 3:01 pm

    McBride got a shot I think TJ better than him. And I garens hes faster than u think

  37. independentthinkerfeijaisockpuppets December 28, 2013 3:14 pm

    sorry cant remember which sock puppet I should post under …..

  38. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:26 pm

    Oldest story in the world: He has a girlfriend in Utah.
    So, let’s break down the numbers:
    • There are 3.4 billion females on the planet.
    • There are 157 million females in the United States.
    • There are 602,000 females in Hawaii
    • There are 7,913 female students at UH-Manoa.
    • There are 85 football scholarships.
    • There will be six inside linebackers in UH’s 3-4 rotation next year.
    And, by the way, it was Lewis Powell who recruited him, not Tuioti.

  39. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:32 pm

    It would be interesting if one of the academies broke away and decided to go to a four-wide offense. Except for Navy, I would think the others would be open to opening it up.

  40. Kili December 28, 2013 3:33 pm

    ST, well said.. and “love” is blinding.. he very likely regret his decision one day…

  41. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:37 pm

    I worked with a guy who was going to give up a job at the paper to follow a woman to Florida.
    We all gathered around, then gave him the speech, you know, how there are 7 billion people on the planet, and most are women, etc., etc., but yet there were only three positions in his department at the paper. The thinking is: It’s easier to find another woman than to get a job in that department.
    He let her go, stayed in Hawaii, then found a local woman. They got married, and now have three kids.
    Don’t look for love. It’ll find you.

  42. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:39 pm

    Well, that rule applies to the 49 states besides Alaska.
    With the female-to-male ratio in the 49th state, if you find someone who’s not hideous, it’s a keeper.

  43. 76south December 28, 2013 3:46 pm

    I think we should look for more tight ends. We lost 3 to graduation ( EVANS,ROBINSON & COFER)! I know we got Dakota Torres coming in, but we only have 2 others listed on the roster (MOLENI & JOSH LONG). I hope we move MEFFY KOLOAMATANGI to TE!

  44. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:46 pm

    I don’t know much, but I know how to fix some of UH’s defensive problems.
    • Who’s the defense’s best pass-rusher (and pro prospect)? That’s Jerrol Garcia-Williams. Give him the green light and let him attack the quarterback. Remember when he tweaked an ankle or something while defending a receiver 20 yards down the field? What the heck was he doing there? Sure, he has the skills to cover guys downfield, but I’d prefer he go the other direction.
    • Play Benny Fonua, dammit! Benny does one thing really well: He hits! When you play Navy or Colorado State or any of those obvious running teams, let him slam the guy with the ball. Now Benny’s got a high football IQ, but the thing he does best is instinctive. Let him hit somebody.
    • Play Tevita Lataimua. Why did it take until the 12th game to figure out that guy can play? Rotate Lataimua, Fonua and Julian Gener at the two middles.

  45. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:51 pm

    Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson will be back for another year.
    Craig Cofer was under-used, and that’s a shame. He worked hard, and he could have helped, especially as a pass-rusher.
    I think Justin Vele can be that F guy that Clark Evans had become.
    If not, look for Penitito Faalologo to create headaches — figuratively and literally — for defenders. He’s raw, but he plays hard, and hits even harder.

  46. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 3:59 pm

    If UH knew then what it knows now, it should have played Miller this year.
    He’s mobile and a hard-hitter, and that would have been a benefit, at least, on special teams.
    UH also should have played Kamalani Alo more. When they held an election for leadership council, Alo garnered the most votes. They should have found a place for him, and not just in sub-packages.

  47. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 4:02 pm

    By the way, nobody should be surprised that Shoji is returning for a 40th season.
    I mean, c’mon, was he going to golf three times a day?
    He’s a great coach with a great job. Why leave?

  48. kapakahi December 28, 2013 4:28 pm

    #38. ST,

    With Miller leaving, will the team even have 6 inside backers? Who else besides Gener, Lataimua, Fonua, Taimatuia, Williams?

  49. kapakahi December 28, 2013 4:30 pm


    Meffy supposed to get a good look at TE during Spring Ball.

  50. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 4:41 pm

    Sablan has one more year.

  51. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 4:42 pm

    I thought Barker should be a tight end, but I guess the feeling is that he’s better suited for wideout.

  52. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 4:45 pm

    Tyler Liana also can play inside, if need.

  53. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 4:46 pm

    Anyway, you probably don’t need six ILBs.
    I was just making a point about odds.

  54. 3-Prong December 28, 2013 4:48 pm

    ST: Yah, like hearing your opinions on players….that was you wasn’t it?

  55. ai-eee-soos December 28, 2013 4:55 pm

    44; 45; 46; 51: – thass why got two Def vacancies.

  56. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 5:21 pm

    These are wide-spread beliefs, I’m sure.
    I also want to see Josh Donovan play more.
    The guy makes plays on special teams, and ST is an extension of defense. Let him play. He can tackle people.

  57. kapakahi December 28, 2013 5:37 pm

    #52 & #53,

    While defensive recruiting clearly focused on perimeter DE/OLB defenders, would still feel better about the ILB position…..with some recruits…..since losing Daley, Laurel, Alo…..and now Miller.

    BTW, Liana played strictly TE & LS for Govs so ILB would a new position.

  58. kapakahi December 28, 2013 5:39 pm


    At the luau, Barker looked like he’s already built like a TE. Must like the local grinds here.

  59. Stephen Tsai December 28, 2013 5:41 pm

    Liana practiced at linebacker this season.

  60. 3-Prong December 28, 2013 5:42 pm

    ST: Not all fans go to the practices and have coach access so your insight carries more weight to many and you do it by “talking up” players instead of cutting others down.

  61. kapakahi December 28, 2013 5:49 pm

    #45. ST,

    With TT leaving, who’ll be responsible for recruiting efforts in American Samoa?

    While there have been just a few over the past decade or so, no doubt that ALL the players from American Samoa have been solid contributors (Iosefa, Ah Soon, Sauafea, Purcell brothers)……which will hopefully be the case with FB Faalologo next season too…..and hopefully in the future with OLB Jamie Tago too.

  62. kapakahi December 28, 2013 5:56 pm

    #50. ST,

    Seems like Sablan wasn’t given much of an opportunity last season…..like Alo & Fonua…..and Lataimua (until the Wyoming & Army games).

  63. SteveM December 28, 2013 6:12 pm

    Huh. A potential movie scene comes to mind: there is a fictitious small college football team that comes close but just can’t seem to win games. They are talented players and on paper they look great…but…

    In despair, the coach is shaking his head after practice when he notices the local beat sports writer of 25+ years sitting in the bleachers, eating a chili dog. Coach walks over, hoping maybe this guy, who spends every practice with the team, might have observed something…

  64. kapakahi December 28, 2013 6:21 pm


    Yup……sounds truly fictitious.

  65. AllG December 28, 2013 8:26 pm

    I missed where it has been said we are moving to a 3-4 D

  66. Kili December 28, 2013 8:30 pm

    ST- nice insight.. do more of it- lol. Go Warriors

  67. J December 28, 2013 8:31 pm

    #64, #65,

    Yeah, chili dog would make it kinda messy for take notes.

  68. Kili December 28, 2013 8:36 pm

    ST #41- Love can be the most blinding when ur about 20… I remember….UH lost a very good player a number of years back to Cal cause his girlfriend was there, can’t remember the players name.

  69. kapakahi December 28, 2013 8:44 pm

    Abu Ma’afala?

  70. ai-eee-soos December 28, 2013 8:53 pm

    on the BC show, after recruiting was done for that year …

    It was said that JI/punahou went to boise, because his GF was going there.

    lots of chuckling …

  71. Kili December 28, 2013 9:21 pm

    #70 and #71 Correcto Mundo

  72. UHFan2 December 28, 2013 9:52 pm

    Jerrol Garcia Williams is a great pass rusher due to his athleticism but he’s even better in space. He needs to play more Will instead of Sam. If you ask him, he would much rather play Safety than Outside Linebacker. Hawaii needs to do a better job building the Defense around him with better D-line schemes like slanting so it will leave him a better opportunity to for him to shed blocks and fill the holes. He doesn’t miss tackles. He is not a just a pure pass-rusher, he has other skill sets as well that we need to utilize.

  73. UHFan2 December 28, 2013 10:01 pm

    Benny fonua is strong and can really hit but has problems reading his keys and covering. He needs another year or 2 or he will be a liability on the field even against the running teams.

  74. Inyoface December 28, 2013 10:20 pm

    When all these players are not getting enough playing time it probably means the coaches aren’t getting the most out of the players.

  75. UHFan2 December 28, 2013 10:37 pm

    75, I agree, there is always a reason why a player isn’t on the field. In college the best players play. Our main problem on defense last year was the d-line, play-calling, and poor open field tackling.

  76. wafan December 29, 2013 8:27 am

    Good Sunday, all!

  77. UH4eva December 29, 2013 9:06 am

    Good luck to Drake. Not uncommon for players to transfer programs. UH get their share of transfers.

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