Update: Shannon Dresser

She wore “Hawaii” on the front of her uniform as a UH cross-country runner, track athlete and featured baton twirler with the Rainbow Marching Band.

She wore a sash as Miss Oahu (she was Miss Hawaii runner-up in 2011) and Miss Hawaii Intercontinental 2013.

And for the past four years, she has worn an HPD badge.

Shannon Dresser, now as always, is constantly busy.

Dresser has not slowed down since “retiring” from twirling following the 2010 football season. She teaches twirling. She is involved with pageant activities. She is scheduled to earn her master’s degree in August. And she is a police officer stationed in Kapolei with a patrol area spanning between Kunia Road and Makaha.

“You really have a sense of family when you work with people so long,” Dresser said. “That camaraderie that you gain is hard to come by. You don’t want to leave it. I enjoy the people I work with.”

Dresser already has checked off most of her youthful goals. She said she began baton twirling at 6, then started performing competitively at 12. At UH, she took “bits and pieces” of routines she was taught through the years to blend with music.

“We had a live band, which was awesome — the University of Hawaii band,” she said. “It was an exciting experience to feel that music and perform to it live.”

Dresser said she comes from a family involved in law enforcement. “It was something I was interested in, more so when I was going to college,” she said. “I put in (an application), and got accepted, and I’d do the next phase and the next phase, and the next thing you know, I almost have five years in.”

She said police work is about trusting her training and her partners. She also said her background in pageants and athletics is helpful in communicating with different types of people.

“You have to deal with people on an every-day basis,” she said. “Half the time you talk to them, half the time you chase them. It’s kind of both worlds combined.”


  1. tom May 27, 2015 10:28 am


  2. jimmy the lock May 27, 2015 10:28 am

    Wow! Who woulda thunk it.

  3. bowwar May 27, 2015 10:30 am

    I wouldn’t mind having her chasing me. 🙂

  4. jm2375 May 27, 2015 10:30 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Nice updates, ST.

    Nice to see that the APRs are rising. But, why does it not surprise me that MBB has the lowest APR?
    (Why are they only now publishing the 13-14 APRs? What about this year?)

  5. Andrew May 27, 2015 10:31 am

    Nice piece on Shannon. She was the baton twirler when I was in band.

  6. boolakanaka May 27, 2015 10:36 am

    Nice story. Reflecting on a youth spent in large part Halawa—upon getting busted on any kolohe deed or more serious offenses (to be discussed later) my mom’s would usually not open with “I’m disappointed” or “don’t you know better”but rather–“why you got caught??!” Hmmn-explains a whole lot….lol

  7. Stephen Tsai May 27, 2015 10:55 am

    I guess it takes the NCAA a year to compile the numbers.
    The numbers reflect men’s volleyball’s perfect score. It received a plaque for that back in November.

  8. NotNasti May 27, 2015 11:09 am

    Book Um, Shanno!

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid May 27, 2015 11:34 am

    NN #8 – 😆 Wonder if she’s ever had to use her baton on anyone?

    Nice story, happy to see any UH grad doing well.

  10. SteveM May 27, 2015 12:48 pm

    Good noonish everyone!

    Good to hear the background and accomplishments of Shannon Dresser…and her work in West Oahu!

  11. cappie the dog May 27, 2015 2:33 pm

    Was Dresser the original baton twirler at the UH basketball games?

  12. hitman May 27, 2015 3:13 pm

    aloha everyone !! man basketball team starting to lose some of its player !! wounder if part to do with the new coaches ?

  13. Andrew May 27, 2015 3:49 pm


    They lost one player…not sure what you’re wigging out about.

  14. jm2375 May 27, 2015 4:08 pm

    At one point, I think, after Fotu left, it was stated that if another player left not in good standing, the MBB team would fall below the APR threshold. So, how much does Webster-Chan leaving affect the team APR?

  15. hitman May 27, 2015 6:12 pm

    because if APR was low aready and i think they if goes lower they might have scholarships taking way

  16. A-House May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

    speaking of APR, what about all the Power5 schools that lose freshman and sophomores constantly

    why is their APR never in question? was it Kentucky that will lose or has already lost 4 or 5 of its underclassmen this year? were their grades high to not affect the APR? will they ever return to school to get their degrees? I doubt that very much!

  17. A-House May 27, 2015 7:14 pm

    tell me, anyone, that these freshman take “basket weaving” classes their first year, get high grades and protect the Power5 APR?

    maybe, some other school has the same “phantom” classes like North Carolina where students get As, never attend class (how can they when the class does not exist?) over decades of a “façade”.

  18. Pomai May 27, 2015 7:58 pm

    st. anthony trojan no email from you! Use the following address: pomaikai at nawahine dot com.

  19. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2015 12:59 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=31271

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