Weight watchers

For offensive tackle Leo Koloamatangi and defensive lineman Marcus Malepeai, hard work can be measured on a scale.Β Each has been tasked to add weight and strength while maintaining agility.

Koloamatangi now weighs 290 pounds. Malepeai is about 285. Those are significant changes for both.


Koloamatangi said he was 236 pounds when he joined the Rainbow Warriors in August 2012. He redshirted last year. Koloamatangi was rotating as a No. 1 tackle when he suffered ligament injuries in his right ankle in spring training. He opted for intensive rehabilitation instead of surgery. He is fully healthy, having participated in all of the offseason workouts.

Malepeai, who entered the 2012 season as a defensive end, was asked to move inside because of injuries at defensive tackle. He said he weighed 250 at the end of the 2012 season. At a heavier weight, Malepeai still can be a swing defender, playing the 3-technique as a tackle in the 4-3 formation and end in the 3-4.

“It’s all good,” Malepai said. “I feel better playing the inside now.”


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Wide receiver Trevor Davis will transfer to California. Davis, who requested a release from his UH scholarship in May, will have to redshirt this season. After that, he will have two years to play two seasons.


  1. tommui July 7, 2013 7:37 am


    Inspiration to lose weight!

  2. Bleed Green & White July 7, 2013 7:38 am

    Wait, Trevor Davis isn’t good enough to plat at UH, but he’s good enough to play at Cal? He get a schollie?

  3. Bleed Green & White July 7, 2013 7:38 am

    oops, play

  4. tommui July 7, 2013 7:39 am

    Opposite of weight gains for Koloamatangi and Melepai, of course!

  5. graham July 7, 2013 7:42 am

    Yea Davis was all hype to me, can’t say I am rooting for him. Cal is going to be trash

  6. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 7:43 am

    UH didn’t cut Trevor Davis. Trevor Davis cut UH.

  7. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 7:45 am

    But I wish him well. He’s a good guy. I’ll miss seeing his father at practices. He was very, very supportive of the UH program.

    I do think the redshirt year will benefit Trevor. UH shouldn’t have burned his freshman year, especially since he didn’t play in the early part of the season. He needed to get a little bigger, and he was starting to do that this past spring.

  8. SteveM July 7, 2013 7:48 am

    Good morning everyone!

  9. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 7:50 am

    The remaining players from the initial 2011 recruiting class (McMackin’s last) are:

    Brian Clay

    Craig Cofer

    Brenden Daley

    Ben Dew

    Cecil Doe

    Penitito Faalologo

    Chris Gant

    Justin Vele

    Tavita Woodard

  10. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 7:50 am

    This is the year Chris Gant will be a star.

  11. Bryson July 7, 2013 7:55 am

    I think losing Trevor Davis will have a huge impact on the offense coming out of spring he really stood out I believe had be stayed this might have been his breakout season

  12. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 8:07 am


    I think you’re correct. He would have had a good season here, especially since they’re opening the offense.

    It’s time for the young guys to step in, and there are some pretty good recruits.

  13. Shoko July 7, 2013 8:12 am

    Flying straight in to Vegas or are you driving like last year to the MWC Media Day (July 22)?

  14. Shoko July 7, 2013 8:14 am

    Always amazed how players can put on so much weight in one years time.

  15. mo808 July 7, 2013 8:25 am

    Good Morning Folks!

    Good Morning Maui!

    Funny about today’s blog title …i did find the fitness center on deck 12…then ran down to breakfast buffet! πŸ™‚

  16. kev-1 July 7, 2013 8:28 am

    TD must have been getting some bites from other schools to consider leaving UH, right? Is that allowed? Or was it all TD seeking out other schools?

    I don’t think TD was all hype. You could tell he was talented. ST is right. He needed to get bigger. Good luck to him. I wish him well.

    Either way, we have some good WR talent coming in. Hopefully they can contribute quickly.

    Getting excited.

  17. ai-eee-soos July 7, 2013 8:29 am

    scammed by fake concert promoters? – – nah, never happens.

    SAN LUIS, Ariz. >> Authorities have launched an investigation after a small Arizona city says it was ripped off by scammers posing as concert bookers for the Mexican rock band Mana.

    The Yuma Sun reports that San Luis officials say the city was swindled out of $50,000 in 2012 when it wired money to what they thought was a concert booking agency in Mexico.

    The money was to pay for the Grammy-award winning Mana to play at the city’s Barrier 2 Bridge conference. But Mana never showed up for the conference.

    The supposed booking agency failed to respond to repeated phone calls and emails from the city seeking a refund.

    San Luis City Councilors recently voted to formally write off the money as lost funds.

    … from SA.

  18. Rodney July 7, 2013 8:32 am

    Anyone know how Beau Yap is healing?

    Trevor Davis best wishes.I feel he won’t

    be missed.

    Imua Warriors!!!!

  19. kev-1 July 7, 2013 8:33 am

    ST, thanks for the article about injury updates. It is good that most of the significant injuries are healing up. Scary though, because I never thought that Beau Yap’s injury was that significant. I am hoping he gets back soon. Pulling for him to have a dominant year solely at the end spot . . . I hope.

  20. kev-1 July 7, 2013 8:36 am

    BTW . . . about your Boys II Men concert suggestion. Not sure how $150 raised from the 6 people that would pony up for $25 tickets would mean to the program.

    KIDDING!!!! I jammed “End of the Road” in honor of many young ladies back in the day.

  21. Whats up July 7, 2013 8:43 am

    I think with the incoming talent at WR (Like Ammon Barker, Terrance Polk, Marcus Kemp, Vasquez Hayes and company) there will be a improvement in that position. Any one of the the new recruits should be able to replace Davis, (I think Polk is a similar type WR to Davis and Gant). Running the wrong routes and dropped very catchable passes killed the offense and Sean Schroeder (Plus, the porous, injury plagued Oline didn’t help either). I hoping the players come in to Fall ball in shape and limber, ready to get it on for practice and USC. And not using precious time and practices doing conditioning drills to get into football shape, but rather learning the schemes and playbook. I think last season Chow and his staff had to spend so much time whipping most of the team into football shape, it took away from the team learning X&O’s.

  22. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 9:00 am

    I think Davis faced an adjustment.

    Ashley Lelie joined Rolo in Reno. Some of the guys who arrived with Davis β€” Amadi, Leaf β€” had departed.

    Davis would have had an advantage having played in the system in the spring. But he should do well at Cal, especially after a redshirt year.

  23. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 9:02 am

    Let’s not discount Allen Sampson, either.

    There probably will be three receiver positions most of the time. The top four receivers are Chris Gant, Scott Harding, Billy Ray Stutzmann and Allen Sampson.

    At the moment.

    I think the newcomers will have a say on how the depth chart shapes.

  24. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2013 9:04 am

    I think UH did a good job of recruiting.

    Now the real work starts β€” for the players and the coaches.

    Recruiting is a one- or two-year process.

    Developing players is at least a four-yea process.

  25. Rodney July 7, 2013 9:05 am

    #21 amen! We will be stronger.

    Don’t want to see us get out-strength

    like a few of our games last yr.(BYU

    was one example)

    Imua Warriors!!!!t

  26. Dino July 7, 2013 9:05 am

    Trevor Davis had a beautiful run after catch TD outrunning the DB’s against BYU in the last game of his 2011 true freshman season. seemed like he had a bright future ahead of him until the coaching change.

  27. Old School Dave July 7, 2013 9:12 am

    Wish Trevor Davis the best at Cal, but I’m more interested in the incoming WRs for UH. They seem to be bigger and more sturdy than those of years past. Should be interesting to see how they pan out.

  28. Old School Dave July 7, 2013 9:26 am

    I think that 2014 will be the “payoff” year for Coach Chow. In the mean time the problem will be to hold off the boo birds and disgruntled Chow haters here.

    Wisconsin HC Gary Andersen said that it took him 4 years to see dividends with the USU program in terms of recruiting the type of players they needed and getting the strength & conditioning level of their players up to par with opposing teams.

  29. Bowwar July 7, 2013 10:05 am

    Difference with Gary Anderson was seeing the quality of coaching exhibited from the “get-go” at USU. Unless Chow and staff can improve their coaching, all you will see is wasted talent and UH getting creamed…Last year was worse than even the Van Appen years, as the coaches had “no clue” what they we doing. We’ll see what Chow can do this year, but if they “stink it” up again, I think the fans will leave…Don’t get me wrong, losing is part of the game, but not being “competitive” is the disheartening aspect. As they say, “don’t sharme the aina”…People in Hawaii are “proud” people and don’t like to be humiliated…

  30. Bowwar July 7, 2013 10:08 am

    I think the departure of so many young men, like Trevor Davis is a warning sign…I wish the young man the best, but also wonder what is going on for these folks to leave…

  31. Bowwar July 7, 2013 10:08 am

    I think the departure of so many young men, like Trevor Davis is a warning sign…I wish the young man the best, but also wonder what is going on for these folks to leave…

  32. HawaiiMongoose July 7, 2013 10:10 am

    I can be patient with the new regime, provided I see improvement from game to game and season to season. I didn’t see improvement with McMackin; I saw regression.

  33. HawaiiMongoose July 7, 2013 10:17 am

    Reading Ferd’s column this morning on football scheduling difficulties, I was really surprised to see that responsibility for booking UH opponents has been delegated to Carl Clapp. Why would Ben Jay, a guy who sold himself to UH based in part on his Big 10 and Pac 12 connections, push this critical duty off to an underling? IMHO this should be one of the AD’s top personal responsibilities.

  34. SteveM July 7, 2013 10:20 am


    July 7th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning Folks!

    Good Morning Maui!

    Funny about today’s blog title …i did find the fitness center on deck 12…then ran down to breakfast buffet! πŸ™‚

    That’s right, mo808 — don’t do anything I wouldn’t do… 😐

    If any neighbor island Tsai-kos want to meet with mo808 and hubby, send me a text or email. I will give them your contact info.

    Sun-Mon in Kahului

    Tuesday in Hilo

    Wednesday in Kona

    Thur-Fri in Nawiliwili

  35. Shoko July 7, 2013 10:35 am

    Its not surprising that the associate AD takes care most of the responsibilities for scheduling. School athletic directors talk to each other and if initial terms are met, the associate AD does all the grunt work to make it happen. Works that way at other schools.

  36. Derek July 7, 2013 10:37 am

    Scheduling PAC 12 teams seems like a good idea. Home and home series makes sense. I’d like too UH schedule Utah, Oregon, and either Cal or Stanford.

  37. Shoko July 7, 2013 10:40 am

    I don’t think Andersen will have the luxury of four years at Wisconsin if he doesn’t maintain the level of success in years past. It seems like when it comes to BCS schools with big budgets and top facilities there’s very little patience among it’s supporters. Same thing goes for McIntyre who took the Colorado job. His situation is a little different in that he is taking over a struggling program that have terminated their last two coaches. Then again, if he has two seasons like his predecessor, he might find himself in the same situation as Embree.

  38. Peter July 7, 2013 10:44 am

    Somewhat off topic, but here is a preview done by those over at SB Nation. It is a podcast and is bout 40 minutes. http://www.mwcconnection.com/podcast/2013/7/7/4501752/2013-hawaii-football-preview

  39. Shoko July 7, 2013 10:46 am

    Oregon, Stanford and California would definitely fill the stadium with at least 40k fans. I think that was one of the reasons why last years average attendance was down. Only so many folks look forward to see Lamar and S. Alabama play at Aloha.

  40. Slugger July 7, 2013 10:52 am


    Good luck to Trevor at Cal.

    The guys can have my excess weight… πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to seeing “my boyz” on the field…miss going to practice.

    Back to packing.

  41. Shoko July 7, 2013 10:52 am

    Hmm, I’d have expected a better preview from Jeremy Mauss and the MW Connection website

  42. inyoface July 7, 2013 11:34 am

    We must beat USC to get this program back on track, rejuvenate the program and get back that national recognition.

  43. gobows July 7, 2013 11:36 am

    go back to the 2nd qtr of the nevada game, hawaii down 20-10. hawaii put together a fabulous scoring drive with 4 continuous quick slants to davis, kept moving the chains, then schroeder hit a wide open harding for a 36yd td. it appeared to be a really good game. after that drive the offense fell off the earth and the team went into a von appen hurricane that lasted for 8 games. those quick slants was never to be seen again in hawaii.

    somebody explain why did they abandon the quick slants.

    simple math, if your oline can’t block for 3 seconds, throw the ball in 2 seconds.

    hopefully coach price can make this team into a highly productive offense.

    somebody needs to show the offense video of chad owens. he had the smarts to quickly get into the passing lanes for easy dump off passes that he turned into nice gains.

  44. Old School Dave July 7, 2013 12:19 pm

    Former Wisconsin HC Bret Bielema’s parting shot before he left for Arkansas was that the Badgers weren’t as committed as other schools and didn’t invest as much as they could in assistant coaches salaries. New HC Gary Andersen and his staff have seemed to have benefited from this.

  45. Old School Dave July 7, 2013 12:23 pm

    During the June Jones era, UH lost a starting D-lineman in Abu Maafala who transferred to Cal. I think he wanted to be with his GF who was a student there. Maafala went on to become a 2-year starter for the Bears after his redshirt year.

  46. Old School Dave July 7, 2013 12:26 pm

    Bowwar #29: No argument from me in that UH needs to be competitive this year. Last season was painful to watch. The first half of this season looks very ominous and they could conceivably end up 1-4 or 0-5, but if they can be competitive and not get blown out, people will take notice.

  47. Da Punchbowl Kid July 7, 2013 12:34 pm

    Sorry to see some go… good luck to Sampson.

    Very happy for the ones who stay, like Leo and Marcus, who are putting in the hard work to build the program.

    Also, excited about new the receivers who will be here in the fall. Transfers are part of the game, but in the end its the one’s who step on the field to represent Hawai’i who matter the most. Can’t wait for USC!


  48. inyoface July 7, 2013 1:46 pm

    I’m not buying an 0-5 or 1-4 start.

  49. Bowwar July 7, 2013 1:46 pm

    #57 Old School Dave: Good point, the key is being competitive…That’s the legacy Tomey and others developed over the year was competitive teams. We may have lost games, but the other teams knew they were in for a battle and left with alot of respect for the program…That’s something I didn’t see last year…Mac’s teams never left that impression. The issue is “respect” and I didn’t see that last year. Like yourself, I’ve been a fan of the program since the Holmes era, last year was very hard to stomach…

  50. HiFlyer July 7, 2013 3:09 pm

    Good Afternoon

  51. PurpleMaple July 7, 2013 6:01 pm

    DPK. Trevor Davis transferred. Sampson still here. It will be interesting to see how he performs. I liked what Donnie King, slotback, did in the spring. Hoping that Billy Ray makes us forget Trevor. But Trevor really looked great in the spring, so it will feel like a loss until someone changes that.

  52. HiFlyer July 7, 2013 6:33 pm


  53. wafan July 7, 2013 6:35 pm

    Good evening!

  54. wafan July 7, 2013 6:35 pm

    Good luck ro Davis.

  55. Konoman1 July 7, 2013 6:42 pm

    Let’s support the guys that want to be here!

  56. Spuck You Funk Spass Am July 7, 2013 7:27 pm

    You do realize that at some point, you are disrespecting the team you claim to love, Mr. Warrior Bad Loser Spammer? You must be a really BIG man that you can come here and basically say “Waaaah waaaah, the Warrior Beat has somehow hurt my feelings so bad that I am saying rew scyou to all the posters, parents, and players who read and post here. Not to mention all the foes of UH Football who will love your efforts!

    I have only one question Mr. Chareer Canger, Fich Rigel, I Am Da Man Spam. Who you with?! And another point, where is the faith you used to profess, and the forgiveness you would preach? I see none of it in your posts. God knows you! Do you know Him?!

    Its okay to disagree, “A Gricken Chease”, but you want to burn the whole village – what used to be YOUR village down! All because the only thing you act upon is your self conjured pain, and the fearful notion that you’re bigger than all of this. And that’s the biggest, saddest thing about you, because this blog belongs to ALL OF THE RAINBOW WARRIORS and their family and fans. Step in or step off, and don’t hide because WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

    Ruck Fou Yich! Got gibberish yor tou foo!

  57. gmahoney July 7, 2013 7:30 pm


  58. wafan July 7, 2013 7:38 pm

    Wash, rinse, repeat.

  59. koakane July 7, 2013 9:38 pm

    good evening all, hope all is well

    wafan check your email

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  65. Stephen Tsai July 8, 2013 7:06 am

    What spam?

    Closing the comments so I can post a new one in five minutes. (Or whatever computer time is.)

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