Kekoa wins baseball tickets

Kekoa is the winner of six tickets to Sunday’s baseball game.

Call me, and I’ll leave the tickets at Will Call.

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Former UH tackle Aaron Kia has signed with the Dallas-based Willis & Woy agency, and is training in California in preparation for the April 1 Pro Day in Carson, Calif.

The agency represents several prospects, and each is assigned to a workout facility across the country.

By all reports the program is a good fit for Kia, who is up to 285 pounds.

What always has been puzzling, though, is why almost all of UH’s pro prospects train on the Mainland. It seems every program follows the same principles — strict diet, strict workout schedule. Hawaii certainly can offer a conducive program.

Diet? There’s a Whole Foods in Kahala Mall. Hey, even L&L’s serves brown rice.

Facilities? Twenty-five football coaches from Japan will be attending UH’s spring practice to observe the Warriors’ practice and training methods. it’s not the size of the weight room that matters, it’s the size of the weights, and UH has all of the necessary weight-training equipment.

What’s more, Hawaii has enough natural resources — beaches, hills — to offer alternative conditioning sites.

It actually would be fun to see a pro prospect train in Hawaii. Fans can see a player as he goes through several developmental stages, concluding with a run up Koko Crater, much like Rocky Balboa’s dash up the stairs of Philadelphia’s Museum of Art.


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UH isn’t short of good ideas. It’s the timing that needs help.

Volley Ka Pila — a free concert following last night’s volleyball match — was a great idea. Trouble was, it was on the same night when the UH baseball season opened 175 yards away. And the baseball game ran long.

Next Saturday, the volleyball Warriors play Brigham Young on Maui. While it’s a good idea for the state team to play in different parts of the state, it would make more financial sense for that big rivalry match to be played in the state’s largest indoor facility, the Stan Sheriff Center.

Putting on my 20-20 hindsight goggles, I was thinking it would have better for UH  to play BYU two matches in the SSC this week — working around the basketball schedule, of course — and last night’s Hope match on Maui.

Genius, huh?

Well, not quite. Maui folks probably would have stayed home last night to watch the  telecast of the Lahainaluna girls basketball team.

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Softball coach Bob Coolen was right. His team can hit some shots. UH basketball fans should hope their teams can hit shots, too.

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Happy birthday to Kealoha Pilares and Joslyn McLaughlin.

And happy belated birthday to Rough Rider classmate Laureen Uwaine.


  1. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 8:27 am


  2. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 8:30 am

    By all reports the program is a good fit for Kia, who is up to 285 pounds

    “…. up to 285 pounds ….”

    What happened to his weight – I thought he played at about 305 ?

  3. papajoe2 February 20, 2010 8:36 am

    where everybody? no football but I like read stuff.

  4. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 8:37 am

    Aaron Kia?
    Uh, no. He was about 270. He has problems putting on weight.

  5. papajoe2 February 20, 2010 8:41 am

    Good luck Aaron. Work hard and get the exposure up there. Comes from a good family.

  6. papajoe2 February 20, 2010 8:42 am

    How’s Aaron brother Micah doing? He sat out last year with a knee injury playing for UCLA.

  7. wafan February 20, 2010 8:43 am

    A beeuuuuuuuutiful day here in the PNW! Clear blue and cloudless sky, relatively warm, little wind.

    Geez. Hard to get any better than this!

    Great morning to everyone!!!

  8. wafan February 20, 2010 8:44 am

    Top 10!


  9. wafan February 20, 2010 8:45 am

    Good luck to Kia.

  10. d1shima(Fuze'd) February 20, 2010 8:45 am

    Are there other things that the agents want the athletes to do in preparation for tryouts? Meetings? Do they post notices on a corkboard? Maybe they just want them somewhere near an Interstate in case they need to meet “somebody” post haste?

  11. wafan February 20, 2010 8:51 am

    Might the scheduling problem be a result of not having a global view of the events, too many decision-makers, too many ideas and not enough time/events, not thinking through potential problems and constructing possible solutions (in advance), stifled/stunted thinking, or just being a typical move by those who are leaders?

  12. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 8:54 am

    Another day, another contest.
    (Spoiler alert: I’ve got six season tickets, section J, rows 3/4, so there will be, like, three contests every week.)

  13. wafan February 20, 2010 8:55 am

    Tom . . .

    Thanks for the info. I guess that means she can hold dual citizenship until then. I do not fault her — if I had the opportunity to participate in the Olympics I would probably seriously consider the option.

  14. wafan February 20, 2010 8:58 am

    I wonder if the idea of training on the mainland is in the same line of thought as going away for school.

  15. Ralph February 20, 2010 8:58 am

    BigHilo that’s a lot of rubbish they picked up from Keaau!

  16. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 9:00 am

    Cause I’m easy,easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  17. whitey February 20, 2010 9:01 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  18. Pomai February 20, 2010 9:04 am

    ST here you go thinking outside the box again. LOL Would be a good idea also why not bring in some of the mainland guys to work out, what’s better being in Hawaii or being in timbucktwo, but then again there may be to many distractions here.

  19. whitey February 20, 2010 9:09 am

    I have said this in the past and I will say it again, there is a lot of potential sponsors for UH Manoa on the outer island and having a major game like this on Maui will help the program. If you small think and think that we can put “manini” games on the outer islands, than you will just be hitting your head against the wall. It is not the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu, but if they want to represent the State, then this is an excellent way to try and get more sponsors. Short on memory??? Remember Tom getting major money from a person who was going to give to UN at Reno, but Tom was instrumental in changing his perspective and he gave to UH. He was from Maui. There are many more, but UH athletics need to continue it’s present policy of trying to put athletic events on the outer islands so it can get those sponsors.

  20. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 9:11 am

    re # 2 and # 4.

    Looked up the UH Manoa sports site –

    Aaron Kia was listed at 6’5′; 290.

    anyway, glad that his training weight is at 285, and going UP.

    Good luck, Aaron.

  21. whitey February 20, 2010 9:15 am

    Some of the Google managers are here on Maui this weekend and will be back next weekend and the following etc. Make a call to Google and invite them to the game as guest and who knows what it can lead to. No ask, no get nothing!!!!!

  22. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 9:16 am


    February 20th, 2010 at 8:36 am
    where everybody? no football but I like read stuff.”

    Me, I like read football kine stuff too, so gotta look for anything to post about football.

  23. Pomai February 20, 2010 9:23 am

    whitey your right whats the worst that can happen when asked is they say no, not the end of the world is it.

  24. Ralph February 20, 2010 9:33 am

    cause I’m easy, easy like sunday morning, yeah

  25. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 9:33 am

    Yep. That was his listed weight. But he wasn’t that weight during the season.
    There are just too many people on the team to update.
    When you’re around every day, you don’t realize that there are just a lot of bodies.

  26. Ralph February 20, 2010 9:34 am

    2010 Louisville Desert Classic: today Utah 11-3 over Cal St. Fullerton. UH will not be on game tracker. UH plays Georgia Tech and U. of San Diego.

  27. A-House February 20, 2010 9:35 am

    Thoughts on training:

    ST, it’s the appearance or perception that makes the difference in training in Hawaii versus the mainland – you know, it’s not good enough to train in Hawaii, you know, Hawaii! You know, gotta go to the “name” places or NFL teams will lower the “marketability” of the athlete. The agent will make less $$$ if that happens – it’s all about the $$$$$!

    Now, that’s a bunch of bull shit – the training regimen/program and the athlete’s commitment to that end makes the difference; not the location!!

    GREED, baby, GREED!!!

  28. A-House February 20, 2010 9:38 am

    Kealoha, Happy Birfday to you and we shall look forward to seeing you run the field from the “slot” position come Sept 2010.

    And, our best to your parents and special Aunty C and Uncle B!!!

  29. anonymous February 20, 2010 9:38 am


    I have to think the way paddlers train that there is some merit that this is a good conditioning regiment.

    I’ve never paddled. But oftentimes I have gone down to Kailua Beach and observed the way they practice.

    First look at the paddlers physiques. No fat. Muscular tone in the arms and legs. Flat stomachs. Stream lined like a shark.

    Their appearance, endurance, strength and stamina comes from the way they practice.

    And it’s not hard to understand why.

    I see them running along the shoreline, from the boat ramp to the other end and back, which for me takes 90 minutes.

    Then I see them doing short sprints.

    Adding to their conditioning they run in the sand while carrying rubber tires. Some carrying one, some carrying two.

    They even do sprints on the hilly area by the canal, where the sand is softer, and where it consumes more energy. Plus they do this exercise sometimes carrying tires too.

    After all this they take to the water and their canoes and paddle, which I’ve been told is weighted down so the paddlers even get a better workout.

    I’ve played a lot of sports. And gone through a lot of practices. But I’m impressed with the way paddlers condition and workout.

  30. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 9:42 am

    Pilares should be back at slot.
    Not too worried about the wideouts, even thought Jovonte Taylor and Malcolm Lane won’t be back.
    I’m concerned about the QBs. Lot of question marks. Moniz has the best upside, but that arm fatigue was a concern. He needs to strengthen the arm this year.
    Rausch is bigger and stronger, but he hasn’t played in a year. He needs a lot of spring reps.
    Same with Austin.
    I thought Shutter and Graves made some progress. Now it’s time to see how they do under the lights.

  31. whitey February 20, 2010 9:43 am

    Wanted to see how many corporate sponsors we have and it is very interesting to know that many businesses in Hawaii contribute nothing to UH athletics. The list I am looking at is out of date, but I think that no corporation is at the top of the ladder. I could be mistaken, but the Diamond level shows none. UH athletics should update their sponsors monthly and we as Tsaikos can show our appreciation by patronizing those businesses.

  32. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 9:46 am

    One of paddling legends, Walter Guild, used to be a UH football lineman. After he finished playing football, he trained exclusively for paddling. He lost a lot of weight and was in great shape.
    I like the move in philosophy. It used to be that people paddled to get into shape. Now they get into shape to paddle.
    The only thing I don’t like is the poor folks who train on the Ala Wai …

  33. whitey February 20, 2010 9:49 am

    There are 16 Platinum sponsors on my list and see how many of them you patronize during the year.
    American Savings
    California Hotel
    First Hawaiian Bank
    Bank of Hawaii
    Bud Light
    Hawaiian Telcom
    Hawaiian Airlines
    Farmers Insurance
    Under Armour
    Honolulu Advertiser
    Jack in the Box
    Verizon Wireless
    Time Warner Cable
    Outrigger Hotel
    Me, I did not bad, use 11 out of the 16 during the year.

  34. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 9:51 am

    re # 30 –

    WHAT ??? Malcoln Lane WON’T be back ???

    wha hoppened ??? is the susp permanent ??? done for ???

  35. A-House February 20, 2010 9:53 am


    I’m with you guy – UH big shots MUST think outside the box and if they really want UH to succeed; and this goes for all the UH-Manoa coaches who have some difficulty to achieve/attain this level of thought.

    Get plenty “rich” people on Oahu and, I would guess, a serious number on the “outer islands”.

    Must agree that Maui seem like the perfect island to start with as many non-Hawaii visitors like Maui – vacation, purchase property( not good for locals as raise the property tax), conduct business, etc. The “electronic” world has changed the landscape of doing things and those who jump on it will be the ones to benefit.

    10 free tickets or more (peanuts compared to the prospect of support garnered), may just be a conduit for UH support from outside the state – and, for heavans sake, do not leave out the Far East individuals of the equation.

  36. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 9:58 am

    I think UH needs more high-profile fund-raisers.
    That’s where UH needs to use Shawn Ching or Maa Tanuvasa. They’re well known in the community, and well-liked.
    Also, I think UH really needs to be specific in why it needs money and who it will benefit.
    From the past week, all I’m hearing about is the accumulated deficit, and that UH’s biggest expenses are salaries and travel. That’s not much incentive.
    Also, I think UH should seek labor contributions. People want to help, but in these austere times, they just don’t have a lot of extra money to give. But, for instance, the softball stadium is in need of some minor repairs. I think fans would be willing to help out. Not every contribution should be in the form of a $150-a-plate dinner.

  37. A-House February 20, 2010 10:02 am


    We use 10 of the 16 you listed and change that to 11 when we make the move to American Savings Bank.

    No longer use First Hawaiian Bank or BOH, do not drink Bud, do not stay at Outrigger Hotel, use USAA.

  38. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:03 am

    whitey I guess i’m not doing to good, only three out of sixteen, there are two that I would like to use but no more enough kala, California Hotel en Hawaiian Air

  39. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:04 am

    Wait make that 4 out 16, does going online with the HA count?

  40. Ralph February 20, 2010 10:05 am

    Georgia Tech 8-2 end of 5. Ricketts started, relieved by Rodriques in the 3rd.

  41. wafan February 20, 2010 10:06 am

    Happy birthday to Joslyn!!!

    Happy birthday to Kealoha!!!

  42. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:06 am

    Got one ticket left, so if anyone wants it let me know. So far got Ralph, Slugger myself and two of my small kind nephews who have never seen a baseball game live before.

  43. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 10:07 am

    By the way, I think “Ferd” deserves credit for being on top of UH’s financial plight.
    “Ferd” is the only person in the media who not only understands the process, but because he’s tracked it for so long, has institutional knowledge.
    Now the nuts-and-bolts stories have been fine from all of the media. Jason Kaneshiro, who is the other paper’s best sports reporter and writer, has done a great job. That’s why he’s earned high respect from his peers.
    But interpreting the numbers, and how things got to be this way, Ferd has written the best opinion columns.

  44. A-House February 20, 2010 10:12 am


    I don’t know how far this will go, but ask contractor associations and labor unions to see if their members would like to contribute labor and materials to UH projects and use that value as a tax deduction.

    Volunteer help is always tricky because “liability” issues may arise, but this does not mean that there can be NO volunteer help as with the maintenance of lower campus.

    Do agree that there can be many ways to support UH athletics – money, IDEAS, labor, cost of materials, materials(donated by an individual), person of interest like Tom Mui, etc.

    Let’s have a meeting with Jim D to discuss this matter – something good may come out of all of this. I volunteer to bring some pastries and decaf coffee! All we need is a date, time and place (must have chalk board to write suggestions).

  45. wafan February 20, 2010 10:15 am

    I use five of the 16 throughout the year. Slightly more when I visit.

    Why is it more major corporations do not financially support the UH? Were they snubbed by the previous occupant of the the AD office, they were not asked, they see no point of sports, . . .

  46. Ralph February 20, 2010 10:22 am

    Na Wahine loses by mercy rule, 11-2, in the 6th inning vs Georgia Tech.

  47. whitey February 20, 2010 10:23 am

    Pomai, I with you, use California Hotel and Hawaiian Air plenty and buy my friends plenty of Bud Light. hoooooooohaaaaaaa!!!!! I wonder where Miller’s Lite and Coors Light is at????????

  48. Hilo Moon February 20, 2010 10:24 am

    Ralph – re: post #15

    The Kea’au ( with all the opala ) featured on the HA front page is on Oahu, not the Kea’au outside of Hilo. But we also have irresponsible and uncaring people that leave their opala anywhere they please. I would call them “pigs”, but I don’t want to insult the real animal kine pua’a.

  49. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:30 am

    #44 A-House good idea, just need date an time.

  50. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:34 am

    whitey I think would you have more Tsaikos supporting the greenies then the others…………

  51. wafan February 20, 2010 10:34 am

    Hilo Moon . . .

    Ever wonder about the condition and sanitation at the homes/rooms of the “pigs”? Watching my students some of them must live at the county dump.

  52. bowwar February 20, 2010 10:37 am

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah

  53. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:42 am

    #45 wafan

    If you think that is bad (lack of major corporate financial support for UH), what I can’t understand is the lack of major support for PIAA, this organization puts more local kids in college than anyone else, yet they are hampered by no support from the major corporations, which I don’t understand at all, the majority of these kids will get there degree’s and come back to the islands to live. What better investment can these corporation make than by investing in their own futrue employees. (scratching my head)

  54. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:43 am

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  55. Pomai February 20, 2010 10:44 am

    But then again I’m pretty easy every morning.

  56. OTTO February 20, 2010 10:48 am

    Re: Training in Hawaii. Are u suggesting private individuals be allowed to use the UH training facilities for free? These pro prospects aren’t in school anymore…

    Isn’t one of the reasons, Hope International wanted to play in Hawaii because they have so many players from Oahu? Maybe they didn’t want to play on Maui cuz not the parents of those players would need to fly to Maui? Does they’re playing a higher profile game (BYU) on Maui affect the ‘Tizer’s coverage? Would you have flown to Maui to report on the game if it was Hope?

  57. Kazz February 20, 2010 10:57 am


    Na Wahine drops game to #13 Georgia Tech 11-2.

    Ricketts with the loss.

    Next up = San Diego.

    Wonder if Kelly Majam will have some extra motivation to light it up 😎 heh heh heh..

  58. Kazz February 20, 2010 11:03 am

    (cracks back)

    Well.. time to head off to da Les…


    Na Wahine,

    Remember this quote from San Diego’s favorite news anchor Ron Burgandy:

    You know, loosely translated, San Diego in Spanish means: “A Whale’s V______ “

  59. Hilo Moon February 20, 2010 11:10 am


    I appreciate your comments and had a good laugh because I use to have the same thoughts when I was teaching school. When I retired 15 years ago, my avocation became my vocation and I had to curtail my summer visits to WA to see transplanted relatives in the Seattle and Bremerton area.
    I was always impressed by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and I hope that beauty is not ruined like some of our “pigs” are doing here in Hawaii Nei.

  60. Slugger February 20, 2010 11:12 am

    Happy birthday, Joslyn!!! I’m sure you’re having a wonderful day with the ‘ohana spoiling you.

    Happy birthday to Kealoha and Laureen!

    Training facitilities:

    Is it because Hawaii has that laid-back stereotype? If Pro-Day is on the mainland, maybe training at altitude would be a benefit. Probably costs more to put together a training table in Hawaii than on the mainland.

    UH sports overload today…

    Esme & out…

  61. Slugger February 20, 2010 11:14 am

    Good luck to all of the athletes training for Pro Day!

  62. Slugger February 20, 2010 11:17 am

    K, I’ll bite before I go…

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  63. ai-eee-soos February 20, 2010 11:30 am

    Whitey re# 33

    Me, I use 9 of the 16, and I don’t (cannot) travel anymore.

    Thanks to the sponsors for supporting UH athletics.

  64. djmitcho February 20, 2010 11:31 am

    Good Saturday to everyone!
    Happy Birthday Jos!
    Happy Birthday to fellow Monarch Kealoha Pilares!

  65. lava February 20, 2010 11:53 am

    Who is the pervert at the Advertiser fixated on Michelle Wie? Why is it every round she plays shows up as breaking news?

  66. Momona February 20, 2010 12:19 pm

    #31 Whitey – the Diamond Sponsorship is a new level for corporations over $150K started in September for next year. Currently, all corporations over $100K are Platinum but they are some who are more than $150K like Budweiser and The Advertiser. So next year, you’ll see both of them at the Diamond level if they renew at that amount.

    There are a lot more sponsors at the lower levels like Miller Beer.

    Many corporate sponsors have a “payback” ratio calculated in their sponsorships. For instance, Oceanic can make money back thru pay per view, The Advertiser recoups their sponsorship by selling their BowTIme publication, Vacations Hawaii gets people to use their services when UH plays UNLV. So it makes sense for them to sponsor. Other major companies may not see or have the direct financial recouping benefits that come with sponsorship at the highest level.

  67. Momona February 20, 2010 12:23 pm

    #39 Pomai – depends on how you look at it, it may count. From a financial aspect, unless you are buying a subscription or buying an ad, you aren’t supporting them.

  68. Momona February 20, 2010 12:29 pm

    A major reason why kids prepare on the mainland is there are a lot less distractions over there. No buddies asking you to go out, ono food that’s not the best for optimum nutrition, and girlfriends.

  69. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 1:18 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  70. Old diver February 20, 2010 1:34 pm

    Regarding training:

    Those camps are for profit organizations. The missing piece of information is how many bodies does it take to support those companies. We may not be able to support that kind of business in Hawaii. Got to assume players are coming from all over the country on their own dime.

  71. Coral Balla February 20, 2010 1:39 pm

    hey this blog is great. I’m glad I came by this blog. Maybe I can contribute in the near future.

  72. whitey February 20, 2010 1:49 pm

    Momona, thanks for the sponsor info. I think it would worth it if UH would update their sponsors on their website and give them kudos. I didn’t list the smaller ones, but just the platinum and like you said, most of them have direct interest in the UH athletic program. I think if UH publicized their sponsors more and people buy these sponsors products, both UH and the sponsors would be winners and we would have more Diamond members. I like that!!!!!!

  73. whitey February 20, 2010 1:51 pm

    time to go to a wedding (and it ain’t mine). hoooooooohaaaaaaaa!!!!

  74. CNOAH February 20, 2010 2:00 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah!

  75. wafan February 20, 2010 2:28 pm

    Whoo-hoo! Psuedo-Italian for dinner at Olive Garden. My favorite salad and bread-sticks place.


  76. wafan February 20, 2010 2:28 pm

    Hope the BaseBows are doing well.

  77. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 2:48 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  78. Pauoa Boy February 20, 2010 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to Bruddah Kealoha… Salas and him in the slots should dominate… Felt like he was shmall kine forgotten lil bit last year. He is one of the best playmakers on the team and one of my favortite to watch laying the smack down.

  79. Pauoa Boy February 20, 2010 2:50 pm

    Good luck to Aaron Kia, hope he has matured and learned from his past woes. He has the tools to make it, just hope he can put it all together…

  80. d1島 February 20, 2010 2:50 pm


    Not so good. 7-3, Beavers after 6.

  81. curveball February 20, 2010 2:52 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  82. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 2:59 pm

    No live stats for Wahine softball vs San Diego… 👿

    Pitching taking it on the chin for the basebows along with ourselves getting tagged for leading off too much when no attempt was being made to steal bases.

  83. Stephen Tsai February 20, 2010 3:14 pm

    Not sure why we do so much in Michelle Wie.
    I think we actually have somebody who updates posts on the entire tournament.
    But like her or not, she draws hits.

  84. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 3:42 pm


    Sounds like someone is a friend of the family or something.

    BTW, cannot find live stats for the softball game vs San Diego. Do yoy know what the score is?

  85. NYUH February 20, 2010 4:02 pm

    What??? I heard he was suspended but nothing about being kicked off the team? Was the Sunday story leaked?

    Stephen Tsai:
    February 20th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Pilares should be back at slot.
    Not too worried about the wideouts, even thought Jovonte Taylor and Malcolm Lane won’t be back.

  86. Manoa February 20, 2010 4:15 pm

    There are two reasons they agents want those guys at mainland facilities.

    One, to take them away from the distractions at home– bad foods, friends, family, and life away from training.

    Second, we don’t have facilities to train guys for the combine. I am familiar with two of the mainland facilities, including the one that Olin Kreutz trains with in Chicago. They have coaches who are experts and have a track record on producing results– no one has this here.

    The mainland facilities can give you names of guys going to the combine and their starting 40 and agility drill times and reps in the 225, then give you what they did at the combine. The agents can put their faith in these numbers.

  87. Slugger February 20, 2010 4:22 pm

    Mahalo to Pomai for sharing baseball tickets! Jake is a cute kid.

    Gotta finish my salad & get back over to the WBB game…

    Esme & out…

  88. postmanke February 20, 2010 4:36 pm

    I agree 86

    The thing that separates the professional athlete from the recreational athlete is mostly attributed to mental toughness. you gotta isolate yourself away from your everyday life to maximize your training. Hawaii should have a world class training center.

    All the combine measurable’s can be trained anywhere, nutrition can be eaten anywhere, facilities can be anywhere.. it can be done in hawaii but the athletes would have to be isolated like a Shaolin Monk in training. Kia has the all the physical talents, it’s the mental toughness that is going to get him to the next level.

  89. Bob February 20, 2010 4:38 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  90. Pomai February 20, 2010 4:38 pm

    Thanks again to ST for the tickets, had two left over so I blessed to seniors from Canada. Lasted for half the game in the lower section but then had to move up into the shade, it was hot but enjoyable, just wish the home team would have won.

  91. postmanke February 20, 2010 4:39 pm

    Good luck Aaron Kia!

  92. wafan February 20, 2010 4:45 pm

    Too bad for the BaseBows. Hope the SoftBows had/have a better time of it.

  93. wafan February 20, 2010 4:50 pm

    All right! Found a channel with the Great Britan v Canada Curling Match. Just under way. These guys are so good — one day the US team will be just as good and talented a these guys.

  94. Old School Dave February 20, 2010 5:00 pm

    #83 Stephen, I’ve heard several local sportscasters say that they cannot get interviews with Michelle Wie. Her handlers policy is “no interviews with Hawaii media.” If true, it’s a sad commentary on how money and fame goes to a person’s head. So there’s a disconnect with Michelle and local fans IMHO. There are more deserving local golfers in regards to media attention.

  95. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 5:02 pm

    Wafan ~ I can do the Curly Shuffle!
    does that count toward a medal?

  96. postmanke February 20, 2010 5:03 pm

    what would be great to see is more athletes going to to these performance training centers much earlier in their college careers. How much better would Kia be if he was able to attend a training center last year? It would be nice to see a company like Under Armour set up an performance enhancing program to the teams they franchise their brand to. They sponsor top notch centers all over the country. It could be something like invitation only, captains, top athletes from a team that they can train and condition for a period of time. Hey, they wear the gear, why not train whats under that gear as well – esp what’s under that helmet. –

  97. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 5:12 pm

    Old School Dave ~ if they really cared about her doing any interviews, they’d get her a speech therapist. Only phrase she knows is ya’ know…’ya know.

  98. wafan February 20, 2010 5:15 pm

    Kekoa . . .

    HA! The Shuffle counts!!! First time I saw Curling I could not figure out why they were sweeping so furiously. Looks like it would be a lot of fun except for the bending over to throw the rock and balancing on the brooms to sweep like a demon.

  99. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 5:15 pm

    Rainbow Wahine Softball vs San Diego…

    ??? 😯

    No media at all available. Game HAS to be over by now.

    Nothing UH’s site and nothing on San Diego’s site either… I’m BANGING my head over here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. wafan February 20, 2010 5:16 pm


  101. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 5:18 pm

    cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  102. wafan February 20, 2010 5:18 pm

    Kazz . . .

    No damage any walls! No mo’ cash for repairs!

  103. wafan February 20, 2010 5:19 pm

    Hey, 2nd Century!!!

  104. Kekoa (iPhone) February 20, 2010 5:25 pm

    Wafan ~ Can you imagine a Tsaiko Curling Team?

    Crazy Mama!…we’d sweep the competition!

  105. Fan February 20, 2010 5:31 pm

    Rugby Sevens – enjoyed watching Rugby special on ABC today, saw USA team with former UH star – Leonard Peters, the program had quotes from LP and another former NFL player on the USA team.

    Enjoyed watching the SAMOA team otherwise called “MANU SAMOA” win the tournament by defeating the favored NEW ZEALAND – “ALL BLACKS.”

    UH should consider recruiting from the Independent State of Samoa or formerly known as Western Samoa, only 30 minute flight from American Samoa. In the Sevens a side, the Samoa team looked like they were linebacker, Safety type athletes ( Seau, Polamalu, Tinoisamoa types).

  106. wafan February 20, 2010 5:33 pm

    Kekoa . . .

    The broom handles would have to of titanium, though. And, would the ice hold? HA!

  107. βρεω808 February 20, 2010 5:41 pm

    Kazz – WSB: Hawaii 16, San Diego 3

  108. postmanke February 20, 2010 5:44 pm

    Curling is one of the most gay-ist sport i’ve enjoyed playing. there’s nothing like playing a sport with a broom in your hand, rubbing it really hard across the playing surface and hurling a 45 pound hunky large piece of granite across the ice.. in a weird way, it was a lot of fun. The single most thing i miss most about Canada – Bonspiels!

  109. wafan February 20, 2010 5:46 pm

    Hi, Brew!

    Thanks, Brew!

  110. wafan February 20, 2010 5:48 pm

    Whoo-hoo, Wahine!!!

  111. Bob February 20, 2010 5:51 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah

  112. papajoe2 February 20, 2010 5:55 pm

    I won the gold medal among friends for our hurling event in y younger days. no need wait til winter. drank too much and hurled. hahahahaha

  113. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 5:55 pm



    (oh and good job by the Wahine too… ) 😆


    Where did you get the score from? Any stats?

  114. addahknowjoe February 20, 2010 6:29 pm

    Brew! You unreal! =)

  115. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 6:32 pm

    Not sure why Stephanie Ricketts is having a harder time this year. What I do know is:

    She had a bad opener, and it was her first game of the season.

    She played summerleague fastpitch plus all of her starts last season is she perhaps “worn out”?

    She had rebounded pretty well against #10 Stanford in a 2-0 loss.

    She won the next day against Stanford, but went on a string of allowing Stanford back in it before the bats ensured the win.

    She lost against #13 Georgia Tech.

    Parnaby has done well against “lower” competition, but those wins weren’t against “bad” competition, but just not as good as a Stanford or a Georgia Tech.

    Thinking outside of “X’s and O’s”, perhaps the one thing that was supposed to relieve the pressure off Ricketts is mentally leaving her unbalanced this season so far? Last year Smethurst pulled a “Favre” and didn’t come back to UH, Baughman AND Gonzalez both got injured, and Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamhu and S. Robinson weren’t quite ready to pitch. Enter the true freshman…

    We saw her mature into a pitcher that finished her freshman year with a 1.96 ERA (approx) and started and finished 45+ games (I think). While she may have gotten used to it to the point of it not even effecting her, the pressure was there for the whole season and while the hitting was down last year, she carried the team on her back for the most part.

    Now enter this year’s true freshman in a seasoned Kaia Parnaby… Now Ricketts knows she’s got some help with Parnaby and even with Rodriguez. Less pressure, different situation this season, different outcome so far for her.

    Not having something this time around that was with you last year can sometimes works against you even when that one thing that followed you around last year was something a lot of people DON’T want to have and that is “pressure”.

  116. PONO February 20, 2010 6:39 pm

    Cause I’m easy like sunday morning oh yeah!

  117. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 6:43 pm

    Another valiant effort by the Wahine basketballers, but short again.

    I’m sure the Coach Dana and Jim Bolla lovers are loving it right now as denial can be an ugly thing.

    For those of us that actually watch this team in action, it’s very easy to see steps being made to improve the Wahine basketball culture in the locker room and out in the stands.

    Cannot deny the tripled attendance figures and the standing ovations after every home game whether its a loss or a win.

    Winning is contagious and so is losing. Both are easy to “catch” like a cold. It only takes one game to get used to both.

    It’s MUCH harder to “catch” effort.

    Coach Dana is in her FIRST year with less NCAA D1 experience of coaching on her side than Bob Nash. Both records are similar. Both teams are depleted of talent due to injuries. However both display obviously DIFFERENT products on the court.

    Truly, enough said…

  118. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 6:45 pm

    #118, I mean Coach Dana haters and Jim Bolla/UH lawsuit lovers.

    Ok… NOW, it’s enough said.

  119. Bulla February 20, 2010 7:54 pm

    Mr. Kia,

    good luck….at that level….it is the mental side that will get you to the other side. 🙂

  120. Kekoa February 20, 2010 8:45 pm

    Actually, I was feeling like this all day day long…
    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah.

  121. Bulla February 20, 2010 8:48 pm


    in our younger days………. what was easy about a Sunday morning……..there were times when sunday came along, and the question was, ‘….where am i…’

    but Sundays are much better now, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  122. Bulla February 20, 2010 8:54 pm

    Men’s BB is at 55-35 at 18 minutes in 2nd half…. 🙁

  123. Kekoa February 20, 2010 9:19 pm

    Bulla…and how long have I been like this?

    Cause I’m feeling like Sunday morning, yeah.

  124. jm2375 February 20, 2010 9:29 pm

    Howzit guys!

    Hope you guys had a good Saturday.

    ST – the concert was a good idea, but I thought there were going to be multiple groups, not just the one. Slightly disappointing. Good conversation with PP & Stretch.

    Thanks again PP!!

  125. Kekoa February 20, 2010 9:34 pm

    Kazz ~ Gotta give Coach *D* a chance to recruit some new blood, and integrate them into a rebuilt unit. She can continue to improve on her vision of a winning team.

    I’m impressed with the spirit she has brought with her. Her women have responded by showing more hustle. Their technical skills still leave a lot to be desired, but if they work harder at honing those skills…

  126. EH NO MAKE! February 20, 2010 9:36 pm

    Um, when is the “Aloha” party ?

    As in Aloha Bob Nash your run as head coach of the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team, surprisingly, ran out before Greg McMackin’s tenure as head coach of the University of Hawaii football.
    Too bad, I was hoping for much success for a man who’s given SO many years to the school.
    Awesome as a player, great guy, just didn’t work out.

  127. Bulla February 20, 2010 9:52 pm


    i feel you brother, haha, the older we get, the better we were, haha.

  128. al February 20, 2010 10:08 pm

    at this point, why not put rykin enos and beau albrechtson in the game. i think they would contribute a lot better than some that have been trhrown in to the fire.

    i wonder what took them so long to full court press. although, why put campbell and balocka in at the same time when pressing?

  129. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 10:10 pm


    February 20th, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    Kazz ~ Gotta give Coach *D* a chance to recruit some new blood, and integrate them into a rebuilt unit. She can continue to improve on her vision of a winning team.

    I’m impressed with the spirit she has brought with her. Her women have responded by showing more hustle. Their technical skills still leave a lot to be desired, but if they work harder at honing those skills…

    Kekoa, maybe you misread my post. Basically comparing the two programs, it has been FAR easier to watch the Wahine product as opposed to the men.

    In comparison, yes, both have similar records, but both are VASTLY different products. Nash has had three years, yet the decline continues, including attendance. Coach Dana is in her first year and attendance has tripled (i.e. more kala in which is one of the bottom lines) and the ladies have performed admirably. I’ve been to every home game for the Wahine with the exception of 4 (including tonight) and I have never regretted going to any of them.

  130. Kekoa February 20, 2010 10:11 pm

    Bulla ~

    FYI: If Ryan need evaluation on want else he may want to work on in his quest to get that body sculpted…you might want to check on Elam training center in Kapolei.

    The are in the building directly across the street from the city park (Wes of the park, East of the Post Office).

    Yes, it does belong to the family of Jason Elam.

  131. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 20, 2010 10:14 pm


    Oh and, congrats on da tix!!!

    P.S., the seats you guys had on Friday night tend to get very HOT during a 1pm game… 😉

  132. Kekoa February 20, 2010 10:29 pm

    Whoa! I’m for real feelin’ like Sunday mornin’! Thanks for the Ducats ST!

    OK gang…give me an *Amen* and a double shaka if you like one ticket. Post on da blog, Call, fax, text, email, send carryout Pidgen request, or even a note from your mom is acceptable!

    Wessai Chaptah members can ride with me in a/c comfort from our usual watering holes. Roundtrip transpo to and from da Les includes conversation to improve UH athletics funding. (Nevah mind if nobody pays us any attention, we’re always right…and they have no clue anyway!)

  133. Ralph February 20, 2010 10:31 pm

    2010 Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. UH is 3-1. Lost today to Georgia Tech 11-2 in 6 innings, and finished the day by beating the u. of san diego 16-3.
    Scores for Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  134. Ralph February 20, 2010 10:32 pm

    Kekoa I need a ticket. I catch a ride too.

  135. al February 20, 2010 10:33 pm

    corey lau, kailua hs future warrior on oc16 replay against roosevelt.
    lau is not a big guy but he sure is super quick. needs about 25 lbs though.

    kailua has this huge center, jordan de corte at 6’4″ about 260lbs. looks like he could play oline.

    roosevelt guard ese tago reminds me of chad owens. he a wr/db in football.

  136. Kekoa February 20, 2010 10:37 pm

    ST ~ Sent a text msg to you on your 0223 line.

  137. Bulla February 20, 2010 10:43 pm


    decorte kid is closer to 290 lbs, i think, carrying some extra baggage but he’s got the rack to really develop. any O lineman that can play basketball is a good catch in my book…..his other brother Bubba played for KS as a lineman. good kids, ryan grew up with them.

  138. Bulla February 20, 2010 10:44 pm


    that’s interesting about the Elam center…… i heard that chad ikei will be opening up in honolulu within 90 days also, and still maintain his AZ operations also.

    i’m looking at this summer to getting ‘beastly’ if you know what i mean. 🙂

  139. Slugger February 20, 2010 10:48 pm


    Congrats on winning tickets for tomorrow’s beesboll game. I overloaded on UH sports today; no need to go tomorrow.

    UH men need to work on perimeter shooting…that’s just one thing…

  140. SteveM February 20, 2010 11:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Joslyn !!!

    …from the Pink side, who ventured to a Camellia Cattle Call… 😆

  141. HiFlyer February 20, 2010 11:06 pm

    Cause I’m easy, easy like Sunday morning, yeah

  142. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:12 pm

    HiFlyer ~ Did you go today? If not, would you want to go Sunday?…call me.

    SteveM ~ Open invite for you and Peaches…cause I’m feelin’ like Sunday mornin!’

    Pomai ~ Did you feel da burn today brah?

    How ’bout you Ralph?

  143. Elvis February 20, 2010 11:14 pm

    Leave my ticket at will call.
    Uh huh huh, I’m all shook up.

  144. HiFlyer February 20, 2010 11:14 pm

    Kekoa – I like go to da game tomorrow, e-mail me.

  145. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:23 pm


    SailorBlue turns Green with envy! Navy loses again and demands a recount.

    President Obama may be called on for a ruling.

  146. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:24 pm

    You got it Hi Flyer!

  147. al February 20, 2010 11:29 pm

    bulla…does he play football?>
    what grade?
    long arms too, could be a left tackle candidate.

  148. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:38 pm

    Al ~ You like join da crew at the Basebow game? Can bring your Tax deduction with you if you like.

  149. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:42 pm

    Bulla ~ It’s all about diversification. Da Beast could also cross train at Elam’s to become a place kicker!

  150. SteveM February 20, 2010 11:44 pm

    Kekoa — Negative on the Sunday tix, but mahalo for asking! It’s that Speedos thing again… 🙄 😆

  151. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:45 pm

    Imagine the call from the Ref. “Roughing BY the kicker, 15 yards!”

  152. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:46 pm

    Rajah dat SteveM! 😎

  153. Bulla February 20, 2010 11:46 pm


    senior i am pretty sure….thought UH was looking at him earlier, good feet, and very coachable kid…..don’t know what happened.

  154. Bulla February 20, 2010 11:49 pm

    funny thought, only thing he’s kicking is tri tip steaks from the grill. although he has said the morning workouts have been going quite well. they’re not early, because where he came from, they started at 6 am in the snow….here they start at 7 in the sun 🙂

    said the agility drills on thursday afternoon was pretty funny. we have some linemen whose feet pose a challenge for them 🙁 all good for 1 beast, some of the coaches were ‘observing’ at length….haha…… u wanna dance, 7 years of racquetball have to be good for something right?

    UH Men’s bb, whew, long season, long season

  155. Kekoa February 20, 2010 11:50 pm

    Ok…gotta go…(they’re calling me to the medal stand).


  156. Bulla February 20, 2010 11:52 pm

    kailua vs. roosevelt,

    kudos to the rough riders, down 18 at the half and adjust to come back to win the game……..someone once said, ‘….coaching is the difference….’ hmmm, novel thought.

    lau is pretty quick, wish him the best at the next level, just thinking to myself 1st ‘kadoosh’ could be an eye opener for him. love the DeCorte kid, i think he has a lot of potential.

  157. Ralph February 21, 2010 12:07 am

    Bulla I outweigh Lau by 26 lbs, and i’m wondering what it would feel like if I ran across the field and met Aulola Tonga or Mana Lolotai on the dead run.

  158. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 21, 2010 12:08 am

    Up and wobbly after a 30-hour stint of either the flu or food poisoning. We had to leave Friday night’s opener at the top of the 5th. Finally woke up around 9:30 this evening.

    A-House: Your #44 – I agree and I’ll bring the real coffee – pure Kona.

    I have updated information about City & State actions concerning the UH Athletic Department, but I don’t feel up to putting the info together right now. Will try to get it done by tomorrow evening.

    Re the corporate sponsors – I think we patronize five of them.

    Back to bed.

  159. Ralph February 21, 2010 12:16 am

    watching down hill skiers, amazing athletes. When they take a spill, brutal.

  160. Ralph February 21, 2010 12:21 am

    91 Km/hr speed and this isn’t straight away.

  161. Ralph February 21, 2010 12:59 am

    UH gives up 102 points to a team that came into our house with a 9-16 record.

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  164. anonymous February 21, 2010 5:00 am

    To HA staff providing sport’s updates

    I can’t see how anyone can bemoan Michelle Wie updates.

    After all you do it for all the other Hawaii golfing pros. (Parker, Dean and Chad).

    Even when there’s an amateur golf event you report the scores.

    Yet the poster in #61(yesterday’s blog) describes the papers staff/staff member responsible for providing these updates as being a pervert and having a fixation of Michelle Wie.

    Nutty, I know.

    Personally I take umbrage to someone making a statement like that. And I’m guessing the HA staff does too. Because I don’t think the staff should be the recipient of such unwarranted ridicule.

    Most of the papers across the country provide updates and stories of their local sport’s participants.

    This isn’t an anomaly.

    Yet here in Hawaii to one person (or one poster on this blog) it is. And I find it strange that he should feel that way.

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