Here's video of today's practice:
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This is a sad day in Hawai‘i history.
If you've lived in Hawai‘i for a significant amount of time, you know somebody who works for Aloha Airlines. Its workers truly lived up to the company name.
The recent developments will have an impact on local sports. This will affect inter-island competition, make it more difficult for Neighbor Island fans to attend O‘ahu sporting events and, yes, hinder the way the UH football team travels. The Warriors used Aloha charters last year. With Hawaiian Airlines picking up much of the slack, will there be affordable charters for the Warriors this season?
But that is a concern for another time.
For now, let's mourn the downfall of a company that has served Hawai‘i well, and our prayers to employees who face an uncertain future.
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In my 18 seasons covering the UH football team, I've learned that spring is a time for the young players to gain experience. This spring, "Ferd" and I will move to the side as our bright young journalists — Leila Wai, Kyle Sakamoto, Stanley Lee and Kalani Takase — showcase their enormous talent. They're the future, and trust me, they are very, very good. Look for their reports starting with today's opening of spring practice.