Moanalua DE commits to UH

July 8th, 2009
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Ipulasi Eselu, a rush end from Moanalua High, said he will accept a 2010 scholarship from the Warriors.
Eselu played outside linebacker last season. But after demonstrating agility and quickness at the recent Just Win Camp, he was moved to defensive end.
Eselu is 6 feet 2 and 200 pounds. But Moanalua coach Arnold Martinez said Eselu has the frame to comfortably gain more weight without sacrificing quickness.
"He has a very high football IQ," Martinez said.
His older brother, Savaii Eselu, is a tight end for California.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkbmOdne754

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This is the 50th anniversary of statehood, and what could be better?
Well, for David Kawika Hallums, it was UH's 77-73 basketball victory over BYU in Provo in 1989.
During the celebration at the hotel, Hallums told The Advertiser the upset was "better than statehood."
hallums_familyTwenty years later, Hallums and his wife, Annette, and brother-in-law, John Almarez, run Ho‘okipa Enterprises, an executive driving/security company. But fans still remember his emotional description of that victory over BYU.
Behind the story ...
"To be honest, all I thought about was the significance of the rivalry. Reggie (Cross) didn't understand what the big rivalry was about. He didn't know about the heartbreaks UH suffered (against BYU) in all of the sports we played. It was deep. I was at all of the football games. ... After we won, I was like, dang, what was the biggest thing to come to my mind? I knew what statehood was. That feeling is what I wanted to compare (the victory) to; to beat BYU felt that huge. A lot of people told me, 'You weren't even born yet when Hawai‘i became a state.' But it was natural for those words to come out. That's how deep the rivalry was."
In hindsight ...
"I remember it like it was yesterday. BYU always has good players. Plus, they're just a bunch of good guys. It was hard to talk trash with them. They would say, 'great job,' and 'good luck the rest of the season.' They're a hated team, but the players themselves were all classy individuals. Maybe it's because they're more mature. They were 30 at the time. Nah, nah."
As a two-sport athlete at Pearl City High, Hallums led the OIA in passing in football and scoring in basketball.
"I think I led the league in minus-yards rushing. I got sacked about 20 times a game."
Still, he was recruited by UH football coach Dick Tomey. Quarterback Raphel Cherry was his host.
"I didn't (pursue football) because of my weight-lifting inadequacy. I thought I would get crushed. I didn't take it seriously. ... That was one of my few regrets. I didn't see my full potential (in football)."
Hallums played basketball at BYU-Hawai‘i, then decided to transfer to UH. The summer before enrolling at UH, he attended a basketball clinic in Provo. While there, he tried out for the BYU football team.
"I ended up making the team. My name was on the list, even though I wasn't technically enrolled in school. And i was scheduled to go back to UH. ... Maybe I could have been the first black quarterback up there. It was a great experience."
Hallums capped his UH career with a memorable senior dunk.
"I give all of the credit to Doug Stewart. He played with me at BYU-Hawai‘i. He had all of these dunks. He could make them off a straight vertical jump. I had to take a running start. He had one of these dunks where he grabbed the side of the backboard, pulled himself up and dunked. He did it in the BYU-Hawai‘i gym. That's where I saw it. No one knew about that dunk at UH. They didn't have a clue. I thought they would trip (if they saw it). The day before Senior Night, I kept practicing. (For Senior Night) I grabbed the side of the backboard, dunked and kissed the backboard. You have to grab the backboard (with the left hand), dunk, and then hold on to the rim (with the right hand). You have to pull yourself up, just for effect. Back then it was easy to pull myself up. I was in good shape, maybe 175. Then you kiss the box. Then you have to stare at  everyone. Then come back down. I've got to thank my man Doug Stewart for coming up with that one."

258 Responses to “Moanalua DE commits to UH”

  1. 1st!:

    1!


  2. Kekoa (iPhone):

    I don't think so. Not a good bingo.


  3. koakane™:

    ekolu howzit howzit howzit


  4. koakane™:

    wow where is everyone tonight or am I early


  5. koakane™:

    kden nobody in esmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


  6. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Could someone please clarify how the weekly interviews are seen, read or heard. Mahalo.

    At first, I assumed that they were on the radio - probably 1420 - but I am never around a radio except when I'm in the car so I wouldn't hear it unless I were driving from one place to another.

    Then , I started seeing references to "frozen" video so I assumed that the interviews were on tv - but what channel? Am never around a tv during the day either so I didn't bother to check it out.

    Now from what I read, it seems the interview is on the Internet. Where would it be posted? I don't have speakers for my computer so reading it is the best I can do. Next computer - to be purchased in the fall of 2010 - will definitely have speakers.

    Nitenitemunchmunchbitebite


  7. Ralph:

    top ten and koakane is awake...commits keep rolling in-how sweet it is


  8. Pride.:

    Kawika Hallums is one of the funniest guys I know. If you spend any amount of time with him, you'll be laughing the whole time. Thanks ST.


  9. letsgowarriors:

    when is mack and co. gonna hit the mainland? do they have any trips scheduled before camp or will they hit the mainland during the season?


  10. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    Yawn... fell asleep before wishing everyone sweet dreams.

    Had a nightmare about people calling me to make reservations to visit Kauai...

    http://blog.redskins.com/2009/07/08/wednesday-july-8-colt-brennan-on-video-still-not-on-twitter/#continued

    "Hat tip to Liz Kauai -- who apparently owns the island? -- for the link."


  11. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    ExtremeSkins features the Liz Chun interview with Colt too:
    http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/18958/43/


  12. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    Sweet story on Hallums!


  13. Garret:

    Welcome to the Warriors Ipulasi Eselu!


  14. oldie:

    Morning Tsaikos!

    The pic of Colt and Michael Carter reminded me that I have the 1991 Holiday Bowl game on DVD.

    Again, from Dim Sum and somewhat marginal quality, but good to re-enjoy the game. Unfortunately, missing the last minute when UH was running out the clock.

    There's an ESPN interview with Bob Wagner where he is mentioned as a possible candidate for the USC coaching job.

    Email me at hoherb at yahoo dot com. No charge.


  15. Garret:

    The WAC and MWC are deciding whether or not they should sign the new BCS agreement.

    Boise State would not be eligible for the lucrative Bowl Championship Series after the 2010 regular season if WAC and Mountain West presidents decide not to sign a new deal by Thursday afternoon.

    The 18 presidents must decide whether to join all Division I-A football leagues in the powerful postseason bowl coalition, or risk millions and more in hopes of changing the system to improve access and payouts for their schools.

    The WAC has a conference call set for 8 a.m. MDT Wednesday, one day after a Senate subcommittee held hearings on whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.

    There is a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline for the WAC and Mountain West to sign a new agreement between the BCS and television partner ESPN.

    The WAC and the Mountain West are the only two Division I-A football leagues that have not agreed to the new deal, which takes effect for the 2010 regular season.


  16. Garret:

    Funny how the WAC and MWC are working together...although BSU's President says that the WAC will sign the new agreement anyway.

    Not signing the deal is considered a long-shot.

    The WAC and Mountain West - which each have nine members and have crashed the BCS twice each in the last four years - will act in concert, Kustra said.

    "It would be more powerful if whatever we did, we did together," Kustra said.

    The WAC, along with nine other major college football conferences and Notre Dame, signed an original agreement in December. Some minor changes, such as bowls asking for additional signage, were made to the deal.

    The Mountain West, which is leading the charge for BCS changes, has not signed either agreement.

    The WAC must sign the addition for its signature on the original agreement to remain valid.

    "There are really two choices: not signing it at all or signing it with a statement saying we're signing it under duress," Kustra said.


  17. Garret:

    BCS official warns that if the BCS is eliminated then there will not be a playoff set up and the old system actually gave the non-BCS companies *less* money.

    But a BCS leader warned that even if a judge agreed with Hatch and struck down the way college football now crowns its champion, officials wouldn't create a playoff like so many fans, sports pundits and even the president have called for.

    "Honestly, it's hard to see why anyone would litigate this," said Harvey Perlman, University of Nebraska chancellor and chairman of the BCS' presidential oversight committee. "The end result of that -- this isn't a threat, it's just an observation -- would be we are back to the old system."

    The BCS was created in 1997 to pit the nation's top two teams in a national championship game. It also hypes four other prestigious bowl games. Before that, the top conferences inked their own big money deals with bowls, leaving pollsters to decide who was the champ.

    BCS officials like Perlman argue the current system has brought more exposure, opportunity and cash to smaller programs than ever before, especially with recent changes making it likely that at least one spot every year will go to a team from one of the five non-BCS conferences.


  18. Garret:

    WassupDoc,

    If you go to the sports section of the online Advertiser, or to HawaiiWarriorBeat.com, you will see where it says to click for the Warrior Beat show. If you click on that the show will start.


  19. roysan16:

    Again, the UH staff are reeled in by how a recruit does at a camp. I looked at Eselu youtube high lights and recent PIAA combine results. His combine results are very under par-BJ barely 8'0, BP 185x8, 40 time 4.92, 8.06 L-Drill and 4.54 T-Drill.These are a good offensive tackle-like numbers. His highlight film is okay, he plays with great instincts and it shows him making a few open field tackles but these are perfunctory plays. He does show flashes of potential. But the theme, so far, in regards to how UH is recruiting is that they're putting their chips and bets on players with future potential when other schools, especially the better programs, are putting their chips and bets on players that are surer bets. Another recruit that's an interesting pick, where I'm guessing the UH staff is sold on his quickness and agility from the recent Just Win Camp.


  20. hoho:

    word on the street..miano been doing all the recruiting this year for the warriors


  21. roysan16:

    Come the start of the high school football season, I hope the UH staff has taken a look at least 3 players from the Mililani team, OG, MLB and WR. And the Kam team-OC. And the Kapolei team--LBs.

    I hope that come two months from now they still have scholarships to offer.

    I hope they realize also that some kids can't afford these camp-and there are a lot of other talented kids to choose from than those that have the means to attend a camp.


  22. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    COLT WATCH!
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81120c81/Redskins-cafeteria-tour

    Colt Cameo in Fred Smoot's tour of the Redskins' cafeteria.


  23. d1島:

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome Mr. Eselu.

    Nice back story about David Hallums.

    Have a Wunnah-ful Wednesday...

    HiHo.


  24. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    At first glance I thought a Moanalua player "de-commits" to play at UH. Bad eyes, so at second glance it was a good thing that happened.


  25. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    COLT WATCH:
    http://allhailredskins.com/2009/05/07/colt-brennan-a-star-on-the-rise/

    "Colt Brennan has done absolutely nothing in the NFL, but he could be the Washington Redskins’ best answer, if he does what he did in college for the 8-8 Redskins."


  26. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos. haven't seen bhf2 post for quite a while, but i know he lurking, so braddah, here's to you and hope you are having a great day!!!!


  27. djmitcho:

    Good Morning All! Half way to da weekend! Hope everyone has a good one.


  28. Piper's Son:

    OLDIE: I'm the guy who stole the pig and "away he ran..." The kids would probably know.

    The blog name is just a nom de guerre like Oldie or Pride etc.


  29. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    Welcome to the Warriors, Lasi!


  30. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Nice story on Hallums. What a good lookin' family, too.


  31. warriorfanny2:

    like everyone else we all congradulate the new commits, welcome them to the warrior ohana and wish them and their families well.
    Personally, it matters to me who is the lead recruiter---having more confidence in some and less in others.
    I hope what hoho claims is not entirely true and there has been a vetting by mac & position staff.....long story short, rich is not on my favorites list, recruiting or otherwise....enuff said....just want to express aloha to all the new commits to our warrior ohana and offer them best wishes and mahalo for selecting Hawaii.


  32. addahknowjoe:

    'Gmornin Gang!

    Hallums- you too funny, brah!

    DPK- Howz da Punchbowl scene on this fine morning!

    DjMitcho- Howz everything in the great Northwest!

    Whitey- Howz da natives on Maui holding out today?

    LizKauai- Howz the natives on da wessai of our state doing?

    d1島- Howzit! Everybody behaving in Waipio?

    Annoddah Dave Ho, long time no see!

    Garret- Missed you on your stop in the islands!


  33. warriorfanny2:

    there are essentially two parts to colt:
    the kid w a big heart that loves to have fun and is loyal to his fans;
    and the brash QB with steely nerves, lightening draw, deadly aim and instinctive leadership.
    Im not sure if he can reconstitute himself under Zmans techy software and become robocolt for a franchise better known for being flakey at the top.


  34. letsgowarriors:

    shoot i hope miano is not the head recruiter in the islands too!


  35. warriorfanny2:

    LPGA in trouble?
    Ferds article was the tip of the iceberg--mutiny already started as it always does w women, over dinner and good wine....expect profound changes at the top.


  36. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    A-Joe- love Colt's "water glass"!

    wf2- having a bad hair day?

    HIHO!


  37. Stephen Tsai:

    The recruiting duties are spread out, both here and on the Mainland.
    UH coaches also have done a lot of recruiting/scouting trips on the Mainland this year.
    This is a team effort.
    And, no, UH isn't recruiting solely by camps. The coaches have done extensive research.
    While most of us only have access to blurbs from scouting sites or YouTube videos, the coaches have extended videos, scouting reports and relationships with coaches and, sometimes, family members of prospects. Even the most rabid fan knows what he/she knows based on limited information.


  38. Stephen Tsai:

    For me, I wouldn't know how to recruit.
    I mean, there was a linebacker that UH projected to be a safety (Jake Patek).
    And a guy from Germany? C'mon. But Malcolm Lane has turned out to be a pretty good player.


  39. warriorfanny2:

    For those of you who want to watch live coverage of the British Open on TV or streaming video at the Ailsa Course,Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland, set your clock for 1am (hst)--the hunt for the Claret Jug is in a time zone 11 hours ahead....here are the TV times:

    THUR 7/16, TNT: 7am--330pm (hst)
    FRI 7/17, TNT: 7am--230pm "
    SAT 7/18, TNT: 7-9am "
    ABC: 9am-230pm "
    SUN 7/19, TNT: 6-8am "
    ABC: 8am-130pm "

    There will also be live streaming video from the 9th, 10th and 11th holes on the opengolf.com website.
    The 9th is a signature hole with the Turnberry lighthouse standing at the rocky Turnberry Point just off the green.

    Turnberry has hosted 3 previous Opens including the famous "duel in the sun" by Watson and Nicklaus in 1974.
    The Ailsa course also hosted in '86 and '94.
    Padraig Harrington has won back to back Brit Opens,
    claiming the Claret in 2007 and 2008, and is attemting a threepeat....a feat that hasnt been done in over 50 years.


  40. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    I have a day off today. Great show with Colt yesterday--saw it last night and the quality was great except for a couple 3-second freezes. The bigger video size surprised me too.


  41. koakane iphone:

    Hello how you and gooda morning. How's the kope at your place?

    Finally cleaning out my stuff and tons of memories flowing out with each item being either kept or dumped. Nice and quiet with no one around.

    Again nice job yesterday with the colt interview. Can imagine lizk with beeg smile on her face and wearing her redskin's jersey bwhaaaaaa .


  42. Stephen Tsai:

    Does the show's transmission come out smoother when we shoot it at UH?


  43. warriorfanny2:

    ST--- dont be so presumptious and never downplay the coconut in Hawaii with all its random local gatherings, bloodlines, extended ohana, friendships, alumni clubhouses, neighbors, open garage beer calls, luaus and kanikapila, club jawin, baby parties, weddings, graduations and coffee-clatch niches.....more news than you can report my friend--and often--deadly accurate and not nice to mention!


  44. homey ℞:

    ST - Yes.

    Good morning computer users.


  45. chawan_cut:

    Go Chargers!


  46. Stephen Tsai:

    wf2:
    It wasn't right to downplay the connections that prevail through the islands. My bad.


  47. warriorfanny2:

    no, aunt liz, no problem with my hair as much as u have struggled with literally metaphors.


  48. Stephen Tsai:

    The one thing I would humbly suggest is that, while this is an open forum and all views are welcome, we need to remember that choosing a college is a significant moment in a person's life.
    Prospects, recruits, coaches, their families read the blog.
    I think some shouldn't be so harsh on the qualities of a 17-year-old.


  49. letsgowarriors:

    should we expect more greyshirts from the 2009 class?

    lister
    loeffler
    manu
    iosefa
    ....


  50. roysan16:

    There are certain qualities you see in people. When I look at the associate HC at UH, Rich M, point man for recruting, point man for managing the team, point man for instilling discipline and point man for being the second set of eyes and ears on the field for Coach Mack I'd say no mater how much grooming he gets-or on the job training as a associate head coach--he'll never be good.

    Coach Cal would have been a wiser choice, by far. And he wouldn't have compromised the links in the chain, like I feel RM does. The Warrior team would have been much of a solider team under the directorship of Coach Cal as an associate HC. And you wouldn't have seen the high- schoolish (and maybe lower) debacles we saw during games last year on the sidelines.

    There were so many times last year during games where there were collapses on the sideline, where the TV announcers and crowds looking at how the coaching staff used their timeouts (letting wasted time run off the clock before calling timeout), where players were getting into the faces of their position coaches, where players were penalized for running off the field late, where players were one short or one too many in the huddle and where TV announcers are lamenting the staff for all the personal fouls the players are committing and being the most penalized team in D-1..and who do you think we should cast a finger at..yes, the associate HC, Rich M. A lot of this is his responsibility. His onus.

    And, likewise, so is the recruiting. I would love to ask Coach Cal if he could push his weight around up there, like an associate head coach can, if he would've snagged Kama Bailey (08) and even Trevor Mau (09).

    But I promise you one things it won't be long, when fans put 2 and 2 together, and figure this out. And the saying is that no matter how nice a person is there's no way of obscuring incompetence.

    How I wish Coach Cal was the associate HC pushing his weight around up there. This idea, and realization,would bare fruit. What we have present bares nothing.


  51. warriorfanny2:

    Ok, ST, kool....and I know you publish perhaps 10% of what u actually know---that only means we practice more restraint than our compelling passion to share. :)


  52. djmitcho:

    A-Joe,
    Things are nice and sunny here in the Inland PNW. Only if I had one beach now.


  53. koakane iphone:

    Well said tsaimaster (#48 post). As mentioned many times before we would like to see all the kekei's stay home and play for dem warriors but just no can so best we can do is luv um, wish them well and support any way can. Das why we the Aloha State babe.


  54. Stephen Tsai:

    let's go:
    probably another one or two.
    I can't get a read on the training-camp roster.
    For instance, I don't know the number of kickers that will be in camp.
    Seems the numbers fluctuate weekly.


  55. warriorfanny2:

    #39 my bad, all times mentioned are est NOT hst, adjust and reset times -6 hours to syncronize to hst, eg 7am (est) is 1 am (hst)....sorry for the lapse.....gotta wake up real early or change your sleep patterns---those that trade off the NYSE will love these times!


  56. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Garret:

    What I'm looking for is a written transcript of the shows since I don't have aduio capability. Does one exist? If not, then I'll have to read the reactions here on the blog.

    BACK TO COLT:

    With respect to Colt's situation, although I am certainly no expert, I am concerned that he is not anywhere near being the first-string - or even the back-up - quarterback with the Redskins. Remember that Colt is about three years older than other players who signed for the first time in 2008. If he continues to be used only sparingly this year & next, he's going to have a time-limited career as a quarterback when his lack of playing experience gets factored in with his age.

    Wouldn't it be better for him to be traded to another team now where his incredible talents could be used? Would like to read what some of the experts here have to say.


  57. Stephen Tsai:

    There's this running joke at work where the page designer will ask: How good is this recruit?
    I'll say: "Very good."
    It's not like I'm sugar-coating anything. It's just that at their level — high school or JC — they are very good. I imagine probably 1 percent of the high school players in the country receive college football scholarships. That makes them pretty elite.
    Whether that translates into a stellar college career is another matter.


  58. letsgowarriors:

    man with all these greyshirts, we eating up the 2010 totals. how can that be after all the decommits, nonqualifiers and midyear transfers that counted against last year? i hope mack is just greyshirting them to preserve their eligibility and give them 5.5 years. im hoping all these greyshirts that enroll in january still count towards the 2009 25 and its not because we already exceeded 2009's 25.


  59. Stephen Tsai:

    Doc:
    Sorry, but we don't have transcripts of the show.
    The shows are actually extensions of the online chats we used to have. Those chats were actually easier because we could stage them at any time and any location. Once, Davone Bess did a chat while he was on the Mainland. It's tougher with the show since we have a crew and equipment. And, apparently, we have concerns about band width.


  60. BIGWAVE96744:

    oldie I'm curious to know who played in the '91 Holiday Bowl?

    UH beat Illinois in '92 :)


  61. wafan:

    Good mid-morning everyone!


  62. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer]:

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc: Time for a new computer if you have no sound card or a set of speakers if you do. ;-)

    HiHO!


  63. SteveM:

    Stephen Tsai:
    July 8th, 2009 at 8:11 am
    Does the show's transmission come out smoother when we shoot it at UH?

    I think that is the general consensus. More bandwidth in the UH WAN and fiber out to the internet. If so, the people on the mainland with high speed internet (like Garret) should be able to see the difference. Comparisons from the mainland Tsai-kos would be instructive.


  64. wafan:

    Actually, even with the weak signal I get here the show runs smoother here than on my cable at home.


  65. warriorfanny2:

    #48..... it is the aloha way to go, totally agree. class.
    however, that makes the coaches fair game!

    they dont get mulligans and further, are being paid to do the job....now, for those fans that have been following the recruiting cycles through JJ on down with attention to detail, many may have good cause to bark when they notice the same elephant in the room. you dont have to buy and drink snake oil from its salesman to know it's a bad product. its the content we become familiar with not neccessarily its context....check out the two safeties listed as #1 out of SPR--both seldom played on a backside D in 2008 that was terrible--both recruited by Miano....will they erase three years of player obscurity.....doubtful.


  66. A-House:

    ST:

    Great read on David Hallums.

    Every time I see his name, I recall what my sister, his high school math teacher, said about his time in class. I mentioned this to him at McKinley HS about 10 years ago and he just burst out laughing; he admits he was a naughty student.


  67. A-House:

    ST:

    I think all of us would agree that yesterday's broadcast with Colt was heads above all others in terms of clarity and volume - only hampered by 3 very short "freeze frames".


  68. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Stephen: Mahalo for the explanation. As long as you keep an archive, then I'll be able to listen to them on a borrowed compujter.

    Liz: I expect to have the money saved for a new computer by mid-November, 2010. I'd saved slightly over $1,000 and expected to have the rest available by mid-November of this year, but between the car repairs and the computer fixup a month ago, that took care of my savings. As soon as we finish paying off our veterinary bills at the end of July, then I can start saving once again.


  69. labrat:

    I use DSL and the UH trans seemed to be better for me. I have been visiting the Advertiser website for many years and it seems that things have gone downhill since the switch to pluck.


  70. warriorfanny2:

    #56. Bingo! Calm down your solicitation and usage of the word "expert", pundit sounds more human, but ur point is well taken.
    u got to know 3 things in this mix: snyder, zman and colt.
    than u need to know that unlikely compositions of oil, water and fire dont mix well or can become volatile. having said that, add cb's age and your thesis has feet--just keep walking--the cliff is around the corner.


  71. homey ℞:

    Don't need $1K+ to get a computer/notebook w/sound and vid...

    Nice to read future Warriors plans to attend UH. GO WARRIORS.


  72. SteveM:

    labrat -- I know you have been posting here since 2007, but Princess Leila made an interesting comment as she read your question to Colt yesterday. Is the "la" in your blog name for "Los Angeles" or is it "lab"? Can you tell us what city/town you reside in?


  73. warriorfanny2:

    #58. lgw. lol, i see where u are headed and u know it ends in a cul de sac....u can prolly answer ur own question by back pedaling over the last 4 years and looking at all the grayshirts then, fast forward, yikes! what happened! i mean, is it houdini or shibai.


  74. djmitcho:

    The shows held at UH are way better than those from the Advertiser. At least for me they have been.


  75. homey ℞:

    wf2 - LOL


  76. homey ℞:

    SteveM - I've been reading this blog since it's inception and I just noticed, is the St short for Saint?


  77. expat:

    Stephen

    I would think that the number of high school football seniors who receive Div 1 FBS scholarships would be considerably less than 1%. There are something like 2,800 scholarships available, right? That would be an interesting statistic to know, but I agree that we are talking about an elite group.


  78. labrat:

    Ha, ha SteveM. Good one.

    My bio was posted by the Tsai Master a long time ago. I have been reading his blog since the very beginning.

    I became lab rat after the flood at UH. I would not be surprised if the princess thought that it might be la brat. It has been my intention to ask the questions that I have heard asked but have not been asked which was a very difficult task for me with Colt because he probably has heard them all.


  79. SteveM:

    homey -- not likely, but better check with the blog host ...and please don't throw me in the br'er patch... :lol:


  80. SteveM:

    labrat -- that's interesting. What blog name were you using before?


  81. letsgowarriors:

    i know, when was the last time a greyshirt panned out? this should be the money year for our first greyshirt class, so we'll see. i don't count pilares as a greyshirt.

    eric shaeffer - gone
    kiran kepo'o - gone
    alasi toilolo - still got a shot
    pookela ahmad - still got a shot
    rick taylor - left team
    bulla ginlack - part time starter
    clayton laurel - i think he g/s, still got a shot
    levi legay - ?
    gabe tuata - didnt qualify
    miah ostrowski - behind all juniors
    drew uperesa - ?
    art laurel - freshman
    alema tachibana - freshman
    earvin sione - who knows
    christian vasconcellos - who knos
    jesse williams - seems like we were waiting 5 years for him


  82. (Jesse)James:

    Good morning Tsaikos....

    Nice news today and great story on David Hallums....I remember that game and quote too...LOL

    and the shows at UH seem to be better for me as well...


  83. bstunna2002:

    Tsaimeister can you please get us some pics of the jc guys like Dimude,Green,Brown and Masch.

    Mahalo


  84. wafan:

    Do greyshirts receive any scholarship money if they were originally offered one? Or is the scholarship money on-hold until they actually make the team?


  85. warriorfanny2:

    ST, please quell the nasty rumors circulating on the mainland that our OLM dont run cuz they cant scale the 12' fences that enclose Ching....i have been big-pond hopping on the mokulele lately and I cant depend on text reports by the D players because they are in a world of their own and only want to talk about their exploits in weightlifting, eating glass, walkin on fire, studying film, chasing cars, beating up pit bulls and sleeping at night with their helmets on.....pleeeez, just one pic. must see sweat flying off their bronze chests and shaved heads, knee pumping to their waists and their calves bunched in a tight ball above their slim ankles.....just one.....pleeeez!


  86. Ralph:

    #81 interesting summary Letsgobows....are all greyshirts on scholarships or are some recruits asked to report in midyear to control the eligibility clock for each player? some of the recruits could be preferred walk on reporting in mid year...


  87. lab rat:

    RedZone


  88. wafan:

    What a way to go!

    Man dies after falling into a vat of chocolate.

    http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20090708/US.Chocolate.Death/


  89. warriorfanny2:

    #81. lgb. u da man brah, u gots da address 4 da cul de sac deadends ....btw, i have no window for boulder--im sending my bud a tapa malo by fedex.


  90. wafan:

    HA! Always wondered what happened to RedZone.

    "He" has been here all along.


  91. warriorfanny2:

    watch the smokin mirrors folkz--jj was good at it 2.


  92. BIGWAVE96744:

    Fyi it was just 07/08/09 10:11:12
    wooo hoooo


  93. letsgowarriors:

    i do, however, have more confidence in mack's greyshirt system than jj's greyshirt system.


  94. warriorfanny2:

    jesse williams was a miano prize--that got alot of air time w the orginal airheads--Xfart n tubby-dick.


  95. SteveM:

    lab rat -- Thanks! One mystery solved--I was wondering what happened to "RedZone", who was one of the first Warrior Beat posters back in September 2006. I have no email contact info and don't think I met you.

    RedZone's (labrat's) bio was published on Sept. 21, 2007....

    http://blogs.honoluluadvertiser.com/index.php?blog=9&title=the_waiting_game&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1


  96. GRM:

    Doc,
    You can get a Dell Inspiron computer set up from Sam's Club for under $600. I think it comes with audio set up. If not go on-line to Dell.com. I got a Dell Inspiron 530 Desk Top w/augio and lot of ram last year for around $700.


  97. COPO:

    What's with the Miano haters? Will someone post the many positives about this long time Rainbow-Warrior.


  98. jojo ®:

    Hello everyone! Can't wait for practices to start up again, so I can feel normal.


  99. Stephen Tsai:

    By the way, I should have mentioned this a long time ago, but I think it's pretty admirable for people to post on blogs.
    When I was growing up, the most difficult thing for me was to have a teacher who would read your paper aloud in class. I remember when I started at The Advertiser, I had to overcome "stage fright" knowing how many people would be reading my stories. When I covered games, my pockets were stuffed with Pepto Bismol tablets. I remember how Jim Easterwood used to drink two cups of coffee before basketball games. That was always my goal: to be relaxed enough to have a cup of coffee before a game.
    The saying is that everyone has an opinion.
    But I don't think that everyone can express one.
    Even with the cloak of anonymity that the Internet provides, it still takes a certain amount of confidence and courage to post opinions.
    So, to all who post, you have my admiration.


  100. Ralph:

    aren't you normal, you look normal at Camellia's last time I saw you there, unless you ate too much and haven't been the same since then


  101. Stephen Tsai:

    wf2:
    D-linemen are working hard in the morning.
    Thing is ... I don't get up that early anymore. (OK, ever.) When I get to UH at about 9 or so, they're coming out of the weight room or Klum Gym, where they do a lot of their agility drills.


  102. PIAA DS:

    #84....they dont receive money until the spring and thats not guaranteed unless they sign a scholarship agreement (NLI's are not good except for fall registration for incoming freshman)

    which leads me to #93..I agree totally. When JJ did greyshirts, he did not have the players (at least not any cases Im aware of) sign a scholarship agrement for spring, which guarantees in January they can go full time and be on scholarship - and their eligibility clock starts. He would have them sign NLI's and scholarship agreements but then would ask them to redshirt, so when they didnt show up for classes/football in the fall, their NLI and scholarship agreement was null and void, not even valid for the spring semester...on the other hand... All the boys Mack recruited who signed in Feb either had an NLI and a scholarship agreement or just a scholarships agreement with "spring" semester checked.

    ST..did you get my email?


  103. PIAA DS:

    ...then would ask them to redshirt....DUH...meand greyshirt..sorry.


  104. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, Doris:
    No, I didn't receive the e-mail.
    Was it sent today or yesterday?


  105. wafan:

    Doris . . .

    Thank you!

    So, if they sign with Mack, go for a semester and then disappear they count against the UH's APR? Is that right?

    If so, that is quite a risk to take.


  106. Stephen Tsai:

    The best e-mail to send to would be:
    sstsai@hawaii.edu


  107. J-Dog:

    #81, I think Kenny Estes was a greyshirt too.


  108. Manoa Mist:

    Back in the day, Hallums used to play hoops with us men at Pearl City gym. Only thing, he was just in seventh or eighth grade, but he could already hold his own. It was great to see him play hoops for UH. After he was pau, next time I played with him was at Lehua Park in Pearl City. He comes down the middle on a 3 on 1 fast break, holds the ball in one hand, takes off and slams it down Man, he grew up alright!


  109. Stephen Tsai:

    Hallums is related to everybody, too.
    His cousin is Cheryl Grimm.


  110. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    OFF-SPORTS TOPIC

    Don't forget that the Second Annual Family Promise Summer Barbecue is this Sunday, July 12, from 5 to 7 pm at Nu`uanu Congregational Church on the Pali Highway just beyond the first stoplight after the Wyllie Street Overpass. Dinner will be served inside the gym which is located on the lower part of the church property close to Nu`uanu Stream while the grill will be set up just outside the side door.

    If you love to eat, then you'll know that the best place to find great food is at a faith-based potluck no matter which denomination.

    DrDoc & I will be preparing my award-winning - no fooling - barbecue chicken - grilled right on the spot while the rest of the folks who want to attend are asked to contribute pupu, salads, side dishes for the chicken, and desserts. Bring along enough food for the number of people in your party plus six more.

    Currently, we expect about a dozen church members including a couple of children plus four sets of parents, four children under the age of two, and two youngsters ages 8 & 10 in the Family Promise program.

    There'll be plenty of time to play games, talk story, etc., before dinner which will be served at 6 pm. Family-style pupu can can be served anytime after 5:30 pm.

    Family Promise is a ecumenical initiative - Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, - to help homeless families find permanent housing along with providing access to a variety of services.such as medical/dental care, education & training, transportation, childcare for employed parents, etc.

    Currently, more than 50 different churches & temples here on O`ahu representing all major faiths take part in the program in urban Honolulu and Windward O`ahu. Some are host churches while other, smaller congregations are partner churches.

    Many of you are active in your own churches so perhaps your congregation might be interested in learning more about the Family Promise program.

    To make sure that there's enough chicken, please e-mail me if you are planning to attend - swood at hokudotcom. I can also provide you with the FP administrative office contact information.

    COMPUTER STUFF: I'm going to go back to a Mac - decided to switch to a PC about five years ago and have regretted it ever since. The smaller Notebook currently retails around $1600 and the larger one around $2600. Add to that the costs for the various hand-held communications devices which will be part of the package and that's a huge chunk of change to have to save up for. Hopefully, we'll not have any more emergencies.


  111. J-Dog:

    Speaking of Kenny Estes, isn't he still a Sophomore?

    I believe he greyshirt-'06
    wanted to redshirt but played special teams-'07
    was hurt/didn't play in '08?

    Anyone know?


  112. homey ℞:

    Manoa Mist - You played at Lehua too??? Small world.


  113. Ralph:

    I remember Cheryl Grimm, enjoyed watching her and the rest of the Na Wahine Volleyball team in Klum...someone posted that she is a motorcycle cop, maybe mr. c knows her from work, and I'm sure she's seem mrs. c with her green bottle in hand flying down the freeway..


  114. letsgowarriors:

    j-dogg, i believe you are correct that he is a soph. i probably missed a couple more greyshirts as well.

    stephen, how come the UH website has jeramy bryant listed as a soph? would be good news for us if it were true...

    http://hawaiiathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5334&path=football


  115. warriorfanny2:

    ST, I have no problems w our DLM, they train with passion and purpose--you can see it from the first day of training camp--Fonoti, et al, are ahead and out in front of the pak on the gassers--again, re-read #85, it is intended for O-linemen only!
    Offensive Linemen!


  116. Aaron:

    speaking of Colt, Pictures Plus at Ward Warehouse is giving away FREE 8x10 photos of Colt Brennan in action in his Redskins uniform. it's totally free - no catch. just walk into the store and ask for the photo and they'll give you one. from what i heard, there's still a ton left.


  117. Stephen Tsai:

    There are two reasons to grayshirt.
    1. It gives you an opportunity to develop athletically and academically. You're a part-time student in fall, then you enroll fulltime in the spring. That gives a player an opportunity to participate in spring ball before entering his first training camp.
    2. You don't meet the academic requirements and need the extra semester to earn a qualifying SAT score.
    There are two drawbacks:
    1. UH has to have cap room. That means players who are on schedule to graduate in December must do so. Scholarships are awarded on a one-year basis. If a senior has only one semester of classes remaining, but doesn't pass all of his courses, he doesn't come off the books in January. He comes off in May. A couple of years ago, Alasi Toilolo and Pookela Ahmad had to wait until June to go on scholarship because there weren't enough available ones in January.
    2. If you're deficient in the SAT, you need to earn a qualifying score by October. There's a formal process for the school to admit students. If you become eligible in late December, you're probably not going to be admitted in January. At that point, the scholarship agreement will have lapsed.


  118. Stephen Tsai:

    Under Mack, he makes sure he honors the grayshirts before anyone else (i.e. transfer or JC guys).
    That's why Zach Masch had to wait until June to go on scholarship.


  119. warriorfanny2:

    lgw. u left out noa, originally a gray.


  120. Stephen Tsai:

    The bottom line: for recruits, JC guys, transfers, grayshirts, they need to do well academically.
    A full UH scholarship for five years is valued at $100,000.


  121. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer]:

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc: perhaps a visit to the library will enable you to see the WB videos while you save up for your new Mac ;-)

    whoosh!


  122. oldie:

    BigWave,

    #60 - My bad. I meant the 1992 Holiday Bowl (after the 1991 season) - UH vs Illinois

    Thanks for the correction.


  123. PIAA DS:

    ST , sent yesterday, no worries, Ill email to the address above, thanks.


  124. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer]:

    Speaking of computers:
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/07/08/google.chrome.os/index.html

    Story Highlights:
    Google says it will release a computer operating system in fall or early 2010
    Google's Chrome OS could change the way personal computers work
    The system is touted as faster and more Web-friendly than Windows
    It supports cloud computing and will be available as open-source technology


  125. SteveM:

    WassupDoc -- stop by an Apple Store (Kahala or Ala Moana) or a UH bookstore if you or someone else can purchase for you. The MacBook that currently tempts me is the aluminum 13" MacBook Pro @ $1200 (less in Ed.). I have a 15" but personally think the 13" is adequate.

    The $999 white polycarbonate 13" MacBook is OK too. If you do not want 800 FireWire, back-lite keyboard, and SD slot, this one is good--although for $200 more I'd get the Aluminum model with these features. Don't need extra memorry unless you plan to dual-boot some flavor of Windows beyond XP.

    Apple Education has a "buy a computer and get a iPod Touch FREE" offer for now.

    Do not overlook the 20" desktop iMac for $1,199 too if portability is not a requirement. Just my opinion since I work with hundreds of them.


  126. madeinhawaii:

    It's really not about Mac or PC.. but the software you need to do the work you need to accomplish. Add the cost of hardware.. software... service and extras and divide by 5 to get your annual outlay.

    I have four PCs and two laptops with $6K in printers and scanners and $1.5K in software on each machine. The PCs cost me about $500 each to build.


  127. warriorfanny2:

    lol. most of mac's incorporations were adjustments made to change direction created by the former man who occupied his office--from uni's to music to recruiting policies to team discipline....but, i still miss JJ standing on that sideline w his headset on, staring down mischieviousily at his play sheet and talking as he covered his mouth with his clipboard.....damn, he drove a few DCs to drink....


  128. Stephen Tsai:

    Doc:
    I'm sure you can stop by the Little Learners' Preschool.
    It's at 160 Mookua Street in Kailua.
    They have WiFi.
    As well as affordable rates for ages 3-4 under the guidance of licensed and accredited instructors.
    Call 382-5263 for details.


  129. BIGWAVE96744:

    Heh heh heh.... You got me worried oldie... You raving about the 1991 Holiday Bowl got me thinking you were a closet BYU fan....


  130. Piper's Son:

    WassupDoc: The MacConnection has 20" iMacs for $`1100.00 - shipping to Hawaii is free. No sales tax as it is an internet order.

    A couple of months ago they had the 24" iMacs on sale for about the same price - no sales tax - free shipping. I got one and works great. Got it mostly for photography and the fact that my Dell VISTA was always giving me problems.

    Check it out - and don't forget that the local Apple people are very helpful no matter where you got the Mac.


  131. madeinhawaii:

    WDoc...

    Problem with most PC vs Mac comparisons is that most do not compare oranges to oranges... for the same amount of money you could get a very reliable PC with in house service contracts for several years.. or replacement contracts for several years and still pick up a number of extra peripherals.

    With Windows 7 coming around the block, and getting rave reviews, with free upgrade coupons being released for purchases after Sept. 1, that would be the trend to look at. Remember, for every Mac programmer out there, there are 2,999 Pc programmers. As a result, you get more service more support, more programs delivered to you faster and cheaper.

    Insofar as laptops are concerned, $1999 the Dell Adamo offers more than Apples top of the line $2700 unit. The $700 you save can buy a better itouch and add a few years of service.

    My feeling is that Apple will focus more on their peripherals than their Macintosh in the years to come. More money there.


  132. oldie:

    #60 & #122

    One more time - 1992 Holiday Bowl after the 1992 season. Duh...


  133. homey ℞:

    I'm a PC.


  134. ai-ee-soos:

    re: Cheryl Grimm.

    She was an HPD solo bike cop.

    At one time was a metro Sgt., don't know current position.

    Made 25 years service, I believe, last year.

    FYI


  135. wafan:

    Most districts in WA use PC's. Very few Mac's around.


  136. wafan:

    Helps when MicroSoft and Intel have plants in the neighborhood.


  137. Ralph:

    thanks for the update on Cheryl Grimm, how time flies...when i saw 25 years I thought to myself, geez that long ago...


  138. lava:

    Re recruiting, it does not appear the current UH coaches are being criticized for not offering the right people. The Manleys of the world have been recruited and offered. If they don't feel the urgency to commit to the Warrior program, what are we to do? I appreciate the fact that the coaches are making offers based on a lot of valuable information. You learn a lot more about a kid in a camp than you do on a recruiting trip. As future classes see that camp attendees get offers, the camps should draw more kids and and better talent.


  139. Fatty McButterpants:

    Kawika Hallums = the world's darkest Portagee

    It's sad when athlete's lose their 'fro...


  140. Scotty McTavish:

    Big ballin smashin makin my ins


  141. Ralph:

    July 16 Thursday Meet the Coaches at Murphy's from 5:30 to 9 pm...Coach and Staff from MVB and WBB-Wade and Takahara. No admission, food and drinks available for purchase..street to be block off.


  142. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer]:

    Well, the coaches are making a very big impression here on Kauai according to TGI. They are placing emphasis on the COLLEGE in College Football.

    I like that.


  143. wafan:

    Liz . . .

    Are you at work, at the seminar, or working at the seminar?


  144. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer]:

    I am working. TGI is The Garden Island (newspaper).


  145. al:

    letsgo......lil birdie reports that e. sione will be in classes come the fall. i think he would be on the walk on list at this point.

    hey, aren't we half way there to recruiting 09?


  146. labrat:

    Alright I hope Earvin makes the team.


  147. PowderPuff:

    GREAT memories shared by Kawika Hallums...thanks, ST.

    wafan, great meeting you on Saturday. Let me know again if you ever stay where you stayed this past weekend. ;)


  148. A-House:

    al:

    your #145 - do you mean to say "half way to recruiting 2010"?

    must be a typo error!!!


  149. madeinhawaii:

    How many scholarship offers has UH tendered for the next recruiting period - 2010?


  150. whitey:

    150


  151. UKU@LA:

    Wai-Tsai, a great show! Enjoyed da COLT! Welcome London n Ipulasi.
    Aloha from LA!

    MANEO !!!


  152. letsgowarriors:

    thanks al.

    more than half way done w/ 2010 if we count 2009 greyshirts.


  153. Three Keys:

    letsgowarriors,

    Heard Christian Vasconcellos will be attending a JC in California this fall. Does anyone know what happened to his grayshirt opportunity?


  154. djmitcho (iPhone):

    Ok, someone is gonna have to go to Jack in the box and get me a "warrior Jack" antenna ball. They come out tomorrow.


  155. Slugger:

    djmitcho,

    If I get out in the a.m., I'll go get one. I don't usually eat fast food tho.


  156. al:

    a-house....i did that on purpose to see if you were on the ball today.
    haha.


  157. al:

    i believe the current tally is 12 scholies that have been verbally committed not including the grayshirts.


  158. al:

    getting hungry about now.
    going to check out this teppanyaki place.


  159. Stephen Tsai:

    Three Keys:
    I think he's going to Portland State.


  160. chawan_cut:

    can someone get me a warrior jack ball? i'm worried they'll run out by the time i get back.
    thanks!!!!


  161. chawan_cut:

    wait, what is this warrior jack ball? a jack ball with a UH helmet??? that would be cool.


  162. djmitcho:

    C_C,
    I'm assuming that's what it is. UH athletics dept tweeted they would be available tomorrow


  163. chawan_cut:

    yeah, i just saw the H-mail email. cool. i also asked my brother to get me one. hope hawaii people don't go too nuts for it and buy them out too quick.


  164. Garret:

    Bess will not be suing anyone regarding his twitter impersonator.

    A pretend match race with Chris Johnson of the Titans is one thing. It's quite another when a fraud is inviting clueless young women to meet him at certain nightclubs while impersonating an NFL receiver.

    Speaking of which, Kenny Zuckerman, the agent for Bess (pictured), told me in an email he "[does] not foresee any lawsuit with Twitter or L_Sleazy." It's not just the La Russa outcome, it seems, but the fact such an action "is not really Davone's style," Zuckerman wrote.

    Of course it isn't. Davone Bess is a humble, hard-working, fast-rising member of the Dolphins' underrated receiving corps. He isn't a diva receiva', and he would never be caught saying the things his impersonator did online in his name.


  165. Garret:

    ESPN has a feature about how coaches are using Twitter and Facebook for recruiting.

    Since high school and college students tend to be light-years ahead of the rest of us when it comes to anything involving the word "social," online social networks are especially big among the 16-to-22-year-old set.

    And wherever the 16-to-22-year-old set goes, coaches are sure to follow.

    For the most part, Twitter and Facebook have entered the college athletic lexicon without much harm. Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin got himself in some hot water when he tweeted about an unsigned recruit. Of course he's already on the NCAA's speed dial, so no big shock there.

    An NC State student was rebuked by the university after starting a Facebook group called "John Wall PLEASE Come to NC STATE." Wall, one of the nation's top high school basketball recruits, signed with Kentucky.

    But generally speaking, coaches have tweeted with no more harm or fouls than Looney Tunes' little yellow bird himself might create.

    No one expects that to last.


  166. Garret:

    Private messages on sites like Facebook are treated like e-mails instead of texting.

    Because recruits have to accept friend requests on Facebook or choose to follow someone on Twitter, the NCAA treats private communications on both social networking sites as an e-mail, not a text message.

    That's a huge difference. Text messaging isn't allowed; e-mailing is.

    "The main thing is, the recipient is in control of what they will and will not receive," said Matt Baysinger, the chair of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), whose group came down against text messaging. "There has been some frustration from coaches and athletic departments because we've gone against text messaging but have said OK to Facebook and Twitter. To us, it's because the prospective student-athlete is in control. No matter what the recruiting tool is, we want it to remain in the control of the student-athlete."


  167. Garret:

    Division III schools voted to nix Facebook and Twitter altogether, although Huchthausen said those schools, realizing that Web sites also allow for easy public relations, might change their across-the-board veto.


  168. Garret:

    JJ was one of the first coaches in the South on Twitter.

    Similar to when texting became common, college coaches are incorporating Twitter and Facebook into their recruiting routines.

    I did a note a couple months ago on SMU's June Jones starting a Twitter page. At the time, I checked around with most of the Big 12 South schools and Jones was really among the first coaches in the region to have an individual page.


  169. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    JJ's tweets are inspirational.

    dindin


  170. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    170


  171. madeinhawaii:

    al,

    Isn't there another half dozen or more scholarship offers out there that are still under consideration by the athletes themselves?


  172. Garret:

    Thank you to a certain lurker for this article...Inoke does so many great things for the community!

    Former two-time Kahuku High state football champion quarterback Inoke Funaki [pictured at right] told a modest sized crowd of seniors and parents gathered in the school cafeteria on May 24 for the annual baccalaureate service that they should set goals, plan and prepare for the future. "There are so many people who have left this high school and are doing amazing things," he said. "Those are shoulders you can step on, who can help you in your careers."

    Funaki, a 2002 graduate from Laie who was recently moved from quarterback to running back on the University of Hawaii football team, was a popular choice for the traditional speech: Baccalaureate addresses differ somewhat from other graduation speeches in that they're usually given on a Sunday and they often contain a religious message. In addition to his athletic skills, Funaki served a Spanish-speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic after graduating from Kahuku.


  173. Garret:

    Funaki, who received his bachelor's degree in psychology last December (but still has one more season of football eligibility as he starts graduate school at UH), told of following his father and namesake — BYU–Hawaii psychology professor Inoke Funaki — into that field of study.

    One of the subject's appeals for him, he continued, is that it helps demonstrate the power of the mind. That, plus "hard work beats out talent when talent doesn't work hard."

    "You've had wonderful teachers, principals, and staff," he added, encouraging the graduates to follow their examples. Whatever goals you have set for yourselves after graduation — whether it's to go to college or work, whatever career you desire to pursue — I promise that you can achieve it."

    Later, Funaki said he felt "privileged to come back to the school and community. I love this community. This is where my roots are. To come back and share some of my words and experiences means a lot to me."


  174. Slugger:

    Garret,

    Love that story about Funaki. Hope others hear his message, succeed & give back.


  175. d1島:


  176. wafan:

    d1 . . .

    SMU'd even before it got posted.

    HA!


  177. Ralph:

    K State started selling season tickets for men basketball today. Only the preseason schedule announced. Florida's Mary Wise announced that the Gators are now selling regional tickets to the women East Regional hosted by Florida, game is Dec. 09. JD needs to be a copy cat, start early, if ticket projections are low than he has time to figure out marketing strategies to increase ticket season sales...


  178. d1島:

    wafan,

    Speechless....


  179. d1島:

    ....or trippin'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAHODyEpm2w&NR=1


  180. COPO:

    Garrett
    Great story on Inoke Funaki, he is a class act, UH football very fortunate to have this young man.


  181. Slugger:

    d1 ~

    I think I sold that Quicksilver LP when I was packing to come home...


  182. COPO:

    My thoughts about "Grayshirts" these young men are usually student-athletes coveted by a university, most of them are front line recruits, many of them are considered by the university as good "fall-backs" when other recruits decided to go elsewhere, academic liabilities also fall into grayshirt category, also "projects" are in this category, hits and misses abound.


  183. COPO:

    For those of you not familiar with college recruiting, do some research on the history of University of Hawaii recruiting and schools similar to UH caliber conference and tradition.
    The current UH recruiting philosophy is consistent with similar level Universities, everyone understands that they need to "keep up with the Jones" coach McMackin and his staff are simply trying to keep up and find what ever "edge" they can get! the recruitment and offering of 15 and 16 year old future athletes is simply another opportunity for UH to say "we offered you first." Schools in the PAC 10 can and probably will swoop in and take these athletes if they are qualified, academically and athletically, that is just the way it is! all UH can do is their due dilligence!


  184. Garret:

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    A drug derived from bacteria in the soil on Easter Island is the first drug shown to extend the life span of mammals. It already has FDA approval for use by humans, as it is used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients…


  185. Garret:

    Undercover investigators tried to sneak bombs and detonators past security guards and into federal buildings occupied by the Homeland Security, Justice and State departments…and succeeded all 10 times they tried, able to walk freely around several floors after the bombs were assembled!


  186. Garret:

    California teenager was diagnosed with swine flu, but the notable thing is that is the first person to be known to be infected by an already-circulating strain of swine flu that is resistant to Tamiflu. That means that the swine flu has already mutated to resist the primary medicine used against it.


  187. Garret:

    The swine flu has been a problem at camps around the country. 52 camps around the country report swine flu outbreaks and the number is probably much higher than that. The Muscular Dystrophy Association has canceled all of their camps around the country because of this.


  188. Garret:

    Badger in Germany got so drunk on over-ripe cherries that it laid down in the middle of a road and refused to budge.


  189. Garret:

    Free play links pau.


  190. madeinhawaii:

    Road Runner has their video streaming link up now. You need to have RR service to subscribe to it if you live in Hawaii. If you do not live in Hawaii, you can subscribe, regardless.

    Cost is $12.56 per game.

    https://secure.oceanic.com/Streaming/


  191. d1島:

    Garret,

    That tidbit about drunken Badgers may come in handy later this year!


  192. Garret:

    COPO,

    One thing to add to your post #183 is that studies of recruits around the country have found that the biggest factor for recruits is how close the school is to their home. UH has that recruiting advantage in Hawaii--even though some recruits will want to go to the mainland, UH can win some recruiting battles for local recruits. Evaluating recruits early, offering early and forming bonds as early as possible are important, which is why I've been talking about the need for Junior Days and camps for years.

    One thing that surprised me this year is how many of the highest rated recruits in Hawaii mentioned that they had multiple Pac-10 offers before UH offered them. Lots of schools make batches of offers during or right after their Junior Days, but some recruits (like the Kapolei recruits) had to wait a long time before their offers came from UH and they already had a bunch of other offers by then.

    I'm glad that UH is doing the right things now (Junior Day, camps, etc.), but it looks like some Pac-10 schools made an adjustment and are offering much earlier than they did a few years ago.


  193. Garret:

    madeinhawaii,

    It is good that the price only went up 56 cents per game...I was worried about a bigger increase this year.


  194. COPO:

    Regarding Associate Head Coach, Rich Miano, I think he is an outstanding defensive backfield coach, his involvement with the "speed and quickness" clinics has benefited the youth of Hawaii. Rich has been directly involved with the recruitment of many outstanding UH student-athletes, Isaac Sopoaga, Mel Purcell, to mention two current NFL players he recruited. I believe coach McMackin is very fortunate to have Rich as his Associate Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach, and I also think the world of former St. Louis coach, Cal Lee.


  195. Garret:

    I agree with Slugger, COPO, and I'm sure many others when I say how great it has been to have Inoke Funaki be a part of the Warrior program. He's been a great teammate and a great example for the community. I will be extremely sad when he no longer has anymore eligibility to play for UH...


  196. madeinhawaii:

    Garret,

    That 56 cents looks like they are collecting State Tax just incase.


  197. COPO:

    Garret,

    You are right regarding top schools offering Hawaii athletes earlier, the "trend" to offer early has been around for many years. My thoughts on why UH has not offered some prospects, maybe "over evaluation" in some cases, "realistic" opportunity to recruit a top flight prospect ( religion, private school, family), lack of legitimate interest from a prospect and his influences, not a designated "need" for UH (too many QB's, WR's etc.)


  198. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    Bravo, Inoke.
    Spiritual walker.


  199. al:

    199


  200. al:

    200


  201. al:

    201


  202. SteveM:

    202


  203. BG:

    COPO #194

    Thanks for saying something positive about someone who has done his share for Hawaii's keiki's. Even if I didn't like Miano and felt that he wasn't getting the job done, he's not the one to complain to. The usual business theory and practice is to hold the person who SUPERVISES the deficient person responsible for not doing a better job of supervising. Would anyone argue that the UH and the athletic dept are business structures?


  204. BG:

    Top of the evening! Liz, al, and Steve!


  205. SteveM:

    Wow, tough getting to 200 nowadays...

    Another "special" work day for me tomorrow, so -- goodnight everyone!

    ...and thanks to Addahknowjoe, I can afford to buy a picnic table and grill for my virtual farm... and a new computer mouse. :lol:


  206. al:

    a lot of times prospective student/athletes are offered a scholarship and no one will learn of it. okay, maybe tsai will know about it.

    the so-called recruiting sites really don't have that much up to date info. often there info is out dated or may have been based upon rumor.

    a good example are the early verbals that we have received thus far. of the first twelve, eleven weren't even on the radar for rivals or scout dot coms. in fact, kevin spain showed up just a day before he verballed on scout.com i believe. the rest were a surprise to the general public which includes those recruit boards.

    i do know that our blog host knew about each and every one of those offers soon after they were tendered.

    so while it may seem that we haven't offered some of these highly recognizable local boys, we probably did.

    ...nuff said


  207. BG:

    I think we've come to the point where it could be very interesting to start taking the coming season one game at a time (have I heard that saying before?!!!) and start analyzing why we would win or lose. Put aside our fan(atic) optimism and put on the analyst hat. Everyone should be required to post both why we could win and why we could lose.


  208. al:

    207


  209. al:

    bg.....making a rare nocturnal visit, eh.

    how's the boss?
    is she practicing some new tailgate recipes on you?


  210. al:

    210


  211. SteveM:

    Hi BG. Sorry, I have to go now. G'nite!


  212. al:

    kalbi, lettuce wraps, korean miso
    kim chee fried rice
    seafood sun du bu
    bbq chicken
    mandoo
    complimentary miso soup/tossed salad (how did that get in there?)
    side dishes
    rice
    rice juice
    whitey
    duffer
    (kid couldn't make it)

    no not tiffany's....some new place on lower main street.


  213. BG:

    For those going to West Point in 2010...what is the date for the game? The Go for Broke exhibit at Ellis Island Museum will run through Sept '10. I'd love to have the experience of seeing both the game and the exhibit.


  214. Ralph:

    rice juice, is that korean sake?


  215. al:

    we were supposed to have fried nabeta as well, but, we had no more room for it.

    the occasion was to decide which game the maui boys would come over to watch this year.

    i think i sold them on the boise state game. my closing point, a sellout game that no matter what our records will be the day of the game, the game will be as john travolta once sang in a song from grease, "electrifying!"

    agree?


  216. BG:

    Hi Ralph!

    Yes al, if they're coming to one game, that should be the one.


  217. hoho:

    look at how they artificially inflate the count


  218. hoho:

    218


  219. Ralph:

    they coming over for only one game this season! if Whitey passes up Happy Valley darkside one evening he can afford to come over to watch one more game, guaranteed..


  220. hoho:

    219


  221. al:

    no ralph....its made from, i think, the leftover rice that you left in your bowl, some sugar, sometimes some ginger, and served on ice. kim, the waitress, (what a perfect name for a waitress in a korean restaurant who serves kim chee.) said that it was born from the poor side of korea. they never had money for soda pop so they made this rice juice to serve in its place. sort of like a poor man's pop. that's what she said. i wasn't about to question her since she was bigger than me.

    in fact camellia's has something like that. but i think you thought it was ochazuke.


  222. al:

    hoho....its not artificial. we are real folks who don't hide from behind the potted palms. altho some bloggers never show face in public.


  223. al:

    ralph....your ears must have itched tonight around 7:08 PM.


  224. BG:

    Betty strained her back this morning and I took the day off to be her care giver. Gave me a chance to catch up on my email and also take a look at the WAC composite football schedule. I wasn't happy with the games being listed by date, so I filled in a spreadsheet with the teams down the left side and the dates going across the top. The I went back and color coded all the home games and the OOC.

    I was surprised at how some of the schedules play out. Some teams are going to have okole busters and some seem to have some divine planning with the bye's just in the right places!


  225. hoho:

    going 199, 200, 201,, 207 ok thats not inflating you're right


  226. 202!:

    202


  227. al:

    oh. hi stevem.
    did you turn in your high school picture?


  228. BG:

    al...you would be a main contributor for the Tsaiko cook book! That book is a winnah waiting to happen!


  229. Ralph:

    I know whitey and duffer wouldn't say anything bad about me so you must have been talking to yourself again...comes with age...


  230. al:

    i didn't say anything about inflating.
    i did refer to anyone being artificial though.


  231. Ralph:

    sugar added to fruit with yeast makes swipe, so if the kitchen mama add sugar to rice with ginger, a touch of yeast will yield a poor man's sake....


  232. Slugger:

    al,

    I think LizK & I had that sweet rice juice dessert at Sorabol.


  233. BG:

    hoho...if you want to get into the conversation, be our guest! No shame. Is there something about the numbering system that disturbs you? C'mon, share with us...


  234. al:

    bg...perhaps we should market a tsaiko tailgate cookbook. we could purchase our own grill with the proceeds, perhaps install a 52" bravia tv, and get a roomba to clean the grounds of cabana "a" while we are watching the game.


  235. al:

    ralph...really, it wasn't me. i respect my elders.
    it was whitey. he wondered if you wanted to go on an excursion with him one day.


  236. Ralph:

    MeiIing did you become slugger or did one morph into you


  237. Ralph:

    "Saturday Night at the Movies" by the Drifters, haven't heard this song in decades....must have been a toddler... :)


  238. BG:

    Slugger

    I just located a source for 3-4 year old horse manure...for FREE. Guy said to bring a big truck! Comes from the Schofield stables. Maybe we can get a group together. By myself, I can only handle a limited amount of sh!t...the horse kind I mean.


  239. Ralph:

    Toddler with good memory.. :) where's Brew and Big Hilo these nights...


  240. BG:

    al
    the possibilities are endless...and then the Tsaikos would push it even further! We need to just take over the restaurant next door. Doesn't seem like they're doing too much business anyway.


  241. Ralph:

    horse manure for MeiLing's garden, great source of nitrogen..


  242. BG:

    Yeah Ralph. Brew's been around once in awhile, but bhf2 has been AWOL a long time. Really, really, really miss him...


  243. Ralph:

    G Nalo is in the wings waiting for Whitey's extravaganza to the Philippines.


  244. BG:

    Guess Slugger could grow really BIG slugs. BTW I think it was Kekoa's suggestion that ML change her handle because of her recent propensity for those critters.


  245. Jason:

    That rice drink is called shikhye. I've told you guys about it before at Camellia, but nobody else partakes in it. Geez, and you guys ask me to teach you about Korean food!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhye

    COPO: I'm with you on Miano. I too think he's an excellent DB coach, I've watched him closely in practice and I like how he teaches the DBs. I think he got some criticism based on how the DBs played last year, especially when Golden Tate burned us in the Hawaiʻi Bowl. But—and I hope nobody considers this too harsh a criticism—I don't think the other DBs were that good. (At least, those who were in the rotation. I like the young players who redshirted.)

    He was also very articulate at the Nā Koa lunch last year. He had a clear command of the schemes on both offense and defense, and was probably the best overall speaker out of all the coaches.

    One problem I had was with the way he helped Mack manage game situations as the associate head coach. Mack and Miano made some rookie mistakes last year when it came to time management and stuff. But then you got to remember, both were rookies. That's why I really like Tormey, he's a former head coach who can help Mack with that stuff. Considering Tormey is also helping with the safeties, that should hopefully help Miano balance his duties between assisting Mack and coaching the DBs.


  246. BG:

    Whoops...gotta go check on Betty. I'll check back in the morning.


  247. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    Yikes, what a flood!
    Cool!

    Hi BG!

    Al- shi-keh is the sweet rice drink. Slugger is right. We had some at Sorabol.

    Hi Ralph, hi hoho...
    a post is a post, right?


  248. BG:

    Good evening Jason...sorry I gotta go!


  249. BG:

    Hi and bye to Liz too!!!


  250. BigWave96744:

    25 more minutes to wish Warrior Josh Rice a happy birthday...
    Also a 1 day belated birthday to Brysen "Bula", "Chewbacca" Ginlack


  251. Slugger:

    BG,

    I em you about horse sh*t!

    al is the one who came up with the new moniker, wasn't it? A bit more anonymous & more like a blog handle. Apropos...so I went with it, plus I love baseball.

    Which reminds me...VOTE FOR THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN on mlb.com!

    Night! See some of you tomorrow!


  252. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer!:

    OK.
    Blog is pau, I can go nigh nigh too.

    Sweet Colt... I mean WARRIOR Dreams!


  253. Ralph:

    no worries Liz, Grandmas do dream about Colt too... :)


  254. al:

    ralph...methinks your memory is fading. i searched wikipedia and found that the "saturday night at the movies" song was released in 1964 by the drifters. so, you couldn't have been a toddler then.


  255. Ralph:

    some become born again Christians, I just become born again period..


  256. Ralph:

    but I will collect on my senior discount!


  257. Ralph:

    i voted 7 times and i would have voted more often if i didn't have to punch in the code each time...


  258. Stephen Tsai:

    We can all sit around and talk about Ralph's fading memory, or we can read the new post on a recruit from Kauai.