Archive for April, 2010

Busy night in Manoa

April 30th, 2010

For years, people have talked about the wish of having an on-campus football stadium in Manoa.

We'll see a little bit of how the traffic conditions would be when the UH football, baseball and softball teams all stage events at the same time tonight. At least the usual Friday-evening traffic will be eased because of furloughs.

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Tonight's Warrior Bowl — actually, it's just an offense vs. defense controlled scrimmage — will give fans debate material that should last through the summer. There are key battles at several starting and roster spots.

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Some credit for the Rainbow Wahine softball team's power surge should go to strength coach Kenny Esquivel. He puts the Rainbows through tough in-season workouts. The results are evident in the record books. Esquivel used to be a conditioning coach in the Florida Marlins' minor-league system.

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Too bad the Warrior volleyball season has ended. It was a fun team to watch. With Jonas Umlauft, Joshua Walker, Steven Hunt and Nejc Zemljak back next year, plus the addition of two highly regarded middles and an outside hitter, the Warriors should remain competitive. And the two MPSF finalists — Stanford and Cal State Northridge — both have to play in Hawaii next year. Let's hope those matches are not on the same night as football, softball and baseball events.

Warriors lose a tough one

April 29th, 2010

The Warriors dropped a tough one, in three sets, to top-ranked Stanford.

Their season is now over, but it was exciting. And, yes, men's volleyball is back in Manoa.

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Opposite attacker Jonas Umlauft was named to the AVCA All-America first team, and left-side hitter Joshua Walker was selected to the second team. Umlauft also was named the Newcomer of the Year.

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UH setter Nejc Zemljak:


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Stanford fans:




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And the band:


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Dave Shoji watches the Northridge-BYU match in Maples Pavilion. His two sons, Kawika and Erik, play for Stanford.


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John Fink prepares for today's volleyball match.


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We found a Super Target in Santa Clara. They have a special escalator for shopping carts. (OK, Rob25 says the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart has the same sort of elevator, but, hey, I don't get out much.) Here's PowderPuff:


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Word on the boulevard is that two former Punahou defensive backs — Mina Gould and Siu Tafuna — are expected to transfer to UH.

Gould played at Temple; Tafuna with the Naval Academy.

Satele gets tryout with Jets, Rocky to 49ers

April 28th, 2010

After a deal with the Oakland Raiders fell through, Brashton Satele is now headed East for a tryout with the New York Jets.

Although Satele signed a contract, which included a bonus, the Raiders did not finalize the deal. The Jets then called, inviting Satele for an audition.

Mike Smith, who was a UH grad assistant tutoring the linebackers last year, is now an assistant with the Jets.

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Spencer Smith said to make sure I write that defensive end Paipai Falemalu and linebacker Corey Paredes are the faces of the UH football team.

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Former UH defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea will participate in the San Francisco 49ers' mini camp this weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. If Savaiigaea is successful in his tryout, he hopes to earn a free-agent contract.

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From Liz Kauai:

Would you wish ukuleleboi (my son Byron) good luck and encourage blog
readers to vote for Second Nature Krew on tonight's Band Champ 2
The show starts at 9pm after American Idol on KHON. The winning band
is chosen by popular vote after the broadcast.

Flat start for Warriors; softball show at 3 today

April 27th, 2010



The volleyball Warriors were prepared to take a shuttle to the Honolulu International Airport today when it was discovered that one of the two back-right tires was flat.

One of the Warriors got off the bus, looked at the flat, and yelled: Shoji!

Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji;s two sons play for Stanford, the Warriors' opponent in Thursday's MPSF semifinals.

A school bus was summoned as a replacement, and the Warriors headed to the airport.

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Second baseman Traci Yoshikawa, first baseman Amanda Tauali‘i and catcher Katie Grimes are today's guests on the Warrior Beat Show, which will begin at about 3 p.m.

Please submit your questions here or on the show's Cover It Live Section.


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Still more people are leaving us when the sale goes through:

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mybodyMy bodyguard

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Whoops. How did this photo get in here?


Kia gets 49er tryout; K5 will do MPSF match

April 26th, 2010

Former UH offensive lineman Aaron Kia (Mililani High, 2005) has been invited to participate in a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

Kia will go through the same workouts as the other free agents.If successful, he hopes to land a free-agent contract.

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K5 will televise Thursday's MPSF semifinal between UH and Stanford.

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Big thanks to quarterback David Graves for answering questions on the Warrior Beat Show today.

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Avis has selected Blue Powder as the winner of four tickets to Saturday's baseball game. Text me at 256-0223 and I'll leave the tickets in your name at Will Call.


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Ray Hisatake: