Two linemen join 2014 class

June 26th, 2013

It appears the Rainbow Warriors' magic number is 2014.

The 2014 recruiting class expanded to seven members with the addition of Micah Kapoi of Kapolei High and Kaau Gifford of Kamehameha Schools.

Kapoi is a 6-foot-4, 298-pound left tackle. Gifford, who is 6-4 and 250, projects to be a defensive tackle at UH.

The Warrior Beat spoke with both players, each listing three factors in their decisions: 1) They want to play in front of family; 2) they want to attend a school in the same place where they expect to live the rest of their lives; 3) they want to help build the football progam.

"I'm from Hawaii," Kapoi said, "and I want to help Hawaii."

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Mahalo to organizer Tom Mui and AD Ben Jay for tomorrow's Chat with the AD session.

As always, Tom has done an excellent job in helping to connect UH with the public. We also thank the AD for his openness in running his department with transparency.

Please contact Mr. Mui for details about the session.

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Happy birthday to J-E-T-T, Jett! Jett! Jett! Jasper.

83 Responses to “Two linemen join 2014 class”

  1. 3-Prong:

    Good Morning All.

  2. localboy18:

    Good Morning!


  3. Kekoa:

    Good morning ST and 3-Prong!
    It's nice to see the local boys feel good about playing in front of friends & family. I'm sure that the coaching staff has a lot to do with it.

    ST ~ will you be covering the AD get-together tomorrow?

  4. Stephen Tsai:

    I will not be there. But I think you guys will do a good job. Take notes.

  5. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!

    2014--It's getting better and better all the time!

    Go Rainbow Warriors! Beat USC!

  6. RAmBOW:


  7. Buffoman:

    I guess the name change and last year's drama (at least on this website) did not keep some terrific young men from becoming Rainbow Warriors. They make us all proud.

  8. Kekoa:

    I would take notes but even NSA would have a hard time trying to break my encryption code.

  9. Stephen Tsai:

    I learned that Ducks have wrists. The NCAA slapped Oregon's wrists today.

  10. Konoman1:

    Welcome new recruits!!!Good job coaches!

  11. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the new Warrior commits! Study hard and stay safe your senior year. Senioritis is not allowed!

  12. Derek:

    Things are looking up!

  13. hossana:

    Very good. Things are looking up in future recruiting.

  14. tommui:


    Future recruiting - great job Coaches!

  15. tom-warriornation:

    Anyone need road game tickets this year; guaranteed with no limits; sit with other Hawaii fans, and I get much better seats than what they give to the visiting teams. So far, we got about 25 going to Oregon St. And Reno. Email me:

  16. Tolkein Warrior:

    Aloha Kakaiaka, gang.

    Two more reasons why I faithfully buy season tickets every year. Go Rainbow Warriors!

    Speaking about rainbows, interesting seeing rainbows all over the news today.

  17. tom-warriornation:

    These past 2 years, we had 50 yard line seats right behind our Warriors at San Jose, Fresno and San Diego St.

  18. Pomai:

    EASTON ALL-AMERICAN!!! University of Hawai'i softball pitcher Kaia Parnaby became just the 14th Rainbow Wahine to earn Easton All-America honors. Parnaby was selected to the second team after one of the most phenominal single-seasons in UH and Big West history. It is Parnaby's second All-America award this season after being named a third team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American earlier. Parnaby, UH's Aussie senior southpaw and Big West Pitcher of the Year, broke several records during the season. She set a new conference and school single-season record and finished second in the NCAA DI with 39 wins with just seven losses. In the BWC, she tallied a solid 16-2 mark while earning Big West Pitcher of the Week honors five times this season. Along with her wins record, Parnaby also set a new UH and BWC record with 342 strike outs and broke the 'Bows record with 312.2 innings pitched. Parnaby also set a new single-game record and became the 'Bows first-ever Softball National Player of the Week after she struck out 17 in an eight-inning relief effort in UH's 12-inning win over Syracuse (Mar. 16). Parnaby helped lead the 'Bows to their sixth overall conference title and second Big West crown. - Hawaii Athletics Media Relations

  19. Buffoman:

    ST, yes I saw that. Hmmm, Nike U, I mean Oregon must have some big time friends in the NCAA. If this occurred at UH, I'd bet that we'd get slapped so hard we'd have to sit out a long time to cure the concussion of that slap.

  20. RB:

    Maybe Hawaii should do this with Aloha Stadium.

  21. gobows:

    a haka battle amongst students in nz:

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    Great news about Kapoi and Gifford - that 2014 recruit class is filling up nicely.

  23. Lowtone123:

    "I'm from Hawaii," Kapoi said, "and I want to help Hawaii." If only all the best recruits had this kind of resolve.

  24. Jesse(James):

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Great news about the new recruits...keep them coming...

    Study hard men and condition yourselves...You may not see it now but it will only help in the long run.

  25. Kevin:

    The BCS and TV networks have the real power in college sports.

  26. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    nice to see these 2 local recruits buying into the program. see ya'll soon!

  27. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Aloha to 2014 Rainbow Warriors Micah Kapoi and Kaau Gifford!

  28. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Nice to hear about the new commits.

    Mahalo tommui!

  29. d1shima:

    I learned that Ducks have wrists. The NCAA slapped Oregon's wrists today.

    Nope. CK pulled the ball back on the spread option and took off for the NFL!

  30. gobows:

    new movie coming out:

  31. Rodney:

    Excellent reasons for these recruits
    to attend UH.Especially reason#2

  32. gobows:

    micah kapoi highlights:

  33. Jesse(James):

    Thanks Tom Mui!!!

  34. Warrior Dave:

    Time to bring out the spam zapper!!!

  35. A-House:

    I dislike the "spams" as much as everyone else, but one has to wonder how much thought and time goes into long "spams" as the above - person or person(s) must have a lot of time on his/her hands.

    and tenacity - the love and willingness to go to such lengths to be noticed - you know, like a car driver blasting the radio.

  36. Stephen Tsai:

    What spam?

  37. A-House:

    since I screwed up by hitting the "tab" button, I must start over and post that I agree with ST that the 2014 Warrior recruiting class may be one to be remembered - excellent job coaches!!!

    it would be impossible for all the top 15 local players to commit to UH as the pull of going away is strong and the glamour of attending a BCS school will boost their egos - some will depart because UH does not offer their "major"; some like the military life; some to get away from family; or whatever the reason(s) will be; most will never return to Hawaii except for vacation.

    it's still early, but does not hurt to create a "wish"

    if you had 3 wishes and it will all come to pass, what would they be?

  38. A-House:

    ST, you missed #38!

  39. A-House:

    ok, oppppps, I meant #37

  40. NorthShoreFan:

    Guud news on da local boyz staying home. Defend da aina! Program is looking up and getting stronger everyday.
    Guud situations/programs tend to draw attention and peeps who want to be a part of it.


  41. NorthShoreFan:

    wow...was blocked but now can post...huh????
    scary da blog...

  42. NorthShoreFan:


  43. LizKauai:

    Good recruiting news.

    Mahalo Tom Mui! I would love to hear exciting news about the big RAINBOW WARRIOR marketing campaign with cool logowear to help excite the 12th man and raise funds FOR THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT.

    Loving thoughts to curveball...

  44. inyoface:

    Can't wait til NFL preseason football starts. I need my fix already!

  45. Stephen Tsai:

    The Patriots absolutely did the right thing in releasing Aaron Hernandez.
    And now the Jets should do the right thing and claim him on waivers. A tight end in prison is better than a tight end on the Jets' current roster.

  46. Stephen Tsai:

    OK, OK, please no jokes about tight ends in prison.

  47. Stephen Tsai:

    Under Armour was supposed to create a throwback uniform for a retro night. But that was before the AD changed the name to Rainbow Warriors. Now I'm not so sure if there can be a retro night if the old nickname is the current nickname.

  48. Stephen Tsai:

    If you are (inadvertently) blocked, please e-mail me. There's a way to unblock people, I'm told.

  49. jimmy the lock:

    How about a chicken in prison joke?

  50. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Glad that America has taken another step towards equality with the SCOTUS decision striking down DOMA and letting the lower courts ruling stay in effect over Prop 8.

    Glad to be a Warrior fan, Glad to be an American.

  51. d1shima:


  52. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    The Sharks and Jets circle each other, fingers a snappin'...

  53. jimmy the lock:

    Anyways, a chicken is found guilty and is thrown into prison, his cell mate tells him, "You're new here, let me introduce you to the penal system."

  54. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


  55. primo123:

    speaking of "chicken".....where'd Chicken Grease go? MIA....

  56. primo123:


    46.Stephen Tsai:
    June 26th, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    OK, OK, please no jokes about tight ends in prison.


    very must be a comedian in your "other"

  57. PolyMom:

    Everyday things ate looking brighter.

    Go Warriors!
    Beat SC!

  58. PolyMom:

    I meant are. Sorry haven't had anything to eat today?

  59. cheepono:

    he's goin to jail as a tight end, but when he gets out he'll be a wide receiver

  60. gobows:

    why does a big ass dude gotta use a gun

  61. inyoface:

    That's how it is on the mainland.

  62. oldtimer808:

    Cracking up over the tight end in prison. Boy I tell you when was the last time our football program had so many commits so early. Our coaching staff true to Coach Chow is working hard to recruit the local players to stay home.

  63. inyoface:

    Coach Chow has been a recruiter for 30 years, he's got it down to a science.

  64. 3-Promg:

    ST: Your blog is getting "Edgy" with all the off color humor!

  65. wafan:


  66. Stephen Tsai:

    If you're going to shoot somebody, don't use a rental car in your name. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

  67. tommui:

    No thanks to me, but to the clients that made it possible.

  68. Spam u Am:

    Grease has devolved into spam. He's in canned, greasy, self imposed, take down the WB mode. But he prays for us! What a swell guy! Cheers to A Grease!

  69. 3-Prong:

    Anybody know the terms of Chad Owens' new 2 year extension with the Argos?

  70. LizKauai (mbp):

    Happy Birthday, Jett!

    Oh... it's back...

  71. kapakahi:

    Might the Warriors also be looking at Gifford's DT teammate #56 Kalei Meyer. Didn't see much of $94 Gifford in the rotation last season so will keep an eye on how he does this coming ILH season.

    Meyer gave Crusader #70 LG Louis Vailopa fits last season.

  72. turquia:

    I seriously love your site.. Excellent colors & theme.
    Did you create this web site yourself? Please reply back as I'm trying to create my own site and would love to know where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Thank you!

  73. Moocher:

    really...the opinion is that CG is the supplier of spam?

    before the spammage really got bad, the accused was irate about the warrior/rainbow warrior the accused pissed because the flip-flop on names?

  74. Moocher:

    maybe the retro uniform will be the ones JJ first had for warriors....since retro night is retro-warrior

    or do they make a retro-bow night and bring back the old unis from maybe the 70s...and bring back all the mascots from marshmallow man to bodybuilder spongee guy to vili and gaylord (i think that was his name, the wonderful man that ran out to get the kicking tee) all the way to the mascot we have now....nothing :P

    sad for new recruits, nothing to identify guy to family, "hi mom im in hawaii and at football practice....oh how is it son....its good mom, i'm a rainbow warrior......great son, what's a rainbow warrior....ummm, it's hard to explain mom.....well son, is there a picture of a rainbow warrior I can see?"

    get a mascot-get the picture?
    Mr AD, you want to talk marketing, in my opinion the mascot is a key piece to it....get the picture :)

  75. kitsunegari:

    Chicken Grease IS behind the spam and if you believe he is so much against the Rainbow Warrior name, here is a little excerpt written from his own greasy fingers:

    "Why I love Hawaii
    Growing up half-Japanese in Jersey, I always felt different and out of place. When I came to Hawaii and saw all the different races and mixtures, it felt like home. Even the nickname of the UH sports teams -- the Rainbows -- seemed to symbolize the special nature of Hawaii."

  76. PolyMom:

    OMG does Punahou have to play a pre season game again in San Diego? Every time we play a football game on the mainland there are tons of college football coaches there. And we only have verbals from Tui and the other boy. Better make sure we sit by the patents so the dang mainland coaches don't get to them. That's what we try to do to keep the boys committed to the Warriors.

  77. kitsunegari:

    Go to sleep Figel. Maybe this is all a dream and when you wake up you wont be a drunk failure after all.

  78. 3-Prong:

    Kapakahi: Thanks for the Meyer clip. That guy is a player. Good motor sideline to sideline. Plays with combination of quickness and leverage and sheds blockers well. If he is a legit 6'2" 265, he has good upside and UH should offer. He's already a Warrior!

  79. Moocher:

    kitsunegari.....look a bit more, you will find many many posts from cg and how he did not like the switch back to rainbow warriors...personally, i think he's peed at people and now shame to show face because of the name change and debates about the name change...and how he "lost"?

    not a big deal, it's still the same team that represents UH....

    anyways speculation will abound, that's my two me, whoever is doing it should be part of a solution instead of creating a problem...but hey, some people need drama in their life and their happiness comes through others misery...poor souls

  80. wafan:

    Good morning!

  81. kkobi425:

    Good morning Wafan. This spam is crazy.

  82. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Have a terrific day!


  83. d1shima:


    Day off for Hubby! ;-)