Chasing a dream

January 20th, 2014
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Before he was boulevard and a holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who devoted a life in pursuit of a dream of equality for all.

This past football season, the Rainbow Warriors visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

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Peace to everyone today.

 

 

64 Responses to “Chasing a dream”

  1. Former UH Athlete:

    RE Super Bowl...

    Might be the first time in a very long time the two pre-season favorites actually meet in the SB. Also, it's been a long time since both #1 seeds are meeting in the SB.


  2. kifi:

    Great post!


  3. boolakanaka:

    Ekahi! Tying in the accomplishments of MLK and some of the football events of recent days, I submit the following:

    I do take reflection that probably the world's greatest trash talker, Ali, became a man whose humanitarian efforts were second to none. My point being, is that we are all capable of evolving, and what we do as young men do not define us permanently. MLK himself had huge personal flaws and shortcomings, but despite that, he was able to change this history of the US, and became an inflection point for the treatment of all citizens.

    Point being, we all struggle and fall a little short, but we can still be positive agents of change.

    On a real football point, I hope this super bowl berth will finally give Pete Carroll the respect he deserves as being recognized as a top tier coach. His record speaks volumes, with several national championship games, a incredible run over 6 seasons at SC, where his record was 67-7, and now a super bowl berth. Charlie Weiss, I hope you are taking some notes....


  4. Former UH Athlete:

    Can anyone explain why MLK Day and Black History Month aren't in the same month? It makes perfect sense to have them both in January.

    Seems pretty cheapass to put Black History Month in February (the shortest month of the year).


  5. koakane ip5:

    aloha 808 nice day to chill out enjoy


  6. boolakanaka:

    correct that ekolu.


  7. boolakanaka:

    4 FUHA...part of the reason is the chronology on how Black History Month was developed. It was in formation much before the MLK holiday. See below:

    The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

    In the decades the followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.


  8. kaimiloa:

    Also, there is a lot more to Black History than MLK Jr.


  9. Former UH Athlete:

    7... thanks for the history lesson. Obviously my history teacher did not cover this in high school.


  10. boolakanaka:

    9-Di nada...but, I appreciate your football film study, more than my precursory knowledge of US history....lol.


  11. Former UH Athlete:

    Also, going back to Saturday... gotta give props to the MBB fans as they had a solid attendance vs UCR. Surprising, considering the team was coming off 2 straight losses. Fans that showed up were treated to an impressive 100pt showing by the team.

    Word is finally spreading that this team is the best in over a decade (easily the most athletic team top-bottom in multiple decades), and play a fan friendly style.


  12. Na Koa Mike:

    Time to sign up for Na Koa's golf tournament on April 8th. The tournament always sells out and we can take only 84 three-man teams. So sign up now.

    http://www.nakoa.org/2014/01/20th-annual-ed-wong-memorial-golf-tournament-set-for-april-8th/


  13. boolakanaka:

    12---No Koa Mike. I will not be able to attend. But, I want to support a 3-man team made up from our tsaikos. Thus, let me know how I might be able to sponsor our guys, and how I can pay for their registration. ST has my direct email. Any of you gents who like golf and want to play in the tournament, let Mike know, and I'll make it happen. Halawa rules--first come, first serve.


  14. Inyoface:

    #8 I think it's more the other way around but that's a good point.


  15. 3-Prong:

    Boo: respect for Pete? Is this the same Pete that left USC for others to clean up and the same Pete that told Manti that he would never amount to anything (in some very colorful language according to Manti's dad) if he chose Notre Dame over SC? Gotta admit that he does have The hawks playing tough physical football these days though.


  16. boolakanaka:

    15...3 Prong...We all got some warts, some of us, larger and uglier than others. That said, when you enter the company that only 2 other men occupy, (Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, only two coaches to coach in a national championship and super bowl) it does silence some of the quarters that say that Pete Carroll is overrated as a coach (see: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/61647-pete-carroll-is-just-a-bit-overrated). Not saying he is good candidate as scout master, but he does have bonafides.


  17. koakane ip5:

    just want to appreciate boolakanaka for his generous support of tsaiko golfers.

    I no golf but if did would go and represent

    btw na Koa mike need help, I available


  18. boolakanaka:

    Oh, on the Duane Akina front, rumors are becoming more substantiated that he is headed to CAL....


  19. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!

    Btw, I hear Oceanic won't be televising Sunday's mvb game vs UCSD. Another extremely bad decision.


  20. boolakanaka:

    Fun fact, that might have changed Duane's future. Mr. Akina basically begged Mack Brown to give Johnny Football a scholarship, however after much asking and prodding, Coach Brown passed on giving him a scholly to UT. Hmmmn, what happens in Manziel goes to UT????


  21. Old School Dave:

    Good news for Duane Akina, if true. Cal HC Sonny Dykes reassigned his DC, Andy Buh to a position coach after this past season. Buh, has a 3-yr contract paying him $500,000 a year. Would be a pay raise for Akina, but factoring in the cost of living in the Bay Area, maybe not.


  22. boolakanaka:

    Do we have any early predictions for the Super Bowl? Any of our football Yodas (e.g FUHA, Jezzy, etc....) care to give us their preliminary thoughts?

    My own instincts say you bet strength v. strength...Thus, Peyton v. Seattle Secondary. Peyton is having, number wise, an incredible year, yet his record says, and vegas supports this, is that he, more times than not, falls in the big game.

    Seattle has a tremendous secondary. The leagues top corner, a top five free safety, a strong safety that looks much more like a OLB, who was straight stoning people this past Sunday. And the rest of the hawks D are really quick.

    My game decider is the beast, he is gashing folks, and if he can establish some form of running game, it will keep Peyton off the field. My thoughts my change in the coming weeks, but I am taking the hawks by 5.


  23. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    In the name of Love we honor a great man today. Thank you Dr. King.

    The melody and the chords were worked up in a November 1983 War Tour sound check in Hawaii...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHcP4MWABGY

    Pride (In The Name Of Love)
    One man come in the name of love
    One man come and go
    One come he to justify
    One man to overthrow

    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love
    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love

    One man caught on a barbed wire fence
    One man he resist
    One man washed on an empty beach.
    One man betrayed with a kiss

    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love
    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love

    (nobody like you...)

    Early morning, April 4
    Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
    Free at last, they took your life
    They could not take your pride

    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love
    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love
    In the name of love
    What more in the name of love...


  24. Old School Dave:

    My bad. If reports of Duane Akina going to CAL are true, he may become their new DBs coach and not DC.

    http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2014/1/20/5327922/duane-akina-cal-bears-football-texas-longhorns-2014


  25. Former UH Athlete:

    22... at this point, no clue on who to bet on. I checked the line and it's Denver (-2) as of a few hours ago.

    Basically pick the team you like best. With two weeks to prepare, teams won't have any secrets or new wrinkles.

    Definitely will be interesting... #1 Scoring Offense vs #1 Scoring Defense.


  26. Former UH Athlete:

    I think Marshawn Lynch will be the deciding factor in the game. If Seattle's Oline controls the action, Seattle can smash the clock and not give Peyton much TOP. Manning is too good to be shut down and will eventually score some points, so limiting the number of possessions in the game will be Seattle's best chance, and they are built to do that.

    I guess I'm leaning Seattle at this point, but it's a long time until I place any bets so there's time to make changes.


  27. lowtone123:

    #21-If true...DBU has a new address.


  28. ai-eee-soos:

    news from our coaching neighborhood ...

    Fresno State: Tim DeRuyter will make $1.5 million annually as a part of his new 5-year deal. He made $650,000 the past two seasons


  29. boolakanaka:

    FUHA..pretty fair assesment. And I'm pretty much behind your thinking. As we both mentioned Lynch, seems to be a deciding factor, but also I think, the Broncos have an average, average+ defensive backfield, however its sort of negated as Seahawks have a similar rated pass offense. Although, they are effective in key situations, so maybe a little push for Seattle....But, yes, lets see what the injury report looks like 72 prior to game time.


  30. boolakanaka:

    24 and 27..I actually was secretly wanting Duane to go to UCLA. He has a close relationship with Mora, both played at UDub, Jeff U, and it has, despite all the pub of UT as DBU, if I am not mistaken, since the 80s, UCLA has more DBs in the NFL (off the top of my head, Kenny Easley, Don Rogers, Eric Turner, Carnell Lake, Lupe Sanchez, James Washington, Rahim Moore, Ricky Manning...etc.


  31. Na Koa Mike:

    boolakanaka,

    Thank you for your support. I've sent an email to ST requesting your email.

    Mike


  32. papajoe2:

    boolakanaka/Na Koa Mike, I golf and available if possible.


  33. boolakanaka:

    Here is nice stat for our NFL prognosticators: when the number 1 defense in points allowed gets to the Super Bowl, they are 12-3; conversely, when the # 1 scoring offense gets to the Super Bowl, they are 10-8......hmmmmn?


  34. boolakanaka:

    I'll let you gents decide who the terrific and/terrible three (depending on your handicap and your liberal usage of mulligans) will be--enjoy!!


  35. boya_jr:

    boya_sr passed away early this morning. He was a loyal UH fan and supporter. Some of my favorite childhood memories were going to Aloha Stadium and tailgating with friends, many of them Fort Shafter DoD co-workers. More recently after I moved him to California to be closer to me, I learned he loved Kui Lee music ("Lahainaluna", "I'll Remember You"). He was an older dad, since I'm still in my early 30's (him in late 70's), but I got to learn about the "Old Hawaii" days. Special shout out to the Lahainaluna Class of 1955 and those who lived in the plantation camps nearby. There are still so much I want to know about the history. A friend in need is a friend indeed.


  36. boolakanaka:

    35--Much support and aloha to your family. My mom's side and ohana, grew up in plantations, not Maui, but Honomu, and I know it is something, all my uncles, aunts, and tutus cherish.


  37. wafan:

    Many prayers and positive thoughts for boya_sr, boya_jr, family and friends.

    Cheer on, boya_sr!


  38. st anthony trojan:

    sorry to hear the passing of ur dad..jr...
    those days were fun.. as my handle says..me was the other side of the mountain...grad 53'..
    but navigating that old road to lahaina always was a fun trip... just to eat mango...n look the pretty ladies there ...go movies...no more camps now.. sad huh..vert many great athletics came out of there..n went to uh..charlie araki comes to mind....think he was on that 55 team that beat nebraska then...

    as to pete carroll.. if one uses only the two criteria that kanaka use.. then very many great coaches are left out of the pic.. before they had a system like now...n not good to compare records.. n morality n ethics in the same breadth...like kanaka says..we all have a warts...sum bigger then others... LETS SIGN SUM RECRUITS THIS WEEKEND...IMUA...


  39. bowwar:

    It will be no contest...Broncos will win big.


  40. st anthony trojan:

    ya...bowar..
    me predict... maybe kanahiku to 'ekolu he he he


  41. NorthShoreFan:

    I do not golf anymore. Have been considered as a danger to golfers.
    True story...was just beginning to golf....first tee at Hawaii Country Club...
    tee'd it up and let her rip...dang if that shot went to the right...over the fence...hit the eave of the building and proceeded to bounce up and down while all the onlookers went scattering while covering their heads....was a stunning tee shot!
    decided to not endanger anyone after that and just hit balls at the driving range occasionally...
    That said, if volunteer help is needed for the tourney....drive refreshment cart or what ever...let me know...


  42. NorthShoreFan:

    boya_jr....healing prayers to you and your family.


  43. Jm2375:

    Boya_jr - condolences to you and your ohana. Did your dad work for the Corps?


  44. Truman:

    Boya_jr , dittos.
    Well, ST cleared up the 100m time for Darrian Josey as being 10.7. That is a BIG difference from the hudl vitals which listed it at 9.85 which I posted yesterday. That would have been a freaking fast time if true.
    Funny, on the differences between this blog and scout blog (which I normally just read as too many posters just wanting to argue). I post the time yesterday and not one response and dannyp does something similar on the scout blog which elicited almost 30 replies. I am guessing a younger demographic more concerned with stats and recruiting.


  45. Truman:

    I guess as we get older, we're more concerned with life (other than football) , philosophy, character, etc. I can relate to that as I was all consumed with sports when I was much younger.


  46. st anthony trojan:

    so riight truman..me remembrer laying on mat at waimanalo beach.. n listening to 49'er games with hodges n simmons.. when red hickey was there.. n y.a. tittle earlier.. n my gf used to say something..to me... n me just about bite her head off... if hugh or joe the jet.. was on a long run..
    my how age changes....a persons outlook in life..as to what really becomes important..IMUA RECRUITS...come join us here...


  47. Shoko:

    Condolences to the Boya Jr. family.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QETu9SzI_l4

    I have family friends that used to live on or near the plantation camps behind the old Pioneer Mill Company in Lahaina. Some that lived in the Pu‘ukoli‘i camps, too. You can probably find information about plantation life by a accessing university archives, but its never the same hearing it straight from the mouths of people that lived it. It's sad to hear about the older generation passing away. Wish I spent more time, in my youth, listening to the older generation as they share they personal stories.


  48. Shoko:

    They say defenses win championships, but I'm going even money on Denver. Think it will be a beat down of epic proportions.


  49. obachan:

    #45 That is so true man [pun intended]. As we get older, we become more aware of our mortality and circumspect regarding our obligations and responsibilities toward our family and others. I guess that's why they call it growing up.


  50. boya_jr:

    #43 - Jm2375: He worked for the 8th Army as a civilian, so I guess so. He joined the army and trained at Fort Ord, out of high school. I actually found a year book for the service.

    #47 - Thanks Shoko. I found some of the archives from UH (oral history). My dad was part of the Maru-yama camp more in the hills above the Pu‘ukoli‘i camp. One day, I will hike to this place. I remember my dad pointing to some area from the Lahainaluna campus, but apparently in those days, I didn't think too much of it. Times change, and I get that Old Man feeling and I want to learn more about my past.


  51. boolakanaka:

    I think a point made earlier this week, that perhaps why we so cherish UH football and college sports in general, is not only the representation of our state, but also highlights some of the more virtuous elements of sports.

    That said, at least for me, I taken no umbrage with the mercenary aspects of professional sports. At the end of the day, they are merely a form of entertainment--period. We don't ask whether a TV director or music composer is haughty and boorish--rather we accept that as idiosyncratic traits of artistic types. If a person is autocratic and does the accept thought of linear decision making, ala Jack Welch, we view it as an effective business leader, but probably not the best husband.

    My posit is that to a certain degree, professional athletes and their coaches, develop entirely different skill sets to make themselves and their teams succeed. By way of example, Bill Belichick, who most consider one of the top 2-3 coaches in the NFL, is also known as the most petty, pedantic, and vindictive coach in the league. Not to belabor my point, but we should neither look up and lionize these folks, nor place them under such critical judgement--they are just producers of entertainment-- a form of entertainment, I greatly love, but nothing more.


  52. Down with....:

    The two states that legalize weed are gonna have a superbowl


  53. Fan:

    Well on this Martin Luther King day it's good to remember that "character" is important. Professional athletes earn a place on society where they are provided an amount of income and notoriety that exceeds what most could ever dream of.

    But they earned their way there and the opportunity is open to anyone. Most can't even come close to making it. So I respect their accomplishments and their capacities.

    But a dick is a dick. The fact that you are an amazing athlete doesn't mean that you are not also a dick.


  54. Truman:

    boya_jr, I believe you said you're in your thirties but don't wait too long to research your genealogy as people that can help you may pass away. Before you know it, you will be tracing your Maruyama clan to Japan which I believe is in the central part. You would have to trace the prefecture, district, and city. If you can do that and if you're the eldest of the family name, you can get your koseki records or family history from somewhere in the area.


  55. Truman:

    boya_jr, my cousin who lives in California and was a publisher for those Chevron garden books for Standard Oil had an interest in writing a book on plantation life and being originally from the North Shore, he did some research on the plantation life in Waialua. I believe he got some material from the area library. It's very interesting because this is where all the imigration started with plantation life and how the different ethnic groups had sort of a pecking order. It makes you aware of how many of our perceptions were formed. Even to this day, with the continued immigration of the different groups like the Koreans, Vietnamese, Micronesians, Samoans and how their culture starts to evolve.


  56. boya_jr:

    Truman: thanks for the advice. During the funeral, I'll ask my older relatives about what has been researched, and figure out what I can do.

    This blog is my lifeline to my Hawaii roots, despite the UH sports focus.

    Go Warriors!


  57. Truman:

    boya_jr, Good luck. Like a warrior, once a Hawaiian always a Hawaiian (don't have to be ethnic; just calling Hawaii home is good).


  58. al:

    boya__jr... my sincerest heartfelt sympathy for you and your family.


  59. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Deepest sympathy and find aloha to your family, boya_jr. Love the plantation recollections - such a different time for our Hawaii. #57 so true... Hawaiian is an inclusive term, not an exclusive one.


  60. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    *fond aloha... sorry


  61. wafan:

    Good morning!


  62. wafan:

    Finals week.

    Ugh.


  63. Boolakanaka:

    62: Wafan, now that I'm on the other side of the college lectern, finals have a totally different feel and implication--lol. Best of luck!


  64. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    boya_jr. Deepest sympathy to you and your ohana. Truly said that no man is an island unto himself -any man's death diminishes me.