Sand blastin'

June 11th, 2014


Waikiki's most popular attraction this morning was more than 80 UH football players running, jumping and pirouetting on Hawaii's most famous beach.

The 90-minute workout drew tourists, aluminum-can scavengers, and the curious. Mark Tuinei's widow watched. So, too, did a guy who asked: "Who are those guys?" When told they were the Rainbow Warriors, he smiled, and yelled encouragement. He was wearing an "H" cap and T-shirt.

And this is how the Warriors spent the early part of a state holiday:

s-2Kennedy Tulimasealii


s4Jeremy Higgins








a1Joey Iosefa

a2Jerrol Garcia-Williams

a3Beau Reilly


a5Benny Fonua


45 Responses to “Sand blastin'”

  1. 1:


  2. Paki Parker:

    Go Warriors! Getting up early on a holiday and working out shows your commitment.

  3. chopsueyboy:

    Fantastic to see team working out together

  4. tommui:



  5. Stephen Tsai:

    Because of NCAA restrictions, the players had to find their own transportation. It was nice to see the players car pool.

  6. Ipu Man:

    Reminds me of the song, Beach Boys of Waikiki...

  7. haka:

    As you honor
    The greatest warrior
    King Kamehameha I
    Make your destiny
    Shape your future
    Be the Warrior!
    March on!
    Imua Warriors! Imua!

  8. Boolakanaka:

    Nice article ST. RIP tui....

  9. Coach Pop:

    Holiday or not, gotta stay on schedule! Beach workouts are great for change of scenery while continuing desired workout progression. Excellent for team focus & comraderie. The team swim after workouts always good for added competition, fun , and relaxation after rigorous workout.

  10. Buffoman:

    It's getting to the point with these team workouts that it is "who is not there" as opposed to "who is there participating". Terrific team effort.

  11. Andrew:

    Definitely can't do workouts like that at most other schools.

  12. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Running from the water on that side of sea wall is a workout. The sand is deep and loose there. Last time I was there, I certainly was not running up the beach. :(

  13. Kapahulu:

    That last picture is a great shot of those 5 UH Athletes running out of the water.
    Perhaps you could enlarge it and put it in the hardcopy newspaper.
    Those guys really look in shape. I enlarged it on my computer and the girls nearby went ga ga over it. It could be a great publicity Photo and might help to get the public interested in the UH Football team again.
    This photo could also be used to help recruit future UH Football players. Who wouldn't want to work out in that setting.

  14. $:

    Work hard everyday.

  15. PONO:

    Iosefa and JGW look like beasts.

  16. Paki_Park:

    Carpool? They should have run from the UHawaii campus to the wall
    at Waikiki. And back.

  17. Stephen Tsai:

    I had a hard time walking in that thing they call "sand." It was surprising they could run.

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! ;)

    Happy Kamehameha Day!

    Nothing like doin' hard work in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Hot fun in the summer time!



    Let's see them work out like that in Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, and those other high falluting places.

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    For our Warriors, working hard on the King's day...

    "Imua e na poki'i a inu i ka wai 'awa'awa. 'A'ohe hope e ho'i mai ai."

    "Move forward, brothers and drink of the bitter waters. There is no turning back, there is no retreat."

  21. Old School Dave:

    Way to work hard, boys! Can't beat the scenery, that's for sure.

    I give the players a ton of credit. They keep on fighting in spite of numerous obstacles and going without things that are normally provided at other schools. ADAPT, IMPROVISE, OVERCOME!!

  22. obachan:

    UH should take more advantage of training in the sand to minimize injuries and gain the advantages of sand in developing athletic skills that turf cannot offer. Reminds me of the sand dune training that Paul Westphal used to get his run & gun BB players in shape when he coached at LMU.

  23. jeezy33:

    Some of those guys look out of shape...
    Shawley on the other hand looks like a Gladiator... Jerrol looks solid too. Just on physique alone, my expectations on Shawley growing...

  24. jeezy33:

    Kirkwood also looks like he's ready to have a big year based on his off season physique.

  25. Rodney:

    $$ Uh Ben Jay cutting Budget
    then flys to Florida for meetings ?

  26. WarriorNY:

    I agree about Kirkwood. I think our WR's will be the best since 2010. I just hope our QBs can get them the ball.

  27. Stephen Tsai:

    It wasn't just BJ.
    I think three other administrators went to meetings on the mainland.
    I would rather see the money spent on sending assistant coaches to seminars or internships.

  28. Stephen Tsai:

    The players appear to be fit.
    Nobody was lagging even though it was really difficult to move in that Waikiki Sand (which, I think, seems way different from Kailua sand).

  29. Stephen Tsai:

    I had difficulty with the shots because of the lighting. My iPhone shots were too dark

  30. Stephen Tsai:

    One of the interesting things was the closing gassers. They had to sprint probably 60 or 70 yards to the shore break, then sprint back. Twice. Devan Stubblefield won that one.

  31. WarriorNY:

    Very good pictures....

    Were you at the Paris hotel? I coulda sworn i saw someone that looked just like you...

  32. BigFan:

    Beau Reilly looks like he added some beef.

  33. jeezy33:

    Big difference between fit and taking your physique to the next level like Kirkwood, Shawley, Iosefa, JGW, Pedroza, Yap, etc... Reilly looks a lot better from few months ago.

  34. SteveM:

    Stephen Tsai:
    June 11th, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    I had difficulty with the shots because of the lighting. My iPhone shots were too dark

    Locking Exposure & Focus in Camera for iPhone

    RE: #30
    Congrats to Devan Stubblefield!
    Benny Fonua shows his leg strength and balance too.

    ...I have been known to lose a lot of sprint time crawling back up the beach from the water at that spot. :|

  35. jeezy33:

    O lineman should look like Fred Ulu Perry... And I have no idea how he's built like a brick at his age...

  36. kev-1:

    I was hoping to see more physical transformation from Kennedy. I know the guy is a beast on the field, and has a big frame. BUT, he is still sporting a rather chubby physique for a rush end.

  37. kev-1:

    WAIT, wait . . . is now a true tackle? That would explain more bulk, if so.

  38. gobows:


    That would be a short warm up run...good idea, but may cause an accident on kapahulu

  39. gobows:

    Waikiki sand was imported from australia...

  40. WarriorNY:

    Hey guys I'm gonna be in town in about a month. You all got any Cattle calls coming up? I'm only gonna be in town for for a day or two...

  41. Fei Jai:

    New chess board; new chess pieces; but, same chess player at the table with same flaws in thinking, strategy and execution.

  42. papajoe2:

    Stick to basketball? Chirstian Standhardinger lost his 1st amateur boxing match.
    Cassy doing well in golf with the men.

  43. jalansky:

    Revisiting Richard Parsons: I just discovered that Leslie Wilcox had him on as a guest on her Long Story Short program on PBS Hawaii.

    Go to the following site and scroll down the alphabetical list:

    The two-part interview was broadcast in June and July 2009.

    It's not a sports interview but the way Wilcox lets him range over his experience in Hawaii and in later life make it very worthwhile to listen to.

    It provides a fascinating look into the personality of someone who has risen to the highest levels of leadership in our society. I especially liked his comment about how "things slow down for him" when he has to deal with big problems.

    . . . great shots of the Rainbow Warriors in Waikiki this morning! Thanks!

  44. al:

    warriorny...provide the dates. i am sure we'll be hungry then.

  45. st. anthony trojan:

    wonder if the 4 went to florida first class or coach...
    and the "3 others" went on whose dime...????
    athletic dept budget..or admin budget ????