By Stephen Tsai
For the first time in five years, the Warriors did not play a spring scrimmage on a non-Oahu island this year.
But yet, it appears, the Warriors have maintained off-island ties. They have increased recruiting efforts, sending coaches to evaluate prospects at every football-playing school. There have been meetings with business leaders on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Last week, there was a football camp on Maui; today there will be one at Waiakea High.
The quest is ongoing for the right formula to connect with the fan base, particularly the neighbor-island residents. The non-Oahu spring scrimmages had only moderate attendance, a reminder that is difficult to compete against youth sports on a Saturday morning. Football camps are more cost-effective.
The Warriors also will be evaluating the summer-camp format. The aggregate attendance for the five high-school-aged camps will be about 350. (There is no estimate on attendance for next week's youth camp.) The question: Would it be better to have one or two camps on the Manoa campus or to continue to spread them out over five sites? Large attendance or smaller teacher/student ratio?
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Hawaii fans of a certain age were fortunate to watch a future Hall of Famer compete in baseball and basketball against UH.
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn.