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COURTESY ALOHA STADIUM
                                Aloha Stadium is being sandblasted and patched in preparation for its 43rd football season.

Stadium’s preventive maintenance costs climb

COURTESY ALOHA STADIUM
                                Aloha Stadium is being sandblasted and patched in preparation for its 43rd football season.
As if they were intent upon not revealing their age spots, portions of Aloha Stadium are concealed behind white, tent-like shrouds these days. Read More
PHOTOS BY JAMM AQUINO AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Football coach Nick Rolovich, right, who is contracted to make $450,000 this season, and men’s basketball coach Eran Ganot, whose contract calls for in excess of $300,000 a year, hold the two most lucrative coaches’ contracts at Manoa.

UH Regents want to ensure salaries don’t go out of bounds

PHOTOS BY JAMM AQUINO AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Football coach Nick Rolovich, right, who is contracted to make $450,000 this season, and men’s basketball coach Eran Ganot, whose contract calls for in excess of $300,000 a year, hold the two most lucrative coaches’ contracts at Manoa.

Updated on  May 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm
Going on six seasons after he last coached a football game at the University of Hawaii, Greg McMackin is still a central figure in school policy. Read More
COURTESY GONZAGA ATHLETICS
                                Bryan Alberts

Grad transfer could give UH experience it greatly needs

COURTESY GONZAGA ATHLETICS
                                Bryan Alberts
With each passing day, the question mark that is Bryan Alberts looms larger than his 6-foot, 5-inch height for the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2007
                                Dr. Donnis Thompson and Marilyn Moniz-Kaho‘ohanohano advocated for female athletes at the University of Hawaii.

Women’s sports grew at UH under her guidance

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2007
                                Dr. Donnis Thompson and Marilyn Moniz-Kaho‘ohanohano advocated for female athletes at the University of Hawaii.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm
When Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano first contemplated attending the University of Hawaii as a volleyball player, only one woman among the more than 8,200 female undergraduates on the Manoa campus received an athletic scholarship. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rockne Freitas will be among six UH graduates honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizing “outstanding alumni who have used their education to excel professionally, provide inspirational leadership to others, and provide service for the benefit of UH and the community” tonight at the Sheraton Waikiki.

UH to honor Freitas for his contributions, leadership

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Rockne Freitas will be among six UH graduates honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizing “outstanding alumni who have used their education to excel professionally, provide inspirational leadership to others, and provide service for the benefit of UH and the community” tonight at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 10:28 pm
Rockne Freitas received a masters degree and doctorate from the University of Hawaii but said he wasn’t sure what the title, Vice President for Student Affairs and University and Community Relations and Special Projects for the UH System, meant upon assuming the position in 2010. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                UH announced Thursday, after a three-year effort to make a go of it, the department-operated H-Zone store in Ward Centre will close May 31 and logo apparel and merchandising operations will revert to the bookstore.

UH ventures fail to turn a profit for athletics

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014
                                UH announced Thursday, after a three-year effort to make a go of it, the department-operated H-Zone store in Ward Centre will close May 31 and logo apparel and merchandising operations will revert to the bookstore.

Updated on  May 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm
Over the years the University of Hawaii athletic department has been encouraged to “operate more like a business” and embrace an entrepreneurial approach to revenue, as more than one Board of Regents member has put it. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) gestures after a touchdown during the first half of the 2016 Hawaii Bowl. While the Christmas Eve slot has become a fixture for the game, it will be only the third time in the Hawaii Bowl’s 16 years that the game is to be played on a Sunday.

Hawaii Bowl viewership compromised by Sunday slot

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) gestures after a touchdown during the first half of the 2016 Hawaii Bowl. While the Christmas Eve slot has become a fixture for the game, it will be only the third time in the Hawaii Bowl’s 16 years that the game is to be played on a Sunday.
The 2017 Hawaii Bowl will go where few college football bowl games have dared, deep into the mighty NFL’s shadow on a Sunday. Read More
 
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                Rich Miano’s Gridiron Performance Academy College Showcase has allowed mainland college coaches to see potential recruits from Hawaii.

Local football camps bring scouts to ‘shop’ for players

STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                Rich Miano’s Gridiron Performance Academy College Showcase has allowed mainland college coaches to see potential recruits from Hawaii.

Updated on  May 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm
When tiny North Park University on Chicago’s North Side starts football practice in a couple of months, the Vikings expect to have nearly a dozen players representing three islands of Hawaii. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum grabbed a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during Sunday’s playoff game. The Jazz won 104-91.

Will Clippers come here with their stars in tow?

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum grabbed a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during Sunday’s playoff game. The Jazz won 104-91.
The Los Angeles Clippers will come to Honolulu to play two exhibition games, but what they might look like when they get here is becoming anybody’s guess. Read More
 

UH invests in Ljungqvist and women’s athletics

On one hand bringing back Angelica Ljungqvist to be an assistant coach recalls some of the glory years in University of Hawaii women’s volleyball. Read More
Updated on  May 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Clarissa Chun, left, is stepping into her new role as an assistant national women’s team coach.

Chun taking different route to Olympics

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                Clarissa Chun, left, is stepping into her new role as an assistant national women’s team coach.

Updated on  May 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm
Clarissa Chun recognizes it in their eager eyes these days, the focused intensity and diesel drive of young women working to become world wrestling champions and Olympic medalists. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                An undated photo of Fiamalu Penitani, who competed as Musashimaru.

Musashimaru has found his own guardian angel in his wife

COURTESY PHOTO
                                An undated photo of Fiamalu Penitani, who competed as Musashimaru.

Updated on  April 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm
Less than two weeks after the surgery, the still imposing 6-foot, 4-inch, 353-pound figure known in sumo as Musashimaru was back overseeing the training of young sumotori at his Musashigawa stable in the Edogawa section of the capital. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 9
                                “With as much as UH would seem to have going for it in terms of facilities, fan base, exposure, etc. compared to its Big West peers, back-to-back setbacks to in-conference opponents are particularly painful,” writes Ferd Lewis in today’s column.

UH struggles to recruit top-shelf players

JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 9
                                “With as much as UH would seem to have going for it in terms of facilities, fan base, exposure, etc. compared to its Big West peers, back-to-back setbacks to in-conference opponents are particularly painful,” writes Ferd Lewis in today’s column.
The good news was that the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team entered the letter of intent signing period with four scholarships. Read More
JAMM AQUINO. / AUG. 5
                                Nanakuli quarterback Nainoa Banks scrambled out of trouble against Waipahu. Radford, Kaiser and Nanakuli are among the teams that were moved up to Division I last season and paid a heavy price. They went a collective 1-21 versus D-I opponents.

3-tier prep football system needs to be installed, ASAP

JAMM AQUINO. / AUG. 5
                                Nanakuli quarterback Nainoa Banks scrambled out of trouble against Waipahu. Radford, Kaiser and Nanakuli are among the teams that were moved up to Division I last season and paid a heavy price. They went a collective 1-21 versus D-I opponents.

Updated on  April 8, 2017 at 11:24 am
Next month Oahu Interscholastic Association football teams begin their annual spring tryouts, and the turnouts will be watched with particular interest. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a double during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres on Monday.

MLB still holding Hawaii fans hostage

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a double during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Updated on  April 4, 2017 at 9:37 am
The snacks were carefully assembled and Clyde Matsui, who once sold programs at Candlestick Park, even had a prized Giants shirt on in anticipation of San Francisco’s opening day game Sunday against Arizona. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Justin Matias, left, John Matias Sr. and John Matias Jr.

Matias, other players deserve better from MLB

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2015
                                Justin Matias, left, John Matias Sr. and John Matias Jr.

Updated on  March 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Across 18 seasons in professional baseball John Matias Sr. had an uncanny ability to find the gaps in opposing defenses. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2010
                                Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

While others upgrade their venues, Aloha Stadium sits and rusts

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 2010
                                Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

Updated on  March 30, 2017 at 7:18 am
Outside the Davis Family ownership, perhaps the most jubilant person about the Oakland Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas is Tony Sanchez. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Marcus Mariota received a donation of $115,000 to his Motiv8 Foundation from the sales of limited-edition bobblehead dolls courtesy of First Hawaiian Bank.

Mariota cheered by get-well cards

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Marcus Mariota received a donation of $115,000 to his Motiv8 Foundation from the sales of limited-edition bobblehead dolls courtesy of First Hawaiian Bank.

Updated on  March 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm
When it was time for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota to begin rehabbing from December surgery to repair a fractured right fibula, there was no question where he would go. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                While the UH quarterback picture is clear with Dru Brown, what is less sharply in focus is the future of live streaming of Rainbow Warrior football games.

Future of live streaming UH football in question

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                While the UH quarterback picture is clear with Dru Brown, what is less sharply in focus is the future of live streaming of Rainbow Warrior football games.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm
For one of the few times in recent years we know early on who figures to be the University of Hawaii’s quarterback come the season opener. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o (50) during the second half of their NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., in Sept. 2016.

Te’o is out to prove himself once again

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o (50) during the second half of their NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., in Sept. 2016.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm
In some ways Manti Te’o finds himself back at the beginning again. Even after four years in the NFL he returns to a point where there is a need to urgently prove himself. Even after 223 career tackles there are more than ballcarriers for the former high school and college All-America linebacker to wrap his arms around. Read More
COURTESY TRAVIS PRIOR
                                Kealakehe High graduate Psalm Wooching during the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month.

Wooching chooses rugby over NFL Draft

COURTESY TRAVIS PRIOR
                                Kealakehe High graduate Psalm Wooching during the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 12:06 am
After being the sack leader on the Pac-12’s top-ranked defense, Kealakehe High graduate Psalm Wooching gets his wish today: the opportunity to work out for America’s Team. Read More

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