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Hawaii’s name taken off its gift to the world

When John John Florence competed in the Billabong Pipe Masters this week, winning his second world championship, he was, as is the custom in surfing, listed as representing “Hawaii.” Read More

Hawaii Bowl ebbing, not flowing, without UH

Officially, the University of Houston is the “home” team for Sunday’s Hawaii Bowl, but that designation is clearly more deserved by the Cougars’ opponent, Fresno State. Read More

Blame the schedule, not the fans, for UH’s meager hoops attendance

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Sunday night’s frenetic finish to the University of Hawaii’s 70-69 victory over Utah Valley was the kind that, once upon a not-so-distant time, used to make things deafening inside the Stan Sheriff Center. Read More

UH to fulfill Title IX musts by upgrading gyms, salaries

Before heading to the airport for her team’s game at Arizona today and Las Vegas next week, University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball coach Laura Beeman fastbreaked through a statement-making appearance before the school’s Board of Regents. Read More
Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Power Five kills hopes of smaller conferences

If there were any lingering doubts about the widening chasm between the power conferences and everybody else in NCAA women’s volleyball, this week should have removed them. Read More

Aloha Stadium visitors want better audio, visual, Wi-Fi

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 1:10 am
While visitors to the facility generally rated their Aloha Stadium experience “good,” the sound system, replays, Wi-Fi and food choices prompted the most comments, a survey disclosed. Read More

UCF making Heisman push for McKenzie Milton

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm
The University of Central Florida might soon need your assistance and creativity. Read More

Regressing Mariota still fuming over his poor play

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 12:49 am
Win or lose, the one constant with Marcus Mariota in postgame press conferences as a pro has been an even-keeled disposition. Read More

A season full of hope ends without a winning record

Updated on  November 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm
Just in case you might have wondered how something that began with so much hope could have deteriorated so badly over the past three months, the University of Hawaii played a microcosm of its 3-9 season in four hard-to-watch quarters Saturday night. Read More

It’s a rivalry that always finds a way to be revived

Updated on  November 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Somehow, the football series between the University of Hawaii and Brigham Young has endured to reach a milestone 30th game today at Aloha Stadium. Read More

Silverswords show there is still some magic on Maui

Before the Chaminade University basketball team could be dragged off the Maui Invitational stage the Silverswords punctuated their exit with a bold reminder of just whose tournament it is anyway. Read More

Being an independent hasn’t been boon to BYU

The last time we saw the Brigham Young University football team in these parts, the Cougars were just concluding the inaugural season of their curious adventure in independence. Read More
Updated on  November 21, 2017 at 12:06 am

Mariota throws four interceptions in a game

Updated on  November 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm
They met at the pregame coin toss, exchanged a meaningful hug and even stuck around for some conversation, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota, two quarterbacks passing in the prime time night. Read More

Getting UCF, Milton to Hawaii Bowl will take a Hail Mary

Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm
Let’s get this straight right up front: The chances of seeing Mililani’s McKenzie Milton quarterback so-far undefeated Central Florida in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve this year are a distant longshot the way things have gone. Read More

UH’s ambitious schedules indicate rough road ahead

The scary part about the vision of the University of Hawaii football team missing out on bowl eligibility isn’t just what it says for this season but what it might portend for the near future. Read More

Journalist got it right as a reporter, mentor, friend

Updated on  November 11, 2017 at 12:07 am
Gordon Sakamoto, who died Wednesday at age 82, was a lot of things to a lot of people — among them a patient and encouraging mentor to young reporters, an encyclopedic resource on Hawaii sports and culture to newcomers, a pioneer as among the first Asian-American bureau chiefs for international news services, a friend to many and a teller of great stories. Read More

Fresno State and Hawaii getting what they paid for

The University of Hawaii and Fresno State are somewhat similar Group of Five schools and Mountain West Conference members who faced a common problem, rebuilding their slumping football programs. Read More

Fresno State’s Tedford has authored nation’s best turnaround

Last November, the ink barely dry on his head coaching contract, Jeff Tedford watched from the stands at Bulldog Stadium as the soon-to-be-his Fresno State football team absorbed the penultimate defeat of a 1-11 season from the University of Hawaii. Read More

UH still in hunt behind LB Tavai’s tackling feats

Updated on  November 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm
The odds of the University of Hawaii football team achieving bowl eligibility this year are decidedly long, but it is clear they would have been long dead in the water without linebacker Jahlani Tavai. Read More

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