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All UH men's teams will be named Rainbow Warriors

Athletic director changes decision on nickname

By Dave Reardon and Brian McInnis

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LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, May 14, 2013


The Rainbow lives.

In a stunning reversal of his first major decision as University of Hawaii athletic director, Ben Jay has changed course and will name all of Manoa's men's athletic teams Rainbow Warriors.

Jay became UH athletic director in January. In February he announced that all UH men's teams would be named Warriors, dropping Rainbows from those that still had it part of their name. Since 2000, some had been named Rainbows, some Warriors and some Rainbow Warriors.

"The decision on February 13 to change the nickname of the men's teams to Warriors has generated a lot of discussion and we have received both positive and negative feedback," Jay said. "We listened to the public discussion and we went back to the original two questions we asked ourselves - who are we and what is representative of the islands?

"We initially decided to adopt Warriors as the nickname of our men's teams, since it was used by the majority of our men's programs, including the one with the largest fan following (football)," Jay added. "This is a very subjective and emotional issue and the only clear consensus on this topic over the last 13 years has been that a decision needed to be made to unify our men's teams under one nickname. That goal will still be accomplished as we retain the Rainbow and Warriors names, both of which are near and dear to the hearts of our fans, whom we represent."

Jay said in February that the various names caused confusion and a single name was needed for marketing and branding purposes. He said he consulted with UH coaches and most agreed on Warriors and staying with Rainbow Wahine for the women's teams. Public comments by coaches were positive or neutral to Jay's decision then, and were again on Tuesday for the latest move.

"It’s a decision made far above my level," football coach Norm Chow said at a press conference at the UH lower campus. "We’re all very supportive of it. Our job is to put a good product on the football field. That’s what we need to worry about. I’m glad the decision has been made, we’re supportive of the administration and we’ll just go from there.

Said Mike Trapasso, coach of the 12-33 Rainbow baseball team: "You can call us whatever you want, this year we’ve been called a heck of a lot worse. I said from the beginning, to me it’s more important that you call us winners at the end of the day, and that’s what we’re working toward. But we’re Rainbow Warriors, and I think that’s great."

Some fans welcomed the February decision while others complained that they were not consulted or polled. A rally was held on campus May 3 by around 50 supporters of the Rainbow nickname, and 21 board members of the UH Letterwinners Club sent a letter to Jay on May 1 protesting the elimination of Rainbow from the men's team names.

Jay was on the mainland on UH business and did not appear at the rally, but had previously met with rally organizer Stephen Chinen.

"Of course I'm walkin on clouds amongst da rainbows," Chinen said in a text today after hearing of Jay's decision. Chinen has been a vocal proponent of the Rainbow Warriors nickname since it was changed 13 years ago.

The women's teams will remain Rainbow Wahine, as Jay originally decided.

The football team had been unofficially referred to as Rainbow Warriors prior to 2000, when football coach June Jones led a successful effort to officially change the name to just Warriors. Coaches were allowed to choose the names of their teams, and volleyball, golf and tennis switched to Warriors, basketball and swimming and diving went to Rainbow Warriors and baseball remained Rainbows.

Now, instead of all switching to Warriors on July 1, all will be known as Rainbow Warriors.

Early reaction from fans on social media to Jay's change of course ranged from gratitude to disdain.

"Thank you, Ben Jay," said former UH baseball player Greg Oniate.

Paul Connell, a fan who prefers the Warrior name, said the amount of support expressed for Rainbow did not merit a change.

"Ben Jay just dropped a notch in my book," Connell said. "Only 50 or so people felt the urge to attend a Rainbow rally that had been promoted for weeks."

Jay is scheduled to speak about his vision for the UH athletic program 7 p.m. on Thursday at a town hall meeting at the Pearl Ridge Elementary School cafeteria.







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Ulalei wrote:
FABULOUS!
on May 14,2013 | 08:52AM
CriticalReader wrote:
When you read the official statement, you're going to be troubled, Here's why. While the result was clearly the correct one, Jay didn't go far enough in his statement, and insisted on giving in to his ego. His statement is essentially, "I wasn't wrong. I did the right thing. I wasn't wrong. But, OK, whatever." Smart decision, poor execution.
on May 14,2013 | 09:15AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Jeezus...you got what you wanted, but because it wasn't signed in blood, it's not good enough. Let it go.
on May 14,2013 | 09:49AM
kainalu wrote:
As in "FAB 5" fabulous! ... and many other Rainbow Warrior GREATS that have passed through the hallowed halls of Manoa and it's famed mist - which causes the rainbows to begin with.
on May 14,2013 | 09:54AM
CriticalReader wrote:
GooglyMoogly, a decision like this should be signed in blo. . . HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!. . . sorry . . . as I was saying, should be signed in blood. It is a crossroads for Mr. J . . HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. . . .Sorry! for Mr. Jay. He has capitulated, The way to do that here is to be apologetic about it. He didn't do that. So, he lost HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA SORRY!!!! and opportunity to embed himself into local culture.
on May 14,2013 | 10:02AM
badcard36 wrote:
Woah. Meds time.
on May 14,2013 | 11:55AM
false wrote:
Yup, and looks like there's a problem with the key board.
on May 14,2013 | 02:11PM
CriticalReader wrote:
SORRY! Trying to fix the keybo HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA . . . board but having trouble HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! All the macho and cover up homophobes. Think they're going to stand by their convictions and stay away from UH gaymes??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
on May 14,2013 | 02:27PM
Hawaiians wrote:
love it
on May 14,2013 | 09:00PM
aomohoa wrote:
Give me a break and give Jay a break.
on May 14,2013 | 10:00AM
allie wrote:
and me a break!
on May 14,2013 | 10:20AM
Skyler wrote:
:'-(

Feeling unloved, allie? Try being less 'perky' with your paid 'truths' and post with more 'aloha.'
on May 14,2013 | 10:56AM
allie wrote:
perky is wanted though..even needed. :)
on May 14,2013 | 01:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
Guess what we think? NOT perky, but obnoxious.
on May 14,2013 | 08:31PM
ross13moon wrote:
With the amount he gets paid he need to take all the abuse....
on May 14,2013 | 12:02PM
allie wrote:
ummm..just the usual careerist PR hon. Least he got the decision right. God Bows!
on May 14,2013 | 10:19AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Yeah, that's the problem. UHAD needs a complete revamping of its PR department, starting with showing McNamara the door.
on May 14,2013 | 10:21AM
joewilly wrote:
Stop hating!!!!!
on May 14,2013 | 10:40AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Not hating. I don't "hate" McNamara. I just think he's really mediocre (at best) at what he's supposed to do, and as a result a severely limiting factor in what UHAD does and offers. So, I say, show him the door.
on May 14,2013 | 10:59AM
gobows wrote:
Rookie mistake.
on May 14,2013 | 12:14PM
allie wrote:
great...go Bows!
on May 14,2013 | 10:19AM
PokeStop wrote:
Awesome! Rainbow Warriors......how g-y that sounds! Now all Ben Gay needs to do is bring back that old mascot of the 80's! Remember that marsh mellow, pillsbury doughboy looking mascot! Real fearsome looking thing! What an embarrassment UH is to the state of Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 12:53PM
menehunemimi wrote:
Let's get over the g-y symbolism of the rainbow and remember its Hawaiian significance. You want fearsome, at least they are leaving Warrior in there.
on May 14,2013 | 01:32PM
H20 wrote:
It's not about us fans getting over anything. It's whether potential recruits want to be rainbows or not. They couldn't care less about the Hawaian significance
on May 14,2013 | 02:49PM
admiral wrote:
Looking at won-lost records, the football Rainbows of the 1980s and early 90s attracted a lot more macho and successful recruits that the post-June Jones Warriors. Including that Sugar Bowl team that cruised into disaster by riding a marshmallow schedule.
on May 14,2013 | 11:04PM
nitpikker wrote:
yeah! the idiot that started all this! never liked him...still don't!!
on May 14,2013 | 11:28PM
omd111 wrote:
Wasn't that marshmallow Donavan Dela Cruz working as the UH mascot?
on May 14,2013 | 06:40PM
WhiteyK wrote:
Hope your "source" is right! Great news, and a fabulous decision by Mr. Jay. Go 'Bows!!!
on May 14,2013 | 08:56AM
Cantopop wrote:
And now on to more important and relevant news...
on May 14,2013 | 08:56AM
saloon_pilot wrote:
I am embarrased that Mr. Jay had to do this. I only hope that you complainers will now shut up and have a little respect and aloha please.
on May 14,2013 | 09:03AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I agree!
on May 14,2013 | 09:16AM
OldDiver wrote:
I won't be going to another game until Jay changes the name back to............... :)
on May 14,2013 | 09:42AM
FrankieT wrote:
Then don't go, they "Rainbow Warriors" don't your lack of support. Stay home and cry like a spoiled brat!
on May 14,2013 | 12:29PM
OldDiver wrote:
Frankie, I was making a joke. The :) should have been a dead giveaway.
on May 14,2013 | 07:15PM
nitpikker wrote:
oh yeah?! i never heard any of you chanting "WAR-RIORS" at games!! only "GO BOWS" or "LETS GO BOWS"!!
on May 14,2013 | 11:31PM
copperwire9 wrote:
And we can appropriately hope the same for you!
on May 14,2013 | 09:40AM
kiragirl wrote:
Complainers? More like the voice of democracy! Go Bows!
on May 14,2013 | 09:40AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
riiiightttt. because people voted and THAT'S what got the name changed back to Rainbows.
on May 14,2013 | 09:54AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
you're on the money, saloon_pilot.
on May 14,2013 | 09:50AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Ben Jay has shown the he's not all ego.
on May 14,2013 | 01:34PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Smart decision by Jay. He should couple it with what should appear to be a heartfelt apology - not as in, "I was wrong", but as in local style, "sorry you guys, I didn't know. I know now." He does that, he wins.
on May 14,2013 | 09:04AM
aomohoa wrote:
Give it a rest. It's done.
on May 14,2013 | 10:01AM
patk wrote:
@CriticalReader: pathetic.
on May 14,2013 | 10:14AM
CriticalReader wrote:
@patk: Go RAINBOW Warriors!
on May 14,2013 | 10:25AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Case of "do what I say" in your case.
on May 14,2013 | 07:25PM
Venus1 wrote:
Finally a correct decision from the Athletic Dept...Go Bows!!
on May 14,2013 | 09:04AM
naka1947 wrote:
Fantastic, da Rainbow Warriors is not too sweet, not too sour, BUT JUST RIGHT!!, Thank you Mista Ben Jay, with this decision, you may really be the da MAN, people will follow and support. MAHALO
on May 14,2013 | 09:07AM
E_Ogawa wrote:
Excellent compromise. I don't think anyone can be disappointed with this decision.
on May 14,2013 | 09:07AM
palisadesron wrote:
Thank you!.
on May 14,2013 | 09:09AM
2_centz wrote:
It's no wonder Hawaii never like that Junes Jones, he was the one that didn't like the Football team to have the "Rainbow Wadrriors" name.
on May 14,2013 | 09:12AM
oxtail01 wrote:
JJ was the GREATEST UH football coach - get a grip - do you actually support the program with your wallet? Most of us 25,000 plus season ticket holders appreciate what he did.
on May 14,2013 | 09:23AM
CriticalReader wrote:
oxtail01 (aka blinded by the light), that attitude is exactly what causes fans on the fence to fall off away from UH sports. JJ offended many, and in the end, proved dishonest about his "caring" and "love" for Hawaii when he bolted from the "Ohana" he'd recruited to Hawaii, engineered a doomed to failure McMackin era, and ultimately, failed to support the enormous expectations he'd built in Hawaii. True, there are some JJ worshipers left, but it ain't 25,000 (who are you? Jim Donovan?). And, in the words of JJ, "guess what?" the however many of you who are left, who insist on proclaiming season ticket holder status as some sort of evidence of valor or virtue? Sadly, more and more, you tend to appear to a vast majority of Hawaii as fools.
on May 14,2013 | 09:55AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on May 14,2013 | 10:12AM
allie wrote:
flaws is a euphemism
on May 14,2013 | 10:20AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on May 14,2013 | 11:08AM
allie wrote:
it is correct
on May 14,2013 | 01:41PM
nitpikker wrote:
you and oxtail escaped from the same place!!
on May 14,2013 | 11:35PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
You couldn't be more wrong, here. The only reason UH football shows up on a map is because June Jones put it there. It isn't the exiting coach's responsibility to find his own replacement, nor to support expectations of the institution after he's gone. That's the AD's job. I don't understand the lingering bitterness towards JJfor leaving. You couldn't argue with the money, institution support, fan support or recruiting...everything's bigger in Texas. I guess it shows just how much everyone loved him...it's been a hundred years and people still curse his name.
on May 14,2013 | 10:16AM
CriticalReader wrote:
A testament to the age of non-accountability (along with UH in general).
on May 14,2013 | 10:27AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Your comment makes no sense. At what point in him leaving was he not accountable? Better put, what should he have been held accountable for?
on May 14,2013 | 12:50PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Statements like this: "I‘ve always said I wanted to be here and I‘m grateful that I can stay and finish the job I came here to do," Jones said. "I‘m thankful to the people involved in getting this contract done and looking forward to getting the program moving in the right direction. I‘m especially thankful to President Dobelle for his leadership and continuous support of myself and the team since he has become president. We have some exciting things ahead and I‘m glad that I will be a part of it. I feel that what I have said and done has always been the same. It was never about the money. I‘ve always said that this is where I want to be because I have a fondness for the people here and the players are like my own family. I‘ve had opportunities to take more money in other places, but have chosen not to and am truly honored to have this contract at UH."
on May 14,2013 | 01:14PM
inverse wrote:
Actually JJ recommended MacMuffin to be his replacement and that did NOT turn out well.
on May 14,2013 | 11:46AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
JJ did recommend him, but UH was under no obligation to JJ to hire him. Putting the McMackin fiasco at his feet is convenient at best, idiotic at worst.
on May 14,2013 | 12:51PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Actually, he did NOT.
on May 14,2013 | 02:26PM
oxtail01 wrote:
No, he did not - JJ recommended around 6 guys, Niumatalolo and Chow among them but he knew better than to recommend Fat Mac.
on May 14,2013 | 07:18PM
PCWarrior wrote:
JJ did not recommend McMackin as his replacement. Go back and read the list of people he suggested as to who his replacement should be.
on May 14,2013 | 02:25PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Do a fact check on the most successful football times-revenue and attendance wise then you may be able to view things objectively. By the way, being long time supporters IS a virtue.
on May 14,2013 | 07:20PM
fbiguy wrote:
Most successful coach, when it comes to attendance: Bob Wagner. Check it out. Go Bows (and bring back Wags)!
on May 14,2013 | 08:58PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
JJ changed the name, uniforms, and instructed the band never to play Hawaii 5-0 subbing it for some ridiculous sound that no one could understand.
on May 14,2013 | 01:39PM
oxtail01 wrote:
He created the best looking uniform and logo which still is the main design.
on May 14,2013 | 07:23PM
popaa wrote:
Dick Tomey??
on May 14,2013 | 08:52PM
nitpikker wrote:
where'd you escape from? jj won with a weak schedule and as many homes games as he could get!! it showed at the sugar bowl!!
on May 14,2013 | 11:34PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
you're making that comment sarcastically, right? no one could be this foolish
on May 14,2013 | 09:55AM
renvid65 wrote:
YES!
on May 14,2013 | 09:13AM
ponojr wrote:
If we go back to the old logo, I'll be dissapointed
on May 14,2013 | 09:17AM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Mr. Jay, as a proud UH alumnus (class of 89) and former athlete. Congrats, you did the right thing! We are the Rainbow Warriors. Now about Gb Arnold, can you please address this and find us another basketball coach that's NOT from Punahou. mahalo,
on May 14,2013 | 09:20AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Ditto!
on May 14,2013 | 02:26PM
billso wrote:
Under Armour will be breaking out some Rainbow stripes soon, I guess.
on May 14,2013 | 09:20AM
pauliboy wrote:
YAY JAY U CAN STAY!
on May 14,2013 | 09:21AM
CriticalReader wrote:
But he has GOT to get rid of John McNamara, who is "responsible" for the public message coming out of UH. This moment that COULD have been a complete triumph is clouded because of poor execution.
on May 14,2013 | 09:30AM
rhgchun wrote:
will there be a rally for those who prefer just Warriors?
on May 14,2013 | 09:22AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
lol. plus one for you! the adage proved true in this case: the old, cranky, squeaky wheel gets the grease
on May 14,2013 | 09:58AM
CriticalReader wrote:
No, the old, cranky, squeaky wheels ain't buying football tickets, while you're buying maybe one. That's the problem that Mr. Jay has to solve. This was a good first step, but he chopped it, and didn't stride it out, to use a sports analogy.
on May 14,2013 | 10:08AM
Eugen_Richter wrote:
Maika'i no!
on May 14,2013 | 09:35AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Okay, Let's focus on putting together winning programs. The Wahine are on the right track and delivering. The men have some catching up to do.
on May 14,2013 | 09:35AM
Tenatwelve wrote:
Keep the present logo. That is UH's brand. Not to many people bought apparel with the old logo on it.
on May 14,2013 | 09:38AM
wai808kiki wrote:
Way to go Mr. Jay! Good decision. I'm a proud UH alumni and fondly remember the Rainbow colors. The Rainbow is what made our university stand out. For me, it represented everyone and the colorful nature and flare of Hawaii. It's strength within diversity! I live in Portland now and there's a saying here that uniquely identifies Portland. It's "Put a Bird on it!" There are birds on everything from t-shirts to coffee cups that represents Portland's quirkiness. Portlanders are very proud of it and helps keep Portland "weird." I say, Put a "Rainbow" on it! "It" being the logo or at least the colors of the Rainbow on the "H."
on May 14,2013 | 09:42AM
paintslinger wrote:
Way to go Ben, you did the right thing, for the right reasons. 'Rainbow Warriors' is distinctive and anyone in advertising and promotion will tell you, thats the one aspect you seek to promote....the distinctive quality. In America there are all kinds of teams dubbed 'Warriors'....but there is only one 'Rainbow Warriors'...Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 09:42AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
This point, the uniqueness of the name Rainbow Warriors, is the weakest of all the arguments for not changing to just 'Warriors'. The only people that care about the name of a team is its fans, and you aren't going lose them if you share a name with another institution (see: UConn and Washington, Auburn and LSU, Georgia and Fresno State, Kentucky and Arizona AND Kansas State). You know who else besides your fans cares that your team shares a name with another school? Absolutely no one.
on May 14,2013 | 10:07AM
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on May 14,2013 | 10:19AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Soooo, this name change has been stinging this many people for almost 15 years? Or were there that many fans of sports not called football, basketball or volleyball who've been biting their tongues and who can only now rejoice since our long national nightmare is over, and UH is again the Rainbow Warriors? Either way, it's much ado about nothing. My point is that changing the name is not the extinction-level event that some here are claiming it would've been. Only UH's fans care. Jay reversed his stance, so good for everyone. The people that wanted to keep the Rainbows get their way, Jay is still able to unify the branding (albeit under a different name) like he wanted, and the rest of us that didn't care can move on. Win-win-win......btw, in case anyone is interested in what sports fans on the mainland think of this saga: http://espn.go.com/ncaa/conversations/_/id/9275321/hawaii-scraps-plan-drop-rainbow-team-nicknames
on May 14,2013 | 01:01PM
kula wrote:
Solid move Ben Jay, shows your ability to be flexible Mahalo
on May 14,2013 | 09:47AM
Hilofrank wrote:
And this is what is called "leadership." Did he take lessons from MRC Greenwood? I want to be clear that I'm ambivalent about everything and even though I'm making a decision here and now, I can still change my mind.
on May 14,2013 | 09:56AM
lancektamashiro wrote:
now use throwback jerseys against BYU or have the old logo as an alternate
on May 14,2013 | 09:56AM
gypsy wrote:
Not sure why this makes me so happy. As a local person who graduated from the UH in 1974, and left Hawaii in 1975, but never stopped following their sports programs, I always preferred Rainbows because it just "fit" the Manoa Valley and the makeup of the islands. I am very pleased and I didn't even have to write a letter:).
on May 14,2013 | 09:58AM
aomohoa wrote:
Glad Jay decided to bend to the peoples preference.A true leader doesn't just stick to his guns because it was his decision to make. A true leader is flexible and listens to the people.
on May 14,2013 | 09:58AM
Jfc wrote:
"Warriors" could be from anywhere, but "rainbows" are special for Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 09:59AM
ponojr wrote:
I've seen Rainbows on the mainland. They are not unique to Hawaii and Manoa.
on May 14,2013 | 10:11AM
aomohoa wrote:
You miss the point. There are many more here and they are beautiful.
on May 14,2013 | 01:47PM
allie wrote:
agree
on May 14,2013 | 10:21AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on May 14,2013 | 10:10AM
allie wrote:
all true
on May 14,2013 | 10:21AM
2_centz wrote:
The Star Advertiser had a small story of the alumni and now senator or something advising Jay to go back to the "rainbow warrior" name. You have to give it to Jay that he took the advice and this gives the alumni and fans something to like about the name. Now Norm Chow has to do a better job than previous coaches to make us forget JJ work (although best job indeed). My previous comment on JJ can be taken seriously or mild manneredly depending on your mood. Well, maybe they may want JJ as UH's next president, who knows. Or even JJ should come back to run for governor too?
on May 14,2013 | 01:43PM
warfan808 wrote:
we are screwed!!!!!!! I know old timers like that name Rainbows...but this is 2013...NO good college footbal player is going to sign with a team named rainbows...whichis synonomos and actually the national sign for gay pride....How can you be a warrior and a rainbow at the same time..My dad still calls them the Bows. but now days we will not keep or get any recruits with a name rainbow warriors...it is a bad decision , im telling you.
on May 14,2013 | 10:25AM
CriticalReader wrote:
"we are screwed!!!!!!! " ????????????? Dude, the UH football team was 3-9 last year and got no 5 Star recruits this recruiting season. The BIGGEST news of the spring was that quarterback from a team that finished WORSE (1-11) is trying to transfer here. You think UH is screwed because of a nickname change?????
on May 14,2013 | 10:42AM
warfan808 wrote:
no 5 stars........ but we did get a few 4 star recruits and a bunch of three star ones...you cant argue that tis was a pretty good recruiting year despite our 10 year worst 3-9 season....so your point is mute...The name will affect some athletes who will turned off by the name, thats the truth ...we are just getting this new era started. the 3-9 season was bound to happen with the type of rebuilding taking place. And we have a QB who was a four transfered from ohio state ...forgot him huh..taylor grahem..lol
on May 14,2013 | 12:51PM
warfan808 wrote:
13 year worst 3-9 season
on May 14,2013 | 01:06PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on May 14,2013 | 11:28AM
warfan808 wrote:
Rainbows ...in this day and age is by FAR worse than ANY of those names you just mentioned...warriors was a tough symbol of the hawaiian warrior that invoked pride as a fan of UH , the rainbow makes it sound fairy...in this day and age, 20 years ago its was airight, bu tnot now.
on May 14,2013 | 12:54PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on May 14,2013 | 01:34PM
warfan808 wrote:
A Rainbow now days is the symbol of gay pride , it wasn like that ago when their was no gay pride so your statement is not true. A rainbow is also a symbol of trust from God but most people I talk to consider it fairy like to be on a football team. Im not talking about the old mascot Im talking about a well pu together mascot that truly looks like a Hawaiian warrior fighting.
on May 14,2013 | 04:16PM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE rainbow's was LAST DECADE... You ask ANYBODY not from Hawaii and the name sounds G A Y
on May 14,2013 | 02:30PM
warfan808 wrote:
That's what I mean , and a lot of good recruits we get are from the mainland , Im in long beach now and no one understands the old meaningful meaning of the Rainbow being in our names,
on May 14,2013 | 04:18PM
inverse wrote:
By your same argument, Univ of Oregon or the Univ of Alabama cannot top get top recruits because one is named after a pathetic, wimpy Disney character and the other is a disgusting red algal bloom that kills ocean life? Lets get real here, recruits could CARE LESS about the nickname of a team only the quality of the team as reflected in their won loss record and capability of the coaches. By the way the only effect the pre grame public "macho", "he-man" Haka dance has on the opposing team is to make sure the all of the opposing players and coaches are 100 percent motivated to wipe out UH on the scoreboard to the point of complete embarrassment.
on May 14,2013 | 03:34PM
warfan808 wrote:
Crimson tide has a powerful message...its an algae bloom that WIPES out all living things in its path...and its name suggest blood will be drawn...its nowhere near rainbow..The duck name is a little wimpy , but still not as fairy as rainbow. And oregan has rainbows too but they chose to use a dominant brd of their state.
on May 14,2013 | 04:23PM
Hilofrank wrote:
come on now, we know what the Oregon State University nick is. And I don't want to get booted off this site but, "What is in a name . . . "
on May 14,2013 | 04:50PM
PCWarrior wrote:
So Leo Goeas, Niko Noga, Blane Gaision, Rich Miano - all those guys wouldn't have signed with UH if they were Rainbows. You outta your mind there brother.
on May 14,2013 | 04:25PM
Musubi wrote:
Just when we think that we have an actual AD, it turns out that he's just the latest puppet to collect a paycheck. So much for forward thinking and having true vision for the program. Instead, we'll just have the same mediocre at best program ruled by government bureaucrats. Why even have an AD position? It's obvious that they aren't allowed to do anything.
on May 14,2013 | 10:27AM
warfan808 wrote:
Exactly , maybe he was trying to get the old fans to come to more games because he believe s the new generation is absent and the old has no faith in the team ...but this is the wrong way to do it. Clearly warriors was a brand that was likable by all
on May 14,2013 | 12:57PM
BonDancr wrote:
Good move!
on May 14,2013 | 10:33AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Right decision...but it took a lot of time effort to get jay to recognize and capitulate to our local culture.
on May 14,2013 | 10:39AM
SANSEIBEAR wrote:
Excellent! I remember past announcers such as Gene Good and Chuck Leahy calling the football games at the old Honolulu Stadium and referring to the rainbow appearing in Manoa Valley as the sign Hawaii was going to win that day. Who can forget Chuck's "2nd down and a manapua to go"! Let's go "Bows!
on May 14,2013 | 10:44AM
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on May 14,2013 | 10:45AM
Dave_Reardon wrote:
And my guess is you will continue to read them. Thanks again!
on May 14,2013 | 11:25AM
saloon_pilot wrote:
I'm sure Mr. Jay decided this was taking up too much time for something ridiculous. Maybe those of you who are so smart should spend your energy helping to paint and change light bulbs at the athletic center. If you love your team so much, then you should be helping them out in a more constructive way.
on May 14,2013 | 10:45AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Do the local unions permit fans to do that kind of work?
on May 14,2013 | 11:08AM
Hilofrank wrote:
critical, you're right and no they don't. When a light bulb does go out in the one of the coach's offices, he can't change it and if he tried to do it or actually changed it, not only could the UPW file a grievance for performing work out of class specs, AND the HGEA, which represents the coaches could also file a grievance because their bargaining unit member had to change the light and the employer was requiring him to perform work out of class spec! Lucky we live Hawaii!
on May 14,2013 | 04:54PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Thank you, Ben Jay for making the right decision for our University. What is special about our island state is that we have many cultures and the Manoa rainbow signifies that multicultural diversity. Our university's athletic teams have a history with the name "Rainbows" and "Rainbow Warriors". We remember the games in which we came from behind or overcame storied teams such as BYU, Names such as Gabriel and Lelie have stamped our legacy. Now, do next right thing and change our uniform to signify our team's legacy by incorporating the "Rainbow" part of the equation. The move to a black and green color trademark was the wrong move. The color scheme of black and green does not signify the name of "Rainbow Warriors". A simple rainbow arc on the side of the current "H" similar to the old logo would meld the old ideas with the new. The tapa motif should be kept but the rainbow color scheme should be utilized. I do hope that the drab black and green uniforms will be changed to reflect the return to the "Rainbow Warriors". This is an opportunity for UH to stand out and become the team with the best looking uniforms. One which may generate more income in the form of better looking baseball caps, jerseys and flags. Go 'Bows!
on May 14,2013 | 10:55AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Knock knock. Who's dea? Me ma. Me ma....
on May 14,2013 | 11:02AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Great! Now all the men's teams can go undefeated, right?
on May 14,2013 | 11:09AM
magnod wrote:
What a disappointment. Flip flopping on his ideas is a terrible start to BJ's term.
on May 14,2013 | 11:12AM
jsoshi wrote:
Rainbow Wahine and Rainbow Kane
on May 14,2013 | 11:20AM
fairgame947 wrote:
OK good decision - now move on everyone, more important things in our future! For instance, staying with D1.
on May 14,2013 | 11:22AM
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on May 14,2013 | 12:32PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Yeah, but at least in D2, we'd be competitive. Better to have a top flight D2 program than a crappy D1 program.
on May 14,2013 | 04:55PM
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on May 14,2013 | 05:46PM
warfan808 wrote:
we were crappy 3 out of the last 13 years ..what the hell are you talking about...ranked top 25 3 or 4 times in the last 13 years, how mmany of the other 120 schoools can say that???Crappy program my ass.
on May 15,2013 | 07:09AM
realron wrote:
Go Warriors...Golden State, that is.
on May 14,2013 | 11:25AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Many schools have nicknames based on what is plentiful in their state, animal or otherwise: Texas Longhorns, Oregon Ducks, California Golden Bears, Wisconsin Badgers.... While we do have rainbows in Hawaii, we have even more of other things: Hawaii Mongoose, Hawaii Cockroaches, Hawaii Geckos. Any one of THOSE nicknames ought to bring us national championships!
on May 14,2013 | 11:34AM
krusha wrote:
When you cave in to pressure like that from the vocal minority so easily like that, shows what kind of ineffective leader he is, especially this early in his tenure when he's trying to establish himself. They need to fire his ass already.
on May 14,2013 | 11:39AM
Psyche wrote:
They should've gone changed it to just "Bows" imo. That way both sides kind of get what they want, and the effeminate "rainbow" aspect doesn't precede the men's teams. Let's face it, that WAS what the original motive was about in the first place.
on May 14,2013 | 11:44AM
ross13moon wrote:
first, we started with Benji Arbitrary, then he became Benji Wishy Washy, now with Thursday's meeting with Dragon Lady Kim et al, he morphs into Benji Wussy....all this time changing the light bulbs, which Kenny Harrison, and the Electrician Union should complain...all this and not a single word on how the "Wonder Blunder" can be avoided in the future
on May 14,2013 | 12:01PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Should change the name to: the "Donna Kims" or, the "Angry Legislators". Now THAT would be intimidating!
on May 14,2013 | 12:13PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
MONEY talks.
on May 14,2013 | 12:05PM
konakeoni99 wrote:
i can't believe Ben Jay is doing this should've just left the nicknames the way they were when you got here!!!
on May 14,2013 | 12:26PM
kauaiguy wrote:
GREAT DECISION BEN JAY!!.........keep everyone happy by including both names........now let's all support HAWAII!!!
on May 14,2013 | 12:28PM
Tris10 wrote:
I agree with Paul Connell, "Ben has just dropped a notch in my book"as well. I support Hawaii Warriors as our name.. Good Luck trying to brand Rainbow Warriors.. or recruit future Rainbow Warriors..Pathetic.. I think this will be my last year as a football season ticket holder.
on May 14,2013 | 12:34PM
psimmons wrote:
By saying this is your last year as a football season ticket holder, you're also saying you don't care if football is dropped. Because if more fans felt as you do, there would be no support for the program. Most all the other UH sports are in the Big West Conference, meaning it will not be difficult to drop football. Sponsors will put their monies behind the existing Big West sports if football is dropped. UH Athletics is still one of the best ways to market a product. So you better rethink your position if you value UH football.
on May 14,2013 | 03:52PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Bye...
on May 14,2013 | 04:29PM
bully106 wrote:
if we're to be honest, back when the name was changed it was felt that UH rainbows was too gay for the june jones manly men. silly, right? but now that our society has evolved into a more accepting and open one we simply don't care who is gay as long as they can play, right? just play ball and stop the nonsense. all these changes cost money in the end. oh, and put a happy menehune at the end of the rainbow, ok?
on May 14,2013 | 12:38PM
wahine wrote:
Who cares??? I think we should be concerned with who UH's next chancellor will be.
on May 14,2013 | 12:39PM
Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
Wow, a sad day in UH Sports. Come on now, what a bad decision! "Rainbow" Warriors. How can you have the word or meaning of Rainbow next to Warriors. Let it go 'Ol Timers. Hawaii is not the only place that produces rainbows.
on May 14,2013 | 12:41PM
dlum003 wrote:
This is laughable. Jay stirred up a Hornet's nest to serve his ego and and public-be-d amned mindset. He's lost so much credibility and respect already and he's just stepped out the gate! Now watch him go do something else i diotic to make up for it.
on May 14,2013 | 12:42PM
NITRO08 wrote:
He made a bad mistake he should have got more info an opinions before making his decision. He should have taken a vote.
on May 14,2013 | 02:22PM
maunawili1 wrote:
OMG!! If you think Joe Moore's ego is big now, just wait! Gotta tune in tonight and see what Mr Big Hair has to say. I'm sure he will take all the credit!!!!
on May 14,2013 | 12:42PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Jay is a good facilities and operations guy. Branding? Not so much . . .
on May 14,2013 | 12:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Kind of reminds me about a fan's funny comments on Fan Phones like over 10 years ago after a UH loss (must have been 2000 when JJ changed everything). We lost because we didn't know who we are: our name. Also blame the cheerleaders and the fans because everyone chanting all kinds of different nicknames. Guess this name issue comes up once every while. I was getting used to Warriors and supported Ben Jay's decisiveness, much like you have to be decisive to put down a family pet. I can learn to embrace the change back to Rainbow Warriors much easier because I grew up with this team and attended UH. I'll support the team no matter what. Absolutely, nothing beats the "Let's go Bows" chant, and "Rain... Bow..." echoing in Aloha Stadium or the Stan Sheriff. So more than the name issue, what I want (and miss when I read in the SA, I live on the mainland so can't attend the home games but I read about people's negative feelings) to see is the entire state and expat community getting behind our student athletes and flagship university. If it will unite the fans, I'm all for it. I think the "Warriors"-only crowd is very rational and they care about risks and packaging UH for BCS-candidacy, but rationality would shift in favor of the entrenched "Rainbow..." crowd if it means more solidarity among the fan base and perhaps better attendance. It's sad the old school crowd who used to pack Aloha Stadium are getting older and leaving us, but as a child of that generation, "Bows" feels really good. Yet to be seen about the impact on recruits, but have to think if we start kicking butt again, the name won't matter much. Please don't change the Logo... that works just great. Keep our eyes on the real prize, Ben Jay and fans, and that is having a world class athletic program that is worthy of BCS acceptance. Lastly, I hate that Golden State has the same name as us; Hawaii is too unique and special. Let's go Bows! Norm Chow get them boys ready!
on May 14,2013 | 12:56PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Ok fine, time to move on.
on May 14,2013 | 12:59PM
warfan808 wrote:
At least keep the football just warriors, and put a stuffed hawaiin warrior suit person out there as a mascot..geeez its not that hard to get us a mascot
on May 14,2013 | 01:00PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Decisions, once made, are final..........unless changed.
on May 14,2013 | 01:02PM
poidogg66 wrote:
Rainbows was ok, until the Gay Lib and Jesse Jackson's adopted the rainbow logo as theirs also. I can see UH apparel being worn at their political ralleys
on May 14,2013 | 01:05PM
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on May 14,2013 | 01:45PM
poidogg66 wrote:
who is outraged, not me.
on May 14,2013 | 03:02PM
poidogg66 wrote:
Rainbows was ok, until Gay Lib and Jessie Jackson's group Rainbow coalition adopted the rainbow as their logo. I can see University of Hawaii apparel being worn at their political rallies.
on May 14,2013 | 01:15PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
This is hilarious, in a really sad way. The move to change all men's team names to Warriors was just closing a loop that started when JJ changed the name of the football team, followed by the basketball and volleyball teams. Arguably, the three most visible sports for UH. The roar of fans who wanted the Rainbow name back was loud enough that he listened (which he should be commended for, but is being blasted for being wishy-washy) and agreed to "keep" it Rainbow Warriors. But by agreeing to keep 'Rainbows', by extension he has agreed to change the name of the three most visible teams (back to Rainbow Warriors). So, instead of having your most visible sport define your marketing and branding strategy like most schools, you've now cornered your new AD (someone who probably knows more about branding than just about everyone commenting on these boards) into having it defined by your secondary sports. Well done, Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 01:20PM
supaflykanak808 wrote:
Rainbow Warriors = Hella G4Y!!!! so lame
on May 14,2013 | 01:31PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Including "Rainbow" in both men's and women's athletics IS the right thing to do. It's representative of Hawaii teams. "Warriors" is a name that can be used for any team in any part of the country. Excellent move, Ben Jay. I'm behind you now.
on May 14,2013 | 01:32PM
huponews wrote:
YOU DID GOOD...BEN JAY! It's part of Hawaii and our culture....the RAINBOW is in the sky almost everyday like no where else. The name doesn't make our teams any weaker or stronger.....it just fits!!! Thank you Mr. Jay and GO BOWS......
on May 14,2013 | 01:42PM
NITRO08 wrote:
HE SHOULD HAVE A CONTEST TO NAME THE UH SPORTS TEAMS NOT JUST GO BY WHO CRUMBLING AT THE TIME PUT IT TO A VOTE. VOTE AT THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IN AUGUST. AT LEAST YOU WOULD HAVE MORE PEOPLE PARTICIPATING.
on May 14,2013 | 01:55PM
Peacenik wrote:
Bowed to the PC Warriors. Good luck in recruiting with that name.
on May 14,2013 | 02:13PM
mynah wrote:
BJ did good with this decision. After all, the birthplace of rainbows is Manoa, the campus site ot the University of Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 02:08PM
NITRO08 wrote:
The birthplace of the rainbow was Manoa? So a rainbow in Kalihi or Aiea never did happen before Manoa? AND I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BIRTHPLACE FOR THE FIGHTING DEANS.
on May 14,2013 | 02:18PM
LizKauai wrote:
I am pleased with this but would be VERY PLEASED if the administration also came out with a FABULOUS NEW MARKETING PROGRAM to promote UH Athletics. I believe the whole point of doing the H logo and choosing the Warrior theme was to be able to have registered trademarks and logo designs that would enable UH to benefit from the marketing of those items. If they are not preparing the same for the RAINBOW WARRIORS and RAINBOW WAHINE, it will be an opportunity lost.
on May 14,2013 | 02:12PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Look at the bright side...with a name like the "Rainbows" everybody will expect us to get killed. Maybe we can steal a game.
on May 14,2013 | 02:19PM
PCWarrior wrote:
I've been critical of Mr. Jay but big ups to him for this decision. This decision honors the past - especially the former athletes Letterman's Club who wanted the Rainbow Warriors - and it honors the present. And it's consistent with the women's team. Big points for Mr. Jay for having the heart to change this decision to what I at least feel is the correct one.
on May 14,2013 | 02:21PM
dkawada wrote:
I support the change. "Rainbow Warriors" is a good compromise of both sides which I think offers flexibility in branding. "Rainbow" gives us the history. "Warriors" gives us the fighting image for athletics.
on May 14,2013 | 02:41PM
SOLID3 wrote:
Lose MONEY! Men's sports should have been WARRIORS! Image and brand has a lot to do with recruiting and Ben Jay just killed it by keeping the Rainbows. You think the coaches are going to go against the AD and risk falling out of favor with him. Football is the potential money maker and he should have ask the players their opinions if it would make a difference and go with that. June Jones had it right when it came to marketing and branding, Auwe! if you Rainbows can't see the vision.
on May 14,2013 | 02:51PM
vanmanwarriorfan wrote:
Good and wise decision BJ. Here's hoping you find the stones to make a couple more decisions that might actually do some good for the overall support system to UH. Find a couple new head coaches for basketball and baseball. Cheers.
on May 14,2013 | 02:58PM
Heatlake wrote:
Picking a nickname is so hard for these folks. No wonder the other problems are beyond them. Pitiful.
on May 14,2013 | 03:18PM
earlson wrote:
Thank you Ben Jay for listening to the fans.
on May 14,2013 | 03:41PM
ehowzit wrote:
BEN JAY MAY JUST BE MORE AKAMAI THAN EVERYBODY THINKS. THE "REVRSAL" MAY HAVE BEEN A CONCERTED PLAN ALL ALONG AFTER HE PROBABLY DID MORE RESEARCH INTO THE HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAMES.
on May 14,2013 | 03:46PM
ehowzit wrote:
"REVERSAL".
on May 14,2013 | 03:48PM
frontman wrote:
Looks like he watches this liberal rags polls and saw that the majority of the people wanted Rainbow Warriors.
on May 14,2013 | 03:50PM
Loki wrote:
As long as everyone has one name. I really didn't care one way or the other.
on May 14,2013 | 04:15PM
buds4life wrote:
Thank you Mr.Jay for honoring all the players that gave their blood, sweat and tears under the banner of Rainbows.
on May 14,2013 | 04:20PM
whatutink wrote:
I think that the most recent decision, by U.H. Athletic Director Jay, is the correct decision; and that its eventual overwhelming popularity will confirm his choice. I don't believe that AD Jay and even many of the coaches and other Athletic Department personnel realized how much resentment there was towards June Jones regarding the complete dropping of the Rainbow name from football, especially with banter about the Rainbow Coalition, and other teams and their fans possibly teasing or deriding our teams. I, like many alumni and other longtime fans, felt that the elimination of the Rainbow name was an affront to many outstanding U.H. players and teams in many sports, who had practiced and played hard, and were quite often very successful in their athletic endeavors; and was certainly resented by most fans who for many years had spent their time and money to follow the teams and attend U.H. athletic events.
on May 14,2013 | 04:26PM
ejkorvette wrote:
With all the issues on island that are worthy of press coverage, why in the world would something so Mundane, Trifling, Inane, Assinine, Worthless, Miniscule, and on the scale of 1 to 10 on importance it clearly registers a -0, this name change issue and coverage it recieved is so typical of a Backwards State like Hawaii!!! Smiling, Grinning, Monkey in the tree, Simpelton people. No wonder Hawaii is the laughing Stock of the World.
on May 14,2013 | 04:41PM
64hoo wrote:
to me ben jay just showed his weakness, when he stated a few months ago, he said he will change the men sports to warriors no if ands or buts, now he turns around and changes his mind, what happens on other decisions down the road will he change his mind when other things come up. to me that's a person that can't be trusted, who will always change mind.
on May 14,2013 | 05:16PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I think you have to give him a break. Learning about the culture of Hawaii is not an over night learning process. I think he realized that his decision initially was too hasty and more thought needed to be given to the sensitivity of the culture and tradition. In the end ask the one question to yourself, who do you support your personal agenda or the student/athletes who represent the University and the State as well as all that we hold close to us.
on May 14,2013 | 07:30PM
blackmurano wrote:
My son reminds me his family use to live in Texas, our University of Hawaii Rainbow football team visited Texas El Paso. A few fans teased the name rainbows against our players on the sidelines. Everyone knows the name "Rainbow" was hyjack by the homosexual activist for their identity. In the Scandinavian countries, a homosexual church is identified with a "Rainbow Flag" on top or side of their church. When homosexuals get together for a protest, they have their rainbow flags waving. When our Hawaii football team hit the road this year, with the Rainbow/Warrior logo, I would presume their fans will teased our players. i do hope I'm wrong. For me as a Hawaii football fan, I go back to the year our "Rainbow football team" had their first "black player" - Skippy Dyer. He was a speedy halfback for our Bows. Memories of former Rainbow footba ll players: Jessie Sapolo, Niko and Al Noga, Gary Allen, Garrett Gabriel, and many more players I could have named. Memories of attending home football games where the attendance was an average of 35,000. Memories of watching the Senio walk around Aloha Stadium with the band playing "Over the Rainbow." But I have mixed feelings about bringing back the name Rainbow/Warriors. Deep down in my heart, I prefer "Warriors." But I can live with "Rainbow Warriors."
on May 14,2013 | 05:57PM
culi wrote:
Ben Jay should change his name to Ben Gay for all the pain he caused.
on May 14,2013 | 06:26PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
He didn';t cause all this. This confusion started with June Jones.
on May 14,2013 | 07:23PM
false wrote:
Hooray!
on May 14,2013 | 06:32PM
Husky77 wrote:
I am a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii - Manoa and I have only known the football team as the Warriors. "Rainbow Warriors" reminds me of the "Rainbow Brite" series a while back... not a great image for men's sports. I don't understand why we need Rainbow in the name to reflect our culture...isn't Warriors sufficient? I have read that "Rainbows" is the tradition but it seems like the older fan base is more sensitive to keeping this name than the current generation of students and alumni. I believe it would have been better if the decision was made by current popular vote, similar to American Idol. I know that I am in no hurry to put away my Warrior's t-shirts and jackets and go out and buy "Rainbow Warrior" garb.
on May 14,2013 | 06:37PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Hello this is not American Idol. We are talking historical tradition and besides what is the most important thing is to support our student/athletes who represent the University and the State of Hawaii.
on May 14,2013 | 07:22PM
Anonymous wrote:
THANK YOU BEN JAY....."LET'S GO 'BOWS" !!!!!
on May 14,2013 | 07:05PM
Thegame wrote:
Ben Jay has no spine. He is clearly not ready to make big decisions.
on May 14,2013 | 07:22PM
niimi wrote:
The coalition of fans have spoken. RAINBOW WARRIORS!!!
on May 14,2013 | 07:24PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Opps gotta watch what I write. You have issues the personal kind that doesn't belong here. Prejudice of your kind has no place anywhere.
on May 14,2013 | 07:37PM
BookFan wrote:
Made my day! Mahalo Ben Jay
on May 14,2013 | 07:42PM
tazer wrote:
Ben: Scrap the Can
on May 14,2013 | 08:03PM
808ikea wrote:
I think Ben Jay lost all credibility and that he can be intimidated.
on May 14,2013 | 08:17PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
You assume too much.
on May 14,2013 | 09:10PM
Hawaii001 wrote:
Rainbow warriors....sounds way too feminine for the men's teams. Ben Jay dropped the ball on this one. Sorry to the old futs out there, tradition or not, sometimes change is good.
on May 14,2013 | 08:28PM
64hoo wrote:
as I stated before the rainbow word should only be for wahine sports. the reason, the legend of manoa is about a Hawaiian woman who was transformed into a rainbow after she was killed. and became a goddess of the rainbow. therefore its only right to use the word rainbow for women sports only. if you want to keep the Hawaiian tradition.
on May 14,2013 | 08:50PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
You're going to be an old fut one day show some respect and humility because the UH is not about a nickname but the Student/Athletes that represent all of us.
on May 14,2013 | 09:10PM
64hoo wrote:
only for women should the rainbow be used you are probably a kamaina who lived here a long time but was not born here or you would know the legend of manoa about kahalaopuna a goddess of the rainbow who was born of the divine wind and rain. so lets stick with Hawaiian tradition and leave the rainbow word for women sports only. in respect of the goddess of manoa.
on May 14,2013 | 09:23PM
64hoo wrote:
and a majority of the student athletes like the word warriors for men sports.
on May 14,2013 | 09:58PM
808ikea wrote:
If it is about the Student/Athletes then why don't we have the Student/Athletes decide?
on May 15,2013 | 11:52AM
kolohepalu wrote:
No matter- kama'aina still say: GO BOWS!
on May 14,2013 | 08:40PM
niimi wrote:
I'm so happy that the fans banded together and helped influence the change back to the original name: Rainbow Warriors. I grew up with the teams having that name and it is so appropriate and traditional. This made my day!
on May 14,2013 | 08:53PM
rbzs1 wrote:
what's in name???? does the name make the team have a winning record? I don't think so,,,,,no matter what, like or dislike the name....it's winning that counts....!
on May 14,2013 | 09:01PM
ejkorvette wrote:
MUCH ADO ABOUT ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NOTHING!!!!! WHO FRIGGIN CARES?????!!!!!
on May 14,2013 | 10:57PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Much Ado about absolutely, positively, Nothing. Who Friggin Cares???
on May 14,2013 | 10:58PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Yes, Ben Jay changed his mind, but not because of the fans. There's a HUGE "Rainbow" donor out there who made a call and simply threatened to stop donating if the name wasn't added. Money talks!
on May 15,2013 | 12:06AM
jmont2003 wrote:
Rainbows sound so weak....
on May 15,2013 | 01:20AM
warfan808 wrote:
we have only had 3 or 4 crappy seasons out of the last 13, and weve been ranked top 25 4 times in the last 13 years , how many other programs can say that ??? not many maybe 40 or less out of 120 , we are not a crappy team just having troubles in the rebuilding
on May 15,2013 | 07:11AM
wolfepak62 wrote:
The Rainbow Warriors nickname is now the same for all men’s athletic teams. The compromise decision by athletic director Ben Jay respects the traditions of UH, the community, fans, athletes and alumni. This is Hawaii, and rainbows have a way of coming out after a storm. And, everybody feels better.
on May 15,2013 | 09:10PM
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