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UH-West Oahu to pursue Division II status

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 12:56 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013

The University of Hawaii's West Oahu campus will look into starting an NCAA Division II athletic program, Chancellor Rockne Freitas said today.

Freitas, who took over May 1st, said he intends to send letters of interest to the NCAA and PacWest Conference as soon as next week.

He said there is generally a three-year process toward Division II membership, and West Oahu would hope to compete with UH-Hilo, Chaminade and Brigham Young-Hawaii, who currently compete on the Division II level in the PacWest.

Freitas said he hoped the program would eventually "mirror that of UH-Hilo in regard to sports offered" and reflect the interests "of the communities we serve."

West Oahu's nickname is the Pueo, which is the Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl.

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btom wrote:
It's about time. The community colleges should also look at starting their own athletic programs.
on May 16,2013 | 02:28PM
OkiDawg wrote:
Exactly, the community colleges should have had a JC program for some time now. Then maybe some Hawaii kids who couldn't qualify for D1 academically could stay home, work on their academics, compete, and feed into the UH programs.
on May 16,2013 | 03:33PM
macaroniandcheese wrote:
and for some they might be academic qualifiers who just physically not quite there yet...there are a lot of late bloomers, with the cost of Manoa nowadays some can't even afford to walk on.
on May 16,2013 | 04:00PM
Pocho wrote:
Rockne's the MAN
on May 16,2013 | 07:10PM
CriticalReader wrote:
"PUEOs"???? It should be "RAINBOW PUEOs"!!!!!!!!!!
on May 16,2013 | 03:06PM
macaroniandcheese wrote:
awesome..would be great to try to create a JC type of football that could feed UH-Manoa but don't know who they would play.
on May 16,2013 | 03:09PM
honokai wrote:
To do this, all the other local schools would need a green light at the same time. No way would it work otherwise. And none of these teams should be playing against our scholarship boys. Injury risk is too high for no gain.
on May 16,2013 | 06:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
Long overdue..awesome.
on May 16,2013 | 03:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
Oh though that was for community college..so can't be long overdue..lol
on May 16,2013 | 03:14PM
Bdpapa wrote:
If they want to participate they can go to UH Manoa and play. We can't afford it.
on May 16,2013 | 04:32PM
OldDiver wrote:
I was about to ask where the money is going to come from.
on May 16,2013 | 07:18PM
dodgerblue wrote:
Are you kidding?!! The athletic program at UH Manoa is millions in the red and cannot support the division one program they now have. what in god's name are these UH people thinking about? who is going to pay for UH West Oahu's D II program? Us, the taxpayers.
on May 16,2013 | 05:09PM
Wazdat wrote:
How about EDUCATION as the NUMBER ONE priority ?
on May 16,2013 | 05:29PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
Hawaii Kings or Royals or Hawaii Islanders or Hawaii Monarchs not that gay Rainbow thing...
on May 16,2013 | 05:35PM
64hoo wrote:
west Oahu should have a great logo on there helmets where the UH logo on there helmet will be a warrior running with the ball with a rainbow above the head and warrior will be wearing a hula skirt.
on May 16,2013 | 09:58PM
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