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No. 5: The Warrior way

By Paul Honda
For the fifth-ranked Kamehameha Warriors, the fact is that they are — in the eyes of media voters — one of the best high school football teams in the state.

Hawaiian adds to paddling dynasty

By Kyle Galdeira
Outrigger canoe paddlers with Hawaiian Canoe Club have enjoyed such a sustained level of success on the Valley Isle that some members suffer from a self-described “big fish in a little pond” syndrome.

Wittek’s time is coming soon

By Stephen Tsai
For three finger-crossing months in the summer of 2014, the University of Hawaii football team was on hold.

Hawaii baseball report

By Sjarif Goldstein
Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday’s games:

Mountain West Conference football

By Stephen Tsai
A look at the MWC

No. 6: Govs football ready to run

By Nick Abramo
Fighting through adversity is how Farrington football coach Randall Okimoto looks at this new season. The Govs — the No. 6 team in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Preseason Top 10 — lost five starters to other schools via transfers and another starter did not come out for football.

Lanikai will be pushed in Hilo

By Kyle Galdeira
While each of the 41 races that make up the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association State Championship Regatta at Hilo Bay offers varied levels of excitement, the men’s 50 event will showcase an intriguing rivalry as the summer outrigger canoe paddling season culminates on Saturday.

Colorado football expects more now

By Ferd Lewis
After a 2-10 season in which the Colorado football team led in the second half of six losses, the Buffaloes come to Aloha Stadium to open what you might call their “hunger” games.

No. 7 Campbell hopes to cook up another winning season

By Paul Honda
After just three days in full pads, the Campbell Sabers are still a mystery. Fortunately, for fans of the orange and black, the 2015 season should be a good read. For media, the Sabers have plenty, enough for a No. 7 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Preseason Top 10.

No. 8 Cougars 'adapt or die'

By Billy Hull
Just before beginning his second fall camp as Kaiser football coach, Cameron Higgins had to call an audible.

9-hole rounds gaining popularity

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
Golf hopes to take a page from its past to brighten its future. Wednesday was the second annual PLAY9 Day, a U.S. Golf Association promotion in partnership with American Express.

UH football players to get more money for expenses

By Stephen Tsai
The University of Hawaii and seven other Mountain West Conference football teams will add extra money to their players’ scholarship checks, league officials announced at the media days.

QB transfers from FBS schools the norm in MWC

By Stephen Tsai
College football's search for quarterbacks is expanding from high school and junior college campuses. Five of the six teams in the Mountain West Conference's West Division have quarterbacks who began their careers at FBS schools.

Nam leads Hawaii into final Girls Junior

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2015
With Kaiser sophomore Malia Nam leading the way, Hawaii climbed within five shots of first-place Mexico going into Thursday's final round of the Girls Junior Americas Cup.

No. 9 Mules unveil mashup

By Paul Honda
On the surface — the synthetic stuff that covers once-mud-bogged Hugh Yoshida Stadium’s field — the facility and its occupants seem like normal, joyful footballers.

Bailey expects full control of Hawaii’s offense in 2015

By Dave Reardon
It was a great question. Guys sitting at bars often ask the best ones. “Will you be calling the majority of the offensive plays?” Don Bailey’s answer was no. No, with a big however … “I will be calling ALL of the offensive plays,” clarified the University of Hawaii’s new offensive coordinator.

Warriors aiming high with 75-TD goal

By Stephen Tsai
The University of Hawaii football team’s to-do list includes two numbers: 42 and 75. “That’s something preached to us,” quarterback Max Wittek said of offensive coordinator Don Bailey’s goals of averaging 42 points per game and scoring 75 touchdowns this season.

MWC head not worried about UH football fate

By Stephen Tsai
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson said there is no concern the financially challenged University of Hawaii athletic department will have difficulty sustaining its football program.

No. 10 Raiders are stepping it up

By Nick Abramo
Fun is relative. ‘Iolani football coach Wendell Look likes the fact that this year’s Raiders know how to enjoy themselves in between all of that extra-hard training that has been going on since the spring.

Warriors ready to show what they’ve got

By Stephen Tsai
For the Mountain West Conference, it is a meet-the-press event. For the Hawaii football team, it is a new-products show. “I really feel we have a better team this year,” said UH left tackle Ben Clarke, a senior and co-captain. Clarke and quarterback Max Wittek are representing the Rainbow Warriors at the MWC football media days in Las Vegas.

The Australian beats Maui’s Kai Lenny by more than a mile

By Kyle Galdeira
Travis Grant, an Australian who now resides in Hawaii, won his second unlimited SUP world title in three years at Sunday’s 19th annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

Viloria set up for another big bout after latest win

By Billy Hull
A first-round TKO victory on Saturday night set up Brian Viloria for a potentially big payday. Manager Gary Gittelsohn said he expects to talk with HBO executives as early as Monday to finalize a title fight between Viloria and undisputed WBC world flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez.

Mariota already on his way to being Hawaii’s money man

By Ferd Lewis
With a few strokes of a ceremonial pen last week in Nashville, Marcus Mariota became not only an official Tennessee Titan but one of Hawaii’s highest-salaried athletes.

Unbeaten on the beach

By Cindy Luis
This was taking Sunset On the Beach to a new level. The competitors in Saturday’s inaugural AVPNext volleyball tournament weathered the usual outdoor elements on Queen’s Beach, such as heat and wind.

Hawaii baseball report

By Billy Hull
Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games:

Celerity first to finish yacht race

By Star-Advertiser staff
It took the boat Celerity a dozen days to sail from Long Beach, Calif., to Diamond Head as skipper Harry Zanville and crew crossed the finish line near Waikiki to be the first to finish at the the 48th annual Transpac Yacht Race around 5 a.m. Friday.

Partners Lajola and Jobe strive for another title

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 25, 2015
After spending half his life roaming baselines all over the world, Dennis Lajola is home. There is no place like it, particularly Kailua Racquet Club, where the 45th annual Creative Energy/Blue Moon Mens Night Doubles kicks off its two-week tennis party on Sunday.

‘Just right’ fit keeps Tinman triathlon in the game

By Cindy Luis
It’s not a competition for everyone. But what has kept the Tinman alive and well since 1980 is that it is designed to be a triathlon for anyone.

When the rule is not the exception

By Cindy Luis
Indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. Two different sports, each with its own skill-set. Being proficient in one does not necessarily translate into success in the other.

NCAA hearing for UH postponed again

By Ferd Lewis
The hearing into NCAA allegations against the University of Hawaii men’s basketball program has been pushed back again, this time to Oct. 15, parties involved said Wednesday.

Sawada-Oride duo wins Nike Four-Ball Championship

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2015
After all the Hayashis and all but one former champion had been ousted, the Aloha Section PGA hosted a Rainbow Reunion in Wednesday’s final of the Nike Golf Four-Ball Match Play Championship at Oahu Country Club.

Tokioka, Isobe qualify for World Championships

By Star-Advertiser staff
Hawaii's Pono Tokioka and Gerald Isobe qualified for next year's World Deaf Golf Championships with top-five finishes last week at the U.S. championships in Urbana, Md.

Top lineman Clements to join Warriors in August

By Stephen Tsai
The University of Hawaii football team is adding one of the top linemen from the most prolific passing attack in junior college last year. Luke Clements of Blinn (Texas) College said he is joining the Rainbow Warriors next month.

UH, Under Armour deal may prove lucrative

By Ferd Lewis
What is good enough for Jordan Spieth, Stephen Curry, Bryce Harper, Tom Brady, Andy Murray and, yes, Paul Dunne, apparently rates a second go-around for the University of Hawaii.

Hui Nalu Canoe Club wins its third OHCRA Championship

By Kyle Galdeira
Any mentions of rebuilding can be left out of the conversation when describing the collective effort put forth by Hui Nalu Canoe Club, which supplemented its back-to-back championships with a “three-peat” effort on Sunday.

Ending the season on the right note

By Kyle Galdeira
After enduring a three-week stretch that netted a trio of runner-up finishes, Na Keiki O Ka Mo‘i coach Lisa Ka‘aekuahiwi let her outrigger canoe paddlers know that settling for second place was unacceptable.

Rays, Brashears agree to a deal

By Jason Kaneshiro
A composed presence on the mound this spring, University of Hawaii pitcher Tyler Brashears remained confident a deal would get done to start his professional baseball career this summer, even as the signing deadline approached.

UH athletic committee stays

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents will retain its Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, the board said Thursday.

Mariota named ESPY Best Male College Athlete

By Ferd Lewis
Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed on an award-winning appearance at the ESPY's Wednesday night in Los Angeles to spend more time in Hawaii, where he has added Island Insurance to the endorsement haul.

When golf is a means to an end

By Ann Miller
Gerald Isobe has traveled more than 166,000 miles to play in U.S. and World Deaf Golf championships since he won the inaugural national championship in 1982.

Galdiano finished tied for 42nd at U.S. Women's Open

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Mariel Galdiano's golf game rolls on in the fast lane. The Pearl City 17-year-old made the cut at last week's U.S. Women's Open and finished second among amateurs. It was Galdiano's third Open and she ended up tied for 42nd, a shot behind low amateur Megan Khang, also 17.

Titans dig in on offset provision in Mariota negotiations

By Ferd Lewis
The interim president and CEO of the Tennessee Titans is vowing a protracted stand against giving in to Marcus Mariota on language holding up their contract.

Upcoming state tournament schedules set

By Star-Advertiser staff
Aside from a few sites still to be finalized, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association has set the state tournament schedule for the upcoming school year.

A special victory for Hui Nalu

By Kyle Galdeira
Just two months after losing one of its longtime paddlers, coaches and race organizers, Hui Nalu Canoe Club made sure to honor the late Chris Baird by notching a convincing victory at the regatta he helped perpetuate.

Creative conditioning maximizes Warriors’ potential

By Stephen Tsai
Pick an object, any object. Gary Beemer probably can turn it into a workout device. "What governs what we do is based on what we have," said Beemer, the University of Hawaii football team's strength/conditioning coordinator.

Hawaii Baseball Report

By Sjarif Goldstein
Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games:

UH gets potential 6-rotation player

By Cindy Luis
Good all-around skills. Even better reach. Great work ethic. Volleyball recruiting is an inexact science, but having the aforementioned ingredients should result in a successful formula.

Tennessee-Martin opens '16 home slate

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii is scheduled to open its home 2016 football season with Tennessee-Martin, the schools announced Friday.

Wie and Galdiano prepare for the 2015 Women's U.S. Open

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
As Michelle Wie tees off in her 12th U.S. Women's Open today it feels like we have watched her astonishing career from a distance. In stark contrast, Mariel Galdiano has flourished before our sun-splashed eyes.

Sakamoto places first at Suncoast event

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2015
Kalani graduate Nicole Sakamoto was the low professional at last week’s Suncoast Ladies Tour event, at Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis, Fla.

UH athletics expects $4.2 million shortfall

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii athletic department’s deficit for the just-concluded fiscal year is expected to be the biggest in its history. By the time the annual audit is concluded this fall, UH said it expects to report a deficit of $4.2 million-$4.4 million for the fiscal year that concluded June 30, athletic director David Matlin said.

Hawaii’s Kolten Wong is not among Cardinals’ NL-best five

By Ferd Lewis
The St. Louis Cardinals lead National League All-Star picks with five players, but their second baseman, Kolten Wong, is not among them.

No slowing down for veteran paddler

By Kyle Galdeira
After competing in outrigger canoe races for more than 40 years, veteran steersman Leleo Kinimaka is well accustomed to the four-minute, half-mile races that are commonplace throughout the summer regatta season.

Rough surf no match for Lanikai

By Kyle Galdeira
Due to the unpredictable summer surf faced by outrigger canoe paddlers in the waters off Waikiki Beach, the Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta is annually classified as an exhibition event.

UH tries to get students back in their seats

By Ferd Lewis
When the University of Hawaii prepared to enact a mandatory athletic fee for students it braced for significant turnouts for football at Aloha Stadium.

Hawaii baseball report

By Sjarif Goldstein
Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games:

Galdeira leaves Wazzu to turn pro

By Star-Advertiser staff
Former state basketball player of the year Lia Galdeira will forego her senior season at Washington State and turn pro.

Swimmer Lileikis has all the tools

By Cindy Luis
Sometimes that DNA double helix straightens out to become black lines on the bottom of a swimming pool. That has been the watery path for ‘Aukai Lileikis, one that is a combination of dreams, destiny and desire.

Iosefa eager to impress Buccaneers

By Stephen Tsai
Before the newspaper lands on the driveway each day, former University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is ready for business. "I wake up at 5 every morning," Iosefa said.

Ishii ponders pending sunset on bright career

By Ann Miller Posted 1:44 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2015
David Ishii was only an In-N-Out burger away from the most discouraging of his four U.S. Senior Open appearances last Friday. Breaking out ID to pay for items purchased at Sacramento's gigantic Haggin Oaks Golf Shop, the cashier asked why he was in town.

Clipping ... On Matautia ... It's all good

By Stephen Tsai
Like most mothers, Shilene Matautia wanted to keep locks of her child's haircut. The memento was 18 inches of hair from University of Hawaii football player Solomon Matautia's first haircut since the fourth grade.

Ching finishes second at TVP Americas tourney

By Star-Advertiser staff
Former Hawaii state high school champion Alex Ching placed second in last week's TVP Americas Championship, a $90,000 tournament played in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Patient Warriors Rasmussen, Hittner earn scholarships

By Stephen Tsai
Defensive tackle Kory Rasmussen faced an uncertain future when he decided to leave the University of Colorado — and a football scholarship — and transfer to the University of Hawaii in August 2013.

Smith steps down at Kalaheo

By Paul Honda
Alika Smith’s era at Kalaheo has come to an end. Smith, who guided the Mustangs to two Division I state titles and a D-II state championship in four seasons, has stepped down as the boys basketball head coach.

Warriors trade dance studio for dormitory living

By Stephen Tsai
The University of Hawaii football team will no longer have a room with an eww. For the first time since 2005, the Rainbow Warriors will live exclusively in an on-campus dormitory during the three weeks of training camp in August.

Wong’s time running out in all-star balloting

By Star-Advertiser staff
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has a 1,585,265 vote gap to close before balloting ends Thursday to select the starters for the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Lanikai gets big win over Kailua

By Kyle Galdeira
As the senior men’s crew from Lanikai Canoe Club prepares to vie for a fifth consecutive victory at Saturday’s Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta in Waikiki, the Kailua-based team put its winning strategy in motion a week early.

Gouveia following in father’s football footsteps

By Stephen Tsai
Thirty-three years after one of the program’s biggest recruiting blunders, the University of Hawaii football team has made amends in triplicate.

UH's Hitchcock will get international experience

By Jason Kaneshiro
A chance meeting turned into an unexpected opportunity to pitch at the international level for Brittany Hitchcock.

Warriors add size, depth to D-line

By Stephen Tsai
The University of Hawaii football team filled a big need in a big way, securing a commitment from a 6-foot-2, 320-pound nose tackle.

Hawaii Baseball Report

By Sjarif Goldstein
Statistics of players with Hawaii ties in professional baseball through Friday's games:

UH's NCAA hearing moved to Sept. 10

By Ferd Lewis
The NCAA has rescheduled for September a hearing into allegations of rules violations against the University of Hawaii men's basketball program and former coach Gib Arnold after amending three of the charges, parties said.

Mariota has opportunity to capture ESPY award

By Star-Advertiser staff
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has an opportunity to add to his trophy case as a nominee for ESPN's Best Male College Athlete in the ESPY awards.

The road to Augusta is ahead for Terada

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2015
Hearing the words "Drive, Chip and Putt" probably isn't enough to seize the attention of most golfers between the ages of 7 and 15. Hearing "The Masters" at Augusta catches them every time.

Under Armour joining UH for men's basketball

By Brian McInnis
The Hawaii men's basketball team is expected to switch from its longstanding shoes and apparel provider, Adidas, to Under Armour prior to the 2015-16 season.

Hawaii players headed to Adams Championship

By Star-Advertiser staff
Kapolei's Alanis Sakuma ran away with medalist honors in the Girls 15-18 division and will represent Hawaii next month at the Adams Golf Championship, in East Lansing, Mich.

Isle grad racks up the wins in wheelchair tennis

By Ann Miller
Hawaii’s Shelby Baron took out the second and third seeds, then rallied past Canada’s Yuka Chokyu in the final to win the 15th annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at Flushing, N.Y.

UH’s Destiny King will play for American Samoa at Pacific Games

By Cindy Luis
It’s a trip of a lifetime, one that will connect Destiny King with her Pacific Island roots when she plays for American Samoa in next month’s XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Ganot’s understudy becomes household name in NBA Finals

By Brian McInnis
Weeks after a stopover in the city of Cleveland, the chants of “Delly! Delly!” still ring in the ears of Eran Ganot. The novelty of the Hawaii coach seeing — and hearing — one of his favorite understudies become a national household name on the biggest of hoops stages hasn’t worn off just yet.

Moku Sanborn serves the club his parents founded

By Kyle Galdeira
While he excelled on the football field as a student-athlete at Leilehua, Moku Sanborn knew that his competitive future resided in an outrigger canoe. As Sanborn and his teammates helped the Mules claim the 1984 Prep Bowl, the defensive back was also succeeding on the water.

Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i overcomes adversity

By Kyle Galdeira
Just three days after the prized koa canoe they were to race with was demolished in a vehicle collision, Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i — a small club representing a South Kona fishing village — still came up golden in Saturday’s Kailana Regatta in Hilo Bay.

Kolten Wong could head to All-Star game

By Jon Marks Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2015
Kolten Wong knows he's already beaten the odds. When you're a 5-foot-9 (maybe) former catcher from a remote place like Hilo, the major leagues aren't supposed to be your landing spot.

Hawaii fires back at Arnold's claims

By Ferd Lewis
In a strongly worded rebuttal, the University of Hawaii challenged former basketball coach Gib Arnold's "counter allegations of wrongdoing against the university" and claims of mitigating factors in reply to the charges leveled against him by the NCAA.

Ganot adds Australian connection

By Brian McInnis
The Hawaii basketball team has its first Australian connection of the Eran Ganot era. Jack Purchase, a 6-foot-8 Auburn transfer with a shooting touch, is expected to be officially announced by UH on Sunday as the latest addition to the team.

Mariota still working on contract

By Ferd Lewis
Marcus Mariota is the only first-round pick from this year's NFL Draft without a contract, and the Tennessee Titans' general manager held out the possibility the quarterback might miss some training camp time.

Forfeit gives Han match play title

By Star-Advertiser staff
Mira Han was awarded the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship on Friday when her opponent pulled out of the final.

Mariota even getting shout-outs from Mick Jagger

By Ferd Lewis
The Tennessee Titans wound up minicamp Thursday and rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota had a shout-out from Mick Jagger and a glowing testimonial from head coach Ken Whisenhunt to show for it.

Twins have faith in Suzuki

By Steve Hunt Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2015
Last season, his first with the Minnesota Twins, couldn't have gone much better for Kurt Suzuki. Not only did he lead all American League catchers with a .288 batting average and 34 doubles, he also earned his first trip to the All-Star Game, which was held at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.

Tar Heels will visit in 2016

By Brian McInnis
North Carolina is coming back. The Hawaii basketball team announced Thursday that it will host the Tar Heels in a Nov. 16, 2016, game at the Stan Sheriff Center before Carolina plays in the Maui Invitational.

New look for state match play

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
This major shift in the current landscape of Hawaii women's golf did not start when 13-year-old Michelle Wie won the 2002 Hawaii State Open by 13 shots or after Cassy Isagawa's ridiculous round of 62 at the Ka‘anapali Kai Course in last summer's Maui Women's Invitational.

Oda advances at Carnoustie

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2015
Moanalua graduate John Oda lost three of the first five holes, but rallied to win his opening round match at the 120th British Amateur Championship in Scotland on Wednesday.

UH, Arnold file second replies to NCAA infractions panel

By Ferd Lewis
The University of Hawaii and former men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold have sent supplemental materials to the NCAA in support of their rival positions for next month’s infractions hearing.

’Bows drop LVI games for welfare of players

By Brian McInnis
The Hawaii men’s basketball team is withdrawing from the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational in order to beef up its home schedule and reduce missed class time for its players.

Jenkins named Ambassador of Aloha

By Cindy Luis
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is hard for anyone growing up in Hawaii not to feel a connection to the water. It is a source of healing, of recreation and of sustenance.

Renewed Kai Oni keeps legacy alive

By Kyle Galdeira
More than 60 years after its formation, Kai Oni Canoe Club is enjoying a rebirth of sorts — the second such renaissance in a decade — as the club navigates the two currents found in Kailua Bay that, while sometimes rough, end up pushing the club forward.

Board of Regents will conduct review of athletics funding

By Ferd Lewis
After six years, Chuck Gee steps down at the end of this month as one of the longest serving members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Ota wins Manoa Cup

By Jason Kaneshiro
Two adjustments —one before opening Manoa Cup play and another between rounds Saturday — put Tyler Ota on the path to a rewarding plunge into the Oahu Country Club pool.

Oda would love to follow in mentor Ishii's path

By Ann Miller Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 14, 2015
David Ishii has a few words of wisdom for John Oda when he tees it up in the 120th British Amateur Championship on Monday at Carnoustie Golf Links and Panmure Golf Club in Scotland.

2 rounds to glory in the Manoa Cup

By Jason Kaneshiro
Even after his chip traversed some 40 feet across Oahu Country Club's 16th green and disappeared into the cup, Tyler Ota wouldn't allow his thoughts to drift ahead to playing in his first Manoa Cup final.

JC kicker will join Warriors

By Stephen Tsai
Even in the womb, as the story goes, Rigoberto "Rigo" Sanchez often was kicking. "I've always been a kicker," said Sanchez, who will join the University of Hawaii football team this summer. "There are pictures and videos of me kicking the ball as a little kid."

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