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Chronicling 40 Years Of Coaching

There’s a quote in the first chapter of Dave Shoji’s new memoir, Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawaii’s Team, that tells you how far the sport of women’s volleyball and Dave Shoji have come. Just after winning his first national title in 1979 in his fifth year as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine, Shoji […]

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Coach Wag’s Excellent Retirement

Former University of Hawaii head football coach Bob Wagner is a Facebook friend of mine. Recently, I’ve been enjoying his posts and pictures as he’s been visiting various college football stadiums around the country. “This past month, I’ve been traveling with my wife Gloria and going to football games, where I have friends and former […]

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Globe-trotting Coach Comes Home

Long before there was Little League girl pitching ace Mo’ne Davis, there was another little girl who was a youth league baseball all-star right here in the Islands. She grew up on Kauai and excelled as a pitcher, shortstop and second-baseman. “I remember making the all-star trips to Oahu,” she tells me. “Playing against the […]

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Getting A Leg Up On Man Cred

As I lay anxiously awaiting the siren call of surgery, I came upon a universal truth: Injuries can give a guy some serious man cred. They also can destroy reputations if the wrong ones occur. Back injuries are never good. One can hit a retaining wall at 180 mph and it still doesn’t matter – […]

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The First Native Football Player

When former Pearl City High football player Les Hutchins first saw the list of the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, he was impressed. Hutchins, who is part-Hawaiian, admired the names of Gouveia, Mawae, Seau, Wedemeyer, Kreutz, Thompson and Niumatalolo. Hutchins hopes another name is listed in a future Hall of Fame […]

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Mariota, Victorino: Flyin’ Hawaiians

Is it an overused cliché? Or a fun nickname? The Flyin’ Hawaiian (yes, it does rhyme, kind of) has been utilized by sportswriters and publicity departments so much lately it’s hard to figure out who actually owns the title. Historically, there was Squirmin’ Herman Wedemeyer, the original Flyin’ Hawaiian. A few years back, there was […]

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Life Lessons From TV Reruns

Times were tough when I was a kid: We didn’t have the Internet, so when it came to finding information on life’s most challenging questions, we were forced to watch television reruns. From The Three Stooges, as an example, I learned lessons such as: Whenever possible, avoid walking into boards. Don’t make friends with people […]

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A Best Friend’s Precious Gift

When Rusti Gephart gave birth to her first baby Sydni on Thanksgiving Day 2003, she was excited about being a new mom. But it didn’t turn out quite as planned. Despite a normal pregnancy, she had some life-threatening complications during delivery, and her husband, John, had to make the difficult decision for doctors to perform […]

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Ichiro’s Legacy Not Hits, But Impact

Pete Rose is correct. Ichiro Suzuki cannot surpass him as the Major League’s all-time hit king because his 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball don’t count toward the U.S. big league record. Sadaharu Oh suffers the same fate in regard to besting Barry Bonds as the game’s best home-run hitter. But records aren’t the point. […]

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Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

It’s a long way from Hawaii to Fargo, N.D. – more than 3,800 miles, in fact – but it didn’t stop 31 of Hawaii’s top young wrestlers from descending on the northern city last month. By the time the young grapplers returned home from the Junior and Cadet National Champion-ships, 11 were All-Americans and three […]