There at home, you talk sports all the time with your friends, bartenders and even strangers — about the local teams; about the conference and league races; about favorite players; about bad calls, bad-boy players and bad breaks.

You think you’re going to miss that when you come to Hawaii, don’t you? No need.

Even though there are no pro teams here, we follow the pros. 49er, Raider, Giants and A’s games are carried on the radio here and we get all the sports channels on TV. We follow college football – especially teams where we or our kids have affiliations. And, as you might imagine, golf at all levels is big here. But in the bars and at gatherings, we talk mostly local.

The following will help you get up to speed with what we’re into these days so you can chime in and feel part of the conversation.

University of Hawaii football consumes us, almost all year round. The team went through its Western Athletic Conference undefeated last year, but got creamed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Head coach June Jones, who had a great nine-year run (75-41) and coached five All-Americans, 52 all-conference performers, and eight NFL draft picks, left for SMU end of this season. He has been replaced by his defensive coordinator, Greg McMackin, who inherits a potentially h3 defensive unit, but loses an All-American Heisman-candidate quarterback (Colt Brennann); four outstanding receivers and most of the excellent offensive line. The Warriors begin next season at Florida, and local fans are counting the days (85 at this writing).

We continue to follow local kids who move on to college or the pros. In football, these local NFL players who played here at UH or in high school particularly hold our interest:

Jason Elam • Kicker, Denver to Atlanta (All-Pro) Ashley Lelie • WR, San Francisco Jeff Ulbrich • LB, San Francisco Mat McBriar • Punter, Dallas (All-Pro) Samson Satele • C, Miami Pisa Tinosamoa • LB, St. Louis Olin Kreutz (U of Washington) • C, Chicago (All-Pro)

We expect that at least the five offensive stars (Brennan and receivers Jason Rivers, Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullins and J.C. Hawthorne) have a good chance of being drafted this year.

This baseball season, Maui boy Shane Victorino (They call him “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” in Philly) is the Phillies’ regular center fielder, hitting above .280 and stealing bases for a pennant contender. Oakland’s regular catcher, Kurt Suzuki (also from Maui), is hitting around .260.

This year’s starting point guard for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, A.C. Carter, played for UH and had the opportunity to rack up assists for high-scoring Allen Iverson and Carmello Anthony.

Among pro golfers, local girl Michelle Wie is the most widely publicized. She made a splash nationally when, at age 12, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA event. Two years later, she became the first female golfer to qualify for a USGA national men’s tournament. Now a student at Stanford, she has had a rocky pro career. In her first full year as a professional, she missed the cut in 11 out of 12 tries against men and remained winless in all 33 professional women’s tournaments she entered. Last year she continued missing cuts and lost favor when she withdrew from the Ginn Tribute, then was seen two days later practicing at the site of the LPGA Championship. This year, she played well and placed fifth in the German Open, reviving hope here in Hawaii that she will become a significant force on the LPGA Tour. We still love her.

The state’s newest phenom is diminutive (5 feet 1 inch tall) Tadd Fujikawa, who, playing as an amateur at age 15, qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open. Then, last year, he made the cut in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open here in Hawaii. At 16, he was the second youngest player ever to do that. He turned pro last year and although he continues to shoot well and has won his first pro tournament (a local event), he has yet to make a significant professional impact. (He cannot join the PGA tour, if he qualifies for it, until he’s 18).

Two other PGA-tour golfers, Parker McLachlin and Dean Wilson, have Hawaii ties. Wilson has qualified for the upcoming US Open Championship.

So there you have it: a primer on sports in Hawaii. Get familiar with the foregoing and you can hold your own in any island sports conversation, in which your own input will be politely – even eagerly – accepted.


  1. Super Cool. Thanks!!
    Now I no longer have to stand there with that, “I have no idea what you’re talking about” blank stare on my face. 🙂

  2. evadence hawains are lazy the year maimi signed drafted 6-8 lazy hawaiins, i played rugby with the big hawaiins with only 1 arm lost respect no heart overall 99%, played rugby gainst philadeplia pl,ayers they are granite,
    my point maimi signed 6-8 hawaiis in 1 draft week, one made sense satele though i was stronger for same age 20, the rest not,
    maimi had a lot of talent on roster still with jasaon taylor ricjy zach maimi has worst record ever in history of the fracnhise won 1 game coach got fired, then they get of all but 1 hawaiin and thier 2 best players they make the playoofs

  3. evaddence, i wrote and said would have a lazy locker room, i was in hawaii for 5 years i am hyper i hate lazynes and lazy people, i have lived a lot of places europe all over us and hawaiins were disgusting, yes around hotels they have aloha, but go go away from the hotels they are like the movie the land of the walking zombies, sucked out all my spirit i felt like in the indain jones movie were they are both tied at the stake at the end and the nazies open up the covant and it sucks out every one spirit, you have hot weather year round,
    asains philpnoes and hawains have the worst spirits in the world

  4. if anything afircan american or india people have best spirts min the world if not allowed to say my own, i will say we are not number 1 soley maybe tied number 1,
    i coujld not stand hawaii felt like a caged lion, most spoiled lazy brats in the world
    we made honulu from a swamp full of mosquitos, we could have done that to any hot island, we made you tied top 4 states for tourism, we gave you one of top 4 millitray instutues we made you one of the top 4 states for being spoiled and still you lazy fucks wine, ungratful spoiked brats

  5. my peers are afircan america hispanics and white who bust thier butts you do not evn make up 1% of the population

    you wine want to become your own country, that means no hawaiins in NFL, no hawains go to american college, no rock in wrestling miami or hollwood, no miss hawaiis in usa competion, no usa soccer stars, watch you get blown out in any sporting event, brain clay- who gives a fuck about hepathlete, no real man wants to do that most overated sport in world if no contact for a man, i bet this man never ever played high school

  6. football, if no man to man contact who gives a shit all best athletes play football or basketball no one cares he wins by default as thier are millions millions of athletes better,

    the only culture in the history of the world that has never ever done anything for the world besides a surfbaord, you would think other way around, every other country has had hostile weather cold weather, enemies takking them over trying to conquer them, but still done nothing with it,
    every single culture in the world has been crucified at one time what makes us americans

  7. we escaped presection to go to america, my mother is scotish, we all know what they went through to try to keep thier country, we all watched braveheart,
    if what you say is truth we took you country from you then that means you are the biggest cowards in history by far, the only culture that never ever fuaght back when lost thier country

    if it was not us it would have been the japense, look up world war 2 crimes, they were worse than hitler they skinned every island they captured alive how the world found out about anthrx the japanese

  8. tested it out on all thier prisnors,
    call your self a christain culture- first have as many churches sqaure foot as any other city should be east to save as no interstate, but you have the deadest people in the world, the biggest church rents out a high school but most of the kids do not even go to that church if any, the pastor is to worried about self glory and his talk show and the japense but his own back yard is a disgrace must because it the philpnoe slums they have no money, then not even 1 mile away thier is china town worst amount of dead people i have ever seen, instead of missio triped to china japan

  9. @followlolo wha about a 1 mile trip to china town,
    look at your UH football team now with out the gimmic offense june jones, the real reason june jones left not money not that he got blown out bt georgia and huge embarresment in front of the world what 55-10, noit he had to im port all the talwnt postions, real reason is why help spoiled brat lazy hawains with no heart yes naturally big but no heart, when why he went to texas blakc kids white kids would jump of a cliff if the coach told him that is the real reason
    your kids have no heart i have played rugby with them on 1 leg and 1 shoulder

  10. i ave a scar on my forhead my kneck is messed up because of those stud philadelphia men, but hawains were soft lazy fucks lost repect when i played rugby with them already hurt,

    you are the most spoiled culture in the world, given hot weather and borders so no one ever invade you, given the us millitray I wonder how much that brings in for your economy most other states would kill for that, i ask what have you naturally done for the world nothing no science no cures never done anything for the world but wine and be lazy fattest people in the world by far

  11. like i said ask bill parcelss evadence your people are the lazyest he cuts all but 1 hawaiins when he takes over after only wiiing 1 game even gets rid of thier 2 best players and they make the playoffs how do you explain that one except hawains are lazy asses.
    i know i was in hawaii i had your hottest woman flirting over me like crazy like no woman ever even when i was in england, 1 was a miss hawaii, easy evadence white and balck men athlete are the top of the food chain, most white elite men are not attracted to non white woman besides hispanics with thier awsome eys i thaught she was ugly

  12. i know i was in hawaii i had your hottest woman flirting over me like crazy like no woman ever even when i was in england, 1 was a miss hawaii, easy evadence white and balck men athlete are the top of the food chain, most white elite men are not attracted to non white woman besides hispanics with thier awsome eys i thaught she was ugly at first sight 1st ever non white woman ever attracted to easy evadence had beyonce monica brantt thinking i was hot i am hot no question how can i go from thinking a woman is ugly never attracted to a non white woman in my life to beiing attracted to her

  13. she obvously had to harress me, yes i know i had a highly prestigouse job but i dont think she knew about it i never told any one in hawaii that through my only one of 2 bosses i knew stallonoe arnold, every magazine editor bill phillips, mike tsyson, every winner world boss judged top show in the world,
    your coffe is good, now you do have some hot woman, you hav e hot weather you men are big but the fattest and lazyest and dumbest people on earth

  14. all i can say you better thank the asains for giving you brains as you are the dumbest people in the world
    1 you want white and blakc man out of hawaii with thier business, i ask how can any city town procreate creats jobs, create a economey feed its growing populationm with out new busin esses, what makes you so specail out of every place in the world,
    2nd mixed tradtion- to keep out white man how long before your own race is wiped out with this tactit yes might work to breed out white men

  15. for a while, you give us your best woman to do so, how fuckin funny to keep us from breeding with a white woman you give us your best hawaii woman i say thank you stupd mother fucker, it takes your best to make us happy while one less hot hawain woman for your men how god damm stupid,
    how many generations before thier are no fool blood hawains or even majority hawains left, then we will take over hawaii,
    us and balck man and hispanic man in 200 years no one will rember hawains except some old folk tale, i know i missed afircan americans in hawaii i am proud to say a frican amnerican is my eqaul hawains are a disgrace

  16. eve time i white or balck man walks by you a hawains needs to bow down and kiss our feet for every single thing you have,
    not for us we made hawaii you would be just like the samoan islands
    ungratful bastards, yes as you say you have a lot of nice stuff but what did you ever make or rbing to the world nothing besides a surf board

  17. lie i said evadence bill parcless takes over gets rid 2 best players and all hawains go from worst team in nfl to playoffs as got rid of all the hawains that is evadence your people are a disgrace lazy bastards

  18. belive it or not blame me for you losiing 30 plus million a year, my prayer, if i forgive i can be a top mason, i dont give a shit i already had 3 awsome joibs in one with out bieng a mason
    the reason they took the pro bowl away was because of me revenge 30 million a year losiing out.
    like i said within 1 person i knew a lot of winners in life or powerful people you never know who you just tlaked to

  19. i wrote and predicted brennan was overrated a prodcut of a gimmic offesne just like andra ware peete, and the florida qb’s
    i wrote and told him to stay for his senior season as it would be the best year in his life as has no furute in nfl besides a clipboard

  20. i have not heard one thing about uh football since june jones left, who do not know what you have until it is gone, i wonder how muich a effect the pro bowl would have on your kids in 15 years, you put the pro bowl in say kansas or missouri for 15 years every year i wonder how many more future kids will become top football players again thank you to white and balck males top of the food chain in the world only blakc men are my eqaul

  21. thier is only 1 hawaiin male i respect only 1 chicago’s future hall of famer kreutz he is a man i respect him,
    polamleu or what ever is the most overrated man in the nfl no question
    even china the men with the worst genetics lucked out once do not even the chinese have one baskebtall ball player in the nba

  22. by the way i am from virginia a claim as 4th best state, bruce smith/ lawrence taylor dwight stephenson, barbers, moor wr/ burress wr. micheal vick / curry wr / mayo LB/ noble NT/ brown ol/ just to keep it short all but barbers come with in hampton roads area
    you talk about pride and pirde this and that a sign you really know you ahve no pride as you have to talk about it, no other area in america talks about pride anywear near as much as you no where even close as we know we have it so do not need to talk about it,
    like the man with a small dick

  23. has to buy the big truck buy the big dog that is hawain males talking we have pride why have to say it if you have it
    why do you hate white and balck man so much we steal you woman known fact even your own woman do not want your men they want white men and balck men
    how does that make you feel your best woman want our men
    white men are the most sught after men in the world and blakc men i am proud to say are up thier to
    besides the rock no woman wants a hawain male

  24. how does that male you feel that besides a the rock no hot woman on earth wants a hawains male, i would feel like a disgrace i would have no pride or be saying all the time we have pride we have pride as i really did not trying to cover it up.

    i was in hawaii and i had your best woman after me, your own woman do not want you at the drop of a hat your hottest woman would go after any average white male or balck male
    that is disgusting
    you my sir and your race is a disgrace

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