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Warriors will play Chaminade on Moloka’i this season

Friendly neighbors will meet on the Friendly Island for the first time when the Hawai’i basketball team plays Chaminade in a regular-season game on Molokai on December 15.

The game was announced this week as a late addition to the 2012-13 schedule for the Warriors, after some last-minute logistics were worked out in time to make it happen.

“Finally we were able to work out everything so that we can go play on Moloka’i and I think it’s great,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do. Since I got this job, we’ve tried to take our game to all the Neighbor Islands.”

It will be the third consecutive year that the Warriors will play a game on a Neighbor Island. In 2010, they played at Lahaina, Maui; in 2011, they played at Kona, Hawai’i, and at Wailuku, Maui.

“It’s been fortunate that we’ve been able to work it out every year,” Arnold said. “The people of Moloka’i really made this possible in helping us out … Lana’i and Kaua’i, they both got gyms and so anywhere there’s a gym we’re going to try and make it happen.”

UH and Chaminade are located about one mile apart, but the teams agreed to play the game on Moloka’i to give the fans on that island a rare opportunity to watch college athletics. Although Chaminade is a NCAA Division II program, the final result and statistics will count on the Warriors’ record.

The game will be played at Moloka’i High School Gymnasium – also known as “The Barn” – which seats around 2,000. Chaminade is actually the host team for the historic event, and will be the designated “home” team for the game.

“This wouldn’t be possible without Chaminade,” Arnold noted.

It will be a homecoming for UH assistant coach Brandyn Akana, who graduated from Moloka’i High School in 1992. He led the Farmers to a league title his senior season, and was named the league’s Player of the Year.

“Coach Gib told me ‘Brandon, if we go there we better get a good crowd,’ so I promised him a good crowd,” Akana said.

The game will be just the fifth regular-season meeting between the Warriors and Silverswords, and the second time on a Neighbor Island. In 2003, the teams played in Lahaina during the Maui Invitational tournament. The Warriors own a 3-1 career record against Chaminade (the teams have met several other times in exhibition games over the years).

The addition to the schedule gives the Warriors 30 regular-season games for the 2012-13 season.

10 Comments

  1. Great for the island of Molokai! An Akana homecoming! Thanks to Chaminade too. Will be nice seeing a packed Molokai High School gym!

  2. don’t take the boat cause if u do u never will go on a boat again…not sure if its oahu to molokai or maui to molokai but that channel is horrible

  3. please televise the game

  4. NICE Commitment by Coach Gib to the fans on the Neighbor Islands;

    AND to Coach Brandyn Akana, to share the Team they work so hard on all year with home family and friends…

    Quite an Effort, to fly out there; but i’m sure the players will remember their visit to the friendly isle …

    Old Hat for Chaminade who flies to Host this game and the Maui Classic every year…STILL think they should go forward with their plans to Change Names to The University of Honolulu: After Chaminade Beat Top-Rated Virginia and 7-4 Center Ralph Sampson they didn’t want to give up “The Name” still recognized by BB Fans across the country: Chaminade’s Victory still considered one of the Greatest Upsets …

  5. Don’t need TV when we’ve got Dayton and his video-cam!

  6. At Least with HPU (Hawai’i Pacific University) scheduled for a November 2 Exhibition, we get to see the players in “One-Team” Mode a week earlier,
    albeit versus small college competition….

    Until we start getting Sell-Outs, Televise ‘Em All…
    The Real Fans show up no matter what …

    The Fair Weather Fans have to see what they (later) want to show up for …

  7. Great way to expose the team to the Molokai fans. Okay Akana family and friends pack ‘um, man.

  8. Molokai’s Favorite Sons, the successful Akana Brothers will be coming home with the MBB Warriors ~ the Hawaii TEAM.
    enjoy their game with the Silverswords !!!

  9. The game should be quite an experience for those on Molokai. I hope there is TV for the game. It should be an interesting experience playing a game in the Barn.

  10. LOGISTICS… I think HD Cameras handle “Low Lighting” well just in case The Barn has inadequate or yellow Sodium/ Sulfur Lighting…

    ——-
    Appears The Point Guard Discussion could extend into Late December, January on…
    (UNLESS Worst Case, It Blows Up Earlier….)

    O.K….Artie Wilson who can claim more On-Court Knowledge than Most of Us from having started in the Backcourt with First Team All- American and Olympic GOLD Medalist Starter Tom Henderson (Locked in on UH’s Mauna (Mount) Rushmore) has Offiiially Listed his Status as “Withholding Judgement” on whether We Have an ‘?Adequate?’ Point Guard…

    I Weigh In with the coaches who have made do Four out of Five Teams without an Elite Point Guard although we seem fortunate enough to have one redshirting this season…Minimum Protect / Handle/ Don’t Lose the Rock, Make Smart Entry Passes, Get it to the Wings who better be able to shoot AND make decent entry passes and play Credible Defense…

    Almost Anything Better, Usually Wins….when the Rest of The Team CAN Handle -
    -like the Reverse/Opposite of San Jose State University with Keith Shamburger….

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