Archive for July, 2009

Confirmed, no game day swap meet

July 14th, 2009

Good job by Brian McInnis nailing down that story. See more in the Tuesday edition in the news section.

I checked with HHSAA head Keith Amemiya to see what he thinks about the swap meet moving from Saturday to Fridays, since the preps play at Aloha Stadium on Fridays. He said the negative effect would be minimal. The most would be when the state championship games are played a night before a UH home game in December, but Amemiya expects few, if any, traffic flow problems.

–By Dave Reardon

Finally, some swap meet common sense

July 10th, 2009

Word we’re getting is that whoever gets the new contract for the Aloha Stadium swap meet will not be allowed to hold it on Saturdays of University of Hawaii home football games. Stadium officials won’t say anything, but a big announcement on this is expected as early as next week.

It’s about time someone figured this one out … it’s a no-brainer.

Yes, the swap meet is a big moneymaker, but it never made sense to create logistical problems by having it on the day of football games. It’s just seven Saturdays a year, so it’s no real hardship for the vendors … just do it on a different day of the week a few times in the fall. And the stadium was built for sports events, not a bazaar.


–By Dave Reardon

Full house for fundraiser

July 8th, 2009

The Na Koa fundraiser Thursday evening at Luana Hills is a sellout, UH coach Greg McMackin said today.

Unfortunately, one of the headliners, Ray Lewis, won’t be making it.

“Steve McNair is his best friend and he’s pretty broken up about it,” McMackin said, referring to the slain retired Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

–By Dave Reardon

Trapasso job hunting?

July 2nd, 2009

Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso’s name has surfaced as one of five in contention for the head coach post at Washington.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Trapasso has interviewed for other  jobs at least the past two years.

Also, the 1-year contract extension he was granted by UH at the end of last season was a vote of semi-confidence, at best.

This might not be the last time you see Trapasso’s name linked with another job this offseason.

–By Dave Reardon