Na Koa’s show reaches its goal
Around 400 people attended the Na Koa (Hawaii football booster club) fundraiser at the Magic of Polynesia Theater in Waikiki on Friday.
The event probably met the organizers' goal of raising enough money to pay for the UH football team's summer school tuition, which Na Koa vice president Ben Yee said will be around $30,000.
"We don't know exactly how much came in yet because it came from so many different avenues," Yee said. "But we had a real nice crowd and I'm pretty sure we made enough for summer school."
Coach June Jones and UH players were featured in a "June Jones and the Magic Temple" video, and illusionist John Hirokawa hosted the event, which also included a preview of the upcoming season and an auction.
"It was fun and we raised a lot of money," Jones said. "John Hirokawa did a great job and it's a real positive for everyone."
Na Koa will also hold its annual football fundraiser at Murphy's Bar and Grill on Aug. 23.
Book 'em: Copies of the book "Hawaii Warriors Football" can be reserved at a new Web site, warriorshaka.com.
The site's Web master, Allen Cordrey, said more than 80 books have already been reserved in less than one week. The book, written by J. David Miller and published by Bess Press, is scheduled for release in early September.
The site will also include other features, including blogs by Miller and Terry Brennan, father of Heisman Trophy candidate Colt Brennan.
"I believe that we are not only building an online community for the Warriors football fan but will be sharing the fundamental principles that Coach Jones practices in recruiting and teaching," Cordrey said. "These are very powerful lessons that transcend football."
Book 'em II: Receiver Ian Sample, who completed his UH career last season, said his yet-untitled book about the Warriors is near completion.
It will also be published locally, by Watermark.
Ready for takeoff: Freshman receiver Jett Jasper wants to show his game is as good as his name. The Kauai High School product is among the receivers working out with Colt Brennan and other quarterbacks in informal pass-and-catch sessions.
"I'm taking two classes. The rest of the day I'm here, working out, running around and just focusing on learning plays," said Jasper, who got his feet wet in the run-and-shoot in spring practice. "It's a great offense. I'm lucky to be here. I'm learning coverages and learning my plays. That's the most important thing for me now."
Jasper is one of the Warriors' biggest receivers at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds.