T-shirts show fans' low-class side
I would like to commend the University of Hawaii Warriors on a well-played game against Boise State. It was an exciting game, and I am proud of their record. However, I was dismayed to see that some fans had to divert the focus from the skill of the players.
Seen in the stands, and shown on national television, were fans carrying signs and wearing T-shirts with veiled obscenities directed at the opposing team. Numerous incidents at previous games have already put the spotlight on Hawaii fans. It was sad to see the low-grade trash show up to embarrass our Warriors as well as our state once again.
Boise fans received warm welcome
I want to thank the Warrior football fans who took us under their wings during this week's football game against BSU. When we approached our seats, we were intimidated by the fact that we were the only Bronco fans in the section. We hesitantly approached our seats dressed in our bright orange and blue as we approached a sea of green. Two Warrior fans immediately stood and shook our hands and assured us that we were welcome. During the game, other Hawaii fans engaged in friendly conversation, and we were approached by multiple others who reached out to us following the game.
My experience in Aloha Stadium will certainly have a positive impact on how I treat visiting fans to our Boise blue turf. Best of luck to the Warriors in their quest as the next team to represent the WAC in a Bowl Championship Series game!
Physical assaults ruin stadium experience
I want to congratulate the University of Hawaii football team for a dominant game against BSU. Your team can beat any in the country, but that's not why I'm writing. I want to relate to the good Hawaii fans out there -- the majority of you proudly wearing green and full of Hawaiian spirit.
I was shocked at how my friends and I were treated at the game. Before the game, one friend was provoked, tried to get away and was pushed over and had his wallet stolen when it fell out of his pocket. Another was head-butted and had his glasses smashed on his face during the process. After the game I was pushed, laughed at and heard nasty comments from at least a half-dozen Warrior fans on my way out.
This will only change if the good fans of Hawaii step in. It only takes one bad fan to leave a bad impression on a visiting fan. There were several. I, and many of my friends, will never come back to Hawaii.
Shoddy facilities exposed to the nation
Hearty congratulations to Warriors coach June Jones and his talented band of players ... and a rousing "boooooo" to the University of Hawaii administration and state politicos responsible for the maintenance of all the facilities.
It should be most embarrassing for those responsible to have it mentioned on national TV that the teams' practice field and locker rooms are in a deplorable condition. Colt Brennan brought up this matter some time ago, and in traditional Hawaii fashion there was a lot of flapping of wings and preening and then nothing. Good thing the broadcaster did not know that the stadium is held together by baling wire and rust, or that would have been exposed as well.
How about those in charge getting the team a first-class facility for a first-class team -- and don't forget we still need soap in the showers.
Now can we have our Rainbows back?
Congratulations to UH's football team on your WAC championship!
Now that coach June Jones has proved that he is a "man," can we go back to the Rainbow Warriors?
Michael Golojuch Jr.
Stop litigation over Hokulia bypass
I don't understand why the Coupe family is continuing to litigate the condemnation of their land by Hawaii County for the Hokulia bypass road. I've read Judge Ronald Ibarra's Sept. 25 decision (Star-Bulletin, Sept. 27
). It seemed to address all of the concerns that caused them to block this condemnation.
I was hopeful at that time this litigation was over with and this much-needed road could be completed. Boy, I was wrong big time. It seems they are willing to take this to the next level even though they'll be fairly compensated to the tune of $260,000 for the 3.3 acres of land.
Kona residents are suffering in bumper-to-bumper traffic. On top of that, everyone is put at risk whenever the mauka road is blocked, especially since that is the only access road to Kona Community Hospital.
Don't turn against artists' free trade
Regarding the efforts to remove the artists from the Honolulu Zoo fence (Star-Bulletin. Nov. 26
): Please note how far our society has fallen to the point at which the creation of art and the trading of that art to others is considered "creeping consumerism." A society founded on free trade, we have now grown so sated and plump that some of us think there is nothing odd with deciding free trade is bad.
How embarrassing! Our ancestors must be turning in their graves. Malama pono.