UH graduate designed logo and uniforms
I have been admiring the University of Hawaii football uniforms. Who designed them? It is exceptional as compared with uniforms of other college teams. UH sponsored a contest several years ago to get an influx of ideas for designing the "H" symbol. Are the white patterns on the black uniforms from that contest? The patterns are very effective, very Polynesian.
Answer: The football uniforms were redesigned in 2000, part of a move by UH to give a new look and attitude to its athletic logo and garb.
The contest seeking designs for a new systemwide UH "brand identity" came three years later.
Today the football uniforms retain "pretty much the same design with a few tweaks here and there," according to Derek Inouchi, media relations director for the Athletic Department. "The helmet's the same other than the new silver ones we introduced a couple years ago."
In unveiling the new "H" logo and uniforms in 2000, officials said the designs reflected "Hawaii roots, strength and traditions," and highlight the colors green, black and silver.
The letter "H" and other patterns utilize Hawaiian kapa designs, with triangles said to be universal symbols representing a balance of body, mind and spirit.
The graphic designs and uniforms were developed with the help of Osaki Design Inc., based in Berkeley, Calif., and founded by Kauai native Kurt Osaki. He is a graduate of UH and of the Art Center College of Design in California.
The letter "H," according to a UH press release, not only represents Hawaii, but also the Hawaiian expression of "ha," or the breath of life. The "H" logo is "simple but bold" and "clearly states that to move forward as one, we must be one with ourselves. Balanced in the mind, body and spirit."
Osaki also has designed uniforms for several NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Oilers and New York Jets.
Recycle 2-liter Containers
Earlier this year ("Kokua Line," March 20), we noted that large Costco brand plastic bottles were probably rejected for recycling redemption because they were 2 liters in size.
That won't happen anymore. As of Saturday, 2-liter containers became subject to the state's deposit container law.
Under Act 285, which became law this year, all labeled 2-liter containers (64.1 to 68 fluid ounces) can be redeemed for 5 cents.
During December, January and February, all 2-liter containers will be accepted for redemption whether they are labeled HI-5 or not, according to the state Department of Health.
Beginning March 1, only containers labeled HI-5 can be redeemed.
The 2-liter containers will be counted by hand until weight conversion rates are updated.
For more information, go to www.hi5deposit.com or call 586-4226.
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