Quick Reads

Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

Manny and Marcus

by Dave Reardon on April 29, 2015

Unlike Marcus Mariota, Manny Pacquiao was not born and raised in Hawaii. But Pacquiao, in large part due to his Filipino nationality, is hugely popular here. With Mariota on the cusp of being drafted in the first few picks of the NFL Draft on Thursday and Pacquiao taking on Floyd Mayweather on Saturday in Las […]


It’s unfortunate for the University of Hawaii basketball program that Gary Payton was suspended from his job at Fox Sports 1 after being slapped with a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a woman in January. It is my opinion — and that of any clear-thinking UH leader — that Payton is now not a suitable speaker […]


Brian Kajiyama scholarship to be unveiled

by Dave Reardon on April 25, 2015

If you’ve been a University of Hawaii football fan for a while, you probably know the name Brian Kajiyama, and you are familiar with his inspirational story. Brian, a Kailua High School graduate and holder of too many degrees from UH for me to count, has achieved great successes in his life despite major challenges […]


Chip and eagle. What are the odds?

by Dave Reardon on April 19, 2015

Our sports editor, Paul Arnett, watches a lot of golf. He just returned from the Masters, and he was at the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina this week. I asked him after Sei Young Kim made those two fantastic shots to win the tourney what is a reasonable percentage for a pro golfer to make […]


A women’s Masters at Augusta National?

by Dave Reardon on April 17, 2015

Two questions. 1. Do you agree with Paula Creamer that the LPGA should be allowed to play a women’s Masters at Augusta National? 2. Do you think it’s possible that the membership of the exclusive club would ever allow it to happen? My answers are: 1. Of course, great idea. 2. Only if forced, kicking […]


Beeman proves her aloha for Hawaii

by Dave Reardon on April 9, 2015

When I saw Laura Beeman today, I said, “You don’t want to go to Utah, there ain’t no beaches.” She immediately responded, “I’m staying.” I had a gut feeling the first time I met the UH women’s basketball coach that she is the kind of person motivated more by relationships and a sense of loyalty […]


Not a junket

by Dave Reardon on March 30, 2015

I encourage feedback in almost any form. And I encourage questioning authority and how our shared resources are expended. But please, please, come at least somewhat informed before taking a shot. A reader (or, maybe non-reader, or non-understander) sent me an email claiming athletic-director-to-be David Matlin is already wasting the University of Hawaii’s money by […]

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Fundraiser for Jeremy Ioane set for May 3

by Dave Reardon on March 15, 2015

A fundraiser to help Jeremy Ioane is scheduled for May 3, 1 to 4 p.m. at Murphy’s Bar & Grill. Ioane is the Hawaii all-state high school athlete and college football player who played his last two seasons at Boise State and graduated while battling an auto-immune disease that decimated his kidney function. Ioane undergoes […]

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No self-imposed postseason ban, at least for now

by Dave Reardon on March 5, 2015

When University of Hawaii-Manoa interim chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman met with us at the Star-Advertiser on Tuesday, he said that not playing in the postseason — starting with next week’s Big West tournament — was a possibility on the table as a self-imposed sanction for the men’s basketball team in the wake of the NCAA investigation […]

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Hannemann not applying for AD

by Dave Reardon on March 1, 2015

Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann is not among the candidates for University of Hawaii athletic director. “I did not apply and I am not a candidate,” Hannemann told me in a phone conversation Sunday evening. Sources had said Hannemann was interested as far back as December, when it was announced Ben Jay would be leaving […]

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