Quick Reads

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


Scott Harding made quite an impression on Jeff Reinebold, the former University of Hawaii assistant who is now special teams coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Harding worked out for him , as a receiver and punter, while Reinebold was visiting this week. “I’ve had the opportunity to see some great punters, Reinebold […]

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Golf in China, and some follow-ups

by Dave Reardon on May 19, 2015

Dan Washburn, an author who has written a book called “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream” will be featured at a panel discussion Wednesday at noon at the East-West Center. Don Wallace of Honolulu Magazine will moderate, and it is open to the public and admission is free. Here are some updates having […]

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Water polo’s Molde wins academic award

by Dave Reardon on May 7, 2015

The NCAA women’s water polo tournament doesn’t start until Friday morning, but Hawaii already has a winner. Taylor Molde was named the sport’s Elite 89 winner for her sport at a banquet Thursday evening at Stanford, Calif. Molde is a sophomore from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, planning to major in engineering. Hawaii opens play against USC […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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