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Warrior fans gather in Southern California

UH Mānoa alumni, family, friends and supporters enjoyed two special events in Southern California in anticipation of the Rainbow Warriors’ football game against the UCLA Bruins on September 9, 2017.

On Thursday, September 7, UH Mānoa alumni gathered at the Salt Creek Grille in El Segundo, California for a networking mixer hosted by the College of Engineering. After a welcome by Dean Ron Riggs, alumni received an update on the state of UH athletics from athletics director and fellow alum, David Matlin (’97). Matlin shared his thoughts about the upcoming football season as well as the excitement about the UH vs. UCLA football game.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Rainbow Warrior fans gathered in Pasadena, California for a rousing pre-game rally. Attendees assembled at the Brookside Golf Club for ‘ono food, giveaways, and a lively program including appearances by noteworthy alums, avid Warrior fans and UH leadership.

Larry Beil—a UH alum, former ESPN SportsCenter anchor and current news and sports anchor for ABC7 News—introduced former UH football players including Murray Cassidy (’68), Tom Fruechtel (’70) and Kody Afusia (’15). Emcee Keali‘i Torco then roused the audience of 400+ with a cheering lesson in preparation for the game against the UCLA Bruins.

Amongst the Warrior fans in attendance was 101-year-old Walter Yamada, who lives and breathes UH football. A longtime season ticket holder, Yamada flew up to California especially for the game.

Right photo caption: Laulauhead and Coach Nick Rolovich’s dad Michael Rolovich brought the “gun show” to the rally.

For more photos from the events, click here.

Southern California events

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