Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine

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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wāhine
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University University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Conference Big West Conference (most sports)
Mountain West Conference (football)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
NCAA Division I (FBS)
Athletic director David Matlin
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Varsity teams21
Football stadium Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex (temporary) [1]
Basketball arena Stan Sheriff Center
Baseball stadium Les Murakami Stadium
Softball stadium Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Soccer stadium Waipi‘o Peninsula Soccer Stadium
Natatorium Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex
Other arenas Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex
UH Tennis Complex
NicknameRainbow Warriors (men's), Rainbow Wāhine (women's)
ColorsGreen, black, silver, and white [2]
       
Website www.hawaiiathletics.com

The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wāhine are the athletic teams that represent the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH), in Honolulu, Hawaii. The UH athletics program is a member of the Big West Conference in most sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level. It comprises seven men's, 12 women's, and two coed athletic teams. [3]

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Nickname

Hawaiʻi athletics began more than a century ago, with the first football team being fielded in 1909. Through 1923, the UH teams were called the "Deans." In the final game of the 1923 season, the football team upset Oregon State, with a rainbow appearing over the stadium during the game. Sportswriters began referring to UH teams as the "Rainbows," and the tradition was born that Hawaii could not lose if a rainbow appeared. The rainbow officially became a part of the school's athletic logo in 1982 and remained until 2000. [4]

King Kamehameha the Great and his warriors united the Hawaiian Islands, earning the warrior a place of honor in Hawaiian history and an expectation of strength, skill and a fighting spirit. The UH teams became known as "Rainbow Warriors" long before the name became official in 1974. [4]

When women's teams were begun in 1972, founder and first women's athletic director Dr. Donnis Thompson named the teams the "Rainbow Wāhine" with "wāhine" being Hawaiian for women. [4]

Both the men's and the women's teams have long been known as the "Rainbows" or merely the "'Bows."

A controversial change in 2000 allowed each team to pick its own team name; the football, men's volleyball, golf, and tennis teams became the Warriors, while the men's basketball and swimming & diving teams remained Rainbow Warriors, and the baseball team became the Rainbows. [5] The women's teams, however, all remained the “Rainbow Wāhine." At the same time, the school changed its athletics logo to the current stylized "H", omitting the rainbow of the old logo altogether.

On July 1, 2013, the nicknames of the university's men's sports teams were once again standardized, and all male teams at the university are now referred to as the "Rainbow Warriors." [6] [7] More recently, the women's beach volleyball team, while still officially "Rainbow Wāhine", generally uses "SandBows".

History

Conference affiliation

The Hawaiʻi men's teams competed as independents until joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 1979. [8] The women's teams were independents until joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1985, with that conference rebranding as the Big West Conference in 1988. [9] In 1996, the women's teams joined the men in the WAC. [8] In July 2012, most of the school's teams moved from the WAC to the women's former league, the Big West Conference. [9] Since the Big West does not sponsor football, the Rainbow Warriors became affiliate members of the Mountain West Conference. [10] Teams in sports not sponsored by the Big West compete as members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. [11]

Sports sponsored

Men's sportsWomen's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Football Cross country
GolfGolf
Swimming and divingSoccer
Tennis Softball
Volleyball Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Water polo
Co-ed sport
Sailing
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Baseball

The Rainbow Warriors have made one appearance in the College World Series, finishing as the runner up to champion Arizona in the 1980 College World Series. The head coach is Mike Trapasso who, since taking over the program in 2001, has led Hawai'i to two NCAA tournaments and was the 2006 National Baseball Foundation Coach of the Year.

Men's basketball

The Rainbow Warriors are coached by Eran Ganot. In 2015, the university self-imposed penalties as a result of NCAA violations committed by the previous coaching staff that include vacating 36 wins from the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, reducing scholarships and practice time, and placing itself on one-year probation. The university also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine. [12] The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2016.

Women's basketball

The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wāhine basketball team represents the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. [13] They are currently coached by Laura Beeman. The team plays its home games at the Stan Sheriff Center. [13]

Women's beach volleyball

The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wāhine beach volleyball team, also known as the Hawaiʻi SandBows, is the NCAA Division I beach volleyball team at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. [14]

Football

The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors football team competes in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The team, which is currently coached by Todd Graham, joined the Mountain West Conference in July 2012. Under former coach June Jones, they were the third BCS non-AQ team to play in a BCS bowl game, having faced Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008, losing to Georgia 41-10. Hawaiʻi was ranked 10th and UGA ranked 5th in the nation. Hawaiʻi was the only undefeated team of the 2007 season, before losing in the Sugar Bowl in January 2008.

Softball

The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wāhine softball team is the NCAA Division I college softball team for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. [15]

Women's volleyball

The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wāhine volleyball team represents the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in NCAA Division I college volleyball and play their home games at the Stan Sheriff Center. [16]

Traditions

School colors

The school colors for the Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wāhine are green, white, black and silver. [17] The white and green colors were chosen by the wives of the faculty. [17] In 2000, a new athletics logo was created that included black and silver, so those colors are now also used by the athletics department. [17]

In film

The creation of the first Rainbow Wāhine teams at the University of Hawaiʻi is the subject of the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro. [18] Rise of the Wāhine features the struggles of these first women's teams after the passing of Title IX and the film highlights the roles of coaches Alan Kang and Dave Shoji, first female Athletic Director Dr. Donnis Thompson, Patsy Mink, and first-teams volleyball players Beth McLachlin, Marilyn Moniz-Kaho`ohanonaho, Joyce Kapua`ala, and Joey Akeo.

See also

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Hawaii Rainbow Wahine beach volleyball

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2017–18 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball team

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Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex

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2020–21 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball team American college basketball season

The 2020–21 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors basketball team represented the University of Hawaii at Manoa during the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Rainbow Warriors, led by sixth-year head coach Eran Ganot, played their home games at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii was a member of the Big West Conference, and participated in their 9th season in that league.

2020–21 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team American college basketball season

The 2020–21 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball team represents the University of Hawaii at Manoa during the 2020–21 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Rainbow Wahine, led by ninth-year head coach Laura Beeman, will play their home games at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii is a member of the Big West Conference, and participates in their 9th season in that conference.

2021 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors volleyball team

The 2021 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors volleyball team represented the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH) in the 2021 NCAA Division I & II men's volleyball season. The Rainbow Warriors, led by 12th-year head coach Charlie Wade, played home games at Stan Sheriff Center on the UH campus in the Honolulu neighborhood of Mānoa. The Rainbow Warriors, members of the Big West Conference, were picked by Big West coaches to win the conference in its preseason poll. After a late start was announced, Hawaii went undefeated in conference play. The Rainbow Warriors suffered their first and only setback in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament, forcing them to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Despite the setback, Hawai'i received the #1 seed in the national tournament and went on to win the National Championship with straight set wins over UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals and BYU in the national championship. The national championship is Hawai'i's first men's volleyball national championship after they had to vacate the 2002 national championship.

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