The senior Warriors will decide tomorrow if UH will continue doing the ha’a before games

About how the players will decide if they will continue to do the ha’a, Mac said:
“It’s up to the players. I mentioned it in the meetings. I told the players it was their decision to do it or not do it.” (HA)

HA Note: “The players have not practiced the ha’a during spring training or the 2 1/2-week training camp, which ended yesterday.”

About how they are focused on their first game instead of the ha’a, Rocky Savaiigaea said:
“Right now we’re not thinking about the ha’a. We’re thinking about the first game. That’s our only focus.” (HA)

HA Note: “The Warriors performed the haka, a traditional Maori war chant, before the 2004 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. In 2006, offensive tackle Tala Esera and safety Leonard Peters created UH’s version of the haka. The Warriors debuted that haka during the warmup period before the road game against Alabama. The following year, defensive tackle Keala Watson, safety Keao Monteilh and linebacker Brad Kalilimoku created a ha’a — a Hawaiian-influenced Polynesian chant — for the Warriors.”

Mac said that he likes the ha’a, but:
“right now, that’s not my big concern. It’s not on the practice schedule.” (HA)


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