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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors


Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
University University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Conference Big West Conference (most sports)
Mountain West Conference (football)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (swimming and diving, volleyball)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Ben Jay
Location Honolulu, HI
Varsity teams 7
Football stadium Aloha Stadium
Basketball arena Stan Sheriff Center
Baseball stadium Les Murakami Stadium
Mascot Vili The Warrior
Nickname Rainbow Warriors
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Website .com.hawaiiathleticswww

The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors are men's sports teams at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH).

Prior to the year 2000, the University of Hawaiʻi's men's teams were all referred to as the Rainbow Warriors, complemented by an athletics logo featuring a rainbow. 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 remained Rainbows.[1] Additionally, the school changed its athletics logo to a stylized "H", omitting the rainbow of the old logo altogether.

Starting on July 1, 2013, the nicknames of the university's various male sports teams were once again standardized, and all male teams at the university are now referred to as the "Rainbow Warriors."[2][3]

In July 2012, almost all of the school's teams moved from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to the Big West Conference. However, since the Big West does not sponsor football, the Warriors football program moved to the Mountain West Conference. Since the Big West also does not sponsor swimming and diving for either sex, the Rainbow Warriors swimming and diving program moved to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, joining the Warriors volleyball program there (neither the WAC nor Big West sponsors men's volleyball).


The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors football team represents UH in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The team, which is currently coached by Norm Chow, joined the Mountain West Conference in July 2012. They are the third non-BCS team to play in a BCS bowl game, having faced Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008, losing to Georgia 41-10. Hawaii was ranked 10th and UGA ranked 5th in the nation. Hawaii was the only undefeated team of the 2007 season, before losing in the Sugar Bowl in January 2008.


The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors basketball team represents UH in NCAA men's competition. The school's team joined the Big West Conference in July 2012. The team's most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 2002. The Rainbow Warriors are coached by Gib Arnold, son of former head coach Frank Arnold.One of the side coaches for this team is Paul Weller.


The Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors baseball team plays at the Division I level in the Big West. 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.

Graduation rates

Team Nation average UH team rate Head Coach
Rainbow Warrior Baseball 65% 67% Mike Trapasso
Rainbow Warrior Basketball 58% 25% Gib Arnold
Rainbow Warrior Football 64% 40% Norm Chow
Rainbow Warrior Golf 77% 64% Ronn Miyashiro
Rainbow Warrior Swimming & Diving 81% 60% Victor Wales
Rainbow Warrior Tennis 83% 100% John Nelson
Rainbow Warrior Volleyball 73% 50% Charlie Wade


  • UH Athletic Director, Ben Jay

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Nickname Of UH Men's Teams To Be Rainbow Warriors". 5 May 2013. Retrieved 11 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ Rainbows' return as U.H. name change becomes official"'". 1 July 2013. Retrieved 11 Nov 2013. 

External links

  • i AthleticsʻUniversity of Hawai
  • AM 1420 internet radio KKEA
  • Article about the name change
  • 2005 Honolulu Advertiser article regarding student-athlete graduation rates
  • 2012 Hawaii News Now article regarding Jim Donovan's removal as Athletic Director
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