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Hawaii football changing name back to Rainbow Warriors

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Hell yeah they are!

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay has reversed field from a previous decision and all men’s athletic teams will be renamed the Rainbow Warriors. This decision comes just months after Jay decided all men’s sports would simply be named the Warriors. From 2000 to 2012, some teams were named the Warriors and others the Rainbow Warriors. This occurred after former UH football coach June Jones requested the football team be known strictly as the Warriors. Prior to 2000, the football team was known as the Rainbow Warriors.

Jay said continuity and a push to re-add the “Rainbow” portion of the name were the reasons behind the decision

“The decision on February 13 to change the nickname of the men’s teams to Warriors has generated a lot of discussion and we have received both positive and negative feedback,” Jay said. “We listened to the public discussion and we went back to the original two questions we asked ourselves – who are we and what is representative of the islands?

“We initially decided to adopt Warriors as the nickname of our men’s teams, since it was used by the majority of our men’s programs, including the one with the largest fan following (football). This is a very subjective and emotional issue and the only clear consensus on this topic over the last 13 years has been that a decision needed to be made to unify our men’s teams under one nickname. That goal will still be accomplished as we retain the Rainbow and Warriors names, both of which are near and dear to the hearts of our fans, whom we represent.”

Now, to update UH’s helmets and uniforms…

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32 Responses to “Hawaii football changing name back to Rainbow Warriors”
  1. thekatman says: May 15, 2013 10:14 PM

    Changing the name to the Rainbow Warriors is a huge mistake. Might as well go recruit in West Hollywood or Long Beach CA.

  2. lanjoith says: May 15, 2013 10:21 PM

    There are many colors in the homo rainbow.

  3. jimmy53 says: May 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    They were the Rainbow Warriors for years, and were changed out of pointless prejudice. Good for the university for sticking with tradition over homophobia…

  4. thekatman says: May 15, 2013 10:55 PM

    Not homophobia. It’s a sign of weakness and another indication of the feminization of male oriented sports.

  5. bender4700 says: May 15, 2013 11:16 PM

    Rainbows are not a sign of weakness NOR femininity.

    You are just a homophobe and apparently sexist too.

    Stop trying to use logic to cover your 1950’s mindset. I’m glad people that think like you are slowing dying off in the world. Spend more time thinking about something so trivial. I bet you harass the guy at work who wears a purple shirt too huh? Neanderthal.

  6. bender4700 says: May 15, 2013 11:18 PM

    Especially with a user id “theKATman”.

    I’m sure you mean KAT Tractors.. haha yeah, right.

  7. smadison29 says: May 16, 2013 12:02 AM

    Men’s sports teams tend to go with a masculine nickname & Rainbow Warriors certainly doesn’t portray that image though it doesn’t bother me. What would be a horrible decision is changing their currently cool looking uniforms/helmet to that monstrosity shown above.

  8. ddjjddjj says: May 16, 2013 12:17 AM

    Good luck recruiting with that name. Too afraid to offend the modern day Sodom and Gomorra crowd to keep a perfectly logical team name.

  9. thekatman says: May 16, 2013 1:28 AM

    Someone with a nickname like bender calling others names? That’s quite ironic. Having grown up in Hawaii, and a family history of 175+ yrs there, we never liked e mens teams being called the rainbows. Rainbows are for times after it rains and leprechauns. My opinion has nothing to do with the LGBT movement taking the rainbow as their icon. I am completly against the feminization of sports and mostly football. If you wish to read more into what I state, as my opinion, that’s your own opinion. I’m akamai, brah, while you’re full of kukai pipi kane.

  10. mudhead123 says: May 16, 2013 1:34 AM

    By far the most embarrassing team name

  11. pdcooper08 says: May 16, 2013 1:43 AM

    I don’t understand what all the up roar is about here. The University is bringing back part of it’s history and tradition. I for one like it. I recall back in the day, most just referred to the football team as the Bows and left it at that.

    Guys like Jessie Sapulo, who played during the time they where called the Rainbow Warriors is very proud of the name and is excited to see the name returned.

    Everyone who follows UH football knows the boys that strap it up are Warriors. There’s no need to get all bent out of shape here by the return of the Rainbow to there name.

  12. dawgs105 says: May 16, 2013 2:24 AM

    I would say that it will hurt recruiting but since when have they ever recruited well anyway. Last time anyone paid any attention to Hawaii football was the Sugar Bowl in 2007 when they got stomped by UGA.

  13. dawgs105 says: May 16, 2013 2:28 AM

    Their, not there. They’re, there, and their are 3 different words.

  14. pdcooper08 says: May 16, 2013 2:46 AM

    Thanks Dawg, I got your point, thx for the lesson. Wish it would help.

  15. louhudson23 says: May 16, 2013 4:03 AM

    Just to review…they have always been the Rainbow Warriors. There was an administrative decision approximately 90 days ago to change the name. That decision has been rescinded. So,simply a return to status quo. Nothing new.Get it? Their recruiting won’t get worse or better ,the teams won’t improve or get worse.Whatever happens will have nothing to do with this story as there was no real change .Get it?

  16. ironman721 says: May 16, 2013 6:10 AM

    It’s their university and nickname. Let them call it whatever they want. Hawaii is incredible and I can’t wait to visit the state again!

  17. queenlivekillers says: May 16, 2013 6:36 AM

    They’re not gay, they just really like rainbows!

  18. maynardstool says: May 16, 2013 8:24 AM

    Good luck trying to recruit 18 year old guys to be “Rainbow Warriors”.

  19. thraiderskin says: May 16, 2013 8:58 AM

    Who the hell gave the gay movement the rainbow? I like how groups can just snatch up things and it becomes awkward for everyone else to use (self-inflicted, but still awkward). Do it Hawaii! take it back! Also, someone take back the fricken Unicorn. Its a horse… with a horn, that should be considered cooler than it is. I’m done.

  20. thegamecocker says: May 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    Every school changing their nick-name is absolutely BS and unnecessary:

    St Johns will always be the REDMEN NOT redstorm
    Marquette will always be the WARRIORS NOT eagles
    Stanford will always be the INDIANS NOT cardinal
    South Carolina will always be the FIGHTING GAMECOCKS AND NOT JUST THE GAMECOCKS!!

    If Notre Dame can be called the FIGHTING IRISH, then have the word FIGHTING as a descriptive adjective works for me!!!!

    It’s an HONOR to have words such as THE TRIBE, SEMINOLES, INDIANS, SIOUX as nick-names for their respective schools! These words are not meant to be offensive, derogatory, insulting, etc. This entire POLITICALLY CORRECT is destroying our country IMO,

  21. dirtydrew says: May 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    Nice. Hawaii has beautiful rainbows. But it is just funny.

  22. garyterp says: May 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    As for a previous comment, Hawaii Football has never been called the Rainbow Warriors, . The Football team has been the Warriors since 2000, before that ,the Rainbows. Basketball is the Rainbow Warriors. And that’s been the problem, Men’s teams had different nicknames. Now every Men’s team is Rainbow Warriors,end of confusion.

  23. manchestermiracle says: May 16, 2013 10:44 AM


    Nope, all teams (including football) were called Rainbow Warriors prior to 2000. At that time a somewhat controversial marketing decision was made to allow the various university teams to pick their own nicknames.

    The basketball, swimming and diving, and tennis teams retained the name Rainbow Warriors, the baseball team adopted the name Rainbows, and the football, golf, and volleyball teams adopted the name Warriors.

  24. trojan33sc says: May 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    The name Rainbow was fine prior to gays adapting the symbol as their national flag. Better to man up and keep their original name. No shame in that besides, it can’t be any worse than watching NFL players parade around in PINK all season !!! and NO, I don’t care what the pink symbolizes.

  25. goodfieldnohit says: May 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    By far the most embarrassing team name.


    The Delta State Fighting Okra and the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs say hi.

  26. nelson1968 says: May 16, 2013 10:41 PM

    because, remember when June Jones announced the name changeover just Warriors, he totalled his car. Lesson learned- after 13 years… don’t mess with what they call” ali’i” on the island.

  27. pdcooper08 says: May 16, 2013 11:24 PM

    It’s Mana, June created bad Mana.

  28. barnesaintnoble says: May 17, 2013 12:00 AM

    Here’s to hoping their mascot’s name is ROY G BIV. I like this move, the rainbow has been symbolizing something it has nothing to do with for a long time. They are just a natural phenomenon and Hawaii happens to have a lot of them. In terms of apparel and uniforms, I can’t imagine they will look very good. Will take some creativity to make it look intimidating. Bright colors are fine, 7 Bright colors? Maybe they could just call themselves the the Rainbow Warriors and have black as their main color.

  29. spstover112365 says: May 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    I personally like “Warriors” better. “Rainbow Warriors” is too long. I have several ball caps with “Warriors” on the front w/ Hawaii and the “W” logo on the back. It looks good. I am proud of growing up there and being an alumnus. Without getting into what (you think) “Rainbow” stands for or its history, I agree with “barnesaintnoble” it’s not very intimidating. The Hawaiian Ha’a, IS intimidating.

  30. mogogo1 says: May 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    Was anybody aware that some of their teams had been Rainbow Warriors while others were just Warriors? If you change a name and nobody realizes it, did you actually change the name?

  31. th56 says: May 17, 2013 3:56 PM

    I wonder if a lot of these people who want to change a traditional name because of the homophobe crowd are also for changing other teams names because they’re offensive to native Americans.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: May 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    May 16, 2013 8:26 PM
    By far the most embarrassing team name.


    The Delta State Fighting Okra and the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs say hi.



    What’s a Fighting Okra??

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