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May 26, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

QUICK FACTS:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-2) vs.
SAN DIEGO RIPTIDE (2-5)
Date: Friday, May 28, 2004
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. HST
Site: Neal Blaisdell Arena (6,033)
Officials: Frank White (referee), Bryan Hoernig (umpire), George Gusman (head linesman), Doug Awana (line judge), Mike Goshima (back judge).
Radio: Live on KUMU2 AM 1500 (Alema Harrington, play-by-play and John Veneri, color analysis)
Internet: Live on www.hawaiianislanders.com
Series Record: Hawaii leads 5-2.
Coaches: Islanders – Cal Lee (16-9, second season);
Riptide – Darrel “Mouse” Davis (2-5), first season as af2 head coach)
Game Theme/Sponsor: Islanders Mean Business in partnership with the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.
National Anthem & Hawaii Pono’i: Nicole Passas
JN Chevrolet Fast Lane to Fame: Jordan Segundo and 24-VII Danceforce

TICKET & PARKING INFORMATION:
Walk-Up Sales: Neal Blaisdell Arena, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and through half time on game day.
Phone Sales: Ticketmaster Toll free 1-877-750-4400.
Internet Sales: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticket Prices: $25 Upper Bowl reserved;
$15 Upper Bowl Sideline reserved; $10 Upper Bowl End zone general admission; $7 Youth (17 and below);
$10 Handicap.
Parking: $5.00 (Open throughout the day)
Discounted Tickets: · Hawaii Chamber of Commerce members and their guests get $2.00 of the general admission price for the May 28th game versus San Diego. · At all Times Supermarket locations, Royal Card members receive $2.00 off the general admission price. · Oceanic Kupa’a cardholders also receive $2.00 off the general admission price at the Blaisdell box office. · Hawaii Speed & Quickness Camp participants receive free admission to a Hawaiian Islanders home game with the purchase of an adult general admission ticket.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS (5-2)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
3/27 @ Central Valley 1-0 Won 68-35
4/10 @ Louisville 1-1 Lost 35-37
4/17 BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT 2-1 Won 63-60
4/24 BAKERSFIELD 3-1 Won 45-40
4/30 @ Bossier-Shreveport 3-2 Lost 42-61
5/08 @ San Diego 4-2 Won 55-54 (OT)
5/22 CENTRAL VALLEY 5-2 Won 54-48
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/28 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-3 Hawaii 5-2
6/05 at Bakersfield 4:00 -- 2nd Meeting
6/12 CENTRAL VALLEY 6:30 L-1 Tied 4-4
6/19 SAN DIEGO 6:30 W-3 Hawaii 5-2
7/03 at San Diego 4:00 W-3 Hawaii 5-2
7/10 BAKERSFIELD 6:30 -- 3rd Meeting
7/17 LOUISVILLE 6:30 W-1 Tied 1-1
7/24 at Central Valley 4:30 L-1 Tied 4-4
7/31 at Bakersfield 4:00 -- 4th Meeting

SAN DIEGO RIPTIDE (2-5)
Date Opponent Rec. Result Score
4/03 @ Arkansas 0-1 Lost 38-48
4/09 Green Bay 0-2 Lost 49-67
4/17 @ Bakersfield 0-3 Lost 54-57
4/23 Central Valley 1-3 Won 59-34
5/8 Hawaii 1-4 Lost 54-55
5/15 @ Bakersfield 1-5 Lost 36-39
5/22 Quad City 2-5 Won 62-52
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/28 @ Hawaii 9:30
6/5 @ Central Valley 7:00
6/19 @ Hawaii 9:30
6/26 Bakersfield 7:00
7/3 Hawaii 7:00
7/10 @ Central Valley 7:00
7/17 @ Green Bay 5:30
7/24 Bakersfield 7:00
7/30 Central Valley 7:00

GAME-DAY SPECIALS:
Free Hotdog & Drink: The first 1000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a ticket for a free hotdog & drink. The ticket can only be redeemed at the Diamond Head and Ewa concession stands.
$1 Domestic Beer: It’s PAU HANA time! From 5:30 pm through 6:30 pm, fans can enjoy $1.00 domestic beers. Some restrictions apply.
THE STAKES: The Hawaiian Islanders are coming off of a conference win that put them in sole possession of first place in the West as the Riptide come to town. This will be the second of four meetings between the two teams this season. Hawaii defeated the Riptide in an exhilarating overtime win 55-54 at the San Diego Sports Arena. San Diego head coach and former Islanders consultant Darrel “Mouse” Davis looks to avenge that loss.

THE SERIES: This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams. Hawaii leads the series, 5-2. At the Neal Blaisdell Arena, Hawaii leads 2-1.

Date Score (HOME TEAM IN CAPS) Series
5/11/02 San Diego 52, HAWAII 50 0-1
6/01/02 SAN DIEGO 44, Hawaii 34 0-2
6/14/02 HAWAII 53, San Diego 34 1-2
4/26/03 HAWAII 51, San Diego 43 2-2
6/21/03 Hawaii 39, SAN DIEGO 38 3-2
7/18/03 Hawaii 34, SAN DIEGO 26 4-2
5/08/04 Hawaii 55, SAN DIEGO 54 (OT) 5-2

THE IFs:
If the Islanders defeat the Riptide, it would …
· Give the ISLANDERS a 6-2 all-time record against the Riptide
· Give the ISLANDERS a 3-1 record against the Riptide at the Neal Blaisdell Arena
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 17-9 record
· Give Hawaii Head Coach Cal Lee a 11-2 home-game record (two seasons)
· Give Hawaii a 4 game home winning streak in 2004 and 5 in a row dating back to last season.

PRE-GAME FESTIVITIES:
Meadow Gold Dairies Family FANFest: An interactive fan experience that’s a great place for Islanders fans and their families to get "IN the Game". FANFest is located at the Blaisdell Arena box office parking lot during every home game from 4:30 pm until kickoff. Kids can enjoy the Islanders inflatable replica arena football field, a quarterback challenge, face painting, poster making, milk mustaches, Meadow Gold Dairies samples, and great entertainment. Kawika Moo, Gusto the Gecko, and Tiny Tadani of OC-16's Tiny TV will be part of the festivities at every FANFest. Exclusive to Meadow Gold Dairies FANFest, thirty lucky fans at each FANFest will be chosen to sit in the "Kawika Moo Bullpen", the endzone VIP seats, for that night's game


ISLANDERS BUSINESS CLUB: Sponsored by NetEnterprise and First Insurance, business club members enjoy exclusive hospitality treatment with heavy pupus by Compadres Bar & Grill, Chai’s Island Bistro, TGI Fridays, Dixie Bar & Grill and Meritage Restaurant. For more information on joining the IBC, contact Tau Harrington at 532-7362.

HEAD COACHES:
Cal Lee was named head coach of the Hawaiian Islanders on October 23, 2002 giving fans across Hawaii an added excitement for the 2003 season and he delivered on his promise. He turned a 5-11, 2002 season to an 11-7 record in 2003. He also gave Hawaii its first west division crown. Lee is the most prolific football coach in Hawaii high school history. In 21 years as a head coach at St. Louis High School (Honolulu), his teams have compiled a 241-32-5 record, which include 18 league titles and 15 state championships.

Darrel “Mouse” Davis is in his first year as head coach of the Riptide. Davis brings over 40 years of football coaching experience to the Riptide, having coached in four other professional leagues (NFL, CFL, USFL, WLAF) as well as the NCAA. Known best for his innovative offensive tactics, the “Father of the Run ‘n’ Shoot” will look to add some punch to the Riptide offense.

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES:
Head Coach Cal Lee on San Diego: “It was a game of inches and we just happened to be on the winning side of the ball. With the way we played last week, we know that the team will be working harder to prepare for this game. San Diego is good solid team and Mouse will have them ready.”



ISLANDERS ILLUSTRATED:
Join host Alema Harrington for Islanders Illustrated, an informative 30-minute look behind the scenes at the Hawaiian Islanders, the only professional franchise in the state. See highlights from last week’s game as well as a preview of upcoming opponents. You’ll also see interesting interviews with coaches, players and items that make the Islanders your only team in town.

The show airs 11 times each week with a new show on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16. Check local listing for air times

ISLANDERS’ INJURY REPORT:
Pos. Name Injury Status
WR/LB Gabe Amey Knee Long IR
DS Eddie Klaneski Knee Long IR
OL/DL Evile Puna Knee Short IR
FB/LB Keiki Misipeka Knee Short IR
OL/DL Mose Tuia Knee Questionable

KEY DATES IN TEAM HISTORY:
September 6, 2001 – The league offices of arenafootball2 announces Honolulu will be awarded a franchise for the 2002 season. Charles Wang and his daughter Kimberly will be the operators of the team. Hawaii becomes the ninth (of 10) expansion team named for the 2002 season.
January 7, 2002 – Former all-state quarterback Darnell Arceneaux is assigned to the Islanders making him the first player in team history.
January 19, 2002 - The Hawaiian Islanders hosts an open tryout at Central Oahu Regional Park. Over 30 players endured the soggy conditions and participated in the three-hour workout
February 4, 2002 – Islanders host Pacific Rim Training Camp where over 180 participants from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Samoa, and Fiji attended.
March 30, 2002 - Islanders defeat the Fresno Frenzy 50-47 before 4,376 fans at the Blaisdell Arena marking the first game, the first win and the first home win in team history.
June 22, 2002 – Despite losing 56-48 at Bakersfield, quarterback Darnell Arceneaux rushes for an af2 record-tying five touchdowns.
July 20, 2002 – Hawaii rallies from a 21-0 deficit to upset the two-time defending af2 champion Quad City Steamwheelers 56-55 before 5,185 fans. Two days later, Nian Taylor was named National Ironman for the second consecutive week. Combined with his National Built Ford Tough award three weeks earlier, he becomes the first player to win three national awards in a four-week period.
October 23, 2002 –Cal Lee become the Islanders new coach for the 2003 season.
March 12, 2003 – Training camp opens with 16 veterans making the 35-man squad. Islanders announced they sold nearly 1,200 season tickets compared to only 16 from last year.
March 30, 2003 – Exactly one year following the Islanders’ first season and first win against Fresno, Hawaii opens the 2003 with a 48-37 win over Green Bay and gives head coach Cal Lee is first win as an af2 coach.
April 4, 2003 – A missed extra point gives Hawaii a stunning 53-52 win over Quad City. It only the third time in 25 games in which the Steamwheelers have lost a game at home.
July 5, 2003 – Hawaiian Islanders qualifies for the playoffs, its first in franchise history.
July 21, 2003 – With Hawaii’s win over San Diego and the Bakersfield-Wichita tie, the Islanders clinch their first west division title and the number three seed in the playoffs.
Aug. 1, 2003 – Hawaii defeats Wichita 57-30 in the first round of the af2 playoffs.
Aug. 9, 2003 – The eventual af2 champion Tulsa Talons ends Hawaii season with a 59-38 win in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

FORWARD MOTION: The Islanders travel on the road to face the Bakersfield Blitz on Saturday, June 5.

Hawaii will return home for two games. On June 12, Hawaii hosts Central Valley at the Blaisdell Arena for “You’ve Got to be KIDding Night.” On June 19, Hawaii hosts the San Diego Riptide in “Fathers Day.”

RECENT ROSTER MOVES:
Date Action Player
5/14 Activated off IR Antoine Simpson
5/14 Placed on suspention Robert Kemfort
5/14 Placed on Short IR Evile Puna
5/21 Activated off IR Morie Roe
5/21 Activated off IR Anthony Arceneaux
5/21 Placed on Short IR Keiki Misipeka
5/21 Reassigned to af2 Mike Miller
5/21 Reassigned to af2 Channon Harris

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE:
Hawaii remains one of the toughest teams to beat at the Blaisdell Arena. Hawaii is 10-2 over the last two years and 13-2 since 2002.

Year W-L
2002 (last 3 games) 3-0
2003 (9 home games) 7-2
2004 (3 home games) 3-0
Totals 13-2
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII REUNION: Of the Islanders who seen action this season, 10 played their college football careers at the University of Hawaii.
· Kealii Aguiar (2002-03)
· Joe Correia (1998-99)
· Channon Harris (1999-2001)
· Nate Jackson (1998-2001)
· Shayne Kajioka (2000-02)
· Eddie Klaneski (1994-97)
· Keiki Misipeka (2001-02)
· Morrie Roe (1995-97)
· Craig Stutzmann (1998-2001)
· Shawn Withy-Allen (1998-2000)


TALE OF THE TAPE: Here’s how Hawaii and San Diego stack up:

Statistical HAWAII SAN DIEGO
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 7 51.7 11 50.3
Scoring Defense 14 47.9 15 50.3
Total Offense 6 278.7 7 274.3
Total Defense 16 264.4 14 260.9
Pass Offense 9 250.1 5 266.3
Pass Defense 16 242.7 18 248.9
Rushing Offense 6 28.6 24 8.0
Rushing Defense 15 21.7 4 12.0
Scoring (Non-Kick) 6 322 9 308
Scoring (Kicking) 16 40 12 42
Pass Rating 2 115.4 12 108.0
Pass Def. Rating 16 111.2 22 115.0
Kickoff Returns 16 18.4 8 21.0
MFG Returns 1 31.3 2 30.2
Turnover Margin 8 0.57 16 -0.29
Field Goals 17 .250 11 .375
PAT Kicking 14 .739 16 .733
Sacks By 16 9 13 10
Sacks Against 4 3 20 15
First Downs 2 119 20 99
Opp. First Downs 19 111 20 42
Penalties 1 34.9 12 56.4
Opp. Penalties 12 59.4 9 58.1

2004 HAWAIIAN ISLANDER TRANSACTIONS
(by player)


Aguiar, Kealii - Assigned (3/11/04)

Ah Yat, Brian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Reassigned (4/22/04)

Akiona, Randyn - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)

Amey, Gabe - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04
- Activated (4/08/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)
- Long IR (4/28/04)

Arceneaux, Anthony - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)

Arceneaux, Darnell - Assigned (3/11/04)

Colbert, Justin - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Cunningham, Jaron - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Davis, James - Assigned (3/11/04)

Gossett, Neal - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Harris, Channon - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Activated (5/07/04)
- Reassigned (5/21/04)

Kajioka, Shane - Assigned (4/28/04)

Kauka, Jonathan - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Kemfort, Robert - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)
- Team Suspension (5/14/04)

Klaneski, Eddie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (3/22/04)
- Activated (4/08/04)
Manumaleuna, Fabian - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)
- Assigned (4/22/04)

Maul, Desmond - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/16/04)
- Assigned (4/28/04)

Miller, Mike - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/16/04)
- Reassigned (5/21/04)


Misipeka, Keiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR ( 5/21/04)

Naehu, Kimo - Assigned (3/11/04)

Notoa, Vai - Assigned (3/11/04)

Puna, Evile - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)
- Reassigned (4/08/04)
- Assigned (4/15/04)
- Short IR (5/14/04)

Ramos, Andy - Assigned (3/11/04)

Robinson, Joshua - Assigned (3/11/04)

Roe, Morrie - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/15/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/21/04)

Sagapolutele, Tiki - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Recall Reassign (3/22/04)
- Reassigned (4/28/04)

Simpson, Antoine - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Short IR (4/28/04)
- Activated (5/14/04)

Smith, Aaron - Assigned (3/11/04)

Taylor, Nian - Assigned (3/11/04)

Tillis, Mike - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Tuia, Mose - Assigned (3/11/04)

Ura, Teruhiro - Intl Squad (3/11/04)

Wayfer, Johnny - Assigned (3/11/04)
- Reassigned (3/22/04)

Withy-Allen, Shawn - Assigned (3/11/04)

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