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May 9, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

LETTER FROM CHRIS DEY TO THE COACHES AND PLAYERS: IMPORTANT FOR THE FANS TO APPRECIATE THE COMMITMENTS, SACRIFICES AND INVESTMENTS BEING MADE BY THE ISLANDERS TEAM...

The commitment that you guys have made to make the Islanders a great organization both on and off the field. And I wanted to say thanks. Thanks for your commitment, thanks for your sacrifices. Because I realize that every hour you are at practice, at a game or on the road, is an hour away from your families, or your jobs. Thanks for the investments that you guys are making in the Islanders. Because the investments won’t always have immediate returns but you guys are making them. Thanks.

Then I started to think about what we all wanted the Islanders to be. I mean when someone talks about the San Francisco 49ers, we all have an image of what it means to have been a part of the 49ers. We have a preconceived notion of what that person must be like if they said they were a 49er. Same thing if we talked about the Raiders. But what does it mean, and what will it mean when we say three years from now, or even tomorrow when we tell someone that you are an Islander? What’s it going to take for us to be the most respected football organization. For us to be the team that they are all pointing at saying, how do they do it?

What I thought of was…TRIBE. A tribe is made up of different families, like us, each of these families handle their family matters differently. What’s acceptable in one family isn’t in another, but that’s ok. But these families are all proud to be a part of the TRIBE. And there are ways ‘of the tribe’.

In a tribe, each person plays a specific role. In our tribe, the players and coaches are our warriors. You go into battle and defend us, you conquer the enemy. But the tribe also has equally valuable people who serve roles like getting your equipment ready to go into battle or someone who tends to your injuries before and after battle, someone who provides you with food and shelter or others who maintain the tribe on a day to day basis. In each tribe there are many roles to serve. And each is very important. The strength of the tribe is in each of us serving our role. Each person is willing to serve these roles, in addition to the role they serve within their family, with honor because they are proud to be a part of their tribe. In this case, the Islanders.

When I think of a tribe I also think that it means that each member of the tribe can look into the other’s eyes and know that they’ve got each other’s backs. No matter what. So in our case Coach Cal Lee can look into my eyes and know that I’ve got his back. Or Thomas Yoshida can look at me and know that I’ve got his back. Coach Cal at Coach Vince Passas, Coach Doug Semones at Eddie Klaneski, or Coach Vince at Darnell Arceneaux, or Darnell at Andy Ramos etc.

When I think of a tribe, I also realize that there is a huge sense of pride and respect that each member has for their tribe because no matter what, day in and day out, no matter what the circumstances, not only is each member representing themselves by their actions but they’re representing their family and their tribe. There’s a tribal pride. There’s a way. There’s a way that the Islanders do things. There are traditions.

We’re just starting to find our way guys, and develop our traditions. The traditions start now! We have the honor of building the traditions for those that will follow us.

I bless you guys. I thank you for every minute of thought and effort you have poured into the Islanders Tribe. I thank you for your commitment, your sacrifices and your investment in the Islanders.

I’ve got your back. Everyone here is proud to be a part of the Islanders Tribe. And we’ve always got your back. Go to battle tonight knowing this. We’re proud of you.

Aloha,
Chris Dey
Executive Director & General Manager
Hawaiian Islanders

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ISLANDERS NOW ON KUMU2

*The Hawaiian Islanders can now be heard on AM 1500 KUMU2 Radio. Listen to John Miro both home and away for the excitement of Islanders Football. From the opening kickoff to the final play, listen live each week as KUMU2 brings you Hawaiian Islanders arenafootball2 league action.

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POST A MESSAGE ON THE ISLANDERS MESSAGE BOARD

*Can't get enough Arena Football? Log on to the Hawaiian Islanders web site at www.hawaiianislanders.com and click on the Message Boards. There you'll read Arena Football opinions from across the US as well as Hawaiian Islanders news and notes.

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**PREVIOUS ISLANDERS EVENTS: Where the Islanders have been

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COACHES LUNCHEON AT BIG ISLAND STEAKHOUSE

*Every Monday afternoon you can find Islanders players and coaches at Big Island Steakhouse in the Aloha Tower Marketplace for the weekly Coaches Luncheon. Come down to the Big Island Steakhouse every Monday at 12 noon to meet your favorite Islanders players and coaches.

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ISLANDERS WEEKLY TV SHOW

*Join Islander Head Coach Cal Lee and host Alema Harrington for Islanders Weekly, an informative 30-minute look behind the scenes of a professional franchise. 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 fans.

The show airs Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Oceanic Cable 16.

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RYAN’S GRILL: HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS’ OFFICIAL POST-GAME DESTINATION

*Following the Islanders’ first home game and their big win against the Green Bay Blizzard, the entire team headed over to Ryan’s Grill in Ward Centre for a post-game meal and celebration. You can catch up with the team at Ryan’s Grill immediately following the next five home games. Now you get a chance to meet and greet your favorite players and coaches to discuss the previous and upcoming games.

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ROOFTOP PARTY AT DAVE & BUSTER’S

*Friday, April 11, the Islander Girls were at Dave & Buster’s for a skeeball tournament. Fans got a chance to compete against each other in skeeball with the highest scorer winning a Hawaiian Islanders prize pack.

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YOU’RE IN THE GAME OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

* With the “You’re IN The Game Overnight Experience,” several lucky fans have the opportunity to get even closer in the game and become an Islander for a day. This priceless backstage pass includes an overnight experience with the Hawaiian Islanders players and coaches. The experience begins with a closed practice with the team at the Neal Blaisdell Center. From there, the fans board the “Royal Star” bus along with the team (courtesy of Superstar Transit) and it’s off to dinner with the team. After getting to know your favorite players over dinner, the group heads to Ohana East Hotel for the evening. Game Day starts with breakfast and lunch at Keoni by Keo’s, located in the Ohana East Hotel. The fans then sit amongst the team for “Chalk Talk.” Head Coach Cal Lee and his Islanders Coaching Staff review film, hold discussions and plan a winning strategy against the opposing team. As kick off nears, the fans and team board the bus and head off to the Neal Blaisdell Arena for some pre-game activities.

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SPRING NEW PRODUCTS SHOW

*The Hawaiian Islanders were at the 28th Annual Spring New Products Show on April 25-27, at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. The mini-field inflatable was there for the kids to enjoy and the Islanders also had their huge 16’x16’ quarterback toss inflatable as well. It was a busy yet fun-filled weekend for the Islanders.

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AUTOGRAPH SIGNING AT DAVE & BUSTER’S

*On Saturday, April 26, the entire Hawaiian Islanders team and assistant coaches were at Dave & Buster’s from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Game programs were provided and signed by the players and coaching staff. After the autograph session the team and coaches enjoyed a wonderful pre-game meal at Dave & Buster’s before heading to the Blaisdell Center to take on the San Diego Riptide.

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“SPORTS DAY” AT MOMILANI ELEMENTARY

*The Hawaiian Islanders staff, coaches, and players greeted students at Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City on Wednesday April 30th for the schools "Sports Day.” The students were treated by Coach Darren Hernandez, players Andy Ramos, Tiki Sagapolutele, Darrick Branch, Nian Taylor, Isaac White, and Kimo Naehu, and a number of the Islanders staff, to a day in the life of a Hawaiian Islander. The theme at Momilani was “Sports Day,” so it was a perfect fit for the Hawaiian Islanders to come and talk about their work and team.

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PEARL HARBOR KAI ELEMENTARY’S “CAREER DAY”

*Students at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School took a day off from the usual classroom settings to get a glimpse of what it is like to work in various careers. On Friday May 2, Marci Joy, Director of Operations for the Hawaiian Islanders visited the elementary to give the students a taste of her experience in the field of Sports. She spoke to Islander dancer/teacher Amanda McMeniman’s fourth, fifth, and sixth graders about the different areas within sports such as coaching, playing, equipment managing, operations, sales and marketing, and even interning.

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**ISLANDERS EVENTS AT A GLANCE: Upcoming Events (More to come)

Tuesday to Friday Islanders Weekly TV Show on OC-16
May 10 (Sat.) Next Home Game vs. Bakersfield Blitz Post-game Party at Ryan’s Grill
May 12 (Mon.) Coaches Luncheon at Big Island Steakhouse
May 16 (Fri.) Hawaiian Islanders vs. Wichita Stealth Post-game Party at Ryan’s Grill
June 28-29 (Sat.-Sun.) Big Boys Toys Expo

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ISLANDERS WEEKLY TV SHOW
*Get IN the Game with the Islanders Weekly TV Show on OC-16. Each episode features in-depth coverage of the games, players, coaches, and behind the scenes action. The thirty-minute show will air every Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 p.m. on OC-16.
DATES: Every Tuesday through Friday
TIME: 8:30 p.m.
CHANNEL: OC-16
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

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HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS VS. BAKERSFIELD BLITZ
*Military Appreciation Day - $2.00 off each ticket with Military ID at the Blaisdell Center Box Office
DATE: May 10 (Saturday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Neal Blaisdell Arena
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

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VICTORIA WARD CENTERS: HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS’ OFFICIAL POST-GAME DESTINATION
*Immediately after the next five home games, make your way down the street to Victoria Ward Centers for special post-game offers. Present your ticket at the following post-game party stops and receive these great deals:
Dave & Busters: No cover charge.
Ryan's Grill: Complimentary pupu up to a $10.95 value.
Dixie Grill: $5 dollars off any meal.
Brew Moon: 15% discount.
-RESTRICTIONS APPLY-
DATE: The next five home games
TIME: Immediately following the game
LOCATION: Victoria Ward Centers
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

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COACHES LUNCHEON AT BIG ISLAND STEAKHOUSE
*On Monday, May 12, and continuing every Monday until the end of the season, join the Hawaiian Islanders for a Coaches Luncheon at Big Island Steakhouse in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. Hawaiian Islanders coaches, players, and other guests will discuss the upcoming game and answer questions from the audience. Alema Harrington will MC the event. The luncheon will take place every Monday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Islander fans are invited to attend the weekly luncheon to get to know the coaches and players while enjoying the great food Big Island Steakhouse has to offer.
For reservations please call Big Island Steakhouse at 537-4446.
DATE: May 12 (Monday) and every Monday until the end of the season
TIME: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Big Island Steakhouse in the Aloha Tower Marketplace
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

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HAWAIIAN ISLANDERS VS. WICHITA STEALTH
*Experience the excitement of arena football on Friday, May 16, as the Islanders look for revenge against the Wichita Stealth. Catch all the hard- hitting up-close and personal at 7:30 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.
DATE: May 16 (Friday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Neal Blaisdell Arena
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

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BIG BOYS TOYS EXPO
*On Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, the Hawaiian Islanders will be at the Hawaii Convention Center for the Big Boys Toys Expo. The Islanders will have their mini football field inflatable for the kids to enjoy. Kids and adults can also test their accuracy at the huge 16’x16’ quarterback toss. Come down to the Convention Center for a weekend of fun and excitement.
DATE: June 28-29 (Sat.-Sun.)
LOCATION: Hawaii Convention Center
CONTACT: For more information contact us at:
733 Bishop Street Suite #2500
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-532-7362
808-537-9165 (FAX)

**2003 TICKET PRICES

*Six home games left for you to experience the excitement of hard-hitting, high- scoring football. Get your single game tickets now and Get IN the Game!

*Group ticket sales are also available. Get a group of 15 or more and enjoy a night of arena football with your co-workers, baseball team, or a bunch of your friends. Call 532-7362 for more details.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS

Lower Arena Reserved Sideline Seating $15
General Admission Upper Arena Seating $10
Students/Junior (ages 17 & younger) $7
Suite Seating (individual) $22.50 – SOLD OUT

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