BY KATHY HANSBERRY — A crowd of 22,740 packed Aloha Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, and watched a nail-biter, as the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors held onto a six-point lead against the UMass Minutemen securing a berth in the Hawai‘i Bowl to be played on Christmas Eve. This will be the first postseason appearance for the Warriors since losing to Tulsa in the 2010 Hawai‘i Bowl.
As “Senior Night” final home game sponsor for the regular season, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts enhanced the fan experience by handing out free UH/Outrigger spirit flags at every gate.
Spectators who visited the Outrigger promo tent at Gate 3 had a chance to win great prizes and enter the halftime game, “Wacky Tourist,” where a lucky contestant won a complimentary two-night stay at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and a surfboard.
A pregame VIP reception was also held at Gate 6 for invited VIP partners and clients.
Pre-kick-off, Ed Case, chief legal officer, represented Outrigger for the official coin toss, and during halftime, Sean Dee, chief marketing officer, accepted an autographed football signed by UH Head Coach Nick Rolovich as a “Mahalo” gift for our sponsorship.
As always, this successful event is thanks to the collective efforts of #teamOutrigger. Mahalo to volunteers: Aitogi Totemese, Antonio Reyes, Bob Berges, Brent Shiratori, Brett Berges, Bryson Sato, Carl Hansberry, Claire Morikawa, Dan and Miho Wacksman, Dana Sato, Darren Sato, Derek Berges, Feebe Cabulera, Grant Sato, Greg Champion, Heather Doeringer, Ilo Mose, Jason Sato, Jen Cabasag, John Neeley, Jojo Cabulera, Kevin Miyakawa, Lani Von, Leconte Lee, Lori Ishiyama, Maria Reyes, Mary Loy, Napua Ho, Otis Mose, Pam Cabrera, Peter Cheng, Robin Estrada, Rylan Morikawa, Sai Mose, Shari Souza, Stephanie Nojima, Sue Berges, Thaila Lagunero, Tom Wakita, Toni Marie Reyes, Tricia Marie Reyes and Tyra Marie Reyes.
Brent Inouye, corporate relations director, UH Athletics, said, “Mahalo for all your time and support with your football game sponsorship on “Senior Night,” Saturday vs. UMASS. It was a very exciting game for coach Rollo’s final regular season home game. Thank you for also for contributing such amazing giveaways and prizes for the night, it was truly a memorable game for the fans. We look forward to working with you throughout the 2016-17 athletics season. Mahalo for all your support!”
Let’s cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Hawai‘i Bowl. Go ‘Bows!