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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Uniforms Unveiled (w/UPDATES)

The UH website has a press release with pictures of the new UH football uniforms. Here's a pic from that release.

The home and away version of the uniforms were on display for the first time publically. Some of the highlights of the new uniforms include, use of the UH green predominantly in both sets; the fabric on the jersey shoulders and sleeves has a tapa design; the "Hawai'i" brand is used on the front of the jersey; the "H" logo is featured on the pants and above the player's name on the back of the jersey; the distinctive UH tapa numbers are used on both uniforms.

"The Under Armour representatives did a great job developing a uniform that both keeps the tradition of the true Hawai'i green and will help our team perform at a higher level," head coach Greg McMackin said. "Our players and coaches are excited about the new designs and thrilled to be able to wear a quality brand of products."
I definitely like the home uniform better than the road uniform is all I can say right now. Hmmmm...

UPDATE: The Advertiser has an article with pics and a video by Leila Wai. The video has close-ups of the uniforms and the tapa on the shoulders, and it includes interviews with Greg McMackin, Keith AhSoon and David Veikune.

UPDATE 2 (4/24/08): Here's a Chawan Cut Compilation of the news. KHON, KGMB, KITV and KFVE have stories on the new uniforms -- got some great quotes from Coach Mack. There's also a profile of Keith AhSoon and his family from Jason Tang.

Dave Reardon has a story about the new uniforms, and has a quote from Under Armour senior VP Kevin Haley about why they got involved with UH:
"There's a select few programs we have a relationship with. With Hawaii, I think it's a perfect fit. It's a program with a rich heritage, but also with a lot of youth and passion and appeal to the next generation," said Haley, who was present at yesterday's unveiling. "We didn't find out Hawaii was available until late January. It was not our plan. We didn't think it was available. It was not in our plans or our budget, but it was a once in a lifetime. We reached out from a number of different angles."
Stephen Tsai has more quotes from Haley, who discusses a little of how the uniforms are put together, along with an excellent quote from Greg McMackin:
"If we want changes, like putting tapa (bands) on the (pants) leg, they're willing to do it," McMackin said. "They're going out of their way to help us."
Awww yeah. I'm liking the unis a lot more after seeing the videos. Putting the tapa bands back on would make them 20x more awesome, woot woot!


  • At Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 4:40:00 PM HST, Blogger Guysen said…

    I like it. The road Uni's are an improvement from the Black, Silver and White. The green is finally back and the tapa design looks good. Still miss the tapa around the legs though

  • At Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 5:48:00 PM HST, Anonymous Kaimuki boy said…

    Looks good. Thank eh Tombo. I think every body likes the tapa on the legs. The Jerseys are awesome.

  • At Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7:01:00 AM HST, Anonymous niall yamane said…

    Gotta have the tapa on the legs. It makes the uniform.

  • At Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 9:21:00 AM HST, Anonymous V.Brown said…

    LOVE'N the new uniforms! I'm especially liking the partnership with Under Armour. Great company who seems to be willing to go out of their way to adjust things such as the tapa on the legs. Just small things like that say a lot about commitment to the athletics program and about the company as a whole.

  • At Friday, March 20, 2009 at 5:46:00 PM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These new uniforms are absolutely hideous.
    Hawaii needs to go back to a simple, traditional look: green jersey with white numbers, white pants, white helmet with "U of H" in green block letters on the side. Bring back the rainbow stripes on the helmet and pants, too.

  • At Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:54:00 AM HST, Anonymous Hostpph said…

    It is the best way to do it with a press conference because fan will be into it and you bet that they will want their own.

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