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UHFB Season Opener

September 4th, 2015
The Rainbow Warriors take to the field prior to their game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

The Rainbow Warriors take to the field prior to their game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

One down for the Rainbow Warrior football team--their first season opener victory in many years.  Aside from the 7pm kickoff, the game ran extremely late, and due to the deadline guidelines we had for the Friday editions of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, we had to transmit the bulk of our work at the half.  It was a hot, humid night, characterized by the ripe smell of too many photographers in one small room trying to transmit in a non-air conditioned room.  The thickness of the air hovered over the stadium like a plague of locusts, and the Rainbow Warriors' victory ensured no one would go crazy from the conditions, though the Colorado Buffaloes came mighty close to evening the score.

Here are a few of my favorites from last night, since the page designers in sports and web didn't select these to publish.  Thank goodness for this blog that you're reading, right?

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) throws on the run during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) throws on the run during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) charges out of the endzone against Colorado defensive lineman Leo Jackson (52) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) charges out of the endzone against Colorado defensive lineman Leo Jackson (52) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Quinton Pedroza (5) pulls in a touchdown pass over Colorado defensive back Ken Crawley (2) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Quinton Pedroza (5) pulls in a touchdown pass over Colorado defensive back Ken Crawley (2) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii tight end Metuisela Unga (7) hurdles over Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) and Colorado linebacker Kenneth Olugbode (31) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii tight end Metuisela Unga (7) hurdles over Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) and Colorado linebacker Kenneth Olugbode (31) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) tries to pull in a pass while under pressure from Colorado defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) tries to pull in a pass while under pressure from Colorado defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) pulls in a reception ahead of Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson (9) and defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) pulls in a reception ahead of Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson (9) and defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) shakes off Colorado defensive back Ken Crawley (2) enroute to a touchdown during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Marcus Kemp (14) shakes off Colorado defensive back Ken Crawley (2) enroute to a touchdown during the first half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Tiny pebbles fly from the hands of Hawaii defensive lineman Luke Shawley (93) as he shakes hands with linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams (2) after his sack on Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Tiny pebbles fly from the hands of Hawaii defensive lineman Luke Shawley (93) as he shakes hands with linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams (2) after his sack on Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii linebacker Julian Gener (8) works to bring down Colorado running back Michael Adkins II (19) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii linebacker Julian Gener (8) works to bring down Colorado running back Michael Adkins II (19) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Isaiah Bernard (84) pulls in a touchdown ahead of Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii wide receiver Isaiah Bernard (84) pulls in a touchdown ahead of Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) during the second half of a college football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii held on to win their first game of the season, 28-20. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Next week I travel to Columbus, Ohio as the Rainbow Warriors take on defending National Champions, the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Fall is definitely here, baby!

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4 Responses to “UHFB Season Opener”

  1. Haleakala:

    Those are great photos!


  2. Jalansky:

    Max's athleticism and the players' intensity are captured. "Tiny pebbles flying from the hands"--wow. Really appreciated the power of photography after seeing these photos. Thank you.


  3. Cook 'Em:

    Ditto -- simply awesome photography! Close ups show the intricate designs on the uniforms. Was at the game and kept wondering why the uniforms looked dirty. Seen up close they are really cool, but from far away they just look dirty.


  4. Jamm Aquino:

    @Haleakala, @Jalansky, and @Cook 'Em, Mahalo for all of your kind words! I can see how the detail would make the new uniforms look "dirty" from afar. Our prep sports writer, Paul Honda, brought up an interesting question on social media on whether I prefer the white or gray uniforms for photography, being that the new look we saw Thursday had gray. Personally, the white would look better during night games, as wearing it during day games would totally blow out the highlight on the exposures of the photos. Also, autofocus tends to track better when there is high contrast during low light situations, so white at night is winner!


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