UH fans rally to keep their teams as the Rainbows

Athletics director looking to simplify brand as Warriors

Published  10:28 PM HST May 03, 2013
HONOLULU -

Ramping up opposition for the name Warriors, fans rally at the University of Hawaii to keep their teams as the Rainbows.

Fans want "Rainbow" in the names of all UH athletic sports teams. After decades, they are not ready to give it up.  

"Rainbows are appreciated in our culture and the history of Hawaii, going back to when the native Hawaiians fist settled in," said Stephen Chinen, rally organizer.

"When we are at practice and we see a rainbow we are always reminded of who we are representing, and that's what we take pride of," said Luke Hayes, Senior on the UH dive team.

Center stage was an empty chair for UH athletic director Ben Jay who wants to change all UH men's teams simply to Warriors. Jay was out of town. Fans said they reached out to him, asking him to work with them.

"He was invited here...we are having a rally to inform you why we are so passionate," said Chinen.

Jay has made a statement saying, "In essence, we are not 'making' a decision to adopt the Warrior nickname for our men's sports ... we are basically 'finishing' the decision made 13 years ago, so that our brand identity is clear and unified."

Those at the rally said they agree on being clear and unified, but not as the Warriors.

"We should have one name but that name should be Rainbow Warriors," said Chinen.

Fans that don't like the name Warriors still have two months left to fight on. The official name change won't take place until July 1.

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