Warriors get the military treatment

Published On: Aug 14 2012 06:59:34 PM HST

On the third day of fall camp at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the University of Hawaii football team, head coach Norm Chow had Air Force and Navy drill instructors wake his team up just after 5 a.m. Tuesday and they worked the Warriors.

"I was just lying in bed and I heard pounding.  Thought it was a joke," said Warriors defensive end Paipai Falemalu.  "This is going to be fun.  It's going to be hard, but it's going to be fun."

"I just heard pounding then I heard yelling.  I was like, 'What's going on?'" said Warriors linebacker Kamalani Alo.  "I threw off my blanket and ran outside."

Practice didn't happen until the afternoon.  In the morning, there was military training -- another team-bonding experience.

"We got them up this morning military-style.  Basic training-style.  Got them motivated, got them fired up and get them ready to start a brand-new season," said MSgt. John Mascolo.

"There's so many similarities in what the military does.  The discipline that's involved -- the teamwork that's involved," said Chow.  "So many life lessons can be learned --  football lessons can be learned."

Warriors were taken to task for more than an hour, ending at the PAC-AF building, which still shows bullet holes and scuff marks from Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor more than 70 years ago.

As a thank you, the Warriors delivered an emotional haka for their drill instructors.


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