UH-Arizona matchup promises offensive fireworks

McDonald, Taylor put up big numbers in ’18

By KALANI TAKASE

The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Arizona’s season-opening matchup against the University of Hawaii will be a study in contrasting offensive styles.

While both teams ranked in the top 50 nationally in total offense in 2018, the Wildcats did a lot of their damage on the ground, averaging 202.4 rushing yards per game, which led the Pac-12. The Rainbow Warriors’ pass-heavy attack, meanwhile, aired it out at a clip of 310.3 yards per game, tops in the Mountain West.

Arizona running back J.J. Taylor and Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald are expected to take center stage when the teams meet today for the first time since 2016.

Taylor, a 5-foot-6, 185-pound redshirt junior, ran for 1,434 yards last season, good for seventh nationally. It was the fourth-highest single-season rushing performance in Wildcats history.

McDonald, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, finished eighth nationally in passing yards (3,875) and sixth in passing touchdowns (36). He threw for over 300 yards seven times and eclipsed the 400-yard mark three times last season.

“The scary part about this guy, McDonald, is he had a great year last year … and he’s coming back this year bigger and stronger, so they’ve got some weapons offensively and defensively, but I think they’ve got a quarterback that’s as good as probably there is in the country,” Arizona second-year coach Kevin Sumlin said.

McDonald has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Manning, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards. Taylor is also on the Maxwell Award watch list, along with the Doak Walker Award.

Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said slowing down Taylor and the Wildcats will require discipline.

“This is about all-out effort to the ball, this is about good tackling, this is about getting them down and seeing if we can get some takeaways because if they make you miss, they have the ability to take it as far as they need to go,” Rolovich said.

The Rainbow Warriors are coming off an 8-6 record and their first winning season since 2010.

Arizona went 5-7 in 2018 and is tabbed for a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12 South.

A few more things to look for when the Wildcats and Rainbow Warriors meet:

Continuity Counts

Not only does UH return 20 starters from a year ago — which ties them for the most in the nation with the quartet of Ball State, Indiana, Michigan State and Oregon — it also managed to go through the offseason without any turnover on its coaching staff.

Among the new additions to the Arizona staff this year is running backs coach DeMarco Murray, who played seven years in the NFL. Murray played his college ball at Oklahoma, where Sumlin served as co-offensive coordinator in 2007 when the Sooners won 11 games, including the Fiesta Bowl.

Tribute To Tomey

Dick Tomey, who coached at both Hawaii and Arizona, will be honored today. Tomey passed away in May at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer. Several of Tomey’s family members will be in attendance and Arizona players will wear a “DT” sticker on their helmets in his honor.

Tomey went 63-46-3 in 10 seasons at Hawaii (1977-86) and also served as special teams coordinator in 2011. After leaving for Arizona in 1987, Tomey coached 14 seasons with the Wildcats (1987-00), led them to seven bowl appearances and finished as the school’s winningest coach with a record of 95-64-4.

You Again

The Wildcats will open against the Rainbow Warriors for the third time in program history and are seeking their fourth win in Honolulu in as many tries. They have won all five previous meetings in the series, including a 47-28 win in Tucson the last time the teams met on Sept. 17, 2016. The two also met in a season opener in 1952, when Arizona hosted Hawaii and won 57-7, and in 1998, when the Wildcats made their last visit to Aloha Stadium and came away with a 27-6 win.

Early Start

Today’s opener will mark the earliest start to a season for both programs.

The teams will open the 2020 season against each other in Tucson.

Hawaii will take on two more Pac-12 opponents, Oregon State and No. 13 Washington, in the coming weeks.

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7 sent to hospital after smoke fills cabin of flight to Hawaii

By CALEB JONES

The Associated Press

Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines says 184 passengers and seven crew members used evacuation slides to get off the plane after it declared an in-flight emergency and landed in Honolulu.

Jon Snook, Hawaiian Airlines chief operating officer, said smoke was first detected on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 47 from Oakland, Calif., about 20 minutes prior to landing as the plane began to descend.

American Medical Response spokesman James Ireland said a total of 11 patients had breathing complaints and seven were taken to the hospital with respiratory problems.

Ireland said the youngest patient taken to the hospital was a 9-month-old. He said another older child was also taken to the hospital and the rest were adults. All injuries were considered minor.

One person was examined at the scene for injuries sustained during the evacuation.

Snook said there was visible smoke in the cabin and a smoke indication in the cargo hold set off a warning in the cockpit, which prompted the emergency landing. He said there were no visible flames anywhere on the plane.

An automatic fire suppression system was activated in the cargo hold, Snook said.

He said smoke was still prevalent in the cabin after the plane landed, which is why the passengers were ordered to use the slides to evacuate the aircraft.

Shuttles took passengers, who left their luggage behind, to a staging area at the airport. Snook said Hawaiian Airlines is refunding passengers for the cost of their round trip tickets and will give passengers a voucher for future travel.

“It’s going to take a little bit of time to get the bags released from the aircraft, obviously we want to be sure that we understand what the source of the smoke was and one possibility of course is that the bags may have been a source,” Snook said. “We have no evidence to suggest that right now but we want to be cautious about taking the bags off.”

Snook thanked the crew and passengers for evacuating in an orderly way “in what could have been a complex and dangerous situation.”

Snook said the National Transportation Safety Board will be notified and conduct an investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration will also investigate, said spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

Firefighters said it took the passengers just 30 to 45 seconds to exit the aircraft. A few had only minor bruises from coming down the slides, said Glenn Mitchell, the airport’s fire chief.

Officials say protest costs are over $3M

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County has spent more than $3 million on overtime and other costs as a result of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope.

News organizations reported Wednesday that Hawaii County Finance Director Deanna Sako says the cost to the county government has been nearly $3.27 million since demonstrations began in July.

Demonstrators want to block work on the $1.4 billion telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea, which they fear will further harm the area many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Hawaii island Police Chief Paul Ferreira says his department spent more than $217,000 on overtime from July 1 to 15 and $2.77 million from July 16 to 31.

State Sen. Lorraine Inouye published a letter Tuesday calling on Democratic Gov. David Ige to resolve the impasse.

Cops boost traffic enforcement near telescope protest

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Police have issued about 100 tickets daily since last week for parking and traffic violations near the site of a protest against the construction of another telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

Big Island officers are not targeting protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Mauna Kea, but are increasing enforcement to maintain safety, police Maj. Sam Jelsma told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“There is increased traffic up here due to the protest movement,” Jelsma said. “Obviously, with people camping out on the side of the road, there is a need for increased police presence, which will make things safer.”

Protesters have been near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and the road to the summit since mid-July. They want to block work on the $1.4 billion telescope, which demonstrators fear will further harm a summit many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, visited the protest site Monday and toured the tent encampment at the base of the Mauna Kea Access Road.

Police are also setting up checkpoints for drunken driving and seat belt enforcement, Jelsma said. State Department of Transportation officials placed signs Monday prohibiting parking, stopping and unloading near the intersection.

Kaho‘okahi Kanuha, a demonstration leader, said protesters do feel targeted by police. A better way to address safety concerns would be to install more barricades to separate pedestrians and parked cars from passing traffic, Kanuha said.

Andre Perez, another protest leader, said police have not directly communicated with demonstration leaders any specific changes needed for parking arrangements.

Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in bay

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said.

The woman, 27, was reported to be in “good health” and was expected to be released after a shark bit her while she was swimming Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island’s western side, leaving her with injuries to her lower back and right hip area, police said.

Officials didn’t provide her name.

Soon after the woman was taken to a hospital in serious condition, preliminary information provided to firefighters was that the shark bit her in one of her legs and her torso, Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief William Bergin said. She was about 50 yards from shore, he said.

“The shark is still in the area, so we’re trying to get people out of the water at this time,” he said.

Police said witnesses described the shark as having a gray tip. Bergin said he was told it’s possibly a 6-foot black-tip reef shark.

The bay will remain closed until at least noon today.

Hawaii County misses deadline for cost-saving code revisions

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A new statewide energy code could increase the cost of home building after officials missed a deadline to enact exemptions on Hawaii Island, a report said.

Hawaii County failed to meet a two-year deadline to implement changes to the International Energy Conservation Code, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday.

Neither the county council nor the public works department initiated a new law to make changes, while Maui and Kauai passed bills to lessen the code’s impact.

The updated code that went into effect last week requires double-paned windows and completely sealed houses with fully insulated walls, floors and roofs. The change will reduce energy use by almost a third, saving more than $1 billion in statewide energy costs over 20 years, officials said.

School board OKs code changes for misconduct

HONOLULU (AP) — The state school board has voted to elevate the seriousness of high school bullying and harassment as disciplinary offenses, officials said.

The Hawaii state Board of Education passed a revised misconduct code Thursday that included making bullying, cyberbullying and harassment Class A offenses and the most serious of four levels of misconduct, the Star-Advertiser reported.

Individual school principals still have the power to determine the consequences of these actions.

“The discipline that is issued is not predetermined by the class of offense that is issued,” said Heidi Armstrong, assistant superintendent of the Office of Student Support Services. “That is uniquely on a student-by-student, case-by-case basis.”

Principals are required to consider five factors, including the intent of the offender and the severity of the offense, school officials said.

School-level investigations are to be completed within five days, and both parties are to be notified with further action to “preserve the safety of everyone involved,” board members said.

The revisions also state civil rights complaints can now be filed by a student who experiences or witnesses discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation, school officials said. Parents and employees who know about or witness this behavior can also file complaints.

The U.S. Office of Civil Rights found the state’s school system was not supporting its students, so the misconduct code added those changes to act in accordance with regulations, school officials said.

The department expects to train school staff on the changes in October and November if the governor approves the new rules, officials said. The revised code is expected to take effect Jan. 1.

Hawaii student suspensions at US average, not the worst

HONOLULU (AP) — A report with erroneous data has been corrected to show student suspensions in Hawaii were not the nation’s worst, officials said.

The Hawaii Department of Education mistakenly combined suspension days for every offense, rather than by student, before the information was sent to the federal government and publicized by the American Civil Liberties Union in June, the Star-Advertiser reported.

The report was corrected and shared Thursday to say there were 24 suspended days for every 100 students, not the previously reported 41 days, officials said.

“With the recalculation, Hawaii falls within the national average and is not the worst in the nation as was reported,” Schools Superintendent Chris-tina Kishimoto said.

Errors were discovered when the department generated data from the 2015-16 school year for the U.S. Civil Rights Data Collection, officials said. The federal government requests information every two years, but this was the first time they asked for the number of days suspended per 100 students.

Following the correction, the number of suspended days for students with disabilities and for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders was still at a higher rate compared to other states, officials said.

The number of suspended days for students with disabilities was corrected to 50 days, but still surpassed the national average of 44 days, school officials said. The number of days that Pacific Islanders were suspended fell by 45 percent in the corrected numbers.

Cowboys edge Rams at Aloha Stadium

By KALANI TAKASE

The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Dak Prescott appears ready for the regular season, with or without Ezekiel Elliott.

The Dallas quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts in his only series, and the Cowboys came away with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Prescott dropped back to pass seven times, completed passes to five different receivers, had one short completion negated by an ineligible lineman downfield penalty and was sacked once.

Prescott’s only drive covered 97 yards in 12 plays, took more than six minutes and culminated with Tony Pollard’s 14-yard touchdown run.

“It’s always a challenge coming off your own goal line. We call that a ‘coming out situation.’ One of your goals is to get a first down and change field position. To be able to have a 13-play drive and cash it in for points was big for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

With starting quarterback Jared Goff among the large number of Rams starters that did not make the trip to Hawaii, Blake Bortles got the start and finished 7 of 11 for 62 yards. His 7-yard scoring pass to JoJo Natson capped Los Angeles’ second drive, which was extended by a fumbled punt return by Dallas return man Reggie Davis and recovered by rookie Jake Gervase.

“Blake did a really good job, got us in and out of the right run calls and I thought it was exactly what we wanted to accomplish for him,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Los Angeles (0-2) took its only lead on Greg Zuerlein’s 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Zuerlein attempted a 56-yard field goal just before halftime, but missed wide left.

Dallas (1-1) pulled back ahead late in the third quarter, when third-string quarterback Cooper Rush found Devin Smith for an 8-yard touchdown.

Pollard, who started in place of Elliott, finished with five rushes for 42 yards. Elliott, a two-time league rushing champion, missed his second preseason game while he continues his holdout. Alfred Morris, who signed with the team during training camp, saw his first action of the preseason and carried three times for 6 yards, all before halftime.

The game marked the NFL’s first time back in Hawaii since the 2016 Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium. Although the game was technically a home game for the Rams, fans of both teams jumped at the rare opportunity to see professional football in the 50th state.

“What a great atmosphere and environment it was,” McVay said. “The fans were awesome from start to finish.”

Garrett said he took a moment during Saturday’s game to reflect upon the history that has taken place at Aloha Stadium.

“I was thinking about while I was standing on the sidelines, thinking about all the great players that who have played here. The best of the best have played here because they played the Pro Bowl game here for a long time,” Garrett said.

State legislators debate jurisdiction over telescope road

Larger legal issue looms for TMT and other telescopes

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials are debating jurisdiction over the road leading to a contested telescope project, a report said.

State Sen. Kai Kahele questioned the state’s legal jurisdiction over Mauna Kea Access Road during a legislative briefing Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

The dispute over the state Department of Transportation’s jurisdiction could develop into a larger legal issue for the Thirty Meter Telescope and other Mauna Kea telescopes.

The plan to start construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island has been thwarted for weeks by Native Hawaiian activists who say the construction will further desecrate a mountain some consider sacred and already has more than a dozen observatories.

Police arrested about three dozen people blocking the road July 17. The number of demonstrators has grown to a few thousand on weekends.

The transportation department built the Mauna Kea Access Road over Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property without permission about 50 years ago. The state never executed a land transfer as part of a $600 million agreement in 1995 to compensate for the misuse of Hawaiian home lands, said Home Lands Director William Aila.

The transportation department maintains operational control over the road despite the lack of compensation 24 years later, the state attorney general’s office said.

Democratic Gov. David Ige’s administration is working to ensure the land swap is completed, Aila said.

Without the land exchange, the state breached the agreement and cannot claim title to the access road or stop protests there, Kahele said.

“That road belongs to the beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act,” Kahele said.