ESPN Honolulu Fan Friday: Talk Story


April 2 – Former University of Hawaii pitcher Sam Spangler joins Tiff Wells for this week’s episode! The KHON2 News anchor shares many fond memories of being a #BaseBow​, playing in the Minors, becoming a sports reporter and now news anchor, and more.



March 26 – University of Hawaii divers Daphne Will and Elma Lund are the featured guests on this week’s episode. Both Rainbow Wahine standouts took part in this year’s NCAA Championships.



March 19 – In this week’s episode, Tiff Wells chats with one of the all-time greats in Hawaii volleyball history Angelica Ljungqvist. In addition to being the Rainbow Wahine Beach Volleyball head coach and indoor volleyball associate head coach, she was the first four-time All-American in program history and is a member of the UH Sports Circle of Honor.



March 12 – Former University of Hawai’i​ point guard and current analyst for Spectrum Sports Kawika Hallums joins us for a very entertaining episode! Hear many of his stories from his playing days to broadcast career, including how he “almost” became a QB at BYU.



University of Hawaii first baseman Alex Baeza joins Tiff Wells on this week’s episode! Baeza, a redshirt junior out of West Jordan, Utah, started 15 games for UH in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The previous year, Baeza started 48 games and hit .248 with 27 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 7 doubles. He was also second on the team in home runs (4).



Feb. 26 – Rainbow Wahine Basketball takes the spotlight on this week’s episode! Olivia Davies is a redshirt freshman guard who is averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds a game for the Rainbow Wahine, while Kelsie Imai is a true freshman out of Waiakea High School.



Feb. 19 – University of Hawai’i Women’s Water Polo head coach Maureen Cole is our featured guest on this week’s episode! Coach “Mo” talks about why she chose water polo after playing multiple sports as a kid; the people that influenced her playing and coaching careers; being a coach during a global pandemic; and a lot more.



Feb. 12 – ESPN Honolulu swings for the fences this morning with our latest edition of “Fan Friday: Talk Story.” University of Hawaii softball utility player Angelique “Cheeks” Ramos and outfielder Bree Soma join host Tiff Wells for this week’s episode. The two seniors are expected to lead the Rainbow Wahine this season (the schedule has yet to be announced).



Feb. 5 – In this week’s episode, we spotlight University of Hawai’i Golf with Monica Johnson, a highly decorated freshman from Sydney, Australia and Kotaro Murata, a sophomore from Matsuyama, Japan who is coming off a superb freshman season.



Jan. 29 – Former University of Hawai’i standout running back “Nasty” Nate Ilaoa joined Tiff Wells to chat about all the things he’s been up to since his playing days; what brought him to the UH; his favorite memories of Aloha Stadium; and more!



Jan. 22 – Tiff Wells catches up with former Rainbow Wahine Volleyball setter Bailey Choy for this week’s episode! Choy reminisces about her playing days at the UH and lets us know what she has been up to since.



Jan. 2 – Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2021 features former University of Hawai’i Football standout and coach, 11-year NFL veteran, now Executive Director for the Hula Bowl and #HawaiiFB Spectrum Sports analyst Rich Miano.



Dec. 18 – Former University of Hawai’i MVB Outside Hitter and now UH assistant coach Josh Walker joins Tiff Wells for this week’s episode! The former All-American standout has successfully transitioned to the coaching ranks and was named “AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year” in 2019.



Dec. 11 – Tiff Wells chats with Rainbow Warrior Football sophomore standout and Mililani High School alum Darius Muasau. Muasau talks about his big family, representing Hawai’i, playing for coach Rod York at Mililani, and more!



Dec. 4 – Tiff Wells chats with University of Hawai’i Golf head coaches Ronn Miyashiro (M) and Stephen Bidne (W).



Nov. 27 – University of Hawaii Baseball shortstop Kole Kaler joins Tiff Wells for this week’s episode! Kaler was named Third-Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He is the first UH All-American since 2011, when both Kolten Wong and Lenny Linsky were honored by multiple publications.



Nov. 20 – Rainbow Wahine Basketball RS-Senior from Australia Amy Atwell joins Tiff Wells for this week’s episode! The Big West Conference’s reigning “Best Sixth Player” returns after leading the conference in three-point FG percentage (45%).



Nov. 13, 2020 – University of Hawaii offensive tackle Ilm Manning joins us for this week’s episode. The junior out of Glendale, Arizona sits down with Tiff Wells to talk about the Rainbow Warriors’ season so far, his passion for football, life in Hawaii, playing in front of no fans and much more.



Nov. 11, 2020 – Rainbow Warrior Volleyball junior libero out of Moraga, California Gage Worsley shares his experiences as a Rainbow Warrior, how he got started in volleyball, coming to Hawaii and competing for a national title.



Oct. 30, 2020 – Rainbow Wahine Soccer head coach Michele Nagamine joins Tiff Wells for this week’s episode! Coach “Bud” was named head coach at the University of Hawai’i in 2011 and named ‘Big West Coach of the Year’ in 2019.



Oct. 23, 2020 – #HawaiiMBB guard JoVon McClanahan joined Tiff Wells for this week’s episode. The 5-11, 170-lb. sophomore out of Sheridan College in Wyoming is expected to compete for the team’s starting point guard position. McClanahan averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game last season for Sheridan.
Video highlights provided by KHON2 Sports. Photos courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics and JoVon McClanahan.



Oct. 16, 2020 – Get to know new Rainbow Wahine Volleyball setters 5’10” freshman Kate Lang (Keller, TX) and 6’2″ junior transfer Mylana Byrd (Houston, TX).



Oct. 9, 2020 – Former Rainbow Warrior offensive lineman and 2016 Ben Yee Most Inspirational RJ Hollis joins Tiff Wells for this week’s “Talk Story”. Hollis, who started 27 games at right tackle for UH in 2015 and 2016, talks about his playing days in Manoa, the University of Hawai’i legacy, transitioning to broadcasting and more.



Oct. 2, 2020 – The former two-time All-WAC selection joins us from Newfoundland, Canada. English helped the program earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and reflects on his time in Hawaii, his experiences in pro ball and the story behind his recent book, Chasing a Dream: The Carl English Story.



Sept. 25, 2020 – In this wide-ranging talk story session, Coach Robyn talks about her life in volleyball, from playing at McKinley H.S. and UH to serving on the U.S. National Team and competing in the Olympics. The reigning Big West Conference Co-Coach of the Year also shares her thoughts on coaching the Rainbow Wahine and how the team has coped with the postponement of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Sept. 18, 2020 – Tiff Wells “kicks it” with University of Hawai’i Soccer’s Kelci Sumida! The sophomore midfielder had a memorable debut season in 2019, leading the Rainbow Wahine in game-winning goals (3) and finishing second in total goals (5). More importantly, Sumida helped the team make its first-ever Big West Tournament appearance.



Sept. 11, 2020 – Host Tiff Wells sits down with Rainbow Warrior receiver Jared Smart to talk about UH football, life during a global pandemic and…skydiving?