Hawaiʻi Football Now Podcast

Hawaiʻi Football Now Podcast

Can’t get enough Rainbow Warrior football? Hosted by sportscaster Jordan Helle and former UH QB Hunter Hughes, the ‘Hawaii Football Now Podcast’ provides you with all the latest UH football news, game previews, analysis, and more.

Hughes was a three-sport athlete at Lake Zurich High School in Illinois and became a Rainbow Warrior in 2016 and ’17.

Helle was a two-sport standout at Baldwin High School and a QB at Occidental College. He is also a co-host (with Kanoa Leahey) on the popular “Let’s Talk Sports” podcast, also on ESPNHonolulu.com.

New episodes of “Hawaii Football Now” will be available here every Thursday!

On HFN Ep:37, Jordan and Hunter have a conversation with Hawaii Football Quarterback Armani Edden about his experience thus far at the University of Hawai’i and get his thoughts on how the team is coming together and preparing for their 2022-23 season.

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On HFN Ep:36, an NFL and CFL draft recap that highlights the players with Hawaii ties. Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes talk about a few recent commits including Pittsburgh transfer, QB Joey Yellen.

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On HFN Ep:35 Coach Chris Brown, the Inside Linebackers’ coach joins the Hawaiʻi Football Now Podcast to talk about how he’s embracing the “BRADDAHHOOD” and preparing his position players for August 27th against Vanderbilt.

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On HFN Ep:34 Spring Football has sprung, and Island Day came and went. This week on Hawaiʻi Football Now, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap Island Day and share their thoughts on how the day went as far as the logistics, entertainment, and scrimmage.

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On HFN Ep:33, as we approach Island Day, the culmination of Hawaiʻi Spring Football, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes have some fun talking about what their ideal Hawaii Game Day experience would look like.

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On HFN Ep:32, we move into the second half of Spring Football and prepare for Island Day on April 16th. Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes bring you a Spring practice update and share their thoughts on the significance of the football team bringing back the Ha’a to their pre-game routine.

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On HFN Ep:31, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes complete their Spring season depth chart evaluation that they started last week by taking a first look at the defensive side of the football. Hughes also describes what his experience was like attending the first few open-to-the-public spring practices.

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On HFN Ep:30, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes talk about the competition, team configuration, and excitement that come with the start of Hawaii Football Spring Practices.

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On HFN Ep:29, Coach Abe Elimimian joins the HFN Podcast to chat with Jordan and Hunter about the recent University of Hawaiʻi Pro Day at UNLV and the fast-approaching start of Spring Ball on March 22, 2022.

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On HFN Ep: 28, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes get you pumped for the start of Spring Practices! This year, YOU can witness the rebuilding of this program and help shape a great experience for the Rainbow Warrior Football team.

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On HFN Ep: 27, Defensive Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach Jacob Yoro joins the Hawaiʻi Football Now Podcast as its first official guest! Coach Yoro talks about how he’s handling his new responsibilities as DC, and shares what he envisions his defense will look like.

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On HFN Ep: 26, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes discuss their outlook on the Rainbow Warrior’s 2022 season schedule which will start with a game at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex on August 27th against Vanderbilt University. They also talk about three Power 5 transfers that committed to the University of Hawaiʻi.

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On HFN Ep: 25, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes talk about Head Coach, Timmy Chang’s commitment to recruiting locally which affects the team chemistry and brings excitement to the program for fans and supporters alike. Helle and Hughes end the episode talking about ways in which a winning culture and a unique gameday experience can be created at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex.

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On HFN Ep: 24, Jordan Helle, and Hunter Hughes talk about coaching chemistry and the importance of it as it relates to players’ individual success and the team’s success. Helle and Hughes also discuss the Football Program’s scholarship management, roster construction, and walk-on tryouts which are on Feb. 25.

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On HFN Ep: 23, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes offer their impressions of Coach Chang’s coaching staff thus far and also discuss the incoming players and their potential impact on the team.

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On HFN Ep: 22, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes discuss the Rainbow Warrior’s 25th Head Coach, Timmy Chang ’04. Helle and Hughes discuss the events leading up to Chang’s hire including June Jones’ contract offer, the impromptu press conference called by UH Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl, and AD David Matlin’s press conference.

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On HFN Ep: 21, Hunter Hughes’ sports a mug which pretty much captures the reactions of all the UH Football stakeholders. Listen to Helle and Hughes’ take on what type of coach the Hawaii Football Program needs in order to rebuild. HFN wants to know, who YOU think should be the next Head Coach!

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On HFN Ep: 20, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes talk about the new incoming players and then go headfirst into the meat of this week’s podcast, debriefing all that happened in the State Senate Hearing. Luckily for you, if you missed the 2-hour event, or didn’t read through the 86 pages of written testimonies, Helle and Hughes condensed it down for you!

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On HFN Ep: 19, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes look back and recap the Bow’s 2021 season which Hughes summarizes as “weird”. Staying on-brand with all the New Years’ festivities and activities, Helle and Hughes brainstorm a few New Years’ resolutions for the UH Football Team as they work to rebuild and recover for their next season.

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This week On HFN Ep: 18, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes address the canceled EasyPost Hawaii Bowl, the transfer portal announcements from 4 additional big named starters, and the statements from Athletic Director Dave Matlin and Head Coach Todd Graham on the state of the program.

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On HFN Ep: 17, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes dive deep into predictions and expectations for EasyPost Hawaii Bowl between Memphis and Hawaii. The game is set to kick off tomorrow, 12/24 at 3 PM at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. It’s been 27 days since the two teams have played in a game and since then, both teams have lost some key starters.


This week on HFN Ep16, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes dive into the transfer situations with Dae Dae Hunter and Chevan Cordeiro. Most noteworthy is Cordeiro’s decision to transfer to San Jose State University which is an in-division rival to UH.


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes dive into the new developments surrounding the negative cloud that continues to linger above the UH Football program and the up-and-coming EasyPost Hawaii Bowl 2021.


Dec. 3 – Hawaii Football Now’s Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes re-record episode 14 to digest and address all that has happened in the last couple of days for the UH Football Team. They discuss the transfers of Dae Dae Hunter and Chevan Cordeiro, the voices of alumni, fans, players, and coaches on social media, and how the UH Football Program can move forward to prepare for the EasyPost Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve against the Memphis Tigers.


On this Thanksgiving edition of the podcast, Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap Hawaii football’s 50-45 exciting Senior Night victory to Colorado State, and what that win does for this team moving forward for the rest of the season plus the offseason. And the guys look forward to Wyoming for the season finale in Laramie and the fight for the Paniolo Trophy.


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap Hawaii football’s 27-13 loss to UNLV in the ninth island showdown and now that the team is out of bowl eligibility, the guys talk about what the team needs to do to move forward for the rest of the season to finish strong. And the guys preview this weekend in Manoa as it is senior night vs. Colorado State.


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warrior’s loss to San Diego State and what needs to change for Hawaii to receive a bowl invitation this season. Also, the guys preview the next matchup in Las Vegas for the Ninth Island Showdown against UNLV.


Nov. 4 – Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ loss to Utah State 51-31 in Logan and preview their next match at home against now-ranked San Diego State. Plus, Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex is going to 100% capacity for the next game…what that means to the team and how that helps them for this upcoming game.


Oct. 28 – Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ victory in game 2 between Hawaii and New Mexico State 48-34, and it was also a night which honored Colt Brennan and a night where the number 15 was retired. The guys also preview Hawaii’s next matchup at Utah State and what the Rainbow Warriors need to do to see a bowl game.

Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap Hawaii’s loss to Nevada 34-17 in Reno, and they look forward to the next game against New Mexico State, which just happens to be a rare game 2 in the same season. Also, 1,000 fans will be in attendance for the first time, but how much does that impact Hawaii?


Oct. 14 – Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes talk about Hawaii’s upcoming game against Nevada, and fresh off the bye week, how can the Rainbow Warriors take a game off of the Wolf-Pack?


Oct. 7 – Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ huge upset over Fresno State 27-24 and how this is going to help Hawaii moving forward for the season as we hit the bye week. Plus some exciting news about potentially having fans for the next home game against New Mexico State…


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ 41-21 victory against New Mexico State in Las Cruces and in game 1 of 2 of the season, and then give their preview to the homecoming and rivalry matchup with nationally-ranked Fresno State.


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ 17-13 loss against San Jose State in the conference opener, and then give their preview to the first of two games against New Mexico State, this game going in Las Cruces.


Jordan Helle and Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ 45-27 loss to Oregon State in Corvallis and then give their preview to the first conference opponent in San Jose State.



Sept. 9 – Jordan and Hunter recap the Rainbow Warriors’ 49-35 win over Portland State in their first ever game in Mānoa and give their thoughts on how the team will fare at Oregon State.



Sept. 2 – It’s the debut of our newest podcast about all things University of Hawaiʻi Football! Sportscaster Jordan Helle and former UH QB Hunter Hughes recap the Rainbow Warriors’ season opener at UCLA and preview their upcoming matchup vs. Portland State.