July 1 – University of Hawaii football head coach Todd Graham joins the Sports Animals to talk about the state of the football team and what they are doing during this time. Also, coach Graham talks about a place he played golf in Hawaii which may surprise you.
June 29 – The former Athletics Director for Chaminade University discusses his recent retirement and future plans.
June 30 – Micah Kane, President & CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation, joined the conversation to talk about the community needs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. He said that community needs are still widespread and shared that the need for food is at least 3x the amount prior to COVID-19. While the Hawaii Community Foundation continues to support emergency grants, it has also taken steps to support the recovery phase.
June 26 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Football head coach Todd Graham
June 26 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball head coach Eran Ganot
June 26 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Baseball head coach Mike Trapasso
June 25 – Hawaii State Senate President Ron Kouchi joined the conversation to share updates from the Hawaii State Senate. Senate President Ron Kouchi said that the Governor’s decision to lift the mandatory 14-day quarantine for trans-Pacific passengers who test negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii was made through a multi-layered assessment.
June 25 – The Campbell High School wide receiver joins the Sports Animals to talk about his future in college football after receiving 20 Division 1 offers from all over the country, including Hawaii where his brother is committing to.
June 23 – The University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball head coach discusses the release of their 2020-21 non-conference schedule, highlighted by Washington State (Nov. 11) and North Carolina (Nov. 20).
June 23 – Chef Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Cafe joined the conversation to share insight on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Hawaii’s restaurant industry. Chef Lee Anne Wong said that when the pandemic hit “everything happened very very suddenly.” She shared that closing the doors of her Kaimuki restaurant in March was very emotional. “It was hard to let go of my employees not knowing when I’d be able to hire them back”.
June 19 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball assistant coach Chris Gerlufsen.
June 19 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Women’s Water Polo head coach Mo Cole.
June 19 – #ESPNFanFriday interview with University of Hawai’i Football Co-Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers coach Tony Hull
June 19 – Senator Brian Schatz joined theconversation to share updates from Washington, D.C. Senator Schatz said he anticipates negotiations about the next federal COVID-19 relief package to begin in July. While no details are available yet, Schatz shared that he believes something will be passed towards the end of July.
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June 17 – Bo Graham, University of Hawai’i Football Passing Games Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
June 17 – Dr. Jonathan Paladino from Hawaii Pacific Health joined the conversation to share first-hand experience from the frontlines. Dr. Paladino said the experience for healthcare providers has been a rollercoaster. “We were most likely taking care of COVID-19 patients before we knew they had COVID,” he said, reflecting back to how things were at the beginning.
June 16 – The former University of Hawaii and current Seattle Seahawks receiver joins the Sports Animals to talk about his life during the pandemic and how he is getting ready for the upcoming season. Also, what is his reason for not being able to play a lot last season?
June 16 – Paul Yonamine, executive chairman of Central Pacific Bank, joined the conversation to talk about travel bubbles. Paul Yonamine said that the success of the bank is entirely dependent on the success of its customers. He explained that customers are hurting right now, largely due to the shutdown of tourism.
June 15 – This new sports void is often listed as one of the unseen stressful effects of COVID-19. How does the community respond to a world without sports to engage us? Bobby Curran chats with a panel of experts about the next steps and coping strategies for students, coaches and families, and also addresses the question, what will happen to those high fives?
June 15 – University of Hawai’i pitcher Carter Loewen chats with Josh Pacheco about reaching a free-agent agreement with the San Diego Padres.
June 12 – University of Hawaii Athletics Director David Matlin joined the conversation to talk about how the University is preparing to resume sports. David Matlin shared that in preparation, the Athletics Department is finalizing protocols and plans for different scenarios. “We have to be more agile than we ever have been in our life”.
June 10 – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach for the University of Hawai’i
June 10 – Bomani Jones of ESPN’s Highly Questionable and The Right Time Podcast joins The Josh Pacheco Show to talk about the current climate in the sports world and Jerry Jones’ stance on kneeling to the American Flag.
June 11 – Ikaika Hussey joined the conversation to talk about Uplift Hawaii, a new economic recovery platform that brings together individuals, businesses, coalitions, and other COVID-19 recovery initiatives with the goal of building a more equitable future for Hawaii. Ikaika Hussey shared that in the last few weeks several coalitions have come together to discuss how the economy will pivot to address the needs of all Hawaii residents.
June 10 – Vegas sports analyst heard on ESPN, Scott Spreitzer, talks about where the “action” is with none of the major 4 sports going on; weighs in on Holloway/Volkanovski rematch; top prop bets; and what life is like in post-quarantine Vegas.
June 10 – Dr. Sanah Christopher from Hawaii Pacific Health joined the conversation to talk about the relationship between the coronavirus and the cardiovascular system. Dr. Christopher, an interventional cardiologist at Pali Momi Medical Center, said that recent data shows a significant cardiac involvement with regards to the coronavirus.
June 8 – The former Chaminade basketball player Richard Haenisch joins the Sports Animals and walks down memory lane to December 23, 1982 and Chaminade’s game against Virginia, the top ranked team in the nation, which was considered in many publications to be the biggest upset.
June 9 – Suzanne Young and Tricia Nekota from the Honolulu Board of REALTORS joined the COVID-19 Care Conversation to share updates on Hawaii’s housing market. Suzanne and Tricia said that the housing market, as expected, declined over the past couple of months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the decrease in sales in April and May, activity in the market is picking back up.
June 5 – Angelica Ljungqvist, Associate Head Coach for the Unviersity of Hawai’i Women’s Volleyball team
June 5 – Todd Graham, University of Hawai’i head football coach
June 5 – Elliot Ptasnik, University of Hawai’i Swiming and Diving coach
June 4 – Eddie Klaneski, head football coach of the Damien Monarchs
June 5 – Peter Ingram, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, joined the conversation to share updates from the airline industry. Peter Ingram said the airline is “ready to go.” This week, Hawaiian Airlines announced new policies and procedures, including social distancing requirements during check-in, a face mask requirement for employees and passengers, and increased cleaning procedures.
June 4 – Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, joined the conversation to talk about how the pandemic has affected the hospitality industry. Mufi said the hospitality industry needs a proposed reopening date from the state in order to prepare for welcoming visitors. Although hotels are closed, they continue to cover health benefits for its workers and other costs. In order to properly prepare for reopening,
June 3 – Dr. Leslie Chun from Hawaii Pacific Health joined the conversation to talk about the status of COVID-19 and what health care providers are doing to prepare for a potential second wave as the state reopens. Dr. Chun said that they are seeing a significant decrease in the urgent and non-urgent patient visits. Health care providers are concerned that patients who need care are not coming in.
June 1 – Former University of Hawaii football head coach, June Jones, joins the Bobby Curran Show. Jones says there are about 20 people interested in purchasing the XFL. He talks about the recent protests taking place in the US, and the rest of the returning leagues.
Lieutenant Governor Josh Green joined the conversation to talk about the current state of COVID-19 in Hawaii and when the community will see travel quarantine restrictions lifted. The Lieutenant Governor believes the interisland passenger quarantine should have been lifted already based on the fact that the state has had so few cases over recent weeks. While he agrees that it is important to be cautious, he is concerned about the lifelong consequences on the economy. “We have to open up and we should do it right now when the prevalence of disease is lowest,” he said.
May 26 – DLIR Director Scott Murakami joined the conversation to share updates on the status of unemployment in Hawaii. Murakami said that DLIR has processed 75% of the claims received. Of the claims processed, over 73% have been paid. There are still over 64,000 claims that need to be processed. Since March 1, the state Unemployment Insurance trust has paid out over $343 million.
May 21 – Dr. Sarah Park from the Department of Health joined the conversation to talk about testing and contract tracing. Dr. Park said the state is overall in a good spot. Hawai’i has gone over the peak of the first wave, but still continues to see a low number of cases. As long as numbers remain low and the community continues to maintain the recommended safety measures she believes the state “will get out of this.”