[item], University of Hawaii Football Programs, Archives and Manuscripts Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library.
The University of Hawaii was established in 1907 as a land grant college originally named College of Agriculture and Mechanic Art of the Territory of Hawaii, temporarily "located on Young Street, near Victoria Street (neighboring what is now the Admiral Richard Thomas Square)" (Kobayashi, 3). In 1909, the first football team was formed, called the "Fighting Deans" (UH Athletics) and included three faculty members (Kamins, 10). Due to the isolation of the islands from the rest of the mainland U.S., Hawaii was forced to play with local high schools and military and club teams for the first eight years of its existence (UH Athletics).
Meanwhile, in 1911, the Territorial Legislature "amended the Act of Establishment in several particulars. The name of the college was changed" to the College of Hawaii (Dean, 9). By 1912, land in the lower end of Manoa Valley had been cleared and the college, including several "temporary" wooden buildings, were moved from Young Street to their permanent location in Manoa (Kamins, 14).
The year 1920 marked two important events. First, the school was again renamed, this time to the University of Hawaii (Dean, 12-13). Second, the Deans played their first intercollegiate game on Christmas Day against the University of Nevada, Reno in Moili?ili. Unfortunately, they lost, 14-0 (UH Athletics).
During a game played at home against Oregon State in 1923, a rainbow appeared over the gridiron. It was already late in the game and neither team had scored. With the appearance of the rainbow, the Deans were able to score and hold the lead until the end, winning the game. Reporters later wrote about the experience, nicknaming the team the "Rainbows" and the name stuck. A belief was also born from this experience that if a rainbow appeared over the University during a game, the Rainbows could not be defeated.
By the mid 1920s, Hawaii's football team had developed into a major powerhouse. The Honolulu Stadium was built as their homefield in Moiliili, affectionately known as Termite Palace.
The 1930s saw them continue their success; however, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and subsequent breakout of World War II put a temporary halt to further games and it wasn't until after the war ended that they played again in 1946.
The Rainbows saw continued success for many years. However, after three seasons of losses in 1961, and facing financial problems, the Board of Athletic Control abolished the football program. This abolishment only lasted one year as they were reorganized in 1962 under the urging of Young Suk Ko, the new athletics director.
The mid 1970s saw more changes to the football team. Their nickname was slightly altered to the "Rainbow Warriors," and a new, much larger, homefield was built in Pearl City, named Aloha Stadium. Aloha Stadium has continued to see the Warriors find success on the football field for over 30 years. (UH Athletics)
Dean, Arthur L. "Historical Sketch of the University of Hawaii: The Commencement Address Delivered on June 7, 1926, at the University of Hawaii by Arthur Lyman Dean, Ph.D., President of the University from June, 1914, to Feb. 1, 1927." University of Hawaii, Occasional Papers, No. 5. [Honolulu]: The University of Hawaii, 1927.
"History of UH Football." University of Hawaii Athletics Department website. Accessed on 22 May 2012.
Kamins, Robert M. and Robert E. Potter. "Malamalama: A History of the University of Hawaii." [Honolulu]: University of Hawaii Press, 1998.
Kobayashi, Victor (ed.). "Building a Rainbow: A History of the Buildings and Grounds of the University of Hawaii's Manoa Campus." [Honolululu]: University of Hawaii Press, 1983.
This collection consists of the Football Programs from the University of Hawaii's football team, the Warriors. Most of the programs are from the home games, although there are some from the away games. Although the team was formed in 1909, the collection of programs do not start until 1930. The bulk are between 1970 and 2000.
A link is provided in the inventory to an image of the front cover of each issue.
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Material with personal information may be redacted by the Archives staff. Some fragile items may need to be handled by the staff only. Use of audiovisual material may require the production of listening or viewing copies.
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, their descendants, or the repository if copyright has been signed over, as stipulated by United States copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user to determine any copyright restrictions, obtain written permission, and pay any fees necessary for the reproduction or proposed use of the materials.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Hawaii Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must be obtained by the researcher.
Derek Inouchi, Media Relations Director of UH's Athletic Department, donated their duplicate copies of the football programs they'd collected from various donors to the University Archives in 2011.
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1936 University of Southern California
Digital Object: Cover, Southern California, 1936
1936 Kam Alums
Digital Object: Cover, Kam Alums, 1936
1936 San Jose State
Digital Object: Cover, San Jose State (Loyola), 1936
Digital Object: Cover, Washington, 1937
1937 Town Team
Digital Object: Cover, Town Team, 1937
1937 San Jose State
Digital Object: Cover, San Jose State, 1937
1938 San Jose State
Digital Object: Cover, San Jose State, 1938
1939 Polar Bears
Digital Object: Cover, Polar Bears, 1939
1948 Michigan State
Digital Object: Cover, Michigan State, 1948
1950 Texas Western
Digital Object: Cover, Texas Western, 1950
1951 Town Team
Digital Object: Cover, Town Team, 1951
1951 Camp Pendleton
Digital Object: Cover, Camp Pendleton, 1951
1956 Fresno State
Digital Object: Cover, Fresno State, 1956
1968 Humboldt State
Digital Object: Cover, Humboldt State, 1968
Digital Object: Cover, Whitworth, 1968
1969 Central Washington
Digital Object: Cover, Central Washington, 1969
1969 Cal State Los Angeles
Digital Object: Cover, Cal State Los Angeles, 1969
Digital Object: Cover, Oregon, 1969
1970 U.S. International
Digital Object: Cover, U.S. International, 1970
1970 Santa Clara
Digital Object: Cover, Santa Clara, 1970
1970 Cal State Pomona
Digital Object: Cover, Cal State Pomona, 1970
1970 Cal State Los Angeles
Digital Object: Cover, Cal State Los Angeles, 1970
Digital Object: Cover, Linfield, 1970
Digital Object: Cover, Pacific, 1970
1970 Fresno State
Digital Object: Cover, Fresno State, 1970
1970 New Mexico Highlands
Digital Object: Cover, New Mexico Highlands, 1970
Digital Object: Cover, Linfield, 1971
1971 Cal State Los Angeles
Digital Object: Cover, Cal State Los Angeles, 1971
1971 Santa Clara
Digital Object: Cover, Santa Clara, 1971
1971 New Mexico Highlands
Digital Object: Cover, New Mexico Highlands, 1971
1971 Santa Barbara
Digital Object: Cover, Santa Barbara, 1971
Digital Object: Cover, Montana, 1971
1971 Long Beach State
Digital Object: Cover, Long Beach State, 1971
1971 New Mexico
Digital Object: Cover, New Mexico, 1971
Digital Object: Cover, Nebraska, 1971
1972 Cal Lutheran
Digital Object: Cover, Cal Lutheran, 1972
1972 Puget Sound
Digital Object: Cover, Puget Sound, 1972
1972 Cal State Fullerton
Digital Object: Cover, Cal State Fullerton, 1972
Digital Object: Cover, Montana, 1972
Digital Object: Cover, Grambling, 1972
1972 Northern Arizona
Digital Object: Cover, Northern Arizona, 1972
Digital Object: Cover, Lindfield, 1972
1972 San Jose State
Digital Object: Cover, San Jose State, 1972
Digital Object: Cover, Stanford, 1972
1973 Cal State Los Angeles
1973 Puget Sound
1973 Cal State Norhtridge
1973 Santa Clara