AMHERST -- UMass knows the easiest way to distance itself from last Saturday's sour season ... Hawaii is simple -- win. And both players and coach Mark Whipple believe they saw encouraging signs this week in the days leading up to game two. The Minutemen.
The game against UMass was a rematch of the 2016 regular-season finale, which Hawaii won 46-40 in Honolulu to secure its first bowl bid since 2010. Hawaii will will travel to the mainland for six of its 12 games this season and will play in four different.
What we do know for sure is that, for the next few months, the timing couldn’t be better for a Hawaii vacation ... the tourist numbers might be slightly down during this shoulder season, energy around the island is still quite high.
However, we’re optimistic about adventures still to come as the end of peak-season travel means that airfare is becoming ... We’ve mentioned a few times that flights to Hawaii are a mind-blowing bargain this fall. You can get all of those deets here.
Including players, coaches, support staff, and administrators, a team’s travel party is well over 100 people. It’s not just money. Hawaii is six hours behind the East Coast, which makes it a logistical nightmare in the middle of the season. UMass.
While many on the U.S. mainland are no doubt mourning the end of summer and August vacations, the turn to cooler weather is an exciting time for one of Hawaii's favorite sports. Winter is surf season on the Islands, with the best waves and top contests.
Catamounts' Hawaii trip includes jitters in the travel package Flying, much less across the country and beyond for the season-opening football game, to be a first for some Catamounts Check out this story on citizen-times.com: http://www.citizen-times.com.
Denver has the country’s fourth busiest airport during the Labor Day travel season with an average of 4,913 flights ... airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said. Nationally, Hawaii was at the top of the charts. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time.
The distance the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will travel to face UMass on Saturday is the farthest east the program’s ever traveled. It’s almost as far as the 5,064 miles they flew a year ago when they opened up their season against Cal in Sydney.
That said, the season ... need to travel leading to swell decay. Further, the storms are usually tracking eastward and better aimed at the Americas, sending the bulk of the energy east while only a portion of the energy heads northward to Hawaii.