by Lance Tominaga
Then known as “The Fighting Deans,” the UH football team made its debut, beating McKinley High School, 6-5.
A rainbow appears over Moiliili Field, and Hawaii upsets Oregon State to end the 2003 season. Reporters begin calling UH teams the “Rainbows.”
UH defeats Washington State, 20-11, to complete its second consecutive undefeated season. Combined, the 1924 and 1925 “Wonder Teams” went 18-0 and outscored their opponents, 606-29.
Hawaii shocks Nebraska, 6-0, in Lincoln, to earn one of the greatest upsets in school history.
UH falls to Utah State, 48-0, in the final game of their first all-collegiate schedule. The Rainbows finish 4-6 for the season.
Hawaii upends Washington, 10-7, in Seattle to open the 1973 season. The Huskies were favored by as many as 50 points.
Hawaii plays its first game at brand-new Aloha Stadium. It isn’t a happy debut, however, as the Rainbows get blitzed by Texas A&I, 43-9.
In front of more than 48,000 fans, Hawaii keeps it close against No. 3-ranked USC before losing, 21-5.
The Rainbow Warriors make their debut as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, losing to Utah, 27-23.
A national TV audience sees Hawaii fall to conference rival BYU, 13-3, at Aloha Stadium. The two schools were battling for sole possession of the top spot in the WAC.
After 10 consecutive losses to BYU, Hawaii beats the Cougars in a 56-14 rout at Aloha Stadium. UH basketball player David Hallums calls beating BYU “better than statehood.”
After a nine-win regular season, the Rainbow Warriors earn their first berth in an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game. On Christmas Day, UH is overwhelmed by Michigan State, 33-13, in the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl.
UH running back Travis Sims rushes for two touchdowns as WAC co-champion Hawaii defeats Big Ten power Illinois, 27-17, to emerge victorious in its first (and, so far, only) Holiday Bowl.
Hawaii loses to Oklahoma State, 24-20, to close out a disappointing 4-8 season. Head coach Bob Wagner is fired, to be replaced by Fred von Appen. Von Appen would go 5-31 in the next three years before getting the ax himself.
Hawaii holds off Oregon State, 23-17, to win the Jeep Oahu Bowl and complete a remarkable turnaround season. It is the first season under new head coach June Jones.
In a home game against Louisiana Tech, UH quarterback Timmy Chang becomes the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing yards. He finishes his career with 17,072 passing yards.
Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Colt Brennan, Hawaii beats conference rival Boise State, 39-27, to claim its first-ever outright WAC championship. The Warriors go on to play Georgia in the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl, losing to the Bulldogs, 41-10.