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University of Hawaii Office of Alumni Relations and The Hawaiian Islands Present Warrior Weekend in Las Vegas

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2021
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HONOLULU – With the University of Hawaii (UH) Rainbow Warriors football team set to square off against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 13, the UH Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with The Hawaiian Islands are encouraging fans to come out in force for Warrior Weekend in Las Vegas to cheer Hawaii’s team on to victory.

“This is one of the most anticipated games of the season and we are grateful to have the support of the state of Hawaii, as well as the Hawaii Tourism Authority and The Hawaiian Islands, as we head to the ninth island,” said David Matlin, UH athletics director. “The festivities being planned for Rainbow Warrior Weekend will bring together UH alumni, football fans and Nevada residents for two days of incredible Hawaii hospitality and presents a great marketing opportunity for the state.”

Football fans will have the opportunity to start the weekend off with two pre-game events. The first, “Kickoff at The Cal,” happens at the California Hotel and Casino’s Ohana Room on Friday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second event, “Game Day Rally,” is set for the Mandalay Bay’s Bay View Patio on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both events will feature special guest appearances, food and live entertainment. More information and tickets are available by visiting the UH Office of Alumni Relations website at

This Rainbow Warrior Weekend partnership between UH and The Hawaiian Islands was strongly supported by key Hawaii legislators who encouraged the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to replicate and expand on the success of its previous in-market event, which occurred when the Rainbow Warriors played the University of Washington in Seattle in 2019. That effort resulted in greater exposure for UH and expanded awareness of HTA’s marketing efforts on the West Coast among alumni and Washington state residents attending pre-game festivities.

“Whether they are keiki o ka aina or chose our university to pursue their higher education, our UH student athletes are ambassadors of Hawaii,” said John De Fries, HTA president and CEO. “This partnership strengthens the relationship between the visitor industry and Hawaii’s football team, while showcasing the energy, vibrance, and aloha of our people and home.”

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Media Contacts:

T. Ilihia Gionson
Public Affairs Officer
Hawaii Tourism Authority
(808) 973-2255 (o)
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