In four years (1988-1992) as the placekicker for the University of Hawaii at Mānoa football team, Elam scored the third-most points in NCAA history (397) and tied for the second-most field goals kicked (79). He held the record for all-time leading scorer in the Western Athletic Conference until 2010 and was a three-time All-WAC selection. He is Hawaii’s career leader in field goals made and field goal percentage. Elam majored in communications at the University of Hawaii.
Through 1923, the UH teams were called the “Deans.” In the final game of the 1923 season, the football team upset Oregon State, with a rainbow appearing over the stadium during the game. Sportswriters began referring to UH teams as the “Rainbows,” and the tradition was born that Hawaii could not lose if a rainbow appeared. The rainbow officially became a part of the school’s athletic logo in 1982 and remained until 2000.
King Kamehameha the Great and his warriors united the Hawaiian Islands, earning the warrior a place of honor in Hawaiian history and an expectation of strength, skill and a fighting spirit. The UH teams became known as “Rainbow Warriors” long before the name became official in 1974.
When women’s teams were begun in 1972, founder and first women’s athletic director Dr. Donnis Thompson named the teams the “Rainbow Wāhine” with “wāhine” being Hawaiian for women.
Both the men’s and the women’s teams have long been known as the “Rainbows” or merely the “‘Bows.”
College Sports Established
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1909 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2012 – Present / Mountain West Conference
1979 – 2012 / Western Athletic Conference
1909 – 1979 / Independent
Warriors – A controversial change in 2000 allowed each team to pick its own team name; the football, men’s volleyball, golf, and tennis teams became the Warriors, while the men’s basketball and swimming & diving teams remained Rainbow Warriors, and the baseball team became the Rainbows. The women’s teams, however, all remained the “Rainbow Wāhine.” At the same time, the school changed its athletics logo to the current stylized “H”, omitting the rainbow of the old logo altogether.
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