'Rainbows' return as U.H. name change becomes official

Published: Jul. 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM HST
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The 'Rainbow' is making its return to Manoa on Monday, as previously announced name changes for University of Hawaii athletics teams have officially gone into effect.

In May, University of Hawaii at Manoa Athletics Director Ben Jay announced that all men's teams at the school—including football—would be known as the Rainbow Warriors, effective July 1.

All women's teams at Manoa will now be known as the Rainbow Wahine.

The announcement to add the Rainbow name came several months after Jay announced that the school's men's teams would abandon that identity entirely in all team nicknames and branding, unifying football, baseball and five other sports under the standalone "Warriors" name.

"The decision on February 13 to change the nickname of the men's teams to Warriors has generated a lot of discussion and we have received both positive and negative feedback," Jay said on May 14. "We listened to the public discussion and we went back to the original two questions we asked ourselves - who are we and what is representative of the islands?"

We'll have more on the name change tonight on Hawaii News Now.

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