Hawaii first-year coach Gib Arnold half-jokingly told the crowd at the team's Midnight Madness event, "I don't know if we can win any games, but we can dance."
And by "we," he meant the players and the coaches.
Hawaii's players ended up doing the haka as scheduled after taking some lessons, and as it turns out, the coaches led by first-year head man Gib Arnold had their own traditional dance planned as well.
When the crowd implored the coaches to take their shirts off for the haka as the players had, Arnold and his staff went ahead with it. The least they could was provide some entertainment after those same fans endured watching the team's last-place finish in the WAC last season.
Warrior Insider has video and this report on Arnold's dance:
Following the players’ haka, head coach Gib Arnold and his staff performed their own version of a Tahitian haka, with assistance from the dancers of Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui. Arnold amused the fans with a prepared skit before commencing with the haka.
"I hope I never have to take my shirt off like that again in front of thousands of people," Arnold said with a laugh. "It was embarrassing, but it was all in fun, so it was worth it. The guys did a great job and the coaches did a great job, and the crowd seemed to like it, that’s the main thing."