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The haka idea came about when Arnold saw the dance group of Mana Gauthier practicing on campus. The new coach talked to the former UH golfer about working the team through some lessons.
But can it be anywhere close to the quality of the UH football team's version?
"It's so completely opposite of my element, but I definitely enjoyed working on it, and I hope the fans enjoy it," said junior point guard Anthony Salter, a Tallahassee, Fla., native and one of 10 newcomers to Hawaii. "I don't want to offend anybody if we don't do it well enough. I know that's big to the culture and things like that. I'ma go out there, give it my best shot, get the dances down perfectly so I make a good impression."