By Brian McInnis
The Hawaii men's basketball team's upcoming trip to Asia is still a lock, but parts of the travel itinerary (scheduled between Aug. 9 to 21) may change. That's why Panda Travel has yet to announce its travel packages for fans who wish to accompany the team through China and Japan on most or all of those dates.
Panda Travel estimates the cap size on the tour group at 100 or just over that. The ballpark cost estimate is between $3,000 to $4,000, but that's all it is at this point — an estimate. It could be higher in the final package. Reservations haven't been taken yet, but it sounds like things are close to finalization.
In other words, if you plan to go, stay frosty. Those spots could fill up quickly; there's been a lot of interest.
Remember, to see a general outline of the trip schedule (which could change), go to www.warriorstoasia.com.
As for UH coach Gib Arnold's new contract, indications are that most of the major points of negotiation (salary, contract length) are close to being wrapped up, and the dealings at the moment are in the numerous smaller points (boilerplate language) that exist in coaches' contracts. The idea is for Arnold's new contract to go into effect on July 1.