Game Called Due to War
One of the more unusual experiences was that of two mainland college football teams who were in Honolulu for postseason games at the University of Hawaii. San Jose State College and Willamette University, a private university in Salem, Oregon, had sent their football teams to play two games in Honolulu between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each mainland team would play the University of Hawaii, then they would play each other.
It was strictly a pleasure trip: The games were an excuse to go on a luxurious ship to Hawaii, tour the island, chase girls, and in general have a good time before Christmas. It would be the last fling as civilians for several seniors because they had received notices from the draft board that they were classified 1-A and were to report for induction right after Christmas. Indeed, several of the Californians had been given short deferments in order to make the trip.
The trip was not an annual event for either team, but it had been made by the California team in the past, in part because a former San Jose State player, Dick Hubbel, was now a Honolulu policeman. Born and reared in Hawaii, Hubbel had remained active in alumni affairs.
The Willamette-Hawaii game was played Saturday, December 6, and the Hawaiians won by 20 to 6. The San Jose State team was scheduled to play the Hawaiians on December 10; three days later the mainland teams would play each other and leave for home so they would be there for Christmas.
The trip was almost called off. Not long before their scheduled depar