Lāna‘i Mouflon Sheep/Axis Deer Season Canceled Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The 2020 Lāna‘i combination mouflon sheep and axis deer season will regretfully be canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Hawai’i.

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has determined the cancellation of the hunt is in the best interest of public health and safety.

Richardson Rough Water Swim & ‘Ohana Fishing Tournament Cancelled

The County of Hawai‘i regretfully announces the cancellation of this year’s Richardson Rough Water Swim and the ‘Ohana Fishing Tournament in the interest of protecting the health and wellbeing of participants, supporters and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local emergency rules and policies currently in place, these popular activities present numerous uncertainties and planning challenges.

Waimea’s Mo Mathews a Swimming Legend. 82-year old Mo Mathews being helped out of Richardson’s by friends Jim Budde (left) and Ed Doherty. (Circa 2013)

The Richardson Rough Water Swim is a 1-mile open ocean race held annually that starts and ends at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo. Last year’s event, the 32nd annual, included nearly 150 competitors. 

The ‘Ohana Fishing Tournament is a popular annual island-wide fishing tournament held over Statehood Day weekend that attracted upwards of 350 anglers of all ages and from all over the island. The tournament culminated with the weigh-in at Honoka‘a Gym and the subsequent awarding of prizes across multiple categories, with emphasis on the ‘ohana division. Weigh-ins regularly drew almost 800 people. This event was consistently and generously supported by many of the island’s fishing supply stores, travel industry operations and local businesses.

These events are an expression of our island culture and a point of pride in our community. The Department of Parks and Recreation anticipates resuming both annual events in 2021.

For more information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division at 961-8740.

DLNR Issuing New Hunting Licenses & Stamps for New Season

Effective June 15, 2020, the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) district and administrative offices will begin issuing hunting licenses and stamps for the new hunting season (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). A valid hunting license is required for hunting on public and private lands.

Hunters may also purchase their hunting licenses and stamps by credit card using any computer with an internet connection via the State of Hawai’i website at http://www.ehawaii.gov/huntinglicense/.

For additional information please call your local DOFAW offices at the following phone numbers: 

Kaua‘i:  (808) 274-3433; O‘ahu: (808) 587-0166; Maui:  (808) 984-8100; Moloka‘i: (808) 553-1745; Lana‘i:  (808) 565-7916; Hilo: (808) 974-4221; Kamuela: (808) 887-6063 or the DOFAW administration office in Honolulu at (808) 587-0166.

2020 XTERRA World Championships & Tour Points Series Cancelled Due to COVID-19

XTERRA today announced the 25th edition of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui scheduled for November 8 and the 13th annual XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon on Oahu, December 6, have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Felix Schumann

“The health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, crew, partners and host communities is and always will be our top priority,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “We realize the many emotional and economic factors this decision creates for so many good people in our extended XTERRA community, but ultimately we felt the risks involved with encouraging travel and hosting large gatherings was not acceptable.” 

Other XTERRA events attracting big fields from across the U.S. and internationally that were cancelled include the off-road triathlon and trail running weekends scheduled for XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 18-19 in Avon, Colorado, XTERRA Oak Mountain on August 28-29 in Pelham, Alabama, and the XTERRA USA and XTERRA Trail Run National Championship events in Utah on September 19-20.  In addition, the XTERRA America, Asia-Pacific, and European Tour point scoring systems have also been cancelled.

Sherry Duong, the executive director for the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau, expressed her support of the decision.

“On behalf of the MVCB I’d first like to convey our sincere mahalo for the XTERRA partnership throughout the years. Your community support for the past 24 years has provided Maui County with many benefits we have come to love and appreciate. We realize it was a hard decision to cancel the 2020 XTERRA here on Maui, however, we appreciate you keeping the health and safety of our community at heart when the decision was made and look forward to the return of XTERRA in 2021.”

Of note, several XTERRA World Tour destinations plan on hosting events on their original or postponed dates based on the unique public health guidelines in their communities. A more detailed release and full list of events with current status is available online.

With many events being cancelled, XTERRA has taken its on-site activations online with the introduction of the XTERRA Connect digital platform.  The initiative provides daily social media content including LIVE workouts and Q&A with XTERRA athletes and coaches, health and wellness insights, an XTERRA Yoga Series, training tips, its own XTERRA Podcast, and an emerging youth series.  Virtual race offerings and interactive XTERRA University programs are in development.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course Announces Changes in Policies

Effective Monday, June 1, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation will implement the following changes to the interim rules governing the play of golf at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course. These changes are the result of continued high demand at the course and the high level of adherence to the rules by those golfers who have been playing the course since it reopened on May 11.

Daily tee time reservations will be available beginning at 7 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., seven days a week at 8-minute intervals. Groups will continue to be limited to a maximum of 4 players. 

Additionally, tee time reservations for players desiring to play 9-holes will be available on the back-nine beginning at 7 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. at 8-minute intervals.

Reservations will be accepted by phone only (no walk-ins) and may be made up to seven days in advance. Only one tee time reservation may be made per phone call and calls will be taken between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

The wearing of face masks/covers at the facility, except during play, is still required as are adherence to social distancing policies and hand sanitizing procedures. Persons exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms or are otherwise sick are instructed to stay home to prevent exposure to fellow golfers and course staff.

On the course, raised cups continue to be implemented, flagsticks are not allowed to be removed and benches, water fountains and ball washing stations remain out of service. All golfers are advised to bring drinking water with them on the course.

Resumption of club play, as well as the availability of making reservations through the end of the 2020 calendar year, are anticipated to commence in July, barring any unfavorable developments.  

The Department thanks the golfing community for its understanding, patience and respectful play at the course under the continually evolving COVID-19 policies, rules and conditions.

The golf pro shop and driving range facilities will continue to operate under modified procedures implemented by the concessionaire. The restaurant facility is anticipated to reopen for business in the near future under modified procedures.

For more information contact the Hilo Municipal starters’ office at (808) 959-7711.

Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race Postponed

In early March, the sport of outrigger canoe racing came to a stop and since then has been unable to take place on any shores in Hawaii or elsewhere in the world. Race officials announced this week that the iconic 2020 Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race, named in honor of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch who’s birthday is September 2, will be postponed until 2021. 

Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race, hosted by Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club, has been welcoming paddlers from around the world to Kona, Hawaii every Labor Day weekend in September since its first race in 1971. Last year, the Queen’s Race welcomed paddling crews from Australia, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, French Polynesia and U.S. crews from Nevada, Washington, California, Oregon, Virginia and New York. More than 75 Hawaii crews were also represented on the starting lines of its signature 18-mile race in Kailua Bay and Honaunau. 

“In Hawaii, we use the word onipa‘a, meaning to hold steadfast, don’t let go, hold tight. All of us at Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club want our paddler family around the world to do just that,” said Race Director Mike Atwood. “As we all look forward to getting back in 6-man outrigger canoes, stay safe and healthy and we will see you in Kona next year.”

As Hawaii state officials determine social distancing mandates, travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related safety issues and precautions, race officials are exploring the possibility of organizing a smaller modified one-day race to honor the Queen’s birthday in September. Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club race organizers are hopeful that paddlers can safely get back into their 6-man canoes shortly.  

Log onto www.qlcanoerace.com for updated race information.

IRONMAN World Championship Postponed

Based on the current Hawaiian government policies and international border restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i originally scheduled for October 10, 2020 will be postponed to February 6, 2021

The decision was made after careful consideration with our local partners and authorities to assess the feasibility of hosting the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship this October in accordance with the recommendations on mass gatherings, border and travel restrictions, athlete qualification opportunities and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic beyond our control. Based on the information we have to date coupled with our mission to host a truly competitive world championship and establish a timeline that gives our athletes and the community as much preparation time as possible, the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship cannot proceed as originally planned.

Athletes registered for the event will be receiving an email with further information. If you have additional questions, contact kona@ironman.com.

We thank our athletes for their commitment and look forward to delivering the exceptional IRONMAN World Championship race experience they have earned.

61st Annual HIBT Postponed to Summer 2021

As the world takes measures to manage and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) officials announced today that it will postpone its 2020 tournament and return to Kona for big game tournament fishing in summer 2021. 

“Our concerns remain focused on the health and well-being of all involved in our fishing tournament including our volunteers, anglers from around the world, Kona’s finest captains and crews and our tournament officials and team members,” said Peter Fithian, HIBT Founder. “We will be back next summer, ready to welcome all of our old and new friends from around the world to fish Kona’s now famous waters.” 

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is the second oldest big game sport fishing event in the world. The five-day tournament is built on prestige, trophies and strict International Game Fish Association rules for world records and does not include cash prizes. Since its inaugural start in 1959, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament has attracted a worldwide audience and elite fishing enthusiasts from around the world including Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Isles, China, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Tahiti, Palau, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The iconic tournament has actively promoted the Kona coast as a world-class big game fishing destination for six decades and provides a long-term economic foundation for Kona’s charter fleet. A team of dedicated volunteers and a committed Board of Directors successfully manage the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament each year.

HIBT is credited with creating the standards and operating procedures now widely accepted by big game fishing tournaments worldwide.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is setting its sights on 2021 for the 61st annual tournament when once again elite fishing enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Kona, Hawaii to fish this iconic tournament. Stay tuned for updates and 2021 tournament information including summer dates. 

Municipal Golf Course in Hilo Closed Until Further Notice

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announced on Tuesday that amid the COVID-19 pandemic the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be closed until further notice, effective on April 1.

Golf Course staff will continue to work throughout this closure period maintaining and improving the golf course for when it reopens for play.

“The purpose for this closure is manifold, but primarily addresses public and personnel safety issues that have surfaced while we accommodated the continued play of golf over the first six days of Governor Ige’s Stay-At-Home order,” said Roxcie Waltjen, Director of Parks and Recreation.

“We will continually assess the appropriate date for reopening of the facility along with any modified policies that must be implemented in order to do so safely and responsibly for all those impacted” Waltjen said.

Additionally, the golf pro shop and driving range at the course will be closed until further notice effective April 1. The restaurant at the course was closed indefinitely on March 25.

For further information, contact the Hilo Municipal Golf Course starters office at (808) 959-7711.

2020 Hawaii IRONMAN Qualifier Rescheduled

The 2020 IRONMAN Hawai‘i qualifier triathlon has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRONMAN Athletes in 2018

According to a release:

“With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawai`i triathlon, originally scheduled for May 30, 2020 has been postponed to August 15, 2020. This will be a qualifier for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Taupō, New Zealand. All registered athletes of the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawai`i triathlon will be receiving an email with further information. If you have additional questions or do not receive the email with further information, please contact hawaii70.3@ironman.com.”

Combat Sports to be Suspended in Hawaii

Honolulu – Based upon the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the Hawaii Department of Health to practice social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus through large events, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has immediately suspended all combat sports in Hawaii until further notice. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals practice “social distancing”, which means remaining out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance—approximately 6 feet—from others when possible.

The suspension follows similar actions to cancel or postpone large sporting events across Hawaii and the country. Combat sports licensed and sanctioned by DCCA include mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing events. 

Any events that take place without the approval of DCCA may be subject to fines, suspensions, and or license revocations.

UH Statement on Coach Chris Naeole’s Departure

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Football Offensive Line Coach Chris Naeole and the university have decided to part ways, UH Athletic Director David Matlin announced today.

Chris Naeole

“I want to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication to our football program,” said Head Coach Nick Rolovich. “He was critical in holding this program together in the transition from Coach Chow to myself. We wish him well in his future, and we will meet this challenge head on, because that is the Warrior way.”

Athletics Director Matlin says Naeole has had a tremendous impact on the program.
“Chris will be missed and he will always be a member of our Rainbow Warrior ʻohana,” said Matlin

Naeole spent the last four-plus years on the UH football staff, three under former head coach Norm Chow and the last one-plus under Rolovich. He also served as interim head coach after Chow’s departure.

Coast Guard, Ocean Safety, Hawai’i County Fire to Ensure Safety for Ironman Racers

The Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, Hawai’i County Fire and up to 60 event emergency responders on surfboards will establish a response zone around the swim course to manage the spectators, boating traffic, and safety of all race participants for the 2017 Ironman World Championship practice and official race in the vicinity of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i Oct. 7 and 14.

“This joint effort ensures the safety of more than 2,300 participants conducting a 2.4 mile swim,” said Lt. j.g. Brian Waters, of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu’s enforcement division. “A strong Coast Guard and joint presence is not unusual for the Ironman. Responders will be in place Saturday for the training swim and Oct. 14 for the official race to effectively manage the increased traffic.”

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island

The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349), two response boats from the Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu, and an MH-65 Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point are involved in addition to the HCF rescue boat, OSLS jet skis and lifeguards and event emergency responders.

The swim race will begin at 6:25 a.m. on both the ho’ala training swim and official race days. Mariners in the area should maintain heightened awareness of swimmers, surfers and paddle boarders. Overloaded vessels, boaters operating negligently, and flotillas operating in the vicinity the official swim course, starting ashore at Palani Road and extending 2.4 miles offshore, will be contacted and returned to shore.

Coast Guard crews will provide a law enforcement presence in the area throughout the week and conduct recreational boating safety outreach.

For more information contact the 14th District Public Affairs Office at 808-535-3230.

NBA Stars Help Open a Newly Refurbished Computer Lab for Students

Stevenson Middle School and the L.A. Clippers Foundation dedicated a newly refurbished computer lab earlier today before students, teachers and special guests, along with members of the L.A. Clippers Foundation and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan also joined the dedication ceremony with a special appearance by the team’s mascot, Chuck the Condor.

Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers with students on new computers in the Stevenson Middle School lab.

“Our students are so thankful for the wonderful generosity of the L.A. Clippers Foundation. The new computers will provide technology access to more students,” said Principal Linell Dilwith. “We want to thank the Hawaii Tourism Authority for connecting us with the L.A. Clippers Foundation, and a big mahalo to the foundation and Denise Booth for their hard work in making this new computer lab a reality.”

The Clippers’ mascot, Chuck the Condor, tries his hand (or wing?) on the ukulele with students.

Stevenson Middle received a donation of nearly $40,000 in computer equipment from the L.A. Clippers Foundation, including 30 HP ProDesk desktops, two Canon wireless printers and a 55-inch television for instruction. In addition to converting the classroom into a computer lab, the donation will also provide a new central air conditioning unit for the room.

“These are not just computers,” said Gillian Zucker, president of business operations for the L.A. Clippers, “they’re windows to the world that I hope make learning fun. That’s really what we want to do. We want to make coming to school a better experience for students.”

Students, Gillian Zucker, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, VP Sonja Samsonas and Principal Linell Dilwith untie the official maile lei opening Stevenson Middle’s refurbished computer lab.

The computer lab will be accessible to all students for the school’s digital and online programs. Stevenson’s Media/Photography Club will be housed in the new lab and will use the equipment to produce the student newsletter and document school activities. Coincidentally, the computer lab happens to have a special room number — 213 — which corresponds to Chuck the Condor’s jersey number and LA’s area code.

Parker School to Host Color Stampede Fun Run

Parker School invites the community to come get splashed at the 18th Annual George Heneghan Fun Run and Color Stampede on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The starting line at last year’s Color Stampede and Fun Run at Parker School

At the color stampede, participants are splashed with different colored powder throughout the race which takes place on Parker School’s lower school campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. This event is open to the public and consists of a 1K Keiki Run which starts at 7:30 a.m. for kids ages 11 and under, followed by a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8:00 a.m.

“We enjoy providing our community with a fun, healthy event in Waimea with the hope that our school’s athletic department can inspire others to stay active,” says Nicole Vedelli, Athletic Director at Parker School. “It is always a fun colorful event and everyone leaves happy and a little healthier too!”

This community event was established in 1999 in memory of Hawaii architect George Heneghan, an accomplished athlete, teacher and Parker cross country and track coach from 1992 to 1998.
All proceeds from the run will go to support Parker School’s athletics program.

The entry fee is $30 for adults and $25 for kids 11 and under. Register by October 16 to be guaranteed a race kit. Race kit includes a t-shirt, glasses, bracelet, color packet and a beaded necklace. Medals will be awarded to first place overall male and female finishers in the 5K run and 1K run, and first place finishers in each age category.

Parker extends special thanks to this year’s generous Heneghan Fun Run sponsors Big Island Running Company, Five Mountain Fitness, Mamane Bakery, and Ironman Triathlon.
For more information or to download a registration form, please visit www.parkerschoolhawaii.org, email nvedelli@parkerschoolhawaii.org, or call 808-885-7933 ext. 7106.

Public Hearings Scheduled on Proposal to Increase Commercial Marine License Fees

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has scheduled statewide public hearings on proposed administrative rule amendments that would increase the annual commercial marine license fees from the current $50/year to $100/year initially, then to $150/year on January 1, 2018. This date may be delayed until later in the year, depending on when the rules are approved. The proposed rules also would establish a reporting deadline for dealers who buy marine life directly from commercial fishers.

Click to view proposed amendments

Bruce Anderson, DAR administrator said, “Commercial license fees haven’t increased in nearly 20 years.  We’re updating the fee schedule to reflect current and future needs.  Increased revenues from these fees will offset losses in revenues from non-resident fees for on-going operational expenses and to add new on-line reporting and licensing options to our website to better serve the fishing public.”

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
MOLOKA‘I – Mitchell Pau‘ole Center Conference Room, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29, 2017
O‘AHU – Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, 1202 Prospect Street, Honolulu, 6 to 9 p.m..
LANA‘I – Lana‘i High/Elementary School Cafeteria, 555 Fraser Avenue, Lana‘i City, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
HILO – Hawai‘i County Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 101, Hilo, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
KONA – Honokohau Harbor Big Game Fishing Clubhouse, Kailua-Kona, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
MAUI – Maui Waena School Cafeteria, 795 Onehe‘e Street, Kahului, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
KAUA‘I – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, Lihue, 4431 Nuhou Street, 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
KAUA‘I – Kapa‘a Elementary School, 4886 Kawaihau Road, Kapa‘a, 6 to 9 p.m.

All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony by Friday, October 13, 2017 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearing may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address.

To view the draft rule, go to the Division of Aquatic Resources website at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar/files/2017/08/HAR_13-74dr.pdf

Buckets for Books Charity Basketball Tournament

On October 7th from 9am-3pm come out to the new Ka’u gym and support Volcano athletics as Friends of Volcano Schools of Arts and Science (FVSAS) is hosting their first ever 3 on 3 Charity Basketball tournament fundraiser.

Sign up your own 3 person squad or come out and support your local students and parents as they play basketball against the big Islands best. Open to all ages. Also, test your skills in a 3 point shootout contest for an amazing cash prize. All tournament fees are fully tax deductible.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Will Holland at gotwill@gmail.com or 808-626-5130.

Peaman Race Lawsuit Against State of Hawaii Dismissed

Attorney General Doug Chin announced that state circuit court Judge Melvin H. Fujino on August 15, 2017, granted the State of Hawaii’s motion to dismiss in Pagett v. DLNR.

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Hawaii County resident Sean W. Pagett operates a series of races called the “Peaman Races” – events involving both running and swimming – in Kona. Pagett did not get a marine/ocean event permit from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), which is legally required for certain swimming events. Pagett sued the State, seeking a declaratory judgment that DOBOR’s application of an administrative rule, HAR 13-244-19, to cover swimming events was invalid because DLNR was not authorized to promulgate rules governing swimming events. Judge Fujino dismissed the case because plaintiffs cannot file suit directly in the circuit court challenging the application of a rule. Instead, the plaintiffs can only challenge the underlying validity of a rule, which the court held Pagett failed to do.

The State of Hawaii was represented internally by Deputy Attorney General David Day. Pagett was represented by attorney Jason Braswell.

A copy of the court’s order and judgment is attached.

7th Annual Kipimana Cup Saturday

Kamehameha and Kea`au will kick off the football season Saturday, Aug. 26, with their perennial goodwill game dubbed The Kipimana Cup.

“The start of the football season is part of the excitement of starting the new school year,” noted Bill Walter, president of W.H. Shipman, Limited. “The Kipimana Cup game was put together by Shipman, Kea`au and Kamehameha High Schools to both add to that excitement and to send a message to the community that we compete in a friendly way.”

Historically, Kamehameha Schools and Kea’au High School didn’t play against each other, being in different divisions — Kea’au being in Division 1 and Kamehameha being in Division 2. The Big Island Interscholastic Federation League ultimately changed that, but not before W.H. Shipman, Ltd. first pitched the annual Kipimana Cup seven years ago.

Kipimana is how Hawaiians referred to Shipman more than 100 years ago, and both Kea’au and Kamehamhea Schools are located on land formerly owned by Shipman.

W.H. Shipman provides $500 to each of the school’s booster clubs following the game, and a trophy to the winning team.

Kamehameha Schools has won all six of the previous Kipimana Cups, but neither Kamehameha or Kea`au have put any emphasis on that. The point has been to build comaraderie and goodwill amongst the private and public schools.

“We want to send a big mahalo to WH Shipman and Kamehameha-HI for the years of comaraderie and support,” said Iris McGuire, the athletic director for Kea`au High School. “I appreciate the aloha shared between the two schools and not making this event a rivalry.

“Both schools are active in our community,” McGuire said. “Our relationship with Kamehameha-HI continues to grow in a positive way. Over the years we have worked together in other aspects both academically and athletically. We may have different colors and different mascots, but when it comes down to it, we are still one community. Mahalo WH Shipman for your support!”
Walter expressed pride for Kea`au, noting how “privileged” we are “to work, study and live here.”

“How we approach and work with each other makes a real difference and we choose friendship and good will as the environment that we are creating,” Walter said. “This is a special community and we are focused on making it more special each year.”

Kamehameha School’s Hawai‘i campus opened on former W.H. Shipman land in 2001 and has an enrollment of a little over 1,000 students, grades K-12, while Kea‘au High School has an enrollment of 880 children, grades 9-12. The school first opened in 1998, also on Shipman property.

W.H. Shipman, for 130 years, has had approximately 17,000 acres in the Puna District, and is active in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing. Shipman holds a long-range view toward sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

Saturday’s game will be held at Kamehameha Schools. Kickoff for the junior varsity game is at 5 p.m. The varsity game will follow. Expect to pay a nominal admission.

2017 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Fishes for Volunteers

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s tournament. Volunteers are needed Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 17 for a variety of tournament support including Kailua pier operations, pre and post Tournament set up and breakdown, headquarter administration, security and a whole lot more.

Interested volunteers should plan to attend the HIBT Volunteer Orientation on Monday, August 14th at 5:30pm at Ocean Seafood Restaurant, located in the King Kamehameha Mall on Kuakini Hwy.

HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will once again be anchored at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located adjacent to Kailua Pier. The 58th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament gets started Saturday September 9, 2017 – Sunday September 17, 2017.

To volunteer please email hibt@hawaii.rr.com or call 329-6155

For more tournament information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com