Aikido of Hilo to Host Acclaimed Buddhist Scholar John Steven

Aikido of Hilo will be hosting John Stevens Sensei for its annual Osensei Memorial Seminar on the weekend of April 26 and 27.  Stevens is a 7th degree black belt in aikido and a world-renowned master instructor.  He was a noted professor of Buddhist Studies at Tohoku Fukushi University, in Sendai, Japan and has written over 30 books on Aikido, Buddhism and Asian culture.  Stevens will teach aikido classes on both days at the Aikido of Hilo dojo located at 29 Shipman Street in Hilo.

Akido Teacher

The public is invited to a free public lecture on “The Life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and the Origins of Aikido” on Saturday at 3:00 pm as well as a Zenga (Zen brush art) class on Sunday at 3:00 pm.  Both events, taught by Stevens, will be at the Aikido of Hilo dojo.  The lecture is free and there is a $20 fee for the Zenga class.

Every year, aikido dojos around the world commemorate the passing of the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei, which took place April 26, 1969.

Developed early in the 20th century, aikido principles were so profound and its martial art techniques so effective that there was tremendous public demand.  In the 1950s, aikido teachings were made public and have spread to become popular worldwide.

“Aikido is an art of peace and reconciliation. It’s important to have teachers like Stevens Sensei reinforce principles that we can all practice in the dojo and our daily lives”, said Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor Barbara Klein.  For more information about the free public lecture, Zenga or taking aikido classes please call 935-2454.

“Run to Honor” – “Click It or Ticket” Keiki Fun Run

In recognition of Police Week, the Hawaiʻi Police Department and Crime Stoppers Hawaiʻi will hold a “Run To Honor” 5K Run/2 Mile Walk and “Click It or Ticket” Keiki Fun Run on Saturday, May 17, at Liliʻuokalani Gardens in Hilo.

HPDBadgeThe public is invited to participate to honor the memory of officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to promote crime prevention through the use of Crime Stoppers. This family event includes food, entertainment, informational and activity booths, prizes, a water slide and more.

Entry fee for the 5K Run/2 Mile Walk is $25 dollars and includes a T-shirt. The Keiki Fun Run is free and includes a T-shirt.

Deadline to register is Thursday, May 1. Entries received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed a T-shirt. Late entry fee is $30. Proceeds from this event will go to establish a Crime Stoppers/Police scholarship.

The 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk start at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and early registration from 7-8 a.m.

The Keiki Fun Run for ages 6-14 starts at 9:30 a.m. with check-in and early registration from 7-9:15 a.m.

If participants prefer, they may check in and pickup up a T-shirt and number between May 14 and May 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Hilo police station at 349 Kapiʻolani Street.

Registration forms are available at police stations island wide and on the Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Community Policing Lieutenant Darren Horio at 961-2350 or email him at dhorio@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Stingrays Sting at HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Tournament

Seventy-eight youths from 10 teams participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket 14 and Under Hoops Championships this past weekend, April 4-6, at Waiākea-Uka gym.

In the finals, Austin Ewing scored 13 points and Steven Texeira added 12 as Kona Stingrays ran past Hoop Dreams 53-28 to claim the championship. Keawe Silva led Hoop Dreams with 13 points.

The Kona Stingrays

The Kona Stingrays

Members of the championship team included Ewing, Texeira, Michael Hanohano, Kaanoi Kelekolio Rivers, Seth Mattos, Cherilyn Molina, Preston Morales and Mikayla Tablit.

The Stingrays, behind Ewing’s 12 points, defeated Kamehameha 43-34 to advance to the finals. Joseph Rivera scored 12 for Kamehameha. Hoop Dreams edged Hilo Spartans in double overtime 36-35 to also advance to the finals. Kiaʻi Apele led Hoop Dreams with 14 points and Makana Kanehailua added 11. Camren Statler-Ellamar scored 16 for the Spartans.

“This tournament is one of a series of events to promote seat belt use amongst youth and adults, and all participants and their parents pledge to use their seat belts,” said Community Policing Lieutenant Darren Horio. “Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented for cars and they have helped saved thousands of lives. We ask all youth and adults to please use your seat belts to protect you in the unlikely event of a traffic crash and thank those that continue to use their seat belts.”

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please call Lieutenant Horio at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646 extension 258.

Video: County of Hawaii Proclaims “Max Unger Day” – HPA Retires Jersey

Deputy Director of Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Robert A. Fitzgerald proclaimed April 2, 2014 as Seattle Seahawk’s “Matt Unger Day” in the County of Hawaii.

HPA Retires Alumnus Max Unger's Number

HPA Retires Alumnus Max Unger’s Number

Fitzgerald also happens to be Unger’s former coach here on the Big Island.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), the high school that Max attended, then retired his number from ever being used again by another player at the school.

2014 Big Island Marathon – Results

8:25 PM UPDATE:  THE OFFICIAL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://jtltiming.com/results/hilo-m.html

Update: I just learned that the results posted below are incorrect “It’s wrong. It’s was corrected at the awards but didn’t get corrected on the web”  I will post the updated results when I have them.

The 2014 Big Island Marathon was held today along the shorts of East Hawaii.  209 runners completed the 26.2 mile course.

Female runner Amy Escobio from California ran faster then all the guys to claim the top spot with a time of 2:22:45 (05:27 mile pace) while the first male runner to finish was Nobu Murakami from Japan with a time of 2:47:58.

The first runner from Hawaii to cross the line was Orion Cruz from Makawao and the first runner from the Big Island to complete the race was female Brooke Myers from Kailua-Kona.

Big Island Marathon ResultsIn the Half Marathon, female runner Corin Gentry took that race with a time of 1:17:12:
Half MarathonAnd in the 5k race young runner Dayson Sato won with a time of 20:51.
5kTo view all of the results you can click here: 2014 Big Island Marathon Results

HI-PAL Elementary and Intermediate School Championship Results

The HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Elementary and Intermediate School Championships were held this past weekend, March 8-9, at Carvalho Park in Hilo.

The Waiākea Titans finished the tournament with a 4-0 record to claim the Elementary Division championship for 4th through 6th graders.

The Titans

The Titans

Members of the Titans include Davin Amar Jr, Kiaʻi Apele, Makana Credo, Kawai Kiko, Shesley Martinez, Guyson Ogata, Chance Simeona, Cole Shiroma and Braedy Yamada.

The Hilo Spartans defeated the Hilo Jr. Vikings 28-20 to take the Intermediate Division championship for 7th and 8th graders.

The Spartans

The Spartans

Members of the Spartans include Kaukahi Alameda, Caleb Cabison, Derik Canion, Dan Gallego, Alex Hernandez, Simon Lafita, Holden Paiva, Camren Statler-Ellamar, Jamell Thompson and Jolim Vergara.

In the Intermediate Girls Division, Kamehameha upended Waiākea 27-17 to win the title.

Kamehameha

Kamehameha

Members of Kamehameha include Trinity Alameda, Naveah Fukui-Stoos, Makenzie Kalawaia, Jaslin Kamaka-Mauhili, Jordan Mantz, Dominique Pacheco, Jasmine Pakele, Camille Poe, Hera Salmeron, Taylor Sullivan and Meghan Wong.

“The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all children and adults to use your seat belts at all times,” said Officer Nelson Acob. “We want everyone to be protected in the unlikely event of a car accident.”

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please call Lieutenant Horio at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.

Pahoa High and Intermediate to Get New $3.5 Million Dollar Expansion On Gymnasium

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $65.6 million to the state Department of Education (DOE) for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve dozens of public schools across the state, while adding local jobs and enhance economic conditions.

“Including the $62.4 million released for DOE projects last week, my administration has now announced the release of more than $600 million dollars for education improvements,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This is an investment in our keiki and our strengthening economy.”

Kaiser High School Head Football Coach Rich Miano said, “This project will have an immediate impact on four schools that use Kaiser’s athletic facilities as their home venue. It will also benefit the whole state of Hawaii because we will be able to host a variety of events including Special Olympics and NFL combines.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

$25,850,000 – King Kekaulike High New Auditorium, Maui – Construction funds for an auditorium to complete previously-initiated design work. The school currently uses its cafeteria stage and student dining area for performing arts and assembly-type functions. The new auditorium will be a standalone structure and will provide support for performing arts and music programs at the school.

$15,000,000 – Farrington High Campus Modernization (Phase 1), Oahu – Design and construction funds to implement Phase 1 of the school’s campus modernization project. The project will start with upgrades to athletic facilities and include a new synthetic track and field and a new locker/shower facility. Future phases will replace the backlog of repair and maintenance projects associated with a master rehabilitation plan of the entire campus.

$5,000,000 – Kawananakoa Middle Auditorium, Oahu – Design and construction funds to renovate the school’s auditorium to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, building and fire codes, along with modernization of the facility as a performing arts center.

$4,850,000 – Kaiser High Girls Athletic Locker Room, Oahu – Design and construction funds for new athletic and locker and shower facilities for female students to meet gender equality requirements at the school. There is currently only a physical education (PE) locker room for female students.

Pahoa's New Gym

$3,500,000 – Pahoa High and Intermediate Gym, Hawaii Island – Design and construction funds for renovations and expansion of the school’s gymnasium to include a wrestling and locker/showers room.

$3,000,000 – East Kapolei Middle, Oahu – Design funds for a new school to address projected needs in the Kapolei area, which is currently served by Ilima Intermediate, Ewa Makai Middle and Kapolei Middle. By completing this school in the near future, a reduction in student enrollment will allow Kapolei Middle to transition off its current multi-track schedule.

$1,000,000 – Pearl City Elementary Electrical Upgrades, Oahu – Design and construction funds to address various electrical and related site work to provide for current and future technology needs at the school. Electrical work includes upgrading electrical transformers and panels, telecommunication systems, electrical outlets and data ports.

$1,000,000 – Campbell High Electrical Upgrades, Oahu – Design and construction funds to address various electrical and related site work to provide for current and future technology needs at the school. Electrical work includes upgrading electrical transformers and panels, telecommunication systems, electrical outlets and data ports.

$880,000 – Honowai Elementary New Classroom Building, Oahu – Design funds for a building with eight classrooms, restrooms, a faculty workroom and custodial closets.

$700,000 – Mauka Lani Elementary Electrical Upgrades, Oahu – Design and construction funds to address various electrical and related site work to provide for current and future technology needs at the school. Electrical work includes upgrading electrical transformers and panels, telecommunication systems, electrical outlets and data ports.

$755,000 – Waipahu High Track & Field Facility Improvements, Oahu – This project will start the design phase of a new synthetic track and field surface at the school. An old cinder track and grass field presently exists, and this project will allow for a competition track venue in the Leeward District, which presently has none.

$550,000 – Pearl City High Track & Field Facility Improvements, Oahu – This project will start the design phase of a new synthetic track and field surface at the school. An old cinder track and grass field presently exists, and this project will allow for a competition track venue in the Leeward District, which presently has none.

$550,000 – Niu Valley Middle New Classrooms, Oahu – Design funds for four new classrooms to support the “International Baccalaureate Middle Year” (IBMY) program at the school. Niu Valley is an accredited IBMY school and all of its students are required to take a second language.

$550,000 – Kohala High Architectural Barrier Removal, Hawaii Island – Construction funds to complete architectural barrier removal at school and provide program accessibility for the disabled in accordance with federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.

$500,000 – Hilo Intermediate New PE Locker Room and Renovations, Hawaii Island – Design funds to replace and renovate the PE locker room and shower facilities at the school.

$475,000 – Kanoelani Elementary New Portable Classroom, Oahu – Design, equipment and construction funds for a portable classroom to address school enrollment (approximately 800 students/year), which has required moving a kindergarten class into a teachers’ workroom due to lack of space.

$450,000 – Kaiser High Track & Field Facility Improvements, Oahu – This project will start the design phase of a new synthetic track and field surface at the school to replace the aged synthetic track and grass field and also provide related improvements for facility maintenance and support.

$400,000 – Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate New Science, Technology & Media Building, Oahu – Design funds for a new building. Classroom building on campus, built in the early 1950s through 1962, do not meet standards relating to science, technology or media education.

$200,000 – Waipahu High Campus Retaining Wall, Oahu – Design and construction funds for a retaining wall behind Buildings C to Q in order to alleviate ground movement affecting these buildings. The project may also include landscaping and related improvements adjacent to the planned retaining wall.

$175,000 – Waikele Elementary Play Courts Resurfacing and New Playground Installation, Oahu – This project is to resurface the basketball court and replace aged, outdated and non-functioning play equipment in order to provide age appropriate pre-kindergarten playground equipment.

$120,000 – Pearl City Highlands Elementary Building G Administration Expansion and Renovation, Oahu – Design funds for additional administration space in Building G, which currently has an administration space deficit of more than 60 percent compared to the size of a typical elementary school.

$75,000 – Lahaina Intermediate Pedestrian Safety Improvements, Maui – Design funds addressing issues such as safe crosswalk placement, an island for pedestrians within the wide driveway and improvements for proper drainage.

$70,000 – Nuuanu Elementary Walkway Roof Repair and Renovation, Oahu – Construction funds for repairs and renovation of the walkway roof from between the administration building and the covered play court. The school has regular rainfall and this has resulted in some parts of the covered walkway to sag.

$2,500 – Moanalua High Auditorium/Performing Arts Center, Oahu – Additional construction funds for a rehearsal hall/band room and instructional support spaces.

2014 Paradise Roller Girls Season Opener This Weekend

It’s time to get fired up and excited about Hilo’s first roller derby bout of the 2014 season.

Paradise Roller Girls Season Opener

The Paradise Roller Girls home teams, Mauna Killahz and Volcano Vixens, will be clashing in fierce competition and vying for the top spot.  It all goes down Saturday, March 8 at the Afook­Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.  Come out and support your favorite of the rival teams by wearing red and black or orange and yellow.  Doors open at 6pm, game starts at 7pm.  It will be action-­packed, hard-hitting fun for the whole family.

Tickets are $5, keiki 5 years old and under are free. Tickets available at Lucy’s Taqueria, Mt. View Village Video, Hilo Town Tavern, CD Wizard (add $1 surcharge), Jungle Love, online at www.paradiserollergirls.com, from your favorite derby girl, or at the door the day of the event.  Concessions will be available inside, please no strollers, coolers, or beverage containers.  Don’t forget to stop by our merchandise booths for your favorite Paradise Roller Girls gear while you visit the other vendors in the lobby.
Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo.  PRG is an association of diverse skaters of all ages and backgrounds whose mission is to promote a healthy and athletic lifestyle who serves in our community through the alternative sport of roller derby.
PRG has successfully completed the apprenticeship program and is now a Full Member League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA,) an international governing body for the sport whose mission is to promote and foster the sport by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and good will among member leagues; PRG fully adheres to the association’s rules and guidelines.
For more information on referees/officiating, recruitment, volunteer opportunities, junior roller derby, bout vendor booths and more, go to www.paradiserollergirls.com.  Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to keep up with the latest roller derby happenings in our community.

Hawaii Island Hoops 2014 College-Prep Camp Announced

Hawaii Island Hoops announces the dates and registration for its annual College-Prep Camp.  This year, the college-prep camp will be held from June 16th-20th at Konawaena High School in Kealakekua.

HIH2014

The highly regarded college-prep camp is once again focused on helping local student-athletes improve their skills and introduce them a college style program, workouts and training.

With a top notch coaching staff of college coaches, Skill & Strength Trainers, Hawaii Island Hoops is the most dynamic, comprehensive, game changing, skill developing, best time you will have, week of HOOPS!

Attending again this year will be college coaches from the NCAA, NAIA and Junior College Level.  Specific coaches and special guests will be announced shortly.

The Camp fee is $350 for the week and includes a Nike reversible Jersey & Shorts. College Coaching and instruction, All Meals included, Daily seminars on Academic Requirements, Financial Aid, and Athletic Recruitment, Beach trip and a week of HOOPS!!

 

More information and Registration can be found online at www.HawaiiIslandHoops.com or register now by Clicking Here.

Canadian Bobsledders to Come to Big Island of Hawaii to Hunt Pigs

According to this article, a couple members of the Canadian Bobsled, Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden, will be coming to the Big Island of Hawaii after their disappointing showing in the SOCHI Olympics:

Canada's pilot Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell are assisted as their sled flips during the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. (REUTERS)

Canada’s pilot Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell are assisted as their sled flips during the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. (REUTERS)

The hunt for a bobsled medal for Canada has ended, and now a different kind of hunt begins.

“Me and Jesse (Lumsden) are going to go boar-hunting in Hawaii,” said Canada 3 pilot Justin Kripps, who was born in Na’alehu, Hawaii. “They have a real boar problem there and we are going to take care of it.”

Might as well take care of the boar problem in Hawaii…

Body Glove Wake/Surf Team to Travel to the Middle East – “Making Wave History”

The official green light has been posted for the Body Glove Wake / Surf Team to travel to the Middle East for an exhibition performance as the world watches and awaits in anticipation!

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

This is the first time in history that we are sending our team to perform in that part of the world” quoted Billy Miestrell, Body Glove Owner and SVP, “and we are very excited about the opportunity!”  he added.  The magic of their performances is going to take place on April 4, 2014 at the world famous Xtreme Wake facility in the ultimate high glamour City of Dubai – UAE..

To mark this occasion, Centurion Boats will be unveiling their brand new, ultra cool Body Glove Limited Edition ENZO FX22 in the ruby blue waters of the Arabian Peninsula that very same day!

Body Glove Enzo

Riders participating in “Making Wave History” are:

  • Rusty Malinoski – Current WWA World Champion
  • Harley Clifford – 2012 Pro Tour and “King Of Wake” Series Champion
  • Bob Soven – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2013 “Rider Of The Year”
  • Melissa Marquardt – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2012 Female “Rider of the Year”
  • Keenan Flegel – Current World Wakesurfing Champion

This unique and extraordinary event is going to be highly published and filmed thru our partners Alliance Wakeboard magazine www.alliancewake.com and our very own award wining Body Glove Entertainment team headed by Greg Browning.  “Our Team is thrilled to be preforming on the high profile world stage” quoted Browning ……”what an great back drop the skyline of Dubai will make for our film!”  he added.

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

The team will be on camera during their entire visit to the Middle East with the Grand Finale one –day exhibition held at the facilities of Body Glove’s newest partners in the region, Xtreme Wake.  www.xtremewakeuae.com Get ready to make wave history and for some jaw dropping action!  https://www.facebook.com/XtremeWakeUAE

“We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity to presented to us by our local partners in the Emirates,” says Robbie Meistrell, Body Glove International CEO. “We know the folks there will never have seen a performance as specular as this one”.

Video: Kendama USA Hawaii Adventures – Volume 1

Recently the folks from Kendama USA came to Hawaii to put on a demonstration and show over on Oahu.  While the team was here they put together the following video:

Aloha!
Hawaii was amazing! I have never seen so many people playing Kendama in my life! 1800 people signed up to battle before we had to cut it off. 5000 people total were at the event. Choke players were there! It was great to get some time on Oahu an meet the people and the players. Hawaii is defiantly where it’s happenin. Amazing hospitality and kindness from everyone. Huge thank you to Razor Sports and Pearl Ridge Mall for their support and dedication. We will be back soon!

Balancing Budget on Backs of UH Students Ill-Advised, Senate President Kim – Officials Blame Deficit on Miserable Football Season

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is strongly urging University of Hawaii officials not to balance a potential $2 million budget deficit by raising student fees. Through a senate resolution, she points out the already high student fees per semester that amount to $1,400,000 per year to the UH Athletics Department. Students currently pay a $50 mandatory fee per semester.

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

Officials have blamed the deficit on a disappointing 1-11 football season with low ticket sales and the inability to meet a $1 million fundraising goal. However, although acknowledging these facts, the resolution also points out that the discontent and dissatisfaction of some longtime financial supporters with the leadership and transparency of the Board of Regents and the President, and their public statements on no longer contributing funds.

“University officials made bad leadership decisions and now we are seeing the result of them,” said Kim. “Why are we asking our students to pay for the shortfalls of university decision makers? We shouldn’t allow students to shoulder the burden of the UH Athletics Department or any other department.”

According to the resolution, student fees should be based on an objective criteria or an appropriate formula rather than an apparently arbitrary amount decided by the University. It goes on to say that if fees are raised to close a budget deficit, once it is balanced, those fees should be reduced accordingly.

“This is not what we want to teach our future generation of leaders,” she added. “By passing the buck to them, we’re saying ‘Look, if you make a mistake and don’t meet expectations, you can just force someone else to deal with it.’”

School Athletics Funding Bill Scheduled For Hearing

Athletics has become a key factor in helping students stay motivated and succeed in the classroom. However, after the downturn in the economy, many athletic programs and positions have been cut. State Senator David Ige introduced this session a measure that would restore some of these positions and programs.

Click to learn more

Click to learn more

He urges public school, teachers and coaches to submit testimony on Senate Bill 3083, and become an active participant in the legislative process. During the hearing, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10 at 1:15 p.m., schools across the state will be able to provide live testimony via the Hawaii State Senate’s Statewide Videoconferencing Pilot Program, which launched this year. Lawmakers initiated the program last year allowing neighbor island residents the opportunity to provide testimony using technology. Many people, especially students, are unable to travel to the State Capitol to provide testimony in person. The Senate’s technology initiative will allow them to testify on SB3083

“The advent of videoconferencing technologies within the Senate gives students easier access to the legislative process,” said Ige, “allowing them to be stewards of their own education and to voice opinions on how school sports has personally affected their lives.”

Ige, who is chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, spoke with many coaches, parents and teachers about the important role athletics play in overall student development. “For many students in our public schools, the opportunity to play sports motivates and positively impacts their success in the classroom. “

SB3083 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Monday, February 10 at 1:15 p.m. in Room 414 of the State Capitol. Those wishing to submit testimony or to sign up to provide testimony via teleconferencing can do so by visiting www.capitol.hawaii.gov.   

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Hilo Trap and Skeet Range Closing to Host State Championships

The Hilo Trap and Skeet Range will be closed Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, in order to host the Hawai‘i State Pacific International Trapshooting Association Championships.

Hilo Trap and Skeet Range

The public is invited to watch the competition, which will be held daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Located just beyond the Hilo landfill at 1010 Leilani Street, the Hilo Trap and Skeet Range is normally open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation thanks range users and the general public for their patience and understanding while the range is closed temporarily to accommodate the state championships.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Sixty-One Youths Participate in HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Hoops Clinic

Sixty-one youths participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Hoops Clinic for Elementary and Intermediate students held at the Panaʻewa play courts on January 11.

“We want to remind our youth and their parents to use their seat belts,” said Community Policing Officer Matt Kaaihue. “Each participant signed a pledge that they would always use their seat belt.”

Players were provided with instruction on basketball skills and placed on teams for competitive play. As part of the clinic, Officer Kaaihue also provided a presentation on attitude. “It all starts with your attitude, ” Kaaihue said. “Like an airplane, if our ‘nose’ is pointed up, we are taking off; if it is pointed down, we may be headed for a crash.”

Elementary Division(left to right) Row 1: Kamille Febo-Santiago, Keawe Silva, Jayla Tadeo-Jose, Guyson Ogata, Kayla Iwata, Shesley Martinez, Kiaʻi Apele. Row 2: Kaupena Yasso, Kelsie Imai, Makana Credo, Izayah Chartrand, Chance Simeona.

Elementary Division(left to right) Row 1: Kamille Febo-Santiago, Keawe Silva, Jayla Tadeo-Jose, Guyson Ogata, Kayla Iwata, Shesley Martinez, Kiaʻi Apele. Row 2: Kaupena Yasso, Kelsie Imai, Makana Credo, Izayah Chartrand, Chance Simeona.

Recognized for their outstanding performance, attitude and teamwork in the Elementary Division for fourth through sixth graders were Kamille Febo-Santiago, Keawe Silva, Jayla Tadeo-Jose, Guyson Ogata, Kayla Iwata, Shesley Martinez, Kia’i Apele, Kaupena Yasso, Kelsie Imai, Makana Credo, Izayah Chartrand and Chance Simeona.

Intermediate Division (left to right): Makana Kanehailua, Branden Pagala, Jerek Prudencio, Randon Arima, Maddy Jwang, Gabriel Braun, Dabney Uchima, Jordyn Mantz.

Intermediate Division (left to right): Makana Kanehailua, Branden Pagala, Jerek Prudencio, Randon Arima, Maddy Jwang, Gabriel Braun, Dabney Uchima, Jordyn Mantz.

Recognized for their outstanding performance, attitude and teamwork, in the Intermediate Division, seventh and eighth graders, were Makana Kanehailua, Branden Pagala, Jerek Prudencio, Randon Arima, Maddy Jwang, Gabriel Braun, Dabney Uchima and Jordyn Mantz.

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please call Lieutenant Darren Horio at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.

UH Football Player in Fight Surrounded – Another UH Football Player Ends Up With Concussion

According to the crime beat of the University of Hawaii Manoa School paper Ka Leo a member of the University of Hawaii Football team was in a fight and got surrounded by 20 males.  Another football player attempted to help out when he fell and hit his head suffering a concussion.

UH HelmetHere is the report from the student paper :

Staff reported the incident at 12:01 a.m. According to a witness two men —  one who was a UH Mānoa football player — were fighting and were surrounded by a group of 20 males. According the Campus Security report, a fellow football player ran towards the fight, tripped, hit his head on the ground and suffered a concussion. This case has been referred to Student Housing Services

And in other bizarre UH Manoa news:

Harassment at Moore Hall

At 3:59 p.m. a member of staff received a disturbing, sexual message from an anonymous caller. According the the victim the suspect said, “I want to (expletive) your tight (expletive).”

Harassment at Hale Aloha Mokihana

A student reported that he was harassed between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The suspect allegedly tried provoke the victim in regards to a legal case which both are involved in, a Campus Security report said.

Waterfalling Estate to Host UH-Hilo Tennis Exhibition

It’s a sporting venue like no other.  On February 8, athletes from the UH-Hilo Tennis team will put their skills to the test in exhibition matches held on a cliff-side court overlooking thundering waterfalls and panoramic ocean vistas.

Waterfalling Estate Tennis Court

Hosted at the 8-acre Waterfalling Estate in Ninole, the expo serves as a benefit fundraiser for the Richard and Ruth Matsuura Vulcan Tennis Endowed Scholarship.  The scholarship was named after the late state senator and his wife, a local pediatrician, in appreciation for their generous contributions to athletics and education on Hawai`i Island.

Waterfalling Estate
Senator Matsuura was a key figure in Hawai`i politics during the 1980s and 1990s, helping to promote geothermal energy in Puna, and the Natural Energy Lab in West Hawai`i. Though the senator passed away in 1997, Dr. Ruth Matsuura and her children have continued to play an active role in the Hilo community.
Richard and Ruth Matsumura

Richard and Ruth Matsuura

 The Matsuuras were key donors in the construction of the Haili Tennis Courts located at Hilo Intermediate School, and according to UH-Hilo tennis coach Karl Sloss, were “instrumental” in supporting the university’s tennis program in recent years.
“This endowment will help us work toward a fully-funded future for Vulcan Tennis,” said Sloss, who is also a volunteer member of Hui Kako`o Kenika, a nonprofit organization that promotes tennis on the Big Island.
The event, which runs from 3 pm to 6 pm, will feature a “best of five” world team tennis competition, along with light pupus, and live music by Lito Arkangel.
Waterfalling Estate Piano Room
Tickets are $25, and can be purchased in advance from the UH athletics ticket office or at the door. For more information, contact Karl Sloss at (842)-922-7221 or at ksloss@hawaii.edu.

Hawai‘i County Welcomes Senior Softball Players From Canada, California and Hawaii – Mayor’s Cup Senior Softball Tournament

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to welcome kupuna athletes from Canada, California and throughout Hawai‘i who are coming to Hawai‘i Island to play in the 2nd annual Mayor’s Cup Senior Softball Tournament.

Softball Tournament

Games will be played at Maka‘eo Park, also known as Old Airport Park, in Kailua-Kona starting Monday, January 20, and wrapping up Thursday, January 23.  The public is invited to watch players competing in the tournament’s two age-group divisions: 60 years and older; and 70 years and older. Admission is free.

Tournament fees will go to the nonprofit Hawai‘i Island United Way for use in supporting dozens of local health and human service organizations. Last year’s inaugural tournament was a tremendous success, and this year’s event promises to deliver an even greater financial boost to Hawai‘i Island’s less fortunate.

The Department of Parks and Recreation humbly asks residents to serve as good hosts by showing aloha for the visiting senior softball players and their families.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.