• Follow on Facebook

  • Breaking News

  • World Botanical Garden
  • Dolphin Quest Waikoloa
  • Discount Hawaii Car Rental
  • RSS Mayor Kenoi’s Blog

  • Say When

    June 2016
    S M T W T F S
    « May    
     1234
    567891011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    2627282930  
  • When

  • RSS Pulpconnection

UH Hilo Announces Resignation of Softball Coach

University of Hawai’i at Hilo Athletic Director Patrick Guillen today announced the resignation of Softball Head Coach Patty “Peejay” Brun, effective July 1, 2016. Brun leaves UH Hilo to become associate head softball coach at Texas State University.

Patty "Peejay" Brun

Patty “Peejay” Brun

“I have very mixed emotions with Coach Brun’s departure,” Guillen said. “On one hand, I am happy for her and her family who she will be reunited with in Texas and also for this professional opportunity to move back to the NCAA I level.  But selfishly, Vulcan Athletics is losing a top-notch coach who is a great mentor, educator and leader for our softball student-athletes.

“I am grateful to Coach Brun for her tireless work ethic and commitment to building a solid program that our community is proud of.  Our loss is certainly Texas State’s gain.”

Brun joined UH Hilo in 2014. In her two seasons with the Vulcans, her teams compiled a 63-33-1 record with back-to-back 30-win seasons and produced an all-American.

“I’d like to thank Chancellor Donald Straney and Tim Moore for giving me the opportunity to be at the helm of UH Hilo softball,” Brun said. “I’d also like to thank the University and town of Hilo for embracing me and helping me transition so quickly.  The love and aloha that was shown to me from the moment I stepped on the island has meant so much.

“It has been an absolute privilege to coach here and be a part of the Vulcan family. Finally, I’d like to thank Pat Guillen for his great support this year.  His vision for the program is one that I know will help take it to great success.

“The next step has presented itself in this opportunity to coach and be with my family and it was an opportunity we felt could not be turned down.”

A search for Brun’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I am confident we will be able to identify and bring in a quality coach,” Guillen said. “We have some big shoes to fill.”

Barbless Circle Hooks Angling for Converts – 13th Annual Tokunaga Ulua Challenge

At Sunday’s 13th annual Tokunaga Ulua Challenge Fishing Tournament weigh-in, you’d hear a call for “Mr. Barbless Hook.” That would be Kurt Kawamoto, a fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

fish tournamentKawamoto earned the moniker as the driving force behind the NOAA and DLNR Barbless Circle Hook Project. Each time a fish caught with a barbless circle hook weighed in, Kawamoto stepped forward to slap a special sticker on it, and hopefully to see a new record. Since initiating the program more than a decade ago, ulua and other fish caught by shoreline fishermen with barbless hooks have weighed in at one hundred pounds or more; winning more than just a few tournaments.

The Tokunaga tournament has grown from 136 entrants in 2003 to 637 this year. It’s estimated more than 50% of the contestants catch their fish using barbless circle hooks. In 2015, the winning ulua was caught with a barbless hook. This year, the winning omilu was caught by a woman fishing barbless.

Making a barbless hook is really simple. You use a pair of pliers to smash down the barb. Kawamoto explains, “Once you smash down the barbs on these hooks they become self-shedding, so that was the main idea behind it. It’s easy for a fish, or a seal or a turtle to get rid of the hook themselves.” Researchers have witnessed a monk seal actually shed a barbless circle hook and anglers have relayed stories about sea turtles also easily expelling barbless hooks.

Fish Tournament 2Although it’s easier for animals to rid themselves of the hooks, research, angler reports, and actual catches with barbless circle hooks have proved their efficacy when it comes to catching target fish. During a shoreline research project, fishers used two poles; one with a barbed hook, the other with a barbless one. Kawamoto said, “We caught over 300 shoreline fish, of many different kinds. We looked at the catches, losses and misses and statistically we couldn’t tell the difference. Essentially you could catch just as many fish with a barbless circle hook.”

Michael Tokunaga, the organizer of the tournament, sponsored by his store, S. Tokunaga, regularly hosts DLNR outreach representatives from the Barbless Circle Hook Project. He would like to see acceptance of the barbless hooks for his tournament to grow to 75% or better. He said, “This is for conservation and releasing unwanted catches. It’s just a way of fishing smart. When you catch a fish, the hook is normally in the side of the mouth. The barb has nothing to do with it in my opinion.”

Fish Tournament 3After observing the Ulua Challenge last year, and entering this year, Carlo Russo of Pahoa fishes from the shoreline, using barbless circle hooks exclusively. He feels there’s absolutely no downside to using them. A few hours before the tournament weigh-in, fishing with a friend on the edge of Hilo Bay, he commented, “My experience with them has been 100% positive. I caught three papio’s, nice size papio’s on them, and didn’t lose any fish. Popped them right out; all perfectly caught in the corner of their mouths.” He also likes the fact that the barbless hooks keep bait fish alive longer, because they make a smaller hole, saying, “That’s a really big plus.”

The outreach team from the Barbless Circle Hook Project regularly attends fishing tournaments around the state to provide information, encouragement, and free barbless circle hooks. Kawamoto concluded, “Since starting the project I only use barbless hooks in my personal shoreline fishing and I’ve caught all the same species. I couldn’t in good conscience ask fisherman to try something that I don’t use or believe in myself. I have guys on every island who are only using barbless hooks and they’ve seen it doesn’t make a difference…and allows the big one that got away…to reproduce, to grow and possibly to be caught another day. This helps enhance the reputation of fishermen and women as practicing conservationists.”

Hawaii State Urges Consumers with Sports Authority Gift Cards to Redeem Unused Balances Immediately

Stephen Levins, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affair’s Office of Consumer Protection, is urging Hawaii consumers who may be holding gift cards, certificates or store credits from Sports Authority to redeem their balances as soon as possible. Consumers are also urged to return unwanted merchandise immediately for a refund or exchange.

sports authority gift card

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March of this year, and initially had received approval from the bankruptcy court to proceed with business as usual. The company has since announced plans to begin liquidating its business throughout the United States, including its operations in Hawaii. Change is expected in the coming weeks, with an auction scheduled for late May, making the future of the company uncertain.

“An important guideline with gift cards is to use them as soon as you can, because if a store closes or goes bankrupt, there may be little to no recourse for a consumer to recover an unspent balance,” said Executive Director Levins. “If you currently have a Sports Authority gift card, you should use it immediately to avoid losing whatever credit it contains.”

Sports Authority operates eight stores in Hawaii, in Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Lihue, and Waikele.

Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Returns to Hilo

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites keiki basketball players to the 4th Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that returns to Hilo July 26-29.

YagiOpen to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts, which feature new flooring.

David Kaneshiro, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo head women’s basketball coach, and GE Coleman, UH-Hilo head men’s coach, will serve as lead clinicians. Each will share basketball expertise and offer personalized instruction during the four-day camp. Assisting the Vulcan coaches will be Daphne Honma, Honoka‘a High School girls basketball coach, previous Division II coach of the year, and former UH-Hilo head women’s basketball coach. Additional college and high school coaches have been invited to be camp clinicians.

A team of coaches will instruct and supervise campers as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills during morning skill sessions. Following a lunch break, players will showcase what they’ve learned by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day. Special awards will be presented to outstanding participants at the close of Friday’s session.

The registration fee is $60 per child. The fee will increase to $70 for players registering after Tuesday, July 12. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group photo. Please make checks payable to the County Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo, county gyms islandwide, and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

The Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Paradise Roller Girls Quadruple Header Coming Up

The Civic was aroused Sat., April 30 as the first roller derby home bouts were held between Pacific Roller Derby and Waimea Wranglers Rough Rollers and Hilo’s very own Paradise Roller Girls.

roller derby 5316Waimea came away most successful, holding a 2-0 victory over both Pacific and Paradise.  PRG lost to Waimea for the second time this season but turned out a 182-105 victory over the Hulagans. Pacific lost both games.

If you missed out on the action this time, don’t worry, local roller derby is ramping up with another home bout around the corner.  Saturday, June 4 will be an all day event with four teams scrapping for wins.

“The first game starts at 11 a.m. and the last game probably won’t end until 8:30 p.m..  That’s so much roller derby. I am just thinking of how much I am going to get slammed into on the track,” Hannah “Hawkalolo Hottie” Hawkins, Paradise Roller Girls skater, said.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under the age of 5. Tickets can be bought at Jungle Love, CD Wizzard, Mt. View Video, Kadota Liquor, Lucy’s Taqueria, at the door or from any of the Paradise Roller Girls.

Roller Derby Triple Header – Waimea, Hawaii Pacific and Hilo Duke It Out

Paradise Roller Girls will host a full night of roller derby on April 30 including a round robin of bouts with Pacific Roller Girls and Waimea Wranglers Rough Rollers.

Roller derby triple header on April 30 will be held at the Civic at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Tickets are $5. Hilo Tavern will host the afterparty where the cover charge is waived if a bout ticket stub is presented.

Roller derby triple header on April 30 will be held at the Civic at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Tickets are $5. Hilo Tavern will host the afterparty where the cover charge is waived if a bout ticket stub is presented.

Taking place in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, the first bout between Waimea and Pacific is scheduled for 2 p.m.. Pacific will then battle PRG at 4:30 p.m. and end the night with PRG playing Waimea at 7 p.m.

“This bout is our first home game of the season and we are pumped to have people come cheer us on,” Kelli “Kellfire” Bolger, Paradise Roller Girls skater, said. “We’ve been working really hard in preparation.”

Between each sanctioned bout will be a junior derby game where PRG’s junior skaters will be skating against each other during a 10 minute mini bout.

Vendor, sponsor, and merchandise booths will be on site. Hilo Tavern will host an after party with no cover fee if a ticket stub is presented upon entry.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under the age of 5. Tickets can be bought at Jungle Love, CD Wizzard, Mt. View Video, Kadota Liquor, Lucy’s Taqueria, at the door or from any of the Paradise Roller Girls.

2015-2016 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Hawaii Girls Basketball Team Announced

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Hawaii Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.

For the complete list of American Family Insurance ALL-USA state teams, click here.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bobbie Awa, Konawaena (Kealakekua)
The Big Island Interscholastic Federation Coach of the Year, Awa guided Konawaena to its second straight state title and the seventh overall during her tenure. The Wildcats finished the year 26-1 and were undefeated against Hawaii competition.

FIRST TEAM

Player of the Year
Chanelle Molina, G, Konawaena (Kealakekua), 5-7, Sr.

Chanelle Molina

Chanelle Molina

A three-time Gatorade Hawaii Girls Basketball Player of the Year and four-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year, Molina earned Most Outstanding Player of the tournament honors after leading Konawaena (26-1) to its second straight Division I championship. She scored 24 points in the state final and averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and 7.6 assists for the year. Molina has signed to play at Washington State this fall.

Cherilyn Molina, G, Konawaena (Kealakekua), 5-3, So.
The younger Molina sister averaged 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in helping Konawaena to a state championship.

Naai Solomon-Lewis, C, Kohala (Kapaau), 5-8, Sr.
Solomon-Lewis averaged 14.3 ppg and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Div. II tournament, despite falling in the semifinals—when she grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 14 points.

Keala Quinlan, G, Roosevelt (Honolulu), 6-0, Sr.
A University of Portland signee, Quinlan averaged 19.6 points per game to lead Roosevelt to the first round of the Division I state tournament.

Keleah-Aiko Koloi, F, Lahainaluna (Lahaina), 5-11, Sr.
Koloi averaged 16.3 points per game for a Lahainaluna team that advanced to the Division I semifinals.

SECOND TEAM

Ihi Victor, F, Konawaena (Kealakekua), 5-10, Sr.

Cameron Fernandez, F/G, Lahainaluna (Lahaina), 5-8, Sr.

Tyra Moe, F, Punahou (Honolulu), 6-1, Sr.

Roselynn Shimaoka, G, Kaiser (Honolulu), 5-6, Sr.

Ally Wada, G/F, Hawaii Baptist (Honolulu), 5-8, So.

78 UH Hilo Vulcan Athletes Honored on National Student-Athlete Day

On National Student-Athlete Day, the University of Hawaii at Hilo recognizes 78 Vulcan student-athletes for their academic, athletic and community service excellence.
National Student Athlete DayCreated by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports in 1987, student-athletes must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher while engaging in community service.

This year’s recipients include:

Baseball (11) – Micah Carter, William Cleary, Nathan Green, Jacob Grijalva, Reece Kato, Jaron Manago, Timothy Mendonca, Sean Nearhoof, Jonathan Segovia, Phillip Steering, Morgan West

Women’s Basketball (9) – Alia Alvarez, Lauren Hong, Alexa Jacobs, Pilialoha Kailiawa, Felicia Kolb, Sydney Mercer, Kimberly Schmelz, Keani Shirai, Patience Taylor

Cross Country (4) – Riley Arroyo, Crsytal-Lynn Baysa, Anna Mikkelson, Kaylee Rapoza

Women’s Golf (5) – Shannon Abarra, Shantel Antonio, Andi Igawa, Keely Kitamura, Kristen Sawada

Men’s Golf (4) – Kyeton Littel, Conor Morley, Casey Tamura, David Tottori

Men’s Soccer (11) – Max Darris, Andrew Dawrs, Juan David Diaz Casallas, Cassidy Dixon, Tyler Hoffman, Trenton Hooper, Joshua Jasper, Anton Lund, Omar Machado, Zachary Solarte, George Wakefield

Women’s Soccer (11) – Kailah Buchanan, Kayla Clarke, Kahri Golden, Annabel Gonzalez, Meghan Langbehn, Nicole Rascon, Kayela Santiago, Alexa Smiley, Danika Steele, Leighana Weaver, Abcde Zoller

Softball (11) – Angela Aguinaga, Billi Derleth, Cyanne Fernandez, Bailey Gaspar, Brittany Huff, Mari Kawano, Cristina Menjivar, Stephanie Pasco, Danielle Pulido, Maria Steadmon, Danielle Wilson

Men’s Tennis (4) – Stefan Coney, Ryuta Ogawa, Kainoa Rosa, Ryan Torio

Women’s Tennis (3) – Trixie Croad, Bianca Novotna, Chelsea Sato

Volleyball (5) – Trixie Croad, Siera Green, Mariya Heidenrich, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Kyndra Trevino-Scott

Super Slam Finished on Big Island of Hawaii, 49 States… 49 Turkeys

A Pennsylvania man flew to the Big Island of Hawaii for one and only one reason… to kill a turkey.

After missing a gobbler earlier in the morning during a hunt in Hawaii, Hudak connected later in the day to achieve the U.S. Super Slam.

After missing a gobbler earlier in the morning during a hunt in Hawaii, Hudak connected later in the day to achieve the U.S. Super Slam.

Tony Hudak of Noxen, Pennsylvania set out to kill a turkey in every state in the United States (except for Alaska where there are no turkeys), becoming only the fifth person to do what is known as the Super Slam..

According to the Times Leader, he was successful!

…But Hudak set out on the morning of March 19 hoping to find the final gobbler in his quest.

At 6:30 a.m. a gobbler sounded off from its roost from far away. Hudak began to maneuver into position when another bird gobbled. It was closer and Hudak focused on the second bird instead.

Hudak called, the bird answered and then things happened quickly.

“Apparently he was rushing in because the next time I called he was just 50 yards away over a little hill,” Hudak said. “I got against a koa log and the bird came around a knob in full strut, 30 yards away.”

The gobbler lifted its head and Hudak shot.

And missed.

And that’s when Hudak began having doubts.

“I was thinking that I just flew 6,000 miles to get here, and all these years of traveling to every state and it comes down to this and I blow it. I whiffed,” Hudak said. “It took me an hour to get my wits back after that ordeal.”

At 8 a.m. another bird gobbled but Hudak couldn’t get it within range, and that’s when Big Island of Hawaii posed another unique challenge.

Fog.

“Turkeys clam up when it gets foggy,” Hudak said.

The fog rolled in thick from the ocean, forcing Hudak and John Sabati – the ranch manager for where he was hunting, to retreat to a lower elevation. All he could do was cover ground and call with the hope a gobbler was out there somewhere.

Finally, at 3 p.m. Hudak spotted a gobbler in a cow pasture in full strut. The bird walked back-and-forth along a fence, unaware it was being watched.

Hudak would get a second chance.

“Once I saw what he was doing I tried to get on one end of his strut zone and cut him off,” Hudak said. “He came to about 60 yards, walking right to me, then turned around and walked away 100 yards, still strutting.”

Sabati suggested sneaking below the gobbler, so Hudak made a wide loop and came up to the fence. The gobbler was there, and still unaware.

Hudak clucked once with his mouth call and the gobbler turned and walked right into range. Hudak shot and this time he didn’t miss…

You can read the full story here: Tony Hudak achieves US Super Slam

Bob May Golf Academy Returns to Waikoloa Beach Resort

For the third year in a row, noted golf instructor Bob May will bring his Golf Academy to Waikoloa Beach Resort. From June 6-July 5, 2016, island golfers and visitors will have a chance to learn from the man who “schooled” Tiger Woods in the 2000 PGA Championship in Valhalla.

Bob May

Bob May

Bob May pushed Tiger Woods to the limit in a three-hole playoff that ultimately went to Woods, but the golf world never forgot.  Today, with over twenty years on the PGA Tour, extensive teaching experience and a solid focus under pressure, May’s approach includes both the physical and mental game, for high-handicap players as well as juniors. From fundamentals to finesse, his instruction is inspired by and emphasizes the importance of what he calls “a passion for the game.”

Growing up in California, May’s passion for golf started when he was a boy, and he played his first tournament at age 8. He attended Oklahoma State University, and as an Amateur, chalked up an impressive list of tourney wins and golf awards, including Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, three times NCAA All American, and a #5 U.S. ranking by Titleist and Golf Week Publications.

In 1991, he was a finalist in the British Amateur, and—with Walker Cup teammates Phil Mickelson and David Duval—defeated the European team. That same year, May turned pro, playing competitively on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) for over 20 years, winning the British Masters in 1999, achieving four second-place titles on the Web.com Tour and three on the PGA Tour, including the unforgettable match with Tiger Woods.

The Bob May Golf Academy at Waikoloa Beach Resort will offer private lessons for adults, juniors and couples, as well as “Trackman” performance analysis. For more information and to book teaching time, visit www.BobMayGolfAcademy.com.

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf inspires the spirit of adventure in every golfer, with two epic golf courses along Hawai‘i Island’s rugged lava coast: the dramatic, tropical Beach Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and the Kings’ Course, designed in a classic Scottish links style by the winning team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Spectacular, historic and compelling, the Beach Course and Kings’ Course challenge the champion and inspire new players every day.

For more information, contact the Kings’ Course at (808) 886-5375

HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 14-and-Under Basketball Championship Results

Fifty-four youths from seven teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 14-and-under basketball championships this past weekend at Andrews Gym.

In the Boys Division, Hoop Dreams defeated Pāhoa 54-12 to claim the championship. Keawe Silva scored 18 points and Kiaʻi Apele 10 for Hoop Dreams. Damon Romero led Pāhoa with six points.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Members of the champion Hoop Dreams squad included Silva, Apele, Kaukahi Alameda, Macmillan Aloisio, Izayah Chartrand, Kilohana Haasenritter, Umi Kealoha, Guyson Ogata, Keegan Scanlan and Kaupena Yasso.

In the third place contest, Waiākea Titans edged Keaʻau Chargers 50-42. Isaiah Cordero led Waiākea with 20 points and Chance Simeona added 10. John Gunny Ramirez scored 12 for Keaʻau.

In the Girls Division finals, Wahine Ryders defeated Hoop Dreams Wahine 34-16. Mindy Kawaha tallied 11 for the champions.

Wahine Ryders

Wahine Ryders

Members of the champion Wahine Ryders included Kawaha, Asia Castillo, Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Zaelyn Lui, Keani Midel and Tatiana Rideout.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to use their seat belts.

50 Marathons 50 States… Finished at the Hilo International Marathon

A professor from Louisiana, Jorge Pullin, has completed his goal of completing a marathon in each and every state in America by finishing the Hilo International Marathon this past weekend.
Jorge Pullin picture from Twitter.

Jorge Pullin picture from Twitter.

Jorge Pullin tweeted:

Finished the Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii in 6h29min. 50th marathon in 50th state. Mission accomplished!

According to Marathon Maniacs, Pullin started in his home state on February 26, 2005 with the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans, Louisiana with a marathon time of 6:21:42.

Over the next 11 years, Pullin would run in races across the United States and his best time would be his 40th race on June 28th, 2014 at the Run4Troops Marathon held in Iowa where he clocked a time of 5:36:35.

Oregon Athletes Win 2016 Big Island International Marathon

Two athletes from Roseburg, Oregon captured the titles in the 2016 Big Island International Marathon that was held today.

Click to view individual results

Click to view individual results

Sam Settelmeyer captured the men’s division and overall title with a time of 2:37:13.  Amanda Phillips captured the women’s division and was third overall with a time of 2:53:22.

The first Big Island Resident to cross the line was Jared Burris from Kapaau, HI who came in second overall with a time of 2:48:43.

Rank
Name
Bib
Time
Pace
Hometown
Division
Div Rank
1 Sam Settelmeyer 175 02:37:13 06:01 Roseburg, OR M20-24 1
2 Jared Burris 36 02:48:43 06:27 Kapaau, HI M20-24 2
3 Amanda Phillips 158 02:53:22 06:38 Roseburg, OR F30-34 1
4 Kengo Yoshimoto 3 02:56:30 06:45 Honolulu, HI M40-44 1
5 Michael Sullivan 193 02:57:30 06:47 Hilo, HI M35-39 1
6 Alan Ryan 1 03:11:38 07:19 Makaweli, HI M45-49 1
7 Daniel Wagner 212 03:16:31 07:31 Honolulu, HI M30-34 1
8 Tyler Sprague 191 03:17:04 07:32 Pahoa, HI M25-29 1
9 Michael Arnstein 9 03:17:06 07:32 Kamuela, HI M35-39 2
10 Jon-Erik Jardine 90 03:18:00 07:34 Hilo, HI M25-29 2
11 Yuko Nakai 232 03:20:04 07:39 HONOLULU, HI F40-44 1
12 Joshua Johnson 230 03:26:26 07:53 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO M35-39 3
13 James Lehman 105 03:26:37 07:54 Coppell, TX M45-49 2
14 Michael Carroll 38 03:28:27 07:58 Millville, MA M50-54 1
15 Nelson Soken 186 03:30:20 08:02 Hugo, MN M50-54 2

For complete results see here: 2016 Big Island International Marathon Results

Big Island of Hawaii 2016 Spring Bearded Turkey Season Opens

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced the opening of the 2016 Spring Bearded Turkey hunting season this week.

During the 2009 spring wild turkey season, Jon Sabati State President of the Hawaii National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a spring wild turkey hunt.

During the 2009 spring wild turkey season, Jon Sabati State President of the Hawaii National Wild Turkey Federation hosted a spring wild turkey hunt.

The spring season will run for 46 consecutive days through Friday, April 15, 2016. The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only, in locations identified below. The season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 122, “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials and Commercial Shooting Preserves.”

Open Turkey Hunting Areas Special Conditions Season Dates Hunting Hours
Unit A – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMA Mammal hunting will also be open above treeline for rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, and shotgun. March 1 – April 15, 2016 (46 consecutive days) One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Unit G – Ka‘ohe GMA Also open daily to mammal hunting for archery.
Unit F – Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve N/A
Private Lands Hunters required to have valid hunting license, current turkey tags and landowner permission

Bag Limits and Tags

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three.  All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting.  Tags are currently $5/tag for residents and $20/tag for non-residents.  Turkey tags are nontransferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill.  Tags may be obtained from any Hawai‘i island Division of Forestry and Wildlife office and a number of commercial vendors.  Hunters must present current State of Hawai‘i hunting license with a current game bird dtamp when obtaining tags.  Turkey tags are also required to hunt on private land.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers:  Hilo: (808) 974-4221; Kamuela: (808) 887-6063 or the main office in Honolulu at (808) 587-0166.

BISAC’s Team Inspire Powerlifting Champions

This year’s annual WABDL Sonny Ronolo’s Powerlifting Meet was held at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium.  With over 100 participants taking part in the meet and hundreds of spectators, this event showcased some of the best lifters in the world.   The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) is no stranger to taking part in events that celebrate the community and promote healthy lifestyles.

Top Row Left to Right: Waiakea High School Coach Moku Pita, Jian Pascual, Isaiah K-Aloha, Va`a Keahi-Broad, Makana Gomez, Coach Toe Preston.   Bottom Row Left to Right: Shayne Kanae, Devin Vance Preston, and Nu`u Aiava.

Top Row Left to Right: Waiakea High School Coach Moku Pita, Jian Pascual, Isaiah K-Aloha, Va`a Keahi-Broad, Makana Gomez, Coach Toe Preston. Bottom Row Left to Right: Shayne Kanae, Devin Vance Preston, and Nu`u Aiava.

 BISAC’s team Inspire consisted of current students and graduates of Waiakea High School and promoted positive alternatives to substance use.   “These young men are an inspiration and provide positive  role modelling to younger individuals who are struggling with addiction” says BISAC’s CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.  “When we are able to show the younger generation that they can do it by engaging in healthy activities like this it gives them hope.”

By the end of the meet, Team Inspire’s small team was able to leave a positive impression, by securing 2nd place in the team category, receiving (11) first place trophies, (5) state records, and (1) world record.

 Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

For more information about BISAC and all of its programs call 969-9994 or visit www.bisac.org.

Parking on Kamehameha Highway to Be Restricted Near Waimea Bay for the Eddie Aikau Tournament

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting motorists of parking restrictions on Kamehameha Highway on Oahu’s North Shore in anticipation of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf tournament. No parking will be allowed on either side of Kamehameha Highway from Iliohu Place to the Saints Peter & Paul Mission beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 10 pm through the duration of the tournament.

Eddie contest

Temporary barriers will be placed in the shoulders to prevent parking and allow safe pedestrian access. Honolulu Police officers will be patrolling the area enforcing the parking restriction. Vehicles parked within the restricted area will be cited and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Should the event be cancelled the barriers will be removed as quickly as possible and the parking restriction will be lifted.

HDOT is postponing planned lane closures on Kamehameha Highway along Oahu’s North Shore in anticipation of the crowds of people venturing to Waimea Bay. Previously planned utility installation and repair work on Thursday, Feb. 25 will be postponed.

Electronic message boards will be strategically placed at key decision making points including Wahiawa, Kahaluu and Kahuku to alert motorists of parking restrictions and heavy traffic on the North Shore. Additional signs will be placed on both ends of the designated area near Waimea Bay to notify drivers of the parking restriction.

We ask those travelling to the North Shore to be patient, drive safely, and expect delays. As with past Eddie’s, we expect the number of cars on the road to significantly exceed the capacity. HDOT has been in coordination with the Honolulu Police Department, City & County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department, and Department of Transportation Services to mitigate impacts to the best extent possible.

To view a complete list of the scheduled roadwork around the state visit the Hawaii Department of Transportation website by clicking here.

Big Island School Visited by Paralympic Alpine Skier Josh Dueck

On Monday, February 8, Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Parker students in grades 4 and 5 were treated to a visit and presentation by famed Canadian Paralympic alpine skier Josh Dueck on February 8.

Paralyzed from the waist down from a ski accident in 2004 at the age of 23, Josh shared his personal story of perseverance and overcoming adversity with students. Dueck fought hard to get back on the slopes and did so in a big way winning a gold medal in men’s super-combined and a silver in sitting downhill at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In addition, he won gold in mono skier X at the 2011 X Games, bronze at the 2012 X Games and multiple other top honors, including the title of the world’s first sit-skier to complete a back flip.

Students were enthralled during his presentation which ended with a dynamic question and answer session. “Josh was such an inspiration to our 4th and 5th graders – they were amazed and truly engaged in learning about his life journey and the lessons learned through his experiences,” says Heather Emmons, Parker School grade 4 teacher.  “He spoke to our 9 and 10 year olds in a way that captured their attention and, like a teacher, taught students very important life lessons to be remembered.” Dueck personally signed a photo for each student.

Retired from skiing in 2014, today Dueck travels the world as a public and motivational speaker and has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as featured in a documentary called Freedom Chair.  Learn more about Josh Dueck at www.joshdueck.com.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course to be Shortened, Remain Open During Renovation Project

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces it will shorten the Hilo Municipal Golf Course and open temporary greens so golfers may continue using portions of the links while it is undergoing major renovation.

Hilo Golf Course

Starting Monday, February 8, play will be limited to the front 9 holes and a temporary 9th green opened to accommodate construction work. When renovation of the back 9 holes is completed, they will be opened for play and the front 9 holes closed so renovation work may shift to that section of the course. Temporary greens will be opened at the 17th and 18th holes until new grass is established on the reconstructed greens. Also, temporary tee boxes will be opened at the 15th hole to allow for construction access.

These rotating partial closures are expected to continue through mid-May. During that period, tee times will be modified to allow golfers to play two rounds and create the equivalent of an 18-hole golfing experience.

Course renovation work will include the following upgrades:

  • Reconstructing the 9th, 17th and 18th greens
  • Constructing a new 14th green and using the existing green as a temporary green
  • Replacing all course waterlines
  • Installing new accessible drinking fountains throughout the course
  • Constructing new accessible shelters at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 13th and 18th tees
  • Constructing new accessible restrooms at the 4th and 12th tees
  • Performing structural and safety repairs to the course bridges
  • Tree removal

The Department of Parks and Recreation understands the inconvenience the ongoing construction work will cause, and sincerely appreciates patrons’ patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

HI-PAL Elementary and Intermediate Basketball Championships Crowned

Eighty-five youths from eight teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” elementary and intermediate basketball championships this past weekend at Papaʻikou Gym.

 Members of the Intermediate Champion Waiākea Titans (from left)—Dominic Rodrigues, Chance Simeona, Kiai Apele, Macmillain Aloisio, Guyson Ogata, Vergil Henry.


Members of the Intermediate Champion Waiākea Titans (from left)—Dominic Rodrigues, Chance Simeona, Kiai Apele, Macmillain Aloisio, Guyson Ogata, Vergil Henry.

In the Intermediate Division, Waiākea Titans finished the round robin event with an undefeated 4-0 record to claim the championship. Titans defeated St. Joseph Gold 57-51 led by Kiai Apele’s 20 points, Kaʻū 56-35 led by Chance Simeona with 19 points, Waiākea 49-26 led by Apele’s 18 points and St. Joseph Red 48-34 led by Apele with 14 points. St. Joseph Gold finished second with a 3-1 record. Members of the championship Titans squad included Apele, Simeona, Macmillan Aloisio, Vergil Henry, Guyson Ogata and Dominic Rodrigues.

In the Elementary Division finals, the St. Joseph Cardinals edged Kealakehe Blue 31-28 to claim the title. Jayden Villena led the Cardinals with 11 points, Forrest Mckinney added 8 points and Zayre Fuiava tallied 6 points. Second-place Kealakehe was led by Shammah Talley with 9 points and Elayo Malapit and Edward Lai who added 6 points apiece. In the third place contest, Haʻaheo defeated Kealakehe White 26-18. Zamar Brres led Haʻaheo with 15 points. Members of the champion St. Joseph squad included Villena, Mckinney, Fuiava, Tiffany Castillo, Thomas Costa, Aidyn Cruise, Kavis Davies, Blayden Grace, Landry Ishii and Stanislaw Stack.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all youths, teens and adults to use their seat belts.

Hawaii Attorney General “Fantasy Sports Contests FanDuel and DraftKings” Constitute Illegal Gambling

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin issued a formal advisory opinion today stating that daily fantasy sports contests, such as those run by FanDuel and DraftKings, constitute illegal gambling under existing state laws.

Fan DuelDraft Kings“Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person stakes or risks something of value upon a game of chance or upon any future contingent event not under the person’s control,” said Chin. “The technology may have changed, but the vice has not.”

Nearly sixty million Americans participate in fantasy sports, with the vast majority playing in a league with friends or colleagues that might be considered “social gambling” which is legal in Hawaii. In contrast, daily fantasy sports contests typically involve competitions between hundreds or thousands of people, are played daily, involve wagers of up to $1,000, and allow each individual multiple entries leading to top prizes of up to $1 million.

“Hawaii is generally recognized to have some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country,” said Chin. By statute the Attorney General provides opinions upon questions of law submitted by the Governor, the state legislature or its members, or a state agency head. The Department of the Attorney General is weighing next steps, including civil or criminal enforcement, consistent with its opinion.

The text of Attorney General Opinion 2016-01 is attached.