Pāhoa District Park Project Groundbreaking to Be Held July 31

A public groundbreaking ceremony for the Pāhoa District Park project will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the park.

Pahoa Park Rendering

Join Mayor Billy Kenoi, County Council members Greggor Ilagan and Zendo Kern, Parks Director Clayton Honma, and other dignitaries as they signify the start of the biggest recreational project in Hawai‘i County history. The $22.3 million, yearlong construction project will more than double the size of Pāhoa Park and deliver increased recreational opportunities to one of Hawai‘i Island’s fastest-growing communities.

Refreshments and light pupu will be served.

Contractor Nan, Inc. is scheduled to start clearing and grading the site on August 4. During the following 12 months, it will construct a covered play court building, two lighted baseball fields, two multipurpose fields, one of which will be lighted for nighttime use, a keiki playground, concession building, new comfort station, accessible walkways, and ample parking areas.

Totaling more than 29 acres, the improvements will complement the park’s existing 15 acres of developed recreational facilities that include a 50-meter swimming pool, community center, senior center, and skate park.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

19th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament Coming Up

The 19th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament is coming up Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Click for more information

Click for more information

This year’s theme, The Great Gatsby, celebrates the Roaring Twenties, when jazz, gin and fun loving flapper women captured America’s heart. This entertaining and competitive fishing tournament is a summer tradition in Kona and is limited to 75 lady angler teams, so women are encouraged to sign up early. Festivities kick off with a party on Friday, July 25, at Huggo’s On the Rocks, and fishing starts in Kailua Bay, Saturday, July 26 starting at 8:00 am.  4:00 PM is the end of the fishing day, and weigh-ins of the days catch can be seen at Honokohau Harbor, Charter Desk.

Proceeds from the tournament are donated to Family Support Hawaii (FSH), a Hawaii Island United Way agency.

“We always look forward to July when we host our annual Wahine Tournament,” said Huggo’s owner Eric von Platen Luder. “For almost 20 years, this fun, charity-focused tournament has donated nearly $150,000 to Family Support Hawaii. We’re thankful that through the community’s support of the event, Family Support Hawaii can make a difference in people’s lives.”

All-women anglers are competing for cash prizes that will be awarded to the teams with the biggest marlin/billfish weighing more than 300 pounds. Separate categories for most released marlin, ahi, ono, and mahi mahi will receive trophies for the largest catch.

The Huggo’s Wahine Tournament also rewards style and panache with prizes and cash awarded to the best decorated boat and team costumes. Awards will be announced at a special presentation Sunday evening, July 27 at On the Rocks. For tournament information including registration, visit Huggos.com

Man Seriously Injured Skydiving at Pacific Skydiving

Pacific Skydiving had another skydiving incident today that sent a person to the hospital.

Whoops!

Whoops!

According to a skydiver on the scene it was “…totally preventable with proper instruction. This is why you should trust professionals, not a bunch of poser skydivers…The guy stalled his canopy from 100ft and held toggles buried pretty much until he hit. No PLF, no training, straight to the hospital.”

Didn't walk away!

Didn’t walk away!

Pacific Skydiving has had a few mishaps sending skydivers to the hospital over the years.

Skydiving incident as Pacific Skydive

Skydiving incident as Pacific Skydive

As of this write-up there has been no release on the condition of the skydiver.

County to Present Plans for Improving Hilo Municipal Golf

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation’s plans for improving the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public presentation set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the Hawai‘i County Council Chambers located at 25 Aupuni Street in Hilo.

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The purpose of this meeting is to explain the project’s entire scope to interested parties and gather their input.

Proposed improvements include replacing the clubhouse facility, waterlines and both of the course restrooms, reconstructing four greens, and performing various maintenance and repair work throughout the site. Another key component involves bringing the Hilo Municipal Golf Course and adjacent driving range into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Design work has started, and the Department of Parks and Recreation expects to solicit construction bids early next year.

The golf course, restaurant and pro shop will continue operating throughout the anticipated construction period of 12 to 16 months. However, it’s anticipated that pedestrian, vehicle and golf cart traffic will be rerouted intermittently while construction work is occurring. Also, areas of play on the course will require temporary modifications to allow construction operations to occur safely and successfully.

The 18-hole Hilo Municipal Golf Course totals 165 acres, making it the largest developed recreational site in Hawai‘i County’s inventory. It’s located at 340 Haihai Street in Hilo and is open daily, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The meeting place is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request an Auxiliary Aid or other accommodation, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us by Wednesday, July 16. Individuals who are Limited English Proficient may also request an interpreter.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team to Visit Sailors from USS Paul Hamilton

Members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will take a break from the court for a tour and meet and greet with Sailors aboard Pearl Harbor-based ship, USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

USA VolleyballThe second-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is in Hawaii for the USA Volleyball Cup match between Team USA No. 2 and No. 1 Brazil. Brazil defeated USA in the last two Olympic Gold Medal Finals in Beijing and London. The legendary Karch Kiraly, voted Best Male Player of the Century with three Olympic Golds, coaches Team USA. The games will be played at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus at 7 p.m. July 11-12. The Navy will participate in the patriotic opening ceremonies at the games.

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW) William Contreras (RELEASED)

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class (AW) William Contreras (RELEASED)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton is one of 10 surface combatants currently assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Destroyer Squadron 31. Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare combatants that operate independently for the support of carriers and expeditionary and surface strike groups.

Cosplayers Invited to Enter Epic Bowling Battle and Costume Contest at KBXtreme for Glory and Big Prizes

HawaiiCon is partnering with KBXtreme for the Big Island’s first cosplay event, ever.

HawaiiConCosplayers from around the Big Island are invited to the KBXtreme Kona Bowl on July 19th, 2014, from 5pm until closing for a family-friendly event full of bowling, tabletop gaming, and costume contests. Those looking to participate in the cosplay events can register that night. The cosplay event is free for all ages. The bowling contest is available for $6.25 or less depending on age.

For the costume contest, outfits will be judged based on originality, craftsmanship, and accuracy. The top cosplayers will win passes to HawaiiCon and other prizes. The cosplayer with the most points in bowling will also win a day pass.

All passes will allow winners to participate in the main cosplay contest at HawaiiCon in front of stars Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan from Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay to compete for even bigger prizes.

“Our desire is to strengthen the local cosplay community on the Big Island,” says HawaiiCon CEO, GB Hajim. “This is something the Big Island has wanted for a long time, and we want HawaiiCon to be a catalyst that keeps the cosplay community connected and involved.”

The Royal Kona Resort is supporting the event by offering rooms for $105 with single and double occupancy for those traveling. Game demos provided by Lava Top.

No weapons, including cosplay weapons, are allowed at this event.

About HawaiiCon:
HawaiiCon is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of science, the science fiction genre, and mythologies, past and present, which guide humanity. HawaiiCon will emphasize education and uniquely Hawaiian contributions to science, including navigation, and ensure that Native Hawaiian culture is accorded an honored place in the conversation of science and science fiction.

HawaiiCon will take place at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on September 12-14th, 2014. Kama’aina rates are available starting at $50 a day. For a full list of Guests, Events, and other information please visit the website at http://www.hawaiicon.com.

Poll: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar – Who Do You Think Will Win?

This coming Sunday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the UFC brings us the finale for season 19 of their TUF event. The card is headlined by the coaches clash between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, marking the third time the pair will meet in the octagon. The match sees Edgar a huge favorite at (-750) over Penn, who comes back at (+450).
Penn vs. Edgar
Who do you think will win?

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Seeking Volunteers

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the 55th Annual tournament. A variety of tournament support is needed, including Kailua pier operations, HIBT retail boutique, headquarter administration, security and a whole lot more. Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each volunteer will receive a HIBT t-shirt and discounted parking for shift volunteers in return for their time.

Miss Billfish 2013

Miss Billfish 2013

“We are excited to meet new volunteers and welcome back those who help us each summer. Volunteers play an important role in the HIBT and help us provide great service to the anglers, crews and visitors that come from around the world to this prestigious fishing tournament,” said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. “Each year we all work hard, have a good time, at the end of the five days of tournament fishing, bid a fond aloha to all those who travel here to Kona to fish these famous waters.”

Fishing Club of Australia at last years HIBT.

Fishing Club of Australia at last years HIBT.

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. Tournament volunteers are needed starting Monday, July 21 and through Sunday, August 3, 2014.

To volunteer please email hibt@hawaii.rr.com

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity of the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development.  For more tournament information, log onto  www.hibtfishing.com

Annual Richardson Ocean Park Rough Water Swim Suspended for 2014

Unforeseen circumstances have prompted the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation to suspend the 2014 Richardson Ocean Park Rough Water Swim that was to be held next month in Hilo.

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.

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.

Planning efforts are already under way to offer a bigger and better rough water swim next summer at Richardson Ocean Park.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this year’s swimming competition and thanks the public for its patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact Mason Souza, Recreation Administrator, at 961-8740 or 333-9784.

Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament August 15-17

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites anglers to enter the 18th annual ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament to be held August 15 through August 17.

Pictured are some of last year’s tournament awards Photo Credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Pictured are some of last year’s tournament awards
Photo Credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Again this year will be separate divisions for keiki 5 to 12 years old, teens, men, women, kupuna 55 years and older, and ‘ohana. Entry fees are $20 per person for the keiki and senior divisions, $25 per person for the men’s and women’s divisions, and $20 per team for the ‘Ohana Division open to one adult and at least one keiki family member.

Entry forms must be turned in or postmarked by Friday, July 18. Forms are available at Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation swimming pools, gymnasiums and other facilities island-wide. They also can be picked up at S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo and J. Hara Store in Kurtistown.

Tournament weigh-ins will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 17, at Honoka‘a Gymnasium. An awards ceremony will follow, with valuable prizes for at least the 10 heaviest fish in each of the six divisions. Entrants must be present to receive prizes. No alcohol allowed on premises.

For more information, please call Jayme Carvalho at 962-2103 or 936-4285.

Wordless Wednesday – Skiing on a Hawaii Wave: Willy Bogner Film

Snow Skiing on a Hawaii wave?

Skiing in Hawaii

“Skiing Hawaii” a short film by Willy Bogner:

Great Pacific Race Turns Bad – Four Rescued on Attempt to Row to Hawaii

The Coast Guard rescued four rowers Saturday, who were participating in the Great Pacific Race from Monterey, Calif., to Honolulu, when their rowboat began taking on water Friday evening.

Coast Guard Rescue

At 9 p.m., the Coast Guard command center in Alameda received a call from the Marine Rescue Coordination Center in Falmouth, England about a 24-foot rowboat that was taking on water. MRCC Falmouth received the initial distress notification because the emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) for the rowboat was registered in England.

A sailboat, functioning as a safeboat for the Great Pacific Race, was first on scene, but could not complete the transfer of the rowers due to high winds and rough seas. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Air Station San Francisco and a C-130 plane from Air Station Sacramento, locating the rowers at 1 a.m. pacific time and approximately 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Once on scene, the Coast Guard helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the rowboat, who hoisted three rowers into the helicopter.

The rescue swimmer remained on scene with the fourth rower. The helicopter crew took the three rowers to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport to awaiting EMT crews. The helicopter crew refueled and returned to the rowboat, where the fourth rower and rescue swimmer were hoisted into the aircraft. At approximately 4 a.m., the fourth rower was taken to Monterey Regional Airport.

All four rowers are reportedly in good condition and did not require further medical attention.

“This was the most challenging rescue I’ve ever had,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Leon, an Air Station San Francisco rescue swimmer. “It was unique because there was no light, seas were incredibly rough and waves were crashing over the top of the boat, which was already filled with water. I’m glad we were able to get on scene and rescue the rowers because surviving the night in those conditions would have been difficult.”

Keiki Volleyball Players Sought for Hilo Teams

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites keiki to sign up for youth volleyball programs offered at Hilo’s Waiākea-Uka Gymnasium.

HI PAL Volleyball players

HI PAL Volleyball players

Boys 7 to 14 years old and girls 7 to 10 years old can play in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s youth volleyball league that starts in September.

Registration opens July 22 at Waiākea-Uka Gymnasium. Space is limited to two teams. A modest fee will be collected to pay for uniforms, awards and other program expenses.

To register or learn more about the upcoming keiki volleyball programs at Waiākea-Uka Gymnasium, please call Coach Mark Osorio at 959-9474.

Paradise Roller Girls Presents 2nd Annual Burlesque Show – Carnival of Coquettes

Paradise Roller Girls presents their 2nd Annual Burlesque Show: Carnival of Coquettes.  There will be two nights of flirtatious fun: Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at the Hilo Women`s Club (7 Lele St.) Showtime is 7 p.m.

Paradise Burlesque

This uniquely entertaining event will showcase a variety of tantalizing performers.  Razzle dazzle dance numbers and seductive singers, topped off with a sprinkling of glitter and a wave of fluffy feathers.  Guests are encouraged to take part in the fun by strutting your stuff in a burlesque-inspired costume of corsets, boas, and sequins.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Kadota Liquor, online at paradiserollergirls.com or from your favorite derby girl.  This is a BYOB event, 21 and older.

Paradise Roller Girls is a WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) league based out of Hilo Hawai`i and adheres to the association’s rules and regulations; 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 sport of roller derby!

Many thanks to our sponsors, House Mart Ace Hardware, Hawai`i Life Real Estate Brokers, HawaiianRealty.com Team Nakanishi, and ProVision Solar Inc.

For more information on upcoming events, referees/officiating, recruitment, volunteer opportunities, Junior roller derby, bout vendor booths and more go to www.paradiserollergirls.com.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest roller derby events in our community!!!

Bethany Hamilton Selected for “The Amazing Race” Season 25

Hawaii Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack,  has been selected to participate in this years CBS Television Reality Show “The Amazing Race” which kicked off this morning in Times Square in New York City.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Here is the complete cast list, as provided by CBS:

  • Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks: married surfers from Princeville, Hawaii
  • Kym Perfetto and Alli Forsythe: urban bike racers from Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Amy DeJong and Maya Warren: food scientists from Madison, Wisc.
  • Lisa Thomson and Michelle Thomson: Realtor sisters from Miami, Fla.
  • Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo: firefighters from Boston, Mass.
  • Brooke Adams and Robbie E. Strauss: dating pro wrestlers from Houston, Texas, and Woodbridge, N.J., respectively.
  • Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath: college sweethearts from Pasadena, Calif.
  • Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour: model and accountant, respectively, from Tustin, Calif.
  • Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan: engaged couple from Nashville, Tenn.
  • Misti and Jim Raman: married dentists from Columbia, S.C.
  • Shelley and Nici Porter: mother/daughter from Detroit, Mich.

2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Information

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invite Hawai‘i’s keiki basketball players to the 2nd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that will be held July 21-24 in Hilo.

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Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. It will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts.

Teenage campers will receive personalized instruction from a team of coaches as they practice agility, ball-handling and other drills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Then, the youth players will showcase their skills by competing in full-court games from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Campers age 9 to 12 years old will receive similar instruction from 9 a.m. until noon. Kids in this younger age group will play four-on-four games between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Early registration is $60 per child. The cost will rise to $70 for players registering after Monday,

July 14. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group photo.

Bill O’Rear, a former Vulcan star and UHH Hall of Fame inductee who coached at the Vulcans school for more than 30 years, is returning as lead clinician. Daphne Honma, Division II coach of the year following her first season at the helm of the Honoka‘a girls basketball program, also will assist.

UHH women’s head basketball coach David Kaneshiro and his staff has graciously agreed to share their basketball expertise during the four-day skill-development camp.

Registration forms are available during normal business hours at the Department’s Recreation Division Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation. Checks should be made payable to the Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Additional coaches are also welcomed. Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Darrell Yamamoto, Recreation Specialist, at 938-2012, or dsyamamoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

New Stadium Opens at Honoka’a Rodeo Arena

Hawai‘i County Councilmember Valerie Poindexter joined Mayor Billy Kenoi and the Honoka‘a community yesterday at a dedication and grand opening of the Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena, home to one of the oldest rodeos in Hawai‘i.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The celebration of the $3.1 million project included a blessing by Deacon Larry Ignacio and a presentation by the Andrade ‘Ohana. The facility is named for lifetime Honoka‘a resident Rose Andrade Correia, a member of the Hawai‘i Saddle Club who helped develop the vision that led to the construction of the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena.

“This rodeo arena is one of the important gathering places in Hāmākua. It was important to make this beautiful, and to make it to last for generations to come,” said Councilmember Valerie Poindexter.

The covered 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements. The project also included replacement of the comfort station and judges’ stand, improvements to the pavilion, a new concession stand, and ramps and parking spaces to make the facility fully accessible to people with disabilities.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

Among the first people to ride in the new arena was Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, 13, who showed her skills running around barrels on her horse Piko. Andrade Stout is the great-granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia. “My great grandma didn’t do this for her. She did this for me, and my children, and my grandchildren. I think she would be pretty proud,” Andrade Stout said.

Construction was done by Site Engineering Inc., and Goodfellow Bros., Inc. The consultant was Inaba Architecture. The dedication and opening blessing included calf roping, barrel racing, and entertainment from the Honoka‘a Senior Club.

Today’s opening kicked off Honoka‘a Western Week. The rodeo arena’s first event will be the 58th Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo on Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, which will include more than 350 contestants from Hawai‘i and the mainland.

Pahoa Spirit Parade is This Saturday

The Pahoa Booster Club  is pleased to showcase all Pahoa schools including Pahoa High and Intermediate, Kua O Ka La and HAAS, all wearing their school colors.  Please join us in celebrating the students, athletics and clubs.  The Pahoa Spirit Parade will begin at 9:30 with Village Road being closed from 9:00 a.m. thru 10:30.

The Hawaii County Band at the 2013 Holiday Parade

The Hawaii County Band at the 2013 Holiday Parade

The parade will be led by Governor Abercrombie and featuring the Hawai’i County Band  and most all students from Pahoa, Kua O Ka La and HAAS.  This year’s Grand Marshall is Diane Hultman, a lifelong volunteer in Pahoa and Puna.  The Parade will wind thru the historic Pahoa Village ending up at Sacred Heart Church where a Steak BBQ fundraiser will be hosted by the Pahoa Booster Club and Lion’s Club in support of all schools in 96778.

There will be a 5 k run beginning at First Hawaiian Bank at 7:30 a.m.   All proceeds from the 5k run will go to the Pahoa High Cross Country Team.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to be at First Hawaiian Bank in Pahoa no later than 7 a.m.  Grand Prize for the 5k run is a GoPro3 Camera, valued at over $450.

Pahoa Community Center SignParking will be available at the Community Center.  If you wish to be in the parade, line-up begins at 9:00 a.m., at Apa’a (Rubbish dump) Road and Village Road.  All proceeds will benefit the Pahoa Schools athletic programs. We hope to see you there!!!

19th Annual Keiki Surf For The Earth Competition

BodyGlove Hawaii is a proud sponsor of the 19th Annual Keiki Surf for Earth competition coming up on Saturday May 17th at Kohanaiki:
Keiki Surf for the Earth

First Annual “Run To Honor” 5K Run/2 Mile Walk and “Click It or Ticket” Keiki Fun Run

The public is invited to sign up now to participate in the first annual “Run To Honor” 5K Run/2 Mile Walk and “Click It or Ticket” Keiki Fun Run, which takes place on Saturday, May 17, at Liliʻuokalani Gardens in Hilo.

HPDBadgeThe event is being held in recognition of Police Week, which honors 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.

Proceeds will go to establish a Crime Stoppers/Police scholarship for Criminal Justice majors at Hawaiʻi Community College.

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

Registration forms are now being accepted and will be accepted up to the day of the event.

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

Run To Honor Registration 2014 (PDF 329 KB)

Run to Honor Registration 2014 (HTML)

Keiki Fun Run Registration 2014 (PDF 302 KB)

Keiki Fun Run Registration 2014 (HTML)

The 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk start at 8:30 a.m. on May 17 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. on the same date 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.

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