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.

Paradise Roller Girls Close Season With Triple Header

The Paradise Roller Girls 2013 season is coming to a close, but there’s still one chance left to see some ground-pounding, shoulder smashing roller derby action before the skates come off for the year. Come watch as the Volcano Vixens, Mauna Killahz, and Hilo Bay Bruisers battle it out in the triple-header season closer next Saturday, November 16 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.

PRG Triple Header

Doors open at 6 pm, with the first of the three 30 minute bouts scheduled to begin at 6:45. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at paradiserollergirls.com, at the door the day of the event, or any of the following locations: Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard (add $1 surcharge), Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love, and Jeff Hunt Surfboards. Kids ages five and under are free, so bring the the whole family and be prepared to be awed. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Although the season is over it doesn’t mean the skates will stay off for long. Paradise Roller Girls will continue to host Free Skate Fridays at the Wainaku Gym, where kids (and adults) of all skating levels can come and join the roller skating fun every Friday from 6-8 pm. And the league is still looking for new players, so if you think you have what it takes to be a Paradise Roller Girl, come down and show your stuff off at the gym or visit paradiserollergirls.com/about/join.

The PRG 2013 season wouldn’t have been a success without the help of local sponsors. A special thanks goes out to Ace Hardware at the Pahoa Marketplace and Hawaiian Realty Team Nakanishi for supporting Paradise Roller Girls and the sport of roller derby throughout Hawaii. Mahalo!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Today – Big Island Roller Derby Showdown

Five teams from around the Big Island will duel it out in all day roller derby showdown this Saturday, October 19, at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. Bring the family and come join the fun as the Hilo Bay Bruisers, Volcano Vixens, Mauna Killahz, Waimea Wranglers, and Echo City Knockouts battle it out for the top spot in the ten-bout, five-round tournament.

Roller Derby 1019Tickets are $5 for the whole day and can be purchased at Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa. Kids age five and under are free, plus a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, so bring all the keiki and let them know it’s for a good cause. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event or online at paradiserollergirls.com.

Doors open at 11:30 am and the first bout between the Vixens and Wranglers starts at noon. The next matchup between the Bruisers and Killahz is slated for 12:45 pm, with eight more bouts scheduled for the rest of the day. The last bout of round five is set to begin at 8:15 pm.

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For a full schedule of all the day’s bouts visit the Paradise Roller Girls website, or pick one up the day of the tournament.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Paradise Roller Girls Return to the Track This Saturday

Remember back in the 80’s when roller derby was like the World Wrestling Federation? Derby girls went flying around the rink in zipper suits throwing elbows at other middle age women in order to channel their anger at something other than their pudgy pale-faced husbands.

Watching derby on TV made young girls across the country want to strap on their skates and start smashing shoulders in the driveway, just as boys watching WWF would dress up in Hulk Hogan costumes and throw each other around the living room. It was all good and fun, but like WWF, much of the derby performed on TV was staged.

Sure, the real thing existed. Real blood did spill, and before the TV theatrics of the 80’s, derby was considered a real sport. But the face smashing, cat fighting, late night entertainment blips shown on TV was just entertainment. That all changed though as roller derby re-emerged as something much bigger, and even more exciting, than it’s ever been.

After surviving a few short spurts in the 90’s the sport seemed to disappear completely, only to come back in full force in the mid-2000s. The re-emergence and growing popularity of the sport is in much part due to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, known as WFTDA. The association was born in 2004 when 20 separate derby league representatives met in the Chicago area to talk about reviving derby as a real sport. By 2008 WFTDA had grown to 60 leagues, and today boasts having 198 full member leagues and 97 apprentice leagues, including the Big Island’s own Paradise Roller Girls.

Paradise Roller Girls

Roller derby returned to Hawaii Island in 2010 with the formation of Paradise Roller Girls

The first Big Island roller derby league came into being February 2010, when a handful of skaters met at Bear’s Coffee in Hilo. One of Hawaii’s first derby girls, Stephanie “Firefly Fatale” Collins, explained how it all came together after that. “We had a lot of really long organizational meetings before we even started skating, mostly due to the fact that everyone had to wait for their skates to ship,” she said. “Once practices started, everybody just got hooked and even more people joined. There was a lot of interest in roller derby, so everything just exploded from there.”

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Since Paradise Roller Girls’ inception in 2010, three more leagues formed on the Big Island – Kona Outlaw Roller Girls, Echo City Knockouts (Kona) and the Waimea Wranglers, bringing the total to 8 leagues in the state of Hawaii.

Paradise Roller Girls’ first debut bout was hosted at Hilo’s Civic Auditorium in November 2010. It was a sold out event that brought even more attention to the sport on the Big Island, helping to bring new players on board and a fan base that wasn’t always certain of the rules, but knew something exciting was going on.

Paradise Roller Girls

“All I knew was they would skate around the rink as fast as possible, pushing and shoving each other out of the way,” derby fan Scott Albright said. “Eventually I came to understand the rules, which are quite simple. Two girls race each other through a pack of blockers and the one who gets through first becomes the lead jammer. After that both jammers get one point each for every opposing player they pass until the jam is over.”

PRG former skater Alane “Hot” Cole said it’s important for fans to know derby is a real sport, and not just theatrical entertainment. “We want to educate people new to the sport on what today’s modern roller derby is and how different it is from the 80’s entertainment that is stuck in so many people’s heads,” she said. “When you mention roller derby, folks invariably mention elbows to the face and catfights on skates and ask if that is what PRG is about. That is not the case at all; flat-track Roller Derby is a sport first and foremost. The skaters are amazing athletes.” Modern roller derby has retained the campy costumes and flamboyant skater pseudonyms but under the fishnets and glitter the skaters are dedicated athletes who put in long hours training and conditioning.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Basics of Flat-Track Roller Derby

Paradise Roller Girls play flat-track roller derby according to the rules governed by the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA). In flat-track roller derby, a standard bout consists of two 30 minute periods played on a large flat oval track. Each period is divided into jams that last up to two minutes. At the start of a jam, five players from each team take positions on the track. Four members of each team form into one group, called the pack, behind the pivot line. One skater from each team is designated as the Jammer (the skater with 2 stars on her helmet cover) who will score points for her team in that jam. The jammers from both teams line up on the jammer line located behind the pack of blockers. The jam starts with the blast of a whistle from the lead referee and both the jammers take off. They are racing each other to get through the pack of blockers first to establish the status of Lead Jammer which will give her a strategic advantage to call a jam off early in order to deny points to the opposing team. After a jammer completes her first pass through the pack she can now start scoring points for her team on each subsequent pass through the pack. She scores a point for each opposing blocker she passes (plus one point if she also laps the opposing jammer) for a total of 5 points possible per lap.

The blockers from each team must stay within 10 feet of each other to be in the pack. A skater must be within 20 feet of the pack to be considered in-play and able to legally engage other skaters.  It is the blockers job to help her jammer while holding back the opposing team. A skater can use her torso, shoulders and hips to block another player; she may not use her head, elbows, hands or feet. A block can be simply impeding her target’s progress or a body blow to knock her to the floor. Skaters may never hit another skater on the back, head or below the mid-thigh. Blocking to an illegal target zone will result in a penalty. A skater can also receive penalties for insubordination, direction of game play or engaging another player while out of play. Each penalty called by a referee earns a skater one minute in the Penalty Box. If a jam ends while a skater is still serving her time she will start the next jam in the box, forcing her team to start short a player. The bout is won by the team with the most points at the end of the second period. If the bout is tied when the clock runs out then they will skate another jam in order to break the tie.

See a live roller derby bout this Saturday

Interested skaters, fans, new comers, and curious onlookers can find out for themselves what derby has become by joining the Paradise Roller Girls at their next scheduled bout, August 24 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. The bout starts at 7 pm when the Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badger all-star team will take on the Hulagans from Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby league.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the auditorium when the doors open at 6 pm. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa, or online at paradiserollergirls.com. Kids 5 years old and younger are free. Don’t miss Center Stage Dance Studio’s halftime performance for a hot dog or slice of pizza. Food and merchandise will be available throughout the evening.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers Take 3rd in Battle of the Islands

Paradise Roller Girls’ All-star team the Honey Badgers took third place in last weekend’s Battle of the Islands derby tournament in Maui after defeating the Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz 172-112. “That game went really well,” Honey Badger Mealoha ‘Tsunamea’ Kraus said. “We were able to keep our heads level, work together, and execute some really good strategy.”

Honey Badgers Travel Team

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First round elimination rules prevented the Honey Badgers from going to the finals after losing to Maui in the first bout of the tournament. The Honey Badgers dominated the first three quarters of that bout, but a series of penalties gave Maui the opportunity to come back and hang on for the win. Kraus said the “power plays in favor of Maui is what did us in there.”

A power play happens when one or more players on the same team are sent to the penalty bench for fouls, giving the other team’s jammers more room to score points. Honey Badger Rebecca ‘Reba SmackNflyher’ Hilbert said there wasn’t any one play in the tournament that stuck out above the others.

“So much happened I would not know where to begin,” she said. “To suggest that any one play be mentioned over all the others is impossible. The winning spirit of the PRG Team that went to Maui is what impressed me the most.”

Kraus said the biggest difference from the way the Honey Badgers played in this tournament compared to last year’s experience at Battle of the Islands on Oahu. “Now, we have a lot more strategy and work more cohesively as a team,” she said. “Playing our neighbor island leagues is a crucial way for us to continue to learn, no matter what the outcome.”

The Honey Badgers’ play Pacific Roller Derby’s Hulagans in their next regular season bout August 24 at the Hilo Civic Afook Chinnen Auditorium. For more information about upcoming events visit paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Honey Badgers Ready to Compete in 3rd Battle of the Islands – Maui

The Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers are riled up and ready for some hard-hitting action in the upcoming 2013 Battle of the Islands in Maui, June 28-29. Honey Badger Talina DiMartino, aka “Sasha Buzzkill”, said the PRG all-star team is prepared to “out-block, out-score, and out-skate” their opponents. “We’re ready for anything, she said. “We’ve been doing extra endurance drills, scrimmaging, and having meetings about strategy.”

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Teammate Hau’oli Sayles, aka “Stealth SoulJAH”, agrees with DiMartino about the team’s readiness, saying all the players are in top shape and eager to play. “We are working on specific strategies and skills that will be used to hopefully win this tournament,” Sayles said.

The Maui Owie Rollers and Waimea Wranglers will roll out to warm the fans up in the first matchup of the tournament, Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Second up in the starting night’s double header will be the much anticipated bout between the Honey Badgers and the Maui Roller Girls, slated to begin at 8 pm.

Teams from Pacific Roller Derby (Oahu), Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz (Kauai), and Aloha City Rollers (Oahu) will play on the second day of the tournament, with the first bout starting at 10 am. Seven teams will vie for the championship slot in two separate brackets. The final bout for B bracket is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday. The battle for the top spot in bracket A starts at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the extra endurance drills and team strategy meetings, Honey Badger players are taking time out to do some personal training too. Sayles said she is doing High Intensity Interval Training in order to “step up the jammer game, increase performance, and prevent injury.”

Kaya Lela, aka “Chola Roll-ya”, said she’s “eating a nutritious diet and practicing four times a week.” Lela started skating with PRG “from the get-go,” but said this will be her first time competing in the Battle of the Islands.

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Battle of the Islands is a state-wide bi-annual flat-track roller derby tournament. The tournament rotates to different islands where it is hosted by the local roller derby league. Paradise Roller Girls hosted the first Battle of the Islands tournament last July in Hilo. A second Battle of the Islands took place in Oahu last September. The fourth Battle of the Islands will be in Kauai later this year. Money earned from the June 2 PRG Skate-a-Thon fundraiser is being used to pay for some of the Honey Badgers’ travel costs for this year’s trip to Maui.

Games will take place at Central Maui Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Basketball Court 100 Kanaloa Avenue Kahului, HI 96793. For tickets and a full schedule of the upcoming June 28-29 tournament visit mauirollergirls.com. Those attending the tournament are encouraged to bring a canned food or pantry item to help support the Maui Food Bank.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Paradise Roller Girls Triple Header Coming Up

The upcoming Nov. 24 Paradise Roller Girls home teams triple header at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium in Hilo is more than just a mêlée of derby madness. There is order. And strategy, technique, talent, and a lot of hard work that takes place before the frenzied bouts can begin.

But don’t miss out, because this upcoming event will be the last chance fans have to see some hard hitting, fast-paced skating action before the 2012 PRG derby season ends. It will also be an opportunity to see the skills of PRG’s most recent draft picks, as well as the commitment and talent of some of the league’s more experienced players.

“This is the beginning of a new day in Hilo,” Mauna Kea Killahz ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ said on Thursday. “The themed bouts were more for showcase. This is focused on athleticism. This is a door for derby getting taken as a serious sport.”

The Volcano Vixens perform an advanced pack drill during a practice session at Malama Park.

The Volcano Vixens face off with the Mauna Kea Killahz in the first bout of the triple header at 6:45 p.m. The next bout will be between one of those two teams and the Hilo Bay Bruisers before the next teams take the rink during the final face off of the night.

The Hilo Bay Bruisers test the skills of one of their new recruits.

The Bruisers, who were seen as the underdog by their own ‘Smash Yo Face Stace’, picked up three new draft picks during the league’s most recent recruiting camp. According to the Bruiser’s ‘Ann Illusion’, those new players could add just enough punch to help raise their standing from underdog to top dog.

“One of our new recruits may possibly be the fastest girl in the league,” ‘Ann Illusion’ said. “Over time our players will perfect their skills to the point where we will be raising the bar for the rest of the league.”

Volcano Vixen’s ‘Von Slappenbitch’ had a different perspective on where the league’s talent rests though. “Ha! We are some of the hardest working girls in the league,” she said.

The Mauna Kea Killahz execute their set plays in preparation for the upcoming derby triple header.

But the Vixens might need more than just hard work to win this triple header. ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ explained the Killahz plan to win not just through hard work, but also through “team work” and “staying together” as a pack. It’s not clear as to what tricks the Killahz have up their sleeve, but ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ wasn’t shy about the fact “coach Bash has been working on some plays,” and that the Killahz are ready to use them.

According to ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’, what sets the Killahz apart from the rest of the teams is their accommodation for players with families. “We are really family based,” she said. “We arrange the practices around our families. Our team is really accommodating.”

But for some, derby is family, and accommodation extends beyond the personal lives of players. “Derby is a new family of women who help each other,” ‘Von Slappenbitch’ explained. “It builds camaraderie through community service, and then you can knock them down also.”

Those who want to watch PRG’s three teams build camaraderie by knocking each other down can purchase tickets to the event for $8 in advance at CD Wizard, the Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa, through your nearest derby girl, or via the web at www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Tickets are $10 at the door and kids 5 and under are free. Come early and watch the Junior Derby girls spark the night off with a pre-event bout at 5:15 p.m.

Fans not only help to support PRG’s mission of promoting a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community, but they will also help to raise money for the creation of Hilo’s very own skate park, as a portion of ticket sales from the triple header will be donated to the Hilo SkatePlaza Coalition.

Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers Take Second in Battle of the Islands 2

The Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers captured the number two spot in last week’s Battle of the Islands two day roller derby tournament in Oahu where eight teams from across Hawaii clashed in a frenzy of non-stop skating action. The Honey Badger’s were defeated in the exciting final moments of the championship bout by host team Pacific Roller Derby, whose 3 point lead at the end of last play was just enough to give them the win.

“The championship game came down to the last jam. Everyone played really hard and left everything on the track.” Honey Badger ‘Smash Yo Face’ Stacey said. “When you see that kind of effort it’s hard to be upset about a loss.”

The final score of the bout was Pacific 157, Honey Badgers 154. The only other loss for the Big Island team came in the first bout of the tournament where they were also beat by Pacific, 177 to 151.

The Honey Badgers quickly made up for their early tournament loss though, upsetting the Garden Island Renegade Rollerz in bout 5, 150 to 33. The Honey Badgers went on to secure a spot in the finals after smashing the Maui Roller Girls 109 to 49 in bout 9. Maui Roller Girls finished third place in the tournament after beating the Renegade Rollerz 68 to 40 in bout 7.

Dawn ‘Paige Forbidden’ Hawkins, a newer member of PRG skating for her first time with the Honey Badgers said the tournament opened her eyes to the different skating styles and techniques of the other derby teams. “Battle of the Islands was a great opportunity to learn new skating skills by watching and playing with other skaters,” she said.

Hawkins and the rest of the Honey Badgers wouldn’t have been able to travel to Oahu without the support of the local community whose donations and pledges during the Sept. 9 Skate-A-Thon in Hilo helped to pay for some of the team’s travel expenses. About $1,900 was raised from the fundraiser.

Paradise Roller Girls’ next bout is Oct. 13 at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Ghouls, ghosts, zombies, creatures, and humans of all types will be haunting and howling at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium Saturday, October 13, where the Paradise Roller Girls will host the spookiest derby bout in the state – ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ So get your fangs on, call your zombie mommas, and head down to the Civic for a night of clean, family, derby fun and spooks. It’s the only place on the Big Island where you’ll find skeletons and witches zipping around on roller skates, smashing into each other just to provide the type of morbid entertainment everyone craves.

These ghouls may just want to have fun, but it’s always serious inside the rink where the Big Island’s toughest girls ‘derby down’ in what some have called the fastest growing sport in the world. Learn why as the Big Island Babes Junior Derby kick the night off with a pre-bout scrimmage at 5:45 p.m. Skeletons and witches take the rink at 7:30 p.m. and will skate for two 30 minute periods.

Eight dollar pre-sale tickets are available on the PRGWebsite, via one of your favorite derby girls, at Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic the day of the event for $10. Admission for kids age 5 and under is free.

By attending this event witch fans, skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts will not only help to support the Paradise Roller Girls, but they’ll also be helping the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ bout will go to the HawaiiWildlifeFund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and conservation.

Much of what Paradise Roller Girls does couldn’t be made possible without the help of their sponsors. The league’s 2012 season sponsors are Ace Hardware Pahoa, WillKill Termites & Pests, Kona Marine Supply, Curly Pinky Designs, Britten Traughber Photography, Aloha Coast Realty, Surrounded By Blue, and Coldwell Banker Day-Lum. PRG gives special thanks to them, the Big Island community, and derby fans around the world!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Paradise Roller Girls Skate-A-Thon: Pledge for Sweat

Want to watch the Paradise Roller Girls push their physical endurance to the limit? Then make a pledge for the Sept. 9 Paradise Roller Girls’ Skate-A-Thon taking place 9 a.m. to noon at the Wainaku Community Gym.

The Big Island’s very own derby girls will sweat their butts off by skating as many derby-track size laps as they can in three hours. Skaters will raise money through flat pledges or by pledge-per-lap. Skaters who receive per-lap pledges will earn the pledge amount multiplied by the amount of laps the sponsored skater completes. Money earned from the event will help pay PRG team travel costs for the Sept. 29-30 Oahu Battle of the Islands roller derby tournament.

Make a flat pledge or donation, or pick and choose the skaters you want to sponsor. Pledging a dollar amount per-lap is the best way to watch these girls move out and sweat. The more you pledge, the harder they will work! Donations and pledge money can be paid by cash, check, money order, or with credit card via PayPal.

To find a skater or make pledges and donations contact DERButante Diva at (808) 938-6007 or kimgitzel@mac.com. Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

*Editors Note* Currently listed skaters:

 

“Roarin” Lauren Returns to Hilo

After spending a year away from Hawaii to receive medical care for a rare form of bone cancer, Big Island Babe “Roarin” Lauren Selden on Wednesday arrived at the Hilo International Airport where she was greeted by a cheering crowd of friends, family members, and fellow derby girls. Among those supporters was Hallie “East Coast Ranger” Adolf, one of the coaches of the Big Island Babes and a skater for the Paradise Roller Girls.

Adolf, who helped to arrange the homecoming, said neither Lauren nor the rest of her family knew they were going to be greeted by the crowd of supporters who passed out leis, hugs, and handshakes to Lauren and her family as they made their way down from the airport’s arrival terminal.

Lauren had no difficulty returning the hugs despite the crutches and knee brace needed to help her recover from the surgery she received while on the mainland, but after a few rounds of squeezes she took a seat next to friends and derby mates who buzzed off questions while encircling her as though she were a local celebrity.

Lauren’s stardom spreads beyond the drove of supporters she had at the airport however. While being treated at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Lauren became known to the world after appearing in a video in which she and other cancer patients lip-sync and dance to Kelly Clarkson’s pop hit “Stronger.” Lauren is seen holding a sign which reads “Fighter” in the video, which received a YouTube response from Clarkson herself. After going viral on the internet newspapers and media giants like ABC News, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald wrote their own stories about the patients’ and their video. As of Wednesday that video had received over two and a half million views on YouTube.

Lauren’s fame and fighting spirit does not come without its downsides however. Besides all the negative health and social aspects Lauren and her family have to deal with because of the cancer, there are also costly medical bills and continuous travel expenses to worry about. Because of the lack of medical care and facilities available in Hawaii needed to treat patients like Lauren, she has to return to Seattle once a quarter for medical checkups, and just like the medical bills, those travel costs can add up too.

Lauren’s father, Todd Selden, said the family has already received a significant amount of help from family, friends and the derby community. “People have been very generous here and back in Seattle,” he said. “It’s been amazing.” He added that the whole affair is a bit “overwhelming,” but that Lauren and the family “will prevail.”

Those who wish to provide money to Lauren or her family can do so by making a donation in her name at any Home Street Bank or by transferring money to lauren@piperselden.com through a PayPal account.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Battle of the Islands State Roller Derby Tournament in Hilo

Paradise Roller Girls are hosting the first ever Battle of the Islands Roller Derby Tournament featuring women’s roller derby teams from all islands in an all-day tournament at the Hilo Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. The first bout starts at 11am with the final bout starting at 7pm.

Featuring: Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers (Hawaii), Echo City Knockouts (Kona, Hawaii), Pacific Roller Derby Hulagans (Oahu), Maui Roller Girls, Maui Owies, Garden Island Renegade Rollers (Kauai), and Bee Team – a mixed team from all islands featuring skaters from Aloha City Rollers, Paradise Roller Girls, Pacific Roller Derby and Maui Roller Girls.

BOI is structured to allow the veteran A-teams and fresher B-teams to compete within their group level for championship. The A-teams (PRG Honey Badgers, Pacific Hulagans and the Maui Roller Girls) will compete in a double elimination, starting at 11am with the PRG Honey Badgers vs. the Pacific Hulagans. Depending on the outcome of the A-team eliminations, the championship bout will start at 5pm or 7pm. The B-teams (Maui Owies, Echo City Knockouts, Garden Island Renegade Rollers and the Bee Team) will have the next bout starting at 12pm with GIRR vs Echo City Knockouts.

The Battle of the Islands is a twice-annual tournament that will rotate amongst the islands. The idea of Battle of the Islands started in an email discussion between Paradise Roller Girls, Maui Roller Girls, the Garden Island Renegade Rollers and Pacific Roller Derby. The expense for teams to purchase airfare and lodging makes it difficult to travel to each of the other islands to compete. Battle of the Islands allows all the leagues to come together in one city and bout against all the islands. The next Battle of the Islands will be hosted by Pacific Roller Derby on Oahu at the end of September.

Tickets are just $5 for all-day admission, children 10 yrs and under are FREE. Tickets may be purchased online at http://paradiserollergirls.com or from CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Mt. View Village Video, Jungle Love Pahoa, or ask a roller girl.

Venue: Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo, HI 96720. Concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase inside.

More info at: http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/

 

Battle of the Islands – Roller Derby Tournament

The Battle of the Islands, a Roller Derby Tournament featuring the best roller derby teams in the entire State of Hawaii will happen on July 14th, 2012 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium and is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.

“Nerds” vs. “Cheerleaders” – Saturday, June 23rd

Pull out your pocket protectors and grab your pompoms, it’s time to get fired up for the Paradise Roller Girls’ season opener and annual themed bout, “Nerds vs. Cheerleaders,” Saturday, June 23, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to catch your favorite roller girls on the Big Island duke it out in the first bout of the year.

Tickets are available at www.paradiserollergirls.com or from your favorite derby girl. Other outlets include Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa and Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa and at the door the day of the event. Pre-sale ticket price is $8, $10 at the door. Selling out is anticipated so get your tickets early! Please, no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concessions will be available inside.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. PRG membership is island-wide with teams in Kona, Waimea and Hilo. PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Sponsors include Surrounded By Blue, Ace Hardware, Coldwell Banker Day-Lum, WillKill Termites & Pests, Curly Pinky Designs and Britten Traughber Photography.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information on PRG, recruitment information, or to volunteer, visit www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Big Island Babes Jr. Roller Derby Debut at the Civic Saturday May 19th

The Big Island’s first junior roller derby league, The Big Island Babes, will be holding their first public bout at the Hilo Civic on Saturday, May 19th. “It’s A’ Bout Family”, the name of the event, is a benefit for The Neighborhood Place of Puna. The Babes will be donating their time to support The Neighborhood Place, a non-profit organization which benefits families and communities of Puna.

The bout will be held at the Afook-Chinen Hilo Civic Center on Saturday, May 19th. Doors will open at 10am and the first bout will begin at 11am. General admission tickets are $5 and children under 12 are $2. Tickets are available at The Neighborhood Place of Puna, or from your favorite Jr. Derby girl.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league was started in June 2011 by Paradise Roller Girls with approximately thirty girls, ages 7-17. Practice is held in Hilo at the Wainaku Gym, coached by a dedicated group of Paradise Roller Girls’ skaters and referees. “Playing roller derby is a very athletic sport that develops endurance, flexibility, core strength, positive attitudes and self confidence “says Big Island Babes President, Hallie Adolf. The Babes provide girls with a healthy and fun way to exercise and builds self-esteem. They provide a safe environment free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and enforce the use of all required safety equipment. Junior Derby also celebrates individuality, does not discriminate, and strives to provide a supportive environment at all times.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby is open to all girls, ages 7-17. The Babe’s next 4-week rookie bootcamp will begin June 6. Visit paradiserollergirls.com for information and requirements.

Please join us at The Hilo Civic Center on May 19th to support these young athletes, and the Neighborhood Place of Puna. Information can be found at theneighborhoodplaceofpuna.org or at paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls “Honey Badgers” Send 20 to the Mainland

Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers shared the Aloha and traded blows with four other teams at the Wild West Showdown outside of Seattle, Washington, March 2-4. After finding out they were accepted into the Showdown just 6 weeks before the date the Paradise Roller Girls launched into action and held a flurry of fundraisers to raise enough to send the team of 16 skaters, 2 coaches and 2 referees to Seattle. The Big Island community and fans from abroad rose to the occasion and through their generous support helped Paradise Roller Girls exceed their $10,000 goal and allow the Honey Badgers to participate in the premier roller derby event.

The Honey Badgers skated in four bouts over the three day Showdown. Though they did not bring home a victory, Paradise Roller Girls certainly won the hearts of all in attendance. The Honey Badgers turned in an even performance over their four bouts and were regarded as some of the hardest hitters at the event. The first bout was against Sin City Roller Girls, final score 221 to 64. The following day the Honey Badgers faced the Slaughter County Roller Vixens, followed by the Bellingham Roller Betties (final score 201 – 84).  For the final day of the Showdown the Honey Badgers bouted against Humboldt Roller Derby for an end score of Humboldt 203 to 72.

During the first half of PRG’s final bout the teams were holding even until Humbolt took a commanding lead before the half-time buzzer. Spirits flagging, the Honey Badgers went to the bench for half-time. With 10 minutes before second half, Honey Badger and hula dancer Destinee “Big Daddy’s Addiction” Pakani brought the team to their feet for an impromptu half-time hula on skates. Facing the crowd, the whole team began to dance to the intense delight of the audience. The spectators in the bleachers and balcony were cheering so loudly that the bout in-progress on the neighboring track stopped in the middle of play to skate around the barrier and watch. The Humbolt team even joined in the dance. Every eye in the stadium was on the “Hawaii Girls” as they finished their performance with an “AaaalllloooHA!”

The Honey Badgers were cheered on for all four days by “Roarin Lauren” Selden and her family. Lauren is PRG’s brave Big Island Babe who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer shortly after her 11th birthday. Leaving their home on the Big Island the Selden family moved to the Seattle area where Lauren is receiving treatment at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. As part of their visit Paradise Roller Girls donated $2,500 to the Selden family to help with medical costs. The Seattle roller derby teams have rallied around her family as well, holding benefit bouts and fundraising events. Throughout the Showdown “Roarin’ Lauren!” was a rallying cry for the Honey Badgers.

The Paradise Roller Girls are looking forward to hosting their Showdown opponents on the Big Island in the future. All four teams plus two others want to travel to Hawaii for another opportunity to play the Honey Badgers.

“The entire experience was incredibly positive,” said PRG President and Honey Badger Mari “Bad Brains Betty” Ortega. It was PRG’s finest moment to date “everyone just really came together – our teamwork, our unity. We played hard.”

The Paradise Roller Girls are set to start their official season on June 23 with the debut of their four home teams – the Hilo Bay Bruisers, Volcano Vixens, Mauna Killahz and Kona’s Tsunami Slammers in a double header at the Hilo Civic. The girls will be warming up with a pre-season scrimmage at the Kona Old A’s on May 5. More details on paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls Close Out the Season… Janes Defeat the Barbies

Tonight was the last match of the season for the Paradise Roller Derby girls and they had an excellent match with the “Barbies vs. GI Janes”.

I left at half-time however I have now heard that the GI Janes defeated the Barbies tonight.

Paradise Roller Girls Final Bout of the Season is Next Week

The Paradise Roller Girls are gearing up for their final bout of the season, “Barbies vs. G.I. Janes,” in an interleague match-up featuring some of the Big Island’s favorite skaters.

The action takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other ticket outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Oasis Skate Shop, Jungle Love, Mountain View Village Video, the Hilo Town Tavern, the Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. PRG expects to sell out again so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby will roll onto the track at half-time for some half-pint derby fun. This group of girls ranging in age 8 to 17 has been training since June, so come show your support for the future of roller derby on the Big Island.

This event is also a toy drive for the Lokahi Giving Project, which aims to provide support to needy families in Hawaii. Donations of new toys will be accepted on bout day at the door. Please help us bring smiles to the faces of our local keiki.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 skaters and volunteers call this league home.

PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information on PRG, recruitment information, or to volunteer, visit www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls Final Bout of the Season

The Paradise Roller Girls are gearing up for their final bout of the season, “Barbies vs. G.I. Janes,” in an inter-league match-up featuring some of the Big Island’s favorite skaters.

The action takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other ticket outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Oasis Skate Shop, Jungle Love, Mountain View Village Video, the Hilo Town Tavern, the Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. PRG expects to sell out again so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby will roll onto the track at half-time for some half-pint derby fun. This group of girls ranging in age 8 to 17 has been training since June, so come show your support for the future of roller derby on the Big Island.

This event is also a toy drive for the Lokahi Giving Project, which aims to provide support to needy families in Hawaii. Donations of new toys will be accepted on bout day at the door. Please help us bring smiles to the faces of our local keiki.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 skaters and volunteers call this league home.

PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Paradise Roller Girls Present – Midsummer Night Scream

Paradise Roller Girls

Roller Derby Double Header! Paradise Roller Girls HAWAIIAN HONEY BADGERS vs Seattle Rat City SOCKIT WENCHES vs Pacific Roller Derby HULAGANS
Doors open at 3pm.
Hulagans vs Sockit Wenches @ 5pm
Big Island Babes Junior Derby Scrimmage @ 6:30pm
Paradise Roller Girls vs Sockit Wenches @ 7pm

Come in costume for the 2nd half-time show derby SUPERFAN Costume Contest – grand prize wins an 8-line zipline adventure for 4 from Honoli’i Mountain Outpost.

TICKETS $10 advance / $15 at the door / Lap babies 2 yrs and under are free.
Available at: CD Wizard (+$1/ticket fee), Akmal’s Indian Food, Mt. View Village Video, Oasis Skate, Jungle Love, Kalapana Village Café, or buy online at www.ParadiseRollerGirls.co​m.

$1 of each ticket sale will be donated to the Hilo SkatePlaza Coalition.

The Hawaiian Honey Badgers

The Hawaiian Honey Badgers