Parks Department to Issue Kohanaiki Beach Park Camping Permits

Starting Monday, January 6, the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will begin issuing permits to camp at Kohanaiki Beach Park, also known as “Pine Trees,” located north of Kailua-Kona.

Kohanaiki Beach Park. Photo Courtesy County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation

Kohanaiki Beach Park. Photo Courtesy County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation

People seeking camping permits must apply in person during normal business hours at the Department’s administrative offices located at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 in Hilo and in Building B of the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway in Kailua-Kona. A separate announcement will be issued when permits are made available through the Internet.

Camping fees for Hawai‘i County’s 10 other campgrounds will apply to Kohanaiki Beach Park. Nightly camping fees for Hawai‘i residents are $5 for adults, $2 for junior campers 13 to 17 years old, and $1 for children 12 and younger. The nonresident rate is $20 per night, regardless of age. A valid Hawai‘i driver’s license or state-issued identification is required to verify Hawai‘i residency. First and last names of all campers are required for a camping permit to be issued.

Ehawaii.gov also imposes a nonrefundable $1 per-night processing fee for each adult and junior camper. Ehawaii.gov provides the software program for issuing camping permits and collects the processing fee.

Kohanaiki Beach Park features accommodations for up to 80 campers nightly, ocean access, and both permanent and portable restroom facilities. Operating hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kohanaiki Beach Park is closed to campers each Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

 

HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic Skills Challenge Winners Announced

Hawai‘i’s premier youth basketball players displayed their talents during the Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge held Friday night in Hilo as part of the 33rd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic.

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Named in honor of the former Hilo basketball player who lost a battle with cancer on Christmas morning 2007, the Skills Challenge offered players the chance to compete in either the Hot-Shot or 3-Point Shooting events held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Tournament sponsors the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League, or HI-PAL, and the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation wish to congratulate the following Skills Challenge age-group winners:

3-Point Shooting Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Koby Tabuyo-Kahele; Team Ballistic
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Kai Nafarrete; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Tanniya Uchida; Team Stingrays
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Jay Young; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Mandi Kawaha; Team Wahine Ryders

Hot-Shot Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Colby Casinas: Team Honolulu Sharks Gold
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Liko Soares; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Jamila Collins-Ebanez; Team Wahine Ryders
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Elijah Dobson; Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Jaelina Wells; Team Wahine Ryders

The four-day Winter Basketball Classic attracted 49 teams from Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

For additional information, please call Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Darrell Yamamoto of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 961-8735.

 

Youth Basketball Teams Invited to 33rd Annual Winter Basketball Classic

Youth basketball teams from throughout Hawai‘i are invited to compete in the 33rd Annual Winter Basketball Classic to be held December 26 through December 29 at Hilo-area gymnasiums.

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Each participating team must submit a completed registration packet by Friday, December 6, to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Office located at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo. Registration packets are available at the office and online at www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

Registration fees are $60 per team for those enrolling in the mixed-gender division for players up to 8 years old, $80 per team for the other age-group divisions, and $25 for each visiting off-island team. Please make checks payable to: Winter Basketball Classic.

Co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hawai‘i Police Activities League, or HI-PAL, and the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the basketball tournament is open to boys and girls 5 to 14 years old.

The Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge and dinner banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, December 27, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Championship games will be played Sunday, December 29, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

For additional information, please call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. in East Hawai‘i at 961-8121, Officer Randy Morris in West Hawai‘i at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Darrell Yamamoto of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 961-8735.

Inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp a Huge Success

Nearly 150 youth basketball players participated in the inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that concluded Saturday in Hilo.

Jimmy Yagi

Jimmy Yagi

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa women’s head basketball coach Laura Beeman, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo women’s head basketball coach David Kaneshiro and UH-Hilo men’s head basketball coach GE Coleman joined several former collegiate players and current high school coaches in providing personalized instructions during the four-day skill-development camp.

Under the guidance of lead clinician Bill O’Rear, a former UH-Hilo Vulcan standout, campers were taught passing, ball handling and other basketball skills during daily drills conducted both at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts. Participants then returned each afternoon to practice the techniques in games.

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s HI-PAL Program, and the nonprofit Big Island All-Stars, the camp was open to boys and girls 9-17 years old. More than 50 teens participated in the senior division, while another 83 signed up for the youth division.

The camp was named in honor of former UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach Jimmy Yagi, who coached the Vulcans for 18 years and helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. Coach Yagi, who has conducted basketball camps on several continents and worked with some of the sport’s biggest stars, offered campers instruction, inspirational messages and even a display of his impressive collection of basketball memorabilia.

Parks Director Clayton Honma, who served as the camp director, wishes to thank coaches Yagi, Beeman, Kaneshiro, Coleman, O’Rear and all the others who helped to make the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp a huge success.

Award certificates were presented to campers who impressed the coaches with their hard work, helped to inspire their teammates or displayed the teamwork, dedication and commitment Coach Yagi instilled in his players.

The following received certificates:

Coach Jimmy Yagi Award:

  • 9-12 Age Group:        Boy – Josiah Rodrigues                     Girl – Megan Baldado
  • 13-17 Age Group:      Boy – Tolby Saito                   Girl – Kizzah Maltezo

Coaches’ Award:

  •  9-10 Age Group:  Keirstyn Agonias, Veda-Lynne Galima, Leah Hara, Kayla Iwata, Dominic Rodriguez, Jaycie Nishimura, Bronson Klein
  • 11-12 Age Group: Keani Midel, Meghan Wong, Bobby Castillo Jr., Kelsie Imai, Jaeda Yamasaki
  • 13-17 Age Group: Ezekiel Jordan Narido, Cole deSilva, Jenna Rose Anuhea Kahikina, Chailey Cabalis, Camren Statler-Ellamar, Mikayla Tablit

Inspirational Award:

  • 9-10 Age Group:  Frank Hatori-Rodrigues, Paul Isotani Jr., Jayden Benevides, Scott Hakoda, Dakota Muranaka, Royden Ratific-Justo, Kiare Kepano
  • 11-12 Age Group:  Dominique Pacheco, Michelle Vintero, Sara Iwahiro, Aisha Haley Bianchi, Megan Baldado
  • 13-17 Age Group:  Sharlei Graham-Bernisto, Anthony Dollwet

 

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Boat Ramp and Breakwater at Mahukona Beach Park

The County Department of Parks and Recreation announces a public meeting to discuss a proposed project to construct a new boat ramp and breakwater at Māhukona Beach Park in North Kohala.

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When: January 23rd , Wednesday

Location: Māhukona Beach Park Pavilion

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Staff from the US Army Corps of Engineers along with County representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting this meeting to provide a general overview of the North Kohala Navigation Improvement Feasibility Study process, to present project alternatives and receive input from the users.

Persons who need special accommodations to attend this meeting should call 961-8311 at least 1 day prior to meeting date.

 

 

Inaugural Lineman’s Rodeo Bringing Upgrades to Maka‘eo Park

The County of Hawai‘i announces Maka‘eo Beach Park will host the first Hawai‘i Lineman’s Rodeo, which is a free event to be held Saturday, February 23, at the Kailua-Kona facility.

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A friendly competition among more than 40 mainland and local teams of electric utility professionals and contractors, the rodeo highlights safety, skill and education in overhead electric work. The Hawaiian Electric Companies, which includes Hawai‘i Electric Light Co., and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 are sponsoring the drug- and alcohol-free Hawai‘i Lineman’s Rodeo.

The event will support Toys For Tots and the Hawai‘i Food Basket, with a donated canned item, new toy or small donation per child earning unlimited rides in the event’s Kids Zone. Vendor applications to participate in the free community fair are still being accepted at www.hawaiilinemanrodeo.com.

HELCO will hire contractors to install fencing and prepare a surface of sand and wood chips to create a competition arena located away from park amenities. Next, they will erect 75 utility poles for the estimated 125 competitors to use.

“Working with the County of Hawai‘i Parks Department, HELCO plans to leave the park in better shape than we found it, with improvements to be enjoyed by future park users,” company President Jay Ignacio said.

Once the competition has ended, the poles will be donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation for use in enhancing Maka‘eo Beach Park.

“This is a win-win-win situation,” Deputy Parks Director Bob Fitzgerald said. “We’re bringing in a whole bunch of visitors to Hawai‘i Island, providing free public entertainment and recreation, and improving Maka‘eo at little cost to the taxpayers.”

Parks officials consulted with cultural descendants of the area, canoe clubs that use Maka‘eo and other community stakeholders before approving the competition and related park improvements. Holes drilled for the poles will not impact any cultural resources, while the park will remain open during the February 23 event.

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

 

 

Keiki Triathlon Results

The County of Hawai‘i’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Keiki Triathlon held October 20 at the Kona Community Aquatic Center and Maka‘eo Park in Kailua-Kona.

More than 50 youth athletes from around the island finished the challenging swim, bike and run courses.

The Department of Parks and Recreation and HI-PAL congratulate all the participants and extend a special mahalo to everyone who helped to make the event successful.

Results:

Girls 7-8:

  1. Lainey Eckart 18:21.91
  2. Audrey Weir 19:25.02
  3. Ciara Blaber & Rachel Caldarone 19:52.14 (tie)

Boys 7-8:

  1. Levi Farinas 19:11.83
  2. Jacot McDavid 19:57.63
  3. Zion Hernendez 20:01.72

Girls 9-10:

  1. Shiloh Pintor 24:29.1
  2. Nophia Pintor  24:53.79
  3. Casy Gollen 25:13.95

Boys 9-10:

  1. Ku’e Martin 20:38.21
  2. Isaiah Manasas 20:48.86
  3. Luke Biondi 21:05.1

Girls 11-12:

  1. Hoope Napoleon-Martin 24:47.09
  2. Enjolique Hughes 26:51.10
  3. Amanda Schiff 26:52.83

Boys 11-12:

  1. Kameron Moses  20:13.08
  2. Caleb Barville 20:26.63
  3. Kai McDavid 24:54.07

Boys 13-14:

  1. Nai’a Makuakane 21:33.24

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

 

Hilo’s Walter Victor Ball Fields Closed Temporarily for Annual Maintenance

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed Hilo’s Walter C.K. Victor Baseball Complex to perform annual maintenance work.

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Following a busy summer season that saw the return of professional baseball to Hilo, the three ball fields are receiving new sod and being manicured in preparation for the 2012 Poi Pounder Baseball Tournament to be held in November.

Work is scheduled to be completed October 12, at which time the department will reopen the fields for practices and league play.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for its patience while the field maintenance is occurring.

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

Five County Pools Receiving Safety Improvements

Hawai‘i County’s swimming pools are receiving necessary safety improvements that will result in the temporary closure of five facilities, the Hawai’i County Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday.

Hilo’s NAS Pool and Charles “Sparky” Kawamoto Swim Stadium, Pāhala Swimming Pool, Konawaena Pool, and the Kona Community Aquatic Center (KCAC) each will be closed for an estimated 10 days while the upgrades are being made.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is replacing all of the drain covers at each facility with newer, safer versions that meet mandated federal standards to address potential entrapment issues.

The following lists the tentative start date for each pool to be closed:

  • April 21 – NAS Pool in Hilo (961-8697)
  • April 22 or 23 ­– Kawamoto Pool (961-8698)
  • April 28 – Pāhala Pool (928-8177)
  • May 4 – Kona Pool at Konawaena High School (323-3252)
  • May 21 – Kona Community Aquatic Center Pool (KCAC) (327-3500)

Due to the scope and nature of the work involved, it cannot be predicted when each upgrade will be completed. Please contact pool staff at the respective facilities (telephone numbers provided above) for updates on the work progress and the reopening dates.

New drain covers have already been installed at both the Laupāhoehoe and Kohala pools, while similar work at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center will be scheduled at a later date.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the public for its patience and understanding while these important modifications are being made to ensure swimmers’ safety.

Tomorrow: Department of Parks and Recreation Announces Track Meets

Media Release

The Dept. of Parks and Recreation has scheduled its 2009 Track & Field program for
February 7 & 21, 2009, at both East and West Hawaii sites simultaneously. The
Konawaena High School Track Oval will be utilized for the West Hawaii meets, while
the site for the East Hawaii meets will be at the Keaau High School Track Oval.
February 7, 2009, will be for the Age Group Track and Field meet. February 21, 2009, will be the All Comers Track and Field meet. The exponent meet will not be used this year.
1. Participants will be limited to 3 events, one of which shall be a field event. Relays
are included in the events. Be sure chosen events are listed in participants
division. Any participant competing in excess of three events will automatically
be disqualified from those events.
2. Once again only registered coaches and athletes of individual events will be
allowed on the track once the meet begins. Coaches will be given passes to enter
the oval. Passes must be turned in once the meet is over. 5 passes maximum. 2
coaches per event.
Enclosed in packet are:
1. Entry forms for girls and boys for the Age Group and All Comers Meets.
2. Waiver forms, which can be duplicated, for each participant.
3. Reminders.
For more information please call Mason Souza at 961-8735 ext. 25, or email at
msouza@co.hawaii.hi.us
Packets can be accessed by going on-line: http://co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/recreation.htm


YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD
The Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual track and field meets for youngsters 6 through 14 years of age. The schedule is as follows:
Age Group Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
All Comers Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
Time for both meets:
9:00 am – Start of field events
10:30 am – Approximate starting time for track events. Track & field
events will run simultaneously.
All students should check with their school first to see if a track program is offered.

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