Results of the Second Annual Keiki Triathlon

Mayor Billy Kenoi’s third annual Health Fest was held today at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua-Kona. The Health Fest included the second annual Keiki Triathlon for triathletes 7 to 14 years old. (Results are below.)
See below for results

See below for results

Nearly 70 young athletes from around the island finished the challenging swim, bike and run courses at the Kona Community Aquatic Center and around Maka‘eo Park, also known as the Old Kona Airport. The Keiki Triathlon was organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) with the support of volunteers from Lava Kids, Lavaman Triathlons, Keauhou Canoe Club, Ultraman, PATH, Big Island Running Co., Bike Works, IRONMAN volunteers, IRONMAN finishers, Kealakehe High School Waveriders Triathlon Club and the Hawai‘i Cycling Club.
The Health Fest included health screenings, information booths, lessons and live demonstrations, as well as free food, entertainment, and activities. Held in the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium, the fest was organized by the Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi with the support of HMSA and Kaiser Permanente. The Health Fest in Hilo was held on September 28 at Bayfront Park.

Today’s Health Fest and Keiki Triathlon were part of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Healthy Hawai‘i Island initiative, which includes programs to connect, build, and activate a healthy community.

Keiki Triathlon Results

Public Invited to Attend the 2013 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Opening Ceremony

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is pleased to announce that for the first time in many years, the public is invited to attend the 2013 HIBT Opening Ceremony at the Kailua Pier Sunday, August 4, 2013. This official recognition of teams from around the world marks the start of the 54th Annual Tournament. Ten countries will be spotlighted as each county’s national anthems is played and their respective flags are raised. Families and community members are encouraged to attend as the Kailua Pier comes to life with music and celebration.

billfishThe HIBT Opening Ceremony will get underway at 3pm with a Sunday afternoon of fun for the whole family. There will be food booths, craft vendors and free entertainment including the beautiful voice of Grace Basque and the always exciting Daifukuji Taiko drummers. Everyone is encouraged to take a seat on the bleachers provided. Then starting at 4:00, the Royal Court will open the official ceremony program with its arrival and procession. The Hawaii County Band will welcome each country as teams from Australia, China, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa, Vanuatu and the United States parade onto the pier and are officially welcomed to the 54th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Dignitaries will be on hand and acknowledged for their commitment to this iconic tournament and speeches will be presented during this momentous occasion.

The event is free and open to the public. Bleacher seats are on a first come bases so everyone is encouraged to come early. Plan to attend the 2013 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Opening Ceremony on the Kailua Pier Sunday, August 4, 2013 starting at 3pm.

Then on Monday, starting at 7:30 am, boats line up across Historic Kailua Bay, returning to the pier at 4:30 in the afternoon where spectators will see plenty of scoreboard action as teams weigh in at the end of the day, putting valuable points on the scoreboard.

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.  The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity  of the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The tournament is further supported in part by KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.

For more tournament information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com

2013 Sam Choy Keauhou Poke Contest – RESULTS

Nakoa Pabre of Umeke’s was the top overall winner of today’s Sam Choy Keauhou Poke Contest. The owner of Umeke’s earned the most points with his professional entry in the Poke With Soy Sauce category.

Top Overall winner Nakoa Pabre of Umeke's with Sam Choy and local pageant queens.

Top Overall winner Nakoa Pabre of Umeke’s with Sam Choy and local pageant queens. Photos by Fern Gavelek

A total of 29 professional, amateur and high school entrants “put their braggin’ in the bowl” to win cash and prizes at the second Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest today at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

The real winner at the event is the Equip the Kitchens campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui campus. All public admission proceeds—$5,000—will be donated to the $1 million campaign.

In addition to the poke contest and tasting, fun included a celebrity cookoff, a poke-making demonstration by Sam Choy, entertainment, poi pounding and fish net making, and a Hawaii Island Marketplace. Each attendee received a reusable shopping bag.

Poke Sweet

Competition was in six categories: traditional, spicy, cooked, poke with soy sauce, non-seafood and sushi style. There were three divisions: professional, non-professional and high school. Student Cameron Linden of Konawaena High School took top place among the high school students, winning her school’s culinary department $300 donated by Sun Dried Specialties. Complete contest results are included below.

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration March 15-17 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli. The contest is sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division, the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Aloha Shoyu, Hawaiian Springs Water, Suisan Company, Ltd., BMW of Hawaii, Bacardi, Young’s Market, Roberts Hawaii, Sun Dried Specialties, Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering, Fresh Island Fish and KTA Superstores.

2013 Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest Results

Best Overall Poke

  • Nakoa Pabre-Umeke’s

Professional Division 

Poke Professional

Traditional

  • 1ST Henry Mateo/Elmer Tabudlo-Hawaii Calls restaurant
  • 2ND Tim Wong-Facebook
  • 3RD Ezekiel Duru-Facebook

Cooked

  • 1ST Viktor Schmidt-Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
  • 2ND Henry Mateo/Elmer Tabudlo-Hawaii Calls restaurant
  • 3RD Ashley Danao-Rolls With It

Spicy

  • 1ST Henry Mateo/Elmer Tabudlo-Hawaii Calls restaurant
  • 2ND Pedro Almazan-The Fish Hopper

Soy Sauce

  • 1ST Nakoa Pabre-Umeke’s
  • 2ND Carlos Nava-Huggo’s restaurant
  • 3RD Robin Ganir-Broke Da Mouth Grindz & Catering

Non-Seafood

  • 1ST Troy Cataraha

Sushi Professional & Non-Professional

  • 1ST Nakoa Pabre-Umeke’s

Non-Professional Division 

Traditional

  • 1ST Garet Sekiya
  • 2ND Margie Hanselman

Cooked

  • 1ST Alexis Fujikawa
  • 2ND Gwen Edwards

Spicy

  • 1ST Christopher Todd
  • 2ND Keoki Rivera

Soy Sauce

  • 1ST Keoni Paoa
  • 2ND Sabine Andresen
  • 3RD Keoki Rivera

Non-Seafood

  • 1ST Ryan Koyanagi

High School Division 

  • 1ST Konawaena High School
  • 2ND Kealakehe High School
  • 3RD Konawaena High School

Celebrity Cookoff 

FIRST PLACE TIE: Tony Silva and Kumu Keala Ching

Third Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge – RESULTS

This year’s Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge was a special event.  For the first time this year the award categories were expanded to reflect varietal types of honey, the category of comb honey was added, and multi-floral blends were divided into three types (light, amber and dark).  A total of fifty-two entries were submitted by Hawaiian Natural Honey producers from around the state.

Judging took place at two events; the Formal Judging on November 2 conducted by a panel of five judges selected for their discriminating taste, and the Public Tasting event on November 10 at which anyone who bought a ballot could vote for the “People’s Choice” awards in three categories (liquid, solid, and comb).

Award winning entries in the Liquid category based on scores given at the Formal Judging are:

  • Best in Show – a light noni/palm honey submitted by Ron Hanson of Bee Mo Bettah.
  • Best Albizia Honey rated highest for appearance, texture and taste – an amber Albizia honey submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Kiawe Honey rated highest for appearance – a light Kiawe honey submitted by Jenny Bach of Bee Love Apiary.
  • Best Taste for a Lehua Blend Honey – a light Lehua blend submitted by Jen Rasmussen of Paradise Nectars.
  • Best Appearance, Best Texture for a Lehua Blend Honey – a light Lehua blend submitted by Julie Myhre of J & J Coffee & Cacao.
  • Best Macadamia Honey rated highest for appearance, and texture – a dark Macadamia honey submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Mac Plus Honey rated highest for appearance and texture – a dark Macadamia blend honey submitted by Joyce Takahashi of Miki Macs Honey, Kauai.
  • Best Mango Honey rated highest for appearance, texture and taste – an amber Mango honey submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Ohia/Lehua Honey – an amber Ohia Lehua honey submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Appearance for a Ohia/Lehua Honey – an amber Ohia/Lehua honey submitted by Greg Johnson.
  • Best Tropical Multi-floral Light Honey rated highest for texture – a light multi-floral honey submitted by Larry Reiss of Parsantha Apiary.
  • Best Tropical Multi-floral Amber Honey rated highest for appearance, texture and taste – a Tropical Multi-floral honey submitted by Ron Hanson of Bee Mo Bettah.
  • Best Aroma for a Tropical Multi-floral Amber Honey – an amber multi-floral honey submitted by Callie McNew.
  • Best Tropical Multi-floral Dark Honey rated highest for appearance, texture and taste – a dark multi-floral honey submitted by Tony Lydgate of Steelgrass Farm, Kauai.

Award winning entries in the Comb Honey category based on scores given at the Formal Judging are:

  • Best in Show – an amber Tropical Multi-floral honey submitted by Larry Reiss of Parsantha Apiary.
  • Best Macadamia Honey rated highest in appearance – an amber Macadamia honey submitted by Ron Hanson of Bee Mo Bettah.
  • Best Mac Plus Honey – a dark Mac Plus honey submitted by Joyce Takahashi of Miki Macs Honey.
  • Best Lehua Blend Honey rated highest in appearance – a light Lehua blend honey submitted by Carol Conner of Jaycee’s Bees.

Award winning entries in the Solid Honey category based on scores given at the Formal Judging are:

  • Best in Show – a light Ohia/Lehua honey submitted by Henry Iuker of Daddy’s Stolen Honey.
  • Best Lehua Blend Honey rated highest in appearance – a dark Lehua blend submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Texture for a Ohia/Lehua honey – an amber Ohia/Lehua honey submitted by Henry Iuker of Daddy’s Stolen Honey.
  • Best Tropical Multi-floral Dark Honey rated highest in appearance and texture – a dark Tropical Multi-floral honey submitted by Patrick Weder of Lotus Buddhist Monastery.

The entries winning this year’s three People’s Choice awards are:

  • Best Liquid Honey – a dark Eucalyptus honey submitted by John Hanson.
  • Best Comb Honey – a light Noni/Palm honey submitted by Ron Hanson of Bee Mo Bettah.
  • Best Solid Honey – a dark Tropical Multi-floral honey submitted by Patrick Weder of Lotus Buddhist Monastery.

The Big Island Beekeepers Association owes much to the all those who contributed to make this year’s Challenge a success beginning with all those who choose to take on the Challenge and send in their entries to be evaluated.

We also want to extend a special thank you to our judges who labored seven hours on a Friday to rate all fifty-two entries.  Mahalo to:

  • Lauren Rusert from the Hawaii State Apiary Program.
  • Lorie Obra of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee Farm.
  • Joan Obra of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee Farm and Isla Custom Coffee.
  • Ralph Gaston of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee Farm and Isla Custom Coffee.
  • Sonia Martinez monthly columnist for the Hamakua Times, Farmers Market produce writer for Ke Ola Magazine and Farmers Market and farmers feature writer for the Hawai’i HomeGrown Food Network.

Mahalo to our sponsors whose donations helped our bottom line:

  • American Apitherapy Society, Inc.
  • Bee Culture
  • Bee Mo Bettah
  • Big Island Bees
  • Big Island Packaging
  • Hawaiian Springs
  • Island Princess Macadamia Nut Company
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Mann Lake
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company
  • Miki Macs
  • Paradise Nectar
  • RevHoney
  • Royal Hawaiian Honey
  • Rusty’s Hawaiian
  • Sustainable Island Products
  • Volcano Island Honey Company

Mahalo to our amazing volunteers who made it happen:

  • Chandra Boyd
  • Pat Chu
  • Cary Dizon
  • HASS Bee Club members:  Rose Hanks, Dillan, and Juniper.
  • Heather O’Connell
  • Amy Ketner
  • Sean Kirkpatrick
  • Val Kimbrough
  • Star Newland
  • Jen Rasmussen
  • Larry Reiss
  • Randy and Danny Sosnansky
  • Allen and Juanipa Sylvester
  • Rod Vanderhoef
  • Catarina Zaragoza-Dodge

And most of all our Registrar, Pattie Rechtman, upon whose shoulders most of the organization and records keeping fell.

Thank you to Danielle Downey and Lauren Rusert of the State Apiarist Office who attended the event and made themselves available to the many beekeeper attendees who had lots to talk about.

We also wish to thank Alice Moon of the Downtown Improvement Association and Sam Robinson of Lets Grow Hilo for providing the venue and their helpers Georiga Pinsky and Lonnie who also contributed significantly to the overall organization of the event.

Record Turnout for 3rd Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs

This past Saturday was an especially beautiful day for a run. The 3rd annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs on August 18, 2012 was blessed with sunshine and smiles for all the miles of the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races held in Volcano Village on Hawaii’s Big Island.

A generous display of aloha from the crowds of spectators and volunteers helped propel the record-setting 590 racers across the finish line, especially Pahoa’s own Billy Barnett who finished first in the Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 21 seconds.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the turnout or more thankful for everyone’s incredible support,” says Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. Registration increased nearly 20% over the 495 total finishers in the 2011 Rain Forest Runs.

“I am filled with gratitude,” Aynessazian says, and extends special appreciation and sincere thanks to Race Director Sharron Faff, the board members and staff of VAC, the Volcano community, The Cooper Center, the Volcano Community Association, GU, Kona Marathon, Eddie O. and Lava 105.3, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah, the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kilauea Lodge, Barefoot Wine, Rotarians of Hilo Bay, Pahoa Sunset and Volcano, the Keaau High School Cross Country Team and the many, many volunteers who helped make this event possible, positive and fun for everyone.

Race results and photos are posted at www.rainforestruns.com with special cheers for these top finishers:

  • Half Marathon: Billy Barnett (1:19:21, M 20–29, Pahoa) and Amy Gordon (1:38:25, F 30–39, Waialua)
  • 10K: Chris Gregory (:36:25, M 20–29, Hilo) and Keri Ogden (:42:56, F 20–29, Honolulu)
  • 5K: Todd Marohnic (:19:30, M 50–59, Volcano) and Shayli Nakamoto (:22:31, F 14–19, Kealakekua)

The next Volcano Rain Forest Runs is already set for August 17, 2013. Volcano Art Center – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education – invites you to learn more about how you can support the arts and your community at www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Pride of Puna – Pictures, Videos and Results

Last night at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the first ever Pride of Puna “Fight for Hunger” all ages kick boxing event took place to a sold out crowd.

A packed Akebono Theater

The event began with some youth fights that were well appreciated by everyone in the crowd.

Promoter Serge Mamone proud of his son Ricky

Here are the results from the youth fights:

  • 65 lbs – Ricky Mamone defeated Derek Romero
  • 70 lbs – Elija Apao defeated David Martinez Jr.
  • 95 lbs – Kaleo Apao defeated Damien Romero
  • 115 lbs- Trent Saragosa and Micah Castro had a DRAW
  • 125 lbs – Avery Sanchis defeated Ethan Ramos

Then the Open fights began with a women’s fight featuring Riechelle Silva vs. Kehaulani Rodrigues.

Riechelle Silva

The fight was an exciting fight that saw Silva dominating Rodrigues for the majority of the fight and winning in the end.

Then the Open Mens fight began:

Koa Lopez and Roy Fukushima had a three round fight:

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The judges declared Koa Lopez the winner

Koa Lopez gets his hand raised

The next bout featured Paul Abiley versus Cameron Sylva.

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The judges declared Cameron Sylva the winner after this third round.

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The next fight saw Patrick Torres defeat Josh Sosa and then Mathew Majamay took on Kevin Silva:

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In the end the judges declared Majamay the victory.

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In the final Open fight, Conrodo Martin Defeated Keola Arakaki.  The night then moved to the Semi-Main Event which featured Petey Vital “3” defeating Donald Gonzales.

Petey Vital “3” was victorious in his Semi Main Event match and said later on at the Pahoa Village Club that he was ready to take on the UFC!

The Main Event saw Riquo Abadilla defeating Justin Yamauchi.

Trophies and Medals were given out to the victors

It was a great event that was put on and lots of food was raised. *UPDATE* 403 pounds of food were raised!

Troy Mandaloniz Loses to Paul Kelly In UFC 95

English welterweight Paul Kelly (9-1) unleashed his ground and pound in busting open a game Troy Mandaloniz, who had fellow Hawaiian and lightweight champion B.J. Penn in his corner, en route to a unanimous decision in an entertaining fight.

Troy Mandaloniz

Troy Mandaloniz