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.


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

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.