15 Year Drought Ends… Pop Warner Football Returns to Pahoa-Puna District

After a long 15 years, Pop Warner “Flag” Football has returned to the Pahoa-Puna district after the hard work of many involved.

The Puna Panthers were spearheaded by Fred Blas, Keven Lee and Kyle Lee and they had their first game today at Hawaiian Beaches Park.

I started playing football when I was 8 years old and the things that I learned from playing on a team that young… stuck with me for the rest of my life.

It was great to see so many folks from the community come out to this historic event.  Even Hunter Bishop from the Mayor’s Office made.

Teamwork is the key to winning football games and these kids definitely had teamwork.

Its pretty cool because they are allowing females to play which definitely wasn’t allowed when I was playing.

From what I could tell, it looks like the Pahoa-Puna Panthers have several different teams at different age groups… But there always seems to be that one big boy that just looks like he would kill the smaller kids!

You can click on the pictures below for a larger version:

A Taste of Puna Cook-Off

SATURDAY • MAY 15, 2010 • 10AM-3PM


1. Recipes and decorations must include products raised or made in Puna.

2. One entry per contestant.

3. Categories include: Pupu, Entree, and Dessert

4. Entry blanks may be obtained from Foodland Kea`au, Ace Hardware or online at keaaushoppingcenter.com

5. Entries will be judged based on creativity, taste, presentation, and use of Puna

products. Written recipe must be included.

6. Participants will allow Keaau Shopping Center to reprint recipes, and contestants

will give consent to release photos to the public.

7. Entries must be at Keaau shopping Center on Saturday, May 15th by 9:30am.

Each recipe must have the ingredients and cooking instructions and be suitable

for display. Set-up to be completed by 10am, and sampling of your dish will

follow judging.

8. Keaau Shopping Center will not be responsible for clean-up or returning of


9. Deadline for entries is Thursday, May 13 at 5pm. Completed forms must be

turned in to Foodland Kea`au or Ace Hardware by that time. Enter early.

Limited space for per category.

10. Entry display limited to 2’ x 2’ table top space.


1st Place in each category $250 CASH

2ND Place merchant gifts and gift certificates $150 value

3RD Place gifts and gift certificates $100 value