Harlem Hayden Shows His Stuff!

My son is stoked to see the Global Legends team take on the Hilo All Stars on Friday, June 29th at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.

Elbert "Tree" Gordon

Today I caught him trying to be all “Harlem” today:


HI-PAL “Click it or Ticket” Pahoa 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

The East Hawaii Police Activities League (HI-PAL) “Click it or Ticket” 3 on 3 basketball tournament was held at the Pahoa High School Gymnasium today.

Officer Joseph “Joey” Botelho coordinated the days events.

The morning began with Officer Joey Botelho talking to the kids about the importance of using your seat belt and other dangers such as using drugs.

It was a double elimination tournament and about 15 teams entered from the ages of 5 – 12 years old.

The Keaau Chargers had multiple teams entered into the tournament

Medals were given out to the top three places in each of the age divisions:

First Place in their age division was the “Lil Titans #1” (Left to Right) Dylan Villanueva, Brady Yamada, Orrin Yamada and Coach Donald Yamada

My son didn’t make any baskets in the make shift hoops that they use for his age division.

It’s the thought that counts!

But he did manage to score at least one “Block”!

My sons team that he played on today got third place which was good enough for a medal.

I’d like to thank all the folks that came out to support this event.  All the kids were winners in the long run!

Hayden wins his first medal

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Ka’u Family Fun Fest Raises $51K for Local Community Health Center

Media Release:

In a festive gathering of what can only be described as ohana, the families of O Ka’u Kakou and Bay Clinic, Inc. recently shared a meal to celebrate the first annual Ka’u Family Fun Fest held in June. The Ka’u-based community festival drew crowds from all over Hawai’i and raised over $51,000.  The funds will benefit the construction of a new Bay Clinic Ka’u Family Health Center building in Na’alehu.

From Left: Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic Chief Executive Officer; Monica Adams, Bay Clinic Director of Development and Regulatory Affairs; Raylene Moses, O Ka'u Kakou Board Treasurer; Wayne Kawachi, O Ka'u Kakou Board President; Michael Gleason, Bay Clinic Board of Directors Chair; Jason Ferreira, Bay Clinic Director of Health Information Technology; Doede Donaugh DO, Bay Clinic Ka'u Family Physician

Representatives from O Ka’u Kakou, Wayne Kawachi, President of the Board of Directors and Raylene Moses, Board Treasurer and Ka’u Family Fun Fest Race Chair, announced the final results of their fundraising efforts and presented the official check to Michael Gleason, Bay Clinic Board of Directors Chair.

“This is so much more than a gift to Bay Clinic,” stated Mike Gleason upon accepting the check. “This is a gift for Ka’u. For Hawai’i. For us all. This is the meaning of malama. We are so grateful.” He went on to say that the improved access to health care for the Ka’u community will benefit the entire Bay Clinic service area of East and South Hawai’i. The new clinic building will allow for double the staff and available patient visits in Ka’u.

Bay Clinic’s CEO Paul Strauss expressed his own gratitude to all members of the O Ka’u Kakou Board of Directors, including June Domondon, Nadine Ebert, Jeanette Howard, Carol Massey, Katherine Okamura, Fred Ramsdell, Scott Stabo, Myra Sumida and Walter Wong Yuen.  He also thanked additional members of the Ka’u Family Fun Fest planning committee for their efforts, including Monica Adams, Tanya Aynessazian, Melissa Corrao, Guy Enriques, Yvonne Gilbert, Dixie Kaetsu and John Replogle.

The Ka’u Family Fun Fest was held June 11, 2011 and included a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races as well as tournaments, music, a silent and live auction featuring Mayor Billy Kenoi, and an entire day of healthy, family-friendly activities.  Staged at the Na’alehu Park in Ka’u, the event drew over 1,000 attendees including many international participants.

Bay Clinic is continuing to accept donations for the Ka’u Family Health Center building fund at www.bayclinic.org.  Founded in 1983 as a grass roots health center, Bay Clinic is now one of the largest nonprofit health care providers on Hawai’i Island with seven service sites providing primary care, mental health counseling, family planning, pediatric and prenatal care, dental services and community outreach for the districts of Puna, Hilo, and Ka’u.

Plans for the second annual Ka’u Family Fun Fest are already underway though a date has not yet been announced. The public is encouraged to contact the planning committee at kaufamilyfunfest@gmail.org for information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.