Short Hops Oct. 9


Couch to 5K program starts Oct. 23

Big Island Running Co.’s free Couch to 5K training program for new runners begins Oct. 23.

An informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Big Island Running Co.’s store at 75-5807 Alii Drive, followed by the first run on the schedule. The program will train beginners (or those who are coming back to running again after a break) to complete the Jingle Bell Run 5K on Dec. 23.

The training program and the Jingle Bell Run are free. No prior running experience is necessary. If you have any questions, call Big Island Running Co. at 327-9333 or email to melissa@bigislandrunningcompany.com.

Agena basketball camp this weekend

Coach Dennis Agena, of Kalakaua Basketball, and his staff will conduct a three-day youth basketball clinic Oct. 12-14 at the county gym in Honokaa.

Children ages 6-18 may participate. Sponsored by the Hamakua Athletic Association, the clinic will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday. Times may vary based on the number of participants.

Players need to bring a basketball, basketball shoes, water and proper playing attire. The registration fee is $60. Registration and waiver forms are available at Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation offices, Ted’s Garage in Honokaa and Sports Line in Hilo.

For more information, call Kevin Yamasaki at 960-3545 or Desha Pahio at 960-5032.

Brantley Center runs held Oct. 20

The Brantley Center will host its inaugural 5K, half marathon and 30K Waipio Challenge at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

The deadline for early registration has already passed. To find the registration fees as they currently are, use the contact information listed below.

The registration fee includes race day entertainment, refreshments, aid stations on the course, finisher medals for the half marathon and 30K finishers and finisher T-shirts for all participants.

There will be age group awards as well.

For information about the runs, call Steve Pavao at 430-0267. Registration forms are available at bike shops, gyms and Big Island Running Co. Registration is also available online at race360.com/17302. Runners may also visit the Brantley Center’s Facebook page.

IKL karate championship Nov. 3

The Kona Branch of the International Karate League will host the IKL Karate Championship at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

IKL Branches from Hilo, Paauilo, Honokaa, Waimea, North Kohala, Waikoloa, Captain Cook, Kailua-Kona, Kealakehe, Pahala, Keaau, Oahu and California will attend the event.

In addition, other traditional karate schools throughout Hawaii Island have been invited to participate in the tournament.

A special guest, the Founder and Chief Instructor of the IKL Shihan (Master) Walter K. Nishioka of Manoa Valley, Oahu, will be presiding over the event.

The tournament will feature competition in Kata (Forms), Kumite (Sparring), and Kobudo (Weaponry), for children, teenagers and adults.

Other martial art instructors from different styles will be in attendance and available to the public to answer any questions about their respective style of martial art.

The tournament is open to the public, and admission is free. The Hawaii Police Athletic Federation is a proud sponsor of this event that promotes sportsmanship, respect and good will among its competitors.

For more information about the tournament, contact Hanshi Julian Shiroma at 328-9458 or 938-2414, or visit ikl.org.

WDFI 2-person golf tournament Nov. 4

The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative two-person best ball golf tournament will be held Nov. 4 at the Waikoloa Village Golf Club. Check-in starts at 7 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 7:30 a.m. The registration fee is $75 per person by Oct. 12 and $80 per person after that date. The registration deadline is Oct. 26.

The fee includes lunch, cart, green fee and tournament prizes, and an awards ceremony will be held at Kau Kau Depot following play.

Registration forms are available at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Registrants may also download the forms at waikoloadryforest.org/2012/golf-tournament-fund-raiser-nov-4. For more information, call Chris Kutler at 883-8272 or write to wdfi@waikoloadryforest.org

Sponsorships are also available. For information, call Beverley Brand at 895-4679.

Alumni Football USA games early next year

Alumni Football USA games return to the Big Island early January. These games are an opportunity for alumni of local high schools to play in a full contact football game while raising money for their old high schools.

The games are as follows:

c Kealakehe Alumni vs. Konawaena Alumni, 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Kealakehe High School.

c Hilo Alumni vs. Waiakea Alumni, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Wong Stadium.

c Honokaa Alumni vs. Kohala Alumni, TBA.

c Keaau Alumni vs. Hawaii Prep, TBA.

Only the first 40 players to sign up for each team will get to play. There is no registration fee, but there is a $100 fee to play. The fee includes everything for game day: Alumni Football USA organizes and coordinates the games, rental of professional helmet, pads and equipment, game day EMTs, officials, announcers, Field Liability insurance, DVD of your game and commemorative T-shirt. For more information, visit AlumniFootballUSA.com or call 866-U-GET-HIT.

Weekly golf tourney results

Na Wahine O Waikoloa

Women’s Golf Club

Thursday’s results

c Scores: 1. (tie) Mary Desisto 35; 1. Trish Kimball 35; 3. Carole Abarcar 35.5; 4 Margaret Dewers 43.5

c Closest to the pin: Dee Dee Kosa (3); Margaret Dewers (6, 16); Trish Kimball (12)

c Birdies: Mary Desisto (6)

c Note: Members played “ones, half handicap.”

Makalei Kolepa Hui

Saturday’s results

c A flight low net scores: 1. (tie) John Kiaha 67; 1. Larry Leedom 67

c B flight low net scores: 1. Joe Scarber 68; 2. Steve Devonshire 72

c Closest to the pin: Joe Scarber (2); Dave Puckett (5); John Kiaha (12); Larry Leedom (15)

Keauhou Kona

Men’s Golf Club

Saturday’s results

c A flight low net scores: 1. Jim Anderson 68; 2. Larry Stevens 69; 3. (tie) Pete Callahan 71; 3. Steve Kimes

c B flight low net scores: 1. Bob Currier 62; 2. Mike Nichols 72; 3. (tie) Tom Lullo 73; 3. Bruce Cook 73

c Closest to the pin: Bill Hawkins (3); Bob Currier (5); Eric Hosticka (12); Bruce Totten (17A); Cliff Dias (17B)

c Low gross score: Jim Anderson 77

Big Island Country Club

Wednesday’s results

c Scores: 1. Barb Millslagle/Al Droscoski/Steve Rickard 60; 2. Tom Johnson/Swen Willadsen/Jim Jacobs 60.5

c Closest to the pin: Barb Millslagle (5, 13, 17); Rick Robinson (8)

c Note: Members played “three-person modified scramble.”

Saturday’s results

c Score: 1. Tom Johnson/Frosty Johnson/Barb Millslagle/Rick Robinson 11 under

c Individual low net score: Rick Robinson 64

c Closest to the pin: Barb Millslagle (5); Rick Robinson (13); Tom Johnson (17)

c Note: Members played “four-person team, three-low net.”