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January 6, 2014 - 11:02pm

Big Island Running Company offers training

The Big Island Running Company will offer guided speed workouts starting Thursday and concluding March 8 — the week of the Run For Hops 10K/5K.

The eight-week training cycle will coincide with group runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Each runner will be supplied with a training program consisting of four scheduled runs.

Interested parties are asked to meet at Big Island Running Company’s Alii Drive location Thursday at 5 p.m. for an overview to the program and run a 2-mile time trial to help determine groupings.

For more information, email John at or call Big Island Running Company at 327-9333.

Hawaii Racing Association survey

The Hawaii Racing Association is updating its membership list for 2014 to find out what types of motorsports Big Island residents are most interested to have at the proposed Kona Motorsport Park.

The HRA’s website shows potential uses for a 250-acre park and offers an online survey.

To vote, renew HRA membership, or for more information on the Kona Motorsport Park project visit

Kona Horseshoe Club holds tournament

The Kona Horseshoe Pitchers Club will hold its first league tournament of the year beginning Thursday at the Palm Court Horseshoe Pits behind the tennis courts at the Old Kona Airport Park.

This will be an eight-week “doubles” sanctioned league. Singles will be paired whenever possible. Membership is required for participation.

Play is every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a weekly fee of $5.

Horseshoe pitchers of all skill levels also gather Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon for free, nonsanctioned competition.

Contact Al at 322-7085 for membership information and Reggie at 756-8085 for tournament details.

Ka‘u High looking for coaches

Ka‘u High School is looking for water polo and track coaches.

Applications can be picked up at the school’s main office. The school will be accepting application until Jan. 17.

Contact Kalei Namohala at 928-2088 for more information.

West Hawaii Hockey holding sign-ups

West Hawaii Hockey is holding sign-ups and practices for the 2014 season at 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Old Kona Airport Park hockey rink.

The registration fee for first-year players is $25, which includes equipment provided by the league.

An adult league plays at 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays.

For more information contact Tim Rude at 987-8631 or visit

HI-PAL basketball tournament Jan. 18-20

The Hawaii Isle Police Activities League will hold its 24th annual HI-PAL Hope Chapel 3-on-3 Basketball Jam in Kona from Jan. 18 to 20. Sign-ups are being accepted until Friday.

Registration is open to children ages 5 to 14, with multiple age divisions. Team rosters are limited to five players. Because of limited space, teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact the West Hawaii HI-PAL office at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Officer Randy Morris at 936-2789.

Elks basketball competition Saturday

Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 are invited to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Competition on Saturday at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

Registration begins at noon with competition to follow. Age groups are: 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13.

The boy and girl in each age group with the highest scores may advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals April 10-13 at Springfield, Mass.

This is a free event. For information, call Joe Reynolds at 334-0077.

BIIF seeking water polo officials

The Big Island Interscholastic Federation is seeking water polo officials for the spring season. Experience is not required and officiating classes will be offered.

For more information contact Kealakehe athletic director Mike Hernandez at 960-2809 or

Westside Softball slow pitch tournament

The Westside Softball team will host the 13th annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Jan. 24 to 26 at the Old Kona Airport Park.

The tournament will feature men’s and women’s divisions and offer team and individual awards. The event will also include a home run derby.

The entry fee per team is $300, with $100 due by Jan. 19. Limited slots are available.

To register a team, contact Jamieson Taketa at 938-8664 or Shane Alani at 640-0824.

Golf exec Fliear on Gail show

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai tournament manager Kelly Fliear will be a guest on the Emily T Gail Show to discuss the PGA Champions Tour season-opening event that runs Jan. 15-19.

Gail also has information on the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative and the Kona Hiking Club 4.5-mile hike from Puuhonua o Honaunau to Keei Beach on Jan. 18.

Past shows are available at under “lineup” or as a free podcast on iTunes. Contact Gail at for information.

Hawaii Cycling Club offers group rides

The Hawaii Cycling Club hosts classes for beginning and intermediate bicyclists Saturdays at the Old Kona Airport Park.

Each group is led by an experienced HCC member who maintains a pace appropriate for each group, keeps riders together and provides instruction.

Cyclists meet in the parking lot at 6:55 a.m. Riders generally travel north on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Beginners ride 10 to 12 miles with as many as three stops.

The intermediate group rides 36 miles with stops at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, the scenic overlook on Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Kua Bay.

For more information, visit

Parks and Recreation plans hoops league

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a basketball league for children ages 9 to 14. League play is scheduled from Jan. 27 to March 13. Games will begin at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

The league is also looking for volunteer coaches and officials.

Registration forms are available between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

For more information, call Wesley Sermons or Diego Padillio at 327-3553.

Weekly golf tournament results

Lea Lea Golf Club


1. Vangie Isenhour (15); 2. (tie) Randi Wilson, Jeanene Dickenson, Wanda Goldscharek (14)

Chip-ins: Wanda Goldscjharek

Low putts: Sara Ito (33)

Closest to the pin: Jeanene Dickenson (5), Mary MacLean (12)

Note: Members played most pars.

M&M Golf Club


A Flight

1. Diana Butler (34.5); 2. Butchie Hayward (36.5); 3. (tie) Sandy Webb, Paulani Willing (38)

B Flight

1. Sue Ostrowski (37); 2. Marian Mark (39.5); 3. Judy Pettersen (41)

Chip-ins: Butchie Hayward (4, 10)

Low putts: (tie) Sandy Webb, Paulani Willing (30)

Note: Members played front nine half-handicap.

Na Wahine O Waikoloa


A Flight

1. Yuriko Daniel (67): 2. Mary Desisto (68); 3. (tie) Linda Vater and Kasie Wessels (71)

B Flight

1. Trish Kimball (67); 2. Sally Evans (70); 3. Dee Dee Kosa (72)

Chip-in: Kasie Wessels (5), Shirley Clark (8)

Birdies: Mona Peck (3)

Closest to the pin: Mona Peck (3), Yuriko Daniel (6), Dee Dee Kosa (12), Yuriko Daniel (16)

Note: Members played hate ‘em (deduct one hole pre-start and full handicap).

Big Island Country Club


Hole-in-one: Ron Sato (white tee; 155 yards; hole no. 13; 9-iron; witnesses Wes Takimoto, Dickie Egami, Rodney Maeda)


1. Dave Ruthruff, Tony Montoya, Ray Poston, Jim McCully (-24); 2. Swend and Beau Willadsen, Rick Dvorak, Al Droscoski (22); 3. Al and Shirley Akana, Don and Nozomi Wood (-20)

Blind draw: Reed Bender

Low net: Al Akana (67); Swend Willadsen (69)

Closest to the hole: Nozomi Kishimoto (5); Dave Ruthruff (8); Jim McCully (13); Dave Ruthruff (17)

Note: Members played in four-person teams, two net balls.

Keauhou Kona Men’s Golf Club


A Flight

1. Mike Gregg (66); 2. Len Fellez (68); 3. (tie) Bob Johnson, Bruce Totten, Harry Welch (69)

B Flight

1. Jim Dahm (62); Ted Field (64); Bill Olafson (69)

Closest to the pin: Harry Welch (5); Len Fellez (8); Ted Field (13); Bob Johnson (17A); Bill Olafson (17B)

Low gross: Bob Marten (73)

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