Short Hops | 4-11-14

Hit the jackpot

The Hawaii Island Cutting Horse Association will present the Jackpot Show at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Parker Ranch Arena. Events begin with cutting, followed by cowhorse and reining. Concession sales will benefit the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association.

Konawaena golf benefit

The ninth annual Konawaena Foundation golf tournament is scheduled for May 3 at Makalei Golf Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and shotgun start at 8.

The format is two-person scramble, with each person hitting at least six tee shots. Big Island Honda will give away a new Honda for the first hole-in-one on a designated par-3; there will be prizes on other par-3s.

For applications, call Lee Kagawa at 747-8730. Applications must be submitted by April 24 to Makalei Golf Club.

To sponsor a hole or to make a prize donation for this event, call Reginald Morimoto, Konawaena Foundation tournament chairman, at 329-6828.

Honokaa seeking football coaches

Honokaa High School is accepting applications for varsity football head coach and assistants.

Applications are available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. school days, in the main office, and can be delivered to the main office or the office of the athletic director in the gym.

Deadline for applications is April 25.

For more information, call Athletic Director Keith Tolentino at 775-8800, ext. 237.

Kealakehe seeking coaches

Kealakehe is looking for cross-country and cheerleading coaches for the fall season.

For more information, contact Kealakehe athletic director Mike Hernandez at 327-4300, ext. 2213, or

Parks and Recreation activities

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering after-school programs for youth.

The “board and table games” activity, for ages 5 to 14, is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 16 to May 14, at Kekuaokalani Gym. Register by April 30.

The “sports and games” activity, for ages 9 to 14, is planned from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, April 14 to May 15, at the gym and Old Kona Airport Park fields. Register by April 24.

Registration forms can be picked up 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, at Kekuaokalani Gym. For more information, call Diego Padillio or Wesley Sermons at 327-3553.

First Tee’s new session

The First Tee Hawaii Program will start a session Sunday at Makalei Golf Club. Registration for the one-hour program is set from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. The session is for those ages 7 to 18; the fee for the year is $25 per child. Clubs are provided for beginners.

First Tee Program covers themes such as learning about respect.

For more information, call 937-2380 or email

Hawaii Cycling Club events

April 19: The Hapuna Beach Training Time Trial starts at 8 a.m. at the entrance to the park. Registration for the 12.7-mile event will be from 7 to 7:40 at the mauka end of the parking lot.

For more information, visit

Horseshoe club extends a ‘hand’

Kona Horseshoe Pitchers Club will hold its annual “Hand of Friendship” tournament Saturday at the Old Kona Airport Park horseshoe courts. The tournament is sanctioned for singles play for NHPA cardholders, featuring four-six person divisions seeded by established handicap. The no handicap-cancellation play will begin at 8 a.m.

A $25 per person entry fee includes patches, plaques and prizes, and food and beverages. All players are eligible for cash prizes and gifts.

Sign up before Saturday by calling Reggie at 756-8085 or email

Pueo Kupuna golf fundraiser

The Pueo Kupuna softball team will hold its fifth annual golf tournament fundraiser April 27 at the Big Island Country Club. Tee time is 7 a.m. The format will be two-man scramble, modified best ball.

To enter, call Jan Pakele at 895-3535.

Konawaena football festivities

The Konawaena Wildcats football team will hold a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 at Patz Pies at Paparoni’s in Captain Cook. The buffet is at 2 p.m.; the honors and awards presentations begin at 3.

Tickets, which include the buffet and prize drawings, are $20 in advance and can be purchased from the Konawaena High School athletic department.

A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event for $25 each.

Summer hoops camp at Konawaena

The 2014 Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball Camp will be held June 16 to 20 at Konawaena High School.

The camp, under the direction of Andy Smith, offers skill development for youngsters and introduces them to college-style workouts and training.

Smith will be joined on the teaching staff by college coaches from the junior college, NAIA and NCAA levels.

The camp fee is $350 and includes a jersey and shorts, college coaching and instruction, meals and seminars on academic requirements, financial aid and athletic recruitment.

For more information and registration, go to or email Smith at

Basketball junior high league

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold an instructional basketball league for children in grades six to eight.

The season starts this month. Games will be played Thursdays and Saturdays.

Registration forms are available at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

Referees are needed. For more information, call Diego Padillio or Wes Sermon at 327-3553.

Hawaii Youth Rugby leagues

The Pacific Rim Rugby Club is seeking male and female players for its middle and high school leagues.

The practices are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Old Kona Airport Park’s lighted football field.

For more information, call coach John Nuualiitia at 345-7754 or 747-4412.

Gold Coast Little League softball

Gold Coast Little League is accepting registration for girls ages 7 to 16 from Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa, Waimea, Kohala, Honokaa, Paauilo and Laupahoehoe. Sign-ups are held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday at Waimea Park. The season fee is $65 per player.

For more information, visit, call Geri at 960-0733 or email questions to

Kona Coast Little League registration

Kona Coast Little League is accepting registrations for Minor (ages 9-10) and Major (11-12) divisions from players who reside in the area from Pottery Terrace to Manuka.

Applicants must provide proof of residency.

For more information, call Hano Grace at 960-2366 or Tasha Terazono at 443-6574.