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Special Olympics events

Two Special Olympics events are slated for Sunday.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. at First Hawaiian Bank off Palani Road. At 8 a.m., participants will carry the “Flame of Hope” to Hale Halawai then end near the Kona Community Aquatic Center. A fee of $30 includes a commemorative shirt.

The Big Island Softball Tournament begins at 9 a.m. at Old Kona Airport Park. The tournament is a qualifier for the state competition on Oahu.

For more information, call Denise Lindsey, Special Olympics West Hawaii Area Director, at 345-0433.

High school rodeo at Paniolo Park

The Hawaii High School Rodeo at Paniolo Park in Waimea continues this weekend and the first weekend in May. Saturday activities feature keiki and junior divisions; Sunday activities feature high school participants. Events begin at 8 a.m. each day. The state finals junior division is May 9 to 11 and high school division is June 12 to 15.

The competition is free; donations are welcome. Food will be sold, with proceeds to benefit the program.

For more information, contact DeeDee Bertelmann at 325-5937 or paniolomau@aol.com.

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 mike_hernandez@notes.k12.hi.us.

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 April 13 at Makalei Hawaii Golf Course. 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 peggyciriako@gmail.com.

Keoua Honaunau CC season underway

Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club has started its season.

Kamalii (10-18): 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Women (all divisions): 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Men (all divisions): 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Practice sessions launch from the boat ramp at Honaunau Bay. All paddlers must be able to swim.

Paddlers younger than 18 need their parent’s or guardian’s signature.

For more information, call Rafael Ramirez at 328-8721.

Keoua Honaunau CC presents race

Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club’s “Mac-A-Thon” starts at 7 a.m. April 19. The races are 5K or 10K, from Honaunau Bay to Napoopoo.

Entry fees are $30 until April 15, and $40 on race day. Juniors (14-under) are $10 preregistered and $20 on race day. The fees include a pancake breakfast. Preregistered runners will receive race T-shirts.

There will be an awards ceremony, entertainment and a silent auction.

Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 12, after which they must be turned in on race day before late registration closes at 6:30 a.m.

For entry forms and more information, visit keouacanoeclub.com.

Horseshoe club extends a ‘hand’

Kona Horseshoe Pitchers Club invites the public to its annual “Hand of Friendship” tournament April 12 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 gomesr006@live.com.

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.

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.

Wildcats 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 hawaiiislandhoops.com or email Smith at director@hawaiiislandhoops.com.

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.

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 littleleague.org, call Geri at 960-0733 or email questions to goldcoastlittleleague@hotmail.com.

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.