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August 15, 2014 - 12:05am

‘World of X Games: Hawaii’s Watermen’

The “World of X Games” episode set to air at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on ABC highlights some of the most respected watermen who call Hawaii home.

The show traces the history of the Hawaiian Islands, big wave surfing culture and some of the rising stars of the new generation. The top watermen featured include big wave surfing legends Laird Hamilton and Shane Dorian, young gun John John Florence, and the music and surfing of Donavon Frankenreiter in addition to the stories of The Duke, Kai Lenny, Paige Alms and Mark Healy.

The program also dives into the Watermen League and the role all watermen have in keeping the ocean safe.

On the ‘Emily T Gail Show’

Guests: Scott Head, vice president of Resort Operations at Waikoloa Beach Resort, gives an update of recreation and entertainment activities at Waikoloa Beach Resort. He talks about Parker McLachlin’s efforts to return to the PGA Tour. Head formerly coached Parker, who represented Waikoloa Beach Resort on the PGA Tour.

Big Island Junior Golf Championship at Waikoloa Kings’ Course age-group winners Matthew Rosato (15-17 boys) and Pono Yanagi (13-14 boys) discuss being in programs such as BIJGA and Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.

Other guests include former NBA player and coach Don Nelson; Shinola partner, Mike, from Slow Roll bike events in Detroit, and Troy Mudhens at Old Tiger Stadium.

Note: Gail shows are available at, under the “lineup” tab, or on iTunes as a free podcast. For more information, contact Gail at 896-6780 or

Kealakehe seeking assistant coach

Kealakehe is seeking an assistant cross-country coach for the fall season.

For more information, contact Kealakehe athletic director Alan Vogt at 313-3774 or 960-2809 or Alan_Vogt/KEALAKEH/

Konawaena football ticket information

At the gate: Adults $6; senior citizens/active military, $2; grades one-eight, $1; under 6, free; high school students with BIIF card, free; visiting high school students with BIIF card, $1.

Packages: adult 5-game, $24; Ohana Family (2 adults, 2 children), $53; Club 55 (age 55 and over), all home games, $8

Benefit for season ticket and package holders: VIP express entrance

Note: Sales begin 1 1/2 hours before game time, at 3:30 p.m. There is no early admission, and set-up is not permitted.

Season opener: Kauai at Konawaena, Saturday, 5 p.m. JV, 7 p.m. varsity

Konawaena football media day

The Konawaena Wildcats football media day will be at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Julian Yates Field. Family, friends, fans and all media will be granted exclusive access to the squad. Autographs, photo sessions and special arrangements for interviews with coaches and players will be available. There is no admission for this event.

Waimea offers bubble ball soccer league

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Waimea Athletics, is registering participants for an indoor bubble ball soccer league from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2 at Thelma Parker Gym.

Games will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Rosters are limited to six players, age 12 and older. There are eight teams in the league.

Email to register. For more information, visit

Waimea offers instructional tennis

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Waimea Athletics, is holding sign-ups for instructional tennis at Waimea Park.

The free clinics are instructed by tennis pro Jeff Lewis, director of Rutgers Tennis Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Clinics will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 18. The program is limited to the first 12 participants in two divisions offered: ages 6-9 and 10 and older.

To sign up, email For more information, visit

Waimea offers Biddy Basketball

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Waimea Athletics, will hold a Biddy Basketball league.

The league will be Sept. 15 to Oct. 22. The games will be played at various gyms, starting at 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Fees are $10, payable to Waimea Athletics.

For more information, email or visit

HCC Time Trial

The Hawaii Cycling Club’s 22.2-mile “Out n Back Training Time Trial” takes place at 8 a.m. Sept. 20. The course starts at the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, heads north on Highway 19, makes a U-turn at Waikoloa Beach Road and ends with a sprint to the finish line at the 85 mile marker. Registration is at the cemetery from 7-7:40 a.m.

BIRC offers marathon training

Big Island Running Company is again offering a free training program for the Honolulu Marathon.

The program will start with a meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Alii Drive location in the Coconut Grove Marketplace, with a short run following. Runs will be scheduled to coincide with group runs at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and a long run at 6:30 a.m. Saturdays. Each participant will have additional running days on their own.

The Honolulu Marathon begins at 5 a.m. Dec. 14.

For more information, contact Melissa Braswell at or call 327-9333.

UH-Hilo Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The 2014 Vulcans Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo.

Reservations are $50 per person and can be made by calling HOF coordinator Joey Estrella at 895-5977. Corporate tables of eight are available.

The 2014 class includes former UH-Hilo Athletic Director Bill Trumbo, tennis player Arthur Santos and softball pitcher Leo Sing Chow.

Family days at Waikoloa resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort offers “family golf days” during August.

Families can play the Kings’ course after 3:30 p.m. for $50 per adult and $25 for juniors including complimentary junior Nike rental clubs. Adult rental clubs are available for $25.

For more information, visit or call 886-7888.

HPA to host fun run/dog walk benefit

Hawaii Preparatory Academy invites runners, walkers, friendly canines and families to participate in the fourth Bieni 5K Fun Run and Dog Walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 on the school’s cross-country course.

Bieni Kohler-Johnson, who graduated from HPA in 1983, died in June 2009 after a battle with breast cancer.

Net proceeds from the event will fund the annual Bieni Kohler-Johnson ’83 Scholarship at HPA. Registration and pledges are available online at

The top fundraiser will receive the grand prize of a two-night stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The runner-up will receive a round of golf for four at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Fundraisers do not need to be present to win. Entry fee is $25 for adults, $10 for students 10 and under, with a late fee of an additional $10 after Sept. 9. All preregistered participants are guaranteed a shirt and goodie bag.

The entry fee for dogs is $10 and includes dog goodies in the owner’s goodie bag. For more information, contact Liz Noetzel at 989-9100 or

HI-PAL hoops sign-ups

HI-PAL is seeking teams interested in playing in “Click It or Ticket” 5-on-5 basketball tournaments Aug. 30-31 at Papaikou Gym and Sept. 12-14 at Waiakea Uka Gym.

Teams in the 5-6 division and 7-8 division are wanted for the August tournament, and in the 9-10 division and 11-12 division for the September tournament.

Deadline to submit completed forms is Aug. 22 for the August tournament and Sept. 1 for the September tournament.

The age cut-off for the tournaments is Dec. 31, 2014. Players are allowed to play on one team per division.

All HI-PAL roster, waiver and seat belt forms are required for participation.

For registration, call HI-PAL at 961-8121.

Special Olympics coaches needed

Special Olympics West Hawaii is looking for basketball coaches for the Winter Games. The season runs from September through November.

For more information, call Lona Warner at 989-2080.