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Senior softball fall league


Senior softball fall league

The senior slowpitch softball fall league will begin Sept. 7. Games start at 10 a.m. at Old Kona Airport Park.

Players must be 50 or older. The fee is $10 per player.

For more information, contact Martin Hauser at 443-9724 or

Waimea offers volleyball league

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Waimea Athletics, will accept registrations for age-group volleyball season beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 9-11, during clinic days at Thelma Parker Gym.

Clinics begin at 3:30 p.m. for ages 9-10, 4:30 ages 11-12 and 13-14.

The league runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 19, Tuesdays and Thursdays in October; Mondays and Wednesdays in November. The games start at 4:30 p.m. at various gyms.

Fees are $10 payable to Waimea Athletics. Volunteer coaches are needed.

For more information, contact Melissa at 887-3014 or or visit

Brantley Center to host races

The Brantley Center will host its third annual Honokaa 5K, half-marathon and 30K Waipio Challenge on Oct. 18.

Races start at 6:30 a.m. at the Honokaa Sports Complex.

Registration fees are $30 for the 5K, $65 for the half-marathon and $75 for the 30K. Prices will increase Aug. 31. The fee includes entertainment, refreshments, aid stations on the course, finisher medals for the half-marathon and 30K finishers and T-shirts for all participants. There will also be age-group awards.

Registration forms are available at area bike shops, gyms, the Big Island Running Company, and online at They can also be downloaded at For more information, call the center at 775-7245.

Fitness paddleboard, canoe race

Mauna Lani Bay Hotels and Bungalows presents its fourth annual Hulakai and Da Hui Race to Fitness series beginning Sept. 27.

The 7.2-mile race starts from Kiholo Bay and finishes at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Top three finishers receive prizes.

The race is open to SUP’s and OC paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

For more information, call 896-3141, email, or visit or

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

Special Olympics coaches needed

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

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

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 mile marker 85. Registration is at the cemetery from 7-7:40 a.m.

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


Big Island Country Club


1. Frank Jung, Kurt Faut, Jim McCully, (-24, won card-off); 2. Al Droscoski, Swend Willadsen, Grant Wilson, Quinn McCully (-24)

Low net: Grant Wilson (65, won card-off)

Closest to the hole: Eddie Salas (5, 13); Quinn McCully (8); Kurt Faut (17)

Format: Four-person team, two low nets

M&M Golf Club

Aug. 26 at Makalei Golf Club

Low gross: 1. Yuko Susuki (89); 2. Janis Walker (94); 3. Kathryn Freitas, Wanda Goldscharek, Sandy Webb (96)

Low net: 1. Wanda Goldscharek (71); 2. Shoko Ioh, Janis Walker (75); 3. Sandy Webb (76)

Chip-ins: Kathryn Freitas (1, 9), Linda Takai (16)

Low putts: Janis Walker (27)

Format: Low gross, Low net

Friday at Big Island Country Club

1. Linda Takai (51); 2. Pam Rush (52); Butchie Hayward (52); Janis Walker (52)

Low putts: Linda Takai (30)

Format: “Strike three” worst holes less .80 handicap

Na Wahine O Waikoloa


1. Mary Vandamme (28); 2. Dee Dee Kosa (29); 3. Margaret Tigue (30); 4. Noriko Kato, Sandy Price (32)

Chip-in: Sally Evans (8)


Closest to the hole: Margaret Tigue (3), Kasie Wessels (6), Sally Evans (12), Margaret Tigue (16)

Format: Cross country, half-handicap