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County presents Keiki Triathlon


County presents Keiki Triathlon

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawaii Isle Police Activities League will hold the third annual Keiki Triathlon as part of the Mayor’s Health Fest 2014 on Oct. 18, at Old Kona Airport Park.

Children ages 7 to 14 are invited to participate in a miniature version of the Ironman World Championship: 100-yard swim, 3.2-mile bicycle race and 1-mile run. The 7- and 8-year-olds will race half those distances.

The entrance fee is $5 per child. Registration ends Oct. 3. Forms are available at county swimming pools, gymnasiums and other staffed recreational sites, or can be downloaded at

Send completed forms to the Recreation Office at Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale, 799 Piilani St., Hilo, HI 96720.

To ensure the athletes’ safety, enrollment will be limited to the first 30 children who sign up in each of the four age-group divisions or a maximum of 120 racers. Participants must supply their own bicycle, helmet, swim goggles and other equipment.

Racers must check in by 7:30 a.m. race day. The youngest children will start the triathlon by entering the Kona Community Aquatic Center pool at 8 a.m. They will be followed by the older age-group divisions.

The Health Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

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. The top three finishers receive prizes.

The race is open to standup and OC paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

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

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.