Special Olympics powerlifters show off their strength ahead of summer games

  • Isaiah Wong, right, high-fives Yuu Fukushima after Fukushima completed a sucessful deadlift. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Dara Sabri performs a 115-pound deadlift during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Nancyn Honma prepares to deadlift 115 pounds during Saturday’s Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona.

  • Yuu Takahashi bench presses 45 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Quentin Wong, Isaiah Wong, Wataru Takahashi and Yuu Takahashi pose for a photo after the meet. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Yuu Takahashi and Wataru Takahashi pose for a photo after a successful meet. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii Police Department Officer William Vickery shakes Yuu Takahashi's hand after presenting him with an award on Saturday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Isaiah Wong performs a 315-pound deadlift during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Isaiah Wong begins to lift 500 pounds during Saturday’s Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. See story and more photos on page 7A. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Yuu Takahashi deadlifts 60 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Nancyn Honma prepares to deadlift 115 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Isaiah Wong deadlifts 500 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Quentin Wong bench presses 95 pounds. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Isaiah Wong bench presses 315 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Special Olympics powerlifters, from left, Quentin Wong, Nancyn Honma, Shawn Lehano, Kalei Lee, Dara Sabri, Yuu Takahashi and Isaiah Wong pose for a photo after Saturday’s powerlifting meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona.

  • Kalei Lee performs a 105-pound deadlift during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Shawn Lehano squats 75 pounds during Saturday's meet. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Yuu Takahashi bench presses 60 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Yuu Takahashi squats 115 bench presses during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Nancyn Honma performs a bench press. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
  • Quentin Wong squats 115 pounds during Saturday's Special Olympics West Hawaii Full Power Powerlifting Meet at Imua Iron in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Powerlifting took center stage Saturday at Imua Iron as Special Olympics West Hawaii athletes showed off their strength ahead of State Summer Games in May on Oahu.

Several dozen people came out to support the athletes in their annual Full Power Powerlifting Meet as they pumped iron via three rounds of squats, bench presses and deadlifts.

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The seven athletes present for Saturday’s event, Yuu Takahashi, Nancyn Honma, Kalei Lee, Dara Sabri, Shawn Lehano, Quentin Wong and Isaiah Wong, have all qualified for the summer games next month on Oahu.

The meet was Takahashi’s first since joining the Kona Krushers powerlifting team last year after moving with his family to Hawaii Island from Japan. He took part in all three events, bench press officially and deadlift and squat as exhibition, successfully completing each with a big smile on his face.

“I’m so proud of him,” said his father Wataru Takahashi after his son completed a 60-pound deadlift garnering cheers from family members, friends, fellow team members, volunteers and others.

Putting on the meet was a community effort, said SOWH area director Sharon Yong, thanking the organization’s volunteers, police, supporters and Imua Iron for their support. The team also trains at the facility alongside Imua Iron members.

“This is very awesome, it really really is,” Yong said. “We could never do it alone we need all these people.”

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And that sentiment goes both ways.

“It’s super inspiring,” said Imua Iron owner Darren Elisaga. “They always thank me and think I’m doing them a favor, but they have no idea how much more they do for us than we do for them.”