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4th of July LavaKids Liberty Fun Run

The inaugural 4th of July LavaKids Liberty Fun Run will be held July 4 before the start of the Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade on the parade route.

The 1-mile race starts at Big Island Honda; the half-mile at the north lawn of Hulihee Palace. Both races will end at Coconut Grove Marketplace volleyball court.

Admission for 5- to 16-year-olds is two cans of food to be donated to the Food Basket. Registration is at 5 p.m. at the race starts. The races are scheduled to begin at 5:50 p.m.

Prizes will be handed out for the most patriotic, and flags will be given to finishers. For more information, contact Gerry Rott at

July 4 rodeo festival in Waimea

Parker Ranch will hold its 52nd annual July 4 Rodeo and Horse Races starting at 9 a.m. with a grand entry parade.

Events include the poo wai u, ranch mugging and team roping. There will be food trucks and keiki activities including pony rides and a petting zoo.

Tickets are available for $7 in advance and $10 at the gate, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 885-7311 or visit

Special Olympics coaches needed

Special Olympics West Hawaii is looking for soccer coaches. Practices and games are underway at Old Kona Airport Park fields from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The season runs through Aug. 10.

Basketball coaches are also wanted for the Winter Games. The season runs from September through November.

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

Basketball clinics upcoming in Hilo

Former University of Hawaii at Hilo basketball player Aukai Wong will hold basketball clinics in Hilo from 5:45-7:45 p.m. on six Sundays — June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; and Aug. 3.

There are two divisions, one for intermediate boys and girls and another for high school boys and girls. One hour will be devoted to a study session with another on “intense” basketball drills.

T-shirts, drinks and snacks are included at each clinic.

For more information, contact Wong at 365-3080 or

Karate tourney July 12 in Hilo

The International Karate League will be host a Tournament of Champions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 12 at Edith Kanakaole Multipurpose Stadium.

Marking the first IKL tournament in Hilo in 28 years, the event will welcome schools from the mainland and the islands.

The tournament is being hosted by Wilbur Mina of Keaau Dojo.

Admission is free.

Soccer tryouts

Kona Crush Soccer Academy will be holding open tryouts July 19 at Pualani Field. Tryouts will consist of two hourlong sessions with the head coach of the age group. Group times are: Under-8 coed, U-10 coed, U-11 boys, U-12 girls — 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.; U-13 boys, U-14 boys, U-14 girls — 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m.; and U-16 boys, U-18 girls 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

No registration is necessary, but a ball is required. For more information, email

Vulcans offer baseball camps

The 2014 Vulcans Baseball Academy is underway till July 23 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo baseball field.

The 10-day academy is divided into four one-hour, age-group sessions. Time slots are 9:30–10:30 a.m. for ages 16-18, 10:45–11:45 a.m. for 11-12, 12:15–1:15 p.m. for 9-10, and 1:30–2:45 p.m. for 13-15. Each age group is limited to 12 participants.

Dates of the Academy are: June 25; July 1, 3, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23.

The fee is $100. Registration forms are available online at or by contacting Assistant Academy Director Shaye Miura at 345-7032 or

Yagi hoops camp in Hilo

The Department of Parks and Recreation will hold the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp on July 21-24 in Hilo.

The camp, open to boys and girls ages 9-17, will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Panaewa Covered Play Courts.

Teenage campers will receive personalized instruction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Full-court games are from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ages 9-12 will receive similar instruction from 9 a.m. to noon. Four-on-four games are at 1 and 3 p.m.

Early registration is $60 per child. The cost will rise to $70 after July 14. Participants will receive camp shirts and group photo.

Registration forms are available during business hours at the Department’s Recreation Division Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale at 799 Piilani St., Hilo, and online at Checks should be made payable to the Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Volunteer coaches are welcomed and should contact Darrell Yamamoto, Recreation Specialist, at 938-2012 or

Soccer camp at UH-Hilo

The University of Hawaii at Hilo will host a soccer camp July 21-24. Sessions for ages 7-10 are from 9 a.m. to noon, for 11 to 14 from 1-4 p.m.

The camp fee is $60. Registration deadline is July 18.

For more information, contact Camp Coordinator Gene Okamura in the UH-Hilo soccer office at 932-7166 or

Information and registration forms are also available at

Free bowling for keiki

KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona is partnering with Kids Bowl Free, a national summer bowling program for children younger than 15, to allow two free games on weekdays.

This year, KBXtreme is nominating Big Island elementary and intermediate schools for the Bowling for Schools $50,000 grant program. The program runs to Aug. 31.

Register at

Kealakehe seeking bowling coach

Kealakehe is seeking a bowling coach for the fall season.

For details, contact Kealakehe athletic director Mike Hernandez at 327-4300, ext. 2213, or

Makalei summer tournament

The second of four events of a summer tournament at Makalei Golf Club is scheduled for Saturday.

The other dates are July 19 and Aug. 16.

Prizes are given at each event, and points accumulate toward qualification for the Makalei Cup Challenge.

For more information, call 325-6625.

AYSO soccer camps

AYSO Region 527 and Team Soccer Direct are offering camps June 24-26 at Old Kona Airport Park. The day camp, for U-6 to -14, is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $130.

The high school camp, for U-14 to -18, is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $85.

There is a $10 discount for registration online at Each player receives a T-shirt and certificate.

Participants must bring balls.

For more information, contact Kim Evans at 960-2097 or

20th annual King’s Swim

Kona Aquatics will host the 20th annual King’s Swim on July 5 at Kailua Bay.

The 1.2-mile course begins at Kailua Bay and ends at Kamakahonu Bay. No wetsuits or fins are permitted.

Applications are available at Bikeworks in Kona. A nonrefundable entry fee of $15 must accompany the application. The registration deadline is June 30. Late registration will be held at Kailua Pier from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on race day for $20.

Division awards will be presented to the top three finishers and prizes will be drawn throughout the postrace ceremonies.

Volunteers with kayaks, surfboards or standup paddleboards who volunteer for safety patrol are welcome; report to the pier before 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call Steve Borowski at 334-0083.

Registration for Hilo’s triathlon

Hilo’s first official triathlon will start at 7 a.m. July 13 at James Kealoha Beach Park.

The Olympic-distance race — 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike ride and 10-km run — is limited to 500 participants.

Registration is $175 to midnight June 30.

For more information and registration, visit

Weekly golf tournament results

Big Island Country Club


1. Grant Wilson, Al Droscoski, Frank Jung (-33); 2. Ed Salas, Tom Johnson, Fred Richburg (-24)

Blind draw: Reed Bender

Low net: Barb Millslagle (61)

Closest to the hole: Al Droscoski (5); Barb Millslagle (8*, 17)

Format: Two low nets

Holes-in-one, Saturday:

*Barb Millslagle: No. 8 (green tee, 120 yds, 8-iron); witnesses Steve Rickard, Frosty Johnson, Reed Bender

James McDonald: No. 17 (white tee, 135 yds, 9 club); witnesses Tom Hansel, Mark Boots, Mel Hayashida

Keauhou Kona Men’s Golf Club

Saturday at Big Island Country Club

Flight A, low net: 1. Jim Geiser (66); 2. Bob Johnson, JC Carlton (67)

Closest to the pin: Steve Kimes (5); Peter Liljeholm (8); Mike Gregg (13, 17)

Low gross: Jim Geiser (77)

M&M Golf Club

June 17 at Makalei Golf Club

Flight A

Low gross: Janis Walker (87)

Low net: 1. Janis Walker (69); 2. Sandy Webb, Randi Wilson (74)

Flight B

Low gross: Vangie Isenhour (98)

Low net: 1. Vangie Isenhour (71); 2. Wanda Goldscharek (76); 3. Mitsuyo Oshima (79)

Chip-ins: Randi Wilson (11), Pualani Willing (18)

Low putts: Barbara Woodring (31)

Format: Low gross, low net

Makalei Kolepa Hui


Flight A: 1. Steve Schmelz (43 pts); 2. Roger Higgins (41)

Flight B: 1. Norm Pacheco (38); 2. Larry Leedom, Joe Scarber (37)

Closest to the pin: Joe Scarber (2); Roger Higgins (5); Steve Schmelz (12); Paul Kelley (15)

Format: Stableford scoring

Na Wahine O Waikoloa


1. Sandy Price, Mary Vandamme, Kasie Wessels (31); 2. Dee Dee Kosa (31.5)

Chip-ins: Maureen Brown (8); Mary Vandamme (6); Kasie Wessels (4)

Birdies: Yuriko Daniel (15); Kasie Wessels (12)

Closest to the pin: Yuriko Daniel (6); Sandy Price (12); Dee Dee Kosa (16)

Format: Criss Cross, half-handicap