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July 4, 2014 - 12:05am

HPA seeks assistant volleyball coach

Hawaii Preparatory Academy is looking for an assistant varsity girls volleyball coach. The season runs from Aug. 4 to Nov. 1.

For more information, email Athletic Director Stephen Perry at

On the ‘Emily T Gail Show’

Don Nelson, former NBA player and coach, is a guest. Nelson is a partner with Shinola Detroit, which makes handcrafted bikes and watches in Detroit.

Gail has updates on Winona Chen’s Bike Works Team Kona free training clinic Sunday at Richardson Park in Hilo in preparation for the Hilo Triathlon on July 13.

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

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.

Biddy Basketball clinics and league

The Department of Parks and Recreation is offering Biddy Basketball clinics and league for ages 5-8 at Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.

The clinics are scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Aug. 4, 7, 11, 14 and 21. Registration is July 21-31.

The league is scheduled for Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, with play at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Registration is July 21 to Aug. 14.

Registration forms are available 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the gym office.

Volunteer coaches and officials are needed.

For more information, call Diego Padillio or Wesley Sermons at 327-3553.

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. 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.

For more information, contact Wong at 365-3080 or

Karate tourney 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 hosted by Wilbur Mina of Keaau Dojo.

Admission is free.

Soccer tryouts

Kona Crush Soccer Academy will hold 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

Yagi hoops camp in Hilo

The county 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 must 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

Family days at Waikoloa resort

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

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.

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.