Short Hops | 11-21-14

Kealakehe winter sports meetings, assistant track coach openings


Kealakehe winter sports meetings, assistant track coach openings

A mandatory winter sports parent meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Parents of any student participating in a winter sport must attend the meeting.

The school has also announced it is looking for assistant track and field coaches. Anyone interested in helping coach track and field can contact Alan Vogt at 313-3774 or email

Kohala offers boys hoops league, T-ball/pitchball

The Kohala Community Athletic Association is sponsoring a boys basketball league for ages 9-14 and T-ball/pitchball for ages 5-8.

Free registration will be from 4-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. at Hisaoka Gym; uniform will be included.

Basketball practices will be in late December to early January. The games will be played from mid-January through early March at Hisaoka Gym.

T-ball/pitchball practices will be in early January. The games will be played mid-January through early March at Kamehameha Park.

For more information, call Kim at 895-1939.

Keck Observatory to host polo match

The “Cosmic Cup” polo match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Waikii Ranch Polo Field.

Gates open at noon, the games start at 1 p.m., and the main event between Keck I and Keck II teams at 2.

General admission to this fundraiser is $5 per person. Fans may bring picnic lunch, umbrella and chairs.

For more information, visit

Kawaihae Canoe Club to hold luau

The Kawaihae Canoe Club will hold its luau Saturday at the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor.

Adult tickets are $40 presale or $45 at the door, ages 5-10 are $15. For more information, call Debbie Borges at 937-4700.

Bubble Ball soccer benefit

Waimea Athletics will hold its Bubble Ball Soccer SLAM tournament benefit at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Waimea Park.

The junior division is 10-17 years old, the adult division 18 and older.

The team fee is $200 — $25 per player, with a roster of maximum eight and five aside.

To register, visit or call 640-5519. For more information, email

16th annual Abbott Galaher SeaMan race

Keauhou Canoe Club will host the SeaMan race for one- and two-man canoes and standup paddleboards Dec. 13 at Keauhou Bay.

There will be a 3-mile course for all SUP and paddlers in the junior (under-19), novice and recreational divisions, as well as paddlers over 60. The long course for paddlers is 5 miles, in age group divisions.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the Keauhou Canoe Club halau, briefing at 9, and all races start at 9:15 a.m.

There will be postrace lunch and awards.

Entry fee is $20 per paddler, plus a donation of food for the Hawaii Island Food Basket. If the food donation is not provided by the entrant, an additional donation of $10 will be collected for the Food Bank.

For more information, call Jane Bockus at 322-2120 or 937-7890, or Bill Armer at 329-6846 or 896-4535.

Wobble Gobble run/walk and food drive

Big Island Running Company will host the 10th annual Walua Road “Wobble Gobble” fun run and walk at 8 a.m. Nov. 27.

The race starts at the Walua Road trailhead on Lako Street just mauka of the Chevron Gas station. Participants choose to run or walk courses of 1 mile, 3.5 miles or 6.4 miles.

The event is free, and participants are welcome to donate two cans of food to the Hawaii Food Bank. Volunteers and postrace refreshment donations are also welcome.

For more information, contact Melissa at 329-9919 or

Polo tourney benefits hospice groups

Mauna Kea Polo Club will hold its second annual Carlos Rivas Memorial Polo Tournament at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at Waikii Ranch Polo Field.

The benefit for three island hospice organizations — Hospice of Hilo, Hospice of Kona and North Hawaii Hospice — will be a round-robin tournament with three teams. The captains are Jed Ednie, Jason Lau and Kenny Shamel.

For more information, contact Ednie, Mauna Kea Polo Club president, at 960-8223 or

Paddle race during Thanksgiving holiday

The Beanie Heen Thanksgiving paddle race will be held Nov. 29 from Anaehoomalu Bay to Kawaihae Surf Park.

Relays are welcome, with the exchange at Puako, for the race of about 10 miles. There will be SUP, OC-1, OC-2 and relay divisions.

There will be a postrace party with awards and raffle.

For more information, contact Ed Doherty at or Mike Akau at 938-4077. To sign up, visit HIPA website at

Benefit tourney for school golf teams

The Friends of West Hawaii High School Golf Teams will hold its second annual benefit tournament at 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at Makalei Golf Club.

Proceeds benefit Kealakehe, Konawaena and Makua Lani teams.

The format is two-person shamble. The entry fee of $230 per team includes greens fee, prizes and luncheon.

For entry forms, visit and click on the tab “Buy on-line.”

Donations, in like pairs, are greatly appreciated to be used as awards and prizes in a silent auction.

For more information, call Lee Kagawa at 747-8730.

10th annual Jingle Bell Beach Run

Hawaii Sport Events presents the 10th annual Jingle Bell Beach Run on Dec. 21.

The event will feature a 5K, 1 mile and Santa’s Keiki Dash runs starting at 7:30 a.m. in front of Coconut Grove Marketplace.

There will be awards for the top three finishers in each category: Overall, 10-year age groups, and best Christmas costumes.

Entry fee for the 5K is $30 till Nov. 30, $35 till Dec. 20, and $10 for the 1-mile till Dec. 20. The Keiki Dash is free to ages 6 and younger.

There is no registration for the 5K and 1-mile on race day. Race applications are available at Cycle Station, Big Island Running Company and Bike Works, and registration is online at For more information or to volunteer, email

Hawaii Cycling Club time trial

The Hawaii Cycling Club will hold its Teams for the Holidays Time Trial on Dec. 6.

Registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at Mauna Kea State Park, and the 40K race starts at 8.

The course on Saddle Road starts at the 34.5 mile marker, goes south, makes a U-turn at the 22 marker and returns to the 34.5 marker.

Members of other bicycle and triathlon clubs, bicycle store teams and training partners are encouraged to participate. Nonmembers and athletes of all abilities and ages are welcome. HCC membership is free.

For more information, visit

Kayak fishing tournament

The P&P Kayaks “Pelagic Pursuit” fishing tournament will be held Saturday-Sunday.

Prizes include two new Hobie “Quest” kayaks and gear. There will be an awards ceremony with food and beverages.

Early-entry fee is $35.

For more information, visit the store at 73-4976 Kamanu Street, or call Kelly or Les at 880-1400.

UH Rainbow, Trosky camps

On Nov. 29-30, the University of Hawaii Rainbow baseball camp will be held at Wong Stadium, hosted by UH head coach Mike Trapasso. Cost of the camp is $100 and is for players ages 13 and older.

On Dec. 15-16, there will be a showcase at Wong Stadium for players grades 9-12. Cost is $300. There will be 18 colleges and several MLB scouts in attendance. The showcase will run from 4 to 9 p.m. both days.

On Dec. 17, there will be a youth camp from 4 to 7 p.m. for boys and girls in grades 3-8 at Wong Stadium. Cost of the camp is $65.

On Dec. 19, there will be a softball camp for girls ages 10-18 at Wong Stadium. There will be two parts to this camp: Part 1 is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will be a showcase combine and defensive clinic; part 2 will be a pitching clinic from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Each portion costs $65.


Clinic staff will include U.S. Olympic silver medalist Monica Abbott, MLB scout Nate Trosky, Sonja Garnett who is head coach for Academy of Arts University and Luna College softball and baseball recruiter Darren Wheat.

For more information, call Kaha Wong at 895-4595 or Shannon Ochi at 217-2278.

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