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Beanie Heen paddle race


Beanie Heen paddle race

The Beanie Heen Thanksgiving paddle race will be held Saturday 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

Polo tourney benefits hospice groups

Mauna Kea Polo Club will hold its second annual Carlos Rivas Memorial Polo Tournament at 11 a.m. Sunday 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

On the ‘Emily T Gail Show’

Guests: Linda Elliot, founder and director, and Rae Okawa, development coordinator, talk about the successes of the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau. They share how everyone can play a part in outreach and education regarding wildlife and endangered species, such as the state bird, the nene. To sign up for the HWC newsletter or to volunteer, visit

Scott Head, Waikoloa Beach Resort vice-president of resort operations and a volunteer with the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association, talk about the impact HSJGA has had in Hawaii and with junior golfers who played in the recent Asia Pacific Cup at Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

Note: 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

Kona Coast LL holds registration

The Kona Coast Little League is open to players, ages 4 1/2 to 8, who reside in the area from Pottery Terrace to Manuka or attend a school in the district.

Registration will be at Yano Hall on: Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.; Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon; Dec. 16 and 20, 4:30-6 p.m.

Bring an original birth certificate and two proofs of residency. Proofs include a HELCO or water bill, cable bill, driver’s license, and vehicle or insurance records. All documents must have a physical address.

Registration forms can be picked up at Choice Mart, or call Hano at 960-2366 or Nobi at 443-3190.

Payment by cash or check is required at registration.

Volunteers: KCLL is also looking for managers, assistant coaches and team helpers. For more information, call Darren Cho at 936-9865 or Hano.

Kohala offers hoops, 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.

Kealakehe seeks track coaches

Kealakehe is looking for assistant track and field coaches. For more information, contact Alan Vogt at 313-3774 or

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

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.

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

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.

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

UH Rainbow, Trosky camps

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.

Horseshoe club offers free play


The Kona Horseshoe Pitcher’s Club offers free, informal play from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Old Kona Airport Park. Pitchers of all levels are welcome.

For more information, call Al at 322-7085.

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