Olizario Galo Fernandez from Kohala has been inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.
Born in 1937 Fernandez started his sports career by playing basketball and baseball for the 6th Regiment in Europe for three years.
Returning to Kohala in 1965 Fernandez began a 45 year coaching career for Park and Recreation and the Catholic Open League coaching both baseball and basketball.
Fernandez also spent six years coaching the Kohala High School Baseball team where he son, Don, succeeded him and is the current Cowboy coach.
During the last 21 years Fernandez has played and coached the Kohala Seniors softball team.
For all that he has accomplished in Big Island sports Fernandez will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 21. The BISHF will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame in the Prince Kuhio Mall, 10:30 am to induct Fernandez and the six other deserving selections.
“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” BISHF selection committee chair Derek Shigematsu said. “We are hoping that past inductees and the general public will come out to support the newly inducted honorees.”
Following the Wall dedication the ceremony will move to a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon were a formal ceremony will take place.
For those interested in attending the luncheon the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. Seating is limited.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519.
The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.