Sam Alameda inducted into Sports Hall of Fame
Sam Alameda, now 74 years of age, is a retired part time plumber and caregiver for his wife, Charlotte, who is battling from Alzheimer’s disease.
Alameda, in his younger days, was well know in local boxing circles as he was pitted against Joe Ayala and Joe Gumpher.
Alameda went on to a great ammeter boxing career fighting local giants such as Aladino Gusman, Dickie Wong, Randy Kim Seu and Choken Maekawa.
During his high school days at Hilo Alameda was a basketball standout in 1955 and ’56 until he caught the boxing bug in the mid-‘60’s.
In 1969 Alameda helped form the Waiakea Boxing Club formed with six Biddy Boxers. In three years the club grew to 26 members.
Alameda made numerous contributions to Hilo’s boxing community and for his unselfish years of service the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame has inducted him, along with six others.
The BISHF will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame at the Prince Kuhio Mall on August 21 at 10 am.
“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” Chairman Derek Shigematsu said. “We are hoping 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 12 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.