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Kea’au Middle Teacher Brad Silva living healthy



Dallas Cowboy fan, Brad Silva

Dallas Cowboy fan, Brad Silva


We all know the benefits of keeping a healthy weight.  The number one health care crisis in America today is obesity, as millions of Americans struggle with their weight.

     For some kids being over weight could mean that you don’t get to play Pop Warner football.  Being 175 pounds and in the sixth grade can have an impact on a young person trying to fit in to today’s society.

    Such was the case of Keaau Middle School, special education teacher, Brad Silva.  “I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and I’ve loved football since I was a kid, but could never play because I couldn’t make the weight for Pop Warner,” Silva said.

    Silva had struggled with weight problems for all of his young life and topped the scales at 300 pounds as a young adult. 

    Growing up on Kauai, Silva first got interested in sports at the age of five when he played T-ball.  “I’ve always loved sports and tried playing baseball, basketball and soccer as a kid, but I zoned out basketball and soccer and just focused on baseball after elementary school,” he said.

    Silva played baseball throughout high school, but was too fearful of trying out for the team at the collegiate level.  “I was too embarrassed about being overweight and was afraid of being shut down at the college level,” he said.

   It wasn’t until Silva had to buy his own clothes that he decided to do something about his weight.  “When I went to Wal-Mart to buy my own closes I knew it was time to do something,” he said.  “Wal-Mart was the only store that I could find triple extra large shirts and size 46 waist shorts.”

    Silva developed what he considers an “obsessive-compulsive exercise” routine and a strict diet and lost 115 pounds within one year.

    “The weight came off because of my regular running and stretching routine during that initial year,” he said

    “Today I’m into a regular routine of running my dog, walking, doing rubber band and exercise ball stretching, weight lifting, and stand up paddling boarding,” Silva said.  “I try to get in a good workout at least five times a week, but will do at least one of the exercises everyday.”

    What’s remarkable is that Silva started his “obsessive-compulsive exercise” routine ten years ago and has managed to keep the excessive weight off.

    “I love to exercise as I like the mental and physical challenges that it gives me.  It tests my determination and commitment,” he said.

   “I like to sweat as it makes me feel like I am accomplishing something. It makes me feel good about myself and gets me energized for the day ahead.”

    Silva is in his sixth year of teaching in the Special Education field where he teaches sixth through eighth graders in a fully, self-contained setting.

    “I love working with the kids and teaching them new things, whether it be about academics or life, I just hate the paperwork,” he said with a grin.

    To add balance to his exercise program Silva also employs a high protein diet with low carbohydrates.  “If I do eat carbs they are whole wheat or whole grain,” he said.  “I love protein so it is not hard for me to do that part, but I also love chips and Jack in the Box is a weakness for which I have to find healthy alternatives for.”

    Silva knows what he should or should not do and tries to do everything in moderation.  “I should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but I have a hard time doing that.  I drink a lot of water which satisfies my hunger and it will stop me from over eating,” he said.

        “My goal is to continue to make exercise a part of my life, keep my weight in a somewhat healthy number, and don’t get hurt doing it.”

       So here we have it folks, a young man at age 32 trying to make a difference in the world by giving knowledge to our “special” students and serving as a role model within our community for health and fitness.

     “I hope to be a great role model to my students and I try to achieve that by just being honest and showing some compassion.  I gain their trust while showing and teaching them respect,” Silva said.



April 20, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Profiles | , , | 1 Comment

BIIF runners rank high in State

Kona's Kaua Wall #4 in state 400

Kona's Kaua Wall #4 in state 400

Waiakea's Ka'imi Scott #3 in state 400
Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott #3 in state 400

Smith, Wall and Scott made long strides this past Saturday at a Big Island Interscholastic Federation track & field meet at Konawaena.

    Kona’s Dakota Smith established himself as the number one 800 meter runner by powering his way to a close victory over Kamehameha’s Jordan Lerma.

   Smith came into the final heat of the boy’s 800 meter run as the clear favorite and quickly jumped out to a fast start running the opening lap in 56 seconds.

   “My target was to hit a 57 or 58 second first lap and I went out a little too fast,” Smith said after winning the event.

   Lerma was determined to stay with Smith, but faded back 10 meters at one point during the race with the rest of the field more than 30 meters behind Lerma after the opening lap.

   “I began to hear someone coming up on me with 250 meters to go,” Smith said.  That someone was Lerma who began to make his move on the back straightaway to close the gap.

   With 50 meters to go Lerma had pulled up with Smith as the two boys sprinted their way to the finish.  In the final 10 meters Smith pulled a stride ahead of the determined Warrior to win in 1:59.81 with Lerma clocking in at 2:00.15.

    Smith’s time propelled him into the state’s number one ranking with Lerma now being ranked third in the state.  Keaau’s Daniel Brooks did not race on Saturday, but hold down the state’s number four position for the 800.

    “I don’t really care about the ranking,” Smith said after it was announced that he was #1 in the state.  “It’s just paper and it doesn’t mean much.  I will mean more if I can win the state meet.”

    “I felt good at this meet,” Smith said.  “This was probably the first time this season that I ran without having a blister, or feeling sick, or having some other kind of problem.”

   “I heard about that kid (Lerma) before, from cross-country, but I never expected him to be up there with me.  Running on my home turf made a difference as I like this track as I practice on it all the time,” Smith said.

   Smith believes that by the end of the season he’ll be able to get under 1:59.  “My coaches, Lopaka (Robert May) and Ken (Foreman) have raised the bar for me and I give them a lot of the credit.”

   For Lerma it was a big surprise to run 2 minutes flat in the 800.  “I’ve never run that fast before as my goal coming in was to just get under 2:06 (his personal best),” he said.

   “I just stayed focused during the race and I tried to stay with him (Smith) up to the 600 meter mark.  I was hoping I could outkick him with 200 to go, Lerma said.”

     With confidence in hand Lerma now expressed his desire to get under 1:59.  “I’m going to try for a 1:58 and I believe that Dakota is a good guy to run against.  I’ll focus on the 800 as I have the speed of a sprinter and the experience of a long distance runner,” Lerma said.

    In the girls 400 meter dash it was Kona’s Kaua Wall and Keaau’s freshman sensation, Randi Estrada wowing the crowd.

   Wall blazed through the one lap race in the BIIF fastest time this season clocking in at 61.25 seconds, which ranks her number five in the state, with Estrada taking second in 61.55 seconds and a number 7 state ranking.

   Longtime Kona coach, Ken Foreman, said of his 400 meter runner “Kaua doesn’t have a lot of speed, but she has a lot of guts.  She is probably one of the nicest and easiest kids to coach and one of the reasons that I continue to coach.”

   Wall was equally complimentary of her coach saying, “Coach Ken has been pushing me hard in practice and I just wanted to do it for him.”  

   The Wildcat hit the halfway point right on her target goal of 29 seconds and was pleased with her effort.  “I’m trying extra hard this year and during the race I just dug deep and pushed hard,” she said.  “I know with hard work I’ll be able to get under 60 seconds this season.”

   Better known for her soccer skills where she captured the BIIF’s MVP award, Wall will be attending college at Hawaii Pacific University on a partial athletic scholarship.  “I’m hoping to convert from a midfielder to a forward at HPU as I want to be attacking,” she said. 

   Another 400 meter runner, Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott, established himself as the top BIIF runner in that event this season.

   Scott used the 100 meter dash earlier in the morning as a warm up, then went out and opened his 400 with a 24 second 200 split to win the event in 51.60 seconds.

   “I was actually trying to go 26 seconds at the halfway mark, so I went out too fast,” Scott said.  “I know I need to pace myself better in the beginning and push really hard at the end.”

   Scott’s 400 time raised his state ranking to #3 in that event, but the junior Warrior isn’t satisfied with where he is at.  “I’d like to get under 50 seconds.  I like running at the Kona track because the surface is hard and it has longer straight-aways,” he said.

    Scott anchored his team during the 4×400 relay which won the event and raised Waiakea’s state relay ranking to #5.  Hilo didn’t run a 1600 relay on Saturday, but continues to hold down the state’s #3 ranking.

     Other BIIF runners ranked in the state top five are:


Hilo  Bronson Kahaleua, #2, 200; Thomas Delacruz, #2 300 hurdles, #3, 110 hurdles; Mark Turner, #3, 3000; David King, #1 pole vault, Scott Hunter, #4 pole vault, Jordan Loeffler, #5 shot put.

Kamehameha’s Caleb Friel, #3 pole vault.

Kau’s Jacob Edwards, #1 for 110 & 300 hurdles, #3, triple jump.


HPA’s Ku’uipo Nakoa #1 triple jump, #2, 100 meters and long jump, #4, 200; Ka Makani 4×400 relay #3.

Kamehameha’s Aubrey Lea Shaw, #2, 300 hurdles.

Kohala’s Julia Naumes, #4 shot put

Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell, #5, 3000.

HPA’s Mindy Campbell & Waiakea’s Cassie Morigaki are in a three way tie for first in high jump

April 20, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment