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RN & Puna Paddler, Jolene Hughes, Stays in Shape

Jolene Hughes paddles for the Puna Canoe Club

   I have always been an advocate for organized sports that start children out at an early age learning the value of regular physical exercise.

   As a child I grew up playing Little League Baseball and on Parks and Recreation Basketball teams.  As I grew older I became involved with organized sports in high school and continued playing while in the Army and in college with intramural sports.

  “The evidence supporting sports participation for young people is overwhelming…It has the power to combat everything from racism to low self-image, to the high school drop-out rate,” Sue Castle, Executive Producer of PBS Sports wrote.

   When you consider what youth sports programs can do to help girls in our community the evidence is staggering:  girls participating in high school athletics are 92 percent less likely to get involved in drugs, 80 percent less likely to get pregnant and three times more likely to graduate than non-athletes.

   Such is the case for Keaau’s Jolene Hughes who has always reaped the benefits of sports related exercise which she continues to this day.

  Hughes grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania where she was active in sports.  “I was always active in school sports playing basketball in high school and later at Penn State University I played on the basketball and softball intramural teams,” she said.

   Hughes graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a degree in Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse for the past 26 years.

   “After college I moved to New England and worked as a nurse in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island,” Hughes said.

   In 2003 Hughes and her family decided to make Hilo their permanent home in order to be closer to one of their daughters that had graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo that same year.

   Today this 47 year old, mother of three, stays in great shape by running a few days per week and by doing a variety of water sports.

   “I started running about seven years ago after I had surgery on my right Achilles tendon,” she said.  “I was suffering from osteomylitis (a bone infection), an affliction that began in college.  I had a hard time wearing shoes for many years as I usually wore clogs when I worked as an RN in the emergency room.”

   Hughes decided to start running because of her desire to participate in triathlons and she wanted to advance in her running ability. 

   “I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I love the way I feel when I’m all done with my workout,” she said.

   In 2008 Hughes ran her first marathon (26.2-miles) in Honolulu, finishing in 4 hours and 57 minutes.  In 2009 she returned to Honolulu to run it again and finished in 4:57.

   “I was hoping to improve on my time from one year to the next, but I figured 4:57 was okay, seeing as I was a year older this time around,” Hughes said.

   Hughes will run three times per week when not training for a marathon, more often when in training.  She can also be found paddling her one man canoe around Hilo Bay on a regular basis.

   Five years ago Hughes joined her step daughter as novice paddlers with the Puna Canoe Club and today both are active within the paddling community.

   “Exercise has always been a part of my life because I always feel mentally and physically healthier when I am consistently active,” Hughes said. 

   As an RN in the Angiography Lab at Hilo Medical Center Hughes finds her job challenging and exciting and something that she looks forward to doing. 

   “I really enjoy my job and often, when I get off work at 3 p.m., I will go and do a workout before heading home to Keaau,” she said.

   The Hughes children all played sports in high school and continue to be active in college. 

   “I have twin daughters who are attending Boston College and a 19 year old son going to school at UH Manoa,” she said.   “As a recent ‘empty nester’ I find I have more time to exercise than ever before.  My husband, Michael, is my number one fan and supporter and recently he started paddling with me.”

   And what goals does Jolene Hughes have in store for meeting her health and fitness needs in 2010?

   “I just plan to keep exercising to stay in shape and I look forward to the many races I have ahead of me, both on land and in the sea,” she said.   “I recommend to anyone starting out that you need to put your mind to it.”

   We are fortunate to have members of the Health Care Industry, such as Jolene Hughes, who lead by example as they practice what they preach to their patients. 

   If you’re not into a regular exercise fitness routine then it’s time to follow Jolene’s lead and get up, get out and be active.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Canoe Racing, Profiles, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Some BIIF Wrestlers Flying Under the Radar

Justin Hirae goes for the pin against a Hilo High opponent

  Several Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestlers have been “flying under the radar” according to Waiakea coach Stan Haraguchi and that is just the way the Warriors like it.

   “We’ve been trying to be low key about the season and not really let anyone know how good we are,” Haraguchi said.

   But when it comes to Tracy Poch, Tyler Yonemori, and Dayton Manuel there is no mistake, they are good and this past Saturday at the Waiakea gym the trio displayed why.

Tracy Poch

Poch, a sophomore who wrestles in the 155 class, has made significant strides during the season to command a perfect record.

   On Saturday Poch faced Kamehameha’s Sable Young in first round action and was never seriously threatened during the match, going up by a 15-1 score in the third period before pinning her opponent.

   “I had the top position on Sable and did a half-nelson reversal to get the pin,” Poch said.

  “I’ve been working hard this season and have been following my coaches instructions which have made a big difference from last year.”

   Last season Poch wrestled in the heavyweight division, weighing in at over 200, but a strict diet and structured workouts led to her losing over 50 pounds as she now weighs in at 154.

   Despite being bumped up to higher weight classes during the season Poch has kept her perfect string of wins intact.

  Kamehameha’s Chantel Pohina, the defending BIIF champion at 130 who now competes at 140, bumped up a weight class in order to gain more experience and to face Poch.

   During the match Poch managed a quick take down early in the first period for a 2-0 advantage and during an attempted pin of Pohina tried to use a full-nelson, but was caught and Pohina was given a point for the illegal move.

   During the second period Poch picked up another two points on a reversal and added three more points for a near fall for a 7-1 advantage going into the final period.

   The third period was all Poch as the talented sophomore increased her lead and eventually won by a 14-4 score.

   Tyler Yonemori, in just his first season of wrestling, has quickly risen to the top in the 140 class.

   Yonemori, a quiet and shy young man, is all business once on the mat as he made quick work out of Kamehameha’s Cody Freitas in first round action.

   In his second match of the day Yonemori faced a formidable opponent in Hilo’s Wong Ly.

  Ly took the aggressive position in the opening seconds as he engaged Yonemori in several spinning moves in an attempt to get the first take down, to no avail.

   Yonemori used his judo skills to gain the only take down during the first period and took a 2-0 advantage going into the second period.  Both Ly and Yonemori are extremely talented wrestlers and both managed to protect against any falls, leaving the score at 2-0 going into the third and final period.

   The final period showcased Yonemori’s immense versatility as he scored on two more take downs and a near fall to win by a 9-0 score.  Yonemori declined to be interviewed after his match.


Dayton Manuel

  At only 103 pounds Waiakea’s Dayton Manuel doesn’t look imposing on his competition, but the senior has been quietly leaving his mark in the 108 class.  On Saturday Manuel faced Keaau’s Kainoa Santiago and wrestled flawlessly against his opponent, winning by a 15-0 score in the second period.

   Later Manuel was back on the mat again, this time facing Pahoa’s Austin Dugan, with almost an identical result, winning 15-2.

   “I’ve gotten a lot more serious this year, since it’s my senior year,” Manuel said.  “I have more self determination, I want to do better.  I like mixing it up and working hard has made it more fun for me.”

   Manuel collected two wins on Saturday to raise his season record to 10-2, with one of those loses coming from defending BIIF 108 runner-up, Konawaena’s Sage Aoki.

Justin Hirae

The defending BIIF 108 champ, Kamehameha’s Justin Hirae, is now wrestling at 114 as he continues to dominate that weight class.

   Hirae first went against Hilo’s Jerel Miller and won by a technical 22-7 score.  Later Hirae faced Hilo’s Trent Hashimoto and quickly jumped to a 6-0 first period lead before pinning Hashimoto with 58 seconds left in the period.

   “My best competition at 114 is Lucky (Baun) from Laupahoehoe,” Hirae said.  “I always look forward to wrestling Lucky as he’s really strong and gives me a good workout.  When we face each other it makes us better wrestlers.”

   Baun didn’t show up for the BIIF Westside meet held at Honokaa on Saturday due to basketball commitments, but teammate RJ Espejo at 152 came away with a 2-1 record.

   Hirae’s only defeat this season came from Kona’s Aoki last week as Aoki bumped up from his usual 108 class to face Hirae and came away with a narrow 10-8 victory.

Nalu Souza

Also putting his perfect record on the line was Kamehameha’s Nalu Souza a sophomore at 120.  Souza has yet to lose this season and continued his streak by beating Hilo’s Brenden Branco, 21-6 in the second period, and Waiakea’s Steven Ogi with a second period pin.

   “This year I went to a lot of preseason tournaments and wrestling camps which has helped me to improve,” Souza said.  “Today I was planning to go up a weight class, but my coaches wanted me to stay at 120 and work on take downs and my ground game.”


   Noticeable on the Waiakea mats this past Saturday was former Kamehameha wrestler and now junior official Lauren Pacheco.

   Pacheco graduated in 2009 and has returned as a certified junior official. Given several key matches to officiate on Saturday Pacheco showed no signs of uncertainty and did a great job.

   “I’m having fun doing the officiating, but I’d rather be wrestling,” Pacheco said.

   Head wrestling official, Mike Staszkow, complemented Pacheco for her performance during her first year.

   “We appreciate that Lauren is willing to come back and help us officiate,” Staszkow said.  “Without Lauren we would be short of officials and we’d need to bring someone in from Maui.  I encourage anyone who loves prep wrestling to contact us in order to get certified.”

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Swimming Results from Kamehameha

BIIF Championships in Kona Jan 30. WHS is favored to win team titles

BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/23/2010 

#3 Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay 

1 KEAL-HI A 1:56.87 STAT  Foo, Alyssa Morton, Jade  Jernigan, Kelly Hauanio, Madison-Gail

2 HILO A 1:58.43 STAT  Ichinose, Sharae Tsuha, Beth  Kojiro, Emilee Carlson, Ginger

3 HPA-HI A 2:03.10 CONS  Chertavian, Aniela SO Walker, Bridget SR  Luciani, Bhillie FR Hamilton, Liz SR

4 KS-H A 2:04.89 CONS  Imoto, Paula FR Lyons, Ryenn J  Krzyska, Kiana SO Leialoha, Jessica JR

5 WAIK A 2:09.07 CONS  Chock, Kaitlyn SR Torigoe, Katie SO  Paulachak, Nicole SR Krahner, Rachelle SO

#4 Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay

1 HPA-HI A 1:40.45 STAT  Nakachi, Kaikea JR Katase, Kyle JR  Borowski, Logan JR Ross, Ryan JR

2 WAIK A 1:43.52 STAT  Chi, Peter SR Rimando, Ryan JR  Kawano, Ryan JR Uekawa, Grant JR

3 KEAL-HI A 1:46.17 STAT  Goodale, Nathaniel Uy, Dane  Foo, Ky Garrett, Nicholas

4 HPA-HI B 1:57.36 CONS  Hapgood, Sonny JR Ha, Jun SO  Ryan, Koiawe FR Dale, Austin JR

#5 Girls 200 Yard Free  1 Santos, Malia KEAL-HI 2:05.90 CONS  2 Luciani, Bhillie FRHPA-HI 2:06.43 CONS

3 Jobes, Jayna FRWAIK 2:06.90 CONS        4 Hill, Lauren SOWAIK 2:09.19 CONS

#6 Boys 200 Yard Free   1 Garrett, Nicholas KEAL-HI 1:47.78 STAT

2 Ross, Ryan JRHPA-HI 1:50.64 STAT                  3 Friend, JP KEAL-HI 1:58.93 CONS

4 Hapgood, Sonny JRHPA-HI 1:59.39 CONS

#7 Girls 200 Yard IM         1 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 2:15.20 STAT

2 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 2:17.70 STAT  3 Tsuha, Beth HILO 2:20.44 STAT 4 King, Akemi FRWAIK 2:24.03 CONS

5 Morton, Jade KEAL-HI 2:24.54 CONS   6 Pitoy, Shea HILO 2:27.24 CONS

#8 Boys 200 Yard IM

1 Chi, Peter SRWAIK 2:03.62 STAT  2 Uy, Dane KEAL-HI 2:05.19 STAT  3 Nakachi, Kaikea JRHPA-HI 2:05.68 STAT

4 Causey, Campbell SOWAIK 2:09.20 CONS  5 Sumada, David SRWAIK 2:10.06 CONS  6 Goodale, Nathanie KEAL-HI 2:10.49 CONS     7 Katase, Kyle JRHPA-HI 2:10.75 CONS

#9 Girls 50 Yard Free  1 Uekawa, Madisyn FRWAIK 25.12 STAT   2 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 26.21 CONS

3 Krahner, Rachelle SOWAIK 26.43 CONS   4 Chock, Kaitlyn SRWAIK 26.50 CONS

Nicholas Garrett

#10 Boys 50 Yard Free

1 Borowski, Logan JRHPA-HI 21.64 STAT

2 Sumada, David SRWAIK 22.77 STAT

3 Rimando, Ryan JRWAIK 22.92 STAT

4 Cann, Kaiea SRKS-H 23.15 CONS

5 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 23.39 CONS

6 Suzuki, Kurtis CLS-HI 23.46 CONS     7 Kawano, Ryan JRWAIK 23.78 CONS     8 Takeda, Justin HILO 24.05 CONS

#11 Girls 100 Yard Fly  1 Uekawa, Madisyn FRWAIK 58.80 STAT  2 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 1:01.86 STAT

3 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 1:04.15 CONS   4 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 1:06.07 CONS

 #12 Boys 100 Yard Fly  1 Borowski, Logan JRHPA-HI 52.10 STAT   2 Garrett, Nicholas KEAL-HI 52.36 STAT

3 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 55.71 STAT  4 Foo, Ky KEAL-HI 56.78 STAT  5 Suzuki, Kurtis CLS-HI 57.82 STAT

6 Takeda, Justin HILO 1:01.12 CONS  7 Bello, Kellen HILO 1:01.28 CONS  8 Hu, Christopher FRWAIK 1:02.19 CONS

#13 Girls 100 Yard Free  1 Santos, Malia KEAL-HI 56.80 CONS  2 Hauanio, Ashley-C KEAL-HI 58.08 CONS

3 Chock, Kaitlyn SRWAIK 58.84 CONS

#14 Boys 100 Yard Free  1 Ross, Ryan JRHPA-HI 50.69 STAT  2 Cann, Kaiea SRKS-H 51.78 CONS

#15 Girls 500 Yard Free  1 Shimizu, Rachel SOWAIK 5:14.34 STAT 2 Hauanio, Madison- KEAL-HI 5:29.90 STAT

3 King, Akemi FRWAIK 5:39.30 CONS  4 Luciani, Bhillie FRHPA-HI 5:42.97 CONS

#16 Boys 500 Yard Free 1 Foo, Ky KEAL-HI 4:57.99 STAT  2 Kawano, Ryan JRWAIK 5:15.64 CONS

3 Goodale, Nathanie KEAL-HI 5:17.24 CONS

#17 Girls 200 Yard Free Relay  1 WAIK A 1:47.67 CONS  Jobes, Jayna FR Nakamura, Kirsten FRKing, Akemi FR Chock, Kaitlyn SR

2 KS-H A 1:48.41 CONS  Imoto, Paula FR Lyons, Ryenn JR  Manoha, Nani SR Leialoha, Jessica JR

3 HILO A 1:49.07 CONS  Ichinose, Sharae Ongais, Kayla  Rowe, Charlee Carlson, Ginger

4 HPA-HI A 1:50.82 CONS  Walker, Bridget SR Hono, Phoebe JR Luciani, Bhillie FR Hamilton, Liz SR  Dockstader, Radhika  Chingee, Mariah   Gangwes, Alissa Makuakane, Alesha

#18 Boys 200 Yard Free Relay  1 HPA-HI A 1:29.80+ STAT  Katase, Kyle JR Borowski, Logan JR Nakachi, Kaikea JR Ross, Ryan JR  Tarnas, Kulan SO Wilson, Dray FR  Magoon, Carson SO White, John JR

#19 Girls 100 Yard Back 1 Foo, Alyssa KEAL-HI 1:02.55 STAT 2 Ichinose, Sharae HILO 1:03.61 STAT

3 Jernigan, Kelly KEAL-HI 1:06.32 CONS 4 Hauanio, Ashley-C KEAL-HI 1:06.57 CONS  5 Paulachak, Kara SOWAIK 1:06.65 CONS  6 Pitoy, Shea HILO 1:08.06 CONS

#20 Boys 100 Yard Back  1 Nakachi, Kaikea JRHPA-HI 54.82 STAT  2 Uy, Dane KEAL-HI 57.04 STAT

3 Hapgood, Sonny JRHPA-HI 57.48 STAT 4 Friend, JP KEAL-HI 59.82 CONS 5 Kawano, Ryan JRWAIK 1:01.96 CONS

6 Lazarus, Akahai SRHONO 1:04.24 CONS

#21 Girls 100 Yard Breast  1 Uekawa, Madisyn FRWAIK 1:08.52 STAT  2 Tsuha, Beth HILO 1:11.17 STAT

3 Shimizu, Rachel SOWAIK 1:12.73 CONS 4 Lyons, Ryenn JRKS-H 1:14.47 CONS 5 Krahner, Rachelle SOWAIK 1:15.02 CONS  6 Walker, Bridget SRHPA-HI 1:15.09 CONS

WHS Frank Chi

#22 Boys 100 Yard Breast

1 Chi, Peter SRWAIK 59.06+ STAT

2 Katase, Kyle JRHPA-HI 1:03.34 STAT

3 Suzuki, Kurtis CLS-HI 1:03.91 STAT

4 Rimando, Ryan JRWAIK 1:04.65 STAT

5 Causey, Campbell SOWAIK 1:05.76 CONS

6 Uekawa, Grant JRWAIK 1:08.10 CONS

#23 Girls 400 Yard Free Relay 1 KS-H A 4:03.01 CONS Imoto, Paula FR Krzyska, Kiana SO Manoha, Nani SR Leialoha, Jessica JR

2 WAIK A 4:14.58 CONS  Jobes, Jayna FR Shinde, Courtney SO  Paulachak, Kara SO Hill, Lauren SO

#24 Boys 400 Yard Free Relay 1 KEAL-HI A 3:24.99 STAT Uy, Dane Foo, Ky Goodale, Nathaniel Garrett, Nicholas

2 WAIK A 3:37.46 CONS  Sumada, David SR Hu, Christopher FR  Brown, Sean SO Rimando, Brandon FR

3 HPA-HI A 3:44.52 CONS Dale, Austin JR Ryan, Koiawe FR  Ha, Jun SO Hapgood, Sonny JR

4 HILO A 3:45.43 CONS  O’Keefe, Kaden Weller, Kepa  Bello, Kellen Takeda, Justin

January 24, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hilo to Volcano 50K results and photo’s

Sally Marrack was the first female finisher in the 31-mile uphill race

Hilo-Volcano Ultra   January 23, 2010  Results  and photos by Curt and Beverly Beck    
Results –  Individuals Race Starts: 6:00 AM  
Finish Time   Name First Name Sex Age
1 4:11:25   Glaus Eric Male – Masters 48
2 4:14:08   Ryan Alan Male 39
3 4:51:38   Theriault Gary Male – Masters 55
4 5:12:26   Fuentes Carlos Male – Masters 56
5 5:40:33   Kruis Scott Male – Masters 48
6 5:44:32   VonderMehden Bill Male 33
7 5:46:32   Marrack Sally Female 39
8 5:47:54   Eisen Victor Male – Masters 46
9 5:47:57   Ray-McWhinney Amy Female 35
10 5:51:18   Seelandt Frank Male – Masters 54
11 5:51:31   Cordell Susan Female – Masters 47
12 5:58:22   Pavao Steve Male – Masters 52
13 6:02:17   Howells Heather Female – Masters 43
14 6:10:50   Pang Justin Male 19
15 6:14:27   Tehero Cody Male 22
16 6:16:06   Hull Ka’aina Male 28
17 6:33:23   Woo Ray Male – Masters 52
18 6:35:03   Bradley Marv Male – Masters 70
19 6:39:59   Martin Laureen Female – Masters 46
20 6:46:12   Hammes David Male – Masters 58
21 7:49:00   Cowman Cow Male – Masters 65
22 7:53:00   Perea Jono Male – Masters 58
23 7:58:00   Macon Laurence Male – Masters 65
24 7:58:01   Kuramoto Marie Female – Masters 63
25 7:58:45   Fortuna Stan Male – Masters 62
26 8:06:00   Wirtl Karl Male – Masters 62
27 8:06:27   Yim Tiffani Female 28
28 8:41:03   Simpson Jim Male – Masters 68
29 8:48:00   Rueden Henry Male – Masters 60
30 9:27:00   Bruckert Eugene Male – Masters 74


Scott Kruis


Bill Vondermehden

Host Greg Lum Ho presents award to Alan Ryan

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waiakea Swimmers win HPA Invitational Meet

Waiakea swim team wins HPA Invite

PHOTO ID     Bottom Row left to right     Frank Chi, David Sumada, Kaitlyn Chock and Nicole Paulachak

2nd row  Erin Yoshida, Mary Kimura, Kirsten Nakamura, Kara Paulachak, Madisyn Uekawa, Jayna Jobes, Courtney Shinde, Alexandra Roth, Rachel Shimizu,

3rd Row   Lauren Hill, Jessica Yamaguchi, Akemi King, Katie Torigoe, Ryan Kawano, Lance Mendes, Chris Hu, Patrick Peng, Dustin Soriano

Top row   Rachelle Krahner, Brandon Rimando, Tyler Thornhill, Grant Uekawa, Ryan Rimando, Sean Brown, Levi May, Kaimi Scott, Owen Cooper (Cooper is looking for a space ship!)

 The Waiakea swim team under coach Bill Sakovich won the HPA Invitational meet on Jan 15.  It was the first time the Warriors have won this event since its inception in 2001.

Waiakea has now etched its name onto the trophy

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment