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More photos from 2010 Big Island Marathon

Photos from March 21, 2010 event

Ralph Shultz with a great marathon finish

Renee Wilson


Donna Wong Yuen

March 27, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 1 Comment

Shiroma Ready to take Mat at start of BIIF Judo Season

Kamehameha's Kalena Shiroma

   The Big Island Interscholastic Federation Judo season is about to get under way and Kamehameha’s Kalena Shiroma can’t wait.

   Shiroma recently returned from a nine day trip to Tokyo where she practiced with judo players from Shukutoku University while staying in the dorms on campus.

   “I went with four people from the Hilo Hongwanji,” Shiroma said.  “While in Japan we practiced daily and even got to visit the Kodakan Judo Institute in Tokyo.  I believe that the trip helped me to develop my judo technique.”

   Shiroma, a senior, is the two time defending BIIF judo champion winning the title her sophomore year at the 129 weight class and last year at 139.  It was during the 2009 season that Shiroma made it to the finals of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championship and finished in the runner-up position, the highest finish of any BIIF competitor last season.

   “I will compete again this year at 139,” she said.  “My goal this year is to once again make it to the finals and hopefully win it.”

   Shiroma, a three sport athlete, started the fall season with cross-country, then moved to soccer during the winter and finds herself at the top of the spring judo season.

  “I like soccer and judo equally,” she said.  “I’ve been playing soccer since I was five and enjoy the team aspect of it, and I’ve been doing judo since I was 10 and like that it is an individual sport.”

   Shiroma, at 5’ 7” tall, is currently a brown belt in judo and has used her height to her advantage.

   “I’m pretty tall for a girl and I like using my long legs during competition,” Shiroma said.  “Judo is very exciting and when you win you feel really good.”

  The Kamehameha girls team returns to the mat as the BIIF two time defending champions and head Coach Calvin Enoki is all smiles as the Warriors are loaded with experienced judoka.

  “We have a very strong girl’s team as three of our girls return as BIIF champions in Megan and Jenna (Aina), along with Kalena (Shiroma),” Enoki said.

   “Our girls should be the team to beat as we have the numbers to fill all but the two heaviest weight divisions and the quality that we do have is very good,” he said. 

   Kamehameha girls return BIIF individual defending champions Megan Aina at 103, Jenna Aina at 122 and Shiroma at 139.  Added to the experienced firepower are Kanoe Padaken and a host of up and coming freshmen.

  The Aina sisters have made a name for themselves in judo as Jenna is a three time BIIF champion and Megan returns as the defending champion.

   Megan Aina is also the HHSAA state wrestling champion at 98 pounds and she finished third at the Judo championships last season. 

   Sister Jenna finished second at the Junior Judo National Championships held in Chicago in 2008 and also finished second at the High School Junior National Championships held at Bingham Young University College Auditorium on Oahu that same year.

   “I’m really excited about starting the (high school) judo season,” Jenna Aina said.  “We were worried that the public schools might cancel the season due to budget cuts and since we are the only private school competing on the island it is a relief that we’ll have a season.”

   Aina has captured all three BIIF titles and placed at the HHSAA state championships all three years at the 122 weight division and will fill that same division in her senior season. 

   “I’ve been doing it (judo) since the fourth grade and I just enjoy the experience of meeting new people and being physically fit,” she said.  “My goal going into my final season is to make the finals at states and to medal.”

   Aina is a first degree black belt and belongs to Hilo’s Shudokan Judo Club where she continues to practice regularly following her prep practices at Kamehameha.

  Coach Enoki sees his solid core of experienced judoka as the strength behind a powerful Warrior squad, but also believes that Kamehameha is working on a judo dynasty by creating a building block into high school.

    “We just started a judo middle school program and are now starting to see the results in some very talented incoming freshmen,” Enoki said.

  The Warrior boys will see BIIF runner up Sky Kekona-Souza return at 121 and will be complimented by seniors Eric Young at 161 and Isaac DeRego at 198.

   Enoki believes that defending BIIF boys champions, Hilo, is again the team to beat.  “I think our boys will be at least third in the team race,” Enoki said.  “Any finish higher than that would be a real surprise.”

  Hilo veteran coach, Jack De Lima, will see a talented boy’s team take to the mat on Saturday.  Tyler Vaughn,12; Sean Arakaki,11;  Jens Beets, 11; Jordon Enos, 11; Isaiah Kanakanui, 11; and Sheldon Graham, 10; will head line a strong Viking squad.

   “We have some talented new players that will give us a lot of help,” De Lima said.  “This should be a very exciting season for us.”

   Waiakea returns BIIF boys individual champions Harlan Wilbur, 108; and Tyler Yonemori, 145; along with girl champions Kaylyn Otsubo, 115; and Lisa Nakagawa, 129.

   “I think the Kamehameha girls and the Konawaena boys may be the teams to beat this season,” Waiakea coach Greg Yonemori said.  “But don’t count out the Hilo boys as they always find a way to field a good team.”

   The BIIF judo season gets under way this Saturday with a Novice/Open meet starting at 10:30 at Hilo High.

March 26, 2010 Posted by | High School Judo | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Royality Returns to the Track

King of the Hurdles, Jacob Edwards

   The reigning King and Queen of prep track and field will step onto the all-weather oval this weekend when the Big Island Interscholastic Federation holds their season openers at Kamehameha-Keaau and Konawaena.

   Kau’s Jacob Edwards and Hawaii Prep’s Ku’uipo Nakoa return to the track for their senior season as the 2009 male and female athletes of the year, respectively.

   Last year Edwards won individual honors during the BIIF championships in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump while placing second in the long jump and fourth in the 200-meter dash to single handedly score 42 points for the Trojans.

   Edwards went on to win the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and placed fifth in the triple jump.  For his efforts Edwards was selected as the Gatorade boy’s track and field athlete of the year for the State of Hawaii.

   “I plan on coming out like a rocket again this year,” Edwards said of the upcoming season. “I’ve conditioned during the off season by running cross-country and I spent a lot of time strength training so I’m excited about starting the season.”

   Despite not having a track to practice on at Kau, Edwards has managed to excel at just about everything he has entered.  This season Kau’s long jump pit is under construction and Trojan coach Bob Martin drove Edwards to Kamehameha one day during Spring Break to practice at the Warriors field.

   “I’ve set a lot of goals for myself in my senior season,” Edwards said while practicing at Kamehameha.  “Once the season gets underway we’ll see what happens.”

Queen of the Jumps, Ku’uipo Nakoa

Nakoa won the 200 dash, long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100-meter dash and scored 38 individual points and helped HPA finish first in the 1,600 relay and second in the 400 relay. 

   At the state championships Nakoa won the long jump, but it was a bitter sweet victory as she injured herself on the final jump and never totally recovered to do her remaining events.

  “I was leading the long jump after my second try and my coach told me not to do a third jump, but I did anyway and that’s when I injured myself,” Nakoa said.  “I went on to finish third in the triple and sixth in the 100.”

  This year Nakoa comes in with a different attitude and the confidence that she can go further than in the past.

  “In the past I’ve only really been focused on BIIF’s,” she said.  “This year I want to place my focus on how far I can go at states.   I plan on blocking everything out and concentrate on jumps while focusing on running the 400.”

  Currently HPA is putting in a new all weather track which won’t be completed until the fall so Ka Makani athletes are training on makeshift areas and making do with what they have.

  “My sprint coach, Brad Lau, is really helping me out as we’re looking for different places to do our workouts which have included running in the pastures and at the beach on the sand,” Nakoa said.

   Waiakea’s Kaimi Scott returns for Waiakea as the defending 200 and 400-meter champion and looks to improve on his times this year.

   “I’m focusing more on my form which will help me get faster,” he said.  “The 200 is my strength, but I like running the 400 as well.”

   The Waiakea boys are the two time BIFF 1600 relay champions and look to defend their title with a strong returning sprint core with the return of Owen Cooper, Travis Winters and Jacob St. George. 

  Last year three BIIF freshmen won individual titles with Keaau’s Randi Estrada winning the girls 400-meters and later took third place at the state championships.  Hilo’s Shina Chung won the BIIF pole vault title and HPA’s Shane Brostek won the boys shot event.

   Hilo High is the defending boy’s team champion winning last season by more than 60 points with Viking coach Bill McMahon winning his 18th team title (boys and girls combined) during his 19 years at the helm.

   “I got some numbers this year, but most of the team is real green,” McMahon said.  “We’re just going to have to see what happens as the season progresses.”

   The Kamehameha girl’s team beat out a tough HPA squad to claim the title and another showdown between the two schools looks to be brewing once again this year.

   “We are trying to keep the ball rolling,” Kamehameha coach Kimo Weaver said.  “Our team goals are to better our times/marks each week, be in contention for the league title and improve on our number of state qualifiers.”

   The Warrior girls will again face stiff opposition from a large and talented HPA squad for this year’s team title.

   “We are stocked with good freshman distance runners, most from the BIIF girl’s champion cross-country team,” HPA coach Pat Lau said.  “We have roughly 85 athletes on the track team and 61 are girls.”

   Other top returning BIIF track & field athletes to watch this season are:

Hilo:  Cameron Calistro, hurdles, Shalila De Bourmont, distance.

Honokaa: Tialana Greenwell, Athena Oldfather, Chris Mosch, and Joshua Robinson distance.

HPA: Hanna Scully, sprints, Kela Vargas, distance, Sydney Budde, pole vault, Lana Queen, hurdles & jumps, Mindy Campbell, high jump and Tyler Tsubota, distance.

Kamehameha: ‘Io Heaukulani, sprints & high jump; Kaopuanani Sutton, throws; Bronte Kaneakua, sprints; Natasha Ah Chong; Hiilani Evans-Bautista jumps; Corin Kim, mid distance; Manta Dirks jumps, and Kaenan Akau, sprints & jumps; Maka McKee hurdles.

Keaau: Daniel Brooks, mid distance, Jesse Huihui, sprints and jumps.

Kealakehe:  Walter Luca, mid distance.

Kohala:  Ethan Meikle, high jump.

Waiakea: Kaitlyn Chock mid distance and Erika Cushnie, high jump.

The BIIF Track & Field season kicks off on Saturday, March 27, with East/West meets at Kamehameha-Keaau and Konawaena starting at 9 am.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BIIM Race Report, Photos and More

Linden Villena of Hilo, a proud marathon finisher

   Marathon Maniac, Steve Pavao, gave me a link to an interesting blog by Laura Lang who gives a detailed discription of her experience running in the Big Island Internationa (Hilo) Marathon this past Sunday.  The following are excerts from Ms. Lang’s blog with the link to her site http://stretchinginheels.wordpress.com/

Aida Ferguson of Pahoa

What can I say about the Hilo Marathon? I can’t say enough, that’s what.  Not only was it one of my favorite marathons thus far in my running career, but it was also one of the BEST times I’ve EVER had in getting to know new friends in a different state.  This race/trip has been one of the most memorable I have and will have for a long time (well until I come back and run it again!).

At about 10 til 6 we all headed out to the start line.  There were only 500-600 runners at the start line (half and full marathoners combined) so it was a small field.  (We didn’t even have timing chips or a start line!)  At 6 a.m. we took off down the course.  The sun was just starting to light the sky as we came down the first hill and it was amazing.  The weather was perfect with a light breeze and no rain for the first few miles of the race.  From about mile 2-6 we ran on the 4-mile scenic route which wound along the coast through amazing greenery, waterfalls and picturesque views.  The sunrise was amazing coming through the trees and I am still in shock that I was even able to run through this beautiful landscape.

Yoko Hayano of Hilo

Miles 7-9 were about the same with beautiful views, waterfalls and the local Hilo surfers.  One of the best things happened around mile 8.  Trista and I both had to use the bathroom but there were none in sight and we came up on a woman handing out soda, chocolate and pretzels on her porch.  We asked her how far the nearest restroom was and she said “in my house!”  I thought she was kidding but she just let us run in and use her bathroom!  That’s what the true Aloha spirit is and how all the Hilo residents were… polite, friendly and giving!  After that we got back on the main highway and headed into town.  We wove around a few streets and around mile 12 Trista turned back to finish the half marathon course.  At this point I was on… my… own… yikes!

I was really worried about being on my own for the second half of the race.  I was scared to be the last person to finish and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to cut it.  Luckily I came around the first turn and passed one runner, then crossed over the highway and saw 10-20 more runners ahead of me.  (Yay! I wouldn’t be last!)  For this second half of the run I decided to try to run the whole thing.  During the first half Trista and I decided to run our normal 5-minute run, 1-minute walk formula.  But I’ve also been training to run the whole time and decided to try and run the remainder straight through.  The only time I would walk was if I needed to eat, walk through a water station to re-fill my bottle, or walk up a hill.  Other than that I just ran.  I started picking out runners I wanted to pass along the way.  Since I was running a negative split it was easy to keep up my pace around an 11:15 to 11:30 and pass people pretty easily.  I cruised along really well through mile 23 or so.  The heat was really tough when the rain stopped, but overall I tried to stay hydrated and focused so I could finish strong.  I did walk a small portion at the end because I had a horrible side stitch that wouldn’t go away.  ugh!   I finished with another marathon PR of 5:24:33… that’s an 11 minute PR over the SF Marathon in July 2009!!  🙂

Les Martisko of Pepeekeo

Overall, this was the best run.  I felt amazing, I PR’d again and I met some of the coolest, craziest and most fun runners ever.  I’m really excited to see where the SF Marathon takes me in my quest to continue improving my time.

And I’m even more excited to continue to rest here in Kona, Hawaii.  Ahhhh vacation.  🙂

To read the complete story please visit Laura Lang’s blog at:


March 24, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Coming in Last in a Marathon is Still a Winner!

Marathon Maniac, Edmund Loy

    Edmund Loy crossed the finish line on Sunday at the Big Island International Marathon (26.2-miles) in last place in a time of 6 hours and 53 minutes, just seven minutes ahead of the 7 hour time limit.

   Loy, 30 year old, from Honolulu never gave up and clocked each of the 26 miles at a 15 minute 45 second pace.  What many non runners don’t understand is that Loy, despite finishing last in the race, is still a champion and a success.

   Running and racing is about finishing what you start – no matter what place you might be in.  Loy is one of less than two percent of the American population that can complete a full 26.2 mile race and, along with the overall and age group champions, should be congratulated for his accomplishments.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , | 3 Comments