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Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Rededicated

Hall of Fame inductees and/or family member representitives

Jack Matsui with Big Dog

Sport Wall of Fame Rededicated

   The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame was rededicated today after a two year absence from the public’s view.

   Jack Matsui was the founder of the Hall of Fame and had passed away a few months prior.  “Getting these photos back into public view is all Jack would talk about,” Cora Lee Matsui said.

   Just two weeks prior to his passing Matsui was telling his wife how those photos needed to be put back up for the community to view.

   Located near the entrance of IHOP and Macy’s Men’s Shop photo’s of the 114 legends in Big Island sports were officially presented to the public.

    The photos were part of the plaza for nearly eight years before mail management decided to sell the wall space in February 2008 leaving the Hall of Fame without a home.

   For over two year the photos and plaques honoring Big Island sports volunteers, which had a combined 4,000 years of community service, needed to be placed into storage.

   The BISHF board of directors has recently submitted paper work to become a non-profit 501 (3) c.  Annually the Hall of Fame pays the mall $3000 and needed to accept donations to restore the photos and pay for the wall space.

   KTA Super Stores came in as the major contributing sponsor, along with Friends of Jerry Chang, the Big Island International Marathon, Aiona Cars, and Ken Fujiyama.

   “We will continue to accept donations,” Jerry Chang, chairman of the BISHF said. 

   Donations may also be made to Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 11211, Hilo, Hawaii 96721.

Honorees make self introductions

   On June 1st nominations to the next class of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame will be taken, with the deadline for submission on July 15.  An induction ceremony will be held to honor the next class on August 22.  More information will be forth coming.


May 22, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , | 2 Comments

Hilo Powwow looking for volunteer Runners for Remembrance Day Program

Hilo Powwow, May 29-31

The 5th Annual Hilo Inter-Tribal Powwow is looking for volunteer runners to participate during their Remembrance Day Program.

The event will be hosting three days worth of activities, May 29 to 31, at Wailoa Park in Hilo and on Memorial Day, May 31, they will hold a special program to honor present and past military veterans.

“As part of our Remembrance Day Program we are looking for na Kukini (runners) to carry a ho’okupu (gift offering) from the Powwow main pavilion to the Vietnam Memorial next to the Wailoa Park Community Center,” Manu Josiah said.

Josiah and his group are looking for volunteers willing to participate as Kukini for the Remembrance Day Program.  If interested contact Josiah at (808) 306-6008.

For more information on the Tribal Powwow go to info@hilopowwow.com or contact organizers Troy and Liz DeRoche at troy.deroche@hawaiiantel.net.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments