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HPU Harrier, Shannon White, Wins Turkey Trot

HPU cross country runner, Shannon White, on left

Hawaii Pacific Cross Country star and former Keaau Cougar athlete, Shannon White, came back to the Big Island for Thanksgiving and won the BIRR Turkey Trot.

White is also a former member of the Mules state cross country HHSAA championship team and a good friend of the Waiakea Warrior program and the Big Dog.
Big Island Road Runners Turkey Trot 5k Results  
  Men Time Women Time
1 Shannon White 18:43 Robyn DeBenedet 21:30
2 John Fratinardo 18:51 Sally Marrack 22:08
3 Todd Marohnic 19:04 Dena Rae 23:21
4 Nick Muragin 19:26 Donna Wong Yuen 25:09
5 Jesse Ebersole 19:51 Esther Kanehailua 26:01
6 Jordan Hirae 20:55 Dawn Patterson 26:49
7 Keith Marrack 21:10 Peggy Regentina 27:06
8 Kauila Wong Yuen 22:21 Marti Banks 28:20
9 Rihei Grothmann 22:38 Fern Costales 28:25
10 Greg Lum Ho 22:58 Lynne Brauher 28:28
11 DJ Blinn 23:55 Lily Keliipaakaua 28:37
12 Kelly Freitas 24:28 Heather Rosario 28:37
13 Joel Truesdell 24:57 Robin Bauman 29:33
14 Robert Belcher 25:19 Dulce Barton 29:37
15 Andrew Langtry 25:32 Halia Evans-Bautista 31:04
16 Edgar Tuliao 26:02 Maria Fratinardo 31:11
17 Rick Otani 28:16 Lee Collins 31:26
18 Harvey Nakasone 28:23 Hiilei Wong Yuen 32:44
19 Jack Brauher 28:28 Leah Ishigo 32:45
20 Firman Tehero 28:36 Lorie Saludares 34:35
21 Charlie Bostwick 28:55 Korry Pacheco 34:50
22 Stan Fortuna 28:55 Karen Uy 35:23
23 Richard Grothmann 29:24 Pumai Evans-Bautista 35:29
24 Ryan Camero 31:29 Colleen Fratinardo 35:39
25 Stote Farnham 32:01 Joselyn Evans-Bautista 37:44
26 Robert Saludares 34:31 Kainoa Ariola 42:46
27 Christopher Knell 42:03 Robin Day 45:47
28 Aaron Knell Walk Michelle Knell 46:30
29     Kekai Wong Yuen Walk

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hilo’s Violet Tanimoto Staying in Shape as she approaches 80

Violet Tanimoto, 78 years young

What would you do if you came to the realization that you were out of shape?

At age 36 Hilo resident Violet Tanimoto was asked to do a lap around the NAS complex before entering the pool and discovered that she was out of shape.

“I went to a fitness class at the NAS pool being given by Mr. Keliipio and he had us do some calisthenics first and before hitting the pool he told us to jog around the complex,” Tanimoto said.

It was just one mile around the NAS complex, but Tanimoto soon discovered that it was a very long mile for her.

“I was huffing and puffing on a slight uphill grade and decided I was out of shape and this isn’t going to do,” she said.

What Tanimoto did following her lesson with Mr. Keliipio was to take a yard stick and measure the distance around her backyard to see how many laps she’d need to do to complete a mile.

“I used a yard stick from my clothesline pole and measured the boundaries and found that I needed to run 75 laps to make a mile,” Tanimoto said.  “The first few times I tried jogging it the back of my neck started to throb, but I kept it up and after resting at intervals my neck stopped throbbing.”

Tanimoto’s backyard mile was in 1968 and since that time, this now 78 year young woman, has made enormous strides in elevating her physical performance.

“I later learned about and went to Hoolulu track and did the half mile loop twice to make a mile,” she said.  “That was way better than doing 75 laps.”

Tanimoto moved her running laps to Hilo High track where she met and befriended some old timers like Benny Uyetake, Nelson Doi and Fumi and Kiyo Hamakawa.

This third generation Hilo girl grew up at Waiakea Mill Camp 1, behind the Hilo Shopping Center, where she would play baseball on the narrow plantation roads using rubber slippers as bases.

“I remember playing a variety of games such as hopscotch and okanapio which only our generation would know about as we used homemade equipment,” she said. “Every summer our parents would pack us six children in the old Ford and take us camping to Kawaihae at Spencer Park which is where my Dad taught me to swim.”

Tanimoto is a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and had spent 40 years working for the State, 25 years at Puumaile and Hilo Hospital and the other 15 years at the Hilo Counseling Center.

“While I was working at the Counseling Center Dr. Mike Compton was directing a fun run for the YWCA and it was a 10K (6.2 miles),” she said.  “At that time I had worked myself up to doing 5 miles on the track so I was apprehensive with signing up, but decided to enter anyway.”

Tanimoto had never entered a race prior to the YWCA 10K and to her surprise she not only finished, but came in first for her age division.

“I was so happy to be able to run 6 miles and that was the beginning of my racing career,” she said with a wide grin.

Since that time Tanimoto has been a regular at the 5K and 10K race distances and had even completed a few half marathons (13.1 miles).

In 1983 Tanimoto entered and completed her first full marathon (26.2 miles) and returned to Honolulu again in 1992 to complete her second marathon, this time running with her brother Don.

But running is not Tanimoto’s only method of fitness as this young minded person has continued her regular swimming while entering several Hapuna and Richardson Rough Water competitions.

“After retiring I joined some hospital retirees for swimming at Carlsmith Park every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 am,” she said.  “I started swimming with them regularly, three times per week in January 1995 and they were my inspiration for me to continue to come back, week after week.”

Tanimoto used to swim for an hour each time, but with age she has cut back to 30 minutes of lap swimming.

“Carlsmith is my favorite swimming spot in Hilo as the waters are clear and cool,” she said.  “There are turtles and many varieties of fish while the view of Mauna Kea is just gorgeous.”

This past January Tanimoto also added another fitness routine to her schedule as she joined Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko.

“We practice rigorously on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm and on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 pm,” she said.  “Walking, swimming and taiko make me feel so alive.”

Tanimoto’s parents set a good example for her as they ate lots of fruits and vegetables which continue to be her steady diet.

“My Dad lived to be 85 and my mom, 94,” Tanimoto said.  “I can’t say at 78 that I’ll get to reach their age but I do eat a fairly healthy diet.”

Tanimoto will have a smoothie made from plain silk soy milk, plain nonfat yogurt, almonds, walnuts, flaxseed, blueberries, bananas and some greens for breakfast with a tuna or salmon sandwich on whole wheat for lunch.

“For dinner I’d have a big bowl of green salad with tofu,” she said.  “I like to waterless steam my veggies in my stainless steel pot.”

And why does Tanimoto maintain this healthy lifestyle filled with good food and moderate exercise.

“I chose this lifestyle because it keeps me moving and it makes me feel healthier,” she said.

A good part of Tanimoto’s success in health and fitness can be attributed to her happy, positive attitude.  When I met her for the first time I was impressed with her kind spirit and youthful vigor.

And someday should you happen to see a happy jogger running the coastline of Hilo Bay remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Are We Losing the War Against Fast Foods?

Wendy’s Club Sandwich

We’re in a war, pure and simple, and the majority of Americans are losing it. We’re fighting formidable opponents including the fast-food industry, the soft drink manufacturers, and any company that mass produces processed and preservative-, artificial ingredient-laden food. It’s time to healthy up your diet and shift the balance of food power. Are you ready to make healthier choices for a healthier life? It’s not as hard as you think.

Preparation – Simple changes like replacing milk/butter with low-sodium chicken broth, baking food instead of frying, and using grape seed oil for cooking instead of butter can make a real, long-term difference in your health.

Focus – Don’t bring more stress into the process! By taking a good look at where you are, health-wise, and talking to your health care practitioner about what you should focus on (reducing sodium or carbohydrate intake, getting more fiber, increasing your “good” cholesterol, etc.), you can get a handle on the changes that will make the most difference in your health.

Variety – Food boredom can mean you dread lunch and leave it sitting in the fridge at work, choosing to drive off with co-workers for a burger and fries instead. Making meals as interesting as possible means we will look forward to eating and enjoy it.

Veggies – Trying to fit a vegetable into every meal or snack gets us closer to the 4-5 cups recommended by the USDA.

Realism – Unless a chef plans your meals, we’re each responsible for making our own healthy choices. Know what is realistic for you and change what you can. When you’re comfortable with the changes you made, re-evaluate your diet again and see what can be tweaked. Stepping down from a mocha to coffee/hot chocolate can lead to a step down to green tea – a drink that both supports your health and warms you up!

Making healthier choices isn’t easy, certainly not these days and certainly not when it comes to food, but the choices you do make can make a big difference. No one’s telling you swear off your favorite foods (if they happen to be less-than-optimal in terms of nutrition); it’s about shifting the balance of what you eat so you end up with more healthy foods and less unhealthy ones. Now that’s a recipe for long-term health and wellness.

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | 1 Comment

St. Louis Shuts Down Waianae 36-13 for Division I HHSAA Football Title

Scoring Summary (Final)
                    First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA State Football
  Waianae Seariders vs #2 SAINT LOUIS CRUSADER (Nov 26, 2010 at Halawa, Oahu)

            Waianae Seariders (6-8) vs. SAINT LOUIS CRUSADER (10-1)
Date: Nov 26, 2010  Site: Halawa, Oahu          Stadium: Aloha
Attendance: 12309

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
—————–    — — — —   —–
Waianae Seariders…  0 13  0  0  – 13
SAINT LOUIS CRUSADER 13 10  0 13  – 36

Scoring Summary:
1st 10:54 STLOUIS – TUPUA,Joshua 13 yd pass from MARIOTA,Marcus (GOO,Aaron kick)
                                          4 plays, 60 yards, TOP 1:06, WAIANAE 0 – STLOUIS 7
    06:36 STLOUIS – TABUYO,Jeremy 79 yd pass from MARIOTA,Marcus (GOO,Aaron kick failed)
                                         2 plays, 79 yards, TOP 0:20, WAIANAE 0 – STLOUIS 13
2nd 11:52 WAIANAE – WILSON,James 14 yd pass from WILSON,Puletua (SPENCER,Shaughn kick)
                                        11 plays, 80 yards, TOP 6:44, WAIANAE 7 – STLOUIS 13
    10:21 STLOUIS – MOOK-GARCIA,Ke. 1 yd run (GOO,Aaron kick)
                                         6 plays, 73 yards, TOP 1:25, WAIANAE 7 – STLOUIS 20
    00:30 STLOUIS – GOO,Aaron 40 yd field goal
                                        13 plays, 39 yards, TOP 4:22, WAIANAE 7 – STLOUIS 23
    00:13 WAIANAE – MITCHELL,Jaylen 94 yd kickoff return (WILSON,Puletua pass failed)
                                                                     WAIANAE 13 – STLOUIS 23
4th 11:52 STLOUIS – McSHANE,Elijah 4 yd run (GOO,Aaron kick)
                                        7 plays, 68 yards, TOP 1:54, WAIANAE 13 – STLOUIS 30
    07:34 STLOUIS – TUUMALO,Dallas 2 yd pass from MARIOTA,Marcus (GOO,Aaron kick failed)
                                        6 plays, 22 yards, TOP 2:28, WAIANAE 13 – STLOUIS 36

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iolani Crushes Kaimuki for HHSAA Division II Title

Division II Football Championships

By Wes Nakama                                                                 HHSAA

Sophomore quarterback Reece Foy completed 20 of 24 passes for 297 yards and a record five touchdowns Friday night as ‘Iolani won its fourth straight First Hawaiian Bank/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II Football State Championship at Aloha Stadium.

 The Raiders finished the season at 10-3 with their fifth title in six years. Kaimuki, appearing in its first state championship game, ended the year at 12-3.

 ‘Iolani took a 7-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter after Ammon Baldomero’s 1-yard touchdown run and Jordan Lee’s extra point.  Scott Tan recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Raiders capitalized two plays later on a double-flea-flicker pass from Foy to Trevyn Tulonghari for a 34-yard TD.

 ‘Iolani took a 21-0 lead into halftime after a 22-yard scoring pass play from Foy to Baldomero, who ran it in after Josiah Sukumaran caught a swing pass to the right side and lateraled the ball.

 The Raiders made it 28-0 three minutes into the second half after Foy’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Dane Arakawa. Kaimuki responded with its own trick play — a swing lateral from quarterback Nahoa Spencer to Wiseman Demei, who threw it to Kevin Tofiga, who ran in untouched to complete a 68-yard TD.

 ‘Iolani came right back, scoring on Lee’s 15-yard touchdown run and PAT to make it 35-7 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.

 The Bulldogs cut it to 35-14 after Spencer’s 1-yard TD pass to Mason Kualii-Moe, but the Raiders answered with Foy’s 33-yard scoring pass to Sukumaran with 1:47 still left in the third quarter.

‘Iolani then sealed it with Foy’s state title game record-setting fifth touchdown pass, a 15-yard strike to Arakawa with 8:27 remaining in the game.

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment