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All BIIF Golf Selections Announced for 2011

ALL BIIF GOLF

BOYS     First team

Chad Suzuki Jr. Waiakea, Andrew Paisley So. Hawaii Prep, Casey Tamura Sr. Waiakea

Dalen Yamauchi Sr. Waiakea, Jake Siebert Jr. Hawaii Prep

Second team

Ric Yamamoto Sr. Hilo, Ryley Chong So. Konawaena, Steve Kim So. Kealakehe

Andre Kimura Sr. Waiakea, Stephen Winchester Sr. Kamehameha

Honorable mention: Rayce Bento (Hilo); Ronnie Borges (Kealakehe); Matt Camacho (Waiakea); Kris Ishibashi (Waiakea); Ossian Maruyama (Waiakea); Davin Yagi (Hilo)

Golfer of the Year: Chad Suzuki, Waiakea

GIRLS      First team

Shaina Mizusawa So. Waiakea, Nani Yanagi Jr. Waiakea, Hazel Rafol Sr. Kealakehe

Kiana Lumanlan Jr. Kamehameha

Second team

Megan Kimura Jr. Waiakea, Andi Igawa Fr. Waiakea, Tiara Inoue Jr. St. Joseph

Alison Tengan Jr. Waiakea

Honorable mention: Kaitlyn Kerkhoff (Kealakehe); Ciera Min (Waiakea)

Golfer of the Year: Shaina Mizusawa, Waiakea

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May 30, 2011 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exciting Conclusion to EMS 5K race

EMS 5K overall winners, Stone & Halford

Cousins Brett Shea and Jackson Halford battled for top honors in the 11th annual Emergency Medical Services 5K run held Sunday at Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo.

Shea from Denver, Colorado and Halford of Volcano, along with Jason Braswell of the Big Island Running Company in Kona went toe to toe during the 3.1 mile race to make for an exciting race to the finish.

Shea led for most of the out and back race until being run down by Halford in the final 200 yards.

“In the final stretch, coming off Suisan Bridge, I was able to catch and pass him with the finish line in site,” Halford said.

Halford, a distance runner for Waiakea High School, had earlier in the month placed third at the HHSAA track & field championships in the 1500 and the junior Warrior stayed in shape over the past few weeks to meet the challenges of EMS event.

“Last year I was 4th overall in this race, but this year I continued to train since the state championship and never really felt tired today,” Jackson said of his winning time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds.

For his hard work Halford was able to shave 14 seconds of his personal best 5K time. 

Shea clocked in at 17:17 with Braswell finishing third in 17:21.

For the women it was Marianne Stone of Orchidland winning in 21:40 over Rosa Erck, 22:20; and Melissa Schad, 22:23.

“We recently moved to Hawaii from Missouri and I was quite surprised that I won,” Stone said.  “It was a very slow time for me as usually my 5K’s are in the sub 20 minute range.”

Stone is expecting to undergo knee surgery next month and hasn’t been running as many miles as she would have liked.

“This was my first run in Hawaii and I’m still in shock that I came in first for the women,” she said.

More than 800 runners and walkers converged at Liliuokalani Gardens on Sunday to take part in the Annual Emergency Medical Services fitness event.

“We had 801 registered participants, a record for this event,” an elated race organizer, Firefighter Jesse Ebersole said.  “All of this is in conjunction with National EMS week held around country where we showcase many of the services that we provide to our community.”

EMS keiki run

Participants had a choice of doing a 2 mile walk or a 3.1 mile competitive run along scenic Hilo Bayfront.  Later in the muggy morning youngsters under the age of 10 had fun doing a non-competitive mini run within the Liliuokalani Park grounds with a bright yellow EMS helicopter taking center stage on the keiki course.

Over the years EMS organizers have raised approximately $80,000 with the money going to help EMS personnel battling cancer.

“This year the money will go to three of our Hawaii Fire Department Firefighters battling cancer and to the American Cancer Society of Hawaii Island,” Ebersole said

The EMS also included a ‘public safety’ division which was open to police, fire, DLNR, corrections and the like employees.

For the second year in a row firefight Ian Smith and DLNR employee Lisa Hadway took top honors.

Smith, who is at the Waikoloa fire department, not only won the Public Safety Division he also won the stroller division as he pushed his 7 month old daughter, Emi, the entire way finishing in 19:54.

Sandwiched between Smith and Hadway was Hawaiian Paradise Park firefighter, Joe Wedemann who clocked in at 22:14.

“I’ve done 9 out of the 11 EMS runs,” Smith said.  “It’s not only a fun event, but it is also for a very good cause.”

Hadway is no stranger to the winner’s podium as she has won the Public Safety Division 5 out of 6 times she has entered.

“I didn’t run the year I was pregnant, in 2009,” she said.  “And last year I pushed a stroller and won both divisions, but this year without the stroller,  my time was 7 minutes faster at 22:27.”

Hadway finished as the fourth overall woman in the race as she looks to be even more competitive without the stroller.

“We’d like to thank the community for coming out strong in support of our event,” Ebersole said.  “We’d also like to thank the many generous sponsors who helped to make the event possible.”

Ebersole cited the LIVESTRONG Foundation who provided wristbands to all the participants and an autographed LIVESTRONG Jersey signed by Lance Armstrong that will be auctioned in September during the Sayre Awards Dinner.

Related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/ems-5k-run-301-finishers-top-161-results/

May 30, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exercise paying off for West Hawai’i’s Jo Iwane

Jo Iwane

Who says exercise doesn’t pay off?

You don’t need to look far to see the dramatic results that regular physical exercise can produce on the body, mind and spirit.

Plato had it right when he wrote:  “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”

Many of the major diseases that plague our society are preventable if we choose to exercise regularly and eat sensibly.

Retired elementary school teacher, JoAnn Iwane, is a shining example of someone who developed Type 2 Diabetes and did something to overcome it.

“I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago,” Iwane said.  “I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life and didn’t do anything about it until I developed diabetes.”

Iwane grew up in Kealakekua during a time in which girl’s participation in sports was not encouraged.

“I grew up during the 50’s and 60’s,” she said.  “We did play some sports, but it was just a part of our physical education program in school.”

Growing up in Kona, Iwane recalls that there were no athletic teams at Konawaena High School and that she and others of her gender where reduced to playing half court basketball during her PE classes.

“My husband remembers the weird way I held a baseball bat because I didn’t know any other way,” Iwane said.  “Those were the days prior to Title IX and we have lots to be appreciative to our late Representative, Patsy Mink, who made legislation that provided for the girl’s sports programs that almost equal the boy’s today.”

After spending 30 years in the classrooms of Kealakehe, Kahakai and Konawaena Elementary Schools, Iwane retired in from teaching in 2002.

“Besides teaching I also needed to ‘moonlight’ to help put my three daughters through college by teaching early childhood education classes at the UH-West Hawai’i campus,” she said.

With Iwane’s busy work schedule and the raising of her children the years slipped by without much exercise until the day came when her doctor told her the bad news, that she had developed a disease that could have been prevented.

“I actually started to go to the gym about 10 years ago, but I didn’t change my eating habits and my weight continued to go up,” Iwane said.

Today Iwane has made some great progress as she lost 10 pounds and will exercise regularly.

“I go to Pacific Island Fitness Gym at 5 am, five days a week to do 30 minutes of cardio workouts,” she said.  “I will alternate between the treadmill and the elliptical trainer, and then I’ll do 10 to 15 minutes of weight training.”

Every Monday you’ll find this soon to be 64 year old doing her favorite thing, yoga.

“My Monday yoga class is my favorite thing to do at the gym as I am working on building core strength and balance,” Iwane said.  “As I get older I become more prone to tripping and falling, so this is a major concern of mine.”

Iwane has also returned to eating a more healthy diet, with fewer calories.

“I love salads and vegetables of all kinds,” she said.  “I try to eat fruit from our coffee farm like bananas, tangerines, oranges and avocados.”

Iwane has also reduced her consumption of carbohydrates and has moved to eating more fish and chicken rather than red meat.

“I love to cook healthy meals for my husband, Elbert, and me,” she said.  “I love to go to the local farmer’s market to buy fresh vegetables and the like.”

The great news is that her efforts to change her diet, lose weight and maintain a regular exercise program has paid big dividends.

“Because of my regular exercise and losing those 10 pounds over the past few months, I am no longer clinically diabetic, according to my doctor,” Iwane said with great pride. “My sugar levels have been very low for at least six months and my doctor says I’m the poster child for exercise and diet leading to no longer being diabetic!”

And Iwane is not done as she has set the bar even higher for improving her overall health.

“My goal is to get off all of my diabetes meds completely,” Iwane said.  “My dosages are being reduced every time I see the doctor, so I am hopeful this will happen soon.”

Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease through maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical exercise and a good diet.

JoAnn Iwane is a retired, senior citizen who is making the most of her situation by turning a negative into a positive. 

According to Iwane part of her motivation in staying healthy as she ages is to see her two grandchildren, Maile and Logan grow up.

“You have to make exercise a regular part of your routine,” Iwane said. “We all have excuses why we don’t, but we need to just do it.  For people like me who love to eat, just watch what you put in your mouth and try to eat as ‘clean’ as possible.”

Someone once said, “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

And someday should you happen to see a happy, healthy, retired senior citizen doing what he loves to do – which is run – remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , | 2 Comments