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Another member of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame dies

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame

Another member of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame dies

Walter ‘Satch’ Pakele, who made his pitch with Big Island teams in the Amateur Softball Association and later coached at the UH Hilo died earlier this month after a bout with cancer.  He was 65.

Pakele had a reputation of being one of the greatest men’s fastball pitchers in Hawaii.

Pakele pitched for the Kalakoas Softball Club in 1977 and hurled 64 complete games en route to 54 victories to lead his team to four tournament championships as well as a Parks and Recreation title.

Pakele was inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.  

He also pitched for Puueo Poi and the Hilo Fil-Americans.

Pakele went on to assist Calen Perreira at Hilo High, which was his alma mater, and then followed Perreira to UHH where h became the Vulcan pitching coach.

Pakele joins Honomu Rocket legend Martin Esteban Jr., who also died of cancer on Jan 3, 2012.  Esteban was also a member of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

The BISHF will add black ribbons on the photo to those that passed in 2012.  You can see all those inducted into the BISHF on the PKP wall next to Macy’s Men’s Shop and IHOP.

The BISHF was founded by the late Jack Matsui.

Related link:    https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/martin-esteban-jr-honomu-rocket-legend-dies-of-cancer/

June 23, 2012 - Posted by | softball | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Former T-H sports editor Andy Baclig remembers Pakele as the greatest men’s fastpitch softball pitcher of all-time in the Hawaii.

    Comment by Roy | June 24, 2012 | Reply


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