Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

About Wayne

Big Dog with Mrs. Big Dog with daughter Jaclynn Joseph

Wayne Joseph is a retired public school teacher with over 30 years in the department of eduction. Joseph currently is the Executive Director of the Big Island Marathon,  Secretary for the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, President of HSTA-RetiredHawaii District and is a free lance sports writer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Executive Director of Big Dog Productions and the Running with the Big Dog Club.   Recently appointed to the County’s Planning Department/Board of Appeals.

 Former president of the Big Island Road Runners, former Chairman of Big Island Federal Credit Union, former Chairman of the Hawaii County Board of Ethics and former secretary for the Big Island Press Club.

Past winner of the athlete of the month award, sports person of the year, WalMart teacher of the Year, Big Island Hall of Fame and numerous other awards.

This blog will feature stories from his “Running with the Big Dog” column that appears every Monday in the Tribune-Herald for over seven years. It will also highlight some of the local sports stories that Joseph covers along with healthy habits tips.

Each week the Big Dog will select a different Big Island person to be “Big Dog’s Athlete of the Week”



  1. Excellent idea for a page topic.

    Please let us know when upcoming running events are happening around the Island.

    I’m out of shape now, but I’m always interested in Big Island events.

    Comment by Damon Tucker | February 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Fantastic site, Dad! I can read your articles from here in Taiwan and now I can show them off to my friends, as well! 🙂

    Love you


    Comment by Jaclynn | February 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. Great new blogsite, Big Dog!

    The stories highlight all the many creative ways people on the Island are maintaining healthy minds and bodies through sport, nutrition, and all the while, having great fun.

    I wish all of my patients would read these stories of inspiration. I look forward to meeting more of the athletes, big and small, young and old, of Hawaii.

    Comment by Dr. David | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. hawaiiPhotoman.

    Get idea!

    Just let us know if you need any photo’s Dog.


    Comment by David O | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. Gr8 idea…good luck on the upcoming Hilo Marathon…

    Comment by SteveP | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. I have been running avidly for almost 2 years. I do it barefoot. I live in Leilani estates and I trip people out whenever I go on my sessions. A lot of people think I’ll damage my joints but it’s all in the technique.

    Comment by Leroy Ridgway | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  7. I was wondering how many participants in the marathon distance? Was it 192 for 2009??
    I like smaller runs for a more personal feeling



    Comment by viney | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  8. I am working on rankings for HI and could use any and all high school results.

    Comment by Jasen | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • I have everything posted and tagged “high school runners” or “running on the Big Island” just go to the right hand column and highlight those two areas and you should be able to find everything you need.

      Comment by waynejoseph | September 28, 2009 | Reply

      • Thank you so much. I will be adding and updating our database. Do you know of anyone that would make a good national story, or a national potential team?

        here is what we have so far http://hi.milesplit.us/
        it is a struggle because I am in Tennessee and not there, Thanks for the help.

        Comment by Jasen | September 28, 2009

      • You should look at doing something on Jacob Edwards from Kau. He is the best hurdler in the state in both the 110 and 300, and has great collegiate potential. He was also name “Gatorade Player of the Year.”
        I have a couple of stories posted about Jacob. Look under “high school track and field” or I can put you in touch with his coach.

        Comment by waynejoseph | September 28, 2009

      • I will pass him along to our national writers in track this year. What about XC kids?

        Comment by Jasen | September 28, 2009

      • Check out Hailey Grossman from Seabury Hall on the island of Maui. Complete package of talent and brains.
        She should win the state cross-country championship on Oct 31.

        Comment by waynejoseph | September 28, 2009

  9. What an awesome run this afternoon (March 19th) cool weather
    and a nice group of people. Mucho mahalo to the volunteers. I can’t wait for the next 5K.

    Comment by Tom Fratinardo | March 19, 2010 | Reply

  10. MUCH MAHALO FOR ALL YOU DO IN THE BIIM–so wonderful to see folks I have befriended return to do this such as Gary Marr and Michael Georgi–just wished I was in the best of health and my weekend wasn’t so hectic and trying -harder to deal with Jon’s problems but maybe that’s a good reason to still be out there burning up the miles..with much success for the future, it does get better every year..great job and as a participant 13 times, you know I’ll be back!! Marie

    Comment by marie kuramoto | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  11. Great new photo! 🙂

    Comment by Jaclynn | September 27, 2010 | Reply

  12. Good morning Mr. Wayne Joseph, I am trying to get information on the Kamehameha Cross Country Invitational for 2011. I am a Cross Country coach, for Pomona Catholic High School a small all girls school in Pomona, CA. I would like to bring our Cross Country team to compete at this Invite but I need to get as much info as possible, I was hoping you might be able to help me out or point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance for your time.

    Luis M Diaz
    Pomona Catholic HS
    Cross Country

    Comment by Luis Diaz | February 20, 2011 | Reply

    • I will pass on your information to the Kamehameha cross country staff and they can reply to you directly. thank you in advance for your interest.

      Hope to see you and your team during the fall. aloha, Big Dog

      Comment by waynejoseph | February 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Aloha Luis,
      I am the Kamehameha Hawaii Girls Head Coach.
      Our meet willbe on September 10, 2011 starting at 10:00 AM on our campus on the Big Island of Hawaii. The closest airport is in Hilo. We can get you a local group discount at one of the hotels if you desire.
      I can also get the same in Kona on the other,
      more touristy side of the island. We have a varsity division (top 7) and an open division for the rest of your runners.
      We host a pool party/pot luck for the mainland teams right after the race. We provide gifts (ho`okupu) for all members of your traveling party. The awards are all made of a native wood, koa. The race is run in a rainforest and can be warm and steamy.
      The race will be sanctioned. We have teams committed from Arizona and California to go along with the Big Island, Oahu, and Maui.
      If you have any questions, please email jotruesd@ksbe.edu or call 808 220 9539

      Comment by Joel Truesdell | February 20, 2011 | Reply

  13. Hey Wayne,
    Nice Blog on the Emily 5 miler. You da man !!! See you Sunday. Joey

    Comment by Joey | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  14. I am trying to locate my cousin, Andrew Levin, whose e-mail I have lost. Last I knew he had left for Central Asia, but I gather from your blog that he may now be back on Big Island. If so, please send me his e-mail or give him mine,


    Thank you,

    Mark Mancall
    Professor of history, emeritus
    Stanford University

    Comment by Mark Mancall | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  15. Dear Race Director, … good morning,

    I am a volunteer high school Cross Country coach here in Albert Lea, Minnesota … and am also a lover of training and running races myself (I’ve run Boston twice, 12 other marathons and many other races).

    I have a very good friend, Lori O’Brien, who works at the national operations center for Youth Villages in Memphis, Tennessee – an amazing non-profit organization which helps emotionally and behaviorally distraught young people. Youth Villages has started a Running Program for the youth they serve, primarily between the ages of 7-18. Running helps these precious children to build their confidence and helps them to learn the joy of being good at something healthy and wholesome.

    I am collecting track, cross country, and race day running t-shirts from across the country from race directors, coaches, and runners to ship to Lori for their running program – as gifts to the children, for training in, winning races, special events, for drawings at banquets, for reaching milestones like in the 100-Mile or 200-Mile club+, and so forth. Any size t-shirt, any quantity you are willing to part with … from this year’s races or previous years that are just collecting dust … they will be tremendously appreciated by and used in this wonderful non-profit to encourage and be a blessing to these hurting young people.

    I will box up what I receive in the next 2 or 3 weeks from now and ship them all at once to Lori at Youth Villages in Memphis. Down the road and later this year, if you have additional shirts, please send them and I will ship another round of shirts to Youth Villages. We would be so grateful if you would participate if at all possible. Any extra t-shirts laying around or in storage from this or previous year’s races?? Or from your personal stock that have never been worn that you are willing to donate?

    Please ship to:

    Agilis Company

    Attn: Bryce Gaudian

    2380 Crossroads Blvd.

    Albert Lea MN 56007

    Thank you so much! You will receive a thank you from Lori, and a receipt from Youth Villages if you require one. Lori also said she will be thrilled to send pictures of the youth with the t-shirts that have been donated.

    Any questions contact: Bryce Gaudian, Cell: 507.318.0625; e-mail: bryceg@agilisco.com

    Thank you so much for considering!!!!!!!

    Comment by Bryce Gaudian | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  16. Thanks for supporting fitness on the Big Island Wayne. Wanted to share an upcoming event…a new CrossFit Box is opening in Waimea on September 3 with a Grand Opening from 2:00-5:00pm.

    CrossFit AllStar will host their Grand Opening party on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 2:00 to 5:00pm. All are invited for FREE door prizes – including t-shirts, Inov8 gear and CFAS monthly memberships. There will also be FREE food by Village Burger, refreshments, activities for the kids, live music by Don May and a free workout that we will run in heats – no previous experience is required.

    CFAS is also a place for whole families to train together. There is a two-story kid’s play area to accommodate children safely while their parents train. And CFAS offers CrossFit Kids classes for CrossFitters as young as 5 years old, up to teens. Starting in September, CrossFit AllStar will be offering a variety of classes throughout the day, including CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Lite and CrossFit with Yoga for mobility and recovery. In addition, they will be offering a FREE CrossFit class every Friday at 4:30 for anyone who wants to attend.

    Comment by KC Stallsmith | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  17. I am planning a presentation that talks in part about project handoffs. I’d like to use a picture I found on your blog titled “Waiakea boys handoff at CLA” as my graphic. Please let me know if that is ok, assuming you hold the copyright to the picture.

    Comment by J.D. Baker | August 27, 2011 | Reply

    • It is my photo and you may use it as long as I get the photo credit.

      Comment by waynejoseph | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  18. I am looking for people interested in playing squash, I am trying to get a squash court built
    can you see if some of your readers want to play squash?

    Comment by Robert Shapiro | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  19. By accident, I just stumbled upon your tribute to the late Stan Shutes. If you know, please advise whether he taught in Kuala Lumpur in 1980. If so, he would have been my teacher, and I would like to convey a short message to his wife and children. Thanks

    Comment by Dan Leong | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  20. Hi Wayne! I will be in Hilo for about three weeks and was wondering if you knew of any running groups in the area. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Comment by Tanner Hunt | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  21. Aloha Mr. Joseph. We love your blog and your site to keep us updated with the BIIF swimming results, If possible can you get all the updated BIIF swim records updated on your results because records are made to be broken and We’ve noticed that a bunch of the records on your last updated swim results are in accurate and have been broken over the last couple years. Mahalo, Mike

    Comment by Mike Nakachi | January 15, 2012 | Reply

    • I get all the swim records from the Official BIIF swim stats when they email me the results. I will contact the people sending me the results and see why they are still using out dated records. Thanks for bringing this to my attention

      Comment by waynejoseph | January 15, 2012 | Reply

  22. Thanks for supporting me in are acomplishes little caleb and I are planning to run Hilo marathon is there room still

    Comment by Caleb Westfall | January 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Marathon and half marathon are sold out for 2012

      Comment by waynejoseph | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  23. wayne,

    i’m trying to find the details of the next kids track meet on the Big Island, but having no luck. i thought you might be ablet o help me find the details.
    i heard there was a Hesheys track meet at Kamehameha School coming up but I can’t find the details! I have checked the Hesheys site.


    Comment by Dan Bintley | February 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Hesheys track will be on March 10 in Kona. You can download an application at the County’s web site. Hope that helps.

      Comment by waynejoseph | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  24. Hi Wayne,

    That’s a big help, thanks.

    I found the application form and it states that they must be turned in by February 24.
    Do you know whether it will still be accepted if I mail it off now? (tomorrow)

    Comment by Dan Bintley | February 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Don’t pay any attention to the date, just send it in ASAP and they will accept it.

      Comment by waynejoseph | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  25. I’m new to the area & would appriciate any info on upcoming events or even running team to run threw out the year. Mahalo

    Comment by darleen rivera-kealoha | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  26. Wayne – congrats on the County Council recognition on 7.3.12. I was glad to see you get some well-deserved love! (!!)

    Comment by Steph Salazar | July 5, 2012 | Reply

  27. […] At their regular meeting last week, Hawaii County Council Members honored Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph with a certificate for his community service over the years.  Joseph is a retired school teacher who organizes marathons around the island and who for nearly a decade has had “Running With The Big Dog” sports columns printed weekly in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. He has also served on County of Hawaii and community boards, including the County Board of Ethics and the Big Island Press Club. Read his blog here. […]

    Pingback by Big Island Chronicle » Blog Archive » Politics — Kudos For Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph | July 8, 2012 | Reply

  28. Hey Uncle Wayne here is the link, I hope it helps, take care and God Bless.

    Comment by Al | October 23, 2012 | Reply

  29. Wayne-

    Wanted to invite you to join us at our 2nd annual school Fun Run. We are raising money for the American Cancer Society. It will be on January 30 from 8:00-11:00. Please let me know if you are interested in stopping by.
    Email me or call me at school.
    Maile Bellosi

    Comment by Maile | January 10, 2013 | Reply

  30. It is with great sadness that we read of the passing of a great and inspiring man, Wayne “Big Dog Joeseph. He has been an inspiration to many and his Legacy will live on here in this great state of Hawaii, and in the U.S.A. In the short 2 years I have known him, his spirt and encouragement means much to me and my wife. May God Bless His Soul and bring Peace to all who knew him.

    Comment by Paul and Helen Hanson | January 24, 2013 | Reply

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