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Photo’s from Big Dogs Lover’s Day 5K at Hilo Bayfront Park

Click any photo to enlarge.   50 people showed up in lightning and thunder, with 6 inches of rain to participate in the early Sunday morning run whic h was won by St Joseph’s Andrew Langtry in 17:56


February 19, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , | 2 Comments

Lover’s Day 5K raises 488 pounds of canned goods for Food Pantry in HPP

Start of Lover's Day 5K with 302 participants

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and Big Dog Productions got a head start on the big day by hosting a Lover’s Day 5K on Sunday.

Over 300 people showed up to either run, walk or jog the 3.1-mile scenic course along the coast of Hilo Bay, setting a new record for Big Dog Productions number of participants..

With the theme being Lover’s Day the Big Dog decided to add a new twist to the fitness event by offering a special recognition award to couples that held hands while covering the 5K distance.

It was a pleasant surprise to see so many couples eager to take advantage of the novel idea.  Duo’s volunteered to have their wrists tied together with yarn in order to keep with the Lover’s Day theme.

Couples held hands while doing the 3.1 mile event

A couple from Kenai River in Alaska, Cindy and Jim Nelson, jogged the entire distance to set the record for fastest time for a couple holding hands, with their finishing time of 36 minutes and 35 seconds.

“We’re in love,” Cindy Nelson said after the race.  “Just like love we keep on running together.”

According to Jim Nelson the event was his Valentine’s Day present to his wife.

“We enjoy doing things together and we got motivated when we did the Big Dog Resolution Run on Jan 1,” Jim Nelson said.  “We’ve been running almost every day since the New Year and will continue to do so.”

Another couple, Archie and Marlene Hapai, wanted to try something new in order to create another memory together.

“We’ve been married for 39 years and we just wanted to see if we could do it and have another crazy memory to share,” Marlene Hapai said.

The Hapai’s believe that to keep a relationship together takes daily work.

“We do little things for each other and we take an interest in and actively participate in each other’s interests,” Archie Hapai said.

Another couple that decided to join in on the hand holding fun was Steve and Andrea Sparks from Puna. 

“Part of doing this walk together is a comeback of sorts for us,” Andrea said.  “This is going to be the start of our goal in doing a walking event every month.”

“We always hold hands or join at the elbows wherever we go,” Steve said.  “Today is a memorable event for us as we met people from all over the country.”

Other couples doing the event holding hands included Davis Abraham and Stacey Kapeliela, James and Nancy Iaukea, along with Shane, Noah and Malia Johnston.

The event was more about couples than it was about individual runners, but there were your usual cast of serious men and women who wanted to test their harrier skills while getting a good cardiovascular workout.

5K overall winners

Leading the pack from the very start was University of Hawaii at Hilo cross country runners Zach Johnson and Kirsta Andrew.

“I ran with teammate Paul Mauser for most of the way,” Johnson said.  “We didn’t separate until the half way turn around point and after that I was running by myself.”

Johnson finished in 17 minutes and 57 seconds and was followed by Tyde Kaneshiro, 18:04; Justin Pang, 18:07, Isaiah Sato, 18:23; Jackson Halford, 18:59; and Mauser came in sixth at 19:02.

For the women it was Andrew running with Vulcan coach Nina Hagemann as the two decided to stay together in the early going.

“I ran with Nina for most of the race and we didn’t separate until we saw the finish line, about 50 meters in front,” Andrew said.  “At that point I started my kick.”

Andrew took top women honors with her time of 22 minutes flat and Hagemann coming in three seconds behind.  Hilo’s Lory Hunter took third at 23:07.

Eakins & Wagner

Kamehameha School parents, teachers and staff decided to participate under the direction and leadership of Zeeny Eakins and Bob Wagner.

“We did the New Years Day Resolution run/walk and wanted to try to do another event outside of work,” Eakins said.  “We had about 40 from the Kamehameha ohana and everyone had a smile on their face when they finished.”

“We’re happy to come out and do something for the community,” Wagner said.  “Giving canned goods to the Food Basket is a great cause and coming out to get some exercise for our bodies is a positive way to stay health and fit for our own families.”


The event raised a total of 488 pounds of canned food items for the Hawaiian Paradise Park Food Pantry, with some participants donating cash to help the islands Food Basket.


Coming up on Sunday, March 20, is the 14th annual Big Island International Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K run/walk.

Both the full marathon (26.2 miles) and half marathon (13.1 miles) have been sold out since January 3, but there are nearly 90 remain slots for the 5K (3.1 mile) event.

Those interested in participating in the 5K should sign up soon because once those remaining slots are taking the 5K will also be closed.

To sign up go to www.hilomarathon.org or for more information on the event or on how to volunteer call the Big Dog at 969-7400.

Related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/big-dogs-lovers-5k-sets-participant-record-of-302-official-results/

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Big Dog’s Lovers 5K sets participant record of 302 – Official Results

Record numbers participated in Lover's 5K

Big Dog Productions hosted the Lover’s 5K today, Feb 6, 2011 and set a sign in registration record of 302 with 287 crossing the finish line.

The event raised 488 pounds of food for the Food Pantry in Hawaiian Paradise Park and cash for the Hawaii Island Food Bank.

Following are the results for today’s run/walk.

Kudos to the sponsors and all the volunteers that made the event an enormous success.

More photos and information will be posted on this site later. 

Read 1st column – then second column to get the order of finish.

Zach Johnson 17:57   Kaala Ahu 37:49:00
Tyde Kaneshiro 18:04   Marla Hank 37:56:00
Justin Pang 18:07   Jason Ferreira 38:04:00
Isaiha Sato 18:23   Sarah Ferreira 39:06:00
Jackson Halford 18:59   Stephanie Nipper 39:13:00
Paul Mauser 19:02   Keoki Ka’ai 39:24:00
Louis Perry 19:09   Wally  Ogata 39:26:00
Troy Robinson 19:41   Gloria Wong 39:48:00
Wayne Pavao 19:46   Calvin  Pitoy 40:00:00
Alex Vu 19:46   Pua Brown 40:42:00
James Imai 20:49   Wendy Ahu 41:08:00
Johan Kuypers 20:50   Chesha Weaver 41:42:00
Luke Memmer 21:04   Kimo Weaver 41:43:00
Mike Brown 21:07   Wendy Peterson 41:57:00
John Hylas 21:11   Haddon Wong-Yuen 42:23:00
Maka’ala Cruz 21:15   Allan Melchor 42:23:00
Jordan Hirae 21:26   Steve Warren 42:25:00
Stephen Hunter 21:29   Michelle Knell 42:30:00
Joe Weideman 21:30   Norbert Lindsey 42:42:00
Derek Dominguez 21:33   Jason Marquart 42:54:00
Krista Andrew 22:00   Heidi  Lee 42:59:00
Kauila Wong-Yuen 22:02   Charla Chai 43:00:00
Nina Hagemann 22:03   Digg Deep 43:02:00
Jonah Knell 22:38   Rose  Bautista 43:06:00
Ray Ibarra 22:52   Denise Matsuoka 43:33:00
Justin Okuyama 23:03   Carolina Lam 43:34:00
Lory Hunter 23:07   John Quitonano 43:43:00
Jeremy Butts 23:08   Peter Coffin 44:12:00
Shawn Suga 23:28   Sandra Silva 44:58:00
Kaylee Rapoza 23:31   Joseph Kamelamela 45:03:00
Kevin Okumura 23:36   Jade AhSing 45:22:00
Kelly  Freitas 23:38   Michelle Correia 45:47:00
Lukas Kuipers 23:40   Lorna Mauga 45:54:00
Kihei Grothmann 24:10:00   Sheye Nihau 46:05:00
Roy Yamada 24:32:00   Pat Kaneshiro 46:08:00
Joshua Daubert 24:41:00   Kehau Lee Hong-Mauga 46:14:00
Kerry Kanotani 24:42:00   Roy alameida 46:32:00
James Hank 24:42:00   Cornellia Ahguay 47:00:00
Joann Pocsidio 24:46:00   Gilbert Angnay 47:12:00
Wendy Yamada 24:46:00   David DeWeese 47:13:00
Sheila Nguyan 24:54:00   Bindy Rushton 48:00:00
Harris Kaneshiro 24:56:00   Richard Rushton 48:01:00
Esther Kanihailua 24:59:00   Cody Pacheco 48:03:00
Donna Wong-Yuen 25:12:00   Laury Pacheco 48:10:00
Joshua Kubiji 25:17:00   Noelani Laeha 49:11:00
Paul Escobar 25:28:00 ` Rachel Laeha 49:40:00
Candice Carbaugh 25:37:00   Richard Grammer walker
Micah Kanehailua 25:51:00   Lorraine Hubbard walker
Jimmy Park 25:51:00   Jeanin Williams walker
Andrew Macaras 25:58:00   Hailey Jones walker
Ron  Fenwerda 26:00:00   Levon Yu walker
Peter Berg 26:06:00   Christine Bird walker
Chase Huston 26:11:00   Cindy AhSing walker
Laura Ellesugawa 26:13:00   Ashly Miura walker
Ian Ebesugawa 26:13:00   Nancy Martinez walker
Charles King 26:23:00   Jordan French walker
Aaron Morita 26:33:00   Michelle Leondra walker
Alan Mitsuyoshi 26:45:00   Brianna Daubert walker
Richard Grothmann 26:48:00   Kealoha Daubert walker
Trisha Soares 26:58:00   Michiko Fukunaka walker
Anne Veillet 27:06:00   Aiko Fukunaka walker
Marshall Freitas 27:14:00   Mark Nemeth walker
Patrick Donovan 27:16:00   Steve Nemeth walker
Roy Geronimo 27:26:00   Ku’uipo Palapalg walker
Lynne Brauher 28:02:00   Kahealani Galdeira walker
Jessica Manton 28:30:00   Samantha Silva walker
Linda Thompson 28:34:00   Amber Eakins walker
Kurt Kuipers 28:35:00   Zunu Eakins walker
Kristina Rushton 28:54:00   Regan Mizuguchi walker
Cherie Berg 28:55:00   Deeanna Kahakua walker
Russell Mauga 29:06:00   Destinee Pruett walker
Cahterine Fadrowsky 29:07:00   Kaei Holt-Mizuguchi walker
Eve Teeter-Balin 29:11:00   Magie Freitas walker
    29:12:00   Sue Lambert walker
Leroy Ridgway 29:26:00   John Dirgo walker
Calvin Mateo 29:39:00   Vergie Freitas walker
Roy Farias 29:40:00   Kuehu Lee-Hung Mauga walker
Firmin Tehero 29:44:00   John Mauga walker
Thalei Kamalani-M 29:59:00   Moana Lei Clark walker
Big Dog 30:07:00   Donald Ikeda walker
Darrell Huston 30:08:00   Autumn Kippen walker
Larry Aweau 30:10:00   Isaac Soloman walker
Lori Breitharth 30:14:00   Quynh Phan walker
Lynn Pitoy 30:34:00   Lauren Brunke walker
Lynn Klasko 30:36:00   Anthony Rowley walker
Joni Rhyss 30:39:00   Merle Unoki walker
Michele Bugado 30:41:00   Gloria Wagner walker
Stacy England 30:43:00   Bob Wagner walker
Annie Svaty 30:47:00   Nadine Clarke walker
Cheryl McDonough 31:03:00   Michael Clarke walker
Steve McDonough 31:04:00   Norman Sletteland walker
Tricia Wong-Yuen 31:09:00   Tonie Saucedo walker
Beverly Beck 31:18:00   Tiani Fontes walker
Curt Beck 31:18:00   Kanoe Oguma walker
Keith Laeha 31:22:00   Carol Higa walker
Jamie Ouye 31:29:00   Marlene Hapai walker
Alexa Bader 31:32:00   Archie Hapai walker
Stan Fortuna 31:53:00   Eileen Lovell walker
Mikaela Correa 32:02:00   Angelina Lovell walker
Michael Swain 32:03:00   Dacy Nan Taka walker
Dennis Nagai 32:27:00   Katie Tatum walker
Kelsey Poole 32:34:00   Joey Riveira walker
Karen Ny 32:36:00   Sonya Carvalho walker
Ayme Krogstad 32:43:00   Kathy Pung walker
Adriel Vicente 32:44:00   Lokelani Kipilii walker
Joanna Aurello 32:45:00   Eli Kipilii walker
Suzanne Swanson 32:50:00   Ed  Kagawa walker
Roy Dollwet 33:24:00   Donna Tengan walker
Kainoa Doctor 33:54:00   Karl Unoki walker
Shelley Doctor 34:00:00   Andi Unoki walker
Travella Williams 34:50:00   Aya shehata walker
Tarina Owens 34:59:00   Noor shehata walker
Fariola Ridgway 35:17:00   Zachary Montizor walker
Alex Perez 35:18:00   Lorilyn Montizor walker
Herb Wagner 35:29:00   Tonie Kaui walker
Kazumi Dollwet 36:04:00   Malie Johnston walker
Wainani Ballard 36:05:00   Shane Johnston walker
Taylor Nelson 36:24:00   Noah Johnston walker
Cooper Nelson 36:27:00   Paula Palma walker
Cindy Nelson 36:35:00   angie Palma walker
Jimmy Nelson 36:35:00   Zodie Shove walker
Jill Osborne 36:53:00   Warren Mauro walker
Hannah Osborne 36:58:00   Jasmine mauro walker
Rodney Aurello 36:58:00   Pauline Morante walker
Gilbert Williams 37:19:00   Clayman Morante walker
Alicia Loh 37:26:00   Clayson Morante walker
Lisa Soares 37:46:00   Davis Abraham walker
        Stacey Kapeliela walker
        Steve Sparks walker
        Andrea Sparks walker

February 6, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Marathon Finishers Tee Shirt a merit badge for Kuwana

Honolulu Marathon finisher Cindy Kuwana

Sometimes in life it takes a lot of pain and ill health before people get motivated enough to make changes to their lifestyle.

Such was the case for Cindy Kuwana who, after years of smoking, realized that making necessary changes would enhance her quality of life.

After 15 years of smoking cigarettes Kuwana found herself having horrible sinus infections and bronchitis occurring in her body every three months.

“I was in my late 20’s and I was so tired of being sick so often,” she said.  “With Doctor Melanie Arakaki telling me I should quit smoking I finally decided to listen and try since she said it would probably help my sinus problems.”

For the past 2.5 years Kuwana has been smoke free, but her quitting has been a tough and difficult process.

“I must admit that it was hard and I fell off the wagon a couple of times,” she said.  “But it didn’t discourage me as I was determined to kick the habit and improve my health.”

Born and raised in Hilo, Kuwana started playing sports in elementary school where she tried her hand at tennis before switching sports in high school. She is a 1994 graduate of Waiakea High School where she ran cross country for two years.

Currently Kuwana works as the office manager for Ululani Pharmacy and got involved with the running community since quitting smoking.

“I started walking on the treadmill just to get some exercise which led to running a couple of 5K (3.1 mile) races,” Kuwana said.

With the encouragement of Dr. Arakaki and her physical therapist, Guy Nakao, Kuwana decided to join a regular Sunday running group made up primarily of health care professionals in Hilo which did long distance training in preparation for the Honolulu Marathon.

“Guy and Melanie encouraged me and my Uncle Charles Sakoda inspired me to train for the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles),” Kuwana said.

“I give much credit to Guy from Nakao Physical Therapy who kept on telling me to get fit,” she said.  “Uncle Charles inspired me as he is a regular marathon finisher who keeps at it even with his injuries.  Dr. Arakaki and the Sunday running gang had given me the confidence and inner strength to take on something that big.”

Kuwana started training with the Sunday group in 2009 and was preparing to do her first marathon when she came down with a serious injury.

“I was doing too much too soon,” Kuwana said of her injury.  “I ended up with plantar fasciitis and tendonitis in my foot and could barely walk.”

But Kuwana, with her new found level of confidence, never gave up and trained again in 2010 by doing two short runs of 2 to 3 miles during the week and then added a long run on 7 to 8 miles with her running group on Sunday.

“I’ll do the Elliptical trainer and Bowflex weight training on other days and I also try to give myself at least one day of complete rest to allow myself and muscles a break and time to recover,” Kuwana said.

In June of 2010 Kuwana had another set back in trying to achieve her goal of running her first marathon when she got into an automobile accident that put a strain on her body.

“The car accident set me back on my training as my body needed time to heal from the injuries. The marathon training has been tough both mentally and physically,” she said.

Kuwana took an entire month off from running following the car accident to recuperate from her injuries.

“Taking a month off to recover from my injuries had to be the most frustrating, but humbling experience,” she said.

Kuwana never fully recovered from her car accident injuries and continues to see a physical therapist twice a week.

A few weeks prior to this past December’s Honolulu Marathon Kuwana was able to do her longest training run with her Sunday running group of 17 miles.

“With all that I had to deal with the past two years in trying to run my first marathon my only goal going into the December race was just to finish,” Kuwana said.  “I was hoping to finish around six hours or a little over, but just finishing was my main goal.”

And finish she did, in 8 hours and three minutes covering the 26.2 mile course in Honolulu.

“Call me crazy, but I took a huge gamble taking on marathon training only to have my body fail me on the big day.  None the less I’m happy that I got my finishers shirt, even though I needed to walk at the very end,” she said.

“I’m glad I could finish this race and am proud of my finisher tee shirt and medal,” Kuwana said.  “It was a good experience and I have lots of people to thank for their enormous amount of encouragement.

Kuwana is a great example of someone who, despite many obstacles, maintained a goal and worked at it until it was achieved.

Of course, her biggest achievement to all of her accomplishments was in quitting smoking, which was then followed by having a positive network of helpful and encouraging people.

Dr. Arakaki, Guy Nakao and Uncle Charles Sakoda, along with her Sunday running group all played an important role in her success to leading a more healthy and productive lifestyle.

Congratulations Cindy Kuwana and hopefully your story will inspire others to raise the bar on their health and fitness needs.


Coming up on Sunday, Feb 6 is Big Dogs Lovers Day 5K run/walk.  The event is a benefit for the Hawaii Island Food Basket and participants are encouraged to bring a non perishable food item to serve as their entry fee.

The 5K (3.1-mile) Run or Walk begins at 7:30 am from the parking area of Coconut Island in Hilo.

Post race refreshments provided by Marlene and Archie Hapai.   Just show up, sign in and have some fun.  Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Bush will give a Vidration sports drink to each finisher while supplies last.

There will be a special award recognition to couples that holds hands while running or walking the entire 3.1 mile distance. 

For more information contact Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph at 969-7400.

And someday should you happen to see a happy and healthy senior citizen jogging around Hilo remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment