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Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Rededicated

Hall of Fame inductees and/or family member representitives

Jack Matsui with Big Dog

Sport Wall of Fame Rededicated

   The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame was rededicated today after a two year absence from the public’s view.

   Jack Matsui was the founder of the Hall of Fame and had passed away a few months prior.  “Getting these photos back into public view is all Jack would talk about,” Cora Lee Matsui said.

   Just two weeks prior to his passing Matsui was telling his wife how those photos needed to be put back up for the community to view.

   Located near the entrance of IHOP and Macy’s Men’s Shop photo’s of the 114 legends in Big Island sports were officially presented to the public.

    The photos were part of the plaza for nearly eight years before mail management decided to sell the wall space in February 2008 leaving the Hall of Fame without a home.

   For over two year the photos and plaques honoring Big Island sports volunteers, which had a combined 4,000 years of community service, needed to be placed into storage.

   The BISHF board of directors has recently submitted paper work to become a non-profit 501 (3) c.  Annually the Hall of Fame pays the mall $3000 and needed to accept donations to restore the photos and pay for the wall space.

   KTA Super Stores came in as the major contributing sponsor, along with Friends of Jerry Chang, the Big Island International Marathon, Aiona Cars, and Ken Fujiyama.

   “We will continue to accept donations,” Jerry Chang, chairman of the BISHF said. 

   Donations may also be made to Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 11211, Hilo, Hawaii 96721.

Honorees make self introductions

   On June 1st nominations to the next class of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame will be taken, with the deadline for submission on July 15.  An induction ceremony will be held to honor the next class on August 22.  More information will be forth coming.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , | 2 Comments

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame – Program Agenda for Saturday

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame wall to be rededicated on Saturday, May 22, PKP

09:45 am  Music by Boy Varez
10:00 am  Program opens with Emcee Derek Kurisu
10:05 am  Introduce Reverend for opening prayer
10:10 am  Introduce Chair Jerry Chang
               Mahalos and introduction of Board Member
               History of BISHF and selection criteria
               Announce date for submission of application for next class
               Announce date time and place for next award luncheon
10:15 am  Introduction of guest speaker Wayne Subica
10:22 am  Introduction of past recepients or their representatives that are present on stage or up front
10:30 am  Untying of the maile lei with Chair Chang and Cora Lee Matsui with Reverend and past recepients
10:40 am  Cora Lee short speech
10:45 am  Derek thanking everyone, including contributors and everyone for attending.

Read more about the rededication:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/big-island-sports-hall-of-fame-wall-rededication-on-saturday/

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame returning to PKP

Jerry Chang, Kimberly Shimabuku and Ellsworth Fontes sign contract

Jerry Chang, Kimberly Shimabuku and Ellsworth Fontes sign contract

Photos of more than 100 inductees into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame will return to the Prince Kuhio Plaza after nearly two years in storage.

    Plans are under way to rededicate a 12’x12’ wall space next to Macy’s Men Shop and across from IHOP in early January with a formal ceremony.  It will be followed a few months later with a new class of inductees.

     The photos of that illustrious group graced the wall of PKP for nearly 8 years before management decided to sell the wall space in February ’08, leaving the Sports Hall of Fame without a home.

    Since that time the photo’s and plaque’s commemorating more than 4,000 years of community service to the Big Island sports community had been placed into storage and in some cases has resulted in mildew damage.

   Over the past six months a group of community volunteers, spearhead by Jerry Chang, state House representative, has meet on a regular basis to bring the photos back for public viewing.

   “I was present at a meeting between board members, Ellsworth Fontes and Ken Fujiyama when they were discussing re-activating the (BISHofF) committee and new leadership,” Chang said.

   “(Fujiyama) made the suggestion that I would be a good candidate because of my long standing relationship with founder Jack Matsui and the sports community on the Big Island,” Chang said.

   Chang volunteered to head the first organizational meeting in order to kick start the process and a new board was selected this past May.

   Chang was selected to serve as the committee’s president with vice president, Pat Aiona, Sr. and Fontes continues to serve as treasurer.  Other board members include Fujiyama, Derek Shigematsu, Brian Iwata, Cora Lee Matsui, Wendell Kaehuaea and Dr. Ernest Bade.

Fontes holds plans to return photo's to wall of fame
Fontes holds plans to return photo’s to wall of fame

Kimberly Shimabuku, general manager at PKP, had also contacted the mall’s owners, General Growth Properties, to provide the BISHofF organization with a special non-profit cost for wall rental space.

    “Each contract for rental in the Plaza goes through the appropriate department committee for approval,” Shimabuku said.

   Shimabuku also explained the process for removing the photo’s from the free wall space.  “We approached Mr. Matsui regarding the need for a sponsor for the wall, although a specific price was not discussed.  A notification letter was sent and the pictures were removed in February 2008 after approximately 18 months of working with Mr. Matsui to find a sponsor or another suitable home,” she said.

   Shimabuku acknowledges PKP’s support for the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, but says, “Business conditions were such that we need sponsorship for the space.  The Board of Directors has found that sponsorship and GGP was willing to extend a discounted rate.”

   “PKP has asked us to pay $250 per month (plus an additional $10.41 per month in taxes) and we were able to get several $500 donation commitments from various people and community organizations so that we can insure the first year of wall space,” Chang said.

   Chang, along with Clift Tsuji, Dennis “Fresh” Onishi,  and the Big Island International Marathon have all made verbal commitments to the BISHofF committee to help pay for the first year of wall space at the mall.

   Jack Matsui came up with the idea of the BISHofF in a dream that came to him one morning.  “I just woke up from a dream one morning and the idea of recognizing some of the older people in our community came to me,” Matsui said in an previous interview.

   Matsui, 86, is the founder of many sports organizations throughout the island which includes the Big Island Athlete of the Month, Big Island Sports Person of the Year, and several boxing organization.

    “I have known Jack (Matsui) since I was 10 years old.  He was my first coach for boxing with the Hilo Boys Club and he was my basketball and baseball coach for Hukilau (Restaurant) Athletic Club,” Chang said.

   The BISHofF is now in the process of getting a federal non-profit status with the help of County Corporation Counsel Attorney, Joseph Kamelamela and CPA, Brian Iwata, contributing pro-bono on the application process.

   “We expect to get our 501 (3) (c) status by the end of this year,” Chang said.  “In the meantime we need to raise additional money to pay for the damage done to the plaques and photo’s while they were in storage and to help pay for the cost of our next inductee class which will be in early 2010.

   The new contract is only for one year which runs from January 1 to December 31, 2010, at which time PKP will reevaluate its agreement with the BISHofF.

    “For this type of agreement our maximum term is one year.  After a year we hope to see a renewal of sponsorship for the wall,” Shimabuku said.

    In the meantime, anyone who would like to help with the BISHofF to preserve and honor those that have contributed so much to sports here on the Big Island can make a check out to Big Island Sports Hall of Fame and mail it to P.O. Box 11211, Hilo, Hawaii 96721.


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