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Vulcan Athletic Club Luncheon featured men’s and women’s basketball

Zach Wilde with Coach Law

Natalie Mata with Coach Kaneshiro


The Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon, held on Tuesday Nov 8, featured speakers from their basketball program.

First up was Men’s Coach Jeff Law along with senior forward Zach Wilde. Law in his 14th season with UHH has 194 wins and 150 losses as the Vulcan head coach.  Law noted that last year’s Pac West Conference winner, BYUH, is again the team to beat. “We bring 9 new players and 6 returnees,” Law said.  “We have lots of holes to fill, but we have a more athletic team with better shooters.”

  Wilde, a senior from Washington State, is a double major and is currently interning with the County Prosecutor’s Office.”I’m excited about this year’s team,” Wilde said.  “My personal goal is to have double-doubles in every game this year and to become an All American.”  After graduation Wilde is hoping to land a graduate coaching position. 

Women’s Coach Kaneshiro is optimistic about this years squad, stating that they are an improvement over last year. 

“We are headed in the right direction,” second year coach Kaneshiro said.  “We open at UH Manoa on Friday, 11-11.

Kaneshiro said the polls picked Grand Canyon to win the conference and Dixie State to finish second, with the Vulcans picked to finish 7th.

“Our overall team speed is better than last year,” Kaneshiro said.  Kaneshiro team has 8 new players with 7 returnees.

“We’re better than last year,” Coach Kaneshiro said.

Both the men and women basketball programs open their season this Friday and are hopeful that the public will come out and watch them play.

Mata is a junior and is a graduate of Farrington High School.  “Our team is a work in progress,” she said.  “We have more talent this year and our team chemistry is good.”

Mata is determined to prove that the Vulcans are much better than their seventh place preseason pick.

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Basketball | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Athletic Club luncheon at the Naniloa on November 8

The Vulcan Athletic Club will hold its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, November 8 at  12:00 noon in the Palm Lounge room at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort.  

The guest speakers will be head men’s basketball coach Jeff Law and women’s head basketball David Kaneshiro.

Coach Law enters his 14th season as the Vulcan’s head coach and sports a record of 194 wins against 150 losses.  Prior to his current position with UH-Hilo, Law held coaching positions at SUNY-Plattsburgh, Hobart College, UH-Manoa, Santa Monica College and Los Angeles City College.  Law was named the NABC/NCAA Div-II west region coach of the year as well as the Pac West coach of the year after the Vulcans 2004-2005 season.

Coach Kaneshiro enters his second season as the women’s head coach.  Kaneshiro was a standout guard at Hilo H.S. from 1987-1989 then went on to play for Beloit College (Wisc.) where he was a team captain and earned all conference honors is 1994.  Prior to UH Hilo Kaneshiro served as the head coach of the Webster University men’s team that won the SLIAC conference title in 2002.  Kaneshiro was also the head coach at Blackburn college where his teams claimed two conference titles during his 3 year tenure there. 

The Vulcan Athletic Club is organized under the University of Hawai’i Foundation and is focused on providing financial, scholarship and service support to the UH-Hilo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.  For information on or applications for the VAC call 974-7700.  Applications will also be available at the luncheon.

November 3, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ikeda to be inducted into Big Island Sports Hall of Fame

Charles Ikeda

Often there is a distinction between being a boss and being a leader. 

Henry Kissinger said, “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”

Using Kissinger’s definition can well describe Big Island resident Charles Ikeda who for most of his 61 years has been a leader in our community.

Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan and his family moved to Pahoa in 1956 when he was 6 years old.

“I got interested in basketball as I was growing up in Pahoa,” Ikeda said.  “We used to play all day long behind Miura Store until we were called home to dinner.”

The little makeshift dirt court behind Miura’s had a backboard and a rim attached to an electric pole and it was there that Ikeda played and practiced with other youngsters from the neighborhood.

The time spent on that dirt court paid big dividends for Ikeda as he spent two years on the Daggers junior varsity basketball team and another two years playing for the varsity hoops squad.

By his senior year Ikeda became co-captain of the basketball team with Lawrence Sanoria.

In high school Ikeda was showing his leadership skills on and off the court as he served as the Daggers senior class president.

Ikeda attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus where he received a certificate in physical education.

After a brief stint as a classroom teacher Ikeda found his calling with the County’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“I worked with P & R for 32 years and started out coaching in Pepeekeo,” Ikeda said.  “I also worked in Paauilo and you gotta love basketball to work in Paauilo.”

His work out in Paauilo was a dream job come true as Ikeda spent every day doing what he loved to do.

“Paauilo was basketball heaven,” he said.  “Everyone would want to call me out to play them one on one and I’d be more than willing to accommodate them.”

Ikeda tutored some of the youngsters that are now considered great coaches themselves on the Big Island.

People like Mason Souza, David Kaneshiro, Daphne and Clayton Honma and others came under his leadership skills.

In 1983 Ikeda moved back into Hilo and was asked to coach the Girls basketball program at E.B. De Silva Elementary School and became an age group coach.

“I continued my coaching at De Silva with Jimmy Shimose,” Ikeda said.  “It was then that we started coaching in the Piopio Bears organization where I continue to volunteer today.”

Ikeda expanded his basketball leadership skills to other sports as he helped programs such as volleyball and baseball.

Married to the former Joyce Higashi, Ikeda and his wife helps with a program called “Under His Wings” which provides breakfast for the homeless and will also prepare fried rice at the New Hope Church on Sundays.

Ikeda also takes care of his body by walking an hour and a half two or three times per week.

“I also love to play golf with my friends, but I don’t think I would consider it exercise,” he said with a wide grin.  “I try to golf three or four times per week.”

Since his retirement last year, from the County’s P&R Department, Ikeda has continued with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in his ongoing effort to help the Hawaii Island community.

For his tireless work with youngsters, feeding the homeless, helping his church and joining the RSVP program Mr. Charles Ikeda has been selected as one of the seven people chosen to be inducted to the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

The BISHF will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame at the Prince Kuhio Mall on August 21 at 10:30 am.

All seven inductees will be honored with their photos being unveiled at the Mall.

Following the Wall dedication the ceremony will move to a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon were a formal ceremony will take place.

For those interested in attending the luncheon the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.  Seating is limited.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519.

“The greatest satisfaction in working with young people is when they remember where they came from and return the favor by coming back to the organization to help in any way they can,” Ikeda said.  “So I thank all those that gave a little because a little can go a long way.”

And some day should you happen to see a grateful runner come passing through the streets of Hawaiian Paradise Park remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

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August 15, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment