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Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Seven into 2011 Class

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2011

  

Left to Right back row:  Robert Fitzgerald, Sam Alameda, Sr., Oligario “Galo” Fernandez, Stephen Perry
 
L to R Front Row:  Roberta Asuncion for deceased Dennis Asuncion, Charles Ikeda, and Gwen Kekua for the late John Clifford Kekua, Jr.

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame induction on Sunday

     BIG ISLAND SPORTS HALL OF FAME CEREMONIES ON SUNDAY

The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame in the Prince Kuhio Mall on Sunday, August 21 at 10:30 am followed by a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon.

The BISHF announced last month the seven inductees for the 13th class into the Wall of Fame as:

Sam Alameda, Sr. – basketball and Manager of the Waiakea Boxing Club

Dennis Asuncion (deceased) – Boxing, Coach and Official

Olizario Galo Fernandez – Basketball, Baseball and Coach

Robert Fitzgerald – Football and Baseball

Charles Ikeda – Basketball, Coach and Recreational Leader for Youth Organizations

John Clifford Kekua, Jr. (deceased) Canoe Paddling and Coach

Stephen L. Perry – Athletic Director, Coach, State Athletic Golf Coordinator

The seven inductees will be introduced and their photos will be displayed on the wall at the Prince Kuhio Plaza.  The public is invited to attend the unveiling and past inductees are encouraged to come out and support the newly inducted honorees.

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 and tickets will not be sold at the door.

Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519.

The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

August 19, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame induction set for August 21

12th induction class of 2010 – Harold “Russian” Furtado, Hamilton Manley, Mo Mathews, Richard Nakano, Bo Saiki, Manny Veincent, Ruth Walker

 BIG ISLAND SPORTS HALL OF FAME SELECTS 7 FOR CLASS OF 2011

The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the 13th class into the Wall of Fame.

Selected were:

Sam Alameda, Sr. – basketball and Manager of the Waiakea Boxing Club

Dennis Asuncion (deceased) – Boxing, Coach and Official

Olizario Galo Fernandez – Basketball, Baseball and Coach

Robert Fitzgerald – Football and Baseball

Charles Ikeda – Basketball, Coach and Recreational Leader for Youth Organizations

John Clifford Kekua, Jr. (deceased) Canoe Paddling and Coach

Stephen L. Perry – Athletic Director, Coach, State Athletic Golf Coordinator

The BIGHF selection committee chair, Derek Shigematsu, announced the selections on Tuesday.

“We had many fine nominees who had years of community involvement in their respective sports,” Shigematsu said.  “It was a difficult decision.”

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

“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” Shigematsu said.  “We are hoping past inductees and the general public will come out to support the newly inducted honorees.”

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 to 125 people and as of August 6 sixty percent of the tickets have been sold.

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

The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

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August 15, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dennis Asuncion inducted into Big Island Sports Hall of Fame

      Dennis Ernest Asuncion was born in Hilo in 1948 and grew up in the sugar plantations at camp Amauulu.

During his early amateur boxing career Asuncion became the Amateur Boxing Associations 112 pound division champion and the following year captured the 112 lb open division.

Graduating from Hilo High in 1966 Asuncion resumed his boxing while in the military and became the Hawaii State Amateur Athletic Union Champion in 1969.

Following his military service Asuncion returned to the Big Island and resumed boxing for the late Jack Matsui.  In 1970 he became the 119 lb Hawaii State AAU Champion and later won the Hawaii State Golden Gloves Championship.

His list of amateur achievements in the local boxing scene is endless as he won several titles.

From 1972 to ’75 he coached the Wanderers Athletic Club and from 1977 to 1995 he was a boxing official for the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Junior Boxing Program and for the Hawaii Police Activities League Amateur Boxing Program.

Asuncion was a three time State of Hawaii AAU champion, a two time State of Hawaii Golden Gloves Champion, a two time BIABA Invitational Tournament Champion, and a US Army Pacific Area Champion.

Asuncion was selected in 1971 as the Big Island Athlete of the Year.  (Asuncion passed away on March 2, 2011)

For his numerous awards in amateur boxing and for his years of community service to the sport of boxing the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame has selected his, along with six others, to be inducted to the 2011 War of Fame.

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

“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” Chairman Derek Shigematsu said.  “We are hoping past inductees and the general public will come out to support the newly inducted honorees.”

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 12 and under.  Seating is limited.

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

The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame to induct 7

Wall of Fame at Kuhio Mall

 BIG ISLAND SPORTS HALL OF FAME SELECTS 7 FOR CLASS OF 2011

The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the 13th class into the Wall of Fame.

Selected were:

Sam Alameda, Sr. – basketball and Manager of the Waiakea Boxing Club

Dennis Asuncion (deceased) – Boxing, Coach and Official

Olizario Galo Fernandez – Basketball, Baseball and Coach

Robert Fitzgerald – Football and Baseball

Charles Ikeda – Basketball, Coach and Recreational Leader for Youth Organizations

John Clifford Kekua, Jr. (deceased) Canoe Paddling and Coach

Stephen L. Perry – Athletic Director, Coach, State Athletic Golf Coordinator

The BIGHF selection committee chair, Derek Shigematsu, announced the selections on Tuesday.

“We had many fine nominees who had years of community involvement in their respective sports,” Shigematsu said.  “It was a difficult decision.”

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

“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” Shigematsu said.  “We are hoping past inductees and the general public will come out to support the newly inducted honorees.”

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 12 and under.  Seating is limited.

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

The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

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