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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

Maryann Mandaloniz loves her Early Morning Runs

Running early in the morning can be a great way to start your day.

   Ever wonder why some people seem more motivated and consistent in their daily exercise routine than others?

   The number one reason for people who don’t exercise regularly is that they don’t have the time.  Many people complain about not being able to do fitness workouts, yet many others accomplish so much more.

   Successful people that exercise regularly aren’t more talented, more motivated or more affluent than those who don’t.  The difference between those that do and those that don’t may lie in effective time management.

   Part of my secret for staying with a regular running and walking program is that I locked into a certain time each day and then to stayed with it.  Morning workouts are ideal for me because my body is fresh and lacks the distractions and fatigue from a full day of work.

   I’ve found that once I committed myself to waking early and getting out the door each morning that it becomes a positive habit, and something that I no longer think about, I just go out and do it.

   The same is true for Hilo born Maryann Mandaloniz who has been getting up at 3 a.m. each morning for the past 31 years so that she can put in a 2 hour run.

   “I started running when my children were young and that would be the only time I could get out and have my husband home with them,” Mandaloniz said.  “I like the early mornings and when I started working it seemed the best time to do my exercise.”

   By 3:30 every morning Mandaloniz is out the door and meets up with a friend, Dolores Bugado, before jogging down town and around Banyan Drive, then up to the Prince Kuhio Plaza before heading back to Banyan and home.

   “I enjoy the mornings as it just seems to be the best time to get out.  No traffic and clean beautiful air,” she said.

   While growing up during the 1960’s and early 70’s Mandaloniz attended St. Joseph School in Hilo and was one of the many women in our country who suffered from not having a Title IX sports program.

   “I didn’t play any organized sports in school because the catholic school that I attended only had a boy’s basketball team,” she said.

   It was only after getting married and starting a family did Mandaloniz start a regular exercise routine. 

   “I started to run to lose weight and 31 years later I’m still doing it,” she said.

   Mandaloniz works as an Educational Assistant for the Department of Education at E.B. De Silva School and at age 55 she finds that the running allows her to keep up with the youngsters.

   “The running keeps my weight down and keeps me healthy and able to keep up with my grandchildren and my preschoolers at work,” she said.

   Mandaloniz also watches what she eats as she stopped consuming red meat and will, on occasion, eat chicken or fish.  “I eat a lot of tofu and vegetables,” she said.  “I also enjoy a glass or two of red wine every night.”

   To stay motivated Mandaloniz is aided by her running partner, Dolores Bugado, as they both try to keep each other going each day.

   “Having a friend to run with and waking each other up in the morning to get each other going, even if it’s raining, is important,” Mandaloniz said.  “We will chat during the entire 2 hour run as we watch people going off to work.”

   Mandaloniz will sometimes add a swim to her fitness day or she will take a late afternoon walk. 

   “I like to swim, but I can’t do that too often.  At school sometimes we get together with other teachers and do some sort of aerobics,” she said.

   The best time for this active woman is the early mornings and, starting on her fourth decade, she discovered that this early morning routine suits her best. 

   “I find that I can get lazy in the afternoons and will make excuses not to exercise, so early morning work best for me.”

   Last month Mandaloniz went to Las Vegas to participate in the Vegas half-marathon (13.1-miles). 

   “It was a fun experience to do the Vegas race, even though it was 34 degrees,” she said.

   The Vegas race was nothing new for Mandaloniz as she has completed six Honolulu Marathons (26.2-miles), the Volcano 10-miler and ran the Hilo to Waimea Saddle Road Relay.

   “I plan on doing more races this year,” she said.  “I enjoy doing half marathons because I come in feeling no pain and ready to run the next day.”

   “I’d like to continue running for the rest of my life as it is a great way to stay fit and healthy.”

   Mandaloniz is a good example of someone that has found the right time for exercise and has incorporated a positive habit into her lifestyle.

   “Exercise has always been important to me.  It is a commitment that I made to myself more than 30 years ago.  If for some reason I would not run for a day or two my husband would beg me by the second day to go out for a run,” Mandaloniz said.

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment