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Salute to the Veterans 5K results from Hilo Hawaii July 4th, 2012

Place Bib # Name Time
1 184 NIKOLAI ALEXANDER DEININGER 0:18:40
2 284 ANDREW J. LANGTRY 0:18:59
3 83 ALAN RYAN 0:19:19
4 201 MICHAEL DALY 0:19:36
5 193 ALLEGRA MAYER 0:19:44
6 280 STEPHEN HUNTER 0:20:06
7 275 JUSTIN PANG 0:20:09
8 93 JORDAN MCBRIDE 0:22:38
9 78 ROB VAN GEEN 0:22:45
10 100 MARIANNE WOLLER 0:23:01
11 281 LORY HUNTER 0:23:24
12 282 STEWART HUNTER 0:23:39
13 89 DJ BLINN 0:23:47
15 257 EVAN WILLIAMS 0:24:27
16 289 COLBY LA BRIE 0:24:49
17 194 LARISSA PHILANTHA EDWARDS 0:24:56
18 200 BRADY BENNETT 0:25:11
18 9999 SHAILIN BENNETT 0:25:11
19 91 ADAM CAUSEY 0:24:56
20 286 DANIELLE REISMAN 0:25:26
21 99 TIM CHRISTOPHER 0:25:58
22 81 ROY YAMADA 0:26:13
23 279 KEVIN HUNTER 0:27:04
24 258 GARY L. THOMAS 0:28:20
25 195 LORI SHARP 0:28:54
26 98 CATHERINE SPINA 0:29:13
27 188 PAUL REVERE 0:29:18
28 206 TERRY STEELMAN 0:29:32
29 205 JARVIS VALERA 0:29:54
30 265 KELLY QUEZADA 0:30:07
31 277 ALAHNA JAMSEN 0:30:13
32 274 LAURIE KANETA 0:30:29
33 88 FAYE SOLI 0:30:29
34 186 ALLISON T. YANO 0:30:30
35 292 ROG BRANDS 0:30:37
36 96 ZEB HUDSON 0:30:44
37 202 CHRISTINE MAKAWEO 0:31:06
38 197 MURIEL AHUNA-LEONG 0:31:14
39 90 LEE OTANI 0:31:27
40 196 TINA MARIE LIWAI 0:31:33
41 204 DULCE BARTON 0:31:35
42 203 STAN FORTUNA 0:31:50
43 294 KAITLYN GREGORY 0:32:22
44 84 MARIE KIRAMOTO 0:32:23
45 295 MATT GREGORY 0:32:36
46 273 MICHELLE BRANCO 0:32:54
47 95 CHRISTINE MCMANON 0:32:55
48 97 DENNIS SHIGEOKA 0:33:22
49 287 CARRIE REIN 0:33:46
50 94 ZENY EAKINS 0:35:01
51 288 DENISE NAKANISHI 0:35:40
52 79 NAIMO L TABAR 0:36:35
53 190 HERBERT H. WEGNER 0:37:01
54 92 KRISTINA LOCKRIDGE 0:37:16
55 187 BENEDICT L. FUATA 0:37:23
56 80 CHRYSTINE BUGBEE 0:38:31
57 191 WYMOND WILDS 0:38:45
58 269 LINDA NAKO 0:39:06
59 296 PAIGE GREGORY 0:39:20
61 189 GLORIA WONG 0:39:44
63 199 CHARISH SUMAOANG 0:41:11
64 264 DAVID N KOHARA 1:01:46
65 293 ANGIE GREGORY 0:41:18
66 192 PAUL HANSON 0:41:26
67 87 MARTHA REBER 0:41:50
68 2 CHRISTINE MEREDITH 0:42:16
69 10 EDIE ALEXANDER 0:42:17
70 248 DAN SMITH 0:42:42
71 272 BARBARA PAOLA 0:44:42
72 85 KAHUHIPA DONNER 0:45:16
73 270 LESLIE CARROLL 0:46:01
74 271 MIKE CARROLL 0:46:02
76 252 MARALYN RENKEN 0:47:20
77 256 ANGELA KOIZUMI 0:48:55
78 283 DOROTHY SANGER 0:48:56
80 291 ROBIN BAUMAN 0:51:16
81 233 BETSY ROSS 0:51:20
82 267 ROY GACUTAN 0:51:24
83 266 VICKY GACUTAN 0:51:26
84 239 SUSAN HENDRICKS 0:52:06
86 245 DAWN STONE 0:55:06
87 278 SUZAN THOMPSON FORREST 0:55:08
88 86 KAHHEAWAE DONNER 0:55:15
89 228 JEFF STONE 0:56:22
90 240 ROBIN KLODA 0:56:23
91 121 DALYNNDA ODON 0:59:53
92 268 MILES NAKANISHI 0:59:55
93 236 LIBBIE KAAHU 1:01:36
94 224 EDWIN TAYLOR 1:01:46
95 249 SANDY DUBCZAK 1:01:14
97 231 TOKUSHIGE NAKMOTO 1:08:47
98 211 MABEL DE SILVA 1:09:18
101 229 DAN KAMA 1:21:42
102 244 FREDA HART 1:21:58
103 247 DELORES MARVIN 1:21:59
104 1 GEORGE H. KELLY 1:23:00
105 250 JON MARSHALL 1:23:02
106 230 A. M. KAMA 1:23:02
107 276 HENRY CALIO 1:23:04

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

George Kelly – Overcoming the effects of Vietnam’s Agent Orange

What would you do if you discovered that you had a disease and were given 6 months to 4 years to live?

Would you go home and feel sorry for yourself or would you start making short term goals and begin exercising?

George Kelly chose the latter.

In 2009 Kelly was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had it removed in September of the same year.

“After the kidney was removed the blood test showed I still had cancer, so after more testing I was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma,” Kelly said.

There are 32 types different kinds of lymphoma and what Kelly had was Walderstroms macroglaobulinemia and IGM monoclonal gammopathy the majority of it caused from Agent Orange in Vietnam, according to Kelly.

It was after that grave diagnoses that doctors gave Kelly a chance of 6 months to 4 years left of life.

“I had the option of going home and feeling sorry for myself and dying or I could fight it,” Kelly said.

Kelly, a former Vietnam vet decided to fight and the battle is still ongoing.

“I decided to give myself goals to reach 6 months down the road,” he said.  “Once I achieved a goal I would set another goal.”

The cancer attacked Kelly’s nerves going into his legs and he began to lose all feeling from the knees down making it difficult for him to walk.

“The VA gave me a wheelchair to use but I was afraid that once I got into it I would never get out of it,” Kelly said.

Last summer at the ‘Salute to Veterans 5K run/walk’ Kelly needed to be pushed the entire 3.1 miles in order to participate, which was a humbling experience for him.

“One of the goals that I had set was to get out of that wheelchair and walk my daughter down a stretch of beach on Molokai for her wedding,” Kelly said.

In February, seven months after being put into the wheelchair, Kelly walked his daughter along a sandy beach in Molokai and accomplished another one of his goals.

“I knew I better start walking before my daughter’s wedding to build up strength. I was afraid I wouldn’t have the discipline to walk on the days that I felt bad from the chemo and the cancer,” Kelly said.

Kelly enlisted the help of a 78 year old former Marine from the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict, by the name of Ric Kama.

“Since that time, every morning at 9 am, except on the days I have doctor’s appointments or chemo treatments we go walking,” Kelly said.  “We have also added two more people to our walking group.”

Kelly and his group will walk anywhere from 1 to 4 miles daily. During their walks they will pick up roadside trash and help to eradicate Miconia with his Semper Fi walkers.

During the Merry Monarch parade Kelly  participated by doing the walk with the aid of a walker.

This tough 67 year old was born in Great Falls, Montana and ended up attending Kailua High School on Oahu and followed that up with attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Kelly will also be careful with the foods he eats.

“I need to eat foods that counter the anemia from chemo, fruits and green vegetables,” he said.  “I do eat a lot of fish and shrimp instead of the red meats.”

But Kelly admits to going out and splurging for an occasional banana split for breakfast!

“I look at living life to the fullest.  I know that if you have cancer you don’t need to worry about the rain,  just learn how to dance in it,” Kelly said of his breakfast banana split.

Kelly was elected as commander of VFW Post 3830 for three years before taking a year off and has now been re elected commander.

“I needed to take a year off to try to improve my health and now I’m ready to serve again,” Kelly said.

As commander one of Kelly’s many jobs is to help all the other vets in the lower Puna area.

“We help vets from the world war II to the newer conflicts such as Iraq, Afghan, and the others,” he said.  “We try to help the homeless get out of the bush and we just had a homeless veteran stand down on May 25 at the armory in Keaau.”

The tireless Vietnam vet that still has terminal cancer will work to make sure that vets are able to get their medical, educational and housing benefits.

“We work in the local community to give scholarships, to aid the needy families, help the abused women’s shelter, and work with the elderly and to give to the food bank,” Kelly said.

On July 4 Commander Kelly will once again participate in the ‘Salute to Veterans 5K’ but this time, instead of being pushed in a wheel chair, he will attempt to walk the entire 3.1 distance with his Semper Fi group.

Profits from the Salute to Veterans 5K run/walk will go to VFW Post 3830’s building fund whose goal is expand their facility to serve the many homeless vets and others in the Pahoa community desperately needing their services, according to Kelly.

You can join George Kelly and the many veterans that will participate in the Salute to Veterans 5K on July 4 by calling run event coordinator Marlene Hapai at 966-9894 to get an application or go on line at www.vfwpost3830.com  and click on 5K run/walk.          

And someday should you happen to see another Vietnam Veteran walking the back roads of East Hawaii remember to say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

June 18, 2012 Posted by | Profiles, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VFW Pahoa – Hilo Bay 5K Results from June 18

VFW Post Commander, George Kelly, being pushed past the finish line. Kelly completed three years as post commander and the day was proclaimed Geoge Kelly Day by the Governor

VFW Pahoa – HiloBay5k Run/Walk
June 18, 2011 – 7:00 am
Lili’uokalani Park,Hilo, Hawaii

Plc

Name

 

Time

(min/mi)

1

Justin Pang

 

18:54

6:05

  2 Steven Pavao

 

19:09

6:10

3

Stephen Hunter

 

19:17

6:12

4

Seth Hodges

 

19:18

6:13

5

Andrew Langtry

 

19:56

6:25

6

Scott Hunter

 

20:56

6:44

7

Ryan Mason

 

21:21

6:52

8

Froilan Rivera

 

21:38

6:58

9

Clint Anderson

 

21:45

6:59

10

Bernicie Hwang

F

21:49

7:01

11

Lory Hunter

F

22:34

7:16

12

Garret Uyeda

 

22:53

7:22

13

John Richer

 

23:04

7:25

14

Stewart Hunter

 

23:08

7:26

15

Jessica Kirkwood

F

23:33

7:34

16

Diamond Robinson

 

23:48

7:39

17

Peter Manibusan

 

23:51

7:40

18

James  Hank

 

23:57

7:42

19

Robert Talbot

 

24:09

7:46

20

Stephen Revenaugh

 

24:10

7:46

21

Andrew Langtry

 

24:16

7:48

22

Alison Mansfiled

F

24:27

7:52

23

John Hubbard

 

25:12

8:06

24

Cyrus Macanas

 

25:53

8:19

25

Joel Tagaca

 

26:35

8:33

26

Aileen Hermes

F

26:39

8:34

27

Christopher Seymour

 

26:55

8:39

28

Charles Bostwick

 

27:32

8:51

29

Ernest Madahan

 

27:35

8:52

30

Sara Duvoisin

F

27:48

8:56

31

Jenny Huilca

F

27:48

8:56

32

Andrea Gill

F

27:54

8:58

33

David Hammes

 

28:05

9:02

34

WayneSubica

 

28:06

9:02

35

Stacie Ichinose

F

29:23

9:27

36

Alpebert Agno

 

29:25

9:28

37

Jesse Cabrera

 

29:32

9:30

38

Gerald Fernandez

 

30:11

9:43

39

Kaikea Teves

 

30:35

9:50

40

Harry Messenheimer

 

31:27

10:07

41

Jonette Calicdan

F

31:47

10:13

42

Rita Miller

F

31:58

10:17

43

Benedict Fuata

 

31:59

10:17

44

Adams Agtarap

 

33:03

10:38

45

Evan Chun

 

33:22

10:44

46

Sean Martinez

 

34:28

11:05

47

Lovina Sabnani

F

35:11

11:19

48

Rayelle Subica

F

35:31

11:25

49

Roy Almeida

 

35:35

11:26

50

Randall Kilhoffer

 

39:10

12:35

51

Iris Kuwaye 

F

39:55

12:50

52

Mila Chrysostomou

F

39:59

12:52

53

Ron Pires

 

41:48

13:26

54

Paul Hanson

 

42:18

13:36

55

Kuuipo Messmore

F

43:21

13:56

56

Linda-Alice Vest

F

43:40

14:02

57

Nick Balingit

 

42:42

13:44

58

Norbert  Linsdey

 

44:57

14:27

59

Richard Ferris

 

45:54

14:46

60

Thomas Henry

 

45:58

14:47

61

William Richter

 

45:58

14:47

62

Maralyn Renken

F

46:45

15:02

63

George Kelly

 

48:14

15:31

64

David Fithhian

 

48:42

15:40

65

Charlotte Lanham

F

48:43

15:40

66

Edna Iwamoto

F

54:06

17:24

67

CliftonIwamoto

 

54:09

17:25

68

Susan Hendricks

F

54:09

17:25

69

Suzan Thompson

F

54:46

17:37

70

Dawn Stone

F

54:47

17:37

71

Leroy Chow

 

55:46

17:56

72

Frances Chow

F

55:57

17:59

73

Stan Fortuna

 

55:59

18:00

74

Hollie Jones

F

56:08

18:03

75

Jeffrey  Booth

 

57:30

18:29

76

Lionel Victorino

 

57:31

18:29

77

Archie Hapai III

 

57:40

18:32

78

Libbie Kaahu

F

57:58

18:38

79

Edwin Taylor

 

57:58

18:38

80

Barbara Ferraro

F

57:59

18:38

81

Edwin Kagawa

 

58:40

18:52

82

Donna Tengan

F

58:41

18:52

83

Korrie Tengan

F

59:25

19:07

84

Patricia Sauer

F

59:43

19:12

85

Michael Sauer

 

1:00:08

19:20

86

Jack Roney

 

1:00:10

19:21

87

Stacy Saxton

F

1:00:44

19:32

88

Freda Hart

F

1:00:51

19:34

89

Nichelle Veien

F

1:00:52

19:34

90

Mabel  De Silva

F

1:06:46

21:28

91

Donald Kuntz

 

1:07:26

21:41

92

Roy Almeida

 

1:07:27

21:41

93

Greg Armstrong

 

1:07:52

21:49

94

David Helmick

 

1:09:24

22:19

95

Romain Giger

 

1:09:24

22:19

96

Wymond Wilds

 

1:09:25

22:19

97

Leslie McClung

F

1:09:25

22:19

98

Hoonani McClung

F

1:14:22

23:55

99

Randallyn Donner

F

1:14:23

23:55

100

Lisamae Pang

F

1:22:39

26:35

101

Bobby  Layman

 

1:29:55

28:55

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Salute to the Veterans – Honor the Dead by Helping the Living

Post 3830

    “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living” is the slogan by the Veterans of Foreign Wars headed by Commander George Kelly from Post 3830 in Pahoa.

Kelly and his group of Veterans and their spouses will be hosting a 5K (3.1 mile) run or walk on Sunday, June 18, to raise money for the many services they provide to our veterans.

A Salute to our Veterans title and idea came from a group effort in looking for the right name to call their 5K run/walk.  The Vets looked at a variety of titles, including “The Hilo Bay 5K” before deciding on the Salute to the Veterans title.

“We wanted to do something special in connection with the VFW state convention being held in Hilo from June 16 to 18,” event organizer Marlene Hapai said. “From my canvassing the Puna district and attending a few of their breakfast meeting it was obvious this was a group of people willing to do anything and everything to help their fellow veterans.”

VFW post 3830 is located in Nanawale Estates in lower Puna will host veterans and members of the community for breakfasts twice a month and a dinner once a month for a nominal fee.

“Most of our funding comes out of our own pockets,” Kelly said. 

Presently Post 3830 is located in a small 24’x80’ building that services everyone from Veterans to members of the community and on busy days many people need to sit outside.

“This run/walk will help raise money to expand our facility and to add a Class A kitchen, showers and an office,”  race director Marlene Hapai said.

Kelly, who is presently undergoing chemotherapy, will start the race and will be pushed in his wheelchair by another veteran, Archie Hapai of Kurtistown.

“I’ve been diagnosed with B cell lymphoma,” Kelly said.  “I got the cancer from serving in Vietnam from 1965 to ’66 when they were using Agent Orange.”

Kelly served our country in the Marine Corp for “4 years 3 months and 29 days” and was honorably discharged as an enlisted man, sergeant.

“We’d like to expand our facility in order to have more space so that we can bring doctors, dentists and other services for our Puna vets,” Kelly  said.

According to  Kelly  many of our veterans still live in the woods and under tarps.    The 2010 census revealed that there are 2,300 displaced veterans with 1,300 of them living in the Puna district.

“Displaced is a government word for saying that those Vets are not homeless, but in all likely hood they are living in sub standard housing and are having a difficult time making the transition to civilian life,” Kelly said.

The new facility will become the Pahoa Veterans Outreach Center and will expand to its original conceived idea of what the post was supposed to be.

“We were to have two buildings but the lack of funding prevented us from having a facility that could help the amount of vets that live out here,” Kelly said.

Kelly believes that those in Washington D.C. thinks that Hawaii is the island of Oahu as the Big Island is often overlooked when it comes to government dollars.

“We have over 4,000 vet patients and only three doctors to care for them,” Kelly said.  “We kept complaining and made out voices heard in Washington and now they’ve allocated funding for an additional doctor.”

The Salute to Veterans 5K run/walk is an attempt by the post to raise some money to help those that served our country and are living on the Big Island.

Prizes will be given to participants who have the best decorated wheelchair, most patriotically dressed, to the youngest and oldest participants and for those that came from farthest away, according to Hapai.

Awards will also go to the fastest three in a variety of age and gender groupings.

“We will also recognize the largest team participating,”   Hapai said.

The goal for event directors is to have at least 200 participants and the Veterans groups is also looking for sponsors in their quest to reach a goal of $250,000 by the summer of 2013.

“I recommended a two year fund raising campaign that would coincide with the 75th anniversary of the VFW in Hawaii to raise money to build the rest of their building and increase their services,” Hapai said.

For all their hard work and outstanding community service Post 3830 will be recognized in August at the national level as the “National Most outstanding Community service Post for 2010 to 2011,” according to Kelly.

“Our vets and their Ladies Auxiliary have put in over 12,000 hours of community service and is well deserving of this award,” Kelly said.

For the 5K run/walk Hapai is hoping that 200 plus people will participate in the fitness event in order to recognize the contribution these men and women have made to their country and their community.

“We are only at 25 percent of our goal and we are hoping that the community will come out and support our vets by participating in a health and fitness event,” Hapai said.

Race information as follows: 

Marlene Hapai

What?  "A Salute to Our Veterans" Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk
When?  Saturday, June 18th, Begins at 7:00 a.m. Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Registration: Early Bird Registration Extended to June 5th: $25
includes T-shirt; After June 5th, $35.
Registration Forms can be picked up at the post, emailed to you or downloaded from the website: vfwpost3830.com
Contact information: Marlene Hapai, Event Coordinator, 966-9894 or mhapai@aol.com

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments