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B-EP Golf Tournament scheduled for May 4, 2011

The East Hawaii Business-Education Partnership is dedicated to assisting our public schools in providing incentive programs for students and mini grants for teachers.  The annual B-EP Golf Tournament is the fund raising event for these programs.  Please consider taking a day out of your work schedule to either participate in the golf tournament, become a sponsor, provide prizes for the golfers, provide items for our golfers’ goodie bags, or send in a donation to assist us with our work.

21st Annual Central Pacific Bank – KTA Super Stores B-EP Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – Hilo Municipal Golf Course 11:00 am Shotgun Start – Check in by 10:00 am

NAME (Print Legibly)_______________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________

DAY PHONE ________________ CELL PHONE _______________ EMAIL ________


Entry Fee of $100.00 _______________

Additional Donation _______________

*Additional Mulligans _______________

$10 each (Max 2)

Total Amount of check _______________

Please check here if you or your company are willing to donate prizes for the tournament.

A committee member will make contact with you.

You may form your own group (up to six-some) by adding their names below and submitting their entry fees with yours.

Additional Names Handicap Affl/Handicap/Slope Phone Email






Please make your check for the entry fee(s) payable to B-EP and mail to: B-EP, P.O. Box 5089, Hilo, HI, 96720. If you have any questions, contact Irene Nagao at 934-0342 or Irene.nagao@hawaiiantel.net Deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, April 27, 2011. All early-bird registration entries received by Friday, April 15, 2011 will be eligible to participate in a $100 KTA Super Stores gift certificate drawing.

Entry fee includes shared cart, green fee, (1) mulligan, prizes, lucky number drawings and meal at the awards program after the tournament. There will also be a Putting Contest for prizes. Registrations will not be honored unless accompanied with entry fee(s).  No refunds will be made after Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

*Additional (2) mulligans may be purchased for a total of (3) mulligans.


March 2, 2011 Posted by | golf | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sports Hall of Fame Photos Return to PKP

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame - 114 photos at PKP

   After more than two years and a cost of several thousand dollars all 114 photos belonging to inductees of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame have returned to grace the walls of the Prince Kuhio Plaza.

  The 144-square-foot wall space next to Macy’s Men Shop and across from IHOP is the new home for those inductees. Then on Saturday, May 22 at 10:30 am there will be a special dedication.

   “We’re hoping we can locate and notify all 114 of the inductees and their families to have them join us for this special dedication,” BISHF chair Jerry Chang said.

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

  For over two years 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.

  “We had to have some of the photos redone,” BISHF treasurer Ellsworth Fontes said.  “All the photos had to be remounted onto new 4’x8’ boards then mounted onto the plaza wall.”

  Fontes estimates that the refurbishing of the photos and boards cost the BISHF committee $3,500 and that the job still isn’t complete.

  “We had some volunteers, Wilfred and Wendell Miyazu and Dwayne Iwashita, help with the installation of the panel board, but we still need to buy some Plexiglas and have that installed over the photos on the bottom half of the wall to prevent tampering,” Fontes said.

   With the monthly cost to PKP for rental of wall space and the growing cost of installing and maintain the photos the BISHF board has needed to go out and solicit donations from major sponsors.

   Several prominent businessmen and companies have stepped forward to help with the cost.  Ken Fujiyama has donated $2,000 and Pat Aiona $1,000 along with the Big Island International Marathon $500 donation the BISHF was still short of their first year goal.

   “Fortunately KTA’s Barry Taniguchi has agreed to be the major sponsor and they will donate $5,000 per year to help maintain the Wall of Fame,” Chang said.

  The BISHF had entered into an agreement with Plaza management to rent the wall space, starting from this past January, for $260.41 per month and the rent along with the cost of maintaining the photos made it necessary for Chang and the board to find monetary sponsors.

   “For KTA we always believe in athletics as it teaches our youth teamwork,” KTA Executive Vice President Derek Kurisu said.

   “Every one of these men and women in the Hall of Fame has the values that our youth should learn and know,” Kurisu said.  “The inductees are all local athletes with local values and we should never forget those who built the foundations to our community.”

   After the dedication of the new wall on May 22 the BISHF will start accepting applications for its next class of inductees and has selected Derek Shigematsu to chair that committee.

  “We will be looking for those residents who have spent a minimum of 20 years as an athlete, coach or official in sports,” Shigematsu said.  “Preference will be given to those individuals that were amateurs or volunteers and they must have exhibited strong character and discipline in the sport for which they are nominated.”

   Nominations for the new class of inductees will be accepted until July 1 with the Installation Banquet scheduled for mid-August.  For more information call Shigematsu at 315-1400 or email waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

   “We’re also encouraging all those inductees or their surviving family members to provide us with contact information so that we can include them in all future events that we have,” Chang said. 

   “We also want to establish a historical data base and a web page so that we can collect and keep this information well into the future,” board member Wendell Kaehuaea said.  “We will begin the process of digitizing the photos and contact with inductees and their families are important for us to insure that all the information collected is accurate.”

   Hall of Fame inductees and/or their family members are encouraged to call 969-7400 or email waiakeabigdog@aol.com with their contact information.

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

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

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Volunteers “Key” to Big Island Marathon Success

Kari Sato's WHS Key Club played a major role in the success of BIIM

   Months of preparation all came to a culmination on Sunday with the running of the 13th annual Big Island International Marathon, half-marathon and 5K run/walk.

   Visitors from all over the world came to Hilo to participate in the fitness event and were treated to one of the most scenic and challenging marathon courses around.

   Behind the scenes over 300 volunteers did their part to insure a successful race for more than 850 participants.

   Over 100 volunteers came from the Waiakea High School Key Club under the direction of head advisor, Kari Sato.

   Sato and her ‘Key Clubbers’ managed eight of the 14 aid stations located along the 26.2 mile marathon course, handing out water, cold sponges, sports drinks and gels. 

   The aid stations provided the much needed hydration to the marathon and half marathon runners and Sato has taken on the added responsibility of coordinating the supplies, from ice to trash bags, for all the stations.

   “We have been participating with the marathon since 2004,” Sato said.  “We started with just one aid station and then the following year we did two and this year we’ve done 8 aid stations.”

   Sato and her WHS Key Club crew play an important role in helping, not just with aid stations, but also with assistance in setting up the finish area and again with the clean up and take down of tents after the races are over.

   “I think we keep helping because we know the need for community service is there and because the runners are always so appreciative,” Sato said.  “The students also like to cheer on friends, family members or even teachers that they recognize on the course.”

   “Many of our members get to see the marathon up close where they probably never would because they aren’t runners,” Sato said.  “Another plus for us is that it is different from most of our other projects. This one involves more than just direct manpower (muscle power), and supervisory (directing people to the correct area) but we get to interact with the runners up close and personal.

  One of those Key Club helpers, Nick Jack, probably said it best when talking about all the volunteer work that they do for our community when he said, “it’ll probably put us on Santa’s good list.”

   Along with the Waiakea Key Club and Interact Club other school groups came forward to volunteer in helping which included the Hilo High Key Club under advisor Charlene Masuhara, the Hilo Intermediate Builders with advisor Alson Sakamoto, Waiakea Inter Builders and advisor Barbara Austen, and a group from Keaau High with advisor Donna Wong Yuen.

   Roy Kagawa and the Kiwanis did the entire course marshaling along the 26.2 miles. The HSTA-Retired teachers helped take care of distribution of finisher tee-shirts and medals. Clarita Corpuz’s group of hardworking RSVP members did a variety of task.  Various community groups handled the early morning aid stations during the first 8 miles of the course.

   Jaime Guerpo, coach of the University of Hawaii at Hilo cross-country team, and UHH sports information officer, Kelly Leong, led a group of Vulcan runners in two large trucks to place hundreds of traffic cones and dozens of barricades necessary to insure a safe and runner friendly race.

   Guerpo and his crew needed to be out by 2 am on race day to start their difficult task and they were out again by mid-day to collect everything to return back to both the State and County transportation base yards.

   Many other individuals volunteered to take on a variety of tasks which required them to wake up during the wee hours of the morning so that they could be at their post to make sure everything ran smoothly for our participants.

  The County once again played an instrumental role in the success of the marathon by becoming the title sponsor along with providing the five buses needed to transport the marathon and half marathon runners to the starting line in Pepeekeo beginning at 4:30 in the morning.

   Three buses appeared at the parking lot near Pauahi Street and two were at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.  All were filled to capacity and had to make double runs to help get over 600 people to the Kulaimano Community Center in time for the 6 am start.

   KTA Super Stores and Big Island Candies continued to be Gold Sponsors for all 13 years as they show their love for community with their generosity.

   There are not enough words or space to properly acknowledge everyone that contributed in some way to this event.

   A race cannot be done without the many individuals and groups working to insure a quality product. As race director I am extremely grateful to everyone that made this race a success.

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment